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Think for a moment, which NASCAR Legend reminds you of Scott Dixon. Keep reading for our answer. Scott Dixon dealt with a damaged car and stayed the course and took the checkered flag in Nashville in a tight finish with Scott McLaughlin.  Dixon, whose major sponsor is PNC Bank, broke a tie with the great Mario Andretti and is now second with 53 victories on IndyCar’s all-time win list. He has narrowed the gap for a possible a  seventh series championship. Dixon and his entire Chip Ganassi Race team cannot make any mistakes.  He is now second in Indy Car Points right behind Will Power.  Which NASCAR great compares to Dixon, keep reading!

Speaking of veterans, another future Hall of Famer, Kevin Harvick outlasted the field at Michigan in the NASCAR Cup Series.  He had to take the checkered flag in one of the final four events to earn a playoff spot. He could not get in on points. Harvick needed a little luck and experience to take the win for Stewart-Haas Racing.  His confidence in victory Lane should give competitors in the playoffs something to think about.  With that said, can his team prepare a faster car?  He'll need it.

2022 SRX Champion (Tony Stewart's racing series) Marco Andretti is going to give NASCAR a try.  The Indy Car driver will take a shot at the Roval in Charlotte this fall in the Xfinity Series. If he can land in the top 15, don't rule out a possible Cup Series ride in 2023.  Marco has the skills. He has shown in Tony's series he can wheel a stock car.

We congratulate NASCAR for holding out Kurt Busch.  He took a strong hit during an incident at Pocono a few weeks ago when his car got loose and hit a wall.   Concussion's must be taken seriously. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has taken such a hit before and no doubt offered his advice to Kurt.  Lets hope Busch can get back into the car. He is too good of a racer. As noted in our PNC Bank Trivia a few weeks ago,  Kurt Busch is the only active Cup regular, still racing, to have competed against Dale Earnhardt Sr. 

Should be an interesting weekend at Richmond for the Cup Series.  The tension is thick. (See Scott below). A win gets you into the playoffs. As for the trucks, Louisville's Ben Rhodes, the defending Camping World Truck Series Champion,  finished second at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. The Truck Series Playoffs are already underway (earlier than Cup and Xfinity).  Ben is 4th in playoff points.  A win would be great. A top 3 would give him much needed momentum after a lackluster second half of the season.  Ten drivers are battling for the championship.The 9th and 10th playoff spots will soon be eliminated.  Then it is down to eight drivers and the real battle begins.  The NASCAR Truck Series race on  Saturday can be watched on Fox Sports 1.   

 

 By now, you've seen regular school buses out. Drivers are on the roads and streets testing their routes.  We have supported our law enforcement for years.  They're urging everyone to slow down and look for kids, and the buses. Be patient. Play it safe, slow down. We do want to add this, whether a bus, car, truck or stock car, Lucas Oil Products work!  They can help extend life to your car, truck, or bus and provide better performance.  We thank Lucas Oil as a huge longtime sponsor. Other backers: PNC Bank (Sponsor of Scott Dixon's Indy Car Series Car), Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 75 years of Racing!) locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff (KY). KMS supporters also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for $30.00 a line, and that includes all taxes and fees), Temco Roofing, Andriots Paint, Flooring, & Blinds, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, St. Matthews Cycling, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, and Lyndon Mower Repair. We also thank our media connections in all series, especially NASCAR and with NASCAR Media for helping us bring the sport to the fans!   

 

Scott is doing a lengthy interview for his Conversations Podcast.  Keep watch on it, for a fun get together between Scott and former NHRA driver Morgan Lucas. Morgan is also President of Lucas Oil. Of course, Lucas Oil all started an hour west of Louisville in Southern Indiana in the late eighties by his father, Forrest.  Along with Charlotte Lucas, (Morgan's mother) , the company has grown and grown!

Now, Scott Dixon.  He's consistent, patient, and no doubt is a winner. He only trails the great A-J Foyt is all-time Indy Car wins. If you had to pick a NASCAR driver he reminds us of, we think it would be a mixture of David Pearson and Jimmie Johnson. What do you think? Lets us know!

Check out the new FREE Giveaway!  Exciting Lucas Oil Driver autographs on our KMS Giveaway page!  

Enjoy the racing!

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Some of the biggest names in racing have appeared on Kentuckiana Motorsports over the past twenty years: Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Dan Wheldon, Jeff Gordon, Dennis Anderson, Joey Logano, Sarah Fischer, Darrell Waltrip, and so many more!   We'll continue to feature them during the year! 

 

With so much on the line with a handful of races left in the NASCAR Cup Series, there is no doubt, many drivers, crews, and team owners will be on edge. So far the Cup Series has had 15 winners. 16 make the playoffs. (If 17 drivers actually win this year-- YES,  a driver with the lowest playoff points could be cut!). Martin Truex Jr. is on the bubble, the last driver right now, who would make the playoffs, if they started today. Richmond is his home track and he will be charging to the front! After this week, it will be the raod course at Watkins, and finally the last regular season event is Daytona!  Where anyone can win!

 

 Click on the video below as Scott sounds off on the pressure and tension in the air!

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 Facts & Trivia

 Daytona is the last regular season race. Drivers may not like it being the last such race because a big wreck can happen at anytime and wipe a third of the field! Fans love the action!

 

Though most racing shops reside in Mooresville, Concord, and Charlotte in North Carolina, NASCAR all started on the beaches of Daytona!   Here are some fun track tidbits!

 

 Dave Marcis still holds the record for most career starts with 33.    Of course the big brawl on the last lap in 1979 between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison put NASCAR on the map.  It was scheduled to be broadcast LIVE on CBS to a small portion of the country, mostly in the south.  But a huge snowstorm forced the network to air it nationwide. The fast speeds, tight racing, and last lap fight gained attention, and the rest is history! 

 

 Age was catching up with Dale Earnhardt Sr. as he tried and tried to win the great American Race. Finally, after 20 attempts, he won the Daytona 500 in 1998. Three years later, he died in the same event in a late race crash, he was 49 years old. 

 During Speed Week in Daytona fans have fun in the sun (If mother nature cooperates). When they go to the track they consume 40,000 hot dogs, 55,000 burgers, and more than 100,000 beers. 

 Two-time NASCAR Cup Champion Terry Labonte holds the record for most laps competed at Daytona: 5,957. That is 14,892.5 miles!

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