It is the Track Too Tough to Tame as the playoffs get underway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Of course, we're talking Darlington! Austin Dillion punched his ticket into the post-season after nudging Austin Cindric in the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Martin Truex Jr. missed the playoffs by 3 points. Others have missed the post-season by fewer points. It goes to show... every race and every lap count! You have to like Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano for a potential title. All have been consistent as of late.
The Indy Car Series has two races to go! The next race is Sunday in Portland. The season ending race is in Laguna, California. Right now, Will Power is the Indy Car points leader. However, three drivers are within 17 points of Power, meaning the Indy Car Championship is very tight. Josef Newgarden is 3 points behind, Scott Dixon 14 points behind, and Marcus Ericsson is 17 points down. The tension has to be thick. It will be fun to watch!
Kurt Busch will not be in the playoffs as he continues to recover for concussion symptoms. One has to suspect Kurt may call it a career after the season. Kurt is 44 years old. Owns a NASCAR Cup Championship. He's made every race team better he's worked for. Kurt is a strong competitor. A great racer, a NASCAR Champion. You may recall, he hit the wall at Pocono, and has been sidelined ever since. Now, he must determine what is best for him, going into the future. Kurt has proven himself well in the broadcast booth. NBC is loaded with talent. Fox Sports could use someone like Busch. He may race again and in 2023. He's a future Hall-of-Famer. His health and well-being come first.
Ben Rhodes playoff battle in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continues September 9th. The Louisville native must step up his game. He is the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion. Ben has dropped back to 7th out of 10 playoff drivers. The bottom two drivers will be eliminated after the upcoming Kansas race. As for truck series news, glad to see Craftsman return as the title sponsor. It helped start the series years ago. We applaud Camping World. But for years, it has always been referred to as the Craftsman Truck Series based on its previous sponsorship. Now, Craftsman is back.
It will be a huge event in the NHRA over multiple days! It is the U-S National August 31 through September 5th at the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park! Fans from Louisville and Southern Indiana will be there. All racing series teams want to win titles. This event is often compared to the excitement at Daytona or Charlotte. It is seen as the most historic, biggest, and the longest NHRA event.
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 $25.00 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!
Thanks for all the entries in our KMS Free Giveaway! (See Giveaway tab in heading!). We're going to keep the hard-to-find Lucas Oil Driver autographs up just a few more days! You still have time to register!
Enjoy the racing!