It was only a matter of minutes at Martinsville Speedway. But as the laps clicked down, Chase Elliott’scareer timeline hit a roller-coaster ride from dream to disaster. For a split second, he was Chase-ing his first Cup Series win, a Championship 4 appearance and a surge in national attention and popularity.
DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the AAA Texas 500. This race marks the second event of the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Once upon a time, Hendrick Motorsports was an unstoppable force in NASCAR Cup Series racing. It’s the home of Jimmie Johnson, whose seven championships have tied a series record; Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport’s Most Popular Driver and its biggest financial draw; and Chase Elliott, perhaps the most popular name of the next generation.
Darlington Raceway, host of the Southern 500 since 1950 is one of the oldest, most unique tracks on the NASCAR schedule. The Track Too Tough To Tame remains a special piece of stock car history, an egg-shaped, 1.366-mile oval impossible to replicate nestled inside rural South Carolina.
More than two thirds (110 of the scheduled 160 laps) into the Brickyard 400, one of NASCAR's races was set to be little more than a snoozer. Kyle Busch had dominated the event, preventing any on-track passes for the lead while the current Cup Series aero package created single-file racing almost instantaneously.
NASCAR may have been born in Daytona Beach, the result of a smoke-filled hotel in December 1947 but North Carolina is now its grown-up home base. Ninety percent of Cup Series teams make their home there, most with race shops just outside the Charlotte city limits.
What’s wrong with Kasey Kahne? It’s a question that has cropped up about the Hendrick Motorsports driver in the last couple of years, and it’s legitimate. Kahne has had fast cars — his teammates have poles, race wins, a rookie title and the 2016 championship in the same equipment. Kahne has 17 career wins, so it’s not as though he doesn’t know how to get to Victory Lane. Kahne has had terrible luck, but he’s not getting taken out of races every week.