Another race, another win for one of the Big Three. Twenty races down and just seven individual drivers with a tick in the win column. That means, at most, 13 drivers could have a victory by the time they decide who makes the Chase. Something tells me we will not reach anywhere close to that number of winners.
What means more in the long haul when it comes to promoting a new star in NASCAR? Results, or marketability? One would think results, but in the case of Danica Patrick, that was not the case. For the sake of the argument, her story must be repeated. Lands a ride with a championship-caliber organization, but in 191 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup starts she earned seven top-10s and a pole.
After financial difficulties almost sidelined Michael Self's career only a few short years ago, his Daytona win is undoubtedly a sweet vindication in his racing comeback. Self, 27, took his second career ARCA win in the wild season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona.
United States NAVY Lieutenant Jesse Iwuji will be making his superspeedway debut in February when he'll be taking his No. 39 Patriot Motorsports Group Chevrolet to the green flag in the ARCA season opener. It will also be Iwuji's ARCA debut, having raced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West since 2015. In 2017 he made two starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
A dispute developed during January's ARCA tests at Daytona between a group of drivers and an owner, and now the group is seeking legal action. According to sources, driver Russell Henderson told multiple drivers that he would have a couple of cars ready for Daytona testing. However, upon arrival to the speedway, the drivers found that Henderson had, in fact, failed to bring any equipment for testing despite the drivers already paying him for the opportunity to drive.
On Feb. 18, fans young and old remembered the loss of NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in a last-lap crash at Daytona international Speedway in 2001. However, few fans realize that there were fatalities before Earnhardt, that occurred at Daytona. These were drivers also wanting victory at one of the greatest tracks of all time. Let's take a moment and remember those drivers as well.
Allegations continue to be made against former NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. following the claims made by ARCA drivers Kevin Hinckle and Cassie Gannis in August. Both drivers are pursuing legal action against Hamilton, with Hinckle and Gannis both filing breach of contract lawsuits.
Jimmie, and Kevin, and Dale, oh my. Jimmie, and Kevin, and Dale, oh my. Last Saturday night was a good one if you happened to be a fan of one of the above-mentioned drivers. Johnson was the class of the field, leading 128 laps, including the final one.