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Martin Truex Jr. will start in the back half of the pack when drivers line up for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. But NASCAR’s defending champion is concerned more with millimeters. Only two drivers in the past two decades have won back-to-back titles. But if the 78’s grind to the top of the racing’s heap was difficult, and defending that championship even harder, then the new rules implemented by NASCAR in the winter could make it a steep slog. A set of 12 major rules changes includes one that will involve a three-dimensional modeling system for inspecting the body of cars. In the past, NASCAR used a “claw” template — a thin frame lowered on top of the car — to determine if cars meet size and height specifications. Now they will use the same multi-camera set-up used in tennis, called the “Hawk-Eye’ to measure car bodies within 3.6 millimeters. The devil is in the details. And Denver’s 78 team is biting their nails. … [Read more...] about Martin Truex Jr.’s chance at a Cup repeat has another obstacle. NASCAR’s new inspection system is worrying them.
Following a successful first season of stage racing, NASCAR announced on Monday a new fantasy game inspired by the competition format that has created closer, side-by-side racing and more dramatic moments throughout races.The new NASCAR Fantasy Live follows the NASCAR official scoring system, allows players to make in-race driver substitutions and features incentives for correctly predicting stage wins, race wins and more. It is accessible on NASCAR.com (NASCAR.com/fantasy) and the NASCAR Mobile app.Players can register at NASCAR.com/fantasy beginning Monday and set their driver rosters for the Daytona 500 next week when the race entry list is announced.“In NASCAR, every lap matters,” said Tim Clark, managing director of NASCAR Digital Media. “The new NASCAR Fantasy Live game reflects the lap-by-lap intensity of modern NASCAR racing by giving fans the opportunity to strategize and adjust their driver lineups in real-time during races.”In NASCAR Fantasy … [Read more...] about NASCAR debuts fantasy game inspired by stage-racing success in 2017
Pit road, where the work that often leads to NASCAR race victories is accomplished, could be an even more important strip of pavement this season.Among a raft of off-season changes announced by NASCAR, over-the-wall crews will be cut from six to five this year, a decision that has made for a busy winter for Cup Series teams.The loss of an over-the-wall team member, plus additional modifications, is expected to significantly change the look of pit stops and, more importantly, the length. And one veteran crewman says the change could lead to more injuries among the men who go over the wall. NASCAR: Changing pit crew rules for 2018 season MORE: Notable changes as NASCAR embarks on 2018 season Top pit crews typically change four tires and refuel their cars in about 11 seconds. The change is expected to increase that time to around 13 seconds, particularly in the early weeks of the season as teams adjust to the new landscape.“We’ve been working with the … [Read more...] about NASCAR’s new pit crew rules will test teams’ speed, athleticism, safety protocols
By Louis Brewster | [email protected] | San Bernardino SunJanuary 25, 2018 at 8:21 am Not many race fans in Southern California know about Cole Custer, who has competed for 16 years. Considering he just turned 20, it’s a remarkable stretch for the former Ladera Ranch resident who graduated two years ago from Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. He burst onto the scene racing quarter midgets at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino. He has competed in various series before driving for Ken Schrader Racing in 2013 as a 15-year-old in the K&N Series, winning a race at Iowa Speedway from the pole. In 2014, he started racing in the NASCAR Truck Series for Haas Racing Development and became the youngest pole winner in a NASCAR national series. He raced for JR Motorsports in 2015 in the Truck Series and made his Xfinity debut in 2016 in the team’s Mustang. He raced at Auto Club Speedway, 15 miles west of Orange Show Speedway. In 2017, he competed in the Xfinity … [Read more...] about Cole Custer, 20, aims for NASCAR Xfinity title and more