The boys are back in town. After a two week western swing, the NASCAR Chase continues at the home of most of the teams, Charlotte, NC. This 500 miler under the lights will be the halfway point in the Chase.
The official NASCAR Hall of Fame announced it's inaugural class earlier this week as part of the race week festivities. Instead of putting the five best drivers in the first class----like baseball did with it's players----NASCAR's first class will nave the France family as 40% of the inductees. Yeah, that doesn't make the sport look like a bunch of hayshakers and carnies.
Bill France Sr deserved to go in first. He took NASCAR from nothing into a high profile major league sport. Bill Jr did a lot for the sport also, but I doubt that even one fan ever bought a ticket to see him on Sunday. The drivers are the straw that stirs the drink here....not an executive.
Lesa France Kennedy (Brian's sister) was recently named the most powerful woman in sports by Forbes Magazine. She is the CEO of International Speedway Corporation. I guess we'll see Lesa in the Hall of Fame next year.
Lots of different sponsors and paint schemes for Saturday night's race. Almost half the field will be sporting something different on their wrappers. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and several cars will be rocking pink in support of this and the Susan G Komen for the Cure.
Among those going pink are...Kyle Busch in the M&Ms Toyota #18, Bobby Labonte's #96 AskMen Ford, Bill Elliott and his #21 Ford, Elliott Sadler in the Stanley Tools #19 Dodge, and Mike Waltrip in the #55 NAPA Toyota.
Lowes Motor Speeday held their first race on October, 16, 1960. It was won by the Woods Brothers. They will make their 100th start at Lowes on Saturday. Maybe after the entire France family gets in, the greatest driver the Woods ever had, David Pearson,will make the Hall of Fame.
Check the replays out folks, Da Biff never touched Joey. He carried him high going into the turn, definitely not his normal line. Free advice to Joey....next time someone gets you in that situation, tap your brakes. Or, turn left, not right!
Since 2000, four drivers have scored their first Cup win at LMS. How many can you name?