Lots of news was swirling in the NASCAR world today. Many exciting things were announced along with a loss of a fan-favorite event. All of this news was too much for twitter, so I broke it all down in the paragraphs below.
Eldora Race Format Announced
NASCAR announced the race format for the Mud-Summer Classic at the Eldora Speedway for the Camping World Truck Series today. The race format includes heat races which are synonymous with dirt track racing. The race weekend will include a qualifying session and heat races which will set the field for the main three-segment event.
The normal qualifying procedure will set the field for the heat races and then the heat races will determine the starting order for the main event. There will be five heat races and they will each be eight laps with only green-flag laps counting. The top five finishing trucks in each race will advance to the main-event. Altogether, 30 trucks will be in the main-event and the five heat races will make up 25 of those spots. The remaining five spots will be decided by a “Last Chance Race.”
The “Last Chance Race” will consist of 15 green-flag laps. Four of the top finishing trucks in that race will advance to the main event. The final spot will be awarded to the driver who uses the past champions provisional. If no driver needs the past-champions provisional then the next highest finisher in the “Last Chance Race” will be awarded the final spot in the main-event.
Finally, the main-event will conclude the night with three segments. The first segment will have 60 laps, the second will have 50 laps and the final segment will have 40. Teams will be permitted to make pit-stops between each segment. This race will take place on Wednesday, July 24 at the Eldora Speedway.
Pit-Crew Challenge Cancelled for 2013
One of the fans’ favorite part of All-Star Week, the Pit Crew Challenge, will not be going on this season due to lack of sponsorship. When Sprint decided to change up what events they sponsor in NASCAR, the Pit Crew Challenged got cut and no other sponsor picked the event up. NASCAR said it would work on finding sponsorship for the event in 2014, but they have run out of time to find one for this year’s event.
The Pit Crew Challenge has decided the pit stalls for the All-Star Race in the past, but this year’s pit stalls for the All-Star Race will be decided by qualifying. The Sprint All-Star Race will take-place on Saturday, May 18.
June Pocono Race Finds Name
After months of having fans vote on the name of the June Pocono race in a contest sponsored by Wal-Mart, the fans have picked a name. The race will be called the “Party in the Poconos 400.” The staff at the Pocono Raceway wanted to make this race all-about the fans and by having the name of the race be what they picked, there will be no unhappy fans on race weekend. The Party in the Poconos 400 will take place on Sunday, June 9.
Johnsons to Welcome Their Second Child
Five-time Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson tweeted today that he and his wife, Chandra, are expecting their second child. In Johnson’s tweet, he mentioned that their current daughter, Genevieve, is excited to become a big sister. Johnson was part of the original NASCAR baby boom and he is once again part of it.
By Jason Schultz