Kobalt Tools 400 2015

January 16, 2015 by  
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Taking place over a distance of 400 miles in 267 laps, the Kobalt Tools 400 is held annually at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Last year’s winner was Brad Keselowski. Be sure to catch this year’s action.

For more information visit nascar.com or lvms.com

Date: 8 March 2015
Venue: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
State: Nevada
Country: United States

Daytona 500 2015

January 16, 2015 by  
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The Daytona 500 is one of four restrictor plate races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and is widely considered to be the most prestigious race on the annual calendar. The first Daytona 500 took place in 1959, when the Daytona International Speedway opened, and has been the opening race of the Sprint Cup series since 1982. The race covers a distance of 500 miles in 200 laps. In 2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr took the checkered flag. Who will earn that honor in 2015? For more information visit nascar.com or daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Date: 22 February 2015
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach
State: Florida
Country: United States

Budweiser Duels 2015

December 18, 2014 by  
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Held annually at the Daytona International Speedway, the Buddweiser Duels are two 150-mile races in which the finishing order determines the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. The race first took place in 1959 and has changed names over the years in line with sponsorships. The 2014 event was won by Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlim – both driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Be sure to catch the action in the second race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on 19 February.

Date: 19 February 2014
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach
State: Florida

Sprint Unlimited 2015

December 18, 2014 by  
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The Sprint Unlimited is an invitation-only event held each year the weekend before racers take part in the Daytona 500. Be sure not to miss the first competition of the season! The 2015 event includes the sixteen drivers from the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, along with pole winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners and former Sprint Unlimited winners. Fan vote determines the starting lineup.The race covers a distance of 301.752 km/187.5 miles over 75 laps and takes place at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015.

Date: 14 February 2015
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach
State: Floriday

Five Reasons Racing Cars is More Important Than Ever

December 16, 2014 by  
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If you’re anything like me, you’re sick of people asking you why you watch NASCAR or Formula 1 or whatever satiates your need for speed the most. It’s not like I ask my friends why they like watching a bunch of guys standing around on a baseball field for three hours. To each his own, right?

Anyway, I decided I’d had enough of the constant harassment and figured I’d put together a list of five solid reasons as to why racing cars is more important than ever:

1. Trickle-Down Technology

The goal of racing, for the drivers and their teams at least, is to win a race. To do this, engineers and designers are constantly trying to devise cars that are faster, have more torque and even have better lights. Car manufacturers such as Audi and Porsche are constantly trying to build better machines. For example, Audi debuted a racecar that had LED lighting way back in 2011. Fast forward to this year, and the R18 E-tron features laser lights, something drivers say significantly enhances visibility. These benefits ultimately get passed down to the cars regular guys like you and I drive.

2. Enhanced Safety Measures

In today’s nanny state that is America, it’d be hard to have a sport keep existing if racecar drivers were perishing every few weeks on the track. Sure, accidents happen from time to time, but it’s pretty amazing when you stop to think about how few deaths there actually are on the racetrack. That’s because car manufacturers work to make their cars safe as can be. And like the technology that trickles down, so too do the safety features.

3. It’s Thrilling

Of course, if you’ve never been to a track to see a race, there’s a good chance you won’t understand it. But being there on the track — and hearing the cars whizz and whirr for hours on end — is something entirely different. Those sounds will never be adequately captured on television. So if you’ve never seen it, you can’t knock it. Simple as that.

4. It’s an Escape for Fans

Back to baseball: Pretty sweet sport you guys got there, right? Bunch of overweight dudes running slower than leaky faucets, “adjusting” themselves and slapping buttocks? Of course, baseball is the American pastime. I don’t knock on it. I watch racing because it’s even more entertaining. Just like any other form of entertainment, it helps me escape. What’s wrong with that?

5. Lots and Lots of Money

OK, at the very least, you can always talk about the economy. Believe it or not, NASCAR alone generated $3.1 billion in 2013. That’s a lot of money, and it pays a lot of people — not to mention while helping our government collect a whole lot of tax revenue. When you really stop to think about it, racing fan or otherwise, the country really relies on the industry, like it or not.

Hopefully you can keep some of these tips in mind so that, the next time one of your buddies invariably gives you a hard time, you’ll have the ammunition to put him in his place. Good luck!

Article submitted by Scott Huntington

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