The Camping World RV Sales 301 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race covering a distance of 301 laps, being a total of 318.458 miles on a four-turn oval track. The 2013 event was won by Brian Vickers driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. Be sure to catch the race as drivers battle for positions on their way to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Car championship. For more information visit www.nascar.com or www.nhms.com
Date: 13 July 2014
Venue: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
As the kick-off event of the 2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix Season, the Australian Grand Prix will take place over a distance of 307.574 km, being 58 laps on the 5.303 km circuit. Friday features the first and second practice session at 12:30 and 16:30 respectively, with the third practice session and qualifying round taking place on Saturday March 16. The race starts at 17:00 on Sunday March 17, 2013. For more information visit www.formula1.com
Dates: 15-17 March 2013
Venue: Albert Park Circuit
The newly named Sprint Unlimited will take place at Daytona on February 16 at 8:00 pm and promises to be an exciting start to the season for divers and race fans alike. The name of the race may be ‘unlimited’, but the race itself is limited to 2012 pole winners and past champions of the race.
Date: 16 February 2013
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach
Country: United States
The Nationwide New England 200, a NASCAR event, was hosted at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, 16 July 2011, and it was an event that was filled with excitement and nail-biting moments. Kyle Busch enjoyed a significant victory in this event, as he secured his 100th win and is now one of three drivers in the NASCAR Series that has managed to claim a hundred victories. The number one driver at this stage is Richard Petty with two hundred NASCAR victories, followed by David Pearson with a hundred and six.
At the young age of twenty-six, it was a proud moment for Busch to lap the course with a flag numbered one hundred flapping out his window. It is his sixth victory for the 2011 NASCAR season. He commented that each victory is a wonderful experience, however, Saturday will undoubtedly count as memorable. His victories are made up of twenty-nine Truck Series victories, twenty-two Sprint Cup Series victories and forty-nine Nationwide Series wins.
Even though this hundredth victory is impressive, it is unlikely that Richard Petty’s achievement will be matched, as in the years he raced, the Truck Series did not exist, neither did the Nationwide Series, so he stacked up all his victories in what is known today as the Sprint Cup Series. When asked about the comparison, Busch commented that he would most definitely have been more excited if he had forty nine Series Cup victories behind his name, but he doesn’t and that it does not really bother him all that much. He continued to say that no matter how the score is added, he had still managed to record a hundred victories, regardless of the type of series he has won.
Before the Truck Series put a minimum age of eighteen on their rule requirements for drivers, Kyle Busch was able to begin his racing career at the age of sixteen. It did not take him long to begin raking in Cup victories, as by the age of nineteen, he was already winning races. Busch commented that being able to participate in the Truck Series did prepare him for the Cup Series, and it is where he felt he belonged and could improve his skills within the Cup Series.
After the tragic death of one of NASCAR’s racing legends, Dale Earnhardt Sr, in 2001 at the Daytona 500, NASCAR starting putting their efforts towards designing a new car- the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow (“COT”). The design and testing period has taken five years to ensure that the car was safer and more cost efficient than the cars previously raced. In 2006, the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow rolled onto the circuit for the first time, ready to be put through its paces.
Brett Bodine, former driver and current Director of Cost for NASCAR, had the opportunity to test drive the COT. With a lap time of 48.19 seconds and a top speed of 186.760, the future for the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow looked extremely bright. While testing the COT against other NASCAR cars, designers and engineers have been able to ensure the safety of the driver, and that of the cars driving in the leading cars’ wake turbulence. The new design should make passing other cars and driving next to each other much safer than in the past.
In regard to the safety of the COT, the new car has had adjustments made to its roll cage. The roll cage has been heightened by two inches, widened by four and moved three inches back. Improvements have also been made to the cars’ integrity with better construction protected against intrusions into the cockpit and the “G” forces that these cars experience have been dramatically reduced.
Another improvement was made to the position of the driver’s seat. With the drivers’ seat being moved to the right by four inches and the door bars being reinforced by steel plating, the drivers’ safety has been increased. Lower fuel volumes have been introduced, suspension changes, bumper heights have been made to match and floor plan configurations have all been adjusted to ensure the safety of the sport. Fire protection has also been increased and many of these changes will lead to great reductions in cost to racing team owners. The COT has also been installed with a windshield that closely resembles that of a street car, which forces the cars to move at a slower speed due to the car not being as aerodynamic as its predecessors.
After making its debut at Bristol Race Track, there were many favorable reactions to the COT, but mostly the drivers were impressed with its performance. For 2007, the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow will take part in sixteen events, and in twenty-six events during the 2008 season. It may take some time getting used to the COT on the track, but it is a car that was not only designed to win races, but to protect the drivers and enhance the popularity and safety of NASCAR sanctioned races for spectators, drivers and auto racing teams.