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    NASCAR 2019 Season

    Starting this one off on a sad note. RIP to hall of fame driver and owner Glen Wood.




    NASCAR Hall of Famer Glen Wood, co-founder of Wood Brothers Racing, dies at 93
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    Zack Albert NASCAR.com January 18, 2019




    Glen Wood, a pioneering driver and co-founder of stock-car racing’s longest-running team, died Friday morning. He was 93.

    Wood’s passing was announced by Wood Brothers Racing. Until his death, Wood was the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, inducted into its third class in 2012.

    From humble beginnings in southwest Virginia, Glen Wood and his brother, Leonard, built a legendary racing operation that still competes in what is now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Wood Brothers Racing organization has 99 victories in more than 1,500 starts in NASCAR’s top division, fielding cars for an illustrious list of legendary drivers. Four of those wins belong to Wood, the team’s primary driver in its earliest years.

    “We started racing in 1950 with a car we bought for $50,” Wood told the Associated Press as the team readied for its 1,000th start in 2000. “We put No. 50 on the side of the car because it just seemed like the right thing to do. Now here we are 50 years later.” Wood Brothers Racing eventually changed those numbers on the doors, later making the No. 21 one of the most iconic car numbers in the sport’s history.

    PHOTOS: Wood Brothers through the years

    In 1998, Wood was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. Of the stars on that all-time list, 20 of the 50 — including Glen himself — once drove for Wood Brothers Racing, according to the team.

    Wood scored all four of his triumphs in NASCAR’s top series at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His success at the tricky quarter-mile track helped to earn him the title of “Master of the Madhouse,” a nickname that also acknowledged his dominance there in the featured Modified Division.

    Glen Wood died at age 93

    Glen Wood’s path to auto racing came after an early career as a sawmiller. That experience gave him another early nickname — “The Woodchopper” — to adorn his uniquely engineered entries at Bowman Gray. Those cars also had his first name listed as “Glenn.” According to lore, he dropped the second “N” to assist his speed in signing autographs.

    Those early Modified cars came with an engine moved further back on the chassis by Leonard Wood to optimize weight distribution. The extreme modification, plus a long steering wheel shaft, placed driver Glen in the car’s back seat. “When I first got in it after Leonard fixed it up, I thought, ‘If I can drive that, I can fly an airplane,’ ” Glen Wood said.

    The racing bug bit for Glen Wood early on as he made his first trip to Daytona Beach, Florida, to watch events on the old beach-road course in 1947. Wood’s pilgrimages to Daytona became an annual tradition that lasted for 71 years, a remarkable streak that ended in 2018.

    Wood’s driving days ended in 1964 as the sport continued to grow away from his favored short tracks to larger speedways. But he remained, with his younger brother, a savvy team owner, employing several drivers — David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Curtis Turner and A.J. Foyt among them — who would become legends in their own right.
    Glen Wood died at age 93
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    The Wood Brothers team also became legends with their part in modernizing the art of the pit stop, introducing a well-choreographed process for servicing their cars. The speed of their family effort over the wall led to Ford Motor Company asking the Woods to staff the pit stops for the Lotus-Ford team and driver Jim Clark at the 1965 Indianapolis 500.

    Their innovations reduced the time of the typical IndyCar pit stop of the day nearly in half, becoming a benchmark for how motorsports approached pit-road strategy. Clark won easily, leading 190 of the 200 laps, and the Wood Brothers joined the Lotus-Ford team in the Brickyard’s Victory Lane.

    “We think that fast, thorough pit stops are as important as running swiftly on the track,” Glen Wood told legendary writer Benny Phillips in March 1966. “A few seconds saved in the pits is that much time gained in the race.”

    RELATED: NASCAR community pays tribute

    Wood’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame came with a dose of uncertainty as voters considered the prospects of electing one brother without the other. Glen’s enshrinement came in 2012, one year before Leonard’s, with one of their former drivers stumping to consider the two pioneers on an individual basis.

    “I made a case for separation, because I think they are two different people,” Kyle Petty told the Associated Press. “I think Leonard is the smartest man I ever met that works on a race car, bumper to bumper. There are some guys out there that are good strategists and good mechanics, but he is the total package and always has been.

    “But Glen owned the thing. He owned the team. You have to make that separation. To put them in and judge them as a single entity against some other people was not right.”








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    Never really watched NASCAR. Is it any good?

    Also, RIP Glen Wood.
    Last edited by Anti Globalist; 01-18-2019 at 07:12 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Never really watched NASCAR. Is it any good?

    It's fun to actually go to the tracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCarolinaLiberty View Post
    It's fun to actually go to the tracks.
    Yeah being there and witnessing cars crashing and flipping a few feet in the air sounds like an adrenaline rush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Yeah being there and witnessing cars crashing and flipping a few feet in the air sounds like an adrenaline rush.

    It's a real buzz.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Yeah being there and witnessing cars crashing and flipping a few feet in the air sounds like an adrenaline rush.
    It's often said that people love this kind of racing for the wrecks , I think that is complete blsht, I never met anyone
    that loved NASCAR for anything other than the awesome speeds, sound of the engines and great rush of
    cars passing by you at 200 mph, gp bike racing is the same, no one wants to see a rider high side and die, they
    love the competition, the speed , the talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Never really watched NASCAR. Is it any good?

    Also, RIP Glen Wood.
    I actually enjoy it more for the strategy, engineering, and tactical calculus required in today’s information/technology driven racing. The paint trading, blocking and drafting, bumping and running parts of the competition is an added bonus!

    I used to watch a lot more of it. Still enjoy it, and all Motorsports racing. Just don’t have time to watch it. I’ve turned down free pit passes the last two years to a NASCAR race by me bc of scheduling conflicts. I really want to do that this year.

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    When NASCAR gets back to being something close to actual STOCK car racing, let me know.

    A straight off the showroom floor Dodge Demon makes as much HP as a NASCAR cup car.

    There is no reason whatsoever to think that thrilling racing could not be had by racing bone stock (outside of safety mods that the lawyers would shriek about) Challengers, Mustangs, Cameros, Corvettes and Chryslers.

    You know, cars that actual people could afford and drive daily.

    The saying used to be: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.

    Cars like this:




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    Quote Originally Posted by ghengis86 View Post
    I’ve turned down free pit passes the last two years to a NASCAR race by me bc of scheduling conflicts.
    I once won a couple of Richmond tickets on the radio, but couldn't go because we couldn't work out the long drive.

    I've actually won about 40 radio contests in my life, but just went ahead and bought () tickets this year for one of the races.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    When NASCAR gets back to being something close to actual STOCK car racing, let me know.

    A straight off the showroom floor Dodge Demon makes as much HP as a NASCAR cup car.

    There is no reason whatsoever to think that thrilling racing could not be had by racing bone stock (outside of safety mods that the lawyers would shriek about) Challengers, Mustangs, Cameros, Corvettes and Chryslers.

    You know, cars that actual people could afford and drive daily.

    The saying used to be: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.

    Cars like this:

    I would love to see some truly 'stock' , stock car racing, as well as
    moto gp, and mx racing.
    A Pro moto gp bike is not a fifteen thousand dollar bike as many would
    guess, it's closer to a million. The barriers to entry are massive
    in the racing world, the best talent will never be seen, it's
    more about sponsorship, and in a way a means to control every
    aspect of the 'business' from who races to equipment.
    Not to say I don't love a good race in all three sports mentioned,
    I love most racing genres , but I think it would be just as
    much fun and more, for fans to see today's real world cars and
    bikes, side by sides, etc , out there mixing it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratovarious View Post
    I would love to see some truly 'stock' , stock car racing, as well as
    moto gp, and mx racing.
    A Pro moto gp bike is not a fifteen thousand dollar bike as many would
    guess, it's closer to a million. The barriers to entry are massive
    in the racing world, the best talent will never be seen, it's
    more about sponsorship, and in a way a means to control every
    aspect of the 'business' from who races to equipment.
    Not to say I don't love a good race in all three sports mentioned,
    I love most racing genres , but I think it would be just as
    much fun and more, for fans to see today's real world cars and
    bikes, side by sides, etc , out there mixing it up.
    These guys have adopted the Finnish racing model.



    Each class of car is assigned an equal value. For this class let's say $5000

    At the end of the day's racing, any club member can approach any other club member, make a cash offer to buy their car, and the rules are you must sell it to him.

    It keeps people from bringing in massive sponsorships, spending hundreds of thousands and taking the whole thing too seriously.

    That's almost word for word how James May describes it:

    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 09-06-2019 at 07:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    These guys have adopted the Finnish racing model.



    Each class of car is assigned an equal value. For this class let's say $5000

    At the end of the day's racing, any club member can approach any other club member, make a cash offer to buy their car, and the rules are you must sell it to him.

    It keeps people from bringing in massive sponsorships, spending hundreds of thousands and taking the whole thing too seriously.

    That's almost word for word how James May describes it:

    -
    Love it, another option might be; keep your car, the race is two or three periods, mandatory swap car
    on a drawing straws basis, for one or two 'legs' ... then you get your car back , at the end of the
    day.
    Everyone has an incentive to keep all their cars tip top shape.
    Either way though works , they've got a great concept going already.
    -
    I'm only 3 mins through the Finn clip, lamao , excellent, will be watching the rest of it for sure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratovarious View Post
    -
    Love it, another option might be; keep your car, the race is two or three periods, mandatory swap car
    on a drawing straws basis, for one or two 'legs' ... then you get your car back , at the end of the
    day.
    Everyone has an incentive to keep all their cars tip top shape.
    Either way though works , they've got a great concept going already.
    -
    I'm only 3 mins through the Finn clip, lamao , excellent, will be watching the rest of it for sure....

    Ok,,,watched the remaining 6 minutes, now my face hurts from laughing so much,
    these people have way too much fun.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    These guys have adopted the Finnish racing model.



    Each class of car is assigned an equal value. For this class let's say $5000

    At the end of the day's racing, any club member can approach any other club member, make a cash offer to buy their car, and the rules are you must sell it to him.

    It keeps people from bringing in massive sponsorships, spending hundreds of thousands and taking the whole thing too seriously.

    That's almost word for word how James May describes it:

    We had something like this at a local race track. There were limits on horsepower/cost/etc, and basically all you had to do was weld a “roll cage” (head hoop and two tubes to the frame) into the car, and I think there was some sort of handicapping too. Anyhow, it was basically hillbilly racing with $1,000 Hondas, Kias, Escorts, Subfires, etc. loads of fun, anyone can race (above 13 I think, with a parent waiver). Mix of demo-Derby, and racing. Not as cool as the rallying from the fins, but similar concept. Just racing for racing’s sake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Never really watched NASCAR. Is it any good?
    Have you lost your mind? Of course it’s good. Cute guys wearing tight coveralls in cars going really fast. What’s not to love?

    Race days at the track are plenty fun. If you like photography, it is one of the best places to take pictures. Very fan accessible.

    One time I served a NASCAR official at a previous job. My husband stopped by that day and struck up a conversation with the official. The next thing I know we are invited to the full backstage experience. It was a blast.
    Do something Dodgers.



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    Oh, and my favorite driver is Ryan Newman.
    Do something Dodgers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by euphemia View Post
    Have you lost your mind? Of course it’s good. Cute guys wearing tight coveralls in cars going really fast. What’s not to love?

    Race days at the track are plenty fun. If you like photography, it is one of the best places to take pictures. Very fan accessible.

    One time I served a NASCAR official at a previous job. My husband stopped by that day and struck up a conversation with the official. The next thing I know we are invited to the full backstage experience. It was a blast.

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    RIP Sam Bass. Did some cool art.








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    The big one at Daytona. If no one gets hurt, then I loves a good wreck.














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    And or course you saw the results mani0ulated so that. Gibbs driver won.
    Do something Dodgers.

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    Went to Darlington last Sunday. Rained delayed 4 hours. Sat in our car in the downpour. left to get chicken, went to the grocery, argued, and other stuff.

    Race ended at 2am. It was fun to watch Erik Jones master the track and see Kyle Busch hit the wall trying to run him down.

    Only one big wreck. There's usually a lot more at this track. Glad it didn't end later. But very outstanding. Lots of fun.

    This was basically our seats, but on the other side of the finish line. Outstanding view of the pit boxes.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    That is one of my favorite Top Gear clips...Mika's facial expressions are priceless.

    Here's another:

    Amazing, I always figured 180 mph was fast.



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    The 16 playoff contenders. For final 4 at Miami, I'll go with Kyle Bush, Hamlin, Truex, and Kurt Busch.




    Kyle Busch (2,045 points)
    Denny Hamlin (2,030 points)
    Martin Truex Jr. (2,029 points)
    Kevin Harvick (2,028 points)
    Joey Logano (2,028 points)
    Brad Keselowski (2,024 points)
    Chase Elliott (2,018 points)
    Kurt Busch (2,011 points)
    Alex Bowman (2,005 points)
    Erik Jones (2,005 points)
    Kyle Larson (2,005 points)
    Ryan Blaney (2,004 points)
    William Byron (2,001 points)
    Aric Almirola (2,001 points)
    Clint Bowyer (2,000 points)
    Ryan Newman (2,000 points)
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