Atlanta Motor Speedway plans resurfacing of patched-up track
NASCAR Atlanta RepavingA uto Racing FILE - Martin Truex Jr. drives leads during a NASCAR Xfinity Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., in this Saturday, March 20, 2021, file photo. After putting off the inevitable project as long as possible, Atlanta Motor Speedway officials, including track president Brandon Hutchinson, on Tuesday, July 6, announced plans to resurface the worn-out track following Sunday's NASCAR race. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) (Brynn Anderson)HAMPTON, Ga. — (AP) — After 24 years, Speedway Motorsports officials could no longer allow drivers to have the final word in delaying the inevitable repaving of Atlanta Motor Speedway. The decision comes in the year Atlanta Motor Speedway is hosting two NASCAR events for the first time since 2010. Atlanta Motor Speedway president Brandon Hutchinson said the resurfacing was overdue, no matter the schedule.wftv.com
Noose found in stall of Bubba Wallace at Alabama NASCAR race
NASCAR said late Sunday that a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race in Talladega. Wallace is the only full-time black driver in NASCAR’s elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties. NASCAR said it has launched an immediate investigation into the noose. The series says it was “outraged” and said there is no place for racism in NASCAR.
Racing to return to Daytona International Speedway in July
– Racing will return to the Daytona International Speedway on July 4. The race will consist of three classes: Daytona Prototype International GT Le Mans and GT Daytona. “We’re going back to our roots, taking a grand step back in time,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “Some of IMSA’ s WeatherTech Sports Car Championship most historic moments happened here, and there have been many memorable names that have conquered Daytona. We look forward to having IMSA back this summer to kick off their return to racing.”
Safety improvements likely saved Ryan Newman’s life at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Long before Ryan Newman’s Daytona 500 crash, drivers were injured or killed setting into motion the safety improvements that protected the race car driver and fans at this year’s race. Kyle Busch broke his leg and foot when he crashed into a bare concrete wall at the Daytona International Speedway in 2015 in the Xfinity Series race one day before the Daytona 500. Immediately after, then-track president Joie Chitwood promised it would never happen again and vowed to install SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers on “every inch” of the Speedway. “Helmet manufacturers, suit manufacturers, HANS [Head And Neck Support] devices, there’s just been so much development that has come a long way.”[RELATED: Ryan Newman awake, speaking with family after fiery crash at Daytona 500 | Ryan Newman in serious condition after fiery Daytona 500 crash | Ryan Newman not only driver to end Daytona 500 with upside-down wreck]In 2013, Kyle Larson crashed and slid along the wall during the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona. Less than 24 hours after a fiery crash in the final moments of the Daytona 500, Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with loved ones and doctors at Halifax Medical Center.