NASCAR will take away wins in 2019 if the winning car fails post-race technical inspection.
This is a major change for the sanction, which from the very beginning felt that fans leaving the racetrack should know who won the race. But that began back in a time that the only source of news was a newspaper or radio. And information flowed slowly.
Post-race inspections will be held immediately after the race, at the track. No more taking a car to NASCAR’s North Carolina facility and making an announcement on Tuesday morning. If a car is deemed illegal and the penalty is an L1 penalty – the most severe – the win will go to the next legal car in the running order, and the illegal team will receive no points or purse whatsoever. The announcement will be made within hours of the finish of the race.
Last year Kevin Harvick dominated a race, but was found illegal. The win remained, but did not count toward the playoffs. The rules only took away the points awarded at the end of the race, and since he dominated the stages he still took away significant points for the day. That will no longer happen.
With social media and numerous cable channels dedicated to sports, news of a disqualification will spread rapidly.
There’s been a culture in NASCAR that encouraged the attitude “you must cheat to eat.” Basically, everybody’s cheating so every team must cheat to try to keep up. Harvick stated that if his crew chief weren’t caught cheating at some point, it would mean he wasn’t working hard enough to gain an advantage.
But the rules are a lot tighter now than ever before. The sanction and the fans want to see legal equipment on the track. It may take a couple instances of teams getting caught, but complete disqualification may be the only way to get teams to stop pushing the rules and stay within them. If you get caught now, it’ll be as if you weren’t there.
After the Clash at Daytona on Sunday there wasn’t enough left of many cars to do a post-race inspection. All but three of the 20 cars in the race were involved in the accident triggered when Jimmie Johnson misjudged an aggressive passing attempt on Paul Menard. It was just racing, but it rubbed a lot of fans wrong that Johnson got the win.
Tonight are the annual Thursday qualifying races for the Daytona 500. Tomorrow is the Truck race, Xfinity on Saturday and the Daytona 500 on Sunday. All races will be broadcast, so check your TV listing. NASCAR season is here.
Short track racing is also in full gear in parts of the country. Tonight through Saturday you can go to www.fanschoice.tv and watch live broadcasts of the World Series of Asphalt Racing from New Smyrna, Florida.
Fanschoice is asking people to establish an account in order to view live events, but there is still no cost, making it the best deal out there for streaming motorsports. You will also be able to see the entire American Flat Track motorcycle racing season on Fanschoice in 2019.
Locally racing begins to pick up when Winchester Speedway is represented at the Apple Blossom Mall Car show on March 9. Racing at the track begins March 30 with a full slate of Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Mid-Atlantic Modifieds, Pure Stocks, UCARS and Enduros.
Hagerstown Speedway opens up on March 23 with the Ultimate Late Model Series. And on pavement, Dominion Raceway in Thornburg opens April 6 with NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars as the feature division.
April 6 is also the day the MotoAmerica Superbike Series competes at Road Atlanta, the first of their 10-race season in 2019. The best part about it is that you can now see the Superbikes on Fox Sports, FS2 to be precise.
MotoAnerica and Fox announced the deal, which will consist of 90-minute live or same-day broadcasts of each event, as well as re-airs throughout the following week.
This is huge for Superbike racing in the United States. Prior to this announcement, the only place you could see the series compete was on BeIN Sports, the same network that hosts MotoGP. Unfortunately it seems that only 15 households nationwide get the network, so nobody could watch the races. Now, on FS2, MotoAmerica Superbike racing will reach 57 million households. Superbike racing deserves to be seen.