Fred Lorenzen won the Daytona 500 in 1965, but his very short career — and quiet life off the track — may be why he’s not as famous as other NASCAR drivers from the sport’s Golden Era. As Yolanda Perdomo reports, efforts are underway to get Lorenzen onto the next ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
This week, Danica Patrick became the first female driver in Sprint Cup history to win a pole. ESPN’s Brant James joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the significance of that event.
This weekend, NASCAR runs its longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But not all NASCAR teams call North Carolina their home. Scott Graf has the story of a team based in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.
This week NASCAR issued fines and other penalties to those involved in last Saturday’s melee at Darlington. Driver Kurt Busch was issued the largest fine, but the actions of his motor coach driver inspired the longest probation. Steven Levine of the Sporting News and Rowdy.com joins Bill Littlefield to explain NASCAR’s reasoning.
NASCAR teams are having more and more trouble securing sponsors. With the decline in dollars, some teams are cutting jobs and a few are even folding. WFAE’s Scott Graf takes a closer look.
NASCAR has turned to branded businesses to gain back viewers and ratings. Yolanda Perdomo reports from the new NASCAR Car Wash in Romeoville, Ill.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway has added a new attraction to get fans in the seats this year: the world’s largest HD video screen. The screen is 200 feet wide and 80 feet tall, making it wider and taller than the White House. NASCAR hopes that the screen will create an experience that surpasses what fans get at home through television, the Internet and their phones, and therefore will attract more people to the Speedway.
Michael Waltrip’s 30 year NASCAR ride has been filled with victory and grief. On February 18th 2001 he won his first race on NASCAR’s top circuit, the Daytona 500, and his friend and mentor Dale Earnhardt died on the track. In his new book, In the Blink of an Eye, Waltrip recalls his memorable career and the experiences he had along the way.
When the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in May it expected about 800,000 visitors in its first year. But projections now have dropped to about half that number and the hall is losing money. WFAE’s Scott Graf reports from Charlotte on why the attraction has fallen off the pace.
Bill speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Brant James about whether Denny Hamlin can hang onto his lead to win NASCAR’s Sprint Cup or if Jimmy Johnson can come back to win his fifth straight Cup title.