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Former MLB legend shares his love for NASCAR with an advice

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Joe Girardi, a name etched in baseball history, graced the dugout for both the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. The former catcher has appeared on former NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick’s show and revealed interesting insights about racing and he shared about his recent favorite NASCAR driver.

On a podcast, HarvickHappyHour Kevin Harvick posed a question about how he became a race fan. Girardi credits former Yankees athletic trainer Gene Monahan for getting him into racing as a player. He further told,

“Gene took me to my first race in Rockingham, North Carolina, and then I continued to go with him a few [times] every year and I remember going down to Homestead. I remember going to the Daytona 500 with Gene, and we got up early that morning and drove over. And the race is about to start, and Gene’s walking right down between the cars, and I’m thinking ‘aren’t we going to get in trouble? Shouldn’t we get behind the wall? These guys got the cars started, but everyone loved Gene, and Gene just kinda did what Gene wanted to do. I’ve fallen in love with it,” Girardi said.

The baseball legend ended up his conversation with a piece of advice as he said, “I tell everyone, unless you go to a race, you truly don’t understand how great it is. You have to go and watch the speed and the precision and just how exciting it is.”

Joe Girardi names his favorite NASCAR driver

Joe Girardi, the former Yankees manager and a huge NASCAR fan, recently revealed his favorite driver during an appearance on Kevin Harvick’s Happy Hour podcast. Despite his retirement, Girardi remains passionate about the sport and has been following the Cup Series closely.

Girardi shared on HarvickHappyHoour that, “My favorite driver’s retired. I’m learning to like the new drivers because so many of the guys I cheered for are retired, and that happens. I like Denny Hamlin. He’s always in the mix, no matter what,” Girardi said. “That’s exciting to me because that’s a champion, a guy that’s always in the mix, but there’s so many good young drivers now that I just need to get to know. I didn’t really have to root for anyone else because I used to root for Kevin Harvick all the time, but now I got to find a new love.”

The drivers are now preparing for Texas Motor Speedway who do you think has the best chance to clinch a victory at NASCAR’s ninth venture? Let us know in the comments.

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Max Verstappen’s Race Win Surges Nearly 10x Compared to Last F1 Race in China

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Max Verstappen’s dominance in the 2023 Formula 1 season was nothing short of remarkable. He secured a staggering 19 wins out of 22 races, leaving his competitors in awe. Now as Formula One returns to China after 2019, Max Verstappen finds a huge difference in his stats compared to the last time he raced at the Chinese GP.

Ahead of the 2024 Chinese GP,  “Desi Racing Co.” shared a post on X revealing the difference in the names of the teams in 2019 as well as the major changes in the driver’s positions and teams. The one point that shocked everyone was about Max Verstappen. While he was racing with Red Bull Racing in 2019 he had only 5 wins under his name and after a great few years in his racing realm now Verstappen has 57 race wins under his belt.

A change in Max Verstappen’s F1 career within five years

Verstappen clinched the World Championship title three times consecutively: in 2021, 2022, and 2023—all while driving for Red Bull.

His dominance during these seasons solidified his status as one of the sport’s elite. Max has an impressive tally of 57 race wins in his career, making up 30.2% of his total starts.

He has secured 36 pole positions (52.6% of races from pole) and set 32 fastest laps. Notably, he achieved a hat-trick (winning from pole with the fastest lap) 13 times. His 101 podium finishes demonstrate consistent excellence.

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Kyle Busch shares his observation of Texas Motor Speedway after a fantastic Truck win

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The Texas Motor Speedway has indeed faced challenges related to traction compound application, particularly in the second lane of all four turns on the 1.5-mile oval. The use of the PJ1 traction compound in that lane, initially applied at the request of NASCAR for its races, has led to mismatched grip levels with the bottom lane. As a result, IndyCar drivers have largely avoided the second lane to prevent spinning and crashing, resulting in single-file racing. Kyle Busch also experienced some issues while he was driving his Truck which he revealed recently.

During the final laps of the race, Kyle Busch provided some perspective on the track conditions while piloting his #7 vehicle. In a recent interview by Bob Pockrass, shared via video, Busch delved into the issue, explaining that he experienced a similar sensation. He mentioned losing positions possibly due to tire heat or related factors, prompting him to opt for the bottom lane to maintain his lead.

The 6th Craftsman Truck victory for Kyle Busch and last lap battle with Corey Heim

Kyle Busch secured his second Truck Series win of the 2024 season after a previous triumph at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

As the race neared its conclusion, Busch found himself in a fierce battle with the hard-charging Corey Heim. The two drivers exchanged the lead, creating an intense showdown on the track.

Busch held off a hard-charging Corey Heim in the closing laps, ultimately taking the lead on the final restart.

With just a few laps remaining, Kyle Busch crossed the finish line, securing his 20th career win at Texas Motor Speedway. His dominance was evident as he led over 100 laps during the race.

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Kyle Larson’s 10 y/o son shares emotional letter over his dad’s win

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Kyle Larson, a celebrated driver for Hendrick Motorsports, has been part of numerous emotional moments throughout his career. Recently, his 10-year-old son found himself emotionally stirred by his father’s victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In a touching gesture, Owen Larson penned a handwritten letter titled “The Las Vegas Win,” capturing the essence of this unforgettable moment on the race track. Recently, NASCAR on NBC shared photos of the heartwarming letter on their X account.

He wrote in a touching letter that read, “I was sitting in the motorhome at Las Vegas Motor Speedway feeling nervous. My legs were shaking because my dad had a big lead in the race. With just two laps to go, I started to get my shoes on because I wanted to see my dad in Victory Lane. The white flag flew out, and my dad drove through the last corner and won. I immediately ran out of the motorhome to get my dad. I jogged through the pits and then I sprinted to the front stretch. In my head, I was thinking, ‘Wait for me, Dad.’ I finally got to the finish line. I was out of breath. I felt excited, and I got on top of the car with my dad. I started waving my arms up and down to get the crowd going wild. I will always remember this moment.” 

A storybook finish for Kyle Larson on the precious occasion of HMS

During the Cook Out 400 at Martinsville Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports was celebrating its 40th anniversary. In a storybook finish, two of Larson’s teammates, William Byron and Chase Elliott, lined up in front of him for the final restart.

Byron managed to shake off Elliott’s challenge and secured the win, while Larson finished a close second. The podium sweep by Hendrick Motorsports was a fitting tribute to their milestone anniversary.

Larson had earlier won the pole, led 86 laps, and clinched the first stage. The dominance displayed by the Hendrick team made this victory even more special.

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The key changes from the 2025 Formula 1 calendar

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The 2025 Formula 1 season promises excitement and celebration as it marks the 75th anniversary of the FIA Formula One World Championship. To add to the excitement, there will be some changes in the calendar for the 2025 season of Formula 1.

The iconic Albert Park circuit in Melbourne will once again host the Australian Grand Prix as the season opener. This 5.278 km track, set against Melbourne’s stunning skyline, has been a fan favorite since 1996. In recent years, it had shifted to hosting the third round, but now it reclaims its familiar slot at the beginning of the season.

the Australian Grand Prix will take place from 14th to 16th March 2025, which is two weeks later than the start of the season this year. This adjustment allows teams additional time to fine-tune their machines before heading to pre-season testing (details yet to be confirmed) and then onto the exciting race in Melbourne.

Why did the FIA decide to change Australia as the season opener?

The 2025 Formula 1 season will see a return to tradition as the Australian Grand Prix reclaims its position as the season opener. Melbourne, which has hosted the first race virtually every year since its debut in 1996, will once again kick off the F1 calendar next year.

This change comes after a hiatus since 2019 when the Covid-19 pandemic led to Bahrain taking over the opening slot. However, the timing of the holy month of Ramadan has played a role in reshuffling the schedule for 2025. Races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia had to be delayed due to Ramadan, leading to Melbourne’s reinstatement as the first race of the season.

The 2025 calendar features the same 24 races as this year’s record-breaking season, with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone scheduled for 4-6 July and the season finale in Abu Dhabi from 5-7 December.

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Hendrick Motorsports Insider on “Surreal” weekend

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Last week, Hendrick Motorsports marked a significant milestone with their 40th-anniversary celebration at Martinsville. The track was buzzing with energy as more than 1500 supporters, including past employees and drivers, gathered to commemorate this special occasion for the team.

The 1-2-3 finish for HMS added even more significance to the celebration. Jeff Gordon expressed his sentiments about the weekend, stating that he couldn’t have imagined or planned it any better.

In a video shared by NASCAR on X, Gordon elaborated on Mr. Hendrick’s pride and excitement, reflecting on the special moments that drivers experience when leading laps during such occasions.

The 40th Anniversary weekend for Hendrick Motorsports

Sunday afternoon witnessed a historic moment as Hendrick Motorsports secured a 1-2-3 finish at Martinsville Speedway. The team’s dominance echoed their inaugural victory in 1984.

William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports secured his third win of the 2024 season in NASCAR overtime at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. He held off his teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott to claim victory. This remarkable achievement played a significant role for Hendrick Motorsports, as it came on the team’s 40th anniversary, and the 1-2-3 finish led by Byron was a fitting tribute to the organization’s rich history and success.

The race showcased the strength and camaraderie of the Hendrick team, with all four drivers performing admirably. Even the “worst” of the bunch, Alex Bowman, ran well throughout the day and finished in the top 10. The result was the first 1-2-3 Cup finish for any organization at Martinsville, a historic moment that left fans and employees alike feeling proud and emotional.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dominates Double Header Weekend with Sprint and Cup Races

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NASCAR drivers typically don’t have an off-season and maintain busy schedules. Known for their versatility, drivers like Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart have demonstrated their skills and dedication by competing in various forms of racing. This sentiment is echoed by other drivers who share similar passions and commitments across different racing disciplines.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., known for his passion for Sprint racing, has been frequently spotted participating in sprint races. Photos and videos of Stenhouse Jr.’s sprint car were shared by “NASCAR Regional” on X, highlighting his involvement in the sport. The post featured photos of Stenhouse Jr.’s NOS-sponsored car and a video of the track with Stenhouse Jr taking a lap around the circuit. The post captioned:

“Sprint car on Friday Cup car on Sunday.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s connection to sprint car racing

Stenhouse Jr. remained deeply connected to dirt racing. His journey continued through sprint cars, where he made a name for himself.

His love for racing was ignited during his childhood when he watched his father compete in sprint car races. Growing up near Riverside, Mississippi, Ricky spent time at the track observing his father’s thrilling races. Eventually, he stepped into the driver’s seat himself and made his mark in the world of sprint car racing.

Notably, he found victory lane in only his sixth career start in the ARCA Menards Series after transitioning from sprint cars.

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Christian Eckes lost the lead on the final restart at Texas Motor Speedway

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Christian Eckes had previously secured a win in the Truck Series race at Martinsville, making it his second victory of the 2024 season. Once again the driver entered with high hopes of a good outcome and maintaining the momentum in Texas as well. In fact, Christian Eckes claimed a lead in the later stage of the race but due to an unfortunate incident, he had to step down and settle up his day in 4th place.

Following the race, Kyle Busch expressed his sentiments to Bob Pockrass, noting that he secured the position on the backstretch and felt confident about his position. However, he concluded his remarks by acknowledging that he fell just short that evening.

Christian Eckes said, “A little bit short tonight.”

Layne Riggs found himself in a precarious situation during the Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. As the green-flag pit cycle was underway, he spun out, triggering a late caution. The sudden caution likely added some drama to the race After the restart Kyle Busch took the lead back and finished the race into the victory lane adding the 6th Trck Series victory under his name and the second of the 2024 season.

Final Restart drama at Texas Motor Speedway

Throughout the race, Busch led an impressive 112 of the 167 laps in the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. Both stages went to him, showcasing his unwavering determination. The battle intensified as Corey Heim, driving the No. 11 TRICON Garage Toyota, kept Busch on his toes. Heim’s runner-up finish continued his perfect streak of top-10 finishes in every Truck race this season.

The late-race cautions added to the drama, making it a nail-biting affair. Heim made a valiant effort to challenge Busch, but the seasoned champion held his ground. Busch praised his team at Spire Motorsports for keeping him honest throughout the race. He acknowledged Heim’s strong performance and the intense competition, reminiscent of another inspired win where he had to charge from 15th place with just two laps remaining.

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NASCAR Drivers Reveal Their Fav Golfers in the PGA Masters

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NASCAR is gearing up for its ninth race at Texas Motor Speedway, with drivers preparing for victory on the track while also ranking golfers on the side.

NASCAR’s official account on X posted a video featuring NASCAR drivers from different teams ranking world-renowned golfers according to their rankings. Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Daniel Hemric all participated, settling on the photos and names of golfers according to their rankings. Kaulig Racing driver Daniel Hemric, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin ranked Scottie Scheffler as number 1 among the famous golfers, including Tiger Woods.

While other top players have grabbed headlines, Scheffler’s consistency has been impressive, earning him recognition even from NASCAR drivers who named him their number 1.

Favorite NASCAR drivers for Texas Motor Speedway

1. Kyle Larson (4-1)

Kyle Larson, the current favorite, has been on fire this season. With three wins already under his belt, Larson’s aggressive driving style and consistency make him a formidable contender. His recent performances have solidified his position as a top pick for the Texas race.

2. Tyler Reddick (6-1)

Reddick, the defending champion of the 2022 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400, knows how to conquer Texas. His familiarity with the track and past success make him a strong candidate for victory. Expect him to push the limits and challenge the front-runners.

3. Denny Hamlin (7-1)

Hamlin, always a force to be reckoned with, consistently performs well at Texas. His strategic approach and experience could propel him to the winner’s circle. Keep an eye on Hamlin as he aims for another Texas triumph.

4. William Byron (7-1)

Byron, fresh off his third win of the season, is riding high. His Hendrick Motorsports team has been dominant, and Texas could be the stage for another Byron victory. His aggressive driving and calculated moves might pay off in the Lone Star State.

5. Ryan Blaney (8-1)

Blaney, known for his daring maneuvers, has consistently challenged the frontrunners. His recent form and ability to adapt to different track conditions make him a dark horse. Don’t underestimate Blaney’s chances at Texas.

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LeBron James’ Epic Slam Seals Victory: A Moment for the Ages

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LeBron James, the ageless wonder of the NBA, defied Father Time once again with a game-winning dunk, as captured in a recent tweet by Bleacher Report:

“@BleacherReport LEBRON SLAM TO SEAL IT .” This electrifying play solidified a thrilling victory for James’ team and provided yet another reminder of his enduring greatness.

 

The context surrounding James’ clutch dunk is crucial. Imagine a close game, the tension thick in the air as the clock ticks down. Both teams have battled fiercely, leaving the outcome hanging in the balance. This is the scenario where LeBron James thrives.

LeBron James Rises to the Occasion

Despite being in the latter stages of his illustrious career, LeBron James continues to demonstrate his ability to make game-winning plays. His clutch dunk signifies his unwavering competitive spirit and his knack for performing under pressure.

While the dunk itself is a highlight-reel moment, James’ brilliance extends beyond the final act. His basketball IQ, honed over two decades of experience, likely played a crucial role in creating the scoring opportunity. Perhaps he identified a mismatch, exploited defensive positioning, or orchestrated a key play to put himself in a position to deliver the game-winner.

LeBron James’ leadership extends beyond statistics. His clutch plays not only win games but also serve as a source of inspiration for his teammates. Witnessing their leader rise to the occasion can elevate the performance of the entire team, fostering a winning mentality.

This clutch dunk adds another glorious chapter to LeBron James’ already legendary career. It serves as a reminder of his enduring impact on the game and his unwavering commitment to excellence. Social media will undoubtedly be abuzz with praise and analysis, further solidifying James’ position as a cultural icon and a basketball inspiration.

While the dunk itself is a memorable moment, it also reignites the conversation about James’ championship aspirations. Does this clutch play signify his team’s potential to contend for the ultimate prize? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: LeBron James is not done yet.

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