Not that long ago, NASCAR official Jusan Hamilton was watching NASCAR as a fan. If you’re familiar with NASCAR, you know fan complaints about NASCAR and caution-flag conspiracies aren’t uncommon. In 2010, Denny Hamlin was fined by the sanctioning body for publicly questioning the legitimacy of a debris caution during a race he won at Michigan.
Kyle Larson started and ended the Auto Club 400 in first. The STP 500 is the first of three short track races in the next four weeks. In the equation of horsepower and handling, the balance tips in the drivers’ favor and fantasy owners can take a few risks on wild-card, dark-horse picks.
While there’s no guarantee a Ford will win Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, a Ford will definitely start it. Track officials announced Monday that Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, will bring the field to the starting green flag as honorary pace car driver, behind the wheel of a Ford Shelby 350GT. “I was talking with (Ford) in Daytona and he mentioned to me that he had never been to Martinsville, so I figured what better way to welcome him than to invite him to be our honorary pace car driver,” Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell said in a release. Ford currently serves as a member of the auto manufacturer’s board of directors. “I’ve known