Kevin Harvick says that what Bristol Motor Speedway did to its track surface to create two lanes of racing should be done at other tracks. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that what Bristol did is “certainly not the last you’ve seen of that.’’ Bristol treated its lower groove with a substance similar to what is used on the starting area in drag racing to help tires gain grip. NASCAR said resin was then put on the track after Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series race and Friday’s Xfinity Series race. Previously, running the lower groove at Bristol proved slower than the top groove. With the additional
This is really good news from the world of sports car racing, to see that Ben Keating is not only continuing his program despite the end of the Dodge Viper GT3-R’s lifespan, but actually expanding to step up to a full-time Prototype effort for 2017 and beyond. ViperExchange.com principal and driver Ben Keating has announced the purchase of a new Riley Mk. 30 LMP2 race car and that he has signed co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen for a fourth-consecutive season in 2017. Keating’s full racing program for his new LMP2 effort is being finalized, but he is presently targeting a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans the next three years and a campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech Jim Trueman Award sub-championship in 2017.
If you stayed home from work to watch the ABC Supply Pocono 500 – or, as it was referred to on TV, just the Pocono 500, as apparently ABC Supply didn’t ante up enough to the TV network to get a shout-out from the commentators – you saw a pretty good race with an almost-surprise ending. There were also tributes to Bryan Clauson, three-time Indy 500 starter who was killed in a midget car crash several weeks ago.