This weekend, I wrapped up my first full season as a NASCAR fan. All three series had their championship races at Phoenix Raceway. I have to admit, of the three championship races, the “big boys” on Sunday had the least exciting race. I don’t know why they picked this track as the championship race other than the location for the weather. You can’t go race in too many places in early November without it getting a bit to more than a bit chilly. Phoenix just doesn’t offer the drama of the other tracks. The Martinsville races on Halloween weekend were full of drama and fireworks in the close confines of “The Paperclip.” The Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night I’ll give the second best race. The Xfinity Series race Saturday night was the best by far in terms of race, drama, finish, and story. I’m a bit disappointed as no driver I wanted to win won, but I didn’t have a pick in Sunday’s race. Both my truck and Xfinity drivers, John Hunter Nemechek and AJ Allmendinger had problems early and they never recovered. All three series crowned a new champion for the 2021 season. I’m surprised NASCAR allowed practice, qualifying, and a packed house for each race. In a few short months, the 2022 campaign begins. February in Daytona. Football will be done, and nothing else matters. I’ll be ready. It’ll be time to get “Rowdy.”
Over the last year and a half, I’ve become a NASCAR fan. As I approach the end of my first full racing season, I thought I’d do a little preview for NASCAR’s championship weekend. Halloween weekend saw the three series head to Martinsville, Virginia. That’s roughly two hours or so away from where I’m at in the Virginia mountains. The Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series raced Saturday, and the “big boys,” the NASCAR Cup Series raced Sunday around “The Paperclip,” Martinsville Speedway. This weekend, NASCAR heads out west to Phoenix Raceway. The Camping World Truck Series is Friday, November 5, at 8:00 PM. On Saturday, November 6, the Xfinity Series races at 8:30 PM. On Sunday, November 7, The NASCAR Cup Series races at 3:00 PM. All those times are Eastern Standard. The cool thing about the NASCAR playoffs is any driver in the race can win the race, but only a few can advance each round, and only one driver can win the championship. The championship driver doesn’t even need to win the championship race. They just have to beat the other three drivers in the “final four.”
It’s Bristol, baby. Well, was, this past weekend. Bristol Motor Speedway hosted all three of NASCAR’s series’ from “the birthplace of country music,” Bristol, Tennessee. Just a quick trip over the state line from where I am in the Virginia mountains. From Thursday to Saturday, the “last great Coliseum” saw fireworks and close finishes. These three races under the lights are special. As I near my first full season as a NASCAR fan, these races were more than just an important race on the schedule. My dad used to switch over during football and watch a few laps just because it was Bristol, and I never thought I’d see Bristol night races without a packed house.