What’S Going On At The Speedway Today? [Expert Review!]

The year is 2018, and arguably one of the biggest stories this year has been the incredible resurgence of stock car racing in this country. With the return of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017 and the creation of the Xfinity Series in 2018, more and more people are getting excited about American stock car racing again.

One of the major venues for stock car racing in this country is the Daytona International Speedway, which is home to the Daytona 500 and the February racing season in general. Although the NASCAR races themselves aren’t the only event at the speedway—the Brickyard 400 and the Coca-Cola 600 are also held there—they’re certainly the headline attraction. With the speedway’s status as NASCAR’s premier track making it a destination for fans and drivers from around the world, it’s no wonder that so many events are held there each year. Here’s a look at what’s going on at the speedway today.

Daytona International Speedway Is Back

One of the biggest news items this year has been the return of the Daytona International Speedway. After being closed for several years, the speedway had a complete makeover prior to the 2017 season. Bringing back the traditional Florida sunshine and warm weather for the races was a definite win, and it’s been an incredible success. The speedway has welcomed back their fans with open arms, and it shows with the average attendance increasing by over 15,000 since the 2017 season.

Despite the increase in attendance, the track is still quite a bit smaller than it used to be. The capacity is now 45,000, compared to around 75,000 when it was open before. The lower capacity will certainly make for some interesting dynamics when it comes to the races. It also means there’s more space for the fans, which in turn makes it easier for everyone to have a good time. Even the drivers seem to be enjoying themselves more now that the track has been resurfaced and cleaned up. It almost feels like it was meant to be all along—the Florida weather is perfect for racing, and the new speedway has embraced that. The opening ceremonies were even live-streamed to fans around the world, showing the community spirit at the speedway.

Xfinity Series Has New York City Roots

The Xfinity Series, which is NASCAR’s second-tier series, is now the primary series to occupy the Daytona International Speedway during the February racing season. Created in 2018, the series will consist of 10 races, with the season finale being the Daytona 500. Due to it’s roots in New York City, the series will make its home at the track that is most famous for hosting the famous Daytona 500—the track where Mario Andretti won his first career race back in the day. With New York serving as a host city for the first couple of races, it will give people living there an extra reason to rally behind their teams.

The Xfinity series will also give the speedway a chance to host some international drivers, which is always a good thing. The series will be made up of some familiar faces, such as Dario Franchitti, Charlie Kimball, and Max Papis. Three-time series champion Paul Wolfe will serve as the series’ president, while Joe Shemo will serve as the vice president of operations. The rest of the leadership team is made up of former Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Patricio A. Fraga, along with Bob Jenkins, the founder of Windermere Insurance Company, who also serves as chairman of the board of trustees. The name of the series is derived from the insurance company which he founded.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Is Back

One of the biggest stories of the year has been the incredible resurgence of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. After a few years of sporadic race appearances, the series returned in 2017 with a bang, making a comeback in grand fashion. Along with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series came some pretty cool changes, including a new race format and a revamped logo.

The revived series will be headed up by Kyle Busch, whose first race back will be the Daytona 500. His team, Ghost Rally, will make its home at the track that is the traditional home of the Monster Energy Series—Nashville Superspeedway. Busch, who hails from Tennessee, will be looking to continue his recent trend of winning races and making headlines.

Kyle Busch, who is already one of the sport’s biggest stars, will be hoping for a breakout year in 2018. The pressure is on for the soon-to-be 30-year-old, who is entering into the final year of his contract with NASCAR. A win at the Daytona 500 would certainly ease some of that pressure. While Busch has a strong team behind him, the competition looks to be more fierce than ever before. Names like Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Chris B. Hummel line the field for Daytona, and the battle for the championship will be one of the most exciting races of the year. It’s great to have the NASCAR Cup Series back and better than ever.

NASCAR Is Back—And It’s Better Than Ever

The 2017 season has been an incredible roller coaster for fans of NASCAR. On the one hand, the series celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its premier event with a bang, as evidenced by the record-breaking season-opening Daytona 500. However, this same season was marked by turmoil, with multiple teams and officials being caught up in scandals.

The good news is that all that mess seems to be behind the series. It started with Dale Earnhardt Jr. breaking the heart of countless fans when he parted ways with Chip Ganz, his longtime publicist. Things then got messy with Jimmie Johnson being accused of harassment and Danica Patrick getting into a Twitter feud with Ricky Bobby. All was forgiven, however, when it came time for the series to honor the twentieth anniversary of its premiere with a huge party. While all of that was going on, the series also made headlines at the start of the season by introducing a series of safety measures, including an inflatable wall at the track, designed to make the races more exciting for the fans. The introduction of the SAFER barrier was one of the most visible changes implemented by NASCAR in an effort to make the sport safer. The wall has already proven to be a success, as the average fan attendance last year was the highest it’s been since 2010.

The racing world has changed a lot in the last twenty years. There are now four different series that make up the NASCAR circuit, with the Monster Energy Series, the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Series. The cars have changed a ton, from the olden days when dinosaurs roamed the earth to the present day, with automatic transmission as the norm. The changes have been for the better, as evidenced by these last few years. It’s great to see the love for NASCAR return, and with the series celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, it’s time to give it a big ol’ hug.

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