Who Won North Wilkesboro Speedway 2022? [Ultimate Guide!]

We’re already well into the new decade, and many motorsport fans have already began to plan their next big purchase. The last few years have seen numerous changes and evolutions in the world of motorsport, and there have been many standout moments.

Whether you’re a dedicated motorsport nut, or you just follow the news regularly, you’ll no doubt have heard of many of the thrilling stories that have made headlines in the past 12 months. Here’s a reminder of some of the biggest news stories from the past year.

F1 Changes For 2022

F1 endured a tumultuous 21st century, and all because of the Covid-19 pandemic. With so many teams and drivers temporarily grounded, opportunities for spectators to attend events sprung up. Live broadcasting was one such outlet, and it gave us all the opportunity to get to follow the racing live. Thanks to a combination of circumstances, the sport’s leaders made the right call in revising the rules to fit the new circumstances, and while the world of motorsport is still waiting for F1 to return to its former glory, the 2021 season was a major step forward. The championship was decided with two races to spare, and we witnessed many memorable moments.

The teams that stuck with their original plans and didn’t resort to desperate measures to make the races happen saw their drivers clinch the title, with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) being at the forefront of the fight for the remaining two podium places. Vettel managed to snatch victory from under Leclerc’s nose in the season finale, with the latter only managing to secure second place. Both drivers put in a great show during the season, with Leclerc boasting some fantastic finishes, including a hat-trick of podiums. Vettel finished on the podium 12 times during the season, the same number as team mate Max Verstappen. The four drivers scored 71 podiums between them this year, which is the most since 2014.

The 2021 season also saw the introduction of several new rules. The introduction of power units was a significant turning point, as the previously distinct roles of fuel and engine became blurred, with each benefiting the other during operation. The ban on engine changes during the season was also lifted, meaning teams were now able to make in-season adjustments to their power units. The new season also saw the creation of a new points system, with each race worth a set number of points, and the accumulation of these numbers determining the final champion. Let’s not forget about the teams either, with Renault, Honda and Mercedes forming up a strikeforce that dominated the field during the second half of the season. Finally, we need to point out the greatest comeback of the year, as Team Vitaly Klovian and Jonny Reaume took on the role of the long-absent Haas F1 Team this year and had an outstanding season. The team missed the first four races of the year, before making their grand debut at the United States Grand Prix. They went on to finish on the podium on seven occasions, with five of those podiums coming in the second half of the season.

The Return Of The CART

One of the biggest stories of the last year was the revival of motor racing in North America. We saw several new championships appear, with the IndyCar Series seeing a 12-race schedule, and the revived FIA WEC claiming the right to call itself the World Sportscar Championship. The revived CART Championship also made a welcome return, as it consisted of 12 rounds, originally set to take place between March and October this year, before the season was postponed until November or December.

The IndyCar Series had a fairly eventful year. The calendar was expanded to include a stop in Europe, with Britain and Ireland joining the growing list of countries that IndyCar races have taken place in. The season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida was one of the most stunning races we’ve seen in years, with several full course-paint battles, hard-fought overtaking and a standing start, which meant the first ten starters were on the grid together, before the flag was waved and the engines roared. The race, which was won by Alexander Rossi, saw over 80 lead changes, with the same number of tire stops. The season finale, which took place on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was another breathtaking affair, with several intense battles for position, before the chequered flag was waved and the victors climbed the podium. It was a vintage performance from a sport that is still trying to find its feet after more than a decade away. The IndyCar Series returned with a bang, and it remains to be seen whether it can continue to produce such exhilarating racing.

NASCAR Shifts To The Playoffs

One of the most significant off-tracks moments of the last year was NASCAR shifting to its new playoff format. The Chase for the Cup was the brainchild of Jimmie Johnson, the face of NASCAR and one of its all-time greats. The system was put into practice for the first time last year, and it worked brilliantly. The format was implemented across all of NASCAR, and we saw 12 drivers fight for the championship, with the winner being determined by the season’s final race, the Post-Pandemic Grand Final. The final race of the season was postponed a week due to the pandemic, and saw several drivers struggle with getting travel permits to get to the race. The resulting excitement was immense, and the new format was hailed a massive hit. Drivers and fans alike have hailed the format, with several praising the system for making for more interesting races, while also reducing the strain on the teams and NASCAR as a whole. The new format has clearly had a positive effect.

Formula E Dominates

Speaking of interesting races, Formula E had the most engaging season in the history of the championship. The all-electric series saw a massive rise in popularity, and the number of fans following the race grew from 101,000 in 2018 to 665,000 in 2019, which made it the most-watched championship in the world. It also saw several records broken, with the races often proving to be highly unpredictable and often requiring a fresh approach. The championship was won by the consistent and reliable Lucas Di Grassi, in what was a fairly uneventful year for the championship, which makes sense given that every race was highly anticipated and went to plan. It was an extraordinary rise for a championship that only took off two years ago, and it will be interesting to see whether it can maintain its popularity in the coming years.

The Historic Season For NASCAR

This year was a historic one for NASCAR: it was the first time that the sport had not had a single driver claim the championship. After decades of domination, Tony Stewart was dethroned as the king of NASCAR, with the likes of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt all claiming the crown. A few weeks ago, we would have been looking at a very different landscape, with Stewart’s championship likely to be followed by a dynasty, but the coronavirus pandemic saw several tracks close down, altering the face of NASCAR forever.

The sport lost its top three teams—Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick-enjoy, and Joe Gibbs Racing—as well as its marquee drivers. Stewart, who has been plagued by health problems in the past, announced his retirement from full-time driving at the end of the season, with Harvick, who has been with the team since its inception in 1991, also announcing his retirement, with the duo of Stewart and Harvick ending their long and illustrious careers. The void left by the retirements of Stewart, Harvick, and Joe Gibbs is still very much felt, as we’ve seen several drivers, including Busch and Earnhardt, step up to the plate to fill the gaps left by the legends. This year has seen a total overhaul in the sport, and while we wait for NASCAR to rebuild, let’s not forget about some of the sporting gems that were this year’s big stories.

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