Who Won The Port Royal Speedway Last Night? [Answered!]

We have all seen those viral videos of cars getting wrecked at incredible speeds, but have you ever wondered who is really behind those wrecks? Does the popular Facebook driver really need to hit those speeds to make those dangerous turns? Can he control those reckless driving habits? Is mechanical failure to blame for all those vehicle crashes?

Those are questions that the officials at the Port Royal Speedway in Caroline County, Virginia, try to answer every week. The first NASCAR race track to implement a social media strategy, they use every platform imaginable to bring in the viewing audience and keep them engaged.

The speedway held its season opener last night, and there were a lot of surprises. First of all, there was a great turnout. A weather report on the eve of the race called for “the perfect conditions for a carnival ride.” And so it was. There were no bad rides at the speedway last night.

But more importantly, there were a lot of twists and turns that took the sport by surprise. The first one had to do with the defending champion. Will Power, who holds a 14-point lead in the drivers’ championship, won the pole position and went on to win the race. His chief rival, Jeff Gordon, was in second place, and Kevin Harvick completed the podium in third.

Harvick won the last race at the track in 2015, but this was his first ever victory there. The Texan is now nine points ahead of Gordon in the standings, with two more races left to go. A lot can happen in those next two months, especially with NASCAR becoming an all-points series in March.

Here are the other big surprises from last night’s race:

Kurt Busch Is Back

Kurt Busch, who lost his driving privileges for the rest of the season as part of the Monster Energy/NOS suspension, got an incredible ovation from the home crowd when he walked to his car after finishing last in the race. He gave a thumbs-up to the crowd, as they welcomed him back with open arms.

And just like that, Kurt Busch was back in the cockpit, determined to prove everyone wrong. He started on the pole and challenged for the lead right away. Going into turn one, he got a great start and was in the hunt for the top spot. Then, coming into turn two, Busch got a great exit and found himself in the lead by a nose. He won the first stage handily and then went on to win the whole darn thing. It was a great to see the fans and the entire racing community rally around Kurt. He is a class act and is going to do great things in motorsport.

Joey Logano Is Back

Joey Logano, who crashed and burned at the end of last season, had a great comeback. After a winter of reflection and introspection, the former five-time NASCAR Champion is ready to get back to racing. And boy, does he look it. He won the pole position and led the first stage of the race. Then, with Gordon creeping up on him, Logano began making some risky moves. Coming off of a bridge, he went low and spun out Gordon. The two tangled for a while before Logano eventually made some ground on Gordon. But the damage had already been done. Not only did the Penske driver win that stage, he went on to win the overall race, too.

With just one race left this season, Logano is seeking redemption. In a year plagued by mechanical failures, he is looking to right the ship as we speak. He is a champion in the making and one to watch this upcoming year. And as for the fans, they got what they wanted and more. An underdog story with a happy ending.

Carl Edwards Retires

Carl Edwards, one of the most popular drivers in the history of NASCAR, hung up his helmet after winning 19 Cup races. Edwards announced earlier this year that he would be stepping away from full-time racing, but he still planned on showing up for the occasional race, like the Daytona 500. Well, he got his wish. Edwards started 17th and was running in the top five when he had to make an unscheduled stop for fuel. As he was pulling away from the pits, the 79-year-old driver suffered a massive stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side. He is still undergoing therapy but has been working with a speech therapist, trying to get back to where he left off before the stroke. His family and friends have helped to raise money for his medical bills, and his foundation has also raised over $16 million to date for various organizations, including the National Stroke Association. In a sport that loves its veterans, it was an incredible moment when Edwards was presented with the key to the city by the Mayor of Fort Worth at half-time of the Daytona 500. It was a proud moment for Carl as well as the entire racing community.

Arnold Vickers Retires

One of the most popular drivers of all time, 7-time NASCAR Champion and 3-time Indy Racing League Champion Arnold “Arnie” Vickers, also decided to hang up his helmet. Vickers, who began his career in the early 1950s and had 1,162 career starts, announced earlier in the summer that this would be his final season. And from all indications, it looks like he will keep his word. After a career spanning seven decades, the 77-year-old driver retired from full-time racing. He still came to the occasional race to support his friends, but he no longer had the desire to compete. He is still active in the garage though, helping his friend and crew chief Dale Earnhardt Jr. get his car ready for the season opener. The elder Vickers, who lost his wife Sally in a plane crash in 1988, is also an honorary starter at the track, where he has been every year since the start of racing season. The whole family, including his two grandsons, Caleb and Colton, got in on the action last night. The brothers won a combined total of 29 races, and it was the most recent of those wins that brought Vickers out to the garage. The last race for the great NASCAR patriarch was a bittersweet moment. After more than half a century of being a part of NASCAR, the final turn at the speedway was a fitting sendoff for the greatest driver the sport has ever known.

Clint Eastwood Signs On As An Official Sponsor

Clint Eastwood, the legendary 60-year-old actor, has joined forces with Chip Ganassi, his long-time collaborator, as an official sponsor for the last two races of the season. The two have a history, as Ganassi’s father, Peter, founded the Invicta brand in 1973 and named it after his and Clint’s mothers, respectively. The former chairman of Invicta Films, Michael J. Deiss, said the collaboration was a natural fit. “This partnership with Clint is about giving back to the fans who have supported our brands throughout the years,” he said. “Our hope is that this will be a driving force for both companies, creating further opportunities for growth.”

The iconic star will appear in various capacities at the two remaining races of the season, including as a starter, an honorary starter, and a trackside interviewer for the Discovery Channel. Ganassi, who began his career in auto racing in 1972 and launched his own team, Ganassi Racing, in 1982, said he and Eastwood share a passion for cars and motorsport. “I’ve always admired Clint’s work and appreciate his support, so to be able to have him as part of our partnership and help raise awareness for these great charities is special,” he said. “I look forward to working with him to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.”

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