To start this article, let’s get the obvious out of the way: yes, today is June 12, 2020, and this article will tell you who won the race at Texas Motor Speedway. The answer, as you might guess, is “it depends.” But that’s probably the best answer you’re going to get from me, other than “no one really knows.”
Let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we?
The Late Models Had Their Day
Today was a good day for the late models, which is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Let’s examine the reasons why.
There was a time when a late model was simply a car that was not a NASCAR Cup Series vehicle. These days, though, a late model can mean just about anything. With multiple classes, and close to 200 competitors running each race, pretty much anything is possible. Today’s race had 20 cars in each of the three classes, leading to a total of 60 cars running in the race. This is a much higher entry rate than we’ve seen in a while, and it was great to see so many familiar faces. This includes lots of local teams in the Midwest as well as teams from other parts of the country. It was nice to see everyone getting into the spirit again, even if it was just for a short while.
Speaking of spirit, the drivers are a spirited group as well. We saw plenty of contact and tight racing, which is what you’d expect from such a large group of drivers. This is also a group that loves to push each other and show their skills. Several cautions were thrown out, with lots of driving on the limit and just about everything that could possibly be considered aggressive driving. Even though today was a lot of fun to watch, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous at times. There are just so many cars on the track, and this isn’t something that I’m used to. But after a while, it becomes second nature and you start to see the beauty in all of this.’
The Craftsman Truck Series Had A Bit Of A Rough Start
The Craftsman Truck Series didn’t have the best of races either, but it was nothing compared to what the late models went through. Today was the first time this year that the trucks didn’t race in the same configuration as the previous year. This was due to a few different factors, not the least of which was the fact that the trucks don’t have the same aerodynamic drag as the cars. This makes it a little harder for these drivers to drive aggressively. But that’s not to say that some didn’t try. Even with less downforce than usual, there was still plenty of contact and hard racing from the get-go. It was a battle royal from the outset, with multiple cars going very hard throughout the entire race. You might even say that it was a bit of a hate-fest. There were a lot of colorful phrases being shouted throughout the entire race. It was an all-out war, and that’s what makes it so much fun to watch.
What We Learned
So, what did we learn? I think there are a few things we learned today, not the least of which is that nothing is easy in NASCAR. This is especially true when it comes to the Winston Cup Series, which was just renamed to the NASCAR Cup Series. The cars are incredibly fast, and they require an incredible amount of skill to drive. A mistake even a pro might make once or twice per lap could be the difference between a win and a loss. But aside from that, we also saw how much the drivers enjoy competing, even if it’s just for a little while. It’s not easy being a professional race car driver, as we saw several drivers admit during the Victory Lane ceremonies. It takes a lot of hard work, and it’s not something that comes easily to everyone. This is the reason why NASCAR offers so much support to its drivers, both emotionally and financially. A lot of these drivers are incredibly talented, and they deserve the best opportunity to showcase their talent. So, with that, I’d like to thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this article.