• Dec 23, 2009
Some motorsports fans take issue with the fact that the vast majority of NASCAR tracks are little more than a series of left turns. This is for you, roundy-round jokers. The official sport of the South is mixing in some right turns and working the brakes a bit more in 2010 with a pair of road courses. The first race, a June 20 Sprint Cup affair at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, was already on the books, and now the truck racing series has added a second road course on June 19. The Nationwide Truck Series race will be held at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where a scenic 4.04 mile, 14 turn course awaits tailgate-loving NASCAR drivers.

We joke about NASCAR and right turns, but Wisconsin native Paul Menard thinks the biggest challenge will come courtesy of the brake pedal. "Braking will be the hardest aspect. Strategy will play a big part in this race." NASCAR hasn't run a national cup race at Road America since way back in1956, back when race cars used carburetors weren't as fast. Racing Road America will likely be a challenge for drivers who participate in both NASCAR Series, as a trip from Wisconsin to California inside of 24 hours sandwiched between a pair of tough races doesn't sound at all easy to us.

Whether you love NASCAR or you can't stand it, we're thinking middle America's racing sport of choice deserves hats off for mixing it up a bit this year.

[Source: NASCAR | Image: Road America]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not all of open wheelers are busts in NASCAR. Sure, Montoya has done pretty well recently, but before him guys like Tony Stewart was in the IRL, was successful and came to NASCAR and has won 2 Cup championships. Jeff Gordon's history before NASCAR was open wheeled sprint cars that race on dirt. Speaking of Jeff Gordon, he was EXTREMELY close to leaving NASCAR and going to F1 and driving for BMW. Then Hendrick Motorsports offered him an incredible contract just so he wouldn't go to F1, after BMW offered him an F1 contract. There should be videos of Gordon driving a BMW F1 car on youtube.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where can I watch real cars (like ones that I can buy from the dealership) drive on twisting turning tracks in interesting locations? You know, like it is in videogames? Does that sport exist?
        • 5 Years Ago
        SCCA, any GT series, or you can go to Australia for the V8 Supercar series. That is the blueprint NASCAR should look to IMHO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wooohooo I can watch NASCAR now
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the crashes!

        It's always funny watching oval guys drive track.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toooooooooooo Little !
      Toooooooooooo Late !
      Nascar still sucks ,,,, BIG TIME !
      • 5 Years Ago
      My favorite part of this article:

      "Braking will be the hardest aspect. Strategy will play a big part in this race."

      It's not strategy, its called talent. Talent to drive more than left turns and fast. Or talent that all other drivers have that Nascar drivers do not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And is he really the person coming up with the strategies? I HIGHLY doubt it. He does have this thing called a radio that goes around his head and lets him hear people talking to him. He most likely has people telling him what to do.

        The actual talent of the driver i still question greatly. I would love to see what a real rally driver could do compared to a nascar driver. Then you will see REAL talent, not this bull*hit that Fox puts on their channel. It doesn't take talent to drive at a high rate of speed and make left turns all day. It takes talent to be able to properly take turns (BOTH DIRECTIONS), brake, and judge how to take the turns. Nascar is a joke, plain and simple. Just like "professional" wrestling
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? Seriously? "Or talent that all other drivers have that Nascar drivers do not."

        B*tch, please...

        In any given NASCAR race you have 43 drivers (plus 3-5 that didn't make the race) that drive the hardest they can in tremendously challenging vehicles. Look at the "stars" of open wheel that have come over in recent years and made it...oh, wait, I'm still looking...yes, there he is...Juan Pablo Montoya. Who was smart enough to make The Chase by playing it safe all season but still hasn't won a race since his first season, at Infineon...in a gas mileage race. Don't get me wrong, JPM is brilliant, but using the logic that NASCAR is easy, then why aren't champions from other series (Dario Franchitti [IRL], Jacque Villenueve [CART and F1}, Ron Hornaday [Truck Series]) able to win races and championships?

        Maybe because it's a great deal harder than you think. The stereotype of "redneck NASCAR driver" is so old and, unfortunately, the stereotype is perpetrated by people who do not know the sport or understand it.

        Hush till you know what you are talking about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG! They're turning left AND right AND braking!! Gasp! Start hiring new engineers! The previous ones were all left-experts!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @R-8: That's like saying American Football is a game played by foot because they kick the ball twice in the game. Neither American Football is a game played in majority by foot or Nascar a race won in majority by driver skill. In a race where you turn left & left, majority stake is at the engineers, not the drivers. Plus, you say all drivers are equal. Wasn't Nascar one of the organizations where cheating was done on a regular basis? They were even claiming it increased the competition.. Competition to cheat better.. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does anyone realize that NASCAR has raced on two roadcoruses a year for decades. The cup cars race at Sears Point (aka Infenion) and Watkins Glen and have for 20 years. Prior to Sonoma they raced at Riverside. The Nationwide cars also race at Circiut Gilles Villeneuve.

        I watch about 50-60 races a year, F1, IRL, NASCAR, Grand-Am, Le Mans and the NASCAR road races are the best. The cars are very equal and take a lot of drivers skill to muscle around the race track. A 3400 pound car with 750 hp and tires less than 10 inches wide. And the fenders allow for a bit of contact.
        • 5 Years Ago
        zomg! NASCAR races will finally involve more than a brick on the gas pedal and string on the steering wheel? that's going to take a LOT of engineering.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As RX-8 said NASCAR has been running at Sonomo and Watkins Glen for years, so this is just ANOTHER road race course they will be doing, not the first in a long time. NASCAR also races at short tracks, super speedways (1 to 1.5 mile ovals), restrictor plate tracks (Daytona and Talledega), and Pocono which doesn't fit any classification. So that is a total of 5 different courses they run. What was this about all the tracks being the same?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares where NASCAR goes.

      They've done 2 road courses for many previous years, and it's still completely boring and uninteresting. It's the WWE of racing.

      You won't see me at ANY nascrap event. It's a waste of time and beer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It amazes me to hear some of my coworkers talk about NASCAR. It's like soap operas for hillbilly men.

      I like watching real racing. Like LeMans-class racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        Nascar is a pathetic excuse for racing. THE END.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to point out, yet again, that NASCAR has raced at a variety of road courses over its history, including:

      Riverside (Cup)

      Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Nationwide and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series)

      Autdromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Nationwide)

      Watkins Glen (Cup, Nationwide and Trucks)

      Sonoma (Cup, Nationwide and Trucks)

      Lime Rock Park (Camping World East)

      Portland International (Camping World West and Trucks)

      Trois-Rivieres (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series)

      Mosport (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series)

      Rexall-Edmonton Indy (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series)

      Toronto Molson Indy (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series)

      I would also like to point out that no "road course specialist" has won a Cup race on a road course since Dan Gurney at Riverside in the early 70s.

      But hey, we stockcar racers are just rednecks who can only turn left.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you watched the road course races?

        I will freely admit there is a real skill to driving a NASCAR on an oval that most people don't appreciate.

        But the problems with the road course specialists not winning is a lot to do with them not getting any "coopition" from the other drivers. They tend to get smeared in the packs, perhaps partly to them not knowing how to "get along" with other drivers.

        It was particularly galling to watch Boris Said try to take turn 11 at Sears Point out-in-out as you should, but since he'd be nose to tail with the car in front and the car in front didn't, his superior driving line never netted him any advantage versus the other cars who were just going round constant radius, constant speed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's right, it's not just about going in circles, they have to pit occasionally and crash often. I prefer MotoGP or F1 for racing. There's fueling strategies, drafting, tire wear, etc but it's still just doesn't do it for me
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys are aware that Cup Series has been running at Watkins Glen every year since 1984, right? And ran at Riverside up until the track close in 1988? And the Nationwide Series has been running at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2007 and at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez from 2005-2008?

        • 5 Years Ago
        You guys are aware that you have one of the worst profile pictures in the world right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You couldn't pay me enough to watch a regular NASCAR race, but this... this race I'd actually WANT to watch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, let's not get crazy now.

        Not a fan of Soap Operas and that is exactly what NASCAR is today - 'As The World Turns' for the male redneck demographic.

        I'd like to check out this ONE race, but between the Tide and Viagra sponsorship and the complete disconnect of a tube-framed racecar to it's production namesake, NASCAR has become a freakin joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm very glad Nascar is going to Road America, but it sounds like they're dropping Watkins Glen for it!!! While Road America > Watkins Glen by slightly, I'd rather them go to all three (plus Sonoma) and start a couple of street races.

      And yeah, they need to change their engine formula badly....
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