Chevy underdogs light it up at Daytona

Drop the flag on any NASCAR Cup level race and it’s not surprising to find four Chevrolets in the top 10.

Though the rise of Toyota and more recently Ford have tempered the Bowtie Brigade’s dominance, names like Johnson, Elliott, Larson and McMurray usually populate the final top 10.

Last night, though, after race filled with on-track fireworks, five Chevy Underdogs ran from 20-somthing starting spots to claim spots in the top 10.

Paul Menard, 3rd, started 24th
Michael McDowell, 4th, started 23rd
Ryan Newman, 5th, started 22nd
AJ Allmendinger, 8th, started 27th
Chris Buescher, 10th, started 29th

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Epaulets! The Penske-Wood connection goes back further than you think

Amid the cascade of feel-good stories after Ryan Blaney’s hard fought Pocono win yesterday, car owner and NASCAR legend Eddie Wood was asked about the state of his team’s alliance with the powerhouse Penske Racing organization.

Wood says the relationship goes back a lot further than the recent technical partnership.

How far? This far:

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Pocono Throwback – Father’s Day 2001

This week, we kick off a “throwback” series, by finding a posting an old school race on YouTube and sharing it with you here.

Nearly every track features historic races and iconic characters. So it’s good to be reminded.

This week, the 2001 Pocono race was held on Father’s Day so of course there was a big emphasis on Dale Jr., who had lost his father just a few months before.

Spoiler: He ran up front before short-pitting late, but made a game effort.

Here’s the race. Show notes (and another embed of the race itself) after the bump:

Credit: YouTube user Dave W

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Reed Sorenson and his sponsor want to change how you heat your house

When Reed Sorenson starts 36th in tomorrow’s Cup race at Pocono, he will carry the colors and logo for Energex Wood Pellets.

Energex is a manufacturer of wood pellets, tiny units of compressed, recycled wood, not “pallets,” those cumbersome and messy shipping platforms.

Who cares?

You might, if you’re tired of paying outrageous gas or electricity bills in the winter.

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Race Car Drivers vs The Media

A recent article in Nuvo Newsweekly asked several IndyCar drivers 20 questions about how quickly they do various things, from hot laps and pit stops to fixing a meal and getting in and out of their fire suit. But the question that elicited the most surprising answers was: What’s the fastest you’ve ever gotten out of a media interview?

If you saw video from Community Day when they flew to locations across the country to promote the Indy 500, the drivers might have appeared to be enjoying themselves. But there is a reason that autograph sessions at each track and Media Day interviews at IMS are mandatory. Far too often, a driver would rather be doing anything other than talking to the media.

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