August 12, 2022

An official announcement of NASCAR racing on the streets of Chicago could come this month (Photo: Sherryl Creekmore/NASCAR)

Last weekend at Road America, the question that loomed over NASCAR racing on the 4-mile road course was: How long is it going to last?

Would NASCAR continue to visit the Wisconsin track, or as has been stated in multiple reports, will NASCAR soon use its date on the calendar to race the streets of Chicago?

According to a report from The Athletic, we may soon have the answer.

Via a public records request, The Athletic obtained a letter from the City of Chicago to NASCAR that approves the concept of a street race for a three-year term beginning in 2023.

The letter was addressed to Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing development and strategy.

Athletic reported that no contact has yet been signed, but an announcement is expected on July 19.

If the deal goes through, it will result in the NASCAR Cup Series’ first race on an urban course. The NASCAR Xfinity Series took part in street racing in Mexico City (2005-’08) and Montreal, Quebec (2007-’12).

Denny Hamlin takes coke for Atlanta

For much of his NASCAR Cup career, Denny Hamlin had one sponsor, FedEx.

But over the past two seasons, Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota has made other companies appear. Now Hamlin, a member of the Coca-Cola Racing family, will have a Coca-Cola paint scheme for the first time.

On Wednesday, Coke revealed the pattern Hamlin will have in Sunday’s Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is Coke’s home track.

Unfortunately for Hamlin, history is not on his side.

Although Coca-Cola has been a long-time sponsor of NASCAR, it’s been nearly 50 years since a Cup Series car that had Coke as its main sponsor – on the hood – hasn’t been on the road to victory. .

This last happened in 1975 when Bobby Allison won the Southern 500. Since then Coke has been on the path to Cup Series victory, albeit as an associate sponsor. Kyle Larson won twice in 2017 when Coca-Cola was located on his quarterback boards.

Winning records

With Tyler Reddick’s victory on Sunday at Road America, there were five first winners this season in the Cup Series. This ties the series’ modern-era record which was also set in 2001, 2002, and 2011.

Road America also produced the 13th different NASCAR Cup Series winner of the season – tied with the 2002 season for the second most winners out of 18 races in the modern era. This trails behind the 2003 season with 14 different winners. The most winners to complete a 26-race regular season in the Cup series during the playoff era (2004-2022) is 15 different winners in 2011. The record for different full-season winners in the series NASCAR Cup is 19 different winners and it happened four times (1956, 1958, 1961 and 2001).

Logano in the SRX cabin

Crossovers between NASCAR and Superstar Racing Experience continue to grow.

It was announced Thursday that Joey Logano will be a guest analyst for CBS’ broadcast of the SRX season finale on Saturday, July 23 at Sharon Speedway in Ohio.

Logano was seen a lot on the Fox Sports booth as a driver analyst for NASCAR Xfinity Series races.

Logano’s Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney will race in Sharon, along with his father, Dave Blaney. The Blaney family is co-owner of the dirt road.

TV Ratings

Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Road America has taken a hit in the odds department. As the first cup race scheduled on the USA Network, the July 3 race drew just 1.930 million viewers. That’s compared to 3.078 million last year, when the race was held on mainnet NBC.