- Pit stop at Darlington Raceway / Image from Wikipedia / by Dllu

Nascar is nearly back - what you need to know

A guide for the upcoming NASCAR race at Darlington.

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Nascar will be back racing on May 17th. As this will be your only choice of motorsport this weekend let's have a look at the event.

The race on the 17th of May will be a one day event. That means that the teams take their cars to the Darlington race track. Unload them and race. No practice and no qualifying to speak of. So how will they determine starting positions I hear you ask. In fact starting positions have already been determined. That has been done via mix of taking the owner points in to account as well as a draw. The top 12 cars in owner points were put in a random draw in order to determine positions 1 to 12. The same occurred for positions 13 to 24, 25 to 36 and the final 4 positions were left for non-full time competitors with the most points.

This is how we end up with this starting grid.

Now let's add all these things together. No practice, no qualifying and the cars will het the track and directly go racing. Also bear in mind that the drivers have not been in a real race for about two months. I don't know about you but I am expecting a lot of bent metal and scarred walls.

Then there is the track where this event will take place. Darlington Raceway, you need look no further than what some call the track - "The Track Too Tough to Tame" to realise that a race there is difficult in the best of times. Now, I'm no NASCAR expert, nor am I a sim racing expert, but I did try my hand at racing around this track and it's not as easy as you think. It's not the same shape on both sides so I do think that setting up the cars for such a track can be quite tricky. And guess what, setting up the cars for the race tomorrow will be nothing short of guesswork, so you can add that to the chaotic equation above.

Darlington Raceway / Image from Wikipedia / by Pitlane02

Darlington Raceway / Image from Wikipedia / by Pitlane02

If like me you are not a real hardcore NASCAR fan, but will be watching or are considering watching the race, because there is nothing better to watch. It might be good to watch this documentary in order to best prepare for what is to come.


Tell me what you think the race is going to be like. Will you tune in, or are ovals too simple for you?

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Comments (4)

  • The reason why it’s so oddly shaped is that when it was built there was a pond on that end of the track that the landowner wanted saved so the track configuration reflected that. The start line was also moved to the other straight years ago.

      19 days ago
  • I’ll check it out. I’m a Team Penske fan so I’ll be rooting for those guys but I’m really excited to see IndyCar back in a few weeks.

      19 days ago