Denny Hamlin: “You take aerodynamics out of the way. You get back to old school racing.”
For the duration of July, I left the state of North Carolina and hit the highway in a search for 12 different dirt tracks. While I was away, I left a piece of bread on my kitchen counter. In a lot of ways, the current NASCAR schedule reminds me of that stale piece of bread.
But, when NASCAR returns to the short track it reminds us of what could be. And, it could be that, every week.
Unfortunately, NASCAR only has three short tracks (Arguably, just two) on the schedule. But, it you look at the highlight reels from the last 365 days, the vast majority of those highlights were born on tiny ovals.
Over the weekend, Joey Logano put the bumper to Martin Truex Jr on the final corner of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The crowd jumped out of their seats with excitement and/or anger. Either of those things is exactly what the fans are looking for.