The brand new NASCAR season is upon us and it’s time to come up to speed with the load of changes we have seen over the off season. While we’re all looking forward to 500 miles of excitement on February 26th, we’ll need to get used to some new sights and sounds at the track.
New Season Comes with New Title Sponsor
Monster Energy drinks signed on as the main sponsor for the top racing series in NASCAR. It will now be formally referred to as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the foreseeable future. Sprint has been connected with NASCAR since 2004, initially known as the Nextel Cup Series until the smaller communications business was taken over by Sprint. So once again, long time fans of the sport will be tripping over their tongues until we get used to Monster Energy Series.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is Returning to the No. 88
NASCAR Nation was shocked to see their most popular driver opt to sit out the whole second half of the season in order to properly recuperate after being diagnosed halfway through the 2016 season with a concussion. While Jeff Gordon fans were thrilled to see their retired driver back on the track, the loss of Dale Jr. shook fans to the core. We did get to see him work a little in the broadcast booth, but it’s good to understand that he’s been cleared by his physicians. He has been working to get his driving skills back in order and is now prepared to start racing.
The off season shocker occurred over at Joe Gibbs Racing. The driver of the No. 19 Arris Toyota, Carl Edwards announced just after the end of the season that he was retiring from racing. After driving for nearly 20 years, 14 of which happened under the NASCAR banner, he gathered 28 Cup wins and made a run for the championship three times. He refrained from discussing his reasons for suddenly leaving as is typical of the Missouri native. Nevertheless, Edwards personality should lend itself to a commentator occupation for the sport.
If you had a hankering to experience a NASCAR Cup race in person, attending the Daytona 500 is a great chance. Updates to improved fan experience with menu alternatives, new grandstands and amenities were finalized before the 2016 Daytona 500. As a results, fans can get the opportunity to appreciate plenty of new comforts. With your racing heroes racing down the front stretch at nearly 200 miles per hour, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. The electricity in the World Center of Racing is unparalleled during the always exciting season opener.
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