1959 Cadillac Eldorados and other rarities auctioned by VanDerBrink Auctions

’50s barn find stash of convertibles, more now offered online Two 1959 Eldorado Biarritz convertibles, a 1959 Eldorado Seville coupe, a 1953 Buick Skylark, a 1963 Eldorado Biarritz and fin after fin of 1959 Cadillac sedans. It’s not an assembly of rare cars on a concours field, it’s a barn burner of a barn find stash that is currently being auctioned online by Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions.     […]

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Let’s Get Ready To Roval (Can’t Wait For This Race)

<> at Charlotte Motor Speedway on July 10, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

There’s nothing else quite like it. It’s a road course possessing some of the characteristics of an oval. 2.28 miles, 17 turns. The roval course at Charlotte Motor Speedway is sure to deliver something new on Sept. 30.

In this video, AJ Allmendinger takes us for a spin around the roval (click here). Even among road courses currently on the schedule, the Charlotte roval is unique as you can see. For this fan, the only thing that would be more cool to add to the Cup schedule would be adding Iowa, Road America or Eldora. Ah, but I dream. Maybe someday, right?

Adding this to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series accomplishes one more thing: it adds a road course to the playoff schedule. That’s long overdue. I mean, a real champion should have his or her skills challenged in every way shouldn’t they? Adding this date rounds out the playoff schedule. Variety is the spice of life.

Don’t get me wrong: this first go round could have its hazards. If you’ve been following the test sessions, the roval has particularly tested the younger drivers. Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman and William Byron all three had trouble. Allmendinger- a road course ace- predicts the infield portion of the track being hazardous. It won’t always be pretty, but it will be different. AJ told the media this track is unique enough he’ll have no inherent advantage in this race. Joey Logano told the media there’s nothing you can take from Sonoma or Watkins Glen to help at Charlotte.

With that being said, at least it’s not like the parades we get at the intermediates. It also won’t be a blind luck race like the superspeedway at Talladega. Win on the Charlotte roval and you’ve accomplished something. Driver skill will be critical. How refreshing.




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Who Will Join Truex, Harvick and Busch As Top Contenders?

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 14, 2018 in Sparta, Kentucky.

You hear it now, and it drives some critics crazy. Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are now a phenomenon known as, wait for it…..the big three. OK. That’s the last time I will use it, so relax. You do get where the media is coming from. The three aforementioned former champions are clearly out front in the 2018 campaign to date as top contenders.

While Truex, Harvick and Busch have grabbed their share of headlines, there’s plenty of season left, and an opportunity for one more contenders to join the fray. Remember when Tony Stewart won his third and final title? When what was known then as the Chase started, Smoke looked like he hardly belonged. Fast forward to Homestead, Stewart tied Carl Edwards in points, captured the tie breaker and a title. That was just in a space of ten races. We have a lot more season than that to go.

The field is not devoid of candidates. You have to admit, this is a solid group we’re talking about.

 Clint Bowyer- That’s an obvious choice. Like the top contenders on the leaderboard, the 14 has multiple wins. Bowyer is a threat for the checkered flag nearly every week, needing only a little more luck and the avoidance of contention-killing mistakes.

 Kyle Larson- Here’s another driver who manages to be in the mix every week. The former open wheel ace has some tracks he likes coming up on the schedule where he can get that elusive victory and join the fray as one of the top contenders. Every now and then he makes a move where one thinks “Oops, that’s going to hurt,” but he’s shown he can win, and has a skill set to even contend on a road course. Can you say Watkins Glen?

  The Penske Boys- In their garage you have a former champion, a perennial contender and a promising youngster. Between Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney at least one, maybe more, will emerge. This has been a great year for Ford. They’ve all put together good runs; it’s just a matter of sustaining one.

There are others I wouldn’t rule out. In spite of the rough year (by his standards) by Jimmie Johnson, he’s been there and done that, and there’s still plenty of season left. Can you imagine a season without Hendrick Motorsports racers as top contenders?

There’s lots of season left folks. Truex, Harvick and the younger Busch will be outs of the toughest order. A lot can happen, so stay tuned.

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Confessions Of A Plate Racing Fan

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

OK, I’ve put it out there- I am a plate racing fan. To the purist, this is sacrilege. This fan was always amused when racing great Mark Martin referred a race at Talladega as “the lotto.” You can’t argue with him; look at how many drivers who have only won at plate tracks.

I confess- this is a part of the appeal to me. Until that checkered flag flies, you just never know. Out of the 40 entries that signed up for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, only a handful didn’t have a shot. As it was, Erik Jones got his first career victory, winning a war of attrition.

Kevin Harvick looked the part of a race winner. So did Martin Truex Jr. in stretches. Then there was Michael McDowell. Craziness! You just never know who will still be running when the race has been run. Does that not appeal to you on some level?

Now let’s be clear: not all plate victories are dumb luck. Some racers get lucky way too frequently for it to only be luck. The more I watch NASCAR, the more I become convinced that not overdriving the car is critical. Take AJ Allmendinger for example. As a fan, I love that guy. But how many times has he run himself out of a win because he’s used up his equipment. He’s not the only one.

Please, do not walk away with the notion that this fan loves it for the wrecks. Thankfully, we’re no longer watching scores of drivers losing their lives in NASCAR racing, such as in the days of yore. Yet, it’s still dangerous. Kyle Busch broke his legs at Daytona back in 2015. Then there’s all the concussions Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered. This is not even getting into how much financial cost a team incurs when their cars get all wadded up.

I get the frustration. There’s all the wrecking. There’s that sense that the driver has so little control over their own destiny. With the restrictor plates, it’s not so much about building that car that is so fast that it dominates the field. I’ll admit, I don’t want any more of these kinds of races than what we have. In fact, when it comes to the playoffs, I’d much rather have a road course race than plate racing. With that being said, I cannot deny: plate racing is the NASCAR equivalent of Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.

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The Automobile Gallery opens new Truck Building

From a rare Depression era 1934 Ford pickup with a flathead V-8 to a 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning pickup, The Automobile Gallery (www.TheAutomobileGallery.org) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has amassed a super collection of trucks. Now, this unique “automotive art gallery” has opened a new space where only trucks will be showcased in the future. The spacious and well-lit Truck Gallery currently houses eight vehicles that run the gamut from […]

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So Dale Earnhardt Jr Is A Broadcaster Now?

JR visits ESPN

A few years ago, this veteran broadcaster would have been skeptical. Dale Earnhardt Jr. a broadcaster? Some of his post-race and post-wreck interviews would have been cause for skepticism. He talked 100 miles an hour, his eye contact was poor, and his vocabulary lacking.

Frankly, this observer figured NASCAR’s favorite son would go the way of Tony Stewart. At one point, being more of a motorsports businessman- with a big assist from his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller- seemed more logical. He’d be more free to move about and check in with the media as it suited him.

A lot has changed for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the last two years. He got married, he retired from driving, and he became a dad. This one time racing rock star has changed. There’s a maturity that seemed to be missing, and now we’re seeing a more polished, cleaned up Junior.

One result of this is a clean transition from the cockpit to the broadcast booth. Remember his guest appearance in the NBC booth last season? Speaking for myself, as someone who’s been practicing the craft for nearly 30 years, I thought “You know, this guy might actually be announcing material.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought energy, and was clear and cogent with his contributions. The network obviously saw something and gave him the opportunity. Excellent move.

There once was a time when Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed like a big kid. What’s impressive is the work he has put in to his new gig. This article from the Charlotte Observer  goes deeper into ramping up for the big debut. A lot of work went into gearing up for his first broadcast. He took it seriously, and it showed.

It’s not easy as easy as it sounds to polish yourself for a broadcast, and still maintain your sense of identity. A huge part of the popularity of Dale Earnhardt Jr. is that boyish enthusiasm, that unvarnished outlook on NASCAR and good ol’ boy persona. It’s a balancing act. It won’t always be smooth, and yet because who he is, it’s safe to say the racing public will cut him some slack.

From here, the energy and recent experience of competing in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series that “Lil E” possesses is just what the sport needs. Of course, it didn’t hurt that his first race had a signature finish to give him something to work with.

Nobody gets there alone, so kudos must be given to Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte for making it work. I think NBC is on to something good.

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It’s Racing Like You’re Being Raced Right?

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 1, 2018 in Joliet, Illinois.

What a race! After Martin Truex Jr. blew away the field at Sonoma last week, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson delivered a door banging, full contact finish in the Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland. This is the kind of racing fans crave. In light of that, it’s a bit curious the reaction of the fan to the win by Kyle Busch.

It’s especially perplexing when you consider the reaction of runner-up Kyle Larson. He accepted with class the consequences of initiating contact. Unlike the reaction of Kurt Busch to being raced hard by teammate Kevin Harvick, Larson understands the adage that you race others like they race you. That’s what happened to Larson. If he hadn’t moved up the track on Busch, he may have had a case for complaining about the heavy dose of bumper he got from Busch. But that’s not how it works.

It’s real simple. If you avoid contact at all costs, a la Mark Martin, you get raced in one fashion. If you engage in contact, you may expect contact will be given you.

Let’s get real: it’s not about the racing, it’s about who’s involved. All that booing was more about Kyle Busch. No one here is suggesting people have to like him. Kyle Larson knew what he might get in return if he couldn’t get away from Busch. Rowdy draws a lot of ire, because he is, well, rowdy. You don’t have to like it.

As for Larson, in the Kyle vs. Kyle battle, Busch has come out on top every time. That’s how the racing goes. It won’t last forever.

In fact, one should expect- as often happens in racing- what goes up must come down. Some day, the bottom rail may find itself on top. It remains to be seen if Busch will be as gracious in defeat as Larson was. If Busch isn’t, well then you can expect he will get the reaction he usually does.

What fun would racing be if everybody behaved perfectly? I don’t think we’ll ever have that to worry about.

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