Cole Swindell discusses “You Should Be Here” at NASCAR race in Kentucky

by Ryan Isley SPARTA, Kentucky – Cole Swindell could have been back home in Nashville on Saturday after playing a concert in Wisconsin on Friday night. But an open date and a NASCAR race being in Kentucky was just too much temptation to pass up for the avid NASCAR fan. Swindell stopped by Kentucky Speedway to see some friends, take in a race and of course attend yet another driver’s meeting. He joked that he has been in so many meetings that people are going to start asking what team he is working for now. He also took a few … Continue reading Cole Swindell discusses “You Should Be Here” at NASCAR race in Kentucky

Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman has renewed respect for NASCAR

SPARTA, Kentucky – It took Marty Brennaman 57 years and broken pact with God, but he finally returned to a NASCAR race on Saturday to be the honorary pace car driver. It’s safe to say that the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster will leave Kentucky Speedway with a new appreciation for the sport. After being involved in the Andretti Racing experience and sitting in the passenger seat of a car that went upwards of 165 miles per hour, Brennaman’s eyes were opened to just what the drivers endure on the track. “I rode along and the guy went up … Continue reading Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman has renewed respect for NASCAR

Taking a lap around Kentucky Speedway

by Ryan Isley SPARTA, Kentucky – When someone from NASCAR walks through the media room and asks if anyone wants to take a pace car ride, the only right answer is “Hell yeah.” So that’s exactly what I said on Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway. They took us from the media center and through the garage area and finally led us down to pit road to await our ride. They loaded us three at a time into a Toyota Camry driven by former NASCAR driver Brett Bodine. Bodine was fantastic as our “tour guide,” giving us the insight into a … Continue reading Taking a lap around Kentucky Speedway

How a hunting trip set the tone for Clint Bowyer’s 2018 season

By Ryan Isley A hunting trip and a threat. That’s how Clint Bowyer went from missing the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs to winning two races already in 2018. After a season in which Bowyer joined Stewart-Haas Racing and the team didn’t perform the way it had hoped, the driver took crew chief Mike Bugarewicz on a hunting trip to Texas. “We went on that hunt and I told him ‘hey man, we’re either going to figure this out or one of us is getting shot down here,’” Bowyer said. “We ended up having a blast and really … Continue reading How a hunting trip set the tone for Clint Bowyer’s 2018 season

Hate from NASCAR fans continues as Kyle Busch heads to Richmond looking for third win in a row

By Ryan Isley There is a saying I like to use quite often on social media – “haters gonna hate.” When it comes to NASCAR, the haters don’t come out for anyone stronger than they do for Kyle Busch. Those haters may not have a good weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday night. Coming off wins in back-to-back races, plenty of NASCAR fans have already started to show their impatience and displeasure when it comes to watching Busch take the checkered flag. They might have to get … Continue reading Hate from NASCAR fans continues as Kyle Busch heads to Richmond looking for third win in a row

No shortage of stories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol

by Ryan Isley Bristol Motor Speedway may be a short track, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race there this weekend was not short on storylines. These are just a few of the top stories from the Food City 500: Through rain, sleet or snow, NASCAR finishes the race: The race took just over 26 hours to complete, as the weather in Tennessee just refused to cooperate. What was supposed to start as a 2:00 pm ET start on Sunday was moved up to 1:00 pm because of impending weather. Once the drivers took the green flag, the race … Continue reading No shortage of stories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series youth movement will have to wait for now

by Ryan Isley Is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series about to go out with the old and in with the new? Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch would like to think not. While NASCAR has been busy promoting its younger drivers, Harvick and Busch have been busy racking up points and wins. When the season was about to begin, Busch spoke out about NASCAR’s marketing campaign that centered around younger drivers such as Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr, all drivers who are currently 26 years of age or younger. … Continue reading The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series youth movement will have to wait for now