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2020 Nascar - Talladega - Cup and X-Men - Fans, More or Less

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  • 2020 Nascar - Talladega - Cup and X-Men - Fans, More or Less

    Today a fan-less X-Race and tomorrow 5000 socially distant fans for the Cup race. So far only Cup races are projected to have reduced attendance with the size determined by the states and still no fans for X-Races and Trucks.

    I'm not sure about fans at most races, but Texas next month will allow Cup socially distant fans. Don't know the size, but TMS president Eddie Gossage explained the reasoning behind fan-less X-Men and Truck races - If any attendees are reported sick then everything is shutdown by the state. So they are trying their best. I don't do this normally, but Eddie Gossage is responding to a lot of fan tweets and appears to be honestly explaining the situation - His personal twitter account if you want to see how a promoter works, https://twitter.com/eddiegossage

    Weather today and tomorrow is temps around 90 and the chance of pop-up showers. Here is the schedule from MRN;


    Talladega Schedule of Events

    All Times Eastern
    Saturday, June 20
    ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200: 2:00 p.m. (MRN/FS1)
    Radio Pre-Race: 5:00 p.m. (MRN)
    TV Pre-Race: 5:00 p.m. (FS1)
    Xfinity Series Unhinged 300: 5:30 p.m. (MRN/FS1)
    Xfinity Stages: 25 / 50 / 113
    Sunday, June 21
    Radio Pre-Race: 2:00 p.m. (MRN)
    TV Pre-Race: 2:30 p.m. (FOX)
    Cup Series GEICO 500: 3:00 p.m. (MRN/FOX)
    Cup Stages: 60 / 120 / 188



    News and Notes
    • 2021 Hall of Famers - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Stefanik are the two Modern Era choices and in the Pioneer Era top vote getter is Red Farmer. The story on Nascar
    • Corey Lajoie and Denny Hamlin have been in a Twitter feud started during the iRacing shutdown. It got so bad that both were called to the hauler at Homestead after Hamlin threatened to crash LaJoie in real racing. Autoweek has a breakdown.
    • If anyone remembers Alex Zanardi, this is sad news - Racer Alex Zanardi seriously injured in handbike accident
    • COVID-19 - Dale Jarrett diagnosed with a mild case, doing well and 2 SHR shop guys have been diagnosed too.
    • No All-Star race at Charlotte this year. It's moving to Bristol on July 15th. I think rotating the All-Star to different tracks is a good idea, but will it return to Charlotte permanently after COVID?
    • All-Star races are used by Nascar to try new things. This year it's moving the car number from center of the "door" back to ahead of or behind the rear wheel opening. Why the test? To make a larger branding area for sponsors. You would think Nascar proposed peddle car racing. Two possibilities;
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    • Some of the smaller teams are having a cash-crunch in the new COVID world and some sponsorship money is drying up.
    • Homestead penalties - Only loose lugnuts and fines.
    • No practice or qualifying for this Dega race and a new lower horsepower motor and aero package. What can go wrong?
    • TV ratings - Once again no way to compare to earlier years, but 2.48 million viewers for Homestead.



    iBoats Fantasy Live
    • Tiz won iFL racing at Homestead. He joins the growing list of two-time winners this year - 4 two timers in 12 races. Congrats, Tiz.
    • Tiz also took over the top spot on the iFL leaderboard.
    • This iFL race has the extra $10K bonus for the highest scoring roster.
    • iFL rosters lock at 2:55 PM EST on Sunday.



    Good luck and stay safe,

    Humpty
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    Russell Crowe gives the command. Motors are running.

    Comp. caution at lap 10. Heats are 25/25/63 laps.

    This is a Dash 4 Cash race, number 3 of 4. The Dasher are AJ Allmendinger, Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain and Brandon Jones. The Dinger is starting in back for flunking inspection 3 times.
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    • #3
      Green flag for the 1st heat.
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      • #4
        Annett leads at the comp. caution. The Dinger is up to 24th from the back.
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        • #5
          Haley wins heat 1. No real caution so far.
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          • #6
            Green for heat #2. Burton leads.
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            • #7
              Briscoe wins the 2nd heat. Still no real cautions, I'm sure that will change in the final laps. This is Dega.
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              • #8
                Cindric leads after heat #3 restart.
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                • #9
                  First real yellow for Herbst and Briscoe. Both cars have a fair amount of damaged plastic after Briscoe had a tire down and Herbst went spinning. Just before Viens brushed the wall and got a flat and the pack almost ran him over, that seems to have led to Herbst and Briscoe getting banged up.

                  After pit stops Chastain leads the restart.
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                  • #10
                    With 18 to go and Chastain in front, 5 or more cars pile up toward the back. Only the 2nd real caution, but getting close to the end and drivers will get antsy. They usually do, anyway.

                    Red flag for cleanup.
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                    • #11
                      Restart - Chastain holds the lead looking for the Dash cash.
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                      • #12
                        Cindric stays on the bottom and takes the lead, then Burton takes point, then Cindric. 10 to go.
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                        • #13
                          The bottom line works for Burton and in front again. Then a yellow for 8 or more cars junking up. Allgaier pushed Gragson around to start the mess. At the time they were in the top ten and collected from there on back.

                          Red flag is waving again.
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                          • #14
                            11 cars involved. Restart should be with 5 laps to go and another chance for a yellow.
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                            • #15
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                              3 to go at the green and Burton and Haley are trading the lead. Finally Burton.
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