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Social Roundup: Sights from first Martinsville night race

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The wait is over.

Night racing at Martinsville Speedway is now a reality.

After tests and practice sessions, the half-mile track in Virginia hosted the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and its qualifying races Saturday night for the NASCAR Late Model Series, which was won by Timothy Peters.

In attendance at the race were Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez, as well as NBCSN’s Marty Snider, who watched his son Myatt compete in the race.

Here’s a look at some of the sights and sounds from the historic night for NASCAR’s oldest track.

 

Social Roundup: Cup drivers enjoy last off week of season

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NASCAR Cup drivers are getting their last break from the grind of the schedule this week before the last 12-race stretch of the season.

That means we all get to live vicariously through the drivers on vacation thanks to their various social media accounts.

Some drivers are getting as far away from the track as possible, while others can’t go a week without stomping a pedal as hard as they can.

Here’s a look at how some drivers are spending their downtime.

Some Cup drivers are getting out of the country. Friends Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney have journeyed across the pond to Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, Kurt Busch and his wife Ashley are on a beach somewhere.

Daniel Suarez is visiting his home in Mexico and took the time to do a little racing at his home track.

Back in the States, Jimmie Johnson sent his daughter Genevieve off to her first day of 1st grade.

Danica Patrick is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming book, “Pretty Intense.”

 

Social Roundup: JR Nation reacts to Alex Bowman taking over the No. 88

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It’s official. Alex Bowman will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet in 2018.

Now that the news is out, it’s time for the Internet to react.

This is one of the few times where we’ll encourage you to read the comments.

Below, after Hendrick’s tweet announcing Bowman’s appointment to the No. 88 and Bowman’s reaction, are reactions from social media.

Brace yourself.

 

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NASCAR drivers mourn death of Nicky Hayden

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On Monday morning, 2006 MotoGP champion and American World Superbike Championship rider Nicky Hayden died from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident last week. He was 35.

Nicknamed the “Kentucky Kid,” Hayden was struck by a car while riding a bicycle in Italy. The incident left him in critical condition with injuries to his chest and head, including serious brain damage.

Throughout Monday, NASCAR drivers took to social media to share their thoughts on Hayden’s passing.

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Social Roundup #ThrowbackThursday: a network theme song and an airborne Ricky Rudd

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It’s time for another stroll through NASCAR history with the help of the vastness of social media and #ThrowbackThursday.

Back in the 1990s, before NASCAR entered TV deals with NBC and Fox, NASCAR races could be found on CBS, ESPN, ABC, TNN (The Nashville Network) and TBS (Turner Broadcasting System).

Here’s the theme song that accompanied the TBS broadcasts of races.

It’s been 20 years since Texas Motor Speedway held its first NASCAR weekend in April 1997. The track has shared a photo of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt hanging out on the construction site that would eventually become the 1.5-mile track in Forth Worth, Texas.

It has now become legend that Ricky Rudd once competed in a race with his eyelids taped open after a terrible wreck. That race was the 1984 Daytona 500. Rudd was injured in the Busch Clash earlier in the week when he went airborne and flipped multiple times down the frontstretch. Here his No. 15 Wrangler car as seen in mid-air before it begins its tumble.

In case you were wondering, Rudd finished seventh in the Daytona 500 with his eyes taped open and a week later won his third Cup race in the Miller High Life 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Four years later, Bobby and Davey Allison would finish 1-2 in the Daytona 500, with the elder Allison winning his final Cup Series race. The Motor Racing Network broadcast of the race will be available on iTunes today.

Here’s a post from the folks over at the NASCAR Hall of Fame looking back at the days of racing on the beaches of Daytona.

And to finish it off, click through this Jeff Gordon tweet to see a picture of four-time Cup champion from his sprint car days, back before he had that iconic mustache from his rookie Cup season.

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