The $178 million renovation of ISM Raceway has claimed its latest victim.
Over the weekend, the project that began in February of last year toppled the scoring pylon that stood in the desolate remains of the track’s infield.
The pylon’s removal follows the destruction of the old media center a couple of weeks ago and the tearing down of the Petty grandstands on the frontstretch.
The project, which will see the start-finish line moved to the dog leg on what was the backstretch, is set to be complete by the NASCAR playoff weekend in November.
You can watch the demolition of the scoring pylon below in a video accompanied by the “Returns a King” track from the score for the film 300.
Two days after Josef Newgarden won IndyCar’s Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway, demolition began on the media center.
The demolition is part of a $178 million renovation project that began in February 2018 and is scheduled to be completed before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns this November.
While the track was repaved and underwent a slight reconfiguration before the fall 2011 race, the media center has not been replaced in 31 years.
The media center did not go willingly. In a video posted on twitter by the track, the third panel of glass withstood half a dozen whacks from the wrecking ball without breaking – proving that it is one tough old building. Then again, anyone who has ever worked out of that concrete bunker knew that already.
The new media center will be four times as large as the old center – nearly 24,000 square feet – and will feature more than 200 work stations for reporters, photographers, and public relations representatives. It will have five interview rooms, a conference room, 11 garage offices, and a 4,000-square-foot space with large windows for the driver’s meeting. Fans will be able to look in as the drivers meeting takes place.
Hendrick Motorsports has withdrawn its appeal of penalties against Chase Elliott‘s N0. 9 team from last weekend’s race in Phoenix, NBC Sports confirmed.
NASCAR found a L1 infraction on Elliott’s car in the rear-suspension after the race at ISM Raceway.
NASCAR stated that the team’s truck trailing arm spacer/pinion angle shim mounting surfaces must be planar and in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times.
NASCAR fined crew chief Alan Gustafson $50,000, suspended car chief Josh Kirk two races and docked Elliott 25 points and the team 25 owner points. Elliott’s third-place finish in the race will not count toward any tiebreakers.
Following Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway, where Elliott finished 16th, he is 21st in the point standings.
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While Kevin Harvick celebrated a third consecutive win last weekend at ISM Raceway, it was clear that runner-up Kyle Busch could have challenged Harvick more or beaten him had it not been for issues with the final pit stop.
One of the questions raised this week was about Busch’s pit strategy for the final stop and how he didn’t pit immediately after Harvick did.
NASCAR America played audio from the No. 18 team’s radio channel revealing the team’s plan. Also, Earnhardt talked to Busch about the strategy.
“He referred back to some races last year where they had tried the same strategy and it actually worked in their favor,’’ Earnhardt said.
Watch the video above for more on what Busch told Earnhardt about the last pit stop.
“It was great to have the opportunity to talk to Kyle and sort of understand what was going on in that moment,” Earnhardt said.
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“History making right there, you’re the man.”
That’s what crew chief Rodney Childers said to Kevin Harvick after he won his record ninth Cup race at ISM Raceway and his third consecutive race, a career first.
Scan All is back this week to relive Sunday’s race through the best scanner traffic from the Ticket Guardian 500.
Here are some highlights.
— “Went from needing long johns yesterday to I can take my shirt off today.” – Brett Griffin, spotter for Clint Bowyer.
“I probably wouldn’t do that.” – Bowyer
— “My back tires are shaking so much.” – Kyle Larson, who would spin to bring out the caution on Lap 123.
— “Fix your radio, you’re worthless to me right now.” – Jamie McMurray while experiencing radio problems that kept him from communicating with his spotter.
— “Oh, saved by the bell! Gosh, we’ve gotta’ fix this!” – Michael McDowell right after a Paul Menard wreck brought out the caution.
Watch the above video for the full “Scan All” experience.