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Allen Bestwick and Danica Patrick were not that great together, but it was their first time. It was great seeing and hearing Bestwick and Matt Yocum again though. That was a real treat. Danica was very awkward and didn't have good answers at times, but that takes time. It will take awhile for these two to get comfortable and understand each other. So I can't poo poo them on their first go. They're only going to be together for six races, but I am sure we will see them improve their banter over the next five races. :)

A good article on CBS's production for the SRX. I noticed it during the broadcast how they flew the drones right in the action and around the racing the cars. Something they could never do in other sports.
We can hope because sometimes you only get one chance to make an impression. New age media can be ruthless. Danica is not Jamie Little from Fox by any stretch. Jamie can at least make the race call exciting.
 

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UP NEXT: KNOXVILLE RACEWAY



Do not forget, we got racing at Knoxville (on the dirt for the first time) with the SRX drivers tomorrow on CBS. Not the Knoxville you are thinking of, but Knoxville, Iowa... out in the corn fields! Racing starts are 5pm Pacific on your local CBS station.

There is also a female driver on the track this time in young-gun Halie Deegan as well as a local race track ringer!​
 

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KNOXVILLE RACE RECAP



After an evening of beating and banging, after two heats and one 50 lap main event, we came away with a winner. But it was no cake walk and we didn't have the dominators such as Greg Biffle in the first event at Stafford. This time Tony Stewart was among the best surrounded by Helio Castroneves, Ernie Francis Jr., and Hailie Deegan as the top crop tonight. Drivers with continued struggles were Paul Tracy who constantly hit the outside wall and had a few spins, and Willy T. Ribbs who could never keep pace as with the week before. Bill Elliott had technical car gremlins once again causing him to go out early despite racing up front to mid-pack for much of the race.

Two ringers were Scott Bloomquist, who won heat 2, and Brian Brown.

In the end, Tony Stewart grabbed the win and Hailie Deegan came in second driving smart all night. Ernie Francis Jr. was 3rd followed by Helio Castroneves in 4th, Michael Waltrip in 5th, Bobby Labonte in 6th, Marco Andretti in 7th, Brian Brown in 8th, Scott Bloomquist in 9th and Ribbs, Elliott, and Tracy rounding out the field.

Commentators were better this week both in the box and on the track, feeling more comfortable and having a week of experience. Bestwick for sure you could tell was more into it. Danica Patrick had many awkward moments and odd answers, but she will learn over time.

Overall a fun race of beating and banging in the dirt at Knoxville, Iowa.
 

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Hailie Deegan is the real deal. She won 3 races in the former Winston West series 2 years ago driving for Toyota. Toyota does not make many mistakes once they wised up to the ways of Nascar. Not offering her an opening to climb up in their driver heirarchy was certainly a mistake that will come back to haunt them. A "Girl Racer" who can run up front with the Big Boys is worth her weight in gold as far as drawing attention for her sponsors.
 

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UP NEXT: ELDORA SPEEDWAY

We race on the dirt again, but this time in Rossburg, Ohio. This will be the Camping World SRX Series third overall race of six this season as the drivers take on the local heroes for top supremacy. Will Tony Stewart dominate? Will someone else surprise the field? Will the local guys take top honors? Find out by tuning in to your local CBS station at 5pm Pacific.
 

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I'm happy to hear Bill has a different car. I haven't seen that! Good to hear! :D
 

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I am enjoying the fact that PT is being portrayed as the villain. Yes, he is aggressive but is so much fun to watch and he does know how to race; picked up dirt racing real quick. I believe he enjoys that fact he has fenders and that racing can be a contact sport is what irritates the nascar drivers the most. That he has the lime green car and is instantly recognizable in the mirror simply adds to his persona.

Hinchcliffe is a definite upgrade in the announcer booth.
 

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ELDORA RACE RECAP

No doubt Eldora provided for some excellent racing. I would say the best racing we've seen in the SRX thus far. We had drivers going four wide into corners! Non-the-less, we saw Tony Stewart take away top honors again for the second week in a row. Not to mention, Stewart owns Eldora itself. We many many drivers get racy this week including Bobby Labonte, Helio Castroneves, and Paul Tracy. The local hero was Kody Swanson who finished second and Scott Speed the special driver who finished 6th overall.

Tony Stewart won the first heat. Marco Andretti won the second. Tony Stewart won the feature.

1. Tony Stewart
2. Kody Swanson
3. Helio Castroneves
4. Marco Andretti
5. Paul Tracy
 

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UP NEXT: LUCAS OIL RACEWAY



The SRX heads to 'America's Great Race Place' for Independence Day Weekend to a full house! The track is located in Indiana within Indianapolis city limits. This oval, paved racetrack will host the best of the best as they race for top spot. Will Tony Stewart bring his win streak to three in a row or will someone else claim dominance? Maybe the local race-track hero? But the fun doesn't end after the SRX race as their is a Midgets race to follow.
You can of course catch all the action by tuning in to your local CBS station AT 5PM Pacific.
 

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SRX News Blurbs and TV Ratings



SRX has recently been picking up some praise throughout the motorsports community thanks to the racing and broadcasts quickly improving. Jalopnik has given is a "must watch" rating saying that it is an "incredible television package that makes the show worth a watch." There is also growing talk of where does SRX fit in the motorsports landscape? Writer Jerry Bonkowski poses the question in his latest article.

Nonetheless, the sport is growing more acclaim each week. The race at Eldora drew in very strong numbers at 1.3 million, which again was the second best in terms of motorsport numbers last week. It even beat NASCAR's Saturday Cup race at Pocono. Eldora drew in the highest numbers to date for the SRX and has been drawing in constant numbers since it's first week.

Stafford - 1.33 mil
Knoxville - 1.25 mil
Eldora - 1.38 mil
 

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Danica Patrick Replaced In SRX Booth

I must have missed something because last week at Eldora, Danica Patrick was no longer calling the shots with Alan Bestwick in the booth. We are now currently racing at Lucas Oil Raceway and again, Danica is no longer in the booth. Instead some other guy is and he's doing a great job with Bestwick. That guy is Scottish race car driver, Dario Franchitti. I noticed last week she was gone, thought maybe it was a fluke. But now two weeks and she isn't back. I can't find any news reports, but I think they replaced her after two weeks. Either that or she quit.

EDIT: Turns out she was only going to co-host the first two events all along. Never knew that. They have a rotating co-host who will do duties for two races at a time.
 

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LUCAS OIL RACEWAY RECAP



By far, one of the most exciting races done by the SRX guys. We had side-by side racing and bumper to bumper action, especially in the final main event. In heat one, Scott Speed pulled off a victory over Tony Canaan and Michael Waltrip. In heat two, Helio Castroneves got his first heat victory over a conservative, but hard charging Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.

But it was the main even, that was 76 laps (for 1776 on Independence Day), that had all the excitement and angry drivers. Within the last ten laps, Scott Speed and Ernie Francis Jr. raced side by sad, lap after lap, door to door. It was nonstop action. A caution came out due to local driver Bobby Santos III spinning Paul Tracy. Also during the caution flag tempers flared as Castroneves purposely spun Scott Speed around due to some antics on the track.




With a few laps left at the restart, Speed and Francis Jr. ran side by side again. Finally a slip up allowed Francis to pull slightly ahead and Bobby Labonte and Marco Andretti to try and take second. In the end, the young-gun, Ernie Francis Jr. took home the trophy with his family there getting to enjoy the victory!

Tempers flared after the race between Castroneves and Scott Speed.

The top five were as follows.
1. Ernie Francis Jr.
2. Bobby Labonte
3. Scott Speed
4. Marco Andretti
5. Bobby Santos III

 

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UP NEXT: SLINGER SPEEDWAY



The SRX heads to the infamous Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, Wisconsin. The track has a long history with some of racing's greats having raced their and being a favorite for local racers. The rough, super fast oval provides for some very high speed racing on such a short track.

This weekend, the SRX drivers return to race at Slinger Speedway. Also unique this week is Greg Biffle making a return to SRX, his second start ever. In his first race in the SRX, Washington State native, Greg Biffle practically dominated the event in his car winning the first heat, and finishing second in the main race in a backup car! As well as Biffle, Hailie Deegan returns to SRX in her second start ever. The local driver will be 17-year old Luke Fenhaus who has had success at this local track, Slinger Speedway. Nonetheless, it's going to be an exciting lineup of drivers. Will Ernie Francis Jr. come back and win again after his victory last week? Will someone else surprise the field? Stay tuned as we head to Wisconsin!

The race will start at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern on your local CBS station.
 

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For those not familiar with Slinger, it is a 1/4 mile 33 degree banked corners paved oval. The local driver, Luke Fenhaus, won the Slinger Nationals on Tuesday (held on Tuesday so non-local drivers can compete, NASCAR drivers included and there have been many).

The race lap record is just under 10 seconds.

It is not on any race simulators so only Luke knows the track.

 

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SLINGER SPEEDWAY RECAP

Slinger Speedway didn't disappoint and gave us excellent side-by-side racing with some great action and even some big wrecks. From the very first heat to the main event, it was exciting. We had Greg Biffle and Hailie Deegan return to take on the main SRX drivers and local driver, Luke Fenhaus, who drove aggressive from the very beginning, even spinning Paul Tracy out.

In the first heat, Marco Andretti grabbed another heat victory over Tony Stewart, Fenhaus, Labonte, and Castroneves. In the race, Fenhaus spun Paul Tracy out.

In the second heat, Greg Biffle pulled off his second SRX victory by .006 seconds over a Hailie Deegan on his inside and a ramming Ernie Francis Jr. behind him. During the race, Francis Jr. and Paul Tracy connecting. During a yellow flag, Tracy came back bumping Francis's car, but accidentally ruining his own and ruining his chances.




In the main event, the biggest mover in the field was Greg Biffle who came from near the back into the top 4. As the race came down to within 10 laps, there the sparks began to fly. On a restart, Greg Biffle was pushed from behind by Hailie Deegan which caused him to tap Helio Castroneves and both of them in sync spun out ruining both their chances for a podium finish. At the restart again, Deegan this time slammed into the inside of Paul Tracy's car spinning him out and causing the largest accident so far in SRX as it collected Waltrip, Ribbs, and Castroeneves. That set up a two lap dash to the finish in which Marco Andretti raced on the outside to pass Tony Stewart and Luke Fenhaus to win the race all on the last lap. The race ended with Andretti claiming his first main event victory in the SRX followed by Fenhaus, Stewart, Deegan, and Labonte.







The night ended with some truly thrilling racing and with just one more race to go in this season's SRX series, I can say I am very excited to see what the future holds. This season has been a wonderful surprise and a real joy to engage with and share with you, the members of Allpar and the many others beyond who are reading these updates.
 

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I saw the Tracy/Deegan accident as much of Tracy not realizing Deegan was inside and move down into her. After the encounter was reviewed, Deegan was not penalized and moved back into her position at the time of the accident.

Very excellent racing, side-by-side the entire time. It appears Frenhaus' tires were used up battling Stewart while Andretti waited patiently in 3rd for his final move on better tires.
 
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