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We had dirt track cars when I was a kid and really enjoyed those few races before the “feature” final race and reminds me of the newer NASCAR format with stages. Personally, I like the races (stages) within a race and the fact a win really means something.
 

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So I see this week is Martinsville , whats the story on Martinsville , where is it at , how many laps , good track or bad track , any drivers with a history of winning there more than others ????? can you bet on Nascar in Vegas ? I am new to NASCAR
 

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So I see this week is Martinsville , whats the story on Martinsville , where is it at , how many laps , good track or bad track , any drivers with a history of winning there more than others ????? can you bet on Nascar in Vegas ? I am new to NASCAR
Martinsville is in Virginia, ~1/2 track and you will see plenty of bumping/rubbing on this paperclip style track. I have attended various NASCAR events and depending on how you do it, the experience can be as simple as driving to an event, sit in the stands and enjoy the race or alternatively, you can arrive a few days ahead of the event, watch practice, meet drivers and experience tailgating at a new level. You can bet on many different sporting events including and not limited to NASCAR.
 

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Yep , I knew about the pre race days and the hoppala of race day from my buddies who pack up every year for Taledago , they always have good stories ----- I don't want to bet on the race , I have not picked a winner yet , just asking cause I have never seen or heard of odds on a driver ------ I like bumping , should be a good one then

Speaking of bumping , last week there was a car that looked like he might have intentionally took out the car next to him , he just turned right into him and put him in the wall , can't remember who they were , does that kind of stuff go on , they do run teams right
 

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Speaking of bumping , last week there was a car that looked like he might have intentionally took out the car next to him , he just turned right into him and put him in the wall , can't remember who they were , does that kind of stuff go on , they do run teams right
If you are referring to the 4 car and 42 car bumping, my take on that was hard racing occurred with no give for laps leading to some frustration. IMO, the frustration boiled over when the 42 took the air off the 4 in a turn allowing the 4 to step out some and IMO, the 4 came down to show some displeasure and the "bump" into the 42 turn the 4 back into the wall.
 

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This is also new to me, we don’t have NASCAR here at all lol.

So run through the basics for me, how many laps, how many entrants, car restrictions, BHP, top speed, basic rules etc etc..
 

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I've been to several tracks over the years but for the past 10 plus years I've went to every Bristol race spring and fall event there is. We get a hot pass on qualifying day in the spring, and get several autographs and great action photos. NASCAR races vary in length most of them are four or five hundred miles but the short tracks like Martinsville and Bristol are 500 laps making them the shortest races there are at 250 miles.

I'm really not a fan of the stage racing, I like the points but the extra cautions I believe are BS. They can just throw the green-white-checkered to the top 10 cars and then put it away and let them race! If they must throw the yellow as the 11th Place car passes, they should at least do what's called a quickie yellow. With a quickie yellow all lead lap and lap down cars are allowed to pit it as soon as the pits are open. Therefore it will allow all drivers to get back to racing sooner. There are enough cautions as it is in the races, why throw an extra 14 laps of caution into every race? And with this the second stage is always shorter they may say 75/75 and then another hundred to the Finish or whatever. But the second stage is always shortened by at least 5 to 7 Pace laps.

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This is also new to me, we don’t have NASCAR here at all lol.

So run through the basics for me, how many laps, how many entrants, car restrictions, BHP, top speed, basic rules etc etc..
NASCAR is like the Olympics for my family lmao. Look up NASCAR crashes on YouTube, that's the best part ;)
 

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Video from spring 2017

Here's a video I made of all the photo's I took last spring. starts out in the pits on Friday, then goes to the races on sat & mon. sunday was rained out. The night races there in august are the best. We camp across the street from the track, it's a flat rate weather you stay one night or 8! usually I get there on thurs, and leave mon am in the spring and sunday after noon in aug. They have a brunch for season ticket holders for the Aug, race on Sunday am. Usually theres a guest speaker, and lots of door prizes. We have never won anything, but they let you take left overs home. Stuff like pop tarts, krispy kremes, breakfast bar's ect.

 

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I've never been into NASCAR racing much, but back in the early 2000s my brother wanted to start up a fantasy league for fun and asked me about writing some software. It sounded like fun so I bit... What I thought would be a quick little weekend project for him, turned into over a month of database design & code writing in my spare time that quickly evolved into a sophisticated set of apps as he noticed what was easily possible... he kept wanting more features and functionality, moar, moar, moar...!!

It ended up consisting of two other separate apps that I wrote to support the main app. It was pretty much automated... it would fetch the official race results from nascar.com a few minutes after each race, and after a minute or two we'd have that week's $$$ winners posted and the results and standings reports emailed to each contestant.

We did it on a team format... each participant paid a flat fee which bought them into the fantasy league for the entire season. Each participant purchased his/her favorite list of drivers/cars using a capped wallet, no two driver/car teams were identical. One driver injury trade was allowed per season, and one optional driver/car trade was allowed at mid-season. We ran FAST CASH bonuses each week that paid out $100 to the top three and the overall top points winners at the end of the season were paid out the entire jackpot. Every nickel collected was paid out... we kept nothing... even yanked cash out of our own pockets to fund some Double FAST CASH ($200) weekend payouts that added to the fun.

We had no idea what to call it... but one day I saw Jimmy Spencer in front of the camera whining like a momma's boy, so I named the app Jimmy.
 

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I'm really not a fan of the stage racing, I like the points but the extra cautions I believe are BS. They can just throw the green-white-checkered to the top 10 cars and then put it away and let them race!
I like the idea of green, white and checkered flag and let them keep racing during the stages, great idea....
 

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I'm really not a fan of the stage racing, I like the points but the extra cautions I believe are BS. They can just throw the green-white-checkered to the top 10 cars and then put it away and let them race!
I like the idea of green, white and checkered flag and let them keep racing during the stages, great idea....
I'm a official member of the Nascar fan counsel. And I have been sharing that idea with them since the beginning of last year. After each race, we submit surveys on the race's that we either watched or attended. And at the end you can add comments on the races. And that's where I complain about the extra caution laps. I don't really like watching race car's idle around the track. It was bad enough before when Nascar threw a yellow for a piece of rubber or a plastic bag on the track, or the mystery debris cautions!

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So I see this week is Martinsville , whats the story on Martinsville , where is it at , how many laps , good track or bad track , any drivers with a history of winning there more than others ????? can you bet on Nascar in Vegas ? I am new to NASCAR
Ah... ... Martinsville hair pin track, those hair pins make for some bump and grinding, and have led to some fights, lol.... I think it's classified as a short track, I'm all into to nascar ..... But.... They kind of mash the cars up on short tracks , that goes along with racing lol , I'm more into long high speed races daytona, Talladega are my all time favs. Just a side note you also catch some qualifying on direct channel 220, those makes for some good sports viewing, and Bristol ...... Total fun.... My pops used to race there little 4 banger motor cycle powered cars, with toyota rear ends (chunks) i was always busy farming while he went racing, so..... I don't all that much about those . I'll find more info, i know his car was white, n i think he was number 8, i have no idea how fast that machine was, but a friend has it now, and as far as i know he's still burns that track up, they might called midgets ? As far as stage racing ? It's got good things and bad..... I haven't made up my mind over that issue, just yet, but nascars rules and regs tend to go a bit far, IMO , these new air impact wheel guns ? Over kill .....
 

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Martinsville is .526 mile with 12 degree banking in each hair-pin turn. Its one of the toughest tracks of the season for each team to survive for an entire race.

I think the key to winning on small tracks like Martinsville is a driver who can slow down (Mentally, don't force the car or race against the track. Ignore developing emotionally charged dramas that others display/respond to) for an entire race... which results in being consistent... surviving possibly... and faster overall throughout the day.

We used to have a saying we discovered: "slow down, go faster", we'd remind ourselves before qualifying began each weekend. It really works especially well on short, slick tracks. Eventually we adopted that strategy for every race on every track and it paid off big time. We knew we were onto something key when our driver recalled one night after he had won the feature, that during that race he had sub-consciously slapped his chest pocket looking for a cigarette. LOL :)

Relax, slow down, and go faster. The Turtle beats the Hare almost every race.
 

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“Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.”

“If you ain’t rubbin’, you ain’t racin.”

“If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin!”

I used to live near Richmond and they was short quarters in every big town. Still like them short tracks; like Dewey Rider sez “Goin fast, making left turns!”
 

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It's like DW says, "at the end of the race if your right side is tore up, you've been racing! If your left side is tore up, you've been in the way!"

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Just a note, Sundays race, will be played again on (if you have direct) ch 219 Monday @ 2 am ctz , I've caught some re runs on 618 as well.
 

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Just a note, Sundays race, will be played again on (if you have direct) ch 219 Monday @ 2 am ctz , I've caught some re runs on 618 as well.
Usually here the re-runs of the races are shorten'd up some. Still nice to view if you missed the live race. I always record the races on my dvr, so I can fast forward through commercials. That way I don't fall a sleep during them, but have been known to fall out while fast forwarding! lol
 
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