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Brian has been attending NASCAR races for over 15 years. Brian has taken his passion for NASCAR to a new level. In August of 2011 Brian started writing news and commentary about NASCAR for a national media company. In January of 2012 Brian was accepted into the NASCAR Media. Brian has covered races as part of the media. He is the Editor and Lead NASCAR Writer for Behind Pit Row.

The Harley J Earl Trophy is given to the Winner of the Daytona 500

The NASCAR Daytona 500 in 2018 is the 60th running of the American Race. In honor of this, General Motors has brought out the Firebird 1 concept car to display to the fans. Looking at the picture one could wonder what this particular car, which looks nothing like a stock car, has to do with the Daytona 500.

Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Rick Hendrick, Team Owner, Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress, Team Owner, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing and Richard Petty, Team Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports
Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Rick Hendrick, Team Owner, Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress, Team Owner, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing and Richard Petty, Team Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports

In 1953 Harley J. Earl designed the Firebird 1 prototype. Earl is sometimes referred to as the father of the Corvette. Earl was also the Second Commissioner of NASCAR.

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, poses for a photo during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo Credit: 353893 Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, poses for a photo during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo Credit: 353893 Jerry Markland/Getty Images

The Trophy awarded to the Winners of the Daytona 500 is called the Harley J. Earl Trophy. It is adorned on top by a model of the iconic Firebird 1 concept car in honor to Earl. The Trophy stays in Daytona and each winner receives a smaller replica.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

 Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: Harold Hinson Photography for Chevy Racing

Kyle Busch Doesn’t Like the Emphasis Being Given to Younger Drivers

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch created quite a stir a couple of weeks ago when he was asked if there was an emphasis on the younger generation of drivers and whether it bothered him.

It is bothersome. We’ve paid our dues, and our sponsors have and everything else, and all you’re doing is advertising all these younger guys for fans to figure out and pick up on and choose as their favorite driver.” Busch added, “I think it’s stupid. But I don’t know, I’m not the marketing genius that’s behind this deal. You know, I just do what I can do, and my part of it is what my part is. I guess one thing that can be said is probably the younger guys are bullied into doing more things than the older guys are because we say no a lot more because we’ve been there, done that and have families, things like that, and want to spend as much time as we can at home. You know, maybe that’s some of it. But you know, it’s some of these marketing campaigns and things like that, pushing these younger drivers, is I wouldn’t say all that fair.

In 2001 Kyle Busch drove the No. 99 Ford Truck in what was then the Craftsman Truck Series in six races. He was 16. He had two top ten finishes; finishing ninth in his first race at IRP and last race at this home track at Las Vegas. He could not race at California as the tobacco company who sponsored the race objected to a 16-year-old racing.

In December of 2001, NASCAR enacted a rule that all drivers had to be 18 years old in order to compete in all three-top series. Kyle Busch was not able to race in 2002 and until his 18th birthday in May of 2003. Roush was not able to hold the 99 Truck open in 2003 for Busch as they had another great driver, Carl Edwards, available.

If only NASCAR found a way to embrace young talented drivers. Such as finding ways for the sponsor to change the message such as the “21 means 21” message when a driver under 21 would win the Coors Light Pole.

On Twitter and at the track, I have met a lot of Kyle Busch fans. They are very passionate. They are also very young. When I say young; I mean under 30 young. The demographic that NASCAR needs and wants.

Oh, what could have been. Imagine how much more phenomenal Kyle would be had he been able to compete in the Truck Series in 2002 and 2003. Could this have brought more attention to NASCAR? Could this have brought even more young fans to NASCAR?

Kyle Busch is right. NASCAR is putting an emphasis on the younger drivers. They must in order to keep the series fresh. It is not a slight on the seasoned veterans and their sponsors; who as Busch said “paid our dues”. More eye balls watching is good for everyone. That is the goal.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

 Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 352835 Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is upon us. Last year was the inaugural year for Monster Energy and stage point racing in NASCAR. Martin Truex Jr. took advantage of the stage wins (19) and was able to use them to vault himself to win his Championship. The big question is will the other drivers give more respect to those stage wins and make racing even better in 2018?

NASCAR has made some significant changes to the schedule. The Brickyard 400 will end the regular season. The Playoff opener will no longer start in Chicago; it will kick off in Las Vegas. This will be followed up at the ¾ mile short track at Richmond VA. But that is nothing though compared to NASCAR taking the third race in the Playoff to the road course of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not only will this be the first road course race in the playoff but also the first run at Charlotte.

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
11-Feb Daytona 500 Qualifying FOX 12 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
11-Feb The Clash at DIS FS1 3 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
15-Feb The Duel Qualifying Races at DIS FS1 7 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Feb DAYTONA 500 FOX 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
25-Feb Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
4-Mar Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
11-Mar ISM Raceway (Phoenix) FOX 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Mar Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
25-Mar Martinsville Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
8-Apr Texas Motor Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
15-Apr Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
21-Apr Richmond Raceway FOX 6:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
29-Apr Talladega Superspeedway FOX 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
6-May Dover International Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
12-May Kansas Speedway FS1 8 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
19-May All-Star Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 6 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
19-May All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
27-May Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
3-Jun Pocono Raceway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
10-Jun Michigan International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
24-Jun Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
1-Jul Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
7-Jul Daytona International Speedway NBC 7 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
14-Jul Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
22-Jul New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
29-Jul Pocono Raceway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
5-Aug Watkins Glen International NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
12-Aug Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
2-Sep Darlington Raceway NBCSN 6 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
9-Sep Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET IMS/SiriusXM
16-Sep Las Vegas Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
22-Sep Richmond Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
30-Sep Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
7-Oct Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
14-Oct Talladega Superspeedway NBC 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
21-Oct Kansas Speedway NBC 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
28-Oct Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
4-Nov Texas Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
11-Nov ISM Raceway (Phoenix) NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Nov Homestead Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Don’t forget to check out to see if there is a companion event for the XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series. Hope to see you there.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 352951 (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

The 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season is starting. Last year, the inaugural year for stage racing, added some drama to the races. William Byron was able to win the Championship in his rookie year further solidifying that this series is about new and future stars of NASCAR.

Like the Cup Series the Xfinity Series also has some changes to its schedule.  The playoffs will begin again at Richmond Raceway then goes on to Charlotte Motor Speedway instead of Chicagoland. Chicagoland moves back to the end of June and Indianapolis moves to the beginning of September.

2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
17-Feb Daytona International Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
24-Feb Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 2:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
3-Mar Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
10-Mar ISM Raceway (Phoenix) FOX 4:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
17-Mar Auto Club Speedway FS1 5:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
7-Apr Texas Motor Speedway FOX 3:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
14-Apr Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 1:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
20-Apr Richmond Raceway FS1 7:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
28-Apr Talladega Superspeedway FOX 3:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
5-May Dover International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
26-May Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 1:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
2-Jun Pocono Raceway FS1 1:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
9-Jun Michigan International Raceway FOX 1:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
17-Jun Iowa Speedway FS1 5:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
30-Jun Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
6-Jul Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
13-Jul Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
21-Jul New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
28-Jul Iowa Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
4-Aug Watkins Glen International NBC 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
11-Aug Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBCSN 3:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
17-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
25-Aug Road America NBCSN 3:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
1-Sep Darlington Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
8-Sep Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 4:00 p.m. ET IMS/SiriusXM
15-Sep Las Vegas Motor Speedway NBCSN 5:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
21-Sep Richmond Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
29-Sep Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
6-Oct Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
20-Oct Kansas Motor Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
3-Nov Texas Motor Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
10-Nov ISM Raceway (Phoenix) NBC 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
17-Nov Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 352932 (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

The 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is starting up but where do we pick up from last year? Christopher Bell won his first Championship by one point over the veteran and year before champion Johnny Sauter. Will we see another dual of young further NASCAR stars versus the veterans or will one or the other run away with it? This series, racing in the most diverse tracks in NASCAR never disappoints.

The 2018 Camping World Truck Series Schedule is not much different than last year. The major change is the night race at Chicagoland Speedway moved to the end of June. They wall also not be racing at New Hampshire.

2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
16-Feb Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
24-Feb Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 4:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
2-Mar Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 9:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
24-Mar Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
4-May Dover International Speedway FS1 5:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
11-May Kansas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
18-May Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
8-Jun Texas Motor Speedway FS1 9:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
16-Jun Iowa Speedway FS1 7:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
23-Jun Gateway Motorsports Park FS1 8:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
29-Jun Chicagoland Speedway FS1 9:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
12-Jul Kentucky Speedway FS1 7:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
18-Jul Eldora Speedway FS1 9:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
28-Jul Pocono Raceway FS1 1:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
11-Aug Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
15-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
26-Aug Canadian Tire Motorsports Park FS1 2:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
14-Sep Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 9:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
13-Oct Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
27-Oct Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM
2-Nov Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
9-Nov ISM Raceway (Phoenix) FS1 8:30 PM MRN/SiriusXM
16-Nov Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1 8:00 PM MRN/SiriusXM

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 352914 (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)