2013 NASCAR Stories Continuing into 2014 – Injury

The 2013 NASCAR season was an unusual one. Three of the top series drivers were sidelined at one point during the season due to injury or illness. Fortunately this is a rare occurrence.

Denny Hamlin was the first NASCAR driver to get sidelined after a bad crash at the Auto Club Speedway with a fractured L1 vertebra. Denny ended up sitting out of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Fed Ex Toyota for four points paying races. He also missed the All Star Race.

Hamlin has had back trouble in the past. It was expected that the addition of the veteran Matt Kenseth to the Joe Gibbs Racing teams was going to help Denny Hamlin contend for the championship. In the end it was Hamlin that contributed to Kenseth’s second place run. Expect to hear talk of Hamlin’s back next season and perhaps the rest of his career.

The next driver to get sidelined was Tony Stewart. Stewart received a compound fracture in his right leg in a Sprint Car race in August at a short track in Iowa. His injury was severe and required multiple surgeries.

Tony Stewart missed the rest of the 2013 season due to his injury. Stewart says he will be well enough to start the 2014 NASCAR season at Daytona but he will miss all preseason practice and testing. Anyone who has broken a bone can attest that being able to walk on it is one thing, but competing athletically is another. Expect to see much discussion on whether or not Stewart can drive a racecar without pain from the centrifugal forces.

Brian Vickers was sidelined for the last 25 races in 2010 due to blood clots and surgery to correct a heart condition.  He had a blood clot come back due to a tight boot he wore for his ankle and was sidelined for the last 5 races of the season. This was after being named the fulltime driver of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Arrons Dream Machine.

Just like Denny Hamlin and his recurring back problems, Brian Vickers recurring blood clot will be cause for discussion every time he gets in a crash.

We wish them all well and hope to have our NASCAR stars back on the track for the Daytona 500.

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, or on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google.

NASCAR Fans Make Your 2014 Plans Now

Happy New Year! The holidays are over and the NASCAR teams will be working hard getting ready for the 2014 NASCAR season. They are making new cars. Some are getting to know new teams.

If you are a new NASCAR fan or an old one, now is the time to make your own plans for next season. To start I would recommend setting a budget. These are the considerations for your budget.

The first and obvious thing to consider is the cost of the tickets. Sprint Cup Series tickets cost as much as $110 each for the best seats but some tracks have packages for less than $40.

The second cost that might be as much as the tickets is the cost of travel. In my part of the country this also includes tolls. Many NASCAR tracks are very far away from cities and require travel of several hours.

In the times I have gone to a NASCAR race, I have come to the conclusion that travel over 3 hours will require a stay overnight. You might think you can make the long trip one year but it ends up being one long day and not very relaxing or enjoyable.

The cost of where you are going to stay needs to be figured in. Some tracks do not have hotel or motel lodging available. If you can I would highly recommend camping near the track. Camping near the speedway makes for the most enjoyable time, since there is no traffic getting to and from the speedway. Enjoy tailgating with your family and friends. Don’t worry if none of them are attending because you will have friends by the time the race is over.

Now that you are staying at the track, you need to plan if you need to take some days off work. This is why you plan early. One doesn’t want to buy tickets and lodging only to find out they can’t get off work.

Unless you’re going to make a vacation out of a race weekend, I would recommend taking simply a long weekend. Pick a track within a four or six hour drive. Pick the one you want to visit or one that fits within your busy schedule. Make a long weekend of it by taking one or two days off work. Put all the costs together to see if you can make it happen.

One last thing: you will find that the housing, travel and time off far exceed the cost of the tickets to the Sprint Cup race. I highly recommend that you also consider tickets to whatever companion race is also going on at the track. Once you have invested all this money, and more importantly your time, you won’t regret the additional races. This is where you will see the stars of tomorrow.

I hope to see you at the races this year!

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, or on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google.


Merry Christmas NASCAR Fans

Welcome to Behind Pit Row. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

Just about everyone has heard the argument “Which came first the Chicken or the Egg?” Well when publishing articles online about NASCAR or anything else there has to be a Chicken so that one knows the Egg is good. In other words one has to publish an article in order to check the technology behind the article that makes it accessible to readers.

If you have found this article, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The NASCAR offseason is the best time to start a new website and looking toward the 2014 season.

Along with Christmas most people wish you a Happy New Year. We wish you a Happy New Year but we also intend to start providing articles about NASCAR, the new season, teams and drivers at the same time.

Thank you for visiting and we hope you come back after the new year for some good articles about NASCAR.

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, or on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google.


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