The 2019 NASCAR Season is already underway. Yes – the gentlemen have already started their engines. It began in early-February at Daytona International Speedway, one of the most recognizable and iconic racetracks in the nation. Veteran Denny Hamlin drove his Toyota to a first-place finish, and Kyle Busch got off to a good start by finishing second. The gigantic race on the southeastern most of the NASCAR circuit set the stage for a wonderful season that is going to feature a lot of action well over the speed limit. 2019 NASCAR Tickets are available to the general public now.
Races go down every weekend, and upcoming events will unfold everywhere from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. In early-May, the Dover International Speedway in Delaware will host its unique race that tests the timing, resolve and acumen of drivers.
Drivers are indeed the fuel that powers the engine of NASCAR, and another year means another 365 days of experience behind the wheel inside of the fastest automobiles on Earth. Individual sports often involve a lot of coaching and behind-the-scenes work, but that is nowhere more true than in the NASCAR world, as dozens of technicians, engineers, coaches and spotters go into every person who takes to the wheel in a big-time race.
Joey Logano secured the #1 slot at the end of the 2018 year with 5040 points. This was just five more than the 5035 of Martin Truex Jr, who finished just one point ahead of Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch rounded out the top-four with a total of 5033 points. These four racers separated themselves from a large and talented pack, and which four will emerge this year is absolutely anyone’s guess. Fans can actually wager on these outcomes in Las Vegas, and the legalization of sports gambling in North America is going to put additional entertainment opportunities in the hands of NASCAR fans.
But back to the 2019 season. The Coca-Cola 600 will unfold on the evening of May 26 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The race dating all the way back to 1959 has former winners such as Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte. Both Earnhardt and Allison absolutely dominated the track in the 80s, and Darrell Waltrip treated it as his playground as well in route to five total wins at the venue.
East & Mid-Western Shows
From there, the season will go to the iconic Pocono Raceway and Long Pond, Pennsylvania for an early-June showdown featuring a short track and a bunch of opportunities to move up in the standings. The same will be the case for the Camping World 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway on June 30. Many historic races by former names have been rebranded by modern corporate venues, such as Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in Bristol, Tennessee on August 17, as well as the Bojangles Southern 500 in Darlington, South Carolina on September 1.
The highly-anticipated annual showdown at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California has undergone some tweaks to its specifics in recent years. What is now called the Toyota Save Mart 350 will begin at 3 PM local time on June 23. This race dates back to 1989, when Ricky Rudd took the checkered flag in a Buick a year before Rusty Wallace did the same in a Pontiac. Northern Californian native Jeff Gordon absolutely dominated the race between 1998 and 2006, finishing first five times in the nine-year span. More recent winners include Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr, who won in 2013 and just last year.
Chicagoland Speedway will again be the host of a huge race on the following weekend before the Coke Zero Sugar 400 unfolds at the Daytona International Speedway on the first weekend in July. The season truly heats up with another event at Pocono and Bristol, which sandwich a huge event a Watkins Glen International in New York on August 4. The aforementioned Bojangles Southern 500 will unfold on the first day of September before the regular season of NASCAR 2019 is completed with the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Series Championship
From there, an exclusive 16 racers will vie for the crown. The NASCAR Series Championship trophy has been hoisted by the biggest names in the history of professional stock car racing. The inaugural winner was Red Byron, who drove an Oldsmobile to incredible success all the way back in 1949. The first name on the illustrious list that many modern-day racing fans would recognize is Dale Earnhardt. He first won the NASCAR Championship in 1980, before Darrell Waltrip did so in the next two consecutive years. Waltrip won his third in 1985, and Dale Earnhardt proceeded to achieve two consecutive victories that resulted in his third NASCAR Championship in 1987. Earnhardt went on to win in 1990 and 1991, and again in 1993 and 1994.
Then came Jeff Gordon. He won his first NASCAR Championship in 1995, and his second and third in 1997 and 1998. Gordon won his fourth in 2001, a handful of years before Jimmy Johnson began to rattle them off like a rock ‘n roll star playing songs. Johnson won five consecutive NASCAR Championships between 2006 and 2010. He won its seventh in 2016, before Martin Truex Jr won his first. Joey Logano reached the tall and jagged summit of NASCAR for the first time just last year.
The playoffs will involve a host of races, beginning with three in Las Vegas, Richmond and North Carolina. Dover, Talladega and Kansas City will host the next round, and Virginia, Texas and Arizona will have the honors of hosting the three races involved in the Round of 8. The Championship 4 will unfold at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida on November 17, bringing a gigantic and unimaginably fast-paced season of racing to a conclusion. Tickets to any one of the aforementioned 2019 NASCAR dates are currently available now for incredibly low prices.