As far as Josef Newgarden is concerned two wins are still too few. Far too few.
The Hendersonville native scored his second career IndyCar Series victory Sunday (also his second this season) and conceded that there is a big difference between one win and two.
Yet the 24-year-old believes he has a long way to go to establish himself as a consistent checkered flag threat and a proven performer on America’s open wheel circuit.
“You get one win and people go, 'Oh, you won a race, that's great, but can you win more?'” Newgarden said, according to FoxSports.com. “But I think two wins doesn't solidify it either. It is nice.
“I'm lucky enough to be driving an IndyCar, and to get two wins is really fortunate. There's not a lot of people that have won two IndyCar races, but I think if you really measure it, as a driver you don't want to win a couple of races. You want to win a lot of races. You want to win consecutive races, hopefully. I don't know if we're quite there yet, but I would like to get there.”
He is a lot closer than he’s been.
Newgarden is one of three IndyCar drivers with two wins this season. The others are Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon. Montoya has won multiple Indianapolis 500s, including this year’s race, and Dixon has won multiple IndyCar championships and the 2008 race at Indianapolis.
Montoya’s and Dixon’s two victories this season each came in a span of seven races. The same is true for Newgarden, who has won races in Birmingham and Toronto. Montoya, though, has 14 career wins in IndyCar and Dixon has 37.
“It's nice to have two, but I don't think it means anything,” Newgarden said. “It doesn't mean you're safe in a sport. I think you can always get kicked out. You never know if you're going to be here next year; you always got to prove yourself, and that case still stands, in my opinion.
“… It's not like we're going to get to the next race, and we are magically going to be better than those guys. I think we need to keep working.”
NeXovation has paid $200,000 to Dover Motorsports to extend its contract by another several weeks to buy the Nashville Superspeedway. Unlike past payments totaling $1.7 million, this check will not be applied to NeXovation's tab. The extension — check out the document here — pushes the target closing date to Feb. 25, which will be five months after the date of companies' initial goal.
The Automobile Racing Club of America announced it is returning to Fairgrounds Speedway for the 2015 season.
On April 11, ARCA — a non-NASCAR affiliated stock car circuit that features a mix of professionals, amateurs and up-and-coming drivers — will contest a 200-lap race on the 0.596-mile track (that'd make it 119 miles, though one figures it'll be branded as a 120).
It will be the 24th ARCA event in the track's history but the first since 1992. Between 2001 and 2008, ARCA contested 15 races at the Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville in Wilson County.
The first ARCA Racing Series race at the historic track, held June 21, 1959, was won by 3-time ARCA champion Nelson Stacy, who would go on to win 4 races in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Other notable race winners include Jack Bowsher, Red Farmer, Ramo Stott, Coo Coo Marlin and David Green. A long list of talented local drivers including Darrell Waltrip and Marty Robbins also drove in ARCA races at the storied Fairgrounds oval.
“We at Track Enterprises are excited and proud to bring the ARCA Series back to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville,” said Track Enterprises President Bob Sargent, a recipient of the national RPM Workshops Promoter of the Year Award. “The ARCA race events we present at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, and annually at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt tracks in Springfield and DuQuoin, are very popular with the fans and always competitive and exciting. We feel very confident we can have the same success with this event. The effort to bring the ARCA Series to Nashville has been a team effort, and Executive Director Buck Dozier and his staff at the Nashville Expo Center have been great to work with. Our plan is to bring the national stature and exposure of the ARCA event to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and blend it with the existing schedule of motorsports established by Tony Formosa, Jr. We feel this is a significant development for auto racing in this market, and one we intend to commit to long term.”
While racing began at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as early as 1904, the track which evolved into the current day Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville held its first race in 1958. The track was home to 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1958-1984 with Richard Petty leading all drivers with 9 wins followed by Darrell Waltrip with 8. Other Cup winners include Joe Weatherly, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac, Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons and Dale Earnhardt. The NASCAR Xfinity Series raced there 9 times from 1984-2000, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held 5 races from 1996-2000. Under the management of promoter Tony Formosa, Jr. the track continues to present regularly scheduled races throughout the summer months, highlighted by the annual All American 400.
Cummins Station-based Average Joes Entertainment has bought a 50 percent stake in the Mega Truck Series, a mud racing show that launched its third season this past weekend. The owners of the series, which will also run in South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and Georgia this year, expect to grow their schedule to 10 races in 2015.
Shannon Houchins, CEO/Average Joes Entertainment, commented, “We have always shared a common lifestyle fan base. This deal allows us to maximize the overall fan experience with a combination of big truck races and music as well as create bigger and better on-site marketing opportunities for our sponsors.”
Dollar General on Wednesday said it will sponsor the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry for this year's Indianapolis 500 that will be driven by 1995 winner Jacques Villeneuve. Goodlettsville-based Dollar General has in recent years also backed the NASCAR efforts of Villeneuve, who also won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1997.
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