MELILLO: Taking qualifying out of the equation limits the growth of each series (as does the charter system, but that’s a separate argument). Maybe they don’t need any practice, but a chance to qualify doesn’t seem like too much to ask for. I hope NASCAR can see this and make changes before the next race weekend at the Daytona Road Course.
On Tuesday, NASCAR, in conjunction with iRacing, announced the return of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series, once again to be broadcasted live on both of NASCAR’s broadcast partner networks on Wednesday nights during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The main event on Sunday will be 200 laps around the 0.75 mile short oval, and will be fought out among 36 drivers. $1,000 is guaranteed to the winner, and the total purse is over $2,000.
“For us to win on the 75th anniversary of Richmond Raceway, that’s absolutely perfect.”
“For me, I’m still so inexperienced with oval (racing), I’m just trying to learn each time,” deJong continued, talking highly of his teammates. “I do like putting in the hours to learn how to drive it, and set up the car, but these guys are just masters at dialing things in. It’s so helpful to learn from them.”