Nascar news round-up: Thorson wins, Ice Cube booked and HoF confirmed

It’s an exciting time to be a follower of Nascar as the season continues to go through the gears. There’s a lot going on at present and armchair fans have plenty to discuss, including upset wins and exciting fixtures remaining on the schedule. All the talk at present focuses on the upcoming Daytona 500 with fans making their predictions on the race and seeking out the value in the latest Nascar betting odds 

Denny Hamlin is the hot favourite with traders at the moment but he has a fight on his hands if he is to hold off the attentions of Chase Elliott and Kyle Larsson who are involved in the Nascar Cup Series Championship following a successful campaign. If either Elliott or Larsson was to nick victory in the Daytona 500 it would provide a huge boost to their chances of lifting the series championship at the conclusion of the season. All eyes will be on the big race and the leaders in the betting know there is no room for error. 

The Daytona 500 line-up could also feature a legend from the Formula 1 circuit as Villeneuve has been threatening a comeback and media reports tell the star of F1 has been seen racing around the oval track in preparation. If he does take part in the race it would be a huge boost for the event and would help Nascar attract a new audience. 

A picture of good health 

You wouldn’t think it to look at the newspaper reports or listen to the discussions of Nascar followers but there’s plenty more going on in the sport at present than the Daytona 500. The schedule is packed with drama, excitement and even a few surprises, serving as a reminder – to anyone who needed it – that the sport of Nascar is thriving at the minute.  

While many other once popular motorsports are struggling to attract an audience and bounce back from the damaging effects of the pandemic, Nascar is the picture of good health and long may that continue. Let’s pick through three Nascar related stories that caught our eye this week. 

 

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Thorson seals victory with a late rally

 

We witnessed a stunning late shock result earlier this year when Tanner Thorson saw off Christopher Bell in the 2022 Chilli Bowl Nationals race at Tulsa, Oklahoma in front of a capacity crowd and global TV audience in the millions. Bell looked like the race winner right up until the end when Thorson struck late to pass his rival and then showcase his skills to keep the chasing pack at bay.  

Just a few laps from home it looked like Bell had enough in his locker to safeguard pole position and cross the finish line victorious but Thorson’s late drama showed we can never take this sport for granted. A race isn’t over until the end. That now heaps the pressure on Bell to respond and make a return to winning ways as soon as possible. Backers are confident he has the character and ability to get back on track. 

Hall of Fame confirmed 

Away from the Nascar track, we read the good news that the sport’s hall of fame preparations were in full flight. The 2021 induction ceremony will take place in Charlotte after being postponed due to coronavirus, shelved for 12 months. Some feared we would never see the 2021 legends earn their place in the history books but the worry is now over and the stars of the show will enjoy their moment even more after being forced to wait. 

Ice Cube booked to perform 

We end our news roundup with the confirmation that Ice Cube will perform during the race break at the eagerly anticipated Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. The performance will be shown live on FOX to an audience of millions and adds more weight to a line-up that has already been described as star-studded. 

Ice Cube is best known as a record breaking rap artist selling across the globe but he is also a famous actor and entertainer. His commitment to Nascar and American sports will delight fans of both music and Nascar and the artist is said to be eager to get going.  

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