Dale Earnhardt Jr. hates flights, Bill Elliott will not grow old and Castroneves goes to NASCAR?

When it comes to watching TV, I think you should put Father’s Day high enough on the list, right?

Thanksgiving is upon you, which means the holiday season is in full swing. probably a little Memorial Day (definitely for racing fans) mixed.

But, coming from someone who just watched four hours of coverage of the last round of the US Open on Sunday … Father’s Day is absolutely up for debate.

Something that brings me to my subject (yes, we are finally here!): Should I choose another summer weekend to give away the children of the Cup?

I missed the games. You lost it. Well, even the Cup kids (somehow) could not stay away!

“Being able to get down here and watch is fun,” Chase Elliott told Racing America’s Matt Weaver after traveling from Dawsonville to Pensacola to watch Father Bill run the opening night of the SRX series on Saturday night.

“You do not always have these opportunities and usually my weekends are busy, so I appreciate it. I want to see him do well and he likes it.”

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Bill Elliott signs autographs during the SRX Superstar Racing Experience at 5 Flags Speedway on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Ryan Newman returns to racing, finally having fun

No Cup match, no problem. Tony Stewart, Ray Evernham, Bill Elliott, Helio Castroneves, Michael Waltrip and … Ryan Newman! … was here to save us this past weekend.

Yes. The second season of Stewart’s Superstar Racing Experience turned green on Saturday, giving us our annual dose (well, at least since last year) of summer nostalgia.

Chase was present to watch his dad, who finished ninth of the 15 drivers in the main event.

Side note: Awesome Bill is now 66 and has just run a summer race in Florida. For those wondering, there was an almost nationwide heat alert in these places on Saturday.

Anyway … Mikey Waltrip came back, Stewart – last summer’s champion – finished 10th, Bobby Labonte finished fifth and Rocket Man Ryan Newman brought ‘er home third.

How is this for a leaderboard !?

“After everything I went through last year, a year and a half, with cars that are not so much fun to drive – so to speak – to get out here with the most prepared car possible and have fun … it was very special”, said Newman, who last won a Cup match in 2017.

“These guys are the best of the best.”

Helio Castroneves pays for the SRX race

Speaking of that …

Helium!

The four-time Indy 500 champion won the start of the season in a dominant way, even though he was not in the starting lineup!

Correctly. Helio paid his way to Pensacola, got a car, went to the main event and then won the pants.

“I bought my own ticket, packed everything to go and when I was on the plane I asked Ashely (SRX director) what time I should be on the track, she said ‘oh, I should not be here,'” Castroneves said. to Weaver.

I used to say “I’m already on the plane”, she says “I’m waiting”. I landed, it’s like, “I got a car for you and everything else.” So all of a sudden I get here and everyone says “what are you doing here?”

Will Helio Castroneves run the Daytona 500? ‘Make it happen’

Well, let’s get back to the Cup series (yes, there was a point in all the turmoil!).

Helio’s victory in Pensacola, according to the claims, means that the emblematic racer also consolidated a ride for … the Daytona 500.

Yes. The Daytona 500!

According to Castroneves, SRX CEO Don Hawk bet him before the season that if he won a race, Hawk would get him a Cup car for the February Daytona 500.

“I was like ‘Deal,'” Helio said of the offer. “Now, he has to make it happen at the end.”

No, Castroneves has never competed in NASCAR. However, I hear that some guys named Foyt and Andretti – fellow Indy 500 winners – have been successful at Daytona.

Maybe he did well!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says the flyer is “wild (abusive)”

For those wondering (and I highly recommend tuning in for at least the main event), SRX heads to South Boston on Saturday for its second race of the season.

As for the Cup players, they are back in action in Nashville after such a much-needed Sunday leave.

And yes, people on NBC will have action for the rest of the way. That means we’ll have Dale Jr in our salons for the next four months, and while I’ll always prefer Mike Joy (Go Emerson!), Rick Allen is also not too miserable.

Speaking of Junior… as we go out, let’s do a weekly scan of his Twitter to see if anything interesting is happening.

“The man who was airing a commercial this week was a bit wild (excessive),” Jr. wrote over the weekend. “It was like being challenged to solve a complicated puzzle with a little bit to choose your own adventure. Good moments.”

You see, as my old baseball coach used to say … we all put on our pants the same way.

This article first appeared in The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Dale Jr. hates flights, Helio Daytona 500 races and Elliott will not grow old

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