After 6 weeks on the road, NASCAR teams will be enoying their first off-weekend of the season. This first break in the action is much welcomed by the touring series. Drivers’ off weekend plans vary from a trip to the Bahamas to enjoying some time behind the wheel of a Sprint car.

The first 6 races have proved to be an exciting start to the 2012 Sprint Cup series season. The Stewart-Hass teams of Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman have won half of the series’ events, thus far. During the first 6 events of the year, there have been 1,925 laps completed. The only drivers to have completed them all are Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.

During the past week, 4 teams were selected by Goodyear to participate in a tire test at the recently paved, Michigan International Speedway. Jeff Gordon topped the speed telemetry with a speed of 215 MPH on the 2-mile oval. With top speeds this high, Ryan Newman’s qualifying record set in 2005 will definitely be in jeopardy when teams return to the track in June. NASCAR has also added additional days to the weekend schedules for Michigan as well as Pocono, for all teams to test the new pavement at these tracks.

NASCAR will be back at full-force next weekend with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Texas and the Camping World Truck Series making their return to “The Rock.”  Be sure to tune into my good friends, Malcolm West and Donna Cooper beginning this Tuesday Night for “Racing Radio Live” at Show-Me’s in Owensboro beginning at 7pm on WBKR and WBKR.com.

Blake Smith