(1:10). For these first four events in NASCAR’s return, there will be no … Archived. Tayler Malsam, Justin Lofton, James Buescher. What about practices and qualifying? Champ, plus won a Nationwide race as well! But the charter guarantees them a starting spot in the Cup Series field every weekend, and a technical alliance with Hamlin's employer, Joe Gibbs Racing, guarantees equipment produced by NASCAR's current dynasty-builder. Drivers that disappeared. Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon both missed one race during the season following a positive COVID-19 test and earned zero points. The Jack Nicholson of the Bobcats was Hamlin, a NASCAR wunderkind who won two races during his first full-time Cup Series season and was a self-described "basketball junkie" who sat courtside at the NBA team's sparkling new arena. “If you look at the success that we’ve had to date, the protocols are working very well,” Phelps said. It's not like he was gonna be around too long. It's a chance to bring a whole new demographic of fans and investors into the sport I have loved my entire life. It’s not a judgment call.”. But you know what? This one wasn't pretty good, but John King won in trucks in Daytona and was forgotten before the season was even over. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR has decided it will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs, meaning a positive coronavirus test will end a driver's championship bid. NASCAR made no changes for the 10-race playoff series, so missing a race would would effectively end a driver's championship chances. Joey Logano dismissed the idea of deliberately not being tested out of fear of missing a race. Hamlin began sporting the Jumpman logo on his firesuits, wearing custom-made Jordan-branded racing shoes and, on occasion, bringing Jordan to the racetrack as his guest. There's a lot to do between now and then for a team with zero employees and zero race cars. ", Explains Daugherty: "Bubba always knew what his potential as a race car driver was, and he has always respected his place in history as the first African American driver in the Cup Series in nearly 50 years. ", "That's an easy answer," Daugherty says. I don't even think he even raced the year out. “If a driver tests positive, that driver needs to have two negative tests in a 24-hour period, or a 10-day period. It’s not. Johnson was not suffering symptoms but was tested after his wife received a positive test; Dillon was experiencing mild symptoms. NASCAR does not test for the coronavirus and is trusting its participants. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. “Our safety needs to be the utmost concern, not just for ourselves, but in a selfless way we need to be smart about testing,” Logano said. It forced competitors to drive injured — Ricky Rudd once infamously taped his eyelids open to drive and Dale Earnhardt Jr. hid concussions — and the waiver system was ultimately implemented.