Codie Rohrbaugh (9), Cody Erickson (41), Jett Noland (45), Chase Briscoe (04) Donny Schatz (17) after the big one during the feature for the NCWTS Corn Belt 150 Presented by Premier Chevy Dealers at Knoxville at Knoxville in Knoxville, Iowa.
The Knoxville Raceway Truck Series event was more of a demo derby than a race.

WALTZ: Fall Is Here & I Was Just Thinking

HARRISBURG, N.C. — As the calendar turns to fall and yet another action-packed racing season speeds toward the checkered flag, I was just thinking …

– What happens to all of the NASCAR Cup Series race cars that become obsolete at the end of the season?

– Utilizing iRacing technology to redesign Atlanta Motor Speedway is a brilliant move that hopefully results in great racing.

– It’s painful watching Jimmie Johnson struggle to stay out of the way in IndyCar.

– There should be an annual award recognizing the nation’s top short-track announcer.

– We wish longtime promoters Eddie Gossage and Ed Clark all the best as they settle into retirement.

– John Doonan appears to have IMSA headed toward a bright future.

– Four-hundred miles is too long for a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.

– Modified maven Nick Hoffman should be a candidate for every Driver of the Year award.

– At press time, Donny Schatz needed to win 389 more World of Outlaws sprint car features to tie Steve Kinser’s series record of 690 victories.

– His performance in the SRX proved Trans-Am ace Ernie Francis Jr. deserves an opportunity to go NASCAR racing.

– Was there ever any doubt Kyle Larson would make the most of his second chance?

– We expected better results from Chase Briscoe during his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series.

– Count Chip Ganassi among the benefactors of NASCAR’s charter system.

– The dirt track in our hometown of Columbus, Ind., is now known as Tony Stewart Speedway.

– The growth of outlaw kart racing in the Carolinas has had a major impact on the business of Legend Car racing.

– Racing has way too many track operators and not enough promoters.

– Does the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have an insurance policy on the Borg-Warner trophy?

– Still waiting for Steve Kinser and Dave Argabright to collaborate on a book about Kinser’s amazing career.

– Romain Grosjean has been impressive in the No. 51 Indy car fielded by Dale Coyne and Rick Ware.

– NASCAR definitely does not need a street race in Chicago.

– The technology being developed in Formula E racing is fascinating.

– I’ve never been to Sonic in my pajamas.

– It’s a shame the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway turned into a demolition derby.

– The American Flat Track round in Lima, Ohio, was pure old-school motorcycle racing.

– Wear a hat and use sunscreen when spending a day at the race track.

– It’s been 43 years since an American driver won a Formula One race.

– Overconsuming is a word traditionally associated with post-race activities. Formula E is changing that.

– Has anyone spotted the next Kyle Larson?

– The number of racing-related podcasts has reached the saturation point.

– How many T-shirts did Jac Haudenschild sell this summer?

– There was actually a time when the Brickyard 400 was considered a crown jewel event.

– Asphalt late model racing desperately needs a modern version of the American Speed Ass’n.

– Has anyone heard from Carl Edwards?

– Wonder what Smokey Yunick would have to say about NASCAR’s Next Gen car?

– Twenty-two-year-old Spencer Bayston wins the Brad Doty Classic. Who saw that one coming?

– James Hinchcliffe’s racing future is in the television booth.

– Sixty-year-old Rich Bickle has apparently found the Fountain of Youth.

– Tony Stewart won the final IROC championship and the inaugural SRX championship.

– What’s the next step on the driver-development ladder for midget standout Buddy Kofoid?

– A press release trumpeting the signing of a one-race sponsor makes me cringe.

– Steve Torrence will eventually surpass Tony Schumacher’s mark of 85 NHRA Top Fuel victories.

– Has streaming video helped or hurt attendance at America’s short tracks?

– The performance of the Haas F1 team has fallen far short of expectations.

– It certainly takes a lot of thinking to fill this space.

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