Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski unhappy with track’s ad


Sometimes race promotions work, sometimes they don’t.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the latest track to suffer the ire of those it is promoting.

Playing off the finish of last year’s race, the track is asking fans whose side it is on – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s or Brad Keselowski’s. Earnhardt, fresh off his win in the Daytona 500 two weeks earlier, was closing in on what appeared to be another win last year at Las Vegas, only to run out of gas on the last lap.

Earnhardt’s misfortune turned out to be Keselowski’s good fortune, as Keselowski passed his former team owner and captured the checkered flag.

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It was the first of six races Keselowski won in 2014, tops among all Sprint Cup drivers.

Now comes a new promotion – to publicize the March 8 Kobalt 400 – that may have backfired, at least from the viewpoint of the two drivers that were directly involved.

When Junior and Keselowski saw the track’s ad, which was included in the above tweet, they took to Twitter to express their thoughts.

That should catch the attention of LVMS officials.

Junior tweeted first:

Keselowski responded shortly thereafter.

We’ll leave it to you, the fan, to take it from there.

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Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener

Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.