Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Thursday June 28, 2007
Dear Brian, Mike, John, and the rest of the people in position to make up rules as you go along:
I know your jobs aren't easy. I probably wouldn't want any of them. I'm a school teacher, though, so I know a thing or two about being fair. Fairness isn't about convenience. It isn't about making an example of someone, and it isn't about proving a point. Fairness is about applying the rules to everyone in the same manner.
I thought you had been trying to do just that this year. After all, you came down hard on teams with aerodynamic alterations at Daytona. After all, you told everyone that you would penalize offenders with violations on the Car of Tomorrow, and you did. When the No. 8 car was found to have an illegal wing angle after qualifying you punished them according to your previous statement. After all, they had tampered with the COT in competition (qualifying, even the sham it has become with the top-35 rule, is still competition, make no mistake about it) and they had been warned.
Had that violation been discovered in the weekend's opening inspection, I'm sure that you would have done what you had always done-politely declined to let the team finish inspection until they had fixed the issue, at which point you would put the sticker on the windshield and hand over the wing. This was, after all, the way you handled the issue with the fender on the No. 16 COT earlier in the year, after all. This was how other teams with discrepancies on the COT and the regular car were treated.
Until Sonoma, when, it seems, someone had heard rumblings that you perhaps favored one or two teams when it came to on-track calls and various penalties. Were you determined to prove them wrong at any cost? Was that why you chose to abandon fairness in favor of public opinion?
For when you pulled the No. 24 and No. 48 cars from the inspection line last week at Sonoma, you suddenly decided to up the ante. Although the template fit the cars, there was an area between the templates that you didn't like. So, instead of allowing those teams to fix the issue (something that was able to be done quickly and easily) and missing some of practice, you made them sit in the garage all day, because missing qualifying is surely a major penalty on a road course. The No. 60 team later said that you allowed them to fix a wheel issue during a later inspection with no penalty at all, even though that issue was discovered after qualifying and before the race. In fact, you have only harshly penalized a team once for an opening day tech issue once, in 2002, when you took a mere 25 points from the No. 2 team for an illegal spoiler on a superspeedway car.
The parking penalty cost both teams points on race day, because everyone knows that starting position is paramount on a road course. In all likelihood, it cost more than the 25-point "precedent" that had been set five years ago. And in that instance, that team had been allowed to practice and qualify their car for the race. At the very least, these two teams should have had to take their backup cars off the haulers and gone through tech, practice, qualifying, and the race in those machines.
But you took full advantage of an opportunity to show the world that you can punish whomever, whenever, even those that many thought perhaps you favored. I do not believe that you will, as you well should, park every COT that has an issue in opening technical inspection at New Hampshire, barring every one from practice and qualifying. That is the only way that you can salvage any credibility, any shard of the fairness that a sanctioning body should put above all else.
Adding insult to injury, you further penalized those two teams this week, as if being made an example of wasn't enough. You punished them as if they had competed in equipment that was less than legal, when in fact they never took so much as one lap in cars that were outside of your rather vague parameters. Had the violations been discovered after qualifying, and thus given the teams an unfair advantage in competition, these penalties would have been fair and consistent. As it is, they are just plain wrong. Mr. Darby, you said this week that “if this modification had been done at Michigan it would have been different. That was the old car and the old way of doing business. If a team had modified the fender in the same area and got too excessive with it, they would have been told to go back to the garage and fix it and there would have been no real harm nor foul.”
Why, then, were the 60 and 16, among several others, allowed to fix the issues found in opening inspection for COT races while only the 24 and 48 were not, especially when the issue on the No. 16 was in the same area of the car-the fender-that you found the issues at Sonoma?
What was done this week was not fair; it was not consistent with what you have done for years; and it was not justified in any way. It was used as a public image opportunity, not as the opportunity to police the sport fairly.
Competition is about innovation, about trying to get any small edge, about never giving less than the best. Policing the rules in any sport is right and necessary. But in so doing, you must first be fair. In this case, either pull EVERY team with an opening tech violation from practice and qualifying, or allow EVERY team to fix the issue and go through again. You showed last week that you are unwilling to do this and so are unwilling to treat every competitor fairly. That's a shame, because as the sanctioning body, your first concern should be fairness. Instead, image took that spot, while fairness in competition took a backseat. That is really a shame.
©2000 - 2008 Amy Henderson and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Well done, Amy.
The only other message I would send to Daytona Beach is this:
They may think over-penalizing the HMS teams will make the HMS-haters, who, as a group, are still in a lather over Junior, happy. But if they will leave the corporate suites and actually visit a racetrack once in a while, they would know that that 24 and 48 have many fans too.
The only smart thing to do is to eliminate subjectivity in the rules and make the rules clear and available to everybody and then to enforce them fairly and consistently for all teams.
VERY WELL STATED!
THANK YOU, maybe if enough of us write letters not only to NASCAR, but sponsors such as NEXTEL, people will get the message that NASCAR DOES NOT PLAY BY THE RULES SUCH AS THEY ARE!
NASCAR IS NOT FAIR! NASCAR IS NOT A SPORT TO BE TRUSTED!
This I do believe reflects on all the sponsors, with NEXTEL at the head of the line!
Amy, that was awesome!! I wish I had the skill to write as well as you do. What you said is what I’ve been saying all along. The fact that the 24 and 48 teams were not allowed to Qualify was a huge penalty; one that will now have to be followed by NASCAR for the rest of this season, at least. All I keep reading about, on any website, are the penalties that were given and how lax they were. However, not one of the authors of any of these articles have mentioned the Qualifying penalty. It’s almost like “they” want it swept under the rug and forgotten about. Yeah right, like that’s ever going to happen. Jeff and Jimmie will both bounce back from what happended last weekend and other teams I’m sure paid close attention to what happened to them. But we all know that the crews will continue to be innovative and try to make the CoT better than the one that rolled onto the track earlier this year. As for the Powers That Be in Daytona, you do have jobs that I wouldn’t want in a million years, but only because you create most of the problems that you have. I would really love to see one of you actually respond to Amy’s message….but I won’t hold my breath.
Even more significant is that before taking the car to Sonoma the 24 car went to NASCAR to be recertified after working on the fuel cell and the fenders were on the car then when the car was approved by them.
Greg, is that factual or heresay? I hadn’t heard that before, and if true, it really puts a different light on the whole thing.
Just the whinings of another Gorden and Johnson fan, “Everybody else gets away with it why can’t Jeffy and Jimmi!!!” it’s not fair!!!
First, Nascar specifically told the teams that they’d go a little easy for the first, few COT races while everyone adjusted. Then they specifically told the teams when that adjustment period ended.
Second, while its possible that the semi-skilled, partially volunteer crews of the underfunded backmarkers might violate rules accidentally the top teams in contention for wins and for the Championship use windtunnels and other tools to work to fractional millimeter tolerances. Nothing about the car a top team loads on the hauler is there by accident.
Third, if you present it at the track that way you intended to race it that way. So no crying about getting caught in pre-race inspection.
Must be that you are a “Jeffy and Jimmie” fan? Would you have writeen the same thing if it would have happened to any other driver? I don’t think so. Take your punishment like men and we will see what happens in the future.
Amy: Terrific article! I wish I had 1% of the journalistic talent you possess. You put everything out there in black and white, something Nascar isn’t capable of doing. BRAVO!!!
Amy, well written piece. As a fan of the 24/48 teams, I understand when they have to take their medicine, but the consistency or lack thereof really irks me from Daytona. If the open wheel series would ever get back together, maybe the combination would drive more fans out after it’s too late to save them.
Great article. I think NASCAR should be rated by fans. Some kind of scale. Also we need to continue to send letters.
Well written… but wrong. M. B. Voelker is correct. Everyone seems to ignore the written rule for the COT. “20-2H (fenders may not be cut or altered except for wheel or tire clearance which must be approved by the Series Director) of the 2007 NASCAR rule book”. How grey can that area be?
Mark-You are missing the point. NASCAR still has to be fair and balanced when enforcing the rules.
Well written Amy, congrats, and thanks. Maybe the 24 & 48 haters will someday see the light and understand that the inconsistency of penalties and unfairness is field wide. I can’t wait ‘til this harsher-than-normal double penalty crap happens the their favorite driver. I will be all over the FS like Jr in a bump-draft.
How about the Busch race when they threw a flag for debris so Denny Hamlin could makeup a lap.They never showed any debris. Carl ran over debris and they never threw a flag.Could it be they wanted Hamlin to win the race??Nascar makes wrestling look honest.
Well written article, but like Mark wrote-*_WRONG_*.
As always, the non-JG/JJ/HMS fans are seeing only what they want to see. The 24 and 48 teams have been penalized by NASCAR for doing something that they shouldn’t have done; fine, that’s all well and good and we accept those penalties. What I think the JG/JJ fans are trying to point out to the rest of you people is that by disallowing those two drivers to QUALIFY last Friday was an additional penalty above and beyone anything else that NASCAR has levied against any other driver yet this season. This is a FACT and it cannot be disputed. NASCAR has now put themselves into a position where they will HAVE to continue this practice of NON-QUALIFYING for ANY modification to the CoT race. Yes, Steve L. and Chad K. were wrong in what they did (gray area or not), that is a non-issue at this point. The issue now is; Will NASCAR be consistant with any future CoT violation and not allow the driver in question to Qualify. If you can’t answer that question then please don’t bother to respond. Jeff Gordon fans aren’t “whining” as so many of you state, but we are putting the issue of Qualifying in the forefront of everyone’s minds so when this happens to your driver you might actually think back to these conversations and go, “Oh yeah, I get it now”.
Let us not forget that JG’s car sat in NASCAR’s R&D center for 2 DAYS and nothing was ever said about the fenders…yet another example of HMS’s engineers making total bafoons of NASCAR and NASCAR getting their panties in a wad over it.
Brooke-I don’t care WHAT team this was, I’d have had the same reaction, because the penalty was unfair.
All the information I have is that it is indeed correct that the 24 and possibly the 48 too were in fact teched in the R&D center the day before they left for Sonoma. They should have been told then, and allowed to fix the issue.
Again, my issue is NOT with whether the car as illegal, it was with NASCAR penalizing the teams the way they did WHEN they did. I also think it;s rather naive on anyone’s part, NASCAR’s included, to think the smaller teams modifications are “by accident.” It is the job of every crewman to find any advantage they can. NASCAR needs to penalize everyone the same. That was the point of this letter.
Finally, I was at NHIS today. Qualifying order was thrown off by teams “having trouble getting through inspection.” One of those was the 2 car-hardly a backmarker team. Yet, they were allowed to qualify, obviously after fixing whatever the issue was. THAT is where my issue lies-not with whether or not I like Jeff or Jimmie or anyone else.
Today I have heard how 17 cars did not pass pre race inspection and all were allowed to fix the problems and come back threw. Why weren’t they parked for practice and quilfiying?Why aren’t they being fined?
it seems to me that NASCAR is handicapping the races. unconsistancies and unfairness have no place in the sport. while being under enough scrutiny this year, in reference to the Daytona fiascos, they seem to just keep conjuring random penalties. no doubt that money rules this (and every) sport, but that shouldn’t be the bottom line. if they intend to make the playing field truly equal (evidenced by spec cars), i think they’re getting that done. penalties aside, these COT races seem to have some of the best competition. “hard to pass” ... isn’t that racing?! isn’t that what all the R&D was about?! if you keep bending the branch (NASCAR), it’s eventually going to break … and these latest bends definitely made them snap!
I don’t care what team it is, they were warned not to mess with the bodies of the cot and and they did. So they got what they had coming.
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