NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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
Monday March 3, 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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Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Thursday August 16, 2007
Just when you thought it was safe to go out of the houseâ€¦
NASCAR goes and does it again. The "it" in question is the decision to make an arbitrary call with no regard to the rulebook or precedent set in previous years or weeks. Within a seven-day stretch, NASCAR made a strong statement about what it means for a driver to be on probation and then completely ignored it when the issue came up in competition.
Following an on-track incident at the Busch Series race in Montreal last week, NASCAR placed Robby Gordon on probation. In itself, the action was both warranted and consistent with past incidents. However, what followed was not. In their press release, NASCAR noted that should Gordon partake in any other rules infraction "that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, he will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR."
I mistakenly took that to mean that a driver in violation of a NASCAR-imposed probation would receive heavy punishment. Obviously, I was wrong.
Less than a week after NASCAR seemed to finally define what it means to violate probation, they refused to uphold their own policies not once, but twice. When Kevin Harvick and Juan Pablo Montoya got out of their cars after an incident at Watkins Glen and engaged in a shoving match (and, yes, it was a pretty weak one at that; the phrase "You fight like a girl" comes to mind), NASCAR did not penalize either driver, despite a clear precedent set in 2006 and their statements about drivers on probation.
Wimpy or not, shoving another driver is in violation of NASCAR's rules. Just ask Jeff Gordon, who was fined ten grand and placed on probation for the first time in his thirteen-year Cup career following a pit road incident in which he shoved Matt Kenseth. Gordon, for the same infraction that both Harvick and Montoya committed in full view of the television cameras, got off lightly because he wasn't already on probation at the time. Not so Harvick and Montoya. Both are already on probation for prior incidents this season, Harvick until October, Montoya through December.
NASCAR had the precedent-and the obligation due to that precedent-to penalize both drivers for the incident. Not only that, but due to their statement on probation violations made just six days prior, they also dropped the ball on enforcing the policy by suspending both drivers for at least one race, if not indefinitely.
No matter what John Darby personally thinks of the incident (the Nextel Cup Series Director said on Monday he thought the incident was "darn cool") he is under obligation to uphold the NASCAR rule book. Section 12-4-F of said rule book reads as follows regarding the penalty for physical altercations: "Any Member who participates in fights in the pits, on the track, or on the race premises: a fine, and/or disqualification, and/or loss of championship points, and/or loss of finishing positions in the Event, and/or probation, and/or suspension."
In English, the rule book says if you fight, you get in trouble. And according to NASCAR, if you get in trouble when you're already in trouble, you get suspended. At least if your name is Robby Gordon.
And therein lies the rub. Had Harvick had an impromptu shoving match with another driver, I have to wonder if the consequences would have been the same. The bottom line is, NASCAR blew this one. Big time. By failing to uphold the written rules and also failing to follow their own written statement, the sanctioning body takes a huge hit in credibility with fans, teams, and drivers. Unless there is a separate rule book for each driver (and Robby Gordon apparently has his own edition), the rules need to be upheld in the same manner for everyone. Unfortunately, NASCAR proved this week that they are not willing to do this. Sad, really, because it would have been so simple to do the right thing.
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Amy, you should know by now that NASCAR has no intention of being consistent with their “rule book.” There are so many examples no one can keep track of them. All of their rules enforcement is dependent upon who is involved, how popular they are, who their sponsors are, and how badly they need to sell tickets to the next “show.” It’s all a big joke and it won’t change as long as the Frances are in contol of sanctioning.
You call that a fight? It was just yelling at each other with body language.
I’m a very strict parent, but if my kids had been involved in a scuffle like that they wouldn’t have gotten more than a stern look and a “Play nice, boys.”
One has to wonder if you’ve ever spent any time among men in their natural environment — where they’re interacting with each other instead of attempting to impress the women around them.
Male friends push, shove, headlock, wrestle, noogie, give wedgies to, and even punch each other. That behavior, like the Harvick-Montoya scuffle, is part of their ongoing and completely ordinary dominance-sorting and they establish and maintain their “pecking-order”.
As a woman whose friends, especially in the high school and college years, have mainly been guys I’ll walk you through this:
Harvick and Montoya confronted each other. Harvick used his height in an intimidation posture. The shorter JPM demonstrated that he wasn’t intimidated by his willingness to briefly put hands on his opponent. Harvick removed Montoya’s hands and, again, displayed his superior size. Montoya moved forward to reinforce his lack of intimidation.
Then the Nascar officials established who was truly dominant by asserting their authority — first separating the opponents, then taking them to the trailer to tell them, “Play nice, boys.”
While women who went through the same sequence of events would have been well along in a genuine fight — we do our dominance-sorting in a very different way — for men that confrontation was a minor issue.
For comparison think of Tony and Kevin dumping Spencer off the wall. If a pair of women had done that to another woman it would have a severely humiliating gesture. But for guys it was a friendly joke.
During the entire Harvick-Montoya scuffle both guys were wide-open for any truly aggressive move — a punch in the gut, a knee in the groin, or a wrestling hold. Neither party even attempted to turn it into a true fight.
Have a sense of proportion!
Amy………..I thought we all knew by now that the NA$CAR rule book is written in pencil with a BIG eraser.
You all forget that one of the participants is the supposed saving grace in the Hispanic community. The problem is that Brian France, by anointing JPM this, has shown that NASCAR is still run by a bunch of redneck racist and I used to like NASCAR. JPM is liked by COLUMBIANS that about it. He was booed in Mexico. He is not liked by ALL HISPANICS. This is a news flash to Brian, I know. That is why no penalties were handed out. He has been punished once this year. To have him sit out a race or more, in Brianâ€™s eyes would be offend his precious new market. Brian couldnâ€™t find his brain with a road map, 3 guides, both hands, and Dorothy & The Wizard.
I do not watch NASCAR on TV or listen to it on the radio. The only reason I still pay attention to NASCAR is the drivers. Itâ€™s not their fault that their chosen series has been taken over by the one of the dumbest human being to inherit a company. I check out the websites that are not owned by the media networks or the France family, I like to help someone else earn a buck from racing.
Good article Amy!
First off I want to say that I don’t think drivers should be punished for shoving someone. But what is good for one driver should be good for them all. It’s moments like this that make me laugh at the people who have the “Henrdick gets preferential treatment” crap.
I really wonder if this incident had happened between Harvick and a different driver if there would have been no penalty. I think NASCAR didn’t want to punish their Diversity darling and they couldn’t not fine him and fine Kevin so they didn’t do anything. I knew Harvick was already on probation, but forgot that Montoya was too. Let’s see if Joh Darby still thinks it’s “cool” the next time someone get in a shoving match and there better not be fines. Nothing surprises me anymore with how inconsistent NASCAR is.
If a NASCAR rule is broken
Tim, you nailed my pont exactly! It’s not about HOW they scuffled, the point is they DID.
MB, I think you missed my point. I don’t deny that Harvick and Montoya’s little locking of horns was not very forceful (kinda wimpy, in fact) and yes, men DO act like that, probably more frequently than women would like. However, as soon as they shoved, NASCAR was obligated to follow their precedent. Jeff gordon shoved Matt Kenseth and was penalized. It is in black and white in the rulebook that fighting of any kind is expressly prohibited. THAT was my point-that NASCAR has a written rule that they have previously enforced that they chose to ignore because, IMO, they favor one of the drivers involved to an outrageous degree.
As far as telling them to “play nice,” that obviously didn’t work, since both were already on probation for failing to do so. If big brother shoves little brother and gets told to “play nice,” with no other consequences, chances are he’ll shove little brother a bit harder next time, becasue, after all, it was okay with Mom before…
Amy… NASCAR does what it wants and when it wants.
The confrontation between Harvick and Montoya isn’t worthy of any comments. After 40 years of going to races… and seeing conflicts between competitors I can say all the uproar is about nothing.
Drop the drama; it’s all moot! You can scream, bellow, write nasty columns… ain’ nuttin’ going to happen!
I would agree with this article, however I cannot find myself doing that. Why? Just because NASCAR had set a precedent for situations such as those described in the article, doesn’t mean it is a good precedent. Should NASCAR have penalized Jeff Gordon for shoving Matt Kenseth in the garage? In my opinion, NO. It really seems like instances like that are glorified only because the media is in their faces. If that were not on television, there would not have been any consequences.
In my opinion, therefore, NASCAR had set a BAD precendent in 2006 with the Gordon/Kenseth incident. They made the right call with the Harvick/Montoya incident.
Amy, thanks so much for bringing into light the Gordon/Kenseth shove-fest and the penalties that Jeff paid. I, like everyone else who saw the “encounter” between KH and JPM, laughed at such a sad state of manly display. However, I was upset the following week when neither driver was fined, or worse yet, penalized even more due to the fact that they were both already on probation for previous violations. I have, and will continue to watch NASCAR, but they (Brian France) once again lost more of my respect for their lack of consistency.
the rules are made for the moment—unless you are Robby Gordon—since when does the France family have to answer to anyone??
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