NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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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
but nobody is around to see it,………..
does it still make a sound?
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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