Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
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Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Thursday November 8, 2007
NASCAR has come a long way on safety in recent years. The HANS device, SAFER barriers, the Car of Tomorrow-all were implemented to improve safety and the chances of a driver avoiding serious injury in a crash. By all accounts, they are working. But there is one area in which NASCAR lags far behind other major racing series. Despite all the devices and inventions, the sanctioning body has never seen its way clear to have a traveling medical team.
Such a team with a medical doctor, preferably a trauma surgeon, at its head as medical director is a long overdue addition to NASCAR's workforce. Under the director should be at least one other doctor and a handful of nurses, as well as enough EMT's and paramedics to staff at least three ambulances. Having a traveling team would allow NASCAR to do several things:
Clear (or not) injured drivers to race: By having one doctor with the authority to make this call, with the option of taking the opinions of colleagues into consideration, would in turn allow NASCAR to make a long overdue rules change. In the case where the medical director determined that a driver was unfit to race, NASCAR would finally have a consistent, unbiased source making the call. This would clear the way for a rule allowing the driver to choose a substitute for the race or races missed, without losing valuable points. This would also be a boon in the area of safety, because an injured driver could take a week or two off and not be in jeopardy of losing hard earned ground in a championship battle. An injured driver, rushing back into the seat just to earn points, may not have the reaction time or motor function of a healthy one, possibly leading to a mistake that caused further injury to himself or to another driver. By having one objective person to make the call not to clear that driver, it would allow NASCAR to adjust another rule in the interest of safety.
Implement random drug testing: A medical director would be in position to implement a weekly system to randomly test drivers for illegal substances that would be timely and consistent from week to week. A tight policy would be a deterrent to many young, wealthy drivers considering trying drugs. Again, it's a safety issue. For every driver caught under the current system, are there more that aren't? Possibly, possibly not, but a better system would put the pendulum squarely in the "not" category if drivers raced under the constant possibility of a blood or urine test at any time during the weekend.
Regulate and facilitate crew reactions when a crash occurs: A regular crew manning the ambulances could well mean a much safer race every week. Consider Greg Biffle's fiery exit at Texas. As he sat in his car, surrounded by safety workers, the cockpit of his car quickly filled with smoke and fumes. EMT's trained in racing procedures might have immediately removed the passenger side window, allowing the fumes to escape while they tended to Biffle and helped him out of the car. NASCAR did designate an official to go to the cars with the existing weekly crews so an injured or simply stunned driver might see a familiar face, but a traveling crew would negate that need as the entire crew would be familiar to every driver. In addition a medical director could communicate more effectively with permanent crews, giving instructions that could save a life.
For a sanctioning body that has been so innovative in the safety department and is intent on continuing that trend, it seems ridiculous that NASCAR has not had a permanent medical staff in place all along. There is no reason it could not easily be done, as evidenced by the fact that both the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series have had traveling teams in place for years, to the benefit of all involved. It's time for NASCAR to step into the 21st century and do the same before someone pays too great a price.
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Your of course ASSUMING NASCAR really cares!
Which is clear to me that NASCAR only TALKS SAFETY! It has no intention of doing the right things as far as safety goes!
Watch when they do, and do not, throw a yellow flag when an accident happens! Depending on how they want to “manipulate” the outcome of a race, the yellow flag is a NASCAR convenience, NOT a driver SAFETY issue!
Beside, are there not reports out about NASCAR really not making any/enough money these days? So you think they will divvy up some of their funds to pay for such a thing? Maybe they can sell the idea to a sponsor, I can see it now:
“THERE IS A TERRIFIC CRASH IN TURN 3, WELL, HERE COMES THE BUDWEISER AMBULANCE, ALONG WITH THE GENERAL MOTORS SPONSORED SAFETY TRUCKS”!
DR. SMITH, SPONSORED BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON, IS CLIMBING FROM THE BUDWEISER AMBULANCE TO ATTEND THE DRIVER OF THE HOME DEPOT CAR”!
Two points – a very well thought out and well presented article. Everyone else travels race to race, why can’t we have a medical crew doing the same? I understand the local workers like getting prime seats for the race, but is that worth our driver’s safety? Or could we mix and match local crews with the traveling crew?
Secondly, Douglas, how in the world can you say NASCAR only TALKS safety given the advances in recent years? HANS requirement, SAFER barriers, mandatory trips to the Infield Care Center, helmets for the pit crew to say nothing of the overall purpose of the CoT – safety!…yeah, that really shows me inactivity beyond talking about safety. Get a clue…yes, NASCAR is deliberate, but when it comes to safety, they do take action. Or Douglas, are you due back at Area 51 about two days ago?
Here’s another idea…how about having a traveling car chief who determines if cars can go back on the track without taking out half the field when the tires blow or the sheel metal flies off. How many times have you seen chain reaction accidents because a bucket of bolts returns to the track only to fall apart and cause a horrendous accident. Even taking out one car is case for concern, particularly when the innocent team is racing for critical points. The Nascar guys just stand there and watch as cars move back onto the track with sheet metal flapping and tires rubbing up a storm.
How much do you know about the nuts and bolts of emergency medicine?
What you’re proposing sounds very nice, but its essentially impossible on any practical level.
A trauma surgeon who actually works in that capacity only once every 5 years or so would quickly lose skill and currency. And the chances of finding one who would be willing to do the job would be slim anyway — people don’t go into that specialty in order to stand around and do nothing most of the time. Treating minor injuries to pit crew members every couple weeks with maybe a broken bone for a driver once a year isn’t going to be providing the job satisfaction that a person highly driven to make a real difference and save lives requires.
Are you aware that EMTs and Paramedics are certified by individual states? There is a thing called National Certification, but not all states accept it and many require their own training and testing in addition to that certification. Each EMT and Paramedic on that crew would have to be certified in each state in which Nascar races AND they would all have to maintain currency in the required continuing ed for each of those separate, state certifications.
BTW — this usually includes a requirement to put in a certain number of hours on active duty and may require being employed by an in-state ambulance service as well.
Additionally, each locality has an individual protocol that EMTs and Paramedics must follow and individual, local medical authorities that they must work under. So once they were state certified they would have to fulfill all local requirements on top of that.
Where do you propose to get the ambulances you expect them to staff? If you think that local medics are going to bring their equipment to the track and turn them over to complete strangers for the weekend you are out of your mind. It is simply not going to happen.
Yet they won’t be able to load special Nascar ambulances on special ambulance haulers and bring them along with everything else because ambulance specifications and equipment are ALSO regulated by individual states’ standards — many of which contradict each other so that the very things that make an ambulance meet one state’s standards can easily make it violate another state’s standards.
Throwing sufficient money at things may be able to make it all work. But it would probably be wiser and more cost-effective to identify any weaknesses in the training currently given to local safety people and improve that training than to take on the sort of logistical and bureaucratic nightmare that actually implementing this sort of full crew would require.
And you didn’t even mention the need for actual rescue specialists to do any necessary work required to free trapped drivers from their cars — yet another group of people requiring training, certification, equipment, and vehicles.
A very interesting article in theory, but I question the practicality of a traveling team of surgeons and nurses. However, I do believe Nascar could use highly skilled EMT’s at all the races. They could be trained in extrication procedures and be able to communicate with ambulance technicians and local hospitals if needed. M. B. Voelker made some very good points about the “nuts and bolts” of emergency medicine, and Nascar would have to check into the practicality of such an endeavor as well as liability issues. Thank you, Amy, for an interesting and thought-provoking article!
NASCAR’s safety efforts have all been reactive instead of pro-active. They only react after a big name driver is severely injured or killed. The firesuit and fuel cell became mandatory after Fireball Roberts died from burns he received at the World 600 in 1964. The side window net became mandatory after Richard Petty came close to being thrown from his car at Darlington. The all-out efforts with the SAFER barriers, full face helmets, proper seat belt installation, and HANS devices were only made mandatory after the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr., not after the deaths of Adam Petty or Kenny Irwin Jr, even though that technology was available when they died. They might still be alive had NASCAR had a pro-active safety program instead of a reactive one.
A traveling medical team seems to work rather well for F-1, IRL, and CHAMP CAR. The doctors are familiar with the drivers, the medical conditions, allergies, medication, etc. and can make a good judgement call based on their familiarity with the drivers.It has been key in saving a couple of drivers lives. So there is some merit to the idea and it’s worth being considered.
A very good article. MBV’s reasons it can’t work is contridicted by the series that have made it work, NHRA comes to mind. Their Safety Safari is outstanding.
Kevin J made some good points about the safety innovations created in the past years, but they all were mandated and cost Nascar NOTHING.
All you hear about the COT is safety,safety,safety, but if they meant what they said they would also have improved the busch series cars. Is it OK for the Busch series to run unsafe cars?
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