Hamlin Snags Coca-Cola 600 Pole With Track Record Time
posted by Amy Henderson
Thursday May 23, 2013
Denny Hamlin shattered the track qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway as he rocketed to the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Hamlin had a lap time of 27.604 seconds, or 195.624 miles per hour. Several drivers drove past the old record, set by Greg Biffle in 2012, but it was Hamlin who came out at the top of the heap and holds the new record. Kurt Busch will start on the outside of the front row. Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, and Ryan Newman hold down sixth through tenth places.
The pole is Hamlin’s second of 2013; he also started in front at Fontana before an injury in that race sidelined him for over a month. Hamlin says that his back feels “nearly 100%” and that it doesn’t cause him pain while driving. He added that winning the pole helped solidify for him that he is back at a competitive level, but he wants one more thing before he’ll be satisfied.
“I think winning would do that. I think ultimately getting the big trophy on Sunday is the validation that you’re truly back,” said Hamlin after his lap. “For me, it’s going to take some wins and some really good consistency throughout these summer months to put ourselves in position to have a chance at a championship. That’s what we’re here for. Even these small victories though give me that confidence that I’m still capable, and I’m still able to do the job at 100 percent like I should be. Any kind of confidence booster for me — it’s always a plus on Sunday.”
The Cup teams are next on track Saturday at 10 AM for the weekend’s second practice. Final practice for Sunday’s race is Saturday afternoon at one o’clock. The Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to start at 6 PM on Sunday and will air on FOX.
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.
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Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Thursday March 6, 2008
Sometimes I wonder why some things get magnified until they seem larger than life while some things that should be a big deal seem to be buried in the background. No, I'm not talking about making mountains out of molehills and molehills out of mountains. I'm talking about calling a mountain a mountain and a molehill a molehill.
There was barely a ripple in Race Fan World about the oil tank lid infraction on the No. 99 after Las Vegas. I suppose it's feasible that four bolts backed out and the lid migrated up to a highly unusual and visible place in the back of the racecar. It just seems highly unlikely, given that this, and four similar (lids loose, but not removed) in the Nationwide Series this year, are the first time in recent memory a car has been cited for a loose oil tank lid. Cars vibrate all the time and their bolts stay in place.
Still, NASCAR did what was right in this case—the penalty was stiff because the infraction was found after a race and the car gained an advantage in competition because of it—by some reports the downforce on a car can be increased by up to 10 percent. That's a lot, surely enough to make a car fast enough to beat the competition if it was equal to begin with, just needing that edge.
What made me look twice was the fact that by reports, this was the second week in a row that something looked amiss on the No. 99. Fox Sports reported on Sunday that several teams had noted after the California race that the fender on Carl Edwards' Ford looked to be pulled out past the tire slightly further than is allowed. Now, presumably the car had fit the template in post race inspection, but race teams tend to be self-policing in that they will ask a race official "Hey, are we allowed to have a fender out that far?" if they see a whiff of impropriety.
It seems to me that if several teams made note of the funky fender, there might have been something to it. It is possible for a car to fit the template and still have discrepancies, as was shown by the Nos. 24 and 48 at Infineon last summer. What I find troubling is that many seem to have taken the attitude that it's no big deal.
It is a big deal if a team is allowed to work between the templates, because it was made abundantly clear last year that they were not to massage those areas at all. It is a big deal that apparently no attempt was made beyond the initial inquiries of those teams to ascertain if there was, in fact, a violation. It is a big deal that for all intents and purposes, nobody cares. The story was buried at the end of a news column, almost as if nobody really wanted it reported at all.
There was no media backlash, no fan outcry. Is Carl Edwards, NASCAR's answer to Opie Taylor, really above the "creative engineering" talk that seems to plague some drivers and teams? It's surprising that, in light of this week's penalties, nobody thought there might more to that little blurb in Sunday's news. Surely, with some other teams, it would have been Mount Everest. Instead it was barely an anthill.
Maybe there was no hill at all, but perhaps there was a small mountain. It seems that it would have been easy to talk to the teams who reported the issue, at the very least, to find out their take and why NASCAR let it slide. It deserved to be reported, and it deserved an explanation. It deserved the fans' outrage far more than the legal maneuvering of shocks or a barely incorrect nose on a racecar.
NASCAR was consistent in their penalty of the No. 99 this week—the infraction, while not a body penalty on the CoT, was more severe than the three previous tweaks given similar penalties in 2007, because the car sported the illegal modification in competition. The fans' reaction, however, was far from consistent. Cheating is cheating, and if it’s a big deal on a car you don’t like, it’s also a big deal on the one you do. It shouldn’t be brushed aside or excuses made. A mountain is a mountain—call it a mountain and climb over it!
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Thank you Amy! I’ve been pointing this out all over the place. Nobody seems to want to take notice of it. I even posted about it in one of your colleagues columns earlier this week. I couldn’t seem to get answers or input from anyone.
I know if this was a few other drivers/teams it would have been made a big deal of and people would be demanding for answers. There would be multiple storys about it on racing websites.
Nice thoughts RE: what is cheating and what is not! Along those lines a few things come to mind.
First, from a technical standpoint, the CoT is an entirely different machine and maybe the “harmonics” generated by this car (if one wishes to call the CoT a “car”)causes bolts to loosen where in the old car they did not?
Second, in this day and age of “loctite”, virtually every fastener used in my race cars were ALWAYS LOCTITED. Why not an oil tank cover?
And why all of a sudden is NA$CAR on the rampage about only “certain” things?
It still sticks in my craw that the 17, the 48, & the 88 ALL FAILED INITIAL INSPECTION and all that was done to them was kick them out of line and let them fix their cars, no penalties, no hints of penalties, and Robby gets dumped on!
Something amiss in the NA$CAR scheme of things for sure!
It’s only noteworthy when it’s HMS cheating.
‘Lil Opie Cunningham, ain’t he adorable!
There was no fan outcry because most of us dont care about such trivia.!! Nascar is trivializing racing with their obsessive control of every facet of car prep. Im wondering if the next step is to bring 43 identical cars to each event on Nascar haulers and assign them to the drivers by drawing lots..then painting the appropriate sponsor logos. Kind of like the Race of Champions. Being serious for a moment, people want to hear about racing, not about loose bolts. They are going to kill this sport.
It seems that at some point cuz Carl must have peed in lil Amy’s cornflakes. From what I have read for weeks she no likey Carl. Maybe she has a crush on fat boy Toyotony?
Toyota claims that this trick was intentional, as they show it has been found to produce over 170 pounds of downforce. Which is fine, I like the trying-to-beat-the-system tricks….but it does serve a purpose to have it come loose. Otherwise that thing would be strapped down mighty tight.
Funny how the Roushketeers are immune to being accused of cheating. Ah, but if its an HMS car, the fans, the media and oh yeah, Jack Roush, all make a major outcry.
wasn’t the 17 second fastest in the end.I don’t think I heard anything about his plate being loose.roush car to .moutain out of a molehill.
If a fender is pulled out enough for other teams to notice seems interesting enough.
Focusing on why pulled out fenders were let go by NASCAR after a race may seem to be trivializing an issue that in the past, has gotten people scolded, but then again, headlight decals also seem trivial.
In the USA Today article today, Lee White points out that they’ve got video of a 99 team member pulling out the fenders at Vegas. Why not? Didn’t seem to hurt them any at California.
Thanks, Amy, for being one of the few in NASCAR to even mention this. I don’t understand why it wasn’t a bigger story.
The 17 car would not neccessarily be subject to post race inspection…finishing where it did. I beleive the top 5 and one car chosen at random, go through post race inspection.
Douglas The 17, 48, 88 were out 1/16th of an inch, o none template. Its important for them to allow some leeway so the teams aren’t saddled with the expense of rebuilding each car from the ground up every week (The COT is after all supposed to save money). Not to mention NASCAR doesn’t have the resources to completely recertify all those new parts. The difference with Robbie is he used an entire illegal nose.
This is the most anti-ford, anti- roush site on the web. I read it, print it and go to the bathroom. Deal with the FACTS. Trust me, NASCAR doesn’t like Roush either, if they had any prove it was intentional they would have taken the win. All you chevy lovers on this site will have to deal with the fact that Ford has 2 wins and the you have none.
AS a long time follower, & participant in racing, let me say this. Like airplanes… parts that are attached to race cars. Are meant to stay there. The dumbest crew chief in cup, is way smarter than I am about race cars. If I know about safety wire, lock tight, & paint spot tell tales. You can bet your ass that they know about them too. Plus about a dozen ways that I don’t know about, to secure parts. This sudden rash oh oil tank covers coming loose, or in Carls case all 4 bolts coming completely out. Is not just happening. If anyone thinks otherwise, P T Barnum had them pegged a long time ago!
The issue with the 17, 48 and 88 is a classic example of what NASCAR should be doing. And that is if a car has issue in the inspection line before taking the track, you make them go back, fix whatever is wrong and make them run through inspection again. This wastes a lot of valuable track time when 43 teams all have to go through inspection and if several cars have “issues” then it may make a huge difference in dialing in a car to a drivers liking. Wasted time is a penalty in itself. Also, its silly to fine a car for an infraction if the car never even gets on track with that issue. There is no advantage when you cannot use it. I think fines and penalties should be looked at if it was pre or post. If a car is found to be illegal post race, post qualify, then big fines and points need to be taken. But if a car never takes the track, how can they have an advantage. Carl Edwards got what he deserved and maybe should lost a little more. His crime and Robby Gordon’s “crime” were not even in the same continent in terms of what they were and how it gave an advantage to each car. It made little sense to fine Gordon as harshly as Edwards.
Hey Lacey!! Yes, I know about the 1/16” or so. BUT IT PROVIDED AN ADVANTAGE! And DID NOT MEET THE TEMPLATE!
BUT!, NA$CAR has publicly announced a “ZERO-TOLERANCE” ON THE CoT!
So, what is ZERO-TOLERANCE now considered? plus or minus (+/-) 1/16th of an inch? Last time I looked ZERO up in the dictionary it really meant NONE! ZERO! ZIPPO! NADA! In any language! (except I guess in NA$CAR lingo)!
Robby’s nose WAS NOT OUT BY THAT MUCH! IT MET THE TEMPLATE!! IT, THE NOSE PIECE, MET THE THE SPECIFICATIONS AS THE TEMPLATE REQUIRES!
Also, you mention that NA$CAR does not have the “resources” to check all that stuff???
Why not??? They are making BILLIONS of $$$$ of of you, me, the sponsors, and everyone else. Are you telling me that NA$CAR simply dumps the Cot on the competitors and they NA$CAR DON’T HAVE THE “RESOURCES” TO ENGINEER/ANALYZE THE CoT PROPERLY??
Me thinks that is precisely the case! NA$CAR did not do all the homework required before introducing the CoT!
And it shows!!
But the REAL issue here is NA$CAR itself! Why did NA$CAR allow some non-conforming cars to simply go back to the garage and get changed, while it arbitrarily and immediately penalized another team, Robby’s, heavily with fines, point deductions, suspensions, and so forth?
Nascar never takes wins away and most likely never will. I think Edwards penalty was consistent with the CoT car. I did have a problem with the tire getting out of Edwards pit and no penalty. The team should be making sure the cameraman is out of the way at all times for that reason and for safety. How did the camera man get in front of someone who should already have been in that spot to catch that tire in the first place? That tire guy should have been in position and the cameraman wouldn’t have been in the way. Point blank it was the tire mans fault for not being there first.
Jeff Gordon did not get the race stopped so he could fix his car when a chunk of cement came up and tore up his front end which was a track issue that should not have happened.
Blank happens and it is all a matter if the blank happens to who. It is all part of the sport. Next thing they will let drivers keep their position even though someone spun them after all it wasn’t their fault.
Jesus, y’all act like this is the first time anyone ever got busted for cheating. If you’re not cheating, then you aren’t winning. Just ask Chad Knauss. I hope Carl spanks ‘em again this week, so the Bowtie and Yota bunch can whine some more.
you like the cot thing wait until they bring out their spec motor and totally do nascar in. Nascar promots whos marketable and hassles those who aren’t and thats not anything new.every driver out there deserves recognition.even the whiners.Go kick some more but roush and all your drivers
If it was the 48 car with the infraction last week fans would be demanding that Knaus be banned from NASCAR for life, that the win should be taken away, and that the driver be suspended. But with Roush/Edwards the majority of fans feel in punishment fits the crime or should be more lenient.
You’re right Amy, many fans are not objective and it seems some media isn’t either.
Glad you’re here to report the truth!
Douglas, you’re wrong the 1/16th never provided an advantage it was found before the cars got on track. the 17, 48, and 88 were given a reasonable tolerance for correction a minor issue, while R. Gordon had one whole illegal nose on his car.
Lacey, as I understand it, from all the reports, yes, the 1/16” was in the rear spoiler area dropping the spoiler down thus providing less downforce and more top speed!
YES! it was caught “before the cars got on the track”! Thus, as you say, it provided the 17, the 48, & the 88 car no “actual” advantage as they did not make it to the track in that condition!
Similar to Robby, his WAS ALSO PRIOR TO ANY TRACK TIME! And his nose did not deviate from the “template”! It was NOT as much as .001” out of “tolerance”, it was simply a “sticker/label” issue. Also, please be reminded that the “identification” for this nose was in plain site for everyone to see. It was not a cover up. No intentional fooling around such as the 17, the 48, the 88 cars that had to be taken back and RE-WELDED!
I once again remind you of NA$CAR’S very strong statements about the CoT!!
ZERO-TOLERANCE! And as you say, the three cars in question were given a “reasonable tolerance”!
So, what is it?? ZERO-TOLERANCE? Per NA$CAR! Or a “reasonable” tolerance?
Again, NA$CAR decides what/who gets the ZERO-TOLERANCE PENALTIES, and who is allowed to SKATE WITH “REASONABLE TOLERANCES!
That is the real issue here,the rules should be applied equally to all! But then again we are talking NA$CAR!
And thanks for allowing the “rebuttal”!! Next witness?
Great article Amy! As usual you make excellent points, although I can see there are some who still don’t understand.
What is everyone upset about? You don’t think this “sport” is anything more than a means to put our money in their pocket do you? It is entertainment, like the news.
Manufactured distraction and contrived excitement. The are producing a product for us to consume. Processed food. That’s all.
This is not on the level. Just accept it and enjoy it for what it is.
Check out the NA$CAR site. Great story about why empty seats are a good thing.
One bolt â€“ not four. Makes a little difference into your theories donâ€™t it?
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