Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Friday March 7, 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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