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 · Friday August 29, 2008
Note to self: never, ever wonder if it could get worse.
When I wrote earlier this year that the Budweiser Shootout had outlived its purpose, it was because the segment lengths made it boring — and with Budweiser giving way to Coors Light as the pole sponsor, it seemed as good a time as any to retire the race altogether. It was still popular enough even though it was getting stale… so why not go out in style? Before things got worse?
The new race format for 2009 was announced last week, and frankly, um… how can I put this? It sucks. Since they could no longer use pole winners sponsored by a rival brewery, Budweiser and NASCAR had the chance to come up with something exciting to replace that – but instead, they came up with a format that could end up making watching cement set sound like more fun the Saturday night before the Daytona 500.
First off, driver selection is purely based on the previous year’s owner points and the manufacturer – the top six in owner points for each make get in. (Sure, let’s find another way to reward teams for something they did months ago). That means a couple of things. First, it means that if a driver works his butt off to earn points all the previous year but changes to a team not in the Top 6 in their make, he can sit on his butt while someone else races. If the field for next year’s Shootout were set today, Casey Mears would be in with the No. 07, despite not having even sat in the car yet. Clint Bowyer, on the other hand, would likely get the privilege of watching the race from on top of the No. 33 hauler. Ditto for Tony Stewart, who can watch Joey Logano pilot his old ride while he’s sitting on the sidelines.
Not only is the format grossly unfair to drivers who should earn their way in, it also allows for some very dubious entries, as the top six from each manufacturer really isn’t the star-studded group Bud and NASCAR would like you to believe. The pickings are kind of slim for some of the makes; once you get beyond Chevrolet — who currently can say that all six of their entries are in the Chase — it’s not so rosy. Dodge would be trotting out cars that currently sit 21st, 22nd and 23rd in owner points, while Ford would be sending out the No. 28 of Travis Kvapil — currently 24th in owner points with three Top 10 finishes this year. Their entries represent just two owners, with five cars all coming out of the Roush-Fenway stable. Toyota is even worse – their lineup boasts Michael Waltrip, driving his own No. 55, which is 32nd in owner points and has just one Top 10 finish this year.
And while that “best six” format is fair to the manufacturers, it’s not fair to the teams who are simply better — or to the fans who want a good race. I’m all for leveling the playing field; but this is ridiculous.
Second of all, having two segments that are both long – 62.5 miles and 125 miles – isn’t doing much to add to the excitement, especially given that the CoT strategy on restrictor plate tracks like Daytona is basically to wait in line and go for it at the end. I can’t quite bring myself to believe that is what fans want to see.
The powers that be had the chance to turn the Bud Shootout around, make it worth the hype. They could have really made it a race worth watching. Imagine this for the Shootout: invite all the teams, regardless of their qualifying speed, and run the race like a Saturday night special at the local short track. Run heat races. If NASCAR has to suddenly be fair about something (and it would certainly be a first), run four five-lap heats, one for each manufacturer. Take the top five from each of those, then run a ten-lap hooligan race for all the others. Forget who makes the cars in that one; just take the top three finishers call it good at 23 in the feature. Then run the main event in three 20-lap segments or two 25-lappers and a ten-lap final segment for all the marbles, eliminating the last five cars in each of the first two segments. Now, that would be a race worth watching.
Instead, we get a tired format dragged out and made less exciting by the inclusion of some teams who are clearly only there because the format says they have to be invited. We get segments that are too long, and allow for far too much racing in line and playing it safe. We get everything that is wrong with the race — and maybe even with NASCAR. That’s surprising considering it’s an exhibition event – it should be the best the sport has to offer.
And now it’s not.
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As much as I’m a fan of any driver who drives for Jack Roush, being Canadian, I was so looking forward to watching fellow Canadian Patrick Carpentier competing in the 2009 Shoot-out. Now the rules have been changed and I won’t get to see that happen. Thank’s a lot, NA$CAR! Oh well, at least I’ll get to watch Matt, Carl, Greg, David, and Jamie, as well as Travis Kvapil!
I suppose someone had to throw the manufacturers a bone. With the COT, the only connection with any manufacturer is the decals pasted on the cars. If Nascar can pretend that drivers more than 500 points behind the leader are worthy of being the ‘top 12’, why not pretend that taking random cars from all the ‘manufacturers’ will make an exciting season opening ‘shootout’?
And people continue to rag on me because of my views toward NA$CRAP!
Well people, just read Amy’s very nice summation of the latest NA$CRAP “thinking”!
And your buying this “crap”??
What a waste. A wish I could say I would boycott watching it but it’s the first “race” of the season.
Ken – hate to burst your bubble but Carpentier (whom I really like) may not have a ride next year to show up in, anyway, but lets both hope he does.
Agree with Amy, this new format is ridiculous. There are any number of things they could do to put on a more entertaining show – though the heat races idea is too much like the qualifying format they already use at Daytona.
How about putting all the racers in Karts (or Sprint cars) and have them run the Daytona road course? It’d be like Saturday night at the local go-kart track… :)
Since the COT, I don’t consider what decals are on the IROC car. Who cares?
If it was up to me, I would have let the 43 top drivers in points from the previous year start. I would have 5 20 lap segments. At the end of each segment, I would eliminate the last 10 cars from the field. The interesting racing would be back in the field until the last segment where it would be for all the marbles.
You’re right on the money on this one, Amy!
The new Bud Shootout is ridiculous for a numbr of reasons:
1) The “qualifications” to get in are completely unfair and absolutely insane. Chevy drivers get a raw deal here, strictly based on the fact that they have quality drivers. There are at least 11 drivers in the Chevy stable that could make the chase on any given year, however only SIX of them will have the opportunity to make the Shootout. The other manufacturers have less talent (for lack of a better word) and thus teams situated 30 or worse have the potential of racing the first race of the season. It’s possible that drivers with multiple championships, as well as the sports most popular driver, could sit out in the same year, while guys barely in the top 35 wheel their cars in the Shootout! Won’t that help the ratings?!
2) 24 is TOO MANY cars. The shootout works best when it is an “elite” few in the race.
3) 75 laps is TOO LONG! It’s hardly a “Shootout” if they get this many laps to “ride around”. Nothing will happen for the first 65 laps. A shorter race would be much more exciting (we all know how boring the first 2 segments of the All-Star race are).
4) There is no longer any REAL incentive to win this Shootout. I’m sure they will be money involved, but for some of the bigger named (higher paid) drivers, why risk injury at a restrictor plate race (high possibility of BIG wrecks) for a few dollars. If winning don’t guarantee a return trip then is it worth risking all? I see these guys just using the Shootout as an addition 1.5 hours of practice time.
5) Poles are now POINTLESS! Sure there’s pit selection, but other than that, WHO CARES. I understand Bud didn’t want to “reward” Coors pole drivers, but come on!
This new Bud Shootout could be the worst idea NASCAR has ever had, and considering the COT, that’s saying something!
One more example of sponsors running NASCAR . I imagine Bud showed up at the NASCAR offices and said” here is how we’re changing the Shootout “ . Since not one person in the NASCAR office has any idea how to respond to sponsors who decide that stock car racings’ only function is an infomercial for their products , the new Shootout rules were adopted . NASCAR has to hire someone with a backbone and a real knowledge of racing to step in and take over .
WOW I really like Ken’s idea of letting the top 43 in points start and eliminate 10 cars each section. The way NASCAR has set it up it’s just a nice test session for some of the cars lower down in the points. Since that is the case why not just have another test session for everyone and let it go at that.
First Belgians buy Bud, now they screw up the Shootout. I’m going to find a different beer to buy. Seriously!
Hey people, step back and take a deep breath.
Remember, this has always been a made for TV “Entertainment” race. The sponsor paid BIG bucks to put it on. THEY, not NASCAR make the rules.
I agree NASCAR could say “we don’t like it, so go away”, but then all of you would cry even louder! Where did the shootout go!!!???
Budweiser is in control here. If they want to change it from a race of drivers to a race of car manufactures, then they can.
NASCAR’s only option is either do it or not do it. Or find another sponsor for it.
Whether any of us like it or not. NASCAR is a business. They are like all businesses. They exist for one reason, and one reason only. To MAKE MONEY!!
The only way anyone here or at the track will change any of their decisions is to not watch or go to a race.
The sport is what it is. As of now the sponsors control it more than ever.
Again, this is a made for TV race. Nothing more.
NASCAR has a lot bigger problems than how Budweiser wants to run their TV race.
BTW, Douglas, your little “NA$CRAP” reference is getting a little old. It’s NASCAR anyway you want to put it. Like I said before, you just need to stop watching for a while. It is causing you way too much stress.
Also, Dennis in cal., the rules here say you cannot put your comment in all caps. That means you are screaming.
Again people, (including you Douglas) the reason we are all here commenting is because we love to watch NASCAR races and love to complain….. :o)
In truth , NASCAR has several options in dealing with this . First and foremost would be to point out to Bud that their idea needs some work . Then supplying some input on what would make for a better show . Thats exactly what Brians’ father and grandfather would have done , rather than stand by and watch another facet of the sport go down the drain .
Bud , and for that matter all of the sponsors in NASCAR have the right to come up with any promotional ideas they want . However NASCAR has the final say on the actual event . But there is no leadership at all in NASCAR , merely stuffed shirts marketing dept. rejects and spoiled rich kids ( not to mention a curiously silent uncle who needs to stop being so silent ) allowing things like this to happen . Can anyone look at the new version of the Shootout and say it was designed by anybody who knows or cares anything about stock car racing ?
First, I hope that Webster’s decides that NA$CRAP really is a word and starts putting it into their dictionaries!
After all, it is a fitting description!
Second, and talk about “fitting”, a comedian, Drew Carey, is the “GRAND MARSHALL” at California! He will give the command to start the engines, and then the real comedy begins!
Hey Douglas, you are too cool! I’ve concluded that none of us here love this sport more than you do!
After all, you keep us all thinking and on our toes!
By the way, I think there is a way a person can submit “new” words to Webster’s. You should go to their website and submit “NA$CRAP”. You just never know..
Keep the comments comming! I look forward to them!
Thanks Jeff G, that is exactly what I am trying to do! Keep people thinking so they do not become complacent to what could be, once again, A TREMENDOUS SPORT!
Also, while doing a little trail riding out back, horseback, I put terms into perspective!
So, try this on for size:
The “definition” of NASCAR is” NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR STOCK CAR RACING”.
So? With that in mind, just who’s “description” actually portrays what is on the track right now????
OK! OK! I will take a BOW!!
People bitch and complain but usually don’t change. The ONLY thing that nascar understands is spectators and viewers and money.
If you REALLY don’t like it then don’t watch it.
For example I NEVER watch California, Indy, Pocono, or Michigan to name a few.
But I will watch Richmond, Bristol, and Martinsville.
It’s not much, but it’s what I can do for my part.
I was really looking forward watching my favorite driver, Tony Stewart compete in the 2009 Shoot-Out. Now that won’t happen, thanks to the rule changes and that isn’t fair or right. You are penalizing the drivers who have earned that right to participate in the race and rewarded the drivers who have not either earned or deserve that right. Thanks A Lot, I have a few tickets to the Shoot-Out for sale, I won’t be going this year. Janet Monnin
Sure, let’s find another way to reward teams for something they did months ago.
Amy, I agree with most of your points, but you can’t have it both ways.
As currently formatted (2008 style), you are rewarding teams for something they did months ago.
Next year will be no different in that regard.
The real issue here is that Bud wanted nothing to do with a lineup based on Coors pole awards. Can’t blame ‘em for that, I suppose.
Until NASCAR stops kowtowing to the sponsors (wake me when that happens), you are going to have these bizarre scenarios. Best thing that could have happened was to have Coors buy out Bud for the naming rights, call it the Coors Shootout and tweaked it a bit as you suggested.
Well, Jr. gave his opinion on the matter and he doesn’t like it either. So nascar just MIGHT listen to him since they don’t listen to the fans.
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