NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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
Monday March 3, 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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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$CRAP” reference is getting a little old. It’s NASCAR anyway you want to put it. Like I said before, you just need to stop watching for a while. It is causing you way too much stress.
Also, Dennis in cal., the rules here say you cannot put your comment in all caps. That means you are screaming.
Again people, (including you Douglas) the reason we are all here commenting is because we love to watch NASCAR races and love to complain….. :o)
In truth , NASCAR has several options in dealing with this . First and foremost would be to point out to Bud that their idea needs some work . Then supplying some input on what would make for a better show . Thats exactly what Brians’ father and grandfather would have done , rather than stand by and watch another facet of the sport go down the drain .
First, I hope that Webster’s decides that NA$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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