NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Friday October 10, 2008
On one side of the garage, there’s a driver who is thrilled when he wins and gracious when he’s not. He owns up when he causes something on track. He’s kind and funny with the fans, and has worked his butt off to get to the top level of the sport. He contends for championships and champions kids. Say hello and you’ll be rewarded with a bright smile.
Elsewhere in the garage, there’s a driver who often acts surly and rude. He takes out a volatile temper with a racecar and makes moves on track that he doesn’t care if someone else gets taken out on the other end of. He makes snide remarks and some off the cuff statements that are downright scary. He has been known to shove another driver in the garage.
I’m not talking about Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. Nope, not Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch either. Or Junior and Kevin Harvick. I’m talking about Carl Edwards…and Carl Edwards. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
One Edwards is a truly nice guy. When he was walking through the garage at Michigan this summer, he saw a kid in a wheelchair with a Carl Edwards flag attached. Edwards stopped and talked to the boy, 15-year-old Cody Byrnes. He promised the boy that if he won the race on Sunday, he would give him the trophy. And he delivered on both parts of the deal. Byrnes sleeps with the trophy on his bedside table, and Edwards probably sleeps a little better at night knowing that he was truly a hero to one child on that day.
Two weeks ago at Kansas, after making a move for the win so bold it bordered on outright crazy, Edwards had to settle for second when he couldn’t make the move stick, drifting up into the outside wall which killed his momentum and allowed Jimmie Johnson to take both the checkers and the point lead. Most drivers would have been disappointed, as Edwards no doubt was, but he hid it well. Edwards was the first person to congratulate Johnson on the win, commenting on how much fun he’d had racing Johnson for the win. He was smiling in his postrace interview, joking that it didn’t do nearly as much damage to his car when he’d tried the move in a video game. He was just a racer enjoying a good race.
Edwards is involved with several charity events, including Tony Stewart’s annual Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway, which raises money for Victory Junction Gang Camp, which he has won. He has given away other trophies. He genuinely enjoys meeting and taking to his fans, and he’s not afraid to make fun of himself—he has a few stories from his substitute teaching days that are roll-on-the-floor funny, including an unsuspecting trip to the restroom only to discover that the students had directed him to the girls’ room. He made up business cards to advertise himself as a driver—and forgot to change his cell phone number even after he became a household name, until a close up of one of the cards made its way to the Internet and Edwards got a lot of very interesting phone calls. What he counts as his favorite personal car is an ancient Mazda that doesn’t even start without a push to get it running. He’s got the smile and personality like the kid next door.
But the kid next door has a mean streak. He tries to hide it, and he often can, beneath a smile or behind a closed door. But there’s a temper there, and it can be ugly. At Pocono in 2006, Edwards was the innocent victim of a tiff between Stewart and Clint Bowyer. Stewart got into Bowyer, sending the No. 07 into Edwards’ 99, resulting in a lot of damage to Edwards’ machine. Edwards retaliated by spinning Stewart hard on pit road, into traffic…and worse, risked sending Stewart or another driver into an unprotected pit crew. That’s nothing new, but there is no circumstance in which it is ever acceptable. Edwards said he spun Stewart to the right, away from the crews in an attempt to protect them, as if that somehow excused the act. And then he went on to say to a group of reporters, “Let me just say this: If it weren’t for respect of the sport and the people watching and his team and everything, he’d be out there bleeding right now.”
Huh? Those words came from the mouth of the driver called “Cousin Carl” for his Opie Taylor-like demeanor? Indeed they did, adding to the complexity of the man, though not in an overly positive way.
And then there was the incident at Michigan in 2006, where Edwards was leading in the final laps of a Nationwide Series race when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got a run, and Edwards got loose. Earnhardt got into the bumper and Edwards spun out, losing the race win and giving Edwards every right to be upset. What Edwards did next, however, was potentially dangerous and another piece of the driver’s darker side. While Earnhardt was making his cool-down lap, he had a hand out the window to cool off and acknowledge the congratulations of fans and drivers. Edwards sped off of pit road and rammed the side of Earnhardt’s car, narrowly missing the hand of the unsuspecting Earnhardt. The injury that was narrowly avoided can’t be imagined as anything but ugly and possibly career-threatening.
And there was the half-mock swing taken at teammate Matt Kenseth at Martinsville last year. While Edwards didn’t hit Kenseth and had a grimacing smile on his face, Kenseth did not take the incident as a joke, and one television commentator called the incident “scary.” And there was the incident this week in the garage at Charlotte with Kevin Harvick. The latest stems from last week at Talladega where Edwards got into Greg Biffle and set off a 10-car pileup that collected Harvick, a championship contender, along with Edwards and Biffle. Harvick called Edwards a “pansy” for some of his racing strategy, and one thing led to another, with Edwards leaving a sarcastic note on Harvick’s airplane and searching out Harvick in the Nationwide garage on Thursday. The two exchanged some heated words and then Harvick turned to walk away. Edwards grabbed his shoulder and spun him around before being restrained by Harvick’s motor home driver.
So which side is the real Carl Edwards? Perhaps it’s both. The “Opie” persona that Edwards has taken on and honed suggests that he’s just a nice kid, but gosh darn it, he can’t help get mad at those other boys sometimes. The angry actions suggest a darker, more complex side to Edwards. Behind the grin and the mop of blond hair—Tom Sawyer all grown up—there’s a hungry, angry streak of emotion that won’t take a blow to either racecar-bedecked body or dignity. That streak will not tolerate anyone making a dent in racecar or persona, and it will not tolerate the persona telling it to turn off and take a hike. And so a piece of Edwards peeks through when the racecar or the calm exterior is cracked. Perhaps if the Opie persona weren’t there, the piece wouldn’t seem so cold, so angry and mean, but rather just a temper. Perhaps the good in the driver makes the bad seem worse than it is. Or perhaps that hungry, angry streak uses the good in the driver as a convincing disguise for its ugly volatility. Whatever the case, the real Carl Edwards has proved much harder to know than on first glance.
And on the verge of a breakthrough season and with the championship in sight, the real Carl Edwards might be worth getting to know.
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Why is it so difficult to accept nice people get angry too. Really silly article is putting it nicely.
There’s more and more evidence every day that the ‘nice guy Carl’ is more of a facade.
And even if you accept the fact that he’s a super nice guy with a ‘temper’, you have to admit the anger is a little out of control. Every driver out there has been spun out at a crucial point one time or another, but most don’t have a record that includes ramming people on a victory lap, spinning people intentionally on pit road, etc.
…interesting article, but you seem somewhat misinformed on some of your information used to present your somewhat biased point of view.
Carl doesn’t give away some of his trophies; he gives away all of his trophies… …including his first Daytona win in 2004, and several Nashville guitars.
Your description of the Pocono incident is sadly lacking in factual content. There was no dispute between Bowyer and Stewart. Stewart simply felt that a rookie had no business racing with him and intentionally and blatantly wrecked Clint.
He took out Carl in the process and then gave Carl the one-finger salute. That’s what got Carl hot. When Carl spun Tony, it was artfully done, and he put Tony’s car exactly where he intended to, on the far side of pit road, well away from any possibility of getting into the pit side of pit lane.
If you had actually watched the Michigan race you refer to, or bothered to review any of the dozens of replays of the incident, you’d have noticed that Carl didn’t “get loose” and slow down; he was still passing cars when Junior got a run, hit Carl, turned him sideways, and without lifting, then hit him again… …still not lifting to give him a chance to correct, Junior stayed on the gas and pushed him the rest of the way around.
You’re entitled to your opinion of whether retaliation was justified, but Carl had far more provocation in each one of these incidents than you suggest.
Carl didn’t “ram” Junior when he came back on the track; it was a perfect side-to-side slam…
With the construction and shape of the cars, and the restrictions in movement put on the drivers by the restraint systems and window nets, there’s no possible way that maneuver could have gotten any part of the 99 within a foot of Junior’s hand.
Do you own, or have any access to, two diecasts of Winston Cup cars?
Try placing them side-by-side and you’ll see how absolutely silly the hysteria over any possible injury to Junior’s hand was.
And then there’s the recent Harvick incident.
I don’t know what happened or what conversation actually took place; I’m amazed that you do. From every account I’ve read, no one wittnessed it except for Harvick personell and friends.
Yappy simply turned and walked away? …give me a break!
The overly agressive, biggest and nastiest mouth in the garage simply walked away?
Can you possibly actually believe that?
How about the dent in the hood of the 29?
You couldn’t possibly have a preconceived notion or point to make that motivates you to say that kind of silly stuff, could you?
I suppose accuracy in your descriptions, or any effort to verify what you wrote, though, would weaken the presentation of your preconceived theme.
Other than that… …nice article.
I grew up in “NASCAR” country and have many friends in the business.
I have also heard a lot of the garage talk about Carl’s “strange” personality. It’s been going around for about two years now.
Too many different people have commented on it for there not to be some truth to it.
I had some comments to make but Buz pretty much said everything I wanted to say. Good job Buz!!!!
If Have-A-Wreck Harvick would have called me a “pansy” on nantional television I would have done a hell of a lot more than spin the little wussy around after he walked away from me. What’s missing in this article is the fact that Edwards was man enough to go talk to Have-A-Wreck face-to-face instead of in front of a camera. The little slap fest that Hava-A-Wreck and JPM had not too long ago was a laugh and made me realize just what a little girlie-girl Kevin is. As for Kenseth, it’s pretty sad when even Jeff Gordon can make him piss in his pants. Kenseth and Harvick are made of the same cloth; lace!! As for Carl’s on camera personality opposed to off camera…what do you folks want? Another Tony Stewart, who whines and cries at each and every turn when something doesn’t go his way? Sorry folks but that gets old real fast. And how many of you fans weren’t cheering when Jimmy Spenser punched Kurt Busch after the Michigan race a few years back? And what about 2-Ton-Tony’s supposed punch earlier this year in the NASCAR trailer? Everyone seemed pretty happy to hear about that. I’m a Jeff Gordon fan myself and would never cheer for a driver of a Ford, but I give credit where credit is due and Carl Edwards seems to about the only real man in the garage these days. All the older fans of NASCAR who misses the drivers that take matters into their own hands when they’ve been dissed by another driver should absolutely love Carl Edwards. Oh, and Buz….great response to Amy.
A personality is comprised of a plethora of emotions, traits, feelings, and mannerisms, to mention just a few. And most people have a very complex personality and demonstrate it in varying ways. Carl is no different. But keep this in mind. These men are under a microscope virtually every minute of their lives. They are watched so closely that even the simplest of acts are talked about without end. There was a man that used to race in NASCAR that had a heart of gold. Just ask anyone. He constantly gave of himself and later in his life had the ware with all to do so. He was constantly supporting this charity of that charity. It seemed like money was no object to him when it came to helping out. But put him on a race track and Katie bar the door. I think he used to say things like; “awe it was just a racin’ deal” or “I was just trying to rattle his case a little” and he was loved to death by millions and bitterly hated others. Hmmmm…… Give Carl a break. He is just human…. just like the rest of us. Yes, perhaps he needs to get things back in perspective and remember that everything he does, says, and represents is there for the whole world to see.
Gee, I have suddenly become a Carl Edwards fan!
Thanks for all the info, my type of driver!
No vanilla here for sure!
Amy are you kidding?????- This is Nascar racing at it’s best. Carl has shown us all some great races this year. Just because Carl shows his emotions you want to knock him down. Maybe you should do a little more research when writing your articles. Race car drivers are human and have emotions too. I guess you have missed the times when Harvick has gotten into fights. Carl brings us back to the day of great racers like Cale Yarborough, The Allisons, Buddy Baker and Petty. They werent afraid to show their emotions either.
Buz sure saved me a lot of writing. You should be embarrased to publish such an article with partial as well as incorrect “facts”. Also, you obviously have not followed Mr. Harvick’s career. I’d list the drivers he has had issues with, but I don’t have an hour to do so. I know I act differently at my job than I do in my social life, as do most people. Guess I’m a Jekyll/Hyde too. Very unprofessional article.
I respect Carl Edwards for owning up to his mistake and for trying to talk to Kevin Harvick about his comments. Kevin hasn’t had any reason this year to be in the press so he has to do something or say something to get some attention. His comments after Dega were silly and Carl wanted to talk to him about it. So what? These things happen in the garages every day, it’s just when a known and well liked driver like Carl is involved that the press jumps on the story and makes a big deal out of it.
Way to stand up for yourself Carl! Good luck this week!!
There are people like this all over what you see is not necessarily what you get both guys are wrapped pretty tight. This kind of stuff is not rare or new in Nascar the big difference is now the eyes of the world are squarely trained on each and every move. What used to be a boys being boys squabble is now turned into a bigger deal than it should be. I remember when the crews used to get into scraps routinely after races and it might have been more healthy that way than everyone standing there reading from a bland corporate prepared message and letting it eat at them. Most likely Edwards knew he was most likely going to get into with Harvick when he walked into his garage area it doesn’t sound like he was going there to make peace and that’s fine lord knows Harvick is no stranger to driver altercations. Strangely enough it sounds kind of novel these days to have two drivers who aren’t following the script for a change, the only thing I see that was bad I see was when Harvicks transport driver jumped into the fray. Really too bad the two of them just didn’t settle it right there and be done with it.
Wow! The only things I dislike about some of the post here is the bias toward a favorite driver people are using.
I didn’t read this artical as an attack on Edwards, or praise to Kevin Harvick. In fact Harvick is a very small part of the article.
I think the point is the almost “extreme” personality changes in Carl from one mood to another.
I think Amy pointed out a lot more positive than negative.
Carl is not a bad guy. I didn’t read that all. He does a lot of good for people and rarely shows anger on camera. But! He has shown it on the track and in the garage.
There are many drivers with the “in you face” additude. Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick all show it on camera more often than not. You rarely (if ever) see their “good guy” Opie Taylor side (like Carl DOES have) if they even have one.
On the other hand you almost always see a calm reserved demeanor from guys like Bobby Lobonte, Jeff Burton, and Matt Kenseth on camera.
Most of the other drivers lean one way or the other.
Again I think the point is Carl can be either.
I think it is a very good article pointing that out. Not an attack. Just an observation put into words, but shared by many in the garage.
Excellent article Amy.There have been public peeks at the temper that lies underneath. But which driver in the biggest leauge of auto racing doesn’t have one.
I feel, and I’m not a Carl Edwards fan, that he has the character and maturity to be a great Nascar Champion, although niether are required to win said championship. And many that have won it in the past have been known for thier tempers and immaturity at times.
Carl Edwards is sponsors “wet dream”. He understands marketing and see the big picture. He came up with a new way to celbrate a win stand out from everybody else. Every interview the sunglasses go into a pocket, the TV interviews always get a pat on the shoulder and a thank you as they send off to the booth, he knows when to show graciousness and frustration with out whinning or pointing finger and is quick to point the finger at himself and be accountable for his actions good or bad. He keeps his fitness at the highest level and never needs a shave or a haircut. But his understanding of “How the game is played” is what has created this Dr Jekly and Cousin Carl persona.
In the end Carl Edwards fans will be fans that can explain or counter any point that is made against him, just as die hards fans say the same of Tony, Dale and Robby. The rest of us will see Carl Edwards for eveything that he is and determine our level of respect based off the total sum of all of his actions.
Hey Buzz, you wouldn’t work for the Obama campaign would you? That was the most ridiculous spin I have seen this side of Keith Olbermann’s man-love for B. Hussein.
The incident where Carl hit Junior’s car on the cool-down lap was wrong, dangerous and shameful. No spin can change that from what it was.
I also noticed that you pointedly left out the incident Carl had with Kenseth. I guess video proof precludes your ability to spin that into something it wasn’t.
Carl finally ran into someone who refused to be physically intimidated by him. In fact, it sounds like he was so surprised that there was a reaction that he ended up sprawled across the hood of the 33.
NASCAR eats this stuff up and thinks it is good for the sport but I wonder how Carl would fair in an NFL-grade drug test? I suspect a positive for Anadrol and some type of stimulant.
Buz nice comment and Tucker you don’t gain creditability by accusing someone of drug use over the internet. Instead I’m much more inclined to believe you have no morals or values to speak of. Get some help dude!
Before I even turned on the borrowed computer I’m using I told my husband that I could name at least one female Nascar writer who would be hyperventilating about the Harvick vs Edwards incident from yesterday.
Instead of all those dire things, consider this, …
Perhaps two highly-competitive guys, one of whom has reason to believe himself wronged and both of whom have reason to believe themselves insulted, got into a minor scuffle in the process of working out the dominance issues involved in every interaction between male human beings.
Its a pity there isn’t any film because it was probably every bit as amusing as when Harvick and Montoya had their scuffle after that wreck last year.
Women work out their dominance issues via gossip, sneering, backbiting, and subtle, verbal insinuations.
Men work theirs out through body postures, direct verbal confrontation, and direct physical scuffles.
Guys aren’t women. They don’t act like women. Women ought not to be reacting to a guy who exhibits guy behavior the way they would react to a woman exhibiting that behavior because it doesn’t mean the same thing.
Buz and a few others, Amy hit the nail on the head with this article. As a matter of fact, she was being kind to Edwards. I could add a few other times his darker side got the best of him. He has good qualities, but they are often overcome by his cockiness and disregard for other drivers. Someday he will pick a fight with the wrong person and he’ll wind up being, the mop that scrubs the floor.
I think Tony Stewart was right when he called Edwards Eddie Haskell. Although I would say Eddie Haskell with a mean streak. Carl doesn’t seem to know how much is too much when he feels he has been wronged.
As I read it, Amy has been “NA$CARIZED”!
If it ain’t vanilla, plain old vanilla, it ain’t any good!
Heaven forbid a NA$CAR driver show emotion or create a stir!
Heavens, what is racing coming to?
Carl caused a wreck, he admitted it, & apologized for it. Harvick chose to shoot off his mouth. Did you forget he has a history of attacking other drivers in victory lane? If Harvick chooses not to accept the apology, & continues to be a Butt. Then INMO Carl has every right to take exception. In my racing days, if you had an on track incident, & wanted to fight,( it happens) No one was going to stop you. You just had to be careful, not to let your mouth overload your ass. In today’s NA$CAR drivers can mouth, & posture all they want. Knowing it’s not going any further. Trust me Harvick doesn’t want a piece of Carl. He just wants to shoot off his mouth. Then of course you folks egg it on, so the media’s hands aren’t entirely clean in all this either.
Carl admitted he messed up and caused another “Big One”. He apologized. I think Kevin Harvick had every right to be upset. Kevin gave his candid opinion of Carl’s Talladega performance. An apology shouldn’t be made conditionally. Evidently, Carl’s apologies are contingent on how well they’re received.
He!!, this makes me like Edwards even more. Carl is a real person. He has a temper, but is and can be a nice guy on many occasions. NA$CAR tries so hard to promote this wholesome, perfect image of all its drivers and seeks to quell any attempts at true personality. No fighting, no disagreements, plug all sponsors, button your shirt up, be a yes man, blah, blah. Edwards doesn’t march to the beat of Brian’s drum, and everybody freaks out. Who cares, none of us are perfect. The guy wants to win badly and I applaud him for it. And Harvick is a d@mn punk who runs his mouth on camera, but sure isn’;t backing any of it up. Notice it was his crew guys grabbing at Carl, and not him. And last time I checked, Harvick had been good for a couple of wrecks this year; the bonehead move at Sonoma coming directly to mind. Harvick’s no saint, he just likes to grandstand in front of the camera because its the only time most folks talk about him during a racing broadcast. Finishing 8th or 12th every week doesn’t get you a lot of air time.
I will start by saying that I didn’t write this column to bash Carl. I found it interesting (and the comments here and on other boards support my theory) that there is one group of fans who only see Carl’s public “Cousin Carl” persona and don’t think he could do any wrong, and then another group that thinks he’s a dangerous jerk with anger management issues and no matter what a good guy he is off the track doesn’t change that. Either way, there are two sides to Edwards that many fans don’t like to acknowledge. While I do think that at least part of the “golly, gee, whiz” public persona is contrived, I also think that he is a genuinely nice guy. And that he has a dangerous temper. But there’s more to him than a lot of people, for whatever reason, want to see.
WELL SAID AMY!
If the “altercation” with Harvick had not happened, Carl STILL has a track record of anger problems.
I know several people in the garage area and most all of them will tell you he hides it very well.
I also agree with you that he is a nice guy. A lot of people with anger problems are nice guys….When! they are not angry…
Amy, I’m aware that each of us have the right to our own opinions, but to say that Carl “has a dangerous temper”; don’t you think you’re going a bit far with that? What, did he turn you down for a date or something and you’re taking revenge by being able to write whatever it is that you want? As for what folks are writing about your article maybe you should re-read what has been said. You state that there are two groups of people who see Carl as either Cousin Carl or a Dangerous Jerk. Going back and reading each and every posting, I would say that there are only two that think he is the greatest thing since safer barriers, six comments that think he’s worse than the COT and fifteen (15) who agree that there’s more to any one person than total good or total bad. If you want to write an article about “dangerous” drivers then you should have also mentioned Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and the current all time dangerous man, Tony Stewart. Again, I’m not an Edwards fan but I respect any man that’ll do his talking face-to-face. There’s not another driver on the track that does this as well as Carl. Could it be because he can back himself up without having any help from others? Amy, take your picture of Carl off your bedroom wall and go for someone who you may actually have a chance with….according to the Rolling Stones article, Tony love to #*&% women; maybe you’d have a chance!
Good article Amy! You definetly received heavy response. Spencer Tracy would be proud of how “Cousin Carl” has taken on this role and preserved its integrity.
More importantly, the fans of NASCAR (not NASCAR but the fans) finally again have a guy who has charisma but has the paradox of Jeckyl and Hyde personality. It makes people who might not like him still tune in to see what he’s up to next.
I have an idea instead of these garage speculative dustups someone should put on a celebrity boxing pay for view proceeds to benefit Victory Junction or other various charities of the drivers choice, if they think they are tough then put the gloves on boys and be tough for a good cause. Not the typical sissy drivers fight helmets on, pushing and shoving each other, crew members involved just man to man. End of the season pay for view grudge match proceeds to charity of your choise.
If I’ve ever heard a JERK in my life it is you.
Frontstretch should delete your post and possibly ban you from ever posting here again.
We all have our favorite drivers, opinions about NASCAR and what is written here. I believe in free speach, but I think most everyone that has commented on Amy’s article today would agree you have “crossed the line”.
I think there is no room here for the kind of stuff you just posted.
24-4-5 ? Do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Carl left a note for Kevin, how manly is that? BTW. You really are an ass for personally attacking Amy.
Awww, gee, shucks, I’m hurt…I think I’m going to bet on Carl to win this weekend…Let’s go racin’ ladies and gentlement!!!
I think anyone that has come down on Carl Edwards should look in the mirror and ask themselves if they’ve never felt intense about something and flown off the handle. If someone slandered you or made you look like a total ass would you sit back? He apologized people for a mistake. I think we all agree it wasn’t intentional. Have you ever made a stupid mistake? Look in the mirror and ask yourself before you come down on someone else.
And by the way, any of you that have read Amy’s articles have pretty much figured out Amy doesn’t like Carl!!! It’s obvious and that’s cool. We like who we like. I just thought if you were a writer for a web site like this you’d have to be a little less biased about your opinions!
Funny When Tony pulls a stunt like these Buz and the rest Moan and groan BUT when it comes to Carl JERK WAD Edwards it’s just he’s having a bad day BTW great article Amy and spot on
you people sound like a bunch of obama fanatics! edwards is a closeted fool and until he comes to terms with his own sexuality and leaves his mom alone, only then will he be at peace with himself and can get down to racing like a man.
Any man would take offense to being called “a pansy”! Furthermore, any Missouri man is going to take even more offense because it is the same as being called a p**sy. Those are fighting words in good ole Missouri. Harvick is lucky Carl didn’t beat the total crap out of him. That in itself should show you Amy that Carl is very much in control of his temper. Any given male in Missouri would have beaten Harvick to a pulp! I myself take offense to the “Cousin Carl” comment. There is nothing about Carl that reflects “Opie”. I suggest you look for a new job or maybe improve your writing where it isn’t so negative. Try writing the article again and look into the facts a little closer.
Mr. Lewis are you waiting to come out of the closet yourself?? How laughable of a comment – are you sick or just stupid?!?
Very well said RaceFan.
24-4-5’s verbal attack on the writer of the article was way out of line.
Using the race car as a weapon is dangerous.
M.B. Voelker’s take on the whole thing was insightful.
You know it seems to me that some people accuse Jr fans of being outrageous and blind to reality. Seems some Carl fans here, most noteably “Buz” are drinking some Carl kool-aid. Thanks for the laugh everyone.
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