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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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
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Amy Henderson · Thursday January 27, 2011
FRONTSTRETCH’s WAKE UP! IT’S 2011 WEEK BEGINS
For, oh, half a second there, I really thought NASCAR had finally figured it out. Perhaps this one was finally the year when the sanctioning body would realize what folly they had created over the last half-decade, making amends for a long list of grievances from fans, competitors, and media alike. With a revamped points system, NASCAR had a real shot at giving everyone something to care about on Sundays again. But, alas, the powers that be never got their heads far enough out of the sand to see what the real problem was, and as a result, applied another band-aid on a gaping wound hoping only to staunch the bleeding and not to heal the ugly gash underneath.
This time, NASCAR came so close to getting it right. At first glance, the 43-1 points system has gobs of potential, in position to create excitement from the green flag at Daytona until the checkers at Homestead all by itself.
While the two series are vastly different, consider the IndyCar Series, which runs a system similar to the new NASCAR tally. That series has two things going for it: a close championship battle nearly every year without any gimmicks, and drivers who race for the win every single week.
I’ve heard a lot of talk about how this new system promotes consistency over winning, but that’s not entirely the case. And in a 36-race season, consistently being one of the best on the racetrack should be rewarded heavily in any case. And this new system had potential to force drivers’ hands. Take Homestead, for example. Jimmie Johnson went in trailing Denny Hamlin by 15 points. Under the old system, Johnson had to beat Hamlin by at most, five spots if bonus points were equal. To the disgust of many fans, Johnson did so easily as Hamlin struggled.
Under the new system, he’d have had to beat Hamlin by fifteen on track spots, and – barring a major disaster – that’s unlikely to happen. Over the course of an entire season, the precious nature of each and every point would force drivers to race hard, meaning the only way to again any ground at all is to beat the next guy by as many spots as possible. A single DNF would be a disaster if the team couldn’t rebound for wins. Running fifth each week, a virtual guarantee of season-long success in the past, would be meaningless if the competition was winning and would form a huge deficit very, very fast. The only way to gain any margin is to beat the competition by several positions.
The problem with the system is the same as the problem with the old: the Chase. NASCAR’s playoff, while encouraging a handful of drivers to race for wins over ten races, encourages the same drivers to stroke all summer if they’re well ahead of the competition. This new, closer system doesn’t need the manufactured fakery of the Chase – it would provide a close finish on its own.
I will say this much: I think many casual fans have the wrong idea of what racing for a win means. I guarantee that drivers with cars capable of winning are, indeed, racing for the victory every week. But in a 500-mile race, racing for the win does not mean 500 miles of balls-to-the-wall, non-stop action where you’re pushing the car on the edge of control. It never really has. Instead, the strategy for the smartest, best drivers is saving the equipment, letting the track come to you, keeping everything in one piece while putting yourself in the position to win. Racing flat out for 500 miles causes equipment failure; it causes driver error and mistakes that cost far more than finishing fifth. No point system is going to change that, because fifth-place money is always going to be better than 40th. Expecting them to race like it’s the last lap for every lap, every week isn’t realistic.
To give credit where it’s due, the new seeding system for the Chase is at least a little better as it will require winning, at least for 11th and 12th spot. Far too many drivers made the Chase without winning at all in 2010, while a three-time winner didn’t make it, period. That’s a good move, making the regular season still meaningful, but the fact still remains any type of postseason really isn’t needed at all.
It never has been.
On the other hand, the new procedure for setting the field if qualifying is rained out is nothing but dangerous. As much as I hate the top-35 rule that lets racers get by on past achievement, I can’t see this not asking for real trouble. Practice is for shaking down a car, finding the handle and speed and learning how far it can be pushed without crossing the line. This system forces teams to go for qualifying speed possibly before the car and driver are ready for that. It will cause backmarker drivers to drive over their heads, extra risk which forms a recipe for torn-up racecars and bruised drivers – all the while doing nothing to improve the actual race on Sunday.
With all its changes, NASCAR came within a hair’s breadth of making the system about racing for every position, every week. But in the end it once again fell short, placing the staged mockery of the Chase over pure racing. They made early practice sessions more dangerous for no good reason in the process, and in the end, little will likely change.
It could have been so right… and for a moment, it almost was.
Congratulations to our Amy Henderson, winning a second place award among daily / internet columnists in the 2011 NMPA Awards held this past weekend in Charlotte!
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ah Nascar…alas,you still don’t get it!!you can do a thousand different points scenarios! what good are they,if you still have to “”“reset the points”“” for this ludicrous thing called “The Chase”!!
Here we go again,another rehash of Brian France mucking up what his father and granddad made great. What a moron!
This points system actually decreases the incentive to win, and increases the need to be consistent. And what was Brian France’s justification? He said that the fan’s had told them that WINNING was the most important factor of all!!!
Nevermind the fact that DUMPING THE CHASE is what most fans want “most of all”.
Oh yeah, congrat’s Amy on the NMPA award.
I was a little worried about using the practice speeds to set the field in case of rain, but for the cars outside the T35 it still won’t matter, because the practice speeds only set WHERE they will start, not IF they will start. The rainout starting eligibility it still 1: T35 2: Current/prior season race winners (driver) 3: Current/prior season race winners (owner) 4: Past champions 5: Number of attempts, with ties broken by points.
So, if it’s race 14 that gets qualifying rained out, and you have a rookie driver with 2 attempts, and 45 cars made all 13 prior attempts, they won’t get in no matter how fast they practice.
The guys that are going to “go for it” in practice are the guys who want to start up front. The backmarkers with guaranteed spots in a rainout don’t care where they start, since they are likely going to either ride in the back all day (FRM) or park it before the first pit stops.
Where the rainout procedure will get really weird is at the Plate tracks, because drafting speeds are so much higher than qualifying speeds so the cars that would get up front would be the ones that practice draft runs instead of qualifying runs.
I consider this a minor victory, considering the “elimination” Chase being thrown out in the fall. I think we are stuck with the Chase until the ESPN deal runs out in 2014. Bruton Smith seemed to hint at this earlier in the week. On the new qualifying procedure, my concern is what happens at a track where going out late is a disadvantage? Will a team sandbag their mock qual run to get an early slot? I don’t think it’s dangerous since non-top 35 teams spend the whole session in qual trim anyway. This system is actually better for them because the chance will be less likely that fast cars will be sent home because qualifying got rained out (especially at the road courses).
5 Bonus points for leading at each 20%, 40%, 50%, 60% & 80% lap completion.
With this method of scoring, it keeps competition up throughout the entire race with competitors trying to get to the front to lead at each %lap complete interval (5points) and it rewards running at the front (most laps 5 points) & it rewards improving your position (points pay more and more per position the closer you get to the lead) & it ensures that the best race cars make the race (Impound & fastest 43).
“…But in a 500-mile race, racing for the win does not mean 500 miles of balls-to-the-wall, non-stop action where you’re pushing the car on the edge of control. It never really has.”
But it should, and if NASCAR did the points system right, it WOULD!
I did some figuring on the past decade to see how the chase revamp(11th and 12th) would shake out. It’s interesting to see just how it would have changed things. You can skip my ranting drivel at the top and cut right to the stats towards the bottom.
New chase system hardly addresses consistancy, and wins are deceptive.
edit to make it an actual link. Copy/paste is for the non-lazy!
A win now earns the driver 43 points + 3 BONUS points!? That’s like saying a touchdown gives you 4 points + 2 bonus points. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
It must be very hard to just throw away the points entirely and give the title to the driver that wins the most races every season. As Al Davis said: “Just Win, Baby!!”
How does this sound: A driver will receive $1,000 for every lap he can lead. If a driver leads the most laps, they will receive a special Laps Leader Award.
That is all that has to be done. Drivers would be on the wheel, fighting tooth and nail for every victory, every race, all season long.
One more thing. The fans want Brian France out of NASCAR more than anything else.
Good-bye NASCAR…come on Brutin Smith, now may be the time to start your own racing series.
Two comments. first, the new simplified points system was designed so Brain (sic) France would be able to understand it . Second , let me repeat my comments from yesterday vis-a-vis the new system;The proposed NASCAR points system is completely absurd. It would award second place with 97.6% of the points the winner gets. Tenth would get 79% . That system sure encourages people to go for the win, doesnt it? Might as well put cruise control on the cars. Almost every other Professional racing organization rewards first place to a much greater extent.Second place in Formula 1, Indycar and Motogp all get 80% of the points the winner gets. Tenth place gets 10% in Formula 1, 40% in Indycar and 24% in Motogp. Its going to add to the boredom that NASCAR has become because no one is going to knock himself out to gain 2.3% more points. Are these people stupid or do they just think we are?
What happens if three drivers with no wins make the chase and there are four drivers with one win each and only two spots available?
For the rainouts, go back to the old way of using the postmark from the entry confirmation.
Excuse me Amy, but did you really mean this; “While the two series are vastly different, consider the IndyCar Series, which runs a system similar to the new NASCAR tally. That series has two things going for it: a close championship battle nearly every year without any gimmicks, and drivers who race for the win every single week.”
Unless indy car has drastically changed their point system, you are ccompletely off base. First gets 50 points, second 40, third 35 in decreasing increments down to 20 points for tenth and then a further declining all the way down to a single point.Its nowhere near the system that NASCAR uses…its actually intelligent and well thought out..
Craig, it doesn’t help the non- T35 folks at all. In the case of a qualifying rainout, they still get in based on the “old criteria”. A car 52nd in points and fewer attempt but tops on the practice speeds would still go home unless they had a past champ in the seat, or the driver or owner had won a race in the current/past season. It’s actually somewhat worse, as now the ones who attempt but don’t qualify (even if they are faster than T35 teams) get no points, same as part-time teams who don’t even show up, though “Attempts are tracked” for rainout purposes.
So, who gets in on a rainout doesn’t change, but the starting order does.
DoninAjax, any ties in number of wins is broken by points, for pos 11 and 12.
As long as they reset the points for the Chase it is still a farce.
I’m just happy they used the “wild card – win and you’re in” system for 11th and 12th place drivers, as I said many times last season. Thank you Joshua for the explanation and further info.
Jr. should be spotted 500 points at the start of the season.
As some of the drivers were beginning to allude to, this evening, the points for winning aren’t that much different from last year, but having a bad day is going to mean so much more. How is that going to make drivers want to go “balls to the walls”?
I correct myself on qualifying. I thought who gets in could be determined by practice speed, apparently not (I blame SPEED for that). A mistake then not to create something to at least give go-or-go home guys a chance to qualify later if it rains. Overall, I still find these changes to be positive if not perfect. The will does get a nice bonus now, but hopefully the Chase will go bye bye in 2014.
This change will not get me back in front of the TV each week.
I hope you all caught the “Bob and Tom” show the day after this was announced. They nailed it.
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