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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Amy Henderson · Monday September 17, 2012
Looking for the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H… the Big Six
Who… gets my shoutout of the race?
The Chase is on… and for twelve drivers that means the chance at standing at the pinnacle of NASCAR in November. For everyone else, unfortunately, it means toiling in relative anonymity for the next two months—especially when seven of the top 10 finishers in the race are in the Chase, as was the case in Chicago. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin was not among them; but both of his teammates were. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano finished fourth and seventh, respectively, though neither received much recognition during a television broadcast that was clearly more concerned with the Chase contenders.
Both Busch and Logano had strong runs on Sunday. For both of these drivers, pride is still on the line, even if the championship is not. Busch is currently 13th in points, the best of the drivers who didn’t receive Chase berths. For him, finishing the season in that position would be at least a small redemption. Logano, meanwhile, is trying to prove that he can still get it done despite his lame duck status. To that end, Logano beat his 2013 replacement this week by 11 spots. Logano and Busch proved one thing Sunday: even if they don’t get the time on the airwaves that the Chase drivers do, the rest of the pack is still in it to win each and every week.
What… was THAT?
How’s this for a fantasy scenario: in a barnburner of an exciting race at Fontana, the season championship is decided on the last lap of the final race, all without a Chase, and the title goes to a driver for a second-tier team? Yeah, that could never happen. Oh, wait… it did happen in Saturday night’s IZOD IndyCar Series. In fact, the two best races of the weekend both happened on Saturday night. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, 18-year-old Ryan Blaney became the youngest driver ever to win in that series.
The real question here: is NASCAR paying attention? While the Cup Series draws complaints about boring racing and contrived excitement, there is better racing to be had, some of it within NASCAR. Why isn’t the sanctioning body paying more attention to the show that the trucks and Nationwide cars are putting on at tracks like Iowa, Montral, and Rockingham? And why isn’t the sanctioning body wondering why the heck they haven’t figured out how to get them on the Cup schedule as soon as possible? How come they aren’t looking at the Indy Car points system for an example of how to reward winning and discourage mediocrity to build an exciting championship battle—all without a Chase? Instead it seems like the sanctioning body is continuing to do just the opposite by constantly having rule changes that keep teams from innovating or finding any advantage or even having to develop a strategy during races… all of which takes more of the race out of the drivers’ hands. There IS plenty of great racing going on, some of it within their own ranks. Yet NASCAR continues to keep their collective head in the sand. What a shame, because races like the ones we saw Saturday from the CWTS and IndyCar could be happening in the Cup Series too.
Where… did the polesitter wind up?
Chicago has not been kind to Jimmie Johnson, who has led in ten of his eleven races at the track and leads all drivers in laps led with 547 and in poles with two. He also ranks in the top two in top 5’s (6), top 10’s (9), average start (5.8) among drivers with six or more starts, average finish (9.3), and lead lap finishes (9). Unfortunately, despite his stellar stats, Johnson has never won in the Windy City. He’s been bitten by fuel mileage, crashes, and, most recently, a questionable call by NASCAR. That call left Johnson with a second place finish—his fifth top 3 at the track—and wondering what might have been… again.
The silver lining for Johnson is that the winner of the first Chase race has won the title just twice, and Johnson isn’t one of them despite his five championships. He’s just three points out of the lead and with 20 wins in 81 Chase races so far, is the best of the field at making the best of these ten tracks. It’s looking like, barring a meltdown, Johnson will have something to say about who wins this year’s title when it comes down to the final races.
When… will I be loved?
OK, I realize that there is a theme here. But really, NASCAR just keeps asking for it. This week, the sanctioning body actually wins villainhood for not just one, but two questionable calls. First, it certainly looked like Brad Keselowski did jump the blend line after his last pit stop, and we’ll have more on that in Pace Laps. Drivers are told where they are allowed to blend onto the racetrack after a green flag stop, and it’s at the exit of turn 2, after the corner. Looking at the replay, it certainly appeared as though Keselowski was still in the turn when he came onto the track.
NASCAR’s second mistake is most certainly a bigger one, with implications that go much further than the outcome of a single race. Apparently, the sanctioning body is considering adding a couple of short tracks to the Camping World Truck Series schedule… tracks that don’t have SAFER barriers installed. And that would be a giant step backwards in the safety improvements that NASCAR has made since a rash of driver deaths in the early 2000s, which included the loss of Dale Earnhardt. Think it’s okay to make an exception for short tracks? Think again. Out of 51 fatalities during practice, qualifying, or racing at NASCAR-sanctioned events, at least 14 have occurred at tracks of a mile or less. (Technically, New Hampshire is 1.058. Two other deaths occurred at West Memphis Speedway, for which I was unable to find specs.) That’s more than a quarter of all fatalities during that time. It’s just not worth that chance. It would be a great move for NASCAR to add more short tracks, so perhaps the better solution is for the sanctioning body to help do something about it, whether it’s a loan, a grant, or waiving the sanctioning fee for the first year in exchange for the SAFER barrier being installed before the trucks take to the track. That would be a win all around.
Why… worry now?
For the next ten weeks, we’ll keep track of the Chasers and whether anybody needs to hit the panic button yet. This week, eleven of the top twelve drivers are within 26 points of the lead, and all are very much still in it. If it’s true that a team can have a mulligan and still win the title, then Jeff Gordon, 47 markers back in 12th after a blown tire blew his chances while he was running in fourth place on Sunday, is still in the hunt. But one more bad week and Gordon will be waiting another year for his fifth title.
Does Brad Keselowski establish himself as a favorite with his win this week? Maybe. After all, Keselowski has finished outside the top ten just once since Sonoma in June, with his 30th place at Bristol. His record this year at the eight tracks he will visit again in the Chase includes a win (Talladega) and three other top 5 runs. The one thing that could hurt Keselowski, though, is the tendency his team has shown for having three or four mediocre races in a row once they have one. And in the Chase, that won’t get it done.
How… did the little guys do?
Wood Brothers Racing (Good Sam Club / Camping World Ford): Trevor Bayne’s 20th-place run was his fifth top-20 finish in eleven races. A little perspective: that’s more top 20 runs than Front Row Motorsports has despite having two drivers in all 27 races this year. Translation: Bayne is doing okay given the circumstances of an underfunded, part-time team.
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Amy, could you possibly be any more in the tank for Jimmie? Holy cow, you are so wrapped up in “five time” it calls your credibility into question.
although I am not much of a fan of “THE DUDE”, I would rather see him win than Ol 5 Time.
Or, I’d have said the same thing if the roles had been reversed…
NASCAR has a history of fudging with things if they think it will make the race exciting. Whether that’s leaving the green flag out in late laps for oil in the track or a crash, or going the opposite way and throwing the caution for something questionable. Fake debris cautions are one thing, but I have a problem with them fudging when it comes to safety, which the blend line is there for. It’s clear at each track that cars can’t blend until they are at the exit of turn 2 on an oval. It looked on replay as though the 2 was still turning at the time he came onto the track. (Of course, had television gone to the overhead shot, it would have been absolutely clear whether or not there was a violation, but we only got the one shot, which certainly looked like NASCAR called it wrong.) Had they penalized Keselowski, though, there would have been no drama. It’s that attitude by NASCAR that consistency doesn’t count in certain situations that I question and will continue to question.
Geez, some of the readers comments here puzzle me. Are they teaching “contraryism” as a subject in school these days? “The sky is blue” NO NO “The sky is green” What a waste. Talk about calling credibility into question.
The Indycar finale was everything a championship battle should be. Awesome finish to an awesome season. Unfortunately no one was watching.
And yeah, the Truck race was, as always, the most exciting race of the season. Ryan Blaney whooped ‘em.
I don’t know why NASCAR won’t look at IndyCar and F-1 as possible models for a new points system. They both work better than the current one (Chase or no-Chase). For all the talk about making “winning more important” they refuse to give the race winner more of a point premium.
I wouldn’t call Andretti Autosport a “second-tier team.” They may not be quite as powerful as Penske or Ganassi but they aren’t far behind.
Well I certainly wasn’t rooting for Five Time to win…but Big Mouth Brad is on my S list too! The guy has the biggest mouth in the Series..and doesn’t know a hill of beans about what he’s saying. I’m waiting for another “Aaahhhhhhhh” moment….maybe Carl will step up again (he doesn’t have much to lose) and teach Brad there is honor in the garage and bad mouthing other drivers and teams…accusing them of cheating…doesnt fly. True or not…it’s bad form! Brad is not an authority on drugs…I hope AJ gets at least one more chance to run a race and give Brad a little Howdy Do tap. Speaking of..Hornish should be none too happy with Brad either. Sweet revenge would be Joey causing a wreck at Talledega catching Brad in the mess! Whoops! There goes the Championship! Bottom line..no one likes a know it all snitch..least of all this fan!
I’m with Chuck …as usual amys emotions & fav’s dictate the words no not much journalistic credibility there…& the roll model for anything should not be the izod series as thats a large part of why Nascar grew in the 90’s as that series collapsed or as some one mentioned “no bodys watching”…Didn’t care for the chase but it’s what we got so move on (thx to Tony S) & fontana is made for indy cars …Had a chance for fontana & vegas & turned them down (just to dull) Would love to be at Martinsville but will have to settle for Phoenix…No dull D’s for this guy
Gordon had a stuck throttle, not a blown tire…
Amy: Your love affair w/ JJ so so boring. He has a wife & kid. You’re out of it, so quit druelling over him, please. It’s sickening. We all know that if JJ had done what BK did, it would have been just fine. Your prejudice is an embarrassment to the website.
Out of 51 fatalities during practice, qualifying, or racing at NASCAR-sanctioned events, at least 14 have occurred at tracks of a mile or less.
During what time period? I hope you’re not counting the 50s and 60s in this argument.
IMO, a half mile track in a racecar with 3/4 the horsepower of a cup car is plenty safe. There are plenty running sprint cars and modified in similar situations.
Running all the series at the same tracks is boring, a game that exists only so promoters can sell you a weekend ticket. The truck racing was more exciting and different in the beginning when they only ran short tracks.
We need more races on tracks of a half mile or less. We need to spread the various series out across the country to benefit track owners and fans that won’t attend a race if they have to travel four hours each way or stay overnight. We need different drivers than those who are slumming from the larger series.
Let’s see the full proposal before you shoot it down.
It should also be noted that the Indycar finale was won by a driver-owned team that was just put together before the start of the season. In the past few years there have been several races won by small teams, including the Indy 500. Aside from the Wood Brothers and the Daytona 500, how often does that happen in cup?
Amy, Your JJ crush used to be way more transparent, but I have to agree with you on the blend call. I too felt BK moved up way too early (alot farther than the 200 ft the talking heads on TV said). I am not a JJ or BK fan, but the in-car view from JJ showed the story, how BK slide up in front of him in the outside lane then moved down a lane. This is a big safety risk as the driver closing fast has no idea where the blending driver is trying to go. And although I was glad to see BK win over JJ, I wish JJ would have dumped BK during the dumb early blend move because maybe it would cause nascar to paint a line or zone where drivers have to blend so the calls wouldn’t be so questionable.
Count me as one that would like to see which tracks are chosen before I go on a rant about how they need safer barriers. Even without knowing I think the trucks would be fine at less than a mile short tracks without safer barriers.
I didn’t see the incident, but it appears JJ has not gotten the breaks from Nascar that he used to. After the Middlebrook decision earlier in the season, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nascar made it tougher for JJ to win the championship this year.
I wish the trucks and Indy Cars were on at different times this weekend. It was hard keeping up with both as they were both good races.
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