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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Thomas Bowles · Sunday April 24, 2005
No question about it, the 2005 Nextel Cup season can be broken down into three categories, despite the defending champ’s win on Saturday: Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, and everyone else. Biffle has arguably been the most dominant on the track, leading all drivers in laps led, but has suffered from poor pit strategy and mechanical problems, ultimately causing a slip in the standings. Meanwhile, Johnson has taken advantage, using NASCAR’s point system to lap the field with his incredible consistency. His streak of 13 Top 10 finishes, which came to an end this Saturday in Phoenix, has been well documented. We’re only eight races into the season, but Johnson already has a 173-point lead over defending champion Kurt Busch in second place, and leads 10th-place Rusty Wallace by 300 points. At the rate we’re going, the 9th and 10th-place finishers won’t deserve to have their points reset for the Chase after race 26, as they could be as many as 900 or 1,000 points behind the 48 car.
But things aren’t all peachy over in Jimmie-land. Coming into this season, Johnson had developed an excellent image as a clean-cut, All-American guy, a personable driver with an easygoing personality, newly married with a beautiful wife. But most importantly, Johnson was looked at as a “clean,” respected driver; someone you could race side-by-side or in front of without a worry in the world of being run over.
But that reputation is being challenged. For the first time, Johnson is becoming the center of attention for some questionable on-track incidents, threatening his “good guy” image that had thrust him into a world of overwhelming popularity. At Bristol, some aggressive driving by Johnson appeared to be the cause of a back-straightaway wreck that took out Jeff Burton and defending champion Kurt Busch. Burton, usually a cool customer, was so angry he walked up the track and expressed his displeasure to Johnson as he passed by, just before walking to the ambulance for the obligatory trip to the infield care center. Busch’s bell was rung by a hard impact with Burton, but he also wasted no time in expressing his anger towards Johnson’s driving style after exiting the infield care center shortly after the incident.
This week, we had more of the same. Johnson started going at it with NASCAR’s resident hothead, Tony Stewart, shortly past the halfway point of Saturday’s race at Phoenix. A back-and-forth battle of rubbing fenders, it ended with the 48 punting the 20 heading into Turn 3. A five-car pileup ensued, effectively ending the chances of contenders Stewart, Rusty Wallace, and several others to grab solid finishes. Meanwhile, Johnson drove away unscathed for the second time in two major incidents.
While Wallace was pretty matter-of-fact in his statements about the matter (“The 48 punted the 20” was among his post-race comments), Stewart was a little more upset.
“I don’t know what he (Johnson) was doing,” Stewart said. “He was running guys up and down the racetrack. He about ran (Dale Earnhardt) Junior into the wall…and then he finally put me backwards. So I don’t know what was wrong with him tonight.”
While Johnson’s night wasn’t exactly stellar after that (he finished 15th), the fact remains he was able to finish the race, while several competitors finished the night in the garage after a wreck he started. This was similar to what happened at Bristol, where Johnson finished solidly in the Top 10 while Busch and Burton had their days ended by their crash.
Now, this article isn’t meant to bash Jimmie Johnson. Two incidents does not a reckless driver make, especially not with Johnson’s track record. Not only that, but one of these situations occurred at Bristol, which creates wrecks more quickly then the blink of an eye.
Still, there’s a point to make here. Johnson’s leading the points, which puts him under greater scrutiny than most drivers. Every move he makes is going to grab some media coverage, and when he makes a mistake, he deserves to be scrutinized for it. Add to the wrecks the rules violation at Las Vegas which cost the team 25 points (and nearly cost them Chad Knaus for 2 weeks) and it’s clear the image of Johnson has taken a hit. Fans usually referred to Johnson as a Brady Bunch-like aw-shucks clean-cut driver; now, it seems Carl Edwards is rapidly filling that role, while fans struggle to figure out where Johnson fits in the grand scheme of things. As Johnson’s teammate Jeff Gordon has found out through the years, fans can turn on you for any reason, any time, and by not being more humble in admitting his mistakes in either incident, Johnson is risking alienating a fan base that took time and energy to build.
And no doubt about it, those wrecks were some pretty big mistakes. Johnson has now “crossed” not one but two drivers likely to be involved in this year’s Chase: Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart. Burton and Wallace were also upset, but they aren’t known to hold a grudge; both Busch and Stewart, on the other hand, have known how to give a payback when the time is right. And while Johnson could apologize until he’s blue in the face, nothing can take back the fact that he took potential Top 5 finishes away from both. Simply put, you don’t want to anger people racing for a yearlong trophy that will make you do anything to engrave your name on.
The best part of all this is Johnson doesn’t need to be driving so aggressively. Sure, as a race car driver you’re going to constantly be gunning to win the race, and pass any driver you can if you have a good car. But by the way Johnson has already separated himself from the rest of the Nextel Cup field this season, battling with Tony Stewart heavy and heated with 100 laps to go in the race may not be so smart in the grand scheme of things, when Johnson can settle in behind and easily protect his comfortable point lead. At Bristol, Johnson had the same experience. Had he been a little more patient, he would have easily finished in nearly the same spot he ended up in, while saving two drivers totalled race cars and extreme frustration.
Last year, Johnson’s team led the points as well but peaked too early, and had an inevitable string of bad luck just before the Chase come back to bite them. This year, if Johnson isn’t careful, he’ll be bit by bad luck of a different kind. It’s amazing what a small tap to the rear bumper can do, especially when it’s time for a payback with the Nextel Cup Trophy on the line.
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If this had been the 48 and the 6, or the 48 and the 07, I would believe that it was all JJ’s fault. Since it involves one of the more notorious drivers, famous for making stupid mistakes when angry himself, I’m willing to cut JJ some slack.
But I know that’s something that many people won’t do regardless, because they’re predisposed to not like Jimmie, some because he drives for HMS, others because the 48 is clearly the team to beat right now.
both incidents resulted in not just one car, but MULTIPLE cars being wrecked. And not the agressor’s…
Earnhardt was famous for this—- and the reason that just as many fans “hated” him as “loved” him. Jimmie won’t lose all of his fans, and will probably gain some new ones. But, this fact remains…if you own up to what you do, then people respect you. If you have a “it’s not my fault” attitude, the fans, and more importantly, the other drivers, will lose respect for you.
Could it be that NASCAR is playing favorites????You betcha!!!That is exactly what is happening.
BTW, the 2 drivers involved in the incident I mentioned were Dale Earnhardt & Rusty Wallace. Earnhardt was penalized one lap for spinning Rusty out at Bristol. He did come back to finish 2nd to Terry Labonte and that was before the day of the “FREE PASS” which NASCAR seems to be sure goes to the drivers “THEY” want to get.
What happened at Phoenix, to me, was not intentional, but the way Jimmie reacted was uncalled for. He even said on his radio that Tony “deserved it.” Oh, really?
And don’t forget that Jimmie got into Tony at Daytona this year, so it’s not just two incidents.
But someone here mentioned how Dale Earnhardt may have caused his fair share of wrecks, but generally owned up to it…JJ doesn’t seem to want to admit that he could have made a mistake. I was of the segment of fans who loved to hate Earnhardt…but I respected him. JJ hasn’t done much in my mind in these incidents recently to earn my respect. Not entirely because of the incidents themselves, but because of his reaction to them.
Someone pointed out they wouldn’t want to see false humility out of him, taking the blame for everything, like some other drivers do. That’s fine, I agree, it would just look fake on him. But every time he DOES admit he did something wrong, he always qualifies it: “I got into __ accidentally, I’m really sorry, but he was running me all over the track, giving me the finger and…”
Quit qualifying things, JJ. Just admit you made a mistake, and move on!!
Feel better Josh? Not all women are defending Jimmie! ;)
FYI, we’ve been discussing this on the message board, too…thank God for race incidents, they make the time between races go by all the faster!! :)
It’s part of what makes being a racing fan so much fun: it’s okay if my guy does it to you but if you do it to my guy…lol.
I like the debating and the contention. I’m kinda scared of the folks who take it all too seriously but they’re few and we get to mock them!
On to Talladega! I wonder who’ll be zoomin’ who? *g*
The message from NASCAR is clear… the Hendrick teams are allowed to live by a different set of rules…cheating is ok, punting other cars is ok….just ask JJ—he’ll tell you “it wasn’t my fault. I would never do that.”
But then again, why should NASCAR waste their time punishing a Hendrick team… Hendrick teams just have to go cry to the appeal board and get their punishment overturned anyway.
watches all the races and we have lost all respect for Jimmy. He is not acting like championship material. Nascar lets him get away
with everthing even let him win his appeal for cheating. I sure hope this week the drivers gang up on him and send him to the garage….
Secondly, yes racing accidents happen. When they do, it’s not hard to say it’s my fault. I am not a junior fan by any strecth, but when he clipped the back of Vickers and wrecked both cars, the first thing he did is apologize to vickers for being a little too agressive. It wasn’t intentional, but the 8 knew he could of avoided it. And it is already forgotten because of a simple “My Fault”
He saw how Kurt was doing at Bristol & how Kurt & Tony was doing at Phoenix & the possible threat of working on his (JJ) point lead. What is he going to do hit every top driver who is a threat (except for his boss AKA other top cry baby Jeff). JJ hasn’t even tried to come near his boss. If he did Jeff might give him a fine & not tell NASCAR or the world. I’m not a Kurt Busch fan but, he & Tony need to teach the (BOY) what he(JJ,JEFF Gordon)call a racing incident.
Moving on, Jimmie was confused when the incident with Tony happened. He wasn’t sure what Tony was doing and he even said to his spotter, someone go tell him I would never intentionally wreck someone.
Tony and Jimmie are good buddies..as said by Tony and Jimmie themselves. And Tony is not stupid enough to “get Jimmie back” in the last 10, because, I’m sure, Nascar will be watching closely as they did last year and gave warnings to everyone about taking out any top ten drivers..even taking out each other. And Tony’s not a dirty driver either. I am also a Tony fan.
Also, would everyone please stop referring to the Burton thing? That was taken care after the Bristol race and already forgotten. Jimmie owned up to that..did he not???
Some people just need to grow up.
It was an accident. Maybe Tony helped – or maybe Jimmie just couldn’t get on the breaks hard enough.
People really need to get over it. I’m sure the drivers have already sorted it out between themselves. There isn’t quite all the drama that a lot of people think.
Dale Sr. & Jeff Gordon at least had the balls to say “Yeah I hit him and he can come talk to me later”. Jimmie Johnson has got into Harvick, Burton and Stewart, in just 8 races and none were his fault. Those incidents also took out several cars that were capable of good finishes. Jimmie needs grow some balls and admit his mistakes or retaliations. JJ, be a man or go race with Shawna Robinson
Just wanted to thank everyone for posting their thoughts. What a great response, although I know there are some of you who disagree…I will try and answer every one of these comments as quickly as I can, hopefully by tomorrow night I will have gotten back to you all.
Our Mirror Driving column also touches on this issue. It runs on Wednesdays and is on the main page; check it out!
p.s. Rusty is still WHINNING !
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