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.
Connect with Mike!
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.
Connect with Mike!
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.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Brandon Daun · Tuesday June 7, 2005
He can never reach the legendary status of a Petty. He will never be as famous as Earnhardt. However Jeff Gordon is an icon in NASCAR racing, and the accomplishments he has made have helped to raise the standards of success in Nextel Cup competition. Yet time and time again fans in this sport seem to express their displeasure of Jeff Gordon for reasons which I have yet to understand.
There are no on the fence Jeff Gordon fans. People either worship the ground he walks on or cheer triumphantly at any setbacks he encounters on race day. Such was evident at Dover last weekend, when the cheers in the grandstand were deafening when Gordon crashed early in the event. Baffled, I turned to internet forums and fellow NASCAR fans to try and determine what Gordon could have done to lose so much respect from the fans.
Jeff Gordon had a good rookie year, and was quick to find championship success. It was unheard of for a driver to find success so quickly, however Gordon accomplished both feats early in his career. This anti Gordon atmosphere was developed because Jeff Gordon was quick to find success, and managed to win a lot of races in his career. Basically, Jeff Gordon is an accomplished race car driver, which results in a loss of fans. Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, and even Carl Edwards were quick to find success on the track, and their success in their early careers have led to popularity and respect among the fans. Today, a successful rookie year is a necessity in an established career. If a driver can’t win races in their rookie year, more often times than not the team will find a driver that will. Fans will continue to boo Jeff Gordon for his continued success, however will cheer every week when any other driver runs up front all race long, then earns a top finishing spot each week.
A second reason for the anti Gordon atmosphere at NASCAR events is because of his off track personality. Gordon lost many fans when he entered a winless streak in previous seasons when he allowed his personal life to become the focal point of NASCAR racing. Once his marital problems were resolved, and the NASCAR community had a new story to gossip over, Gordon was back celebrating in Victory Lane. Gordon attempted the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field recently, and reminded all the fans why he races a car for a living. Gordon does not have the best off track personality, and his personal life and outside engagements has led to a strained relationship between NASCAR fans and himself. Jeff Gordon does act properly off the track, as he has yet to take a punch from Jimmy Spencer or to violate NASCAR’s substance abuse.
Jeff Gordon is a four time champion and has many trophies on his shelf, however seems to be unable to find success with the fans. Every fan has a driver they love to hate, and more often times than not that driver is Jeff Gordon. The reasons for this displeasure seem to be unfounded, as fans will cheer drivers on for the same reasons they would chastise Gordon. Only time will tell if fans can come to accept Jeff Gordon as an accomplished driver and an icon in this sport, but don’t expect Jeff Gordon to be winning any NASCAR popularity contests in the near future.
©2000 - 2008 Brandon Daun and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
While some of what you say may be true, I tend to believe it’s much simplier than that.
America is unique in the way it deals with celebrity. On the “way up” your everyone’s underdog and favorite. Once at the top people and members of the media then start to have a closer look.
It’s hard to escape that extra scrutiny and an everyday event like Gordon’s divorce starts to get bigger play than warranted. In Gordon’s case you must add in he was such a success early and people disliked that and started the “Golden Boy” meme and little rich kid nonsense.
Gordon doesn’t get the praise from fans because he is not accessible and has not been since early in his career. Rusty went to his souvenir trailer and signed autographs during the Busch rain delay at Dega. You would never see Gordon do something like that. That has become more reason why the fans don’t appreciate what he has done.
Many people, myself included, have never felt that Jeff Gordon paid his dues in Winston Cup. Jeff Gordon was not successful in the Busch series because he was not in a “high dollar” ride. When Hendrick took him, he put him in a high quality ride, which were not available to most rookies in 1992/93.
Jeff Gordon is talented, but I’d venture to say that without his Hendrick ride, he would simply be just antoher face in the crowd
One reason why we’re sick of Jeff Gordon is because he’s a “pansy”. He’s not tough like Tony or Elliott. He’s a whimp. I’ve never liked him & noone I know ever will. Go #8
Jeff Gordon has the second largest fan base in Nascar, and is respected by his peers. He is booed because he beat Earnhardt Sr. in 1995, and his fans wonâ€™t forget it. He continued to win and prevented Earnhardt from his 8th championship. He has earned everything he has by being a great racer;he has won in every division of racing he has been in.Many people find him charismatic in front of a camera, and has given back to society through his foundation.As far as the Busch series, he won 3 races and lots of poles. He was the rookie of the year in both series, and has proven himself, in every measurable way. His family struggled to pay the bills as he was growing up, and at times resorted to sleeping in the truck. He did not grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth, as many people seem to think.
I think the way he is treated by some Nascar fans is deplorable, and has nothing to do with Jeff or his personality.
It’s this simple. Those who aren’t are always envious of those who are.
hey you gordon haters, your all jr. fans. you can see on tv the true jerks that hang out behind jr. on tv. little e will never have anywhere near the same record as gordon when they retire. sure didn’t see gordon dumping robbie loomis during their first season together. jr. needs to grow up as well his fans do.
Gordon is one of the best drivers ever to be in a stock car. 8arnhardt fans are jealous of the 24 and cannot handle the fact that history will show that Jeff Gordon will go down as the best modern era driver there was, including Big E. The other part of the problem is that he does not interact with the fans as much as other drivers do. eg:Last year I was at Hendrick’s 24/48 shop and Jeff was in the fenced off garage area there were about 10 people there and everyone got all excited that Jeff was in the garage. He could have very easily walked over and said hello, but he did not he waved and walked off. This is one of the problems with him, he needs to pay attention to his fans. Still a 24 fan!
When you go to a race, just look in the stands, they are flooded with Jeff Gordon fans! Men, woman, children, it’s a sea of 24 hats and shirts! He has the fans!
I remember going to the California Speedway in 98 and hearing boos galore when Dale Earnhardt was introduced, and he was booed all the way up until his death. My point is, the great ones get booed, and it’because they are successful and win! so, keep the boos coming.
The average NASCAR fan has about the same mind-set as the average pro wrestling fan. Both want their “hero” to win. It has nothing to do with whether their hero has any particularly great skill. Earnhardt, Sr. was a hero to many modestly educated southerners. He was, in fact, a mean-spirited red-neck. I once saw him intentionally grind his boot heel into the toe of a reporter trying to conduct an on-air interview, just because he thought it was funny. He was Bill France’s favorite. Insiders (and I am one) know the real reason he won so many “plate” races, but none dare complain or they are out of NASCAR. The fan allegiance for him was transferred to Junior, who is, at best, only a good driver. Gordon ended Earhardt’s career by so getting under the man’s skin that he became intimidated, not the Intimidator. Gordon is hated because peole who think a double-wide is a step up in the world despise anyone who doesn’t say “ain’t” or curse in public—-especially if that guy is also handsome, lives on a yacht, and will probably win almost as many races as both Earnhardts combined before he is through.
I have seen childern race go karts with less whinning and complaining than Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson. They want to go out there and crash everyone but if anything happens to them they complain and call for drivers to get fired. They are an example of poor sportsmanship. Winning races does not earn respect if you have a pompous attittude.
I am a Gordon fan for life and think it is terrible that with all the success he has had that he gets booed that much. I know there is alot of Jr. fans out there heck I kinda like him myself but he will never be as good as gordon or his dad. And I think I read a commit that gordon grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth I think Jr. is the one with the silver spoon in his mouth look at all those Sr. fans he inherited. Jr. reminds me of another 7-time champ son and look what he’s doing now riding around collecting a check on sunday’s and causing those much needed cautions that we need so dearly.(HAHA) Jr. will more than likely end up just like kyle petty.
All you have to do is read Jeff’s book, he paid his dues, racing from age 5, winning in everything he drove. He is the best driver in the sport right now, and very well may be the best ever.
Keep booing him as he piles up the records. Jr will never be his Dad, even as bad as his fans and NASCAR wants him to be
Gordon lost my respect along with a lot of old school fans when he jumped from Bill Davis to Hendricks. It was like a backstab to Bill Davis and he even still harbors ill feelings to this day about the situation. He didn’t have the nerve to go say, “Mr. Davis I have an offer from another team, do you want to discuss it?” Oh no , he goes and signs a contract, then calls Bill Davis and tells him over the phone. A lot of fans don’t forget a weasel like that!
He will never be a people person, witness the time he didn’t know who Larry the Cable Guy was!! Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are :-)
Jeff Gordon may not be as fan friendly as some drivers but …. how can he? He hardly has time for himself nevermind his fans! Look at his fan base and then look at the #8 fan base…..I go to races and I have not seen 1 sober Jr fan!!!!!
oh please people hate 24 simply because he steped up when no other driver did in the absence of big E
and people hate shaq because hes so dominat and knockin people around
people you need to realize that jeff didnt have a famous dad to push him to be as good as he is like little E and #8 sucks now more than ever my point is money and good cars dont make the driver jeff has worked his tail off and look where he is now he is hated for beating the best there was and he currently is the best
and larry the cable guy is not a rquired knowledge to be a driver the last time i checked
just because a well spoken educated man such as him
wants to race and is beating all the slack jawed yokles dosent mean that we should discriminate against him
we said the same thing about blacks in basketball and now the nba is way more popular because of one man MJ and jeff gordon is the Jeff gordon of nascar
I think it’s pretty clear that it doesn’t matter what Jeff Gordon does or says, the people who are on the band wagon of J.G. haters, that spout the the same rhetoric they’ve heard, over and over, will go along with the mob mentality and boo along with the group. If Gordon tries to be diplomatic about something he’s a “pansy” a robot. If he is passionate about something or defending himself, he’s a “whiner”. Another driver could crash his car into J.G., put the car in reverse and crash the 24 again, and Jeff STILL would be labeled a “whiner”. There is nothing more Jeff Gordon can do, he’s won 72 races (“because he’s got better equipment”, are you telling me that there are no other teams, for all these years, that don’t also have excellent equipment?), he’s been in racing practically his whole life (“he didn’t earn his way, he got it too easy” he’s been racing since he was 5 years old, Jr. fans do you really want to use THIS particaular arguement as a reason to dislike a driver?), he gives his time and money to charities, I read about an example of what one day in his life is like, he tries to meet and be with as many of his fans as he can. If he wasn’t a good driver then why would JG haters care where he was in a race, if he crashed or not, according to them he’s a no talent hack, so why boo? They boo because they know if he’s in the race, there’s always the threat that he will win and beat their driver. Most of them won’t admit it,but they hate Jeff Gordon simply, because he IS a great driver.
i completely agree with L.L
When Jeff Gordon took out Kurt Bush you didn’t hear him whine nor did you hear Tony Stewart whine when Jimmie Johnson took him not once but twice on purpose. Anyone at the cup level can drive and good equipment is not why people hate him its because of poor attitude and sportsmanship. Please read some of the postings again – Attitude is the problem. He has won alot of races but that does not equal respect.
JG is a perfect example of talent meets opportunity. Rick Hendrick recognized it before Bill Davis would. The fellow knows how to drive a race car; no doubt! He is destined to be as big in the sport as Petty or Earnhardt (Sr. or Jr.).
Regardless of an individual’s opinion on the incident at Dover, the drivers are mostly over-anxious to “show what they can do” for the fans and the sponsors. Hell, we’re taking about careers found and lost on the results the driver gets in a series of races, not a season! Tony is anxious to prove himself again after a few lack-luster seasons and is not a damn bit shy about it. All the fans like to see a great race and if patience would prevail early in an event, we would see great finishes.
Save the beating, banging, and rubbing for the last 50 laps instead of the start!
Don’t forget that Gordon took the magical eighth championship from Senior in ‘95. This alone was enough for the 3 fans to despise the guy. As far as respect, the guy runs second only to Junior in popularity every year, so unless folks love drivers they disrespect?? I don’t get that, nor do I believe it.
It’s not how many times he’s won, but how many he won fair. My respect for him and NA$CAR went downhill, when, following a win, couldn’t do a burnout with a car with 800 horsepower. And NA$CAR’s refusal to fix the problem of traction control like ARCA did. Something stinks!
Why is it that fans of other drivers dislike JG, but JG fans seem to like all or most of the other drivers?
I think it is pretty funny that every monday at work I listen to the people who supposedly hate Jeff Gordon, know more about what he did during the race than their own drivers.Seems they are paying attention to him to me!
I think you said it all in your article. People hate JG because of how good he is and because he was so good so early in his career. It’s all different now, so I don’t think you can compare Jeff’s early years to the guys coming up now. Alot of the dislike goes back to the Earnhardt era when Jeff took that Championship from Dale, Sr. But remember Dale, Sr. and Jeff had a great relationship and friendship. Jeff says he learned from Sr. and Sr. had respect for Jeff because of his talent. Let fans be fans and lets just pull for who we like and don’t like, let’s boo. At least Jeff is getting some noise. A lot of the drivers don’t get any recognition when they are introduced.
As far as Tony is concerned and the recent conflict with Jeff, well I blame that one on the media. Tony never would have said what he said about Jeff if the media wouldn’t have started it by telling him what Jeff said. Good Grief…..Just more Drama!!
Part of the reason I’m not particularly fond of Gordon (I would never boo anyone who participates in a life-threatening sport) is the obvious preferential treatment he has received from HMS. Hendrick began his team in ‘84 with the #5 car with Geoff Bodine, then added the #25 with Tim Richmond, then the #17 with Darrell Waltrip. In ‘92 he adds the #24 with Gordon and the #5 (now with Ricky Rudd) and the #25 (with Ken Schrader) seemingly become afterthoughts in the Hendrick organization (Waltrip left to form his own team). Both teams went from contenders to also-rans while Gordon and Ray Ever-the-Ham (the new guys) become the focal point. In ‘94 Terry Labonte replaces Rudd in #5 and has the audacity to win the championship 2 years later. After that winning season Terry’s team fell into disarray and several key team members were lost including the crew chief. Terry’s performance suffered from lack of a cohesive team but when Evernham left Gordon to start the Dodge program Heaven and Earth was moved to re-establish a strong team for Gordon. Gordon begins the #48 team along with Hendrick and, right out of the box, a kid who’d only been famous for running into the styrofoam blocks at Watkins Glen has a great car and crew chief. It appears that whatever Jeffy wants, Jeffy gets.
Tony Stewart is the biggest whiner!!!!
I find it hard to stomach that after nearly a decade and a half in this sport, the Gordon hate motiff still seems to reign supreme. He is hated because he was good. I read earlier that a fan said Godron wan’t sucessfull in busch, wrong, Gordon obtained rookie of the year honors and 3 wins. Also, Gordon got his ride from Hendrick watching Gordon in the busch series, particually at Atlanta when Gordon beat both Earnhardt Sr. and Harry Gant to win.
Gordon’s talent is not debatable. He is a true racing prodigy and had been racing and winning since he was five. It time to drop this immature, unfounded hate rant against a man who has done nothing wrong. Is he inaccessable? Yes, but so is Micheal Jordan and Barry Bonds. I’d say its time to put this subject to rest
I recently went to both races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and I saw as many if not more JG fans than E fans. I truly believe people dislike Jeff because of his unprecidented achievements & accomplishments that he earned so quickly. So what if he denied Dale Sr. his 8th championship! I don’t think anybody would’ve held back just to let Dale Sr. win his 8th, and Jeff certainly didn’t. You cannot argue the facts. Jeff is more successful than any other driver past & present and E fans can’t handle the facts!! E fans are holding on to a name from Dale Sr. thinking the legacy will live on in Dale Jr. like the Force in Star Wars and it ain’t happening. If you look at Jeff’s stats next to Dale Jr.’s, Jeff has him beat hands down!! You can’t argue that! With the way things are going, Dale Jr. is slowly becoming another Kyle Petty which is what’s really getting under all the Dale Jr. fans skin, and they don’t know how to handle it except to take it out on the one truly successful driver out there.
almost all the ones booing gordon are wearing red, a beer sponsor,a bunch of drunks, if jr doesnt start running good, the drunks will boo him,the drunks are there to get drunk and boo , watch the jr fans the next u go to a race they are so drunk they cant stand, lol, my point, gordon stay clean, hell i watch a drunk jr fan boo jr, lol, he thought it was gordon,lol
I came to Nascar later in Jeff Gordon’s career. I find him to be a great driver, and a fine human being off the track. I have only been to two races but I found there to be a great number of fans of his in the stands. I agree with most of the comments in his favor that have been made thus far. He is a driver with natural talent and most people don’t like that. As for the boos he receives, he received some advice from a great friend of his, the late Dale Earnhardt, “it doesn’t matter if they’re cheering or booing. It’s when they stop making noise when you worry.”
I will continue to support Jeff Gordon through his racing career as the great driver and great human being that he is.
Simple! The reason they jeer him is because they are afraid he will win more races and post more championships than the #3 car did. Like most “Anybody but Earnhardt” fans I hope he does both and does it soon.
gordon haters will never like him because gordon doesnt say YALL,YONTO,OVAIR,UHHU,NAWOR COMEAR, the last reason why the gordon haters will never like him is because you want ever hear gordon say hey hank toss me one nem cold ones would cha.he he
I agree with LL & ruddfannga. You guys hit the nail on top of the head!
Its funny because the people who complain about Jeff can’t handel their own drivers faults. One huge bandwagon thing. Its a sad thing to think that people really have no lives and dedicate themselves to hating a person. Its a sad reality too that Dale senior was hated to and now he’s a saint. R.I.P Dale. No one learns a lesson.
J.G is the biggest whiner out there. It seems to be ok when he gets agressive and bumps and runs or accidentally takes out another driver it is just racing then but when it happens to him he whines to NASCAR and doesn’t stop complaining , same with JJ. NASCAR always wipes the Hendrick boys butts as long as Hendrick is happy and in victory lane NASCAR is happy Until JG and his teamates become men they will get no respect from any decent fan By the way I can’t stand JR either
fans dislike gordon because of his attitude. sunday when he got tapped by tony he was whining and crying, but it reminded me of the bristol race when he tapped Rusty. Rustys answear to reporters was that was a great race wasn’t it…...not he hit me and i don’t think it was fair…hey Gordon lovers, grow up, real men take their licks and go on to the next race, not cry about the one that they lost
goodness,its just racing, go 2 a fri., sat.show sometime.its all the the same.frankly,nobody knows because they wont go get “dirty”,kiss my arse till youve been there.win,lose go get a pizza after. .......firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m 47 years old and have been a “Senior” fan forever. That means a Gordon hater forever…......the two brought a stardom and rivalry to NASCAR. Now, that I’m older and wiser(?)....when Gordo is done racing, he’ll be viewed as one of the greatest and will earn the respect of most true fans . Its a shame it has to wait until then. Gordon is great and will go down in NASCAR history after he’s done, like a Waltrip, Ali or Cosell. Appreciate him and his feats before he retires.
Jeff Gordon would be a nobobdy if, as a rookie, he would have had to drive the same stuff people like Terry LaBonte, Bobby LaBonte, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Sterling Marlin & a host of others did.
He was handed a quality ride on a sliver platter.
Jr. was handed a ride on a sliver platter as well and he can’t get the job done. All of his problems are somebody else’s fault.
Good job, Brandon!! I think the last time I saw this many posts after an FS, it was an article Dennis wrote…but he suggested people take their “discussion” to the message board, so I suppose you could count that. ;)
Jeff Gordon has talent. How he got here doesn’t matter, because if he DIDN’T have the talent, he wouldn’t be in Cup.
That said, I still don’t like him. Mainly because I get attached to my underdogs, I’ve just always rooted for the underdog, which Jeff will never be…but also because, despite all his charitable contributions, I just don’t like his personality. My choice.
BTW, I have been known to get a bit inebriated at a race track. And I NEVER Boo anyone…my thought? Silence speaks louder that Boos….:)
I’ve seen my fair share of drunk Jeff Gordon fans at tracks, too! Even shared a “lovely beverage” with a few of them! :)
You must be a Jr. or Stewart Fan. When they win over 70 races and four championships you and all of the Jr. and Stewart Fans can talk until then…
J.G. is the Big E of the 90s and the future to come!!!!
i agree with dan. the reason jeff gets booed more is because that is the attitude and mentality of other drivers fans. they don’t know that sportsmanship is also about politly applauding the opposition because if only their driver is on the track it would be pretty boring to watch, and the legions of jeff fans have learned this lesson from a very young age. I also think the media has a lot more to do with the boos and/or lack of by commenting each and every time who gets more or less boos. Maybe they can start to ask about applause instead, I bet we would hear alot more of it then.
Before Jeff Gordon came along, the Ford fans would boo Earnhardt and the Chevy fans would boo the Ford driver who gave Earnhardt the hardest time. Gordon brought together the unlikey union of Eanhardt fans and Ford fans. Why? He beat the pants off of their drivers!
When a driver wins close to one third of the races like he did in 1996, 97 and 98, that is going to tick off the fans of the other 42 drivers. Utter domination like that made it somewhat boring, except for the most ardent Gordon supporters.
I have met Gordon a few times since he was a 16 year old sprint car driver at a midwest dirt track that no-one has heard of (before he supposedly was handed that silver spoon). From that time, up to now, he has always been cordial, friendly and accomidating. A majority of people who have had contact with Gordon would disagree about his attitude.
It all comes down to Gordon winning tons of races. With that level of attention, people are going to look at him closer and look at him with a lot more scrutiny that they will someone like Jason Leffler, who kind of blends in to the crowd.
Drivers like Jimmy Johnson, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader, Wally Dallenbach, Ricky Craven, Kyle Busch, Joe Nemechek, Randy Lajoe and Brian Vickers have all driven Hendrick cars since Jeff’s first Cup race in 1992. None of them have dominated the way he has. I don’t think companies like Kelloggs, Busweiser, Ditech and Lowes would have stuck around as did, if they were giving their drivers Jeff’s “leftover junk”. If you have ever toured the Hendrick shops, you will find that all their engines and cars are built the same and the cars are given slight adjustments in the individual shops. That pretty much convinces me that it was not some magic equipment that allowed him to dominate the way he has.
Gordon is successful and people hate that, unless it is their driver.
A common theme to those of us that dislike Gordon, he can dish it out but he can’t take it. He can use the bump when it suits his purpose but if the tables are turned he whines like a dog. If he would be a man about his mistakes instead of laying blame elsewhere he would be respected more.
Well at least other drivers have enough respect for the sport and NASCAR not to be hanging out in queer bars in NYC like Jeff Gordon
I think it’s really much simpler than any of you are pointing out. Jeff Gordon, and many of his fans, represent the “new breed” of NASCAR fans. One person commented on the huge cheers Jeff got… in CALIFORNIA.
Old time fans, those who have mourned the loss of the legendary tracks like North Wilkesboro, and Rockingham… the lost races like the Southern 500… and the perception that NASCAR is abandoning the fan base that built it.
Jeff came across as bland, politically correct and “cute”... anything but a “man’s man”. Contrast that with the blue collar image of Dale Earnhardt and it was an easy call for many of the old fans.
Jeff has changed in some ways, one of those is that he has become more arrogant and blames everyone else when he has problems. I saw him put Dale Sr. in the wall at Talledega a couple years before Sr. died. Jeff refused to accept the responsibility even though the camera showed him enter the corner below the outermost lane marking and when Sr. was in the wall that lane marking was under the middle of Gordon’s car!
He’s actually a little more likable now that he’s rough around the edges… but for many fans, it’s too late for that now.