NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
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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Bryan Davis Keith · Monday June 29, 2009
Sometimes, going faster and winning all comes down to going a bit slower. Whether or not that was Kyle Busch’s strategy doesn’t matter… because it worked.
In a performance far departed from his stretch of eight consecutive Nationwide races leading the most laps, Busch started ninth on Saturday… and stayed there for awhile. But rather than embarking on a banzai charge to the front from the first lap, Busch was patient. Running in traffic for a bit, the No. 18 team made adjustments to a degree and volume not seen from them in recent weeks, turning Busch’s car from a top 5 runner to the fastest piece in the field over the long haul. And, thanks to those adjustments, Busch was able to pick off teammate Joey Logano (who dominated and led the most laps Saturday) on lap 165 en route to driving off to score his fifth win of 2009.
Though Busch managed to get by Logano, he scored the win without any contest from Carl Edwards, who proved to be the only car in the early running able to keep up with Logano’s No. 20. Two consecutive pit stops that saw the No. 60 crew lose multiple positions in the pits relegated Edwards to a sixth place run, a finish that saw him lose more ground in the championship points race to Kyle Busch. The same could be said for Brad Keselowski (who finished third yet again and proved unable to challenge Busch and Logano late after struggling to pass Mike Bliss, who had 50+ lap older tires) and Jason Leffler, who scrapped by to barely salvage his streak of consecutive top 10 finishes.
A late race incident between Cup teammates Scott Speed and Brian Vickers dominated post-race coverage, as Vickers was spun late by Speed after checking up in Turn 3 on the race’s final lap. Vickers confronted Speed after the race and attempted to downplay the contact, while Vickers was heated in his post-race comments.
Busch now leads Edwards by 162 markers heading to Daytona, with Keselowski 243 points back and Leffler an ever-growing 320 behind.
When the rest of the field made their final pit stops on lap 159, only Mike Bliss elected to stay out instead of taking fresh tires. Problem was, Bliss’ tires were over 50 laps old already, making him what appeared to be a sitting duck. But while Kyle Busch and Joey Logano made quick work getting by the No. 1 car, Bliss lost only one more position over the last 40 laps en route to a fourth-place finish. Bliss’ car wasn’t the fastest on the track, but his throttle control of a car that proved able to roll well in the center of Loudon’s flat corners was enough to keep the field behind him at bay. Brad Keselowski took well over ten laps to make a late pass of Bliss for third, but a fourth place finish for the Phoenix Racing team was far better than the team appeared in line for had they stayed in sequence with the rest of the leaders.
Both Brendan Gaughan and Jason Keller got lost in the shuffle on Saturday and never seemed to get a grip on the Magic Mile. Unfortunately for them, that’s not in reference to the TV coverage but the poor handling on their race cars. Gaughan made up a lot of ground from his 38th starting position, but a 21st place outing off the lead lap was not impressive, especially with his teammate Steven Wallace finishing 11th. As for Keller, the Baker/Curb No. 27’s slump continued, as he started 23rd…and finished 23rd. Keller slipped to tenth in the Nationwide standings as a result.
Meanwhile, Michael McDowell is 11th in Nationwide points and threatening Jason Keller for a spot in the top 10, but he has no sponsor for any race past Daytona. It’s a sad state of affairs for a program that will run a limited schedule if any races the second half of the season unless another company steps up.
Saturday’s race was a surprisingly clean one, and with no accidents marring the event (until the last lap), the ugliest moment goes to Eric McClure and his engine for faithfully recreating what happens when a hand grenade goes off under the hood. McClure’s motor expired in a nasty way with less than 25 to go, and left him with a 33rd place finish.
Of course, there is the small matter of that last lap wreck to consider. As Kyle Busch took the checkers, Brian Vickers had to check up in Turn 3 and slowed dramatically. As a result, Vickers got hit in the back and spun by his Cup teammate, Scott Speed (who was driving for Michael Waltrip Racing on Saturday). The bump took Vickers from a top 5 finish to a 12th place result… and he was none too happy about it. On the cool-down lap, Vickers made contact with Speed’s rear bumper through all of turns 3 and 4… until Speed brake-checked his No. 32 Toyota at the entrance to pit road. The resulting contact did heavy damage to the front end of Vickers’ ride, causing minimal damage to the rear of Speed’s car as well. Vickers then confronted his Red Bull compatriot about the contact immediately after exiting his car. Speed claimed he couldn’t slow down, but Vickers wasn’t hearing any of it — blaming Speed for being overly aggressive towards him because of his struggles on the Cup side of the garage.
Well, Vickers apparently wasn’t hearing much in the form of common sense either. For crying out loud, he checked up in Turn 3…in a pack of lead lap cars…on the race’s final lap. What did he think was going to happen in that situation? Speed wasn’t gunning for Vickers: for the record, the contact that Speed made with the No. 32 car also dropped him in the final running order after being a top 5 contender all race long. The bottom line is Vickers slowed up in a hurry… and Speed hit him. That’s what’s called a racing deal. Vickers may well be the senior driver at Team Red Bull and the de facto tutor of Cup rookie Speed… but he sounded like the rookie in the Red Bull camp on Saturday, going after a teammate publicly after all but dismissing anything he had to say in his defense.
Let’s summarize. Brian Vickers, one of the strong “team of drivers” that Braun Racing is assembling to replace Burney Lamar, heavily damages his own race car after the checkered flag falls, goes after a driver in what’s a no fault wreck, and then proceeds to throw a rookie he’s helping develop under the bus on camera. You’d think Todd Braun would have learned his lesson about Cup moonlighters in the Nationwide Series after Kyle Busch went after Jason Leffler so vehemently last season.
Underdog Performer of the Race: Matt Carter. Carter’s debut with the Specialty Racing squad in Loudon resulted in a 24th place finish, four laps down. Not flashy, but then again, that’s not the style of the No. 61 squad. Back when I interviewed this team in October, they were steadfast that they knew how to stretch a dollar and were going to keep coming to race… sponsor or no sponsor. And thus far through 2009, even as the team now weathers a midseason driver change, they remain perhaps the best example of how to compete as an independent team in the Nationwide Series; and more importantly, that it can be done without starting and parking.
The Final Word
There wasn’t a whole lot new to learn about the title chase on Saturday, as Kyle Busch is still the man to beat. The only difference was, Busch actually raced smart for once at New Hampshire, and he reaped the fruits of his labor. Busch was joyous and grateful in Victory Lane, just like he always is… when the going is good.
Sans the Scott Speed/Brian Vickers incident, Saturday’s race was largely uneventful. And, unfortunately, that was amplified by the TV coverage. ESPN has definitely improved its coverage over where it was at Texas and Phoenix earlier this season, but Saturday was far from their best effort (though I about fell over laughing when fill-in broadcaster Marty Reid actually had the nerve to identify a car on-air as a “start-and-park candidate.” You can’t say that Marty…there’s no such problem in NASCAR!) Steve Wallace went largely unnoticed despite a solid run, as did Justin Allgaier. Michael McDowell’s sponsorship plight (and his current sponsor, for that matter) got little airtime too. Danny O’Quinn, Ken Butler, John Wes Townley, Tony Raines, Benny Gordon, Chase Mattioli got no mention at all — and the same goes for Matt Carter and the Specialty Racing No. 61 team (how exactly does a full-time team change drivers and not even get mentioned in passing during a three hour broadcast?!)
Further, the only reason Bobby Hamilton Jr., Eric McClure, and Brian Keselowski got any time on screen was because they were involved in incidents. However, the new feature ESPN has been doing of late, going outside the top 10 cars to do a through the field rundown, is a nice addition and one that deserves credit. But it’s not enough airtime, nor done in enough detail, to give fans a true rundown of the Nationwide field in its entirety.
And while ESPN has admittedly gotten better in discussing a wider swath of drivers during their coverage, their pit road reporting is lagging behind. Every single weekend, viewers always see Wally Rogers and Jason Ratcliff atop their boxes. They may as well have their own features within the broadcast, they’re on so often. Maybe it’s because JGR’s goliath pit boxes cast more of a cold shadow over pit road than their cars do over the Nationwide regulars on the track…
But seriously, ESPN; there are over 30 teams and crews out there, even after the start-and-parkers do their nasty. Examples such as pit reporters converging on Mike Bliss’ pit box when he took the lead under caution should be more frequent… and not confined to those at the front of the field.
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Brian Davis,You need to get your facts straight on Biffles complaint. This was a Nascar program to save low budget teams money. It was voluntary. Biffles team participated on their own and that’s where the blame falls it a good programs that can save struggling teams money or allow them extra practice time.
Dave H –
I apparently wasn’t listening as well as I thought I was when I heard the broadcast touch on the tire program. Thank you for setting me straight.
It’s good to see Kryle winning in “cup lite”(which doesn’t impress me at all because he’s only really racing the other Cup lite teams) then failing in the real race. Maybe him running so many races is starting to hurt his CUP effort. NICE. All of you CUP drivers and teams should stay out of the lower series anyway. You are taking money and sponsorships away from the teams that really need it just so you can have fun. “F” off already. I have stopped watching these races long ago because of this. I don’t mind it once in a while like it used to be, but NA$CRAP needs to step in and prevent it. You should only be allowed to race full time in one of NA$CRAP’s “top three” series. It’s only fair.
When this season started and Krylie and Cousin Carl said they were going to be the only full time CUP teams to run the full season, I knew it would be 50/50 between them for the title. Not very exciting (but good if you like to bet) so i’m not watching at all. Screw you NA$CAR for letting this happen. The trucks once again have the best title fight going on. No cha$e, No CUP drivers and teams running full time. Too bad this series may not survive. BOO Brian France for his cha$e crap and piece of sh*t race car. It’s more interesting to follow the negativity surrounding NA$CAR than it is to watch the “racing” on the track.