NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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Bryan Davis Keith · Thursday March 4, 2010
I never would have thought it possible, but finally it seems that you have recognized what an embarrassment the epidemic of start and park has become to your sport. The proposed rule change to confiscate the engine of the car that finishes last without being involved in an accident realistically can and should motivate teams at the back of the field to run more laps, discourage parking early, and could very well prove an effective deterrent to carpetbagging owners such as Phil Parsons that have exploited a sport’s integrity for that of their own wallets.
Because, let’s face it… it’s not just the media struggling for something to write about that’s brought this issue to the forefront. The Camping World Truck Series has had as many as 13 trucks parking early in races, while the Nationwide Series has seen the practice turn from a method of survival to a means of profit, courtesy of MSRP Motorsports. And the model that worked so well in the minors didn’t take long to spill right over into where teams can make the big bucks: the Cup Series. Fast forward to the start of 2010, and it’s now pretty much everywhere you look. Millions of dollars in purse money and hundreds of spots in race fields disappeared last year alone thanks to the practice. It’s no longer something to be ignored, because it’s very visible on the race track as well as off it.
There are also a ton of race fans out there that have realized the damage this epidemic has done to the sport. They realize that guys trying to race can’t due to being outqualified by those with a decided mechanical advantage, because when the green flag drops, they’re going to run 20 laps, not 200. Believe it or not, race fans out there do care about more than the Jimmie Johnsons and Tony Stewarts dominating the front of the field.
We at Frontstretch, along with many others, have chronicled over the last few seasons the problems caused and the laughable exploits of these start and park race teams; and, as one “citizen” journalist, I want to say thank you to you, NASCAR, for finally taking action.
I can only hope that in moving forward, you realize that you will have to make sure your new rules for the last place finisher have teeth. Officials need to be constantly observing work going on behind the wall, to ensure those race cars are actually being worked on – not playing chicken with each other to run an additional three laps here and there just to avoid last place finishes while still getting away with not competing. Confiscating engines is not going to be enough… stripping them down to the point of a rebuild is going to be a weekly necessity. To curb this practice once and for all, finishing last needs to absolutely become an unacceptable, fiscally undesirable outcome. From a racing perspective, I can’t think of anything that makes more sense than to make finishing last place, well, harsh.
I can also only hope that you realize the other two of your three national series are still facing this problem, but threatening car confiscation and engine teardowns in Nationwide and Trucks will pose an existential threat financially to legitimate lower-level race teams that might be unlucky enough to finish last. While the solutions that have been put forward do make sense, the problem should be addressed at the top level of the sport first, with the threat of weekly engine teardowns for last place finishes either driving teams to race longer… or stop showing up to take advantage of guaranteed purse money. In the Nationwide and Truck ranks, solutions need to be put forward that will not drive a legitimate race team unfortunate enough to finish last to the point of bankruptcy.
Be it prorating purse money, more detailed inspections of cars to confirm mechanical calamities have actually befallen them, whatever it takes, a different system of deterrents to start and parking needs to be devised to ensure that the competition of the minor leagues – series that more than any other need wholesome, integral competition to keep them viable – are something that fans will continue to watch.
Most importantly, like anytime I compliment you as a sanctioning body, I can and do consider your track record of saying the right thing, only to do something the exact opposite. I was at the track at Atlanta last March and saw firsthand the impact start and park had when Dave Blaney and Mike Bliss sent full-time racers Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield, and their sponsors, home… the same weekend that you came forward and said you owed it to the race teams out there to make sure that the “supposed” start and park teams were actually on the up and up when they came to the track. And while your words managed to have Dave Blaney run around 100 laps instead of his usual 20 that March afternoon, within a matter of weeks it was back to normal, with cars parking after only a handful of laps while NASCAR and its salespeople at NASCAR.com started claiming start and parkers had no impact on the competition of the sport; they were, in fact, nothing more than a means of opportunity.
So, know this moving forward: We will not forget your track record of not living up to what you say. Those of us in the racing media that deplore this practice and recognize the threat it poses to the sport will still be investigating, week in and week out, who is doing it and who’s losing out as a result. We will be investigating whether motors are being torn down, per your new rules. We will be keeping an eye on pit and garage stalls, noting when we see teams with two sets of scuff tires in their pits for a full 500 miles. We will be watching you, NASCAR.
You’ve taken one step forward. You deserve credit for it. But you must follow through. And you will follow through.
Because you are being watched.
A dedicated journalist
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Good article Bryan. I agree with everything you said, but at the same time, I can understand what the S&P teams are doing – and that is being able to at least keep a toe in the sport that they love and I can’t help think about how many more people would be without a job if a lot of those teams closed down. I just think it is a sad situation that these teams have to resort to S&P just to stay alive.
Real easy- NASCAR confiscates the part the team claims failed. Well, it’s “broken”, so it’s useless anyway. If it’s really broken, the team gets it back. If it’s not, they don’t get it back.
Or prorate the prize money based on how many laps completed. I realize that some feel that S&P is the only way to get track exposure for teams that can’t afford to run, but folks like Prism(MSRP) have made a mockery of that, by having cars built solely to run a hot qualifying lap. MSRP was consistently qualifying in the top 15 last year in the NW series, often faster than the Cup guys.
What was lost in this whole S&P thing is that the #66 ran the entire race at Vegas a week after getting their “good” (read- set up for qualifying) car confiscated. Hmm… I wonder where the money for tires and pit crew magically showed up from, considering they had absolutely no sponsorship on the car. A bit of a mandate from NASCAR?
Here’s an idea for the NBA… make it where a few games are played between an established franchise team and a scratch team from the local neighborhood gym. Offer the scratch team $25,000 just for taking part in the tip-off. Tell the scratch team that at any time after the game has started, they can take their ball and their 25G and go home. While this probably won’t be very good for the NBA, it’s still a great way for some guys who are way out of their league to get a toe into the sport.
I’m just sayin’….
Confiscate the ‘broken’ parts and pro-rating the purse money based on laps run – both great things to do something about the S&Pers. If you didn’t come to run the whole race, don’t come at all.
Want a simple fix to start and park? Is it really that hard to figure out? Stop paying out for all 43 spots! Why should you get money for finishing dead last? Racing is about WINNING!
The problem ln this issue lies with NASCAR who allowed the super teams owned by a handful of people who win the races and championships. Nobody else has a chance. Why should a team run 200 laps when they can run 20 laps for the same amount of money won?
Dick Lee is right. Start and park would not exist in a world where the sanctioning body maintained a level playing field for all competitors and maintained a set of rules that created “stock car racing”, not COT spec racing. Someone mentioned “brand identification “ recently. Get serious, they are all the same.
I think we will see the result of the new rules shortly. There won’t be enough cars to fill the field. The underfunded teams will be afraid to show up for fear that they will break early and have to suffer a teardown of the engine that they cannot afford. I’m a fan of the underdog and I have fond memories of Wendell Scott.
I have an idea.
Why not just sent some pirates or rednecks to burn down the vacated haulers & race shops of these thieves and rid the former sport of the presence once and for all. Or sue them (as a collective group of fans) for all of the money they have robbed from us? These guys are scum & NA$CAR is on their side. It reminds me of the cop hooking his buddy up with the good weed on the DownLow. The folks who run NA$CRAP may be fools but they are not idiots. Even the disgusting S&P leaches are wise to the game.
I say its time to play dirty…just as they have been doing for years now.
And may I add that its SO refreshing to read an educated article that does not ignorantly state that this practice “has been going on since the dawn of the sport.”
I swear, if JD McDuffie (God rest his soul) could crawl out and choke some of these morons who say stupid crap like that, I’d pay twice the price of a Start/Finish line seat at Bristol just to catch a glimpse of it.
The true RACERS of this former sport were just that….RACERS. I don’t care if it was lap 499 and they were running in 43rd spot, they were STILL TRYING like heck to get into 42nd position.
How dare you disgrace the names of some of the true UNDERDOG, INDEPENDANT COMPETITORS by mentioning their names in the same sentence as jokes like Shelmerdink, Parksons, Baldwimp & James *itch.
That’s exactly what’s going to happen. Teams will just not show up. And if Nascar has something in their tv contract that specifies full fields, they are shooting themselves in the foot by picking on these guys. I’m not sure what the big deal is anyway. They don’t get tv coverage anyway. Some of you are acting like if a full sponsorship were to develop that these guys will refuse it because its so much more lucrative to start and park. Get real!!
Don’t forget! The 36 car was a start and park last year. That car is now only 37 points outside of the top 35 so they are making progress.
Nascar should be worrying more about the crappy product they are putting out on the race track each week. That in itself is the biggest reason they are losing fans. Its just not interesting to watch. At home or in person
how about nascar only let teams have 2 cars each so they can spread the sponsership around.some of these teams have so much,that’s why the s&p teams have none.
Steve, the 36 became a start and park team last season. At the beginning of the season, they were racing, and had sponsorship from Red Bank Outfitters and somebody else. I didn’t go back and check, but I want to say that they qualified for the first 3 races, and starting with Atlanta, missed a few in a row, and sponsorship went away. After that, they resorted to start and park.
No , it IS just the media struggling for something to write about . Not all of the media of course , just the lesser informed ones .
all the start & park teams will never match the damage NASCAR has done to itself
Although we’ll never see it, this rule will create a race within a race. Each start and park maneuvering for the coveted 42nd place. “Dammit, would somebody please give up so the rest of us can park!”
Well. The 66 ran all day. It paid the about same as S&P. If NASCAR had a payout based on combo of race points and laps completed, things would change.
You people kill me if you have a problem with these s&p why don’t you donate money to them to race. Do you know how much money NA$CAR/France family make per weekend and you are ok with them trying to stop teams from honestly making the races. Maybe the little teams could race more if it didn’t cost $22500 to get a car certified to race and that money all goes in NA$CAR’s pocket. Owe by to way if you go to the track the overpriced food and beverages you drink are courtesy of the France family as they own the concessions. Also if you didn’t have to get sponsor approval from NA$CAR and then worry about if they will take the sponsor for themselves and make the product the official whatever of NA$CAR. I own a sprint car team and I know how much it cost’s to race how many of you people own teams and know what it takes to race. I wish all the cars could race but let these small teams alone I’m glad they show up and just maybe if they make enough races they will get a sponsor and be able to race unless all of you would like to give money since s&p are ruining the sport. I believe you all need to check the history of NA$CAR in the early 70’s they were begging the little teams to show and run all the races so they had a good field of cars. What if they wouldn’t have showed up where would are sport be today if back in the day they only had 10 to 20 cars racing. I believe the sport would have been in bad shape and if the crowds got small how could you bring a sponsor to the track and say be on my car when the grandstands are half full, it wouldn’t look very good. Remember this was in the days before live TV so we needed that era to suceed so we can have what we have now. Also if NA$CAR is so worried about illegal cars getting into the race then tear down the pole winning car down to the last bolt because we all know what the advantage is to having the first pit selection.
I have often wondered if NASCAR wanted the S&Ps in the field. When they fall out of a race, it keeps the bigger teams from finishing last (38-43) thus getting more points and money.
Which would cost a S&P team more money? Hitting the wall just enough to be out of the race and fixing it or having NASCAR tear down your car?
The 36 start-and-parked some in 2009, but they also attempted to run full races on multiple occasions. I don’t have a problem with a team like that—legitimately trying to be a full-time team but sometimes forced to park early just due to a lack of funding.
This was a great article and I support NASCAR’s new rule on this. I hope they follow through and that it has a positive impact.
Two teams illustrate very well why S&P is bad for the sport: the 90 and the 46. Neither has made a race yet this year. The 90 has stated they will run full races, and I’m not sure about the 46 but I have a feeling they would at least try. Instead, Casey Mears and Terry Cook have had to sit at home and watch the last 3 races, watching various teams park early and knowing that they could be out there racing instead. These guys deserve to be in the race, but S&P teams are taking that chance away from them.
And I hope no one uses the tired argument “if they can’t beat them, they shouldn’t be in the race anyway!” because it is not based in reality. Dave Blaney qualified 5th at California. Did all the teams starting between 6th and 43rd not deserve to be in that race?
you people defwending the S&P’s are a joke if you think it isn’t affecting the competition…What effing rookie class do we have…Terry Cook wants to RUN RACES and all these marons are doing is preventing a legitimate low budget team grom actually racing. If you idiot defenders want to watch that kind of crap watch F1 where there is no competion once the race begins and its just follow the leader…
Hey pixboy what are you watching now. There isn’t any passing in sprint cup now and if Cook and Mears teams were so good they could make the race. So you think if they make the race they would both run up front. I want all teams to race and have a fair shot at making the races. I have a problem with billionares worrying about someone makeing a dollar.
As a former member of a start and park team I feel it is time to speak out on this issue. There are teams who have to resort to the practice simply because the sponsor dollars are not there and the purse is not enough to race on. Some of us really do want to build our teams into legitimate contenders while others simply are taking advantage of the situation. There is one group in particular that is abusing the system more than anyone else. I cant believe that nobody has caught on to the team name in both Nationwide and Cup. MSRP = Marcia M (Parsons)- Stacey S (Humphries)- Randy R (Humphries) and the worst abuser in the history of NASCAR Phil P (Parsons). Then lets look at PRISM which is just another play on the owners initials Phil (P) Randy ® not sure about the I Stacey (S) and Marcia (M) = PRISM. The team owners both live in multi million dollar homes in the Peninsula on Lake Norman and send their children to the best private schools while their understaffed race teams send others home that want to race. FYI Mickey Waltrip has some ownership in this team also. While I aplaud NASCAR on their new policy it will not do anything to fix the problem. These teams and the others will simply blow up a rear gear or scuff the wall or resort to switching weekly who the sacrificial lamb will be for the week. It is not good for our sport to send new owners home after they have invested hundreds or thousands in starting a new team while others milk the system dry and laugh all the way to the bank. Unfortunatley it is almost impossible to make a rule change that does not hurt the little teams that are trying to get started and race. Dont forget that Hendricks, Childress, Yates and others were little guys once and we dont want to crush the dreams of all the racers who love the sport and want to make it to the top.
One other thing, I am at Atlanta and spoke yesterday with one of the engine builders. It will cost approx $3500 to put an engine back together after NASCAR tears it down as long as nothing is broke. That is less than 5% of the purse