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
Tuesday March 4, 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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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.
Bryan Davis Keith · Tuesday June 7, 2011
The ranks of NASCAR might be short on attendance, sponsor dollars, entries, etc., but the same can’t be said for emotional outbursts. Drivers berating their crews and their teams. Drivers fighting drivers. And now, owners fighting drivers.
Listen to the many PR machines operating in the realm of major league stock car racing, and each and every one of these episodes were regrettable lapses in judgment, lapses in control. Examples of the stress of this sport getting to professionals. Richard Childress wasted no time making that clear after NASCAR levied monetary fines and probation against the longtime owner on Monday, stating, “I let my passion and my emotions get the best of me. I accept the penalty NASCAR announced today.” Big surprise there, for a fine and probation is about as much a slap on the wrist as Stephen Garcia getting suspended from football… for the spring.
But while Childress’ remarks are exactly what NASCAR and the big-time corporate backers of Richard Childress Racing’s many teams wanted to hear, one can’t help but wonder if Childress’ actions in the Truck garage on Saturday afternoon were in fact more calculated (and not just because of eyewitness accounts claiming that he removed his watch before confronting Busch). After all, letting emotions go wild is proving to be an effective tactic across the sport’s garage.
Martin Truex, Jr. went on a profane tirade aimed at his pit crew after errors cost the team a shot at the win at Richmond earlier this spring, effectively firing his entire crew over the team radio even before the checkered flag fell that Saturday night. It wasn’t a week before Michael Waltrip Racing announced a drastic pit crew realignment for the No. 56 team. Performance improved; Truex posted back-to-back top-10 results. In the four races prior to the swap, Truex’s average finish was 28.75… in the four races since, it’s 16.0. And the pit crew, of course, hasn’t been a subject of conversation at all.
Kurt Busch’s tantrums over the radio throughout this spring made Truex’s look tame, and they went on for weeks. From Texas on, the senior driver in the Penske Racing camp tore his team and organization to shreds for hours every race day, to the point that the driver had to make a public statement that he would stop swearing and attacking his team over the radio. The results? Penske Racing started sending more engineers to the race track. Brad Keselowski races into the All-Star Race, wins the pole for the 600 and wins the Cup race at Kansas. Busch is right there with his teammate, scoring a top 5 in the 600 and the pole at Kansas. Now, with two more horsepower tracks and a return to Daytona (where the elder Busch was the class of the field during Speedweeks) among the next month’s worth of races, Penske Racing has found their stride at a most opportune time.
The pattern of brash, raw emotional actions bearing fruit for struggling Cup teams is not something unique to 2011, either. When the No. 29 team was lagging behind the upper echelon of the Cup garage, his self-owned No. 33 NNS entry continually struggling on pit road and rumors flying that Kevin Harvick was out the door on his way to Stewart-Haas Racing, his continual barrage of criticism towards his crew, his organization, and his situation large gave way to a Cup team that was a title contender in 2010. It has also turned his Nationwide Series operation into one of only a handful of cars capable of keeping up with Joe Gibbs Racing’s vaunted Toyotas.
Such behavior even benefited the most calculated and collected team NASCAR has to offer… the five-time defending Cup champions. With the No. 48 pit crew failing on the job as Denny Hamlin stormed his way to victory at Texas last November, Chad Knaus took the unprecedented step of benching his entire crew mid-race. It was a ruthless, impulsive move that absolutely no one in attendance could even fathom. Yet two weeks later, Jeff Gordon’s pit crew was celebrating Jimmie Johnson’s fifth consecutive Cup.
This is an emotional sport. And with as much talent as there is, filling the field week after week intangibles truly can and do make a difference more often than not. That said, who can blame Richard Childress for deciding to play the emotions card and go full bore at what can only be considered a menace to his race team?
After all, it wasn’t but a month ago that Busch ran over Kevin Harvick’s car at Darlington… twice. And that was payback motivated for an incident that had taken place at Homestead nearly six months ago. Rowdy’s got no problem keeping score. There is also something to be said about a driver giving love taps after the checkered flag flew… while on probation, just as Busch did to RCR prospect Joey Coulter.
Childress has been around this sport a long time, both before and after Brian France. These aren’t the days where a meeting with Bill France would whip even the most hardheaded competitors into line. Nowadays, when NASCAR decides to hold a meeting, the competitors keep right on fighting, even in the principal’s office. Just ask Juan Pablo Montoya, who reportedly took a haymaker from Ryan Newman during NASCAR-sponsored peace talks.
Knowing that, Childress is fully aware that NASCAR putting Busch on probation is about as much a slap on the wrist as Ohio State Buckeyes being suspended for the season openers a year later, but cleared to play in the Sugar Bowl. And proportionally, it doesn’t seem to have deterred Busch’s post-race aggression a bit… after all, he went after Coulter because he was passed in a hard but clean last-lap move. Imagine if Coulter had spun him out.
NASCAR has no control of this sport anymore. The finances suck, the future is uncertain, and the boys are more than having at it. That being said, an owner that’s been around for a very long time, is fully aware of the power that emotions play in this sport, and knows a problem when he sees one. So instead of playing it safe and going to the referees with his concerns, he rolled up his sleeves and took care of business. All it cost him was some pocket change and that same slap on the wrist that did anything but deter Mr. Busch this past weekend.
If that works out for Childress like it has for Johnson, Harvick, Truex and all of Penske Racing, Kyle Busch may well play nice with his drivers come Pocono.
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“…a fine and probation is about as much a slap on the wrist as Stephen Garcia getting suspended from football…for the the spring.”
NIce reference to other “5-time”, as in “Five times suspended but still coddled by the ‘ol ball coach”.
What Childress did was wrong, but sometimes the wrong thing happens to the right guy. I wish I’d seen it.
It was an owner vs owner as Kyle owns his truck, wish I could pay his fine.
I love how the lame stream media has glossed over the facts. RC did not go over with the intentions of kicking KB butt. It was only after Kyle (the golden boy of brian france) Busch told Richard Childres “Don’t worry about it Old Man.” that sent Richard off. Kyle got what he deserved a good old fasion a$$ woopin. Funny thing is how none of Kyle’s Team went to his aid????
How does everyone seem to know what Kyle’s intent was?
They BOTH raced each other clean for the last 10-15 laps and Joey did a slide job, if Kyle did not like this, why did he check up and not dump Joey then, Carl Edwards style?
Kyle gave Joey a tire rub on the backstretch, this could have been hey good job welcome to the truck series. Yes this could have been a show of displeasure, but I have seen everyone from Gordon and Johnson to Jeff Burton do a whole lot more showing their displeasure at another driver.
Kyle could have been impressed that the rookie raced him hard(like Kyle did as a rookie) and did not just fold. Just saying.
Alot of you talk like Richard totally whipped Kyle’s a$$, To me Kyle did not look any worse for wear Sunday in the interviews, must have been ONE HEII OF AN A$$ WHUPPIN.
Do not forget Harvick had more then a little to do with the Darlington incident.
i’m incensed. another example of how two faced nascar is. what rc did was criminal, plain and simple. A clear case of premeditated assault and since contact was made.. battery. if it were any of us on the giving end we’d be in jail. don’t say you want to rid the “product” of the hillbilly redneck image if you’re actions show that you embrace and cultivate it. Another thought if you will, 150k may be the least of what rc has to pay after kyle gets his payback. have at it boys and old men.
wonder what would have happened if the owner was Robby Gordon? Since it was Childress,with a 4 car team,he gets a $150,000.00 fine. Bet if it would have been Robby,with just a 1 car operation,he would have been suspended at least one race,plus $150,000.00.It’s all politics with Nascar,depends on who the offender is,as to what the punishment will be.
It is funny to note that it appears the ONLY people upset with Richard Childress are the ones so famously named by a certain past Gov. of Calif……SISSY_MEN!!! Men will be men and fight once in awhile, the rest of you go get your teddy bear and hide behind Mommies skirt!!
While I don’t necessarily agree that RC’s actions were the right thing to do – kudos to him for putting that crybaby on the mat for a round. Kyle talks a huge game and occasionally it comes back around to bite you in the a$$. Or in the face!!!! So keep it up Kyle! KB’s punishment will be facing the drivers over the next couple of weeks – I’m sure their comments will be positive and inspirational!!!!!
Of course, wcfan and Babydufus are right on both counts. Kyle checked up to AVOID hitting Joey Coulter when Coulter started to slide into him on the last lap. Dickie should have thanked Kyle. A little fender damage on the cool-down lap? Was that worth 150k? Even my dealer does not charge that much for auto body work!
Furthermore, what Richard did was a criminal act, pure and simple. In any other sport, he would have been restrained by security and hauled off by the cops for assaulting an opposing player outside the locker room.
As for “real men,” it is sissy men who try (emphasis on try) to use their fists in a dispute. It takes more manliness and courage to stand up to it or walk away.
NASCAR’s downfall is that it continues to cater to the redneck, knuckle-dragging mentality of the 1960 South. This is the 21st century and the world is passing NASCAR by, big time.
Conversely, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, a Spaniard and a Swiss, have more fans than all of NASCAR drivers combined, make more money, live like rock stars, and RESPECT each other. And no doubt, have their choice of women. Too bad they are not manly enough for the trailer trash that support Richard Childress and his kind.
And oh, by the way, because of these MEN, tennis is on a huge uptick after a long hibernation, just at the time NASCAR is failing. Nice.
One can only hope that Kyle’s car, truck, or whatever always finishes ahead of anything owned by Childress.
RC has proved that he’s an a**. And so’s his cup driver KH.
o its crying again for Richad. he can always go to work at a towel company. hes a cry baby and always has been
should have said. o its crying time again for big baby richard. he can always go to work for a towel company. hes always needed a towel.
Trailer Trash??? How rude to many Nascar fans.
Wow Bill S – what an enlightened viewpoint. We need many more fans like you………
Bottom line is all of this could have been avoided if Kyle hadn’t bumped Richard’s Truck almost causing the driver to lose control. Look at the replay, this was more than a “donut” on the side of the truck. And, I thought Kyle was on probation, so how is it you can bump the truck of the owner you was involved with at Darlington and nothing is your fault and your penalty is not increased? Again, we wouldn’t be talking about this if not for the actions of the spoiled, rich kid, brat who doesn’t have any respect for anyone.
Larry and others: When is it that we blame the national debt, Al Quida (sp), the tornados, the volcanic eruptions and ensuing tidal waves, and all the other ills of the world on the Busch Brothers? Just curious.
I only said that NASCAR fans who support Childress’ assault and battery as some kind of positive action are trailer trash – and I stand by that.
‘what rc did was criminal, plain and simple’. where is the cops
Crazy, crazy people……………..
I’ve never seen such a bunch of delusional people! Busch fans truly are not walking around in reality!
You sissies have never been involved in a fight?! I guess you all just hide behind mommy’s skirt and hug that teddy bear tight! How do you look yourself in the mirror everyday? Sissies!
I feel bad for you.
I just like that fact that nowhere in RC’s statement was there an apology. He owned it to the level he needed to.
Nothing says “courage” like cursing out strangers in anonymity at home!
Childress has no need to apologize. There are few things worse than public figures apologizing since they’re only sorry they got caught.
Some of you “fans” are really sad. Good job RC!
Old Farmer, I’m not blaming the Busch Brothers for that stuff you mentioned. But, I am blaming him for this mess because he was the one who bumped into Richard’s Truck after the race. Guess being on probation doesn’t mean you can’t do that since Nascar said Busch was not at fault. The fact is, Kyle is completely responsible for what happened between him and Richard and no logical person whether you’r a Kyle fan or not can deny that. The replay clearly shows Kyle bumping Richard’s Truck so there shouldn’t be no argument that Kyle is not guilty. And, any person with just a little common sense would know that sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe in and that’s exactly what Richard did. And remember this, Richard doesn’t have a history of being violant and looking for trouble or has been in trouble like Kyle had done pretty much on a regular basis for several years. How many times has Kyle been involved in controversy in the last two or three years? Just demostrates what kind of person you are dealing with. And, don’t forget about Kyle waiting at Denny’s Hauler last year to beat up on him for an on track event. Kyle is pretty funny, he wrecks and bumps other drivers on the track all the time but you had never ever touch him. He can dish it out but he can’t take it. These are facts not opinions. No way Kyle should have went without punishment in this event because he was the one who initiated it.