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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The scoresheet will show Saturday’s Nationwide race at Dover as a Joey Logano romp. And while the JGR Cup regular did emerge victorious in the 5-Hour Energy 200 after leading 154 of the laps run, this one was oh-so-close to being so much more. Also driving a JGR Toyota, hometown driver Ryan Truex grabbed the lead after misfortune of Logano’s own making (while leading the race, the No. 18 bowled over the lapped car of Tim Bainey Jr. exiting turn 2, wrecking the No. 24 car and forcing Logano to pit road for a check-up and tires), and was holding a steady lead of one second with less than five laps to go.
Entering turn 2 on lap 197, Truex ran across the lapped cars of Brad Teague and Jamie Dick racing side-by-side. Unable to split the two until nearly halfway down the backstretch, Logano gained a huge momentum boost off turn 2 and rocketed past Truex, holding off his teammate for the win. Brian Scott finished third (yes, JGR went 1-2-3), with Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top 5.
The points race underwent a huge shakeup for the second consecutive weekend, as points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked himself exiting turn 2 on lap 26, pancaking the left front of his machine. It would be nearly 70 laps before the No. 6 team was able to return to the track, while RCR teammates Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon each brought home top 10 finishes. Sadler leaves Dover the new points leader by 12 markers over Stenhouse, with Dillon now a close third only 14 points off the lead.
Though Joey Logano ended up raining on the parade of what was otherwise an opportunity weekend for the Nationwide Series regulars, Joe Gibbs Racing enjoyed a banner day courtesy of the efforts of Ryan Truex and Brian Scott. For Truex, though he finished one position short of winning at his family’s de facto hometown track, the day was a complete success, winning the pole and leading a career-high 43 laps in scoring a career-best second place result. This was easily the strongest performance the NASCAR community has seen from Cup regular Martin’s younger brother since winning the East Series title back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. As for Scott, the clouds broke over a disappointing 2012 season much the same way Friday’s vicious thunderstorms cleared out of the Maryland/Delaware area, with the No. 11 qualifying in the top 5…and staying there. Scott’s day was methodical and more importantly uneventful as he finished third, scoring his first top 5 finish since Fontana back in March. Scott told Austin Dillon in his post-race remarks “I’m 200 points back, but I’m coming…strong.”
Speaking of Dillon, Richard Childress Racing was not the class of the field this Saturday, but all three of their cars did exactly what they needed to after Stenhouse’s wreck dropped a gift in their lap. Austin ended up cashing in with a sixth place finish that moved him from a distant third in points to a contender in an afternoon. Younger brother Ty Dillon finished eighth in his Nationwide Series debut, making him the fifth different driver already to score a top 10 finish in the No. 33 car so far this year (though the younger Dillon also showed his youth this Saturday, struggling with lapped traffic on several occasions, including a lap 92 exchange where a pass he had spent 15 laps setting up Parker Kligerman was lost in one turn when he misjudged a pass on a slow Joey Gase). And as for Elliott Sadler, who on the extended green flag run from laps 46-124 was the only car on track as fast as the No. 18, even fading to seventh on the final run still proved to be enough to lift the defending series runner-up to the lead in points heading into an off-weekend. RCR’s got some ground to make up before Michigan in two weeks, but on this Saturday they scored a points day when they needed one.
James Buescher finished ninth for his fifth top 10 finish of the season. In only 10 starts this season, he has equaled his career top 10 total over three previous seasons.
Justin Allgaier finally scored his first top 5 finish of the season on this Saturday, and did it in fine fashion, leading laps for the fourth consecutive event and ruffling the feathers of one Kurt Busch early and often (the two teams were heard discussing hard racing under the first caution flag of the afternoon and were caught on camera having a heated discussion on pit road immediately after finishing 4-5 in the running order). With Buescher staking a clear claim to a spot in Turner Motorsports’ Nationwide camp for 2013, Allgaier’s going to need to man up and turn this campaign around. Taking on a Cup regular is a good start…and no, that’s not sarcasm.
It was purely a strategy call, but Jeremy Clements and team managed to outlast the majority of the field when the caution flew on lap 125, one of only seven cars on the lead lap when the race was slowed. Though they were unable to race long with anyone in the top 10, the car was strong enough to stay on the lead lap for the remainder of the afternoon, and the result was only the second top 10 finish of Clements’ career, his first since Gateway back in 2010.
It was already bad enough seeing Rick Ware Racing back to being a four-car operation courtesy of three blank Nos. 15, 71 and 75 cars start-and-parking at Dover, but to top it all off the one car the team kept running all day didn’t make it close to the finish. Timmy Hill ran into trouble as part of a three-wide sandwich exiting turn 4 on lap 124, spinning across the frontstretch and into the inside retaining wall, clipping Sam Hornish Jr.’s right front fender along the way (Hornish finished 13th). The damage was beyond repair, as the front tires were so out of whack from the crash they wouldn’t rotate. Hill emerged unscathed en route to finishing 31st.
This stretch of the race was particularly eventful for Mr. Hornish, who only nine laps later triggered the largest crash of the afternoon on lap 133. Attempting to pass Danica Patrick on the low side of turn 4, Hornish got loose and clipped the rear end of the No. 7. Patrick attempted to catch her car but still ended up pounding the fence, collecting Brad Sweet as well and sending his No. 38 backwards into the interior retaining wall. Hornish remarked over the radio that he felt Patrick had given him no room, but the video was clear that the No. 7 never moved down on the No. 12. Patrick DNF’d and finished 30th, Sweet limped home 23rd.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was plenty fast enough to shake off the ugly result from Charlotte last weekend after suffering a broken driveshaft, but lost control of his car unassisted on lap 26 and smashed the left front of his machine on the interior wall of the backstretch (to the driver’s credit, he took full responsibility for making the costly mistake in post-wreck remarks). Stenhouse’s No. 6 team got the car back on track by lap 94, but the damage was already done. In finishing 32nd, Stenhouse has finished back-to-back races outside the top 20 for the first time since the summer of 2010 (Bristol and Montreal). It also marked the first time since Richmond that Stenhouse wasn’t leading the Nationwide Series standings.
Tim Bainey Jr.’s return to NASCAR touring series racing for the first time the Truck race at Loudon in September of 2010 started on a sour note from the start, with Bainey feeling ill even before the green flag flew on Saturday afternoon (his crew jokingly told him they thought it would get worse with the ups and downs of the Dover track during the pace laps). But Bainey started the event and minded his business, albeit many laps down. The No. 24 pit box was noticeably excited around lap 150, when Bainey made one of his few passes of the day on Brad Teague’s No. 4 car, but triumph turned to tragedy only a few circuits later when leader Joey Logano bulldozed the No. 24 car exiting turn 2. The ugly wreck destroyed Bainey’s car and left him to finish 28th. It’s hard to say which was uglier, the incident itself or the seeming disregard Logano showed for his actions. In post-race remarks when asked about the incident, Logano’s remarks included the statement, “You have to show the leaders respect. I wasn’t getting any respect,” and an ill-advised remark that, “we’ve all been there before.”
Considering Logano has spent his entire career driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in cars 99% of the nation’s racers would kill for, it’s easy to take exception to the claim, “he’s been there before.” More so though, even if Bainey wasn’t “showing respect,” considering how much faster the No. 18 was than the rest of the field, there was no reason to wreck the No. 24 car. There was no reason for a mega-million dollar Goliath to run David off the track. For God’s sake, I’m agreeing with Rusty Wallace, who chewed out Logano on the telecast for his actions. Something is glaringly wrong when this writer and ESPN see things eye to eye.
Maybe this time next year when Logano is driving for BK Racing or another one of Toyota’s lower-tier teams, he’ll finally go “there”; that is, getting mauled by the big boys.
Underdog Performer of the Race: Jeff Green And this one goes out for more than Green’s 17th place effort at Dover on Saturday. Going on one month as the substitute for the injured Eric McClure (who the team hopes to return to the No. 14 car for the race at Michigan in two weeks), Green’s team has raved about his efforts both on and off the track to the keep the Hefty car going. This four-race stretch may be only a brief window to the past for those that remember Green as the 2000 series champion, but that mettle hasn’t gone anywhere, even if the funding to race has.
Start-and-parkers occupied 9 of the 43 starting positions in Saturday’s race, taking home $109,311 in purse money (Tim Andrews technically wrecked after two laps, but the No. 08 team’s pit stall had no tools or tires in it less than 45 minutes prior to the start).
Cup regulars won Saturday’s race, scored 2 of the top 10 finishing positions, occupied 4 of the 43 starting positions in Saturday’s race, and took home $91,808 in purse money.
149 of 516 positions occupied (28.9%)
The Final Word
• The Allgaier/Busch tussle is one that’s a mixed blessing. For one, to see any Nationwide regular (or any racer for that matter) stand up to the Busch brothers is always something to be applauded and encouraged. But in Allgaier’s case, the video is pretty clear that the early-race contact that actually started their feud was hardly something to fret over. Couple that with Sam Hornish Jr.’s comments about being pinched by Danica, Joey Logano demanding more room from Tim Bainey Jr., Ty Dillon’s spotter referring to Parker Kligerman’s racing with them as “shitting all over” the No. 33 car, it’s disturbing that “give-and-take” is turning into “get out of my way.” It’s a race track. There are no barriers and no signals. Make the pass or stop moaning.
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Get off Logano’s back..Rusty was way off the mark, calling the kettle black. Hah! Listening to Rusty’s biased comments and then changing his tune often has the accuracy of a compass in a electric storm. Its called racing, get over it, if Happy Harvick did it the there would be no critics “racing” they would say,in NWS or Cup we would not be debating this. Rusty flipped and chastised the lappers when Ryan T. was the victim…Joey said the same things about lappers in Victory Lane..have to have the same rules for drivers you like and drivers you don’t. Rusty has been bad mouthing Logano for awhile, Logano can be in Hawaii and something happens on the track and its his fault..Get over it.
What was up with Rusty today, somebody put something in his Wheaties? He started off by bashing K. Busch saying he has wrecked 14 cars and carried on a bit about that, then onto the Danica love..cue the run to the bathroom to be sick, then bashing Logano and then saying the best part of the race was the Dillon bro’s. Methinks this guy has a little envy going on, nobody wants Steve!
Logano is an over-hyped brat that will soon be losing his ride in Cup. I can’t believe Home Depot and JGR hasn’t pulled the plug on him yet. Logano needs to go beat up on underfunded triple A league teams to feel better about himself. He knows come Sunday he’ll be an also-ran that will never be mentioned during the race.
Rusty was spot on with his remarks. “sliced bread” (yea, not so much) was clearly head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the field, so yes he should have shown more patience with lapped cars that are not even in the same hemisphere when it comes to funding as the damn gibbs cars. Yes we all know this is a playground for these so called cup “superstars” and since he can’t live up to the hype in cup he needs these cheap wins for his ego.
So this is what, the third race or so in the last five where impatient Cup drivers who aren’t even in the championship ruin the races of Nationwide drivers who are barely hanging on financially? This is starting to get really, really awful. Get them off the track.