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.
Beth Lunkenheimer · Wednesday May 11, 2011
Another Saturday night race with a Cinderella story winner in Regan Smith was overshadowed by two drivers throwing temper tantrums. And as Wednesday dawns in NASCAR-land, the bigger story continues to be not surrounding the man that won but the punishment doled out to two men who lost.
By now, everyone has heard about or seen the late-race altercation between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. With just a handful of laps remaining, the duo made contact on the track, an initial sideswipe by Harvick a combination of driving into the corner too hard and some contact with his teammate Clint Bowyer. What happened between that contact and the bump Harvick handed to Busch in the next turn is anyone’s guess, but two of the series biggest hotheads were already riled up from their previous fender-banging.
Seconds later, as a three-wide sandwich led to Bowyer spinning out, utter chaos ensued: Kyle Busch turned across the track and caught the back bumper of Harvick’s No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet, sending him spinning and steaming towards retaliation after the checkered flag. After the race ended, the two headed toward pit road and played a juvenile game of chicken before ultimately stopping nose to tail near the pit road entrance. It didn’t take long for Harvick to get out of his car and head toward Busch, but the driver of the No. 18 didn’t want anything to do with a confrontation. Instead, he gunned the motor and shoved the No. 29 out of the way just as Harvick reached Busch and attempted to throw a punch through the open window.
Of course, both parties along with owners Richard Childress and Joe Gibbs were immediately invited to the NASCAR hauler for a “talk” about what happened. When asked about the conversation, Harvick simply grinned and said “not much” was discussed, while Busch openly criticized his rival for an aggressive style of racing.
Fast forward to Tuesday, the traditional NASCAR penalty day, and both drivers walked out of the incident with a minimal $25,000 fine and probation through the Pocono 500 in mid-June under the standard Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing involved in an altercation on pit road after the conclusion of the race).
NASCAR’s Senior Director of Communications and Competition Kerry Tharp had little to say about the consequences after they were announced, making it difficult to deconstruct officials’ thought process on their reasoning.
“These penalties are a result of what occurred on pit road after the race was over,” Tharp said. “They are about maintaining a safe environment on pit road.”
Are the consequences justified? Let’s start at the beginning. While I don’t condone using a race car as a weapon of retaliation, NASCAR has opened that can of worms with the “Boys, Have at It” mantra adopted last season. If that’s the way the sanctioning body wants the drivers to handle their differences, that’s fine, but frankly I’d rather see them handle it in the garage or on pit road — or better yet, privately — where lives aren’t endangered. Heck, even the pits may not be the best place to settle such arguments, especially considering Busch’s actions once Harvick got out of his car and headed toward the No. 18 sitting right behind him. Slamming into a parked car was both dangerous and potentially disastrous for innocent bystanders not paying attention to their argument.
Frankly, I expected both drivers to be penalized simply because Harvick threw a punch and Busch endangered those around him on pit road by punting the empty No. 29 into the pit wall. I mean, it’s not the first time a driver has been penalized for fighting, and it clearly won’t be the last. But what I don’t understand is why those penalties are equal. Last time I checked, throwing a punch at a guy who’s still sitting in his race car with his helmet on isn’t exactly going to cause any damage unless it comes in the form of a nasty bruise — or worse — to the hand of the driver doing the swinging.
On the other hand, shoving an unmanned 3,400 pound race car out of the way can create a whole plethora of dangers for those working on pit road to close out a race weekend. What exactly did Busch expect to get out of that move? After the race, he claimed he “made a judgment call there” and that he was “just trying to get away from it and get back to [his] hauler and go on with my own business.”
Huh? What kind of judgment call is that? I’ll give Busch the benefit of the doubt and agree that he was, in fact, more interested in getting back to his hauler, but it doesn’t take a genius to know the route Busch chose was clearly dangerous to those around the two cars on pit road. I can’t even begin to understand the thought process that brought Busch to the decision to punt Harvick’s car, and I don’t intend to try to explain it either.
That said, did both parties overreact? Definitely. And while I don’t necessarily agree with equal penalties for both parties involved, I do understand why NASCAR felt the need to police Harvick and Busch following their pit road altercation.
But the funny thing is that I’m almost 100% sure we haven’t seen the last of these two this season. NASCAR may be keeping a closer eye on both drivers, but as soon as the All-Star Race – remember, this probation is for points-paying events only – fireworks between the duo could easily explode once again.
©2000 - 2008 Beth Lunkenheimer and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Notice how there hasn’t been one penalty this season that resulted in points. All the cars have been legal. All the cars have passed inspection. No team or driver has stepped over the proverbial, ever-changing line. We are almost a third of the way through the season and not penalties.
i only saw one driver throw a temper tantrum… with the other driver getting the better of him.
Personally, I was more upset with the deliberate wrecking of Harvick by Busch on the track. That could have been potentially more dangerous for Harvick and for other innocent drivers behind them. Based on what they let Busch get by with, why would any other driver be afraid to do the same if given the chance. The fine means nothing to these multi-millionaire drivers and teams. And this double secret don’t do it again probation is a joke too. When someone like Busch gets someone seriously hurt or killed then maybe Nascar will react like what they did when Earnhardt got killed but it’s very clear they are not going to do anything until that happens. Look, I know the cars are safer now than in the past and we have softer walls but a driver can stll get injured especially if he gets hit in the drivers door. If this type of stuff keeps happening and Nascar keeps turning a blind eye to Busch then the blood will be on their hand. However, I think the smell of money means more to them than the safety of some driver or innocent drivers getting caught up in Busch’s temper tandrums. Another sad day for NASCAR.
So what we have here is two millionaire self centered jerks acting like 5 year olds during and at the end of a race. All we seem to be disagreeing about is which one is the bigger jerk. My vote goes to Harvick by a nose but its really really close!!.
Calm down Susan…we know you are hot for the Lil man….but rest assured…the ONLY thing big on Kyle is his mouth!! He got that from his illegit daddy DW!!
I have no idea why people read Frontstretch if they believe it is a crap publication. You may want to switch to Nascar.com where they will give you a daily dose of BS that should make you smile.
Do you also watch TV shows that you don’t like just so you can e-mail the networks about the crap they televise?
It makes no difference to me because I like to chuckle as I see your blood pressure rise when you’re confronted with differing opinions.
Have at it readers!
I’m with you, Annie. I keep looking for intelligent conversation.
OK since everyone wants to debate the Busch-Harvick thing….
BTW I like Busch and Harvick about the same… I think they are both punks.
Susan, Kyle could club baby seals to death and you would defend him.
Bill B. Yes you are correct. That little wussy Kyle did not get out of the car because he knew was gonna get his ass kicked. Same reason his coward brother did not get out after the deal with Jimmy Spencer.
Must suck for the Busch brothers knowing a 5th grade girl can kick their butts. ha ha ha.
Okay, can we all agree that at least Ryan Newman isn’t afraid to throw a punch, helmet off, at another driver? And guess what? No fines and no probation for Newman. There’s a lesson here… Happy and Rowdy, are you taking notes?
Susan I beleive you are so enamored with shrubby that you are blind to any negative facts about him….Therefore your opinion is of no value…Sorry Both partys have lots of fault here …But to me the big issue is the danger created on pit road by pushing an unmanned vehicle with pedestrians around after the conclusion of an event…Nascar I guess dos’nt know what a negative effect a serious injury or worse will create & it seems will wait till there is a victim
Harvick is a big punk than Bush!!! But, Bush is a better driver than Harvick!!
Susan, there are not enough drivers on the track to catch up with Busch and all the cars and trucks he has deliberately bumped, wreck, or pushed out of the way. He has wrecked many drivers in the Trucks and Nationwide who was running for the championship and Busch wasn’t yet he wrecked them. This guy has no respect for anyone on the track except hisself. Just a very self centered, spoiled, rich kid brat and why anyone could be a fan of him is beyond me. I can assure you one thing, if I was a driver when I got through putting him over or through the wall his attitude would change. If I was some of these high dollar teams I would pay some of these back of the field runners to take that little punk out. Maybe after about ten times of that he might get the message but I doubt it. Again, I want to congratulate Rick Hendrick for dumping that little twerp. It may have cost Rick some wins and some money but at least he had sense enough to know a bad thing when he saw it. The same can’t be said for Gibbs. Busch is just the complete opposite of Gibbs and yet why they put up with him I’ll never know.
What I do know is that, once again IMO, both Busch’s seem to be willing to run their mouth and wield their cars like weapons (fyi they don’t have a monopoly on that, I’ve seen most drivers do it at one time or another), however when it comes to the face to face confrontation after the race they avoid it.
It reminds me of that kid in the neighborhood that will run their mouth and then hide behind their mother when the other kid comes after them. And then, while the mother is admonishing the other kid, the whole time her kid is behind her making faces and gestures at the other kid.
His nickname should be The Instigator or maybe the Master… nevermind.
Harvick is all talk when he has 8 guys standing behind him; otherwise he’s just a big blowhard. Spencer is right.
Most of the time I disagree with what Susan writes, but, oh heck, I have to go with about 95 percent of what she wrote today. Am I going to hell because of that? :)
OK so the boys got a $25,000.00 fine. Are you kidding me! This is comparable to fining the average worker $25.00
“….played a juvenile game of chicken”.
I saw the race and watched the video of the event twice.
What stands out, is that Kyle did a last second move back onto the track, instead of going to pit road. Presumably this was to avoid a confrontation with Harvick.
So Harvick goes back out as well, pulls along side of Busch and invites him to get out of his car. Cool-headed Kyle slams his car into reverse so hard he dumps his transmission and Harvick beats him back onto pit road and blocks him. The rest is history.
Had Kyle had the intestinal fortitude to get out of his vehicle on the track and tell Harvick “that’s for Homestead” this would all be over. No fines, no penalties. Instead he chose to run….
Why does anybody think Nascar is going to do anything other than encourage this sort of thing?
Follow the money folks, follow the money.
This whole line of conversation is why NASCAR encourages fighting.
Did you ever come across an individual that just HAS TO disagree? The sky is blue…..Susan’s response “NO IT’S NOT AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE EVERYBODY ELSE SAYS IT’S BLUE”. Blah Blah Blah. Hey FS….how about limiting responses to 140 characters? It would go a long way on cutting down on the self ordained windbags.