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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Tearing Apart the Trucks · Beth Lunkenheimer · Friday November 18, 2011
It seems like it was yesterday when the Camping World Truck Series hit the track at Daytona International Speedway to open the 2011 season, but nine months and 24 races later, the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is once again upon us. And while Austin Dillon needs only a 16th-place finish to clinch the championship regardless of what competitors James Buescher (20 points behind) and Johnny Sauter (28 points behind) do, that only begins to tell the story of what has been an entertaining season. From James Buescher and Ron Hornaday, Jr. each making unlikely runs at the championship to costly mistakes, there are plenty of reasons—both good and bad—to remember the 2010 season.
Once again, the Truck Series has proven why they don’t need a Chase system. Going into Texas Motor Speedway, the top 4 were separated by just 15 points in what was shaping up to be one of the most exciting battles since Johnny Benson barely edged Ron Hornaday, Jr. in 2008. But a poor judgment call by Kyle Busch and a shortage of fuel helped spread out the field considerably. And despite the impact Texas had on the championship battle, Dillon is still not a lock to win.
With James Buescher and Johnny Sauter within 28 points, the two are still mathematically eligible to snag the championship from the sophomore driver and 2010 rookie of the year. In fact, Homestead may be just the place to do it. In his only start at the 1.5-mile southern Florida oval, Dillon came home a disappointing 31st, four laps down after starting on the pole thanks to several bouts with the wall in his No. 3 machine. On the other hand, Buescher has three starts at Homestead and has average a top 20 finish, while Sauter has an average finish of 16.2 at the track. However, since returning to the series full time in 2009, the driver of the No. 13 has finishes of ninth and third and could very well still pull out a championship for ThorSport Racing.
And speaking of Sauter, something else to keep in mind is the black flag he faced at Texas in June. After taking the checkered flag first, he was penalized and dropped to 22nd as the last driver to finish on the lead lap for changing lanes before the start / finish line. The difference in points between the win and the 22nd-place finish? 24 points—a difference that would put him within four points of the leader headed into this weekend. It’s hard to imagine that Texas race isn’t on Sauter’s mind as the series heads into the final race of the season.
But with all of that being said, Dillon statistically deserves the championship. With five poles, two victories, ten top 5s and 15 top 10 finishes, the 21-year-old has bested his competitors for much of the season and salvaged decent finishes even when the teams has faced adversity.
Series Schedule Changes
With just 200 miles left until drivers and teams alike close out the season before heading home to join their families for the holidays, NASCAR has yet to release the 2012 schedule, leaving plenty of speculation about the number of races on the schedule and what tracks may replace those that departed this season.
The loss of any track on the schedule is frustrating, but perhaps the one that hurts the most is Lucas Oil Raceway. Having raced at the 0.686-mile oval for 17 years, NASCAR announced in July there were no current plans for the series to race at the track when the Nationwide Series heads over to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2012 season. It’s certainly a shame to lose yet another short track from the dwindling list of bullrings the series visits regularly. But with that being said, the loss of Nashville, coupled with the departure of Gateway at the end of last season, are just as painful in a series that visited 21 tracks this season.
And that brings us to how next season’s schedule is shaping up. Several tracks have released their dates independently, but there are still large holes. One of the big changes that has been announced is NASCAR’s return to Rockingham—the series will visit there on April 15th for the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200. Rumors have flown about the series making a return to road racing, but reports so far have seen those hopes fly out of the window. One thing is sure, though—the sanctioning body definitely needs to finalize the schedule and release it so teams can finalize their 2012 plans ahead of their break for the holidays.
Kevin Harvick, Inc. Shuts Down
As the checkered flag flies over Homestead-Miami Speedway tonight, Kevin Harvick, Inc. will cease to exist after ten years of competition in the Truck Series. For a team that’s scored 25 wins and two championships with Ron Hornaday behind the wheel, it’ll be bittersweet to see such a strong organization bid farewell to the series. Sure, teams come and go all the time, but it’s not often such a large team makes a departure.
For a team that’s had at least a limited presence for ten years in the Truck Series, it’s hard to say goodbye without looking at the impact they’ve had on the series. From their humble beginnings as a single truck team operating out of a storage unit to their days in the state-of-the-art 80,000 square-foot facility the organization is currently housed out of, KHI has had an impact on the series. Perhaps most notable is their partnership with Ron Hornaday, Jr. but KHI has been the home to many stars in the series including Matt Crafton, Ricky Carmichael, Jack Sprague, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and even David Mayhew, who certainly has stardom potential if he manages to find himself a ride in the series.
Despite the departure of the team he’s spent seven years with, it appears Ron Hornaday, Jr. has found himself a home for next season. After Kyle Busch’s offer of the No. 18 Toyota for a full schedule next season, Hornaday came out and said he has “signed a letter of intent” but didn’t disclose the team. However, earlier this week, reports have come out that the 53-year-old has landed at Joe Denette Motorsports. While details are still sketchy, there are expectations that an official announcement could come as early as sometime today.
But regardless of where he ends up, the loss of KHI has a huge impact on the series, and it’ll be interesting to see how the fields are filled come February.
Kyle Busch in the Series
No collection of defining moments in the series would be complete without taking a look back at the impact Kyle Busch has had this season. For the second season, Busch entered the series as a driver / owner and made 16 starts (not counting tonight’s race), scoring six wins and 13 top-10 finishes in the process. But his presence in the series wasn’t without controversy.
Involved in multiple on track incidents over the past few seasons, Busch stole headlines once again this year. From running all over the track and pushing around drivers without regard to their position on the track to an altercation with Richard Childress in the garage at Kansas, fans have quickly grown tired of perhaps the only driver that could turn fan angst away from brother Kurt. Then there was the most recent incident with Ron Hornaday, Jr. that’s still fresh in everyone’s minds that ended all hopes for the veteran to score a series high fifth championship.
But despite all of the negative that surrounded Kyle Busch Motorsports this season, there’s plenty of positive in the team’s presence in the series. Kickinthetires.net has reported the organization intends to field at least two full-time trucks next year. KBM General Manager Rick Ren was quoted as saying, “there will be another full-time truck that I can’t announce yet … and then there is the possibility of a third truck.” While details aren’t clear yet, the growth is a positive sign for the Truck Series.
With tonight’s Ford 200 as the only race left before the series goes dormant for three months and we’re left wondering why the off-season is SO long, it’s hard to believe where the last nine months have gone. All I know for sure is I’ll be back come February for what will hopefully be the beginning of another season full of great racing and the stories that go with it.
Author’s Note: Did I miss a moment that stands out for you? Leave your favorites in the comments section below! I’ll be interested to see what everyone else will remember most from this season.
Quotes of the Year:
Before I go, here’s a small collection of some of the best quotes of the season. The list is in no way all-inclusive since I only have a limited amount of space, but feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.
“I’ve been emotional all day long. I see one of my buddies and we laugh about things that we did with Dale, and I see another buddy and we cry about it. Frist thing I wanted to do was lead lap three for him. I tried. I got close to leading it, but I didn’t. I came here to celebrate his life with my black truck and my 15 car. I didn’t come here to celebrate a win.” Michael Waltrip after his emotional win at Daytona
“I honestly have no words. I feel like I won. I am so happy to have the opportunity to have finished second here at Nashville. We have had such a long road to this point, but we continue to get better each week, and this race was a huge accomplishment. The learning curve in the transition from open-wheel to stock cars is a lot bigger than many people think, but I’m learning. I’m excited to see how we continue to improve in each race this season.” Nelson Piquet, Jr. on his career-best finish to date
“I think we would’ve had a shot getting up to those guys, but I learned a lot on restarts behind (Johnny) Sauter and (Ron) Hornaday. You can’t ask for two better teachers than that.” David Mayhew after finishing a career-best third at Texas in June
“I think Kyle definitely showed his immaturity, and why he’s just one of those guys that just can’t stand to lose, and just a poor loser. Unfortunate for Ron (Hornaday). It’s too bad that a guy over here trying to win races got in the middle of the championship fight. At some point, he’ll feel the pain. If he isn’t winning the race, he’s pouting and throwing a fit, and it’s one of those things where he’s going to grow up or he’s going to have some swollen eyes.” Kevin Harvick on Busch wrecking Hornaday at Texas just two weeks ago
“This is just stupid. He knew I was there—he just drove me into the fence. Let’s have at it, so I can go in there and beat (him). He lives too close to me. We’ll see what NASCAR does. If they don’t handle it right, I’ll be at his house Monday morning.” Ron Hornaday, Jr. on having his championship hopes dashed by Kyle Busch at Texas two weeks ago
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My favorite moment of the season was seeing Mike Wallace back in Victory Lane!
Looking at next year’s schedule, how cool would it be to see the trucks run on dirt?
Been a great season, as it so often is for the Trucks. Really happy that SPEED’s ratings are up and the coverage will continue. It’s what I look forward to watching most during race season.
The lack of interesting tracks is bothering me though, seems we can’t go one season without dropping another cool place and replacing it with cookie cutter crap. Mansfield was amazing but it closed (not NASCAR’s fault I guess) and now ORP.
On the bright side, I really expect/hope they’ll announce a road course next season… And could it maybe, just maybe, be up here at Mosport? One can dream, they’ve expanded the track for NASCAR facilities…
Always enjoy the truck racing .Something about them is just fun. Have discover over the last few years is the more I watch the more I want to watch. “back when” I started with Cup cars and then down which was certainly was Back Asswards .so this a very exciting weekend . Best wishes to everyone. Wish some more money would become available as I would love to see more younger kids get a chance to work up. So much fun to watch.