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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Key Moment – Kevin Harvick executed a nearly flawless final restart, with help from future teammate Kurt Busch, with less than 20 laps remaining and pulled ahead by more than two seconds. He led the final 19 laps on cruise control, just like the pole sitter started the race.
In a Nutshell – A constant roulette wheel spin. It was a constant guessing game, through debris, wrecks, and weird twists as to who’s going to be up front, when and how. Unfortunately, that came through a constant spew of cautions, combined with frantic restarts rather than intense, side-by-side racing throughout the field in a race that had moments but never a true rhythm throughout 400 miles.
As for Harvick, he led 79 of the first 81 laps before being shuffled back by an untimely debris caution. That shuffled the driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet back in the pack, when they combined with Jimmie Johnson had the fastest cars in the field. It took all day for the right strategy to get them back up front; in the end, he won with left-side tires that were 110 laps old.
Dramatic Moment – Virtually every restart on a day where Kansas gave us a record 15 caution flags. With the pace of the race dictated by those yellows, everyone knew the first few laps would determine the hill you’d have to climb for the next 20 — or until the next caution came out, throwing you back in the crazy restart blender again.
Brian Vickers went for a wild ride, midrace when the Aaron’s Toyota got tossed around out of Turn 2. The way the car broke loose, then impacted the wall reminded many of the Michael McDowell Texas flip from a few years ago. This time, the damage and tumultuous impact wasn’t quite so bad, but everyone was still breathing a sigh of relief to see the newly-married driver walk away unscathed.
What They’ll be Talking About Around the Water Cooler
Just when you think you’ve seen everything… Smokey the Bear turns his back and then you’ve got a little situation on your hands. It’s not every day you hear “trees in turn one” as the reason for a caution; but a small brush fire, outside the catchfence in Turn 1 sent smoke billowing over the track. While it wasn’t confirmed what started the fire, reports are that a cigarette was dropped in a pile of mulch, and it hindered visibility and created an unsafe situation for the drivers, who simply thought someone blew an engine. The fire was quickly extinguished and racing resumed, though the “greenery” placed there for decoration now looked worse than Danica Patrick’s Chevy after Lap 1. (And that took some doing.)
Let’s make this point clear: unless there’s a giant piece of rear bumper, completely blocking the racetrack it’s unfair to call a debris caution in the middle of green-flag stops. That third yellow, called on Lap 88 unfairly trapped Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick so far behind, with the fastest cars it took them hours to get back in contention. In Johnson’s case, he never really could fully make it back, trapped for a brake hose piece several drivers claimed had been there for many laps, was under the white lines past pit road and out of harm’s way. Maybe NASCAR saw the No. 48 staging a runaway and wanted to keep the Chase under control? It’s intriguing how the yellow waved just a few feet before the No. 48 was “committed” on pit road. Another few seconds, and Johnson would have made his stop, assumed the lead, and likely pulled away at will for the foreseeable future.
The Hollywood Casino 400 was brought to you by the word yellow. The race was slowed a record 15 times for 71 laps, for reasons ranging from debris to hard crashes and even smoke coming across the track. The previous record of 14 cautions came in this race one year ago. Certainly, Kansas has become its own animal compared to “cookie cutter” twin Chicagoland… but I think even Miles The Monster would have been appalled at how difficult Turn 2, along with navigating this track side-by-side turned out to be. The cars may need to be slowed here, along with a better compound to keep this race from turning into little more than a Russian Roulette on restarts.
Speaking of restarts, they’ve really been shaking up the running order lately. Sunday at Kansas, the field stacked up multiple times and drivers were shuffled back, but it didn’t just start this weekend. The double-file restarts have always seen a bit of a shakeup with lead lap cars side by side, however it seems like they’re gotten a bit crazier since NASCAR’s announcement a couple weeks ago that the race leader didn’t need to be the first to cross the start / finish line as long as he was first to react in the restart zone. It makes you wonder if the sanctioning body will have to revisit them once again.
What does it say about your sport when you need to send out a statement, to your broadcasting partners saying you have to cover us next season? That’s essentially what NASCAR did, Saturday when Vice President Steve Herbst “kindly” informed the masses TNT and ESPN would have to come back for the final seasons in 2014. He did so when both networks, for the last few weeks were frantically negotiating to bail, doing whatever it took to hand their races to FOX and NBC. That doesn’t bode well for the attention they’ll pay, come 2014 with one foot out the door…
Chad Johnston announced this weekend he’s leaving Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the season. However, the crew chief remains committed to driver Martin Truex, Jr., who seemingly remains committed to sponsor NAPA — who is shopping around their deal. So how in the world does Truex get off, in public saying he’s “undecided” about winding up with MWR in 2014? What was that old song Closing Time, Martin? “Closing time, open all the doors and let you out into the world… closing time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here…”
The Hindenburg Award for Foul Fortune
If you look at Kyle Busch’s results at Kansas Speedway, you’d swear the track hates him. While there was a substantial amount of buzz surrounding Keselowski’s promise following Saturday’s Nationwide race, the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge didn’t need to do anything to Busch. After being forced to start in a backup car following a wreck in the first of two practice sessions Saturday morning, Busch was involved in three separate incidents on track. He was just an innocent victim in the first caution that flew on lap two, however in both of his other incidents, he turned across the noses of Juan Pablo Montoya and Carl Edwards. The final damage was terminal, and Busch was left to settle for a disappointing 34th-place finish.
While he wasn’t exactly burning up the track and headed toward the front of the field, Mark Martin took a substantial hit under the 11th caution. When Kyle Busch crowded Juan Pablo Montoya down the track and turned across the nose of the No. 42 Chevrolet, Martin was caught in the aftermath, tearing off the back end of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Despite the damage, Martin’s crew worked feverishly to make repairs all while keeping their driver on the lead lap. He ultimately finished 22nd.
The “Seven Come for Eleven” Award for Fine Fortune
After qualifying 19th and being forced to a backup car following a spin in practice on Saturday, Kurt Busch wasted little time getting inside the top 15. While he spent much of the day moving up and down through the field, when the checkered flag flew, he posted a solid runner-up finish that allowed him to move up two spots in the championship standings and gain eight points on the leader.
Top 10 finishers by Manufacturer
Chevrolet – 6
Matt Kenseth’s 11th-place finish was the highest for Toyota.
What’s the Points?
Following an 11th-place finish, Matt Kenseth saw his points lead shrink to three over Jimmie Johnson. Race winner Kevin Harvick moved up one spot and now sits 25 points out of the lead. Jeff Gordon, who moved up one spot on the strength of a third-place finish, and Kyle Busch, who dropped two positions after being involved in three on-track incidents round out the top 5. Greg Biffle sits 44 markers back in sixth. Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who finished second and eighth, respectively, jumped two spots apiece. Clint Bowyer, down one position, and Joey Logano, up two, round out the top 10.
Carl Edwards remains in 11th, followed by Ryan Newman, who dropped five spots to 12th after a disappointing day that saw him spend several laps in the garage for repairs. Kasey Kahne remains 12th, 10 markers behind Newman. With six races remaining, the top 7 are separated by 47 points, with the remainder of the chasers more than a full race behind Kenseth. Jamie McMurray continues to lead the battle for “best of the rest” by a 20-point margin over Brad Keselowski.
Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six-pack an instant classic) – The Hollywood Casino 400 was maybe worth three warm draft Miller Lites. There were some great side-by-side battles, however the caution epidemic took out any kind of rhythm that would try to build. In the end, clean air at the front of the field was the name of the game once again.
Next Up – Next Saturday night, the series heads back home to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the fifth race in the Chase for the Championship. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 7:30 PM ET; it can also be heard on your local PRN affiliate. Last fall, Clint Bowyer led 29 laps en route to a victory that saw Toyota sweep three of the top 5 and six of the top 10 spots.
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I think Timmy Hill finished ahead of Stenhouse. Shouldn’t Hill be Rookie of the Race?
After Saturday’s deal with Brad K, Busch got was was coming to him. Stick a for in him, he’s done. Now if we can get the 20 and the 48 to do the same thing, we might have an exciting Chase.
You gotta love karma. Unless you’re Kyle Busch.
There was some awesome football games this past weekend. No debris caution maniputating going on there.
I love both Kez and Kyle. Those two help keep me from dumping nascar altogether. Kez has his own history as does Kyle but I know the Kyle haters will jump on anything. LOL
Yeah, both BSPN and TNT have tried their very best to drop nascar early and can’t. It will be interesting next season. I really hope both go after nascar’s “integrity”. If they wanted to, BSPN could put a real hurt on Brian France and the future that NBC and FOX has paid for.
So Harvick won with like a thousand laps on his tires? LOL. BSPN should do a story on the driver’s personal cars and see how many run Goodyear tires? I wonder if Smoke has any on his own rides? (ha)
yep flipped between football and movies….caught beginning and saw johnson leading and head to go, could’t stomach that, then saw end. heard knaus telling johnson how to restart.
are they going to run these new fangled tires at charlotte?
i think brad did what he set out to do..he got into kyle’s head and kyle had a horrible day.
oh yes, saw princess sparkle pony’s wreck on lap 1.5.
sure glad dario is ok….wreck was horrible.
With that new pavement, the cars at Kansas look like they are racing on ice. They probably did too good of a job repaving that joint. Again another reason to slow the cars down, so Goodyear isn’t thrashing to find a raceable compound.
Count me in the crowd who watched the “race” on an intermittent basis, in between football and doing chores. Racing at Kansas simply isn’t good enough most of the time (a lot like Chicago and some other tracks) for me to waste my entire Sunday afternoon on it.they have 2 races because the track is owned by the France family who opened a casino at the track. Boring That yellow flag for debris during green flag stops certainly did seem timed specifically to keep the 48 pinned in the field. I’m not a fan of his, so it didn’t particularly bother me and it didn’t really work since the 48 was rather quickly back up into the top 10, but I guess it may have kept him from winning.
I wouldn’t give it 3 warm beers. Goodyear should be thrashed.
IMO KyBu got what was coming to him – hopefully Kez will complete that payback when the opportunity presents itself.
Remember now, the twitter twits and social media complainers only scream about teams doing stuff they have done thousands of times before. I don’t think they know that Nascar “manipulates” all the time, with those cautions appearing at the most interesting times. Silly.
Kansas also has two races because Sprint’s Headquarters are in Kansas.
Yeah, let’s all thank “sprint” for all that they do for the sport!
Brian’s big top would certainly take a PR hit if the champion was crowned a race or 2 early, which people apparently hated under the old system so Nascar needed to do something. And it fell right in their laps. Throw a debris caution to catch the 48 and 20 a lap down along with Kyle having a rough day and you have the Chase field bunched up once again.
Do they really think Nascar fans are that stupid?
Pitiful, just pitiful. When the only racing you get is on restarts, you have the NHRA, not stock car racing.
They have to get these cars up off the ground so some air can get under them, then mechanical grip becomes more important than aero. In addition, they need to stop changing gear ratios and tire compounds every other week. One or two cars getting lucky on a setup every week does not great racing make.
If they can’t/won’t do that, then they should electronically restrict the engines to slow the cars down so they can race. This clown show is just not fun to watch anymore.
**Timmy Hill was rookie of the race guys **
Another NASCAR manipulated race.
Steve, I wouldn’t call the chase field “bunched up” as a result of Sunday’s race. To me it looks like it’s down to a two man race instead of three man race.
I watched about 50% of the race due to the poor
Three Beers? how about a big fat zero!!! Kansas has easily put on the worst three races in the last two years
Nascar will only need 48 & 20 championship gear heading to Homestead. It will be between these 2 teams. Either one wins, it will be fine as they are both class individuals and good ambassadors for the sport.
If this race was in Atlanta, it would have been 5 ice cold brews.