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.
Brett Poirier · Tuesday April 16, 2013
NASCAR stood its ground in the weeks following Texas Motor Speedway’s decision to sign the National Rifle Association as the primary sponsor for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race.
The stance was simple: race entitlement sponsorships are signed by the track, not the sport’s governing body. So when Texas Motor Speedway announced that the NRA was going to sponsor a race seen by millions in the middle of a debate on gun control in Washington D.C., NASCAR effectively said, “It wasn’t us, it was them.”
Except the sport had final approval, after all and didn’t think twice about one of its marquee races being named the “NRA 500.” This is the same NASCAR that has been so concerned about its public image this season that it fined Denny Hamlin for mildly criticizing the Generation-6 car and suspended Jeremy Clements for a derogatory remark. Somehow, it completely missed the boat on the NRA.
That was, until Friday when NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said in a roundabout way, maybe we should’ve looked into this situation.
“The NRA’s sponsorship of the event at Texas Motor Speedway fit within existing parameters that NASCAR affords tracks in securing partnerships,” Higdon said. “However, this situation has made it clear that we need to take a closer look at our approval process moving forward, as current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions.”
You guys couldn’t come to that conclusion on March 5th? It took until less than 48 hours before the main event for NASCAR to realize that “current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions.”
A four-year-old could’ve told us that.
Suddenly, NASCAR’s solid stance seemed to be melting away. And what really transpired that we didn’t expect to happen, from March 5th up until that point? Columnists around the country criticized the sport, families and friends of victims of gun violence were enraged and Congressmen ripped NASCAR. But the sport couldn’t see this coming?
On Thursday, Connecticut senator Chris Murphy wrote a letter to NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch urging him not to air the race on FOX.
“I write today to urge you to not broadcast NASCAR’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13th,” Murphy wrote. “This race, which is being sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA), is going to take place during the Senate’s consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence. The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate, it also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race.”
Was that the turning point for NASCAR? By then, it was far too late — as with most NASCAR decisions. The NRA 500 was televised, and for the most part FOX analysts managed to tiptoe around the official name of the race. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch threw on a cowboy hat and fired trophy six-shooters in Victory Lane while a NASCAR fan shot himself in the head and committed suicide in the infield. In the end, the damage was done: overnight ratings (a 3.5 in the Nielsens) were the lowest in history at the track for FOX, the lowest for the sport in 2013 and a clear outlier in the uptick in support we’ve seen throughout the season.
One of my goals for this column wasn’t to get into a gun control debate. NASCAR claimed it didn’t want to be in the middle of the debate, either but it had a funny way of showing it. It turns out that no matter how many statements you put out about not taking sides, when the cars in your top series are racing past NRA symbols, your drivers are sitting in front of them in the media center and your race-winner is firing six-shooters in Victory Lane, viewers at home might get the crazy idea that you have taken a side.
And the NRA knew that. It was trying to make a political statement; NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway laid out the platform to do so. It just took the brilliant public relations minds at NASCAR until 48 hours before to realize the enormity of the situation. If you only heard Higdon’s comments on Friday, you’d think NASCAR got bamboozled.
The sport’s Chairman and CEO, Brian France and a host of NASCAR executives made a trip to Newtown, Connecticut in February to visit with victims families and first responders. France made a sizable donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, and NASCAR portrayed a sensitive and caring public image. Two months later, that image has been flipped upside down.
New York Times reporter Viv Bernstein interviewed David Wheeler, the father of one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy, who wrote in an email, “NASCAR can solicit or agree to endorsements from whomever they choose. Looking to NASCAR as a beacon of sensitivity, good taste or judgment, however, might be a mistake.”
Wheeler’s right. And if there’s one thing fans have learned in 2013, looking to NASCAR for common sense decisions might be a mistake as well.
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I don’t know why you guys have a bug up your rear just because the NRA sponsored a race. It’s not like the NRA was involved in any of these shootings and if anything their emphasis is on safety and training. Besides, a letter from the Governor of the state that had major gun restrictions, and now added more, has very little moral high ground to stand on.
But then again, you aren’t interested in logic, you just needed something to fulfill a deadline. That’s about as good as MSNBC, CNN, HLN, etc. so at least you may get a job with one of them. Maybe the PansyAss500 will be coming soon and we can all agree how that was a good choice.
I was more bothered by the “Hellava Good” sponsor than the NRA.
We’ve got laws on top of laws and no law is going to stop a killer.
But a gun in the right hands will.
If only the politicians and the media would celebrate the stopping of a crime through the proper use of a gun….yet we don’t hear about those stories or see those stats very much.
Words cannot express how awful it must be to lose a child, especially in such a horrific manner as what transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary. Everyone with a smidgen of compasion feels for those parents and for the whole community. Some of those parents have decided to make their voices heard on the matter of gun control, as is their right. However, theirs is not the only voice. As I have said numerous times, the NRA membership is your neighbors, your co-workers, and your church congregation. Many of them are parents as well, and they too have a voice. Most of them believe that owning a gun is the best way to protect their own families. They have a right to have their voices heard.
If Nascar wants to remain neutral on the issues that are being debated by our country, that is their perogative. They have right to control their image. However, for Frontstretch or anyone else to maintain that the NRA sponsorship of a Nascar race is somehow detrimental to Nascar’s image is an insult to NRA members. And for Nascar to say, after the fact, that maybe it wasn’t a good idea goes beyond hypocrisy; it’s equally insulting to the law-abiding members of the NRA. For Nascar, this wasn’t about neutrality, this was about keeping their mouth shut until the money had been counted, then saying “Oops… our bad, we don’t really think the NRA reflects our values.” Message received.
So now we’re going to blame bad ratings on the NRA? I don’t think so!
I had the race on mute for 98% of the time so am I considered a watcher or a non-watcher?
I certainly didn’t choose to do this because of a race sponsor. In fact, I was all for the NRA sponsoring the race. I agree with the NRA partly because the whole PC group in America is making it “not cool” to believe in a tenet our forefathers thought was VERY important and I happen to agree with. STRONGLY!
Now, yesterday’s violence wasn’t caused by guns, are we going say “Scott’s” shouldn’t sponsor a race because someone might make a bonb with their fertilizer?
Come on people! Our country was founded on free speech! Are we going to take that away now too?
Brett: If Senator Chris Murphy had leaned on you to suppress this column the way he did to TMS, what would have been your reaction? Quit straddling the fence and say what you really mean! These anti-gun clowns will forever be trying to get people on their side, but it ain’t gonna happen. I stand as a Christian believer, patriot, veteran, and family man. Neither you, or anyone else will change my views. I stood for eight years in defense of your right to voice your opinion, and know this, that if the time comes to bail out all those that think the law by itself will protect you from mayhem and violence, I will be there to protect you – with a weapon of choice…
Time to find a new website for NA$CAR coverage. You guys are too anti gun for me.
Brett, I see that you have gotten the message from many!! Don’t need to add a thing as these people are true Americans and the American way!!….if you want gun control go to Canada or England and leave us alone!!
You guys are way off base on this one. I cant say it any better than Carl D did above. I’ll just add I’m a lifelong Connecticut resident, a college professor and a gun owner. I recently joined the NRA because I have had it with the politicians in this country like Chris Murphy, who isnt very bright,who have passed or are trying to pass outright anti-gun legislation in the name of safety.Connecticut just passed a law that requires anyone who owns a magazine greater than ten round capacity, to register the magazine with the state police. I guess after January 1, I’ll be a felon.
As an NRA member and NASCAR fan I have been nothing short of annoyed by the manner in which frontstretch.com has chosen to cover the NRA 500. You’d think the NRA was a terrorist organziation by the way some of these writers have discussed its sponorship of a NASCAR event. And as a side note, the columnist states that the ratings were the lowest for the year, could the fact that it was a Saturday night race have anything to do with that?
I didn’t watch the race because the NRA was the sponsor. It’s their right to have anyone sponsor that they want, it’s also my right not to watch. Apparently I am not alone.
Carl D nailed it, good job Carl.
I don’t think anyone is arguing the tracks right to have any sponsor they deem appropriate, and who is willing to pony up the money for said sponsorship. In light of what happened in Connecticut, and Nascar’s supposed support of the families there, the timing seems to be more the issue for many.
Sal… Respectfully, I can’t agree with you that the timing was bad because of the Connecticutt shootings. Many of the parents there have begun crusading for tougher gun laws, so that door has been opened. It can’t be considered acceptable for one side to speak on the issue while expecting the other side to keep quiet about it.
Let’s mourn for the victims of Sandy Hook at the Daytona 500 but celebrate the NRA at Texas Speedway. Talk about hypocrisy!
Frontstretch, you have blown my mine. Spent 19 months in Nam, Purple Heart and Bronze star recipient! Not a NRA member but am for gun rights being left like they are in NC where I live. Our politicians are so unbelieaveably dumb … how can we solve problems if we don’t work on the real cause. For all you people who think they are working on the real cause(s) of the killings, you might want to do some more research. For Frontstretch, it might be smart that you do a little more research as well before you write more of this crap.
I wonder if the people who are so supportive of the NRA sponsorship would be so quick to jump to the same conclusion if the group had been one lobbying for mandatory equal pay for women or for legalizing same-sex marriage? If one politcal agenda is allowed, should they all be? This goes beyond one group with an agenda. Whose agendas should be allowed and whose should not-and if NASCAR nixes sponsorship from a group whose message is considered liberal, aren’t they then painting themselves as a conservative organization, or at least as hypocrites? And would taking sides drive away fans? It’s way more than one group and one race.
Wouldn’t bother me at all, Sally. My politics are Liberterian; I want the government out of my bedroom, wallet and anyplace else they try to insert themselves. Some of us tend to think it’s a Constitutional issue that has been politicized by the fools we keep electing. I will tell you this as a Connecticut resident and long time trap and target shooter; the bundle of new laws Connecticut just passed affecting gun owners would have had ZERO impact on what happened at Sandy Hook. Its all just feel-good to make politicians like our intrepid Senator Murphy feel good about themselves.
Once again frontstretch and their writers are out in left field. The reason the ratings were low is that the race was BORING! Once again, I read your email for RACING INFO NOT LIBERAL POLITICAL OPINIONS!!
Amazing how many of the commenters just missed the whole point of this article.
Typical. Nascar will never be a real sport because your fan base is comprised of imbiciles. Reading your attempts to justify the assiniity of the decisions made by NASCAR and then the cool aide drinking gun fanatics claims is really sad. The problem is a lack of education that was taken away from the American public by Republican politicians who hide behind patriotism when their real platform is racisim. I’m done with BZF and the jerks that call themselves NASCAR fans. Nascar hasn’t been the same since BZF took over and the best part is ….BZF is laughing all the way to the bar!
I am out of here. A plain just dumb article. See ya fronstretch!
Thanks for being the ONLY website that mentioned the the sad incident.Did NASCAR have any sway in keeping this news from being reported on oyher websites?
See ya Joe. However you’ll be back inside a month.
It doesn’t matter what side of the issue you are. If you are in business, and NASCAR is a business, It doesn’t make sense to take sides on a political issue and offend existing or potential customers. When you are at a race you don’t know or care if the guy next to you is pro gun or anti- gun, liberal or conservative, etc. His money is as good as yours. I hate the PC crowd as much as anyone but it seems like the only time that NASCAR gets any press in places like New York is when something negative happens like this NRA deal or when those fans were injured in the stands at Daytona.
This PC crap is what is ruining this country. And I resent being called an imbecile just because I like Nascar and agree with our right to bear arms. And Bob, you’re right. The only time Nascar gets national exposure is when it’s negative. So just add Frontstretch to the liberal media bias and the idiots who think stricter gun laws will stop criminals from getting their hands on them. The government and the liberals won’t be happy until we have no freedoms left.