NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Racing to the Point · Brett Poirier · Tuesday July 2, 2013
In an age when technology allows just about anybody to voice their opinion about anything, it’s more important than ever to check your sources. If I hear aliens are making their way toward earth and we are all doomed, it matters whether it’s someone from NASA telling me this, or if its coming from “Two-toed” Jimmy who is wearing his tinfoil hat on the corner.
So, when I heard last week that someone had bashed Danica Patrick, it wasn’t much of a surprise. After all, she has faced her share of criticism since coming over to NASCAR. But when I heard it was Kyle Petty who was giving the explanation between “somebody who can go fast” and a “race car driver,” I laughed probably about as hard as Danica did.
I can come up with a list of people who are more qualified to make those comments than Petty, and I think “Two-toed” Jimmy is on it. If there is anyone out there who should understand how difficult it is to make the grade in Sprint Cup, and how hard it must be for Danica right now, it’s Petty.
Patrick’s average finish this season is 25.6 — not great by any means. Kyle Petty’s average finish in the last year he won a Sprint Cup race in 1995 was 25.6. Petty raced — scratch that out, drove moderately fast — for the next 13 seasons after that in Cup without winning a race. In his final 13 seasons, he posted three top fives and only had a better average finish than rookie Danica has now in five of those 13 seasons.
Patrick is a poor qualifier right now, but Petty should have had one of the provisional spots named after him. And if you’re wondering how Petty stayed in the sport for that long with that kind of performance, look no further than his legendary father, Richard Petty, who was at least part of the ownership group of Kyle’s race team during those years when he would’ve otherwise been on the sidelines.
Kyle wasn’t a bad pitchman, either. Although, I wouldn’t quite call him a “marketing machine,” like he tabbed Patrick.
“Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs,” Petty said. “She can go fast, but she can’t race. I think she’s come a long way, but she’s still not a race car driver. And I don’t think she’s ever going to be a race car driver.”
I don’t think the “marketing machine” part was the part anyone took issue with, including Danica. It would be hard to argue against. The part about Patrick not being a race car driver, though, was out of line. She is new to stock cars still, but Danica Patrick has always been a race car driver.
Much has been said this season about Patrick’s performance not being up to par — at least not matching the equipment she is in — and those arguments would carry more validity if she wasn’t less than halfway through her rookie season. How come we aren’t discussing why Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can’t keep up with Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle?
Stenhouse Jr. — the two-time defending Nationwide champion — only leads Patrick by six points in the rookie standings because Patrick has been matching his pace lately, and Stenhouse doesn’t drive for Xxxtreme Motorsports here, he drives for Roush Fenway. In the last four races, Stenhouse has only gained eight more points than Patrick.
And the truth is, if Patrick and Stenhouse both maintain their current pace and don’t show signs of improvement, it’s a safe bet that Stenhouse will be shown the door before Patrick because of the sponsorship and marketability she brings to the table.
But Patrick already is showing signs of improvement. A flat tire at Sonoma and an untimely caution flag after she pitted at Kentucky (was on lead lap), cost her better finishes and two more chances at beating Stenhouse. Petty is right in saying that Danica has a long, long way to go. It takes her half a race to finally get comfortable enough to run top-20 pace. That’s something she needs to learn how to do when they unload the car for practice on Friday. And her qualifying hasn’t been much better. You’d think Kyle Petty was in the car sometimes.
I think we just need to give her some time before was bash her and say things like,” I don’t she’s ever going to be a race car driver.”
That statement would mean something coming from Tony Stewart, a three-time champion and the owner of her team. It’s a joke coming from Kyle Petty. Sources matter. Petty should be the first person to be able to identify with what Patrick is going through, not the first person to throw her in the mud. Tommy Lee Jones must’ve hit Petty with the neuralyzer recently and erased his memory of ever being a driver.
During Saturday’s TNT telecast, Petty stood by his words about Patrick earlier in the week. At least he’s not backing down.
I just hope that this week he explains whether he was “somebody who could go fast” or a “racecar driver” because I am dying to know the answer, and I could always use a good laugh.
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If anything has been proven by Kyle’s comments, its been how desperately people will grasp at the lowest common denominator when trying to defend something they dont agree with.
The people bringing up Kyle’s career stats really dont have a leg to stand on in their argument as he’s even said he wasnt a great driver.
What he does have is the experience of spending his whole life involved with the sport, and I think just maybe you learn a little bit about something when its been your life and you’ve been there through at least three generations of seeing drivers come and go among the legends of the sport.
I have to wonder if people would have brought up Richard Childress’s driving career had he said the same thing as Kyle did? I mean really, do you have to be a great driver in order to know one, or perhaps you just have to have some intelligence?
Is Rick Hendrick qualified to assess driver talent? I don’t see his name on any trophies as a driver…
Brett , you are full of it !! Kyle said he was NOT a race car driver either in the interview .
Geez folks…they’re ALL race car drivers…this is the dumbest arguement I’ve ever heard! I can get in a car and “go fast”… But I can’t get in a car and drive anywhere near the levels Petty and Patrick can.. or be paid to do it. It was/is their jobs..they may not have done..or be doing it..at the highest level.. But they’re race car drivers…just check their tax forms under “occupation”!
Danica is not and will not be a driver. She’s been able to avoid finishing positions in the 30’s and 40’s by staying out longer than start-and-parks, Lucky dogs, Hendrick’s engine big horsepower, and staying between the infield grass and that big concrete thing on the outside. That’s not much of an accomplishment for someone who’s been “steering” something since she was a kid. Given that criteria, I guess Logano and Larson are super-duper-wonder-racers as they’re both a lot younger and already have more wins.
Yup, what a driver.
Kyle is probably the only person that is asociated with NASCAR that is saying something other then what NASCAR wants them to say. As for the rest of the annoucers if NASCAR says blue is orange then they all agree blue is orange. Right or wrong it is refreshing to hear a different point of view
Although Kyle was no superstar NASCAR driver he still has 8 more victories at the Cup level than Danicant. When she reaches 8 career victories maybe he should shut up.
Brett you lost any credibility you might have had with this article. It means you are one of the “Throne sniffers” towing the company line. “Princess Trick Pony” is nothing but marketing taken to the extreme. Kyle is exactly correct.
The writer of this one sided article has probably only seen about 20 races. Kyle was a good driver who sacrificed the last part of his career to help get his sons career going. Kyle spent the last several years driving bad cars. I’ve been a fan for 40 years and agree with Kyle. With the equipment that she has to race with she should be doing a lot better.
I agree with everyone except Lydia and Brett here. The fact that you can’t defend your girl’s record and have to resort to character assassination clearly shows that your arguments are weak. If you had a strong argument, you wouldn’t have to criticize Kyle for what he said. If you like Princess Sparkle Pony, that’s fine-but criticism about her record is completely legitimate, and those of you who trot out various forms of propaganda to try to defend her are clearly showing you don’t have a leg to stand on.
All you need to look at is how her last two rides are doing. Regan Smith has the #7 Nationwide car leading the points and James Hinchcliffe has won more Indy car races this year than anyone else in the GoDaddy car.
spot1 = spot on!
as the author says, everyone has an opinion.
i’d like to add that those opinions can be based on “feelings’ or a “track record.”
past history and current trends do not show that danica will amount to much in terms of race results (without a lot of luck or other help.) perceptions and feelings.. well that’s another story, but you might have better results playing the lottery than hoping on danica to be a top racing talent, (in my opinion.)
Hey, I don’t normally agree with much Kyle says but he is pretty much right on this issue. Danica won I believe one race in Indy Car and I believe that was a fuel mileage race. Danica’s Boyfriend Stenhouse seems to be doing better than her even in inferior equipment. I believe this past weekend he qualified better and finished better. Sure, Dancia might eventually win a few races even Kyle has won eight races so when Danica gets her eight wins then I guess you can trash Kyle. But, the fact remains that a man would not have been given the opportunities that Danica is getting. She won no Nationwide Races and I don’t know if she even led very few laps. She usually finishes a lap or more down depending on the track and cautions. I just don’t see much about her career to get excited about and it has nothing to do with her gender. Like Kyle, you have to call a spade a spade and Danica has shown nothing that would indicate she will be a big player in Nascar on a regular basis.
Steve, Kyle Petty did not spend the last 13 years of his career driving bad cars. He had plenty of teammates come through who were winning races when he couldn’t crack the top 30.
I agree that the last person who should be taking shots at Danica is someone who has been through basically the exact same thing. I think he’s just bitter that she’s driving in Cup and he’s not.
I am deeply offended for all two-toed people and won’t be coming back to Frontstretch. You five-toed people think you are so great.
No one would have a problem with Danica if it wasn’t for the media and hype being jammed down our throats and things like the All-star race where they catered the rules to fit her inability to stay on the lead lap.
Let’s face it. She sucks. There have been lots of cup drivers that have sucked through the years. It’s just that none of them got the coverage that the princess has gotten and therefore none of them got all the fan hate. It comes as a package. If you suck AND get hyped you get a lot of negative feedback from fans. At least she is getting rich from sucking. Not many people can say that.
Danica doesn’t suck as a driver, but the amount of media coverage (all coverage, good and bad) is just overwhelming for a driver 27th in the standings halfway through the season. When the amount of media coverage Danica gets is similar to what Casey Mears or David Gilliland (the two drivers who’ve started all races and are closest to her in the standings), then maybe the driving will be doing the talking instead of the bikini pictures and commercials.
Well the last laugh is on Petty! He constantly complains Danica gets way to much press! Ha…talk about a media blitz…it’s been the talk of sports and “just” news media all week…and Kyle handed to Danica on a silver platter! I think Danica needs to send Petty alittle thank you note! As far as Patrick’s record…I just think we should wait until she has a few years under her belt..or leaves the sport..before we try to make all these silly comparisons…..
Ok I’m a little tired of people defending Kyle Petty. Yes Kyle has 8 wins… did he win his rookie year no. Did he absolutely luck into his first win yes. Was he having to earn everything to get to the cup level. No he was an overpriveledged kid with a famous name. Kyle couldnt even use his famous name to keep from running Petty Motorsports into the ground. His father had to take it back. As far as the all star rules… let’s not forget those rules were implemented at a time when the NASCAR god himself Dale Jr couldnt get into the main event. As far as the media being shoved down our throats… we have no choice but to listen to that arrogant loud mouthed wannabe.
Come on people – at least give the girl a year of cup experience before you start trashing her! You can look up some of the records of some of the current top drivers first year in cup that aren’t so good either. It takes time to learn these various tracks. Also to the guy who said Kyle “sacrificed” his last three years in cup top get his son started – I’m not sure Kyle was even still driving when his son started out – and Kyle was so bad his family didn’t even what him driving for them at that time – they fired him!!
This all has to be Kyle Busch’s fault somehow.
When I come up with a reason I’ll let you know….
I’m not sure Petty got the memo that he’s not supposed to criticise any drivers because he wasn’t a top tier driver himself. He’s paid for analysis and that’s what he provides, whether you agree with him or not.
You don’t have to be a fish to know what a fish looks like.
Carl D is totally correct. Kyle Petty’s entitled to his opinion. In fact, he’s paid by TNT to give us his opinion.
Ricky Stenhouse happens to possess several Nationwide wins and 2 championships in the Nationwide series…. that would be a picture of earning a ride
Kyle Petty may not have been the driver his father was, but Danica Patrick is no Ryan Newman either.
Ron, im just saying I think Kyle could have done better in the same equipment that Danica has and probably a lot of drivers could. She is given the chance for one reason and thats money. How well did Felix Sabetes do when Kyle left to form PE2. Kyle had a decent year in 1997 and when he merged with Petty enterprises things really went south. Im just saying kyle was a good driver when he was in good cars.
Wow. The media (including Kyle Petty) needs to get a life. Is there nothing else to write about or comment about other than Danica Patrick. It’s as boring as watching JJ win. As Plato said “He was a wise man who invented beer.” Maybe everyone on this thread (including me) should have a few and chill. Peace out
Did you see the interview or just read excerpts? Kyle called himself a journeyman driver and said that if he knew the way to get from driver to racer, he would have done it. Also, don’t you think many drivers would be thrilled to have a career with eight wins and five Top 10 point finishes like Kyle? Not too shabby…
Stenhouse is in his first year as a cup driver. He is #20 in points. Danica is seven points behind him in 27th. And, Stenhouse has won nationwide races and championships and Danica has no wins much less a championship and has led very, very few if any laps in Nascar Competition. Forget gender, Danica so far in Nascar is very mediocre at best and there is just no other way to spin it.
If Danica Patrick was just ol’ Dan Patrick (not the ESPN anchor), he’d be just another forgettable driver who’d have lost the ride by now. KP was correct in saying she’s a marketing machine because, if she was a he, there’d be absolutely zero interest.
you are taking Kyle Petty way too seriously. Although, Danica hasn’t proved herself yet.
First, Roush made a huge mistake moving Little Ricky up to the 17 when Roush made another huge mistake letting Kenseth go. And look where Kenseth is now! Roush isn’t even a third tier team.
As for The Media Princess, I only have one wish. Give it just one race, one race is all I ask, and give another young lady a shot at driving good equipment. Heck, couldn’t Childress pull some strings and give Johanna a shot at his #33 team in Nationwide? I am willing to bet if you put “The Girl Next door”, as I have heard her called, in Danica’s car, then you would see a real talent. But, it’s like why Danica was moved up from Nationwide to Cup this year. Last year, when Johanna was in the same race as Danica (Remember, Johanna doesn’t have funding to run a full schedule), she was constantly finishing ahead of, and up-staging, The Princess. Don’t think the marketing people didn’t notice that! That’s why she was moved up before she was ready.
When Danica is involved in the same type of race that Kyle Petty and Davey Allison had in 1992 at the Winston, then she will be a racer.
Ummm Kyle has 8 wins and finished top 5 in points more than once…..Danica has what? When she has 8 wins you can talk pal.
One more point. In that same 1992 Winston, not only was Kyle showing himself to be a Racer, he took Earnhardt out in the process.
Danica would do that? I think not.
Great mention of the “One Hot Night” in ’92. It wasnt often that you would see Sr smiling after spinning out on the last lap of a race, but he was that night and apparently high fived Kyle after the race.
Kyle was on the brink of becoming a Racer in ’92 and ’93 but it just didnt pan out after those years.
He was the hottest driver at the end of the ’92 season and very interestingly would have won the Winston Cup that year had the Chase format been used.
Danica isnt even close to the level of driver Kyle was. I highly doubt she will 8 wins. As pointed out by spot1, all her old teams got much better as soon as she vacated the rides.
Kyle Petty: “I was a Journeyman driver and Dannica looks like a Journeyman driver to me.”
Brett Poirier: “that’s the pot calling the kettle black!”
Readers: “Brett, you didn’t do any research before you wrote this”
When Danica leads 490 laps in a 492 lap race like Kyle (not Busch) did she could be considered a racer. Kyle in a good car won races. Danica in a good car isn’t even close.
Kyle just said what knowledgeable fans are saying.
Wow, it appears that Brett got himself a huge ole 64 ounce big gulp of Nascar koolaid. Kyle Petty may have been…uh…less than stellar as a driver but he knows the business. You don’t need Payton Manning to inform you that Ryan Leaf sucked as a NFL quarterback, even Jamarcus Russell could tell you that. Point is Down-a-lapica is not a good cup driver. The only drivers I’ve seen coming to her defense are Tony Stewart(her teamowner), Dale Jr. (former teamowner and satellite teamate), Kevin Harvick (future teamate), and Jeff Gordon (satellite teamate). She should get the press coverage befitting a 27th place in the points driver.
Last time I checked Kyle Petty has won actual points races in a major racing series. Guess who hasn’t?
And Kyle’s last dozen years were spent driving sub-par equipment. The Petty ride(s) didn’t do squat with anyone in any of them, save for a two wins by Bobby Hamilton and a win by John Andretti, all coming at short tracks. Danica is in top notch equipment, and will continue to be. Her finishes in the good stuff are similar to Kyle’s in the bad stuff.
And finally, Kyle Petty does not toe the NA$CAR/Fox corporate line. He calls out Patrick. He calls out Jimmie Johnson for whining about restarts. Kyle and Wally are exactly what the NA$CAR broadcasts need. They’re the anti-Waltrip Larry MAC Reynolds crew. In other words, the best TV crew currently doing NA$CAR races.
Since when is she in top notch equipment? The whole team only has 1 win and none of them are very impressive this year. Where’s the top notch? Let’s not forget Dale Jr is in top notch equipment too and most of the time he’s an also ran. Because she’s a woman is why most people are complaining. She’s put on a different schedule and expected to do more than any first year male. What about the Dillon boys? I don’t see anyone bashing their attempts at cup racing. Austin was basically in the way Sunday. Oh and by the way in top notch equipment too. Afterall doesn’t Finch get his engines from Hendrick too? No the Dillons are male so we will give them time
The Petty-Patrick comparison was well done. Of course, all drivers have to be marketing machines today to keep their rides. But just as Patrick can be thankful for GoDaddy $$ for her fast ride to the top, Petty can be grateful for his last name keeping him in the sport for so long.
Sal, I knew someone would blame Kyle Busch but, I swear it’s not his fault. Ken you are so right about Jo having more talent than Princess Sparkle Pony. And if Kyle Petty had been given half a chance in the good stuff I sure he would have had more wins.
I get so tired of hearing the “people don’t like her because she’s a woman BS!” I really have nothing against her personally, but I am so sick of the media pushing a 27th place driver like she is the second coming of Dale Sr. Its kinda like if the announcers had spent a good part of the Sonoma race talking about how great Ron Fellows was (he finished 22nd by the way). Most race fans would be saying what the hell are you talking about him for he’s running no better than mid pack, then suppose you had a few fans come to his defense saying “you just don’t like him because he’s Canadian.” What!?!Its the same with Danica. You might as well say people don’t like her because she drives a green car, or because her birthday is in March. Most people simply don’t like her because we have to hear about her ad nauseum from the like of DW who should shut up already. You can talk about her when she’s running near the front, but unless you start giving David Regan, Josh Wise, Travis Kvapil, etc the same airtime, I don’t want to hear about it.
Mike, no one complains about the Dillons because the media doesnt focus on them and constantly talk about them, like they do with Patrick. When they get the amount of media attention that Danica and Dale Jr get without the results to back it up, then you can say the Dillons are a problem.
JD while I do agree that we hear too much about her my point is Dale Jr gets the same media attention and most of the time it doesnt matter where he finishes,yet noone complains about golden mediochrity. the ad nauseum is why I cant stand jr. Kevin….watch a nationwide race the Dillons are only slightly above avg and we have to hear about how great and wonderful they are every race. Lik,e I said noone is complaining about them because they are male and yes I do expect them to EVENTUALLY be good. Lets face it there aint one of us that can do what any of these people can do from our armchairs, and that includes the insufferable Petty. so really none of us have an intelligent say about anything because none of us have been there
“Lets face it there aint one of us that can do what any of these people can do from our armchairs, and that includes the insufferable Petty.”
Mike, any validity in your point was lost as soon as you added Petty’s name. Even if he is sitting in the broadcast booth at this point the fact is that he has raced in the top-tier level so I believe he’s earned the right to call it like he sees it.
You may also notice that since the arrival of Danica the coverage of Dale Jr. has decreased. You can even look back in the archives of Frontstretch and see how many articles involved Dale Jr. The argument wasn’t too different than Danica as Dale Jr. pretty much hung out mid-pack yet he receieved alot of coverage. I will say that the media, by and large, has forgotten how to cover an entire field of cars around the same time that Jeff Gordon came on the scene and NASCAR really took off. Look back at some of the late 90’s early 00 races and you can see the bulk of the coverage was on the 24. I’ve nothing against the Jeff, Dale Jr. or even Danica for that matter. I do have an issue of the coverage that Danica and Dale Jr. receive as it exceeds their on-track performance.
As said by others, put Jo in a car and see what she can do. I’m actually very surprised that a sponsor hasn’t come foward. A good marketing department would quickly recognize that with Danica running as “well” as she has can you imagine what would happen if someone like Jo came in and out ran Danica. How excited would GoDaddy be at that point?
Without question, when Kyle had a car that was top tier he could race.
I do question exactly how top tier Danica’s stuff is. Stewart and Newman have not exactly set the woods on fire this year either.
Gary nelson gave Kyle Petty the best equipment there was. In fact, it was so good that when he became NASCAR’s top cop, he told Sabates not to even bring the car they had ran at Dover because he’d have to disqualify it sight unseen…
Once Nelson left Sabates Kyle showed that he could not race equal equipment. Sorry, but Kyle was not a racer, he drove racecars. I think Adam was a racer and Kyle knew it so he did let much of his later career slip in anticipation of the future.
Kyle is right that Danica is not a racer, now.
Where I disagree with him is as to whether or not she ever will be. It is simply too soon to say.
To the author:
You are welcome to your opinion, even when that opinion is borne out of poor research and a lack of understanding of the subject you are attempting to write about.