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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.