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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Brett Poirier · Tuesday August 27, 2013
Imagine getting hired by one of your best friends to be a part of the growing business he owns, but after a few years he lays you off, citing economic reasons.
At the same time, you notice that he’s in the process of hiring someone else for a similar position, and then two weeks later, that he’s been going out of his way to hire someone to replace you on top of that.
You find out the company is planning on expanding when you leave. Suddenly those economic reasons don’t make much sense, and you’re soon to be out of a job and left feeling bamboozled.
Exhibit A is Ryan Newman.
Let’s take a look at the timeline. In mid-July, Stewart-Haas Racing released a statement saying it couldn’t keep Newman in the fold because it wasn’t ready to expand to four cars and Kevin Harvick — a more accomplished driver with sponsorship backing — was taking over Newman’s spot.
“I truly wish we were able to facilitate four teams at this time,” Stewart said in the statement. “We are just not able to do that.”
About two weeks later, Newman dominated and won one of the sport’s most prestigious races and the most boring, the Brickyard 400.
About two weeks after that, rumors begin to swirl that Stewart is courting Kurt Busch for a fourth team in 2014. The news caught just about everyone off guard because it seemed Busch was going to be limited to driving for a mediocre team next year even after his stellar season. The best-case scenario looked like Richard Childress Racing, the team Harvick is bolting from to come to Stewart-Haas.
“If it didn’t surprise me as well as every other person on this planet that has anything to do with motorsports, we’d all be lying to ourselves,” Newman told the Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass about the Busch rumors.
No one really considered Stewart-Haas because they took Stewart for his word when he said the organization wasn’t ready to expand. It didn’t take long for the truth to surface. Stewart and Gene Haas didn’t think Newman’s performance warranted him sticking around, and that’s the real reason he’s leaving.
It turns out that Haas, owner of one of Newman’s current sponsors, Haas Automation, has plenty of money to pour into a team — he just wants that team to win more often, like they might have a chance of doing with Busch.
“I’d be happy to have a driver like that on our team,” Haas told ESPN on Saturday. “You’d win a lot of races. I’d really be happy for my company Haas to be in the winner’s circle. I’ve never been there. I want to be there with that name. I know Kurt has had a lot of sponsorship issues, but to me, I just want to win. I’m not too much worried about that stuff.”
So, really the decision to send Newman packing came down to performance. Stewart-Haas would be justified in firing Newman for performance reasons, even if he does still have a shot at the Chase. He has only four top fives in 24 races and his average finish of 17th is the worst it’s been in his five years with the organization. It’s certainly plausible that Harvick and Busch could do better.
The problem is that’s not what Stewart told Newman. He could’ve been honest and told Newman his performance wasn’t up to par. Instead, we got a charade. I guess it was designed so that no one’s feelings would get hurt, and if that was the case, it was an epic fail — worse than Gigli.
Could things be any more awkward for Newman now? He now knows that the driver who “hates his f***** job” and almost ran over all of his crew members last year at Darlington, is who Stewart-Haas is going out of its way to get while they release him.
Stewart might’ve broken his leg with a hammer before that sprint car accident just to avoid being at the track to face Newman. Just kidding, but clearly if it were true, it wouldn’t be the first thing he’s lied about.
A little truth can go a long way, and Stewart-Haas should’ve considered that this summer.
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Exactly. Just be honest and let the cards fall where they may. The only reason there is any negative vibe associated with this story is because SHR decided to pile on a layer of BS over the truth. Now they look like a bunch of putzes.
At the time, Stewart might not have been clued in with what Haas wanted. Perhaps they had a meeting that said “if we get sponsorship we will do it,” but Haas decided to put his own cash up to get Busch in his car.
There’s only 4-5 people that know the entire situation, and trying to make more than that is purely speculation. To me, it sounds like a lot of the media is just salty to Tony because he isn’t the most media-friendly guy out there, and because he doesn’t do things by the book all the time.
The team said in the release of Newman they’d like to facilitate to 4 cars, but can’t right now. Well, they just hired Rodney Childers who wasn’t there 2 weeks ago.
They’re essentially a pit crew and a few guys in the shop from being there. With Hendrick resources, I don’t see why everyone is upset for making a business decision that if you’re truthful to yourself, most of us would make.
What a bunch of BS. The best scenairo, would be that Ryan Newman, gets the #78 ride for next year and outruns ALL of the SHR cars. Still remember that Darian Grubb also got the shaft from SHR. Keeping Dancia Patrick for the money and not the performance is more BS. I have nothing against Kurt. But I have lost a lot of respect for SHR.
So let me see…In your world you wanted SHR to let Newman go and make the announcement “Newman just isn’t a good enough driver for SHR”. Smooth! AND you prefer SHR alerted it’s competitors it was trying to court Busch…maybe costing them obtaining Busch or in a bidding war? Cool move! Sounds like you have the business of running a Cup team well in hand! No large corporation gives away their secrets! I don’t understand why folks are so upset! As far as Newman goes…it happens! From what I understand they couldn’t cover his sponsorship ( or didn’t want to), he had no contract this season, and he took a paycut this season! And you’re telling me it was a surprise? AND we only know what SHR released and Newman is telling as to the reasons he was let go…I don’t have a clue what was said behind closed doors…do you? This entire matter would be nothing with another team…or if Stewart hadnt broken his leg. Have we forgotten Ganassi just gave his good old buddy Juan Pablo his pink slip? Wheres the outrage? This entire situation has gotten so overblown it’s actually worse (in the speculating press) then when Junior went to Hendrick. And man…THAT was a feeding frenzy!!!
Gotta agree with the author, and Bill B, and JER. SHR was dishonest and has lost whatever respect I still had for them which wasn’t much. Yes, it was a business move, but dishonest nevertheless.
Josie, Ganassi never said he was letting Montoya go because he couldn’t afford to keep him and then hired a replacement. There’s the difference.
Smoke has always just said and done whatever he thinks will play the best in the media. And it has always worked for him. Last year, at Bristol, he got into Matt Kenseth at the end of the race and forced him down to the asphalt. Matt refused to be taken out and they both ended up wrecking and losing the race. Tony makes a big play for the cameras by throwing his helmet at Kenseth’s car and all we ever get to see from that race is the helmet toss and Tony trying to rev up the fans after this childishness. Tony is Tony and he hasn’t changed a bit. The faux fight with Logano was also because of his over aggressive driving and after Joey tried to fight back, all we get to see and hear is that Tony nearly decked him. Whoopty do, I say. Drivers favored by the stupid media, mostly because they are good a shooting off their mouth, are almost never portrayed as being the villain in an altercation. It is hard for me to sympathize with Tony’s injury plight, when he sits in bed and gives Newman this kind of shabby treatment. I hope Ryan Newman gets a good ride next year and really shows Smoke what he has rotten(sic). At least Ryan won’t be driving leftover equipment anymore.
Newman should have seen the writing on the wall, when from all reports, most of his pit crew and car chief were given to Danica at the beginning of the season. Stewart is a low class, back stabbing ahole.
@Carl D. So I’m to believe Ganassi spoke the truth? I heard the release from Ganassi and it was “we want to go in a different direction”. Etc! Lets face it…like Newman, Montoya wasnt lighting the track on fire (well except Daytona)! It’s all good…I suppose every year with Silly Season we have a BIG change with folks speculating and taking sides…it’ll blow over..and racing will once again be in the forefront!
So what’s wrong with a team acting like Hendrick? After all, it works in the Nascar playground.
Jr. and Danica bring the PR and fans’ money. Then add some really good drivers using the best equipment.
Add in the mix the cozy relationship between Nascar, Hendrick, Middlebrook, and Chevy….
How hard is that to figure out? Can’t beat ‘em? Join ‘em!
If anyone was really paying attention to Zippy they saw him point to Haas when he stated things had changed. Haas made the decision to have a fourth team, hired Kurt, and is funding it. Now where do you see Tony s name in any of that? SHR is a partnership but isn’t it reasonable to think that even giving half the team to Tony that he kept the controlling interest in his pocket? Just maybe Tony had no say in the deal with Kurt. Haas is a pretty savvy businessman and he might just be a bit po’d at Tony being laid up and not wanting all his egg’s in one basket going forward.
SHR has had sponsorship issues, for whatever reason sponsors for Ryan were hard to find. So into the picture comes Harvick with the Bud deal in hand so how difficult was that decision to make?
I see this deal as being a Haas deal. I think Tony and Zippy were being honest with Ryan. I think it was Haas that stepped in and muddied the waters and Tony had little to say in the matter.
What I fear now is a rift between Tony and Haas that will have a detrimental effect on the partnership and the team. I also fear that the turmoil that Kurt can bring to any team will hinder any team progress. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I doubt anyone other than Tony, Ryan and a very few select others know the real reason for Ryan’s departure. I seriously doubt it had anything to do with any of the announced reasons, i.e. sponsorshop, economics, expansion/not expansion to 4 cars, etc. etc.
@ mrclause: I agree and think this also may be headed for a Stewart Haas split on down the road.
While everyone is speculating that Newman should go to Furniture Row and hopefully perform better than Hendrick2, I mean Stewart/Haas, here is another possible change, one that would do the driver good: Greg Biffle to the #42 Ganassi Racing, complete with 3M! He is, after all, in his contract year, and as I said, the change will do him good.
The lie was public..Newman knows why he’s out…Kurt & Kevin may blow that whole organization up (primadonas) & I do hope Newman finds a good ride (?) as he has been a good team guy..But Teams gotta do what they need to to win & Ryans record isn’t the best )whole team stunk to start the season) ..Note: Comparisons to JR & Danica…1’s has spent the season 5-8th in points & the others 26th…Huh?
I say bs. This report about Haas may be true, but Tony is just as much to blame, after all he is a partner. This classless bunch seem to be lacking a whole bunch of character, IMO. SHR with its current line up sounds like a nightmare daycare center. I do not see this bunch rising beyond their current shortcomings, in fact I see the bad behavior each of of these people displayed on more than one occasion only to get worse, with each enabling the other. No cream is going to rise to the top here.
To those who think it’s OK to pile on the BS because it’s the corporate way I say that’s a weak argument. I don’t like it when politicians do it. I don’t like it when celebrities do it. And I don’t like it when corporations do it. It’s called “spin” because BS isn’t politically correct and I hate someone pissing on my head and telling me it’s raining.
Say what you mean and do what you say. It’s that simple.
I am just happy Newman is getting away from SHR.Wasn’t Haas in prison not too long ago anyway? A return to Penske would definitely be a step up!
Gene Haas and Rick Hendrick what a pair. One convicted of bribery & mail fraud the other for tax evasion. And who says crime does not pay. Maybe Ryan is better off.
I have had the chance to meet Tony Stewart at his dirt track, Macon Co. Speedway in Macon, IL and the guy is a self-absorbed A!!HOLE! I can see him easily saying one thing to the media and doing something else. When he is done burning the bridges he will be running dirt for good because there will not be any drivers left that will drive for him. Let’s be honest about another thing, Tony isn’t exactly visiting victory lane these days! Sure it was a business decision but show some class. Instead they have no problem letting the truth come out later and making Ryan look stupid. Shows what Stewart Haas is really made of and it doesn’t smell good at all! In defense of Rick Hendrick, lets look at the drivers that left and how it was done. Kyle Busch wanted out, Mark Martin knew it was only gonna be for short term and Rick made that clear up front. He may have let drivers go in the past but he did it with class and made sure not to humiliate those drivers like Stewart just did.
I just read the AP story from today and that was just SHR feeding us more crap. Haas said Stewart didn’t support this and he did it without Stewart, but Zipadelli says Stewart fully supported it, and Stewart couldn’t even show up at the news conference to introduce his own driver. Does anyone know what they are doing over there?
Did Tony forget that Kurt almost took out his crew driving through his pit box a few years back?
And, Kurt wasn’t invited to the Prelude in the past either.
Here’s are my hopes. Ryan gets a decent ride and does really well and Kurt starts driving like he did for Finch and wrecks a car every week. Oh, and one more, that Ryan is higher in points than Kurt is next year.
I don’t think any of the “silly season” shenanigans should surprise us. Most of these people would sell their own mothers down the river if they thought it would be more profitable.
Like many of you, I have lost a lot of respect for Stewart. I also think that SHR has bitten off far more than it can chew. We now have two of the rudest prima-donnas in racing on the same team. Add Danica to the mix and I’ll wager there will be a major blow up in that team come next season. Talk about a collection of no class a******. I hope Ganassi picks up Newman.
did you guys some thing Ryan and his Wife are good people go find the bad guys to gripe about there in the NFL & NBA