Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Brett Poirier · Tuesday 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.
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.
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