NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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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The Yellow Stripe · Danny Peters · Tuesday June 24, 2008
In the 1930s an epic drought, caused in part by primitive farming techniques, triggered a unique weather phenomenon called the Dust Bowl. It was a period of severe dust storms that blackened the sky, wreaked havoc on the land, and reduced visibility to only meters in some instances. These storms reached as far as New York and Washington, D.C. on the Eastern seaboard but centered on a five-state, 400,000 square kilometer area in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. The travails of the migrant workers, who foraged from farm to farm in a desperate search for jobs, were later immortalized in John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Over the last couple of years Dale Earnhardt, Jr. suffered his own version of an epic drought, as NASCAR’s most famous son hadn’t won a race for more than two whole seasons. While Earnhardt finally got his win — a fuel mileage triumph at Michigan on June 15th — the streak lasted for a stretch of some 76 races, or 404 days for those so mathematically inclined. It’s fair to say the “Dale Jr. Drought” did not have the financial and societal effects of the Dust Bowl, but for those caught up in both — the workers so graphically depicted in Steinbeck’s tome and Junior Nation — it must have felt, for awhile at least, as if it was never going to end. But end both did; and surprisingly enough, in each case the world continued to revolve safely on its axis.
But with Junior’s streak in the rear-view mirror, that doesn’t mean other racers have stopped their own personal suffering; so, I decided to take a look at a few other drivers still with lengthy win droughts all their own. By way of criteria, I’m considering active drivers only with five or more Sprint Cup wins. Also, I’m calculating the length of the respective droughts based on races attempted, not total number of races per season. A good example is Bill Elliott, who’s participated in 55 Cup races since 2003 — it’s not fair to lump him in the same vein as others who’ve been driving full-time during that stretch. One final note: keep in mind that the driver’s current winless streak is in parentheses in the paragraphs below.
Ready to be surprised? I certainly was when I finished compiling the list…so, let’s begin.
I’ll start by dispensing with the wheelmen that have won Sprint Cup races in 2008 up front. This accounts for five of the drivers on my original list. The drivers, in reverse order, are Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (a big fat one race), Jimmie Johnson (eight races), Carl Edwards (nine), gentleman Jeff Burton (11) and Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman (15). For the last name on the list, the win in the biggest race of them all looks suspiciously like the high point of his season; since then, the Alltel Dodge hasn’t so much as sniffed a win while Newman’s led just 52 laps. One other name I’ll get out of the way immediately, too, is Matt Kenseth (16 races); he won the final race of the 2007 season, sending off retiring crew chief Robbie Reiser in grand style at Homestead.
Next on the list is Jeff Gordon. Since winning back-to-back Chase races at Talladega and Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 2007, Gordon has gone 21 races without a trip to Victory Lane. For a prolific winner like the pilot of the No. 24, that’s a long stretch, but given that he has multiple victories every year since 1994 and given the quality of his Hendrick Motorsports equipment, you’d expect this streak to end sooner rather than later.
Greg Biffle (22 races) is not far behind Gordon and the No. 24. The Biff last won in the near-darkness at Kansas Speedway in the Chase last year — just before Gordon’s pair of checkered flags — to snap a 29-race drought since his win at Homestead on the last day of the 2006 campaign.
Kurt Busch, who really hasn’t looked like troubling the checkered flag waver all season, follows the Biff; his spell without a victory currently stands at 29 races. The 2004 champion, who has been disappointing for much of this season, really needs a victory because unless he goes on a miraculous run, he isn’t going to make the Chase — he’s currently 288 out of 12th with ten races remaining. Busch’s last win came at the second Michigan race of 2007.
Tony Stewart is one ahead of Busch, his drought now up to 30 races without a win. Stewart’s last sojourn to Victory Lane came, appropriately, at his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s about time we had another Smoke fence climb — enough with the Kyle Busch bow. And with summer always tending to be Stewart’s time of year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that happen sometime in the next few weeks.
Now, we start getting into some higher numbers. Kevin Harvick has not won a points-paying race since the 2007 Daytona 500, tallying a grand total of 51 races. Bill Elliott is a couple of ticks behind Happy Harvick, with his number at 55 races and counting. Awesome Bill from Dawsonville last took the checkers in the penultimate race under the Winston sponsorship in 2003 at Rockingham. But in the races since — most of them running a part-time schedule — his highest finish has been a ninth-place effort at Indianapolis in 2004. Can the winner of 44 career races — good enough for 14th on the all-time list — make it back to Victory Lane before he retires at the end of the season? Reluctantly, you’d have to say it’s highly unlikely. Of the thirteen drivers listed thus far, it’s fair to say that the 1987 champion — currently paired up with the struggling single-car effort at the Wood Brothers — is the first for whom another win would be a major surprise.
From one former Gillett Evernham driver to another: Jeremy Mayfield’s 60-race winless streak dates back to the August race date at Michigan in 2005. Like Elliott, Mayfield is extremely unlikely to nab another win after leaving GEM. And no matter what happens, this much is for certain: he certainly can’t get one while out of a ride.
In fifth place on the winless streak list is the man every true NASCAR fan would like to see win one more time at the Cup Level. Mark Anthony Martin of Batesville, Ark., is now at 0 for 79 since winning the Kansas race in 2005. He’s predicted, in very un-Martin-like fashion, that he’ll win the Brickyard this season: let’s hope his dream comes true, no matter what his future holds.
After Martin is Terry Labonte, who squeaks back onto this list since he’s currently assuming driving duties in Kyle Petty’s No. 45 Dodge. The 1984 champ has run just six races since “retiring” at Texas in 2006, but he’s started 83 since his last victory, which came at Darlington in the last ever (for now) Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend.
Next up in third is Bobby Labonte. The Texas native’s winless streak stands at 160 races, with his last win coming a week after Bill Elliott’s. Labonte won the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November of 2003 while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Now that he’s re-upped with Petty Enterprises, it remains to be seen if a new investment partner, Boston Ventures, injects the necessary resources to make Labonte a challenger once again. One also wonders if the fourth car at Richard Childress Racing might not have been the better bet. Of course, only time will tell — but as popular as a Mark Martin win would be, it’s fair to say the No. 43 making a return trip to Victory Lane is a sight no true fan would be disappointed to see.
Sterling Marlin, who has not run a full season since 2006 — he has 25 total starts over the last two years — is second on this infamous list at 0 for 192 and counting. Like Terry Labonte, Marlin’s final win also came at Darlington; however, he won the March edition at the track Too Tough To Tame in 2002. Currently driving a limited schedule for James Finch in the No. 09, Marlin has no plans to return to full-time driving and will likely see his winless streak ride off into the sunset with him.
Last but not least, we have Mr. Kyle Petty coming in atop the active winless list. With his 36th-place finish in the Coke 600 at Charlotte — which was his 824th race in NASCAR’s highest echelon — Petty’s winless era stands at an eye-opening 400. Currently found behind a microphone in the TNT broadcast booth, there can be little doubt that a win for the popular veteran, once he resumes driving duties, would be one of the most celebrated and unexpected events in NASCAR. But while for the time being it doesn’t look promising for Petty, the injection of capital from Boston Ventures could cause things to turn around.
After all, stranger things have happened…
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Uh… Michael Waltrip? His last win was in the second Talledega race of 2003. I know he missed a bunch of races last season, but I’d be willing to bet he hasn’t won a race in at least his last 130 attempts.
Michael Waltrip is indeed in a long drought – 142 races to be precise. However, since he’s only won 4 races I decided not to include him – I limited the list to 5 wins or more. Schrader, Nemechek, Hamlin and Morgan Shepherd(!) also fell in the active/4 win category.
Hey where are the bashers for Mark Martin? His losing streak is about what Jr’s was. Sure he has had tons of wins but that is history. What is he doing now? Why isn’t he the savior of DEI and bringing that organization to the top like they thought he would. Now he is ready to jump ship also. Must be the cars fault. HA HA maybe Jr was on to something since The all Mightly Mark can’t win in it either. Apparently DEI isn’t willing to keep him either as they want Aric in the car full time and yet they are talking of going down to 3 cars next season. Wouldn’t any team in their right mind want to hold on to Mark? Rumor is that Mark wants one last shot at a championship. Why would he even try now that he is one a big time losing streak? Mark is to wishy washy for me. He “retires” from one of the best teams in Nascar to spend time with his son (see how much the kid means to him now). Then he comes back part time and now wants full time. First he tells his family he wants to spend more time with them and now he wants to get way from them again. Hope they have a shrink on call for his son as now he will wonder what he did to make his dad want to get away from them again. Yes I know he has every right to do whatever he wants and I am sure he sat down with his son and explained it all to him but you can’t tell me that his son’s feelings won’t be hurt anyway and who’s wouldn’t? Well at least they can buy the boy anything he wants and that will make up for it.
Does anyone think Kyle Petty would have had a ride for as long as he has if HIS name was Kyle Smith? I hated to say that because Kyle is a great guy and does SOOOO much good for the kids.
“Tony Stewart is one ahead of Busch, his drought now up to 30 races without a win. Stewart’s last sojourn to Victory Lane came, appropriately, at his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway”
Didn’t he win at Watkins Glen as his last win? Not Indy?
Mark Martin earned his fans thru hard work and wins, having helped build Roush Racing’s NASCAR effort. Dale Jr was practically handed his fans thru his father’s efforts. That’s the difference Connie.
I gotta disagree with you there Kev. I’m not going to say I’m a Jr fan, because, well, frankly, I don’t want to be associated with all those whackjob psychopaths, (Thank you for proving my point Connie, and yes Jr Fan, I am better than you, you weren’t just imagining it. If you see me at the track, keep walking, I don’t want to talk) but I do have a lot of respect for the man, something I couldn’t always say about his father.
The title of your story is Who has gone the longest without a trip to victory lane?….
HOW DARE YOU leave out Michael Waltrip? With 705 starts, & 4 count em, 4 victories. He’s the KING. He’s built a well deserved record. That just like the other King’s will never be equaled, or even seriously challenged. Let’s give credit, where credit is due. When it comes to losing, no one even comes close. One might say, “when it comes to losing, he’s the Energizer Bunny.”
Funny how the Jr bashers are so quick to be all warm and fuzzy about Mark and to stand up for a man who publicly tells his son he wants to spend more time with him and then decides not to. I at least I feel sorry for the boy. I have a heart something Buster doesn’t have and who is the better person? That was a cruel thing to do to a child. If you think it is easy on a boy to have a part time dad you are so wrong. Then your dad tells you and the Nascar world you are retiring to spend time with you. His son had to have been excited. Then BAM dad changed his mind. And believe me kids can be cruel, esp. jealous ones. Maybe the racing gods have given Mark his just reward with his 0 for 79 record.
I had a wonderful dad who was there every step of the way for me. Something Nascar drivers can’t say.
And for the record I did not become a Jr fan because of his dad. And for those who think Jr has not worked hard your crazy. ALL Drivers have to work hard!!! Testing, practicing, public apperances and whatever else the sponsors want. Then throw in the fans who think they own you and don’t give you moments peace. They have to go around a good part of the time with security because fans mob them. They do it because they love racing (and probably the money also).
For the record Mark wasn’t going to fully retire. He was supposed to drive a truck full-time (the season being shorter than Cup) and the ride never materialized as promised, so he does a partial cup schedule with about the same number of races as the trucks. I don’t understand how that’s a slap in the face to his son. Yes it’s hard having a father who’s a driver but get your stories straight
Hey Connie I invite you to the Mark Martin Fan Days next Easter. You can address your issues directly to Mark and Matt they are easily accessible. Maybe they can help you out with your issues.