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.
Danny Peters · Tuesday November 3, 2009
It’s a good time to be a Jimmie Johnson fan right now. In fact, scratch that, it’s a stupendously, unconscionably, ridiculously good time to be a double J devotee. How else can you explain your boy running about a mile behind from the chasing pack like a little scared rabbit and still finishing sixth — it beggars belief, it really does. I wish I could say fortune favors the brave, but there was nothing brave about riding around so far back from the snarling draft he may as well have been in a different zip code.
Johnson’s (repeated) good fortune aside, Sunday’s race was, not to pull any punches, excrement. I’m normally a cheerleader for our sport, or at least I try to be by writing positive articles, but even I – an eternal optimist – am finding it close to impossible to write anything good about that shambolic fiasco I was unfortunate enough to waste three hours of my life watching this past Sunday. Like many of the good folks who comment on the site, I was appalled by the lack of racing and then the carnage at the end of what purported to be a NASCAR race, but was in fact little more than a glorified 2.66-mile long game of Scalextric (slot cars-ed.).
And I’m still bemused by NASCAR’s bizarre decision on the bump drafting just hours before the race. I mean come on people; we’re not talking about a quiet drive through the countryside here. We’re talking about Talladega. The sad thing is the decision rendered by the “experts” absolutely killed the race as a spectacle as a number of drivers pointed out after. And guess what? After 180 some laps of eye-gouging, soul destroying follow the leader rubbish we still got two epic crashes. Speaking of those crashes, I can’t help but wonder how much worse the Newman incident would have been if it was Michael Waltrip who suffered that accident. One final point: Why does ESPN persist in showing the driver’s worried other half running to the in-field care center? That’s ghoulish – and no, that’s not a delayed Halloween joke; it’s akin to ambulance chasing.
So as we look toward the denouement of a season that has staggered from one crisis to the next, it’s hard to be anything but scared for the future of our sport as the powers that be methodically and systematically run it into the ground. As a writer, though, I like a challenge and my challenge this week is to come up with reasons to keep watching over the final three races. Cue the tumbleweed and the awkward silence…..thinking…thinking….okay here we go:
Surely, it can’t get any worse:
At times this season, NASCAR has been little more than a car racing version of WWE with strange “timely” cautions, inexplicably boring racing and sheer Johnson related tedium. But with three races to go surely it can’t get any worse right? After all, we don’t have to go back to Kansas or Auto Club Speedway…(sorry Kev in SoCal- it’s low hanging fruit.)
We’ve come this far…
If you’re reading this article you’ve come this far and like anything it’s always good to finish what you started. With 33 down and 3 to go you can do it. I promise.
Three good tracks to go…
Thankfully we don’t have to think about Talladega until next April. Up next is Texas which can be, to be fair, somewhat hit or miss but overall it’s not a bad track. Ditto Phoenix, a circuit I nearly always enjoy watching and finally Homestead which qualifies as a good track only because it’s the (blessed) last race of the season.
Can Junior find more ways to plumb new depths?
It’s hard to fathom quite how bad Dale Junior’s season has been this year. But there are still three races for Jooooonya to find new and previously unexplored ways to encounter bad luck. The wheelman of the No. 88 Chevy might be the only person who wants the season to end more than the disaffected fan base.
We can stop talking about the Chase…
With a 184-point lead for the 3-time champ, barring a disaster of hitherto unseen, Titanic-esque proportions, Johnson will win this year’s title. With that in mind, we don’t have to talk about the Chase these last three races because the Chase, in all its serial ineptitude, is to all intents and purposes over.
And focus on the racing…
With the above point in mind, we as fans and writers can concentrate on each individual race. Sure, ESPN will bang on about points and the possibilities for those trailing the automatons – sorry, No. 48 team, but as we head into the winter break, we can focus on each race and enjoy them (we hope) as standalone events and not as part of the mythical Chase beast.
What will Nationwide Champ Kyle Busch have in store?
After the guitar smashing antics in Victory Lane at Nashville earlier this year, I can’t help but wonder what Kyle and “Krew” have planned to celebrate his Nationwide Series Championship? Perhaps a reenactment of the siege of Troy or the labors of Hercules; one way or another it’s gonna be fun to watch.
Despite it all, we’ll miss it in the off season (I think)
And for all my complaining (and the huge volume of criticism from fans) we’ll all miss NASCAR in the off-season. Well, those who are still interested in watching.
Two final points to finish up this week:
I really enjoyed the truck race – it felt like a real race and not some kind of 200 MPH disaster movie the Cup race almost became. Plus you had Chrissy and Mike Wallace racing together and you had Mario Gosselin sponsored by MyTireMonkey.com. Now if there’s a better name for a sponsor I haven’t seen it yet.
And finally, congratulations to fellow countryman Jensen Button on winning his first F1 crown. Given that he was out of a ride just months before the start of the season and saddled with a reputation as a playboy after nine years with just a solitary victory, his entire Brawn team’s effort was fantastic. Yes, he wasn’t so good in the second half of the season, but six wins in the first seven races (of 17) set him on the way to a Championship. Well done Mr. Button.
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I see the worm has finally turned for Danny Peters. Welcome to the real world.
Danny said: “After all, we don’t have to go back to Kansas or Auto Club Speedway…(sorry Kev in SoCal- it’s low hanging fruit.)”
Sure, I’ll play along. It takes a better man to strive for greatness in the top branch rather than accept the easy pickings of the low-hanging fruit.
The Nascar season is over. JJ will be champ again. there hasn’t been any good racing all year, and won’t be in the last three races. Since the “Chase” idiocy, all Nascar has done is shoot itself in the foot, and today it stands lame. If we had national health care, it would be sent home to die.
Nope, sorry, there aren’t any reasons to keep watching. Cup that is. I’ll watch the last three Truck races. Even if Hornaday runs away with it, they’ll still be actual races.
Danny, I truly applaud your optimism. It’s more difficult to be optimistic than it is to be cranky like me.
Actually, I agree about the part that we can just focus on individual races. I think the implementation of the Chase destroyed that. The last race of 2003 was a great one, even if it was meaningless from a title standpoint.
good points danny. im not a fan of the chase and even though im a huge martin fan im glad the championship is basically decided. i think it will actually make for better racing these last 3 races. let jimmie johnson ride around and collect his points. i know the 5, 24, 14, and 42 will be balls to the wall trying to win these last 3 now that points dont matter.
“Despite it all, we’ll miss it in the off season “
Not me. I can’t remember ever looking forward to the end of a season more than this year. I won’t miss the frustration that this year’s races have caused week after week.
I hear NASCAR was so pleased with it’s last minute change in the rules they are implementing 2 new ones.
#1 No passing the #88 and #2 no passing the #48.
The thing that disturbed me the most about seeing Newman’s wife was the fact the team sent nobody to walk with her to the care center.
For an eternal optimist, you fell short on Dale Jr. He led laps, he pushed people to the front and actually stayed with them unlike his two teammates who hung him out to dry. He finished 11th (last I heard) and has stated publicly (where were you) he didn’t want the season to end.
Get it together Danny.
Kurt Smith from Frontstretch said:
“we can just focus on individual races. I think the implementation of the Chase destroyed that.”
Thats the root of my problems with Nascar. 26 weeks of testing followed by only 10 weeks of actual racing. JJ was so worried Sunday he radioed Chad that the throttle was only HALF. And that the engine might be running way to lean for to long. Nascar killed the individual races when they inacted the Chase. I still watch, most likely keep watching. However, this is to the advertisers – I only check it out on commercials of other programs. The History, Travel, Gac, Cmt, Discovery, Military channels all offer more action than the dumbed down moronic racing that Nascar puts on. Since 1996 I’ve watched nearly every race on tv, been to 7 or 8 of them. Until last year. Especially this year. The sport has been dumbed down so bad by King Brian and croud it’s amazing. I’m not a Gordon or Earnheart fan(Sr). But, I miss the rivarly. Where is the competition? Where are the rivarlies that once brought the sport to greatness. I’m not talking about fist fights on the backstretch at Daytona, that’s teenage crap. But, there has to be something between an imature bar braw and cooking cutter media perfect prettyboys. Just my one cents worth.
If Kyle Busch wanted to redeem himself with the fans, he’d take out Jimmie Johnson this weekend and make a better race out of this Championship fight.
If the running with the wife’s to the care center isn’t bad enough, the “what emotions are you feeling after flipping down the front straight” question HAS to be the stupidest tv reporter moment of the year.
Yep! Newman gets out of the care center and is asked “how do you feel”!
And then is asked “what did you think when you seen your wife”?
Again, how original!
Gee, someday we might, just might, see a driver emerge from the care center and an announcer say something like: “Ryan, we are all very glad to see you ok and walking”! “Take care and we will see you later”!
I just think these STOOPID announders/reporters have no idea of what a tumble at 190+ does to the body and the mind!
Let the poor guy relax and collect his thought!
Is that too much to ask?
Me thinks not!
But, TV is TV!
And Ginger, my, my! Jr. was upfront for a bit?
But don’t be disturbed by
If ya’ ain’t a chase baby! Ya’ ain’t NOTHIN!
Welcome to the wide world of NA$CRAP!
REALLY? Jr. was that far up in the pack?
But Ginger, now I is confused! You said Jr. ststed he did not want the season to end?
But two weeks ago he publicly stated he wished the season HAD ENDED!
Boy, mmm sorry, Girl!
NA$CRAP must have had a talk with him for sure!
It doesn’t matter what Kyle does…he will still catch hell.
Jimmie winning 4 in a row is the LAST thing nascar needs or had in mind when they came up with the chase.
I’m watching because as an RCR fan, I still think Richard’s boys can take home a checkered flag this season.
“reasons to keep watching NA$CRAP”?
Really now, there was no reason to even watch in the first place, never mind the “keep watching”!
It, the racing, just goes from dumb to dumber!
how could you say there is 26 weeks of testing. when the 5 and the 48 dueled it out at darlington early in the season were they testing? when tony stewart was pushing the fuel limits at pocono and cutting the engine off to try and squeeze out a win was he testing? when the 5 and 48 both ran out of gas at michigan were they testing? when the 99 moved down to block the 09 at dega in april was he testing? when kyle busch put a block on smoke at daytona in july was he points racing? when the 5, 39, 11 and 24 were battling it out on the last few laps at chicago were they testing? when marcos ambrose came from last to 2nd at sonoma was he testing? when jpm was busted for speeding at indy was he testing?
for a bunch of self proclaimed old timers a lot of you really don’t seem to know much. points racing has gone on forever. dj and bobby labonte have both used the same strategy at dega the 48 did on sunday before the chase. i have seen guys like martin and jeff gordon both back it down in situations at a place like bristol late in the season because points were on the line.
the reason the chase takes away from the races these days is because everyone…. people who love the chase and hate it are consumed with it. all we hear is championship this or championship that. mark martin said it more than once this season. why can’t everyone just enjoy the race? every weekend there is a race and it is lost in all the hype about the chase. proponents and detractors alike put way too much into the championship. me personally i am not a fan of the chase but i don’t let it ruin my enjoyment of the race that takes place every weekend. i mean damn is it that friggin important to you? there’s more to life than nascar’s points system.
As a long, long time fan whose finally had enough, I guess it’s fortunate that I didn’t watch the race. From what I’m told the drivers reacted to the rule of no bump drafting in the corners by not racing at all. Just driving around in single file. But haven’t they been doing that the last few years? The difference this time is that they did it in protest. I did switch over at the end of the race to see the results and got to watch replays of the wrecks in the last few laps. This was like a rolling drivers strike, I’m told. Thye ultimate borefest. NAS$CAR!!! I REALLY WANT TO COME BACK AND WATCH THE SPORT I DEARLY LOVE, BUT UNTIL YOU DECIDE TO END THIS DEBALE THAT SPRINT CUP RACING HAS BECOME, I WILL NOT COME BACK. SAD, I’VE BEEN WATCHING THE SPORT SINCE THE EIGHTIES. THANKS FOR LISTENING TO ME VENT.
you should probably watch the race for yourself and not rely on other people’s opinions. i have been a nascar fan since 95. i know that isn’t long sompared to some of you who claim to have been board since the 60s but it is still 15 years. i really didn’t see a huge difference in the race sunday. was there some single file lap killing going on. sure there was just like i have seen in the past. can you point to a race where every single second of every single lap is a nail biter. i think it is people like you who contantly whine and complain about the racing that make it bad. the racing at dega has been the same for all 15 years i have been watching. it always comes down to the last 15 laps or so and there usually is a pretty violent wreck somewhere near the end. was this race sunday a little boring. sure it was but races sometimes are. i am a huge new york giants football fan and they got their asses kicked 40-17 by our nfc east rival. to me it was a boring game. i watched the race and the game though knowing that they aren’t all gonna be nailbiters every time out.
and for someone who doesn’t watch the racing you sure put a lot of time in talking and commenting about it. where i come from someone who debates a race or races that they haven’t even watched for themselves is ignorant. i really mean no disrespect but c’mon man. how could you say it was bad if you didn’t see it.
Hey midasmicah, send your “vent” to:
at least you can also go direct, as I do!
Just trying to help, lets overwhelm NA$CRAP with the facts!
“Now we can focus on individual races”
Yeah, we can if we have the sound turned down, because you KNOW the announcers are still going to remind us, ad nauseum, how many points Johnson is ahead of his nearest challenger, how historic his fourth championship is, and how positions 2-12 are shaking out at any given moment during the race. I don’t blame the anouncers; that’s their job, but we don’t have to listen to it. Me, I have a porch to paint Sunday.
Danny – you got there at last :-) M25 sped up a bit…..and mate, you can’t expect me not to pick you up on this. Jenson, not Jensen. His dear father spelt it with an “o” so as his name wouldn’t be associated with the car company of same name.
We watch because the horsepower is awesome, the talent is incredible, we all wish we were driving and despite everything we hate about the sport… We LOVE racing.
That is why we watch and why I always will.
Hey dansmom, yes, we like racing, yes, we like horspower, yes we like 190+, and more yes, we like REAL RACING, FAIR RACING! RACING WITH RULES! THE SAME RULES FOR EVERYONE! EQUALLY APPLIED!
AND RACES WITH REAL RACE CARS!
Know where we can find this type of racing?
Cause I sure don’t!
Just a frustrated old fan I am!
I so do miss those exciting Sunday afternoons and the sounds of REAL RACE CARS!
And REAL COMPETITION!
Does the term “contrived” come to mind?
Dang, almost forgot, I also like REAL RACE CARS with REAL RACING TIRES!
Whether you agree or not, one thing is happening. People are tuning out. They just don’t care anymore. The France family had better do something and soon. People will only accept s**t being served up to them for so long. The attendence and tv ratings show this to be true.