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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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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Doug Turnbull · Monday October 4, 2010
The season of “Have At It, Boys” in NASCAR took another turn Sunday at Kansas Speedway. Whether we’re talking about the “Carl v. Keselowski” airborne tumble at Atlanta or the numerous inter-team squabbles that have populated Sprint Cup storylines during the midpoint of this year, drivers have not been shy to display both on and off-track displeasure with each other. But for all the controversy their clashes created, each one occurred during the regular season and had no real Chase implications.
Sunday’s spat between Kyle Busch and David Reutimann did.
On Lap 52 in the Price Chopper 400, Busch was charging hard in the No. 18 and got impatient behind the No. 00 of Reutimann. Reutimann got a touch loose, and Busch tried to barge through the open door on the bottom of the track. In doing so, he nudged the left rear of the Aaron’s Toyota and spun Reutimann back-first into the wall, causing the race’s second caution. After experiencing damage in a crash with Ryan Newman in last week’s Dover race, that was the final straw for Reutimann, who was none too pleased with Busch’s choice of moves on the track.
So 102 laps after getting tagged by Busch, Reutimann attempted to take full advantage of being “It.” He tried to use his right front fender to hook Busch while both were in the upper grooves on the track. Instead of simply spinning him out off Turn 2, though, Reutimann shoved Busch’s left rear into the wall and then spun himself out through the grass. The end result wasn’t pretty; damage from this second round of spin and contact with his rival relegated Reutimann to 10 laps down and even farther out of contention than before. But while hurting himself, the goal was accomplished, as the No. 18 Toyota received extensive rear end damage, limping around the rest of the day en route to 21st.
Busch, of course, didn’t take kindly to Reutimann’s reaction, saying on the radio that if NASCAR didn’t park the No. 00, he and NASCAR would have to meet after the race. That didn’t happen, but Busch did offer insight on his take of “revenge gone wrong” after exiting his race car Sunday.
“It’s just really unfortunate, these guys worked their butts off to put ourselves in the Chase and do have an opportunity to go after a championship. To have it end up something like that today… The guy was loose. He said it on the radio, slid up off the bottom and I got into him unintentionally and just spun him out,” said an obviously frustrated title contender. “My fault, 100%. But then the retaliation, to a guy that’s in the Chase racing for something? He’ll be here next year. He could have wrecked me in any of the first 26 races next year. That could have been fine. But it’s just hard to swallow a day like today where we had a solid top-5 car going. [Crew chief] Dave [Rogers] did a phenomenal job getting us to where we were a top-5 car and we could run up front, chase them down. We had a really good car going and when we got hit there, it just bent everything under the rear end. We salvaged the best we could, but still were far off from where we could have been.”
So, Busch objected to the retaliation, mainly due to his being in the Chase and Reutimann’s not… which, by itself, is a semi-valid point. But did these circumstances draw apologies from a normally repentant Reutimann? Think again.
“I don’t care if you’re in the Chase or not. You need to think about who you’re running over when you’re running over them,” he said, minutes after dismounting from his Aaron’s Nightmare Machine. “I don’t care who you are. If you’re in the Chase, you have as much responsibility to drive with respect as I do, or anybody else.”
Busch has reason to be upset that Reutimann or any other driver would exact such revenge over a championship hopeful, because the contact the two had on the track very easily could have been incidental. But Busch’s reputation in such situations reflects the lack of respect that Reutimann speaks of. Just ask Todd Bodine . Busch is known for having little regard for the circumstances of others as he charges through the pack in any racing division – especially the cash-strapped Nationwide and Truck Series. He often has to start in the back in Truck races, due to missing a practice or other reasons, and drives like a bat out of Hell, taking unsponsored trucks three-wide in turns designed for two or, as Bodine pointed out in the above link, flat out spinning Jennifer Jo Cobb when she was holding him up. Busch also bullied his way through a CRA Super Series Late Model race at Lanier National Speedway in January, when he spun leader Casey Roderick, a local fan favorite, to take the lead late in that race.
Then, there is Busch’s history of revenge.
In the same Bristol race weekend that he spun Cobb, Busch took objection to Brad Keselowski’s use of the chrome horn to take the lead late in the Nationwide Series event. Instead of patiently chasing down the points leader in a series where he is not even running for the championship and then giving him the old bump and run, Busch yanked B.K.’s car around into the wall and it sustained significant damage. Keselowski later got caught up in another crash in traffic and lost even more points (although the NNS title has been in his pocket for months now), the “price he paid” for someone else’s trip to Victory Lane. Was Busch considerate of others then? Absolutely not.
In Kyle Busch’s post-race comments, he essentially demeaned David Reutimann, issuing a “How Dare He?” because someone outside the Chase bracket messed with a Chase driver. He went as far to say that he was the only one of the two actually racing for something, as if Reutimann isn’t competing to get the best result for his team, his fans, and his sponsors. Well, Reutimann sent a strong message right back: the rules of the road apply to everyone, not just the 12-man Chase fraternity. Busch applied a double standard to the situation Sunday in forgetting that he has been far less considerate of others’ situations — in all three NASCAR series — than Reutimann was to him. Should NASCAR have parked Reutimann? They did so to Carl Edwards after the Keselowski debacle at Atlanta in March. They did the same after David Gilliland retaliated against Juan Pablo Montoya at Texas Motor Speedway a couple of years ago. But Busch should not have been the one to call for NASCAR to take that action… because he has been guilty of even worse recklessness and inconsideration in the past.
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Busch is and always will be a punk.
This is a perfect example why the ‘chase’ format is a joke for racing. Kyle assumes that everyone should get out of his way. Wrong. Now he is in the position he put so many other in this year. I have no sympathy at all. Every driver on the track should be driving for the best finish they can possibly get. If he doesn’t agree, perhaps he should try drag racing where he has a track all to himself.
I can understand Busch’s frustration, but “the hands off the Chase guys” attitude that permeates the last ten races is irritating. When you run over people to get where you are, they may have something to say about whether you get what you want. I fully expect Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick to end up spinning into the wall at some point during the chase.
The 00 was running up close to the front and had as much right to a good day as Kyle. Dave had entered the race, paid his fees, gassed his car, and was racing to win. Good for David.
Great article. You are absolutely right on point.
David did nothing wrong.
Cryle Busch must have a copy of NASCAR’s race script. Too bad Reutimann didn’t get the memo.
I’ve always liked reutimann, I like him even more today. Busch thinks he can drive through other racers whenever the mood strikes him and cries foul when others do the same to him. I’m only sorry that Reutimann’s efforts didn’t end Busch’s day.
Poor Kyle… so entitled, yet so abused.
The 00 needs to learn how to wreck the other car. He’s been too considerate and hasn’t learned that skill yet. The only thing the 00 did wrong was to wreck the wrong car…the 18 finished the race.
All of those toyota’s can go to hell together!!
NA$CAR shouldn’t have a double standard. It shouldn’t be ok to wreck someone NOT in the chase, but be considered wrong to wreck someone in it.
Way to go David!!! This “I’m racing for a championship” crap makes me ill. Glad to see Reuti stuck up for himself.
Kyle got what he should have been given a long time ago. He still doesn’t get it and it looks like he never will.
Weren’t the booth buffoons telling us how great the “new” Cryle was on Saturday, after the Cup Lite race?
Payback is a B!tch!! Kyle
Why do people hate someone so much? Kyle’s a fantastic driver, and it’s a credit to the team they finished where they did yesterday to remain in the championship hunt.
What Reutimann did was wrong, no doubt. Kyle said he got loose, it was 100% his fault. Doesn’t give him the right when he’s out of the race, out of the chase to take someone out. No doubt Busch will remember, and wreck him when it matters to the 00 the most.
No doubt Kyle needs to simmer down on the track, but that’s what makes him so good, his unrelenting style of attacking a course.
Haters gone hate.
The Chase should be raced the same way the first 26 races are…David was just “doing onto others as they do onto you”…and it was a BIG HOOT! Very seldom does a “wronged” driver get to enact their revenge on Kyle…and sobeit if it’s in the Chase…there are so many “sayings” that apply here..“what goes around comes around” “you reap what you sow” “payback is a b@#ch” and so on and so on. I would think less of David if he had just let things go…CHASE or no CHASE..as long as they are running the CHASE based on the same point system as the rest of the field…then the same rules apply to all the drivers…This was one of my MOST favorite “have at it boys” moments! AND MATT…it doesn’t mean we are “haters” if we dislike the way Kyle drives..or the fact he seems to feel “entitled”…we just like to see drivers stand up for themselves…there is not a driver out there who is “entitled”..not even the four time Champ Johnson.
AMEN AND AMEN….GOOOOOO
I think the booth people and some writers are giving Kyle this entitlement. His ego is bad enough without the coaching. So much was made of AJ arguing with the King and nothing has been said about Bush walking away from Gibbs in a huff yesterday. His “there’s going to be a meeting about this” was a hoot!! I notice that NASCAR jumped to respond. The trick of some adding all his wins together to get this grand total to put him in a more elite category is a crock. All he really is is an immature jerk that is extremely talented and has a very long way to go to ever be the great he could be! Right on Rootie!!!!
I am wondering if BK is sending David a bottle of champagne while he watches the replays. Made watching the race that much more entertaining
NASCAR should put David on probation til the end of the year for rough driving.
The sad thing is that that the one guy who has enough talent and a strong enough car to end the Chad Knaus team’s domination is the one driver who’s such a jerk that I’d pull for Knaus over Rowdy.
NASCAR couldn’t do anything to David. How could they? Especially after they let Edward’s attempt at murdering another driver go basically unchecked. Kyle got what he deserved. My guess it that he’s probably got a few more coming.
I like both drivers. Rueti is a classy guy and Kyle is aggressive. Rueti needs to show he cant be run over and this is good for him. Hate to see this happen to either driver. Hope Kyle shows Rueti some respect in the future. Lets move on. Respect everyone and move others out of the way if they dont show u any respect, that’s what I say. Rueti shows respect to others and Kyle does show respect but sometimes he gets too aggressive and it dont play well.
This article is 100% spot on. Kyle has racked up a lot of karmic debts. David Rootiman played the role of bill collector yesterday. The universe is a bit more aligned today.
the Chase stinks! its a Nascar playoff thats never really worked.Nascar wants to be like NFL,MLB and NBA.Have a playoff championship system!But their playoffs consist of only those that are in it.Nascar cannot do this,all the drivers are in these playoff races whether they qualified or not.Thus,drivers who do qualify (Kyle Busch)automatically think the rest of the field are beneath us!!Get out of my way! Why are you here! Chase for the Cup? What a joke!!!
David took out the wrong guy should have been 48 not 18 Kyle can drive the wheels off anything thanks for letting me voice my oppinion
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Yea, Reuti didn’t do a great job of punting the Baby Brat, but he has no practice at it, unlike the Brat. It’s about time he showed he can. Good for him and maybe someone can get the Brat a tissue.
Hate the chase, but KyBu finally reaped what he’s sown so so often in the other series. He sure does have talent, but being a total jerk most of the time just finally caught up to him.
I’m not usually in favor of the drivers wrecking each other – I certainly thought the whole crazy carl/bad brad stuff went way too far. sooner or later though, people just have enough and it looks like the 00 made the 18 come up snake eyes! Works for me.
Good to see Busch get a Zero-00 up his rear end while he was flying in his Messerschmitt 109 -18.
Reutiman has been spun off the fender of K Busch on a couple of occasions without retaliation. I have no problem with Reuti sending KBusch a message. Reuti obviously isn’t great at paybacks but kudos for the effort shown.
Nice article Doug the official KB hater. And all of your little followers. Reutimann showed his true colors, green as in envy. He’s a wanna be and sure does try hard. Too bad he can’t even make a good wreck. He did not intend payback. He and his boss wanted to put KB in the garage and out of chase contention. Sorry didn’t work, Busch drove that car like a champ and finished a not too bad 21st. On the lead lap. what was your hero “rootie” oh yea 10 laps down. Poor sap can’t even do a decent wreck. Oh and next time you make your epic statement on TV try to “honor” your sponsor by wearing something other than a ratty old Reutimann t shirt.
Just heard mwr was contacted by TRD to remand them they are running for the championship.Does make sence thanks