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.
Jeff Meyer · Wednesday October 5, 2005
Before we start, find the NASCAR fan nearest you, and ask them if Jimmie Johnson was ever at fault for any wreck he was ever involved in.
I'd bet you a box of beverages, 9 out of 10 will drip sarcasm on their chins as they say "Of course not!"
Jimmie Johnson is supposed to be a professional stock car driver. He's one of those new 'Tiger Woods' type protÃ©gÃ©s that was groomed, almost from birth, to be a professional. You would think that with all that grooming, racing in probably just about everything with wheels, he would have more of a mastery of a vehicle at high speeds than the average Joe. Last Sunday, he did. Just ask him!
"It was pretty easy. I was getting a huge push from behind. I've got my hand up waving off the No. 8 (Earnhardt Jr.) and I was on the brakes, trying not to get into the back of the No. 38 (Sadler). And I don't think I got into him but I think I got close enough to him where it loosened him up getting into the turn. But there is only so much you can do when you're getting a push. I'm on the brake trying to get the car slowed down and waving the guy off behind me. I'm not trying to blame the No. 8. There is energy built up behind all these cars and one guy up there on the brakes isn't going to slow it down and the No. 38 got turned around. I feel horrible for it. If I got into him, I'll take responsibility. It's not a big deal to me. I can accept that. But when you're getting pushed, there is not a lot you can do. But it's a little tough when you've got somebody tucked under your butt pushing you as hard as that. I was on the brakes and I just hate that it took out so many cars."
Geez! Where to start?
"It was pretty easy. I was getting a huge push from behind. I've got my hand up waving off the No. 8 (Earnhardt Jr.) and I was on the brakes, trying not to get into the back of the No. 38 (Sadler)." Well, that sounds like Jimmie knows EXACTLY what happened. He got a HUGE push from behind. Obviously, Jimmie, as with any professional, would certainly know a huge bump from behind when he felt it, wouldn't he?
"And I don't think I got into him but I think I got close enough to him where it loosened him up getting into the turn. But there is only so much you can do when you're getting a push." Apparently, Jimmie has a better feel for his car from what he CAN'T SEE behind him than what he CAN see out the windshield! Notice he again mentions the push.
"I'm on the brake trying to get the car slowed down and waving the guy off behind me. I'm not trying to blame the No. 8." Well let's see here Jimmie, you've already mentioned TWICE in 7 sentences that you are waving at the No.8 AND being pushed by him. Who or what else are you trying to blame?
"If I got into him, I'll take responsibility. It's not a big deal to me. I can accept that." Well golly, how admirable and mature of you Jimmie! Hold it! Me thinks me hears a "but" coming on....
"But when you're getting pushed, there is not a lot you can do. But it's a little tough when you've got somebody tucked under your butt pushing you as hard as that." Jackpot! not one, but two "buts" AND, hold onto your hats, TWO MORE pushes! Sure sounds to me like he knows what happened. Or does he...?
Almost as soon as he delivers the above explanation, perhaps he is having second thoughts...
"It's real easy to sit on your couch and point fingers and say so-and-so did something wrong. But until you're out there in these cars at these speeds and seeing all the near misses and what is really going on, it's not worth forming an opinion. I don't know what happened there but all anybody can say is that this is Talladega."
Let me see if I got this straight. I shouldn't form an opinion because I'm not actually in the car to REALLY know what is happening, but he is, so he must know what is going on better than I? Ok, to be fair, let's say I put my opinion on hold for a moment... "I don't know what happened there but all anybody can say is that this is Talladega." WHAT!!!
Now all of a sudden Jimmie doesn't know what happened? I am confused. I want my opinion back!
That was Sunday. Tuesday rolls around...
"I needed to see the video to really understand what took place," said Johnson. "I feel bad, I don't know what else I can say. I started a wreck and took out a lot of good cars. That was the last thing I intended to do and I feel horrible for it."
Johnson went on to say that his intention wasn't to wreck Sadler, but rather "give (Sadler) a push into the turn."
"It wasn't to bump-draft. It wasn't to cause a crash,” he said. "I feel bad about it."
All these explanations from a "professional". Gee Jimmie, I guess after watching the video, you formed the same opinion that I did from my couch (or barstool as the case may be.)
The thing Jimmie Johnson should feel bad about is that the video evidence made him look so stupid!
Stay off the wall, (i.e. pray you don't see #48 in your rear view mirror!)
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Dang… thought you were going to defend Johnson’s statement and I was all ready to blow that out of the water.
Typical Johnson… he is and will always be a dodger…
have you ever stopped to consider what was going on 5 seconds before they started showing the footage of the accident? Hmmm, let’s see, I would venture to say it goes a little something like this:
the 38, 48 and 8 are coming down the straight-of-way
the 8 gives the 48 a big “push” or whatever you want to call it
the 48 gets a huge run on the 38
the 48 gets the 38 loose causing the 38 to get out of the throttle
the 48 hits the brakes as hard as he can but barely touches the 38
since they are now in the turn, the 48 doesn’t hit the 38 square, therefore causing him to wiggle and spin out
the chain reaction causes the 8 to get into the 48 and then all hell breaks loose
Jr himself even said in his interview that â€œsomethingâ€ caused the 38 to check up and then the 48 just stopped. Come on people! Can we please try to remember that the media purposely makes â€œdramaâ€ out of every little thing that they can. They could show us the footage to prove that what Jimmie said was true but why waste the DRAMA!!!!? Of course Jr gave Jimmie a push, heâ€™s the number once culprit when it comes to â€œbump-drafting.â€ You think that he was just sitting back ther ein the straight-of-way thinking, â€œhmmm, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll try to pass this time, I think Iâ€™ll just sit here in 5th place for a while.â€ I DONâ€™T THINK SO!!!! Itâ€™s Talladega, he wants to be up front, he wants to win, those are his peeps that are all cheering for him. â€œI’d bet you a box of beverages,â€ that if we could go back and see what really happened 5 seconds before the accident, weâ€™d all be singing a different tune!!
Hmmm…let’s see. If this happened, then this might have happened, and that could have caused something to happen….
Did you read the article above quoting Jimmy or did you just jump in with your version of the events that might have happened?
Just in case you missed it, here is Jimmy’s (in his own words) version, “I needed to see the video to really understand what took place,” said Johnson. “I feel bad, I don’t know what else I can say. I started a wreck and took out a lot of good cars. That was the last thing I intended to do and I feel horrible for it.”
Johnson went on to say that his intention wasn’t to wreck Sadler, but rather “give (Sadler) a push into the turn.” “It wasn’t to bump-draft. It wasn’t to cause a crash,â€ he said. “I feel bad about it.” (Quoted from the above article).
Couple of things wrong with your “venture” of the events: 1)JJ did hit Sadler and has since admitted that (remember, he was just gonna give him a “push”); 2) If Jr. did “bump draft” it was on the straitway, where bump drafting works (and in Talledega is needed); 3) and, which is it, did Jimmie “get a huge run” on the 38 or did the 38 check up? The only reason the 38 had to “check up” is because he got hit from behind…
Jimmie Johnson do you want some cheese with that whine? At least be man enough to say that you started the wreck just like last fall and each time you chose to blame Jr. Are you that afraid of him beating you? Why are you so paranoid when it comes to that red 8 car? You would cause a major crash to keep him behind you? AND it was so considerate of Kyle and Mike to stop racing before the end so you could move up two positions. Aren’t teamates/enginemates soooo wonderful?
Well unfortunately for Jimmie, they did show what was happening before the accident. So what if Jr OR the entire line was pushing down the straight away as happens in restrictor plate racing. By the time they got to the turn, Jr was not on Jimmie’s butt. It was up to Jimmie as the driver to make the decision to lift enough to avoid hitting and/or taking the air off the rear of Elliot. So the tune, again unfortunately, remains the same.
I guess Krissy had her eyes closed before the wreck. Because I sure didn’t see Jr. hit the 48. How many guys have to say that the 48 causes wrecks before somebody does something about it?
Where in all of Johnson’s apologies did he say he was sorry for blaming the 8 car..over & over & over! He didn’t wait to see the tape…he waited until he was forced to apologize.
Way to go Jeff! –
You are right on with your synopsis of the second “big one” caused by Jimmie at Talladega. He and his crew chief think they are so superior….it makes me nauseous!and basically they cheat! – like that commercial for the Speed Channel show – where Chad says “we do what we have to do!” – guess that means wrecking the competition too. How many times is he going to blame someone else when it happens? – JR was right to call him an idiot last time – and he proved it again this time. Hey Jimmie – better get some plate racing lessons before you head to Daytona. All that calling out Harvick in Daytona for bump drafting the corner and wrecking you! – that’s kind of the “pot calling the kettle black” now isn’t it? – Funny, I have seen Harvick run up front in all the plate races since then and he hasn’t caused wreck one??? Can’t say the same for you Jimmie…
Get on over yourself and stand up like a man – instead of the whiney boy that you are!
The end result was basically what I saw from my couch (or recliner as the case may be). JJ should loose the attitude. Sure ticked me off with the couch comment thats for sure. It’s the couch folks that go to a few races a year that line his pockets with gold!
Johnson also owes Jr an apology. He seems to be trying to gain Jr fans by bad mouthing Jr. Won’t work Jimmie Boy. He also owes us couch sitters an apology for bashing us – saying that we know nothing even though we saw several replays of the truth. We are the ones who make his salary by attending races. JJ most likely was told by his PR people or maybe even Lowes to come clean.
I had cancelled my charge card from Target and when asked why I told them as long as they sponsor Jimmy Spencer I will not shop there. Sooo glad I get to shop there again. I am not the only one that will not use a sponsors product if I strongly dislike a driver. I even heard of someone refusing their chicken a KFC because they put it in a Jr box. They made them re pack it. Another person will never step foot in a Home Depot as long as they sponsor Tony. I know sponsors are hard to come by and I try to support the ones I can. But we also have the right to protest a driver so they can move on and spend their adv. $$’s better. I have not avoided a sponsor since Spencer but I will stay out of Lowes now and so will my construction field spouse.
2 out of 3 races we have attended this year when my driver was not talking on the scanner I put JJ on and both times I heard him ask his spotter to talk to the spotter of the car ahead of him to pull over and let him by. Both times the spotter had to tell him that if he wants that position he will have to earn it. I wonder how many do go ahead and let him by.
Did you people even watch the same race I did or even know anything about restrictor plate racing? I guess not, because if you did you would know damn well that you DO NOT use the bakes!!! You have to run around Dega wide open and if you dont then guess what? YOU GET RUN OVER!!! That’s just the way it works folks. Even Jr. said “the 38 checked up” his own words ladies and gents. When you check up you get run into the back of so as far as Elliot and the rest of you are concerned you know nothing about this sport obviously. Everyone is also quick to point the blame at Jimmie for causing an accident but no one said a single word about Newman wrecking half the field and he took out several chase drivers. It’s alright though, because if people are complaining about a driver and most fans hate that driver then that means that driver is winning races and they are afraid he’s gonna make a mockery out of this chase. People hated Dale Sr. when he was dominating, people hated Jeff Gordon when he was smoking everyones doors off and this case is no different. We’ll see who gets the last laugh and is standing at the podium in New York. Have a nice day
Hey we’re not talking about Newman here. The subject is Jimmie and I for one HATE NO driver! What I don’t like is a driver that has to put the blame on someone else when it is clear that no one was to blame except for himself. And YES, Jr did say Jimmie checked up…for pity sake, Jimmie had just turned Elliot around. I guess he did check up. I’m not looking for the last laugh…you assume much. You have a nice day too :-)
Just look at Jimmys record for causing wrecks at plate tracks,if he was not so concerned about where the 8 car was he would be much better off.Seems every time he has the 8 car in his mirror he forgets how to drive.Nascar should keep him off plate tracks till he takes a drafting class.And I will be laughing if he is on the podium in new york because it was only with nascars help that it would happen.but that is another story for later.
This is fun reading but it’s just Jimmies turn to take heat right now.
Hell lets see, Jr caused a few wrecks last year, so did Tony, Harvick, Kenseth and lets not forget Robby Gordon (The Bumper King)
I’ve never heard the media come down on “Jr The Untouchable”, but thats beside the point.
This weeks bad guy is Jimmie, and in a few weeks or next year it will be someone else. I think we all forget too convieniently the ones our driver caused.
JJ blew it, and we’ll all get over it.
I think everyones problem is Jimmy never owns up to it,it is allways someone elses fault.He never corrected himself untill he was shown video proof,he made a fool out of himself just plain lying about waving the 8 car off and the big push up under his butt.Chad said on his radio that the eight car was backing up to martin to get a push and get a run on jimmy,guess that made jimmy nervous.like I said his record at plate tracks speaks for itself.
I agree with Lyle, everybody needs to get over this. NOW, Earnhardt Sr. drove like a real mad man, and guess what they call him a hero and put him on a pedstal. Back then it was ok for a driver to slam you into the wall. When he died he was doing just that. Live by the sword and die by the sword. Drivers today drive like mad and they are the bad guys. Isn’t this what all you nascar fans want…..wrecks and all. Jimmie is on the hot seat now and guess what, someone else will be there next week so you guys can throw stones at them also
difference with earnhart is he did not take out a bunch of cars with his wrecks and flat out lie and place blame on someone else.My problem with jimmy is his wanting to blame it on the 8 car,jimmy is a great driver but he needs to own up to his mistakes from the get go,not after he is caught on video.I think this is the most popular opinion among fans and drivers.
For the record…If anyone would care to go back and look at my past columns from this year and last, they will see that I will throw stones at anyone! Tony, Robbie, Jeffy, Kevin, reporters, even NASCAR itself…anyone who trys to blow smoke up the public’s collective skirt about what REALLY happened on the race track.
The one possible exception might be DJ and few other veterans that USUALLY (note, USUALLY!)have the class and integrity to tell it like it is in the first place without trying to blame others.
I can see that I really struck a cord on this, everyone makes mistakes…we ALL do, and you know sometimes we all need to see a different view on things, haven’t you been in a car crash yourselves and have sworn that it was someone elses fault. That is why we need tv, cameras. So everyone involved can see what WENT wrong.Since the beginning, JJ hasen’t really got any respect, neither does Jeff. But I think it is because they aren’t good old boys. Enough said. This was fun…and a good laugh to hear from everyone.
Well, its pretty crazy to think that Jr or anyone knew what exactly had happened. Jr said that something happened and the 38 and 48 just stopped, not that the 38 only checked up, but we all saw the reason for the stopping was that JJ hit Sadler. I agree that JJ was probably “forced” to take blame. He wouldnt have, had 99% of the racing population blamed him.I cannot stand his arrogance, like we race fans dont know a thing. Ha! We all seen the TRUTH, before he was even willing to accept what he did. It is very easy for us race fans to sit on our couches and to know what happens in the race, especially when its pretty black and white! JJ may have NAscar on his side, but he will never have the fanbase as his co-boss Jeff or Jr for that matter. JJ could end up Champ, and it will mirror Kurt Buschs’ Championship-nobody cares and nobody likes him!!
Dont get me wrong josette,or anyone one else,I call a spade a spade even when its my own driver.I am a junior fan and was not pleased with him at all when he took himself and waltrip out at charlotte.I made a point of giving my opinion on that on the forums also.thanks for the great chat.
As you might of guessed Harvey, I am truelly a JJ fan. And something told me you were a Jr. fan. I really LOVE Nascar. I have season tickets to NISW. And let me tell you that Sept. race was just AWESOME> They all got a time out. Frankly after watching this weeks race and into only 21 laps or so I thought they all needed to get another one. It was so crazy. Everyboby. I was so nervous for all those guys out there driving. Just cannot imagine what it would feel like or for that fact even have the calmness to do it. What a race though. I plan to try to go to a different a year. And I am truelly thinking that this track would be better than when I went to Daytona in FEb. I was a pleasure to chat with all of you. Take care
I will tell you a great track to go to is dover,you can see all the way around the track,your man won the race I was at and my guy finished like 6 laps down but it was still a great race.nice chatting
Seems to me, the big mistake you are makeing here is you don’t seem to know the difference from a push and bump, a push is from the car behind you drafting, not necessarly touching you, a bump is when the car behind you actually hits you. NOTE, Jimmie didn’t say Jr Hit him, he said he was getting a push from him. Besides I’m sure the guy in the 48 knows a hell of a lot more about what was going on than you or I do sitting on the couch watching what TV shows us
Well from watching the replay and the guys in the booth,junior was not even close enough to give jimmy a push.Like I said earlier,chad said on the lap of the wreck that the eight car was backing up to the 6 to get a push and a run on jimmy.If junior was backing up I find it hard to believe he was pushing.Are you Jimmy?you sound just like him with your couch comments-lol-just kidding
Where’ve you been Lyle? Junior’s had his share of bashing from the media all year. He just doesn’t whine about it like some do. You forget all the heat he took for taking out Mike at Lowes—from his fans, other fans, and the media?? If Jeff Gordon’s mini-me JJ would just admit when he’s wrong, he’d get more respect from me and others. Truth is, I can stomach JJ sometimes, but Chad Knaus does not make it easy!
Go back and look at all the races this season and see who’s caused the most wrecks. You’ll find JJ is not alone. Several other drivers would be contenders for that title. Some drivers get mentioned, some don’t. I’m not sticking up for JJ or the other drivers who think bump drafting or punting somebody out of the way is how you win a race. Newman, Edwards, both Busch brothers,and Vickers have also caused a few wrecks this season. If they would all just step up and admit they screwed up, it might be a little more palatable. As to boycotting stuff, I don’t goes to Lowe’s or Home Depot, I stay out of Target, I don’t use the official cell phone provider, I don’t go to Office Depot, I don’t use Sunoco, I don’t use Mobil 1,I don’t wear Wranglers,I don’t eat at Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Domino’s or KFC, I don’t use Viagra, I won’t use Goodyear tires, I don’t own any Sony products, I don’t drink Bud, Coors, or Miller, I don’t drink Coke or Pepsi or any other soft drink, and I could go on. But my reason isn’t because of any particular driver. It’s because of who’s coffers get filled down in Daytona Beach off of these sponsors as an official product off or on the percentages that the folks in Daytona get off of these sponsors on marketing their products because they’re associated with the sanctioning body. But that’s just me. besides, are you going to buy a bag of potatoes just because it’s got that fancy “official product of” label on it?
Give ‘em hell Jeff.
I guess that I have to agree that JJ caused the wreck at dega, and if he would just stand up and take blame at the time, the teams tape these races and he knew before he got out of the car he at blame. Just wish JG would not have given up so much track position to help him after all the damage he had he had a car that could win and gve it up for JJ, I know he is running for a championship, but JG is running for the 11 th spot also, hopefully Kansas will be better to him.
Ya,I hear ya,jeff allways has a good RP. car and if it had not been for jimmy he may have been there at the end.He is part owner of the 48 car and I have to think he has talked to Jimmy about his driving habits at these plate tracks.I am not bashing Jimmy but do you think he is claustriphobic(spelled wrong-sorry)at these tracks?when in tight courters he seems to panic.
WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT JJ,NEWMAN CAUSED THE MUCH LARGER CRASH, GET OFF JJ’S BACK.SORRY, FORGOT ABOUT THE NEWMAN CAN DO NO WRONG RULE.GO TRACTION CONTROL #12!!!!
The differance with the Ryan Newman wreck is that he admitted that he might have made a mistake and said that he was sorry. Jimmie was so quick to place the blame on someone else…. not the first time he has done that. If he would just do what Ryan did and say I might have made a mistake and sorry then maybe everyone wouldnt be so upset with him.
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