Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
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10. After all that's gone on at DEI this year, Junior just didn't want the pressure. Now, he can just race!
9. Didn't want stepmom to have the satisfaction.
8. Didn't want to have to leave his Championship Trophy at the "Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Museum" that will be fielding cars in 2008.
7. Figured some of his winnings would be tied up in the lawsuit and used to pay off Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek.
6. Wants all of his championships to be with one team.
5. Well, when your average starting position is 13.9 and your average finish is 17â€¦ "You're going the wrong way! You're going to kill someone!"
4. In a cost-cutting measure, Teresa ordered the guys who build the engines for DEI's Busch teams to also build Junior’s. Too bad no one told them the races were longer.
3. Figures if Teresa won't let him use the No. 8, there's no sense winning her a championship in it…especially now.
2. Steve Hmiel, in a desperate measure to get his son, Shane, to stop asking him for money, talked Teresa into hiring him to work as a “helper” in the DEI engine department.
1. Maybe, just maybe, he's just not a good as the Busch brothers. (But at least he's got them on looks!)
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I agree with #1. Jr. is not that good. When you stop and think about it, he has the same equipment as Truex and he’s not blowing engines (5 races) this year. Looks like user error to me!
You folks are as bad as ESPN! Enough of Jr. and the “chase!” I think Jr. is a pretty good guy, even with the mess with Teresa, whom I respect greatly for her strength and ability, but enough is enough.
I love number #3 – Good top ten
Come on! Take a look at the articles today and two of the three are on Dale Jr. You must think that all we care about is Dale Jr. I have news for you, twelve people actually made the Chase and Dale Jr. was not one of them.
You are as bad today as ESPN and NASCAR. On Nascar.com yesterday, they had a poll question. The question was “Do you still care about the Chase now that Dale Jr. did not make it?” They seem to think that every single NASCAR fan is a Dale Jr. fan. There are 42 other drivers out there each week that we all root for and we are tired of only being told about Dale Jr.
Enough already. Jr may have a bunch of fans, but the rest of us are tired of reading, and hearing about him. I actually feel sorry for him, making all the millions and finding out “Maybe, just maybe, heâ€™s just not a good as the Busch brothers” hell we already knew that
Thank you Scott and Donb. It is completely ridiculous to have the media shoving this to us. Most of us have had enough. We would really like to read about somebody else for a change.
Just an editor’s note : Of the “three articles” that are focused on Junior today, just one – this Top Ten list – focuses exclusively on his plight. The other two include Junior indirectly as part of two larger stories – an argument of whether the Chase is doing its job in our “Mirror Driving” group chat article, and the success of Martin Truex, Jr. in Vito Pugliese’s commentary.
So, that makes this column you’re reading the only Junior-exclusive one we’ve had this week…and a pure attempt at humor, to boot! We couldn’t disagree more with your assertion we’re overly covering Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; in fact, we’re proud of the fact we’ve provided more balanced coverage than several of the other media outlets there that you have to choose from.
As always, thanks for picking us.
where do you think nascar is going to be five years from now when these guys start retiring. Lets be honest if nascar didn’t have junior where would they be same way with the other top three JG JJ TS They would be in the basement and since it has been junior this year it will be next year when he starts winning races so get used to it. A jr fan
I hate to burst your bubble, but there are plenty of drivers that will keep NASCAR going after those four retire. You have Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne, just to name a couple. The “Red Army” needs to learn that there is more to NASCAR than simply Junior.
Dream on. LOL
I know you’re just having fun, but the real reason for not making the chase is obvious. The DEI engine shop is incapable of making goo quality engines. Martin blew an engine before they ever left the shop at one race, and he blew one yesterday at practice.
Jr. is so wonderful! Why did you read this article if you are tired of Jr.?? You knew it was about Jr.! Some of you talk so hateful. Junior has never done anything to you. He does not talk a lot on TV either, unless he is asked something. It is not his fault that he is the most popular driver in NASCAR. He never said he was a better driver than anyone. If you would stop worrying so much about Jr. and start supporting your own driver, he might get some attention too.
Man what a bunch of haters.
There are plenty of good drivers in Nascar besides Jr, but no matter how much you don’t like it you don’t see a sea of any other dominate color other than red at the tracks. Last I checked it is a free country and a democracy at that, so that being said the majority rules for Jr and you are still free to pick whomever you want to as your favorite. Please get off of Jr’s back because the majority want to hear about him. How would you like it when your driver gets to the top and everyone bashes him for his success as a whole, besides what has he done to you, nothing? What has he done for the sport, tons.
#3, #8, #20, Kenny, and Mikey fan
This to Virginia! You talk about Martin’s cars blowing up before the race in the shop and also during practice. At least it doesn’t blow up when it matters. I myself find it strange that Dale Jr. has had 5 blown motors, this season, when he is leaving there. He said it best, for some reason when they plug them motors in his car, they blow up.hmmmmmm. Oh well He is and will always be my fave. so GO JR. The future is looking bright. Ya’ll have a great day.
I think the top 2 reasons are Lack or Talent, and DEI took his engineers away and gave them to truex mid season.
That’s funny, I don’t care where you’re from. Good job Jeff.
The Jr Era at TEI is almost over. Just a few more races and the new era begins. Now, will Jr do better, the same or worse? This is the question that will be answered (or have excuses made for) come this time next year.
all funny stuff..Next yr Jr. nation finds out the truth about his highness. My prediction is he will be the only Hendrick car not to make the chase.. He sadly has no clue what it takes to setup a car or to tell poor tony jr how to fix a bad one..whens the last time u heard Jr say that the car was bad at the start but they kept working on it and it was awesome at the end of the race?? NEVER!!! because tony makes changes and Jr hasn’t a clue what they were..Y does he always look like he is about to drop dead at the finish when others hardly sweatin ?? ow well enough bashin the king
“I think the top 2 reasons are Lack or Talent, and DEI took his engineers away and gave them to truex mid season.”
sadly this happens alot in racing,the engineers not the engines
the 8 team might have been turning there’s aliitle more, maybe trying out some new parts.get a few more ponies to try to get in the chase
but DEI,now TEI">DEI pulled engineers from a guy a few years ago. its not the first time
I’ve been a NASCAR fan since the early 70’s. Fans come and go, but the Earnhardts live on forever. First they hated Ralph, then they hated Dale Sr., now they hate Jr. The question is why? Some of you think it is the name sake that Jr. is where he is today, but hasn’t he proved himself with 17 victories in the Cup, and championships in the Busch series? How about all them consective wins at Talledega? How many other drivers can boast about that feat? Oh yeah that’s right, they gave them Championships to him because he was driving his daddy’s cars, of course his “no talent” could not have possibly won him those championships. And his “No Talent” caused NASCAR to give him those 17 victories. Not to take anything away from the Stewarts, Gordons, Johnsons, Martins etc… but if you check the records, there are a lot of “Talented” drivers you fans out there pull for that has yet to reach 17 Victories. Keep on Hating Jr., I’ll keep on pulling for him no matter who he drives for, what he drives, and will continue to watch him add to his victory column while you other so called NASCAR fans pull for your week drivers “Kahnes, Sadlers, etc.” Also, there isn’t any more gracefull drive out there today. When he messes up, makes a mistake and gets into somebody, he is the first to jump on the radio and apologize. Not many other drivers do. So keep on hating but accept the fact that he is where he is and like it or not, he will be beating the snot out of the others very very soon. They called his dad the intimdator, soon you will be seeing the Dominator….Go Jr.
I don’t have a dog in this fight so let’s compare. First 9 years in NA$CAR, Jeff Gordon had 3 championships. Dale Jr, after 9 years has none. The 9 years they’ve been racing against each other, Jeff Gordon has 1 championship. Jr has none.
Jr may turn things around with his new team, he may not. He may end up being like Mark Martin. One of the greatest drivers to never win a championship. Or he may win a championship which would place him one up on a number of drivers. But because he has been made the face of NA$CAR, other race fans have to suffer through all the hype that NA$CAR has put behind him making him larger than life. It’s like anything in life. Everything in moderation. Not shoving it down everyones’ throats.
Not everyone is a Jr fan, a Chevy fan, or even a Cup fan. I know some folks may have a hard time believing that, but it’s true. So maybe the networks and NA$CAR need to back off and spread the coverage around. After all, there are 43 drivers who start every race, not just one.
and when the other 42 bring in the $$$$ like Jr. they will get the same coverage from the media!!!
Thank you once again for the laughs Jeff, you have done it again. Jrs tenure with Mother T is almost over, throughout the 2007 ordeal he has displayed class and dignity, Jr. will shine at HMS.
A person can’t miss the emotions of jr and the other drivers after the chase. I think the emotion was for Jr. It is hard to find that kind of love and emotion.Well earned.
To all those who say Junior is “no good” and “doesn’t belong is Nascar,” give him a break.
Yes, he gets more press than his on-track performance has shown. But, the previous king of the “Most Popular Driver Awards” was Bill Elliott and he kept winning the award long after his competitiveness dropped off.
Strictly looking at the facts, he has not proven he’s as good as his dad or Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart. But, they are past, current or future legends of the game. Dale has won 17 races in his nine seasons in the cup in substandard equipment, so he must have some talent, even if he isn’t a “legend.”
He hasn’t won a championship, but neither has the semi-retired Mark Martin and few people doubt he’s one of the best drivers of this era.
So, the next few years, in Hendrick equipment, will let Junior showcase his talent, however much it is.
The future is not to answer the question is he a bad driver or a great driver? But, is he a good driver or a great one? Even if Junior would quit or have to quit racing today, I would classify him as a good racer.
Only time will tell whether or not he can be as great as most of his fans seem to think he is.
If Junior was not held up to such a high standard and judged as any other driver, we would not be having this discussion.
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