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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Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Wednesday October 24, 2007
A couple of weeks ago, after my personal favorite Dale Jarrett announced he would be retiring from Cup competition following the Spring Bristol race in 2008, I transitioned into fan mode and penned a column explaining just why DJ was my favorite all these years – thanking him for being an all-around classy guy. Also in that column, I mentioned that a few years ago I had selected another driver to step up as a new favorite when DJ hung up his racing helmet.
That man is Carl Edwards.
My selection of Carl was never based on anything he had done, at least to that point, in Cup competition, but rather the way he raced and conducted himself when he was still in the Craftsman Truck Series. I saw then that he was a great young racer with many successful years ahead of him; I have often said since, in print and in person, that time would prove Carl to be just as classy a guy as Dale Jarrett. Up until last Sunday, I've never had any real reason to doubt that.
Now, before I proceed further, let me be clear on one point. I am not (usually) in some fantasy land where I believe everyone I like is perfect. In fact, while I do harbor great respect for many people, I am very careful never to put anyone too high upon a pedestal. Being a gambling man, I figure that if I don't put them too high, if/when they do do something really stupid, I can't be let down all that much.
Having said that, I would be lying if I didn't also say that I was a bit shocked by the actions of Carl Edwards toward Matt Kenseth after last Sunday's race in Martinsville. In an episode that was caught on video, Carl is seen talking to Matt and then feigning a punch at the small Wisconsin native. (You can view the video here.)
While I do concede that the incident is, at first, alarming, having been involved in the Law Enforcement / Security business for many years, I also know that there are two sides to every story, and have learned to reserve judgment until both of them have been heard. Of course, many in the internet community do not have such patience, and are quick to make snap decisions and put one or both parties against the wall before the firing squad.
As soon as Monday afternoon, the hasty accusations began coming in, and it wasn’t pretty. One of the juicier ideas was speculation that, in his effort to maintain his buff physique, Carl Edwards has been using steroids. Now, it has been well documented that steroids can cause erratic behavior in those that use them. While that is a possibility, I find it absurd that the first time I have ever heard of such speculation suddenly comes after the video of Sunday's confrontation. I prefer to reserve judgment, waiting till I hear from all parties involved. Fortunately, I and the rest of the fans didn't have to wait long.
"First of all, I was definitely wrong for showing my anger and putting on an aggressive display towards Matt Kenseth after the race at Martinsville," said Edwards on the Tuesday NASCAR teleconference. "I definitely want to apologize to my fans, to Office Depot, to Matt Kenseth, to DeWalt, to everyone at Roush Fenway for letting it come to that. That was definitely the wrong thing to do."
OK, score one for Carl. I can respect a man that readily admits that he was wrong and takes credit for his actions, for I am the same way. It doesn't happen very often, but hey, when I screw up, I am the first to say so.
"I feel bad about what I did,” Edwards continued. “I feel bad that I got sucked into that turning into such a bad deal. I really look forward to putting my best foot in front of me and going out and doing whatever it takes to be the best teammate I can be to Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle and all these guys. I think we’ve gotten off of what’s important lately, and I know for me, personally, I’m ready to get back on track.”
As I said earlier, when I was told that there had been speculation about Edwards using steroids, thus explaining his actions, I thought it was ridiculous. However, after reading comments by Matt Kenseth, I can see how such speculation gets started.
"His behavior has been real erratic lately, honestly,” Kenseth said of Edwards. “You don’t know what to expect with him. That’s the thing that’s a little bit troublesome. One minute, he has so much respect for you, and he’s real friendly and everything’s so much fun. The next minute he wants to kick your butt and he’s swearing at you. It’s a little scary. You never know what you’re going to get."
To be perfectly fair to you, my faithful reader, I must say that while I have never had anything against Matt, there has always been a little “something,” something I've never been able to quite pinpoint, about the guy that has always given me the impression that he is not quite being honest. Not that he is a liar as such, but more like he is “polished,” so to speak, much like a politician. There is something about him that I just do not trust.
Of course, as with any altercation, the parties involved will all see things from different perspectives. That is to be expected; as such, perhaps a voice from a more neutral position can give us a truer view of the whole situation.
“Carl is a very bright guy with a huge heart, and he is a hardened competitor,” Roush Fenway Racing President Geoff Smith said. “As Jack (Roush) says, he’ll race a snake down a snake hole if that’s what the race is going to be. You’ve got to let the guys have room to be competitors in their own way. I don’t view him being irrational at all. Carl Edwards has a very profound sense of what’s right and what’s wrong. And so does Matt Kenseth. We have two strong willed personalities, each with a sense of what’s happened, whether it’s been right or wrong or unfair."
Both Edwards and Kenseth agree that, even though they will need to work at being better teammates, chumming around together and becoming best buds is probably just not going to happen.
"We just don’t talk a lot. We don’t know one another well enough, and it’s my opinion that what’s precipitated this stuff is that lack of communication. If it’s irreconcilable, it won’t be because I’m not trying," said Edwards. "I’m ready to do whatever it takes to understand Matt and be good teammates so we can enjoy the success that the people that are doing that are enjoying right now.”
For now, as long as he is willing to step up to the plate, I'm not about throw Carl out with the bathwater as my next favorite driver. However, as forgiving as I am, I may have to reevaluate my decision to grant Carl my respect should future incidents like this arise. Only time will tell.
Don't let me down, Cousin! It's a real pain in the butt picking a new favorite.
Stay off the wall, (and off the â€˜roids!)
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My evaluation of Carl Edwards is this ; He comes of as personable in front of the camera but he also appears to go into a bit of a psychotic mode when ever he is in incident on the track.In past altercations with drivers even on the radio there was always a subtle air of brutality that he reaked of that was carefully perfumed with charm and charisma.I said it before and stand by my statement that Carl Edwards strikes me as bipolar;which is no sin and can be treated.
In all honesty I am just as dissapointed as you Jeff. He’s my guy too. I am new to NASCAR (2005)and I picked Carl for my driver because he was new too and it seemed right. And I now eat, sleep and breathe Carl Edwards. My locker and bench at work is full of Carl Edwards stuff. And of course I’m getting picked on by the other NASCAR fans at work. I don’t believe the roid or bipolar theory. I just want to ask those with the hasty accusations if they’ve never blew up and done something really stupid when they’ve been angry? I know I have so maybe that’s why I can smypathize with Carl. It doesn’t make what he did right (and may I point out again that I’m really disappointed it happened). But realizing it was a mistake and apoligizing for it is a step in the right direction. Have you ever heard Tony Stewart say “I’m sorry”? Yet when he does something stupid everyone laughs and says “that’s just Tony being Tony”. I think Carl will be alright and I’m not tearing any pictures down yet!!! Keep the faith, we are ALL human and make mistakes!!!
Wow, what a reach for a slant on a story!! Where were you when Kyle Petty was slapping the visor down on the “loud mouth” kid? Given the proper equipment, NO ONE will out run Carl and he doesn’t do it with ‘roids, but with guts. Something that is pretty much gone from all the little pansys running in NASCRAP now. Go to any nascar local track in the country and you will see something akin to that disagreement every weekend. I for one and tired of all the “teamwork” bull and it is not good for NASCRAP but it is fostered by all the little, untalented baby boys, starting with the “king punk” Brian! Wow again, ‘roids what a crock!!!
Hey Jeff, just curious, but doesn’t NASCAR have drug and alcohol testing procedures in place? Instead of speculating, or gossiping, about whether or not Carl is taking drugs, why not just have him pee in a cup and get it over with? As for Kenseth’s comments about Carl being erratic and not knowing what to expect from him; well, my deduction from reading earlier comments made by Carl about Matt not saying two words (willingly) to him in the past 6 months, doestn’t really give Matt much of a platform to say anything. And what I would like to see from you, or your press-mates, would be a story on when one team member (Greg Biffle) slams another team member on national television. Other than 2TonTony doing it, most teams, when commenting on one of their own, may say he was driving rough, or needs to learn the ropes a bit better – something along those lines. Biffle had an oportunity to help the communcation within the Roush ranks, and in my opinion, he totally blew it by giving his obvious one-sided opinion of his friend Matt Kenseth and his team-mate Carl Edwards.
he didnt even come close to taking responsabilty for his behaivor.instead he blamed the little guy he was bullying what a punk
All I have to say is at least there is another whiner among the drivers other than Tony Stewart. All this crap with Edwards saying he feels like he is on an island all alone…BULL!!! give me a break and just go and kiss your mom again!!
Nobody’s perfect, but Cousin Carl had y’all thinking that for a couple of years. That being said, I still am a fan of Edwards, and am not a fan of Kenseth. Kenseth appears to be the nice guy, but I’ve seen him dump plenty of guys in the past 4-5 years. Kenseth whined about Carl trying to pass on the outside at Kansas, but he drove into the side of the 60 and it was his fault. Where is a guy supposed to go on a restart if the bottom lane is jammed and you’re much slower than him? Kenseth dumped his future teammate (McMurray) at Bristol and Loudon, so that’s probably why Jamie isn’t his buddy either. And Matt has proven on many occasions that he’s a smarta$$ who shies from confrontation that may be his doing (Jeff Gordon, Bristol). Did Carl cross the line? Yeah, but back in the day or at any small track across the USA, this would be no big deal. What Carl did isn’t much different than the antics of Tony, Kevin, and the rest; just shows he’s human.
And Biffle’s never been one to stand up for himself when confronted (see Kevin Harvick incidents). He’s better at making comments from afar. And the steroid and bipolar thing is laughable. Face it, Carl is human like the rest of us, and his aw shucks attitude was probably in large part to please the sponsors that keep him employed. He’s no different than half of the other guys running Cup.
I’ve heard the same basic remarks about Carl Edwards from Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnny Sauter, Mike Skinner, Greg Biffle, Michael Waltrip and Ken Schrader…KEN SCHRADER! Do the math.
Thank you for the balanced article on Carl. I am a fan of my fellow Missourian but like many I too am disappointed in his behavior on Sunday. He reminds me of my son (who is a few years younger than Carl). Both are usually well-behaved and easy-going people so when something glaringly aberrant occurs, it garners far more attention. He should not have intimidated Kenseth. He apologized (and still got thrown under the bus by Biffle and McMurray). Now let’s see if he gets back on track. Mr. Roush and his organization does not foster an atmosphere of camaraderie amongst the drivers and it is obvious by their behavior towards each other. Becoming bosom buddies is not required, but respect should be fostered.
Carl has been mad at Matt since Michigan last year when Carl had issues with Dale Jr. Carl wanted Matt’s support and of course Matt supported his close friend Dale Jr. – Also to Brian France Suxs response, Matt and Jamie are now good friends.
Seems like Carl feigned a punch at somebody else after an altercation sometime in the last year or so…Was it Dale Jr.? Somebody/Anbody remember that?
first, of all, i am not a fan of hoody doody, or the mouse!but, carl does have a problen, in waiting ,for a driver, to be in front of a camera and then go make a fool of himself.. he did the same thing to jr.
I totally agree with Steve M. Biffle should have kept his mouth shut about it all together since he is a team-mate of both of them. I know I wouldn’t want to get in the middle of that. With all the crap Stewart has done I don’t know why so many people are so quick to jump all over Edwards? If I was him I’d probably volunteer right now to pee in a cup just to shut everyone up about the steroid thing. Can’t someone work out and be athletic and into physical fitness AND maybe have a bad temper without being on steroids? It wasn’t a smart move on his part but sheesh…. let’s not crucify the guy!!!
One of the problems I still have with Edwards is in his apology. His first apologizing to his fans and his sponsor. Now if he were truly sincere and remorseful about his action and act, he would be thinking of, and apologizing to Matt Kenseth, his sponsor DeWalt, and Kensethâ€™s fans.
The other real CS thing he did was to not only interrupt Kensethâ€™s interview, but then to haul off and fake sucker punch him. That seemed awful bullyish or whatever you want to call it. Definitely not the “real man” type of thing to do.
Stewart is nowhere near my favorite because of his childish act, but he said something real funny and telling when he called Carl the “Eddie Haskell” of NASCAR. I guess meaning whenever June & Ward Cleavers back is turned (read NASCAR and the camera) he sucker punchs the Beaver.
This has made people step back and reassess their feelings and support for one of their drivers. I have been a little leery of Edwards since he plain wrecked Bill Elliott in a stupid piece of driving during a caution when Bill was running around tenth and Carl was about two laps down. I think it was Bristol a couple of years ago in Billâ€™s last year with the 9 or the following in the 91. At the least, it was one of the stupidest pieces of driving that Iâ€™ve seen unless it was somehow intentional (ala Eddie Haskell).
Carl was wrong but it’s nopt the end of the world.
KENSETH seems to bring this type of behavior out of hard charging competitors like Carl, Tony, Jeff and Harvick.
Well Carl sure put himself under the microscope. Everytime he makes a statement from this point forward will be viewed with a bit of skepticism. Carl needs to remember to race people the way he wants to be raced.
Jack Roush has always taken a hands off approach to individual management of his teams. However he doesn’t like getting calls from Sponsors regarding driver behavior. If Carl had an issue, even after he and Matt supposedly talked about this over the radio, he should have waited until after Matt was done with the interview. I mean it was already 15 minutes after the race when this occured, what is another 5 minutes. There is a time and place for everything. I don’t see the situation over at Roush improving.
In response to Bob, Carl did apologize to Kenseth and DeWalt. This is a direct quote taken off of an article by David Newton on ESPN.com dated October 23rd. “I was definitely wrong for showing my anger and putting on an aggressive display toward Matt Kenseth,” Edwards said. “I definitely want to apologize to my fans, to Office Depot, to Matt Kenseth, to DeWalt, to everyone at Roush Fenway for letting it come to that. That was definitely the wrong thing to do.”
Lynnsy, you tell ‘em girl!! I’ve watched the CE/MK video clip over and over again and Carl really didn’t do anything to Matt. He kindly escorted him away from the camera man and the reporter. Carl leaned into Matt’s ear to discuss “whatever”…the camera drops its coverage of the two men for a couple of seconds and when it goes back to them, Matt is on one side of the wall and Carl is on the other. Matt clearly says something to Carl (have no clue what) at which point Carl throws a fake punch…not even coming close to Matt. For all you people that are slamming Carl, let’s not forget that Matt has had his fair share of confrontations – on and off the race track. So he’s not as innocent in all of this as what you all may believe. We’ve heard Carl’s side of the story and we’ll probably hear Matt’s side this whole weekend (after he’s had days to figure out what to say to the press). I’m just amazed with everyone who thinks that Carl is another Ritchie Cunningham; but let’s not forget, even Ritchie confronted the Fonz a time or two!!! Aaayyyy, See you all in Atlanta!!!
Yes, Carl again apologizes. We’ve heard that phoney tune before.
Yep I’ll tell em’ Steve!!! And I don’t think Kenseth is the innocent victim he’s making himself out to be. And you’re also right about having days to figure out what he’s going to say to the press. And Diane, don’t we all have a little split personality? I consider myself pretty easy going but I’ve been known to break some glass and put a hole in a door before. Should I get some help?
Lynnsy and all,
It is not that he didn’t apologize to them, he put them second in his statement after he apologized to his fans and sponsors, this is what I have questions about. Think about it. If his remorse was to Matt, Mattâ€™s fans, and sponsors for showing him in a bad light, then he might have stated them first. It just didnâ€™t sound sincere. And please, donâ€™t misunderstand me, I like Carl Edwards. He says very polite and insightful things when he is interviewed or a guest on shows. He has a fresh demeanor when talking about racing, which is appreciated. Iâ€™m just hoping that it is indeed genuine. Iâ€™m tired of being taken for rides by popular athletes, only to find out that they fight dogs, or beat their wives, or get DUIâ€™s, etc. Heâ€™s a lot more interesting than putting up with Stewart, or â€œmy car was junkâ€ Martin, or Gomer Waltrip.
As far as Kenseth being not innocent of this, in this instance. Wasnâ€™t he the one that was taken out by Edwards? Carl caused this whole incident. It was Martinsville, so it goes with the territory. But if it was your fault, own up to it, and move on, donâ€™t add to it by faking a sucker punch to the guy, I would have went after him if he did that to me, that was chickensh#!.
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