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.
Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Wednesday November 7, 2007
One thing that really, really irks me – as well as many NASCAR fans – is the use of the term “Nextel Cup Champion.” It is commonly said that Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt are each 7-time Nextel Cup Champions. Jeff Gordon is also known to be a 4-time Nextel Cup Champion, singled out as the only man capable of tying, or possibly eclipsing, those two NASCAR icons.
Well, such statements are simply not true.
Right now, in the sports world outside of NASCAR, there are two major sports that are in the (possible) turmoil of adding an asterisk to the names of record breakers in their record books. Those sports are Major League Baseball and the National Football League, respectively.
For even if you are not a baseball fan, you surely know by now that Barry Bonds has broken the home run record held for 33 years by Hank Aaron, who eclipsed Babe Ruth's record in 1974. You should also know that many, if not most, baseball fans also think that, when it comes to home run records, the record book should read "Barry B*nds."
Of course, the asterisk is in reference to the fact that Bonds, almost certainly, used steroids throughout much of his career in his quest to obtain the home run record. Ruth and Aaron, on the other hand, used the tried and true method of pure skill, longevity, and perhaps a well-prepared meal.
In the NFL, it has been suggested earlier this week that should the New England Patriots go undefeated throughout the '07 season – accomplishing a feat that only achieved by the 1972 Miami Dolphins – there should be an asterisk by their name, as well. The reason their amazing feat (should they succeed) is even being called into question is because of a scandal that was revealed earlier this year, known as "Spygate."
Basically, what the Patriots had been doing is stealing the opposing coach's signals. While this sort of thing, to some degree, goes on all the time, officials within the NFL felt that whatever the Patriots were caught doing went way above and beyond the rules and accepted limits. So much so, in fact, that the NFL levied unprecedented fines against both their coach and the Patriots organization as a whole. Hopefully, someone like the Packers (Go Pack!) will come along and make it all a mute point … but I digress.
Of course, the record books of both professional baseball and football will not contain those aforementioned asterisks in those special cases; but they should, especially when it comes to B*nds.
And in the world of NASCAR, those asterisks should appear, as well; in particular, by any champion’s name after 2004. That is when Nextel stepped in, and Brian France drastically changed the points system; in turn, affecting the way the champion was crowned.
So that means – if you want to get technical – Richard Petty actually has five Winston Cup titles … to go along with two Grand National ones. Dale Earnhardt Sr. has seven Winston Cup trophies, while Jeff Gordon has won himself four. But none of them has ever won a Nextel Cup title … and it just isn't fair to compare the two types.
My point to all this is that unless the points system in NASCAR goes back to some resemblance of how it was in the past, a Winston Cup and a Nextel / Sprint (or whatever they will be calling it down the road) Cup are just not comparable.
And that means Gordon, as it stands now, will never have the opportunity to fairly have a shot at eclipsing those great icons. If things were similar, Gordon would statistically have more titles in hand; in fact, he’d have wrapped up his sixth one at Texas under the old Winston Cup points system. But where you used to win apples, now the prize is oranges; and as a result, Jeff Gordon’s number remains just four.
That’s fine; but should he add to that total down the road, the record books should note the difference if the true story is to be told.
Stay off the wall,
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How about we just call them N.A.S.C.A.R. titles ? DUH!
You mean Hank Aar*n? He’s the guy that finally accumulated more home runs in a longer career, playing more games per season than Babe Ruth. Of course you wouldn’t remember that because time eliminates all asterisks.
How about all the points formats they used prior to the one they settled on? Since Earnhardt won his using the cup system, shouldn’t all they have the asterisk? Maybe David Pearson should just have all of his champion seasons asterisked since none of them were under the only “true” points system apparently.
Or maybe, we should just give all the champions there due because they were able to win the championship using the same system that everyone else on the track was held to in that season?
I agree Jeff. In fact everything NASCAR does lately bugs me. Brian France is quickly heading down the path of becoming the next Tony George.
We need to calm down about the terrible injustice suffered by Gordon . At this rate we’ll soon be discussing giving him two Cup championships for 2004 and at least one for this year , maybe two . That should give him enough championships to satisfy his fans, and writers who are suppossed to remain un-biased to do a good job but obviously aren’t .
NASCAR should put an asterisk beside the 48 last year and possible this year. Any team who canâ€™t stop cheating and has their crew chief suspended for close to 15% of the points races over the last two years certainly deserves the *
WOW, a lot of non-Jeff Gordon fans, as well as Hendrick’s and Jimmie Johnson. Personally I love all the attacks that are made towards Jeff. That means that he’s doing his job; winning races and championships (regardless of an * or not), and proving that he’s a better race car driver than most of the others. You don’t have to like the man, you can make up all the stories you want about him, you can argue till you’re blue in the face about his driving skills or techniques. But it won’t do any good, cuz he’s won 81 races and 4 Championships, and will hopefully break another record by finishing in the top 10 in the final two weeks. If so he breaks Dale Jarrett’s record for the number of top 10 finishes in one season. Sorry all you FAG’s (Fan’s Against Gordon), but these are the facts and you can’t dispute them. Does he deserve an asterisk for the two years that he would have won if it weren’t for the Chase points system? That all depends on whether or not the Chase disappears and the old points system (or something similiar) replaces it. If so, then yes, he does. And if it never happens, so be it..the man is still a better driver than yours!
Richard Petty won his championships under several, different points systems. Got any asterisks for him?
The driver who comes out on top according to the rules currently in place is the legitimate champion. Period. No asterisks required.
M.B., do you know where I can find when the pre-Chase points system came into effect? I’ve researched and cannot find that information. I understand what you’re saying about the curret point system vs. the Champion. What I don’t like is not having my facts when discussing NASCAR from 20 or 30 years ago. Possibly Jeff Meyer can assist with this question. When exactly did the pre-Chase points system go into effect?
AS far as I’m concerned a championship is a championship regardless of who won it (ie not my driver) but what really irks me is that every championship is referred to as a Nextel Cup Championship. Did they go and change the plaques on Sr, Petty, Labonte, Waltrip, etc’s trophies? Anything prior to ’04 is a WINSTON Champ.
It disturbs me too. This revisionist history is B*@#S*#! Grand National Championships was the wording in the news stories when Petty, Jarrett, and Johnson won. Did coverts from Nextel break into Bill, Rustyâ€™s, Benny, and Daleâ€™s homes? Etch off the words Winston Cup, and stencil in Nextel Cup? And now that Nextel is defunct, people 20 years from now are going to ask, â€œwhat the heck is a Nextel?â€ Call them what they were.
Most experts, fans, teammates, and those close to the seven-time MVP say that, while Maris was never able to adjust to the stigma of being remembered as a historical footnote, Bonds is already used to constantly hearing the phrase “F*#!” everywhere he goes.
Also, Aaron was no choirboy. Although he is presumed to be a man with some class and dignity, stories tell of him being jacked up most of the time on amphetamines. Iâ€™m sure it helped him keep up for games, much like coffee. But I donâ€™t view what he or Bonds has done any less because if thatâ€™s all it took, why arenâ€™t more people at 50 homers a year or 500 for their career? And, what about all those pitchers whose recovery time was quicker and able to pitch every 4th day, instead of having to sit out and Bonds feasting on lesser quality pitchers? These guys might have the record, but we all know that the â€œBabeâ€ was the King.
Are you serious? Petty actually drove *STOCK CARS, so that gets an extra asteriskâ€¦they even raced on *DIFFERENT TRACKSâ€¦that gets another. What really, really irks me is that Meyer is clueless.
>>Jeff Gordon has won himself four.<<
Jeff, Jeff, Jeff.
Last weekend, Gordon wrapped up his sixth Winston Cup.
If that billionaire buffoon down in Daytona Beach hadn’t mucked around with his silly “Chase,” The Brian could be looking at history next year. Instead, he’ll be seeing more and more empty seats.
A title is a title, regardless of how convoluted and the rules may be.
Also, it’s moot point, not mute point.
Hopefully, someone like the Packers (Go Pack!) will come along and make it all a mute point
OMG! Mark, you are correct. We are going to have to put an * in the editors paycheck this week!
It doesn’t look like we will have to worry about Gordons’ record because Jimmie Johnson has sure ruled the Hendrick team for the last two seasons . It appears he will win the championship this year , and i don’t see anything to stop him next year either . He has proven he is the number one driver at Hendrick .
When the rules change all teams change the way they do things all season to win the Championship In 2004 these are the facts for all the Gordon fans Jimmie Johnson had a huge point lead in August and according to the TV interviews from him, Chad Knaus and Rick Hendrick they were running experimental setups and engines to test for the chase and they lost a ton of points and that is why Gordon caught up. No doubt this year he would of won by the old rules but not 2004 no way no how.
In all reality, all of these drivers should simple be referred to as ‘Cup Champions’. If they decide to rename the Series to something other than ‘Cup’ then that name goes along with it. Maybe it was called something else when Richard Petty won some of his championships, but it was basically the same Series that turned into ‘Cup’ at some point.
Further, the actual points system in place is irrelevant. All of the teams and drivers are racing to the same system, which is known at the beginning of the season. The Champion is the Champion. If you think of it any other way, then every season will have some sort of asterisk.
While I agree with the asterisk thing in general,and especially where the 48 team is concerned,if you’re going to those lengths,perhaps there’s one more to be added. Since Dale Earnhardt won his last Winston Cup championship due to Ernie Irvan’s untimely accident,there should be an asterisk there too. No champion before or since,had the good fortune of having his chief competition lost for the season,allowing him the title. Let’s face it,had Irvan finished the season it almost certainly would have resulted in a championship,leaving Earnhardt’s permanent record at 6,not 7. Think of it this way-if the entire Pittsburgh Steelers franchise perished in a plane crash before Super Bowl 41,that would have handed the title to the Seahawks. On that basis alone,Earnhardt’s seventh title deserves and asterisk.
While I agree that calling the Cup anything more than that seems silly, especially the way things change so fast in NASCAR nowadays..next year it could be the “Handi-Wipe Cup” for all we know I think the bottom line is that whoever won the championship that year under that seasons rules is the champion. Interesting opinion piece on MSNBC reagrding how boring NASCAR has become: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21663071/ Nothing we haven’t said here I guess.
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