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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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Jeff Meyer · Wednesday June 25, 2008
10. At this point, even MWR looks appealing to DEI employees.
9. It is just natural for young, talented drivers to want to move UP!
8. Mark wants to drive for someone younger looking than himself.
7. A championship in a DEI car? That’s right, bet on the long shot!
6. What else do you do on a sinking ship!?
5. If the U.S. Government and Mark Martin can’t get DEI to Victory Lane…
4. Sponsors and drivers are realizing that “100% of nothing is really nothing!”
3. Teresa doing the “motherly” thing with Mark Martin just doesn’t look right.
2. All remaining DEI employees have been re-titled as “Assistant to the Curator.”
1. Teresa insisted on 51% control of the U.S. Army. George Bush refused.
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Was this really necessary? You have forever lost a reader here. Its bad enough that Dale Jr and Tony Jr didnt have the respect not to badmouth the place in the press like a bunch of disgruntled employees instead of relatives of Dale Earnhardt. Now I need to read inflammatory BS like this? Why dont you read the transcript of Martin Truex Jr’s conference yesterday. It really is a shame that the employees of DEI have to defend the place stating that it isnt a horrible place to work and that because of pettiness they all have to worry about their futures because sponsors wont go there anymore. And why would they when Jr himself rips the place to shreds.
People think his father would be proud of him, I really doubt that. Really glad all the pressure is off him though and he is living a carefree life. He shouldve had the decency to keep his mouth SHUT and gave the people he left behind the SAME courtesy.
Oh please, “disgusted”… you’re delusional. Junior was very classy about leaving that place, even though Teresa treated him like garbage. IF he had gotten dirty about it.. YOU or anyone else could not say a word about it. TERESA threw the first punch when she made that idiotic statement to some newspaper or whatever it was. That was out of nowhere, just took a shot at Junior for no damn reason other than the fact that she’s a selfish witch. Yeah, she’s all class, I’m sure her husband would be proud. This person losing you as a reader is hardly a loss.
Teresa brought this on herself, with her greed. She should have worked something out with the family. She’s reaping what she sowed. DEI will be for sale soon.
Typical sheeple response Laura and not unexpected. Teresa’s comment got Dale off his lazy behind and actually working to win now. He is more focused this year than he has been for a long time and actually wanting to test and better himself. Teresa didnt say anything to him that his FATHER wouldnt have said to him had Jr dared behave this way with him around.
Teresa treated him like garbage? How is that possible when he claimed she was never around? And as far as her treating “family” horrible, Dale Jr said in an interview that he told her he did not want anything to do with her outside of business. He laid the path for their distance and treating “family” that way.
Who is the selfish one? Teresa who has kept DEI going or Jr who cut and run so he didnt have to worry about having DEI’s success on HIS shoulders? For a 33 year old BOY who doesnt even pay his own bills he wanted to run a multimillion dollar company? Oh and JRM doesnt count because Kelly runs that, now with the help of Hendrick and his engineers and people. Jr. couldnt even do THAT without taking the lazy way out.
Funny how you think Tony Jr making the Kmart/ToysRus comment is classy? But hey if Jr. and Tony Jr. can sleep at night so be it. The only one I have seen with class out of the bunch is Kelly.
It’s Kelley.. not Kelly. I didn’t say a word about Tony Jr.. where did I say anything about him? Yeah, he definitely had his comments, Junior held back out of respect. I don’t know where you get your info about the things Junior supposedly said.. LMAO.
As for this gem…
“Who is the selfish one? Teresa who has kept DEI going or Jr who cut and run so he didnt have to worry about having DEI’s success on HIS shoulders?”
What ROCK have you been under?? DEI wasn’t and isn’t up to par with the big teams, Junior TRIED to get control of that company so he could turn it around and make it more successful. How did you miss this??? Oh yeah, selective thinking I guess. Teresa is not about the racing, she’s about stuffing her pockets with money, planting trees and so on… the racing aspect was/is the least of her concerns.
So yeah, Junior tried to get DEI so he wouldn’t have the burden of the place on his shoulders. Makes so much sense..LOL! Just brilliant.
By the way..Junior works very hard, he does more with JR Motorsports than you give him credit for. He also would’ve done a lot with DEI, more than Saint Teresa ever did or will.
Disgusted.. are you Anita, by any chance?? LMAO
Anyway, I’m done with this. I’m so over the Teresa thing, I don’t know why I bothered to comment in the first place. Big waste of time.
I so agree with Disgusted. Laura is just another Junior Lemming. Dale Earnhardt left DEI to his wife, not his children, two of which tried to steal it.
What Dale Jr. did or said is irrelevant to the state of DEI right now. What does Dale Jr. have to do with the fact that DEI is treading water?
Okay, so Dale Jr. didn’t get the 51% he wanted. Now what? DEI is no better off now than they were last year. With sponsors and drivers leaving, now will people admit that DEI is in trouble?
Call me a Junior Lemming if you want, but you’re going to eventually have to find another scapegoat and stop putting all this on Dale Jr. DEI had the chance to step it up and prove that they didn’t need him. They’re failing right now. Hopefully, they can rebound because I don’t want to see the team disappear and I’m quite sure Dale Jr. doesn’t either, no matter what any Message Board Cowboys have to say.
“Teresa is not about the racing, she’s about stuffing her pockets with money, planting trees and so on… the racing aspect was/is the least of her concerns. “
I agree, what other Racing team has an Entertaiment Division produce to distribute music, film and television, visual imaging and digital content?
I cannot stand the uptight people out there who hate DEI. They all need to get lives. Particularly those on the Pitboard – they are jealous, hateful, and down right mean spirited people. Leave DEI – you boy Junior is in a better place as you think. Junior is an ingrate and mishandled DEI – he wasn’t man enough to come to terms with Teresa…..you all are a bunch of whiners.
Don’t let the Jr. haters get to you. Teresa will fail, not because of Jr., but because of her greed. I was not even a Jr. fan before he left DEI but now he is proving that he can go it alone. That bugs the Jr. haters. Does anyone still wonder how all those engines blew last year?
Hey Marissa, sounds to me like you are one of Teresa’s butt kissers. Too bad everybody doesn’t think she is all she is cracked up to be. Sounds to me like you are one of the biggest whiners. Blah, blah, blah..
I agree, what other Racing team has an Entertaiment Division produce to distribute music, film and television, visual imaging and digital content?
Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t Dale Earnhardt Jr do the exact things you bash DEI for under his Hammerhead Production Co.
I love all the Jr fans who state they are finished with DEI but yet spend hours bashing them.
DEI will survive. How do 42 other teams survive without Dale Jr as the driver I will never understand.
Isn’t there a photo of Jr’s behind that you DEI haters can post to drool over.
Yeah that was his fathers company, but it comes down to whether the owner was providing the goods. He didn’t complain any more than Matt Kenseth or Tony Stewart would of if they were not getting the equipment to win or contending for a championship.
Life is for the living. DEI is not able to contend for a championship right now. The top teams have moved on and gotten better period. Now DEI is a memorial to Dale Earnhardt. Teresa was just not keeping up with what was going on. I have to say when TY was there he was looking for new technologies that would help the race teams.
Just think Teresa got the memo a little too late. Hope that it is not too late for Petty Enterprises.
Yates was able to save it. But that is about it will DEI ever become a championship contending team who knows they are hanging on for survival.
As the owner the buck stops with Teresa period. Until they are contending for championships every year and winning races, because the Founder was a 7 time champ the expectations are high.
Maybe Jr (and his sheep)needs to go back and read some old interviews.
Playboy: What about the Earnhardt empire? Your stepmother, Teresa has taken over much of the decision making. You told one reporter that you trust her even more than you trusted your father.
So the journey began. Several years ago, he stopped going out after Tuesday night. He took more and more control of his affairs. He invested. He refused to be just another employee of DEI. Junior and Teresa Earnhardt, Dale’s widow, had always had a complicated relationship, and soon after his dad died, he wanted it to be purely business with his stepmother.
“I think it took her a while to see that was my stance,” he says. “I really don’t go out of my way to spend a whole lot of time with her, and I rarely see her, so I think it took a while to understand, that’s how he’s gonna play it.”
From USA today 2003, probable BEFORE she finally realized “how he was gonna play it”
The relationship between Dale Jr. and Teresa has seemed tense at times, particularly earlier this year, when they were negotiating a contract extension and he reportedly turned down a lifetime deal with the team. Earnhardt Jr. declined comment for this story.
Teresa acknowledges she and Dale Jr. don’t talk often but says people shouldn’t read anything into that. “That’s one thing that I wish we could do more of is spend more time together, but that’s nothing new,” she says. “That’s always been like that. But that’s because of the scheduling.”
DEI is not dead.
Jr is winning at Hendrick.
Truex will re-sign.
The Army will stay with Almirola. He will succeed at DEI.
End of story.
Anyone that lets the most popular driver ever walk out the door to drive for a rival team really needs to re-evaluate their ambitions. Jr left because Teresa wouldn’t do what RC did for RCR or Rick did with HMS. Dale offered to take over the company (51%) so he could do it and leave Teresa to handle the Big E legacy, but she decided not to do that. Therefore Junior left, and now DEI is more like TEI. And the I doesn’t stand for Incorporated, it stands for Indeeps$$t. I give the company post-Jr another 2 years. Jr left, Mark left, Truex will leave, and all are leaving to go work with Dale Jr or for him. I’m sure Teresa sees the irony in that.
Hello disgusted, is that you Anita. Sounds like that same old Teresa is the best person ever bull that you always seem to spew.
Jr. sure isn’t holding back now. He jumps at the chance to cut Teresa down. DEI is an over-rated organization, just as Jr. is an over-rated driver. I thought they were a perfect fit.
I will first and formost proudly admitt that I am a Dale Jr. fan. I have been a fan since he first sat down in a car, because I was a huge fan of his father’s and I knew he wanted to see his son grow and succeed. Now when it comes to bashing DEI, I refuse to spend my time talking trash about any company carrying Dale’s name. I was however, disappointed and crushed over the comments its current “owner” made about her step-son. Dale would have never wanted their work or personal relationship to come to a point that they parted ways. People can say Dale Jr left for the wrong reasons or whatever, but I think he made the choice that was best for not only his future but for the family. It’s true that Junior will always be known for his famous father, he will always be looked over and compared and expected to do the things people “think” his father would have wanted him to do. But at some point people we have to start seeing Junior as his own man and not focus so much on his last name and who he shares it with. He has his own fans, his own talent, his own life, and his own way of living and we have to respect that and give him a chance to step out of that strong shadow and just be Junior. It’s true if ALL he was ever going to try to be was “Dale’s son” then DEI was were he needed to stay….But if he intends to be his own person and become a Champion, then DEI wasn’t the strong team to help provide that. Hendrick was the right move, as bad as so many of us hated to come to terms with it, we now see that this will be the team that helps hoist the Cup with our favorite driver.
Cashmina…Hammerhead Productions is owned by MTV…Hammerhead Entertainment is owned by Dale Jr and is a separate entity from JRM. He also has DEJ Holdings which covers his merchandise and I believe his real estate company (but that might be a separate entity too.) There is no “entertainment” division of JRM…it is a racing team.
Teresa made her choices…Dale Jr made his and both will fail or succeed by the choices they have made. It is needless to bash either of them.
And to others who have taken offense at this “top ten”…it is comedy folks…they show up every week here I believe…c-o-m-e-d-y.
No I am not Anita. Funny how Laura and Frani claim it is needless to bash DEI yet I dont see the sheep passing up any chance to do so.
C O M E D Y huh? Well Mr. Meyer how about a Dale Jr top 10 that is as demeaning and disrespectful as this garbage list and see how fast the Sheep pounce.
Mark wants to drive for someone younger looking than himself. (comedy?)
Teresa doing the “motherly” thing with Mark Martin just doesn’t look right. (comedy ?).
So everyone is up in arms about what Teresa said about her employee (not her step-son as he chose to have no family relationship with her), funny how everyone thought Dale Jr had every right to talk about Brad and his big ego to the press. But of course standards that apply to other people do not apply to the Almighty Dale Jr.
Amen, Amen Marissa! As a Dale Jr fan, I am disgusted at how some “fans” still care about the state of DEI. Dale Jr is in a lot better shape at Hendrick. As for the Pitboard, some of the people on there eat, sleep, and breathe everyword he says. They make a majority of the JR Nation look bad. We may never know the whole truth between Dale Jr and Teresa, and frankly I don’t care. He is at HMS, competes strongly week in and week out, and could win his 1st Cup Championship in ’08. Let’s forget DEI and move on.
Some of y’all need to stop projecting your own family baggage into the situation.
Will you call Mark Martin lazy and immature if he moves on from DEI next season? Would you say Tony Stewart is trying to “steal” from Joe Gibbs by bringing up the question of an ownership stake? Racing is a business, and sometimes in business you have to make the decision to sever ties with one organization and move on to another.
Before painting Jr as selfish or disloyal, consider how many folks either followed him to Hendrick or went to work for his own company when he left DEI. Perhaps, they know the real Jr?
As for DEI, no it isn’t dead, but it is clearly headed in the wrong direction. Less competitive this year than last, and all indications are that trend will continue.
It’s the exact same concept regardless of the flagship you run it under.
Jr’s production company is doing his Sirrus show, the ESPN Shifting Gears special and other matters.
It’s comparing a cherry to a cherry.
People love to throw up the entertainment division at DEI but Dale Earnhardt Jr is following the same path.
Personally I am tired of the DEI bashing.
When/If Smoke decides to leave JGR will all his fans wish a business ‘death’ on them.
It’s all so childish. The Pitboard needs to worry about their driver and leave DEI alone.
Oh wait..after the Kyle Busch bashing I suppose DEI is next in line.
Here’s a concept for a few. Try to LET IT GO.
Jim likes to refer to Mrs. Earnhardt as Saint Teresa so I guess it’s to be expected from the pitboard.
Funny how 3 years ago everyone was loving DEI. I am a Jr fan but get totally turned off by certain boards tirades on DEI.
It hurts as a Dale Earnhardt fan to read such hateful things about a company he founded.
Wait for it.
They will come back with the bashing and hating.
Really don’t you peeps have a butt photo to drool over.
Scott B-not sure who you are referring to but there are no step-relations in my family so I am carrying no baggage. I am merely pointing out that everyone rips on Teresa about “how can she treat family like this” and “family means nothing to her”. From the Almighty Horses own mouth he kicked her to the curb. I can bet that if Tony leaves Gibbs (and if he takes Zippy with them) you wont see them pissin all over JGR and Joe Gibbs to the press. Its called CLASS. And Jr wasnt asking for an ownership stake. He wanted FULL CONTROL (and that was just BS talk anyway so he wouldnt look like he blew town on his Dad’s company, makes it look like he was “forced” out-which he wasnt). Same thing with the #8. He said he knew Teresa wouldnt give it up from the beginning but he used his Sheep to cause an uproar and a stampede and visciously attack Teresa trying to get her to cave but she didnt.
Ryan-Maybe if he didnt sign a 5 year contract and merge his business with HMS that would be plausible.
He left DEI and that is his choice. But for him and Tony Jr to talk about the shabby state of DEI in the public and how much better HMS is was ignorant to do to the people who chose to remain there IMO.
Hey Cashmina! Do the people on the pitboard do anything but stare at pictures of his butt or bash Kyle Busch? I’m thinking is some jealousy in the Kyle Busch department. He went to Gibbs and came out STRONG! But wait, I thought after Kyle Busch bashing was bashing towards Mark Martin? Guess I was wrong!
Is it even possible to have a reasonable conversation whenever DEI or Jr. are involved?
DEI does appear to be in trouble. Certainly there has to be some concern.
OK…now let me get a head start before throwing the beer cans.
Wow, Disgusted, what have you been watching? I have gained a lot of respect for Jr by the way he has handled all this, even to this day he still tries to defend Teressa to a certain extent.
I bet you wouldn’t be able to handle all the pressure that poor boy does. Think about that. On the outside it would appear to be great being Jr., but I bet on the inside it’s a lot of weight. That he handles very well and I think many can learn from it.
PS, not to mention he wants to win, and that is a racer my friends!
Anyone ever see the studio audience get into fist fights at the Letterman show after a Top Ten list?
No? Me neither.
Most of y’all need to chill!
Disgruntled…never thought you were Anita…and where did I bash DEI or Teresa? I may have done my fair share of bashing last year…but that is mostly because I really wanted it to work out for Jr at DEI…but that wasn’t to be. I don’t hate Teresa…I just said she has to live by the decisions she makes and that is true of all of us.
Cashmina, Jim has never, never refered to Mrs. Earnhardt as Saint Teresa. As a matter of fact, he discourages, and will remove, any message personally ripping on her.
As for all the other comments concerning Jr, DEI, and Teresa, noone knows the truth except the two of them. We need to butt out of their business.
“funny how everyone thought Dale Jr had every right to talk about Brad and his big ego to the press. But of course standards that apply to other people do not apply to the Almighty Dale Jr.”
Yes it did. Go read the Pit Board from that day. Many of his biggest fans were upset that he did that, me included.
Sorry for interrupting the DEI debate but I thought #10 was the funniest !!
Amazing that some people write with such vitriol and all of this is in the past – let it go. Jr did what he felt was right, Tony Jr did what he felt was right – no one held a gun to either of their heads – and so it’s over — but just wait and see what happens next!
Well, Jeffery Meyer —- I hope you’re satisfied!
As Marissa pointed out, you’re a “jealous, hateful, and mean spirited” writer, and you are a “whiner” deluxe.
But, I think Frani hit the head right on the nail when she spelled it out — C-O-M-E-D-Y.
But Disgusted seems to have a spellin’ problem.
And, although he DID refer to you as “Mr Meyer”, out of respect, no doubt — he ended his tirade with the word “Pathetic”.
You’ve opened up yet another can of stale carp, and riled up the mess of the masses for messin’ ‘round with their Saint Teresa, —- who, probably because she’s a woman, can do no wrong — even if it ain’t right.
Just because LillE had to sue her in court to reclaim his own name, doesn’t mean she’s all about the money.
I think it’s more about the power.
And what an article!
You just ain’t right, Jeff. LoL & LoL some more.
Hey the past is the past. Dale Junior did what was best for him, and Mrs E did what she thought was best for her.
Wow Jeff, I have never seen this many comments before. Talk about rattling some cages. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but #2 is my favorite. Excuse my ignorance, but who is Anita?
Wait a second! Jim removes posts on the pitboard? Shouldn’t he take some of the buttshots out, and the rude comments about Kyle Busch. DEI was founded by Dale Jr’s father, and so many Jr fans are up in arms. Ever had a step-parent? Some aren’t that rose. Hell, my stepmom and I butt heads all the time. Could it be that she is only 5 years older than me! Teresa has a point, it wasn’t in the will for Dale Jr to have DEI. Will wins everytime!
Wow. Lots of hate in response to a humor piece.
How can a group of supposed adults take an article meant as humor and turn it into the daily pissing match. All of us at one time don’t support one team/driver or another. It’s human nature. But, Give it a break, do you think Jr or Therea really care? They have moved on, do they same. And as for attacking the PitBoard, lighten up…compared to some of the “other” message boards I’ve read, these folks are decent humans who don’t go for the juglar. And they also do something many of the message boards don’t do…They have the PitBoard Charity that helps children/families @ Xmas and organizations all year. A little booty shot gonna kill you, don’t look, you don’t like what they post, don’t read it. But before you trash others learn about them or take a long look in thr mirror. And NO I don’t post there,lurk and enjoy the info. and people. But I do believe in giving people a fair shake. Try it.
What can I add, when it’s all been said?
In the immortal words of Frankie the lizard. “Let it go Louie”
The only thing I might of added, if I were writing this piece.
#5 When someone hollered Jr. too many people answered.
Amazing that all this talk about DEI and it’s future but not one person made mention that there is an Earnhardt on the back burner gaining the experience to move up.
God All Mighty, these people should be ashamed. I don’t believe Jr, DEI, NASCAR, or anything else associated with them holds the cure for cancer. Folks, its only racing, get a life before you all visit the nut farm.
I for one found your top 10 humorous Mr. Meyer!
I am so sick of DEI haters. Nothing but a bunch of dowdy women sitting on their asses all day pounding away at their computers. Dale Jr. is a loser – he missed the boat drinking and partying all those years. He never took anything seriously until Hendrick came along. DEI haters——find something else to write about and leave DEI and Teresa the hell alone.
Wow, I was alerted to this topic and read the comments and then the top 10 reasons list. You people can go OVERBOARD without much provocation. I found the list amusing and humorous. As to Dale Sr. leaving everything to Teresa and not naming his children, I would love to put Teresa under oath and ask her if she promised Dale Sr. she would take care of all of his children in her Will? After all, Dale Sr. loved her and believed in her and my guess, trusted her to do what was right. My guess is it won’t happen now. It will all go to Taylor who only loves horseflesh, not horsepower. Teresa is great at making $, look at the recent unveiling of a car for “the men in black”. I found it interesting that although Dale Sr. loved Johnny Cash’s music, the two never met(!) but yet here we are with a car that is basically meaningless, but great for putting more $ in Teresa’s pocket and that of Johnny Cash’s brother. I admire Teresa as a business woman, just not as a person with scruples.
Did you know that DEI has been self-sponsoring 3 Camping World East cars besides the partial sponsorship on the #01. I would assume that takes money, which the Johnny Cash cars could supply. Just because Taylor rides horses does not mean she may not be interested in the running of DEI when she gets older. People certainly make alot of assumptions.
Unless some miracle happens, DEI is getting ready to hit bottom. I really hate to see that but when you can’t retain the most popular driver in Nascar you have definitely got a problem. You certainly can’t rank DEI with Hendrick, Childress, Gibbs, and several other teams. So where does that leave DEI? I think most of us know and knew it when Jr. left. Teresa has gotten a lot of credit for DEI when it was a major player in Nascar, let’s see if she gets credit when DEI continues its downward spiral. How can anyone brag about Teresa when she hires a Music/Entertainment Person to run a Nascar Team? I’m not the smartest person in the world but even I have more sense than that!
Why does everyone say Teresa couldnt hang on to the MPD? Does anyone really think he had any intention of staying there? Jade mentioned that he knew at the end of 2006 season that Jr was leaving (DEI Insider-Jade is that you??) and there were other things said that show he knew he was leaving before 2007 season even started.
I dont exactly see where people are “bragging” on Teresa per se as opposed to saying enough with the battering of her and with what press (gee wonder why she never grants them any interviews??), Junior and the Eurys comments (not to mention the frothing at the mouth nation and their antics) is it any wonder that sponsors are wary of going there. I understand the fact that the results are not there plays a huge part but do you see people who leave Petty (which is in worse shape than DEI) dissing them to the press? And when the press writes about Petty or Wood brothers and their troubles it is still done with respect. I have never seen anything written about DEI done with respect, which is kinda funny cause not one writer would dare say any of the things they write to The Man’s face if he were standing in front of them.
Well neither here nor there, Jeffrey is working his way up and so is Trevor Bayne. I have no doubt that DEI will be there when they are ready to go Cup. If Truex wants to leave what can you do? Just hope he remembers Jamie Mac and Elliott Sadler’s foray into “greener” pastures.
Debbie, just keep your eyes on DEI. They are headed downhill fast. Facts is facts, just look at their results. Hope I’m wrong because I hate to see DEI’S Demise but unless a miracle happens that’s exactly where they are headed. I think time will prove me right, if not I kinda like crow anyway!
Well get the A-1 “crow” sauce ready Larry. LOL. As long as Menard is willing to field a car for Paul DEI isnt going to fold. Even it if remains a 1-car Cup team for the next couple years I really dont see acquiring a sponsor for Jeffrey being that difficult. Trevor Bayne also has great talent. I agree that Max is not getting the job done and hopefully some kind of move is made there REAL soon. If the Furniture Row car can make the dang show on Sunday, DEI can do the same. I dont think anyone assumed there wouldnt be rebuilding years after Junior left, hopefully the RIGHT decisions will be made when Jeffrey is ready to hop in that 8 cup car.
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