Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
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10. 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.
Earnhardt: Financial, yes. He always joked that before he met Teresa, he owed the bank money. Afterward, the bank owed him.
Playboy: A lot of rich families fight over what they inherit.
Earnhardt: The way I see it. Teresa is almost as responsible for what we have as Dad was. I sure didn’t build it. They created it, and if she wants it, it’s hers.
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.
Doing exactly what haters rallying against at DEI.
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”.
Which, I think, fits him to a “T”, —- as in “T“eresa the “T“errible.
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.
What a trip.
And what an article!
And, as usual, you’re on the cutting edge, Mr. Meyer.
That’s what I’ve come to expect from you, and appreciate.
You just ain’t right, Jeff. LoL & LoL some more.
I hope you ain’t plannin’ on changin’, just because SOME folks can’t spell
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.
They live separate lives and I think they both do quite well for themselves.
I have never heard Dale Jr publicly bad mouth Teresa other than the comment It was no bed of roses. Teresa made a remark in the newspaper about Dale Junior. So, I am sure we have all made remarks we later regreted.
I am a diehard Dale Junior fan. I don’t care where he drives I will follow him, because that is what fans do.
I wish Teresa and DEI well. I wish for my driver to be happy. Let them live their lives.
And yes this old lady who is old enough to be his mother thinks he has a very cute backside, but the driver is who I like.
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.
What’s wrong with 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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