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.
Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday June 26, 2008
As many longtime readers know, and even short-time readers can (hopefully) easily figure out, I am responsible for Frontstretch.com’s weekly Top Ten list in addition to this commentary slot.
Our Top Ten list, as you should have correctly surmised by now, is, of course, patterned after the ones made famous by David Letterman. But the main difference between Dave’s list and mine — not counting that mine is always associated in some way with racing — is that Dave employs numerous professional writers, who make sure his final draft is usually pretty darned funny. However, Frontstretch.com has yet to allocate my requested funds from the annual budget to allow me the same luxury, which means I am left to look good on my own. And apparently, some might say I need to keep practicing at it!
Take yesterday’s Top Ten list as an example — Top Ten Reasons Sponsors and Drivers Are Leaving DEI. Now, as Top Ten lists go, I just threw this one together at the last minute just to meet — OK, almost meet — a deadline. I didn’t feel it was all that special — in my opinion, I have written much funnier stuff. I also didn’t think it was all that mean because, as my editors can attest, some of my lists have provoked many an editorial meeting before being published. No, yesterday’s list was just middle of the road… or so I thought. But judging from the number and tone of the comments that yesterday’s list provoked, it would appear that I pulled the equivalent of whacking a hornet’s nest with a stick whilst naked. In light of that, it is at this point that I would like to include my honest thoughts about DEI so some of their fans can see where I was coming from when I wrote the list.
First and foremost, I don’t have any malice towards DEI. I never have. As a matter of fact, I don’t give it all that much thought. For me, the things that are happening at DEI are no different and are of no more special interest than any other team. Like I said, the topic was just something that popped into my head along with a couple of good ideas to go with it, and I thought, sure, I can work with that! So I did; and that was the end of the creative thought process. Nothing more, nothing less…
But the problem, it seems, is that some people forget that the Top Ten list is pure humor. Right away, they assume that I am some evil warmonger that hates Teresa and DEI, and as such, I probably put newborn puppies in a gunny sack with a rock and throw them off a bridge. Well, that simply is not the case. Here’s the real and unexciting truth: I am simply lazy! Take this column, for example; what else is easier than writing a column about something I wrote about yesterday!
I am sorry to burst the bubble of all you who thought otherwise. In an effort to keep the debate alive, however, I will re-hash some things that I have written in the past, in response to some of the comments received yesterday — mainly about the whole of the DEI organization itself. I apologize in advance for the following being everyday common sense…
While I have no proof whatsoever, I am of the belief that Dale Sr. did, in fact, build that business for his kids. That is what people do, for the most part, when they start a business: it is there to be a viable source of income for the future generation should they choose it. How many businesses have the name “and Son(s)” at the end of them? It doesn’t say “and Wife!” It wasn’t “Sanford & Elizabeth!”
It is generally assumed, then, that the wife already has what the husband’s created. Yes, DEI was willed by Dale to his wife Teresa, but don’t you think that was because when the business was started, the kids were a bit young to run a business? Consider, too, that most people just assume that they will be around to run the business themselves. When was the last time any of you changed your will to suit the changes in your life? Does anyone honestly think that any of the things that have happened at DEI over the last few years would have actually happened if Dale had retired from racing instead of died from it? Teresa was good at marketing. Dale was the race team owner. Dale Jr. was the up and coming star that was to be the cornerstone for the business. Seems to me things obviously did not go they way they were planned…
For those of you who say that DEI is not dead or in trouble, you are only partly right. They are not dead, but they are in trouble. Consider this: other than part-time driver Mark Martin, does any team from DEI invoke fear amongst the competitors as a legitimate threat on any given Sunday? Not like they used to. And what does Teresa have to market now: Paul Menard and Martin Truex, Jr.? Both are capable drivers in their own right, but neither are hardly considered “superstars” in the sport.
Now, I’m not going to go into reasons why here in this column. I just wanted to point out some common sense observations as I see them; you can take them for what they’re worth.
Another observation that I see is the unabated enthusiasm exhibited by the DEI fans! That, I do approve of. It is nice to see unbridled passion for the sport — no matter who your team may be or what you’re fighting for.
I thank you all for showing so much enthusiasm over one of my writings.
Stay off the wall,
©2000 - 2008 Jeff Meyer and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Well judging by what Jayski has to say it seems DEI will have 1 sponsor, 4 cars and 2 drivers
I’m still laughing at the “meltdown” responses from yesterday.Jeff, I’m glad you’re sorry only for “bursting the bubble” of those that are unable to read the writing on the wall.
I think your DEI thing was a bit much!
Why don’t you pick on say, a Roger Penske if you want to bring to light a team in trouble?
Or is DEI just easy pickins?
And, make no mistake, SR. knew what he was doing when he did NOT will DEI to the kids!
On one hand we say Sr. was a very smart businessman, on the other hand we (you) say he just slipped up because the kids were “young” at the time DEI got started. Seems to me that each and every year these kind of issues would be reviewed by Sr. & his advisors!
Leaving the kids of the will was not an oversight on his part!
Just remember Jr. had a drinking problem early on! Heck he may still have one, he just has lots of insulation to the outside world!
Why will DEI to a punk kid that shows no responsibility? Wasn’t it dear old Jr. that NEVER went to the race shop duirng the week to help on the cars?
Dad knew that!
I don’t think there were any real problems at DEI before the women starting going at it. Hmmm Dale Jr. and Kelly’s mother came into the picture more and all of the sudden there are problems, spoiled kids in my opionion.
Jeff…That was another great post yesterday. Your Top Ten lists are always funny and mostly on the mark.
Who knew Jeff, that a Top Ten list could set off such vitriolic commentary. I repeat…c-o-m-e-d-y…and h-u-m-o-r, period. I didn’t know DEI was a sacred cow, not subject to a little poking at. What puts them above Ganassi, Penske or even Petty when it comes to a little ribbing? Heck..poke at my driver (Dale Jr) if you like…if it’s funny I’ll laugh. If it’s nasty but maybe true, I’ll probably cringe before I laugh.
Keep on making me laugh Jeff.
I look foreward to your articles each week and I think they are a funny tongue-in-cheek look at the world of NASCAR. People who look at your Top 10 as if they are the 10 Commandments need to get a life.Seriously though, I figure in 3 years if things don’t change we’ll see JR and Tony Stewart buying DEI for a lot less than 55 million.
Perhpas even though it was humor..it hit close to home. Lets face it, there isnt much “good” going on at DEI. Lighten up folks……it could be worse. Junior could leave the company and the sponsor dollars dry up and the cars not be competitive…Oh wait……..LOL
Never complain, never explain.
Unless you’re REALLY stumped for a column idea.
When Theresa dies the whole kingdom will go to only one child: Hers and Dales.
Do we all believe that is what Dale would have wanted? Did he love only one kid? No one could ever say that for sure. I agree that the will was most likely made when the kids were all to young and or irresponsible to be put in it.
You know… the top 10 list was not scathing enough. Mrs. Earnhardt has mismanaged the organization so much, and handled personal relationships so poorly, that the ship is already at the bottom of the ocean. From keeping her girl-toy Steve Park in her home after Dale’s death (yeah, you never heard about that, did you?), to taking all of Junior’s former publicist’s residuals from the Dale Jr book about his rookie season (because, as she said, he was stealing from her by writing about her intellectual property), the lady has spent all of her good will already with the people who were once loyal to her.
Interesting comment from ‘Inside DEI’ – I had heard that but, like alot of things I’ve heard, just put it up to rumour. ‘Sharon’ on the other hand puts it in true perspective. I always enjoy Jeff’s humourous comments! Don’t stop Jeff!!!
Appluse for pointing out that Teresa is responsible for most of Dale Sr.‘s mega millions.All the Jr. nation fans & his sister refuse to accept that apparently Dale wanted her to run the business because he left it to her in the will, again apparantly.I’t ‘a all about control & money Kelly & Jr.apparantly don’t like Teresa are jealous that she got the company, & Kelly used Jr. to try and get what she wanted & it backfired on her, what arrogance, her & Jr. demanding control of DEI,apparantly not what Dale wanted,& how does Jr.& Kelly’s mother fit into the mix, unless I’m wrong she & Dale had been divorced for a long time,what right does she have to anything?
Another thing about Jr. According to most documentaries on the Earnhardt family Jr. must have been trouble early on,what they all show is Teresa tried to talk Dale out of sending him to Military school, so taking all this in to consideration maybe Dale thought why put an irresponsible kid in control of all this? Unlike Jr. nation fans I don’t know this to be true, just speculation.
heh I thought your top 10 list was going to be
10) No Dale Jr.
You know, now you COULD take potshots at the other teams too. It’d be awesome! Hell they are all multi-million dollar athletes. Let em take a little humor :)
Wow! Some of the people that comment here are ruthless! (pretty stupid too).
With DEI it really all boils down to two things.
1. Drivers – Who’s going, and who’s coming.
2. Sponsors (MONEY) – Who’s going, and who’s coming.
Man, this whole column has brought a smile to my face; made my day actually. Jeff may have just been looking for something to write about but he wasn’t too far from the truth. The people out there that are happy with the direction of DEI and think Teresa is doing a fab job need to take off their rose colored glasses. The only person that could have ever brought that company back she let walk through the door and if you can’t see that then you need to stop living in a dream world. Yep; Teresa is all about planting trees and selling candles, racing is her “side job”. Junior made the right decision by leaving that place, no doubt.
Wow, some people get all jacked out of shape about honest humor. In reality, look in the mirror and ponder how many people think they might die tomorrow that are in good health, not many, I am sure SR didn’t think his last race would be at Daytona. This is how most people behave and don’t update their wills on a regular basis. I don’t work at DEI nor am I buds with JR but it did appear that SR loved all of his children and from interviews and reactions after races that JR won thought highly of his son and wanted to build a race team around him. I am not sure how to grade mediocre racers but if you look at Jr’s stats and compare the other regular 42 drivers to him in win percentage and other areas probably 90% would also be rated mediocre. I am not sure how anyone can call Hendrick Racing as having problems, 2 wins, 3 drivers in the top 10. Is Hendrick having the awesome year like last year, no, but not many teams have done that or repeated that type of domination. DEI has issues, say what you want, none of the are tearing up the track, none in the top 12, probably none that will even sneak into the top 12. They are a 2nd tier team with the guidance they have they probably will continue being a 2nd tier team. Yes they might be a step up from MWR but probably they are like GR and BDR and don’t seem to have what it takes to be a top tier team. Losing JR hurt their cash flow, Jr is doing fine where he is and is much better off, in the end can DEI say that.
I think the list is very good; actually very accurate, as well as humorous. People who are really upset about it need to get off the internet, watch the news and then they would see things that they should be upset about.
To Jeff,No I haven’t been around the Earnhardt family at all, actually only seen them on tv,but if you can read at all go back & notice that I had a few apparantly’s in what I said, maybe you should look in the mirror on the stupid statement, like I said if you can read at all.On the second post you might notice (if you can) that I said that most documentaries,that hardly translates to knowing them or being around them, do you understand that? The closest I’ve ever been to Dale Earnhardt was at the old Texas World Speedway at College Station Texas once when the ARCA car’s & then Winston Cup cars were there,I was hot lapping a friends ARCA car when Earnhardt passed me at over 200 mph & I was going about 175 to 180, he passed me like I was painted on the fence.So if that makes me a personal friend I guess I was, strange though if we were good friends why didn’t he know who I am?
Butch most people that are around JR say that he is a honest, well grounded person, on interviews he appears to be just that. To point back to a boy and say he was troubled and irresponsible because he was sent to military school has as much humor as yesterday’s top 10 list. Let see, hard to motivate, hard to get them to study, not doing as well in school as they should, well that overview fits quite a few boys JR’s age when he attended the military school, and many that age today but in the end he is ended up a decent human being.
Dale had not updated his will since 1992.
I missed the top 10 yesterday, but I’m glad you brought this up. After Jr. made his decision, there seemed to be many articles about Truex taking the lead and basically that DEI would NOT be negatively affected by Jr. leaving. DEI will be lucky if Truex stays. Jr. and his sister are building their own business. They have proven themselves and are better off away from the drama at DEI.
What happened to Max Siegel? Haven’t seen or heard of him at the track since Junior left DEI. Anyone have a clue? Wasn’t he to be a sort of “miracle worker” for DEI? Keep up with your columns , Jeff. Go Hawks!
Since reading this and all the comments I’ve started to wonder if DEI is even going to be as good as MWR in 2009.
Mark Martin is gone. It looks like Truex will be able to choose where he will be next year. If he goes, what is left?
I would really like for you people to weigh in. I don’t mean as a DEI fan, or a DEI non-fan. Just logically say what the positives are for the company.
As for Butch, I stand corrected. I have to say “apparently” is, apparently, one of his favorite words.
By the way, I wonder if he and Larry McReynolds had the same english grammer teacher???
Oh, and yes, I look in the mirror every day and see “stupid”. I guess that old saying is correct, “It takes one to know one”
Have a good one all!!
What happened to Max Siegel? He’s off working the “entertainment” division of DEI. You know, the marketing of the legacy of Dale Sr. Afterall, that is the most important part of DEI, isn’t it??? LOL Don’t know where he is really but it’s still amusing to me that a Sony Exec. was hired to start with.
Oh, yes Susan, I agree about the DEI priorities. I think there are plans for Martin Truex Jr. to do a few rap videos.
Also, the rumor mill has a “major” rap star (50 cents???) in a DEI ride next year.
Don’t worry all, Teresa has a handle on things. Remember, as so many here have pointed out, the woman knows how to make money!
Not to sure about running a race team, but what the hell. It’s all about MONEY….right?? LOL..
Jeff, If you look around some teams tried to run their teams as the same as in the 90’s, 80’s and so on. Yates Racing was nearly with the dinosaurs and will probably be many years before it returns to the top tier status it once had, if it ever does return. Kyle Petty did what was needed to at least stave off the downward spiral in that organization, Kyle and the King are out there being in the public’s eye trying to improve Petty racing team. If you look at DEI if you pull Mark and Martin out of the equation their driver pool is low on the talent pole, surely not what sponsors are wanting to sink millions into. Just as in MWR, sponsors not only want to be on the track but at times in victory lane, which with Mark and Martin leaving would be hard for DEI to do. DEI has the stigma cloud hanging low over them and some might be bitter grapes but some seems to be a honest overview of the situation at that company. With SR and JR now gone from the company there doesn’t seem to be much racing direction on the long term strategy for the company, other than SR’s legend.
Everyone should update their wills or, at the very least, review them once a year. Regardless if Sr. did or did not do that, the will stands as written. Jr has moved on and its patently obvious that he’s happy where he is and has matured and grown as a human being.Teresa has to answer only to herself and if it crumbles around her, she has only herself to blame. I do think, though, that DEI will rise from the ashes once it is sold. Thanks Jeff!
Jeff Well I wish I was as smart as Larry McReynolds, he took Davy Allison to many wins,& Dale Sr. to his only Daytona 500 win, I would say the guy knows what he’s doing,but you could probably do the same I’ll bet.The use of the word apparantly,I used that because I didn’t know if that’s what was meant as to what was going on with the family & DEI,again apparantly like you do. only my perception of it.You seem to be in the know of what’s going on with the Earnhardts & DEI.For R.J. I don’t know JR. & I’m sure I never will, from what I understand about him he’s a very astute business man & all around good guy, but he wasn’t always that way by some reports from people who are supposed to know, but I guess you know more.I particularly admire the way he handled his father’s death.I feel for him in that living in his dad’s shadow must be tough he seems to handle it very well though.
Douglas, where did you get your information that Junior had a drinking PROBLEM early on? Yeah, he liked to party hard as do many folks at a young age, but I have never heard of him having a problem.
Rumor has it that Tony Stewart is looking at Truex to drive for him. Hmmmm.
I remember watching an interview with Sr. at his farm and he stated that “he started DEI to leave to the kids.” Those words came right out of his own mouth. He knew that Teresa would be fine financially and once the kids were old enough they would take over the business. In this interview Sr. was wearing a red shirt and black pants and he was fishing. The same clothes he was wearing in the movie “Dale”. I wonder why that part of the interview was left out?
DJones I’ve been divorced 3 times, if it ever happens again I can represent myself, by now I should have an honorary divorce law degree.Being as DEI was built long after Jr’s mom & Dale were divorced I doubt she’s entitled to squat.Mike I saw that same interview, if he really felt that way seems he would have changed his will,after all he wasn’t in the safest business around.
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Too bad all the smart people on here were’nt avaliable to Dale Sr. with the legal advise on his will.I mean being as everyone seems to have known him so well & has all the legal knowledge.
Butch – Who do you think gave most of the info for the documentary? I saw a interview with Jr about the documentary and he made the comment that he wished that they had asked MORE of the family for input. Sounds like that was a made up documentary to me, or at least one persons story what they (she?) want us to believe.
It’s amazing to me that all the Jr. fans are ready to blame Teresa for all thing’s bad, I’m willing to bet that none of the whole bunch including the guy that calls hisself DEI insider & tries to say that she had Steve Park as a boy toy & unless he has proof that is actually so he should be ashamed of hisself, & could be treading on dangerous ground, by making such accusations that are untrue, if in fact they are, ‘cuz all the Jr.Nation Teresa haters will jump on that like a shark on a seal,true or not.But most have never even been any closer than a tv set or nosebleed seat at a race to anyone named Earnhardt.I don’t know if she did or not, but you know what, if she did it’s none of my business just as it’s none of “DEI insider’s”.All the rest of Jr. fans are true fans though, most act as if they grew up with the Earnhardt family,everything I have said on here about the Earnhardt’s was taken from news reports & the two movies.& documentaries, I have no idea if they are true or not,but they were reported as such.That being said I’m tired of argueing about someone that I don’t even know & never will.Also I’m argueing with a bunch of people that know only what they want to believe ,cuz they don’t know the inside of the family either.
DEI (the racing part of the business) is going down fast. If Dale Sr. wanted his kids or his wife to have the business really doesn’t matter. His wife owns it. She may be good at marketing, but she can’t run a business.
I know the family. I live close and know Brenda, Kelley, and have met Jr. several times.
They are all good people. Really just regular people.
Hey Butch… what do you want me to do to prove what I said? Post surveillance footage of Mrs. Earnhardt and Steve Park in their love nest? Or a transcript of her meeting/interrogation of Jade a few days before the Junior book was released where she told him he could have a set fee for writing the book (Junior wrote about 20 pages… sorry Junior fans)?
Well, I cannot do those things, but you can believe whatever you like and I will stick with what I know is the truth. Mrs. Earnhardt is lucky her earliest business ventures paid dividends, because her current actions would have caused any organization to implode. DEI will survive only because of their NASCAR IP ownerships and revenue sharing rights.
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