Hamlin Snags Coca-Cola 600 Pole With Track Record Time
posted by Amy Henderson
Thursday May 23, 2013
Denny Hamlin shattered the track qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway as he rocketed to the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Hamlin had a lap time of 27.604 seconds, or 195.624 miles per hour. Several drivers drove past the old record, set by Greg Biffle in 2012, but it was Hamlin who came out at the top of the heap and holds the new record. Kurt Busch will start on the outside of the front row. Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, and Ryan Newman hold down sixth through tenth places.
The pole is Hamlin’s second of 2013; he also started in front at Fontana before an injury in that race sidelined him for over a month. Hamlin says that his back feels “nearly 100%” and that it doesn’t cause him pain while driving. He added that winning the pole helped solidify for him that he is back at a competitive level, but he wants one more thing before he’ll be satisfied.
“I think winning would do that. I think ultimately getting the big trophy on Sunday is the validation that you’re truly back,” said Hamlin after his lap. “For me, it’s going to take some wins and some really good consistency throughout these summer months to put ourselves in position to have a chance at a championship. That’s what we’re here for. Even these small victories though give me that confidence that I’m still capable, and I’m still able to do the job at 100 percent like I should be. Any kind of confidence booster for me — it’s always a plus on Sunday.”
The Cup teams are next on track Saturday at 10 AM for the weekend’s second practice. Final practice for Sunday’s race is Saturday afternoon at one o’clock. The Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to start at 6 PM on Sunday and will air on FOX.
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.
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Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday October 23, 2008
If you come to this website looking for a bunch of happy, fluffy, feel good articles about NASCAR and some of its more colorful characters, my writings are probably not your first stop. Even if I do write about some happy, fluffy, feel good subject (albeit rare), it is still done in my usual, opinionated manner.
There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is that this column was basically born in a very opinionated, if not occasionally unruly, Midwestern racing tavern several years ago. With that type of beginning, you can see why fluffy is just not my style.
Most of the time, while I do get my share of hate mail and hateful comments, it seems that the general, average Joe or Jane race fan tends to appreciate and agree with my point of view. However, a recent comment to yesterday’s Top Ten list, in which I basically compared Jimmie Johnson to Cale Yarborough, made me stop and think for a moment. The comment was from a reader named Linda, and she had these kind words for me:
“Jeff, you really don’t like Jimmie, do you? If it weren’t for him, I wonder how you would come up with your negative articles.”
Hmm. Well, to Linda I say, no, it’s not that I really dislike Jimmie Johnson — it’s just that well, it’s Jimmie Johnson!
Let me explain. While I admit J.J. is not my favorite person by a longshot, of all the drivers in the Cup Series, he’s the one that brings out the biggest dose of pure apathy. Now, if Linda had been talking about me not liking Kyle Busch, she’d have been spot on. But not Jimmie Johnson. When it comes to Johnson, I, and probably 90 percent of NASCAR’s fan base, just don’t care. He inspires no excitement for us. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus have gotten this whole CoT thing down to such a science that it has become mundane.
Just think about it. All year long it has been Kyle Busch this, Kyle Busch that, with the occasional hope thrown in that Carl Edwards could beat him. Did you hear anything about Johnson? Not much. While Kyle and Carl were racing, Jimmie was just sort of cruising around, lurking and waiting for the Chase to come.
And therein lies the problem most people have with Jimmie Johnson.
Now, here we are, with barely a month left to race, and Johnson is on the verge of a “threepeat,” the likes of which hasn’t been done in 30 years — and only once before in NASCAR history by the legend Cale Yarborough.
Certainly, winning three championships in a row is an outstanding achievement. As we already established, Chad and Jimmie have gotten this type of racing down pat — there is no denying that. However, this feat today simply cannot be compared to what it took to do it 30 years ago. Even Yarborough himself, while being politically correct and gracious about possibly sharing the record, is not convinced there shouldn’t be some sort of “Barry B*nds” asterisk attached to it.
“It’s going to happen. That don’t mean I’m pulling for him,” Cale said in a recent news conference. “But, if he does it, I’ll be in good company. I hope he feels the same way.”
And the competition factor?
“I think it may have been harder to win (championships) back then than it is today because you had to compete against everybody,” Yarborough said, referring to the revamped Chase system of points. “I never was one to do much calculating. I went all out every lap I ever raced in my whole career. I’d still be doing it today. The only thing I can say is Jimmie better be glad I’m not racing with him today.”
And so it goes. I’d be willing to bet, and maybe the editors will help me out here by throwing in a totally unscientific poll (guess what? They did!) that next to Kyle Busch, the average Joe / Jane fan would have listed Jimmie Johnson as a second choice for the person they would have least liked to have won the championship this year.
Like I said, it’s not that I or everyone else dislikes Jimmie so much; it’s just that he’s, well, Jimmie Johnson! He inspires nothing, and sadly — for today’s race fan — a Chase Cup does not equal a Winston Cup.
Thank Brian France for that.
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I agree with your comments concerning Jimmy Johnson. Big Yawn. The other Chase contenders were in a position at the beginning of the Chase to run for a championship. Basically, they blew it. Jimmy and Chad didn’t cause that. They were there to take full advantage of the other teams failure to get the job done. I’d much rather watch 5-6 drivers battle this thing out all the way to Homestead. Unless Jimmy and Chad get kidnapped, it ain’t gonna happen.
“— a Chase Cup does not equal a Winston Cup.” And it never will. And, NO, I won’t thank him, if anything I’d like to kick his butt. He has pretty much screwed up everything he has laid hands to, including the Winston Cup.
Last man out turn off the lights and bring the flag.
What a crock. Jimmie inspires nothing? Really? He inspired your article, didn’t he? You just wasted a bunch of words and time on someone you supposedly feel nothing for. The simple fact is, Jimmie has been quietly kicking the crap out of his competitors since 2002 and the good ol boy yahoos don’t like it.
Would he have have won 2 Cups under the old rules? No. But the simple fact is his win percentage is the eighth highest ever and that includes beating guys like Earnhardt (all three of them), Gordon (all two of them) and, hey look at that, Cale Yarborough.
Put an asterisk on that.
Hey I couldn’t agree more. While I don’t dislike Jimmie…. It is just boring. Give Jimmie and Chad credit, they do know how to work the system, but after that it is just plain boring to watch them. For every Jimmie Fan out there…. It is easy to root for a winner!!! For all the rest…. Lets hope Jimmie gets caught up in one of Robby Gordon’s “oops” before the end of the year! Then maybe this “chase” could be a little more intersting.
You said it, or should I say ” Yarborough said, I went all out every lap I ever raced in my whole career.” Unlike Johnson who has cruised around most of the season using it as a “test session” while the others actually put their heart into it. Yeah, Johnson has the heart of a “Champion” to bad its just for glitz and glory not for the love of the sport.
Man, it’s good to see an article that offers up the root of the matter so brutally honest. No fluff indeed. I’ve stated the same thing time and again. Johnson may be a good driver and a good man, but he’s got the personality of a fencepost. With the current points system, the first 26 races mean nothing. Just a test session for the chase. If things don’t change and fast, like the titanic, na$car will soon sink fast.
You guys really need to do some research. Yes, Johnson would have won the two championships under the old system. Not that it matters though because,
wait for it….
WE HAVEN’T USED THAT SYSTEM IN YEARS!!!
It doesn’t apply.
Now, as far as Jimmie Johnson’s charisma level, I think you’ve sold him short. He’s right up there with Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, cotton, that real cheap white bread you buy at convinience stores, the Toyota Echo, college ruled loose leaf paper (100 pack), those worn out panties my girlfriend wears once a month that, make no mistake about it, say “no entrada señor” in no uncertain terms, Tab diet soda and well, the list could go on.
Make up your minds, people. Jimmie’s got the “personality of a fence post” just because he chooses, most of the time, not to be a smart-ass or have the attitude of Tony Stewart. However, when he loses his stuff and says something the least bit on un-PC (like when he dedicated his Daytona 500 win to the haters), he’s an a$$.
Apparently the only way Jimmie would ever be able to win with you people is if he was born an Earnhardt.
Gee, I have arrived. My own special written because of me article. I have to guess you don’t attend many races, because you might find out Jimmie has more fans than you think he does. There are even lots of JR fans cheering for him when JR is not in the mix.
Carrie, you got it wrong. Even if his name was Earnhardt, he would be boring.
Jeff, you got it right, we just don’t care.
My gosh!!! I love it when people agree to disagree. My point with Johnson is simple. He’s boring and hard to really get up for. At least with Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart you get some emotion. And racing HAS to have some emotion. It’s not just Jimmie Johnson. Racing as a whole has gotten hard to watch. Thanks for listening.
While I think you are spot on about this contrived Chase. If Jr. were to have missed it this year. Next year it would have been expanded to 15.
I cannot, however agree with you about JJ. With 40 something regular drivers at the top level. there is room for different personalities.
I once heard Karl Kinser, described “as a guy so bland, he doesn’t ever have a nick name.”
There has to be room for guys like JJ, Matt, & Ryan. Can you visualise a race with 43 Tony Stewarts, AJ Foyt’s, Robby Gordons & Kevin Harvicks? Do you think they’d ever get a complete race in? It would turn into a weekly destruction derby, & while it would be entertaining for a while. It would soon get old.
One can hear the same things in the stick, & ball sports. That the current players weren’t fit to carry the jock strap, of the former greats. That,s BS. You have to judge players, or drivers against the people they actually competed against.
In that context, no one does it better than JJ, & Chad. They could easily be going for #5. Next year they could be trying to stand alone. With 4 in a row.Don’t bet against it. I’m not a JJ fan either, but to be even trying to put the guy down. Seems highly subjective!
i wonder if JJ would be so bland if he had started out racing for someone else besides Hendrick? Gordon is bland, Mears is bland,and they sure seem to be trying to turn JR into a country-style politically-correct driver. Hendricks got rid of Kyle and I wonder if he would have gotten rid of Mears if he had married his girlfriend instead of being an unwed dad?
The fundamental problem with Nascar today, (other than the COT, AKA the POS) is simply that the entire focus is now on winning an abbreviated championship rather than on winning races. The current format, and to some extent the old format, given the Nascar points structure, encourages drivers to drive conservatively just to finish…witness Johnson at Talledega. You can be damn sure that if first place was worth 50 or 100 points more than it is now, life would get a LOT more interesting.
Carrie said: “What a crock. Jimmie inspires nothing? Really? He inspired your article, didn’t he? You just wasted a bunch of words and time on someone you supposedly feel nothing for.”
Carrie, you (and people like you) are the reason there is a warning on my new hair dryer that says; “Do not use while sleeping.”
What JJ inspires is intense apathy when it comes to exciting racing. That is what the author is writing about.
(Do not read this post with your eyes closed or if you are illiterate.)
Lunar Tunes: Bravo. Attack the person when you really can’t attack the point.
Writing about your apathy toward someone proves you’re not apathetic at all. Pathetic, yes. Apathetic, no.
Jeff has written two pieces about Jimmie in two days that directly contradicts his claimed apathy toward the guy.
Sure seems to be a lot of people reading and writing about a guy who inspires so much “apathy.” If I was truly apathetic to an individual I wouldn’t spend anytime reading about them – let alone writing about them.
As far as a Sprint Cup equalling a Winston Cup – where Jimmie’s concerned it sure does. He’s likely to win this one under either system – same way he did in ’06.
Not that it matters. Change the system anyway you want – Jimmie and Chad will still find a way to be on top. They’re just doing what any good champion does – going to their destiny.
Personally, I find that anything but boring.
Hey folks, while we can agree to disagree, let’s not be jerks about it (lunar tunes). We all have opinions and calling each other names is not going to change them. While I may not care for JJ’s personality, I’m going to respect someone else’s perspective on this subject. Thanks for listening.
What? I never called anyone a name.
I merely was pointing out that the article is talking about JJ’s style of racing and what most fans think about it.
Its not about if he inspires Jeff or anyone else to sing praises and write love poems about him.
And…to use someone elses way of thinking…you say not to be calling each other names but yet you can call me a jerk? How does that work?
And let’s compare the following quotes…
“What a crock. Jimmie inspires nothing? Really? He inspired your article, didn’t he? You just wasted a bunch of words and time on someone you supposedly feel nothing for.”
“Bravo. Attack the person when you really can’t attack the point.
Writing about your apathy toward someone proves you’re not apathetic at all. Pathetic, yes. Apathetic, no.”
Gee, if that aint the pot calling the kettle black.
As I said elsewhere – his cardboard cutout in the store has as much personality as he does. Contrast this with Cale Yarborough, since we’re comparing his record to Cale’s as well. Look at the difference.
He’s so boring that they have to keep sticking his crew chief together with him like they’re some sort of joined species, just to add a little personality to the picture.
Tony’s by himself in his commercials. So is Mikey Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, and a bunch of others. Yet Lowes needs to add Chad to their commercials to give them some punch. That’s all you need to know, right there.
Mike In NH, your comments made me realize that Big Jim Johnson did the fashion spread in Maxim magazine this month. Good thing I prefer reading in the bathroom. Otherwise, I might have crapped in my shorts.
Just put JJ in a woods car and then you will see how great a driver he is.
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