Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Voices From The Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday October 30, 2008
I have an extremely low tolerance for “stupid.” Fortunately for me, seeing as how “stupid” has reached epidemic proportions worldwide, I have a built in antidote. That antidote consists of 50% laughter, 40% wonderment and amazement and 10% humility; as in, there but for the grace of God go I.
When it comes to NASCAR, I have been laughing, shaking my head a lot and thanking the good Lord above almost on a 24/7 schedule lately. Fortunately, my position here at Frontstretch.com allows me a platform to try and have some influence, or at least offer advice, even if it is mostly ignored. It’s not that it is bad advice or even unpopular — for most of the time, people seem to agree with me — but it is ignored by Daytona Beach none the less. Stupidly, I keep trying (said the author, laughing silently at himself as he looked pleadingly skyward and shaking his head.) Even though it will probably do no good, I will once again lay it all out there to be ignored once again.
NASCAR The Organization
Brian’s father and grandfather were respected. They were in the garage all the time and the men respected them. You might not have agreed with what either of them had to say, but you respected it. Both of them reportedly had a way of making you understand their point. Brian France has none of that. He hides behind Mike Helton. It is time for the France family to recognize what Brian has done to this sport, take note of the lagging attendance, the falling ratings and the general disgust of the very people that line their pockets if they want that pocket lining to continue.
Removing Brian France from his position would be one of the biggest glimmers of hope the true fan has seen since it was given to him. It certainly would not harm the sport in anyway…
Enforcement of the rules is another easy fix. Simply have independent, highly trained officials just as there are in other sports. The commissioner of Major League Baseball or the National Football League does not sit in the booth and make the calls, and the same should hold true in NASCAR.
With technology the way it is, there is no reason that ANY dispute cannot be corrected in a timely fashion, just as it is in football. No excuse whatsoever. This simple change too, would do a tremendous, almost unimaginable amount of good in preserving the ‘integrity’ of the sport — to use a phrase so often quoted from the Ivory Tower.
Consider what the championship battle would be like right now if that were the case. How many more drivers would actually have a chance at the Cup? How much more excitement would that generate compared to as it stands now?
If one driver is running away with it by this point in the season, well by goodness, he should be the champion. He earned it. Don’t use this socialistic, re-distribute the wealth crap that we have now; simply make a win worth WAY more than a second place.
Forget all this ‘mulligan’ crap Jack Roush and others have been spouting lately, that is nothing but a Rube Goldberg fix for a Rube Goldberg system.
As much as I (and the rest of the fans as evidenced by last week’s poll) would not have wanted Kyle Busch to be the ’08 Cup Champion, he should, by all rights, still have a shot at it. The kid was simply mugged by Brian France’s hokie Chase.
Once that precedent is set, cheating will virtually cease or at least be done in an extremely more clever manner (until found out.)
I don’t pretend to know anything about the contract NASCAR has with Goodyear, other than I’m sure it is mostly about money. There is probably very little in the actual contract about the quality of the services Goodyear is to provide knowing Brian France.
What needs to be done is for NASCAR to simply tell Goodyear, “Make a tire that works or we will find someone who can.” Don’t make excuses for Goodyear. There are none. This new car had been (by NASCAR’s own hype) on the drawing board for years before it was implemented. There simply is no excuse for the lack of attention to the most important part – where the rubber meets the road.
The fix? During the last 10 races of the year, if qualifying is rained out, the order is set for the Top 35 by drawing out of a hat. You can set the ORDER of the draw by the points, but that is it. Top 35-draw first. The ‘go or go-homers’ then may draw from what is left. No, its not perfect, but it is more fair than what we got now.
Yes, someone is still not going to make it in, or even get a chance to draw, but if you are that far down in the points anyway, chances are you weren’t going to make it in even if you did do a qualifying run.
Folks, the concept of racing is a simple one, and has probably been around since the SECOND caveman made a wheel. Within set parameters, you find out whose wheel is the fastest. It should never have evolved to the archaic entity that is NASCAR now.
Alright, now please excuse me while I get on with some more laughter, head shaking and humble prayer.
Stay off the wall,
©2000 - 2008 Jeff Meyer and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Let me make a quick point.
(For the stupider of you out there.)
Brian France has made a ton of money for the family. There is no doubt of that.
It was however, quick money, at the cost of what his fathers had built before him.
He is nothing but a greedy bastard that cares nothing for the “integrity” of the sport.
It was all about making money. the money tree has been picked.
Good morning Jeff,
I have a sneaking suspicion you will receive a TON of responses to this one. Your points are good, they have foundation, and with some minor tweaks they could work great. The problem is ~ and you said it best ~ there is still the golden rule to deal with. And in this case the rule works this way: He who has the gold (fans and sponsors money) make the rules (continues to screw up NA$CAR).
My suggestion to you….print 25 copies of your article, seal each of them in an envelop and, starting at the TOP of NA$CAR, mail them to the folks “in charge.” Want to at least ensure they get looked at…. mail them certified, return receipt requested. Trust me, someone will see at least one of them. Better yet, start an on-line petition, collect the names over a 30 day period, and then mail it to them. I’ll sign and help pay for the mailing.
Remember what NA$CAR stands for:
I’ll sign that petition!
WOW! WOW! WOW!
And for those of you inclined, go to nascar.com and get e-mail addresses.
One is: firstname.lastname@example.org, he is in the nascar pr area me thinks!
You go Jeff! Great story that as far as NASCRAP is concerned will fall on deaf ears, for baby brian feels he is more in tune with the sport than the fans. I for one don’t watch anymore, don’t go anymore, don’t buy race things any more. I am doing my part to shut them down. I get my race fix from Front Stretch.com, which I don’t always agree with,but, and this is a BIG but is that at last I get a HONEST opinion or account. nascrap has NO understanding of honesty. They are truly the new WWE!! And many of the drivers refer to it as the show and not the race, so there we go!!
contact info: “www.fanfeedback@
Or addressed to:
And for “Mark”, YOU, my friend is whats wrong with the current NA$CAR!
YOU! MARK, ask someone else to do what you should be doing!
Your quote: “My suggestion to you….print 25 copies of your article, seal each of them in an envelop and, starting at the TOP of NA$CAR, mail them to the folks “in charge.” Want to at least ensure they get looked at…. mail them certified, return receipt requested. “
Are you lazy? Why don’t you do that youself?
Jeff Meyer writes an outstanding article, and all you can say is: “why don’t you Jeff”, etc.!
Get on board Jeff, or get lost, we the ones trying to get NA$CAR to change don’t need lazy people like yourself helping!
One day someone who thinks that its “obvious” how to “fix” Nascar will have the guts to go out and raise the financial backing, convince people with key knowledge to join him, and start a competing series.
If its really obvious that the new way is infinitely better owners, drivers, sponsors, fans, and media will promptly abandon Nascar for the new series.
I’m not holding my breath though. Talk come easy. Action is hard.
I’ve previously suggested that those who hate Nascar should get a new job rather than hypocritically make their living off something they dislike so much.
Here’s a new suggestion — go inside for a while. Do what it takes to become a Nascar official and take a look at the system from the inside, privy to all the info that doesn’t make it to fans and reporters.
Then, if you still think it needs fixing, you’ll actually know something about running a racing series when you back up your words with the action of building a better racing series.
I’m still not holding my breath.
Hey M.B Voelker, so what are you smoking this morning?
Yep M.B., your complacency and foolish arguments are really going to bring back “TRUE RACING”!
Right on man!
And if you think NA$CAR is so good, G.W. wants to talk to you!
You want to roll over and believe lies that’s your problem!
And hey M.B., right after we buy NA$CAR, we can buy the Miami Dolphins, and right after that the Detroit Lions, and right after that the Oakland Raiders, and right after that, the Carolina Hurricanes, yep just a brilliant idea you have!
The one thing that I think would make the racing a lot more interesting is changing how the caution periods are handled. When I worked at the local short tracks, a caution was thrown, the problem was taken care of, and the green was immediatley thrown again. We didn’t wait for everyone to go to the pits and put on new tires, re-fuel, etc. Take care of the reason for the caution, and AS SOON as it is taken care of throw the greena again! If they want to take the chance that they can pit and get back on the track before that OK. If not, they stay out until they really need to pit.
Douglas…. your quote…. “Get on board Jeff, or get lost, we the ones trying to get NA$CAR to change don’t need lazy people like yourself helping!”
I think you got a little keyboard-tied there buddy.
Trust me, I have contacted NA$CAR… and you can believe this, they don’t listen to me either. They have their agenda are will, by God, stick to it… hell or high water. Just relax dude, no need to pick web-site fights.
Actually Ken Smith, thats the way they do it!
It just so happens that by the time the “phony debris”, or whatever, is “cleaned” of the track, they signal next time around is green, really no “extra” laps taken. Some car pit, some don’t!
But, maybe they should not allow any pitting when the yellow is out! All green flag pit stops!
But yellow flags and such are not the biggest issues in NA$CRAP!
Where do we sign?
NOTICE: BIG ERROR! MY RANTING SHOULD HAVE SAID: “GET ON BOARD MARK” (not Jeff), so sorry, wish I could change that!
Hey Mark, right on, BUT it is frustrating to have a poster here tell someone else, the writer in this case”, to do his work for him.
And don’t give up too quick on writing to NA$CAR, they know by the volume of mail that something is not right! We simply need to keep the pressure on! And don’t forget the sponsors!
By not buying tickets, which we do not do anymore, and by writing sponsors, which i continue to do, the pressure will get to NA$CAR and changes will be made!
I am an optimist!
Guess my biggest complaint here is having lazy fans!
M. B. Voelker,
I think it’s obvious from ratings and attendance that something needs to be fixed. It’s our job as fans to call them out when they have strayed. You philosophy of love it or leave it (or if you’re rich enough start a new one) really dis-empowers the majority of people. The majority of normal people are supposed to eat crap and keep their mouth shut if they don’t find it palatable.
Its always great when someone with a different opinion than yours is shouted down and run out of town. Its what makes America the best country in the world.
Jeff great story ! the only thing you missed is nascar can’t hear and can’t read unless you send money. Reprint the story place it a envlope
M.B. Voelker’s remarks are not moronic. Every time NASCAR makes a change, fans go ballistic. And then NASCAR tries to fix it with more changes, and we go ballistic again. I still think the introduction of the Chase was a slap in the face to Matt Kenseth and others before him who ran away with a championship, and now people are talking about how to Jimmie-proof the Chase. No more change is needed if we can’t go back to the old points system, unless you want to set the bar even higher, because Chad Knaus and Company are going to keep challenging whatever system NASCAR comes up with. Sorry if I got off the track, but all this complaining gets to me. Sometimes you just have to let things play out for the PTB to see it.
Hey Mr. X, right on!
And Rosemary! For you a question?? ??
You really think that Brian and his band of thieves would change anything to improve the product without our bitchin?
When Brian France passes away are Nascar is bankrupted will you see him gone! I agree with most of your comments Jeff. The one thing I disagree with is the qualifying rainouts. Most of the time during a race weekend they have time to qualify at a diffent time than when qualifying was originally scheduled so they could qualify them then. Heck, they could even qualify them right before the race instead of all the prerace hoopla that no one cares about. And, you are right, the only thing wrong with the old system was not rewarding the winner enough points for the win, other than that there was nothing wrong with the system. As far as Kyle Busch is concerned, did anyone see the article on Jayski’s a week or two ago about some suspension issues on the Toyota’s that Nascar had deemed a little far out there and had disallowed? And, has anyone noticed how less dominant Busch has been in a while when earlier in season he was almost unbeatable? I knew somthing was going on with the Toyotas the way they were running and dominating in CUP Racing but this suspension issued has not been publicized much. Reckon Nascar wanted to keep it a secret to avoid being embarrassed at letting them get bay with it so long?
Brian needs to grow some balls. He’s a business man where his fathers were race fans. It’s amazing how the racing bug passed up the guy who’s daddy was running the top organization of the most badass sport imaginable. He’s not a racing fan so he doesn’t care.
Or maybe he’ll just “spill his soda” again.
A bad thought! A very bad thought!
Has Brian “reproduced”?
I hope the France gene stops there! At least the Brian gene!
“The commissioner of Major League Baseball or the National Football League does not sit in the booth and make the calls, and the same should hold true in NASCAR.”
Mr Meyer, I present Bud Selig.
All Star game ends in a Tie.
Phillies have to wait two days to win a game that, by the rules, they had won two days earlier.
And both times he was at the game.
For what it’s worth, I’d take Brian France any day over Bud “The Explitive” Selig.
Jeff – what an amazing column! You told it like it is – until Brian is gone NASCAR will continue its spiral descent into oblivion. Its been astounding to me all the horrible things he’s done. I do think that whatever it is he drinks or smokes has affected his brain functions rendering him incapable of seeing the forest through the trees. Petition – I’ll gladly sign it as others above have stated. Wonder whats wrong with NASCAR’s Board of Directors?????
Good question, Douglas! My thought was that if we left it alone for a while, Brian and Company would see the light themselves. But now I can see the light myself…The only way to keep NASCAR alive is for the fans to continue fighting for it. Maybe we are going about it the wrong way.
Jeff, great column. You wrote what everybody has been saying for years. You wrote it more as a fan than a blogger.
@ Doug, I think Brian has twins. If true, how scary is that?
I have written to ESPN. I’m still waiting for a reply. It’s been about 6 weeks.
Correction to my post. Should’ve typed NASCAR instead of ESPN. I regret the error.
Hey Senior’ obvious!
Where did that come from! The Bud selig thing? First, the allstar game is really meaningless, it is only to showcase the “all stars”, mission accomplished!
And you want the world series won on a rainout?
At least Selig takes command and does whats good for the game and the fans, and the teams!
Brian France should have his cojones!
You play some 195 games, and it should end in a “rainout”? How sick is that?
I’m not saying that what he did was wrong, (it was) just that despite what Jeff said, Bud Selig (Satan) does indeed sit in the booth and make decisions.
Baseball rules: Official games do NOT end in a tie unless it can not be completed and no matter what the circumstances, an official game is 5 innings. If it’s called mid-inning in the sixth, and can’t resume the same day, then they go back to the last complete inning to determine a winner. NOT suspend a game that is more than half over for two days.
Now, ethically, you can NOT bitch about the way that NASCAR makes their own rules to fit what they think is entertainment, then say that Baseball, a sport with clear cut rules about what an official game is, should be able to make up rules at the discretion of the commissioner.
That’s the main thing I like about NASCAR. They don’t have the SOB Bud Selig, an ILLEGAL baseball commissioner in charge.
Sorry, but when you take a TEAM OWNER and make him commissioner of baseball, that’s corruption that spits in the face of the fans.
You guys don’t know corrupt leadership. I loved baseball and that bastard and the rest of the owners at the time took it away when Selig led a group of owners to remove Fay Vincent, who found Selig guilty of collusion, basically price-fixing the free-agent market, and in turn, they made Selig acting commissioner while his daughter ran the Brewers. Then six years later, they made him Commissioner.
THAT’S where it came from Douglas. There’s a lot more that that corrupt bastard did, including making sure that socialism reigns with revenue sharing and then removing the lifetime ban on George Steinbrenner so that he could “share” all that unearned revenue with teams like the Brewers.
You know how pissed you are at France? Multiply it by about 50 and you have my feelings toward the baseball hierarchy.
I love the game. I hate the people who run it though.
2012 can’t come fast enough for me.
But heck, I can’t complain.
What kind of wacky shit is Douglas smoking? Trying to tell us that NA$CAR throws the green as soon as the debris or wreck is cleaned up? They ALWAYS wait until everybody that wants to has pitted before throwing the green once again! Has Douglas ever been to, or even watched a NA$CAR race? What an idiot !!
Sr. O, While I agree with you about Bud Selig, the rules that apply in the regular season do not apply in the Championship season.
As I understand it, even in regular season, if the game is completed before the next scheduled game, which is kind of hard to do with a game a day, a game can be suspended overnight, even if it’s over five innings. If it’s tied, no matter how many innings have been played, it can be suspended up to the end of the regular season, and played then if it will affect which team make the playoffs.
Can’t stand Selig though. I feel your pain. Got his position through a coup that he led. It’s like having Fidel Castro as Baseball Commissioner.
Actually, I think Fidel respected the game more so maybe not.
Keep up the good work Frontstretch staff!!
Hey Ken Smith, MAYBE 100+ RACES ACTUALLY ATTENDED! (of the NA$CAR variety, plus many, many more of other racing) HUNDREDS ALL TOLD!
Or more, who counts? None this year though!
Not sure where your coming from on this yellow flag thing! The sequence is always the same! Please pay attention this weekend, the SEQUENCE IS ALWAYS THE SAME!
Yellow comes out, work for whatever begins, and lets say it is simple debris, of which NA$CRAP is famous for, so the yellow flies, the pace car picks up the field, the trucks are dispatched to “look” for the debris and pick it up, so these service trucks make at least a lap, stop to do their work, meanwhile, the pits are now open, the cars make their pit stop, the pace car now has it’s lights turned off, everyone comes out of the pits and lines up, the green flies, generally in three laps or less.
And remember, at tracks like Talladega, a lap under caution takes about 3+ minutes.
I guess I wonder just how many races you attend, or even watch and understand!
NA$CAR does not “wait” until everyone has pitted, they simply do what they need to do and then give the “one-to-go” signal. Who pits and when does not concern NA$CAR!
Gee, sounds like I am sticking up for NA$CAR, well, that’s the way it works anyway, pay close attention this weekend!
My suggestion to you is: this weekend, just watch the sequence of events by NA$CAR when the yellow flies, pay zero attention to the pits, count the laps under yellow, watch the clean up vehicles, and watch when the “one-to-go” is given, that even occurs when a service vehicle is still on the track, hoping it will be safely tucked away by the time the cars come back around. And again, in this case “size matters”, the longer the track, the more time under yellow!
Isn’t education grand?
Douglas – Watch A race! The yellow waves – a truck is dispatched to pick up a little piece of aluminum – which normally takes less than a lap! The truck returns to the pit area and the green could be thrown at any time. But No – they then call the pits open, and wait another lap while all the lead lap cars pit – then they wait another lap for the laps down cars to pit – then they wait another lap for everybody to get all lined up – and then they give them a one to go – and then they throw the green!
Yes – education is wonderful – Pay attention!!
This is only my fifth year following NASCAR, and even I know how much of an idiot Brian France is.
Jeff, giving France the axe is the best solution to this problem. It should also serve as a reminder that the title of NASCAR chairman should not be given to just anybody, no matter what your name is or what your family has done.
There is one person that should take over NASCAR: me. I want to take over the sport of NASCAR, and I am very serious about it. I have the best credential to being NASCAR chairman: just being another average NASCAR race fan.
I have also made a huge portfolio of changes to the sport that I feel are the right thing to do. I would do the following:
Throw away the points and base the championship system on winning races.
All drivers will receive $1,000 for every lap lead in a Cup race.
Make the NASCAR Rule Book available to the public.
Go with Hoosier Tires (Good-bye, Goodyear forever.)
Banish Toyota for life. No foreign cars are allowed in NASCAR. In its place will come Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercury, Saturn, and Chrysler.
Throw away the top 35 in owner points, and make all qualifying sessions 50-lap heat races.
Ban Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon for life.
Move Darlington back to Labor Day weekend.
All current Cup tracks (excluding road courses) will host only one race.
Move the season finale to Bristol (save the best for last).
Reopen Rockingham and North Wilkesboro.
Build a NASCAR series devoted exclusively to road courses.
Give the title sponsor of NASCAR’s top tier to Coca-Cola.
Allow teams to build race cars from production street cars.
Build brand new NASCAR race tracks across the country.
And the biggest change of all…
Somehow, someway, bring back Dale Earnhardt.
If anyone thinks that I should be running NASCAR, give a shout out. I wish there were some way that I could take the sport over right now, because I’m dying and determined to save this sport from oblivion. I can’t wait to kick Brian France out of the big chair and put my butt in it. I would look forward to serving you, the fans, for years to come.
We will see! We will see!
RE: the YELLOW flag thingy!
Now on a few of the very short tracks, sometimes they do that, but normally they do not run “extra laps” to let everyone pit!
Brings up an interesting point! Should I, or should I not, try to watch the Sunday parade at Texas! We will see.
then we can continue our “argument”!
Ain’t this fun? And keeps one on top of their game for sure!
OH! But then, NA$CAR would have to let everyone pit at the same time, all the time, at every track regardless of size so as not to give the lead lap cars the advantage! Mayhem in the pits at the smaller tracks for sure!
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