Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Jeff Meyer · Wednesday February 22, 2006
I should have known better, but then again, I have always generally been an optimistic type of guy. I truly thought NASCAR might be at a turning point as far as fairness. I was (and this is only the second time I’ve said this in 4 years of writing this column) 100% wrong!
Last week, I said that Chad Knaus’ punishment would mirror that given to Todd Berrier last year for what NASCAR said was a blatant attempt at cheating during qualifying. Technically, I was right. Both were suspended and fined. But that is where the similarity ends. In the Berrier incident, Richard Childress was docked 25 owners points and Kevin Harvick was docked 25 drivers’ points. In the Knaus case, neither owner nor driver was docked points.
I defy ANYONE to explain the difference of the two violations to me. But wait, there is more"¦
In the NFL, there are two types of a facemask penalty. One that is deemed blatant, and one inadvertent. The penalties for said violations are 15 and 5 yards, respectively.
The opposite is true in NASCAR. Apparently an inadvertent violation is way more serious than a blatant attempt at cheating. Case in point, Terry Labonte and Hall of Fame Racing.
Hall of Fame Racing has its engines prepared by Joe Gibbs Racing. All HoF does is put them in the car, as was the case for this year’s Daytona 500 qualifying. Long story short, the prepared engine was found to have an unapproved carburetor and Terry’s qualifying time was disallowed, just as Jimmie Johnson’s was. So far, so good. Fair is fair…but this is where logic ends.
NASCAR fined Philippe Lopez (No. 96 crew chief) the same $25,000 as Chad Knaus AND docked Terry 25 points, as well as 25 points for the car owner!
Now, NASCAR knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that HoF Racing had no knowledge or anything to do with the carburetor. NASCAR also knows that Knaus’ violation was a blatant attempt at cheating! Why doesn’t Jimmie Johnson lose 25 points as well?
The reason, my fair reader, is simple. Terry Labonte and HoF Racing is not a threat (or who NASCAR wants) to be in the Chase.
It is my opinion that ANYONE who sees one bit of logic or fairness in NASCAR’s rulings of these two cases is a complete and utter"¦..well, let’s just say you ate a lot of paint chips as child.
Don’t misunderstand me. Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 with a legal car. I am not denying him the victory. I AM saying that a box of hammers could do a better job of officiating and handing out penalties.
It is sad, but until there is some sort of common sense to come from the "˜powers that be’, NASCAR has officially become a joke in my book. I will still watch, but with the same sense of "˜sport’ as professional wrestling.
Until things change,
Stay off the wall.
©2000 - 2008 Jeff Meyer and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Jeff;First of all, I don’t think NASCAR is a joke, jokes are funny, NASCAR is certainly not funny. NASCAR is pathetic. You know as well as I do, NASCAR will come up with some lame assed excuse as to why the 48 car does not get docked any points. NASCAR will let Knaus off easy just like President Clinton left Rick Hendricks off easy. Both are crooked as a dogs hind leg and NASCAR has put themselves in the same category. They all sleep in the same bed.
Haven’t you read NASCAR’s reasoning how the two infractions were different?
Knaus cheated with legal parts, Lopez cheated with illegal parts. Is that not clear to you? Don’t you see the difference?
Nah… me either!
I’ll agree that NASCAR has offically became the WWE of motor sports.
I just wonder how much the pay-per-view will cost.
I couldn’t agree more.Na$car has done everything they can to ruin racing. How about 35MPH during a green flag pit stop. No racing back to the yellow.The yellow line at Daytona and Tallegdega.etc. I used to be a loyal fan. Now I tape races. Then I fast forward and only watch the wrecks. Because the racing sucks. Lew
This is why I like Robby Gordon now, Nascar hates him, so I must pull for him. Unless you drive for one of the top teams you will never get a fair chance in CRAPCAR.
you were sleeping weren’t you joe, the inspector caught the for lack of a better word “window riser” AFTER qualifying
NASCAR’s penalty pattern
Points penalty: In simple terms, here’s the pattern. If you maliciously put something on a car that’s made or machined, and it’s an unapproved piece that can be confiscated, the team will be fined, the crew chief will be suspended and the driver and owner will lose 25 points.
No points penalty: If you take something that’s already on the car and use it to beat the spirit of the rule, then it warrants a suspension and a fine, but it does not warrant the loss of 25 driver and owner points.
There is your explanation. PER Nascar rules the #48 car fell under the “NO POINTS PENALTY” rule
Remeber: It’s all about the money. Fans be damned. The sponsors pay the bills. LOWES = BIG $$$$$$
Wonder why Stewart wasn’t fined or disqualified for intentionally taking Kenseth out? That looked to me like attempted manslaughter at 190 mph. And he ADMITTED IT!
So putting a sleeve on the trackbar adjusting bolt is considered a “legal” part? Then why any penalty at all? Get real! It was not considered an illegal part because it was a Hendrick car. Colin made a good point about Rick Hendrick. His teams will always cheat because he is a crook.
What a sad commentary on a sport that used to be racing. Ol Curtis Turner must be turning 10 grand in his grave. What you have is a bright young MBA graduate who sees the bottom line more than he sees racing. In the old days, it was innovation and intelligence ie Smokey Yunik, Lee Petty, The Woods, Jr. Johnson, who took innovation and the rule book and made cars that would whup the opposition. Back then it was exciting, it was innovative and a guy with guts and yes balls could win. As far as the 48 car, jim summed it up pretty well, Lowes=$$$$$ for the France family. Who ever said that cheaters never prosper. Either enforce the rules equally to all, or throw the damn book away and run whut ya brung.
If you think the 48 team cheats, let Lowes know how you feel. They are the ones providing the money that enables it.
i too agree with every thing you said in fact i wrote to email@example.com to tell him how i felt about the cheating ,it’s not like this is the first time he was caught, but this ron seems to be the only guy that thinks punishment was right.nascar picks and choose and it will not be any hendricks team that will be punish
Well i think you need to find a different line of work then and all these others out here that are crying need to find a new sport out there but i bet they won’t so they can keep crying,go away if you are unhappy with nascar.
DAVY AND CRAIG you don’t have to read his article if you dont like it. You guys must be YIMMY fans.
Since the new regime came to power, racing has taken back seat to making money. The France family has been partial towards one make of car over the years. And they’ve also been partial to certain drivers, providing those drivers are helping to fill the family treasure chest with dubloons and pieces of eight. We’ve all seen drivers/teams that should’ve been penalized and weren’t. We’ve also seen teams who were penalized for no apparent reason. There is no fair and balanced assessment of the penalties. It’s mainly judgement calls in a lot of cases. Unless a driver comes out and says “Yes, I did it” and fans raise hell about it like they did with Jr and his intentional spin, the boys down in Daytona will keep taking care of their chosen ones and putting the screws to the ones on their bad boy list or the ones who aren’t filling the company coffers. It’s all about the Benjamins.
Let me throw another log on this fire. How fair is it that if you are found to be guilty of aggressive driving under green. it’s a pass down pit road (definitely going a lap down). But if your aggressive driving causes a caution, then your panalty is the end of the longest line (still on the lead lap). So drivers should learn a lesson from NA$CAR’s ruling on Sunday… If you’re gonnna be aggressive, be aggressive enough that it causes a caution.
Craig, you must be in marketing with that attitude. Remember this, when all the fly by night fans and spur of the moment fans no longer follow Nascar because it’s not the THING to do anymore, the old and long time fans will be able to say ” you should have cared a little less about the cash and cared a little more about what got you here. THE FANS” So today I raise my finger tall and straight to you and the NEW nascar.
AGREE 100%- NOW WHEN TOYLET JOINS I WILL GET ALL MY HOUSEWORK DONE, INSTEAD OF PART OF IT-POLITICS+MONEY=NASCAR-TOO BAD FOR THOSE OF US WHO FOLLOWED THE SPORT THE PAST 30 YEARS AND NO LONGER MATTER!!
Amen! Oh and big fat hairy deal if they didn’t make it out on to the track to qualify or not. The intent to cheat was there on a team that has been busted for it 8 times in the past. Enough is enough.
After Helton’s redneck comments, it let’s us know exactly what NASCAR, the entity, thinks of it’s paying fans.
I’ve had about all I can stand!
We can’t do anything about it so quit bitching and go racing. If any one of you people owned a business, you would run it the way you want. You wouldn’t let anybody tell you how to run it. Like any business, NASCAR is in business to make $$$. Last time I checked, that’s the reason for being in business. If you don’t like it, don’t watch !!
an explanation http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/5351892
In response to the above explanation…...
Thank you ALL for your responses! No matter what side of the fence you fall on.
In every sport bad calls are made. Things do even out. Despite all the crying Nascar will grow and grow and grow.They must be doing something right.
Rick Hendrick is a convicted felon and encourages such. He learned how to cheat and make money and now teaches it. Some $ goes to NASCAR as a way of reducing fines. No question about it.
Jeff;I think we all share the same view, and that is Dollars and Power equals a blank check in todays Nascar, Lowes should be livid the word cheaters is associated with their name. I know i would want to know what the hell is going on if i was puting my millions out there and i would demand the crew chief be removed from the car i was sponsoring, but like everything else Nascar does if they wanted some else to win they make sure they would but they are in bed with Hendrick and i guess the lip service is good cause they are really screwing the loyal fans
As longgggg time fan..it was always interesting to see who could get away with what..was it cheating??? or finding loopholes in the rules book. Should the 48 car had been penalized more.YES..Should the 96 car had been penalized even though they got the engine from JGR..of course…even if it was to say thats what you get for not going thru what you bought from someone else. Do the Lords of Daytona Beach play favorites??..probably, but it would be very hard to prove it Lets face it old timers…the racing we knew from decades past is gone forever, just as it is in openwheel racing…As I cant afford my own racecar, I still go,but the days of being a Kool-aid drinking (Jonestown reference) fan are gone for me. Look alike cars…look alike tracks…lets face it. Like the France family did to road racing with the bogus Daytona prototype cars…they have created a 36 week IROC schedule…a sport where more care about the drivers than the cars or where they race
The 48 didn’t run with the illegal rear window contraption in qualifying? huh? If they had caught it before qualifying they would have made them fix the car and if they couldn’t get it done in time then they would not have a qualifying run.
What’s so fantastic about it is that Knaus obviously made the change AFTER the car went through the garage for pre-qualifying inspection and prior to Johnson’s run.
HoF Racing never even looked at their carb (supplied by Joe Gibbs, with the engine). They get a $25,000 fine and 25 points docked. Knaus changes his car in a clear attempt to circumvent the rules between inspection and the 48’s qualifying laps, het gets the same fine, a suspension, but no points docked.
Never before have 2 penalties been so reversed.
Knaus knew what he was doing, just like he has every other time he’s been caught, but Knaus apparently has compromising photos of someone in the France family so he escapes with all of his points.
It’s like the famous Jerry Tarkanian quote about the NCAA: “They (the NCAA) are so mad at what’s going on at Kentucky that they slapped Cleveland State with 2 years probation”
I love NASCAR, but it’s blatantly obvious that they have 2 sets of rules.
Another case of Earnhardt syndrome. Yes Dale was good but how often did he get points taken away. NASCAR has found a new poster child who can do no wrong. As for Lowes I think it’s time for them to step up like Home Depot did and fine the team, it is their rep on the line. Also if Chad and Hendrick keep cheating NASCAR should park the team for a few races. Look @ what that did to Harvick.
Points should have been taken. Period. That’s the standard that NASCAR set in the past…but once again, they blew it.
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