NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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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Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday April 23, 2009
When it comes to being ecologically sound, I will be the first to admit that I am not a good person. I refuse to sort my trash into three different bins; I do not rinse out every can or empty jar. Heck, I don’t even return my empty beverage cans for the nickel deposit. They, too, usually go straight to the trash.
Oh, don’t get me wrong; I am not a waster. Why, I have even been known to reuse paper plates that I just had a bologna sandwich on! But it has been my experience that most efforts at recycling are way more costly than they are truly worth.
As an example, when I worked for a large worldwide corporation, the top brass suddenly decided that the company must “go green.” Paper use was going to be reduced, paper was going to be recycled, trash was going to be sorted, soaps in the bathrooms were going to be replaced with “green” soaps, sanitizers and cleaning solutions used by the nightly cleaning crew were replaced with 100% biodegradable stuff… and so on.
To start this great initiative, months in advance of our “green” date, the company started printing out flyers — a total of three separate ones, as I recall. These three flyers had to be placed, by hand, on every desk in the 160,000 square foot building to make employees aware about the initiative.
Now, this building is cubicle city — so much so that every cubicle had a street address within the building — but yet three pieces of paper had to be placed on each desk to inform the occupant that the company was, in fact, going to use less paper and thus save trees. Naturally, since I was the one that had to put the papers on the desks — a task that took over eight man hours in addition to my regular duties — I probably not so nicely pointed out that an email would probably be much more in line with the ultimate goal.
What was I thinking? I was told to shut up and get to work.
Then, there was the paper recycling… which amounted to approximately at least two tons a night. All that had to be stored in bins, and now we had to pay someone to come get it twice a week. And speaking of money, the new soaps and cleansers used in the bathrooms and by the cleaning crew were twice as expensive as the ones previously used — doing half the job. Therefore, almost a full third more had to be purchased (I know… I did the invoices every week!)
All this stuff came in the name of saving the planet, because man is such a scourge upon it. Please pay no attention to the bottom line or that the stock price is now down from over nine dollars to just under a buck. We are saving the planet! And making someone in a really big office feel better to boot!
Well, NASCAR is no exception to this growing phenomenon. In the news this week, Roush Fenway Racing has announced that they are pledging to be even more “environmentally sustainable” than in the past — releasing some pretty impressive statistics to prove it.
Here is a bit of their press release…
Roush Fenway Racing is upping their pledge to promote more sustainable operations and better environmental management. Always a leader in the sport of NASCAR on and off track, Roush Fenway has been working with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to reinforce its position as a leader in environmental stewardship in the industry. Through the team’s current efforts, they recycle almost 96% of every race car. In 2008, the team recycled over 66 tons of waste (plastic, paper, and metal); reduced the overall amount of waste produced by more than 11 tons; reduced storm water runoff by 1.51M gallons; and saved 2.10M gallons of water by not using potable water for irrigation.
Wow! 96% of every race car is recycled? Why do they need to build so many then? I was not aware that the country was in danger of being overrun by old, unsightly, non-recycled race cars. I wonder how much it costs to recycle a race car? How much more did RFR spend in ’08 compared to ’07 to have its 66 tons of recycled stuff removed?
And then, we get to the storm water runoff. What did they do… plant more grass over the parking lots? Since when is storm water runoff a problem ecologically? Oh sure, I know first hand how bad it effects the flooding situation when you pave over every little piece of grass in a city — but is natural runoff a problem? And who was the idiot that thought of using potable water in the first place for irrigation? Yeah, I know what they did. Just as most golf courses do, they built a pond to contain the runoff … and now use that water to water the grass to keep it green so they can mow it twice a week. Yeah, that’s real ecologically sound.
This whole thing reminds me of NASCAR’s idiotic shortening of the races back during the oil embargo of the 1970s. The 10% reduction of race lengths really pulled the country out of a bind back then, didn’t they?
Yes, folks; I know that every little bit helps. But I will bet dollars to donuts that RFR’s expenses have increased right in line, if not more than, the amount of planet saving they have done. It is all done simply to make someone feel good. After all, yesterday was Earth Day!
But do we really need to save the Earth? When you consider what nature can do to the environment with one tiny volcano — not to mention a massive eruption the likes of which our species has never seen, but yet we know happens over time — and then you consider the span of time man has actually been on the Earth “ruining” it… we sure are pretty pompous of ourselves, aren’t we?
Now, I’m not saying we need to run willy nilly over our resources. But what I am saying is to recognize things like this for what they really are — simple PR stunts to make someone look and feel good about themselves, no matter the cost.
And while we are talking about saving the teams money (one of NASCAR’s favorite projects because they believe the teams are not bright enough to do it themselves), here is a good one…
In no other sport do the teams that did not make the playoffs get to keep on playing. If we HAVE to have this ridiculous Chase system, end the season after the 26th race. The top 12 get to keep on racing, TRUE racing, and we don’t have to worry about a “non-chaser” altering the events and eventual outcome. To compensate for this, sponsorship contracts would have “performance clauses” in them. It would cost X amount of dollars to sponsor a race team, and X more if that team makes the playoffs and you want to continue your sponsorship.
As for the rest of the teams vying for the stupid top 35 rule… well, you better be in by the 26th race! Make the racing during the year even more about racing than cruising around getting points. As for the Chase part, with only the top 12 running, cut the remaining races in HALF by laps or length. Make it more of a shootout. Don’t worry about the ratings; people already flip back and forth to the NFL games anyway. NASCAR will never beat the NFL in ratings, that has been proven. Yes, it does beat golf — as they have so aptly pointed out a time or two this year — but so does infomercials.
Think about how much money a team would save and be able to invest in next year in their effort to improve if they only ran 26 races. And you know what… it would be the little teams that need to save that would actually be reaping the benefits. If you can run with the big boys next year… you naturally will get bigger dollars for your effort.
It probably all makes too much sense to really work, though!
Stay off the wall (and off the grass at RFR),
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Jack Roush has always been an Innovator!!
Great, GREAT column Jeff! I’ll start cutting back on energy use when Al Gore’s mansion does.
A little something about Roush and recycling. You know those little metal rings that are left over after drilling out a pop rivet? Roush has his people collect them and uses them as spacers on certain parts of the car. Failure to do so will result in being fired. Talk about extreme recycling.
We ain’t seen nothin’ yet…
Wait for the “carbon tax” to kick in. (Note: this tax is only for the “working class” and not for the politicians who desparately NEED limos and private planes with AC)
With that experience of the real world of the “green” movement you may already be reading http://planetgore.nationalreview.com/ but if you don’t you’re going to love it.
Me, I’m still waiting on the mile high wall of ice that I was assured would soon swallow Chicago and New York back when I was in 9th grade.
And tonight at a county presentation, an official from the solid waste management department admitted that recycling loses money.
Gee, imagine that, another negative article on the Frontstretch?
What is wrong with Roush Fenway putting out a strong effort to increase sustainability? I admire how successful their recycling efforts are. In a sport where any little bit of positive news helps rid the sport of Another negative column on the Frontstretch? I couldn’t believe my eyes! These columns contain nothing but more and more negative garbage every week. I guess that no one wants to read any positive news anymore.
Jeff, what is wrong with Roush Fenway publishing a PR about them putting forth a strong effort to increase sustainability? It may be nothing but a fluff piece to make them feel better, but it’s admirable that they emphasize recycling as much as they do. It may cost more, but Roush wouldn’t be doing it if they don’t have the budget to do so. Last time I checked, this isn’t a poor man’s sport. Go ask Richard Childress and see he is an advocate of keeping the woods that he hunts in as clean and natural as possible? How silly could I be? I’m sure that he assists Shell/Pennzoil in dumping their used motor oil in his woods beside his house. Then he uses your old paper plates to help clean up the spills. After that, he burns the plates and other rags covered in oil so he won’t have to throw them in a landfill. I know that Roush’s effort won’t make much of a mark on this globe, but at least a making a solid effort to do so.
In a sport where any little bit of progression such as this helps change the stereotype on this “redneck” sport, a column such as this does nothing but help fuel the “redneck” stereotype. it’s hillbilly stereotype, articles like this
Gee, lets thinks this out…
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the water wasted in rinsing out all the jars and cans so the recycle guys will take them!
Wow, I’m sorry, but it’s people like you who reinforce the stereotype of NASCAR fans being close-minded, ignorant hicks. Are you seriously picking on Roush because he decided to do his part for the environment instead of just sitting in front of his computer compaining about how “going green” is such a waste of time and energy?
Of course this is a PR move, but that doesn’t make what he’s doing any less beneficial. If everyone was like you and believed that their actions singularly made no differnce in the world, then nothing would ever be done about our current environmental crisis.
Also, I seriously can’t believe there are people who still deny the existance of global warming. Wow, talk about taking ignorance to another level. Who cares about well formulated theories from scientifically sound empirical data backed by experts in the subjects, when I spy with my little eye that a volcano can make boom boom!
Way to keep up the good work Frontstretch..
Bloo, I was with you until you mentioned global warming. GW is nothing but a money-making scheme thought up by Al Gore to create new taxes and take more money from our wallets to try and change Mother Nature. For every scientist who says we puny humans affect the weather, there is another scientist who says nature only affects itself.
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