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 September 23, 2010
Recently, a very close friend (yes, I do have a few!) contacted me and was all excited. It seems that after being turned down to be part of NASCAR’s Fan Council for over a year (they were full), someone must have died and they invited him to join.
After jumping through all their hoops and giving them a dossier of personal information, the likes of which J. Edgar Hoover would be envious of, he sat back and giddily waited for his first chance to participate. After a short time of waiting, that opportunity finally presented itself this past Monday.
As fate would have it, I happened to be present, with cold beverage in hand, as he eagerly opened an email that sought his opinions about the most recent NASCAR shindig in New Hampshire.
Now, truth be told, I cannot remember exactly how each question read, and it is too late now to go back and look, seeing as how the “survey” was only open through Tuesday. But I do remember the gist of it all, and it still fills me with a sense of incredulity!
The first question asked if you (he) had watched or attended either the Truck or Cup race. Having not seen one bit of the Trucks, but most of the Cup event, he truthfully chose the latter. As the process wore on, he dutifully answered a few questions that, from their nature, started to give him a sense of fulfillment that he was actually making, even if minute, a difference! How much of the race did you watch? What did you think of the quality of the race? The broadcast? Etc.
Suddenly, just when we were both starting to think that maybe the time spent answering the questions was slightly more productive than trying to teach a pig to sing, (don’t try that, by the way… it really annoys the pig!) up popped a picture of Jamie McMurray standing triumphantly in the door of his car, arms raised, confetti all around, obviously celebrating one of his latest victories. The question that accompanied the Victory Lane photo was something like this: What, if anything, do you know about the person in the photo that is highlighted in the green box? Well, who do you think was highlighted in the green box… McMurray? Nope. It was none other than a piece of eye candy, complete in their own driver’s suit… that’s right, a Sprint Girl! Both my friend and I looked at the girl, looked at each other and said, “WTF?!?”
The survey went on to ask more questions about this chick than it did about opinions about the most recent race! Questions like… “Who do you think this person represents?” which then proceeded to give you a multiple choice, check the box of the cell phone company logo that you thought she represented. That’s right; a full page of actual company logos to choose from!
Oh, but it gets better!
Who do you think pays this person (if at all)? NASCAR, Sprint, both, or no one? As I said before, I don’t remember all the actual questions, but I do remember that ANY sense of fulfillment or “making a difference” went straight out the window as it turned out that there were just as many, if not more questions about this girl than there were the race. At this point, probably due to our cold beverages and the fact that we are, well… guys, we started lamenting the fact that we could not type in some interesting questions or comments of our own!
So, what do you really want to know NASCAR? Did I notice that this chick was a hottie? Did I think that the Sprint driver’s suit made her butt look big? Were her boobs big enough to be nicely accentuated by said suit? Is this young girl a professional? That would certainly have a bearing on whether she gets paid, and by whom! If I didn’t have a hottie of my own, would NASCAR be interested in providing her name and number? How much does it cost to employ a Sprint Girl? Does she have her own “hard card?” And the idiots in Daytona wonder why NASCAR has a ratings and attendance problem!
So what started out as a good and hopeful experience for my friend, thinking that he was a part of something, that NASCAR actually valued his opinion about the sport, turned quickly into nothing more than a few one-liners about a hot chick, the likes of which could be déjà vu from any “guys night out.” So astounded and disappointed was my friend that he seriously wanted to resign from the council right then and there. He expected a survey about the latest race, not a pure marketing one!
Luckily for NASCAR, I managed to talk him out of resigning from the council on the spot, and now have him on an assignment to copy and paste any and all future questions so I can share them with the rest of the world. It’s all part of my crusade to continue to point out just how stupid they can actually be, and better still, how stupid NASCAR thinks YOU are!
The long and the short of it all is this: Don’t be fooled into thinking that the sport values your, the regular fans, opinions because they don’t! What they do value is your money, and I applaud each and every one of you who has made your voice heard by keeping your dollars to yourselves!
The funny (or sad) thing is, while NASCAR is actually hurting now from your frugality, they still don’t have a freaking clue! How stupid do you got to be to run a sanctioning body?
Stay off the wall (unless you need to stand on it to get a better look at the hot chicks!),
©2000 - 2008 Jeff Meyer and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Thank you for sharing the latest NASCAR “stupid idea” with us. This goes to the top of my “What Were They Thinking” list.
Sounds like all the Fan Council is there for is market research not trying to better the sport itself.
Agree with Bill B. Seems more like a way to show the official sponsors of NASCAR that – yes – the fans do see their logos and understand who is paying the bills.
Reminds me of that scene in the Christmas Story movie – “BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE”!!!!
Thank you, Jeff, but did you honestly expect anything different? NA$CAR has proven itself to ONLY care about the money they can take from our pockets before they pull a re-enactment of the Hindenburg.
BTW – regular poster jerseygirl mentioned there was a newsletter for the Council. Any chance your friend can snag a copy for you?
For some twisted reason, I am really interested in how this Council thing really works. I mean these are the people that allegedly said that they really LOVE the Chase. In reality, 80% of the fans that I know do not like it.
You might be sitting on a gold mine of good articles, Jeff.
Ummm, does Brian the Clueless need a date? Was your friend and the Council kinda like doing pre-clearance of her suitability as arm candy?
Hmmm. I’ve been on the NFC since day 1, and I never got that survey. Yes I’ve gotten some stupid ones that were more about marketing than racing, which I refused to send in. But lately, they’ve all been about racing, with a final place to say anything I wanted, which I always take advantage of.
And I’m not one of those who think the chase is worth having.
Astounding! Turns out the fan council isn’t about giving the fans a voice in Nascar issues, it’s about making sure the Nascar sponsors are getting adequate exposure.
Asounding, but not at all surprising.
Wow…I thought the Fan Council was a ridiculous idea to begin with, but I was at least warmed by the idea that NASCAR wants to listen to fans.
I started having my suspicions when I started hearing that the Fan Council loves the Chase. I can see the multiple choice on that one:
9) What do you think of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup?
a) I love it!
NASCAR is getting to be worth still following just for the entertainment value. Thanks for sharing this Jeff.
From a Sprint memo “ This damn stock car racing keeps getting in the way of product marketing , is it possible to keep the car and team out of the winners circle and just have our Sprint girl and Sprint logo in front of the camera ? “.
Did they mention whatshername? The better they look the further a-head they can get.
Not really a huge surprise that NASCAR is interested in marketing over racing. It has been obvious in our new world of racertainment. I no longer spend my $ on shirts, diecast and trips to the Cup races. I record the races to watch if I have time. I have been a racefan for decades. Turning my attention back to the local tracks and love the truck series. Hard to turn away from a sport that you love but NASCAR makes it hard to be a fan.
Nice column, Jeff, and you hit on a particular item that has been important to me from early in my career. Even when I was just a flagman, I encouraged announcers to know just exactly what they were talking about when it came to car models, the year of the make (very important back in the 60s), etc. I told them if they got it wrong, two things could happen – the fans would think they were stupid, or even worse, would think that the announcer thought the fans were stupid.
Kevin from PA…
I can vouch for the latest NFC emailing. Same one I got. When the questions about the Sprint Cup girl showed up, I thought WTF?! Pure marketing BS. I’ve just been on the Fan Council since this past summer and so far I’ve been unimpressed with their survey questions. They’ve been pretty lame so far.
I for one would rather see the SPRINT girl the winner’s circle more than I would JJ.
I WAS in the fan council.Not anymore.I was another who did not care for the chase.Guess our input went unread.
I hate to break it to you folks , but the NFC is whats known in the advertising industry as a focus group . I’m sure it was easy to get sucked into thinking that the surveys were going to be used for the betterment of the sport , but NASCAR couldn’t care less about your opinions concerning the right direction for stockcar racing . They only care about their marketing partners and the promises made to those partners to get them to write the sponsorship checks . You the fan are just being used again to help NASCAR and it’s sponsors line their pockets .
Is there the implication that NASCAR cares more about the money than the “racing”?
Unfortunately, it looks like Jeff Meyer is writing yet another article about something he knows nothing about. The NASCAR Fan Council is used to get fans’ opinions on ALL issues, from competition to marketing. On-track changes such as double-file restarts and multiple attempts at green-white-checkered finishes have come about with help from input from the Fan Council. If Jeff thinks that all surveys are the same bc of the ONE that he was tipped off about, maybe he is the stupid one here…
DoninAjax – SHAME ON YOU!!!!
You know you must refer to NASCAR events as “the product” and not “racing”!!!
If you can’t follow BF’s rules – then get out!! There will be an army of new fans to replace you – trust BF’s words!!!
“BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE”!!!!
Says Ralphie “A crappy commercial???” as he throws the Little Orphan Annie secret decoder ring away.
Says the Nascar “Fan” “A crappy marketing gimmick” as he turns the “Race” off and switches to the NFL.
Apparently they missed the last page, where you’re given the opportunity to write whatever you want. If I’d gotten this particular survey, I would have used that space to tell them how stupid is was and had nothing to do with all the other problems King Brian has created since he took over NASCAR.
Use the last page to enter any comments that you want – that way at least you get a say in with any of your concerns
For those of you who said you were on the council but never received that survey, it went out on the 20 of Sept. It read in part…
We are excited to invite you to participate in a short survey about this past weekend’s races. This survey should take about 5 minutes and will be open through Tuesday, September 21. We want to know what you think!
And Josh, keep drinkin the koolaid, buddy!!!!!
And don’t worry, I have standing orders to bring over cold beverages whenever my friend gets another survey, so I will see them!
I commented earlier, but as I read what others said and what Jeff had to say at 5:49pm the question occurred to me “are NFC surveys classified?” Reading the comments it kinda seems like they may be. Imagine, Jeff has to take adult beverages to his friend (bribery?) in order to get a look at one. Paging Leon Panetta!
AncientRacer, I don’t think they are classified, probably more like we just like to drink beer!!! LOL
Jeff is completely wrong on this one. NASCAR reads every single comment each week. I know this as fact. Keep providing your feedback, it makes a difference.
Ok BCM….please enlighten us as to how you can say I am completely wrong, yet we are to believe you!!!??? Let me guess, nascar hired you to read them, right?
Yes, the best thing NFC members can do is continue to provide feedback when requested. Thanks to the members that take it seriously.
Ok readers, before BCM’s last post, I sent him/her a personal email requesting that he/she provide proof that nascar reads each and every NFC response. I offered equal time in this column to tell his/her side of the story.
I have yet to hear anything back.
I will keep you posted.
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