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 · Friday October 28, 2011
“Jack can be pretty blunt,” said David Ragan last Saturday speaking of Roush Fenway Racing owner, Jack Roush. Oh yeah? Well so can I (and usually am in this column!)
I hate Fords! Have most of my adult life. Why? Not because I’m some fanatic about Chevy, but because every Ford I have owned in my adult life has been nothing but a pain in the butt POS! As I’ve written before, I vowed long ago never to have a Ford, titled in my name, sitting in my driveway ever again. Well, maybe….but it better be from the early 70’s or older!
On the other hand, again as you probably know if you’ve read this column for any length of time, my favorite NASCAR drivers are Dale Jarrett and Carl Edwards, both of which have driven a Ford for nearly, if not all of their careers. Point being, when it comes to racing, I don’t blindly throw my loyalties out there, least of all for a manufacturer. I root for the man, not the car. At any rate, trust me when I say, had the recent allegations of Ford itself issuing orders that only cars of that ilk could play together during ANY NASCAR race, been made by ANY manufacturer, their name would be in the headline. I don’t play favorites when it comes to cars.
While the exact date that the alleged ‘orders’ were given remains a bit of a mystery, it was beginning to leak out as early as last Friday’s practice session.
“I’ve kind of heard the Ford guys are kind of being told they have to stay with Ford guys,” said Tony Stewart when he wasn’t tandem drafting with David Gilliland as they have in the past. Gilliland drives a Ford for Front Row Motorsports.
On Sunday it was reported by The Sporting News that “The dictum of Ford drivers helping only other Ford drivers in Sunday’s race came from Ford Racing brass and team owner Jack Roush during a meeting early in the week.”
“Yeah, we aren’t,” Gilliland said. “It’s such a tight points battle right now, and we’re going to try to help the Ford guys out all we can.”
After the race and perhaps, as they say, ‘from the mouths of babes’, young Trevor Bayne tweeted his displeasure. “I’m not happy about what this has become,” Bayne wrote. “It’s too premeditated. We should be able to go with whoever is around. I would have rather pulled over and finished last than tell [Gordon] I would work with him and then be strong armed into bailing.”
Immediately, Ford and Roush started the damage control statements that would make any politician proud.
“We don’t have orders per se,” said Jamie Allison, who oversees Ford’s motorsports program in North America. “That’s how we work with these teams. These are independent teams that choose an affiliate with us as a manufacturer. We have a lot of respect and mutual agreements. We discuss many strategies. We don’t mandate. We don’t issue orders. I can tell you at the start of the Chase, we reached out to all the Ford teams, I personally did, along with my team and basically said, “Hey, thank you for affiliating with Ford Motor Company. We’re very proud of everybody. Hey, these are special times for us. If an opportunity presents itself where you can help a Ford teammate, just please be aware and try to help out. It was just an outreach, a consideration, just be aware that we’re in the Chase and we’re all part of the big Ford family. No orders. None of what you have been reading around this big plan or big orders. It’s none of that.”
I realize that quote may be a bit long but I put it all in there solely because, after reading it, I realized that it sounded remarkably like something Brian France would say, albeit Allison said it marginally more eloquently. Look for Allison to one day be sitting behind a desk in NASCAR’s Ivory Tower!
Jack’s attempt at an explanation is almost as good.
“At Roush Fenway Racing we expect our individual drivers to make decisions that put themselves in the best position to win each and every race. That is a philosophy that we have lived by for over two decades, and one that we will continue to abide by going forward. Of course, as in any team, we would prefer for our drivers to work together when possible. However, to be clear, we did not micromanage or dictate to any of our drivers, nor any other Ford drivers, how to race with other drivers at Talladega last Sunday. There are unique codes that all drivers establish and have to live by on the track. How they manage their code is up to our drivers as individuals.”
“This weekend, there were no team orders, from myself or anyone at Roush Fenway, given to any of our drivers as to whom they could or could not choose to run with or assist, nor did I give similar directions or suggestion to any of the other Ford drivers. I’ve spoken with Trevor (Bayne) and understand that he was put in a situation requiring a split-second decision on the track and in his response to questions justifying his actions afterwards, where it was almost certain that not everyone was going to be satisfied. Trevor is extremely talented, but it is still very early in his career. Over time he will grow to understand that in such a high-paced, competitive and hostile environment it is unlikely that all of his decisions will make everyone happy. I’m confident in his decision making, his ability and actions on the track, and I’m excited as we continue to move forward with his development.”
Oh, really!? Perhaps David Ragan and Trevor Bayne misunderstood. Perhaps in the future Jack needs to be more blunt!
At any rate, the whole point is this: Any time a person or – and perhaps ESPECIALLY a manufacturer – makes an attempt to alter the outcome of a race by issuing orders, orders that would result in consequences I’m sure (if not then they’re not really orders now are they?), if not followed by lesser than RFR teams, it makes a total mockery of the sanctioning body and of racing itself.
Were orders really given? I guess it is up to you to decide if you’re going to believe the drivers or the ‘politicians’ of the sport. I choose to believe the orders were in fact real.
As for bluntness, how’s this…If Brian France had any balls, he’d be on the phone directly and inform ALL the manufacturers that, going forward, there better not even be a hint of this type of thing. His daddy and granddaddy would have!
Stay off the wall (walls are pretty blunt!)
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Jeff, are you kidding me? You are right in that Bill Senior and Bill Junior would have gone after Ford and Jack Roush with a vengence. However, they would never have gone after Chrysler (especially the Pettys) or G.M.! Heck, who do you think started kissing Chevrolet’s butt years ago? And where do you think the brainless one learned his immoral bias toward Government Motors? The Frances have always, and as long as Rick Hendrick has the brainless one in his pocket will always, show favouratism toward the bowtie boys.
A couple of days ago, someone blasted me because I posted a comment about Edwards being the most hated driver in NASCAR. Apparently, “hate” is something that only low-life types express! First, I am a Ford lover. I have never driven anything else. Two, I am a fan of Jack Roush. I have met the man on several occasions, and found him to be quite cordial. Third, I’m an Edwards and Kenseth fan, and don’t care which one wins the championship, as long as it’s one or the other. Your column today is nothing but hatred toward Ford and toward the Roush organisation! I only hope that the person who blasted me also blasts you!
P.S. Guess you’re really upset that NASCAR would like to speak to Mr. Knaus about his instructions to Jimmie to trash his car after Talladega. After all, given your mindset, and your love for the Bailout Company, I’m surprised you haven’t posted a column telling NASCAR to leave Chad and Jimmie alone!
Gotta love the standard backpedaling after something blows up in the persons’ face. Roush is a serious piece of crap. And a liar. Of course he’s going to save face because he’s gotta protect his empire, I get it. But to throw Bayne under the bus because of his youth and inexperience? Thats a new low for Cyclops-boy.
FWIW, I’d rather walk than drive a Ford.
Go Blue Duece!
I contend that NASCAR made a mockery of itself by creating the environment that would promote “team orders” of this kind by any manufacturer; Chevy or Ford or Dodge or Toyo. What is the difference in Bayne being told to leave the 24 for a teammate vs all of the strategizing that ALL the teams did prior to the race to hookup with teammates? They all did it. Nothing to see here. And, as long as this type of racing continues at Tall. and Daytona, there will continue to be nothing to see here. Ford didn’t do this to NASCAR, NASCAR did it to itself.
The problem, as I see it, is that this sport, and Talladega in particular,has devolved to such a point where you need a drafting partner. Sunday’s race was a joke-never mind the two car drafting-I can’t believe that cars were waiting for other cars on pit road, and that cars were basically riding around with no attempt to run up front. Talladega, and the sport in general, needs some major fixes.
I live a short drive from Talledega, I can afford the tickets and I enjoyed the heck out of actually driving there in the Spring…But I didn’t drive there. I didn’t buy a ticket and I didn’t even watch it on TV….Right now NASCAR feels like its adrift on a sea of poop and nobody on the ship cares…When they start to care again I will start to watch again. Till then I will read about the races and catch highlights… BTW: My boyfriend said watching my iRacing was more fun than the strategy races we’ve endured this year.
I wouldn’t buy either a Ford or a Chevy, because as Hag sang, they don’t last ten years like they should. That said, I am pulling for Kenseth and I have since he came into NASCAR. I dislike Earnhardt Jr and disliked his father too. So I have put up with Jr this and Jr that for a dozen years, nine of which Jr was outperformed by my driver. Still no credit for Kenseth after all these years and I think it is because he drives a Ford and not a Chevy. Articles such as this one need to be researched a little better before they get submitted. JEFF GORDON’S RACE IS NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN MATT KENSETH’S RACE AND YOU THINK IT IS AND THAT IS YOUR REAL BEEF.
Got a really big laugh out of this article, Jeff! You must be drinkin’ the NASCAR-Kool-Aid, by the gallon, before you wrote this article.
I happened to listen to POS’s scanner, in the early part of the race and his mind-set (does he really have a brain or just a big mouth?) and even he was discussing with BLab, whether they needed to help-out another Toy-ride (the #11), with a hook-up!
Don’t buy into you BS Ford-bashin’. Try it on some newbies-to-NASCAR.
All of this is just a “product” of this idiot-style of racing……Camry of Tomorrow (COT), Plates, bumpers matching.
Give us a break!
That was me Rufus. I’ll say it again; hating someone you dont even know is ridiculous. I really dont care if you or Jeff or anyone else hates Ford or GM, or even the tree in your back yard. It’s not quite the same thing as hating a living, breathing individual. I would love to see Keslowski or Stewart take the title, though in all honesty I really dont care that much because the chase is such a farce. Well, back to work now; God I really do hate my coffeemaker!
Are you serious? Have you never watched a plate race before? You’ve never seen Chevys push or be pushed all day by other makes and then hang them out to go with another Chevy at the finish? ALL drivers of ALL makes do that when the opportunity presents itself. Trevor Bayne just happens to have a little more honesty and integrity than most of us. And Jack Roush and Jamie Allison just said out loud what has been known in the garage forever.
As for Fords being a POS – I owned a Chevy when I got married. It was fast but I couldn’t afford to have a wife and keep the Chevy running, too. So I’ve pretty much driven Fords since. Altogether, in my 73 years, I’ve owned 3 Chevys. I could write a long, long book about everything that broke on them.
Fuel mileage races, team orders, and lot of other cr*p cannot be swept under the rug anymore. The powers that be in nas$car no longer run their sport. They’re slaves to the networks and big racing teams. They keep on putting their heads in the sand and act like nothing’s wrong. Last week’s Talladega race was a total farce. Regarding the tandem racing, if I want to see square dancing, I’ll go watch it in a barn or wherever they hold it. If this king of racing continues at Daytona, I’ll be watching something else on tv. I never thought I’d be uttering these words. Even more teams will fade away next year. The self destruction will continue unless the heads of nas$car don’t wake up and do something constructive to their sport. Don’t hold your breath on it happening.
To call what’s being raced now a “Ford” or “dodge” or a whatever is an absurdity. these are spec cars with different grille and light decals. Not much difference in the motors either. Remember when Robbie Gordon switched from one brand to another? Some decal changes and engine swaps and instant other brand! Hell Brian would have them use a spec motor if it were up to him! We haven’t had anything remotely resembling stock sheet metal in what..maybe 15 years or so?? Maybe its time for VW or Porsche to get involved! LOL
Well this story sucks big time. I am with Rufus!! And I have owned Fords and Chevys and will NEVER own another Chevy. The Fords I have owned have been and are the best. I will not drive anything else again. The chevys, on the other hand, have been big time garbage. They start falling apart very soon after you buy them. And as for drafting at plate tracks goes, do you not remember the Daytona 500 when Hendrick went 1,2,3 by hanging Bill Elliot out to dry? I hope either Carl or Matt wins the championship. And I hope Ricky Stenhouse wins the Nationwide race. Funny how all these “republican Nascar dads” support bailed out GM or toyota. Real strange to me. Oh and the writer probably does think it’s O.K. to have illegal cars then wreck them after the race to make sure no one knows. Knaus is the biggest cheater there is. I think everyone is aware of that!!
Your opening statement says it all….go ahead, be a Bowtie lover, which you clearly are, and enjoy your car being in the shop more than on the road. That being said, the one point that hasnt’t been made here is that ALL the Hendrick cars and ALL the Childress cars were lined up ALL day with nothing but Chevrolets. So do you really think GM didn’t have the exact same mandate laid out to its teams?? Get your head out of the sand, it was no different at all. And do really think for one second that Jeff Gordon would have pushed Bayne to the win, had the roles been reversed?? Seriously??? There’s wasy too much at stake for the driver of one manufacturer, regardless of which one, to assist a rival make to the championship, at the expense of his own brand. That’s just good business sense, nothing more. If there were any orders, they need to continue, that’s what makes the whole Ford-Chevy thing fun.
The point of the article, which many seem to have missed, is that NO manufacturer should be giving orders as to who can draft with who.
Obviously there are team orders…always have and always will be, but just because Ford and Roush are the ‘mothership’ of all the fords in nascar, doesnt make it right to issue orders to ALL ford drivers.
And everyone has their preferences when it comes to what to drive. I just said that the only reason I dislike ford is because all of them I’ve owned caused me nothing but heartache and money.
And again, as I said in the article, I’d have written the same damn thing if ANY make had given orders. Funny how people seem to gloss over that.
And for the record, I hope Carl wins the Cup.I dont give a rats ass what car he is driving. (My second pick would be Kevin Harvick!)
If nascrap didn’t ruin the racing on the plate tracks then we wouldn’t need to have this discussion. And like Thunder said, the blowtie boys had their team orders but nothing was said outside the teams about it. If Jr didn’t wreck then maybe Jeff wouldn’t had to whine about getting left alone. The 2x racing sucks and it’s nascrap’s fault.
This is nothing new, although lying seems to have become the new marketing tool. Why not fess up and say something like, “Hell yeah, we have orders not to help any other manufacturer but our own, PERIOD.”
Talledega is such a joke of a race that it shouldn’t even be in the Chase. Daytona isn’t much better. Any race where it takes more than one driver to win it isn’t a race.
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