Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
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Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Wednesday June 7, 2006
There is an old saying that goes something like this:
What goes up, must come down.
This bit of worldly wisdom, thanks to the laws of physics, applies to everything on our planet, with the possible exception of gas prices, which apparently obey their own special laws. NASCAR, though, has no such exception.
For years, NASCAR has continued to grow and grow, fueled mostly by the personalities of stars like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon, just to name a few. For the last 35 years, these three men, among others, are examples of those who have carried the sport.
As a kid in the early 70’s, everyone wanted to be Richard Petty. Red, white and blue STP stickers were everywhere. My friends and I had them on our bikes. Older brothers had them on the rear or side windows of souped up jalopies. Whenever you saw the number 43, the first thing that came to mind was a blue and red Dodge Charger.
While Petty raced into the 90’s, the 80’s saw the emergence of men like Earnhardt. Earnhardt led the craze of new faces that dominated the sport in a time when electronic technology and communications were changing the way the sport was viewed almost as fast as a lap at Talladega. Earnhardt in particular latched on to his “bad boy” image, utilizing his “Intimidator” nickname to take the marketing of drivers to a new level.
As time went on, the era of the ‘90s ushered in the likes of Jeff Gordon. Young girls swooned. Marketing boomed. Technology was now changing faster than a lap at Bristol. This thing called NASCAR had become huge.
While NASCAR was already in the midst of an exponential growth spurt, there is no doubt in my mind that the tragic death in 2001 of Dale Earnhardt shot it into space. The man WAS NASCAR. The incredible growth caused by that aftermath gave NASCAR more money than GOD.
NASCAR itself began changing, to keep up with the marketing times and to keep the cash coming in. A new, hipper CEO named Brian France, announced billion dollar television deals. Fresh young drivers are marketed as not only racers, but outright sex symbols. NASCAR openly caters to the young, trying to shed its "Red neck" image. Times are good.
Through all of this, NASCAR forgot one thing; people are fickle. By 2003, television ratings started to slip. Brian France, eager to maintain record profits, develops the new "Chase" format in a direct and blatant attempt to usurp the NFL as king of the Fall ratings.
2004 looks pretty good. Ratings have gone back up. The new "Chase" format seems to have worked. 2005 is even better. NASCAR is enjoying record ratings growth. Brian France, so impressed is he with his own creation, briefly toys with the idea of legally rearranging the letters of his first name. Brain France is more to his liking!
Now, it is 13 races into 2006. The television ratings have been DOWN from last year’s for ALL BUT 3 RACES so far, some remarkably so, and not just the ones that were affected by rain. The bosses in Daytona must be choking on their caviar and demanding to be told what is going on!
Listen closely, Daytona bosses, and I will tell you again; people are fickle. Especially the young ones you have tried so hard to bring into your coffers the last few years. They just don’t have the attention span. Remote control technology baby! Satellite and Cable TV! Flip, flip, flip, FLOP!
Now, I’m not saying ALL the younger generation kids are that way, but that is the way society is nowadays. It’s instant gratification; they want “it” NOW! And even when you give “it” to them NOW, they are soon bored with “it” and move on to something else newer and cooler.
Multitudes of fans that are of the "older" generation (and by older I mean 35 "" 55+) have been openly insulted by NASCAR and called "red neck" and "too white". Many, tired of the insults and loss of traditions, have simply given up on NASCAR, or at the very least, only give it a passing interest. It is a shame.
Mark these words. In a marketing sense and in exponential growth, NASCAR has been running the high line a long time. Now though, the tires are starting to wear. They better bring her in and make a few adjustments, or they will soon find themselves hard in the outside wall!
Stay off the wall, (If you can, NASCAR)
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How sadly true. When one looks at the men and the cars of the past, where they took a real man with hard muscles to herd them around the track, and where the driver was able to take a mediochre car and through force of will push it to the front, then what we have now is Pablum racing. Bland to say the least. When a race car gets a slight hit and it throws the aero off enough to ruin the rest of the race, then something is bad the matter with the whole concept. When they conveniently throw the yellow for a car spinning off the track or for the elusive debris and it changes the entire outcome of the race, who among us do not believe that they are managing the sport. I guess I am an old fogey, but having followed the sport since the 50’s and yes being at the CNE speedway in 1958 when Richard Petty made his first official start, then maybe I am not the person NASCAR wants to please. The only problem is that I am at a stage in life when I can pick and choose where to spend my time and entertainment dollar and what I am seeing is not what NASCAR was founded on. Living in Canada, we would travel a long way to see either a closed circuit TV race or even go to a track miles away to watch an event. Now quite frankly, there are times when I would rather work in my shop or go out with the wife than sit around for 300 boring miles of a 500 mile race. The last real driver left in my opinion if Mark Martin, who can drive the wheels off anything he sits in and even manages to win a few. When he is gone from cup, who do we have that is anything even near to his talent and demeanor. The so called personalities are all smoke and mirrors and for the most part are not consistent in their abilities to run up front. God, I would love to see a guy like Kenny Schrader in a top ride, because here is another old timer who can get the job done with the right equipment. So Mr. France you go right on appealing to the young and the restless, because us old guys, who remember what the sport is really all about are not going to be around to fill your pockets forever.
I CAN TELL YOU ONE THING THAT IS WRONG WITH WATCHING RACING ON TV IS THE DAMN COMMERCIALS. THEY RUN 9 LAPS AND THEN GO TO A COMMERCIAL. HOW SAD IS THIS??????
how true!!! but, Brain (and I use that term loosely) has brought it to this point. and once that “car of tomorrow” hits, people are going to quickly lose interest completely. NASCAR has ALWAYS prided themselves on the “what you see on the track is what you see on the street” mentality, and I for one, don’t think the racing has been as horrible as people think. NA$CAR just needs to worry about racing and quit worrying about how to market themselves, that formula worked before “Brain” became the head honcho. If I may, I have a list of reasons NA$CAR is getting too big for themselves and why people seem fed up:
1. the car of tomorrow concept (if I want to see a damn wing and front splitter on a car, I will watch the IRL)
2. the inconsistency of the rules (slugger labbe gets a 4 race suspension AND a 25 point penalty for violating a rule. fine, but remember the “spirit of the rules” bullsh*t they were spreading when chad “the cheater” knaus was caught at dover last year??? he got NO points penalty!! slugger=same thing, BUT since he doesn’t work for Hendrick (the evil empire) he got a penalty!!) another case in point: why is it that Jr. got a 25 point penalty for cussing on TV and Chad “the cheat” Knaus did not for BLATANTLY jacking the rear window up after inspection at daytona (obviously they wanted to cheat)
3. the hollywood effect: I could care less if Ben Affleck or Pamela Anderson is at the race, just race!!
4. NA$CAR being wishy washy about people like Kyle Busch: he has already been called into the office too many times this year, why don’t NA$CAR quit worrying about hurting someone’s shot at a championship?? as far as i’m concerned, he should have been suspended for that ignorance at charlotte (i’ll never call it Lowes). but for some reason, NASCAR doesn’t want to jeopardize a championship chase (which they have already done by not suspending the whole 48 team for the Daytona fiasco)
5. corporate sponships of race tracks: I have no problem with Lowes sponsoring a track, but it becomes a little more than a little fishy when said track has it namesake car winning almost every race (gee, wonder why ratings were down for the 600 this year, go figure…......and if you don’t agree with me, ask all of the people at the track that were wearing the “anyone but Jimmie” shirts, obviously they are a little fed up too).
well, that just scratches the surface, I am sure lots of people have more than I do, but hey, this is just one man’s opinion, like it or not!!
Bravo! Couldn’t have said it better! Been a fan of Na$car since the 60’s. No more! I’ve had enough even b-4 the foreign invasion.
Me too. I have had enough… I “was” a fan since the 70’s. This year will be my last. My driver is leaving, the cars are changing, and the prices are way out of line. It was fun while it lasted…. Will the last fan out please turn out the lights and bring the flag.
the bubble broke when they let the forgien cars in. toyota is not a north amercian stock car automobile racing company. too many commercials and cable tv hurt the rating, but the final straw was bringing in the toyotas. they will spend every dime it takes to dominate the sport just like they did in cart and then indy. as soon as that happens they will pull out just like they did in cart and indy and leave nascar in shambles just like they did with cart and indy.people lost thier jobs at gm, ford, and mercedes/chrysler and now we are supposed to watch toyota kick our butts out of nascar also. shame on darrel and mikey.
I totally agree..I’ve been a long time race fan and have to say that every year its harder to watch. This “Car of Tomorrow” concept is really nothing more than turning what little remains of different car manufacturers into an “IROC” series. Some time ago I was actually happy to see NASCAR grow the way it did..then with growth came the ugly side. Very good drivers were being put out to pasture purely because they were over 40 and weren’t “marketable”. Now we have guys that are pretty darn young but are marketable but lack the experience or maturity it should take to race at the top level. I’m not that old..(in my opinion anyway), but I had respect for drivers that actually could turn a wrench as well. NASCAR cares only about the bottom dollar to the point where they are actually hurting the long term success of their own business..(come on..does the world need NASCAR endorsed baloney?). You only have to look at the BUSCH series..(or what’s left of it), to see what I mean…
I am growing tired of the rattle-trap criticism of NASCAR for “allowing” Toyota into the sport. Are we so afraid of the foreign manufacturers? Do you honestly think Ford, GM and DAIMLER-CHRYSLER can’t compete with Toyota?
I also am growing tired of the incessant whining about commercials on the broadcasts as well as the claims that NASCAR somehow “fixes” the races.
First, the races are broadcast on “commercial” television. These companies are entitled to make a profit. Commercials are their way of doing so. If you want no commercials tune in to your local Public Television Station. And for someone who claims to be a FAN of NASCAR to complain about advertising it ridiculous on its face—every car on the track is a rolling billboard. It has always been that way.
As for NASCAR fixing the races, I would rather the yellow fly when there may (or may not) be debris on the track than run the risk of losing another Dale Earnhardt or Adam Petty. Also, yes, JJ has won far too often at Lowes Motor Speedway, but he is a top-five car week in and week out. So it is not too much of a stretch to think he would win often at a track he likes. Dale Jr. loves Daytona—‘nuff said.
And last, frankly I don’t care whether Toyota or Honda or even Kia comes on board—racing is still racing, and like the late, great Dale Earnhardt said, “You either want to race or not, I want to race.”
I can think of nothing better than for a Monte Carlo to cruise to a win towing a few Toyotas and Hondas.
I will close my rant by saying if you want to see real racing, why not support your local track on Saturday nights? That, after all, is racing the way it used to be.
In my opinion, the situation is not irreversable, however if Nascar and the France family don’t listen to the early chirps of the tell tale birds, it will soon be out of their hands. Does the France family know this is an issue, or do they just not care? That’s my concern. It’s more likely too much is on thier plate, and/or too many promises have been made. I’m not throwing the gavel at them for trying to grow the sport, I just fear greed has taken over….too many hands are in the pot now. Major sponsorships rule, just like in our government system where big business runs the show. Why such a push toward diversity? I’m not racist, but anyone can watch the sport if they want to, right? Why shove it down everyone’s throat, almost seeming desperate in the process? We have plenty of tracks in our home counrty that need attention, why mexico, and canada? It’s all about the ratings, and bottom dollars. Nascar has to deliver the ratings these cable companies have paid for and that Brian France has promised, period. Instead of aproaching this with an open mind I believe the France family have goals of thier own, and unfortunately, pleasing the ones who helped them get to where they are, is not one of them. I helped them get to where they are now, just like most who will read this, but now I feel disrespected, and dishonored. I may be a redneck Earnhardt loving, beer drinking, stay up late to watch the last few laps, race fanatic, but sadly I will not allow myself to be a Nascar fan anymore, until things change. R.I.P. #3 Forever
NA$CAR died with the demise of the Southern 500 and Rockingham, and the stupid and insulting chase for the chump points scam. THAT IS NOT RACING. After 40+ years following the “sport” of racing, I will not give them the time of day anymore for thier BS “entertainment”. Todays NA$CAR is nothing but just another stupid, scripted and irrelevent network sitcom. Good riddance to them all.
I will no longer watch once the Rice Burners start running in the cup races.Toyota will bring in piles of money and force the big three out,just wait and see.
AMEN! SOMEONE PLEASE TELL THE POWERS THAT BE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF FANS DONT WANT TO SEE RED HOT CHILLE PEPPERS BUT GEORGE STRAIGHT OR BROOKS & DUNN. WE WANT TO SEE STOCK CARS NOT IROC. SOME ONE BETTER WAKE UP OR MY DOLLARS WILL GO ELSE WHERE.
A lot of things are wrong with NA$CAR, but the one that gets to me the most is these ridiculous caution flags for “debris” every time the race starts to get boring, or some big names are in danger of getting lapped. I can’t understand for the life of me why this obvious tampering can be allowed to occur every weekend. Where is the uproar from the fans and media? Every caution flag changes the entire complexion, and thus the outcome, of the race….and to think that many of the caution flags are strictly for entertainment purposes is maddening to a long-time racing fan like myself. I realize the drivers, owners and crew chiefs have probably been given the “You need us more than we need you, so keep your mouths shut” speech by the powers-that-be, but Matt Kenseth is the only driver who has had the guts to speak out about it. If this type of thing happened in any other sport, the stands would be empty the next week, but NA$CAR fans continue to watch because they either don’t care or are in denial like commenter #8. Enough is enough. Maybe one of the reasons TV ratings are dropping is because more people are waking up to the sham that this once-great sport has become. Like Honest Abe said, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.
To all the fans out there screaming about Toyota coming to NASCAR. I have been involved in the auto parts industry for well over 25 years. This country hasn not had a truly american built vehicle for almost 20 years. Ford for one thing has been in bed with Toyota for a few years now. One other interesting note is that Toyota has hired almost as many AMERICAN workers as Ford, GM, and Chrysler has layed off. NASCAR has totally alienated the fan base that got them where they are today. I would not be surprised if one day the powers to be wake up to find out that some the wiley veterans from the series have started their own racing series where you run what you brung.
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