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 June 8, 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$CAR is getting too big for themselves and why people seem fed up:
Bravo! Couldn’t have said it better! Been a fan of Na$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?
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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