Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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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 · Wednesday June 21, 2006
Last Sunday, as I sat on my couch waiting for the race to begin, I did as instructed by the track announcer and removed my hat for the singing of…The National Anthem of Canada!?
Now, I must point out, for those of you that don't already know, my couch, at this point in my life, is located in East Central Iowa. I have watched many a race from my Iowa couch and even more from a barstool located just six blocks east of my couch, but this was the first time I'd ever been asked to stand and remove my cap for the singing of another country's national anthem. I was a bit stunned, to say the least…in fact, I put my hat back on.
Even my wife, who is NOT a NASCAR fan but loves me anyway, noticed my state of bewilderment and feigned her interest with the question: "Where is this race at?"
"Michigan. Near where your brother used to live," I replied.
"Why are they singing the Canadian National Anthem?" She continued feigning interest, probably because it was Father's Day. "Beats the Halifax outta me," I quite cleverly quipped in response.
Sensing she was at her limit of feigned interest of anything NASCAR, my wife became distracted by a piece of dust, and our conversation ended. I, however, was not ready to let it die.
After dutifully standing and removing my hat for OUR national anthem, I went straight to my computer and posted my opinion of disbelief on the Frontstretch.com message board to see if anyone else thought the same as I did. (If you are not a member of our message board, I encourage you to join as we have some very engaging and insightful conversations way more in depth than what you see in the “comments” section at the bottom of each article.)
My opinion was (and is), while I mean no disrespect for our great neighbors to the north, the televised singing of their national anthem was out of place. Simply put, _the race wasn’t in Canada. Why was the anthem sung? Was it done simply because there were a lot of Canadians at the event?
Now I personally have never been to a race at MIS, but members of our message board community who have been going there for years said that the practice of singing the Canadian Anthem is done regularly, BUT…this was the first time they remember it being televised. I have discovered it is, in fact, done to welcome/honor our guests from north of the border.
Now, I have no problem with welcoming or honoring fans who come to our country to attend an event, but is their national anthem really necessary? What is wrong with a big "Welcome! Glad you are here. Enjoy our hospitality!"
NASCAR, in an effort purely based on market demographics, now holds two races a year at California Speedway in Fontana, CA. The dates awarded to Fontana were solely intended to bring more dollars and more ethnic diversity into the NASCAR fan base, as fans and competitors alike have long been opposed to the schedule changes it caused.
Fontana, as a city alone (not counting the surrounding area) has a total population of about 130,000, of which almost 75,000 claim to be of Hispanic origin. To dive deeper into the city of Fontana, of the 75,000 listed as Hispanic, almost 30,000 are listed as being foreign born, meaning they are (also) citizens of whatever country they were born in. With using the actual city of Fontana as that base, it is just common sense that the surrounding area in general reflects the same proportional numbers.
Now, do not misrepresent this diatribe to be racist against any group from any country. My point or question here is, why isn't any other country's national anthem sung at any other NASCAR events that are close to our southern border? What about the vast Cuban population that may attend a race in southern Florida? Can’t we sing the Cuban anthem for them? What is it about Canadians that make them special? Is it because, for the most part, “Canadians” look more like “Americans” and you can't tell them apart until they speak to you, so they’re “cool” enough to get their anthem sung?
Some folks on our message board have suggested that to worry about such seemly trivial things in NASCAR is a waste of time considering pressing issues in the sport such as the Car of Tomorrow, etc. They may very well be right. All I know is that the whole thing caught me off guard and left me with a lot of questions.
Politically and socially, our country is in the midst of a great debate regarding immigration and the use of English as our “official” language. Since no one that I have spoken to can remember the singing of another country's anthem actually being televised, I am left with the feeling that NASCAR and FOX just kind of “threw it out there” to see how it would go over.
With me, it didn't go over too well.
Stay off the wall (but get up on it and let me know how you feel!),
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Jeff I like you were caught when then they played dual anthems,but it has been done many times in baseball at the allstar games,and at hockey games.And if you drew a circle of 600 miles around the Pocono,NHIS,MIS you would include aprox anywhere from 25 to 60 % of the population of Canada.If you are still bothered about it call MIS and ask what percentage of tickets sold were sent to Canada
Jeff;What the hell ya’ bitchin’ about? Just about anything is better than listening to the cornpone clattertrap of Darrell Waltrip. If I hear one more boogity, I’m gonna puke.
I’m OK with singing another countrys anthem if the country is in close proximity to a track, however, our anthem should be sung first.
Haven’t you ever noticed the proximity of the Michigan track to the Canadian border crossing at Windsor? This is a REAL no brainer!
At Syracuse NY’s Super DIRT Week for the modifieds, much better racing than NASCAR presents anywhere BTW, the Canadian National Anthem is always played after ours. Why? Because quite a few drivers, crewmembers and fans of the Big Block Modifieds hail from our friend to the North.
Driving through the infield at MIS, there were a ton of Canadian license plates. We’ve always done the Can. anthem (just acknowledging our neighbors). There’s also a Canadian flag flying on the frontstretch. The USA anthem goes last if you are in the USA, ie. NHL games.
Larry, in the USA, when then US Natioanl anthem and another country’s national anthem are both played, it is considered proper ettiquette to play the US National Anthem last.
I have no problem with the Canadian National Anthem being played before the Michigan race. What is shocking to me is that the vast number of people that have an ‘issue’ with this on the racing message boards. I guess that there are more bigoted people out there that have an ‘only America matters’ mentality. No wonder foreigners refer to us an ‘ugly Americans’. (It will not be long before we will be called “ugly, bigoted, & ignorant Americans”)
Why do people care about this simple coutesy toward Canadien fans and team members? Do you believe that only the Mexican anthem should have been sung at the Mexico City race?
BTW—Hispanics are NOT a monolithic block. If you call my Puerto Rican stepmother a Mexican she will let you know how wrong you are with a vehement intensity only seen in the Nascar world during Gordon vs. Earnhardt feuds.
I am a frequent ticket holder at MIS, and also Canadian. I believe I heard the stat that about 40-45% of the crowd at both MIS Nextel Cup races are from Canada (that’s a lot of fans!). MIS also has “Canada Day” for the August race. It sure is nice to feel welcomed at the track.
Singing the Canadian Anthem at MIS is showing the proper respect that is also shown in all the major sporting events held in Michigan. If you watch NHL and the Wings are playing at home, the Canadian Anthem is always sung first and televised. Nothing wrong with it so why all the complaining ?
While I can’t say why they played the Canadian National Anthem at the northern tier tracks, I can tell you something about rendering respect to the flag of a foreign nation during a military formation.
Having been involved in a few of these ceremonies during my military career, it doesn’t matter if it’s an ally or an enemy, you alway render respect to the flag and national anthem. Which in my case was saluting the foreign flag. As much as I wanted to not salute the flag of one of our adversaries back during the days of the cold war, it took some professionalism to overcome the dislike of that country, what they stood for, and their oppression of millions of people.
So while we may not have liked it, we did it out of professional courtesy and respect.
I don’t know the specifics of how the tradition of playing the Canadian National Anthem started, but to suddenly STOP playing it after however many years would be a rude slap to our Canadian friends.
I was a bit surprised by the televised singing of the Canadian anthem, but mainly because I dont remember them televising it before. Have they not always done it right after the invocation? With a track that close, with that many Canadian fans, I have no problem with it. And while this isn’t very important to the subject, I must disagree with you, Tammi. My husband is a HUGE Red Wings fan. We have to buy the NHL package from DirecTV just so he can see every game. You stated that the Canadian anthem is sung and televised before every Wings homegame. The only time we have ever seen them perform the Canadian anthem is when the Wings are playing a Canadian team. If they do it during other games, it is not televised.
RE: Dual Anthems at MIS
Believing in Soverign State as Principle even Qubec. And unlike many would vote our province to be soverign too. But not any closer to the USA except I believe the 30+ million Canadian voters might pull down the next USA Presidential Canidate that had a foolish type of world patriotism I think I should be allowed to vote for who becomes President. It concerns me more than who is Prime Minister! GreenGriffen69
If they sang it anyway, what difference did it make if the televised it? I don’t get why it’s such a big deal. The way NASCAR is changing nothing surprises me. It’s all about the money now.
For the record. I DO NOT have a problem with them singing Oh Canada at the track! It is a nice, polite gesture. But, if this instance wasn’t some sort of social experiment by NASCAR and Fox, WHY is it the first time anyone seems to remember it being TELEVISED to the rest of the country? I watch more races than I attend and this is the FIRST time I have ever seen it, whether they were racing at MIS, Pocono or Louden.
As so astutely pointed out by a previous post,no need to call the MIS ticket office to find out how many tickets go to Canadians,although having gone to MIS annually since ‘90,I can tell you with great accuracy the figure is closer to 50-55%.The Canadian anthem has been sung at every event in that time,it’s just the myopic suits at the networks have never bothered to show it before now.This was long overdue.Never mind the vast majority of fans being Canadian at MIS,Pocono,NHIS,etc,how about Daytona and Bristol which are fully 40% or more Canadian?It’s about damn time the network twerps and the braintrust(?) at NASCAR recognized the fact that Canada is equally as responsible for the growth and prosperity of our sport as the good ol’ USA.
You say your from Iowa? Sounds more like San Jose. What I can’t believe is that you would be linked from such a quality sight as Jaski to your worthless opion. You say your not bigoted, BUT THEN YOUR WRITE $%^%& LIKE THIS? If you watched any of the Stanley Cup you would know how wonderful the fans of Canada, and specifically Edmonton, is towards the USA. They didn’t just reluctantly stand up, they belted out the words and cheered OUR anthem. NASCAR wants to broaden their fan base. I don’t think they have people like you in mind. Go back to minor league baseball in Iowa and you will not have to hear the Canadian anthem again
You can’t be much of a NASCAR fan if you’ve never noticed this before about the Canadian National anthem. It’s been done for years. Maybe the beer at the bar clouded your eyes and plugged up your ears
Most of the “issues” raised by this could have been easily avoided if the folks in the broadcast booth had simply explained why that was being sung. Most people (there are always exceptions) were asking questions about the singing because they didn’t expect it or understand why it was done.
The thing i think is terrible are the number of folks spectators and Drivers/Crew members that disrespect our (US)
From what I have been told by an MIS Sales rep, Canadians account for nearly 40% of tickets sales for the races there. The Canadian Anthem has been sung for as long as I have been going (Since ‘88) and they used to do it at Pocono as well. This is the first time I have seen it televised (which as a CDN was kinda nice!). The reason they would have sung it first is a) because of the flyover and b) by singing the US anthem afterward, it sets it up as “the main event” of the two anthems.
Hockey arenas do this all the time to get the crowd cheering louder: visting anthem first.. now let’s show ‘em how it’s done!
I am a NASCAR fan ( big Mark Martin fan too ) and I am proudly Canadian. I was at this particular race and i always go to Walkins Glen and useually Ricmond, Bristol and Charlotte Motorspeed ( oh I wish they’d bring back Rockingham ). Anyway…it is a nice touch that tyhey play our anthem in Walkins Glen and Michigan. I proudly wear my hat that my brother in law bought for me in Afganistan. Taskfocr Rakasan….it is a joint taskforce of Canadian and American soldiers based in Kandahar…he served there for 18 months…..the hat has both the Canadian Flag and US flag on it and I proudly wear it t support both of our countries….we are a lot closer than you think! God Bless Canada and The United States!
I agree, Tammi. If they are racing at a place like MIS where that many fans are from Canada, there is no reason not to play it. Out of respect, it should be played. And Go Wings :)
Nikki, in this years NHL playoffs, the fans in San Jose roundly booed the Canadian anthem when the Edmonton Oilers were in town. The fans in Edmonton responded when the series returned north by loudly and rambunctiously singing the American anthem followed by a rousing standing ovation afterward. Then they sang the Canadian anthem even louder. If you watched the whole playoffs, you no doubt saw the fans in Carolina grasp this and competitive anthem singing (at least in the NHL) was launched.
Oh, and Jeff Meyer, if this is the best you can come up with to write about, you’re just not trying hard enough. No controversy here, just respect for neighbours, given and returned.
“Oh, and Jeff Meyer, if this is the best you can come up with to write about, you’re just not trying hard enough. No controversy here, just respect for neighbours, given and returned.”
you think that singing oh canada at mis is strange,just “wait”.busch is going to race in montreal and there they will sing it in french.
You ignorant *#@$&@%. I suppose you didn’t see the hockey game last week where, in Edmonton, Alberta, you could barely hear the guy singing the Star Spangled Banner because the crowd was singing it too loudly. Out of respect for the U.S. (and I was proud of them for doing it)
Sorry if the 3 minutes of class and respect shown by MIS was so damned hard for you to take. Obviously your time is much too valuable. You make me sick
You put your hat back on? While an anthem was being sung, you put your hat on? That is an affront to any country! It is mandatory for all men (and women wearing unisex style hats) to remove their hats during the singing of an anthem, regardless of the country.
I find it hard to believe that this is even a article. If you don’t like it don’t watch the race. I go up to MIS every year and camp I talk to just as many people from Canada as i do from the U.S. Also there are a lot of track workers that are from Canada. So I look as it as a thank you to all of those guys for keeping the drivers safe.
I was born in Canada, and retain dual citizenship.
Why all the crying over our anthem?..
ignorance is bliss they say…... wishing i could be mentally challenged or an american so i could be ignorant of the world around me too !
I don’t have a problem with them singing the Canadian National Anthem, but I believe the reason it was televised for the first time is Nascar’s continuing greed.They’re marketing to the Canadians. It’s never enough. There is a Busch race scheduled for Canada next year and I would bet Cup will follow in years to come and they are trying to show how nice they will be and how much they want them to be part of their sport. Good business and marketing, maybe but they show no loyalty to the fans they already have who have supported their sport for years. I wonder which track will lose a race when they star racing in Canada
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