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.
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Voices from the Cheap Seats · Jeff Meyer · Friday July 27, 2012
Aside from not having any…but of course, that is my opinion. I want to know what you think.
Counting the headline as number one, here’s a second question for you to mull over. Do you think AJ Allmendinger is a drug head? While you think those over, here are some quotes from some of the players involved and some who are not.
“I don’t see how any man, if he’s got any (manhood) at all, can go and take what he’s fixing to have to take — and that’s going through the Road to Recovery for a guy who did not take drugs or did not do what they’re saying he did,” Jeremy Mayfield said, when asked about Allmendinger’s situation. “It’d be tough because you’re basically living a lie to be a poster boy for NASCAR’s drug policy.”
OK, I know it is Jeremy Mayfield. One would expect a little bitterness, but even though Mayfield’s case didn’t turn out so well (he certainly didn’t help himself as the years wore on), he does bring up a good point about being a ‘poster boy’.
Let’s assume for a minute, as we should, that AJ’s positive (which has been listed as ‘amphetamines’) is totally accidental and/or caused by something eaten or taken with no intent to get any sort of high. How damning is it that those in charge of NASCAR’s drug policy saw fit to actually NAME it, ‘Road to Recovery’?!
Is there no room or contingency in place for cases where a false positive, or a positive that is obviously unintentional, occurs? Why can’t another test be done? Why can’t NASCAR come out and say, “Hey, we want to work with you on this. We don’t think you’re a druggie, we want to run some more tests and/or at least get to the bottom of this!”
For whatever reason, they don’t do that. You are assumed to be a poor, unfortunate, misguided soul who does drugs and MUST go down the ‘Road to Recovery’!
Even the statement from Shell/Pennzoil, AJ’s sponsor shows no confidence in this whole ordeal.
“Shell and Pennzoil believe that the process and procedures that NASCAR has in place as part of their substance abuse policy are appropriate and serve to ensure that the sport and its participants are held to the highest standards. We share Penske Racing’s disappointment with the result of AJ’s (Allmendinger) B sample test and will work closely with them to determine plans moving forward. We hope for the best for AJ during this difficult time.”
Just so you know, while NASCAR tests listed ‘amphetamines’ as the cause of the positive, the same tests also ruled out Ecstasy, marijuana, alcohol and methamphetamines. Brand names of medications that contain or metabolize into amphetamines include Adderall, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Desoxyn, Didrex, ProCentra and Vyvanse.
AJ is going to jump through NASCAR’s hoops and go into what they call ‘rehab’ and go down the ‘Road to Recovery’. You can also bet that in the coming weeks, the Allmendinger camp will find out exactly what caused this unintentional positive. I just hope and pray this all doesn’t turn out like the Mayfield fiasco, leaving myself and everyone else who defends AJ looking like fools.
Speaking of fools, Brian France uttered some more words recently on the subject of competition and how the decision process in the upper rooms of NASCAR really works. The following is a brief excerpt of an AP interview, conducted by Jenna Fryer with Brian.
As CEO, France said what he wants supersedes what any purists on his staff might prefer.
“I overrule them, quite frankly, because I have to,” France said. “We can’t have four strategies going on. There aren’t a whole lot of people who don’t want to see more lead changes, or a photo finish, or slamming and banging coming out of the fourth turn.
“We are unabashed about wanting that. We want to put it more in the driver’s hands. It’s a contact sport and if you have a chance to win and are in second place on the last lap, would I expect there to be some contact if you have a faster car? Absolutely. The guys who don’t do that, that’s not our rules. We want to see what everybody else wants to see – excitement.”
Now I understand that NASCAR’s drug policy and testing procedures are in place to ensure safety and well being of all involved, but shouldn’t that extend to the top as well? To the guy who is making all the decisions? I mean, isn’t it equally, nay doubly, important that he be drug free as well?
After my last week’s column, like soooo many I’ve published before with Brian France quotes, comment after comment comes in as to the certainty that Brian France is in fact on drugs. I even got a personal contact that said they had it from a very reliable source that Brian was a raging coke head.
Now, since I have not done any coke with Brian personally, I cannot sit here and say for sure that his is a coke head one way or another. Personally, I think that if he ISN’T a coke head, then he is one of the dumbest persons alive and so removed from the reality of the fans that it is almost unimaginable. I mean hey, c’mon, just like Mayfield, he certainly doesn’t help his own case when he speaks.
In light of all that, what better way to show us the ‘integrity’ in NASCAR at the highest level then by Brian France taking a drug test as well?! Sure, sure, it would mean nothing, we all know the result already (after all it is their lab), but still…it sure would be a nice gesture….even if a hollow one!
So what do you think? Who’s more apt in your opinion to be a druggie…AJ Allmendinger or Brian France? Is there integrity left in NASCAR or is it all just a show?
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Do the drivers get a list of all banned substances? I recall this was an issue in the past but do not remember how it played out. Is Allmendinger a drug addict? I would guess not. But if the drivers do have a list of the banned substances is, Allmendinger is an idiot and his competitive NASCAR days are over. The “Road to Recovery” may be a noble idea but it isn’t going to help anyone who consumes a banned drug through an energy drink. This is something that would have made more sense when he got his DUI. Why is NASCAR being so secretive when it comes to their drug testing program?
At the end of the day all we know is Allmendinger is done, and the 22 is the hottest ride on the market. Thanks NASCAR.
I dont understand why, if there is a positive drug test result, they don’t immediately do another test, either urine or hair, to determine if this is an ongoing issue or a one time mistake. Reacting as if the positive test automatically makes someone a ‘user’ seems like over reacting to me. And hands down, from his appearance to ‘communication’, Brian France certainly should undergo his own drug test. But then, maybe that explains some of his less than rational decisions in the past few years and his disconnection to reality.
I like many folks out here in the land of “say what?” are very confused! I would think, when a man’s entire career, life, self worth is on the line, NASCAR would go to enormous lengths before branding him a druggie. But, as in most big corporations..they own the stick, ball, and playing field..and what they say is the way it is. I have noticed the majority of drivers are staying away from this subject ( unless they’re “teammates”..and with Keslowski and Hornish on AJ’s side…who needs enemies). I would guess the drivers don’t want the wrath of NASCAR and Aegis down their necks with the little plastic cup..so the best defense is retreat into the safe cocoon of their cars cockpit. Right now I have no idea who’s on what…as for me I think I’ll go pop my Xanax, take my OCD meds, my allergy pill, and open a fine bottle of wine! Geez I hope France doesn’t have my address!
In my opinion brain Farce is a drunken crack/coke head!!He couldn’t pass a piss test if his like depended on it!!And I would bet money that AJ is not on anything illegal, but something in one of his sponsors products!!…Hope he sures the hell out of that sponsor once they find out where it came from. And in his case, I would beat the crap out of brain farce rather that cower and go to recovery!!
NA$CAR is proving once again their drug test is a joke. Why not with all the money they have raked in do blood/hair samples when a positive shows up and be sure what the problem is while they twiddle their thumbs? And over 100 or so compounds to test for ? Give me a break! BZF is a total idiot and needs a rest home not an office. With the cars, their parts, countless rules and the chase just show a total lack of desire to put on a good show. Maybe BZF needs to buy a football team because NA$CAR is become a monkey with a football. And I’m or the road to becoming a druggie because I took a 5 hour engert this morning.
Great article Jeff.
Maybe I’m naive, but I just don’t see AJ taking anything intentionally. I think that as SB says, they should do another test to determine just how much of whatever he was over the limit on, has been in his system or is in his system.
It seems to me that as with anything there are degrees of this issue and based on what I’m hearing – AJ wasn’t over on this test by much. Why does he have to go through something designed for someone with a substance abuse problem? Sure seems like treatment should be tied to circumstance and wasting this much time in his career for something that sounds like it’s on the minor end of a positive result and I’m still believing – unintentional – it’s overkill in a major way.
I think that not only should B France stand up and go through the same testing as the people racing in his organization – I think a mental evaluation is quite called for as well. I mean – if you’re going to be testing for competency, then let’s get the cat out of the bag – he’s so outta touch it’s laughable.
I grew up on short tracks and when a 2nd place driver deliberately knocked the leader into the wall it was called dirty driving. I don’t know what France calls it.
Integrity and NASCAR? Are you kidding? Never was, never will be. BZF’s substance abuse just makes it more obvious then in previous generations.
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but they are a privately held business, so they can do whatever they want as long as it’s legal or they don’t get caught, i wonder if they care what we think.
with regards to AJ, i don’t know the man so i really can’t have more than an opinion as to his guilt or innocence. I feel that my opinion isn’t worth anything in this case because the truth is out there someplace.
i do agree with the above comments that say nascar should be doing much more to suss out the truth, especially when it comes to someone’s career. i think for them to not do anything further in a case like this only further erodes what little credibility the leadership have. i suppose the possibility exists that they have but i tend to seriously doubt it. furthermore, in the end, wasn’t the thing that actually sank mayfield (and i agree that he really did nothing to help himself) the paperwork that he signed saying that he couldn’t legally pursue nascar for defamation? and if that’s true and is now precedent, how can that ever help nascar with their credibility problems? but then again, they probably don’t or won’t care until their business is hurting enough.
What we learned is AJ is not a drug addict….but he is pretty stupid for not thinking about whats in medications.
You and I all are probably loaded with the crap…but we aren’t NASCAR drivers….
And the sad thing is…a “stimulated” AJ is still far safer behind the wheel than the soberest of sober Sam.
There’s an old saying (my boys hate when I do this old saying thing) that says a man can sit there and let everyone around him think he is an idiot, or, he can simply open his mouth and put all supposition to rest. Brian France manages to supper-excel at removing even the slimmest of doubt in this area each time he speaks. I think he is also a fan of if you can’t dazzle them with your brains baffle them with your bullshit. Rest in peace NA$CAR.
What bothers me is that AJ has yet to issue any public statement. Makes me wonder if BZF has slapped him with a gag order.
The timing of this whole fiasco is interesting. It just happens to be in the heart of silly season.
AJ was on a one-year, Chase-or-bust, contract. And the Captain really wanted Hornish in this ride to begin with. AJ flunks his drug test and Hornish gets the remainder of 2012 to sell himself to Shell/Pennzoil.
JT, Hornish may be in for the remainder of the season, but my money is still on Kenseth in the 22 (at the very least with Penske) in 2013! As I’ve said before, the timing of all this is impecable!!!
Jeff, but Roger is switching to Ford next year and Ford has basically said Matt was leaving them and wished him well in the future.
As for France, he is a moron.
Count me as one “who don’t want to see more lead changes, or a photo finish, or slamming and banging coming out of the fourth turn.” If you can’t get the position on your own, you shouldn’t knock someone else out to get it. That’s bullying. It’s not surprising that Brian Says Dale was his favorite driver.
You have to draw the line somewhere, and AJ crossed it. I’m not qualified to say whether he is or is not a drug user. If he comes up with a valid reason for the positive test, his return will be accelerated as Randy LaJoie’s was. There are parts of the process that I dislike, but have no problem with NASCAR’s execution of the rules that are currently in place.
Drug tests have a limit. You have to have a line in the sand and if you cross it you lose. Happens all over america every day. My old job we got drug and alcohol tested randomly. And, this is a growing trend in america. And, one I might add that I agree with especially jobs where peoples safety is in jeopardy. Still, I put the blame on AJ. When your mult million dollar job depends on passing drug tests, you had better be sure of what you put in your body. And, if AJ had any doubt, he could have paid independent labs to test to see if what he was taking would give him a positive. And, all this talk about the lab being Nascar’s is wrong. This lab does tests of a lot of different companies and has no connection to Nascar other than being contracted to do their tests. One thing I do agree on is testing of Brian France. And, since Nascar tests the drivers and crews, the whole Nascar organization ought to be required to take drug tests and pass. A lot of companies do this now so it’s really not that big of a deal. Again, all Nascar Employees including management should be helded to the same rules as the drivers/crews. But again, AJ brought this on himself by taking things he shouldn’t have been taking and it’s his fault for not making sure what he took wouldn’t give a positive drug test. As somebody who has worked all his life and is not a millionaire, If I had the chance for a multi million dollar job it wouldn’t be a problem for me to stay clean and avoid anything that would give me a positive reading.
To Steve S….Yeah I know what Ford said, but think about it…Matt wants to stay with Ford, Ford would LOVE to have Matt stay…Penske would be a fool NOT to try and woo him (and with Ford’s blessing and help, I might add!)
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