NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Jeff Meyer · Friday September 13, 2013
Finally, the end may be in sight!
The end to which I allude is the comical farce and bright idea of Brian France. Yes, that’s right… the Chase!
It’s been nearly ten years since the mess that NASCAR now finds itself in was set into motion, but the outcome was inevitable. Ironically, and I haven’t heard anyone make this connection yet, the incident that hopefully is the end to all this nonsense involves the very same person the almighty Chase was created for in the first place: Ryan Newman!
Now, don’t get me wrong. Newman did nothing shady or immoral, other than maybe whine a lot, to create the Chase nor to finally reveal it for the sham it has always been. All he did was race, but you have to enjoy the irony of the history!
If you remember, back in 2003, Newman won like eight races over the year to Matt Kenseth’s one. However, Kenseth took home the last true Champion’s trophy. Oh, the outrage! Oh, the humanity! Blah blah blah and suddenly, the Chase is born. Now, here we are in 2013 and NASCAR has to “adjust” who makes their playoffs after blatant cheating… oh, excuse me… manipulation, by a team that wasn’t even in existence in pre-Chase history, once again benefiting Ryan Newman. Another irony is that Newman has never finished the year ranked higher than sixth, Chase or no Chase, and has only made it to the “playoffs” five out of 10 years counting this one. Again, I’m not picking on Ryan; I just wanted to point out the irony of it all.
Now, not even a week after the fateful race that hopefully will force NASCAR to abandon this stupid format, we find that not one, but possibly three teams in all had a hand in “manipulating” the outcome of an activity (racing) that is inherently one of the simplest premises in all of sports: who can go the pre-determined distance the fastest! How on earth can NASCAR take something so simple and turn it into such a mess?!
While we are looking at what constitutes a “Champion,” consider the following. Let’s say Jeff Gordon, just to pick a racer at random, goes on the hottest streak ever and wins the next ten races. Can you sit there and honestly, with a straight face, tell me he should not be this year’s Champion? Oh, that’s right; he’s not eligible!
Ladies and gentlemen, I sit and type this once again, with just a little “I told you all along” smugness, the Chase is the biggest farce and sham… OK, I’ll come right out and say it… bullsh*t that was ever invented!
If you want a true Champion, all you have to do is award at least 100 points more for finishing first as opposed to second! If a system such as that were in effect, no one team would be “unreachable,” even in the late stages of the season. If, by some reason, they are that far ahead, well, they’ve obviously earned it and deserve to be a champion. You don’t have to have a system that resembles something Rube Goldberg may have created! (Look it up!)
Folks, I love racing but I urge each and every one of you to yell, scream and holler — better yet — speak with your dollar, let NASCAR and the idiot running it know that this is the last straw! We don’t want or need a “show.” We want a race!
Until there is massive change, NASCAR has finally proven itself to be a joke and should never be taken as serious sport in its present form.
Let’s hope last Saturday’s race will forever be known as the “Reality Revealed” at Richmond!
Stay off the wall,
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I’d add a ‘drop’ to the format as well. It’s impossible to set up a point system where a driver who tries but fails isn’t hurt worse than if he had simply played it safe. If you want to encourage drivers to ‘go for it’, you have to not only increase the payoff for success, you need to lessen the hit if they come up short (like, for example, running out of gas).
Fantastic article which should have been at the top of the webpage over the Amy Henderson tear jerker.
This story is SPOT-ON. There’s nothing new under the sun. Drivers and teams have done all manner of things to help out others throughout the ENTIRE history of Nascar. And Nascar damn sure ain’t clean themselves.
Nascar is in dire need of a complete house cleaning if the sport is to continue.
Frankly, I’m laughing myself silly at the whole thing. What would make it better is for Clint to win the championship. HEY! It’s all about the show, right?
Spot on, Newman didn’t win the 2003 title because he 7+ DNFs to go along with his 8 wins. I think most agree the Champion should be a consistent top-10 finisher that wins multiple races. What happened in 2003 was an outlier in the history of the then Winston Cup. The response was overkill and gave us this monstrosity of a so-called playoff. I actually think the system was really targeted at Hendrick and Jeff Gordon at the time. Gordon had a habit of running up a big points lead then sitting on it to win the title. Funny, how that blew up their face with one team (Hendrick 48) winning 5 straight, something that never came close to happening in the Winston era.
I agree with the possible solution, though you probably don’t have to award a 100 points for a race win. A 15,20 or 25 point bonus would allow a hot team that wins a bunch of races to threaten a “safe” points lead. The flaw both pre and post-Chase is that the NASCAR points system simply doesn’t reward the winner enough, and makes comebacks from big points lead very difficult unless the leader has problems. Look it took Jimmie for terrible races just to fall out of the points lead this year.
Just give out points say to the top 15. This way when cars get in wrecks they won’t be coming back out.
I guess you haven’t noticed, but many of us have been hollering, screaming, staying away from the track, and turning off our TV sets for several years. The ‘brain’ in Daytona doesn’t seem to care. Notice how much he’s had to say about this whole mess?
I’ve been saying for years that first place deserves a 50% point premium over second, AKA “the first loser”. Secondly , I completely agree with only paying points to the top twenty or twenty five or fifteen, whatever,so we remove the incentive to bring the rolling wrecks back onto the track. Had an intelligent points system that rewarded winning we might have been spared this ten year exercise in stupidity.
For fun, I keep a “personal” Points Standings every year. The format? One point for 10th, two for 9th, etc., doubling each position for 10th thru 1st … 1st – 512; 2nd – 256; 3rd – 128; 4th – 64, 5th – 32; 6th – 16; 7th – 8; 8th – 4; 9th – 2; 10th – 1. Winning is the premium, but not “the only thing.” Right now, Kyle Busch leads the points (2853) over Jimmie Johnson (2840) and Matt Kenseth (2654). Oh gee … 13 points between 1st and 2nd?!? Seems like “my system” is producing an even closer points race … LOL
Totally agree the chase needs to go. It’s been a farce, now it’s also a fraud.
I agree with Sal. Writers here seem to think that they are the first ones to say the Chase should go. A lot of us fans have hated it for years. I doubt if I’ll watch this year’s idiocy – it’s boring anyhow. I would hate for Bowyer to win this year but in some ways it would serve NASCAR right to have to explain how the guy who drives for the team who was fined for cheating at the beginning of the 10 races can get the big trophy and check. Of course maybe that’s the plan – NASCAR’s way of giving the $ back to MWR for their fine.
Go back to racing the entire season.
The way I see it, and I may be in the minority on this issue, is auto racing does not lend itself to determining a “season champion” despite the excessive manipulations, calculations and machinations that Nascar has brought about over the many years to create just that.
Each race in and of itself is the only thing that matters; all else is fabricated to suit either the owners, drivers, Nascar, fans or a combination of all the above.
To award “points” for finishes is taking the sport way off the mark for what it was created for and delving into that nebulous world of stick-and-ball sports.
At the end of the day (and race) it is only about who won the race.
Anything more is to assign importance to the unimportant and irrelevant for the sake of – you guessed it – manufactured excitement for TV audiences.
Thus by going down this road and endlessly emphasising it, Nascar sold it’s soul to the Devil.
I’m sure that the water is boiling at the Daytona headquarters and has been for years.
Jeff Gordon being in 11th place (pre-chase) could win the next ten races and still not gain enough points to take over the points lead and win the championship. So how could you declare him the champion? He didnt race well enough during the regular season, as Brad K didnt either. They dont deserve to be in the playoffs.
Even when Tony Stewart won 5 out of 10 Chase races, he only TIED for the points lead, and won on the tie breaker. I dont think your example is valid.
I agree the chase is the problem,and has already cost half the real fans. I’m an mwr fan, and after 55 yrs of watching, listening,and participating in racing, I,too have about had it. Watching nascar squirm out of levying the hammer on penske will be fun, however.
Kevin, if there had been a SIGNIFICANT point difference between 1st and second for a win, Tony would have won it outright. I don’t think YOU are valid! (Im only kidding, ol buddy! Just like to raz ya a bit!)
And Jerseygirl, you have to remember, I am (and always was) a fan first and a writer second. I for one HAVE said since day one that the Chase was stupid and wouldn’t work. I can’t speak for the rest of the writers here, 99% of which joined our force way after me!
Well, nobody has to guess who will win the Championship now. I am guessing either Rick Hendrick made a sizable contribution to Brian France’s retirement fund, or it really does pay to be the biggest crybaby in the world. If Jeff Gordon wins the title, and sincerely hope he suffers early engine failure in every race, it will prove without doubt that Brian France really is only a figurehead and that Rick Hendrick really does own NASCAR!
And if you think there are empty seats now, wait until this travesty of a year is over.
Have fun with your NASCAR Mr. Hendrick! Or should I say, have fun with your HendrickCAR. The sport died, and you and your puppet Brian killed it!
True Jeff, but we’re talking with the points as they are now. I’d like to see the winner get 50 or 55 points, instead of the 48 max they get now. And 2nd place would 45 points, instead of 42.
No way will the Emperor be reading your article. I hope you send it to him or maybe a group can pool some money and buy a billboard across the street from Daytona speedway and put it where all can read it. His manipulated entertainment event with it’s mystery caution flags to create excitement has met its end, we hope.
You didn’t have to tell any of us we knew it when we saw it and some people came on board because of it and told me flat out I was nuts…I just said to them all you watch….
going way back to the dark ages of the Winston cup you need to look @ benny’s championship &dw’s 1975 &probably 2/3 of seniors where they just rode around to get points
couldn’t agree with max more…
in my mind it’s the races are important.. not the chamionship. i could really care less who wins it but i certainly care about who wins any given race and even moreso if the race was exciting and hard fought.
I’ve never bought into the theory that the Chase was introduced as a result of Kenseth’s 1 win championship. They could have simply adjusted the points in favor of wins versus consistency to solve that. I think the Chase was introduced solely to artificially insert drama (AKA revenue) at the end of the year. Listening to XM NASCAR radio I thought I was the only one that didn’t like the Chase or questioned NASCR credibility. It’s nice to know there are at least 50 or so people that agree with us.
Nascar, racing is a complete,joke,now!to me,its just a fixed,expensive,show to rip off,the fan!The,Winston cup, was a great sport, for so many true, race fans, but now ,its just a farse, and not even worth watching ,on t.v.To much cheating and,Hendrick, making sure, he gets 8, championships, and gets more than Dale, and Richard !!!
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