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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If you read the Top Ten list posted yesterday here on Frontstretch.com, you now know that the news is out that I am forming a Brian France Fan Club. Members will get the chance, among other things, to be the head of NASCAR and deal with all the duties that come with it. Since this is my club, I am going to go first. (Before I begin, keep in mind that in the spirit of “been there, done that,” I am going to skip the diaper changing of Brian’s kids…at least until the grandkids come along.)
So, as the grand poombah of NASCAR, what would I do? First and foremost, I would "tweak" the Chase…tweak it to the point that it no longer exists. When the new format was first announced, I held off on my judgment until the end of that year. At the time, I decided that it was marginally OK, but reserved the right to change my mind at any time.
While the Chase format did make the end of the year mildly more interesting, it was never a secret that it was contrived solely to increase television ratings to compete with the NFL. At first, the ratings did increase, and the Chase was hailed as a success; but by this year, the ratings for ALL NASCAR races have gone down across the board, with only one or two exceptions. The reason for this, I believe, is due to a couple of simple things. One, the newness of the Chase format has worn off for the casual fan, and two, the television coverage itself is downright disgusting.
So, in lieu of trashing the Chase format, I would simply get rid of it, instead making a change awarding a win with at least 75 more points than second place. The possibility of one driver locking up the Championship early would be greatly reduced, unless he/she were drastically ahead of the rest of the field…in which case that driver should probably be the Champion, anyway. Think about this: Tony Stewart could win all the remaining races and still not be listed in the record books as finishing in the Top 10 in 2006. What would that say about the validity of the current Chase format? To me, it says it’s a publicity stunt that needs to go.
Moving on, I would work to make changes in the way NASCAR is portrayed to the average viewer, both through changing the TV coverage and encouraging the personalities of the drivers to shine through. It is my belief that the one race that started the growth explosion for NASCAR was the 1979 Daytona 500, the first start-to-finish live coverage of a NASCAR race on TV. What made that race so appealing to the television viewer was not who took the checkered flag, but the last lap crash and fist fight that happened between Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough. The viewers simply loved it, and clamored for more. Of course, viewers clamoring for more is what makes sponsors and networks salivate; it's that simple. Give the viewers what they want to see, and they will view the races without a problem.
In that instant in 1979, NASCAR became sort of the “reality TV” of the sports world. Here was a world of tough guys in tough cars going head to head on the track and in the infield. NASCAR should embrace that. Everyone loved Dale, Sr., not only because of his skill behind the wheel, but also because of his "bad boy" image. NASCAR itself could be the "bad boy" of the sports world…not the "entertainment show" it has become. The most important thing, again, is to give the viewers what they want to see.
Perhaps the biggest step I would take to save NASCAR is to bring the Labor Day race back to Darlington! California never has and never will sell out its dates, no matter how good the shopping is under the grandstands. While I do believe it is a good thing to expand racing to other parts of the country, don't do it simply because it is the 2nd biggest "market" in the country. Moves such as this only convey greed on the part of the NASCAR powers that be. It is OK to try things…but be flexible. If a second date in California isn't working out, move it back to Darlington. If the Northwest doesn't want to pay to build you a new track, race in a place that WANTS you, such as Kentucky or North Wilkesboro. Real fans see through all the NASCAR generated propaganda and see that simple greed is the real motive for these changes, not diversifying the fan base at tracks where fans don’t even come.
Another change, and probably the most controversial, that I would make is that EVERYONE must "time in" to the starting field. That’s right; no guaranteed spot for anyone, not even a past champion’s provisional. There are 43 spots available, and the 43 fastest times get to race. If you don’t make it…sorry, try again next week!
Those are just a few of the changes that I would make to save NASCAR. If you want to join my new Brian France Fan Club, let us hear what changes YOU would make. Just remember…the diaper changing experience is optional.
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All good ideas. How can we make this happen before I stop watching Nascar altogether because it is getting so boring?
you are preaching to choir. I have been a fan for years, but I don’t know how much more I can take!
“One, the newness of the Chase format has worn off for the casual fan, and two, the television coverage itself is downright disgusting.”
While I agree with the second point, how does “newness of the Chase” effect all TV ratings? The reality is this years ratings may be an outlier, we won’t know until next year. Secondly this years ratings are still very near the record year of 2004.
Think about this: Tony Stewart could win all the remaining races and still not be listed in the record books as finishing in the Top 10 in 2006.”
Why think about a hypothetical? R. Petty holds the record of consecutive wins at ten in 1967. It will never happen again.
One solution would be have some way to have a “floating” 9th and 10th place in the Chase.”
In other words structure the points so the 11th (or further back) place driver could race his way back into the top ten during the Chase. I would agree with an increase of the winners points, but limited to something less than 20 for a win. At the same time eliminate the bonus for leading a lap. Or modify it so a driver only got the bonus if he led five green flag laps after assuming the lead.
“If a second date in California isnâ€™t working out, move it back to Darlington. If the Northwest doesnâ€™t want to pay to build you a new track, race in a place that WANTS you, such as Kentucky or North Wilkesboro.”
While no defender of the Cali track I don’t see a point in giving up on it this soon. The second date there is only a couple years old and the Cali market is very hard to crack for a number of reasons.
Darlington? Sure they desire their date back, I suggest a Busch date on Labor Day and make it their signiture event of the year and 500 miles long.
North Wilkesboro? No way, no how. The “save the speedway” efforts early this year fell flat on it’s face. It’s a bad location with little to no infrastructure to support large crowds. Not that they would need it, small crowds is why they lost the date.
The folks in Kentucky don’t want a date. They want to set up their own “France-like” cabel via a bidding process. Who do you suppose would win an open market bidding process? It wouldn’t be Kentucky and very possibly Martinsville as well.
Expand the starting feiled to an even 44 cars and allow only the current Champ a provisional and only for 5 or less events.
Here’s one “out of the box” Chase change.
After event 26 take those from 11th down to 43 place, split them into two groups. On Wednesday or the Friday prior to the first Chase event hold two 100-200 mile events for those drivers. The top 2 finishers in each of the two “feature races” would get a pass into the Chase and be placed in 11th thru 14th positions in the standings.
Here’s a really radical idea—how about supporting local and regional racing? After all, that is how NASCAR got started and it still has the kind of racing everyone is talking about. NASCAR is now pretty much taken over by corporate blandness. The best driver/personality in the sport—Tony Stewart—has basically been tamed in the name of corporate respectability. Same is true of Harvick.
Don’t get me wrong … I watch NASCAR every weekend. It is still far better than F1, IRL or Champ. The best racing is, of course, the truck series.
But I suggest instead of talking about what NASCAR should do, you vote with your feet and head down to the local track.
While I do not like the top-35 in points being locked in, I also don’t like the idea of everyone having to qualify in. At the 1st Dover race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the points and spun out on his qualifying lap. So, you would send the points leader home that weekend?! Ridiculous. Teams should be allowed 2 “mulligans” per year. Not to be used if your time wasn’t good enough, but to be used if something happend during your qualifying lap (Johnson at Dover, Biffle at Watkins Glen, as well as both Bill Lester and Kenny Wallace who were never Championship contenders). There are others as well that don’t come to mind right now. To make my point even more valid, let’s pretend that there is no Chase, and Matt Kenseth is leading the standings going into Homestead. Kenseth spins on his qualifying lap and is not among the 43 fastest. Would you send him home, and hand the Championship to Jimmie Johnson (assuming he was still 2nd)??
Aboslutely can the chase for the chump points scam. Its a sleazy road-side carny gimmick that has taken what was the best racing in the world and turned it into just another stupid and insulting network sitcom. Put the Southern 500 back to its rightful place on Labor Day where it belongs… PERIOD. Get back to racing with TV coverage (sport)instead of this TV show with a little racing thrown in (sitcom)and you will see the viewers come back. Who wants to see Brian’s version of the WWF with cars?
All great ideas. But let’s not limit our discussion to improving jus the chase. How about improving the quality of racing. Here’s on idea that should make for more exciting racing. Let’s go back to double file restarts for all lead lap cars. I realize that doesn’t sound fair for cars not on the lead lap, but that’s their fault for getting a lap down. Besides they have the lucky dog to get their lap back. On double file restarts for lead lap cars you will get exciting racing at every restart instead of the usual occurance of the first place car pulling out ahead of the rest of the field. Also, double file restarts for lead lap cars will eliminate those cars a lap down from interfering with competitive race cars on the restart. How many times have we seen cars a lap down interfere with lead lap cars and either cause an accident or hold up an otherwise competitive lead lap car. I say let the lap down cars fight it out at the back of the pack to see who will get the lucky dog at the next auction. Besides on many times have you seen a lap down car restart on the inside and actually get their lap back by racing in front of the leader. Almost never. Double file restarts for lead lap cars will prove to make the racing much more exciting.
Save your breath, all the BS is here to stay! I gave up years ago! NA$CAR suits SUCK!!!
No matter what NASCAR brass says, I believe we all want to see a picture in picture, like ABC does during IRL races, whenever there is a commercial. I don’t like watching numbered dots going around the track during breaks (Trackpass). There have literally been 50 times (this season) when I’ve seen at least half a lap go by and they have not come back from commercial. Also, it would be kind of nice to see a replay of what caused a caution, whether or not someone in the top 10 in points was involved.
As odd as it may sound, I think they would be better served by making the watching of the races more enjoyable and stop treating us like profit centers. We all love to spend our money on driver gear and products produced by the sponsors (or avoiding certain sponsored brands if it competes with your driver) so why hammer us over the head?
One last thing, it’s kind of ridiculous that some tracks have minimum ticket prices approaching $100 each. Yeah, races still sell out (most of the time) but it didn’t used to be a sport that was just for the rich. It’s hard to spend less than $1000 on race weekend if you are coming from out of town. $3000 isn’t unusual.
I totaly agree with Mr. Gary & Joe But I have to add something How about we get rid of the suits and Nextel Give it back to Winston,Oh and bring back Rockingham!!!!
I do not have a problem with the fastest 43 being in the field, if you switch back to two qualifying sessions. If a team has a problem in one session, they still have a chance to time in during the second session. If they can’t get it right in two sessions, too bad. If you are only going to have a single qualifying session, then you have to have some kind of provisional system.
Wonderful ideas!! NASCAR was once “Must See TV” for me, now I can barely tolerate the crap we are forced to watch. Crummy television coverage, boring tracks, Stepford Drivers, artificial excitement, all generated by greed. I now tape races and may or may not watch them. I may spend my time on more worthy pursuits like reading a book or watching the WNBA.
It is definetly time to get rid of the chase. I never liked it since the time it was introduced. Start from scratch with a new point system. If you want to keep the points close so no one runs away with the championship half way through the season, I suggest a 43 point system. The winner gets 43 points, Second place gets 42 points and so on all the way down to the last place car who would get 1 point. If you lead a lap you get 1 additional point. Lead the most laps and you get 1 additional point.
The points would be kept very close, no one would run away with the championship, and all drivers have a fair shot at the championship.
I believe it is time to get rid of the chase also. However everyone keeps talking about giving the winner more points for each win. How about thats the biggest part of the problem. There are too many points flying around. This is why the fields are always so spread out. I run an online Nascar Racing Series using an EA Title and have been going on 3 years now. In my series I took the points away. I now give 1 point for leading a lap and 2 points for leading the most laps. I give 1 point for a pole and then start the points at 45 and have a 1 point spread between each driver. Our fields are always tight at the end of each 36 race season. There have been up to 20 people with 2 races to go bidding for a championship season. I have a pretty elaborate scoring system and I have for 2 years now entered the real nascar drivers into my scoring system following their season and the point difference between each driver is much lower. STOP GIVING OUT SO MANY POINTS. Its killing the sport. As for the TV and marketing side of Nascar. Dont even get me started. I think it is ridiculous. I would like to see Nascar back to 1-2 car teams and that is it. Maybe other not so fortunate drivers could compete then.
Maybe it would help if the RACING were interesting again. Common templates and the Car of Tomorrow may be the two worst stock car racing ideas EVER!
It’s up to a manufacturer’s engineers to make the cars a shape that will go fast. If they do that well, it is then up to the other manufacturers’ engineers to catch up. Real races with something approximating the real product would make NASCAR a lot more interesting than the common “run-in-a-pack-until-someone-wrecks” show we get now.
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