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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Scanner Static : Fan Q & A · Jess Nicholas · Thursday November 9, 2006
Q: Why does everyone talk about Robby Gordon being a bad driver or Jimmie Johnson being dangerous when Kevin Harvick still has a ride? He ran over, just simply ran over Scott Riggs. I can understand why Riggs' crewmember got upset; I would have knocked the (expletive) out of Harvick as soon as he popped back up from falling. Why won't NASCAR punish Harvick? Is it because he drives Dale's old car? HarryMan
A: Harvick's bump was inexcusable. You could see it coming and it was almost like watching a train wreck unfold at slow speed. You couldn't believe he was going to run over Riggs, and then he did. But honestly, can NASCAR punish him after he essentially did the same thing Jeff Gordon did to Matt Kenseth earlier in the year? The precedent has been set.
Q: I don't care what Harvick and Riggs had going on on the track; there's no defense for ever touching a woman, much less pushing her down. I hope Riggs' crewmember gets arrested for assault. ryu8321
A: Ordinarily, I would certainly agree with that. In this case, though - and this has nothing to do with the on-track incident - I wasn't there and I don't know what DeLana Harvick said. I do know her mouth is at the very least a rival to Kevin's own. I've heard her pop off before and quite frankly, female or not, if you're going to be confrontational in life, sooner or later you'll invite trouble for yourself. It could be that Riggs' crewmember was 100 percent at fault, and if he was, he'll be dealt with accordingly. I'm just saying I'm not sure we've got the whole story, or will ever have it.
Q: Jess, thanks for taking the time to read this. I know NASCAR needs to get paid by the sponsors, but whew! Every time I watch a race, it seems there are endless commercials. Hundreds and hundreds of them, it seems. I’m getting close to not wanting to tune in anymore. What do you think? Denise
A: I've seen the stats on Jayski and I've heard people say how it's no different from sitcom television, blah, blah, blah. All I know is that there are too many of them, too often at crucial times of the race, and when Bill Weber is having to apologize for going to commercial break, that should be a sign the network is hearing a lot of complaints. But do I expect it to change? No, I actually expect it to get worse. Our televised product is fast becoming less a race and more a four-hour marketing special.
Q: You know NASCAR has its finger on all drivers' futures when even drivers like Robby Gordon who was always so outspoken now just grin and bear it. What a shame that the drivers have become so vanilla. Get back to the real feelings, heck the sponsors will get more attention over controversy. Mike Millis
A: Yeah, but do the sponsors really want to see their driver throwing a helmet through Michael Waltrip's car, like Gordon did last year? Maybe, maybe not. I guess it depends on who you're driving for. But it does seem like Robby gets picked on too much.
Q: I want to take a moment to thank Terry Labonte for being great to me and my son the couple of times we were lucky enough to meet him. I'd also like to thank him for a great career. And I'd like to say (expletive) to Rick Hendrick for putting Labonte in that piece of (expletive) at Texas. Terry deserved better than what he got this year. Big Jack
A: I agree, Jack. Terry's best runs were almost all in the No. 96, a one-car team in its first year. If I were Rick Hendrick, I'd drop back to a three-car team, because it's obvious they can't adequately keep all their ducks in a row over there when they're larger. I would say that if I was Terry Labonte, I'd be complaining - but Terry wouldn't complain, and we all know that.
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A couple notes: From everything I’ve read and heard about the account (and I admit I haven’t read it all), he pushed Kevin Harvick and knocked him into DeLana. And as far as being arrested for assault, is it really THAT much different than when Gordon pushed Kenseth? Kenseth may have fallen too, if he didn’t have people beside him to help. And no matter what DeLana may or may have not said, she would not deserve to be pushed, even if she was doing a lot of talking.
Harvick did not touch Riggs car in turn four. Was he really close? Yes. Could he have waited? Possibly. However, it was late in the race which is “go time”. He had a run on Riggs and made him loose but he did not touch his car. As far as the off track altercation, let the drivers settle it. Crew members can fight with other crew members, but let the drivers settle their disputes among themselves.
Come on! I don’t know what race you were watching, but Harvick never touched Riggs just took the draft off him. It’s not Harvick’s fault that Riggs couldn’t handle his car. He’s got a lot to learn & this was a learning lesson. Harvick didn’t intend on wrecking Riggs, just moving him over. That’s racing and they ALL do it!!!!!!
From what I saw, it looked like the 29 car touched the 10, but if so, he did it after Riggs already lost it. He was probably going to wreck with or without Harvickâ€™s help. Same exact thing that happened to Earnhardt Jr. earlier in the race, but lucky for him, he was already up close to the wall and didnâ€™t have time to gain all that momentum, like Riggs did when his car hit from the front.
It looks to me like once Riggs got squirley, Harvick held his line, held the throttle and kept going. I think he could have backed off a bit to see if Riggs could gather it back up, but it was go time, and drivers usually donâ€™t in that situation. I do find it funny, however, that right before that wreck happened, after Johnson got around Riggs, I said aloud to myself, â€œGet out of the way, Scott, Harvick will dump you.â€
What did Riggs expect to happen? In the waning laps of a race, when another car is considerably faster than your car because of tires, and you slam the door on them and block them, the way Riggs did to Harvick in 3, what do you think is going to happen when the cars get to 4? I know a lot of people are saying that Harvick should have shown more patience, however, Harvick’s patience would have been a moot point had Riggs just got out of his way. Somebody on Riggs’ team had to realize that Harvick was considerably faster and was going to have one heck of run on. All it would have taken was some one to say on the radio, “The 29 car is coming real fast. Let’em go. We’re still working on a top 5 finish.”
Harvick admitted he did hit Riggs, after Riggs got loose and Harvick could not back off in time.
I,like Nikki, knew something was going to happen when johson got around riggs.
It may have been “go time”, but it seemed to me that Harvick could have waited until he got to the straight away to make a move, or could have waited until the next corner to get under Riggs and force him wide.
As far as what Delana may have said: no woman should ever be hit/shoved by a guy (unless he is trying to prevent her from driving an ice pick through his eye). That being said, where I grew up there was a code that the man was responsible for what came out of the mouth of his companion.
Riggs had been wrecking for 2 laps, he just hadn’t hit anything yet. He’d tried to block Jimmie, who was a little more patient, but when Harvick got to him, it was time to go. Whether he touched him or not isn’t the issue. If your car is that loose and you’re still trying to block cars that are faster, you should know that eventually you’re going to get moved. If Harvick hadn’t done it, Kyle Busch was right behind him, and he would have done it.
Dont you people realize that most important story is Jr. had a cold?
jackman07, Great job of pointing it out that Riggs was so loose I’m surprissed he didn’t wreck sooner, I’m no Harvick fan, but he did nothing wrong
MRhodes…. If Jr had stayed home, we would have spent half of the race watching him laying in his bed.
Well..I guess this is what it is about…who hit whom..on and off the track. I don’t believe the intent was to hit or knock Delana down..so the “ohhhh you just don’t hit a woman” really doesn’t apply. (Although I am a woman and I know plenty of women who could use a good punch in the noggin at times..) The weird part about it to me is the crewmen did it right in front of the officials God and everyone! He really must have been enraged! How many times have we seen Harvick lunge at another driver or crewmember…?? Next time they need to take it away from the track! (And I do believe Delana could whip Kevin if she was really riled!) That is TOO funny!!
In the South (and should be everywhere else), there is NEVER a reason for a man to push, shove, hit, etc. a woman. That is an inexcusable act under ay circumstance.
Harmwreck did what he always does…...... wreckem’ because that takes less skill than passing. That is why 90% of the people watching knew what was coming. CONSISTENCY!
Riggs was not “wrecking all over the track” – I’ve watched the replay of the laps leading up to the incident and his car did not seem to be any more or less loose than anybody else’s until he got squirrely when Johnson was getting ready to pass him. Harvick DID hit him. If it’s the last lap of the race, the logic goes both ways – you gotta go, but you also have to protect your line. By trying to “move” Riggs, Harvick put himself and other cars in jeapordy. As somebody else already said, had he waited until a straightaway, he would have gotten the position because he had a faster car.
I think that the whole “blocking” accusation in BS and it just shows how biased people are when it comes to “underdog” drivers like Riggs – had it been Jr., Johnson, or Stewart doing what Riggs was doing, it would have been called “hard racing”.
I dont know what race HarryMan was watching,but my guess is that if Harry would stay outta the kitchen getting snack after snack he might would know what was going on during the race!!!!
I think HarryMan was watching the race where Kevin Harvick wrecked Scott Riggs. Didn’t Harvick have an in car camera? I think it’s interesting that we didn’t see any replays from that. I felt bad for Riggs – that team is going to get a win real soon I think.
Too bad Nascar doesnâ€™t step up and penalize â€œALLâ€ the drivers for moving someone out of the way, come on get real you whiners,,its part of racing and always will be, Go Harvick, TWC
There’s moving somebody out of the way and there is wrecking somebody. Big difference.
You guys still don’t get it …Junior had a cold
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