Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Jay Pennell · Sunday September 5, 2010
Saturday, Frontstretch columnists Jay Pennell and Doug Turnbull met up with current Truck Series points leader Todd Bodine. They had the opportunity to get it straight from the Onion’s mouth…that he’s fed up with Kyle Busch.
Jay W. Pennell, Frontstretch.com: Congratulations on your win, but obviously you caused some controversy with your comments in Victory Lane. What did Kyle say to you in Victory Lane and what did you have to say to him?
Todd Bodine: He was just upset I called him out on TV for the way he drives and things he did on the track. He doesn’t have to do those things. He doesn’t have to race that way. He’s a hell of a race car driver, probably one of the best the sport’s ever seen and for him to be driving like that – he doesn’t just do it in Trucks, he does it in every division he runs, so he doesn’t discriminate.
You don’t have to do those things, you don’t have to drive that way, but that’s what he chooses to do. I finally called him out on it, nobody else will and I did.
Pennell: Do you regret saying it on television?
Bodine: Absolutely not. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of – Bristol, perfect example. The kid should have been black flagged in Trucks and Nationwide and (NASCAR) didn’t do a damn thing about it, so now he just thinks he’s going to get away with it more. What he did to me, technically, was nothing wrong. That was racing, that’s part of it, but you don’t have to do it. We don’t have a gentleman’s agreement in the trucks, but we all know in the Truck Series you have to give more room alongside somebody because you’re going to get pulled around. They are way more aero-sensitive than the cars are in side-drafting and if you don’t give room you’re going to suck somebody around. We all try to give room because we all have a lot [smaller] budgets. We don’t race for the money they race for in the other two divisions. We can’t afford to be wrecking trucks and tearing stuff up. We understand that and try to give each other room.
Kyle comes in there and just doesn’t care, has no respect for anybody and I’m tired of watching it.
Doug Turnbull, Frontstretch.com: To the casual race fan that might not have seen what was wrong, especially that just saw the highlights or didn’t know what lap it was, is there a certain time when you’re going for the win, five to go, 10 to go when it’s okay to push?
Bodine: Absolutely, I mean, there again, that’s part of racing. Technically, Kyle did nothing wrong, that’s what the sport is about. There again, you don’t have to race that way. He had a fast enough truck, it was the first lap after a restart. If he’s faster – which the outside groove was faster – just beat me on the outside. Don’t suck me around to do it. Don’t cause me to spin out. We’re lucky I didn’t crash and I didn’t take out two or three other trucks. That could have easily taken out four trucks and crashed the back of the field. Luckily it didn’t and we all got out of it clean.
He doesn’t care, he doesn’t care. He proved it when he spun Jennifer Jo Cobb out in the middle of the frontstretch at Bristol because he had no patience. He proved he doesn’t care about anything other than winning. Nobody likes losing. We don’t come here to finish second and that attitude of wanting to win everything…everybody thinks it’s great. It’s what you should have. Well you know what, that’s what we do it for, to win races and to run up front, but you have to have respect when you’re doing it.
You guys are going to be the first ones to hear about it, because nobody has talked about it, but the SOB didn’t come to the drivers meeting because he was pissed off he had to start last in the race. So, he just didn’t come to the drivers meeting, because he didn’t have to, he was going to start last anyway. That’s disrespectful. That’s disrespectful to NASCAR, that’s disrespectful to our sport, and I’m tired of it.
What makes it even worse and me more mad is the kid is a good kid. You get him away from this environment, away from the racetrack and away from being Kyle Busch superstar and he can be out and be Kyle—he’s a good kid. He’s a lot of fun, when he doesn’t have that attitude. Right now, he’s Mr. Superstar, Joe Cool and he thinks his sh*t doesn’t stink.
Turnbull: Weren’t you guys supposed to share a plane on your way to Atlanta after the race?
Bodine: We didn’t share a plane. He rode with my owner and I rode on another plane. There was no way in hell I was going to ride with him.
Pennell: Had you talked to Kyle before about this prior to this incident?
Bodine: I tried last year, very nonchalantly trying to tell him to chill out, but he didn’t want to hear it.
Pennell: Do you think your feelings are the consensus amongst the other drivers?
Bodine: I think it would be. If it’s not, I don’t know where their heads are at. You need to talk to some of the other drivers and find out their feelings about it. Maybe now that I came out and said the way I feel, maybe some of those guys will too.
I’m just tired of it, I’m tired of watching it on Saturday and Sunday and having to go through it on Friday. The thing is he doesn’t have to do it, he’s such a good race car driver in the best equipment you can have. Go out there and beat people, don’t run through them to pass them…(just) pass them.
It’s just like Brad Keselowski at Bristol racing for the lead. Brad did nothing wrong, absolutely. Kyle went down there and dumped him. My attitude is, okay, if you think Brad did something wrong, okay, go pass him again and shove it in his face that you can pass him clean. Don’t just bump him to get by—you didn’t accomplish anything. You accomplished the fact that you pissed off the fans because now they’re not going to see a good race. You took the points leader out of the race.
(Kyle) doesn’t care. He doesn’t care what he does or who he does it to.
That’s the one thing I’ll give him, at least he’s consistent, he doesn’t care who he’ll do it to.
Pennell: Do you think it is going to take a Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski type of incident to make people say something?
Bodine: Hell no, hell no. He’s gotten away with it to this point. He gets away with it every week and nobody does anything about it.
Pennell: Did you talk to NASCAR? Will you bring up your concerns to them?
Bodine: It’s up to them. A little peon like me isn’t going to change their mind about how I’m going to handle it. They’re our sanctioning body, they’re our police force and it’s up to them to do what they feel is right.
Pennell: Going forward, are you going to race Kyle Busch differently?
Bodine: No, I’m not going to race somebody different. Why? Why should I?
Chicago, let’s go back to Chicago. I had him passed clean on the outside – clean, all the way up to the door – and what does he do? Runs me into the wall. If I did not lift we would have both wrecked. It would have been another Brad Keselowski deal, only worse because we would have both wrecked. I wasn’t up to his bumper, I was up to his number and he ran me up to the fence and I had to let off. Okay, well you know you want to race that way, okay. So, I go underneath him and he does the same thing, pinches me down – I’m dead even with him (and he) pinches me down getting into (Turn) 3 and gets me loose. The difference there it was going into the corner. It’s a little easier to hang on—you’re off the throttle, things are different, the dynamics of the truck are different. So, I hung on to it, saved it and went on to finish second.
(Friday) I was in front of him going into (Turn) 3 and he just stayed on my quarter panel tight and sucked me around. He said he got away from me and there were three truck lengths between us when I spun. Well, yeah, when I spun there was, but he had already sucked me around at that point. What are you going to do? Just let him get away with it or are you going to try and beat him?
Right now in the Truck Series, we’re the only ones that can run with him consistently – realistically; he’s really the only one that can run with us. I don’t want to be cocky, I’m not that way. There are a lot of great teams in the Truck Series, but there’s no reason I should have to worry about Kyle Busch and how he’s going to race. Unfortunately, you have to. You have to deal with him differently than you deal with other drivers.
A lot of the young drivers in the series come to me for advice—they talk and they learn things. They know that I shoot it straight and I’m not going to lie to them. I tell them the right things to do. Austin Dillon, Justin Lofton…even some of the kids that run in the back, we talk a lot. The one thing I tell them is when someone is underneath you, give them room. Give them a half a truck width, don’t pinch right down on them, because all you’re going to do is get them sideways and possibly take you out in a wreck.
Now, last night, should I have just worked up the track and just ran into Kyle and run him into the wall? Well, you know, a lot of people think I should have. I don’t race that way. Just because he wants to, I’m not going to lower myself to that.
Pennell: How frustrating is it being the points leader and being in the situation you are in—running in this series and having to worry about Kyle Busch?
Bodine: That’s the frustrating part. He has no respect. No respect for anybody else on that race track and that’s wrong.
What’s really wrong is he has no respect for the past. He doesn’t care about Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough and David Pearson. He knows nothing about what those guys went through to get us to this point. He disrespects the media, disrespects the fans and I’m tired of it.
Turnbull: Is it even more disrespectful that he did not wait until the whole celebration calmed down and talked to you afterwards? Instead, he came right up to you in front of the cameras and stuck the finger in your face?
Bodine: You know, yeah it is. At the time it didn’t really bother me and I didn’t think about it, but I’ve walked through (the Sprint Cup) garage area and if there wasn’t 10 there wasn’t 50 that stopped me and said, ‘That was wrong. What you said was right and finally someone called him out and what he did by going to Victory Lane was totally wrong.’ That confirms to me that this garage is sick of it, too.
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KUDOS TO BODINE.
Well said Todd.and,Congrats on the win!
Tks for “telling it like it is”, Todd. As you have indicated, Kyle has immense talent. Unfortunately, the talent and his success to date appears to have, as we say in the country, “gone to his head”. Bristol sealed the deal for me. While I still acknowledge his ability, I have lost considerable respect for him. It appears that he sees himself as the reincarnation of Dale Earnhardt who as we all know got away with some wild actions on the track and NA$CAR, as with D.E., is taking no action.
Ah today’s NA$CAR. Could you imagine Curtis Turner complaining about Fireball Roberts racing him too hard.
Really glad we got the WHOLE STORY and from Todd no less. He is the ‘CLEANEST DRIVER’ to ever strap in. Alot like Carl Edwards, if the say it you can take it the the bank as true. HA HA HA
While Kyle is no angel, neither is Todd. I remember him running over someone in Iowa on a restart.
Yes I am a Kyle fan, but he can and does things I do not care for. No one is perfect..I also remember other drivers showing lack of patience at Bristol, and no one saying much about the wrecks they caused..
First, a big THANK YOU to Jay Pennell for publishing this lengthy interview with Todd. Secondly, my respect for Todd Bodine has increased greatly for his willingness to honestly discuss his feelings about Kyle Buschleague well after the fact. Had Todd done this right after the race when his emotions were running high, we may have thought that he would later regret being so frank. Instead, with time to reflect and measure his words, he has become the first driver with the courage to “say it like it is.” Rather than discuss Todd’s run-in with Kyle where I have a bias, I’ll discuss another incident involving Kyle and another driver for whom I also have no respect. It was obvious that Buschleague intentionally spun Keselowski (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hcz7Zg7LwA) by not only getting into and under his rear bumper but then continuing on to hit him in the quarter panel when that didn’t do the job. Until now, I have refrained from calling Kyle the name that I use in my household —- Ratface —- but I guess if he is willing to refer to Carl Edwards’ appearance by using the name “Mr. Ed” on national TV, I guess I can use my nickname for Kyle in this forum. Yes, I know that calling people names is rather juvenile, but unlike Todd, I did not take the time to calm down and reflect on what I was going to say.
There is a reason they call Todd the “ONION”. He has about that much brains. I seem to remember him and his brother playing bumper tag and spinning while leading the 1st Brickyard 400. Nice.
The Bodine family in general has never been known to be the cleanest driving group. Brett drove thru Geoff at the 1st Brickyard while running in the Top 5.
Todd definitely has had his moments but in this instance, he is correct. Kyle knows that the 30 is running for the Championship and cannot race him as hard. However, their should be a level of respect, especially because KB owns his own stuff. However, he really could not care less and if he does not win then he becomes a petulant child.
KB is lucky Hornaday and Harvick did not whoop his a** last year after a similar incident at Michigan. Bodine does not care to do that probably because he has a championship to win and he probably has had to fight a few times in his life. Giving up a few inches in reach probably does not help either. Good on Todd for calling Kyle out though.
Thank you Todd Bodine. I’m sick of that snot nosed nasty creep Kyle Busch ruining my enjoyment of NASCAR. I find it really difficult to watch a complete race because of his arrogant and obnoxious comments and antics. Don’t know how his crew chief can take it. He is disrespectful of everyone and everything NASSCAR. Remember the guitar debacle? What a jerk. The last straw for me was when Dr. Jerry Punch was “TRYING” to interview him (nobody else would take the assignment??) and this smug punk Kyle, smarts off to Punch and sarcastically calls him “Jerry”. The man is a doctor AND knows more about NASCAR than that piss ant ever will. He feels he can be snotty to a man like Jerry Punch ? I can’t wait until someone TRULY puts him into an inside wall without SAFER barriers.
Todd is an jealous idiot and it shows. But since Todd i and the Bodine’s ARE THE Cleanest drivers in NASCAR we should all listen to him—NOT
Need some cheese with that wine baldy…lolol give me a break
Hornaday & Harvick—are you talking about the race that Harvick was RACING his driver hard, And his driver was leading in the Championship. So why don’t we make a rule that no racer is allowed to race a Championship leader hard. Damn thought this was the rough sport of racing not golf.
I have still never heard a Bodine say anything intelligent about anything. Onionbreath, that’s all
Kyle’s a star, Todd’s a knob…
Looks like the only way Onion can get fans is to trash talk Kyle! He’s already been called a fool on Raceday! Someone should explain to him the difference between dirty driving and dirty air. If he can’t handle a truck when someone passes him, it’s his problem. To throw Jennifer Jo under the bus was pretty chauvinistic. Is he saying that drivers should race women different than men? If I were Jennifer I’d be PO’d at onion. You idiots probably ripped on Dale Earnhardt until the day he died for aggressive driving. You’ve got a RACER in NASCAR again. 4EVER3 should be ashamed of themselves for their comment. With a name like that you should know better. Shut up and enjoy it.
While not a fan of The Onion, when I first heard his comment, I thought it was like the pot calling the kettle black. Was he stupid for what he said? I’ll say yes to that. Was it called for? Well, let’s just say this: I am not a Cryle Buschleague fan in any way, but he has had it coming. As someone said, Bodine was fairly calm, but then, he has a championship that he is trying to win. Cryle is just a truckwhacker! This would be like Cryle being in position to win the Cup title (God forbid! That would be worse than Jimmie Johnson winning number 5!) and Bodine getting beside him to take the clean air away and cause Cryle to spin. Anyway, I don’t like either driver, but Bodine’s comment, although funny, was basically true! If nothing, it proved once again that Cryle can dish it out, but can’t take it!
BALDY WINS THE RACE AND STILL CRYS.WAS NEVER TOUCHED BYE BUSH. HE GIVES TRUCKS A BAD REP . GO DRIVE YOUR BROTHERS BOBSLED
I do agree with Todd Kyle has the best equiptment and is not patiant and trys to put the car/truck in places weree it shouldnt be put.
Todd was looking for you in the CUP race—Wanted to see a great CUP driver in action. Since you have never bumped anyone. Or caused a wreck. And of course you DO KNOW how to win in Cups. BUT I forgot YOU DIDN“T even QUALIFY.
Kyle shouldn’t be in that series PERIOD, but since NASCAR lets him race in it, then Bodine needs to learn how to drive his truck a bit better.
Does WAAAAAAAAA ring a bell, Bodine ??
Ann—- Kyle coulnt qualify that 64 car either. put Todd in the 18 or 20 car and he would make the chase he haas the best equiptment money can buy teamates sponsor money,owner etc.Todd still knows how to drive.
Sorry but I just see a jealous bitter old man-not a race car driver. Really complaining because some one passed YOU in the TRUCK Race-which is in my opinion the roughest, toughest, beating-banging racing in NASCAR. And that is why I love it, & think that it provides some of the best racing of NASCAR. So when a season Truck racer starts whining about being passed-it is time for him to call it a day.
Onion calling the Shrub a dirty driver? Riiight. Bodine is one of the, if not THE, dirtiest drivers in the Truck Series. His history proves he has no respect for anyone on the track. Talent? Maybe, but there’s a reason he’s trying to qualify a Start-and-Park in Cup whereas Busch has one of the top cars.
i am 75 yrs young been watching nascar for yrs
Bodine is way off base. Every question he was asked he gave the same answer. Over and over he states “technically Kyle did nothing wrong but…” Todd is jealous of Kyle’s success.
I see alot of Bodine Bashing going on here..many false statements about them also…I would bet it all to say “If Todd had the quality ride that Kyle has in Sprint Cup..You’d know what a Great racer he is!”
hey bodine you are a real ass you want to call somebody out call me you are a real piece of **** also i hope he takes you out in the next truck race you are a real whiner not winner
I’m a huge Busch fan, he’s got the kind of talent that could make him Cup champion for a lot of years, but I wish he could show a little more respect. He’s in the 18 car because of how good he is, but an older driver like Bodine is never going to get a shot at a a ride like that, sponsors hold the pursestrings. Ward Burton was my favorite ever and it sucked to see him those last few years driving crap. I don’t want KB to slow down, but he’s good enough to race people cleaner and still beat them. Gotta admit, I love that big bow he gives while people are booing after he’s won.
I’d like to suggest that if every Nascar driver had the appeal of a Todd Bodine then Nascar would be bankrupt since nobody would buy a ticket. I remember one race where he wiped out 3 Childress cars. No bigtime for him, ever.
hey bodine you are a real ass you want to call somebody out call me you are a real piece of **** also i hope he takes you out in the next truck race you are a real whiner not winner
I’d call ya out t.bro…But then you would have to put on your pants and leave your Basement!
He’s an Onionhead alright,What a douchebag.The classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.
todd you said it all right there good call
Todd is right if you look back over the years Kyle is involved in alot of banging pushing bump drafting due to his over driving at times.they will get over it they usually do.
I am not a fan of the Bodines but finally somebody said something. Jennifer Jo Cobb should have bitch-slapped Kyle at Bristol. He did the very thing he said was dirty driving, running someone into the fence going down the straightaway. That is just the latest in a long line of incidents and to compare him to Dale Earnhardt is blasphomy. With todays “Have at it boys” and double file restarts, Dale would have won 300 races.