NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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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Frontstretch Staff · Wednesday August 26, 2009
Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news and rumors. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said!
This Week’s Participants:
Saturday’s race at Bristol featured green flag passing as well as several on-track run-ins, although many fans still said afterward that the race was boring. So was it boring, or are fans’ expectations out of line?
Phil: It wasn’t boring. I just think the fans are still used to constant bump and running at Bristol.
Many fans will agree that team orders — such as were seen between Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson at Bristol — have no place in racing. Is that true, and if so, what can be done about it?
Bryan: They have no place in racing, but there’s nothing to be done about it, so just gotta take it and move on.
It’s been reported recently that NASCAR is entertaining the thought of a fuel-injected engine in at least some of the top series, possibly as soon as 2010. Is this update long overdue or is the extra cost of around $20,000 per engine too much right now?
Bryan: $20,000 per engine extra is way too much right now. And think about how much that’ll add up for an NNS or Truck team.
With Brad Keselowski reportedly heading to Penske Racing for 2010, it will likely leave an open seat at JR Motorsports for next season. Kelly Bires looks to be the frontrunner, but team president Kelley Earnhardt Elledge said that the team is still looking at options. Who should get what is arguably the best open seat in the series next year?
Bryan: If they wanted to do the right thing, they’d bring back Landon Cassill.
OK, predictions for Montreal?
Phil: I’m going to go with Fellows to repeat.
Mirror Predictions 2009
Welcome to our third consecutive year of Mirror Predictions! Each week, our experts take the end of this column to tell us who the winner of each Cup race will be. But as we all know, predicting the future is difficult if not completely impossible … so how do you know which writer you can trust when you put your own reputation (or money) on the line?
That’s why we came up with our Mirror Predictions Chart. The scoring for this year is simple:
Through twenty-four races, the All-Star Race, and the Shootout this season, here’s how our experts have fared so far:
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As I said in the spring, anyone who didn’t like Bristol wouldn’t be satisfied short of a demolition derby followed by a bare-knuckle boxing match.
Of course ESPN’s presentation of the race was so bad that it taook a certain amount of detective work to deduce that a great race was in progress behind the pre-produced features and the endless bumper cam and in-car cam shots. Its hard to blame people for thinking a race wasn’t too exciting when all the passes that Kyle and Ambrose made to get to the front from their qualifying positions were ignored and all the rubbing was shown in retrospect on replay.
I agree that Danny O’Quinn deserves better than he got from Roush’s marketing department — who snubbed him from the start on Driver X.
I hadn’t thought of him in connection to Jr Motorsports before, but you’re onto something there. If anyone can get a sponsor to embrace a 6’4” guy with a southern accent, …
“Amy: Apparently too many fans are confusing “NASCAR race” and “demolition derby” if they thought it was boring. There were 826 quality passes — how is that boring?”
826 QUALITY PASSES?
Note the way this should have been written:
*826 “QUALITY PASSES AT BRISTOL”
(* Stats provided by NA$CRAP)
I would be ASHAMED, VERY ASHAMED at writing this!
And I am sure all “826’ passes were EXCITING! And that AMY watched every one of them!
NA$CRAP calls it a “pass”, when all but one (1) car makes a pit stop, and that single, on track car, then accounts for 42 passes, all in the length of the straightaway!
“QUALITY” my a**!
AND! At Bristol, I think, there are 8 scoring loops around the track. NASCRAP counts “passes”, I.E. car positions, at EACH SCORING LOOP!
So two cars, SIDE BY SIDE, could provide “8 quality passes”, PER LAP!
By the way, it is the same group of people that count “quality passes”, that count the attendance at all the races!
get the idea!
You guys need to review the the first pass of the 48 by the 5, Mark was asked to let Johnson by for a couple of laps to get the bonus points, then Johnson would let him back by. Now the 48 did pass him later in the race, after they got their car adjusted.
You’re all overlooking a reason for NASCAR to institute Fuel Injection: new manufacturers. NASCAR needs to make it easier for another manufacturer to race in the series, in case one or more of the existing ones have to pull out. Who’s going to invest research time and money on obsolete technology to join NASCAR? Yes, I know, it’s more than just carbs vs. FI, but it has to start somewhere.
Jimmie giving Mark the “most laps lead” at Bristol is simply payback:
At Homestead 2004, Greg Biffle [polesitter] pulls over to let Kurt Busch [outside pollsitter] lead lap 1. The ONLY lap Busch leads all day.
Busch then pulls off a remarkable comback to win by 8 points. Had be made up 1 less spot, it would have cost KB the championship. But no one ever seems to talk about that.
This team order stuff could get ugly. So just think with a few laps to go at Richmond, Kyle Busch needs two spots to make the chase. #11 & #20 are running ahead are told by JGR to fall back until the #18 passes them. I used JGR as the example, but any other team could do the same thing. Yep, that would be real ugly.
You can run school buses side by side without mufflers, that still doesn’t make it great racing. Such is POS COT “racing”. Most of those passes were done by the driver going backwards in the field, holding on and trying not to crash themselves. The COT is a pretty lumber wagon that will never “race”.
Hey Douglas-you’re missing the definition of the term “quality pass.” A quality pass is a pass made for position inside the top 15, and under the green flag. It does not count passes in the pits under yellow or between lapped cars.
Although I never understood why all passes have to be for the lead or they aren’t exciting. Racing is battles throughout the field, not just at the front.
Tom is right Amy. I watched Twin this week and they played the audio of Alan Gustafson talking to Mark. He said the 48 wants to know if you can let them lead a lap. Mark said the 48 needs to understand that I need to lead the most laps more than he needs to lead one. He said I will be a real good teammate here but the 5 car is #1 in my heart. You could tell he was irritated because there was no need for jimmie to lead 1 lap for bonus points as he was going to clinch regardless.
Amy, your kidding right?
(on how nascrap counts “quality passes”)
So? Are you telling me that ALL these “quality passes” were at the start finish line! After all, THAT IS THE ONLY PLACE A PASS COUNTS FOR ANYTHING!
Who cares who puts a nose in front of another car going into turn 3 as an example!
You ONLY WIN OR LOSE AT THE START/FINISH LINE!
I stand by my statement!
826 QUALITY PASSES is na$crap baloney!
Fuel injection cant come soon enough for me. I think carbs are antique and outdated. I’m pretty sure the fuel injection manifold will simply be a carb manifold with 8 injectors and a four-hole throttle body on top. That would still be really simple to use a restrictor plate in the same manner they do now. The teams already use fuel injection to dyno test their engines because its so much easier to setup at the beginning. I’d also like to see the engine size reduced to 302 cubic inches.
Yes, it’s loop data. So cars racing side-by-side for position for an entire lap, one ahead, then the other, isn’t exciting, quality racing?
What would they have to do to please you? Slow down, hold back, and only try to pass at the line because that’s where it counts so they produce the loop data you want to see?
Amy you’re completely wrong about Jimmie’s pass on Mark. They played audio from Mark’s radio on the broadcast saying that Jimmie wanted to lead a lap to get the 5 bonus points. The announcers were even confused by it because Jimmie is in no position to NEED those 5 bonus points. Were you even watching the same race?
Let’s read Vito’s comment again, together…
If someone was going to show me $5 million in salary, 40 percent of my winnings and t-shirt sales to drive a Penske racecar, I wouldn’t keep messing around in the Nationwide Series, especially if it meant having to drive a stupid Impala next to a Challenger.
Would somebody on the Frontstretch staff please help Mike get his head out of his you-know-what.
Who’s going to drive the 88? Scott freakin’ Wimmer, that’s who! He already has HMS ties by drivin the 5 in noncampanion events, and he has proven to be a good driver given good equipment. BDR? nah. MMM? heck naw! RCR should have kept him over that pretty boy Mears, and he’ll prove it by running the 88 next year AND winning the nationwide title!
While running caution laps before the re-start on the 2nd to last caution in the 2008 Bud-ShootOut, Stewart in was first place, and Gordon lined up behind him on the bottom, Jr. was leading the outside line and Johnson behind him. Rick Hendrick came on Gordon’s radio and said, “Jeff, remember brand loyalty” (meaning don’t push Stewart’s Toyota to the lead). Gordon said “what?”, Hendrick repeated, “Remember brand loyalty”. Jeff and Rick argued back and forth and Gordon wasn’t happy, but when the green fell Gordon backed off of Stewart. On the last caution with a few laps to go, same 4 drivers in the same order for the green. No reminder again fron Hendrick, but Gordon backed backed off again, allowing Kyle Busch to almost push Tony past Jr. at the finish.
Amy is such a hypocrite. She rants about not seeing enough anger or emotion at the track, but when drivers show that emotion by calling out other drivers, she calls them immature.
Then, she complains that Martin should have “moved” Kyle out of the way at the end. Yet, previously, she argues that she hates that Kyle does that and calls him a crazy driver who needs to be parked.
Somebody should cut and paste Amy’s comments during these “Mirror Driving” articles and show her how she says opposite things about the same topic depending on whom she is referring to.
Dave in NJ,
1. Sponsors were all over tall southern guys long ago, how about Richard Petty who brought sponsors to the sport? Dale Earnhardt wasn’t exactly a midget, now was he? Lets see, 14 championships between them, and all kinds of sponsor money, hmmm.
2. Ah, for Petes sake, you’re just not worth the bother.
And by the way, you’re all Brian France and all NASCAR, so which do you like better in your Koolaid, California Cranberry, or Chicago Coconut.
Shawn & Beth : Thank God that you guys apparently watched the same race that I did ! It would appear Amy must have been mixing her Med’s ! Sad case of misrepresentation of Facts Amy to suit you cause ! Poor Journalism Girl ! Get you facts straight before you Rant ! Not the 1st time Girly !!
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