Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
What To Watch In NASCAR: Tuesday 4/23/13
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday April 23, 2013
- As usual, it’s penalty day in NASCAR and the biggest bulls-eye lies on the No. 98 Truck driven by Johnny Sauter. The current series point leader, Sauter’s fuel cell was confiscated following pre-race inspection in Kansas, a move that’s led to fines, penalties, and crew chief suspensions in the past. Sauter is currently 12 points in front of teammate Matt Crafton in the championship chase.
- Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing will hold a national teleconference with reporters. Bowyer, ninth in the series standings has gotten his 2013 season back together after a rough start. Fifth at Kansas, his hometown track he’s now got three top-5 results in his last five Sprint Cup events.
- Denny Hamlin is expected to meet with doctors, following X-Rays to determine if he has medical clearance to race at Richmond. Hamlin has been out for about a month, since a last-lap crash into a non-SAFER, inside wall at Fontana resulted in an L1 Compression Fracture of his lower back March 24th.
- Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a series of announcements concerning the Coca-Cola 600 race the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. Among the items on the docket: a special set of pre-race ceremonies, plans for a unique “Welcome Home” presentation for U.S. Military returning from overseas and additional news regarding partner Coca-Cola. Joey Logano and Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith will be among those on hand for reporters.
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Does this win seal Matt Kenseth’s legacy as one of the greatest drivers in recent history?
Without a doubt. In 328 starts, Matt Kenseth has established himself as one of the best drivers of this era. By winning the 2009 Daytona 500 and the 2003 Sprint Cup championship, he joins an elite list of just eleven other men to have earned both titles (Most Recent: Jimmie Johnson, 2006). Other honors for Kenseth since joining the Cup Series full-time in 2000 include: 17 wins, Rookie of the Year honors, one of only two drivers to make the Chase every year since the format’s existence (Johnson is the other), and the record for most consecutive weeks atop the points standings (33). He may not be the world’s flashiest wheelman… but the numbers are there.
Harvick summed up Kenseth’s career best in a post-race press conference.
“He can win 7 or 8 races in a year,” he said. “And never receive any credit.”
Long overdue victory for Jack Roush
While there was plenty of talk this month about Mark Martin’s winless streak in the Daytona 500, the guy he used to drive for had quite a winless streak of his own. Jack Roush has competed in the Daytona 500 every year since 1988, and has had a multi-car operation since 1992 without ever winning the Great American Race. Ironically, after waiting 21 years, the crew chief that got Roush and Matt Kenseth to Victory Lane, Drew Blickensderfer, was calling his first Cup race atop the pit box.
No penalty for Junior
The talk of the garage following this year’s 500 was the Lap 125 wreck between Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brian Vickers which wiped out nearly a dozen cars. Did Earnhardt take out Vickers on purpose? Nobody knows for sure. But was Earnhardt’s wreck similar to that of the one that resulted in a five lap penalty for Jason Leffler? Yes. The fact that there was a call on Saturday and not one on Sunday is another sign of NASCAR’s struggles with consistency — and is something that has started to irritate longtime fans.
Poor day for Hendrick
For a team that had some pretty good cars on Sunday, the highest finishing Hendrick Motorsports entry was Jeff Gordon in 13th. Three-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson struggled with handling all day and finished 31st, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. had problems on pit road — to go along with his major wreck — slumping to 27th. And pre-race favorite Mark Martin, along with Gordon, misplayed a gutsy pit call for tires with rain approaching to finish 16th.
On Sunday, Allmendinger was out to prove a late surge in 2008 was no fluke, and came out in the Daytona 500 with his best career finish – third. It appears the switch may have flipped and the open-wheel convert has “figured it out” when it comes to stock car racing — but it remains to be seen if he can secure sponsorship and run the full schedule for Richard Petty Motorsports this season.
Was it the right decision to call the race so early?
Simply? Yes. I left the track just after 9 p.m. and the rain was still falling; add the fact, NASCAR said it would take approximately 3 hours to dry the track, and this one was a no brainer. A midnight restart? No thanks.
Good / Bad week for Busch
Any driver would be happy with a win and two 2nd place finishes in a four-race weekend… but not Kyle Busch. His win came in a non-points paying race — the Gatorade Duels — and he was noticeably upset with failing to make a last-lap pass in the truck and Nationwide races. His weekend then came to an abrupt end when a lap 123 took him out of the race with arguably the strongest car in the Daytona 500.
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Kenseth was also the first driver to get Roush a Cup championship, and now he’s the first to get Roush a Daytona 500. Mark Martin hand-picked him, and now Martin picked Joey Logano too. Lets see how that plays out.
I was surprised as well that Jr didnt get at least a 2 lap penalty for the same move they gave Leffler 5 laps for. It just proves there is a different set of rules for Dale Jr just because of his overzealous, rabid fans.
I’d like to point out something to any Kyle Busch haters reading.
Note that Kyle handled the racing adversity quite well on Sunday. Naturally he gets mad when other drivers’ boneheaded moves affect him. But, …
What gets Kyle truly upset is when he feels that HE has failed — as on Friday and Saturday.
“Old School” fans like to repeat that “Second place is just first loser.” Anyone who has followed Kyle can tell that is exactly how he thinks of those second-place finishes that he failed to turn into wins.
Quote “NA$CAR struggles with consistency, something that is starting to irritate fans”
STARTING, to irritate fans? Where have you been man, under a rock?
I disagree with them calling the race early. The last fifty laps was going to be the best racing of the day and Nascar took that away from the fans. That’s why they’ve got lights so they can run into the night if they have too. Remember Charlotte a few years ago, they ran way after midnight so why couldn’t they have done that last night? If you did’nt want to stay and watch the race at least it could have been ran to a conclusion and you could have found out today who actually won the Daytona 500. I’ll never beleive it’ll take three hours to dry the track out. I’ve seen way more tracks with less banking dried out in less time than that. As far as the Jr. incident, Anybody who watches Jr. knows he is one of the cleanest drivers on the track along with Mark Martin but occasionally even clean drivers make mistakes. Remember Mark Martin last year causing a wreck in a Nationwide race to win a race I believe? And don’t forget about Busch wrecking Jr. at Richmond with a “racing” deal last year. Also, don’t forget about Busch taking out many drivers who were running for the championship in the Nationwide and Truck Series last year also. Busch has no reason to complain whatsoever.
Here’s an idea: Since NASCAR knew rain was coming, why did we have to sit through two hours of pre-race coverage and then come up 120 miles short on racing?
Did the fans pay/tune-in for a race, or for a Keith Urban concert and a stupid Digger cartoon? Where’s the priorities?
The race started at 3:30 EST. There’s the problem, not track-drying.
Back in the day, that race would have been started early.
Larry, are you referring to Charlotte 2005 when the levigated track caused caution after caution? That wasnt a rain delay, that was a bad track. Daytona last night would have taken 2 or 3 hours to dry, and the rain was not letting up. You might have been willing to sit and watch nothing for 4-5 hours but the fans in the stands and watching on TV probably wouldnt. They had to call the race. Remember all the complaining last year when NASCAR tried to dry the track at California and get the race under way, instead of postponing it. Now there’s complaining that NASCAR called the race. Will anything make the fans happy?
And it was just a few years ago that NASCAR made the start time later. Jeff Gordon’s 2005 win was the last one in daytime. Jimmie Johnson’s 2006 win was at night. Watch the replays and see.
As the blood gushes from my tongue – Nascar made the right call. For those fans to sit there another 6 total hours waiting for the track to dry and the race to end, getting even more liquored up with nothing to do, then to heard them to the freeways with the lives of traffic cops at risk, we would be reading about “that terrible tragedy in Daytona overnight” in this mornings local rag. It pains me, but they made a good one this time.
Had the race been continued there would have been a last lap crash that would have allowed a driver in the right place at the right time to win. It could have been Kenseth again or possibly Junior. Plate races have always been great until a few years ago when the finishes were always marred by some idiot driving above their head. The out of bounds rule was supposed to reduce the number of wrecks, but stupidity knows no bounds. And this weekend proved numerous times, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”
Do you eat with that mouth?
keep watching and buying tickets to this joke and you’ll keep getting the same s#&*% in your hat from these nasjoke people give it up go to a srort track and have some fun at the races.
Regarding Dale Jr’s wreck with Vickers in the 500… Consider the similar incident in Saturday’s Nationwide race and some of last years “yellow line” calls and I think it is time to scrap the yellow out of bounds. After last year’s finish in which the first accross the line was not the winner, I thought the driver was forced below the line since the front of their car was past the rear bumber of Stewart. Since then, Saturday and yesterday both drivers basically chose to hold their line so as not to be accused of passing below the line. This is the absolute logical consequence of the rule. It just isn’t right for a car to force another below the yellow line to cause the competitor to break the rule since there is no consequence to the blocking driver. Ever wonder why thy don’t block a car passing on the outside – might be because they would cause a wreck? Also, no, I don’t believe that the circumstances surrounding Saturday’s 5 lap penalty was similar to Dale Jr’s: it wasn’t anywhere near the yellow line, and the car turned was not blocking.
you have no right to bash a guy for winning the race just because you don’t like him…i bet if it had been your favorite driver that passed for the lead right before the race was called you’d be a happy camper right now…that’s called being a hypocrite in my book!!
I don’t think winning a rain shortened race, after inching ahead on the scoring loops at the time of a caution puts you in an elite group of anybody. Maybe Michael Waltrip and Jeff Burton, but I don’t see them with a lot of championships. The race was to be 500 miles, there was a lot of strategy playing out. Oh, yeah, does anyone remember when Dave Marcis won a rain shortened race because all the lead lap cars pitted besides him? If boring Kenseth had actually won a 500, maybe I would feel different.
And MB, “Old Schooler” thats a weird term. I am a Dale Earnhardt fan, and Dale said that second place was the fastest loser.
Guess I’ll watch next week because its like playing golf. The expectation of one great hole keeps you coming back. We’ll get em next week, thats what all the drivers say.
Yes, start the races earlier when there’s a threat of rain. It’s a no-brainer the heck with the TV contract. The people at the race deserve to see the whole thing and I’d rather watch the tail end of the race than a called race.
Kenseth is a great driver, but winning a rain-shortened race isn’t the same as lasting to the end and taking it on lap 200. I wouldn’t put him in the elite for winning a race that way, even Daytona.
Frontstretch needs to ban this “ted” guy’s IP, his posts are nothing but profanity-laden insults to other regulars and writers.
I mean come on, spelling it “fuking” to get past the site censorship is childish and really, really poor spelling and grammar. Then again all his posts are.
I eagerly await your “idiot” reply. It’s people like you that give stockcar fans the bad stereotype.
Kenseth winning the race is a win, and that’s all there is to it. Blame NASCAR for starting the race late, not the guy who has 18 career wins and a championship.
As far as Dale Jr, the wreck was entirely his fault, and he did admit his mistake… but he was wrong to say that Vickers shouldn’t have blocked him. It’s a plate race—the nature of the race IS to block. He would’ve gotten around him later on in the race, he had a much faster car.
Blame the game, not the players.
hey ted, how about you pull your head out of your ass. kenseth’s win is dam great win. he earned it. every driver knew there was rain on the way. all the teams were racing to the rain.