NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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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.