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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Teams Wrap Up Texas Test -- Major Tire Wear Reported
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
Last week, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing planned a three-day test at Texas Motor Speedway in order to prepare for the AAA Texas 500, which will be run on November 3rd. However, the entire test was washed out due to rain on both Monday and Tuesday. Richard Childress Racing was already scheduled to hold a two-day test this Tuesday and Wednesday, by themselves, but they were now joined by the other four teams, creating a large-scale test session. For the most part, it was a very good practice for all teams involved.
For championship contender Matt Kenseth? Not so much.
Kenseth’s test at Texas lasted a grand total of nine laps on Tuesday before he blew a tire and crashed hard into the wall. Afterwards, the No. 20 team packed up and returned to North Carolina, leaving the title contender none too pleased.
“We just had a tire problem and crashed, so we’re done for the test,” Kenseth said. “When you run nine laps and one blows apart for no reason, that’s always a cause for concern, for sure.”
Luckily, in Kenseth’s case the car that he crashed was not the car that he planned on racing in Texas. That Toyota was back at the shop, safe and sound.
Kenseth’s issues were the only tire failure issues encountered during the three-day test. However, the test did show that tire wear could be an issue. The tire compound, already set by Goodyear is actually wearing quite a bit on the 1.5 mile quad-oval. Kevin Harvick stated that the tires on his No. 29 would completely wear out after 35-40 laps, which is short of a full fuel run. The tires that will be used in Texas are the same compound that was used in April. There were no tire failures during the race then. However, it’s not all bad. Carl Edwards seemed to like the rubber.
“Next Sunday is going to be a really great race and it’s because of that racetrack,” said Edwards. “It’s because right now, you can drive in the corner, turn that car sideways and either run the very bottom or you can run right up against the fence and the track is taking rubber. Whatever is going on with the Goodyear tire and the way that this asphalt at Texas has aged, it’s letting the rubber stick to the racetrack. As it sticks to the racetrack, that part of the track gets slick so people move up and find different grooves and then, when it all gets slick, it starts over again and everyone goes back to the bottom. This is the type of racing that I like to participate in and I hope the fans enjoy it. That’s rare right now with all the new surfaces out there. This is as good as it gets.”
No speeds were reported during the test. Expect high speeds during qualifying next week, but a significant dropoff during the race.
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Mike Lovecchio · Monday July 19, 2010
Carl Edwards crossed the line Saturday night with Brad Keselowski
I, like every single person tuned into Saturday night’s Nationwide Series event, had a relatively wide range of emotions as Carl Edwards battled Brad Keselowski before taking the checkered flag at the same time Keselowski was bouncing around like a pinball, driver after driver T-Boning him alongside the inside wall. They went in this order as the two took the white flag:
Here comes Keselowski, oh this is gonna be good… Yep, saw that coming, can Sorenson win????!!!! Never mind, Carl kept his foot in it… Keselowski wouldn’t hit him again, would he? Alright, they got through 3 and 4. Photo fin…..Carl turned him!!! Oh (expletive), I hope Brad’s OK… did Carl really just do that again?
And it went on from there. As we heard Edwards go on to admit in Victory Lane, he essentially turned his rival on purpose with no remorse, leaving us all hoping for a sound bite from the victim himself. But what we got was even juicier, dad Bob Keselowski saying that he won’t let Mr. Edwards “kill my boy.”
At that moment, the mood changed, and suddenly we were all reminded that while NASCAR’s “Have at it, boys” approach may make races more exciting and create new rivalries, there are people driving these cars. They are sons, fathers, and husbands. Bob Keselowski looked like a man who wasn’t just angry at Edwards, but even more so scared and concerned for his son.
This is exactly what NASCAR had hoped for (although like the Hamlin/Keselowski spat last Fall, I’m sure they wanted it in the Cup Series), but after the Atlanta incident earlier this season Edwards should have known this was a touchy rivalry. In Atlanta, Edwards’ retaliation far exceeded the initial contact from Keselowski that started the feud when he sent the No. 12 car into the fence at one of the sport’s fastest tracks. Again, this week at Gateway he took what was a common short track move in Turn 1 and responded by spinning Keselowski in front of traffic on a tight straightaway. That left his rival with no place to go, cars on both sides coming at him as he headed straight towards some vicious concrete.
Edwards said it was a shame that Keselowski couldn’t have raced him clean on that last lap, because he felt his rival had the car to beat regardless. But Edwards was the one who should have just kept his momentum on the outside line off of Turn 4 and seen if it was enough to nip the No. 22 at the stripe. Certainly, there are some that still feel Brad had it coming; I also understand the wreck is a product of two rivals racing hard not only for the win, but for points positioning as well (the gap between the two is now just 168). In the end, though, Edwards dumping Keselowski was much dirtier than what happened on the other end of the track in Turn 1. And after two ugly incidents, NASCAR simply has to interfere before this gets even more out of hand.
The Nationwide Series needs to limit the number of Cup drivers in the field
The Gateway, then ORP portion of the schedule is my favorite part of the series calendar because we get Nationwide racing the way it should be — a limited number of Cup drivers combined with a lot of young up-and-comers in the type of equipment that can help them make a name for themselves. It was refreshing to watch Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne swapping paint with other prospects like Josh Wise and Steve Arpin, ones who simply haven’t had the opportunity to run full-time in this division.
Those changes mean we saw more racing at Gateway than we have in ¾ of the Nationwide events this season, simply because everybody had something to race for. You had the four Cup guys up front going for the win – and in Keselowski and Edwards’ case, the championship – then, you had your Nationwide regulars fighting for points, and lastly, everybody else racing for respect and another opportunity to race under the bright lights in one of NASCAR’s premier series. We’ll see it again next weekend at ORP, although there will be slightly more Cup guys with the big show across town at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But heading to one of the series’ most competitive tracks, I guarantee next week you’ll see another excellent race all the way through the field. NASCAR is finally considering ways to limit Cup activity in the Nationwide Series, and to that I say… it’s about time. We need more competition like we saw Saturday night.
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Rubbing is racing and it makes the sport exciting but – this sport is not about killing your opponent and this act could be easily interpreted as exactly that. He went to far.
wasnt carl already on ‘probabtion’?..well if this isnt a probabtion violation…then i dont think we’ll ever will see one. (forgive me if carl is not on probation..i tend to ignore probabtion punishments since its a total joke anyway)..Carl will hear more and more boo’s..lose more fans..and if he doesnt win something soon on the Cup side…call it a career…Rousch fired Kurt Busch for much less than this..in my opinion..and Kurt was a champion…i think Carl needs anger managment..much more than Stewart ever did !:)
Killer Karl should be parked for awhile. Blood will be on NASCAR’s hands if they don’t stop him.
carl seems to have no problem using his car as a weapon. seems like a pattern to me. he also doesn’t seem to be very smart when it comes to thinking ahead as evidenced by blocking on superspeedways, attempting passes by bouncing off the wall (“because it worked in the video game”) and turning people at completely inappropriate parts of the race track. if this were a short track even a rough and tumble one, he’d have been thrown out. i say HE’S DANGEROUS, throw him out a race or two, that way BK doesn’t have to wreck him to gain credibility. but then again.. “boy’s have at it” see ya’ in the wall cousin carnage.
Carl “ROID RAGE” Edwards should be BANNED from the Nationwide Series, lose the win at St. Louis and put on probation in the Cup series. How many hundreds of thousands dollars worth of equipment, from teams other than the 22, did he destroy? Too many small teams are paying the price for his stupidity. But I doubt NA$CAR will do anything other than fine him put him on probation. Like Dave Despain said “slap his hand with a wet tissue”
I like to see a little rubbin & bumpin but Carl’s actions have crossed the line. History has shown us he’s the kind that dishes it out but can’t take it in return. I think he has an anger management issue!
Brad’s father, a racer, (not a wannabe living his life through his sons racing like Logano’s father) summed it up the best.
Carl didn’t start the Atlanta incident, Brad started this at Talladega, an even faster track than Atlanta. They don’t call him Brad “Cause-a-wreck-ski” for nothing.
Carl was beaten, he knew it so he turned a faster car to get the win. question is why is it that Brad gives him a “rub” and all is well but when Carl tries to reciprocate he wrecks Brad? One answer, skill, Brad has more skill in his little finger than Carl will ever have. Remember this isn’t Carl’s first dust up, there are no less than 5 others he has had issues with.
To “Marshall”: “Brad started this at Talladega”?!?!?! Did you even SEE that race? Carl and Brad both knew the yellow-line rule and both knew what had happened the year before to poor Regan Smith. So Carl intentionally came down the track to block Brad, and Brad merely KEPT HIS LINE to avoid going below the line. result: Carl wrecked himself at Talladega. Let’s be clear that I am not a Bad Brad fan, but in both instances of Carl’s “Payback” (at Atlanta and again this weekend), Brad put an agressive move on Carl to advance his position, PERIOD. But in retaliation, Carl PURPSEFULLY WRECKED BRAD! There is no question that there is a big difference between the two drivers’ definition of “racing”.
personally, i think the little punk got what was comming to him. hes always trying to take out carl when he gets close to him. eventually he will get the message……..WAY TO GO CARL..!!!!!!!
Why couldn’t they race at the end like they raced each other earlier? If you want to win with the bumper you better be prepared to lose with the bumper. Brad Kesolouseski has the Dale Sr. mentality but not the intimidator factor.
Carl definitely wrecked Brad on purpose AGAIN! Then he even bragged about it on TV. When asked what happened, his response was “I did what had to be done.”
It is time for NASCAR to park Carl Edwards before someone is seriously injured or killed by him.
All of this controversy is exactly what Nascar is looking for. The bottom line is the Bottom Line. If this kind of performance translates into better ratings and more tickets sold, then I say expect more of the same.
My God!, What a bunch of cry babies!! Go watch tennis or something. If you mess with me, I promise, I WILL return the favor fourfold over!! Carl is the same way!! If you hit him he WILL hit back!! Dale Sr. made a career out it!! You don’t like it? Pick up your baby dolls and go home and hide behind Momma’s skirt!! Brad’s Dad needs to be very careful of what he says, Carl might turn him over his knee and spank him!! ROFLMAO!
There is a HUGE difference between bump and run and DUMP AND RUN.
Carl better be glad he is missing with Penske and Brad and not some of the other drivers out there. Try this with Smoke, Rowdy or Happy Harvick, who last night on Wind Tunnel said he would have went and hit Kissin Cousin Carl in the mouth. Which nascar would probably fine and suspend for.
This is no where like the HARD DRIVING of Dale, Cale, Tim and many of the early drivers of this sport. Like Curtis Turner or Lee Petty who would have took KCC behind the garage and beat the sh*t out of him.
I’ll bet JohnBoy60 has never raced anything beyond a Big Wheel. Sure doesnt know much about being on a race track. Edwards is a menace to the other drivers and to the sport.
Edwards is a weapon. When Earnhardt dumped Labonte, Wallace, and Waltrip, he dumped them to the outside wall, thing is with Edwards, don’t know about you guys, but I saw it right after Turn 1. He even set Brad up when he could have rode the momentum on the final turn.
By the way, Josh Wise finished Top 10 at Gateway in the Nationwide Series. Why is this important? Wise drove the #7 Go Daddy car. Drove a smart race and brought it home in one piece.
Don’t think he was at the ESPY’s.
When Earnhardt spun Labonte at Bristol the second time, off turn 2 so Labonte wouldn’t win the race (not like the first time, he did it in front of the whole field. Labonte never punted Earnhardt first. That was the way Earnhardt drove. Nobody complained then. What’s the difference? One driver spun another to win a race. Happens at Talladega too.
I don’t think Wise was on CSI New York either.
Get a real complaint. When Wormheart Sr. did the same thing everyone just said “That’s his style” Now someone else does it, and suddenly he’s endangering everyone. The cars are safer and better built now, the tracks are safer now, and the cars are going slower now than they used to. So what is the real issue here?
I felt really bad for Brad’s dad. Really tough situation. Dad has to take up for his son. That being said, Brad deserved just what he got. Why does Brad think he should get away with turning Carl if Carl can’t reciprocate. I personally think Brad is a BULLY! Never sorry for the stunts he pulls. Although not a Carl fan he usually will not intentionally take someone out unless it is payback.
Glad Brad wasn’t hurt but I bet it isn’t the last time we will see Brad try to start something and in the end comes out the loser.
How many times does Edwards get to behave in a totally classless way, and not get any kind of repercussions for it? He crosses the line every time. As someone said above…huge difference between “Bump and Run” and “Dump and Run”. Not just with Keselowski. Edwards, after the end of a nationwide race, ran full speed off of pit road and hit Dale Jr. in the driver’s side door while Dale was on a cooldown lap. Ok…noone needs a history lesson, but seriously, Carl doesn’t have fans, he has character witnesses that have to constantly defend his actions.
Brad is a hard racer. He does not wreck people on purpose, but he doesn’t necessarily “play nice” or give-and-take either. I don’t really see a problem with that, although he’s not going to have many friends amongst his peers.
Carl is not a hard racer that doesn’t cut anyone slack. He’s primarily a danger to himself and those around him, overreacting to any perceived slights, regardless of the consequences. Of course, there haven’t really been any consequences for him.
Carl might be better off in a non-nascar-sanctioned series, like Indycar, where he won’t have to go all crazy on people bumping him. Except for Mario Moriaes and Marco Andretti…but hey, they never wreck anyone on purpose, and they usually take themselves out in the process.
You guys are such hypocrites. All you do is talk about the “golden days of Nascar” when racing was exciting and Dale Sr used to dominate the track, but as soon as Carl tries to actually race wussy Brad you claim that he is hurting the sport. I for one applaud Carl for doing everything he can to win a race. The only way it could have been better was if Danica had dumped Brad. Too bad she had to race in Indy this past weekend. She would have actually made the busch race something worth watching.
I don’t think “have at it boys” was intended to make it “if you can’t beat ‘em, wreck ‘em”.
Just this year alone, Carl Edwards flipped Junior on his roof in the Daytona NW race, flipped Brad on his roof at Atlanta (and then said he didn’t know cars could get upside down, when he had done the same thing with the same result 3 weeks earlier, albeit in a different series), ran Kurt Busch into the wall at Daytona then ran to his garage to confront him about that, and finally turned Brad head first into a wall to get a win that he decided was “rightfully” his. That is a lot of incidents in a short time. And to think this all started last year when Carl wrecked himself at Talladega the same way Kyle wrecked himself at Daytona off of Tony’s front bumper.
Obviously 3 weeks probation didn’t make him think enough about consequences to deliberate actions. I don’t know what NASCAR is going to do, but they need to do something before a driver or fan is either severely injured or killed.
If you ain’t first, you’re last!
What Carl did was racing. Brad is no angel and if he wants to rough up other drivers, he can’t go crying to Nascar when he’s given the same treatment. I don’t wish anyone harm but someone needs to start racing in this sport and stop the follow the leader mentality because you can’t get around that stinking COT.
If nothing else, Brad sure proved Saturday that he has far better car control than Carl.
There’s a certain amount of racing contact that is accepted by other drivers and encouraged by the fans. Edwards crossed that line and, I think, has lost respect in the eyes of other drivers and many of the fans. Carl will reap what he has sown, and not just at the bumper of Brad Keselowski.
AnnieMack… it’s one thing to race agressively and quite another to intentionally wreck another driver in such a savage manner.
The pink under wear is out in force. Alls fair in love and war and the last LAP, who hit who first on the last lap.
Crash-a-lotski got exactly what he deserved.
GO CARL GO!!!
If no other cars had hit Brad, the wreck wouldn’t be looked upon so negatively.
After the last restart, Brad raced clean for a lap and wound up in 2nd place. On the money lap, he decided to use his bumper to take the lead – in front of the fans at Edwards’ home track. At that point, Carl could either take the insult from the kid and come in 2nd, or make a statement and take the win. Grudges and bent sheet metal are what sets stock car racing apart.
Carl Edwards behavior just like at Atlanta was entirely reprehensible. Just because, ‘Dale Sr. made a career of it’ (which can be argued) doesn’t make it right.
I was furious at Dale Sr. when he took out Terry Labonte at Bristol in ’99.
Edwards though has really taken things to a new low with the two incidents this year.
Edwards could still have won the race without wrecking Keselowski. I think he still had the momentum to win or have a Craven/Busch type of finish to win.
I am no great fan of Keselowski but I can’t stand the stuff of purposely wrecking someone to win a race when you don’t have to or flipping someone over at Atlanta when you’re over 200 laps down and the other person is running in the top 10 to make a stupid little point.
I really think Edwards has some deep anger issues. Has everyone forgotten his weird fake punch of Kenseth at Martinsville? He really seems to be truly bipolar. With Kyle Busch you at least know he’s going to be mean and nasty the entire time but with Edwards you can get a smiling, happy go lucky guy one minute and then the next a raging, wrecking, hateful individual that just has to win a race in a lower series that really ,in the end, Edwards and Keselowski should not be racing in full time.
That’s one of the things that are wrong with this, drivers carrying grudges from the Nationwide to the Cup Series and vice versa.
Stock car racing despite all of its danger doesn’t have to be like the chariot race from ‘Ben Hur’. There can be good, hard racing without actually killing someone. I remember Edwards made a good, tough, bumping pass on Kyle Busch a few seasons ago at Bristol that made Busch angry but at least Busch still finished 2nd. He didn’t end the race in the infield care center. Edwards did not completely take him out. Now with Keselowski, Edwards feels the need to completely demolish him every time to make a point. Other drivers and fans should not be hurt in the name of their stupid little rivalry.
This ‘rivalry’ needs to be seriously addressed by NASCAR. I mean even after the legendary finish at Daytona in ’79 between Yarborough and Donnie Allison the two wrecked the next race at Richmond and the other drivers basically told them, “Look guys, you need to stop your stupid little rivalry before you catch one of us up in it and then you’ll have more drivers to deal with.” Something like that needs to be done before things spiral completely out of control. Because if this is what it is going to come to one might as well watch a demolition derby.
It’s pretty clear that Edwards is pathological bordering on sociopath…
Nascar won’t do anything, they need the ratings.
I like the Kevin Harvick approach: I’d just go down and punch the SOB in the nose.
To which I would add, at the very next race I’d hunt down Edwards and pull a Michael Waltrip on him: drive under his ass and push him down the straightaway and dump his ass into the first turn. then I drive right into the pits get out of the car and walk into the nascar hauler and await my “punishment.” I’d be laughing the entire time.
I would encourage everyone who agrees with me to send an email to both AFLAC and Copart like I did, telling them I will never consider buying their products and services as long as they are associated with Carl Edwards. What an idiot he is.
Read reviews of the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway Sunday, and you will see Bad Brad blantantly dumped a guy in the last chance to make the feature. Fans booed, Drivers saluted him with one finger. Talking about patterns…..
I just sent my email to Copart and Aflac and stated Carl did a great job Sat. evening. Bucky-Brad deserved it! Another great win for Carl & Jack Roush.
As Clint Eastwood’s character says in the classic ‘Unforgiven’, “Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”
I wonder what Nascar would do to Robby Gordon if he was on steroids and intentionally and with reckless abandon took out the lead car.
As for Dale Sr., he would take you out with finess and try not to wreck you, but sometimes stuff happens. With Carl it’s like driving a 10D nail with a sledgehammer. If it were up to me he would sit out the Brickyard 400.
I’m going to go a different track. There is a way to solve the current NNS with NSCS driver dominating the series. Make a simple rule. Any full time NSCS driver cannot compete for any team that also operates a full time NSCS team. That would put the Keso’s and Edwards into second level equipment and open seats in the top level equipment to develop drivers. This has been demonstrated as a success in the CWTS. Kyle Busch driving for BBM definitely increased competition in the series. Provided valuable feedback improving a team that once he departed has still been able to win races and be atop the CWTS points.
It could also spawn new owners into the sport. Et al the way Kevin Harvick has opened KHI.
I wouldn’t mind seeing BKM coming up to NNS. Or KBM either. Let these guys race and tear up their own stuff.
karl is a walking, talking hemorrhoid that needs to be put back in place.
Whoa, Whoa, everyone. Let’s all have a drink here and look at the facts. Ole Carl did just what we wanted when we set up the “have at it boys” philosophy. Hell, with everyone running away from the “sport” like there’s a fire in the theater, we have to do sumptin’ to raise the ratings. Besides, what’s a little blood when it comes to the bottom line? Do you realize how much mileage we’re going to get on all those TV commercials showing the “excitement”? Y’all just chill out now, and have another drink, NA$CAR’s got it all under control.
Racing is about winning….Back in the 60’s when I raced, you did what it took to win. All this goody two shoes BS is just that. There are winners and then there is everyone else. If it were safe, it wouldn’t be a race, it would be a parade!
Wow, call the Whambulance. I don’t favor either driver, but you always pay back on the track. Over the past years the fans complained when the Fake Fines were handed out, does anyone want to go back down that road? As for Brad’s Dad comments, if your son can’t handle it he can always go back to go karts.
Brad was mad at himself when he spun himself out overthinking a routine pit stop. Then he gets a bit overzealous catching up. So when he does he loses the lead to Carl and decides to give him a nudge, thinking “Carl would never wreck me out, after all he did it before and all eyes on him so he won’t do it. I’ll just knock him out of the way in the corner”. So Brad does and guess what, Carl didn’t play the same game. This is big league racing.
These 2 drivers will sort it out or they will hurt each others chances to win races. And the other drivers may just instill their own “nudges” to both of them. But let them figure this out, don’t let Nascar decide because it will never be fair. Your version of fair is not the same as theirs. You may get your justice this once, but you will lose it 10 times out of the next 10. We’ve been down that road. Let the boys be boys, if Brad is afraid to drive then park it. Brad could have put a much bigger fender to Carl in the previous corner but he was too scared. But had he done that, we’d all be talking about how he should be fined, right? Let em race and let em wreck. Their sponsors and owners will also handle this much better than Nascar could.
The punk got just what he deserved. Don’t mess with the bull, you might get the horn.
“It’s pretty clear that Edwards is pathological bordering on sociopath…”
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… dumbest comment ever!
dewayne, I was at the Oxford 250 this weekend and your information is very wrong. Brad did not blatantly dump anyone in the last chance race. He actually got beat out in a very exciting finish. The crowd was actually cheering because he got beat out, not because he punted someone to make the race. He got a provisional for the 250 and finished 22nd in the race. He ran clean all day long
Get your facts straight before you spout off about things you don’t know. Your comment has no credibility considering its obviously you are trying to shed Brad in a bad light. At least have some facts when you do it.
Regarding Saturday nights race, where do we draw the line on this type of payback. If Carl can’t take a little bumping maybe he should try swimming.
steve, was not there, read race summary on Speed 51, on there on site race updates. If I was wrong I stand corrected. It was just the next day after the Gateway Race that it was posted. I did not see any of the Gateway Race except the highlighhts. Honestly it seems that to some extent, both drivers are wrong, and both have a history. If I was that wrong, I stand corrected.