Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
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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”
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.
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.
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.