Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
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Mike Lovecchio · Monday October 18, 2010
The Chase race is now down to three
It was an up and down night for a number of Chasers Saturday in Charlotte, but ultimately a Jimmie Johnson spin that would have certainly narrowed the deficit for multiple drivers was for naught. In typical Johnson fashion, that golden horseshoe helped keep the No. 48 off the wall, helping the team rebound for a third-place finish. The come from behind performance, combined with a fourth place from Denny Hamlin (41 points back) and a top 10 from Kevin Harvick (77 behind) has distanced the top 3 from the rest of the Chase field. Suddenly, a points race that had a record eight drivers within 85 of the lead after Kansas now finds fourth-place Jeff Gordon 156 out with five races remaining.
Certainly, with half the Chase over, 156 points may not seem like a lot, and the big three can just as easily lose that edge just as quickly as they gained it – especially with Talladega left on the schedule. But consider the top three wheelmen we see now have been sitting in that position for virtually all year. Johnson and Hamlin were the regular season wins leaders, Harvick was the most consistent driver over the first 26 races, and the three have combined to win 15 of the 31 events this season. It’s possible a driver like Kyle Busch or Tony Stewart could get on a run and reel in this top trio, but at this point, the odds are certainly against it.
Jamie McMurray BEAT Kyle Busch for the win
Perhaps it’s the Chase pressure, but over the years Kyle Busch has been prone to playoff mistakes.
Add this weekend’s final restart to the list.
No question about it, Busch simply outsmarted himself on the race’s final wave of the green flag, trying to jump the start and ultimately allowing Jamie McMurray to pass by and cruise to the win. What added insult to injury was restarts were exceptional for the No. 18 the entire night up to that point, part of the reason he was able to dominate in clean air. Instead for Busch, as he found out, second-place finishes aren’t going to get it down in the hole that he’s in, gaining just ten points on Johnson despite also leading the most laps. McMurray proved once again that Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing is on the rise and he is a viable Chase contender next season, but Busch gave the race away just as much as his rival won it. It doesn’t matter what “Rowdy” does in the regular season; until he can calm down, limit his mistakes, and become more consistent over the final ten races, he won’t be a Cup champion.
It’s that simple.
Brad Keselowski SHOULD be your Nationwide champion
With his fifth win of the season, Brad Keselowski opened what will be a Nationwide Series title-winning margin of 450 points over Carl Edwards. It’s been an impressive year for the soon-to-be-champion, but he’s failed to be the most dominant driver in the series over the guy who finished sixth on Saturday night. Yes, that same guy I accused of blowing Chase races has had arguably the best Nationwide season ever, and if he had only run the full schedule could have cruised to the title himself. Kyle Busch has started five less races than Keselowski, yet has more than double the number of wins (Keselowski: 5, Busch: 12) to go along with 20 top-5 finishes.
Given Busch’s remarkable consistency – 23 top-10s in 26 starts – it’s not hard to imagine he would have made up his current 515-point deficit simply by running in the five races he missed (103 points an event). It may not matter now, and the Nationwide championship may not exactly mean what it used to; but given the series champion didn’t even have the best year himself, Keselowski’s upcoming achievement will be slightly tarnished.
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How can Keselowski’s Championship be tainted because one of the competitors chose not to compete? Kyle Busch has had a stellar Nationwide year, although Brad has had a stellar year as well. Brad comes in second or third when Kyle comes in first which is not too shabby. Kyle decided not to run for the Nationwide Championship so he could focus on his Cup prospects. In hindsight, should he have focused on defending his Nationwide Championship? No.
Kyle is a tier one Cup driver and Cup should be his focus. Brad is with a tier two Cup team that in a year or so should be competing for top tens. Brad is running for the right championship considering where he is in his career. I don’t see why Brad’s title is tainted anymore than Johnson’s title is tainted because of his competitors lack of talent or maturity.
Kyle could have chosen to run for the Nationwide Championship. He didn’t. No taint.
Kyle chose not to run a full schedule, Brad chose to run for a championship. What might have been is not what is. No taint. If I had picked the right numbers I would have won the Powerball jackpot. Now Boyer’s win with an illegal car is another matter; that win is definately tainted.
If the Nationwide Series wasn’t tainted to start with, Justin Allgaier would be leading the points.
1.) True, and I have been saying it since Loudon when everyone was predicting that Homestead would see maybe 6 or 7 drivers with a shot at the championship.
2.) True, Kyle is his own biggest obstacle to winning. He is unfocused, young, and immature.
3.) False, sure Kyle could be leading the points if he had run the entire schedule, but his decision isn’t what is tainting Brad’s NNS run at the title. The last decade of Cup regulars coming down to choke the series to death, is what is tainting his championship run.
It’s kind of sad in a way, because Brad is the driver that could already have won a championship or two in NNS, had the Cup guys not stolen his, and now he feels justified in stealing someone else’s title.
Please Kyle haters get the facts straight. Joe Gibbs told Busch he could not run the entire Nationwide schedule. Early on Kyle said in an interview that he thought he could win another championship but “ I do as I’m told”. Would someone tell me how you can be so vindictive and hateful toward someone you don’t even know. How can you assume you know how someone you don’t know feels and thinks.
ladywriter, I am confused. Where is there even ONE hateful, hurtful, or mean word said about Kyle?
If you are referring to me calling him “unfocused, young, and immature” those would all be provable facts, and not hateful comments.
Perhaps your affection leaves you a little too sensitive towards any comments made about Kyle. But that doesn’t make the people saying things “haters”.
ladywriter….Just to set the record straight, I HATE kyle bush, toyotas, and everyone who does like them!! Now you have something to complain about!!
“Jamie McMurray BEAT Kyle Busch for the win
Wrong. If NA$CAR hadn’t thrown the last “debris” caution, Jamie would have passed Kyle anyway. His lap times were faster, period. He opened up a big lead after he passed Kyle on the restart, period. Even Kyle in the post-race interview said that Jamie was just faster, period.
Brad is the champ, that’s it. Interesting that the top N-Wide regular is Justin Allgair, Brad’s teamate. Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, nope, Brad is champ and so is Dodge.
So the chase is down to three with five “races” to go. Who wants to bet it’s down to two with one “race” to go and who the winner will be? Just like in the old points system.
Emperor Brian is giving Hendrick what he’s paid for.
Guess which Hendrick car will not have any “gremlins” during the chase?
Yes, Brad is going to be the champ. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t tainted. Just as the steroid scandal in baseball taints the homerun records, but doesn’t actually alter them, so too does the presence of Cup drivers in NNS taint their records.
As for Dodge being the champ, PROBABLY NOT! I couldn’t find the current manufacturer’s standings easily, but with Toyota having won more than half of the events, and Dodge being under-represented on the track, Toyota will more than likely win that honor. I’m not even sure if Penske will win the owner’s championship.
Are Richard Petty’s 7 championships tainted because David Pearson didnt run a full schedule every year?
Lady writer You appear to be the one using the hate word. Your man/boy has acted in an arrogant & disrespectful way since he got to cup. Sorry thats what I’ve seen. He’ll grow up & acheive greatness I’m sure but for now “Talented Donkey”
Thank you all for the expected response. I have no affection for Kyle Busch or anyone else I don’t know. Jacob as far as nasty names how many people have you called stupid, ignorant and ADD.
JohnBoy….what can I say about that comment. Except so long it’s been good to know you Frontstreth.BYE.
Are Kyle Busch’s wins in the NW tainted because he runs superior equipment compared to 30 other drivers each week. No, in fact they are combined with his Cup wins by the media to somehow make it sound more meaningful than it really is.
So no, Brads championship is not tainted.
ladywriter, are we supposed to miss you? Why assuming so, would be just plain IGNORANT. Buh-bye
The Nationwide championship is not tainted. JGR and K. Busch chose not to run the full season. The championship should always go to a driver that runs the full schedule. That is a NASCAR principle dating back to the early 1970s. They get the owners championship.
McMurray won the race straight up. He was consistently faster over the last 60 laps. Busch d!cked up the restart, but he didn’t come close to running McMurray down. I know you needed something to fill up the article, but c’mon.
A suitable replacement could’ve been: The racing this year has been absolutely enthralling to everyone not named Brian France or Mike Helton. FICTION
Or Brian France is the most inept commisioner/leader of all professional (and I use that loosely) sports organizations. FACT
Mike, you can’t say Brad’s championship is tainted and all I have to do is point to Daivd Pearson’s three Cup titles to make my point. David won 3 titles running a part time schedule, While Brad may not have had the most wins, as you point out he had to be close enough to Kyle in those 12 wins Kyle has to still have a 515 point lead after all is said and done. Look at it this way, Brad stayed close enough to Kyle when Kyle won that in 5 races he was able to overcome the points he lost in the races Kyle won and still build a 515 point lead. Again, I point to David Pearson and his 3 championships running a part time schedule, his first championship running only 42 of 49 races. No slight on Brads part here.
Na$car has tainted the Nationwide series by being so money hungry. If they let the series be what it was designed to be the Buschwackers wouldn’t be dominating the series. They come with better equipment & better backing leaving the NNS regulars hanging in the wind. Na$car thinks they are bringing in more money(which is all they want) by allowing the buschwacker in and in a couple years, there won’t be any new drivers left.Allgier is the best NNS driver & he’s not even going to have a ride next year because of Na$cars greed by limiting his sponser – Verison.