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.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Matt McLaughlin · Monday March 17, 2008
The Key Moment: Denny Hamlin's car sputtered on the final restart, allowing Jeff Burton to storm into the lead.
In a Nutshell: Let's see what all the folks that said last year the new banking configuration ruined Bristol have to say now. Bristol is Bristol.
Dramatic Moment: Those final five laps had fans on their feet, and featured more plot twists then a good mystery novel.
What They'll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week
So maybe this new track configuration at Bristol is going to work out OK, after all?
I guess gas prices are finally hitting NASCAR fans hard in the wallet, too. At Bristol, it seemed that there were a lot less RVs on the grounds around the track than in years past. But at eight miles per gallon for a class A truck, it's no wonder. Fans looking to economize with the current price of gas might want to wait until Charlotte in May to attend a race. Why? The track is offering an 89 dollar ticket package that gets a fan into qualifying, the Nationwide Race, and the World 600. That one has Humpy Wheeler's fingerprints all over it; 89 bucks is still 89 bucks, but it's a lot better than most ticket prices I've seen this year, and I just spent that much on a new carb for my new rat rod sand rail (which rewarded me by promptly setting itself on fireâ€¦ which is why I won't be at Charlotte this year).
What an unexpected treat for race fans! Darrell Waltrip had laryngitis, and surely, it was no coincidence the race broadcast was far less annoying than the normal FOX coverage.
On the other hand, obviously there were computer scoring problems at Bristol that had those announcers who were able to talk spewing a constant barrage of misinformation. I understand some of the mistakes, but some statements like Tony Stewart was leading when Harvick drove into the side of him were obviously wrong to fans watching the race even casually.
Seeing that old ’80s Mountain Dew car just made the new ones look that much worse, didn't it?
Is NASCAR going to allow teams like Roush Fenway Racing and Petty Engineering to swap points between drivers to get folks like McMurray and Petty a guaranteed slot in the next few races? If so, shame on them, but they opened Pandora's Box when they allowed Roger Penske to do the same, swapping points between the No. 2 and No. 77 during the off season.
The Car of Tomorrow celebrated its first birthday this weekend. Big whoop; these rolling affronts to common sense deserved to be mechanically aborted before being brought to birth.
OK, maybe it is time to start wondering what's wrong with the No. 48 team and Johnson this year.
So, Goodyear now says that Tony Stewart won't be invited to any more tire tests? Given Stewart's passionate dislike of any sort of testing, this might be the worst punishment since Monty Python's Comfy Chair.
Bad weather at a race track is a pain in the butt, and rain once again made a mess of qualifying and the Nationwide race this weekend. But sometimes, you need to keep things in perspective. It was just a week ago we were at Atlanta, and this week a tornado struck downtown in that city. An unthinkable tragedy was narrowly averted when that twister damaged an arena where a basketball playoff game was underway; luckily, the problems were minimal enough to leave the structure standing. Unfortunately, for a lot of folks in Atlanta right now, the weather is more than just an inconvenience; thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and those who lost their homes.
Well, someone slipped one under the noses of the censors. Watch the Matchbox 20 NASCAR promo carefully the next time. When the screen goes into Hollywood Square boxes near the end of the commercial, look at the box that’s the second from the right on the bottom row. That, friends, is Tim Richmond, NASCAR's forgotten legend; and, in a probably intentional bit of irony, the picture of Tim is replaced by one of the Bill Frances — Senior and Junior.
The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune
Denny Hamlin still had a legitimate shot at the win when his car stumbled on the final restart due to a fuel pickup problem. That's the same issue that cost Hamlin a shot at the win here last year, and caused him problems during the Fall Atlanta race as well.
Tony Stewart had a shot at the win and a Top 5 finish in the bag until Kevin Harvick drove into the side of him with three laps to go. I wonder if it was the crappy Goodyear tires on the No. 29 that forced Harvick's Chevy to wash up the track?
Kyle Busch was leading the race when his power steering failed and Busch backed it into the wall. That same issue ended Denny Hamlin's day last week; all in all, it was a tough day for the Joe Gibbs teams.
Dale Jarrett didn't exactly cloak himself in glory in his final Cup points race, riding a flat tire and an ill-handling car to a 37th place finish. To newer fans, I promise you Jarrett was a great driver in his era; the death knell came when he signed on as first mate of Michael Waltrip's sinking ship.
Kenny Schrader was having a solid Top 15 run, and seemed headed to the Top 10 when he got caught up in a wreck not of his making.
You have to imagine how pleased the folks at Sprint were to welcome the AT&T car to Victory Lane.
The "Seven Come Fore Eleven" Award For Fine Fortune
Jeff Burton is lucky there are old school team owners like Richard Childress still willing to put a 40-year-old driver in a competitive ride, rather than some pretty kid or an ex-open wheel star. Burton was also lucky to drive away unscathed after hard contact from the No. 48 car; but he survived, allowing Childress drivers to finish 1-2-3 at Bristol in giving Chevy their first win of the 2008 season.
Aric Almirola scored his first Top 10 finish in just his seventh career Cup start; even better, nobody forced him to get out of the car and turn over the wheel this time.
Kevin Harvick could easily have been eliminated when he tangled with the No. 20, but he was able to get the car straightened out well enough to drive to a second place finish. It also appeared that maybe Stewart was considering wrecking Harvick under caution, but cooled off before he reached the No. 29 car.
Kasey Kahne lost a lap after a penalty for speeding on pit road, but drove back to a solid seventh place finish.
Clint Bowyer had a pretty fair weekend, winning the rain-shortened Nationwide Series race and finishing third on Sunday.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. thought his goose was cooked like a Solex one barrel when yet another miscommunication between him and his crew chief saw the No. 88 car remain on the track during the ninth caution period. But Junior hung on to finish fifth; and, as expected, after the race he got to continue being Dale Earnhardt, Jr. It's tough to be any luckier than that.
What's the Points?
The top three drivers in the standings held serve after Bristol. However, Kyle Busch is now just thirty points ahead of Greg Biffle, with Kevin Harvick three points behind Biffle in third.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. advanced a spot to fifth in the standings, well ahead of his three teammates and only 96 points out of the lead. Let’s put it this way: NASCAR officials and TV network brass are busy doing cartwheels across their plush corporate office suites.
Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart each advanced a spot to fourth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. And if their last name was Earnhardt, people might care…
Clint Bowyer was the biggest mover; he skyrocketed seven positions to ninth, while Matt Kenseth moved up a spot to 11th. Despite his fuel problems, Denny Hamlin jumped up four spots to 15th.
On the flip side, Ryan Newman tumbled four spots to eighth, and suddenly, the Daytona 500 feels like a long time ago for the No. 12 team. After a tough day, Martin Truex, Jr. fell one spot to 12th, while Brian Vickers had the worst drop of all; he fell eight spots to 17th.
Despite substandard starts to their seasons, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lurk just outside the Top 12 in 13th and 14th, respectively.
In owner points, Sam Hornish, Jr. and the No. 77 team advanced into the coveted 35th place points position that guarantees them a spot in the race at Martinsville. That means that after finishing dead last at Bristol (43rd), Jamie McMurray's team lurks four points out of the Top 35, and will have to make the race on speed.
Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) We'll give this one four bottles of icy cold Corona. It wasn't the best Bristol race ever, but it certainly was the best race of the young 2008 season.
Next Up: The series takes a week off to celebrate the solemnity and joy of Easter. Racing resumes in two weeks’ time at Martinsville, Virginia… Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be there! (And you might not be, Matt…)
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Matt – “OK, so maybe this new track configuration at Bristol is going to work out OK after all?”
So, what hasn’t that been the case after a tracks resurfacing? The hand wringers after last year’s Bristol race were just displaying their misguided hate CoT. Nothing more.
“I guess gas prices are finally hitting NASCAR fans hard in the wallet too. It seemed that there were a lot less RVs on the grounds around the track than in yearâ€™s past.”
Oh, what a shocker, you mean it’s not the presence of Toyota that has driven fans to stay home or watch on the tube BTW!!!
Wonders never cease.
“Is NASCAR going to allow teams like Roush and Petty Engineering to swap points between drivers to get folks like McMurray and Petty a guaranteed slot in the next few races?”
Are you advocating NASCAR make stuff up as they go along? There’s no rule on the books that disallows it. If I were to guess, Roush won’t Petty will make the swap.
With a bit of luck neither will.
I swore up and down I would not watch a race this year, just tired of the coverage, and more so NA$CAR itself. But, after doing some work on Sunday, went upstairs and just before dinner turned the old TV on just to see either who won, or what the running order was.
Was I stupid to do this or what??? Turned the TV on, about 60 laps to go, all I wanted to see was the current running order, and guess what????
All the scroll at the top of the screen would show was the top ten!!!
33 cars forgotten!! Only the top ten scrolled across the top of my screen! TEN!!! Then after several frustrating sequences, they started scrolling the entire field, and then guess what?? At about 20th place they cut to a commercial! So I still did not know!
And then the commentators were quick to comment when Harvick booted Tony out of the way: “well, did you see Tony slow up suddenly giving Harvick no where to go”??
No wonder I lose interest!!
Folks, both the sport and the coverage is sick these days!
And by the way!! JR. SUCKS! What a jerk!
Jamie will have to do it on his own. Roush needs to downsize after this year to four teams. I can’t believe they would sacrifice Matt to save Jamie.
Not only were there fewer RV’s but few fans in the stands as well. The economy, a reconfigured Bristol and poor racing overall will keep them away. I watched the F1 race, tuned over to FOX for a bit, didn’t hear Darrell, then took my family to see Horton Hears a Who. A great afternoon!
Thank you very much. After three years of hearing and reading that Jr is an untalented, over-rated driver who is riding on his daddy’s coattails, it is a pleasure to read something good about him. I hope your editor won’t mind if you do it again sometime. I think I like you.
Too bad there were only ten cars running at bristol. At least this is the way FOX displayed it. What idiot decided this? The other issue is there were other drivers moving up, since they did not show it, and now you cannot even “watch “ the order change terrible broadcast, beginiing to think I am done watching. crappy broadcast.
Race broadcast was far less annoying? I turned on the TV with 100 to go, and first time I heard DW, I thought someone was being stabbed in the booth. When I figured out what was really going on, made my stomach turn every time, and tried to mute. Does FOX and DW think that we need to hear what DW thinks so bad that we are willing to listen to someone who sounds like they are gargling their own vomit? Gimme a break and send him home. About made me hurl every time I had to listen to that crap. Unbeleivable. My mute button got some use, anyhow. Disgusting.
Dale Jr has some talent, but he IS over-rated and he IS riding on his father’s coattails. If his name was Dale Smith Jr he wouldnt even be half as popular as he is.
And I still dont get all the hate for new car. Is it the splitter? Is it the wing? Is it the sameness amongst all the brands? Is it because the drivers dont like it? Or is it just because you guys hate change. Was there this much hate for the new Cup car back in ’81? Or when they changed to purpose-built race cars instead of buying one off the lot? Probably not because you didnt have the internet to form your opinions for you and voice your complaints.
I was at Bristol and, until he wrecked, the most entertaining show on the track was Kenny Schrader working traffic to stay on the lead lap. He hung on and hung on until a caution brought many of the leaders in on twenty-lap tires. That moved him into the top-15 and he drove up to 11th in the BAM car before getting caught up in a wreck. It reminded me of how much fun it is to be at the track and see the racing they don’t cover on TV. Even the radio guys blew it by giving a nod to Paul Menard for being in 15th in his TEI ride, when Schrader was up in 11th.
It’s a shame the media guys focus so much on the top ten when there’s great racing going on back in the pack.
When the downsized cars arrived in 81 everybody hated them. For one thing they had a nasty habit of getting airborne and rolling wildly. NASCAR changed the rules theree or four times during speedweeks trying to keep the cars on the ground and equalize speeds betwen brands. Eventually they stripped Bobby Allison’s dominant H+Grand Prix of so much spoiler it was no longer competitive. Just about every race the next two years was won by a Buick Regal. So much for parity.
Ironically the biggest and most vocal opponent of the new car in 81 was Darrell Waltrip. He said the cars were based on the same shitboxes Detroit couldn’t sell and they’d never make a good race car. So why did he accept that car yesterday?
Hey Kevin in SoCal!! If one reads what ALL the drivers say, either indirectly or directly, the CoT drives like a piece of CRAP!
It does not handle like a “REAL RACE CAR”, it is simply a huge chunk of metal the drivers try to manhandle around a race track!
A race car should be “nimble”, and “quick on it’s feet”, allowing the driver to place the car where he wants to go!
With the CoT, they just aim the blasted thing and HOPE it goes where it is pointed! All at 190MPH or so! It is a true “hang on” situation.
NA$CAR today is not so much about racing a competitor, than it is racing the car your driving and trying to keep up with it!
NA$CAR did not put enough thought or engineering into this thing, and it is ruining the show!
It, the CoT, is simply a slug!! It is not a race car!
With the technology improving in engines and suspensions, it wont be long before we would need restrictor plates at some of the bigger and faster tracks. This “slug” is supposedly NASCAR’s way of slowing everyone down for a few years.
It’s hard to take your “Iâ€™ll eat my â€œI donâ€™t care who wins as long as he doesnâ€™t drive a Toyotaâ€ cap.” comment seriously when your overall rating uses a foreign beer.
You know, you could have used Coors, Coors Lite, Millet Lite, or even – gadzooks – Budweiser! They used to sponsor Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ya know, and just those two mentions alone would garner you more positive feedback.
Yer going to have to trust me I’ve used my fair share of Coors Light, Bud and Genny Cream Ale in the day.
As for Corona, well that’s my once in a blue moon beer at the price. If all Toyoyta were half again the price of a Ford, I’d have no isue with them
Every time I heard DW try to speak yesterday all I YELLED at the tv was to get him off the air and how everyone was gonna be commenting today about how bad a decision it was to let him utter a single word on live television. And guess what? I was right!! And to all of you who hated the new “top 10 ticker” on the tops of your tv screens, well, count me in with you all; whoever came up with that great idea should have his or her ass kicked. Lastly, to be honest, I wish there were more track owners like Humpy out there. Not unlike a Garth Brooks concert, where he keeps his ticket prices at around $25 so everyone can enjoy one of his shows, Humpy is trying to remember that it’s us middle-class folks that make him all his money. Hell, I’m looking at ticket prices to Chicago right now…they START at $190 each!!! Wish I could make it down to your race Humpy.
Kevin in SoCal “Probably not because you didnt have the internet to form your opinions for you and voice your complaints.”
BINGO, you win a cupie doll for the correct answer.
Put another way the internet allows people to write before they think, and do it from afar and generally anonymously. In some cases that leads to a herd mentality and they jump on the latest meme floating around the “Sphere that week regardless of its value or validity.
I believe the original public forum for dissent was the soapbox, followed by the printing press. Even in the non-electronic 1700s a bunch of agitators not happy with the way things were going were able to forment enough discord to give birth to this nation.
Matt “Eventually they stripped Bobby Allisonâ€™s dominant H+Grand Prix of so much spoiler it was no longer competitive. Just about every race the next two years was won by a Buick Regal. So much for parity.“
Bobby wasn’t competitive in the 500 that year? The hell you say?
Is that an example of faulty memory or an exercise in “creative writing” in support of your theory?
Allison led 117 laps of the 200 hundred run, how is that not competitive?
The single reason he didn’t win and Petty did is due to less tire wear on the Petty Buick and pit stop strategy on the last stop of the day.
We all have dusty memories at times, but in this day and age the truth is out there. On the other hand some people would rather not be bothered with the truth.
P.S. Bobby drove a LeMans in Daytona not a “H+Grand Prix.”
Matt quoting Waltrip:
“He said the cars were based on the same shitboxes Detroit couldnâ€™t sell and theyâ€™d never make a good race car.”
Guess Waltrip should have shut up and drove instead. (Assuming he actually came close to saying that)
The Monte Carlos sales went up by 25% in 1981.
However. looking at the overall picture in 1981 revels sales of all domestic produced cars were on average down because of high gas prices and, and Matt this will P.O. you, one out of every four cars sold in 1980 were imports.
That was a result of a tidal wave of government regulations mandating fuel economy, emissions control and improved safety made it difficult for the less-than-efficient American auto makers to survive during the economic crisis of the late 1970s, hence the near-collapse of Chrysler.
Anyone who watched Toyota and Honda destroy CART (tragically) and the IRL (mercifully) knows the dangers of Toyota in NASCAR. You’re still one of the few who truly understand things, Matt. Good column, as always.
Eventually as in in the week’s after the Daytona 500. Or do we need to have a metaphysical discussion of the term “eventually” and its varied uses?
Starting at Darlington on April 12 1981 the Ranier team Bobby drove for switched to Buicks because NASCAR had rendered their Pontiacs uncompetitive. The team fielded the Pontiac again at Martinsville cause it’s not an aero track and Allison won at Talladega the following week in a Buick.
For a full discussion of the aerodynamics rules changes see Greg Fielden’s Forty Years of Stock Car Racing Volume Four Pages 319-323
Yeah , Toyota and Honda will destroy racing by dominating it . Just the way Offenhauser did . Oh wait , they didn’t destroy anything . Or maybe the way that the small block Chevrolet , totally dominant in racing for the past 50 years destoyed racing . No wait , that didn’t happen either . Oh , i know . Like the Hemi destroyed drag racing as the engine of choice since the day it was introduced . You know , i can’t think of one instance where a car manufacturer was able to destroy racing . What destroys racing , and might eventually destroy NASCAR is ridiculous rules , poor management , and greed .
Tim “Anyone who watched Toyota and Honda destroy CART (tragically) and the IRL (mercifully) knows the dangers of Toyota in NASCAR. Youâ€™re still one of the few who truly understand things, Matt. Good column, as always.”
And you must be one of the few, along with Matt, who wants, dare I say needs, to lay all the blame on Toyota.
Right! Lets absolve Tony G and Champ Car’s co-owners, Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe of all blame and lay it at the feet of Toyota.
It wouldn’t have a thing to do with KK & Forsythe not being able to start a good arson fire in a match factory would it? Nope it’s all Toyota’s fault!
And of course it was all Toyota’s fault CCWS lost teams owned by Bobby Rahal and David Letterman, Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi to the IRL wasn’t it Tim?
Well wasn’t it?
I’d have to say the dominance of the Penske Porsches driven by Mark Donahue destroyed the once vibrant Can Am series that had been envisioned as America’s answer to F1. It was a fascinating series in the day with very liberal rules. I seem to recall one car that was powered by four snowmobile engines, one at each wheel.
And when the factories pulled out of the Trans Am A series which had been a playground for Javelins, Mustangs, Camaros, Cougars, Darts, Cudas, Challengers and Trans Ams, and the SCCA allowed foreign cars in and liberalized the “stock appearing” rule interest in the series plummeted. I’m sure Marc can cite some bar in Anchorage Alaska where interest actually increased in the Trans Am series once the furriners were in, but short of digging through 25 year old copies of Car and Driver to get exact quotes and citations I can’t convince him otherwise. And it’s nice out, the sun is still out and the buggy needs work. See Ya’ll.
Thanks Marc, I wasnt sure if anyone else caught my last sentence there. It sure seems like people are taking the popular opinion on things instead of thinking for themselves. Then again, I guess that’s why its the popular opinion, right?
Matt “Iâ€™m sure Marc can cite some bar in Anchorage Alaska where interest actually increased in the Trans Am series once the furriners were in,”
Actually I believe it was in the bar in Star Trek, which is about as far out as you are with some of your facts.
That aside it was you I believe that had to dig back nearly a decade to mount a snipe attack on ISC over allegedly not caring enough about installing SAFER barriers. The reality is, and was you could have a bit more intellectually honest and cited the ongoing work at Darlington. That by some indications may be beyond your capabilities.
Matt “Eventually as in in the weekâ€™s after the Daytona 500. Or do we need to have a metaphysical discussion of the term â€œeventuallyâ€ and its varied uses?”
Interesting you should use that term considering it’s defined as “highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse” and pretty much describes what you’ve done with this comment in an effort to avoid the obvious.
Just prior to any “eventualities” you very plainly stated rules were changed during the 1981 Speedweeks, specifically.. “theree or four times during speedweeks trying to keep the cars on the ground and equalize speeds betwen brands.” is what the contentions was.
You correctly pin-pointed the aero difficulties in the new body style but clearly implied Allison suffered for the changes during the event.
A patently false statement then continued to “support” that by claiming no one was buying the small sized car for the street.
Again far from the whole truth as evidenced by increased Monte Carlo sales for one example. Many factors went into the lagging industry not the least of which was an economy that sucked hind teat on a boar hog thanks Carter being in office.
But what the hell it was all NASCAR’s fault just as it is with it being all Toyotas fault now right?
The Can-Am didn’t need Porsche to kill it , it commited suicide . Great series , great racing , great cars . Poor decisions on the part of the sanctioning body killed Can-Am. Manufacturers had nothing to do with it .
….but clearly implied Allison suffered for the changes during the event.
No you’re just being argumentitive and looking for something to snipe at me about. I’ll leave it to the rest of the folks here to decide if I said that Allison suffered during the Daytona 500 over and above the sitting out two rounds of qualifying to protest the reduced spoiler on his Poncho.
And I’m surely not going to debate politics with you. You want to blame Carter for thwe malaise of the 70s go right ahead.
Geez Matt, I bet you didn’t expect a Spanish Inquisition.
how bout getting your own damn column? You have some salient points, but all I see is refuting for the sake of refuting everything Matt writes and again, you are successfully hijacking this thread.
You’re akin to a sports talk caller who won’t give up and doesn’t realize that people aren’t tuning in or “logging on” to read or listen to him.
I’ll help you:
One question for either of you guys. Which Daytona was it where Bobby Allison’s spoiler flew off? Was that the 82 race? Also, would like either or both of your thoughts.
Personally you go Mark. It’s pretty easy to take apart one of his columns isn’t it? The world according to Matt doesn’t fly with everyone, thank you.
I have been following you around for a lot of years and have enjoyed it.Glad you have thick skin.Hang in there.
Joe “Marc, how bout getting your own damn column? You have some salient points, but all I see is refuting for the sake of refuting everything Matt writes and again, you are successfully hijacking this thread.”
Now that’s HI-larious!
How about you opening your eyes and look one of two places:
1. My name on each post that leads to my “column.”
2. Just below this comment form and that little thingy labeled “Full Throttle.”
That’s me and has been for four plus years.
Where’s your “column” Joe?
And BTW, you haven’t clue #1 what “hijacking” a thread means.
Gee, I guess I’m just a dumb country hick too. I had no idea your name led to another site either.
I had me a look while the Permatex holding the gaskets to my valve covers on the buggy dried.
Here’s a hint from someone who had been doing this for more than four whole years. If’n I were you I’d be a bit more concerned about what you’re writing than what I’m writing. I’ll take the giant bunny suit thing under advisement though. I haven’t laughed that hard since my last root canal.
marc said “inane BS”
I haven’t a clue what hijacking a thread is? It is what you do with your every single bitch moan and complaint about what Matt writes. You know what, if you don’t like his material don’t read it. You’re actually the dumbass giving frontstretch your business by the number of hits.
I’m sure you’ll have some great refuting or something of that sort that you’ll cobble together at 1:34 am or whatever, but I’m kinda tired of it. Now if you guys were to do a point/counterpoint sort of thing, that’s great, but all I see is you can follow but you can’t lead. If you had a site, I’d love to read your stuff so that we could poke holes in every damn sentence you write.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with everything Matt writes. I don’t agree with his assertion that Toyota is the death knell of NASCAR, but he was one of the guys railing for safety in the pre- 2001 days. I don’t think he’s all that off-base about drivers being better back in the day because they had personality, they were more accessible back then, and they weren’t the media whores that they are now. I remember as recently as 1996 that I could go and shoot the crap and have a beer with Jimmy Spencer, Ricky Craven, Robby Gordon, Randy Lajoie, in the infield during Speedweeks. Those days are long gone and I like Matt wish that the access was like it was back then. Times change. Maybe the racing wasn’t as great as there were many times that you’d only see 4 or 5 cars on the lead lap and partial fields and races took place at venues like Riverside, North Wilkesboro, Hickory, Richmond Fiargrounds, Texas World Speedway, etc. and not California, New Hampshire, Dover, Miami, Chicago, Kansas City. Also, TNN and TBS covered the races and you’d hear Buddy Baker’s cackle or Eli Gold with Glen Jarrett in the pits and you didn’t have the contrived “entertainment” or a name the camera that is destined to get lodged in some driver’s radiator or worse some day contest.
I personally watch hoping to see a race end like Bristol this week, or Daytona last year and not for ancilliary garbage that the suits at Daytona Beach have force fed us since 2001.
If that makes me “behind the times” then I guess that’s me.
Born and â€œsemi-raisedâ€ (Isnâ€™t there a kid in all of us?) in the Mid-West, Marcâ€™s first attraction to â€œgo fastâ€ machines went down the 1/4 mile. Try as he might to hang on to the Daddy Garlits, RAMCHARGERS A/FX Dodge and A/FX Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt era of the sport, he wandered over to the local 1 mile and 1/2 mile dirt ovals. It was all overâ€¦if it raced it had to turn. Left!
That led to an aborted five year career as a figure eight driver that ended with a T-bone crash at the intersection and calls for an immediate appointment with the nearest shrink. The appointment was missed.
That explains it all.
Matt “Hereâ€™s a hint from someone who had been doing this for more than four whole years.”
“Doing this?” Meaning what, blogging? If so good on ya, but based on your past performance I’m not impressed and any “hints” will fall on mostly deaf ears. (not to mention not having a clue what your own software is capable of)
Joe “That explains it all.”
Sure does explain it, and far more than your “column” as you put it.
Oh wait, you don’t have one, sorry.
Lets see if a little instruction takes:
Thread hijacking: Defined as posting a blog comment or forum comment that is wildly off topic in an attempt to drive the conversation from it’s intended subject.
Now Joe, and Matt for that matter, can you quote anything that has done that and has not been in direct response to what was asked and answered of me?
P.S. Matt, guess your “boss” here (Tom Bowles) thinks my blog deserves more credit than you give, it’s been linked here from it’s inception.
I’m sorry you’re deaf.
I’m even sorrier you have software problems. Never had that issue. Try Viagra.
I never had much use for this whole blogging thing. When I used to “blog” I’d just call it Random Notes to indicate I had a bunch of ideas about a possible column but none of them were worthy of an entire column so here’s the first paragraph of what I might have written.
Hey, maybe this blogging thing is the future and you’re going to be Blog-Meister Nasty Z but I’m still a rock and roll, hot rod and hamburger guy. Rap,hybrids and tofu don’t do it for me.
Matt “Iâ€™m sorry youâ€™re deaf. Iâ€™m even sorrier you have software problems. Never had that issue. Try Viagra.”
Typical response from you. Heaven forbid you stay on topic, and the moon would have to crash into earth prior to actually correcting factual errors posted on your part.
And have a fun and prosperous Easter. Even without the Bunny Suit.
P.S. And BTW you’re free to stop by Full Throttle anytime in an Easter Eg…. er sorry, a factual error hunt.
Be glad to demonstrate to you how they are corrected.
marc said “oh, you don’t have one!”
burn. got me. I assume you DO know how many of these columns work as the glut of NASCAR related sites are one of the negatives to following NASCAR and has given it pro wrestling status. I used to write for a website but hey anyone can if the webmaster deems it to be fit to print. You think all of these web writers have press credentials at Sprint Cup races? If they do, I doubt they get more access than a regular fan would. I doubt seriously they get into the driver’s meeting, garages, driver’s lot or any place like that. So in effect website writers are alot like handicappers, they all have their “sources” all think they’re credible, but in the end they regurgitate what is already out there. Hell, even Jayski doesn’t get the scoops like he used to back in the pre-FOX days, and many times it’s some hotshot webbie trying to make a name for himself and cannot substantiate it.
Look, it’s quaint that you have your very own website and see yourself as an authority on racing. I saw some of your stuff it wasn’t bad. Kind of covers a lot of racing forms. But, you come across as very petty especially seeing that you have your own site and you seemingly hammer Matt at every article. I’m sure you can reference one or 2 where you don’t so save it. You come across like the new kid in town trying to throw sand in the bully’s eyes to be king of the mountain.
As for the that explains it all comment, I was referring to your aborted career due to a T bone crash at a figure 8 race. Hell, I race go karts at the local fun center. Loren Wallace wouldn’t hold a candle to me.
Guess that makes me an expert too.
“Which Daytona was it where Bobby Allisonâ€™s spoiler flew off? Was that the 82 race?”
That was the 1982 Daytona 500, and it wasn’t the spoiler, it was the back bumper. (Yipes!) I saw it happen live on CBS, and IIRC, part of the rear bodywork above the rear bumper came off too. Some people claimed Gary Nelson, Allison’s Crew Chief, intended the bumper to come off the car.
Joe “I assume you DO know how many of these columns work as the glut of NASCAR related sites are one of the negatives to following NASCAR and has given it pro wrestling status.“
So, that means you believe that’s true of MLB, MBA and NFL who all have far more blogs and other news sources that follow those sports. Right? That makes zero sense, popularity breeds media coverage of all types.
“I used to write for a website but hey anyone can if the webmaster deems it to be fit to print.“
Your ignorance is showing, again. In todays age YOU are the webmaster and don’t need the ok or approval. Wanna get on line, blogger offers free service, so does wordpress.com and a few others.
Does that end up allowing a “glut” of sites as you call them?
Sure does and that’s where your childish cherry picking of a past incident pulled from my “about page” is nonsensical and again… very childish.
Every tom dick and jane can and do get online and write but not everyone gains the creditability and interest to stay around.
Rather than take one small incident and make a sad attempt at attacking me an honest effort by you would have included noting FT has been a finalist in 3 of the last 4 weblog award events going against some media giants like Deadspin blog Gawker Media, and NFL.com’s blog.
With just a bit more effort you would have noted FT is rated among the top ten NASCAR blogs in the Sports Blog Index
Check the refs and how those blogs are rated Joe, check who that organization represents then try to claim the “glut” of NASCAR sites are in the same league.
But that would take an honest effort and interest on your part rather than spending less than 5 minutes on site and pulling what you thought was a slam against me.
You slammed yourself, not me.
“But, you come across as very petty especially seeing that you have your own site and you seemingly hammer Matt at every article. Iâ€™m sure you can reference one or 2 where you donâ€™t so save it.”
No I won’t save it again you assume something not close to reality.
Fact, his posts only caught my “interest” with his factless, racist diatribe (along with many in that comment thread) against Toyota that was posted approx two weeks ago. Matt has posted dozens of article prior to that that have been read by me and was left uncommented by me.
And frankly as a long-time reader of Frontstretch I was very surprised Tom Bowles ever let that piece of trash hit the net, it was far, very far below the standards normally associated with this site over the last 4 years.
“You come across like the new kid in town trying to throw sand in the bullyâ€™s eyes to be king of the mountain.“
Well, as already noted I’m hardly the new kid in town, but here’s a question for you.
Isn’t it common to write into whatever news source you choose, (NYT, WaPo whatever) asking for corrections to things they print or put on line?
Why shouldn’t a blog that contains errors be called on to do the same thing?
And what does it say about an author that not only doesn’t correct the errors but ignores the fact they were brought to his or her attention?
On that note, I’ll give you the same offer I gave Matt, find a factual error at FT (surely they exist because no one is perfect and over time circumstances changes what once were factual at the time of writing) point it out and I’ll demonstrate how an honest author operates.
I won’t alter my normal respiration rate waiting, that would actually require you to take more time than you want to spend. Your efforts as already proven are limited to finding what you “think” are the most damning to me and fir into your agenda and nothing more.
I know you have better things to do.
PS: The “trash” comment really got to me.
I’ll leave it be as I doubt I will be afforded the last word anyway. You win Marc. Feel free to post that on your award winning “site”
Thanks for the info on the 82 Daytona race. I did mean to say rear bumper not spoiler as that would be a heck of a feat to run 200 with no spoiler. Bobby Allison was ahead of his time. Ashame he had to endure the tragedy that he has had to.
Just to clear up a couple of things,
The software on the site is MY software. Matt’s nice enough to use it. He really doesn’t have to know how everything about it works, just how to enter his article and hit the publish button. We’ve got seven editors to handle the rest. Actually, most of the editors don’t know how to do everything on the site. Heck, I built the site and own the site along with Tom and Kim DeHaven and still don’t know everything that Textpattern is capable of.
Second, the reason your site is linked at the bottom is because yours is the only other NASCAR site I take the time to read on a regular basis. I’m a big Marc fan actually, the only way I’d like it better was if it was on the Frontstretch. The rest of the links are there out of obligation or because a Frontstretch staff member or alumni is either the owner or a contributor. Actually, Darren’s is there mainly because I like his site (One Bad Wheel for those that don’t know Darren) but also because we use his next race widget in the message group.
Finally, the Frontstretch isn’t a blog. We’re a NASCAR website that offers news, commentary and features along with a newsletter, message board and fantasy games. More of an internet magazine I guess. If we are a blog though, we were a blog before blogs were cool since we’ve been doing this for over eight years. Since we aren’t a blog Joe, we do have access to areas that most don’t. Nearly every race weekend, at least one Frontstretch staffer is at the track, either with Frontstretch credentials, or with another entity that is covering the race.
But please, we don’t care what you call us, just keep coming back!
One big problem Ren,
I never called frontstretch a blog.
Those were your boy Marc’s words, not mine.
Not a big problem, I never said you did. Even if I did, if that’s your idea of a big problem, I’ll take all of yours for one of mine! lol
no sweat man, this site is strictly for entertainment. I mean you guys aren’t like the crew chiefs and drivers who may be here today gone tomorrow. We can all agree we follow (and you guys cover) NASCAR for the love of the sport and if there are things you (writers) feel are good or bad with the direction you feel things are going and react accordingly.
I think you can agree that you get people like Matt because he elicits a reaction, good or bad. We can all agree there really is not much middle ground with Matt’s writing.
No such thing as bad press right?
Ren “Call us what you want marc, and if your cat has kittens in the oven you can go ahead and call them biscuits, but the fact is that thatâ€™s a narrow view of what Textpatten is.”
It’s not what I call it Ren, it’s what a lot of others call it and what it was first designed to do. Text Pattern made the marketing decision to go “upscale” by using the term Contact Managment System vice blog.
This is not the best source but note the list.
You can also note from way back how it was listed as blog software.
It’s nothing more than semantics, some developers call it blog software others use the term CMS, but in the end they all other the same end product, a blog.
Really? Well then check out these “blogs” all powered by Textpattern:
Textpattern is a tool. It can be used to make any kind of website and is a very capable tool for web logs too.
NASA’S Astrobiology site (alpha stage)