NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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
Monday March 3, 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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Matt McLaughlin · Monday September 28, 2009
The Key Moment: Jimmie Johnson took the lead on lap 176 and was never headed.
In a Nutshell: Miles the Monster serves up a race with more than a modicum of mediocrity.
Dramatic Moment: Waiting to see if Joey Logano’s car stopped rolling before it got to Wilmington.
There was some decent racing back in the pack.
What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week
When was the last time a Cup car got up on its roof, much less rolled seven times at Dover?
You have to give Jeff Gordon’s crew chief, Steve Letarte, style points for rolling the dice with a four-tire stop late in the race. If Gordon had gone on to win, Letarte would have looked brilliant; but if the No. 24 got caught up in a restart wreck, he would have looked foolish. As it was, Gordon basically held serve (after a close encounter with Ryan Newman), but it was a gamble worth taking to try to steal a win.
Looks like Kyle Busch’s temper got the better of him yet again. The first rule of holes is when you find yourself in one, stop digging.
There were long stretches of the Dover race where drivers in the top 10 were spaced several seconds apart and nobody was passing anything but the time. What’s the solution? Shorter races? Wider tires? Readopting bias ply tires? Darned if I know, but the status quo isn’t acceptable.
Hold the phone. Maybe this Montoya guy is for real, after all.
For all the talk about Danica Patrick making the jump to NASCAR racing in 2010, it was announced this week that Ms. Patrick has signed a three-year extension with Andretti Green Racing to remain in the IRL. As usual, she was just using the NASCAR chip to play her hand for the best deal she could get in the IRL. For anyone who was surprised by this week’s developments, I’ve got some really bad news about the Easter Bunny…
A 2.5 overnight TV rating and a 3.2 final rating? That’s actually pretty good….for the Special Olympics Tiddlywinks Tournament on Versus. I’m thinking that starting the Cup races before the NFL games ought to help, especially among the demographic of viewers whose batteries have gone dead in their remotes and are too dang fat and lazy to get up and change the channel. Repeat after me: if they ain’t racing by one, the ratings aren’t going to be fun.
Remember all the uproar about whiskeymakers entering NASCAR as team sponsors? Folks were upset the booze makers were entering a “family sport” (that had its origins in running moonshine by the way) and circumventing the FCC ban on hard liquor advertising? Well, this week Jack Daniel’s and Jim Beam announced they won’t be returning to the sport next season. I guess the economy and the health care debate are better promotional aids for hard drinking than racing. As best I know, there’s been no rash of elementary students getting sent home for trying to sneak flight bottles of Gentleman Jack into school in their Jeff Gordon lunchboxes.
Dover drew a decent crowd despite some nasty weather overnight Saturday and a cloudy, cool, threatening start to Sunday. Still, it was hard not to notice vast swathes of empty seats everywhere but the frontstretch and the track’s latest bit of subterfuge, using giant sponsor logos to cover even more empty seats. It was also hard not to notice the crowd began thinning noticeably before the halfway point of the race. Was that because Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was having (another) lackluster run, or just folks trying to beat Dover’s well documented post-race traffic nightmare?
Some folks are still debating whether it’s “Juan Pablo Montoya” or just “Juan Montoya.” Considering the huff he was in after losing to Mark Martin last week at NHIS, perhaps he should be called “Whine Pablo Montoya.”
Fans can debate forever whether the Dover Cup race is too long, but this late in the year it seems obvious the Cup schedule is at least six races too long.
Given another year to develop, maybe it’s actually Marcos Ambrose who will be the “Franchise” at MWR? Certainly it’s not going to be Ambrose’s big-mouthed, bone-headed boss who attempted to slam the Dover boilerplate across the Jersey State line on Sunday.
The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune
When the season ends, Joey Logano’s place in the highlight reels won’t be his win at Loudon — it will be his savage Dover wreck. Logano is one lucky young man to walk away from that one under his own power.
At times, it seemed Kurt Busch had enough car to keep Jimmie Johnson honest, but the No. 2 bunch once again did their patented late-race fade routine.
It was a tough weekend for Denny Hamlin, who got dumped late in Saturday’s Nationwide race by a thoroughly unrepentant Brad Keselowski, then struggled to a thoroughly uncompetitive 22nd place finish in his ill-handling Toyota Sunday. The fact that the 22nd place finish was actually Hamlin’s best in his last five outings at Dover makes one wonder why he doesn’t just stay the Hell home when the circuit visits the First State.
The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune
When Tony Stewart got caught up in the big wreck and damaged the nose and tail of his car, it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for the No. 14 bunch. But they were able to repair the car well enough that Stewart rallied back, and actually ran more competitively than his ninth place finish indicates.
Jeff Gordon’s late race contact with Ryan Newman had all the makings of a Monster mess, but he caught the car and drove on to a sixth place finish.
After the season he’s had since the first two races of the year, a third place finish had to feel like a win for Matt Kenseth.
Ryan Newman seemed to have a “Hit Me Hard” bumper sticker on the back of his Chevy, but he soldiered on to a tenth place finish.
What’s the Points?
Mark Martin maintains his point lead over teammate Jimmie Johnson, who remains second in the standings. But Martin almost certainly feels the hoary breath of his younger stablemate and three-time consecutive titlist as the gap narrows to ten markers.
Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, and Tony Stewart each advanced a spot in the standings; they are now up to third, fourth, and fifth. Under the Laws of Conservation of Points Positions, three spots had to be yielded to allow them to advance. Denny Hamlin was Dover’s chief points victim, tumbling those three spots to sixth after yet another poor result at Dover.
Jeff Gordon moved up two positions to eighth in the standings, while Brian Vickers fell two spots to tenth. Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle maintained their places in seventh and ninth, respectively.
Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne remain the cellar dwellers in the Chase. Mark Martin would have to stay home next week for Kahne to have a chance at taking over the point lead, as he’s already fallen 189 back in just two races.
Matt Kenseth supplanted Kyle Busch (who planted his Toyota into the wall more than once Sunday) to take over the “Best of the Rest” honor of 13th in the standings.
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 three semi-cold cans of Ballentine. There’s been better racing at Dover, but then Goodyear has brought better tires here as well.
Next Up: The Cup series heads off for yet another tepid tryst at Kansas. It’s actually the perfect venue for contemporary NASCAR racing. The Wizards behind the curtain need the brains to see this Chase thing isn’t working out and the courage to change it before they finish tearing the heart out of this sport. And you know whenever you see their lips moving, the cowardly lion lies within them. There’s no place like Rocking-home…
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1. Hendrick cars 1 & 2, so much for “PARITY”!
2. So, the POS can roll over and the driver is “safe”? Seen the very same thing in open wheel racing, (why do we need an ill-handling, high CG car, gee, if the CG wasn’t sky high in the POS would he have rolled at all?) and the driver was “safe”!
3. GOODYEAR TIRES, nuff said?
4. “SELECT” teams tested tires at this track, and they came out on top? Imagine that!
5. We “re-set” the points with ten (10) races to go in the season, “TO MAKE THINGS MORE INTERESTING”! And here we are after two (2) races and two teamates, gee, Hendrick cars, are once again leaving the other 10 drivers in their dust! WOW! How exciting! So much for re-setting the points! Next idea please!
6. A 2.5 rating? WOW! Just a good thing the WNBA exists, or NA$CRAP would be at the bottom of the heap. And I do mean BOTTOM! So much for King Brain Farces “exciting playoff system”, never mind the racing in general!
I watched a bit of Speed TV last night, our beloved, “avoid controversy at all costs Dave Despain”, David Hobbs kept calling the CUP car EXACTLY what it is!
A SPEC RACER!
After this weekends snooz fest I am so glad to hear that King Brian still say’s “There are no problems with the new car, the chase or anything else….and the stands are full of people”….. some one please tell him to change the channel.. He’s been watching the old re-runs on ESPN Classics….
glad it just wasn’t me who had difficulty with attention holding during the race.
i think tracks are getting smarter in selling only front stretch, turn 1 & 4 seats cause of tv shots.
Did ABC show the debris that the caution flag was thrown for during the latter part of the race? I didn’t see it, but I was lulled into a semi-conscious state by the 48 car.
Speaking of TV coverage, I have a rhetorical question… which company gets the most TV exposure… a home improvement company whose car flips wildly during a spectacular wreck which is replayed over and over, or a home improvement company whose car leads the most laps and wins the race?
I was very glad to see Joey Logano walk away from that wreck. Still, I feel for the poor guy… I hear he’s just starting out and he’s kinda on a budget.
Oh yeah Matt
The people who were upset about the Whiskey sponsors entering their “Family Sport” should rent headsets for themselves. As well as Sis, & little Jr. They could see just what a “Family Sport it really is!
I think Home Depot got way more bang for their buck this weekend cause Joey’s wreck was, sadly, exciting part of the race. ABC/ESPN kept replaying it enough to compensation for the Lowe’s car being out front most of the day.
I can’t believe that Brain Fart isn’t concerned about declining tv ratings. The butts aren’t in the seats at the track and the butts aren’t staying on the couch at home, well the remote is being used a lot more during Prince Brian’s races.
How many more times will Martin’s age be referred to during these final races? I’m starting to feel old from hearing it so much, and I’m 50.
Why do we need a lie detector test by Stewart to show his commitment to Whoppers? Isn’t his physique enough of a testimony?
Did Dale Jr even go to Dover? If I were him I’d be embarrassed that Allemendinger and Ambrose got more mention during the race that he did.
I think next weekend I’ll go to the banks of the Hooch and watch the e.coli blossom from our floods. News reported that the bacteria is 42% higher than allowed for human consumption. Wonder if Brian would like some bottled hooch water??!
I finally know why Jerry Punch is allowed anywhere near a race broadcast . The producer and director of these race shows are huge Hendrick fans . They know it would be wrong to focus any more than the 83% of air time they already do to the Hendrick teams . So they keep Punch on board to spout constant inane stats about how wonderfull the Hendrick teams are .
I watched very little of the race. It’s getting so nas$car is to be compared to the WWF. You know which driver and what team (Hendricks or Hendricks-Stewart) is going to win about 90% of the time. If they don’t, it’s a fluke. Once again I have to state that this is coming from a FORMER diehard fan who didn’t use to miss a race. Aside from Logano’s rollover, this race had no excitement. What little I did watch of the race was what looked like a procession of cars following Jimmie Jimmie Johnson around the track. This is about exciting as watching grass grow. So I spent most of the day switching football and Tiger Woods. You know it’s getting bad when the liquor companies are leaving nas$car. It also doesn’t help that both the cars they sponsor have as much of a chance of winning as Joe Nemechek. Or maybe Robbie Gordon. Or maybe Casey Mears. If you’re car isn’t running in the top ten it has very little chance of being seen much. Other sponsors have had enough of the high cost and the low returns of funding nas$car teams. When a couple of big name teams dominate the sport it isn’t long before the fans of other drivers lose interest. The lack of sellouts and dwindling tv ratings are the true barometers. of what’s happening. The chase has been a disaster. nas$car continues to fix things that weren’t broke and drive off more and more fans. Well, sorry about being so long winded here, but I just had to state the truth. Thanks for listening.
About the only excitement was seeing if Joey was okay. Thankfully, he was.
Ironically, that wreck was caused because the field was so bunched up after a restart… for a competition safety caution.
Three cans? Ugh, this race was worse than California. I didn’t tune in until after the Logano wreck (and hence only saw one replay of it), then when Johnson took the lead around lap 100 I went outside and rewired my truck, came back in after halfway, saw Johnson was still leading. zzzzzzzz. Knew that’d happen when he qualified on the pole, it’d take a royal screwup for him to lose. Yeah, I watched the rest of the race, hoping for a screwup by Johnson’s crew or at least some fireworks from anywhere in the pack, but it was not to be.
Joey needs a new commercial AND a new car. Maybe they’ve got them on aisle 3.
Glad I chose to watch football instead, how about Brett Favre!!! Now that was a show.
I’ve been seeing plenty of tickets for sale in the classifieds for Kansas. Looks like there will not be full stands there either. Hows that ticket package deal working for you now Kansas Speedway? I recieved an email telling me seats were still available for the Cup race, but the boneheads will not sell just the Cup tickets and are still trying to rip off the fans by making them buy 4 races just to see the one they want. I hope you choke on all your unsold tickets. I’ve bought my last $8.00 beer from you and will never return to Kansass Speedway.
After watching this race, last week at Loudon was an instant classic.
Speaking of rating this race by the amount of beers, this race doesn’t even deserve one near beer.
I really tried but this race just didn’t hold my attention. Sorry, Dover fans. I’m guessing ABC is as much to blame as anything. Happens here at NHMS all the time.
As for who the franchise will be at MWR, I’d say Martin Truex has as good a shot as Ambrose and Reutimann do. It’d be nice if the three teams, now featuring drivers experienced AND competent, would be able to work together to lift all of them up to the next level. And I wonder how long it’ll be before Ryan Truex joins big brother on the Cup circuit? They still have room for a fourth car after all, and winning CW East in your first season isn’t too shabby…
In the words of Charles Barkley, “turibul, turibul. Crazy knuckle headed turible.”
That had to be a bad race if GOLF was more exciting.
Hey Matt do you think they will change the point systum after Jimmie wins a fourth tittle.
I don’t understand all the fuss about the chase, I love it. With TV talking about nobody but those 12 drivers I no longer feel any need to watch any pre-race shows and have plenty of time for real entertainment elsewhere. As far as how good or bad any given race is/was we in TV land will never know, the Networks refuse to show any actual racing (assuming it still exists) unless by accident one of the annointed 12 are in the shot. Also even what racing is shown the shots are so tight it is impossible to tell where on the track the car is even at let alone if its loose or tight, as far as I can tell its sitting on pit road and all they are showing are still shots. Just my opinion but think it is a sound one.
Last week, you had Mark Martin leaving NH with a 35 point lead over Jimmy. This week, Jimmy wins (plus 10 points) and leads the most laps (plus 5) and winds up only 10 points behind Mark. Is it just me or did Jimmy get 10 “phantom” points because he is Jimmy?? I didn’t check your math from last week so this might be a mute point, but it seems funny to me.