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 November 23, 2009
The Key Moment: Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin made quick work of Kurt Busch on the final restart, and Hamlin prevailed in the battle of the JGR teammates to drive to an uncontested win.
In a Nutshell: With a whimper, not a bang, the 2009 Cup season finished, imploding upon itself with a very unpleasant sneezing and wheezing as the calliope collapsed to the ground.
Dramatic Moment: Unfortunately, most of them occurred at the midpoint of Saturday’s Nationwide race, but watching Juan Pablo Montoya run down Tony Stewart to deliver a little retribution off his front bumper wasn’t bad.
What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week
Has any other driver in NASCAR history ever won four consecutive titles? I don’t think ESPN ever brought that point up. Seriously, ESPN tends to decide on storylines prior to the race, then spend the next three hours beating fans over the head with them.
Some folks really dislike Rick Hendrick and I have my own doubts about how good one team’s domination is for the sport (while holding him to a certain degree of affection for letting Tim Richmond reach his potential) but it surely does seem that Mr. Hendrick has had to face more personal tragedy than any mortal since Job. Thoughts and prayers go out to his niece and the Hendrick family as they are forced to face yet another challenge.
Starting a stock car race on the east coast after 3:30 with weather threatening? Isn’t that like the NFL holding the Super Bowl at 4:45 AM on a Tuesday? Nope, they’re not going to do that. It would be stupid, simply stupid.
Some highlights from ABC’s pre-race Jimmie Johnson love fest. “My attorney is wearing his lucky shoes.” “Drink the Kool-Aid.” “Chad makes sure the crew has their shirts tucked in and they’re polite….” Was anyone else feeling a little nauseous thinking about how much the sport has changed since Cale Yarborough won his three straight titles?
The final TV ratings for last week’s Phoenix race came in at 3.3 in the Nielsen Ratings. Wow, ouch, Medic! It seems the Chase format isn’t igniting fan fervor to quite the degree Brian France hoped. For the record, the Phoenix spring race drew a 3.6 rating. In 2007 this same race drew a 3.8. In 2005 it posted a solid 5.0. It’s the economy, right? Balderdash. The race was on network TV. Even fans who couldn’t travel to the track or who have canceled their cable TV contracts could have watched it for free.
It didn’t matter if you love Denny Hamlin or you loathe him, if you pull for Bad Brad Kesolowski or you’d like to see him eaten by a pack of Albino Snow Weasels, it was just flat out cool to see Hamlin make good on last week’s promise to rattle Kesolwski’s cage hard in Saturday’s Nationwide race by sending him spinning off his front bumper on lap 35. No innocent drivers were collected, and Hamlin accepted his one lap penalty for rough driving with a wink and a grin but no apology. Genuine human emotion and a dose of rivalry in NASCAR racing? Scotty, beam me up. I’ve found myself back in the 1980s.
There’s the downside of branding a race weekend. During the Ford Championship weekend we watched two races and two titles claimed by Chevy drivers and the other race and title awarded to a Toyota pilot.
I’m not sure Jimmie Johnson was thinking clearly when he decided to continue his burnout down a crowded pit road. What a tragedy it would have been had the car gotten out from under him and he’d driven into that crowd. It would have completely overshadowed a very notable accomplishment.
Among those drivers who finished 2009 with a big goose egg in the win column, you find Carl Edwards (who won nine races last year) Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
If this season doesn’t make NASCAR brass rethink this whole Chase mess, what will? C’mon, guys, it’s time to ship the Chase off to the Island of Unwanted Toys.
Much will be made of the fact that Jimmie Johnson broke Cale Yarborough’s record for consecutive championships. But there will always be that footnote in blinking red neon letters that Johnson’s four titles were under the Chase and Cale had to battle all year for his three championships. And let me ask you this: If you were in a house-clearing barroom brawl, who would you want to have your back, Johnson or Yarborough?
Brian France held a press conference on Friday and used a whole lot of words to say a whole lot of nothing. Apparently, he’s well satisfied with everything and says all the challenges the sport is facing can be dealt with without offering any specifics on to how he plans to deal with those challenges, be it flagging attendance at races, declining TV ratings, or the general malaise that is gripping the sport. To quote that Yoda-like bastion of wisdom, “2010 doesn’t look to be an awfully lot better.” Not what I wanted to hear. “All is well,” said the captain of the Titanic. “Keep on dancing on the foredeck. We’re only stopping by this iceberg to grab up some more ice cubes to keep the party rolling.”
Did it seem like the engines Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman were getting from Hendrick Motorsports once the Chase began lacked the oats of the mills under the hood of the 48, 24 and 5 cars?
I hate racism. I hate it like I hate cancer. Cancer has claimed too many of my family members and friends, some as young as 17. Eventually it will claim me. I know how I’m going to die, just not when. But I hate reverse racism as well. Juan Pablo Montoya is a talented race car driver who has excelled in many disciplines in the sport ranging from F1 to NASCAR. I welcome his talent and his blunt personality with open arms. But all week, NASCAR has been trying to promote Montoya as the Second Coming to Hispanic (well I think the official line is “Latino“) race fans. Well is it OK for white or black race fans to pull for the feisty, outspoken driver too? Is it OK for “Latino” fans to pull for Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, or Jimmie Johnson? I’m an American-Irish Catholic. Does that mean I have to root for a driver with the same heritage or am I free to root for whatever driver lights my fire? Given this week’s promotion, NASCAR wants to go back to the Wendell Scott days when he had to sit out a race because the “colored” ambulance wasn’t at the track.
Last week it was reported Brian France and his legal team were trying hard to keep details of a lawsuit Brian filed against his former wife private. Mr. France’s lawyer said if details of the case became public, it could do his client’s reputation irreparable harm. Then, this week it was revealed that Jeremy Mayfield’s lawyers are trying to depose the former Mrs. France. Am I seeing a relationship here? Then late yesterday afternoon I got an email from a person purporting to be in the employ of one of Mayfield’s lawyers. She refused to give me a number and an extension so I could speak to her and this is the internet so it could have been a bored truck driver sitting in his trailer home trying to toss an Ozark in the cesspool. But this person claims (and had the legal jargon down cold) they want to discuss Brian France’s own past or present substance abuse issues with his former wife. Throw some popcorn in the microwave and a six pack in the cooler. Watching this one play out could be more entertaining to watch than the 2009 Cup season.
For fans who felt ESPN phoned in their portion of the 2009 Cup season, just remember the next time you watch a race FOX and most likely “Little Digger” will be back to annoy the crap out of you. Darrell Waltrip certainly will unless he goes out riding with his brother Michael during the off-season. That’s one of the best things about Christmas. FOX sports doesn’t cover Christmas.
A note to Kyle Busch’s girlfriend about *protocol during the National Anthem*….wrong hand, Hun.
Tom Petty is from Florida. And a long time ago he summed up my feelings towards my the 2009 Cup season and how I feel about all my loyal readers who have stayed with me and the sport this season despite the challenges. “And it’s all over before you know it, and the days go by so fast, the bad times seem to last forever, and the good times they never seem to last, but wherever you are tonight, I wish you the best of everything, and I hope you found, whatever you were looking for.” I want go way off the grid for a second and offer up something for my many readers from here in the Northeast Quadrant of the US of A, and fellow fans of the Boss. Trust me, this is so cool it makes up for watching a dozen boring NASCAR races. And if it doesn’t get you up and dancing, have a registered nurse stop by and check your pulse. Long live the Boss and the Spectrum.
The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune
Marcos Ambrose led the race early and clearly had a strong car. Not long afterwards he cut down a tire, then he spun out on lap 81 and again on 108.
Elliott Sadler wrecked his car in a bizarre pit road pileup during the fourth caution period.
Jack Roush’s Fords had won the last five Homestead Cup races. On Sunday none of the organization’s five drivers even led a lap.
Mark Martin knew going into the day the odds were stacked against him to win the title but you have to believe he’d have liked a more competitive car with which to finish the season.
It was another trying afternoon for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who finished 28th after hitting the wall umpteen times. Earnhardt finished 25th in the standings while his three teammates finished first, second and third.
The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune
Denny Hamlin had to overcome a 38th-place starting spot en route to his fourth victory of the season.
They closed out the season without a win, but Richard Childress Racing has been making major strides back towards respectability lately. Three drivers finishing in the top 11 was a pretty nice way to end the season.
Kurt Busch and Pat Tryson ended their relationship on an upbeat note with a fourth straight finish.
Bill Elliott ended his career with a solid sixteenth place finish in the lightly regarded Wood Brothers Ford.
What’s the Points?
Here’s a surprise. Jimmie Johnson won the title.
Under the traditional points system Johnson still would have won the title. He’d have beaten second place Jeff Gordon by 66 points and Tony Stewart by 71 points. Of course were he running for a title its doubtful he’d have engaged in that shoving match with Montoya.
Denny Hamlin’s win propelled him forward five spots to fifth in the standings. That’s not bad for a driver with three DNFs in the 10-race Chase.
Thanks to their mid-race bamming and framming, Tony Stewart fell a spot to sixth in the standings and Juan Pablo Montoya fell two spots to eighth.
In the “Best of the Rest” category Kyle Busch finished 13th, 68 points ahead of Matt Kenseth.
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 cans, two for the race and one for the road. See ya on the breeze.
Next Up: A long winter’s nap. Racing, or the putrid approximation of racing NASCAR offers up as computation these days, resumes in February at Daytona. In the meantime, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving (and I am most thankful for my continuingly loyal readership) and blessed and joyful Christmas (or whatever winter holiday you celebrate even if it’s Festivus). My best wishes to friends and foes alike for the best of everything in the coming New Year. That’s the news and I am out of here.
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As has been noted on these message boards before, Denny Hamlin has some serious maturity issues to overcome before he can be a legitimate force in NASCAR racing. Over the past few years, Hamlin has picked fights with “STRONG” opponents such as Kyle Petty, Brad Kesolowski, and Michael Waltrip. He even went so far as to hunt down one of NASCAR’s biggest charitable patron’s, and punch him in the face following a racing incident – at that point we should have known something was amiss.
I rememeber Harvick being parked for a Cup race for spinning someone on purpose in a Busch race, and Hamlin gets a one lap penalty then the lucky dog, come on. What was up with getting an extra man over the wall to clean the windshield, thought they all used tear-offs. Watched maybe 50 laps of the race and had to force myself to do let, along way from 8-10 years ago when Sundays were planned around the race.
I believe Denny comment’s after the race could be cause for a drug test, when he said he had NEVER heard the fans chear as loud as they did when he spun Brad had to have been in his head because there was no one at the race.
Just a broken record. Do you even bother to watch the races anymore? If you considered that to be a tepid race, then I don’t know what will satisfy you because it has never and will never exist.
Three and four wide, slicing and dicing, slide jobs, green flag passes for the lead, tires rubbing and tempers flaring. I didn’t watch the race hoping for a title race. I watched it for the individual race it was. Almost everybody had nothing to lose and they drove like it.
That race deserves 5 cans. But I’m sure your “followers” will do like they do every week. Agree with you that it was the most boring race ever staged and how they are so much cooler than the rest of us because they DIDN’T watch the race, but ran straight here the next day to inform us of that.
Not a bad race to end the season (I’ll give it 4 cans) but I’m glad the season is over. I felt someone should have put a bullet in the season back in August.
I’m glad that Brian thinks “all is well” with the sport. That’s all that really matters, apparently.
There were some quotes yesterday morning from, of all people, Jeff Burton approving of Denny Hamlin’s payback on Kes.
If Kes has managed to irritate safety advocate and elder statesman Burton he must be acting as an absolutely tremendous jerk in the garage.
I thought Denny managed the spin very nicely. Didn’t slam Kes into the wall, didn’t catch any innocent bystanders, didn’t inflict undue damage on his own car, just caught him in the right spot and gently pushed him around.
Kes came across as a good guy before he got tapped for the 88 and infected with swollen head syndrome. Hopefully he’ll learn the lesson.
I did feel ESPN gave more of an effort to show most of the cars around the track..and even talked about more of them. We did see alot of the 48..but that was to be expected in the final race…they should have cut back about 75% of the 48 coverage the other 35 races! From the first rear end boot Montoya gave Stewart..you had to know it was “game on”! It actually spiced up the race…there was alot of passing..and door to door racing..it looked like all the drivers were trying to just get the race over with..and by driving faster, harder, and alittle bit crazier..they were hoping the end would come sooner! Usually after the end of the season it is nice to catch my breath after a hectic and great 36 races..this year it is just good to be able to “denumb” my brain from the blah blah blah racing.
Not a whole lot of class for Denny Hamlin to do a burn-out on Jimmie Johnson’s day… But that’s what we’ve come to expect from that guy.
Jack Roush was all for no testing because he figured (and rightly so) that it would help the big teams. But it seems it only helped Hendrick.
Well, I was ready to get the backhoe out, dig a big hole, and bury this season, once and for all!
But, after a little thinking, I just took a hand shovel, dug a small hole, cause there ain’t much left to bury!
What a sorry season of “stock car racing”!
I didn’t even mark the grave, I am sure the stench will permeate up thru the ground for years to come!
And, after announcing to the world his intent to take out another driver during a race, Denny gets “one lap”??
As it always turns out, the rules in NA$CRAP coninue to change, minute by minute!
Who can keep up with that crap!
Who would want to keep up with that crap!
You go, Jeremy! You’ll be rich yet!
And for Jr., yet another fine example of “driving a race car with intent”!
Hmmmm (did I spell that right) – are you talking about my rankings of drivers earlier this season? If you are, I ranked Denny Hamlin ninth, not in the top five.
And I stand by that. I was ranking drivers based on what I believed was their ability, not their maturity. A maturity ranking would make for quite a different list.
Just clearing the air.
I give JJ props. He sort of parked out on the track and gave Denny his five minutes before returning to the spotlight he had earned. I recall when Terry Labonte won the title and Bobby Labonte won the Atlanta season finale they did a side by side victory lap. Immeadiately afterwards the network glommed all over Terry leaving Bobby sitting in his car for nearly fifteen minutes before doing the victor’s interview. That was wrong.
Why was Montoya’s penalty 2 laps Sunday and Hamlin’s only 1 lap on Saturday? Hamlin’s team was also allowed to put tape on the fender while serving the penalty. As mentioned above it also kept him in the lucky dog position.
Another fine example of NASCAR inconsistency.
watched bits and pieces of race. i thought highlight was montoya and stewart. stewart’s temper always shows it’s beautiful side.
how boring can a championship celebration be? i’m surprised na$car didn’t bring in canned crowd cheering. i did notice a few boos being vocalized.
we all know jr loves to rim-ride. you’d think by now he’d know where the walls are at each track. daddy could run the high line and woudln’t kiss the wall multiple times during the race. maybe jr has large magnet in the right hand side of the car to attach his car to the wall and the magnet gets out of alignment. jr’s interviews (one with USAToday last week) are becoming about as coherent as idiot france’s. really beginning to wonder if jr knows what he wants.
happy thanksgiving folks. have a great holiday season!
Thanks for your column. It is the only nascar column I read anymore. Yea, another year of boring racing and unpalatable off track stories (thank you brian france).
I am one of those who despise rick hendrick. Yes, I know he has suffered personal tragedy over the years to a level not many can bear, but it was his business activities and then trying to cover up things using his drivers, nascar and, of all things, cancer. Let’s not forget this guy is a CONVICTED FELLON! He was caught price fixing cars being sold at his dealership, and plea bargained to a lesser charge of mail fraud. Don’t forget this guy was under house arrest. That brings me to the most disgusting and despicable part of him. When the #24 was winning everything in 1997 and 1998, the driver would get out of the car and give thanks to the Good Lord and rick, who was home “suffering from leukemia and could not be at the track”. The truth was rick was not able to attend the races because he was under house arrest! He would even have those signs in the car for bone marrow donations (when was the last time you saw a hendrick car with that?). Yes there have been others in nascar that have had law troubles but I cannot think of any that were convicted trying to screw the customer and then trying to cover it up using the methods he did. Disgusting.
Matt – NASCAR made Jimmie park on the track and wait so that Denny can celebrate. I remember them doing that last year too. Jimmie also did the same burnout down pit road last year, although I think that it was more crowded this year.
As for JPM being marketed to the Hispanic and Latino population (yes, there is a difference), it’s a good thing. No one is saying that because you are not part of a particular demographic group, you can’t root for a driver that group. It’s done to try to draw more fans in. Maybe they will watch/attend a race because of JPM, but decided to follow another driver, then another, then another, and become a multi-year or lifelong fan. There is a reason why NASCAR has the Drive for Diviersity Program. People root for drivers for a variety of reasons, one may be ethnicity. I know I root for teams who have people involved who come from the area I grew up.
Not a bad race really . Pretty good action for the most part , but of course as we’ve seen at every race , the car that gets out front just pulls away .
One more time , what Jimmy Johnson did was win 4 of the ten race long championships in a row . Thats a great accomplishment , but in no way does it compare to winning the championships that Cale , Dale , Richard , and Gordon won . You can compare flag football to the NFL all you want , they’re not the same thing .
You’re right , that god awfull FOX coverage is just around the cornor .
I can’t imagine why it would be inappropriate for Hamlin to celebrate his win exactly like every other race winner does .
Someday, when Brian France is forced to step down and the original championship format is reinstated, all of these chase years will have asterisks after them.
Can someone tell me why some drivers when penalized a lap or more are eligible for the lucky dog and others are not. A Busch(Sat) ?.
Please don’t forget to turn out the lights!
You used to do an awards column that left me rolling on the floor. Could you bring that back, please?
Hopefully that was the last race with Mike Helton and Brian France in charge. But I doubt that is the case. Both of them should be headed for the unemployment rolls.
I watched DW on SPEED and it made me want to curl into a ball and weep knowing he was soon going to be on my tv screen again . I’ve turned down the sound on the tv and listened to MRN a number of times over the last few seasons , and believe me , thats the way to go .
from last few posts glad i didn’t watch the pre-race stuff. i know when i saw 3 hr show on speed leading up to race i probably would have ended up tossing the tv out of the house.
dw kissing butt…imagine that. yes dw we’re all dumb and stupid cause we haven’t all partaken of the kool-aid and are still capable of independent thought.
680apple – i have always said the same thing. you forgot about the $250,000 campaign contribution to mr. clinton in exchange for the pardon.
The fact that your writers read and respond to comments made on these boards is really awesome. I enjoy your research and arguments (especially Vito’s) but the fact that you keep it real with your readers adds to our experience as well as the quality of your product – I’m sure you’d agree.
Too bad Brian France won’t do the same.
Only three months until the return of Digger, eh? Gee, thanks for the buzzkill, Matt.
Wcfan – yea, I feel the same way about “mr. hendrick” and his so-called illness. I recall in 1997 when CBS was carrying the Daytona 500 and hendrick drivers finished 1, 2 and 3. The announcers were discussing how he had radios to all three drivers at his home in NC as he was recovering. How come you never hear any of the announcers discuss his felony? I wonder if that 1-800-MARROW was even real?
Janice – Thanks for reminding me of the hendrick pardon by Clinton. I was thinking about that but then my blood was boiling more and more as I wrote and I guess I forgot to add that. One has to wonder how much illegal money helped build hendrick motorsports in the mid 1990’s. Maybe DW can do some kind of 10 year anniversary of the pardon during the 2010 Daytona coverage? I doubt any of the announcers / analysts would have the guts to ask those questions.
I would just like to make a comment about my boy JPM. I remember watching him back when he did open wheel racing and the one thing I have to say is that guy HAS to have the fastest hands in racing! You watch his reaction times when a crash happens in front of him… its like watching lightning flash before your eyes! I dont know how anyone can’t say that he is… and always will be… the greatest auto racer of all time!
And Dansmom… your screen name stinks! I’ve had better!
remember when dw had throat issues and couldn’t speak for a race or two? maybe a replay for 2010??!!
oh yeah…..forgot…what was with brad d referring to jr as “junebug”…i thought dw held the trademark on that nickname.
Can’t wait to hear the official NASCAR answer on the ratings decline for Miami-Homestead.
(“NASCAR research has found Americans are now turning off their TVs to save money on their electric bill. Our fans are very excited about our current product and its leadership” – BF)
SoCal – must be shopping underneath the grandstands for Jimmie Johnson Championship gear.
1. Hey, Dan’s mom: Hamlin WON THE RACE! It’s not about JJ 24/7. He got his turn. By the way, who’s Dan?
1. Tony should have kicked Montoya’s butt all the way back to Bogota, or wherever. To JuanAnotherTaco: Maybe the guy should quit using those “fastest hands in racing” to run into everyone else on the track while blaming them for being in his way or some such. Maybe he & his buddy Chip will go back to the IRL or somewhere there aren’t as many other pesky cars on the track to get in his way.
And if I hear or read once more “Mr. Hendrick”,
(“but it surely does seem that Mr. Hendrick has had to face more personal tragedy than any mortal since Job. Thought and prayers go out to his niece and the Hendrick family as they are forced to face yet another challenge”.)
Quite frankly my dear, screw Hendrick!
“Mr. Hendrick” my a**!
“Personal Tragedy”! My “personal tragedy” is that Rick baby is not in the slammer where he belongs!
I’m surprised no one has mentioned Brain Frances attempt to hoist the Sprint Cup Trophy. It looked to me like he got it about a foot off the table and it was tipping over in his wimpy manicured hands when Jimmy Johnson took hold and raised it above his head.
I think the only thing Brain has the muscles to raise is his drink to his lips, but then again he spilled one on his lap once and took a header into a tree.
you had to notice that montoya left the race track….he is a big man behind the wheel, but put space between himself and Tony after the race. Tony would have kicked his butt white!! Would have been more interesting that the race!!
Don’t forget that one of the major sponsors of the Hendrick organization is Haas, which manufactures CNC mills and is owned by another convicted felon, namely Gene Haas. Haas is based in California and Gene Haas was convicted of tax evasion and was sentenced to serve time in prison for his deeds.
I don’t know enough about his case to comment on the merits of his conviction, and I have ran Haas machining centers and they are a well thought out and easy to use machine, but the fact is that Gene Haas is an honest to God felon.
Last week I watched highlights of Jimmie Johnson winning the 2008 championship and he did the same burnout through the crowd. I thought at the time that looked pretty dangerous even for a professional. Image if a tire shredded and all that would ensue. Darn if he didn’t do it again this year. Very impressive car control, but not something I’d want to be near.
The whole Juan Pablo thing is just classic, if dumb, marketing. Reverse racism I don’t think so. Nobody was hurt and I doubt anybody was convinced one way or another to watch races or cheer for a certain driver. Also, Tony Stewart got what he deserved from a certain Mr. Montoya.
Anybody remember Cale , David or Earnhardt ever practically bursting into tears over the radio because the other cars were racing too hard around him as Johnson did on Sunday ? OH BROTHER !!! What ever happened to real race car drivers ?
And Matt , why would you be surprised at the big media blitz for Montoya in Homestead ? He has a big fanbase there . While i’d like to think it was for all the right reasons , the big media push was really only about trying to sell tickets .
And Turnip , we were all told during the broadcast the Hendrick is known as Mr. H , so get it right .
I agree with some of the posts here about JJ making history . The only history he’s made is in winning consecutive Chase titles . Since the Chase hasn’t been around very long , we don’t know how many championships other drivers would have won if they only had to do well in ten races .
Earnhart and Petty won their CHUMPionships the easy way. IN a 36 race season there is a HUGH margin for error. In the chase, one bad race can ruin your season. Those guys would have folded under the pressure in the Chase format.
FordFan – ever watch proffessional golf events where Tiger hits the ball into the crowd. On his recovery shot there are literally people 2 feet on each side of his shot line. It’s called control.
i laughed when i heard that. just put the 48 in a humvee and make sure the armour plating is in place.
Did anybody else catch Kurt Busch after the race “throwing Pat Tryson under the bus one more time.”? Man is there a bigger phony in NASCAR. Listen to him on his scanner channel with all the cursing and running down of his team. Then catch him in a press conference with his labored attempts to sound sincere and nice. An example of what his crew thinks of him is when he tried to back up in anger at one race in the Chase and almost ran over one of his crewmen. The guy threw his power gun at the car as it left. Jack Roush had it right. The Captain should give him the heave ho overboard. Good luck to you Pat you deserve better.
Nice try Noel . let me guess , you just started watching NASCAR this year , and never miss a second of the pre race shows .
FF- I do agree with you on the Kurt Busch issue. You can make some excuses due to a firey competitive spirit, but still – how many crew cheifs has this guy gone through?
- His brother’s not much better.
Hey “Mark”, I am so sorry, YES! ?I stand corrected!
It is “Mr. H”!
Dang, sorry for being so irresponsible about these things!
What a piece of crap! (the turnip speaks)
tonya – thanks….even if johnson (God forbid) gets 7 championships, no where near the level of driver as earnhardt or petty. they had to drive the cars. these cars now are all engineering.
In 1967 Petty won 27 races, including 10 in a row, in a FORTY-NINE race season. It included three races in a week in three different states.
Final results for my “5 drivers, 5 races” fantasy Chase system:
Wow, what a bunch of comments, that is cool. Did not watch a lap again – JJ starting on the pole was enough to make me not watch.
Denny is just such a loser, unbelievable, ..he is in his own little world, fighting his own little battle, inside his own little head. Complete loser, and if I was his sponsor, I would send him packing.
Hey Kevin in SoCal, your “fantasy Chase”?
MMM, wonder what other “fantasies” you might have?
A GOOD RACE AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY?
A “CROWD” AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY? (a crowd being more than 10 tickets holders)
A “FANTASY” CHASE!
Isn’t that the world that King Brain Farce lives in?
One of FANTASY?
Great column, Matt. Stick a fork in it, the season is FINALLY done. NASCAR has crowned their 4X CHASE champion. It doesn’t begin to compare with what Cale accomplished over 3 FULL seasons. And yeah, In a fight, I’ll take Cale on my side over JJ any day. Brian France is seriously brain damaged — all is well? Really? Where? In the alternate reality in which he lives? I hope that the court doesn’t side with the guy with the most cast — it would be interesting to see what will come out. Having seen BZF’s interviews on tape, it makes a person wonder about the guy.
Denny is a whining jerk – has been ever since he came into Cup — I keep waiting for him to try that nonsense on with someone like Tony Stewart. The best part of the race yesterday was when JPM finally tried to pick on someone who wouldn’t take it. JPM has been driving like a bully all season. Yeah, I know he wrecked Tony back at the end. I was really waiting for Tony to come back and finish the job.
Someone needs to tell Kenny Wallace that telling the fans to “shut up” is a really bad idea. I no longer watch RaceDay or VL on speed and avoid the stage if I’m at the track. It’s annoying and insulting. Without the fans, there is NO NASCAR and although some of the reason people don’t go to the track is due to the economy, that doesn’t explain why the ratings are down. The explanation for that is if there is good racing on the track, the TV broadcast isn’t showing it and the good racing is few and far between — per your example that there was more than 1 second between each car. I have trackpass and it was obvious at the end.
Why is everyone saying that Rick Hendrick is a convicted felon a $1,000,000 payment to the Clinton library got that pardoned. When you have money this stuff is supposed to be erased.
What I really find to be funny is this…..
All of those HMS fans who were on the case of Kurt Busch in 2004 saying that he did not deserve the championship he won, and that it wasn’t a leigitmate Championship, are now screaming at the top of their lungs that JJ’s four are all legit.
I’m a Kurt Busch fan and I don’t feel that his championship is legit and I d*mn sure don’t think that two of JJ’s are legit.
Keep in mind, sans the chase, Jeff Gordon is a six time champion.
“Among those drivers who finished 2009 with a big goose egg in the win column, you find Carl Edwards (who won nine races last year) Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.”
Hey Matt, ever think maybe THIS is what was wrong with NASCAR this year? The so-called contenders all SUCKED! What did the Chase have to do with all these guys not managing to find Victory Lane? Get over it, Matt. You are old and tired and you hate racing. Get a new hobby – knitting is supposed to be way cool right now.
And as for Kyle Busch’s girlfriend, well he has you beat there too – he actually HAS a girlfriend. Does anybody care about her hands?
Stay well, but please do NOT come back next year.
Now now Douglas, this is supposed to be a PG rated site, so I cant share my fantasies in public. (evil grin)
I find it hilarious that you fans are ok with Hornaday’s and Busch’s 200+ point lead in the Trucks and Nationwide titles, but at the same time you cry when a driver gets a 2+ second lead during a race. Do you also think Harvick’s and Edward’s 600+ point lead in the 2006 and 2007 Busch-series seasons was awesome and exciting, too? I would much rather have a 10-race fight to the finish instead of seeing a driver get a 200+ point lead and put it on cruise control for the last ten races. I guess I’m in the minority, though, and I can live with that.
Does anyone else think that the 48 team found something that they did not “share” with the rest of the teams? It seems Jimm i e not y can pass any other car on the track when he wants to including his “teammates” but they can’t.
What exactly is reverse racism? Call me crazy but I always thought racism was racism.
Matt – Enjoyed reading your column as always. Have a nice Holiday Season and look forward to your return next year…
Thanks Matt…although I do not always agree with you, you have the only column I read every week! See ya after Daytona!
Does anyone have a address for Jeremy? I would like to send him a few bucks. I found one but its the place they just auctioned off.
Fordfan-I too was shocked at Kurt Busch’s comments postrace, so I’m glad to hear someone agrees! I had to rerack his interview and listen to it twice. Could he REALLY be that much of a louse? Is it possible that he was being facetious, giving the media a jab? I agree with you that he is absolutely the most insincere-sounding individual in the garage! I remember the incident on pit road that you describe—yikes! The team, especially Pat Tryson, did a good job in not publicizing the true extent of the bad blood. I guess the media did that in airing his scanner sound bites all year!
Matt-agree with you or not, you’re always a great read. I’m glad you have a reliable gig, and I wish you all the best! Thanks much!