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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If it’s true that no job applicant ever seems more qualified for a job than they do on their resume, I guess it’s also true no racing season ever seems more hopeful than it does the day before it opens. Let’s face it, 2009 isn’t topping many people’s lists of “Greatest Cup Seasons Ever,” so good riddance to bad rubbish. If cynics have a hard time believing things will be much better this season, the rest of us can only counter “Well it can’t be much worse, can it?”
I think late last season, I shared my unsavory secret that despite 50 years sojourn the sometimes rocky roads here on this grand blue marble we call home I remain an optimist, cynicism aside. I truly want this season to be better. In fact, I want it to be a classic, if for no other reason that I am a lazy aging hippie and it’s a hell of a lot easier to write something interesting about good races than poor ones. It’s also a little unsettling to be sitting here in the office banging away at the keyboard in late September realizing a large part of the NASCAR fan base has already given up the season, is ready to accept yet another Jimmie Johnson title and has moved onto football. Everything I know about football can be written on the head of a pin with a magic marker. If I had to support myself writing about football, I’d be dumpster diving behind Burger King for Thanksgiving dinner. For better or worse, I’ve devoted four decades to the nature and nuances of NASCAR racing, and over the years it has provided me with some great joy and excitement.
There’s some reasons to believe things will get better this year. I was a big proponent of standardized earlier start times for races, and this year we’ll have them. NASCAR is finally admitting the Car of Sorrow just isn’t going to hunt, making the positive change towards the traditional rear blade spoilers and away from those ridiculous wings that look like they were pirated off a tech school kid’s lowered Civic. (I just wish they’d leave the cowcatcher front ends to antique locomotives as well.)
I’m eager to see how the Mustangs and Challengers fare in the Nationwide Series and if maybe Chevy can be shamed into letting the Camaros play in that sandbox as well. The new Mustangs and Challengers are the kind of vehicles that get car guys grinning all goofy and sends our hearts racing the way a Fusion never could. Ford’s new racing boss sounds deadly serious when he says he plans to return the Blue Oval brand to its former glory and with the roll Ford Motor Company is on right now, who’s willing to bet against them? No, I’m not hoping that Roush dominates the season the way Hendrick has the last few, but it would be nice to see a new champion this year. (Oh, and for the record, I hereby forewarn Toyota enthusiasts I have literally dozens of pages of stuck accelerator pedal jokes ready every time a Toyota pilot so much as scrapes the wall.)
Of course, there’s some stuff I’m worried about this year as well. With all the talk of second race dates for Las Vegas and Kansas and perhaps one added to Kentucky for 2011, tiny little Martinsville once again seems to be in the crosshairs. I’m powerless to stop such a sacrilege, so in the meantime I mean to savor every moment of racing at Martinsville, one of the circuit’s finest tracks and the last true link to stock car racing’s heritage. FOX is also going to be back, and I haven’t heard last rites pronounced on Little Digger, so I’m resigned to the fact that between that cartoon vermin and Darrell Waltrip’s “Boogity-boogity-boogity” crap I will spend the first half hour of every race broadcast grinding my teeth to calcium powder.
The Chase is still in place despite fan apathy and even anger directed towards it. There seems to be a lot of teams planning to start and park this season, and that galls me. In fact, by the time the Nationwide Series heads west after Daytona, my guess is in some races you’ll see half the field parked by lap 25. Finally, there’s an ominous amount of primary sponsors whose contracts with notable teams terminate at the end of 2010. If ratings don’t improve this year, there’s a lot of big name teams that are going to be facing some tough times next year.
But we’ll worry about next year next year. The start of another season of racing is upon us. Throw a six pack in the icebox, tear open a big bag of Cheezy-Poofs, and let’s see what happens. In what seems like a minor miracle, it does appear that after being humbled by ratings and ticket sales last year, NASCAR is finally listening to the unwashed masses, their fans. Since they’re listening, speak politely, remember to say “thank you” occasionally, and give ‘em a chance to get this rolling again. And then, if they screw up again like they have been the last few years, you could always boycott the bastards. Stop watching, stop going to races. The only area that seems to still feel pain in the largely indifferent bastard monster that NASCAR has become during the Brian France era is the wallet. Hit ‘em where it hurts.
But let’s hope drastic measures aren’t called for. Maybe this year, there will be more side by side passing and a few races decided by a drag race out of the fourth corner on the final lap between two or more cars. Maybe there will be some genuine rivalries again, with drivers speaking their minds straight up and unsanitized by sponsor concerns and PR people. Maybe NASCAR actually will let the drivers police themselves and knock the crap out of each other on the track, occasionally seeking vengeance when they feel truly wronged. This is stock car racing, not lawn tennis. If fenders aren’t rubbing, tires aren’t smoking, and tempers aren’t fraying, then our sport actually is just cars driving around in circles like the critics claim.
Maybe this year we’ll have a legitimate title fight again. Maybe there will be more parity and less of the parody of parity that the Car of Sorrow has provided. Maybe more of you will be walking to your car after a race or flipping off the TV on Sunday afternoon feeling good, feeling you were glad you bought a ticket or devoted four hours of your free time to the sport rather than feeling cheated and annoyed. Yeah, maybe not. Maybe even probably not. But as the transporters roll into Daytona to start another season, hope springs eternal, even here in the icy tundra of the Northeast where springtime still feels a long way away.
As it stands written in the Book of Bruce: So let the games start, you better run your little heart apart, you can run through all the night and all the day, but just across the county line, a stranger passing through put up a sign, that counts the men fallen away to the price you pay… but, little girl, before the end of the day, I’m going to tear it down and throw it away!
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Welcome back Matt. You seem to be more of an optimist on the coming season than I am. I hope you’re right about the coming changes, but with Brian France at the helm I fear a shuffling of the deck chairs and nothing of substance.
Brian France already set the tone for the season during his Charlotte speech. He said he didn’t expect this season to be better than last year. So if he’s saying this season won’t be good, that says a lot. Like maybe reality is finally sinking in.
Glad to see you are back for another year of volunteering to suject yourself to four hours of torture every week with the rest of us Matt.
I doubt there will be a huge upswing in ratings or attendance though. I think the best NASCAR can hope for is to break the negative momentum and stop the bleeding. Maybe then they can start trying to build positive momentum by making the additional changes necessary to bring fans back to the sport.
I have to agree on the front splitter . Thats one ugly nose .
Dang man, you’re back. I’ve missed you and your “tell it like it is” columns. I agree with every word you said. I have cautious hope that this season will be better, but I need to see a sample of the wares before I start buying. When R&D starts working on the front grass mower, I’ll be convinced they’re really serious. Welcome back and throw a party for yourself.
It’s funny, isn’t the splitter on the trucks as well? I don’t hear complaints about them there… though yeah, I like the look of an air dam over the splitter too. But looks are second (to me) to whether they help the racing or not.
Having said all that, I expect the splitter to go away after this year, just like it’s gone from the NW COT.
How about getting rid of bump stops too, like the NW car?
I agree with Mike in NH. The trucks are big, heavy, with a front snowplow, but they provide the best show in town. The COT is big, heavy, with a front snowplow, and the racing mostly sucks. Whats the difference? The length of the race?
And I’m glad to see Toyota get the egg on their face they have deserved for the last 20 years. Finally there is something about a foreign car manufacturer the liberal media cannot sweep under the rug. You’re free to post any and all “stuck pedal” jokes, Matt.
If France really wanted to get things fired up and pointed in the right direction, why didn’t he can the Chase?
That alone could have fired up the masses, but I am afraid that the spoiler is the only good thing we are going to get out of this year’s version of Nascar.
Yep, NA$CAR is definitely waking up to the economic reality. So what do they do? Cut purses to line ISC’s pockets. With moves like that, it makes it hard to believe in any “concern” NA$CAR wants to express on behalf of the fans. With business as usual I expect racing as usual. As long as Brian France is in power NA$CAR will remain a Suthern Soap Opera.
Well said Matt. The start times and spoiler are good changes, but the chase still has to go.
I also think NASCAR should lift the testing ban and let teams do what they have to do to catch up to Hendrick Motorsports, even as a Gordon fan.
the best thing that has happened to NA$CAR —— DVR
FOX is going to be back, just reading that depresses me. DW, Larry, Hammond are so bad in so many ways. Not to mention Spencer and Kenny Wallace. What a shame to select such poor on air talent when the sport deserves so much better.