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Matt McLaughlin's Thinkin' Out Loud: Charlotte-2 Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin · Monday October 18, 2010


Jamie McMurray bested Kyle Busch on the final restart and drove off to his third big win of the 2010 season.

The Key Moment – Jamie McMurray took the lead from Kyle Busch on the final restart and drove off to an uncontested victory. It was ironic in that Busch had been stellar on restarts all night until the one that actually mattered.

In a Nutshell – Several drivers suffered near disasters early in the race, but the fans had to endure one there at the end.

Dramatic Moment – Well it looked like there were going to be some wild goings on during that final restart, with McMurray, Johnson, Busch, and Hamlin all having shown strength at various points of the race, but things fizzled out like a wet brick of Black-Cats shortly after the fuse was lit.

What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week

Could Jimmie Johnson have pushed harder in those final few laps, passing McMurray and Busch if he had to? (Like let’s say he was trailing the points leader by 272 with six races to go, as he would have been under the old championship system.) As I saw it, Johnson was content to keep Hamlin behind him and cruise after surviving a near disaster early in the race.

Well, as it turns out MLB ballgames are, in fact, shorter than stock car races. At least that was the case on Saturday night…

Isn’t it a little odd how vocal Kyle Busch was both about singing Jimmie Johnson’s praises and cursing his own team over the radio Saturday night? Few people picked up on the bitter irony in Busch’s post-race comments, saying he had “cost the team the race” by “not making the right adjustments.” Obviously, the team (and crew chief) make those adjustments during the race and Busch felt they’d let him down… again. He was more subtle in those post-race comments than he has been over the radio the last few events, but anyone who missed the intent of the statement was clearly still dazed by the RV wreck that was part of the pre-race show.

Well as I saw it – although I wasn’t in the car – Busch gave away the race. All night on restarts, he had simply driven away from the field, using clean air to his advantage in building an edge. But prior to the final green-flag run, he switched to his alternate radio channel to discuss restart strategy. On that one, as the leader, Kyle appeared to try an… ahem… Busch league move by accelerating hard, then letting off the gas to brake-check the field. McMurray timed his move perfectly, still behind Busch but accelerating hard enough as the green flag flew to take control of the race.

Kyle Busch is used to beer cans being thrown in his direction after the race. But was one thrown from the Charlotte backstretch to the point NASCAR had to throw a caution late Saturday night? Chances are about as high as Kyle’s claim a mouse ran across the track.

Can someone explain this trick to me? How does a beer can that brings out a debris caution appear on the backstretch when there’s nobody sitting in those sections of grandstands? (Which were, in fact, blocked off with advertising banners to hide their existence?) Whatever happened, it appears NASCAR has decided to throw caution to the wind (as in throw bogus debris cautions… Kyle Busch guessed over the radio that maybe a mouse had run across the track) again late in races in an attempt to pull the TV ratings out of the nosedive they’ve been in since the Chase began.

This just in. The Man Behind the Curtain, Brian France, says not to worry about declining ratings. Those ratings are due to fix themselves, he claims, because the racing on the track is “phenomenal.” Turns out France spent many years living in Los Angeles, where a rare dialect in the entertainment industry has “phenomenal” being synonymous with “preposterous.”

Blame it on their fuelish pride? Starting next year Cup cars will run on E15 fuel, a mixture of 85 percent gas and 15 percent ethanol (of the sort that is always giving me fits with my old cars and motorcycles.) Introducing corn liquor back into NASCAR racing as a fuel rather than a beverage? Count me in, though I’d advise the Cup teams to start buying marine grade Stabil by the 55 gallon barrel’s worth.

Secondly, the Cup Series will make a long overdue concession to modern reality by having fuel injection replace carbs starting next summer. I’m still a big fan of the Holley 4160… on old cars. But Detroit hasn’t used carbs on a production car since the mid-‘80s (I believe the Chevette Scooter was the last holdout) and we do, after all, call these things “stock cars.” Imagine a Cup car with a computer aboard more intelligent than what you drive to work (or 90 percent of you drive to work in this economy.) Of course, I still have some antique four function pocket calculators the size of a half loaf of bread that are more intelligent than Brian France.

The most competitive Cup Chase ever! How many times have ESPN and NASCAR beat you over the head with this non-statistic? As it turns out, according to research posted on Jayski’s Silly Season page, the 36-point margin Jimmie Johnson enjoyed after the fourth race of the “playoffs” (Fontana last week) was actually the third largest at this point of the season since the Chase Tragedy debuted in 2004.

Bud Moore, Bobby Allison, and Ned Jarrett all made the NASCAR Hall of Fame for 2011 — but their selections locked out Cale Yarborough and others who might have been more deserving to sneak into its second class.

OK, it’s time to rechristen the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte a reward for politics within the sport, not achievement. I can forgive the exclusion of Darrell Waltrip, three-time Cup champion, in the second year of balloting. He was a polarizing figure during his racing career and remains so during his broadcasting reign of terror. (I’d suggest to DW he dump that “boogity, boogity, boogity” nonsense and see if he makes the cut next year.) I have nothing but respect for Bud Moore, a true pioneer of stock car (not to mention Trans-Am) racing and a true American hero, a teenage kid who stormed ashore during the D-Day invasion in World War II. Ned Jarrett was not only a talented and championship driver in the sport’s roughest era, he was one of the most well-spoken competitors in that rough and tumble time in Cup racing. He did a ton to support the sport on and off the track and did the same during his storied broadcast career wherein most fans considered Ned, Benny, and Bob three dear friends they invited into their homes every Sunday afternoon. (Note to DW… watch some old ESPN tapes of Ned calling a race this winter while you lick your wounds and learn from them.) But the exclusion of Cale Yarborough? Right there in my mind, the Hall became invalid, a place that deserves all the financial turmoil they’re enduring even if the taxpayers and hotel guests of Charlotte don’t. I won’t say that Yarborough was the fastest, best, or most successful Cup driver ever, but he was the toughest. I’d like to see some of these skinny ass young corporate spokesmodels enjoying success in the Cup Series today try to wheel one of those old, Holly Farms number 11 Chevys for fifty laps around Darlington without power steering. Just make sure the medics are in place before they try…

Tuesday, NASCAR held a secret meeting in Charlotte with racers and owners to discuss the challenges facing the Nationwide Series and the future of that division. Next to nothing was written about what went on during the meeting. But during the post-race comments on Friday night, what was said during the closed door session became blatantly obvious. NASCAR wants people to face the ever-dwindling crowd on hand (and how about a call out to the last stalwarts watching these races on TV?) and say that the racing was really, really, really exciting, perhaps the best auto race ever held. If the fans hear it enough from the drivers, the media, and NASCAR, maybe they’re dumb enough to start believing it. All the members of the “loyal opposition” (the sort of writers who still call a spade a spade and don’t worship Brian’s bull calf) have been getting emails from players inside the garage area (usually those with minor league parts) reminding us to recall what side our bread is buttered on and that we’re all making big bucks at this game (why didn’t I get the memo?) so to cool it a bit. Well, you know what I’d have liked to have heard when they interviewed third-place Justin Allgaier? “Yeah, I finished third, best among the non-interlopers, but I don’t have a sponsor for next year because NASCAR sold their souls to a competitor for my current sponsor and I don’t have boobs like Danica does.”

Kurt Busch’s 2010 Chase for the championship died the second his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge spun in the wrong direction Saturday night.

OK, you have to admit sponsorship dollars are getting hard to come by when Michael McDowell’s car is listed as being backed by the “Conley for School Board” campaign. Wait a second. With Halloween coming up, how about a black and orange witch-themed paint scheme to promote “Christine O’Donnell for Senate?”

Mark your calendars and set the DV-R. The 30 for 30 film on the late Tim Richmond debuts Tuesday night at 8 on ESPN. Mr. Richmond was the most phenomenal Cup driver most newer fans have never heard of; and as this documentary will hopefully show, the France family did their best to try to make sure that was the case.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

Kurt Busch arrived at Charlotte this weekend trying to become the first driver to win all three Cup events at the track in a single season. Those hopes ended when Busch spun himself out on the 24th lap en route to 30th place.

Jeff Gordon had a strong run going until electrical problems slowed his charge; he just could never get fully back up to speed after that. Having teammate Jimmie Johnson lap him as he tried to switch to the backup battery had to remind Gordon only one of them has a real shot left at scoring a fifth title this season. A late pit road speeding penalty was the icing on the No. 24 team’s cake, leaving him one lap down in 23rd and almost a full race’s worth of points behind his teammate.

Jeff Burton has developed an unfortunate habit of running a lot faster the first two-thirds of a race than he does in the final segment. To not only send himself spinning, but to do it off the right front fender of his teammate Clint Bowyer (who just can’t catch a break) makes a 20th-place pill even more bitter to swallow.

Tony Stewart’s problems started on the second lap when he was hit from behind trying to check up to avoid his teammate / employee’s (Ryan Newman’s) spinning car. Numerous problems getting into or leaving his pit box further bulloxed up an evening that led to a 21st-place result.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

It was too little, too late for their championship chances, but Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth recovered from their Fontana failures with fifth and sixth-place finishes at Charlotte.

It seemed Jamie McMurray’s weekend was as good as over after he qualified 27th. Nobody had ever started that far back and gone on to win the Fall Charlotte event.

Jimmie Johnson made a rare unforced error on lap 34, spinning his Chevy, then survived a pit road collision (and subsequent extracurricular on-track discussion of such with Clint Bowyer) to finish third.

Kyle Busch conceded the race over the radio when his throttle began sticking. As it turned out, the only thing stuck wide open all race was his jaw.

While a blown engine last week probably kiboshed Greg Biffle’s title chances, a fifth-place finish this week had to offer some redemption. The Fords were a lot more reliable at Charlotte, but a whole lot slower as well. Does that have anything to do with the fact the top team’s engines were going to be confiscated by NASCAR and brought back for dyno testing after Saturday’s race?

Worth Noting

  • Jamie McMurray (first) has as many victories this year (three) than in his previous eight years in Cup … combined.
  • Jimmie Johnson (third) has finished third or better in six of the last seven Cup races.
  • Denny Hamlin’s fourth-place finish was his best since Loudon.
  • Matt Kenseth (sixth) enjoyed his best finish since Michigan in August.
  • Joey Logano (seventh) hasn’t led more than a single lap in any Cup event since Talladega.
  • Kevin Harvick (eighth) has four top-10 finishes in the five Chase races run to date.
  • David Reutimann (ninth) has back-to-back top 10 finishes in the Cup series for the first time since Dover and Charlotte in May.
  • David Ragan’s tenth-place finish was his best since Talladega and his second best Cup result of the season.
  • Regan Smith (thirteenth) has earned his best two Cup finishes of the season in the last two weeks.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (29th) has one top-10 result in the last thirteen Cup races. He’s led a total of three laps in those thirteen events… but he crested the four million dollar mark in prize money for the season this weekend. Get the picture?
  • Ryan Newman’s 36th-place finish matches his worst result of the 2010 Cup season. Newman also finished 36th at Fontana in the second race of the year.
  • The top-10 finishers at Charlotte drove four Toyotas, three Chevys, and three Fords. Brad Keselowski’s 27th-place finish was the best for a Dodge driver.

What’s the Points?

Jimmie Johnson extended his points lead over Denny Hamlin to 41. Kevin Harvick remains third in the standings and is now 77 markers behind Johnson.

Most people will accept, barring a major miracle, being a full race’s worth of points out of the lead with five races left pretty much means a driver’s chances at a title are over. Jeff Gordon, fourth in the standings, is 156 points out of the lead while the maximum points swing during a race is 161. Draw your own conclusions.

In the battle of the Brothers Busch, Kyle walked away the victor Saturday. He advanced four spots to fifth in the standings, while Kurt fell three positions to ninth. Tony Stewart, in sixth, is technically tied with Kyle Busch in the standings, 177 points behind Johnson, but the first tiebreaker is race wins and Busch currently has three this year to Stewart’s two.

Carl Edwards sits seventh in points, while Greg Biffle advanced two spots to eighth. Jeff Burton now rounds out the top 10, already 239 points behind Johnson.

Jamie McMurray takes over the less than coveted thirteenth place in the standings and now leads Ryan Newman by a full 75 points in that contest. For the record, McMurray has three Cup wins this season, more than eight of twelve drivers who are in the Chase. Under the old points system, though, McMurray would be sitting eleventh.

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) — I don’t expect much out of night races in the Brian France era Cup series. If they’re over before midnight, it doesn’t rain, a college football game doesn’t preempt the first twenty laps of the race, and nobody gets hurt, they earn two and a half cans. If it weren’t for the bogus debris caution at the end, it might have been three cans.

Next Up – Yahoo! It’s off to Martinsville for some approximation of real stock car racing the way it oughta be. The Martinsville event is genuinely the only one I eagerly anticipate on the 10-race Chase schedule every Fall.

Contact Matt McLaughlin

Monday on the Frontstretch:
Fact or Fiction: Did McMurray Win Or Busch Lose, And Is Keselowski’s Title Tarnished?
The Cool-Down Lap: If You’re Thinking Johnson’s Unbeatable… Hold On a Sec
Bubble Breakdown: 35th Spot Heating Up Between Front Row, Gordon, TRG
Running Their Mouth: Bank of America 500
Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dollar General 300
Carey And Coffey: Kasey On The Brink: What Is Kahne Really ‘Sick’ Of?

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10/18/2010 01:33 AM

“All the members of the “loyal opposition” (the sort of writers who still call a spade a spade and don’t worship Brian’s bull calf.) have been getting emails from players inside the garage area (usually those with minor league parts) reminding us to recall what side our bread is buttered on and that we’re all making big bucks at this game (why didn’t I get the memo?) so to cool it a bit.”

GAWD that makes my blood boil!

10/18/2010 06:36 AM

OK, my Monday mantra on the chase:

It cannot be mended. It must be ended.

Good column as usual, but I was really hoping for a bit about the Bozo Orange hair Brian Duh Clueless is sporting.

Stephen HOOD
10/18/2010 07:00 AM

Dale’s eleventh to second last lap charge at the Daytona 500 was worth $700,000. It pays to do well at big races. Hell, McMurray is only $50,000 out of first place in prize money to Jimmy Johnson.

10/18/2010 08:01 AM

What’s a “writere”?

10/18/2010 08:10 AM

Despite missing only 3 races in person in the last 30 years, I opted to go to a college football game over the Sat. night race. Didn’t miss the racing at all. Kind of sad.

In the interest of full disclosure, CMS does have a “Beer Patio” on part of the old Concrete Grandstands on the back stretch. It is possible that one of the non-race fan, party to you puke knuckleheads tossed a can out on the track.
Can’t wait for the big screen to sell the place out again.

10/18/2010 08:17 AM

Since they didn’t go head to head this week, Matt didn’t have his usual mention of how the NFL enjoys better ratings than NASCAR.

But, the Boston Globe had a telling fact yesterday regarding NFL ratings compared to everything else.

The Minnesota Twins, Central Division champs, were playing the Yankees in the ALDS and the average for the 3 games was 22% of the households in the Twin Cities tuning in.

Monday nite the Vikings, a very average team, played the Jets. That game was tuned into by 45% of the households in the same measuring area.

There’s the NFL, and there is everything else.

10/18/2010 08:54 AM

Watched football all day. Thanks for the update, Matt. Very happy to see I didn’t miss anything AGAIN.

10/18/2010 09:01 AM

Danica is getting her comic book published. That’s appropriate. Next is the book and then the movie. She’s probably at the point now where she takes a pay cut when she gets in a race car. DansMom and randy RandyGoldman will each buy a copy so that means one sold.

The allotted time of the race was 3:30. The actual time of race was 3:34. Just the right number of cautions. If there was no last caution the race would have ended too soon and they would have had to interview a non-Hendrick driver. The last three races have finished a total of zero minutes from scheduled time.

Carl D.
10/18/2010 09:14 AM

Hill Country Revue was playing at the Handlebar in Greenville… $11 at the door. Southern rock like they used to play it. A great show at a great price.

I used to go to Charlotte for the race every October back when it was a great show for a great price. These days it’s like throwing money in a sinkhole.

10/18/2010 09:27 AM

I didn’t actually bother to watch the race. But while I was practicing laps at Monaco on the F1 2010 game, I left the leaderboard at na$ running. When I looked over and noticed the final stops were coming under green with inside of 40 to go, I laughed and said to myself that there would be debris within 10 laps. What did I see when I next looked at the screen?

It doesn’t even seem to matter that there was actual debris this time. The fact that the inevitability of a debris caution happening at the end of a race makes na$car the auto racing equivalent of the WWE.

10/18/2010 09:27 AM

That paragraph about the hall of fame was spot on. I agree on all points. Why is it that everybody on the planet can see what you said about DW but DW himself? It’s too bad he doesn’t take your advice about watching how Ned carried himself on and off the air. Evidently his HUGE EGO gets in the way and seems like he will never change. I belive this hall snub would be a wakeup call for anyone else on the planet, except the arrogant DW.

10/18/2010 09:59 AM

Yeah, most competitive Chase ever. The only thing that will save this disaster is if the 48 wrecks at Talladega, and he always seems to have a magical halo around his car there. Good job NASCAR, 5 straight for the 48 when the old system would have at least given the 29, 24 and 99 Championships. So much for competitive balance. All the Chase has done is given the best team another bite at the apple each year.

10/18/2010 10:28 AM

Looked like a very good crowd to start the race and then REALLY EMPTY after halfway. Were they shopping? Once again many more aerial shots of the empty stands here then at the ISC TRACKS. Just saying.

Jamie was catching Kyle before the last caution, and had the best car at this time, Kyle did not have one of HIS GREAT RESTARTS,but he was able to still finish 2nd.

10/18/2010 10:30 AM

Matt, I forgot to touch upon the “Hall of $$$$” comment that you made.

I would like to float a conspiracy theory:
Cale Yarborough was conspiculously absent when Jimmie tied Cale’s record of three straight championships. He was, again, AWOL when Jimmie broke the record with a fourth straight.
I have to believe that with brian france’s PR blitz on how beloved the chase is to the na$car family, Cale would have been invited to BOTH events. Sort of a ‘Bill France, Jr.‘s record setting champion passing the torch to brian france’s record setting champion’.
I think Cale is the type of man that has integrity and won’t blow smoke up brian’s ass, just because brian likes the feeling. So I think that he probably chose NOT to honor the accomplishments.
I think that, now, Cale is being punished by brian for not telling the world how great and legitimate the chase is at determining a champion.

10/18/2010 10:47 AM

No REAL fan of stock car racing, or racing in general, should be able to say they never heard of Tim Richmond, if you haven’t you barely qualify as a casual observer.

Don Mei
10/18/2010 11:23 AM

EZ, Dans Mom knows who Tim Richmond is. Anyone with a brain knows that..Hmmm..maybe I better reconsider what I just said. Anyway, dont respond to ignorance or stupidity.. just ignore it.

10/18/2010 11:26 AM

Danica has boobs?

Laidback Racing
10/18/2010 11:40 AM

were in the grandstands Sat night and the best thing I can say is it wasn’t as cold as last OCT…racing was pretty boring…

And Ditto what Don Mei

10/18/2010 11:51 AM

I thought the race was great….stop drinking Matt’s kool aid. He says every race is bad which means he only watches the races now to get money from his job. Which also means he cares more about money than the competition, which is exactly what he thinks Brian France is doing

Bill B
10/18/2010 12:14 PM

Dansmon, laxbro, and RandyGoldman,,,, aka Brian Frances’ triplets. Or are they just one person with split personalities.
Surely there has to be something you didn’t like, a rule you don’t agree with, a race you thought was less than spectacular. The fact that you can’t find anything negative about anything NASCAR does makes you as blind and prejudice for NASCAR as you fault Matt for being against NASCAR.
Once again, I realize your main purpose for being here isn’t to add anything constructive it’s just to *&^% with the old timers. That is proven by the ridiculous statement, meant to annoy, that you don’t know who Tim Richmond is.

10/18/2010 12:23 PM

I’m waiting to see the ’30 for 30’ piece on Tim Richmond as well; but, I wouldn’t hold out a lot of hope for NASCAR getting called out for their actions. ESPN is still a broadcast ‘partner’; so, even though these films run under the guise of being a documentary, they’re still entertainment – just like SportsCenter.

10/18/2010 12:23 PM

I hate to correct you on this but Danica doesn’t have big boobs. It has more to do with her face and small butt. I know what you meant, but boobs are out of the picture with her.

Kevin in SoCal
10/18/2010 12:52 PM

Matt said: “Mark your calendars and set the DV-R. The 30 for 30 film on the late Tim Richmond debuts Tuesday night at 8 on ESPN. Mr. Richmond was the most phenomenal Cup driver most newer fans have never heard of;”

News Flash: Vasoline and Kleenex factories are working overtime to ship more product to the Pennsylvania area after local stores report mass shortages of lotion and facial tissue. Local cops are stumped as to what’s causing the shortage, but several witnesses have claimed to hear the roar of a motorcycle engine and maniacal laughter shortly before the items are reported vanished.

Matt said: “Secondly, the Cup Series will make a long overdue concession to modern reality by having fuel injection replace carbs starting next summer.”

While I’m happy NASCAR is finally joining the fuel-injection era of automobiles, I’m not in favor of them doing it in the middle of the season. Its too big of a change and has the potential for too big of an impact on the racing. I would much rather see them implement it for the start of the 2012 season, and allow the teams to test the new setup in December 2011 and January 2012.

Carl D.
10/18/2010 12:57 PM

Call me a prude, but the only Danica boobs we need to be discussing on here are her fans…

10/18/2010 02:07 PM

I concur 100% with the Chase motto – “It cannot be mended. It must be ended.”

Dansmom, laxbro, and RandyGoldman s/b embarrassed to show their collective faces. How old are you????

10/18/2010 02:39 PM

My age has nothing to do with. I have problems with nascar. I hate how they let cup regulars in nationwide, it ruins the nationwide races for me. I still watch hoping beyond hope a nationwide regular will win. I don’t think danica should get by with her looks, but I would still like to see a woman do well in nascar and she is an underdog so i cheer for her.

I think 1st place finishers should get more points and get rid of the chase. I’m not completely against the chase but I don’t like the points system they run either for a whole season.

I don’t like Brian France….but that does not mean the racing is terrible. But doesn’t mean the racing is always great. I thought the Dover race was awful. I think a lot of the races were good this year. Matt lets his biases get in the way of truthfully recapping the racing.

thinking through biases = bad journalism

10/18/2010 03:00 PM

Talk about a candy ass. How about Kahne? He was “too sick” to get back in the race car, but went and ran a marathon on Sunday. Then, finally admitted he just flat out refused to drive the car Saturday night because it wasn’t “up to his standards.”

If Junior Johnson were his team owner, Junior would’ve beat his ass Saturday night. Kahne has laid down on the RPM team. He started this BS about a year ago, maybe even longer. But definitely since he knew they were switching back to Ford – the manufacturer he screwed over to get ahead in Cup.

He decided he was too good for Petty’s team. He’s a total prima donna and complete cry baby (and don’t argue with me unless you’ve been to the races and actually heard him on the scanner).

Adios, Kahne. Don’t let the door hit ya where the Lord split ya.

Bill B
10/18/2010 03:28 PM

Have you noticed how much better Allmandinger and Sadler have been running? Wanna bet that’s because once Kahne officially announced he was leaving they have been giving him the crap cars every week. It’s called punative retribution.

10/18/2010 04:27 PM

A big part of Diva Kasey’s problem could be he is not as good as he or his fans believe that he is.

If the other Casey who drove for Ray would have been given as long to learn at the Cup level as Diva Kasey has had, He would still be here.

Kevin in SoCal
I can’t believe you said nothing about ACS getting 1 1/2 cans more then Charlotte.

10/18/2010 04:56 PM

Yep I’ve been to the races & Yep I listen to Kahne & Francis on the scanner every race. I also have been a Kahne fan since his dirt car days & I can tell you he DOES NOT walk away from a car that is not capable of racing. If this were the case he would not have been a single race since 06. Oh & Loomis had no problems spilling his guts today. At least Kahne had the decency to keep the names private.

10/18/2010 05:42 PM

“28. RacingDmp said: Oct 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM Fixing to go to the track, great race last night, chilly here. Did anyone catch what Andy Petree (an accomplished cup crew chief) said about Lance’s call last week to leave Jr out on 30 lap old tire’s after staying out, leading a lap under yellow, and the field comming in for fresh rubber (and Jr’s asking Lance what do you mean stay out?). I think the exact words were “I just dont understand that call, Thats a NO BRAINER!” well welcome to the club Andy!”
I believe Lance did what he had to do. If Jr. wins a race or finishes in the top ten, Rick will fire Lance. He usually manages to screw up the last pit stop, but people are catching on…so to outsmart all of us he just skipped the last pit stop all together. Rather smart of him really. He still has his job. :) 9:53 pm 1st pit stop: goes in 9th & comes out 25th 2nd pit stop: goes in 19th & comes out 35th 1 lap down. 3rd pit stop: JJ and MM stay out, Jr. could have taken a wave around to get on the lead lap. Nope. Didn’t happen…? 4th pit stop: Green pit. Waited long to pit. Came back out 2 laps down. 31st.
9:48p Lap 202 pit stop 8 wave arounds, but not Jr. He went from 30th to 32nd. 3 laps down. It is probably a very good thing that Jr. wears a helmet & gloves while driving or by the end of each pit stop he would have torn another handful of hair out of his head…& I wouldn’t blame him. Bump stops. The vaunted HMS can’t even get bump stops right…? GET. OUT. OF. HMS. NOW! JUNIOR! Don’t let Rick finish wrecking your career!
Jamie McMurray ran r&d for Roush and look at him now that he is finally free from them! LLook at how well Kyle is doing now that he is out of HMS.

10/18/2010 05:46 PM

Petty’s cars have been GARBAGE since the mid 1980’s. That is undeniable.

I don’t like Kahne’s diva like attitude, and I think he is only still in Cup because he is the prettiest woman available EVEN WITH Danica hanging around.

Having said that, it is about time that SOMEBODY refused to climb into one of the Petty death-traps. They have a long and well documented history of re-using parts until they fail, and cutting corners at every opportunity. They did this even during the good times when money was flowing like water around their shops.

While Adam’s death was a tragedy and not at all, the Petty team’s fault, there are plenty of other drivers that are lucky to have escaped with their lives followin an old and worn-out part having failed due to the loads imposed upon it.

10/18/2010 06:00 PM

LOL, Matt. I laughed to myself after the nwide race when all the competitors lined up and sang kumbya after having had their weekly dose of BZF’s koolaid.

Smile, talk happy talk and don’t worry, y’all, those stupid race fans will NEVER figure it out.

Trouble is BZF and Helton are wrong. Like you, I feel bad for Allgaier. He seems like a really solid racer and is getting shafted on this deal.

I’m so glad that Jamie showed he was smarter than KyBu on Sat. My night was in the tank when Gordon’s car lost power, so the only bright spot was that neither the 18 nor the 48 won. I know, its sour grapes, but it is an honest emotion.

10/18/2010 06:09 PM

DansMom, if you’ve never heard of Tim Richmond – watch the ESPN show that Matt is talking about. Perhaps you’ll learn a little bit about the NASCAR that existed before the Brainless France era. It might help since you seem to exist in a vacuum. See if you can get RandyGoldman to join you – consider it educational TV.

10/18/2010 06:09 PM

“Dansmom, laxbro, and RandyGoldman s/b embarrassed to show their collective faces. How old are you????”

What does age have anything to do with anything on a Nascar forum? For all you know, they are in their late 70s and just barely know how to use a computer.

10/18/2010 07:32 PM

“We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more.”

Thank you Peter Finch!

old gal from socal
10/18/2010 07:44 PM

AncientRacer—so glad to read someone else was stupified by the orange hair! Between that and the wandering eye I couldn’t focus on a word he was saying…probably no loss…MATT—thanks for the reminder about Tim Richmond’s 30-30, got it DVR’D!

10/18/2010 09:47 PM

brian france said today that the ratings are going to fix themself because the racing is great lol
went to winchester speedway in ind sunday good race ticket was 25 and a quarter tank of gas hell of alot cheaper than going to a nascar race can anyone tell me why brickyard tickets went up 15 dollars a seat this year i thought all tracks were lowering their prices

10/18/2010 10:40 PM

There goes MaryBeth the delusional alien from planet Amp posting her weekly meaningless Dale Jr. BS for an article that wasn’t even about her field-filler driver. FYI MaryBeth and other Jr. Nation FOOLS, your driver with God-given average at best talent, just passed the $4 million mark in earnings for the year, while driving the Best Equipment in nascar to back of the pack finishes, barely beating the Start & Park teams.

10/19/2010 08:30 AM

I am new to this article but not to NASCAR. I think it provides really good insights into the sport. I think the 48 was trying a “clean” pass on the 18 at the end because he was upset about giving up 5 points to the 33 the week before. That said, he would still rather have the 18 as a friend and not an enemy. I think JGR will replace Hendrick as champion but just don’t know when. Also the 29 is a worthy champion but really see this as his first real shot at the title and few ever get it on their first deserving shot. I think the drivers with the most wins and most regular season points should be the only ones that should be able to get the title. The Chase was devised to eliminate winless champions and give some meaning to Homestead. So far it has done that but I would hate for some year a 12th place winless driver gets hot and steals the title. I don’t think it should be a crapshoot. On the other hand, I think other teams, including the 11 use the regular season as a test session. After watching the 48 since his rookie season, I will let you know my theory. Knaus divides the season in three parts. The first 12 races, he uses old data to get firmly in the Chase. The next 12 (his summer slump)he tests all type of out of the box setups and eliminates the bad ones and keeps the good ones. The final twelve are game-on. They are like well trained troops that can deal well in survival mode. They know better that others how to stay focused on the mission. Even the 48’s save at Charlotte was the result of experience. I will say their weak link is their pit crew. If he had the 18’s or the 11’s pit crew he would probably have a couple more wins this year.
Finally, it is good to get a couple of cents worth in because I really appreciated both the article and the comments.

10/19/2010 01:41 PM

I loved the TV coverage at the green flag.

“the start of next chase in the race to the Sprint Cup championship”

Huh??? What him say?

As for the Hall of Lame. I was 10, never saw a race, was not fan of NASCAR then, but even I knew who Cale Yarborough was.

10/19/2010 05:50 PM

@Overated, What would my week be without you…? :)

10/19/2010 10:06 PM

Marybeth, try posting something factual. I’m still waiting for you to explain to the world how Jr.‘s crew installed a 9” ford rear end gear backwards, when it impossible to do! Yet you posted it weekly for 2 months all over the internet. Come on Marybeth, the crickets are chirping, tell how? Your delusional BS exposes nothing but stupidity.