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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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 · Sunday June 5, 2011
The Key Moment – Brad Keselowski milked 57 laps out of a tank of fuel to win the Kansas race on fuel mileage.
In a Nutshell – Just an ordinary race. That happens sometimes.
Dramatic Moment – Once again waiting to see who was going to run out of gas on the final lap. Remember when this sport was about MPH, not MPG?
With passing at a premium, the first few laps after the restarts tended to be a bit tense.
What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week
Hmmm. Roger Penske returns to the track after his May adventures at Indy and one of his drivers wins the race while the other dominates it. Go figure.
The size of the crowd at Sunday’s race was down an estimated 20 percent. Doesn’t that always seem to happen when a venue that traditionally had one date gets a second one added? Call it the “Fontana Principle.”
Well imagine that. The calendar flips over to June, the weather gets hot and Tony Stewart, who has been MIA most of this season, is running up front again. The Summer Stretch has traditionally been Stewart’s best part of the season.
Since when has an empty water bottle on the apron been sufficient cause for a caution?
Details are still emerging but it’s apparent that Richard Childress and Kyle Busch got into a little dustup after Saturday’s truck race. Childress is an old school type and perhaps some drivers, including RCR front-runner Kevin Harvick, can learn something from Childress’s technique. First, wait until your intended victim has removed his helmet. Secondly, give it a half hour so the TV cameras that might record the incident have packed up and left. Third, leave your mark above the neck where the other fellow is going to have to look at it every morning when he shaves as a reminder of the point you wished to make. At 65, RC might not seem like much of a threat, but he raced back in the day before yielding his seat to Dale Earnhardt. Childress in fact almost died after he was stabbed in the gut during a wild party back in the 70s.
Anyone with a theory as to what’s wrong with Jeff Burton and the No. 31 team is asked to forward them directly to Richard Childress. He’ll likely have a couple weekends off to study them.
Do you need any more evidence that the Nationwide series is in serious trouble as I predicted before the season began? This week Joe Gibbs Racing announced they were withdrawing the No. 20 team from competition at Joliet citing a lack of sponsorship backing. They strongly hinted the sister team, the No. 18 bunch, might be missing bunches of races starting soon. Between them those two teams have won six of this year’s Nationwide races, albeit at greatly reduced profit given this year’s cutback on Nationwide purses. (I think this year the winning team gets a box of Cracker Jack and a pat on the back.) If JGR, which has full time employees beating the bushes for sponsorship, can’t survive in the current economic reality how much longer are the smaller teams going to be able to hang on? Even Jack Roush’s Nationwide teams seem to be scraping by with a hodgepodge of sponsorship or blank quarter panels. NASCAR’s AAA series has lost its identity and become a playground for the few Cup stars still willing (or able) to run in the series despite Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s recent win at Iowa. If the purses are smaller, the cost to race the series must become so as well. I’d like to see a return to a series focused on the Southeast of the USA competing mainly on the short tracks (not as companion races to the Cup series) as a stepping stone for younger drivers looking to rise to the Cup ranks.
How out of whack is the Nationwide purse? Stenhouse won about 74 grand for that Iowa victory. In the World 600 Mike Skinner drove all of six laps before parking the car with “vibration” issues. He earned $84,000.
NASCAR announced this week there will be a new set of qualifying rules starting at Pocono next week. Basically, lacking weather issues, the cars slowest in practice will qualify first. Yawn. Since NASCAR decided that the top 35 teams in owner points will automatically make the race, qualifying sessions have become a completely boring and irrelevant part of the weekend attended by tens of fans so bored in the camping lot for the weekend they had nothing better to do. Brian France says he wants things simple so that the fans can understand things? The 43 fastest cars qualify and everybody else, no matter where they are ranked in the points and what they did a few years ago goes home. Corporate welfare sucks.
Want some good news? The FOX portion of the season is finally over. You know since they started this grand experiment with NASCAR in ‘01 (and left the track without mentioning the minor storyline that Dale Earnhardt had been killed) every year I think, “Well it can’t get any worse next year.” And every year I am proven sorely wrong. This year was doubtlessly the worst ever. Racing itself was put on the back burner so viewers at home could enjoy the Darrell Waltrip Variety Show and Comedy hour. Frustrated cameramen would focus on what was going on out there on the track and old DW would continue prattling on about what a great racer he was back in his day, how great his brother’s Toyotas were running and how much he loved “June bug” and “Five-Time.” He’d find a way to predict victory for twenty different drivers during a broadcast and then crow about how astute he was in picking the winner afterwards. “Have you ever…” Mike Joy (the only decent part of the team) soft-balled DW after the surprise Charlotte finish. “No, I’ve never,” Waltrip responded. “No, I’ve never shut up,” I think he meant. With rumors of dissension, back-stabbing, and a general lack of interest in the sport by top FOX execs, maybe this whole mess will implode on itself before next year. But I wouldn’t count on it. Let’s face it, Waltrip has gone a bit soft in the head after all those miles on his odometer and the blows to the brain he took in wrecks. He can’t help repeating and even contradicting himself while mixing up which driver is passing the other. He’s got a whole lot more unsold “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” T-shirts he needs to move before he heads to the home to gum Jello the rest of his days.
Was anyone else bothered by DW’s suggestion it was time for a driver to throw a water bottle or some other debris out the window to draw a bogus caution they needed to get fuel?
Oops. Kyle Busch’s recent mishaps at Darlington, on public highways, and now this weekend in Kansas may have only drawn probation from NASCAR and various mutterings about possible repercussions from Joe Gibbs, but it could cost him a lot more. One of my regular readers was so incensed by Busch’s recent actions he sent an email to Busch’s sponsor Mars (makers of M and Ms, Kal Kan dog food and all sorts of other stuff) decrying their involvement with this volatile young driver. He forwarded to me an email Mars sent in reply saying their involvement with Busch might indeed be short term.
Looking for a little mid-week racing fix to get you through until next weekend at Pocono? Tony Stewart’s Prelude to the Dream runs Wednesday night chock full of Cup stars and proceeds benefit some worthy causes. If you can’t make it to Eldora you can order the broadcast up live on Pay-Per-View.
The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune
Stewart’s team failed to get the car full of fuel on the final stop. The extra stop he had to make may have cost him the race.
Carl Edwards’ weekend wasn’t awful but it had its moments. He ran out of gas on the final lap of the Nationwide series race Saturday while leading. On the Cup side, for a second straight week the No. 99 looked unbeatable early in the race but faded later in the event.
It seemed important to Jamie McMurray to have a good run at Kansas near his storm decimated town of Joplin, MO. He didn’t get it with a 29th place finish, the last driver one lap down.
Juan Montoya ran up front early in the race and even led some laps, but he brushed the wall hard and had to settle for a 17th place finish.
Kyle Busch also had a strong run and led laps. But the No. 18 car never seemed to recover after Busch ran up into the wall.
The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune
Earnhardt recovered from an earlier spin (an unforced error no less) well enough to finish second.
During the first laps of the race pole sitter Kurt Busch loudly predicted he’d be back to 43rd before the first pit stop his car was so bad. For the record, the car was so bad it led the most laps during the race.
Jimmie Johnson had an uncharacteristically slow qualifying lap (he started 31st) but rallied back to a seventh place finish.
Denny Hamlin had to survive a wild restart where he got punted by Keselowski coming to the flag and then had his rear wheels lifted off the ground by Stewart less than a lap later.
Justin Allgaier passed Carl Edwards who had run out of fuel on the final lap in Saturday’s Nationwide race then coasted across the line for the win out of gas as well.
What’s the Points?
Carl Edwards maintains his hold on the points lead. He’s now 40 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson who moves up a notch to retake second in the standings. Earnhardt also moved up a spot and is now third, a single point behind Johnson.
Kevin Harvick fell two spots to fourth in the standings. All drivers from Harvick on back are now more than a full race worth of points out of the lead.
Stewart and Clint Bowyer swapped eighth and ninth spots with Stewart now having the advantage.
Hamlin and Biffle swapped the eleventh and twelfth spots…advantage to the No. 11.
In the contention for the Wild Card positions in the standings Jeff Gordon would actually take the twelfth position from Biffle based on having won a race. Keselowski’s goal is clear: he can take over the twelfth and final Chase spot (at least currently) by making up seven points to enter the top 20 in points thanks to Sunday’s win.
The only other race winner who could have a dog in the Wild Card spot, Regan Smith, has a tougher row to hoe. He’s 29th in the standings, 49 points out of that 20th place cutoff spot. Under this year’s points system that’s a lot of ground to make up. But remember that old adage on how you eat and elephant….one bite at a time.
Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) Give it two lukewarm cans of the generic stuff. Then again, I wasn’t expecting much of a race at Kansas.
Next Up – The series heads northeast to the treacherous triangle at Pocono.
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It’s got nothing to do with the “Fontana Principle”. It’s because NASCAR is a joke and more and more people are catching on. That’s why they can’t even pull 2/3 capacity at Bristol. Like “House” says, “You’re a Moron”.
Any chance of you posting the contents of the Mars email reply? I figure that more than a few people would like to read it…
I wouldn’t dare be watching prelude to a dream,cup stars already have ruined the Nat series,why the hell would I watch them run on other venues when they have ruined that series.just watch the Saturday shows and you get all the cup stars you want.
they should take all the money they steal from the Nat regulars and give that to charity anyway.
I was at Kansas back in July ’01 for the IRL race and the temp was a brutal 98 with high humidity. Track temp was 138 degrees and it was a killer in those stands in direct sunlight. I’m thinking today was pretty close to that for the fans, and it might have an effect on attendance for the race next June. Who wants to sit in the brutal heat for a mediocre race at a cookie cutter venue?
I was walking past the tv while the wife was sort of watching the race while reading the Sunday papers, and I heard them say Jr. was on the tail end of the lead lap and fixin to go down one. I looked at the wife and said there was going to be a caution pretty quick. I heard laughing from her not long after when there was a Jr. “caution” for debrie.
That race would have been better without the two bogus debris cautions (a water bottle off the track,, really?!!)and the lame caution for Jr’s spin. No wonder people questioned last week’s lack of a caution on that last restart.
For the first time in years I didn’t watch the race. Why? It seems every week it’s become a fuel mileage race (using the word jokingly)… I don’t know if you remember that there was a thing called the Mobile Economy Run in the 1950’s and 1960’s. And the image of that keeps running in my mind as I have watched the past few economy runs being passed off as actual races…..I’ll wait till Monday mornings and read a recap of the race, which will save me hours of my life till they decide a way to return to actual racing.
How could FOX have stated that Dale passed when they cut off as Dale Junior was running off? No official word had passed at that point and the ambulance was heading toward the hospital. Speculation would have added zero to the broadcast. Yes, we had a pretty good idea he was dead when they interviewed Schrader, but for all we knew he had a broken neck but was alive.
Surprised you didn’t mention FOX and the blank cars in the intro where they tried to justify it by not wanting to upset key sponsors.
Phil H, it appears that you do not know what the Prelude to the Dream is all about. It is a charity exhibition, not a points-paying dirt race. A lot of drivers we see on Tv have a chance to try out something different and enjoy themselves In the process. Last few years it’s had more action in30 laps tha. Most Cup races have in 200.
boring race, terrible broadcast, glad that Fox is done for another year. I no longer watch any of the pre race shows and will skip Raceday for sure since DW will be there waxing poetic, along with Kenny the Klown Wallace since Kyle P will be in the booth for TNT.
TNT has presented the only “fun” coverage for the Cup series of the 3 broadcast groups. If you haven’t tried RaceBuddy – do it when TNT takes over next week. Awesome application and I use it in conjunction with trackpass so I can (gasp) actually follow the race since I sure can’t do it with the TV broadcast.
I gave up eating all M&M Mars products when KyBu started acting like such a jerk. Maybe I’ll write to them and tell them that – he sure isn’t an example I’d want my child to emulate.
Glad to see that Richard finally took things “old school” and explained it to KyBu in a way that maybe he might actually get the message. What happened to the whole “boys have at it” deal – RC didn’t use a race car, he confronted him face to face.
BTW, I agree about the Prelude – it’s a great charity event and lots of fun to watch – even if only on TV
Well, it’s been almost two weeks now and I’m still waiting for Mr. Gibbs to do something about PeeWee Herman’s “thrice-the-limit” speeding ticket. As a Christian, I try very very hard not to judge others. When my bride and I first started following NA$CAR closely, back in 2005, I was drawn to the drivers that exhibited positive, if not overtly Christian attitudes and demeanors: Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, etc. Mr. Gibbs also had this reputation. But over the years, I have seen him coddle hotheads, whiners and outright arrogant babies in his stable and when these lowlifes go overboard (even for them), all I ever hear is that Mr. Gibbs is “looking into the situation”. No more. We were in the Charlotte area for the race, and we can thank God that we didn’t happen to be in Iredell County when that immature spoiled brat was taking his and his wife’s (and others) lives into his own hands in blatant disregard for not only the law, but also others’ safety. I’m glad that one of your readers has stated their disgust to the sponsor. Maybe when some of the $$$ start drying up, Mr. Gibbs might start to wise up and get rid of the punk. I’m no great fan of Mr Hendrick, but I give him a LOT of credit for dumping that jerk IN SPITE OF his driving talent and potential for winning races. I live less than a mile from an M&M/Mars plant and I haven’t purchased ANY of their products since their sponsorship went to Busch. SHAME ON YOU, JOE GIBBS!!!!! Yes, I’m a Christian, but I’m also human too. And I stood up and cheered when I heard that Mr. Childress meted out some of the punishment that it seems no one else was willing to. “Spare the rod; spoil the child”. (emphasis on CHILD)
I would like to know how Nascar can say Kyle Busch did nothing wrong on Saturday. His bump of the 22 truck wasn’t during the race it was after. To me that is a flagrant probation violation. I do think Childress should be penalized but the confrontation would not have happened without the bump after the race.
i think we get it..the author doesnt like DW..do we need beat into our heads every week?..he prolly didnt care for him as a driver..now it carries over to the booth…for myself..i fail to see what Dale Jarrett adds to the broadcasts either…as for Gibbs..Kyle should have some punishment coming…based on the way Gibbs treated Stewart for his various incidents.
I agree with Oldsmo-Bill on KB’s speeding ticket. When a driver gets a DUI NASCAR always does something about it. Dang, 128 mph on a public road?? I know it’s not a DUI, but come on!!
I was glad to see the comment about D.W. and throwing debris out of car, and I believe I saw Carl and Kurt both throw stuff out of thier cars during the 1st “waterbottle” caution, all of these drivers need to be told and punished if necessary to get this to stop.
I thought the race was pretty decent as 1.5 races go. I’ll take fuel milage drama over a guy running away by 4 seconds. I don’t think there have been anymore fuel milage races this year than there usually is. If a debris caution came out with 20 to go people would complain about that too. I agree that caution apparently coming from a water bottle was pathetic. I’m guess I’m one of the few sad to see Fox go for the year. I have always liked DW’s enthusiasm, and Mike Joy’s play-by-play. TNT is good too, but I can’t stand ESPN. The only thing they got going for them are some hot girls as pit reporters.
On the Nationwide side, that was a great finish and a regular won. It might actually be great for the series Gibbs won’t show up at some non-companion events. Then we get what we are all asking for, Nationwide regulars to have a chance to win. Sure the series still has problems, but all this talk that NASCAR is going to totally collapse is getting tiring. Kansas looked pretty full except for a few sections on the edge. That is a better job than Cali did with 2 races. They still drew more fans than most baseball teams will draw for a weekend series. I actually think NASCAR as a whole has turned a corner. The racing has been better and some parity has returned this year.
Q:“Since when has an empty water bottle on the apron been sufficient cause for a caution?”
A: Well, at least it could be seen.
As for Childress. Absolutely — and I am a KyBu fan — I remember being in bars many times with him and Dale, Sr.. BTW 65 Is not old.
It took Front Row Joe exactly 12 races to top the $1 Mil mark, running 10% or less of the laps.
Thank the powers that be that Fox is gone til February. I didn’t think their race coverage could get any worse after last year but they went and proved me wrong again this year. I’m looking forward to the TNT coverage. It’ll be a breath of fresh air after what we’ve had to suffer through since February.
Two weeks of gas mileage races in a row sort of makes you wonder what the upcoming races are going to be like.
In the old days, when a driver or team owner wasn’t happy with how another driver or team owner did things, they usually “met” behind the garage and things were settled there, whether it was with somebody’s face hitting somebody else’s fists or a pistol trumping a tire iron. NA$CAR has made things too politically correct with too many pretty boys behind the wheels of the cars. Maybe a little old school education is needed from time to time to remind the PC crowd just where stock car racing originated from. Rough and tumble non nonsense men who took no prisoners and didn’t tolerate childsih antics which made them and the sport look bad. Of course, back then, it really was a sport and not sports entertainment.
The water bottle caution seems to be a favorite of NA$CAR. They’ll sit outside the racing groove for laps on end and when things get boring or certain drivers are in danger of being lapped, the caution comes out for the water bottle that’s been laying there through a series of green flag pit stops, lap upon lap of racing, and even through other cautions. It’s nothing new in the Brain Farce version of NA$CAR 2.011.
Matt, Mars signed a long term contract with JGR and Busch only a few weeks ago. This supposed email, if it is genuine, is nothing but a sop to complaining fans. Kyle’s merchandise sales continue strong and Mars is not going to back out of a contract because of some loony- tune fans. In advertising, virtually all publicity is good publicity. With Kyle getting the lion’s share of attention even on weeks he is not competitive in his car, and with the M&M’s car getting way more attention than any other when he is competitive, a “short relationship” with Mars is wishful thinking on your part and this so-called fan’s.
Dickie Childress was clearly in the wrong in this incident and hopefully NASCAR will suspend his arse and add a seriously meaningful fine on top of it. Then he and the punks who work for him like Kevin Harvick may learn a lesson.
And two more things, 65 is WAY too old to act like a five year old. Or is it senile demntia? And letters to Mars can go both ways. It appears Kyle-haters are so desperate to keep him from his ascendancy in the sport that they will grasp at any straw to try to prevent it. But then, what else have you got? I hear Mr. SIX-TIME is warming up his latest acceptance speech.
Any way you folks look at it, you lose.
Oh, and Mr. Christian in the Oldsmobile, since when is assault and battery a Christian act? How about that “turn the other cheek” business? Your version of Christ did not say that?
And then there is the subject of Rick Hendrick’s felony conviction for bribery – way Christian, that behavior.
“Those of you who are without sin, cast the first stone.”
I couldn’t believe that Brad Keselowski won the race yesterday. After being convinced that NASCAR was in a conspiracy to end Dale Jr’s 105 race winless streak for him I thought for sure that Keselowski would be black flagged to allow a NASCAR official to punch a hole in Keselowski’s fuel cekk, thus ensuring he couldn’t make it all the way to the end and a Dale Jr victory… alas, another Top 5 run for the #88 Crew.
As for the caution for a water bottle, with so many people last week asking for consistency in NASCAR’s calls, I guess NASCAR figured since they threw a caution for an empty beer can last week an empty water bottle was the same thing… Once again, NASCAR can’t get anything right…
Agree that Prelude to the Dream is a farce and thinking it must be nice to have discretionary income to waste on PPV. Give the money directly to charity, Tony and participants – and broadcast it on free TV if anybody really wants to watch another exhibition race.
I agree wholeheartedly that the Sportsman/Grand-National/Nationwide/Whatevertheycallitthisyear Series should once again be basically a “short track series” as in days of yore (with the occasional “big track” event thrown in, too). I would like to see the Nationwide Series’ biggest event(s) in Georgia once again be held at either the track at Jefferson (not sure what they call it this week) where they ran a couple of years and/or up the road at Lanier where they ran later. Limit starting fields to the fastest 30 drivers (and no driver currently in the Top 35 [40? 50?] in “Cup” standings permitted). Thoughts? Questions? Joys and concerns?
Bill S and Kevin,
I too had forgot and was really suprised that there is little mention of this on any of the media outlets. (TV or newspaper).
We need to remember these HEROES.
NASCAR just fined Richard Childress $150K and put him on probation until 12/31/11.
Right decision to save NASCAR’s arse legally. A&B is a crime and cannot be condoned on their premises during a sanctioned event.
And yet again, Kyle does nothing wrong. Damage other drivers cars, insult people with his language and Nascar says OK little wimp.
First, Bill B.you hit that nail on the head re Gibbs — at no time will he put his morals above his ledger sheet (he’s a businessman first). On the other hand, the speeding ticket is none of Gibbs business in my opinion.
Second, M&M/Mars has to be doing cartwheels of joy. Whether good or bad it’s publicity and even though some fans may boycott their products plenty of others are filling their faces.
Third, every human being knows the difference between wrong and right. You don’t have to be “christian” to figure it out.
Fourth, Kyle Busch is a fag (and one heck of a race driver) that runs and hides.
Fifth, what Childress did was wrong but I’m glad he did it. That shrub punk (although he’s a great racer) needs an ass kicking (and I would’ve done it had I been around when he smashed Sam Bass’s guitar trophy at Nashville last year).
Sixth, what’s a Nationwide series? I think I’ve been to every race at Chicagoland until this weekend. Sure didn’t miss parking 50 miles from my seat, overpriced food and beverages and an excessive presence of police (good day to be a criminal in Joliet since all the cops are at the track).
Seventh … and this is the worse one yet …, as Bill S indicated we all lose again when Mr. SIX-TIME accepts his trophy at the end of the year and believe me although JJ is another great driver I am SO SICK AND TIRED of him always winning. Parity, hardly. Every week the same handful of drivers dominate. I can only hope that Bill S is wrong but I definitely won’t be betting on that one.
Lots to chew on this week and regurgitate, and that’s just the discussion here as the race was pretty ho hum. Fuel mileage only works if its your driver favorite that plays it right. For the rest of us I would rather see a driver win by a 4 second margin then be in “suspense” about who will not run out of gas. Its called a race for a reason.
So the race wasn’t suspenseful and I was like one of the posters, as soon as I heard Jr was about to be lapped, I knew there would be a debris caution.
I am glad that FOX is done, as while ESPN makes me pray for the end of the racing season, FOX lures me with the start that this year will be different, and it just gets worse. If I had to listen to Junebug and Five Time one more time, I would have had to hurt the cat, and I don’t own a cat.
We gave Kansas a second race because they built a casino and we all know in Nascar’s world if you build it they will give you a second race date.
I happen to agree with the poster who said M&M Mars will stick with JGR. He is right in that publicity is a good thing and I bet Kyle isn’t hurting sales of M&M’s one little bit. What he did was idiotic, especially in light of the fact there was a cop hanging around and he should have figured that out. However, if Joe Gibbs could handle Terrible Tony, I think Shrub will give him no problems. I look for raw talent in Nascar racing and despite Jr. Nation’s continued disillusioned stand that Jr is the best driver to never win a Championship, I think Kyle is one of maybe 10 drivers right now that is pure talent behind the wheel. What do I look for besides being a wheelman? The desire to drive, and not just in Nascar’s elite series but in all the small track events that got most of these drivers to where they are now. Again, a hand full of drivers still drive on weeknights and in the Saturday night venues. They live to race, not race to live…so while I may think Kyle Busch is arrogant and immature at times, I give him high marks for the way he views racing. As far as I’m concerned RC handled the affair fine. If Busch has a problem with it, he can take it up behind the garage at a time of his choosing.
Gotta disagree with you on one point, Matt. Mike Joy isn’t any more tolerable than anyone else on that FOX crew. He does okay with those car auctions they show on Speed, but he takes it down a few notches for the races.
Interesting; guess Harvick had to send his “daddy” to beat up on the bad guy. Since when are there morals in NASCAR? Smoky Yunick anyone? Lets keep religion the hell out of here and where it belongs, in private in your home or church. Quite frankly as everything in NASCAR becomes more and more homogeneous; the cars, the tracks, the drivers, then it just becomes more and more boring. Busch is a welcome relief. I think I’ll go by Costco and buy a couple of boxes of Mars candy!
When Jimmy Spencer punched Kurt I called Target and canceled my charge card with them. They wanted to know why and I told them that as long as Target sponsored Jimmy I would never step foot in that store. Jimmy lost his ride that year. Yes I know it wasn’t because of me alone but I do wonder how many people did the same. I have not bought M & M’s for a very very long time. They are Kyle turds. I do miss them though but I am sticking to my ground.
SOOOO glad no more DW for the rest of the season. :)
$150k and probation (whatever that means)?
I imagine he thinks it money well spent.
And with awl yawl’s scorching of Kyle remember: Bad Boys sell tickets same as negative advertising works in poltics. Think of the Great (now-fast frozen) Ted Williams. Many of his own hometown fans hated him, but he was really good and he was a draw.
Gary, you had me til the “fag” comment. Punk or coward maybe. Grow up. You have seen his trophy wife, right? Hook or crook, he’s got himself some nice looking arm candy.
To address the comment about the author not liking DW even as a driver. Well, I for one used to like DW when he was a driver, I even sort of liked his brother.I remember rooting for the Western Auto car when he drove and owned it. That said, his effect on my enjoyment watching races when he drove has changed DRAMATICALLY since he started doing TV. I’ve come to the point where I can’t stand him anymore and have stopped watching the truck races solely because of his dopey brother. What I read in another column applies to me as well, whoever is making the decision to put those two on TV is not talking to the same fans I talk to, and I know quite a few.I’m sure there are those who like him, all I’m saying is there is a large number that don’t, and I believe it’s growing as we speak.I for one can’t wait for TNT and ESPN.
The one commit that needs to be corrected is “turn the other cheek”. To the Jews this does not mean to be humble and forget as most people say it does. Instead, it means to start fresh in your effort and to double your effort. Think about it.
If someone ran into the side of my truck after the race just because my driver dared to race kyle busch hard for a top 5 position on the last lap of a race, i’d be pissed to. Guess no one has heard of the “slide job”. Coulter didn’t even touch him. If it bothers Kyle Busch so much in a lower series, maybe he should stay in the Cup series where he belongs.
Nascar is fining Richard $150,000; & sending him a case of champagne, a large box of chocolates, & a ‘thank-you’ note. :)
Here’s the email from I received from Mars shortly after KB’s fiasco.
“In response to your email regarding M&M’S BRAND NASCAR RACING TEAM.
Kyle Busch’s recent behavior is not consistent with the values of MARS CHOCOLATE NORTH AMERICA and we are disappointed in his actions. MARS in no way supports or condones activity that breaks the law or threatens public safety and we support the Iredell County Sherriff’s Department for enforcing such laws. We take our responsibility as a sponsor very seriously”.
Yea but, what do you intend to do? Nothing, because the old adage of even negative publicity is good publicity.
Ain’t gitten’ rid of ole’ DW that fast. He’s going to be on FOX2 (SPEED) Raceday for the next six weeks. He’s like the mole in my yard. Just when I think he’s gone, there’s another pile of dirt.
Mike…I usually agree with you 99.9% of the time, but yesterday’s crowd was down 20%? Based on what? This was the first spring race, not the annual fall race. Two different animals I think, agree empty seats aern’t good, but maybe 80% of capacity will be the demand for this race. Just isn’t a fair comparison at this point in time. I knew it wasn’t a sellout, after getting weekly emails from the track the last 2 months looking to get me to buy tickets.
To the clueless: DW on FOX 2011 (Speed included) was, and will be thru the end of the season, the All DW, All the Time HOF Promotion Tour. Fans use you HOF vote as a vote against DW and FOX, vote for any body but Ole DW. Send a Message! Use the Jr. Nation method of voting, vote early and vote often!
I’d rather see an MPG race play out than a manufactured MPH race with a few laps to go.
another good article Matt the only thing I got to say is kyle got his ass handed to him by RC and did nothing now all you kyle fans might say he showed restraint the only thing he showed was fear because as RC was hitting him the only thing he could do was fall to ground lol RC warned him about it told him what he would do if he wrecked another car I like kyle as a driver outside the car he acts like a punk I bet it will be awhile before he runs into another RCR car or truck
Kyle should be in hiding. He got his butt kicked by a 65 year old Grandfather. LMAO.
Hey Joe sorry to you and and anyone I offended with the fag comment. Punk or prick would have been more appropriate for Kyle Busch.
Regarding Kyle’s eye candy who cares … dude beauty fades eventually and you can only be a newlywed so long … all good things come to an end. Been there done it.
I agree Kryle showed what a true wuss he is when he isn’t in a car to protect him and use as a battering ram. Since RC threw the first punches he had every right to defend himself – it is called self defense. It wasn’t restraint it was fear of getting his clocked cleaned worse. RC is 65 Kyle has the advantage of youth sounds like a good match to me.
So now Kyle can have free reign to run into RCR vehicles the rest of the season without any repercussions. Once again Nascar protects their boy.
I have a feeling revenge is coming in Sonoma if not sooner. Probation is almost over and you can be sure Harvick is biding his time for the right opportunity.
All you guys longing for TNT shouldn’t get too excited. Their coverage was good for 1 race last year and then it went down to the level of FOX shortly after. I expect that again this year unless they made some changes. I hope I’m wrong, though.
If Kyle is in hiding, (which he is not, he is testing at some road course this week – maybe with the LFA!!), he sould be huddled up with his attorney – not over the pussy speeding ticket, but about his options for a civil suit against Dickie Bird. Kyle chose not to press criminal charges unfortunately, but the statute of limitations on civil charges gives him plenty of time to consider whether to hit Gramps in the wallet again.
As for Kyle being some kind of coward for not fighting back, remember he is on proabtion with NASCAR and cannot fight back. Dickie Bird knew that and, like the COWARD he is, chose that moment to express his long-held desperation and frustration over his own crappy stable of drivers.
And oh, how the holier-than-thou types would have had a field day if Kyle had fought back and the old fart had gone down and broken a hip.
Hypocrisy rules among the Kyle-bashers.
scratching and hair pulling like a girl is how Kyle fights back.
In a civil lawsuit, the victim brings a case for money damages against the offender or a third party for causing physical or emotional injuries.
Ok let me get this straight Kyle should file a civil suit? He did not go to the hospital for even an hour much less days – no broken nose, no week/months of therapy, I didn’t even see a black eye.
Oh I get it he is now officially a nut case. LOL
Last but not least the law and Nascar would go along with it always allows self defense. Kryle just doesn’t know how to fight w/o being behind the wheel of a car. You think RC sucker punched Kryle? Kryle sucker punches with his car.
Just a couple things. (when have I ever been able to shut up?)
Susan, send your supprortive emails to Mars. (I’m talking the candy company not the planet.) Three of your notes written as you typically post here will do more to convince them the sort of supporters they want aren’t being garened through thier sponsorship than 100 negative notes from us might.
Secondly I feel for Richard Childress. He pays for all those damaged race cars, two of them at Darlington, one of them put into the pit wall AFTER the race when Harvick went to confront Busch. He lost the purse money that those two cars lost due to thier lost finishing positions. Those cars have to be rebuilt. Fabricators have to work hundreds of hours of overtime to piece them back together again, then they have to be sent to the wind tunnel for testing which is hideously expensive. All those tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars come out of his pocket.
Coulter never roughed up Busch’s truck. The pass was clean and it wasn’t for the win anyway. Busch was just frustrated because he didn’t have a race winning truck.
RC had put Busch on notice, you want to have a go with my drivers, I’m good with that. But stop tearing up the equipment I’m laying out my money for.
Unwisely Kyle failed to take that warning to heart and he got his ass beat. Oh well.
Back in the day there used to what we called “blanket parties.” A driver who was out of control and wrecking other racers would be walking through the garage and would have a blanket thrown over him. The rest of the parties involved would beat the crap out of him but he’d never know who hit him because the blanket blinded him. If any driver was ever due a blanket party it is Vile Kyle.