NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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Matt McLaughlin · Tuesday May 15, 2007
Editor’s Note : With Matt back from his Mother’s Day adventures, he wrote in with these nuggets of racing knowledge for us to keep us entertained in the middle of the week…
What They’ve Been Talking About At The Water Cooler This Week
If I had a dollar for every word written about the great Dale Earnhardt, Jr.-D.E.I. split that was announced on Thursday, I could arm a town the size of Abilene. Thus, I will keep my comments on the matter brief. Who won? Clearly, Junior is in the driver's seat with most every team owner wishing they could come to terms with him.
Now, I tend to be cynical when I hear anyone say “it's not about the money,” because it usually is… but I truly believe after a few frustrating seasons (this being one of them) Junior really does want to find a new situation where he can contend for race wins and championships. As for D.E.I., the company's ability to attract and maintain drivers and sponsors has to be called into question with their biggest asset now gone. Teresa Earnhardt's decision to allow Junior to leave rather than give him majority ownership may one day be recalled alongside the Red Sox's Harry Frazee to trade Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Who knows? Perhaps now faced with the reality of the situation, D.E.I. management will reconsider and still win Junior back. But in my opinion, he'd be nuts to go back. After all, this is a team that has struggled all season, and yet senior management was still seemingly more concerned with opening an entertainment division than figuring out the Car of Tomorrow program. A few years down the road, Junior might still have his chance to own D.E.I., and at a fire sale price to boot.
So, where will Junior end up? I've got the rent money on RCR. Rick Hendrick isn't allowed to expand to five cars, and Joe Gibbs won't run an alcohol related sponsor on one of his cars due to religious reasons. (Which would make a lot more sense to me if our Lord changed wine to water during the wedding in Cana or grape juice was served at the Last Supper…but that’s besides the point.)
The opinion won't be popular with some, but if I were in Junior's position, I wouldn't be resistant to talking to teams competing for other manufacturers. (Well, let's be honest; if I were Junior I'd cash in my chips right now, retire to the islands at 32 and spend the rest of my life consuming epic amounts of boat drinks and chasing younger women… but I'm lazy.) The way the NASCAR universe has aligned, all the stars are in the Chevy camp. You've got four-time (very likely heading for five-time) champion Jeff Gordon. You've got two time champ Tony Stewart. You've got the hottest new comet in the sky, Denny Hamlin. You've got Jeff Burton, one of the most likeable guys in the garage area and Kevin Harvick, one of the most volatile guys in the garage area. At Ford, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would be the undeniable top gun. Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle have talent but little charisma. Ford would likely move heaven and earth to land Junior and see to it he got all the best stuff. Dodge would likely do the same…and Toyota? Well, let’s just say Toyota's top execs are still trying to figure out which one is Junior and which one is Apu from The Simpsons based on their results to date. Yeah, some fans would abandon Junior if he drove a Ford, but many more would tag along even if he was driving a Fiat. So, does he want to be "The Anointed" or just a utility outfielder for the Bowtie Guys? The biggest concern is if Ford will even survive and if they have the money to dump into racing to return to competitive status. For the record, Bill Elliott used to drive the Budweiser Ford and was a perennial Most Popular Driver pick. And Mr. Goodwrench himself, Earnhardt the Elder, drove Fords for Bud Moore in 1982 and ’83.
Speaking of Junior (and has anyone been speaking about anything else all week?) isn't this an odd coincidence. The week he announces he is leaving the team, the No. 8 car is found to have illegal mounting brackets for the rear wing in pre-race inspection. I'm sure that's a coincidence. I mean, NASCAR wouldn't be mad at Junior for announcing he was leaving without their permission. And surely nobody at D.E.I. would want to throw Junior under the bus, right? Personally, I'd like to see a rule stating it is illegal to mount a wing on the back of a stock car punishable by having the offender have to use a neon blue Scion XB with a lowered suspension, a fart can muffler, and dubs for a year. Oh, and apparently FOX is issuing an edict we should all car the car that was yesterday known as the Car of Tomorrow the “new car.” I won't be playing along. In fact, after Darlington I think I'll call these things "The horror of tommower'."
How many more races can Denny Hamlin give away before he wins one? You never want to throw a pit crew under the bus. They have a tougher job than most of us can understand…but great teams rise to the occasion, they don't cause the occasion.
They had to know when they moved Darlington's sole remaining Cup date to the eve of Mother's Day, eventually rain was going to force the race to be postponed until Mother's Day. Some fans are very upset the race wasn't run on Monday instead, but there's a solution to the problem to be sure it never happens again. There's no reason the All-Star race has to have its own weekend. Move the Darlington Cup race to the Sunday after Mother's Day. Run the All-Star race on the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend, the Busch race on Saturday evening, and the Cup race on Sunday evening, with Memorial Day itself held in reserve in case any of the three races are postponed by rain. They'd sell more tickets to the Winston (erâ€¦whatever) because race fans would already be in town for the Cup race, and what better way to steal whatever little thunder Indy still has left than to make stock car racing a three day extravaganza on Memorial Day weekend.
Oh, and maybe we need to clarify what FOX is going to do if a baseball game runs over into a time slot scheduled for a Cup race that isn't rain delayed. I mean, I don't want to watch a Phillies game, and I'm from Philadelphia.
If you blew off Mom to watch Sunday’s race, shame on youâ€¦but I understand.
Racing used to be watching the guys in good handling cars battling for the lead while the guys in the evil handling cars took up the rear. Now, racing is watching 43 guys racing evil handling cars with at least a second between the front runners after the field sorts itself out on restarts.
There was a nice crowd on hand this weekend at Darlington despite the rain delay on Saturday. Anyone want to estimate how many tickets Fontana would have sold on Mother's Day weekend? The over / under is a dozen.
Seeing Mark Martin racing a Rick Hendrick Chevy in Friday's Busch race, I felt a lot like Truman Burbank looking at the wreckage of a stage light that had fallen from the sky into his driveway one seemingly otherwise normal day.
Quote of the Month: When Bob Bahre was asked about Darrell Waltrip, who had publicly said Bahre's NHIS track was too dangerous for Cup racing and claimed a date should be moved to Kentucky, a track Waltrip is paid to promote, he responded, "I have no respect for Darrell Waltrip. I wouldn't piss on the man if he was ablaze." Of course, there might be a pretty long line of folks not willing to piss on Waltrip if he ever catches fire.
There has been some praise but more criticism of ESPN's efforts since they returned to the sport with Busch Series coverage. Some rough edges still need to be sanded, but anyone who saw the Busch Series race Friday saw some of the best camera work sinceâ€¦well ESPN left the sport. Not only did the video coverage convey the story of the race, it highlighted the speed, the close quarter races, and how out of control many of the cars were after only five laps on new tires. If anyone ever wants to make another "Days of Thunder" style movie about stock car racing and to tell the story correctly, priority number one is to hire ESPN's Neil Goldberg to edit the project.
So, who knew NAPA actually stood for Not A Point All season? Seriously, has Waltrip become the Paris Hilton of NASCAR? He's constantly in the headlines and in view without having seemingly doing anything of consequence other than having a famous last name. Meanwhile, our friend Ms. Hilton is being sent to jail for driving on a suspended license, and claims she was unaware her driving privileges were suspended because it was somebody else's job to tell her. Waltrip was busted for doctored gas at Daytona and says he was unaware he fooled with the fuel. Note to Paris: next time you wreck after a few drinks, take off your shoes and run home. My guess is Ms. Hilton will be out of prison and back on the club circuit before Waltrip makes his next points race. Hell, she'll probably be married to Junior and bearing their third kid barefoot in the double-wide before Waltrip makes his next race.
For the record: NASCAR officials said that this is the first time that two consecutive races had to be postponed due to weather. I can think of at least one other instance this occurred. Both Martinsville and North Wilkesboro were pushed back to Monday in the Fall of 1992. As a Bill Elliott fan with a 9-5 watching Elliott's championship drive implode at the time, I remember how difficult it was to call in sick two straight Mondays when my boss was a stock car racing fan.
Am I the only one who thinks about our old pal J.D. Stacy every time he hears the name “Bobby Ginn?”
One of those advertising plans was seen towing a banner over Darlington with the trailer consisting of a Confederate flag, a checkered flag, and the legend “Don't forget your roots.” That loud pop you heard in the control tower was Brian France's head exploding. Look for a new rule giving NASCAR control over what messages can be flown over their tracks on race weekends soon.
Was it just me, or did the cars look like they were running in slow motion most of the day?
Maybe Jeff Gordon is fortunate most hardcore David Pearson fans have either left the sport or are too old to throw a beer can at him (or too wise to waste a good beer.) Because it looks like Gordon will eventually overhaul the Silver Fox as far as race wins. Of course, Pearson ran part-time schedules in his prime.
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“My guess is Ms. Hilton will be out of prison and back on the club circuit before Waltrip makes his next points race. Hell, sheâ€™ll probably be married to Junior and bearing their third kid barefoot in the double-wide before Waltrip makes his next race.” ..........
NAPA, not any points all season.
Maybe MW can qualify for the Indy 500. There is still 11 slots left, all he has to do is better a Latina rookie.