NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Full Throttle · Mike Neff · Friday April 14, 2006
After Martin Truex Jr. crossed the line for the victory in last season’s IROC finale, a question came to mind: Is Martin Truex Jr. a better driver than Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Watching Truex notch another top five finish in the IROC series this past weekend, the question struck me again. This is probably blasphemy to Junior Nation, but let’s look at the numbers.
We can’t really compare Nextel Cup numbers, since Truex has only competed in a handful of races. So let’s look at where they have competed on a similar stage. Truex and Junior both have run two full Busch seasons, and won the series championship in both their seasons. If you compare those full season years, Junior had 13 wins to Truex’s 12. Not only that, but Earnhardt, Jr. got his wins over a slightly shorter schedule of races, 63 vs. 69.
However, a closer look at those Busch Series races reveals Earnhardt, Jr. did not face nearly as many Buschwhackers as Truex, Jr. has. Against like competition in two full seasons in Busch, Junior was the highest finishing non-Buschwhacker 19 times, while Truex was the highest 21 times with several more Cup drivers to contend with. Truex also had two more Top 10s and four more poles over his Busch Series career, with an average starting position 4.3 positions higher than what Junior had. Truex’s average finish was also slightly higher than Junior’s by .95. He also was racing at the finish ten more times than Junior, a sign of slightly better consistency.
The true indicator, though, is more likely looking at the IROC series, which is supposed to be all about driver ability. Truex has a win in his one and a half years of competition, while Junior’s best finish in two years was a second. Truex has four more Top 5s in two fewer races. Truex finished second in the standings last year, while Earnhardt Jr.’s best point finish was ninth. Truex has led 51 laps, to only 15 laps led in two seasons for Earnhardt, Jr. Truex also has six Top 10s, compared to five for Junior.
When you look at things that way, it appears that Truex is a better driver than Junior, at least from a statistical perspective. Of course, when it comes to D.E.I, Junior will always be the poster child. He crushes the competition in souvenir sales. He is the most popular driver in the sport according to the fans. The combination of Junior and Tony Eury, Jr. is a definite threat for the Cup for the foreseeable future. But Truex appears to have the talent, too. As long as he and Bono Manion can have similar chemistry to the #8 bunch, they will be a serious threat for the Cup in the not too distant future. Next on the list to accomplish, for now, is Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year, something Earnhardt, Jr. was not able to win in his rookie season back in 2000. This year’s crop of rookies is certainly going to result in a very heated battle for the award. However, if Truex can continue his impressive runs, the trophy is within his reach.
As far as making headway with the fans, Truex seems to immediately become a fan favorite if for nothing more than his association with Junior and DEI. Growing up in New Jersey and racing in the Busch North series, he already brings with him a strong fan base from the Northeast, and it won’t surprise anyone if he become one of the top three most popular drivers within the next two years. It will be interesting to see how Junior handles the pressure if his running mate becomes ten times more popular than his former teammates, Michael Waltrip and Steve Park, ever were.
Yes, it is still early in Martin Truex, Jr.’s career, but we could be witnessing the initial stages of the next great NASCAR driver.
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I think that Jr. himself is capable of being proud when his protege starts outperforming him. But DEI seems likely to have severe institutional problems with the concept.
Comparing drivers based on IROC results? That’s like comparing A-Rod and Bobby Abreu based on the Home Run Contest.
Lets see, was Truex’s dad an icon of the sport,has he had as much pressure put on him,has he had to deal with the death of his dad (the icon)in front of the world, is his boss his stepmother? Give Junior another year and then if you want to compare have at it. Just remember, Junior has more emotional ties with DEI than anyother driver there and things have not been the best at that company.
Is an Oak tree better than a Hickory tree?
to Mike… driver ability knows nothing about name sakes.. and who’s dad was an icon. The article comments on ability.. face it.. Jr is not the ONLY be all and end all in the sport…there are others who are just as good.. and will be better… and you have to accept that.. even tho they’re not Earnhardts…
Look at the IROC fields when Dale Jr. was in it, compared to now. There is no comparison. The fields now are not as competitive from top to bottom
I would have to say on true driving skill, hands down, Tony Stewart is the very best in the sport of nascar!! So whom is the better JR? Its not relavent until they are more than “logging laps”!
Another year??? Holy cow HB! Who cares about what happened over five years ago! You mean that Dale Jr is so distraught over his Fatherâ€™s death FIVE YEARS AGO that he canâ€™t perform at a level equivilent to a talented rookie driver? AND another year is going to help?
Man, thatâ€™s some kind of enabling there. LOL
Another yearâ€¦ Youâ€™re from Chicago arenâ€™t you?
Oh yeah! AND Heâ€™s working for his Step-mother. Thatâ€™s another great reason for failure.
If you canâ€™t overcome personal problems at that level, thereâ€™s no reason to be at that level.
Jr needs to dump all the family ties there and get professionals in his corner. He needs a quality crew, not more friends.
There’s no doubt Dale Jr is a competent driver, but he’s not as intelligent as Truex Jr. Truex Jr seems to be a more rounded driver; let’s face it – Little E is hopeless around road courses and he if he last name wasn’t Earnhardt, he wouldn’t have got the opportunity to become the massive merchandise entity he is. He’s one of those drivers who has been in the best equipment his whole career and hasn’t had to worry about money. Truex Jr has had a much more difficult ride into the top stockcar division. Yes Dale Jr has won the biggest race of all, and DEI is a fantastic race team, but they’re never going to drop him from their driver line-up. The only pressure Dale feels is the pressure he places on himself, and without any pressure to retain his position in the team, I think it makes him less-hungry a driver than Truex Jr.
two different drivers with two driving styles. jr drives, and martin thinks first then drives.
Statistics are for loosers…
I think that both drivers are good. But Truex, Jr is just a little bit better, and Dale Jr is also.
Well, you have said a mouthful. What I notice is that Martin Truex Jr is able to analyze the track and make good chassis setups. YEah I am sure there is some jealous of course Dale JR is human. Is that going to derail the friendship I dont see that happening. Truex Jr is not a ham like Mikey. Personally I feel that the more successful Dale Jr became the more it put a wage between Michael Waltrip and Dale JR. Many blame Dale Jr and not getting great equipment he got that and didnt do a thing with it.
Dale Jr has acknowledged Martins strengths and passion.
When Dale Jr is patient and works on the issues and keeps calm he gets great finishes and wins. That is his weakness in the past not to give up and getting great finishes when they missed the setup.
I feel this year they have turned a corner. I guess it was a maturity issue.
Seems like everyone has run off every teammate he has by getting in there ear about not getting great equipment. But it comes down to performance plain and simple.
Why would DEI shoot themselves in the foot they believe in Martin. He is certainly the best teammate he ever had.
If it wasnt for Truex Jr testing for Jr in 2004 he helped with many a setup. I dont see Dale Jr causing and issue he is a help to DEI. Martin brings in sponsor dollars to help support his own program. So there is no issue.
I think Truex could be a better racer in the future but no racer has the great attitude that Jr. has, it’s just so different from any of the others any time you hear him talking. Seems like his laid back approach to each race getting the car better each lap will get him the wins in the end.
Blah blah blahâ€¦canâ€™t you find some other way to get hits for your site??? Patheticâ€¦.
What makes a driver in Nascar is more than car control. Patience, Team and Equipment, Luck, Chemistry. Just because Tony Stewart has great Car Control doesn’t mean he wins every week. If this were the case Robby Gordon and Jeff Gordon would be in the front every weekend. I don’t really know how good Dale Jr. is even though I am a huge fan. I am a fan of Martin as well but to say one is better than the other doesn’t really matter. There are too many variables in that equation. I like them both. I do believe that at Daytona and Talladega, Dale Jr. makes moves that are amazing. Dale impresses me on the short tracks. Martin reminds me of a Mark Martin type driver. Saving his stuff and being there at the end. I think after working his way from rear to front several times this year that Dale believes in his team a little more. Maybe it will come together for the 8 team soon. I just believe that when they get their mile and a half program up to par, DEI will be as tough as Rousch and Hendrick. I wish it would happen sooner. They seem to have had a terrible time since Nascar shortened the spoilers. When either of the Jr’s have good cars they can drive the wheels off them. Maybe the car of tommorow will help the situation. Either way we will be rooting for Dale and Martin no matter where they finish.
Jr. nation strikes back. It’s amazing to see how one can evoke a massive response by writing something about Jr. that contradicts his followers belief. This indeed shows that NASCAR fans are so loyal. Jr. is a talented driver but everyone knows that the Earnhardt last name gave him an istant path to fame and stardom. He is great on restrictor plate race tracks but lacks the depth on intermediate tracks. Jr. is still rough around the edges and has a lot of work to do before being counted in the same breath as former greats.
Martin Truex is still in his early stages of Nextel Cup career and has a lot to prove. He has done great in Busch series but that doesn’t quantify to success in Nextel cup.
Chris: FYI..As for Tony Stewart, he has much more than tremendous car control. He is the most versatile driver in the sport. You name a track and he’ll be competitive there. He has the most diverse racing background and championships in various forms of racing. He is a drivers driver with true passion for the sport. He has so much fire inside him even after winning two championships.
first off i’m a jr. fan and the other jr. as well. DEI will get there program turned around by the half way mark and as far as who’s better only time will tell. But i think you need to look at Menard in as well one race one top ten. not counting daytona attempt. I think he is a laid back driver doesn’t push issues and saves his stuff to the end and also brings his daddy’s money. You can say that he isn’t good in the BUSCH series but was Jeff Gordan, was Tony Stewert, was Jimmie Johnson. I think the whole thing is to much time in the Busch series can hurt a driver in the cup series. So Dale Jr is better now but he has two great drivers in his shadows at DEI just watch Menard Next year. just wait every organization has its run at the top. Next year DEI will be there to pick up ROUSH’s and HENDRICK’s pieces.
I respect Stewart and Gordon and all the greats but if you put them in a bad car then they wont have the finishes. Let Tony drive Jeff Gordon’s car at Fontana. Tony wasnt looking so hot a few years ago. Tony is doing so well lately because he is driving good equipment. I know he can probably get more out of a ill handling car but it takes more than a great driver to win championships at this level. And in my opinion it doesnt matter how any of these drivers got to the Nextel Cup level. Whether born into it like Jr, Kyle Petty, Casey Mears, etc.. or the Carl Edward, Kasey Kahne type drivers that raced there way to this level. You still have to perform at this level to make it. And to say Jr. had better equipment is outrageous. Compared to Hendrick and Rousch.(Right) In my opinion most of Jr.’s fans hope he finishes well but like him as a person more than a driver . I don’t think too many people like Tony’s personality more than his driving skills. To win one race a year in Nascar is an accomplishment for a lot of teams. For people to expect you to win 10 and the Championship is a feat even for the Great Tony Stewart.
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