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
Tuesday March 4, 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.
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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.
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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