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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Mike Neff · Thursday October 14, 2010
The NASCAR Hall of Fame voting is unlike any other sport. The current procedure puts all of the people who have a vote, with the exception of the fans, in one room and allows them to discuss, debate, deliberate, and declaim the merits and flaws of each and all of the 25 nominees. The opinions and ideas of the people in the room can be moved, swayed, and altered throughout the time they’re there before they cast their ballots. Ultimately, after the stories are told about the lives and impacts of the nominees, the panel casts their individual votes, Ernst and Young tabulates them, and the new class is announced to the world.
Just like NASCAR races, the entire process is settled in one day and the outcome is known by everyone before they go home. Also, similar to a day at the track, the media in attendance gets to speak with the players after the event, and the fans are also able to see and talk to them as they leave the venue. While the voting takes place, there is a celebration of the people involved, a look at the history and accomplishments of the group individually and as a whole. Once the checkered flag drops at the end of the day, everyone who is a part of it knows they got to see something special.
As a member of the media, by far the greatest part of the day is getting the opportunity to speak with people who are legends in the sport. Listening to Ned Jarrett beam about the fact that he is truly pleased, not only about being in the Hall of Fame, but also because his son Dale is able to be there and celebrate this moment with him was special – something they really didn’t get to do very much in earlier years. When Jarrett retired, Dale was only 10 years old, so most of the success that Ned achieved was when Dale was too young to truly appreciate it. There was no doubt that today this family bond grew stronger, a duo immensely proud of both the accomplishment and the moment that each were sharing together.
Bobby Allison was the true ambassador of the sport that he has been his entire career. Allison not only is third on the all-time wins list, whether NASCAR chooses to acknowledge the 85th victory or not, but he is constantly a reminder of what a great sport NASCAR is that we all love. Listening to Allison recount a race in Asheville, NC where the “Alabama Gang” nickname originated is doubly enjoyable when you see the smile come across his face when he shares that he, his brother Donnie, and Red Farmer finished first, second, and third. The excitement is equally evident when he recounts his first win in a modified car, or his last Daytona 500 win when his son followed him to the finish line. Allison’s not only a great race car driver, but his salesmanship of the sport most certainly played a role in why the man was selected this year.
David Pearson may have an image to people who don’t know him as an old school racer, a hard driver with no time for those things that stand in his way. That might be how he was back in the day – for those of us who weren’t there, we can’t say one way or the other – but talking with him at the Hall of Fame today he was as real and engaging as ever. The man was laughing, joking, and truly as excited about being elected into the Hall as anyone would expect him to be. After the disappointment of not being in the inaugural class, many people might have thought that Pearson would hold a grudge, but he looked at the entire thing very pragmatically. He feels as though making it into the Hall was going to happen; the “Silver Fox” just didn’t know what year that would be.
The actual announcements of both the inaugural and this year’s class are actually the one part of the last two years that were somewhat forgettable. While speaking with Pearson, he made the comment that he knew three weeks before last year’s meeting that he was not going to make it into the Hall. When someone told him that the vote was taken the day of the announcement, he said, “Not only did the TV folks already have the information all set up and ready to show, but Earnhardt’s old lady had a room rented across the street to celebrate after the announcement. Why would she do that if she wasn’t positive he was going to get in?”
Those may be the words of someone who is holding some bitter feelings over the disappointment of last year, but even sour grapes have a glimmer of truth couched within.
There was also quite a bit of talk and speculation that there are some sort of politics at play when the voting process takes place. People are wondering if Darrell Waltrip or Cale Yarborough might have some bias against them because of differences or problems they had with other people in the garage. Others are thinking that the fact that Yarborough has not been active within the sport much at all since he stepped away lessens his impact, a telling factor Wednesday as voters talked about off-track initiatives and support that made the difference. Listening to the television program that led up to the announcement reminded us that there are several people in the room during the vote that worked for Bud Moore and that may have played a role in him getting in before Dale Inman, Raymond Parks, and several others.
Is that the right way to handle a process where only the best of the best should get elected? Call it naivete if you want, but fans should be able to expect that past history and personal feelings would be swept aside when something as important as voting on a Hall of Fame came into play. However, Humpy Wheeler said it best today: “There has never been and there never will be a vote that doesn’t involve personal feelings.” It’s going to be hard to find a better setup for this process, one where emotions are stripped, voting commenced through nothing more than stats on paper.
The other factor that also plays into it is that the entrance into a Hall of Fame is a subjective thing. The Baseball Hall of Fame used to be a lock when someone had 400 home runs. Then, the steroid era came along and Dave Kingman hit 400 without doing much else, and the number switched to 500. Now, there’s no telling what number will get you in. The NASCAR Hall is the same way. It isn’t 80 wins or 50 wins. It isn’t four championships or two. The committee is doing the best they can to select people who have made a lasting impact on the sport through what they did both on and off the track. During the voting process, someone suggested that everyone use this acid test: When you look at the person, where would the sport be today if they had not been involved? If each of the members of the Hall uses that, and doesn’t hold some petty grudge because someone told them to pound sand or take a hike back in the day, the people that are inducted will be the kind whom we should all be proud of representing our sport.
At the end of the day, getting to rub elbows with men who are legends in the sport is without a doubt one of the coolest perks of being a member of the media. Finding out that the superstars of NASCAR’s past are real people, ones who will talk to you just like you are the guy next door is what keeps us coming back when the racing isn’t like we remember. So debate all you want this year’s final class, but know all 25 of those finalists will get in at some point; they’re the cream of the crop, the perfect selections for a Hall of Fame that’s truly for the best of the best.
For me, just getting to see all of them in person, together once a year reminds you of how special this whole process really is – regardless of who gets in a year ahead of someone else.
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good read.There are so many deserving souls that should be in the Hall,I’m thankful this is a Hall of Fame that I can look back on and say I remember the day it all started.Telling future Nascar fans about all the old timers and drivers they’ve never heard of.Its’ gonna be kewl to tell them we were there from the start. ;)
It’s funny that you suggest that Cale Yarborough’s disappearance from the sport makes it more difficult for him to be inducted. As I was reading that paragraph, I was thinking how Darrell Waltrip’s horrific post-driving career should prevent him from even being mentioned on the ballot.
Anyway Mike, your article was well written, and I wish I could have been there to hear these legends speak.
I really do not care if the ADD crowd even knows who is or is not in the HOF. I care.
As for the choices, etc.
My only real question is where did Brian Duh Clueless get that hair? Did not look so bad under the lights when he was at the desk with KP, DW, Mike Joy and Ken Squier but onstage it was Bozo Orange. I know it fits, he is a Bozo after all, but Jezze, you would think he could afford better.
Splendid article. Does make me wish I could have been there.
Why didn’t Danica get inducted?
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is losing money bigtime. Big Surprise. Must be one of Emperor Brian’s “brilliant” ideas. It might be closed before he has a chance to induce himself into it.
AncientRacer, I agree wholeheartedly with you. But the ADD crowd is very important to the HoF’s future.
If one is honest, the Nascar HOF lost all credibility and legitimacy before it was even open, when the France family placed two of their own amongst the deserving. Even if they were both deserving (which they were not), wisdom would of provoked the family from looking self-righteous. It hardly merits conversation at this point of who is deserving and who is not of the HOF. Quite honestly, it is more surprising Brian France did not put himself or JD France on the docket rather than discussing Cale or DW not getting in.
680Apple I agree with you. The Farce family is so full of themselves.
When Raymond Parks Jr and Red Byron get overlooked so that the France family can enjoy their Hall of Fantasies, something is very wrong. The HOF is already taking on the atmosphere of the WWE HOF. It won’t matter how good you are or what your record is, the “what have you done for me lately” attitude and the political BS is going to keep some very worthy racers, owners, and crew chiefs from ever being inducted.
Happy to see Lee Petty got in.
The HOF voters got it right this time. This partly makes up for the colossal screw-up of year one. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt – easy. The France family – I suppose they “contributed,” although that is not necessarily a good thing. Junior Johnson? NO WAY on earth, heaven or hell should that man EVER be in a Hall of Fame. Hall of Shame, yes. A complete loser as a human being and vastly overrated as a driver and team owner (destroyer).
Ok Susan i’ll bite. I always saw JJ as a family man and a hard racer. What did he do?
I wouldn’t care if Bruton Smith owned the Hall of Fame! What matters to me,is that the greatest sport on the planet has a venue for fans to see how it all began.If you love racing,you’ll want to see it.I visited in the summer and was pleased with the effort Nascar has put into it.
No one has contributed more to the sport of NASCAR and brought it more to the forefront than in the Modern Era than Darrell Waltrip. He has more wins in the Modern Era (1972 – Present for those that don’t know) than any other driver. It was Darrell that gave an audience a reason to come back and watch the sport on TV week to week. Whether it was because you wanted to see him win or wreck. It was DW who brought the sport from just a “Southern Thing” to a Nation, and I dare anyone to show me a driver who has done more for this sport than DW has and for him to be left out of the 2nd class was a sham, If he is left out of the next class, then those who didn’t vote for him should have their credientials revoked. Without DW where would this sport be?
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