NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
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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Key Moment – With the laps winding down, Kyle Busch’s car, the most dominant one all night, started to fall off. On lap 355 of 367, Matt Kenseth took advantage of Busch’s misfortune, grabbed the lead and went on to score the 27th victory of his Sprint Cup career and his third on he season.
In a Nutshell – Kyle Busch led all night, Matt Kenseth led when they waved the checkered flag. Matt went home happy, Kyle went home pissed.
Dramatic Moment – On a lap 332 restart, Kasey Kahne went all in to try and take the lead from Kyle Busch. He grabbed the lead briefly on the lap when the green flew, Busch regained it before they got back to the start / finish line but Kahne was on his inside. As the two roared into turn one, Busch backed off while Kahne drove into the corner a little further than he should have. As a result he smacked the outside wall, brought out the caution and ended his hopes of winning the race.
What They’ll be Talking About Around the Water Cooler
Kyle Busch dominated the race, leading 265 out of 367 laps, but couldn’t hold off his red hot Joe Gibbs Racing teammate in the final laps of the race. Busch was poised to sweep another race weekend in NASCAR, but instead, he fell like a stone back through the top cars from second to sixth over the final eight laps.
Matt Kenseth’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, was at home watching the race from his couch thanks to the NASCAR imposed suspension after the engine violation from Kansas. Wally Brown, the interim crew chief, is now 1-0 as a Cup Series crew chief. Kenseth has been very strong since the Kansas penalties were announced, winning the pole and finishing seventh at Richmond, leading the most laps and finishing eighth at Talladega and now winning at Darlington.
Fans who have just recently started following the sport might not realize just how great Jeff Gordon is. Saturday night was his 300th top-5 finish in 700 career starts. Before Gordon’s finish in the Southern 500, only three drivers had accomplished 700 starts and 300 top 5s. Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison were the other three who had accomplished the feat. In case you don’t remember, all three are in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Darlington is known as the Track Too Tough to Tame, but for the first 302 laps on Saturday night, it looked like it was anything but that. One yellow flag flew for a lame debris caution during that first 301 lap run. Four cautions flew over the final 65 laps, all for accidents, which added some legitimacy to the grand ol’ lady’s nickname.
The racing surface at Darlington is aging since the repave five years ago. Lap times were dropping off by nearly a second a lap within 20 circuits of pit stops both Friday and Saturday. Kyle Busch put on fresh tires after just an eight-lap green flag run Friday night en route to victory lane in the Nationwide race. The track isn’t as bumpy as it used to be, but it certainly is still devouring tires at a rate that is getting closer to the way it used to be.
Denny Hamlin ran all 367 laps Saturday and came home in the second position. In the post race press conference he admitted he was sore but insisted it wasn’t his recuperating back that was the issue. He said that his neck, arms and shoulders were sore simply from not being in top racing shape. He noted that, when the season starts you ease into race shape with less than demanding races at Daytona and Phoenix. Being out of the car for a month and a half and only running a few laps at Talladega meant that Hamlin lost some of the fitness he normally has. He is confident that he’ll be ready to run the full 600 miles when the next points race rolls around in two weeks. The All-Star event next week is considerably shorter than points-paying events
The Hindenburg Award for Foul Fortune
Defending Cup Series Champ Brad Keselowski was caught up in the accident with Kurt Busch and Casey Mears on lap 313. The melee cost Keselwoski and Mears dearly, relegating the duo to finishes of 32nd and 37th, respectively.
David Ragan turned the Cup world on its collective ear last weekend, winning the plate race at Talladega. This week, he struggled all night with an ill race car and eventually took it to the garage with a foul engine on lap 318.
Kasey Kahne’s night ended up with a 17th-place finish, but he was on the verge of taking the win with just over 30 laps to go when he ran out of talent in turn one and flattened the side of his race car.
Kurt Busch started on the pole and led the race early but ended up being caught up in a caution flag on lap 313 that caused some minor damage. In the end he slid back to a 14th-place finish.
David Stremme and the Swan Racing team are trying hard to chase the dream in the Cup series. Unfortunately for them their night ended on lap 230 with a failed engine.
The “Seven Come for Eleven” Award for Fine Fortune
Juan Pablo Montoya was sitting on pit lane as the caution flag flew on lap 303. He rejoined the race and was given the lucky dog. He pitted two more times under that caution and then raced his way to sixth place on the lap 317 restart after the next caution. When it all shook out he finished the night in eighth place. Maybe his luck is finally turning around.
Clint Bowyer drug his gas man and the fuel can out of his pit box on lap 243 and had to serve a drive through penalty as a result. He went a lap down but got the lucky dog on the lap 313 and turned that fortune into a 11th-place finish.
Greg Biffle made it very clear in his post-race comments that his car has been less than fast all season, and Saturday night was no exception. Despite running a car that he feels is noncompetitive with the point-leading and race-winning cars, Biffle soldiered to a 13th-place finish.
Top 10 finishes by manufacturer
Chevrolet – 6
What’s the Points
Jimmie Johnson is still the leader after 11 races this season. His advantage over second-place Carl Edwards ballooned to 44 markers after Saturday night in Darlington. Matt Kenseth’s win and the restoration of points taken for his engine violation at Kansas have him in third place, although he is more than a full race behind Johnson, 59 points out of the top spot. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished ninth on Saturday night but slipped back one position in the standings thanks to Kenseth’s victory. Clint Bowyer is continuing to do his best to shake off the runner-up jinx as he maintains the fifth position in the point standings.
Kasey Kahne has a win in his pocket this season, but he’s only managed to climb to sixth place in points. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet gained one spot on Saturday night thanks to Brad Keselowski’s long night. Kyle Busch jumped up two spots with his strong performance Saturday and is now eighth, 98 points behind the leader. Aric Almirola lost a spot in the standings this week but is still sitting in ninth. Kevin Harvick, who rebounded from his Talladega nightmare and gained two spots to get back to 10th. Technically, Harvick is tied with Paul Menard but holds the tie breaker thanks to his race win.
Denny Hamlin is back in the seat and now launches his pursuit of the top 20. Hamlin gained four spots Saturday night to the 27th spot. He is currently 61 points behind Jeff Burton, the 20th place driver. With 15 races left to run before the Chase, Hamlin needs to gain four points per race on 20th and still needs to win a race or two to make the Chase.
Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) – 296 green flag laps out of the first 302 set up Saturday night to be a total snoozer. The four cautions over the last 59 circuits certainly gave the race a chance to earn some extra beers, and Kasey Kahne pushing it to the limit and bouncing it off of the wall definitely added some spice. Nine lead changes among four drivers didn’t do much to liven things up, though. The fact that it is Darlington earns a couple of bonus points but we can’t give the race more than three adult pops. Tires falling off and cars slipping and sliding and bouncing off of walls is getting us back to the Darlington of old, but we still have a way to go.
The Sprint All-Star race is next Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch for some tempers, some boring racing and the total screaming outrage when Danica Patrick wins the popularity vote to get into the All-Star race. The broadcast is on SPEED at 7:30 PM and on MRN radio.
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You might want to re-watch the race. On your Dramatic Moment, Kahne was on the outside, Busch on the inside. Busch drove in way too deep, washed up the track, and either touched Kahne or took the air off of Kahne’s quaterpanel. Kahne wrecked.
Kahne got wrecked by Busch, whether it be by the air of by contact. Either Busch obviously overdrove the corner and put Kasey into the wall.
Looked to me like Busch came up into Kahne ever-so-slightly and caused Kahne to lose control of his racecar. It didn’t look intentional or like a cheap shot, just a racing incident.
The stands were pretty full Saturday night, but Friday night you could have sat anywhere you wanted and seen a pretty lousy race. Big-money cup drivers dominating the Nationwide races is killing the series. How long can tracks continue to spend the money to host races that are attended by only a few thousand fans?
Awesome win for Gibbs and Kenseth! What a way to come back from those pathetic Nascar penalties.
THANK YOU for not blaming Busch on that turn like all the haters out there. Kayne went in way too hot…they both did. It was just good hard racing.
Not a hater here. Busch did what Kahne said: Busch blew the corner entry. His angle coming in assured it wouldn’t stick and he’d wash up to the wall. That happened, and Kahne was there. Whether he hit him is debatable. Whether he caused Kahne to wreck is not.
carl d- they’ve started all kinds of promotions for the labor day race here in atlanta already.
when i flipped on the nationwide race and watched for a few minutes, it’s like where are the nationwide guys?!
i had to stop watching the cup race as dw’s love affair with kyle bush got to be a bit too much for me. i watched the move le mans instead!
I was at the race. Happily it was a good crowd and no rain! I enjoyed watching Gordon have a good race AND a decent finish for his 700th start.
I have to agree that it was a snoozer of a race (even from the stands) although at least at the track, I can SEE all the action and am not subjected to the idiotic TV coverage.
I agree about the Nationwide series being killed by all of the Cup drivers dominating. We watched it on TV and it was a bore.
From the stands, it certainly looked as if Busch got into Kahne. I don’t think it was intentional but it had the same result.
No comment- don’t watch anymore.
I’m so glad FOX showed the closeup of Kahnes’s car to show that Busch did not hit him. Kahne went into that corner a little too fast as a result of passing Busch.
It’s amazing that Kyle was able to finish that race with only 12 lbs of air in that tire.
The race was the way it was because drivers are still getting to know this new car.
Considering that, I didn’t think it was a bad race at all. I certainly enjoyed it better than ‘dega.
Looking forward to see what the new car will do this weekend.
I think that race as just fine, thank you very much. Especially after that contrived BS last year. The Lady in Black bit a few drivers, there was some good hard side-by-side here and there, and what was at first domination by Busch, turned into a scramble with 30 or so laps to go between a half-dozen drivers. Zero complaints.
Wow!!! I never thought I’d see a boring race at Darlington. Wrong! One forty ounce bottle of Old English 800 is all I can give this race. And Busch did not wreck Kahne. Kahne drove in too hard and washed up the track.
Even though he didn’t win after dominating, Kyle’s car should be looked at…REAL close.
Don’t worry indigo,
Nascar will look at those Gibbs cars VERY closely. You can bet the house on that.
Nascar is VERY pissed that the penalties were overturned. They will have the microscopes out for Gibbs.
Brian France does NOT like to be disputed, just look at his court records.
How did Kahne wash up the track if he was already on the top, in the preferred groove? At the least, Busch took the air off of Kahne’s quaterpanel as he washed up the track nearly into Kahne. Personally, I think he touched him, but not very hard. The end result is still the same: Kahne turned sideways and wrecked, Busch continued on. That seems to be common for recent Busch and Kahne racing interactions.
Looked to me like Busch blew the corner because Kahne crowded him (legally) on the entry into the corner. Good hard racing, sucks to be the car on the outside. End of story.
There’s no question that Jeff Gordon is one the best, but he better push a little harder. He’s certain to retire by 2016 and he deserves at least one more title.
On the plus side, Johnson is finished so the competition won’t be from inside the team and Hendrick can devote some attention and money to Jeff’s team.
“Johnson is finished”? What 2013 season have you been watching and how can I join you? I’m sick of JJ winning everything, and I’d love to see Jeff win one last title, but Jimmie is definitely capable of winning more titles.
I don’t understand the Johnson is finished comment either. I’d like to think that and I would be ecstatic to have Jeff win another title and Johnson NOT win any more, but the 48 team looks pretty strong, so unfortunately I don’t think they are “finished”.
Some people say Rowdy is more mature now and alot more sensitive. BS, He has not changed one i ota,still pouts when thinks don’t go his way.
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