Hamlin Snags Coca-Cola 600 Pole With Track Record Time
posted by Amy Henderson
Thursday May 23, 2013
Denny Hamlin shattered the track qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway as he rocketed to the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Hamlin had a lap time of 27.604 seconds, or 195.624 miles per hour. Several drivers drove past the old record, set by Greg Biffle in 2012, but it was Hamlin who came out at the top of the heap and holds the new record. Kurt Busch will start on the outside of the front row. Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, and Ryan Newman hold down sixth through tenth places.
The pole is Hamlin’s second of 2013; he also started in front at Fontana before an injury in that race sidelined him for over a month. Hamlin says that his back feels “nearly 100%” and that it doesn’t cause him pain while driving. He added that winning the pole helped solidify for him that he is back at a competitive level, but he wants one more thing before he’ll be satisfied.
“I think winning would do that. I think ultimately getting the big trophy on Sunday is the validation that you’re truly back,” said Hamlin after his lap. “For me, it’s going to take some wins and some really good consistency throughout these summer months to put ourselves in position to have a chance at a championship. That’s what we’re here for. Even these small victories though give me that confidence that I’m still capable, and I’m still able to do the job at 100 percent like I should be. Any kind of confidence booster for me — it’s always a plus on Sunday.”
The Cup teams are next on track Saturday at 10 AM for the weekend’s second practice. Final practice for Sunday’s race is Saturday afternoon at one o’clock. The Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to start at 6 PM on Sunday and will air on FOX.
Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
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New Hampshire was a race full of highs and lows. Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, and Tony Stewart all experienced the agony of defeat. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Greg Biffle felt the euphoria of the thrill of victory, or at least a top five. But the drivers who suffered the cruelest pain were the ones who ran out of gas at the end of the race. Elliott Sadler and Denny Hamlin were robbed of a top five finish by what can only be described as the dumbest of dumb moves.
As the field was coming to the restart for the green/white/checker finish, Robby Gordon inexplicably brake checked Michael Waltrip in the middle of the back stretch. Not only did the maneuver end Waltrip's day, it also extended the caution for another five laps. The end result was that Sadler and Hamlin ran out of gas during the final two laps of the race. Both drivers were running in the top five and most likely would have kept those positions if the original restart had taken place. Instead, Hamlin finished sixth and Sadler came home 25th. In the meantime, Gordon was able to finish 19th.
Certainly, NASCAR would not let such an egregious act go unpunished. It would only take until Tuesday for the appropriate penalty to be handed down that would at least move Gordon down in the points to a position that was behind those drivers that were wronged by his actions. Amazingly, Tuesday came and went without a single mention of the incident or any fines. Gordon was basically told, by the lack of action, that his intentional act, which cost three drivers places in the race, was an acceptable driving technique.
There is no doubt that Gordon and Waltrip have a history at Loudon. They had further altercations during the race. However, their previous dust-ups had no impact on anyone else in the race. This altercation had a direct and measurable impact on two other teams competing in the event. The ultimate result of this lack of action by NASCAR could be retaliations that cost other teams race positions and even Chase bids.
Imagine what could happen when Richmond rolls around. A team is on the verge of making the Chase, and a teammate of the driver who is tenth in points is riding in front of the driver in 11th. As they come to a restart with five laps to go, the teammate brake checks the 11th place driver and knocks him out of the Chase. Based on the precedent set this weekend, no fine or punishment can be handed down. The scenario could very easily happen, and NASCAR would have no basis to punish the offending team in any way.
The question begs to be asked: If it had been someone besides Michael Waltrip, would NASCAR have felt compelled to issue a fine to Gordon? What if Jimmie Johnson had been the car behind him at that point in the race? Or Matt Kenseth? What about Kevin Harvick? There cannot be different standards based on a drivers team affiliation or position in the season point standings.
Robby should have been parked for the remainder of the race at the time that he put Waltrip out of the race. Since that didn't happen, he should have been docked 50 points to position him directly in front of Waltrip in the points earned for the race. It is one thing if a driver does something dumb that only affects one other driver and that driver has had an altercation with the offending driver earlier in the race. But when a driver intentionally causes damage to a car and the result of that action causes multiple drivers to lose positions in a race, the driver should be penalized an amount of points similar to the points lost by the teams wronged by the action.
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Where were you last year when Micky Waltrip recked Robby Gordon during caution laps?? I guess everyone though it was okay because it was Robby Gordon.
I take it that you were at the race? If not, then you probably saw exactly what we saw from TNT’s pitiful coverage. If that is the case, then I would have to say that your assessment about the R. Gordon/Waltrip incident is nothing more than conjecture since you can’t tell what transpired beforehand.
Yes, I was there and Micky tried to run Robby into the marbles and he was two (2)laps down.
TS. Even if there was a penalty, it would have been worth it. MW is a pain, whether on the track or talking on TV. For that matter DW is a pain too. Can’t help but beg your pardon on the blame to RG. Look again in front of him. He was reacting to actions in front of him and MW had no business being that close. MW has said in the past that if you run into someone from behind it is your own fault but to prove every rule has its exception, the rule doesn’t apply if it is RG.
Someone needs to smack Michael Waltrip in the mouth. He was 3 laps down and ran into Robby who was on the lead lap. If I was Robby I would have taken him down to local Napa store, found the biggest wrench they sell and beat the Toyota right out of him.
If you had bothered to review all of the facts, video, and the radio conversations from the entire incident, you would have realized that this was a case of Waltrip not paying attention to what was happening on the track. Nascar (and some others) always seem to blame Robby Gordon waaaaaay to easily. Waltrip needs to get a clue and shut his BIG mouth. Nascar should have fined him for his comments on INC. Actions detrimental to stock car racing.
Are you related to big mouth Mikey or are you joking? Were you even at the track? You have nothing to show that Gordon braked checked the #55. Why don’t you mention how many other times Waltrip was involved in wrecks or causing wrecks at NHIS on Sunday? Waltrip should be the one parked. NASCAR would be better for it.
I tend to agree with post #6 and #7. Robbie WAS on the lead lap,.. and as is NORMAL when the “one to go” is given (as it was) the lead lap cars pass all the lapped cars. Robby Was doing as he was SUPPOSED to do,... Sounds like Mikey swerved up at Robby. From what they showed on TV,.. it LOOKED like all the cars in front of Robby were bunched up and pretty slow,... so MAYBE Robby passed the #55 and then had to slow down to keep from hitting the guys in front of HIM. IN ANY event,.. it’s the guys FOLLOWING job to keep from hitting the guy in FRONT of you.
If Robby DID break-check him,.. Mikey should have been watching more closely,... and if he swerved at Robby,.. well the #55 deserved it.
Finally,.. I guess from your argument (that Robby should have been placed back to where he was with the cars he caused problems for,) HAHAHAHAH I guess that means since if Waltrip hadn’t rearended Gordon, and had finsihed in the top 20… BY YOUR argument then Mikey should be place directly BEHIND Ryan Newman since he punted him on the restart and made him finish 39th.
I donâ€™t really need to elaborate, but I will. Robby brake-checked Mikey. Only the most imbecilic pre-literate Mikey haters would disagree with that. The drivers donâ€™t disagree that Robby brake-checked Mikey.
Their past history, or current history, is irrelevant. Itâ€™s not okay to brake-check people or wreck them under caution, regardless of who they areâ€¦*"Name" and some content edited by The Frontstretch
I was not in attendance at the race so yes, my observation is predicated solely on the coverage I saw on TNT. However, if you look at the replay of the incident, there is at least 50 yards in front of Gordon. He had no reason to stop except to try and harm Mikey’s car. The two of them had multiple run-ins during the day. I’m not saying that Mikey wasn’t responsible for upsetting Robby. But the fact that his actions cost other drivers solid finishes is inexcusable and should have been penalized.
It seems to me that you wrote this artical with out knowing all the facts. Even NBC said that Elliott would not have made it on fuel even without the Gordon / Waltrip deal. Do you just report on what you see on TV or where you there? Do listen to the scanners? Because if you where there and if you did listen in you would have seen Waltrip cause several mistakes to the lead lap cars and you would have see Waltrip racing Robby earlier for position when Waltrip was aready one lap down. Then you would have seen Waltrip push Robby into the marbles. Then you would have seen Waltrip swerve into Robby under caution right before Robby braked infront of him. Was what Robby did intentional? Maybee? But you can only let [him] push you around for so long. [He] got what he deserved. Then [he] goes on his show and acts like heâ€™s inasent.*Some content edited by The Frontstretch
Uh, what? I think that the spelling gives us the answer to the question. TNT’s coverage was so poor that it was impossible to tell if RG just up and brake checked MW or if he had reason for checking up. Guess it was just one of them racin’ deals and he didn’t mean to do it.
NASCAR would benefit by parking Robby and Michael. Neither add any value to the race but usually manage take out somebody on a weekly basis.
Mike Neff should be fined and suspended forn the remainder of the season for actions detrimental to Stock Car caring and being and idiot.
MW is an idot hasbeen, and what goes around comes around. Maybe Micheal can get DW to call the Waambulance.
After reading all the postings to this point I can see and agree with many points on both sides of the discussion. But one in particular rings true. Posting #13 (DGordon) has a good idea. Park both of them for a couple of races. Let it be a cool-down period. With the Chase contenders fighting for every point, the last thing anyone needs is more drama on the track (No pun intended to TNT). Point positions 9 through 12 are close right now and a bone-head move on either MW or RG could spell disaster to people like Tony Stewart (defending title shot), Jeff Gordon (missed chase last season), and Greg Biffle (has something to prove). Lets give the true contenders a chance to do their best without dodging the DW/RG stupidity.
The reason Mikey was so close behind Robby was because he was messing with him. How dare someone like Robby Gordon pass / outrun the self proclamed “el presedente de Nascar”
Robby didn’t slow that much and Mikey plows right into the back of him. What a bonehead.
Mikey should stick to selling pizzas and leave the racing to those who are good at it.
I agree MW & RG should be parked before they wreck somebody imporant.
MW isn’t a has been, he’s a never was. I haven’t checked, but I’ll bet he’s near the top of the list of the drivers that have run the most races with the least wins. I didn’t like Robby Gordon, but I have to respect his talent, and what he has been able to do as a single car owner/driver. We don’t know who really was at fault on this one, but both these guys have caused their share of wrecks.
Where was your righteous indignation about brake-checking when Mikey did it to Greg Biffle last year?
You know what! MW and RG
are both bottom feeder field fillers!
Mike Neff, where did you watch this race from, if you have any sense you know that TNT didn’t show the whole thing. During the caution MW was behind RG, MW was pushing RG into the marbles and the wall. Then when they show MW sitting there with his hood all crunched in, what happened is Robby got tired of MW pushing him around the track and he brake check him, and MW hit him. Now if you remember MW said before the race, if you hit them from behind it is your fault. Get your facts straight Mr. Neff, and it is easy to blame Robby, but when you report it like the gospel, you come off like you are judge and jury. They will take care of it, MW won’t qualify for this weeks race and MW will have to buy his way into the race using Toyota Money. Remember what MW said on INC, Robby owns his own race cars, MW is just the driver this year, he does not have to re-built any of his cars, they are owned by Davis. So get off your high horse and admit that you were WRONG MIKE NEFF.
Mikey is such a lameo. The guy can’t handle his car at 50MPH? I would hate to share the Track at 200MPH. he was ranked #1 for most altercations last year and I ‘m sure he wil be again this year. The Dude just need to quit.
First, if you park every car that brake checks another, the feild would be some where around 10 or less every week. And second, should you park Jeff G for wrecking Matt K, or Kurt B. for wrecking Greg B., or…?
i watch nascar soley for the robby gordon factor. he’s a big time underdog. i like that he doesn’t take getting pushed around well.
waltrip, on the other hand, that dude just hits stuff. alot. and apparently, he ain’t too bright. if he’s stupid enough to screw with someone, and then get suckered with a “brake check”, i can only laugh. what a bonehead.
giving robby a penalty for squaring waltrip away would be rediculous. he should be getting a pat on the back.
on a general note, nascar really does need to review how it dishes out its penalties. to the average viewer, their methods do seem a little biased.
If you honestly think for one second that [***] Waltrip wasnâ€™t trying to take out Robby, youâ€™re nuts. Mikey had a checklist of cars to take out, and under caution was his only chance to catch the 7. Heâ€™s an idiot. I hope he DNQs eveyr week now.* Some content edited by The Frontstretch
So watch if Robby brake checked MW. If You penalize Robby, then you would have to go back and check all the races and change points etc. for infractions. MW got what he deserved. To hear him talk, one would think he was a good driver. We all know thati s false.
I just have to wonder …..
If I was MW, and I was basically handed a rare opportunity (Toyota), I would take care how I acted and try to present myself in the best light possible. Even though the deal seems to be set, I am willing to bet there is enough wiggle room in the contract to dump MW and get someone more respected to head up the venture. Just some food for thought if you are reading this MW…..
The only reason motormouth is even getting attention for this is because his last name is Waltrip. If he werent riding on his brothers coat tails he would be considered just another field filler. His lack of driving talent has shown over the years and his only wins have come from races were the crew plays more of a part for the win. I would have to say, trying to desifer wat happened from an incar camera view is just stupid. Motor mouth even tried to get Riggs to say he raced him bad and Riggs said that Robby raced him clean.
He won the Daytona 500. There are more than a few drivers who would give anything to be able to say that or to even win at a restrictor plate race at all. I dont think that’s anything to sneeze at. If I remember right, Dale Earnhardt—arguably one of the greater drivers in the sport—was thrilled to win that race…as was Jimmie Johnson this year, Jeff Gordon, etc…
So did Derick Cope and look at him now.
You all DO realize that Gordon is in his own car because no one else is stupid enough to put him in a ride, don’t you? Nor is any manufacturer knocking at his door to run three teams for them. Robby Gordon is an independent because he sucks at stock car racing. If you want to romanticize it as some noble thing he’s doing, that’s all fine if it helps you sleep at night, but the fact is, he shouldn’t be out there, and once the teams from Toyota get in the field, he’ll be pushed aside like the untalented field filler he is.
I watched the Mikey Show (aka Inside Nextel Cup) on Monday night. At the beginning of the show Mikey makes a big deal about how it is the driver’s responsibility to keep the nose of the car clean and undamaged. Mikey states that if the nose gets bent it is the driver’s fault for hitting whatever he hit. As the show goes on he then blames Ryan for damaging the nose of the 55 and later blames Robby for ruining the nose and radiator of the 55. He can’t even keep his own line of reasoning straight let alone the nose of his car. It’s the driver’s fault unless the driver is Mikey. That’s why I’ve been losing respect for him.
Whether it was a payback for last year, or for something earlier in the race, Robby ‘brake checked’ ‘The Mouth’ and I loved every bit of it. Mikey had it coming and for the moron comment I think he’s due another! GAS ON ROBBY!!
Not siding with RG or anything, but isnt it funny how MW always has an excuse for his problems. Never takes the blame or anything of the sort. I used to like MW till he dissed Morgan Shephard on tv. Classless.
Barb, my comment was directed at the author, not yourself. You just happened to post right before me. Sorry about the confusion.
The dumb move was by NASCAR for not red flagging the race. If they do at least Hamlin has the gas to complete the run, Sadler was probably screwed at the moment the caution came out in the first place. That’s racing.
You make strategy call from the pits and you live or die by it, that’s it, you know the rules and they’re the same for everyone.
We don’t need a rules change or a penalty everytime two mental midgets in cars they shouldn’t be in the first place do something stupid to each other.
Maybe I’m little old school on this one but if Waltrip and Gordon have a problem with one another, then they should go out behind the track and settle it because most of us don’t care anyway.
It’s not like either of them will ever be competitive again. Gordon’s mouth will prevent him reaching his potential and Waltrip’s potential was realized long ago and it wasn’t much.
In response to #32 post that says â€œYou all DO realize that Gordon is in his own car because no one else is stupid enough to put him in a ride, donâ€™t you?â€... Robby left Richard Childress racing and the Cingular ride that Jeff Burton now races to start his own team. Richard Childress begged Robby to stay.Note: Some content edited by The Frontstretch
Like I heard on I.N.C. this week, when it comes to Robby Gordon, “You Can’t Fix Stupid” !!!!
It didn’t take Robby 462 starts to win his first race. And he didn’t have someone blocking the entire field for him.
For those of you who saw today’s race, that is exactly the kind of penalty I was talking about. Gordon and Waltrip should have received a one lap penalty last week. Then the whole issue would have been a moot point.
Seems Robbie Gordon has a bunch of fanatical fans. Too bad he will never be as popular as Michael Waltrip. Brakechecking someone and changing the entire outcome of a race should have been heavily punished by Nascar.
Michael Waltrip popular? Come on! MW likes to draw attention to himself. We all know those type of people. They have nothing going for themselves, but they have to act important. He is really pathetic on IWC.
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