Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
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.
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
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.
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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