NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Teams Wrap Up Texas Test -- Major Tire Wear Reported
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
Last week, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing planned a three-day test at Texas Motor Speedway in order to prepare for the AAA Texas 500, which will be run on November 3rd. However, the entire test was washed out due to rain on both Monday and Tuesday. Richard Childress Racing was already scheduled to hold a two-day test this Tuesday and Wednesday, by themselves, but they were now joined by the other four teams, creating a large-scale test session. For the most part, it was a very good practice for all teams involved.
For championship contender Matt Kenseth? Not so much.
Kenseth’s test at Texas lasted a grand total of nine laps on Tuesday before he blew a tire and crashed hard into the wall. Afterwards, the No. 20 team packed up and returned to North Carolina, leaving the title contender none too pleased.
“We just had a tire problem and crashed, so we’re done for the test,” Kenseth said. “When you run nine laps and one blows apart for no reason, that’s always a cause for concern, for sure.”
Luckily, in Kenseth’s case the car that he crashed was not the car that he planned on racing in Texas. That Toyota was back at the shop, safe and sound.
Kenseth’s issues were the only tire failure issues encountered during the three-day test. However, the test did show that tire wear could be an issue. The tire compound, already set by Goodyear is actually wearing quite a bit on the 1.5 mile quad-oval. Kevin Harvick stated that the tires on his No. 29 would completely wear out after 35-40 laps, which is short of a full fuel run. The tires that will be used in Texas are the same compound that was used in April. There were no tire failures during the race then. However, it’s not all bad. Carl Edwards seemed to like the rubber.
“Next Sunday is going to be a really great race and it’s because of that racetrack,” said Edwards. “It’s because right now, you can drive in the corner, turn that car sideways and either run the very bottom or you can run right up against the fence and the track is taking rubber. Whatever is going on with the Goodyear tire and the way that this asphalt at Texas has aged, it’s letting the rubber stick to the racetrack. As it sticks to the racetrack, that part of the track gets slick so people move up and find different grooves and then, when it all gets slick, it starts over again and everyone goes back to the bottom. This is the type of racing that I like to participate in and I hope the fans enjoy it. That’s rare right now with all the new surfaces out there. This is as good as it gets.”
No speeds were reported during the test. Expect high speeds during qualifying next week, but a significant dropoff during the race.
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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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