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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The enthusiasm surrounding the return of ESPN to the sport this season might be a surprise to new fans, but for those that have been around awhile, expectations were high for good reason. When no one else was clamoring to put NASCAR on TV back in the 1980s, it was ESPN, then a fledgling sports network, who embraced the sport and developed the formula for successfully broadcasting auto races. As ESPN carried NASCAR, the sport grew into a national phenomenon, creating a broadcasting standard that would be hard to reach for those who would attempt to in the future. And the suitors looking to develop NASCAR’s TV future would eventually come in droves; with NASCAR’s success, the sport was a highly sought after property for networks by the end of the 1990s. When the contract ran out for ESPN in 2000, they lost out to NBC and Fox for the rights to continue broadcasting the sport. It took ESPN six years to win those rights back, but they have them once again, earning the right to seventeen Nextel Cup races as well as the entire Busch Series schedule. Unfortunately, it appears that during those years away from broadcasting the sport, they forgot what made them so successful in the first place.
One of the things that made ESPN so good at covering racing what the fact that they did just that; they covered the race. No matter what, the most important thing about the show was always the action on the track. If something happened, you saw it, no matter how deep in the field the action was; if there was a battle going on for 15th place, and it was the best racing on the track, then that was what they showed to the fans. Even when it came to commercials, the race took priority; if a caution flag flew during a break, ESPN would break out and come back to show what was happening on the track every time. It was an automatic.
Well, that devotion to the racing doesn't seem to be a priority anymore. Already, on two separate occasions this year, ESPN has actually gone to commercial as a caution flag was flying on the track. Apparently, the folks who are calling the shots are from the same Columbia School of Broadcasting as the people at NBC and Fox. The focus is no longer on the racing…just like so many of us have seen with the sport itself, the focus is now on the almighty dollar. It’s now become more important to fulfill the sponsor obligations at the exact point that they are scheduled rather than worry about letting the fans see what is going on at a critical point during the race.
Justifiably, NASCAR fans are getting tired of this mindset. The reason the fans watch the races is to see the action on the track, to understand the strategies that are unfolding, and to know both when and why a caution occurs. The fans want to see the action as it unfolds; they don't want to see a tape delay of something that happened while they were being told about natural male enhancement for the fifth time. They'd rather see a pass for the lead than watch Dale, Jr. hocking DirecTV for the 20th time during the race.
It is a simple concept, really, when you think about it: spectators watch racing to see racing. For those watching on television, they want the same thing; show them what is going on and let them see the best action on the track. It would be refreshing to once again see a tight race for 15th instead of a strung out parade at the front of the pack. Surprisingly enough, it’s actually OK to show the frontrunner who was caught back in traffic picking his way through the field instead of talking about the leader and his commitment to the adoption of orphaned dogs or his charitable work.
Bottom line, ESPN needs to do some serious soul searching. They laid the foundation for stock car race coverage in the modern era, and they were the first to do just about everything when it came to the sport of NASCAR. Now that they have it back, the fans deserve to see what they used to see… only better. Give spectators the action, show them who is having the best race on the track, and give them the best product possible…just like they used to receive. This sport is fantastic to watch: it can take so many twists and turns, and the fans should get to see every nuance of the event. ESPN, remember what made you the best at race coverage…give it to us again.
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“the focus is now on the almighty dollar”
The almighty $$ is the whole purpose of the broadcast! ESPN broadcasts NASCAR so you will watch the commercials!You’ve got to remember back when ESPN was showing NASCAR, they probably got a tenth of the advertising revenue as they are getting today. Because of that, the expectations of the sponsors was smaller. Now they pay big $$ for the advertising space, and they want it as scheduled. Just like NASCAR wants a truckload of Almighty $$ for the rights to the broadcast. It sucks for sure. But that’s reality.
I wish the sponsors would understand that showing the same ad at every single break during race coverage is actually counter-productive. NASCAR fans are THE most loyal to their sponsors, but after the GM President’s Day commercial ran a zillion times, I never want to see any GM car or truck again — EVER.
ESPN is bringing a lot of big issues with them this time. I was thrilled when I heard we were getting them back, only to be so disappointed at what they are doing. It must be true about a statement I heard, the more coverage a certain team gets, the more kickback the station gets. Hm-m-m-m-m! Also, where in the world did Brent Munsberger come from? He is a wonderful football commentator, but PLEASE not NASCAR!!!!!!
I have been saying all along that the fans who thought ESPN would be perfect were viewing the past through a rosy haze.
There is almost no difference between ESPN football coverage and Fox football coverage. Why would there be any significant difference in their race coverage?
You hit the nail right on the head with this one Mike!!! I, along with all of us that watch Nascar, were happy to see ESPN return. That however was short lived. I finally thought that we would be watching the racing like you said. but no, gotta show those commercials before anything else. I watched the Busch race on Sunday (what’s up with that anyway ), and had to turn the sound down for all the yammering.What’s up with the non stop talking? And Rusty, JUST SHUT UP ALREADY!!! I guess we just have to get used to a little bit of racing interupting the commercials again
NASCAR, like every other mainstream sport in America is now a avenue for revenue and not entertainment. Those who dump the bucks in the sport don’t view it as I do. I increasingly getting frustrated on Sundays, but do you really think anything will change?
The reason ESPN isn’t what it used to be:
NA$CAR/Bri Bri France/Mike Hellton now control what ESPN puts on the screen and when. I always liked Dr. Jerry Punch but Sunday I was ready to “Punch” him in the mouth..I got so sick of hearing JPM! Be Quiet Already, we know his name!
I’ve pretty much given up on NA$CAR and so have alot of my friends. We have been watching and attending races for 20 years+. Brian has urinated away most all of what his predecesors had built. Pure greed sure brings out the best in folks. What people need to realize is that there is other and alot better racing out there. I’ve started following the Dirt (WoO) cars, what a blast! If you want to see real racing then check them out. Folks that want to complain should do it with their wallets. That is the only thing NA$CAR will understand. Remember that ESPN is a casualty of this situation, they do what the big money tells them to do. Just my 2 cents.
One thing that didn’t happen when Bob, Ned and Benny were in the booth was additonal attention paid to Dale Jarrett by Ned. I know about the first Daytona 500 win but that was understandable. Why would Rusty’s son command soo much coverage. And the Montoya coverage annoyed me to no end and I like Juan Pablo. I’m tired of the whining about commercials. These networks paid big money for the priviledge to televise these races and they have to recover some of it. The new fans just don’t understand the way it was when there was no coverage of NASCAR on the tv. Be thankful for any that you get now.
Maybe now all the NASCAR faithful will realize the good racing is open wheel not the commercial driven NASCAR parade. Why is it every week we get 2 hours of prerace (or more). Couldn’t the commercials be shown at that point instead of seeing less than 50% of the actual race.
ESPN used to show the race as things were. Not candy coated for the sponsors and mission control. There were little frills and filler, just the racing, and they remembered it is after all just another race.
I actually listened to Sundays busch race on ESPN spanish, just so I wouldn’t have to listen to the announcers who absolutely drove me nuts. I finished listening in the car which was kinda exciting!
At least the television coverage doesn’t change the race. Last Sunday I attended a college basketball game and the television timeouts nearly ruined the experience for those in the seats.
What was up with ESPN showing Juan Montoya’s wife/girlfriend on half the screen for the last two laps? This is maddening and makes me want to turn on the radio and turn off the tube.
This is just another example of sports broadcasting today. Anyone who had a chance to see the ESPN of the old with the best Nascar announcer crew ever, got to see something great. But this is no different than the difference of coverage in any other sport. I had a chance to watch some old superbowl games before this years superbowl and it was amazing the difference. There were no “Bigger than the game” announcers and there was so much more on the screen. No million miles an hour graphics everywhere or graphic overlays. Just not what we get anymore. Heck I am in my mid 30s and miss that old coverage. But that is what some exec thinks we need and it allows them to get there revenue. So that is the way it is going to be with whomever is over the broadcasts.
I’ll tell you what I remember, a lot of people complaining about ESPN when they had it the first time. It was the best out there because it was the only one out there for quite awhile.
ESPN went to commercials during key points in the races just as much as NBC , TNT, CBS and FOX did. ESPN showed Kim Burton crying her eyes out every time Jeff Burton was leading. ESPN was the first to show a stinking glowing red brake disc for several racing laps during every Bristol and Martinsville race. Of course, a lot of you weren’t on the internet at the time so you didn’t know that you were supposed to get all indignant about it.
I remember people complaining BECAUSE espn would show the drivers that “didn’t matter” like Dick Trickle, Dave Marcis and Buckshot Jones, in the back of the field.
What I’ve seen is that it doesn’t matter who shows the races, there’s always something for someone to complain about if they really want to.
I agree with the comments and want to add one more > where did we get the broadcast crew from and what the heck is that on top of Tim Brewer’s head ? I ain;t seen that kind of “do” since espn was a baby…
I despise the announcing crew. I long for Buddy Baker- Eli Gold- Ned Jarrett over a basketball player any day.
KW has it right. If you want to watch racing, watch the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Or the Lucas Oil Series, or the NALMS, or the SAS, or the MACS, or the MARS, or the BoB. All of these are ultra competitive, fun to attend, and feature drivers that do not begin every sentence with a dumb-ass sponsor reference. Two of these series are on Speed T.V. (Lucas Oil and WoO), and the Lucas Oil guys are actually on this week. At least one of the venues these series visit are within driving distance for most people. They race hard, they have personality, and when there is a caution you can be damned sure what caused it and why it was thrown. NA$CAR is a joke, and not worth watching anymore. ESPN is no better than FOX, and is a shell of its former self. The FOX guys are all yes men; you never hear a word of dissent from them about NA$CAR. Bring back Eli Gold and Buddy Baker if you want good announcing; if you like shameless promotion of MIKEY/TOYOTA, stick with DW.
Can SOMEONE tell me why Rusty Wallace gets paid to speak about ANYTHING? The man is a tool as well as spiteful and a bit unintelligent. I agree Musberger must go, too but there are a number of great non-race sports anouncers who could do a great job in the sport. That said, WHY is Allen Bestwick not anchoring either Fox or ESPN’s race shows? the man is perfect for the job; poor guy must have a really bad agent.
My opinion; probably doesn’t smell good to anyone but me. Feh.
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