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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Full Throttle · Mike Neff · Tuesday May 15, 2007
Superstars in all sports are known to receive preferential treatment. In the NBA, Michael Jordan always seemed to be able to push off to get open for a shot, all while Craig Hodges seemed to get called for a foul every time. The NFL’s Randy Moss can interfere with a defender and still make the touchdown grab, while Cary Colbert will get called for offensive pass interference. Simply put, it’s just the way that stars of their respective sports tend to be treated. After the race at Darlington this weekend, Denny Hamlin said that NASCAR’s superstar, Jeff Gordon, was cut a break at the end of the race. Hamlin claimed there was debris on the backstretch, and had he been leading the race, NASCAR would have certainly thrown a caution. That dichotomy brings up an interesting question : Does NASCAR really treat its stars differently when it comes to caution flags and the safety of its drivers?
It is rather hard to look at the way the race was officiated on Sunday and feel like Jeff Gordon received any kind of preferential treatment. Gordon's car was spewing steam like Old Faithful for the last 40 laps of the race. With the engine going south, everyone assumed there was no way that his car would make it to the end; the only minute chance it had was if the race went green for all of those laps. Well, NASCAR threw two different cautions during that final segment of the race which put Gordon at a much greater risk of his car blowing up. Saying that he was given preferential treatment during the entire event is simply inaccurate.
However, there is certainly precedent for what some people might view as preferential treatment of rules enforcement in NASCAR. Most longtime fans remember the ruling that essentially cost Mark Martin the championship in 1990 which, by most accounts from people on the outside looking in, was a blatant case of preferential treatment. At the time, Roush Racing was running a carburator spacer that supposedly was given the blessing of NASCAR. It took awhile, but Richard Childress Racing of all teams actually protested the part, and it was ultimately deemed illegal. Martin was docked 46 driver points, enough for him to eventually lose the championship by 26 points to Earnhardt. Whether you believe that was special treatment or not, the fact is, the appearance of favoritism surely emanated from that ruling, and it cost Jack Roush a championship very early in his ownership career.
The only recorded instance of NASCAR taking away a win for rough driving occurred in 1991, when Ricky Rudd spun Davey Allison coming to take the white flag during the road race at Sonoma. As they drivers came around to take the checkered flag, Rudd was allowed to pass the flag stand and did not see the checkered flag. Instead, the victory was awarded to Allison as he crossed the finish line. That’s a bit surprising, for there is little doubt that many other drivers have done as much or more to take a driver out of the lead of a race. Most fans remember Dale Earnhardt spinning Terry Labonte for the victory at Bristol during the night race in 1999; there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth after that event that Earnhardt should have lost the win, but NASCAR did not take that victory away. Jeff Gordon has also moved people out of the way more than once for a victory at Bristol, but those wins have also been allowed to stand.
In the end, NASCAR does a heck of a job policing a sport that has a few million nuances that can cause any number of outcomes to occur on a given race weekend. At the end of the race there may have been some debris on the backstretch, but even Hamlin himself said it was two grooves down from the wall. Obviously, in NASCAR's opinion, it was not a threat to competitor safety, and therefore they did not throw the caution flag. Had Hamlin been leading, would they have made a different decision? Let's hope not. It would seem as though the organization has a little more integrity than that; there may be preferential treatment in sports, but in NASCAR, it’s not as bad as some might lead you to believe.
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I’m sorry I don’t agree with you. It is quite simple to do certain things in Nascar to benefit certain drivers. Nascar has made so many wrong decisions that the fans are giving up. Ticket prices are going up and fans are moving out. It has become a business and no fun anymore. I turned in my reserved seating. It just isn’t worth the hassle anymore. When you can predict the winner of a race, it is very sad. TV ratings are down. I watched Golf during the last half of the race and enjoyed it so much more. I really miss the good ole’ days of racing but certainly not this business adventure that is going on now.
I think Denny Hamlin might be right in this case. I can’t remember which car it was that had the tire go down at the end, but they were throwing debris everywhere as they were trying to come to pit road. I thought to myself that this would end up a green-white-checker, but no yellow was thrown. It was an inconsistent call at best.
I agree with Barbara – I’ve been watching more golf on Sundays lately, too.
The resolution of “PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT” IS EASY; just tabulate all of the voluminous statistics that are saved from every incident. Cautions for debris vs. no cautions,etc. Let the numbers speak for theirselves. Oh, and how about NASCAR publicising all pit road speeds?. Again, let the information replace speculation and rumor.
In any other racing series a car streaming as much coolant smoke as Gordon’s #24 would have been given the black flag and told to report to pit road.
There is no doubt that NASCAR favors its “stars.” All you have to do is look at Earnhardt senior. How many times do you remember him being penalized for rough driving? Even his tragic death appeared to be at least partially caused by an illegal seatbelt installation, something that should have been caught by NASCAR inspectors. However, he was a favorite and close friend of Helton’s. Jeff Gordon can push and shove his way through the field and not get penalized. If anyone else had had such an overheating problem as Gordon on Sunday, they would have been black flagged. Then there is the worst case of Mikey Waltrip. His team cheats terribly at Daytona, but he is allowed to qualify and the results of the tests were never made public.
I think you are all forgetting that just a few weeks ago, another big star criticized NASCAR for throwing “bogus” cautions. If Denny Hamlin is mad that the race was decided by, well….racing, and not by a caution flag, he has only to look across his home shop to point that finger. The drivers all need to remember that every single caution flag thrown (or not thrown) will benefit some, and hurt others. It just depends where you are at the time. How many times have we seen a driver complain about too many debris cautions one week, and then be the recipient of the lucky dog the next?
Where did you get such a dumb idea?
They would have had to black a third of the field for spewing steam.
And since when is this cause for a black flag?
Maybe you should swich to golf too, since you don’t seem to know what you are talking about
Of course they get preferential treatment! The end of the race Sunday showed that. If anyone else had been in the lead like Jeff Gordon was, they would have thrown that caution. Even Jeff Gordon admitted that he was surprised that they did not throw the caution.
Unfortunately, it is getting sad to see the state that NASCAR is getting now. It is getting where you have no problem seeing where the officials will either throw a flag to benefit a certain driver or will not throw a flag to benefit that same driver. Brian France and the rest of his crew are continuing to creep NASCAR closer to the WWE than the NFL.
Brian France is more concerned about the money. He wants to make sure that he gets the money and does not care what the real NASCAR fan thinks about what it happening to the sport. As Barbara mentioned earlier, it is becoming a business instead of a sport. Nobody is racing because that is what they want to do. They are doing it because it is their jobs. I long for the old days when the racers really did what they loved.
I agree with Don, NASCAR doesn’t black flag anyone for over-heating. There was more than just one car spewing water if you watched the race carefully. They weren’t black flagged as well they shouldn’t be. Actually it isn’t water,it’s steam which doesn’t spill on to the track and will not cause a wreck. If it were oil, then, yea, a caution should be thrown. As far as NASCAR is concerned it’s a lose lose situation. They call a caution and half the people or drivers complain and if they don’t throw a caution the other half will complain. It seem that the only inconsistancy in NASCAR is the fans….
P.S. Every sport is a buisiness. Do you think anyone who starts a team or organization does so to benifit anyone else but themselves? Maybe eveyone who disagrees should watch something a little more there own pace…like golf or croquet.
nascar,does show favoritism,to the hendrick drivers!! they, push the caution button, when they get the driver, they, want ,into the position, they want!!! any true nascar fan, can see, how much nascar, has changed ,and not for the better. we have also ,let all of our reserved tickets go. if you are not a hendrick fan, you might as well stay at home and don“t waste all your money going to a race.!!!! all, of our family , 10 of us , stay home now.look at the stands now… nascar is on the fast lane to the slow lane!!
I might as well ad my 2 cents to the discussion. NO, I’m not happy with the Hendrick teams winning all the time now. NO, I’m probably not going to stop watching NASCAR. But, I am going to be spending more time at my local track. At least I can watch something there that MIGHT look like a real car on a track. This whole thing of “Car of
Tomorrow” is a bit sad. I realize why they are doing it, and their motives are good. Sadly, it appears some teams, specifically Hendrick, just did their work better and they are enjoying the fruits of their labors. Unfortunately, SOME fans are abandoning NASCAR, because the cars no longer even resemble the car we drive each day (not that they were ever close), but this “generic” body style is insulting, to say the least. NASCAR has what they want, now…and that is parity. The unfortunate side effect of that is boring racing, with the same “have-not” teams just having to build a new car to run at the back of the pack. Sad…
Simple: NA$CAR stands for Now All we $eriously Care About is Revenue – I’ve been saying that for years. They really don’t care who wins as long as they turn a profit…. I’m about done with it myself… turn off the lights, close the door and bring the flag…....
I bet NASCAR even pays drivers and crew chiefs to sabotage there cars so they can’t win and that way NASCAR can be sure their favorite driver is up front so he can win…whatever man. People will reach for anything when their driver or team isn’t winning. Lots of people though DEI was cheating when they dominated the resrictor plate races. Nope, ‘fraid not. They just did their homework and did it better than anyone else. Now that Hendrick’s having a good year I guess they’re cheating as well. They just took this COT more serious and attacked it. Now they’re reaping the benefits. NASCAR is bad about of a lot of things but does anyone have any idea of how many people it would take to orchestrate such a massive puppet show? Don’t think sponsers pay big bucks to watch their driver lay down so NASCAR can show this so-called “favoritism”. Geez people, what’s next? I know, Ken Schrader wins 3 in a row and we boycot Little Debbie Snacks that’ll teach them cheaters…
Those of you who can, always support your local track, be it dirt or asphalt. The drivers and promoters always appreciate it. Those of us that race at a local level are there for the fun and the bragging rights, not big bucks and multi million dollar marketing schemes. Don’t believe me? Go ask a local racer when he is going to buy his jet so he can go traveling to another track across the nation. Ask the guy with the homebuilt trailer and the 20 year old pickup why he doesen’t have a 18 wheeler hauler. I guarantee you’ll get the answer I just gave you. I personally think Smoke was right on the money with his comment about wrestling coming to NASCAR. If NASCAR wants to see revenues come back up, get rid of the top 35, bring back Wilkesboro and Rockingham, and if you have to build new tracks then build some with character, not cookie cutters.
It’s obvious. If you cannot see this happening, then you are either ignorant or in denial. I am a huge NASCAR fan and have been my entire life, and I really hate to admit it, but NASCAR has become “white-collar” money hungry sport that is no longer revolved around it’s fan-base. Before you know it, drivers are going to be holding out on contracts for more money just like the NBA........SAD.
What we need to remember is NASCAR picks its favorites. It is not the drivers fault. That being said, however, it makes me very angry that NASCAR does not enforce its own rules and policies in an even manner. It is worse than some umps calling balls and strikes. As for the teams and drivers, who cares? It is the loyal fan who is being hurt. As Ive said many times before, go dirt tracking.
Mark, I totally aree with you. I see that my NASCAR days are numbered because of the inconsistencies and favoritism of the officials/Management of the sport. Now adays, to find real racing you need to go to your local dirt track, not to look to the commerialized giant they call WWE, oops….I mean NASCAR. Thank you NASCAR for saving me about $2000.00 a year since i won’t be going to Pheonix, Fontana, or Las Vegas races again.
With 2 laps to go at Darlington, Gilliland blows an engine and lays down oil on a track that is already slick from the temprature. Does NA$CAR wave a caution to help protect the drivers’ lives? No, they want an exciting finish to the race.
I think we all saw the carnage on the final lap at Daytona and NA$CAR not throwing the caution while Bowyer was rolling down the track and cars were continuing to plow into each other. They wanted an exciting finish.
NA$CAR has always been about money and they have always had their favorites. NA$CAR’s very first race winner was disqualified because Bill France didn’t like the fact that he was a moonshine runner.
NA$CAR disqualified a 1955 race winner to accomodate a big, multi-car race team that threatened to pull out.
A former champion once said “NA$CAR has never been about racing. It’s always been about the money”. He’s right. Driver safety be damned. No need to be consistent with cautions or penalties. We’ll bow down to an auto manufacturer if it’ll give us more money.
As long as their coffers are full, NA$CAR will be happy.
I very much enjoy reading all of your comments. Isn’t it great that we all live in a country where we can spend our own hard earned money on whatever we want, including NASCAR tickets, then complain about “whatever” it is that you’re not happy with; whether it be “favoritism”, “bogus cautions”, “whiny drivers”...whatever. Guess what, my favorite driver doesn’t always win and he doesn’t always place in the top 10. But regardless of who wins, I’ll still watch the races on tv and go to what races I can afford to attend. If any one thinks they could do a better job than the NASCAR officials, then please, get a job with the organization and then you can really show them how to do it right. Just be happy that you’re able to express your opinions freely and enjoy the sport for what it is….racing…No sport is perfect, least of all NASCAR but I for one wouldn’t switch the channel for love nor money. And honestly, if you really hate the so called “bad calls” or “special treatment” then by all means, leave the sport and start watching something else. You won’t be missed by the rest of us.
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