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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Full Throttle · Mike Neff · Monday May 14, 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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