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