NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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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Matt Stallknecht · Thursday July 18, 2013
Off week! That’s the phrase every driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be screaming with delight, for the next few days as they get to enjoy a rare period of time off. It’s a welcome break, during the midst of one of the most grueling regular seasons the sports world has to offer. However, just because the Cup boys are home this week does not prevent the rest of the NASCAR world from buzzing with news and activity. The Nationwide Series will be on center stage this Sunday, instead of the Cup Series with a standalone event at Chicagoland. Meanwhile, the Truck Series will be gearing up for their much-ballyhooed midweek event Wednesday at Eldora. On top of all this anticipation, James Finch has sold his team to a group whom, at press time, has yet to be named. As such, we have a jam-packed slate of questions this week… “off week” be damned.
1. What should we expect out of the Nationwide Series standalone event at Chicagoland?
It is not often that the Nationwide Series runs a standalone event, and it is even rarer for it to be held on a Sunday with no Cup race as support. These sorts of weekends are a huge boon for this series, as it will play host to pretty much the only notable sporting event outside of regional MLB games that the mainstream world will be focused on this weekend. It’s just a bit of a shame that such exposure couldn’t come at a more action-packed racetrack.
Yes, on a weekend that would seem perfectly geared for a standalone road race or maybe even a short track, NASCAR instead chose to send the series to Chicagoland, a cookie-cutter intermediate of the blandest order. But all is not lost! The Nationwide Series cars tend to put on a decent show at the bumpier cookie-cutter tracks, and Chicagoland has developed some rather pronounced bumps on its rough and ever-aging surface. That’s good news for the prospects of passing and tire wear being present in the race.
Will Sunday’s event be a classic? Probably not, but it likely won’t be a snoozer either. Expect to see a fair degree of passing and tires that wear quite a bit over the course of the weekend. Also, with few Cup regulars in the field (Joey Logano, Landon Cassill and Joe Nemechek are the only ones making the trip to Chicago) it stands to reason that a Nationwide regular could have a rare opportunity to steal a win. All in all, it should make for an interesting weekend.
2. What will become of Phoenix Racing?
The big story that has been circulating through the NASCAR world these past few weeks has been whether or not James Finch would be able to sell his Sprint Cup Series team. On Wednesday, that question received an answer… sort of. Finch announced that he had completed the sale of the No. 51 cars to a then-unnamed buyer, and that a separate announcement by the buying party would likely come on Friday.
At the time of writing, the buyer’s name had yet to be released, and it may not be until late Friday afternoon (or even later than that) as to when we have a definite answer as to who the buyer is. Sources have indicated that Harry Scott Jr. of the Turner Scott Motorsports operation was the buyer, but that has still yet to be confirmed officially. The rumor is that Scott bought (or at least pursued) Phoenix Racing with the intent of slowly integrating the former Phoenix operation into a full-fledged, Cup Series arm of Turner Scott Motorsports by 2014. Building on this point, the goal would be to have Justin Allgaier and his sponsor Brandt make the move to the Cup Series in late 2013, when the transition from Phoenix to TSM is completed. The goal would then be to run a full Cup effort in 2014.
While all of that certainly would seem to make sense, we can’t know for sure what exactly this new buyer (assuming it is Scott) will have in store for the team until the announcement is made. It also wouldn’t be inconceivable to think that he was outbid by a richer investor at the last minute, opening up a whole new set of questions as to what that owner could have in store for the team.
All told, this sale will be the biggest story to keep an eye on throughout the weekend, as once the announcement is made, a boatload of information will follow it. Stay tuned.
3. Can anyone break Regan Smith’s hold on the Nationwide Series point standings?
Only a month ago, it appeared as though Regan Smith could do no wrong. His championship lead was huge, about a full race’s worth of points and it didn’t appear as if he would be relinquishing any of it anytime soon. But things change fast in the NASCAR world, and what was a seemingly insurmountable lead for Smith has dwindled to only a 5-point advantage over Sam Hornish, Jr. Meanwhile, the rest of the top 10 has been playing catch up, and the two drivers who seemed untouchable earlier this year (Smith and Hornish) are now in jeopardy of falling prey to the pack of vultures that are sitting behind them in points.
Don’t believe me? Six drivers – that’s half-a-dozen, folks – are within 48 points of Smith going into this weekend at Chicagoland. Four of them are within 24 points of that lead. One bad or good race by anyone in that group could very easily vault them into the points lead or at least within striking distance of it, especially if Smith slips up again.
So what happens now? For the answer, I turn to a side of Regan Smith we’ve seen this year that we are, quite frankly, not used to seeing. Smith is a true title contender who has little to no experience in this kind of situation. With so many drivers close to him in the points right now, Chicagoland is a rather critical weekend for him as far as his chances for the championship goes. If Smith slips up and loses his lead, it will be very interesting to see if he and his team have the chops to rebound and still run effectively within the Rookie of the Year race.
4. Will the Truck race in Eldora be a success? How will it go down?
Even though the ever-so-hyped-up inaugural Truck race at Eldora technically isn’t this weekend, it’s too big of an event at this point to go without mentioning. A big portion for the fan base has been screaming for years that they want to see dirt racing return to NASCAR, and the sanctioning body finally granted those fans their wish. Eldora Speedway will host the first NASCAR national touring event on a dirt track since the 1970s, and it is all going down on Wednesday night. The event is being given the “marquee race” treatment, all with a special name (“The Mudsummer Classic”), a special format (featuring heats and a final 90-lap feature race), a special time slot (Wednesday night) and even special appearances from some big name drivers (Ryan Newman will be piloting a Turner Scott entry).
As for my personal thoughts on NASCAR dirt racing, I will withhold judgment until after the event goes off. NASCAR hasn’t held a dirt race in such a long time that it is impossible to gauge what the competition will look like or how the event will unfold. All I can promise is that wrecks will be aplenty and tempers will undoubtedly be frayed. Oh, and Kyle Larson (who will also be piloting a Turner Scott truck) is the easy favorite to win the thing.
The success or failure of the event will be based on NASCAR’s ability to seamlessly officiate and transition between the heat races and the feature, as well as the drivers’ ability to race effectively on a dirt surface. If NASCAR and the drivers/teams can pull this thing off, it could end up green-lighting a whole bunch of new ideas for use in the Nationwide and Cup Series, namely heat races. It could even bring dirt racing back to the mainstream forefront.
So here’s hoping for a successful Eldora event, as dirt racing on its own offers a nice wrinkle to the NASCAR schedule that could develop nicely in the future if all goes according to plan.
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Mid-Ohio will be yet another wildcard for the Nationwide drivers, no doubt. I think only after that will we get a clear picture of who’s in contention, barring mechanical woes and the like.
I want to comment on the “big” USA Today news concerning Stewart causing a wreck and injuring a girl a couple nights ago in a NY Sprint race. While the reporter got it right..there was a big wreck and a “driver” was injured…the fact Stewart was pinpointed as causing the wreck and a 19 year old “girl” was injured was poor reporting. Are we really going to keep going down the gender “Danica Patrick” road…a driver was injured..period. As far as Stewarts’ part in the wreck.. Yes he “manned” up..but from my point of view (I was there)..and seeing video…it was a 3 wide racing incident… And Stewart owes no apologies. It’s sad after all this time..a blame has to be placed on someone…isn’t it enough most drivers put themselves in a position to get injured for our entertainment ? Must we beat them up if a mistake is made..I think they beat themselves up enough on and off the track…and using a big name drivers name in headlines along with “injured 19 year old girl” is irresponsible reporting. It’s just solicitous ….
An “injured 19 year old girl” sounds like she was in the stands or infield. The feeling was Stewart shouldn’t have put his car in that position.
@dAjax…you may be right..if Stewart hadn’t put his car in the wrong place the accident may not have happened…but you can bet there would have been another car (or two or three) that would have made a hasty move and caused a wreck…and that’s where the saying “a racing incident” comes in. You just can’t expect to put 25+ cars together going fast looking for the checkers with humans behind the wheel…and expect a wreck free race…it just can’t be done!
You know Stewart got an unfair rap when even the injured girl has said it was just a racing deal.
I guess USA Soccer on FOX still isnt a notible sporting event to some. It sure as hell was more entertaining than the snoozer in Joliet. What an odd scheduling choice. Amazing a Cup regular won yet again. Who would have guessed it?