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
Tuesday March 4, 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.
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NASCAR Fan Q & A · Matt Taliaferro · Thursday April 29, 2010
Those of you who are regular readers of this column have heard me mention my wife, Rachel, over the last few months. We’ve been married since Martinsville in the Fall and are still in that stage where we’re learning the nuances of one another’s interests, often inquiring to clarify this or explain that. As I wrote a couple of weeks back, she’s a dancer (no, not that kind … she’s a modern dancer and instructor). Anyway, she happened to be in the room during the pre-race show last weekend in Talladega and heard the boys in the booth use the term “dancing partners” a few times.
Of course, us NASCAR guys ‘n’ gals don’t think twice about slang like this … it’s just part of the lexicon. However, after the third usage she looks at me — as sincere as could be and with a touch of naivete — and says, “Why do they keep talking about dancing during your race?”
The second she finished, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud and go into an explanation of “drafting” that she could understand, but one that would have made Diandra Leslie-Pelecky cringe. It also struck me as funny that it’s “my” race, not a “NASCAR race” or “the Talladega race.”
I laughed aloud again, 20 minutes later, when she gave me a “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard” look as DW belted out a trio of Boogitys.
Hey, it’s DW; whatd’ya gonna do?
OK, on to your emails. As always, here’s your link to me. If anyone would like to pass along a copy of NASCAR for Dummies while you’re at it, I would appreciate it.
Whose great idea was it to have these GWS (Green White Starts) at the end of each race? It is nothing more than a number of cars being destroyed and drivers being deprived of winning after being up front for 90 percent of the entire day. Not only that, but the race is extended for more laps and overtime for the spectators who are now getting bored.
Let’s go back to REAL RACING !!!!!! I think if a poll were taken, there would be a majority of fans who will agree.
A: I can’t speak for the majority of fans, but I know for a fact there are many that see the multiple green-white-checkered finishes as contrived excitement. I would tend to agree, too.
I understand NASCAR’s decision to go to this format. The sanctioning body’s line of thinking is that with multiple restarts at the end, the “drama factor” will spike and entice viewership, which, in turn, increases ratings and therefore ad rates. It also seems to be a move that proves they’re serious about this “Boys, have at it” proclamation, which was meant to bring back the old die-hard fans they’d lost after nearly a decade of attempting to go white collar.
The problem lies in the fact that, in its effort to get back to a more rough ‘n’ tumble atmosphere, NASCAR once again overreached, the same as when it tried to sanitize the sport and ended up neutering it instead. True fans of stock car racing don’t need the gimmicks, and that’s where multiple GWCs turn them off. It’s manufactured excitement. It’s manipulation. It’s arranged.
And make no mistake, the drivers don’t enjoy circumstances such as these, either — particularly at Talladega and Daytona (and another dirty little secret: they don’t like double-file restarts). A restart at the end of a race was always a free-for-all, but with multiple GWCs and double-file restarts, it’s now a game of roulette … and at Talladega, it’s more of the Russian variety than the Vegas.
As for what I think, one GWC is enough. Let ’em give those in attendance a single, true attempt at a green-flag finish … but three? That negates the legitimacy of the previous 499 miles. And in many ways, the sport as a whole.
I’m sure some of our readers will be so kind as to let us know what they think below.
Moving on, our Bud Boy is in for the third week in a row:
Ha! Looks like Bud might follow my boy after all! Kasey is too much of a sponsor’s dream to not attract the powerhouse sponsors. He’s a pretty darn good driver, too. Any scoop on the Bud and Hendrick talks that were reported at Talladega?
A: By my count, Budweiser is one of only 11 primary sponsors that don’t split time with another company on the hood of one of these hot rods. That alone makes it a more valuable commodity than anything this side of hair regrowth formula within the No. 48 team. Therefore, every owner with an opening (and some without) are going to talk to them. And Bud, being the last 5’10” blonde without a prom date, is going to let every eligible suitor in the school wine ‘n’ dine ‘em.
In short, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Budweiser follow Kahne — I’d say Kasey’s hood is the leader in the clubhouse — but I wouldn’t be all that surprised if it ended up somewhere else, either. And let me stress: That’s my personal opinion, not a factual nugget.
Harvick comes across as petty when he makes comments like he did in Victory Lane about Shell leaving. It’s business, Happy; you of all drivers should know! What good does slamming your sponsor do even if they’re leaving? Doesn’t that make finding another one even harder?
I’m normally not a Harvick hater, but I thought he was out of line this time.
A: You refer to his “Our sponsor’s leaving and the best part is they can leave while we’re winning” quip from Harvick Sunday. I didn’t think it was that austere, considering the source. You could also read into it another way, as in, with our sponsor out the door, this win will help us land another.
Harvick always seems to have a biting comment in the chamber when need be and that, in my opinion, wasn’t one of the classics. The “I’ve got a Common Sense degree” shot at the media a couple days prior is the one that sticks in my craw for the time being. But hey, that’s just Kevin.
And finally, it’s good to know someone enjoys the video links each week. It seems I’m taking requests now.
Loved your Dale / Darrell reference to Richmond last week. With Richmond week on us, could I suggest your video link be of that race ending? It never gets old! Ah, the good old days!
A: If you’re new to the sport or just don’t date back to 1986, please devote the next eight minutes of your life to watching this clip. You’ll be a better NASCAR fan for it. And if you’re old school and have seen this highlight 700 times already, I won’t have to coax you to do so again.
Thanks for your time once again, folks. Enjoy a good ol’ fashioned short track Saturday night this week.
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Bud was a long time sponsor for Hendrick in the past so it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see them back there again . But as i’ve said before , Bud could also take the millions it will spend yearly on the Hendrick team ( who don’t really need the sponsor money anyway ) and split it up to give to 2 , or 3 , or more smaller struggling teams . 3 times the exposure for the same money . And it would help keep the smaller teams in the sport .
Instead of eliminating the GWC’s why not combine the three attempts into 1. Run 1 extra 10 lap segment – if the caution flies, that’s it, race is done.
This way you give the drivers a chance to win the race, not the restart and NASCAR gives the fans a chance to see the race end under green.
Not knowing how many GWC’s you’ll see is a bit contrived. Knowing that they’ll get a shot at 10 more laps is clear cut.
We just have to come up with a name…G,G,G,G,G,G,G,G,G,W,C?
I agree that multiple GWCs are contrived and it gives the people who say NASCAR is like the WWE more ammo. As far as I am concerned there should be no GWC attempts. The race should not go one lap more than the advertised distance. If you want the race to go further just to try to manufacture an exciting outcome then you need to stop watching motorsports. Fans should not expect every to have a close, exciting finish.
The most exciting race I ever saw was the 2003 Daytona 500! That race didn’t need a GWC, in fact it was rainin so boogity boogity hard they called the race early!
Geez-man just THINKin about that race makes me wanna dance with Digger!
And they didn’t even catch the beggining of the wreck – they cut away to a spot of the fans???? Might as well have gone to commericial.
Then, the announcers are so tunnel visioned they don’t even know who’s going to win the race after the top two wreck, and they don’t even show the finish – they just show replays of the wreck, and the injured cars rolling around the track!!?!?!?
Wow… NASCAR TV sure has come a long way… or has it?
I wasn’t highlighting the coverage, but the racing itself — and one of the more memorable moments of the era. I’ll leave commenting on the television coverage to Phil .. there’s certainly some shortcomings there.
There might have been a few shortcomings in the broadcasts in the old days , but nothing compares to the mindless , feckless , hapless , useless , needless , senseless , parody of sports television that fox feeds us every week .
I agree with VaBlueGrass. Maybe the best solution is a single GWC of 5-10 laps. A 2-lap shootout isn’t good racing; it’s all about who gets the best restart. Let them race for a few laps and settle it that way. It’s very similar to how a 10-race dash to the championship isn’t a good way to determine a champion.
Dan’s Mom should take a moment and watch the whole race. Number one they were not only down to the last ten laps or so but you had two guys at the front that were beating and banging to win the race. Remember that this is when purses were much smaller and NASCAR wasn’t as well known as it is now so these guys were racing for the pure love of racing. Had Dansmom actually watched the whole race she/he would have also observed that the guys in the booth also spent alot of time focusing on other cars as well as the race as a whole and actually adding useful commentary. This is unlike today where the guys in the booth are puppets spouting off the NASCAR party line or more concerned with their own self interests. While one such as Dansmom could be critical of the camera work they would also have to take into account that we are after all looking at a film clip nearly 25 years ago. I’m sure if they had 10 cameras there we’d all be surpised but the bottom line if one was to look at the clip with an open mind and truely compare the racing and commentary side by side they would find that perhaps NASCAR racing has lost a bit of its edge by becoming the corporate giant it is now. In 86’ how many multicar teams did you have? How much did the sponsor play into what happens on the track? Did you hear Dale say anything about his sponsor when a mic was stuck in his face? How about Kyle? Not like he went through the canned speech we all hear now when they are in the winners circle. Heck, Dave Marcis was wearing his wing-tips. No fancy sunglasses, digger, graphics all over the place. Oh, and lest we forget as much as one, such as Dansmom, may point out that cameras focused only on the first two cars, (forgeting the obvious fact that these guys were fighting, and I mean fighting, for a win), what we do get to see in 2010 is the same few guys all during the race no matter what position they are in. If one of them is leading by 15 car lengths we still get to watch them all by themselves lap after lap. Oh, we could go on to about the fact that most of the races now all take place on the same old cookie-cutter tracks. Not like in 86’ when they raced on a variety of tracks, many short tracks at the time. Yeah..what we have now is way more exciting..ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.
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