Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
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Nick Bromberg · Tuesday October 26, 2010
Kurt Busch just wants to be the guy to take down Hendrick Motorsports, doesn’t he? If he doesn’t, it sure seems that way.
Earlier in the season, he put it upon himself to be the rival to Jimmie Johnson’s throne — that’s not working out so well — and now Jeff Gordon’s on his hit list. Hell, if Dale Earnhardt, Jr. starts running up front more often, he may find himself unwittingly in Busch’s crosshairs. Beware, Junior.
Oh yeah, there’s also that whole “pretty boys” thing, too.
Gordon admitted that he overdrove the corner in which he got into Busch. Gordon had a very good car for the first half of the race and then got stuck back in traffic after a pit stop, simply getting into Busch trying to make up too much ground too soon. All the contact did was knock Busch out of the groove, and he only lost one position.
No harm, no foul, right? After all, it’s Martinsville. Contact happens.
Apparently not. Busch hooked Gordon on his left quarterpanel and sent Gordon towards the inside retaining wall. And no, don’t even for a second believe Busch when he said over the radio that he was trying to let Gordon go. If you’re going to make it that blatant, just own up to it.
Gordon’s day was ruined, and Busch was lucky that Gordon didn’t retaliate for the contact when Busch passed his wounded racecar late in the race. Maybe he’s going to pounce when Busch isn’t expecting it.
It was reported that Busch signed his contract extension with Penske nine days after it was revealed that Kasey Kahne was going to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. Just a coincidence, right? After all, there weren’t any public reports that linked Busch to Hendrick, and quite frankly, he wasn’t seen as a candidate, at least publicly. No one would start to connect the dots themselves if Busch hadn’t presented them with the paper with the dots on it.
Busch’s “pretty boys” comment was in reference to the contact that he and Jimmie Johnson had at Loudon. That looked even more innocuous than the contact Gordon initiated at Martinsville. The two drivers were racing for the win. Then Johnson and Busch got together at Pocono, with Busch getting the worst of it.
“I like to race the cars and race ‘em hard, race ‘em smart,” Busch commented. “We’ll talk about racing, because that’s what we should be talking about. If the roles were reversed, I’d have been hung…lynched at the gate, you know, for wrecking the four-time champion. But if the roles really were reversed, I wouldn’t have bumped the No. 48 in that fashion, and both of us would have continued on and ended up with good results.”
There was more.
“(Roger Penske) really helped me mature as a driver on and off the track, and, you know, if I even thought that I had a shot of jumping in that No. 5 car, a pretty boy named Kasey Kahne got picked over me, so that could answer your question as well.”
If you don’t want people to think about obscure and previously unthought of angles, you don’t bring them up. Especially in a press conference. Going after Johnson, Gordon, Junior and in a lesser instance, Mark Martin? Fine. But dropping Kahne’s name? Odd.
With his comments and actions over the season, it’s obvious that Busch desperately does want to be the guy to conquer Hendrick Motorsports. You’ve got to appreciate Busch’s candor in taking on the sport’s biggest team and his desire to knock the four-time champion off his perch.
But the way that Busch has gone about doing that is making him look downright petulant. Since joining Penske, Busch has undergone a pretty significant transformation, and it looked like he had the corporate pitchman role down pat — something that the Hendrick drivers do very well, too.
Now, Busch is just making it look personal.
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Hendrick and all his racecars do not belong in nascrap. felon owner, crooked crew chiefs, getting parts from chevy no one els can, buying off brian. 4 undeserved championships and everybody on the track knows it. Bunch of sissy-men drivers, the ONLY thing worse than hendrick is toyota and Joe gibbs….sold out America and pretends to be such a religious man.
“No harm, no foul, right? After all, it’s Martinsville. Contact happens.”
So does retaliation. That’s short track racing as well. For more on why Jeff Gordon got taken out by Busch, and why Gordon hasn’t made too many friends on the track this year, you should read today’s column by your colleague Doug Turnbull. What comes around goes around, especially at a place like Martinsville.
Over the years Gordon has pushed drivers out of the way when ever he could. He is not Mr clean!!!
@ JohnnyBoy60: Still fighting WW II? Didn’t Chevy, Ford, and Dodge “sell out” America when they moved major portions of manufacturing to Canada and Mexico?
I mean Toyota did come in and employ Americans while The Big Three, combined, were laying of hundreds of thousands.
I suspect every driver on-track would love to be the one that ends HMS domination. I also suspect that almost every driver out there covets one of the 4-10 seats (depending on how you count them) HMS provides.
Jealous Kurt? Kurt is the type of driver, if he isn’t having a good day, he will try to take others with him. The 24 was that driver on Sunday, joining J.J., Tony Stewart and Jimmy Spencer to name a few. He’s never been that good since he left Roush. Remember how he quit on them in 2005. Kurt has his flashes where he wins some races, but he’s not in the class of the top teams. It also probably bothers him that little brother is better than him now. He may a have title, but he is the Derrick Cope of Cup Champions. Definitely the least deserving of all Chase Champions. Just look at the 2004 stats, minus the final Chase standings.
The Busch brothers are missing a few key elements in the human relations area. Apparently, their father never taught them ‘respect’ for others. Kurt lost what little respect I had for him toward the end of his time at Roush Racing. Since then, I really could care less what he does. Same with shrub. They are reality show personalities, useless to me.
Hey, Gordon made contact and Busch decided to punish him for it. Whether or not that was warranted is open for debate, either way Kurt has proven time and time again that overall, he is one of the biggest putzes in NASCAR.
like it or not that contact with JG and KB was one of the things that will keep people watching. Maybe Kurt over-did the payback thing, but I am with him, enough is enough with the Hendrick team and the Press’ love affair with all things hendrick.
Gordon wacked Busch. Busch says to himself, “enough of this BS,” puts his foot to the floor and punts Gordon. Way over the top—yes. Understandable—absolutely.
Kurt Busch…what a waist of talent. A jackass till the end. Not a “pretty boy” but for sure a baby boy
I guess if I am Jeff, I would wait until Kurt has something to lose, like a shot at a championship, before I would retaliate. That way I probably wouldn’t ever have to retaliate
Nascar needs more jackasses like KB
I think Kurt still holds a grudge from when he quit Roush and wanted to land with another team. Busch approached Hendrick and Rick said something like let me see what Jeff and Jimmy say and I’m guessing what they said was, “No.” Something about fitting the Hendrick image maybe…
Plus there’s the whole thing with brother Kyle being fired by Hendrick…
Those Busch boys do hold a grudge.
And how do you know this? I don’t remember reading anything about Busch being passed over because of Gordon and Johnson giving him the thumbs down. Personally, I would too, he’s a putz.
Where is Jimmy Spencer when you need him?
Jacob, the Detroit Three auto makers were practically forced to move to Canada and Mexico due to both greedy unions making unrealistic demands, and our wonderful government increasing the emissions standards for manufacturing plants to unreasonable levels. Not to mention giving huge tax breaks and incentives to foreign companies for investing and building in America, while at the same time increasing the taxes and fees on American companies.
Chuck: Waist = the middle part of your body where a belt goes around. You meant waste.
@ Glenn You are exactly right,would go along way towards stemming the plummeting ratings and attendance.
Jeff Gordon’s M.O. is that he will wait to get Kurt back when the opportunity is right. Go to YouTube and search for the 2006 Chicago race, that is how he got Kenseth back. When it happens it will look more like a “racing incident” and will probably take something dear from Kurt, like a win. I hope it happens at the 500 next year.
Kevin good job
Kevin: They could have declared bankruptcy, legally broken the contracts with the unions, and restructured. But even during our current economic troubles, they take the taxpayer’s money and continue to add to the unemployment lines.
The poor design and reliability hurt sales.
As for emissions standards, God forbid that we should have factories and NOT toxic waste dumps in our cities.
No Spin Gerry: The ONLY thing I have ever seen you give is spin.
Jeff Gordon is pretty good at “accidentally” overdriving corners, and not meaning to get into someone. So I really don’t have a problem with what Kurt did. I do have a problem with him being to much of a sissy to just own up to it.
@ Matt: I believe you hit the nail on the head. A short story about the Busches; A few years back i was at LVMS for the Duel in the Desert, Kyle was supposed to drive a modified. Papa Busch and Kyle started to walk through the pit gate and were stopped by security and were told they needed pit passes. Papa goes “Dont you know who we are? This is Kyle Busch and I’m his father.” So obviously they were raised with a sense of entitlement, to say the least.
@ Pat: Gordon might be waiting a long time, lol!
Jacob, we could debate this all day and probably wont change any minds. I place most of the blame on the unions, because Toyota, Honda, etc, are non-union and are continually turning out reliable cars and profits. While the Detroit 3 are all unionized, and their cars have been considered poor quality and unreliable for years. Not to mention all the bankruptcy issues and bailouts of the last few years. Someone else could come along and say the executives in the corporate office are just as greedy, and I would agree, but as I first said, most of the blame belongs with the unions. They are continually asking for less work, higher pay, and more benefits. In what other job can you go on strike, picket in front of your employer, say nasty things about them, and keep your job once things are worked out?
Obviously I’m on Gordon’s side of this argument having been a Jeff Gordon fan for years. I had just started giving the older of the busch boys a modicum of respect since he seemed to have grown up with Penske’s team. But obviously I was wrong in that assessment. Nope, he’s still a jackass, just like his brother. I guess his family must have raised them like wolves for all the manners they exhibit.
Just for the record I have a 2004 Mustang and I’ve never had a lick of trouble with it. Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ll walk out to the parking lot and it probably won’t start… Still, when it kicks the bucket I’ll probably buy another Ford, despite the fact that Carl Edwards drives one.
Isn’t overdriving the corner known as aero-push?