The Frontstretch: NASCAR Mailbox: Knaus, Kyle, and Kurt ... Oh My by Summer Bedgood -- Thursday June 27, 2013

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NASCAR Mailbox: Knaus, Kyle, and Kurt ... Oh My

Summer Bedgood · Thursday June 27, 2013


Feel good stories are always a great part of the story no matter which series it is or which driver it is. Drivers breaking winless streak is even more fun to watch because of their excitement and the refreshing view of a new driver in Victory Lane.

This weekend we got it twice, with A.J. Allmendinger in the Nationwide Series and Martin Truex Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series. Allmendinger’s redemptive victory and Truex’s first in 218 races both brought smiles to many faces because, let’s be honest, neither have been all that competitive in NASCAR for any long period of time when it comes to victories. Seeing them win a race and their enthusiasm afterwards was certainly fun to watch and one of the more special victories of the season. Instead of “Oh, man, I’ve gotta thank XYZ sponsor” it’s “HOLY CRAP WE JUST WON THE RACE!!” I don’t know about you, but I find the latter response to be much more enjoyable.

It seems that for every one of those special victories we have five more Jimmie Johnson wins, so we definitely try and enjoy those while we can. Then again, Johnson has been known to jump on golf carts when he’s feeling particularly giddy, so you never know.

Anyway, on to your questions:

Is it me or does Chad Knaus seem to be making some really bad pit calls for the 48 team? Could he be tired or has the magic gone between the dynamic duo? Makes one wonder about that golden horseshoe. Lin and Major

With all due respect, last time I checked Jimmie Johnson was still leading the points and by a fairly significant amount. He finished ninth in Sonoma, was well on his way to challenging Greg Biffle for the win at Michigan before losing a right front tire, and won the week prior in Pocono.

I’m failing to see what the issue is here.

If you’re referring to Michigan’s four tire call by Chad Knaus at Michigan, even Johnson said that Knaus was being too hard on himself. Johnson was starting to catch Biffle at the end of the race anyway and it’s hardly Knaus’ fault that either Jonson ran his car too hard or ran something over. Statistically speaking, they weren’t expected to do well at Michigan anyway.

Not every race can be a win: after winning 5 straight titles and dominating a series for the better part of a decade, Chad Knaus is right more often than not. Plus he doesn’t drive the car on restarts.

Sonoma itself isn’t an easy race to call either, and even though the duo has won a race there, they are certainly not dominant when it comes to road racing.

Johnson and Knaus are just fine and will more than likely be right there up front contending for the championship once the Chase starts.

Here’s my question … Does Kyle Busch actually believe he’s proving anything by bashing the fans on Twitter?? He just makes himself look more like an ass than usual! Nick

KYLE was bashing the FANS?! Check his mentions column, dude. The fans were doing a majority of the bashing.

Now, as far as what he was proving, that’s a different story. I think the only thing he really “proved” was that all of the nasty things fans send to him really don’t do anything. His feelings aren’t offended and his feelings aren’t hurt.

He just thinks they’re stupid.

It’s hard to blame him when he still has disillusioned (or delusional) Junior fans still pissing and moaning about the wreck at Richmond in 2008 or are still angry with him for (gasp!) winning so often. Admittedly, his tendency to overreact and whine about things that aren’t that big of a deal probably doesn’t help either.

In fact, one of the reason so many fans were jumping his case after the race on Sunday was because he was whining about how Juan Pablo Montoya and Carl Edwards raced him. I think he was wrong to whine, too, but some fans just like to rip him a new one every time he so much as breathes in the wrong direction.

I don’t think he was right to complain about what happened on Sunday, but I don’t blame him for replying to irrefutably ignorant people who hate him just for the sake of hating him. I’d do the same thing if I had that many people sending me hate tweets just because they were bored.

I heard that Ryan Newman will probably take over for Kevin Harvick in the No. 29 car at the end of the year when Harvick leaves for Stewart Haas Racing. If that’s the case, where does that leave Kurt Busch? He’s way too talented to stay with Furniture Row Racing. Kristin

How is he too good for them? Oh, I know that’s not what you actually said, but that’s what you’re implying. Even if Busch is a Sprint Cup Series champion, he’s burned enough bridges on the way to where he is to very much “deserve” to be where he is.

That’s not a shot at Furniture Row Racing, however. There is no arguing that they were one of the strongest cars on track and ultimately finished fourth. Not to mention they have three other top-fives and a total of six top 10s this season. That’s better than they were previously doing with Regan Smith, who is enjoying a successful year right where he belongs: In the Nationwide Series.

Why is this man smiling? After announcing he was looking for a ride for next year, he might not be — slim pickings for 2014 out there, but the No. 78 has been fast the last few weeks.

I guess one possible opportunity might be Earnhardt Ganassi Racing since there have been conversations before. I don’t really know how well he’d do at that team since they’re not usually amongst the conversations regarding race-winning teams (though the No. 42 team has contended for wins three times so far this year), but at the same time neither is FRR.

I’d really be curious to see how far that team could come with Busch behind the wheel for a year or two. They’re already ten times more competitive and the cohesiveness of the organization seems to be so smooth, that it I can’t imagine that they’d like to split that up. Why ruin a good thing if they are already heading in the right direction?

Now, my question to all of you: If you won the lottery and decided to become a team owner and you could have any three drivers you wanted, who would you choose?

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06/27/2013 09:29 AM

Johnson, to get me lots of nice trophies. Earnhardt, to get me lots of sponsorship dollars because even lottery money can run out. And Kenseth, beause I like nice guys.

Sherri T
06/27/2013 12:23 PM

First: I’d have to win a REALLY BIG LOTTERY to become a team owner because with having to purchase Cars, Drivers, Tools & Equipment as well as crews to run everything properly and media people to clue me in on how to proceed, it would be REALLY expensive!

That said, if I could guarantee “Hendrick Level” equipment and people, I would choose – Bobby Labonte (I think he would shine with good equipment again), AJ Allmendinger (the guy has talent, just needs good equipment/people), and Mark Martin (‘cause his experience with crews and teammates can only elevate the organization).

I’m a huge JG fan, but his luck just sucks lately and the attitude of some of the other guys just scares me. The above 3 guys know how to get it done and they all know how to put in 110% effort.

Kevin in SoCal
06/27/2013 12:28 PM

If Newman goes to Childress, he’s just keeping the seat warm for the Dillon brothers anyway. And Newman is 10 times the driver in green that gets to stay at SHR, but he doesnt bring the sponsorship dollars that said driver does.

06/27/2013 01:29 PM

Whoo….be an owner?

To have exciting and talented drivers?

Brad K
Kyle Busch
Matt Kenseth

To play along with Nascar?

Jimmie Johnson
Dale Jr.
(all driving Hendrick-powered Chevys)

Chris in TX
06/27/2013 01:57 PM

Fernando Alonso,
Kyle Larson

These guys can get cars to go fast with sheer willpower.

I’d really want Regan Smith too, if you say I can’t have Alonso :)

Carl D.
06/27/2013 02:04 PM

Brad Keselowsi – Talented and Outspoken and he comes with a past champion’s provisional…

A.J. Allmendinger – Talented and he shares my birthday…

Kyle Busch – Talented and it would be fun to boss him around.

Carl D.
06/27/2013 02:17 PM

And according to Nascar rules I can field four teams so I want another driver…

All-Star Danica Patrick – Because billions of all-star voters can’t be wrong.

Sue Rarick
06/27/2013 05:52 PM

Kyle Busch
Matt Kennseth

If there was a 4th it would be Kurt.

06/27/2013 09:17 PM

Kevin in SoCal…. agree about Princess Sparkle Pony. Go Daddy has a real driver in Indy car this year. I was at the Iowa Indy car race this past weekend. Total domination by the green car for a series high 3rd win this year.

06/27/2013 09:39 PM

If FRR keeps contending for wins the rest of this season, Kurt would be nuts to leave that team. The 78 is on the map for the first time ever.