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.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Welcome to Frontstretch’s newest column, What’s the Call? Every week, we’ll take a controversial topic in the NASCAR world and have two of your favorite writers duke it out, one-on-one, with their opinion on the issue. Then, you, the fans, have a chance to comment below and let us know your thoughts, as well as who YOU think has the better argument! Let the fun begin!
This Week’s Question: After a wreck last Sunday at Chicagoland between Mike Bliss and Jeff Gordon, the two drivers reporterdly had a post-race confrontation in which a punch was thrown. Nothing has been confirmed, but Bliss arrived to the track at New Hampshire with a black eye. The incident raises the question: should NASCAR investigate driver fights or assaults that happen outside the track and issue penalties if necessary? Or is what happens after the race none of NASCAR’s business?
I’ll admit off the bat, arguing for the investigation of Jeff Gordon after last Sunday’s incident with Mike Bliss is a difficult one to pursue. That’s simply because once NASCAR drivers leave the track, they are no longer at a NASCAR-sanctioned event, and therefore beyond the sport’s jurisdiction in a sense that any incident that goes on is likely not in view of the public.
But it’s one thing to have a vocal argument in private, and quite another to throw a punch. And if Jeff Gordon did throw a punch, his status in the sport should leave him open to an investigation. Jeff Gordon, as well as Mike Bliss, are no regular citizens: they are professional athletes, role models for millions of individuals, and as such need to be held to a higher standard. Physically assaulting another competitor is simply unacceptable in this day and age of NASCAR’s modern era.
What if it was Bliss assaulting Gordon, and the punch damaged Gordon’s eye to the point he needed to miss a race because of it? Millions of Gordon fans everywhere would be up in arms, calling for Bliss to be burned at the stake. But because Bliss is one of the less popular drivers on the tour, he’s allowed to walk around with a black eye without anyone giving us even a hint of what happened in the airport last Sunday afternoon.
If a NASCAR driver does drugs outside the track, he is suspended accordingly for his misdeeds. Why wouldn’t we extend those same policies to drivers who break the law in other ways? And while a punch can just be a punch, it is a form of assault, and charges can be pressed because of one. NASCAR would be wise to at least do a little poking around to see what happened here, because the next time someone gets punched in the eye, there might be a little more damage done then simply someone’s pride.
While NASCAR has every right to police the actions of drivers and crew members at the track, they do not and should not have the authority to investigate or take action against them for their actions off the track. That’s like your local police officer giving you a speeding ticket because he heard you were over the speed limit in Wyoming last week. It might be perfectly true that you were a bit leadfooted that day in Wyoming, just like it may be true that Jeff Gordon and Mike Bliss had fisticuffs in an airport, but it’s A) hearsay, and B) out of the local guy’s, or in this case, NASCAR’s, jurisdiction.
While Gordon and Bliss may have done something that they would regret in the morning, they should not be called into the Oval Office, chewed out, fined, docked points, or made to write 500 times, "I will not violate 12-4-A." Yes, NASCAR does have an image to think about and a gajillion sponsors to kowtow to, but there is a line here. NASCAR is not the Nice Police; they are the national sanctioning body of a sport. NASCAR does not employ drivers; they oversee races. Once the race is over, the drivers and crews are beyond the long arm of NASCAR’s law. It would be an invasion of privacy to investigate every off track incident. If that incident were to carry over onto the racetrack, endangering the safety of others, then, yes, of course, NASCAR should intervene. But in this instance, that was clearly not the case.
So while Mike Bliss may have nursed a bruise or two, and Gordon may have chinked his image a bit, the events that occurred between them should remain between them. While I wouldn’t advise their method of settling racing differences, I would also hate to see NASCAR do the wrong thing in this case. The precedent it would set is far too detrimental.
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YES, DEFINITELY IF 2 RACE DRIVERS ARE IN A FIGHT OFF TRACK THEN THEY SHOULD BE DEALT WITH BY NASCAR, EVEN IF IT’S CRY BABY JEFF GORDON. HE’S NO BETTER THAN THE REST OF THEM & SHOULD BE PUNISHED. THE SAME GOES FOR DWI OR DRUGS OR ANY OTHER LAW BREAKING SITUATIONS.
I totally disagree, baby Jeff has no right to put his hands on anyone. It is because it was Jeff Gordon who can do no wrong in Nascar eyes, look how he crawled around the track and was not black flagged. He really should be charged with assualt and battery.
Oh, for heaven’s sakes, leave it alone. Years ago there were lots of times when drivers settled things between them. We’ve become so incredibly politically correct that you can’t just settle things without involving the whole world. If a punch was thrown, leave it up to them to deal with it. NASCAR shouldn’t be involved. It should be handled between the people involved.
NASCAR should mind it’s own business. However, had this been anyone but Jeff Gordon (let’s say Robbie Gordon)NASCAR would have jumped in. I agree with Savannah,
Jeff was not meeting minimum speed and NASCAR did not black flag him.
Good grief, what a bunch of whiners we have here. You guys must all be Junior fans, bc that’s what Junior fans do: whine and make up excuses for Junior’s failures, then try to bust on Jeff Gordon every chance you get.
Here’s a clue for you: if NASCAR was about races where the best drivers wins, Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart would win every week. There is not another driver on the grid who can come near to matching the talent of these two guys, so NASCAR has to keep changing rules to give drivers like Junior a chance to win. So how is it that Gordon get’s preferential treatment?
Bliss got punched by Tony Stewart last year, now Gordon this year. Maybe he’ll learn to be more careful on the track, and keep his mouth shut off the track.
Its hard to imagine Jeff Gordon throwing a punch because he’s such a little guy. But Mike Bliss is about his size so if they actually were scuffling it was a fair fight.
I don’t have a problem with an argument getting physical in certain circumstances—sometimes a punch in the nose is just what the doctor ordered for an attitude problem (Jimmy Spencer is the best friend Kurt Busch ever had—a position that does not endear me to my fellow Kurt Busch fans). As long as its a fair fight they can be men about it and not whine.
Bottom line is, what happens between drivers off-camera, on their own time, and out of the public eye is their business and not mine. If formal assault charges are filed then and only then it becomes a public matter. Otherwise, its a private issue and can stay that way.
This isn’t about Jeff Gordon or Mike Bliss Or Tony Stewart or Junior. It’s definately not about being black flagged for driving too slow at New Hampshire. Let’s stick to the topic as posted.
If ANY driver gets into an altercation off the track, he’s putting his season at risk because, well, he might get hurt and miss a race or two. For a driver without “star” quality, it might cost him his ride. That in itself is should be enough to make a driver think twice before getting involved in a fight.
That said, if a driver DOES get in a fight, believe me, the owners, sponsors, and race teams will remind a driver just what they stand to lose should it happen again. Nascar doesn’t have to deal with it, and shouldn’t deal with it. It’s a race team issue. If it becomes a full blown criminal assault, I’m sure the law would deal with it apprpriately as well.
Let boys be boys, men be men, if the men want to behave like boys, let them pay the same price the rest of us pay.
What really surprises me is that Jeff Gordon won the fight. Guess he’s not the wimp a lot of us thought he was.
My goodness the Whiney Jr fans are crying their eyes out here! Grow up!!! These babys are not real race fans! They only like to whiney about anything & everything Jeff does! See, it is fans like you that give us real Jr fans a bad name. I don’t like Gordon at all, But it happened away from the track NA$CAR should just leave it alone! Good for Jeff! I just gained a ton more respect for him! Thank goodnes NA$CAR is mature enough to stay out of it. Unlike the whiney babies here!
I think what nascar has done is just fine. If Mike Bliss wants to make it a bigger deal then I believe he has that right. But, as long as he doesn’t want to talk about it then everyone should just let it go. We all know that nascar penalties are a joke anyway. The fines end up going back to the drivers. Why don’t these funds go to the Victory Junction Gang. That is what needs to be discussed.
I just really want to know why some people feel it’s necessary to call names of the drivers or their fans in order to argue their point??
IMO: What happened with Gordon and Bliss was away from the track; therefore, NASCAR should stay out of it. If they want to have a talk with the drivers that’s one thing, but no need to fine or suspend. If the two were “normal people” at the airport fighing, police would be involved if one of the parties wanted to press it. Apparently, Bliss does not, so that’s that.
TOTALLY off topic: David, I agree that NASCAR giving the fines back to the drivers is ludicrious. If you are going to do that, they need to give to the drivers who have NOT been penalized, which might give some of the under-funded teams a little more pocket change. I agree charity is a good answer, but let’s not forget that while the VJGC is a great charity, is it not the only one deserving of help!! There are so many out there, including the Kenny Irwin camp, which seems to have been forgotten. If not to charity, I think NASCAR should start thinking about putting it in a fund to help out drivers as they get older or if they suffer serious, career ending injuries. Like Nadeau, who apparently had to sell everything and move his family in with his parents after suffering his injury. There are alot of great things that NASCAR can do with those funds, outside of making the rich richer. Hmmm…I smell an article coming on….
It’s none of Nascar’s stinking business.
Tony Stewart should have been thrown out of Nascar with all the things he pulled.
Gordon should have knocked Bliss’ teeth down his throat.
Bliss intentionally got into him.
I’m pretty sure almost every driver is quilty of intentionally getting into someone at some point, even Jeff Gordon. That doesn’t mean physical harm is necessary to get your point across. Although, it apparantly did help Kurt Busch…
It’s racing, it’s emotional, it happens. C’est la vie!!
There were at least 100 witnesses to this incident. Jeff and his entourage went to Bliss’ plane where Jeff walked up and cold-cocked Bliss who then went to the ground and was out. There didn’t seem to be any conversation between the two and punches were not exchange.
If NASCAR doesn’t and shouldn’t get into the drivers’ business off track then why is it that NASCAR does random drug testing and suspends drivers for failing the test? When Wimmer got fined for a DWI and resisting arrest and had his state drivers license suspended why did he get to continue driving on the race track? NASCAR is inconsistent with it’s rules and fines.
I agree that if it was any other driver (T. Stewart, K. Busch, J. Spencer…pick one) it would have been all over the news and NASCAR would have something to say. But because it is the “Golden Boy” nothing is done. Pay closer attention to how Jeff’s attitude and demeaner has changed since his driving has started falling off!!
I love NASCAR racing and I am a fan of Jr., Tony, Johnson, Sadler, Kahn, Mayfield, Busch (both of them), Robbie Gordon, Jarrett, Labonte, Mears, Edwards….but Jeff Gordon can kiss my patootie!! He’s done!!
I don’t think you compare fighting to drugs. If a driver is doing drugs off the track, it can definitely affect his performance and the safety of other drivers on the track. While I am a Wimmer fan, I’m not exactly sure why he didn’t get some kind of suspension, even if it was just one event. However, he seems to have kept himself out of trouble since that incident, which is something a certain someone caught with drugs in his system wasn’t able to do. I agree, NASCAR has been a little inconsistent where this is concerned (drugs vs. alcohol), but I dont think you can compare NASCAR’s reactions to a fight with their reactions to drug abuse.
Who cares. I just like good racing no matter who the driver is.
Bliss deserved it!!!!!!!!!!!
the incident is none of nascars business, it was away from the track after an event, they have no right or jurisdiction over what the drivers do on their own time, just like any other job the employer has no right to tell a person what they can and cannot do away from work. ps, jeff had a good argument, bliss is an idiot
Wow…some pretty nasty comments about Jeff but on to the subject. My opinion is that as long as it isn’t drug related which could affect the other drivers of Nascar…and it was off the track and not at a Nascar sanctioned event…it’s none of Nascar’s business and it’s none of mine as a fan of Jeff’s nor is it any of you all that are calling Jeff wimp, crybaby and other like names.
It does amaze me though the crap that the media will go with to get a few headlines and it amazes me even farther what the jealous anit-Gordon fans can think of to say. But then you have to figure most aren’t old enough to know who Fireball Roberts is so you have to realize it’s their age that leads them to such asinine comments…and the fact that they are Jr fans.
Mike Bliss, as I saw it, was busy handling Bootie Barker’s wheel chair when Jeff Gordon blind sided him…hmmm! Is it fair for the richest drivers in Nascar to get away with throwing punches…Mike Bliss could be rich if he would have sued Stewart who was waiting in his transporter for him and Jeff Gordon who waited until he was busy with helping his crew chief!! Isn’t that assualt with wealthy fists!!
It’s all speculation that Jeff gave Bliss a Black eye. I really don’t think Jeff could whip himself out of a paper bag.
Nascar should not get involved if it doesn’t happen inside a Nascar funtion.
Welcome to the real world of racing Jeff. That is the way most of the drivers in Cup racing live week to week.
I would say no because it was an off track incident. But thinking about NASCAR and their stupidity, remember a few seasons back when NASCAR had the gull to step in after Scott Wimmer’s little drinking mishap? NASCAR virtually had no right to do anything but….since they can do just about anything they want, they put him probation. They treated it as as an on-track incident, they sure as heck should do the same here. In that case he should get Jimmy Spencers treatment, banned for one race.
But then again theres no consistancy in NASCAR’s ruling so. And considering Jeff is apparently gods gift to racing, NASCAR won’t dare touch him.
I am old enough to remember Fireball Roberts, who I met at my first race in Darlington, and to remember NASCAR when it was just racing and not the side show it is today. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to watch it but it’s not what it used to be. I hate that we have lost all the old tracks to cookie cutters and the veterans are thrown to the wolves as being too old….anybody remember Harry Gantt??
Anyway…the Gordon-Bliss encounter did not make it to the headlines and it’s not a made up encounter. There are plenty of people who witnessed it. I just think Gordon took a cheap shot. It was “just racing”!
I would say no because it was an off the track incident. Its none of NASCAR’s business.If it was drugs it would be different because drugs can hurt your body. I agree Jeff Gordon hitting mike bliss. mike bliss shouldn’t have wrecked him out.
leave it alone. It’s their problem not ours. Let nascar check with the guys to make sure that it not gonna carry over to the track. If it continues then NASCAR can get involved.
all you jr. fans need to just shut up. if it werent for jr’s daddy and jeff gordon, nascar wouldnt be where it is today. for god’s sake i dont even race and i have as many championships as jr.
LOL I see some of these Jeff fans are closet Jr fans after all. Jr has absolutley nothing to do with the story and his name has already been mentioned several times by them.
Anyway all kidding aside, I think NASCAR should at least address the situation. Unlike the Spencer-Busch incident, this was just a racing deal after all. Mike got into the corner too hot and unfortunetly got into Jeffs path. Petty’s done it, Sr’s done it, Jeffs done it…..name any driver who hasn’t.
Nascar should stay out of it. Fans should stay out of it. Why even ask for their opinions, you will never get anything resolved anyway. All of the name calling and bringing other drivers into it. Let’s just support the sport, our drivers and the love of racing. We live in a world where everyone has an opinion and they are welcome to share it, but it will not solve anything. Jeff and Mike are probably laughing at all of us for all of the attention we are giving this incident.
I say way to go Jeffy, if Jeff did smack him, Bliss had it comming. He clearly ran over Jeff, and I’m glad to see Jeff Gordon stick up for himself for once. Let’s not forget the way Mike Bliss cried and cried when he was turned around at the all-star race qualifier in Charrlotte earlier this year. and now he does even worse to Jeff. Bliss is never going to make it anyway. Final answer,NASCAR needs to stay out of it .
No I don’t think that NASCAR should
NASCAR shouldn’t have anyting to do with this incident. It wasn’t at the track, so it’s up to Bliss if he wants to press charges. And all you Dale Jr. fans should just keep your mouths shut because we all know that Junior is the biggest baby in NASCAR. You just want to take out on Jeff beacuse Little E can’t back up his on-track performance with all the hype he doesn’t and never will deserve.
its good to know that so much envy for a driver can so cloud one’s fair judgement. everyone has thier favorite driver but when it comes to opinions on an incident such as this fair views cannot be found. im a huge gordon fan, and i will say no matter who was involved bliss needed a poke in the nose
I was at the race in Chicago and listening via headset. Jeff Gordon was not the only one that was unhappy at Bliss. Mike could not control his car that day and had no business racing. Instead of racing as hard as he did he should have backed off and just tried to finish the race. He could have had his best finish of the year, that would be 39th or so right? As for you whiny Jr. fans… SHUT UP! I am sick and tired of you whine-heads! His Dad was great, yes; he is not!
I think that NA$CAR should stay out of it. It didnâ€™t happen at the track or on film that I know of. I doubt that Bliss will file charges... Iâ€™m just glad that Jeff showed that he has balls off the track too!!
Right on Linda!
I have read all the messages from the Jeff Gordon fans who think he is so perfect. However, I do not think Nascar will get involved simply because it was their â€œfair haired childâ€. Jeff can do no wrong in their eyes. What if the tables had been turned and it was Bliss who delivered the blowâ€”how many of you think Nascar would not get involved then ???????????
WHAT THE HELL DOES JR HAVE TO DO WITH THIS? ISNâ€™T THIS GORDONâ€™S FANS? ANYWAY, NASCAR SHOULD STAY OUT OF THIS, IT HAPPENED OFF THE TRACK. I JUST CANâ€™T BELIEVE GORDON HIT SOMEONE.
what the hell does jr. have to do with any of this?? This is about... gordon who has to walk up with his buddies and sucker punch bliss,and not be a man about it.in our opinion nascar should not get involved, it was off the track.I agree with the woman who said gordon couldnt fight his way out of a paper bag. Bliss should beat the crap out of him. How many times has gordon put someone out of a race, but he always seems to have something to WHINE about nothing is ever good enough for him. Yes we are junior fans but he has nothing to do with this because if he were involved he would have beat the crap out of gordon and Gordon would have tried to get nascar involved and i am sure he would have succeeded.GO JUNIOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think nascar should stay out of this because this was between gordon and bliss.Bliss deserved what he got for taking gordon out of the race.All you junior fans can keep hating because you all know that gordon will rally and make the chase, while junior will be on the outside looking in, then what will you be complaining about. Go Gordon!Refuse to lose!
OMG, Jr. fans’ only buisness here is to piss on Jeff. You people are lame and your opinions are all hype like your driver. Get lives for once! So Jeff punched a guy… who cares. It’s his buisness. Nascar shouldn’t get involved. As for you people claiming Jeff sucker punched Mike, B.S.! Show us the proof. You are all going off rumors, you all weren’t there so STFU!
I have read all the comments posted and some are very far fetched. the topic here is about NASCAR and the incident between Gordon and Bliss. I am not a Jr fan, but I think that all the smearing of Jr is uncalled for. I am a Gordon fan. What we are dealing with is speculation. I believe that there were witnesses but there are several renditions to the story. I do not agree with anyone hitting someone else, because I believe that is wrong, no matter who you are. I believe Bliss did take Gordon out. However, Gordon did say if he were running where he should have been running, up front, then he would not have been there to get hit by Bliss. Unfortunately, when you are not having a good season, and you are frustrated, being human, tempers are going to rise. It was wrong for Gordon to punch Bliss, if that is indeed what happened. I agree with a comment earlier that the team and sponsors are going to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Whoever you are, when you are in the spot light, and you are a role model to kids, you need to hold yourself to a higher standard than the local bar hop. NASCAR is responsible for their driver images, because even though this incident happened away from the track, NASCAR needs to tell the boys to clean up their act and remind them of their status, and make sure it doesn’t carry onto the track. Just like the local college boys here, when they get into an altercation, they are suspended from a game or two, to make a point that that stuff is not tolerated. I think that NASCAR needs to fine them or something. They should not take points away since it happened off the track. Whether charges are filed or not, NASCAR needs to take a stance that this will not be tolerated. I also agree that the money needs to go to charity or to some driver fund.
I did not see what happened, so I do not know what happened. No two of those who say that they did tell the same story so what they say doesn’t matter either. As a Jeff fan for years (married to a Jr. fan) I can only go by his (Jeff’s) past actions. For all the bumps and slurs and rudeness and booing he has quietly taken for years I can not believe he would blow up for nothing at this time.However, if he did….Yes, he should not have lost his temper and yes if he did hit someone,he should be fined $5000 and it should be given to the victory junction gang in Bliss’ name, and if he isn’t fined, Jeff should make the gesture on his own. This would be even better than Nascar getting involved with off the track activity.
Had this happened in the day of REAL races , Jr.’s Daddy would have just run over Bliss to the cheering of the fans, ... and fights were not that uncommon.
Sure, the best race would be one with Jr., Jeff and Tony racing each other, but can we realize that if the only driver out there was our favourite running around the track by themselves, there would be a very boring race day? We can love one driver without being a potty trash mouth to another one, we need them all to have a great race and a wonderful sport.
these guys are real people too, and they can make mistakes, too, let’s not be the catalist that hurt someone’s carreer..
If NASCAR takes the stance of post-race incidents being none of their business, they will lose the ability to instill discipline for the things drivers do that are detrimental to NASCAR’s image and reputation. For example, Shane Hmiel’s suspension cannot be upheld, comments in victory lane are not subject to fines and penalties, etc. Should NASCAR fine Jeff Gordon? Absolutely! I’m a Jeff Gordon fan and I can tell you he needs a huge wake-up call. He should have been fined in Dover for threatening to deliberately spin out Tony Stewart and he should be fined now and not some piddly little $2000. I’m talking a big fine and oh by the way, he doesn’t make the chase because he just lost another 150 points. I don’t care that Gordon is in a slump. It doesn’t change the fact that I am his fan, but he is acting like a spoiled little kid and not the responsible adult I know he is. Whatever it takes to straighten him out, I’ll take it.
well,well,well…this is the most amazing stuff! No one is going to agree on this issue and I’d like to see how any one of us would have reacted in the same circumstances. I agree that this happened off the track which should take NASCAR out of the equation as a major factor. Mike has legal recourse should he be so inclined. I have been a Gordon fan since he made his NASCAR debut, but that doesn’t mean I always agree with everything he does on or off the track. There are very few times I have felt he did something out of line. He has almost always been a gentleman and accepted blame when he should have. One of the things I have most liked about him is how obvious it is that he thinks carefully about what he says publicly even if he has every right to “go off’ on someone. He has been one of the greatest role models for young people in the business of sports that I have seen over time in a world gone mad in that respect. The fact that this has been a frustrating year doesn’t lessen the fact that most of his problems haven’t been from not being one of the best drivers on the track, but because of things (mechanical and wrong place, wrong time) out of his control. All of us have a limit as to how much we can handle for how long. Fisticuffs is not the way of handling anything. I look forward to Jeff racing his way back into the chase and if that doesn’t happen..his fans will support him anyway and look for a wonderful season next year. Go get them next week Jeff!!!
You go Jeff Gordon!
Five time champ.
I am a huge Jeff Gordon fan. Although I don’t feel it was right for Jeff to hit Mike I can understand where the frustration is coming from. I don’t believe it is any of Nascar’s business. It was after the event and off the grounds. It’s between Mike and Jeff and if Mike wants to file charges then Jeff can pay the consequences. Otherwise I say let sleeping dogs lie. It’s none of Nascar’s concern.
No one knows for sure if Jeff really hit him..If jr. would have hit someone everybody would be saying “AWW poor jr. he is having a terrible season”.. So what if he did hit him, He should not be in the Cup series anyway, Bliss is to slow! I do agree that alot of people whine about Jeff, but if they would just stop and listen to themselves they are whinning about his accomplishments!!! Just look at the pay from some of the races he can come in dead last and still make more than the winner.
To put it in simple terms, Mike Bliss is a poor driver. He took out Gordon and who knows, maybe it was payback for Vickers at Charlotte. Anyway, Bliss got what he deserved. I also agree with other posts here that its mostly the... JR fans who want to demonize Jeff. If it was JR who decked Bliss, all we would be hearing is how Bliss deserved it and what a hero Jr is or heâ€™s a chip off the ol block. Thats what his daddy would have done. Well I got knews for you. Bud-Boy is not his daddy, in life or on the track.
Wait a minute, some of you said that he get away with that incident? I don’t think so. There is several drivers includes Tony did the same thing. So Jeff is not as special driver as the others. They all are treated the same. It happens away and far from the track. Nothing NASCAR can do even it is outside the track.
Jeff did what I would have liked
to do.you go jeff,
as for scott wimmer and nascar drinking and driving um your a race car driver who dosnt understand the diffrence jeff is a race car driver not a boxer um who dosnt understand the diffrence see wimmer drinking and driving jeff race car driver not a boxer so away from the track nascar need do nothing however if the boxing federation wants to fine gordon or punnish him fine also JEFF WILL SURPASE BIG E IN WINS MAYBE NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS GO JEFF
You people are as dumb as your spell checks. Would you chase down another driver on the interstate and hit them for cutting you off? and not expect to be arrested or fined? What makes Jeff better than other drivers? Well most of his wins came when he was with Ray Everham and his not with him now. Why is this??? I do believe it’s because of Jeffy’s attitude. The Great and Wonderful Jeff is on a downward spiral and it is showing in his interviews and his driving. To all you Jeff fans, I ask you to watch your man and how he talks about you wonderful fans. When was the last time he give you credit???
The point some people are missing is there are 2 sets of rules one for Gordon and one for the other drivers. That is why people are unhappy about they way this has been handled. Had that been any other driver NASCAR would of gotten involved.
Most of the replys here are from who else, non-Jeff fans so that explains the negative responses. Talk about whiners, look at you all! You don’t see the Jeff fans doing all the talking but you guys sure are. Go back to your Dale Jr., Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, and come back and talk when they’ve set the records Jeff has AND also won four championships!! Guess it will be awhile before we hear from you again…LOL
I think Jeff is the greatest driver ever!! He sure has proved that. These people are just jealous, because Jeff has beat their driver at one time or another. They have booed him and bad mouth him till I am sick of it myself! I think it just shows what he’s made of! Like someone else said, how did he take it this long? He’s a real driver and a great person and I admire him so much and no one has the right to condem him ! They just wish their driver was half the man and driver he is! Tony can do anything he wants and get by with it. He’s one of the reasons Jeff is in this mess, spinning him out started this mess. I did like Tony until then and notice where Tony is in the points, he knocked Jeff out of the chase as far as I’m concerned. Why was he not punished? He gained and Jeff got hurt in points. I think Nascar should look into that. After all he did it to help himself and get rid of Jeff
and I think people are brain dead if they can’t see that!!!
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Look, guys are guys and they do dumb stuff sometimes. Chicks do dumb things sometimes. Maybe Jeff shouldn’t have socked Bliss in the eye but he did. It’s none of NASCAR’s business since it didn’t happen on the clock so to speak or at the race track. I personally don’t feel that Jeff is perfect because he’s a human being like anyone else and he is allowed to make mistakes. i may be a fan of his but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything he does or says or thinks. That’s totally unrealistic. How many of us have cold cocked someone because they made us mad? I did. Do I regret having done that? No, not really because sometimes the only way you can get through to folks is to sock them one in the face. I’ve been a fan of Jeff’s for almost 10 years and he’s made his share of mistakes. Hell, who hasn’t? As a matter of fact I have grown to like Jeff more and more because of the fact that he makes mistakes like other mortal beings and learns from them. As far as being a role model to millions, I don’t feel that celebrities should be role models. I don’t feel like they should be forced to act like perfect saints. They should be viewed as the human beings that they are and appreciated for their talents and nothing more than that. Parents should be children’s role models, not total strangers. At the end of the day Jeff and Mike are two grown men and they can take care of themselves without all of us getting in a shouting match over it. I will say that if this is the second time Bliss has been socked in the face then maybe he needs to look in the mirror and take inventory and change something about himself. Jeff needs to watch his temper. End of story.
gordon had a reason fo it so that’s why he did it. It’s probably because mike bliss dumped him into the wall and gordon got very mad. I don’t blame him because I would have gotten mad too. that’s my stand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mike bliss was just being his normal cry baby self and he got in Jeff Gordon’s way. He probably made Gordon very very mad when Bliss put gordon into the wall at Chicagoland motor speedway. It’s just what i think would’ve happend if somebody else I new got that mad because of somebody else’s faults!!!!!!!!That’s my stand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its funny to see how driver loyalty clouds peoples veiws of right or wrong or fairness.
Lets just for one mintute forget the names of who were involved and look at the incident. Theres no super star, there is no tail rider. Just two drivers of even rank, punching one another.
Now look at the overall precedent NASCAR has set up for governing the sport. Judging by what NASCAR has done in the past, its only right it police the situation. Now, it doesn’t have to have sevre consequences for either party involved. It still should require some investigation considering what NASCAR has done in the past. Just to show that NASCAR is trying to be consistant (which we all know is BS anyway but…)
secondly its pretty sad that Bliss apparently deserves it becuase hes ranks below Jeff. I don’t like Bliss as much as the next guy but….come on people. What do you say about Jeff clearly running over Mike Wallace at Pocono? Mike deserved it because he was in Jeff’s way? Either way Mike has no right to swing at JG if the case may be. And using Jr as a scape goat won’t be neccessary considering I’m all Mopar support.
It’s all a set up! NASCAR is getting just like WWF setting up fights and drama. NASCAR sets up races by creating rules to cause more drama on and off the track to gain ratings that they didn’t get from changing the points system last year.
All of it is manipulation of you the fans and of the drivers!!!
Depersation at work. That’s what all of this is and it stinks!!!
I had to chuckle this weekend when I saw Gordon get into Mike Wallace and turn him around…not because I was happy about it, but because of the whole Bliss situation. The replays weren’t very good, but I would have LOVED to hear them interview Wallace after that incident! Hello, Pot!
It isnt gordons fault at all. Mike Bliss just needs to look out for his driving style, and not talk junk off the track. Im pretty sure after all this, Gordon will come back and win the championship.
I am a Jeff Gordon fan A PROUD Jeff Gordon fan. For the way he has always been polite and kept his calm during all the years of fan abuse and for all the times when HE would have loved to shove a reporter, or hit a fan or another rude driver and has been an ambassador to the world for Nascar to intelligent people, no matter how Nascar permitted him to be abused I think he deserves a medal.
I must agree to some extent with the person who compared the way this sport is going to wrestling. It is time that those fans who are an embarassment to most fans,I refer to the can throwing, sreaming, foul mouthed, rude, ignorant people who ruin it for the rest,were treated as the criminal element they are!
Perhaps it is time for a â€˜no canâ€™ rule. It is hard to hurt a driver or another fan with a paper cupâ€¦.....it is hard to make a weapon of one too, a thing necessary to think of in our world today.
I am also concerned that this impound rule makes it more dangerous for drivers who might have problems that could be fixed, and thus avoid an accident in the early stages of the race.
It is also surprising that one of the best racing stables cannot put together a car that one of the best drivers cannot drive to victory laneâ€¦.for both Jr. and Jeffâ€¦.....
First of all if Jeff did what has been floating around I am very disappointed in his actions. Since none of us were there we canâ€™t say how it came about. As far as Bliss is concerned I hope he and his team enjoy those free HMS engines they received the other day :-) Since it was not at the track and no charges were filed then it is not NASCARâ€™s business. I have a feeling there was a private meeting at some point between NASCAR and the 2 drivers to make it clear that what ever the problem was it should stay away from the track.
the 0 car gets those motors because it is a Hendrick backed car. Think of it this way, as Chance 2 is to DEIâ€¦..