NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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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?
Throwing Punches Throws You Open to Invesitgation
-by Tom Bowles
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.
Gordon vs Bliss is None of NASCAR’s Business
-by Amy Henderson
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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Jeff was not meeting minimum speed and NASCAR did not black flag him.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
It’s racing, it’s emotional, it happens. C’est la vie!!
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!!
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.
Nascar should not get involved if it doesn’t happen inside a Nascar funtion.
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.
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”!
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.
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..
Five time champ.
to do.you go jeff,
and I think people are brain dead if they can’t see that!!!
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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.
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 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€¦.....