NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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
Monday March 3, 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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Bowles-Eye View · Thomas Bowles · Sunday September 23, 2007
When you're a kid, you're always taught that two wrongs don't make a right. It's a simple enough theory, and certainly nothing new; there's plenty of examples that play out upon the public stage each day that prove its worth.
Too bad Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin chose to contribute to that growing pile of regrettable actions rather than take the high road. Although if one thing was clear after a wild Sunday at Dover, it was that the two couldn't avoid each other off the track or on it; as a result, they had no one to blame but themselves for causing a vicious wreck that left both drivers on the sidelines, their goals for the season thrown from feasible to far-fetched in the matter of five tenths of a second of contact.
It's amazing how something as simple as a bunch of mangled sheet metal can bring out the worst in people. As Kyle Petty took down the window net of Denny Hamlin's car, some 10 laps after both had their wrecked race cars taken to the garage, most reacted with shock and surprise at the way in which one of NASCAR's most respected legends got busyâ€¦well, getting ready to kick some tail. With any number of nasty expletives followed by a not-so-nice smack on the helmet, Petty proved that charity work and all-around goodwill is never a cure-all when it comes to eliminating such basic emotions as anger and frustration.
"We were a little bit loose. I guess it's my fault. I watched the Busch race yesterday and I knew Denny (Hamlin) was sick," said a disgruntled Kyle, laps down when he found himself hit from behind by the front-running Hamlin on Sunday afternoon. "I just didn't know he was hallucinating and needed three lanes to get up off the cornerâ€¦ because he ran all over us. I guess he is in a race by himself."
Hamlin's response to Petty's aggression was pretty much what anyone would do when smacked across the head in the helmet â€¦ he fought back. Errr, make that he tried to. Going from being perched in the seat of his car to prancing about the garage in virtually no time flat, it took about six or seven crew members from the No. 11 team for one of NASCAR's newest superstars to keep from putting his hands on Petty.
"Don’t smack me on the helmet," Denny said later, referring to the final straw in the argument that really ticked him off. "You smack me on the helmet and I’m going to punch you in the face, bottom line."
In all reality, both drivers had reason to punch each other out. Television replays showed that Hamlin plowed into the back of Petty's No. 45, starting the wreck that took out both cars and severely damaged the No. 07 of Clint Bowyer behind them. Regardless of how Hamlin feels the accident started, the bottom line is that he was the one rear-ending the vehicle in front of him, and anyone who's been in a basic accident on the road of real life can tell you who's faulted in those situations - the guy who got in the back of you.
Of course, he doesn't see it that way.
"You’ve got a car two seconds off the pace or whatever it may be," said Hamlin.
"The biggest thing is that I know Kyle (Petty) gets run over a lot, and a lot of the reason is that he’s so far off the pace."
Now, Hamlin does have a point to a certain degree. The No. 45 car has fallen into the danger zone with the Top 35 in owner points simply because of Petty's performances as of late. Since getting back into the car following a six-race stint announcing for TNT, he hasn't finished better than 25th, racking up two DNFs and four finishes of 34th or worse to plummet down the standings. Meanwhile, teammate Bobby Labonte's been on a roll, with recent Top 10 finishes once again casting the spotlight on how the No. 43 team always shows so much potential - and the No. 45 falls short. Truth be told, if Petty was in any other organization he wouldn't have kept his ride the last few years; going over twelve years without a victory will do a lot to hurt the resume. It's not that Petty has lost his role model image; it just has nothing to do with his performance on the track. And when you're not performing under greenâ€¦your future in the driver's seat should always be put under yellow flag conditions.
However, Petty is still driving, like it or not, and despite being four laps down had as much right to the race track as anyone else. That's what makes Hamlin's further retort following the confrontation a little disconcerting:
"Yeah, I think a lot of it was his frustration over this whole Top 35 thing," he said, "But we’re racing for bigger and better things. Hopefully, one day, if they get it turned around, I can exchange the favor. But right now, we’re the guys racing for the championship, so you know, heed a little bit.”
Hmmâ€¦heed? I guess whoever plays the New York Mets this week should just not show up; the Mets are the ones in playoff contention, so the division should simply be heeded to them. I guess Mark Martin should have dropped off the pace with 5 laps to go Sunday and heeded to Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewartâ€¦they're in the championship Chase, you know, and they could have used the extra spot.
You get the point. Hamlin can't expect all 42 cars to move out of the way for him, any more than Kyle Petty can expect Hamlin not to react negatively when he pulls down a window net, starts pointing fingers, and all but challenges the kid to a fight. It's certainly high drama and entertainment that takes you back to the olden days of NASCAR, don't get me wrong; but while everyone else is laughing and talking at the water cooler today, the incident hardly did either one any favors. Hamlin's championship hopes are all but dead - he's 158 back of the lead with eight races left - and Petty's team now looms just 106 points ahead of the No. 22 team which sits 36th in owner points.
"It's a shame that a guy with that much talent has to drive like that," said Petty of the whole scenario.
No, Kyle; it's an even bigger shame both your reputations took a hit for an accident that was easily avoidable. You'd expect this type of behavior from a Robby Gordon or a Tony Stewart, perhaps; but not from these two.
Not with so much on the line.
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You’re making a big deal over nothing. People whine because the driver’s emotion has seemingly been wrung out of them by the political correctness police. Now that a couple do show that they actually have balls, they are chastised for it. Can’t have it both ways.
I liked it. Reminded me of the good ol’ days.
Place you bets! The young gun, moon-faced youngster vs. the veteran, marathon runner.
Today I have less respect for Denny and more for Kyle. I will never understand why the big shots in NASCAR believe it’s ok to plow into the back of someone and then blame the person in front. The throttle works both directions.
Just goes to show you what happens when NA$CAR allows these young punks with no experience into the sport based solely on the multi dollars brought into the sport.
I’m not a Denny Hamlin fan, but Kyle entered Denny’s garage area and did hit him, albeit on the helmet. Where’s the fine?
Annie, you and I are on the same page. After Jeff Godon was penalized for his “frustration” with Matt Kenseth, NASCAR hasn’t been following their own rules (no surprise there). Harvick and Montoya get into on the track, both of whom were already on probation, and nothing happens to either one. Petty enters Hamlin’s garage, does a little smack of his own, and it’s doubtful that anything will come of it. If NASCAR can’t keep the same rules for everyone then they should officially state that unless the helmets are off and the fists are flying, then no penalties will be given for “slaps and pushes”. It just really bothers me that NASCAR more likely than not will ignore what happened between these two drivers.
If Denny Hamlin wants to SOME day be a champion cup driver he needs to start acting like one. The rest of the drivers don’t owe him a thing. He’s like a lot of the young ones that come up and have a little luck and think they are suddenly on the level as the rest that have driven for years. He has to learn to pay his dues. Hope he does before he gets into REAL trouble.
This shows Kyle Petty has got the fire back in his belly he lost on that day.He’s not happy with just riding a round anymore.May be not the best way to show it.So lets hope P.E. steps for there driver/owners new found drive to win or not wanting to just drive around and around getting in the way of faster cars.
What this really shows is that the producer of these awfull
Someone please define “paying dues.” It’s the most ridiculous term ever coined. If you are good, get up front. Denny is awesome and I can never watch Kyle Petty without a sense of pity…he’s an accident or breakdown waiting to happen…like that flashing orange care from F-Zero on the SNES. I am more of a Denny Hamlin fan after this weekend – and this is coming from a Gordon fan…Gordon, from whom Denny seems to have tasted blood on a number of occasions…
It’s funny how everyone blamed Denny when Tony plowed into him, not they blame Denny with he plows into Kyle. Bottom line, both drivers are to blame, Kyle should have moved up like he did for the first 5, and Denny should have allowed for a car so far off the pace. And NA$CAR should be dropping a fine on Kyle, can’t go into another mans garage and smack him without expecting a fine or a smack back. It just shouldn’t be done. I do have less respect for Kyle today, it looked like Denny was just going to accept the dribble, but then Kyle had to smack at his helmet. Had that not been done this would just be media spew as normal.
First off, KP slapped his visor down, don’t go saying he hit the guys helmet. That’s quite the exageration. Next, after KP slapped the visor, he still was saying something to Denny and DH didn’t say anything. It wasn’t until 10 seconds after KP walked away and was leaving the garage, that Denny actually got out of his car, (quite a delay) and acted like a tough guy. Btw, you don’t believe me? Go to nascar.com and watch the video.
I know most don’t follow KP like I do, but the fact is, when Kyle is a lap or more down, and there isn’t a chance for him to get back on the lead lap, he moves over for leaders.
With that being said, it is kind of tough to do that in the part of the track they were in yesterday. Had DH not been a punk, he could have waited until they got to the straightaway and KP would have let him go.
Oh, if you ever get the chance to, listen to KP on the scanner. Trust me, the fire still burns, just listen to him, he definitely does not like driving around the back. PE needs to step it up.
It’s too bad for Kyle. Clearly, he needs to get out of the seat. Bobby Labonte manages to run top 15 in PE equipment which in my opinion is a flat out miracle. Yet, Kyle just can’t even be competitive at all. But Hamlin is a punk and Kyle’s right about that.
Well Denny even said he asked for KP to come talk to him so denny needs to think before he talks and he needs to watch out on the track he’s not the only one out there and if he expects everyone to just let him by because hes in the chase then he needs to learn a few things about racing.Go KP!
Kyle has more class in his little finger than Hamlin has in his entire body.As soon as he became successful he started developing J.Gordons mentality that everyone is supposed to get out of his way when he is catching them.Nascar should find out what kind of medication any driver is on when they are knowingly driving sick.
Although I am a fan of Denny I would have liked to see him display more patience and not bring up he is running for a championship so others should heed. Having said that it is time for NASCAR to throw a black flag on Kyles career. This will prevent them from having to do so every week for being off the pace. He is consistantly an accident waiting to happen. He does a lot of great things and should continue on with that but driving with these guys isnt one of them.
kp does not need to get out of his car.he has a couple of top 10s this year. when he has a good run does he get any respect or tv time for his sponsors? no all any body talks about from jan. to richmond is the frickin chase. thenall they talk about is the frickin chase. go pe.
Denny hallucinating! thats the funniest thing i’ve heard in years!
Get those gol dang cameras outta there!!
Those who are whining about this have got to be new fans to NASCAR! I’m tired of political correct behavior. Everything is one big advertisment these days. As for Hamlin, he has learned well from Stewart, it is always someone elses fault! Grow up you crybaby!
I am a Denny Hamlin fan and yes, the wreck was his fault, just like the Daytona wreck was Stewart’s fault. Kyle Petty had no business in the 11 garage area and Hamlin’s reactions and comments following Kyle’s actions were both predictable and definitely not surprising. Had Kyle just stayed in his garage area, as he should have, Denny probably would have chosen a much different response when interviewed after the race. In fact, he may have even appologized to Petty but, that all went out the window both literally and figuratively when Petty slapped Hamlin’s helmet. What would you have done, just sit there and take it? Hey Kyle, you wreck every other week, what’s the big deal on this particular occasion? Did you finally have one that you knew you weren’t to blame for?
I find it very amusing that people are making a huge deal out of this. This was not Cale and Donnie; hell, this was like Donnie and Marie (as in Osmond). No punches, just a bunch of whining and posing for the camera. WWE antics at their finest. These guys went to the Kevin Harvick/Jeff Gordon school of confrontation. Too bad NA$CAR would probably come down on the guys to uphold their wholesome “family” image. I didn’t know family values included throwing helmets and dropping F-bombs, ha,ha. Let them fight and get it over.
Before you all start whining and moaning over no fine, remember that NASCAR hands down fines on Tuesdays. And why should Kyle be fined? Montoya wasn’t fined for shoving Kevin Harvick.
I’m glad Kyle had the nerve to stand up to Denny Hamlin. Just because Denny is in the Chase does not mean that Kyle has to kiss his butt. Denny needs to learn some patience. All of the other lead cars managed to get by Kyle without feeling the need to wreck him. Denny can claim all he wants that he never said a word to Kyle, but I find it hard to believe. I don’t see Kyle slapping his visor down for no reason.
As for Denny saying he should have gone for Kyle’s throat, I’d have loved to see him be stupid enough to try it. Kyle may be older than Denny, but I would have loved to seen the look on Hamlin’s face when Kyle fought back.
I wish the officials had let Hamlin go. It would have been funny to see the reaction when he hit the floor!!
I’m a fan of neither driver but I don’t blame Petty for what he did. Denny Hamlin is very talented but I think his head is starting to get very big after his initial success in the Cup series. He seems to have quickly forgotten that just a few years ago he was sitting in the stands at Cup races instead of participating in them. I was disappointed by his comments regarding Kyle Petty getting run over, etc. Joe Gibbs racing has great equipment and for Hamlin, a “bad” car usually still means a Top 15. The entitlement mentality is truly amazing with some of these drivers. Yes, Denny has accomplished quite a bit in his short NASCAR career, but he has a ways to go before he can justify his comments. Kyle Petty was winning races while Denny was still playing with Matchbox cars.
I would assume several days later Denny would have approached things differently. We live about 10 minutes from him and people seem to think he is a good kid. People around racing seem to think he is a good guy as well. Having good equipment has helped him rise as fast as he has obviously. The underlining issue is that KP should not be on the track. His top finishes are due to good cars needing fuel and dont want to risk points. Week in and week out he is one of the slowest cars. He says he pulls over for other cars but that happens at the green flag when they are not up to speed. He is not capable anymore of running with these guys. Denny may have been impatient but if it wasnt him it would have been someone else running over KP
I am a fan of neither driver, as well. A little continuity from NASCAR would be nice. It’s frustrating when one driver is fined for saying “bullsh**” but a scrap in the garage area isn’t even mentioned. Just like the rule book, the etiquette book seems to be a big hairy secret that is pulled out and one line is shown when an infraction occurs. I don’t think anything that occurred between racers this year deserves fines or points reductions, but at least be consistent when you do it! Just because Kyle is clinging to the top 35 for his life does not give him a pass!
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