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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As the No. 48 crossed the finish line first Saturday night, it was the true definition of a champion returning to form. Crew chief Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson had pulled their patented magic once again; sitting in second as the race wound down, they used communication and cunning to find that extra ounce of fuel to finish first. It was the patented strategy of a duo that's proven their success; when the going gets tough, they stop at nothing to find a way to win.
Across the way, teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Eury, Jr. could simply look on with admiration and awe. For as the winning Hendrick trophy slipped out of their grasp and into someone else's, no one could stop them from finding another way to lose.
Lagging far behind Johnson, the No. 88 came home in 7th place, another weekend ending with potential instead of pay dirt. In what's becoming a running theme in NASCAR these days, the National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet has led a significant amount of laps, but failed to cash in when it matters most — the checkered flag. Forced down pit road for a late splash of gas, turns out the fuel wouldn't have made a difference in this one; Junior's 87 laps in front meant nothing when a late battle with Mark Martin left his Goodyears a pile of mush.
"It was like someone flipped a switch there at the end and the tires were gone," said Junior about the race's final segment. "We had a great car."
But Martin's was better; and with one final push, Junior's old ride pulled far ahead of his new one long before the fuel tank started running dry. Unfortunately for Junior, it's the latest misstep in a series of auspicious finishes that have taken "What momentum!" and turned it into "What if?" At Texas, Junior won the pole and led 31 of the first 47 laps; by race's end, he was a lap down in 12th. The week before, Junior was winning Martinsville as late as lap 363; by lap 500, he was 7th, matching his Phoenix struggle.
If you're counting at home, that now means Junior's winless streak in points-paying races now stands at 70; in just two weeks, he'll hit the two-year mark when he returns to the scene of his last victory (Richmond, May 2006). Throughout the course of the season, Junior's now paced the field for 355 laps; only Kyle Busch and Johnson have been out front more.
Of course, those two have trophies to show for their efforts. In Junior's case, the big goose egg just follows him around; and with each passing week, it's a weight which grows just the slightest bit larger on his back. Winning isn’t everything; but as far as weaknesses go, it’s the only thing keeping the team from taking the next step.
To Junior's credit, he's not showing any outward frustration just yet; at least, when he's out of the car.
“I am not frustrated," he said Saturday night, putting the best face forward in front of the media. "I had a good finish, am proud of my team, had a great car. I don’t know what our expectations truly were going in to the race. But I don’t think they were that good. We didn't practice very good."
"I got to thank Jimmie (Johnson) and his whole team. We used some of their setup, and that helped our car a lot. A lot of good information going back and forth [at Hendrick]. I'm happy."
But whether that information is being so easily shared between Earnhardt and Eury is another matter. Turn the radio on their frequency these days and it's a cross between bickering and, well, I just can't say it (Here's a hint: The word rhymes with witchy). Keep in mind since Eury's dad, Tony Sr., has left Junior's side, the pupil hasn't exactly matched the teacher; just one of Earnhardt's career wins has come with just him on top of the pit box. I was riding to the airport Sunday morning when a Junior fan said it best: "It's like an old married couple that fights all the time," she said. "Sometimes, the way they talk, I wonder if they shouldn't have just been broken up."
To be fair, the opinions on their relationship vary across the board, but let's put it this way; if listened to a random cross-section of the two talking at Phoenix, you'd be hard-pressed to believe this guy's not a tad ticked off at his crew chief at times.
Of course, for Eury and Junior this is the way they've always communicated once the race gets underway; but it's also not the way the other driver / crew chief relationships work at his new place of employment. Chad Knaus works as a calming influence for Johnson; Steve LeTarte is Ying to Jeff Gordon's Yang. Together, that's why the four of them combined for a 1-2 finish in the points last season; no matter how tough the circumstances, they always finished better than where they started.
Say what you will about Eury and Junior, but there's one fact that's indisputable: right now, they've been tilted in the opposite direction. All is not yet lost, of course; consistently close is still consistent, and the strong finishes have left the No. 88 third in the standings, just 86 out of the lead. More importantly, the man's light years removed from a 2007 season that was as nightmarish as it was non-competitive; instead, the ability to become a true team player has kept Junior pumped up through these early season bumps in the road.
"I hope Rick (Hendrick) is happy about the win," as Junior congratulated his teammate. "I am happy about it. I am glad that we got one. That usually means there is a lot more to come."
But the wins can’t be expected to just fall from the sky. As Junior's season progresses, it's hard not to relate it to the warning often expressed by Jeff Burton in trying times: "All you can do is put yourself in position to win," he often says, "And the rest will take care of itself."
Right now, both Junior and Eury are in a unique position to follow that rule to a T. Mistakes haven't led to momentum loss; instead, they're in better shape to make the Chase than they could have imagined at this early stage. Now, it's time to live and learn; Johnson and Gordon's teams provide not only an opportunity for inner competition, but a chance to show the benefits of inner peace.
Hopefully, the No. 88 gets busy taking notes. Right now, Junior's off-track patience has indeed become a virtue for them; but with each week that passes - and each opportunity that slips away - it's bound to get a little harder to contain the on-track frustration.
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I keep hoping that both Jr and Tony will realize that their combination really doesn’t produce winning results. Would it be so bad to have Tony work with the team in another capacity and get a crew chief that can tame Jr and capture one or two victories for the year? Obviously the cars are consistently good —- but the driver-crew chief relationship has to reach a different level. Why can’t they see that?
Earnhardt and Eury looked on with admiration and awe ? I hope someone caught that on film . What a screen saver ! In fact , other than no wins , the 2008 season for Dale is almost an exact copy of his 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , and 2007 seasons . He runs good and leads laps and then fades . The reason he fades is that he is not very good at communicating what changes the car needs . And if he can’t specifically tell the crew what to do , how can they be expected to do anything other than make an educated guess . He isn’t unique in that respect. This problem is fairly wide spread in Cup racing . There aren’t many drivers and crew chiefs who are solidly on the same wave length .
I really hope I am wrong, but as this season progresses, I am wondering if Dale Jr. should have left Tony Jr. at DEI and had a complete break from his past. If everything at Hendrick is new and improved for Junior, but he keeps having the same results, then the only constant there is Tony Jr. And make no mistake about it, Tony Jr. is no Chad Knaus.
Now on sale!!! # 88 finger nails …Nascar has seen the need to sell this item because of all the finger nail droppings found in the stands after races from JR nation fans chewing at them WAITING for a win !!!!! they are also looking into selling DENTURES
Couldn’t be that the car of tomorrow (Today) is a fickle little beast; could it? These two guys just changed everything they ever knew in their life’s, when they went to Hendrick. Now after a few races, because they are not winning every race it’s time to throw one of them under the bus. Give me a break!!! What will you guys be saying when they do win? That NASCAR set it up so they could. Get real, Dale and Tony Jr are doing fine, their communication is rough at times, but they are related to each other; have you guys never fought with a family member before? The media makes a big deal out of every misstep they, and now Hendrick makes.If you guys have any racing experience at all you know that a few races does not make a season. Sit back and watch.
Max, there is one other constant besides Tony , and that is Dale Jr. I think people should really begin to look at the whole picture and realize that the problem might very well have been Dale Jr. all the time . He has gone through a number of good crew chiefs , along with engine builders , and crew members , but his results have not improved one bit . And when he wins , and he will , he won’t be doing anything he didn’t do at DEI , because he won races there too . To sum up , he has changed everything that can be changed except brand of race car , and still the same results . Tony Eury Jr. has never been the problem . Tony Eury Sr. wasn’t able to turn things around either , nor was Gibson .
Eliott Sadler hasnt won a race in a while, why no article about him? Kasey Kahne hasnt won a race in a long time, what about him? Before the Daytona 500, Ryan Newman hadnt won an race either, where’s his article? This Junior nut-hugging stinks of fromunda cheese!
Here are the 8 vs 88 stats for the yeart
Fontana Martin 16th Jr 40th Wrecked by the 5
LV Martin 10th Jr 2nd
Atlanta Martin 22 down 2 laps Jr 3rd
Bristol Almirola 8th Jr. 5th
Martinsville Almirola 42 BLOWN ENGINE (Surprise they still blow engines) Jr. 6th
Texas Martin 8th Jr. 12th
Phoenix 5th Jr. 7th
8 Car 4 top 10’s 88 Car 6 top 10’s
8 Car 11-20 1 – 88 1
Jr is setting 3rd in points where is 88? Oh thats right 2 part time drivers not point chasing.
You Jr. bashers should look at the stats before you get on your high horse. Only 2 out of 8 races did the 8 finish higher than the 88.
Connie mark martin is like 80 years old….PLease!!! and LARRY, blaming the cot for Eury & JR’s mistakes ???? DIDN’T HMS win LIKE EVERY COT race last year….it seems they should have a handle on things but DON’T !!! When jr went to HMS you guys & the media were ready to crown him the NEXT RICHARD PETTY who is and always will be the KING… thats why nobody’s bashing kane or sadler or any other guys …..so sit around with egg on your face and take it!!!!!
A/Cman 3rd in the points is egg? I’ll take it!!
Connie, is there something you’re trying to tell us ? I notice you went out of your way to look up and excuse poor finishes by Dale Jr. but you didn’t bother to give an excuse for the 8 car when they had a bad finish , Fontana and Atlanta for example . You did manage to give us all something to think about though . With the top 10 finishes being so close ( and with one very inexperienced driver ) it looks like the DEI car is pretty much matching the 88 in performance .
Mike….Except for One important performance indicator… 3rd in points (JR.) vs. 14th (DEI and whoever they can entice to drive for them any particular weekend), enough said..
I didn’t have to look up why Jr finished 40th. It was the Wonderful Leaky Seepy Race track race. Hard to forget that.
And if 3rd in points is egg on my face I’ll take mine over med.!!!
Larry,not quite enough said . The point difference is due to the fact that the 8 has two different drivers and one of them , Aric Almirola , is just starting out, so i’m not sure how the points position would be a very good indicator of how the 8 compares to the 88 in performance this season . So i’ll go back to Connies’ excellent point about the two cars being almost equal in top ten finishes .
Please refer to my previous post Mike. You have a nice day.
Give it a rest Tony and little E are fine started out and will finsh on top… did you ever hear Jeff and Ray go at it Jeff was such a brat
Are you sure it’s LeTarte, or just Letarte?
Let me tell you about another Dale, from a few years ago. He won a couple of key races, but was a constant backmarker, often wrecking his vehicle, or succumbing to engine failure, broken parts, etc. They threatened to take his ride away. Put Robby Gordon in the seat for a test session. Found out the car was junk. Taught the driver how to communicate to the crew chief what he needed. Driver went on to win the 1999 Winston Cup. Driver…Dale Jarrett.
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