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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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Thomas Bowles · Tuesday June 14, 2011
As NASCAR shifts gears from Pocono to Michigan this week, one of the sport’s big question marks is whether Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick can finally shift the focus away from their feud. Who came out the winner in their latest scuffle? That’s just one of several Sunday storylines tied up in this latest round of Fact or Fiction.
FACT: The Latest Twist The Busch – Childress Saga? Point, Kyle
Just days after punching Kyle Busch, Pocono should have been the weekend where Richard Childress came out smelling like a rose. While Busch was on his heels, playing defense for 15 minutes in the media center Friday Childress issued a small statement, a 45-second climax of the most hastily called non-presser in history and then pressed the button marked, “I’m done.” For the rest of the weekend, he stayed in the background and let others do most of the talking, like the heartwarming support of grandson Ty Dillon and driver Clint Bowyer who talked about RC’s “passion” and “love.”
But in the midst of Childress coming out all warm and fuzzy, something intriguing happened on the Kyle side of the arena: he was holding his own. Answering every prying question with confidence, not cockiness Busch went about his business of trying to move forward while seemingly taking advice his brother had given him earlier in the week.
“I just told him, don’t waver to what’s gotten you to this point,” said Kurt Busch. “Stay true to yourself. Stay firm with how you’re racing on the track. Don’t change. At the end of the day, just try and smile more.”
“Ultimately, that’s what we’re all worried about, how the car performs and we want to win. Then there’s the identity that you create, the icon that you become, the role model that you are to kids. There are so many different hats that you have to wear at this level. But at the end of the day, it’s just a matter of making that car fast and trying to get it to Victory Lane.”
Such advice proved perfect timing for a track that’s left Busch in tatters even during the best of times. With just two top-5 finishes in his first 13 Pocono starts, in theory it was shaping up to be another difficult weekend for Kyle: on Saturday, he qualified just 34th. But there was something about the way he conducted himself this weekend, zoning out in the face of constant criticism – heck, everywhere you turned there were stories on drivers hating him, fans despising him – while staying focused on charging that Toyota towards the front. And you know what? By the checkered flag on Sunday, no RCR car could say they finished in front of Kyle; Busch had a podium finish, third on a day where the best his car owner rival could do was Kevin Harvick running fifth.
But there’s more. Harvick bullied the No. 18 like his personal pinball Sunday, running the M&M’s Toyota all over the track whenever both cars were within 50 feet of each other. It got to the point NASCAR issued a warning, which finally made things settle down until Harvick piped up with some cryptic comments after the race.
“He knows he’s got one coming,” was Harvick’s mantra after finishing fifth at Pocono Sunday, two spots behind Busch. “I just wanted him to think about it.”
Hmph. Not exactly the most endearing comment when all you have to do to keep the fans on your side was… well, nothing. Sensing an opening, Busch played it perfectly by maximizing the opportunity to make someone else the bad guy.
“I was running my own race,” he said. “Seemed like he (Kevin Harvick) was trying to make it awfully difficult on me. There’s a couple times where I just had to back off and wait, got back to him and tried to pass him again. Maybe kind of shows his character and who he is, how he feels he needs to race on the racetrack. But it’s not my fight. He’s trying to turn it into one.”
That’s right; in a heartbeat, the man besieged with blame had a chance to throw that anchor on someone else. And now, with a car owner fine and NASCAR watching him closely it’s Harvick who’s finding himself in a rather difficult position. Inexplicably, RCR handed this latest round to Busch.
FICTION: Drivers Should Never Be Penalized For Being Too Low In Post-Race Inspection
It’s one of the sport’s most controversial penalties, its actual advantage on certain tracks debatable at best. So measuring in too low, especially after passing pre-race inspection has never resulted in a killer penalty from NASCAR officials; under the old point system, it was 25 points and a $25,000 fine for the crew chief almost automatically. NASCAR kept that fairly consistent, socking Busch with a six-point deduction and handing Rogers that $25K fine after the No. 18 Toyota didn’t match the templates Sunday night.
Some thought the penalty was harsh, particularly because Busch passed pre-race inspection and suffered a significant amount of body damage during the race. But to establish consistency, NASCAR must stick with precedent on penalties and you never know what type of contraptions these crew chiefs have set up for in-race “strategy.” Note that JGR hasn’t chosen to appeal this decision; they not only accepted it but “notified NASCAR” of their findings upon getting back to the shop. Sounds like a team that knows they were playing a little outside the box, right?
That’s proof, more than ever that penalties are justified whenever a car falls outside the templates. Too low, too high, or too sideways everyone needs to be judged by the same rules, consistently; so NASCAR was right on this call.
FACT: Pocono Shifting Is Here To Stay
Tony Stewart gave a rather nasty “thank you” to NASCAR over the radio Sunday,
I say no. As tough as Pocono was too watch at times Sunday, can you imagine how nap-inducing that race would have been without the unpredictability of mechanical failure? It’s so rare these days we run the risk of DNFs, teams mastering the art of running 500 miles with all their parts and pieces instead of blowing an engine, brakes, or some sort of rear end part every other week. Can we go old school, allowing for durability to come back into play even if it’s only twice a year?
FACT: Jeff Gordon Has Clinched A Chase Bid
Could you believe the nerve of that Jeff Gordon, insinuating he hasn’t clinched a Chase bid on the heels of two victories? Let’s get real, buddy; you may be turning 40, but that doesn’t mean you have to be overly courteous to all those young whippersnappers fighting behind you. Let’s check out the stats:
- No driver inside the top 20 has one win, let alone two with twelve races left. That means two drivers would have to both win twice, then finish higher than Gordon in the season standings for him to fall out.
- Gordon, at 11th in points has over a full race’s worth of cushion on 21st. So barring an epic collapse, he’ll be within the top 20 cutoff to use those victories.
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Some guys were meant to where BLACK and the BLACK HAT… Kyle Busch is not on of them. Dale Sr was, as was DW. So are Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick. As much as Kyle Busch wants to be on the Dark Side, he is not wanted here… and that is why most fans are siding with RCR. Sorry Kyle, like you’re brother said… you must embrace who you are…
Kyle has shown time and time again that he doesn’t really care what most people say or think about him. The exceptions being Joe Gibbs, his wife, his brother and since becoming an owner, his sponsors. He is almost consumed with winning. On the other hand you have RCR who now seems more consumed with ‘getting Kyle’ than they do winning. To me the loser in this game is RCR. Bumping Kyle was more important to Harvick than winning a race? Keep this up and it will be 17 years since RCR won a championship.
To be honest, I’m not sure what Harvick was trying to accomplish at Pocono. We all know he wasn’t going to wreck Kyle while he’s on probation. Was he just trying to rattle his cage a little bit? Please… this is Kyle Busch we’re talking about. The real test will be when both drivers are off probation, running at close quarters in the chase. This was just grandstanding by Harvick, and it came off as petulant. I’m not taking Kyle Busch’s side in the rivalry; he is reaping what he’s sown over the years. Still, I agree that Harvick’s actions at Pocono seemed to work against his side in the ongoing feud.
I agree, the RCR camp seem obsessed with payback while Kyle continues with his obsession for winning. While I’m not a fan of either team, Kyle, intentionally or not seems to be playing a smarter game and continues to make harvick and childress look petty and pretty foolish in my book. As this looks to be great fun, I just might have to start watching races again after the imminent fuel millage race that is Michigan. Certainly Harvick, unlike Edwards, is smart enough to see past the rage and know not to wreck someone at a superfast track like Michigan… or maybe not.. this IS the same guy that Kyle suckered into climbing out of his car on pit road and trying to punch him while he still had his helmet on. I might just have to surrender my moniker if Kevin wants it.
I love how Kyle starts it all and then when he has to deal with a little retribution, he questions the persons character publicly like he has done nothing to deserve it. He has a hard time getting through a race weekend without ticking someone else off, so questioning someone elses character makes him look pretty stupid, considering he has plenty of character issues of his own.
I’m not a fan of either driver but I do find Harvick to be, as Carl said, “petulant”. Hell, I thik he a sneaky, reptilian jerk. I love how he provokes fights in his helmet. DUH! As to Mr. Childress and his antics, all I can say is all you RCR supporters giving out attaboys to Childress for punching out Busch would be howling your heads off if Busch had decked him…Imagine the headlines, “Busch punches out 65 year old guy!” The kid was in a no win situation and, to my mind, handled it very well under the circumstances..
Yea but he didnt hit him, because he is a big boy in a 3500 lb race car, but a sissy outside of it. I have raced local dirt tracks, and if you run over someone you better be ready when the race is over. If hes gonna be 10 feet tall and bulletproof on the track, hes gotta learn to deal with retribution after. He needs to be a little less agressive on track because hes a sissy in the garage. If it would have been Harvick he would have got the same whippin because he dont have the bal*s to stand up for what he done. Age has nothing to do with it!
Dont be stupid, Ab…he didnt hit him because hes on probation and you and all the other Harvick ass kissers would have screamed for his head and his suspension for violating his probation. You may not like him but hes not stupid.Spare me the local dirt track fables, ive got more than thirty years racing experience…doesnt mean if i was 20 I was going to throw a punch at an old guy like Childress.
Ur dreamin Don! If somebody tore up your car and you spent half your paycheck to get your car to the race, age doesnt matter. Im not a Harvick azz kisser, its a fact that he cant back it up when hes out of the car. Itll happen again with someone else and I want you to think about me when he cowers away AGAIN! You dont remember when Steven Wallace punked him out after a nw race? Face it, hes a sissy!!!! By the way, I admit he can drive the hell out of a race car, so dont give me that ‘your a hater’ crap. He just reminds you of a spoiled kid.
You really think Childress would spend more than pocket change to get the dent out of the side of that truck? Wish I could drive as well as that “sissy”. Matter of fact, I’ll bet Harvick does too. Last I knew, what matters on a race track is who can drive best, not who is mr tough guy.Its all BS.
Too bad Richard didn’t kick him in the nuts.
LOL! so true, so true!!!!
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