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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Thomas Bowles · Tuesday November 15, 2011
The clock ticks ever closer to the end of NASCAR’s ten-race playoff. And just like any other battle for the championship, only one of the 43 teams each week will end the checkered flag at Homestead holding the trophy everyone’s aiming for. Sure, several drivers will still be smiling, satisfied with their seasons as a whole but when it comes to the goal on the top of their list, the cold reality is they’ve fallen short.
So yes, while the focus is on the positive this weekend – Carl Edwards vs. Tony Stewart for the title – many other drivers will be looking to hit the checkered flag, hop on the plane and head out of town. For a select few, their careers may even be destined to change forever, a ride for 2012 in doubt… just like the first driver on the list of “it could have been better” Fact Or Fiction this week.
FACT: NASCAR Should Have Done Something To Brian Vickers
Count me among those whose eyebrows rose that after Matt Kenseth was bulldozed into the wall in Turn 3, courtesy Brian Vickers’ No. 83 Toyota NASCAR chose to turn a blind eye, watching Kenseth limp to the garage with no intention whatsoever of pulling out the dreaded black flag. Clearly, the victim was the most surprised of all; at first, he spouted off in the garage over what he claimed was clear Martinsville retaliation at Phoenix.
“I was out of brakes and I was up on everybody and I saw [Vickers] coming and I lifted at least 10 car lengths before where I would normally lift,” Kenseth claimed. “And [Vickers] drove in there at 165 miles per hour and cleaned us out. I don’t know. If NASCAR is going to start parking people for being mad 25 seconds after you wreck, wrecking somebody then you [should] park somebody for that. You have someone that has been telling everybody for four or five weeks that as soon as he got a chance at a fast race track, he was going to make it hurt and wipe us out and [NASCAR does] nothing about it. It was so premeditated it just surprises me that [NASCAR] didn’t do anything.”
For the record, it was Kenseth who started this whole mess in the first place at Martinsville. Despite Vickers being a giant wrecking ball, if Kenseth hadn’t lost his cool, turning the No. 83 out of spite retaliation wouldn’t be an issue in the first place. But the bottom line is Vickers already had his chance, weeks ago. The driver tried and failed to wreck the No. 17 in Martinsville’s closing laps, turning his Red Bull Racing Toyota into the equivalent of a crumpled soda can instead.
For some reason, the bad blood with Kenseth lasts all the way back to February at Phoenix, when Vickers felt like the No. 17 car caused the 13-car wreck which totaled his car and rolled the boulder straight down a disastrous season. But where the anger comes from really doesn’t matter; when you have a driver ride the back bumper like that, pushing the No. 17 car to the point it would automatically lose control you can’t let contact so blatant go unpunished. No, this issue does not approach the severity of Kyle Busch; it was under green, not a caution flag and the two drivers have a history. But Kenseth’s brake problems, which both NASCAR and Vickers have harped on form the basis of a convenient excuse. If I want to get back at somebody, with a number of eyes already on me what am I going to say, “Yep! I did it! I’m totally guilty!”
At the very least, you have to nail Vickers with the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” theory: talking the talk has to count for something. So in this case, why not compromise and give Vickers a two-lap penalty for rough driving? That’s less than the three-lapper you usually get, but just enough to show wrecking that aggressively will cost you a chance at a solid finish. With his recent track record, there’s absolutely no way Vickers should have run one lap down, in 23rd spot with a shot at a top 20 or even a top 15.
Quick side note here, one this incident is distracting us from before moving on. How could Vickers’ car be so bad when Kasey Kahne is sitting there in Victory Lane? For all those hoping for investors to save Red Bull, well, the product you’re selling isn’t the one who won you a trophy; it’s the cars that ran 23rd and 25th on Sunday. What a shame for that program…
FICTION: Kurt Busch’s Ride Is Secure At Penske Long-Term
Little brother Kyle may have stolen the news headlines as of late; but as we head towards 2012, assuming he shapes up just watch the focus shift towards older brother Kurt. The R-Rated radio transmissions, enough to drive crew chief Steve Addington into therapy continued Sunday, even with team owner Roger Penske on the radio urging focus. But what’s disturbing Busch as of late runs deeper than just handling issues; on Sunday, he mentioned repeatedly how the No. 2 car could run up to two-tenths faster with the same setup supposedly underneath both Dodges.
Clearly, for the first time Busch has a teammate in Brad Keselowski that’s capable of upstaging him on a regular basis. It’s the first time in six years that’s happened to him at Penske; remember, during his first three seasons Ryan Newman was virtually one foot out the door. With that competition comes a twinge of jealousy, matched with the sour mood that’s left his team ready to beat him with their wrenches instead of using them to adjust the car. And as Penske sees the problems firsthand, it’s important to know that for the first time with Busch, he’s no longer backed in a corner: Keselowski is younger, smarter, and while cocky the type of driver he can pair with long-term without some sort of team mutiny. Keselowski’s rise has left Busch expendable; and if Addington leaves, paired with the engineering changes from this Spring Busch also finds himself out of excuses.
Any chance Busch gets released earlier than November, 2012? No . But next season, there will be a number of solid free agents on the table and Penske will doubtless find someone competent to fill the seat if he wants to make a change. This relationship is one that bears watching over the next six months…
FACT: Jimmie Johnson Isn’t Done At Five Sprint Cup Titles
Clearly, Phoenix signified the end of an era for Jimmie Johnson. Five straight titles, as has been discussed by nearly every NASCAR expert on the planet is a tremendous feat, one that may never be duplicated. It was a precipitous fall from grace this season, as the end of dynasties usually are; a slip-up at Homestead will result in the worst points finish of Johnson’s ten-year, full-time history racing Sprint Cup.
FICTION: Hendrick Motorsports Is Having An Awful Chase
At first glance, this Chase hasn’t worked out as expected for the Hendrick Motorsports fleet. Johnson sits fifth, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is seventh and Jeff Gordon – considered by many this year’s title favorite – sits a disappointing 11th. Mark Martin, in 20th hasn’t even sniffed the front for the better part of the last two seasons. What a far cry from HMS’ 1-2-3 points finish in 2009, right? Even their fearless leader, Rick Hendrick, is busy recovering from injuries suffered from a plane crash out in Key West this month.
But while this organization should supposedly hang their heads, the truth is they’re privately rejoicing at the “B” team, Stewart-Haas Racing, charging into Homestead with a chance to steal the title trophy. All Stewart has done is win four times in nine races, armed with those Hendrick chassis and engines. In fact, add in Jimmie Johnson’s Kansas victory and HMS has a hand in 56% of Chase victories this season; last I checked, that wasn’t a bad percentage.
Surely, this organization would have loved for one of their flagship operations to take control. But keep in mind, during this era of sponsorship questions Hendrick’s “A” team comprised of the Nos. 5, 24, 48, and 88 are fully backed. SHR? They needed some help; while Stewart is set, teammate Ryan Newman took until deep in this Chase to earn sponsorship for a majority of 2012 races with the No. 39. Considering Danica Patrick’s coming on board there, building a third team is there a better time to earn the positive publicity of an SHR championship? I don’t think so.
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Petty and Earnhardt didn’t win seven “straight” titles, they each won seven, but not consecutively.
I commented back in September that Kurt Busch’s radio tirades started about the same time that Keselowski got hot in August. I think Kurt likes the benefit that comes with having a teammate; he just doesn’t like it when they upstage him. What a prima-donna.
Thanks for pointing out the error! An obvious one, simply the result of putting the final pieces of the puzzle together a little too late last night. It’s been corrected… thanks for reading and writing in!
Yes, I too think Vickers should have been punished. After what happened with Kyle how can Nascar just turn a blind eye to Vickers? And, for Nascar to claim they didn’t see the event has to be the lamest excuse I have seen. The event was replayed several times on TV. Surely Nascar had to see at least one of them and it was very obvious even to a blind man what happened. Nascar and Joe Gibbs are responsible for the Kyle Busch mess by it’s lack of meaningful penalties. And, If Vickers gets someone hurt or killed pulling another stunt like this then Nascar is the blame. Just a very, very, poor excuse for what Nascar didn’t do Sunday.
Can we put the Jimmie Johnson 2012 championship crap to rest until we at least finish this season? This is the 2nd article I have seen it mentioned in.
Do you honestly really have nothing else to talk about heading into championship weekend? Or is the fact that Jimmie lost bothering you that much?
You’re dead wrong about Vickers. What he did was a hundred times worse than Kyle Busch. The fact that one incident happened under green and one happened under yellow should be totally irrelevant. Wrecking someone on purpose is wrecking someone on purpose, whether it happens under caution, or the driver waits until the green flag is back out. Kyle wrecked Ron in the heat of the moment. Vickers on the other hand has been constantly saying he’s gunning for the 17. He’s been planning this for WEEKS. IT WAS PREMEDITATED. And not only that, he had TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT, and rather than come to his senses, he simply planned how to crash his competitor, and he took it. Just like last year when Edwards came back from the garage simply to destroy Brad K.‘s car. To me it’s far worse when a driver’s had time to sit and think about his actions before he takes them, rather than acting on impulse in the moment.
This talk that “it’s not under yellow so it’s not as bad” is a load of bull. He should have at least been given the black flag and made to sit and rethink his actions while he lost 30 or 40 laps.
Nascar was right to sit Kyle…but they also did it because it’s a popular thing to do.
Nascar’s never been consistent or balanced with punishment.
Nascar parked Kyle because of the previous numerous events he has had. The last event was the one that broke the camel’s back but was way too long in coming. And, Kyle was still not punished enough. He should have sit out the rest of the year and kept on probation for the entire year of 2012. If Kyle is truly sorry and is ready to act like he has learned from this event then being on probation for 2012 will not affect him because he has vowed to change. We’ll see how that works out but my bet is he will have another event in 2012 and Nascar, Joe Gibbs, and all us fans better hope he doesn’t get someone hurt or killed. Again, if they were serious about finally getting him under control then probation for 2012 would have been a step in the right direction. Now, at the beginning of the year he can commit another foul and will probably get another meager fine and probation and we are right back where we started with him.
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