Changes Expected for NASCAR's 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.
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 changes are expected to take place beginning 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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Frontstretch Staff · Monday August 27, 2012
Did you see all of the race action this weekend? Or, like a lot of busy fans, did you miss a late-night adventure, a Friday controversy, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch during the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed for the coming week no matter what series you might have missed, all in this week’s edition of Pace Laps!
Sprint Cup: What Effect Will The Stewart-Kenseth Feud Have On The Chase? Bristol featured plenty of beating, banging, and crashing, but perhaps no incident had the potential to grow into something more than the one that occurred between Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart as they raced for the lead with 167 laps to go. Stewart made a move to the outside of Kenseth, who parried by pinching Stewart by the wall. Stewart then appeared to turn into Kenseth in an attempt to gain some racing room, sending both the No. 14 and the No. 17 into the inside SAFER barrier. Each driver blamed the other for the incident, with Stewart waiting for Kenseth on pit road and hurling his helmet at his rival’s car.
Tempers only flared higher from there. Stewart said that he had attempted to give Kenseth room, but that he wouldn’t try to do that in the future. “We weren’t that great of a race car. But we were definitely faster than that after that restart,” he explained after getting released from the infield care center. “I checked-up twice to not run over him (Kenseth) and I learned my lesson there; I’m going to run over him every him every chance I’ve got from now ‘til the end of the year, every chance I’ve got.”
Kenseth, as you might expect had a different perspective, claiming that Stewart was still stewing over a perceived blocking incident at Indianapolis and that he felt that the Bristol incident was payback. “I was running the top lane, and he got a run and he went into Turn 1 like I wasn’t there and went straight to the fence. If I wouldn’t have lifted, then we would have wrecked,” Kenseth told media of the crash. “Then I got a run back, drove all the way alongside him and kept going, and he chose not to lift. So I don’t know. I did the exact same thing down there, except he didn’t give it to me. I guess he wanted to do all the taking.”
Neither driver seems ready to apologize, so the big question here is whether the spat will spill over into the Chase. We’ve seen payback derail championship bids before (see: Kyle Busch, Kansas, David Reutimann) but never when both sides are in serious contention for the title. If on-track retaliation plays out here, not only could it effect Stewart’s and Kenseth’s title hopes but also derail others should they get caught in the fracas. Although it’s unlikely that either driver, who both have Sprint Cup titles, will do anything to jeopardize another title run, anything can happen in the heat of the moment, so this rivalry is worth keeping an eye on for the next 12 weeks. Amy Henderson
IndyCar Series: The End Of The Road Is Near With the September 15 season finale at Auto Club Speedway drawing near, INDYCAR has started working on the aero package teams will use for the 500-mile race. Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, and Takuma Sato put in a full day of testing with series engineers and INDYCAR Vice President of Technology Will Phillips in attendance.
The drivers started with a base package similar to what was run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to Phillips, it was a hot and windy day and the drivers found conditions challenging in the morning session.
“In the drivers’ eyes,” he says. “[This test] was harder than Texas was in the race, so the conditions were very difficult. They thought it was perhaps too hard and a bit more downforce was needed.”
Tweaks were made throughout the afternoon and by the end of the session, drivers reported that the cars ran similar to the way they did in Texas, with the ability to run flat out for a few laps before the tires and grip started to fall off.
Phillips and the technical team will also get feedback from another test scheduled for September 6 that will set the aero specs for the race. “We’ll be able to go into the week of Fontana,” he explained. “Knowing what we’ll be able to run.”
According to Sato, the track surface could also provide a challenge. “It’s quite bumpy,” he claimed. “Through the corners and the four corners are different, which makes it very challenging.”
Seventeen cars are expected to test at the track on September 12 in advance of the race. Toni Montgomery
Nationwide Series: Will A Bad Bump Lead To A Dirty Championship Chase? Two weeks ago, following the best finish NASCAR has seen in any series this season, Brad Keselowski remarked that it was as much of a pleasure as it was to race Marcos Ambrose for the win at Watkins Glen because he understood how to bump and rub without getting irate and ending someone’s day. The two drivers traded paint without getting nasty with each other, scored top-5 results and put on a hell of a show.
Whether or not Nationwide leaders Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be capable of doing so following the conclusion of Friday’s race at Bristol remains to be seen. On the final restart of the event, Stenhouse pulled a bump-and-run move just like so many before it that have made the bullring a fan favorite for decades. Neither driver wrecked, both drivers scored top-5 results, and there was some excitement to accompany the otherwise ho-hum conclusion of Joey Logano winning another Nationwide race. But it didn’t end with high fives and general exuberance for a good show.
Instead, Stenhouse went directly from exiting his car to try and clear his name, even before Sadler managed to get out of his own machine. And though Sadler remained calm and stone-faced throughout Stenhouse’s explanation, he concluded his own post-race interview by noting that the door was now open for any type of racing for the championship, from here on out now that he had been supposedly wronged on the track.
Will Stenhouse’s soliloquy make a difference once Sadler has time to think about it? On one hand, it’s a sign that he has apparently learned a lesson to get ahead of these situations… an on-track shoving match with Scott Speed cost him a shot at the 2008 ARCA championship in Toledo. That there is a situation though, is disappointing. A bump-and-run shouldn’t cause this much bad blood, at least not yet. Though hey… it also may make Richmond that much more interesting. Bryan Davis Keith
Camping World Truck Series: Peters Pulls Ahead… So Who Will Step Up? Following a runner-up finish at Daytona in February, Timothy Peters came out of the season-opening wild card in the runner-up spot and spent just two races working his way to the top of the standings. But despite dropping to second for a few weeks, he’s once again led the points for six straight races and is quickly making a case for why he’ll be the next champion. With 13 events in the books in a slim 22-race season, the driver of the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota has just one finish outside the top 15 — a 22nd at Pocono where he finished ten laps down after spinning and damaging the nose of his machine. Combine that performance thus far with two victories, including last Wednesday when he stomped the field, leading all 204 laps en route to Bristol domination and you’ve got a driver primed and ready to celebrate at the banquet in early December.
But in order for Peters to take home the big trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he’ll have to go through early season favorite James Buescher. The driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet has set himself apart from his teammates with three wins (Kansas, Kentucky, Chicago) and nine top 10s in 13 starts. And although he actually set a better pace at the beginning of the 2011 season, scoring 12 top-10 results in his first 13 races (minus Phoenix, where he failed to qualify), the driver of the No. 30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet and his team have shown a better ability to deal with adversity this year.
The bottom line is that with nine races left to crown the champion, the Truck Series is setting up for an intense battle for the championship, and although there are several drivers within striking distance of the lead, it’ll likely come down to Peters and Buescher barring a string of several bad races for the pair. Beth Lunkenheimer
Short Tracks: The Dog Days Of Summer Mean… Celebrity Appearances The Camping World Truck series has lost three races off of their already slim schedule this year, but that has allowed several of the drivers from that division to make some appearances at local short tracks. And they’re not alone. This past weekend, NNS regular Austin Dillon was set to make two starts with the World of Outlaws, his first since 2010 at Charlotte. Unfortunately, the Saturday night race at Winchester Speedway in Virginia was rained out, so Sunday’s event at Selinsgrove is the only start he made this weekend. Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Erik Darnell are among the drivers in the Nationwide Series who have also made stops at local short tracks for races this year.
It isn’t just NASCAR’s top minor leaguers who make spot appearances, though. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Tony Stewart have all taken time out from their busy schedule to run events this season. The appearances not only help the track promoters sell tickets, they also give fans an opportunity to see their favorite drivers in an environment that is far less structured and more relaxed than a NASCAR weekend.
Local short tracks are also the place to see former full-timers from NASCAR’s past (and present) still competing on a frequent basis. Ken Schrader’s race schedule is legendary. He routinely competes in 100 races per year at local tracks all across the country. Red Farmer, who is reported to be 80 years old, still runs a dirt late model, and wins, on local tracks. Buzzie Reutimann, Sterling Marlin, and Geoff Bodine are among other former NASCAR drivers who compete at different tracks across the country.
Local short tracks are great places to see the future stars of auto racing on a weekly basis. However, if you pay attention and keep your eyes and ears open, you just might be able to see one of your favorite drivers run at a track right down the street from you. Not only will the ticket be much cheaper than a NASCAR event, but you just might get the chance to talk to them one-on-one during an autograph session or between races. Mike Neff
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Cry baby Tony, he reminds me of Dale Sr. when he got moved or pushed out of the he cried too!! You reap what u sow!!
Hey, Matt: Duck!
My man Tony is coming!
johnboy60 must have some dementia going because Dale Sr never whined about it he expected it . Perhaps you should get that memory checked as Dale was on of the least likely guys to go beserk after a crash (see mayfield at Ponoka ..heck I can still see him with that grin on his face) …Get your facts right old man before
Johnboy60, Earner seems to be the one with dementia! Yes, Earnhardt smiled, especially when he put someone into the wall! But, he was two-faced, as he didn’t like getting a taste of his own medicine. I fully remember that Pocono race, and Earnhardt wasn’t the least bit happy to get the bump-and-run performed on him. Also, think back as to how mad he was when he got into Victory Lane after the so-called famous pass-in-the grass! He even said that if anyone tried anything with him, he wasn’t going to take it, and they can expect to feel the wall. Funny how some people seem to forget some of the dirty things Dale was famous for.
As for Matt Kenseth, he obviously never got the memo that all shall move aside and let King Tony through with no opposition. Hey Tony, I know you’re a brainless nimrod, but what Kenseth did on Saturday night was called racing! But you poor little cry baby! How dare he!! Waa! Waa! Waa!
Sincerely though, I hope King Tony does try to crash out Kenseth like he has threatened to do! Then, I hope NASCAR has the balls to park the jerk, and not just for the rest of the race. But don’t worry Tony, Uncle Rick will come to your rescue! After all, you are a Hendrick driver, so you can pull all the garbage you want. Rick will have your back!
well i can say that tony can flap his fat jaws crying about matt wrecking him but as i saw it being there at bristol tony i think took matt out intentionaly because tony was junk from the start and only got to the front because of a luckydog and staying out during a caution matt had the only car that could pass cars on the low side with ease and without the jimmy johnson slam into them in the middle of the corner and get under them to pass, what people arent wanting to see is that tony was on the outside with his wheels cut dead left and took matt straight to the inside wall afterall matt was slightly ahead of tony comming out of turn 4. and yes tony is a crybaby with his threats lastyear and now this year i just hope if he plays the hendrick takeout car that jack roush makes sure he goes broke replacing his own cars.
Maybe a little bit less coffee for you next time. I almost suffocated while reading your 130 word sentence without stopping to breathe.
Maybe, considering nascaroots’ capitalization and punctuation skills (or lack thereof), nascaroots should learn to write along with the less coffee.
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