NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
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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Bowles-Eye View · Thomas Bowles · Sunday August 6, 2006
Last week's column was about how us members of the media don't always have all the answers, and this week was yet another classic example of all style and no substance from those yielding a pen and paper. This weekend's race at Indy was supposed to be the coronation of Evernham protÃ©gÃ© Kasey Kahne, the perfect follow-up to Tony Stewart's 2005 performance with a win by a boyish-looking kid from Washington in Stewart's league of obsession for how badly he wanted to kiss those bricks. If Kahne faltered, it was to be a different type of coronation, with Jeff Gordon tying the late, great Dale Earnhardt, Sr. with his 76th career win, all the while cashing in on his record 5th win at Indianapolis.
So, it was to everyone's “surprise” on Sunday that the battle for the win at the Brickyard had nothing to do with Kahne or Stewart, but the two drivers who have spent most of the season sitting first and second atop the Nextel Cup standings: Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. Such a silly concept, isn't it, that the two drivers with so many more points than anyone else they could skip a race and still be first and second would show up, guns blazing, as the class of the field at one of the season's biggest races. That really is the silliest thing I've ever heardâ€¦_no wonder_ none of us thought of it.
All sarcasm aside, that type of forgetfulness for the point leaders is not unusual in this, the era of the Chase and the NASCAR "postseason." It's the time of year where the publicity and the fanfare isn't thrown the point leader's way, but towards the drivers in 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and beyond who are fighting every lap, tooth and nail, for the right to get the point leaders back within their sight come race 27 of 36. Lost in the shuffle are those drivers whose seasons were headed towards a "championship" before the year was ten races old, those who get so far ahead they hit a point where "cruise control" becomes the best option for the rest of the regular season, waiting for a playoff in which they know they'll be a factor.
Ask Jimmie Johnson about what that "cruise control" situation can do to a team, and he'll tell you how dangerous it can be. He has two empty spots in his trophy case to prove it. The last two seasons, Johnson came into the summer on a roll, his spot in the Chase firmly entrenched and his spot atop the point standings approaching dominance. Two times, he ended the month of August limping like he crashed his bike into a tree, still at or near the top of the standings but running as if he was a 25th place backmarker week in, week out. Both years, that slump extended into the beginning of the 10 race Chase playoff. Both years, it hurt the team just enough to turn them from championship favorite to championship chaserâ€¦and both years, tthe team fell short of the biggest trophy. This year had to be differentâ€¦and Johnson knows it.
Yet, with so much written and talked about how this season was different for Johnson, how he had matured and taken on more of an active, decision-making role in the face of Chad Knaus' suspension back in February, the same type of "cruise control" scenario that had dogged the team was happening all over again. Heading into the summer, Johnson had himself three wins and a healthy point lead over Matt Kenseth, a dominating lead over everyone else. Then, July came around, and the 48 team couldn't find the front of the field if their lives depended on it. It's not necessarily that July brought an onslaught of bad finishes: teams would give anything for four runs of 32nd, 6th, 9th, and 6th. Having led exactly zero laps during those July races, though, Johnson could feel his competitors positioning themselves to pounce, having given no one a reason to believe that the summer swoon wasn’t about to begin in earnest.
Now, traditionally the first weekend in August, Indy has always been a classic spot for Johnson's unraveling to reach new levels; two years ago, it was the engine, one year ago, a crash that sent the 48 car on a downward spiral it would never recover from before it was too late. Johnson may respect Indy, but on the track they get along just about as well as oil and water. 40 laps in, bad luck reared its ugly head all over again, with Johnson blowing a left front tire and forced to pit under green. With Kenseth running strongly in the Top 10 during that time, the gremlins looked about ready to keep biting Johnson all over again. The script was following itself to a T - Johnson 35th, Kenseth Top 10, the point lead in danger.
Then, all of a sudden, everything changed like a sudden both of lightning. Johnson got a yellow flag at the right time, keeping him on the lead lap and allowing his team to fix any damage from the blown tire. Crew chief Chad Knaus made some great air pressure adjustmentsâ€¦and that was all she wrote. The 48 car just plain took offâ€¦from 38th to 1st in just 75 laps, an impressive accomplishment at a place where passing is about as frequent as seeing a Lamborghini on your local highway. Suddenly, only Kenseth was in the same league as Johnson, and as has been the case most of this year, he just wasn't quite good enough to get to Johnson’s level. All of a sudden, no one's going to forget the 48 anymore, anytime, anyplace. Not when you win the Daytona 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in the same season.
"Jimmie came out of nowhereâ€¦he was just flying. The best car won. Them guys did a great job recovering from their problem like they always do. They had everybody covered," said a respectful runner up finisher Kenseth, well aware of the challengers they now find boosted with confidence they haven't had before.
Yep, the 48 team has recovered from its biggest problem yetâ€¦not being able to race in the summer. This wasn’t about just winning Indy; it was about gaining the confidence that would bring the 48 team up a notch at Watkins Glen the next weekend, Michigan the week after that. It’s the momentum the 48 team’s always needed at this time, but never had.
"I never thought I'd ever win at this race track - we've had such a drought at this race track - and now we've got a victory," said a shocked Johnson in Victory Lane.
So, all the Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fans poured out of the Brickyard Sunday afternoon with broken hearts. Certainly, they're well aware of who the point leader is again - well aware of how dominant he can be, of all the pieces in place that can lead towards a title if they're just put together correctly, in the Summer and Fall and not the Spring.
As I left Indy on Sunday, walking past the Brickyard Crossing hotel I came across a 10-year-old boy decked out in full Jimmie Johnson gear. It was the first Jimmie Johnson fan I'd seen all weekend at the track, ironically.
"I can't believe he won Indy! Jimmie Johnson won the race!" said the boy in disbelief. He looked up at his dad. "Did that really happen?"
Somewhere across America right now, Jimmie Johnson's thinking the same thing. Hopefully, he realizes it's real in time to keep that championship momentum going. He'll need itâ€¦there's a long battle ahead.
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As one of Jimmie’s fans that belongs to the 48 Mojo Crew, we have never and will never forget or count our guys out. Jimmie is the best driver, Chad is the best CC, Earl is the best spotter and they have the best Team in Nascar today. They never give up and when they have trouble they just dig deeper.
The 48 Team has shown what they are made of and they deserve to finally hoist that Championship trophy at Homestead.
We, his core fans, BELIEVE!
Thank you for this article. It’s ridiculous that the point leader for just about the entire season had to win the Brickyard to get any attention, but that’s one of the unfortunate consequences of this Chase.
Just a couple of short weeks ago I heard David Poole say that he could “feel” that 48 summer slump about to begin. I’d like to know what he’s feeling this morning.
I’ll bet the “48 Haters” all believe the fire on pit road was part of the cover-up the Lowe’s team staged to give the car an unfair advantage. Now we’ll never know how they cheated! GO 48!!
Tom, please tell me the spell-o in the Kenseth quote is courtesy his PR guy and not one of our FS’ers… grin I believe ONE of us called this win way back in last week’s Mirror Driving…
Hahaha you are correct…it was the Ford Racing PR guy who affectionately called him “Jimmy.” I changed it :O)
Jimmie you are the best! You and the #48 have accomplished so much and no one can take that away from you. You are only the second drive in NASCAR history to win the Daytona 500 and the Indy 400! What an honor. How can anyone forget that! I’m looking forward to watching you accept that trophy in December!
Hey Jimmie just wanted to say ignore those morons who were throwing stuff on the track when you were celebrating your Brickyard win. There probley just bitter because you passed earnhardt Jr. with about 10 laps to go or whatever, which was awsome by the way. Just remeber you’ve got some loyal fans (including myself) Just keep doing what you’ve been doing and if you do that there’s no doubt in my mind that you wont win the championship. You and your entire race team have done an awsome job. Keep it up bud.
Way to go Jimmie!!! This is what “Big Picture” racing is all about!! AND… THAT was a Burn-out!!!
I am not a jimmy fan but I dont think he cheated. He got lucky. After blowing that tire and not destroying his frong fender. Congradulations on the win but he still has a long way to go.
The 48 team really had it hooked up, there’s little more to say on it. I would like to point out one thing though. Having a flat tire as early in a 400 miler as they did is not the great deficit the TV clowns made it out to be with all the overblown talk of ‘overcoming adversity’. With the lucky dog in place, even dropping a lap early when you have a good car is not a big deal anyway. This is a good race team, I’m not a fan, but it’s a damn good race team.
Jimmie is the BEST!!!! Who in their right mind could hate Jimmie,or crew of the fabulous 48 Lowes Chevy! Love you Jimmie!
When is the media gonna wake up and recognize the 48 Team as ONE OF THE BEST EVER? Jimmie Johnson is a class act. Manners, good-looks, self-control, a lovely (and not frumpy) wife, and an awesome driver!!! The 48-haters don’t “get it”...
Hey Jimmie, WOW….I got to meet Chad last year after the Bristol Race. We went to Hendricks Motor Sports and he was just walking in. Stopped to visit with us and was wonderful and informative. I just missed meeting you, but felt almost like i did because of Chad. You go, guys, you are the best, and Jimmie, I am 68
Way to go Jimmie..I am so on cloud nine this weekend, and it is you who put me there..I have followed you from the beggining, I am so proud to be a fan.. You are not only an awesome stock care driver, but you are also such an awesome person..
CONGRATS JIMMIE!THIS RACE WAS AWSOME AND THE WIN WELL DESERVED!I OFTEN GET BEAT DOWN FOR BEING AJOHNSON FAN,BUT NEVER HAVE I TURNED MY BACK ON THE 48 TEAM! LETâ€™S MAKE THESE HATERS GAIN SOME RESPECT,KICK A** THE REST OF THE SEASON!!! OH YEA â€œW.F.O.â€JIMMIE&TEAM 48.KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK WITH THE FOUNDATION (J.J.FOUNDATION)MS.GIGI IS AN ASSET TO THE FOUNDATION!!
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