NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Bowles-Eye View · Thomas Bowles · Monday August 21, 2006
The surprise of the weekend at Michigan International Speedway was a sound so ridiculously out of place during driver introductions, some fans actually looked around to see if someone was doing something stupid on the track rather than directing their emotions to the famous wheelman passing through the center of the stage. Surely, it seemed, the situation was nothing more than a ridiculous dream, the type where you end up doing something you could never accomplish in real life and then you wake up and go, "Well, it would have never happened anyway."
But this Sunday afternoon at the Irish Hills, that impossible dream did happen. No kiddingâ€¦Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got booed.
Now, if it were any other driver in this situation, the reaction was somewhat understandable. Junior was less than 24 hours removed from scoring, arguably, the most controversial win of his career, turning the back bumper of Carl Edwards' Ford on the straightaway, no less, in order to win his second Busch race of the season. It's a move that would have made his father proudâ€¦ the exact type of move his son has never seemed to embrace.
Remaining consistent in distancing himself from such things throughout his postrace comments that day, Junior was adamant. He would never intentionally wreck someone, not even a man like Edwards who happened to have cost the No. 8 team a shot at the championship by wrecking Junior late in the Atlanta race back in 2004. The fans weren't buying it, though; neither was the replay, which clearly showed Junior hit Edwards not once but twice, finishing off a ride for Edwards that wouldn't end until he hit the inside wall. So, there he was, Junior held accountable for a rare crime he hardly ever commits, but one he committed nonetheless. It also didn't help that the guy he tore up happens to be perceived, whether or not it's actually true, as the nicest driver ever to step foot in the sport.
Still, despite the controversy, let's not forgetâ€¦ this was Junior. We're talking eager to please, NASCAR's Most Popular Driver, guy you'd most like to invite out for a beer Junior. Surely, it would take just one night for the fans to forget what had happened, and by Sunday morning, they'd be cheering them as loudly as ever.
Guess not. Instead, the reaction continued to be negative, a type of negativity that could easily affect a driver about to go out and fight for the final spot in the Chase at a place where he had never finished in the Top 5 until the race here this past June. Oh, and that's not to mention his biggest challenger for that 10th and final spot, Kasey Kahne, who won the last race held at the track.
Surely, fan reaction had to have Junior on edge, right?
"People will form an opinion (on the incident), think what they want to think about it," said Junior on Sunday prior to the race.
Just like that, case closed. No biggie; boos from the fans, two meetings with NASCAR officials and Edwards about the incident, and constant questions about it Saturday and Sunday; none of that fazed him. Junior got in the car, drove it to the front, fought back from another controversy, a pit road mistake by his crew that put him all the way back to 20th late in the race, and eventually finished in 6th.
What's the lesson here? Simply not to ever underestimate the power of an attitude adjustment. It's these small moments that allow for deeper observation into just how much someone like Junior has changed.
And what an adjustment it is, especially for a man who last year who didn't need much to happen during a race weekend to leave with his head down and his team in disarray. After years of figuring things out, last year Junior appeared to go through a growing up stage, with decisions like the D.E.I. crew swap a clear expression of his desire to put his own stamp on an organization through which he has increasingly realized he is the centerpiece. Only thing is, those decisions didn't work out, and Junior seemed unsure about how to handle it, unable to figure out how to rectify the problem until his season was well beyond saving.
This year, it's a bit of a different story. Coming up on 32 years old, now five years past the death that will never fade, Junior is finally showing signs of taking full control of all that surrounds him. The past few months more than any other have seen decisions that show a marked leap of maturity. Not only has Junior acquired his own name, but he had the guts and the resolve to fire one of his good friends, Mark McFarland, from his own Busch team, replacing him with Shane Huffman, a driver that he claimed could get more "emotional."
“I just expected [McFarland] to have more of a killer instinct to him,” said Earnhardt, Jr. at the time. “I feel like he’s well capable behind the wheel, but that doesn’t always cut it."
Strong words from someone who, a few years back, seemed more concerned with whether or not he'd step on the wrong toe and make someone mad. Now, Junior is becoming a leader, capable of not only running his own team but steering the ship of his own life.
Which brings us back to the boos. The Earnhardt legend combined with a laid back persona has made Junior one of the most marketable personalities that the sport will come across in the next 50 years. That marketability will never go away. But in the midst of all this appreciation is developing a man with opinions, along with a driving style all his own apart from his dad that, while tamer, will occasionally ruffle feathers in its own way in order to get his point across. That ruffling causes controversy, strong opinions causing universal appreciation to break down into the side that likes you for who you are, and the side that liked you for who you were perceived to be. Just like the fallout that happens in all sorts of different situations, like Dale Jarrett's move to Toyota, for example, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will eventually lose some fans as he goes through this maturation process. He happened to get a bunch mad in one full swoop, but over time it was bound to happen. People change, and fans don't always change with their drivers.
Yes, the boos may have reigned down Sunday, but the new Junior appeared unfazed. Maybe this is the attitude adjustment he's always needed to get over the hump to the next step in his career.
Thirteen races left to wait and see.
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NOPE..WE CAN’T HEAR YOU!!
I understand that he road with Kurt Busch during driver introductions on Sunday, hense the boos. I also understand that on Saturday, from fans that were at Saturday’s race, that many of the boos were for Carl when the jumbo TV’s continued to show replays of the incident during the victory celebration. I also understand that Carl was booed during introductions on Sunday. What say?
He hears them.
Earnhardt has no need to worry about the booing because he has no fear of being punished by NASCAR. If Kurt Bush had of turned Jr. the way Jr. turned Edwards the fines and suspensions would have been vast. However Jr. and Stewart are pretty much free to do as they wish. That comes from the fact that they do put so many people in the seats. NASCAR has two sets of rules and on Saturday that was apparent.
He shouldn’t listen..he is not out there to make sure everyone likes him. He is out there to win races. Ask Carl..who did the same thing to him few years ago. His father never cared what everyone thought and neither should he!
It’s killing Junior. It’s going to get in his head and eat at him till he doesn’t make the chase. The boos were for him and only him and he knows it!
I don’t know what all the hoopla is about. If the situation were reversed, Carl would have done the same thing. I’m sure the boo’s do bother Jr. alittle, but he’ll get over it and move on and so should Carl.
Just a note…Mark Martin is the nicest guy ever in this sport. Period. Carl will never hold a candle to him. And on that note, I’ve heard that Carl had a lot of “choice” words come out of his mouth Saturday in victory lane, and he always seems to try to give a payback in a place he shouldn’t. Real nice guy I tell ya.
Earnhardt, Gordon, and Edwards were all racing full throttle for the win on the last lap. Edwards got loose and slid up the track in front of Jr. at somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 mph. Yes, Earnhardt hit Edwards’ rear bumper and sent him spinning through the grass. Slamming on the brakes at that speed is not an option. It was just one of those things that sometimes happen on a race track when cars are running close together at high speed.
It was a “racin deal”. Get over it. Would you be booing if the roles were reversed and Edwards had been the one to wreck Earnhardt?
Why would you think that NASCAR wouldn’t have punished Junior if they thought that it was his fault? They sure didn’t hesitate to throw the book at him when he said”s—t” on television.
It isn’t like Jr was the first person this season to hit and run to take a win. Carl Edwards tries to come off as the choir boy of NASCAR when it is known that he isn’t. Funny how all those boo’s turned to standing cheers when Jr took the lead yesterday…
Rationalize all you want about the fan boos at the track. One point that is becoming clearly evident is that what the fans think is of NO CONCERN to anyone at Nascar.
Nascar is a business to make as much money as possible. They could care less what you think. However, they will gladly take your money with a smile.
It’s not about racing anymore folks!
I want anyone who has an opinion on this to closely view the replay of this incident from Jr.’s in-car. It clearly shows Edwards’ rear end twitch back and forth near the exit of 2 indicating a loose condition (which Jr. thought happened). You get loose, you loose speed period.
The fact of the matter is that Edwards got loose (ran out of talent maybe) and THAT IS EXACTLY why Jr. hit him. Jr. was dead in it and Edwards wasn’t because he got loose. This is the fact that everyone seems to be missing (or more likely ignoring it for the sake of the drama).
Jr. would never put someone else in harms way for the sake of winning a race. Those of you who think so suffer from severe idiocy.
What Edwards did after the race, on the track, is what needs to be addressed….more so than what happened in Victory Lane. Those actions were absurd. Especially when you consider some of the tricks Edwards himself has pulled ultimately wrecking others.
Do as I say not as I do…...heh Edwards?
Jr. did show some class in dealing with the confrontation with Edwards.
How Edwards dealt with what happened does need to be addressed and I’m positive Nascar will respond with some penalties.
Edwards would be wise to heed the advise he was generously given by Jr. to not let these types of incidents get to him so much and to let it go.
What Jr. did Saturday was definitely an exception to his typical style of racing. Personally, I will always enjoy good hard racing the likes of what we saw with Kurt Busch and Robby Gordon over what we saw with Jr. and Edwards any day!
I divide the blame for the incident 50-50.
Carl was in a bad position being loose and having to check up or wreck himself. Jr. had the choice to let off or not. He chose not to because it was the last lap.
In one way I want to see Jr. blasted for wrecking Carl—because people are STILL blasting Kurt for bumping Kenseth for the Bristol win even though Kenseth didn’t wreck.
But its not really fair to Jr., who might not have been able to prevent the wreck anyway—at least not without wrecking himself instead. Though it must be remembered that he could have lifted and chose not to.
Mainly, I wanted to see Robby awarded the win because he was in front of Jr. by a good fender’s length before Jr. turned Carl across his nose.
i have no idea why Dale Jr fans would boo him after something like that… if you are gonna boo someone for doing something ONCE that he never does.. i dont think thats the makings of a true fan. im a huge dale jr fan and i will never boo him even if he does something wrong. i dont think most of the rock solid dale jr fan will either and the ones who think they are rock solid and booed him better check again.
I was at the race and I witnessed the impossible, people, even people dress in red booing Junior. At first I thought they were booing Edwards then I realized it was Junior. I think I was the only one cheering for Junior, simply because I don’t like Edwards. Thanks Junior for a great ending.
And if the roles were reversed you know Carl would have hit the brakes and let Junior regain his car… Since in the past Carl has been so understanding of other drivers and NEVER has caused anyone else to wreck. Can you smell the sarcasm?
And let’s not forget Mears was coming hard and fast into the mix. I know Jr did bump Carl, but let’s face facts, Carl is the master of hitting another car and getting position. Just ask the multitude of drivers he’s helped get out of the way. I seem to recall Kyle Petty coming to Carl after Bristol and having a chat after Carl helped move them
What everyone forgets is that NASCAR has never (usually) awarded fines for the “initial contact” unless “blatantly dangerous”. If there is any kind of “judgement” to the call on whether it was intentional or not they usually back off. However, they have almost ALWAYS stepped in on “retaliation”. So Jr won’t be fined because it was a judgement call whether he did anything wrong, but what Carl did was retaliation and WILL be fined/punished. I don’t get where everyone thinks NASCAR is so unfair…anyone still go to local short tracks? (Talk about unfair calls!!)
Junior bumped him once and didn’t lift, and bumped him again which took him out. He could have lifted but chose not to. I don’t think it was necessarily intentional, but it was avoidable.
The problem I have is all of the people who are making the statement that it was a move his Deddy would have been proud of. Deddy didn’t do anything of the sort on a high speed track like Michigan. Bristol, you bet. Martinsville, sure. North Wilkesboro, any day. But Michigan, no way. He would not take someone out on a high speed track because of the greatly increased potential for disaster. I think Deddy would have had a stern talking with the boy about when and where you spin someone, and Michigan is not one of those places.
Its clear to me that the booing was not directed toward Jr to begin with. If you watched on tv, the boo’s began when they interviewed Carl, and that interview was shown on the jumbotron. It was Carl getting booed by Jr fans for hitting him after the race. Simple. But I think Carl had every right to be upset with Earnhardt. He hit him twice, not once. Funny how on Sunday, Jr got the “Good Hands” award for avoiding a slow car that passed across the nose of his car. Jr had to slow down DRAMATICALLY to avoid that guy, but he didnt let off for Carl. In fact, he made sure not to back off because he hit him 2 times to finish him off.
No, he is not hearing it and neither is Nascar.Junior and Jeff Gor-don as he now is called can get away with anything.The rules that apply to others aren’t the same for them.He could have killed Carl and Nascar is more concerned about what happen after the wreck.Life must not be important to them at all,just Junior.
My, if Junior fans were booing him, then they’re either not true fans or idiots. Unreal! Carl would, and has done the same thing. I don’t like Carl but I actually felt sorry for him. He does need to settle down some but at least Junior didn’t escalate the whole thing and provoke him into making an even bigger a** of himself than he already had. Hey all I’ll say to Junior is, I’ll be cheering first place, last place whatever, and to those who booed what a racer does, well you might want to switch sports because that’s pretty pathetic. And to all you armchair NASCAR guys, come back when you’ve actually driven a car 200 MPH in traffic and tell me how you’d do it. Don’t forget, you only have a split second to decide AND then you’ll have to listen to all the chair jockeys second guess you. Have fun!
Dale Sr. once said ‘If you get booed on Sunday, you go to the bank on Monday’. I am paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
It was a racin deal pure and simple. Carl would have done the same thing if he was in Junior’s place. Two laps to go, its time to go! Junior got booed because it was percieved as an intentional punt. But if Carl had not gotten loose, I think things would have been different. Also, on Sunday, when Junior passed Carl for the lead, the crowd cheered. Carl needs to calm down a bit. Yeah, he should have been mad. But Jr isnt in the practice of wrecking people. He is much too clean of a racer. In fact too clean. With two laps to go, politeness goes out the window. It was good racing. Carl needs anger management.
To those who think DE Sr. would never bump some one at a high speed track they should talk to Rusty Wallace about the time he went barrel rolling at Daytona or Bill Elliott at Charlotte. All of the drivers today need to take a lesson from those like Petty and Pearson. They used to wreck each other until they came up with an agreement among themselves that if your front bumper is not up to the window of the car you are passing you don’t bump. That used to be what NASCAR looked for but not any more.
Go Jr!!! The #8 Rules!!! Get far enough ahead of the car behind you and they can’t bump you, if not, QUIT WHINNING about it!!!
Although this was not even on Jr’s mind I have to bring up 2004 again to all those against Jr.; October’04, Jr. is in the run for the championship, Edwards is a rookie, Jr passes Edwards and slides up in front of him on the backstrech. Does Edwards lift ? No, he turns Jr. around and takes him out of contention for the Cup. Since that day I have no respect for Edwards and never will. Saturday was a racin deal, just because Edwards is loose Jr. should back off and lose the race ? Don’t think so. Plus this was a Busch race, they run those for fun. Had this been on Sunday with a pts contender, Jr. might give them more slack, though I would hope that he wouldn’t. Jr. needs to toughen up a bit in my opinion, maybe this is a new beginning. GO 8 !
carl does JESSE JAMES country proud. missouri boys can feud with the best!
Fact: Edwards got loose. Fact: Junior hit him. Fact: NASCAR has always adhered to an “anything goes” rule for the last lap. Look at history: Jeff Gordon dumps Rusty Wallace at Bristol. Jeff Gordon dumps Matt Kenseth at Chicago. Jeff Gordon nearly runs Jeff Burton into the INSIDE wall at Darlington, NASCAR widest track. (See a pattern here?) If Jeff Gordon can cause at least three wrecks on the last lap of races and come out smelling like roses, why can’t something that was clearly a result of Edwards getting loose and Junior refusing to back off because it was the last lap appear just as innocent? Junior will always be under the microscope and everything he does will be magnified, in part for what he has done on the track but mstly because of what his father did before him. Win or lose, he will be scrutinized more than any other driver.
Edwards has a right to be upset, just as he had a right to be upset at Pocono. However, being rightfully upset does NOT give him an excuse to put people in harm’s way. Exacting revenge by spinning Stewart on pit road and hitting Jr. while his arm was holding on to the A-post AFTER the race was complete could have had disastrous results. The actions of Stewart and Jr., while maybe not the brightest of moves, were in the heat of battle. Edwards’ retaliations were calculated, and could have seriously hurt several people. For that, he should be punished harshly. I like Edwards, but I think NASCAR needs to send a message that putting drivers, crew members, and it’s own officials in harms way to settle a score will absolutely NOT be tolerated.
Dale Jr should have dented his nose when he came into Victory Cirle, the “old man” would have!!!
lol…there it is, someone trying to deflect this away from jr onto jeff gordon….i knew that was coming
i am a no.#1 fan of jr. always have been and always will be!!!
carl should have the hammer come down on him hard, from nascar. not for being mad but for what he did!!! three things…. hitting jr. on the track, going to victory lane and grabing jr. fire suit… to bad jr. is such a nice guy, i would have flored him!!! go jr.!!!!
lots of non facts in these posts…...gordon didnt dump kenseth on the last lap he had four left and could have passed cleanly. jr was the one responible for the wreck at atlanta, not carl. jr was passing carl and he came back up to soon. he was not clfear and as he was the one passing….it was his responsiblity. edwards couldnt have checked up if he wanted to. sdo to those saying jr was just paying him back….BS. lastly….everyone of you defending jr….i want to see you here defending the next driver that punts junior with two to go
Posted by Randy: You get loose, you loose (sic) speed period.
So, if you are a professional racecar driver driving behind a car that is pretty much guaranteed to lose speed, wouldn’t you try to avoid that car? Dale had plenty of time to lift, and decided not to. I, for one, don’t fault him for doing what he did, but I don’t agree with all these arguments that he had no other option. I think it’s clear that he made the decision to not lift knowing it would help him win, but would wreck Edwards in the process.
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NASCAR’s come a long way. It seems to me that the #3 car was extremely good at the tap and go and that moves like those are a part of racing lore. If NACSAR lillies out on all of this talk, group hugs will be required after the race. Stewart’s right…Edwards should change his name to Haskall. No one seemed too excited at Atlanta when the tables were turned. Didn’t Edwards say something broke in the car.
I am liking Carl Edwards more and more as the year goes on. Now if only he would follow up with a good butt whippin of [sic] Tony. And Golden Boy 8 wants no part of Carl. Wouldnâ€™t even be a fair fight.
Well I must say it has been entertaining to read these ‘views’ of what happened. What I take from them is that 99% of you fans watched with your emotions and 1% with your eyes. NASCAR runs a business and deals in facts and rules not emotions. If you all were really honest you would admit that if your favorite driver was in the same position as Dale Jr. in Saturday’s race, your favorite driver would NOT have lifted, he would have done the same as Dale Jr.
The object of the race is to WIN and you don’t win by lifting and letting others get ahead of you. You all are seeing Dale Jr. starting to grow up and take his racing career seriously. I’m sure Dale Jr. heard the boo’s but as he said,
“The fans will make up their own minds on what happened and nothing he said would change them.” I think he is correct. As for Carl Edwards – he needs to stop whining and take his loss like a man, after all he has hit several out of his way since he came to NASCAR.
Carl is no angel,and if he was going faster Dale Jr would not have got to his bumper. Too bad rubbing is racing.
The only thing I don’t like is this new way of thinking that when the guy ahead of you slows it’s ok to keep your foot in it. That folks is a dangerous game. I recall Jr. ripping on Blaney a little bit when Blaney bumped him at California. People that gas pedal has a hinge on it for a reason. I don’t care who is involved that is a rotten way to race. And whoever said Jr. hit Edwards bumper twice was right on. Watch the replay.
For those of you who say “Anything goes on the last lap” need to realize this wasn’t on the last lap…they had yet to take the white flag. At Bristol or Martinsville, I can see doing something like that to get by with a few laps to go, but this was a BIG, HIGH-SPEED track…plenty of time yet to back off, and try again to get around Carl.
Jr apologized to Carl, that’s fine, but how bad would Jr feel right now if Carl were in the hospital for injuries received when he barrel-rolled down the backstretch??? No-one seems to think about that, but watch the replays: Carl was a HAIR from barrel-rolling…and possibly injuring more than his hand.
Thank you to everybody who remembers Atlanta in 2004. Edwards clearly caused the wreck that took Jr. out, despite what revisionist historian jo smelser would have us believe. The most important thing to remember about that race was that Jr. didn’t have a bad thing to say to Edwards about it afterward. Even though it wrecked his shot at a first championship, you didn’t see Jr. going ape. He chalked it up to Edwards’ inexperience and praised the team that gave him a great race car.
Isn’t is amazing that when BudBoy happens to do a spin for the win on someone its a racin deal, or rubbin is racin, or its OK not to lift for a slower car. But when Gordon does exactly the same thing, the world is coming to an end. If its good for one its good for both. Isnt a thing different between the 2 incidents.
You say that Earnhardt Jr “chalked it up to Edwards’ inexperience…” So what was Earnhardt’s excuse on Saturday?
did gordon get boo’d for turning kenseth at chicago? did he get punished.. the answer is yes.. and no.
case closed.. and if you ask me what the 24 did in chicago was NOT a racing deal.. he could have passed to either side, he CHOSE to go through the 17.
had to laugh that the MIS race came down to the 17 and the 24.. again. would have been funny to see a replay of chicago.. then who would be booing??
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