NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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Bowles-Eye View · Thomas Bowles · Sunday August 27, 2006
You…fall away…from your past
The race for the Chase, in many respects, sorted itself out at Bristol. One by one, the challengers pretending to be contenders fell by the wayside, with Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Greg Biffle victims of both their own bad luck and difficult seasons that never quite straightened out. Now, eleven drivers remain for only ten spots, with just one unlucky man forced to live with the disappointment of missing out on a shot for the title. Just 90 points separate the victim from the victorious, title dreams from an offseason headache.
With two races left, the leading candidate for victim is no surprise, if only because he's played the part many times before.
I swear you recall
Three months ago, Mark Martin was busy enjoying another great season. Third in points, a shade over 200 behind formidable foes Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the No. 6 car would not only be a championship contender, but a shoe-in for the Chase well before the checkered flag at Richmond.
But even then, there were shades of black cats and snake eyes and all sorts of bad luck charms to come. In Phoenix that April, Martin had led 111 laps and had a victory all but sewn up before a loose left front lugnut on a pit stop sent Martin to the back of the pack. He recovered to finish 11th, but precious points were left on the table. Those demons reappeared at Dover, where another pit miscue had Martin finishing 9th with a Top 3 car.
But the true turning point seemed to be Michigan in June, a track at which Martin typically shines. Struggling in the race already, Martin was still in contention for a Top 10 finish; but with rain on the horizon, the team decided to bring the car in for four fresh tires, giving up precious spots on the track and hoping that the coming shower would pass by quickly, giving the No. 6 car the lead when everyone else chose to pit after the rain.
Instead, it poured and the race was called.
You left something undone
Martin forced a smile after that, and warded off any major team changes after those problems; after all, this was the group, by and large, that had brought him back from the brink of obscurity in 2003, and he didn’t want to cut them loose in his final hours. Loyalty knows no bounds for Martin, and his gratefulness for having his career saved instead of politely faded away would always overshadow any mistakes.
But the team seemed forever off-kilter after that, failing to right the ship until a 4th in Loudon in July, unlocking the door to the Chase and cracking it open after being a lock halfway through the year. Strong finishes at Indy and Michigan served to try and push that door back shut. For sure, Martin was still in danger, but one strong run at Bristol would lift him back into the safe zone. Uncharacteristically, Martin spoke volumes about his car at the short track, telling anyone who would listen how good his car was for Saturday night.
He should know better by now not to let the black cat out of the bag.
You should have made it right
The penalty was a simple one, one that many teams every week nearly make but fix before the crew even touches a right side tire. Martin pulled into the backstretch pits for a routine stop on lap 64, patiently waiting for a four tire change the way in which he was biding his time through traffic, comfortably running 10th to 15th until the time was right to move up front in the race's second half. But pit road has been anything but routine for the 6 team, and so was the car's position in the pit box. The car was over the line; the official had noticed the crime.
“I made a mistake,” said Martin when it was all over. “I was on the line and didn’t know it and the officials didn’t call it until we were gone…I’ve got to take the blame for that one.”
The penalty was a lap in the pits, and just like that, anyone who knew anything about Mark Martin knew exactly how the night was going to end up. Tracks like Daytona, Talladega, Bristol take their wrecks and throw them in front of the No. 6 car like bullets out of a gun; and how often do you dodge a bullet, really?
Not too often. This time, Bristol didn’t take too much longer to pull the trigger. 150 laps later and still one lap down, Martin started directly behind the lapped car of Scott Wimmer, who had some sort of mechanical problem on the restart. With nowhere to go, Martin slammed into the rear of his car; Wimmer spent the rest of the night in the garage, while Martin only wished he could do the same; both his car and his night were quickly ancient history. Riding around at a snail’s pace, a car capable of winning finished 27th, and Martin made news for dropping an obscene six spots in the standings to 10th instead of visiting Victory Lane.
You made up your mind
Martin has spent his weekends at his track with the clock on his career thrown in his face, the wheels inside constantly ticking down. It's been that way for almost two years now, a self-imposed retirement turned comeback turned extended favor to Jack Roush turned when are you going to actually pack up and leave? Other than Brett Favre, no one in any sport has been asked, more like dogged, about the question of retirement these last 12 months than Martin. Yet he answers all questions with the trademark smile and comfort of a man who's raced too long to be fazed by repetition. Now the only man over 40 in the Top 20 in Nextel Cup points, he watches the other veterans as they fade into lapped traffic, holds his ground as he becomes the exception to the rules of this younger generation. When will the 47-year-old finally move aside, people wonder, so another pretty face with a nice little sponsor can come in with no experience, crash a few cars, and smile in front of those publicity cameras?
On my plane home from Bristol, a fellow passenger shared a story from Kansas City awhile back. At a riverboat casino, all the people on the ship gravitated to the roulette wheel, where Tony Stewart was busy laughing and talking with a large crowd of fans while placing his fortune on red and black. Wanting to be away from the action, the man went to another roulette wheel in another corner of the casino. Sitting there with a few other random strangers, no one acknowledging one another, it took a little while for the man to even recognize the man standing to his right. Finally, he turned and staredâ€¦he knew this man from somewhere.
It was Martin.
You…fall away…from your past
On the surface, Martin still appears safe; 90 points ahead of eleventh place Kasey Kahne, all he needs is to keep away from bad luck in order to stay afloat. Yet, that statement is exactly the problem; when luck is involved, it’s never seemed to go his way. Who can forget 1990, when a NASCAR sanctioned penalty against Martin’s team eventually caused him to lose the title to Dale Earnhardt by a scant 26 points. In 1998, when Martin had one of the best seasons of anyone in the modern era, Jeff Gordon doubled his win total and routed him on his way to title number three. There were several other opportunities that slipped away; 2002 and Tony Stewart, 1992 and the six car battle for the title, 1994 and the year Martin got hot too late. People don't label the man “best driver not to win a championship” without reason. In some ways, Martin is already 50 points behind Kahne.
Even the car owner knows this team has always played by different odds.
“My heart is heavy for Mark Martin,” said Jack Roush after Saturday’s race. “It will be one of the biggest disappointments in my life…if we’re not able to see Mark compete for the Nextel Cup championship.”
So, with Jack, the rest of the NASCAR world is busy holding its breath. In theory, everything should be alright; but the black cat has walked in front of the 6 car too many times, changed the story too many ways, for anyone to say it won’t dish out one final blow.
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Personally I feel like M. Martin should’ve stuck to the original game plan. Retire after 2005. This year he has not been in contention to win and his car is just good enough for mostly a top 20 run. Thus leaving me to believe that the cat in the hat just wants to insure that the is top 35 owner points. Martin is a great driver even though I do not pull for him. Martin to nice of a guy to say Jack I aint gonna do it at the end of this season I’m out. But the question now is will martin retire cup at the end of 2006?? Even though it has been said to be no. I do not believe it he is too loyal to say no
I read your article
I suppose I could ease my
Luck,had nothing to do with it.Nascar”s history has shown that they have cost Mark at least two championships.The penality was for beening out of the box.I saw no video of him beening out of the box,but I did see Gor-don,as he likes to be called,all the back of his car was out of the box,but nothing was said about that.The fans don’t get paid to support Nascar.
unfortunately your article is true. mark is the most deserving driver in my opinion. hes not done yet
yes you are right luck belongs to some other driver. I love mark martin hes the very best.
Aftershock is soooo right. I’ve seen too many cars in pit row over the line and the NA$CAR official say something before the work starts but not for Mark. Mark has been abused by NA$CAR since he came in with his own team. NA$CAR didn’t like the idea of an upstart skipping the minor leagues and jumping straight into cup racing and has beat him down every chance they got. One thing is for sure, you can beat on him, knock on him and do most anything but he comes back with a vengence for victory. Let’s all hope there is enough of his spirit left to charge one more time.
Actually in this case Aftershock is not correct. The simple truth is Martin’s rear tire was on the line which is a violation. In Gordon’s case only the rear bumper hung over the line which according to the rules is not a violation. I am not saying it is fair but the call to penalize Martin was correct according to the rule book.
Great points. It would be nice to see Mark finally get his break this year and have his loyalty rewarded with Nascar’s ultimate prize. History, however, would point to a different conclusion.
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