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 October 9, 2006
One final lap on NASCAR's fastest superspeedway. That's all that stood between a jubilant Jimmie Johnson and Victory Lane Sunday, a signature win destined to get him back in the championship Chase. For Brian Vickers running behind him, he could have seen an opportunity lying ahead, too – a chance to perhaps write his name on a Nextel Cup trophy for the first time in 107 starts. Either way, it looked like nothing could go wrong as the Hendrick cars, ranked second and third, barreled down the back straightaway at 200 miles per hour, both with runs that would push them in front of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and clearly win the race for one of them.
Then, the front bumper of Vickers touched the back bumper of Johnson, and the speeds at Talladega could scarcely compare with the quickness through which the world of Hendrick Motorsports promptly imploded.
Six months ago, I wrote a "story" titled Cruel finish about how Brian Vickers was robbed of his first victory at Talladega in the Spring. Let's flash back to that moment : Vickers, putting himself in perfect position over the race's final laps, had vaulted himself into the lead with teammate Johnson pushing him on his back bumper. All they had to do was stay in line over the final 2.66 miles, and Vickers would have been standing in Victory Lane showered in champagne, smiles mixed with tears as the young star reminded us of lives lost in that Hendrick helicopter tragedy of nearly two years ago, including best friend and former team owner Ricky Hendrick. The monkey of a winless streak finally off his back, the storyline heading into Talladega this October could just as easily have been how all four Hendrick drivers, not three, were racing hard in the Chase for the Championship this year.
But teammates were not destined to work together on that day. Pulling out with a full head of steam, Johnson blew by him with help and went on to win the race. Afterwards, he was hardly apologetic, claiming he owed it to his sponsors to do everything he could to post the victory. It wasn't a team sport for Hendrick at that moment - it was every man for himself.
Well, that last lap pass was the time of momentum builder that sent Johnson's team over the top - and Vickers' team over the edge. The No. 25 car crashed out of the next three races, and by June Vickers saw his chances for the Chase disappear - as well as his desire to keep racing with Hendrick. Opting out of his contract, Vickers was on his way to a new opportunity with a new team, while the other three men in the Hendrick stable were well on their way to battling for a championship.
The move to switch teams for 2007, though, didn't mean Vickers lost his desire for gaining a victory for his fallen friend and an organization responsible for jumpstarting his career in Nextel Cup. Yet, since that announcement back about four months ago it appears the other Hendrick drivers look at him as little more than someone still on the team merely to help them succeed. Between Jeff Gordon's criticism towards Vickers at New Hampshire a few weeks ago, when he raced the No. 24 car hard for position late in the race, and Jimmie Johnson's public outcry against him this Sunday, it's clear they view Vickers as fourth man on the totem pole in their own personal pecking order. With the public announcement this week that the youngster is now getting shut out of team meetings within the own organization he works for, it's amazing Vickers has still been able to remain even casual friends with some of these guys off the track - because they're clearly not doing him any favors on it.
Still, despite every reason to turn his back on an organization that had turned his back on him, in the last lap of a race in which he clearly had a chance to win, Vickers simply stayed in line and tried to help his teammate win the race. Unfortunately, he made a simple mistake, a bump in the wrong place that sent Johnson and Earnhardt, Jr. into the grass and Vickers towards a win he'd lost through bad luck several other times in his three-year career. In the end, it was a desire to help a team member, the very thing Hendrick team members had criticized Vickers for, that caused the crash which won Vickers the race.
Afterwards, Johnson was livid. But it's Vickers who should be livid with how the Hendrick organization has treated him after four loyal years of service.
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Finally somebody talks some sense. As much as anybody else, I didn’t want that wreck to happen at the end of the race yesterday. I don’t think Brian Vickers wanted that wreck. But, just as Jimmie Johnson’s sponsors expect him to try and gain the best finish possible, so do the sponsors of the #25 car. I really think that Brian first had intentions on helping Jimmie because that in turn would help his position. We will never know what would have come after that because Jimmie’s car hit a pocket of air while Brian was moving forward fast and they touched. The rest is history.
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon need to take a lesson on how teammates are there to help each other. It seems time and time again that the other Hendrick cars are there to support them. I lost a lot of respect for those two after the past few weeks.
I totally agree. I’ve read more articles than I care to stating that Vickers took out Johnson on purpose. Watching it unfold it didn’t come across at all like that..it seemed that Johnson started to make a move at the wrong time. I agree with your points that Vickers has been seen from his “teammates” as more of someone that should do everything in his power for the other teams to succeed. Its getting a bit tiring hearing from the guys in the Chase like the rest of the drivers should bow down to them or something…Interesting too that Johnson can’t seem to recall hanging Vickers out there to dry..call it Karma Jimmie…
I agree with this article. Hendrick may be the only place in Nascar where there is an “I” in “team”, in fact it might by the ONLY thing in “team” there! Jeff Gordon has been proving more and more each week that it’s all about him, as far as he’s concerned. He has been whining all year about someone else being the cause of his misfortunes. A week or so ago, he was complaining that Vickers was “not his teammate”. Earlier in the year, he was blaming Ken Schrader, one of the true “good guys” in Nascar for being in his way (when he clearly wasn’t). Sunday, he was complaining about Jr. Almost each week it’s seemed as if he is blaming someone else when he didn’t finish a race where he wanted to.
Jimmy Johnson complained Sunday that Vickers move was “out of line”, a comment that was clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle “black”. Vickers didn’t do anything differently than Johnson himself has done during many races. In fact, Johnson has caused a lot more accidents at super speedways than Vickers ever has! If JJ had any brains, he would have realized that the second place finish he already had in the bag Sunday would have helped him enormously in the “Chase” and losing it was not worth the risk of trying to win with a hazardous move on the closing lap. He seems to have the same attitude as Jeff Gordon, ie. that a win should be his at all costs.
JJ and Jeff Gordon have been showing their true colors in recent weeks and it ain’t pretty. They are showing more and more that they are two of the most selfish drivers in Nascar and I too have lost much respect for them.
as soon as that wreck happen i was pissed at jj for what he did. then the replays came and i said wow sorry jj its wasnt his fault. it was vickers. when you look at it vickers wanted to go low then he thought about it for split second. wrong thing to do. then as soon as he said wait jj hung me out 6 months ago and drivers never forget something like that. as he started to go back up he got cought in the draft off of the two cars plus jj slowing down cause from 1. junior came down on him, 2. and he got out of the gas to slow down and in that split second vickers was already starting to go back up and said the hell with this im going for the win and bam all hell broke loss. i dont blame bv at all. its racing. wait but i do blame hedricks. it will always be gordon-jj-the new kid who i dont think fits in anyways and then it will be mears. as long as mears nows his role as the clean up boy he keeps his mouth shut he will be ok there. well maybee knaus is right too much power for vickers. i dont think knaus understand there is no i in team. how would he hell gordon owns have that team anyways.
great article—-the 24 or 48 would have done the same to the 25!!! And it is always ok—-IF THEY WIN! 24 and 48 Do not whine!!!
Junior trusts drivers to drive clean. Johnson is selfish and so is Vickers, Hendricks thinks they aare the power house Cinderella team. Maybe if they started racing like there are other drivers on the track instead of just them bad things would not always happen. And they won’t have to whine (Jeff & Jimmie) all the time. Junior is the one that lost this one, he had no help. but help like jj got is no help at all
I have never been a Jimmy Johnson fan, and his attitude and comments after the race really turn me off. Jimmy is all about Jimmy. I could have understood negitive comments from Dale Jr, but he is a class act. Way to go jr!
I have nothing to add, Thomas Bowles said it all. Think I’ll kick back with a Bud.
jimmy johnson must have forgotten talladega last year, when his early aggressive driving took out half the field and cost numerous chasers a chance at the championship. jimmy has had a silver spoon in his mouth since day one and his actions and comments validate my point.
You said it all. I am not a Brian Vickers fan, but I have noticed that he has been the ‘good soldier’ for years, and that he’s gotten screwed on numerous occasions. I don’t think it was intentional, but if it has been, I would have cheered for him more.
Loud applause for your article. Vickers has been the stepchild at Hendricks for far to long. Good for him and his victory, Jimmie and Jeff think it’s all about them. They are the ones that WERE NOT good team mates to Brian. I hate it for Jr. But he showed major class in his post race interview.
What comes around goes around Jimmie and Jeff, be sure at the next plate race, NO ONE will be drafting with you guys.
I never was a particular fan of Vickers, but I am now. He did his job in spite of the treatment he was receiving. He made a little mistake and the rest of the team ( and a lot of fans) are treating him like dirt. Enjoy your victory Brian. You deserve it.
JJ always has been and always will be a whiner. It was CLEAR Vickers didn’t hit him on purpose. When drafting, you GO when you want to pass someone. JJ checked up while Vickers thought he was going forward with a full head of steam. I think any and all of the criticism Vickers is getting from the press and his spoiled, whiney teammates (in fact, Gordon, Johnson and especially Busch are all whiners) is completely uncalled for.
It’s nice to see more articles and blogs coming out on the RIGHT side of this argument today. If I was Vickers, I’d ask for an immediate release so I didn’t have to put up with these so-called teammates. Backstabbers is more like it.
Good article and right on the money. Gordon is the biggest taker on the circuit, and thinks everything revolves around him. Johnson followed in his footsteps. Gordon was a young man who was in the right place at the right time and took advantage. Good for him. But!!!!!!! there are other drivers that could have done the same thing, given the same circumstances. Since the invasion of youth Gordon has fallen into the mix, he isn’t special anymore. So given that Johnson has learned that Gordon take all and give nothing logic, he reaped what he sowed. Karma I say. Good luck to Vickers and I hope he blows their doors off.
Good read!! Interesting that JR and Kurt Busch sided with Vickers in the deal. Now it’s becoming clearer to me why I don’t like JJ….
for some of the morons that responded to this it’s spelled JIMMIE not JIMMY, seriously some of you make yourself look foolish when trying to bad mouth a driver.
Good article. It does amaze me that Jimmie Johnson has a pretty short memory – i still remember the in car camera from the spring Talladega race when he won – he was twitching around in the car like a spoiled little kid. Had the accident not happened, he would have no doubt expected Vickers to stay in line and not try to pass. And Vickers himself has said that the only reason why JJ even had a shot was becuase Vickers was drafting with him. The #25 has been treated as an R&D car by Hendrick to help the 24 and the 48. Between being banned from team meetings, and being thrown under the bus by Jeff Gordon after Loudoun, I doubt Brian Vickers lost too much sleep after winning that race. He didn’t wreck Johnson intentionally. If anything, Johnson should have let Vickers pull out first and then drop down right afterward – Vickers would have hit the air first, leaving enough room for JJ to drop down and then hook up and head to the front. Hopefully Casey Mears will be treated a little better by the Hendrick organization.
Even as a fan of the 24, I agree his whining has gotten tiresome this year…maybe it’s becoming time for him to hang up his helmet and and just put on his ownership cap…I hate to say it (believe me, anything not nailed down started flying when he got shuffled back Sunday then was caught up in the Big One), but perhaps this truly is a young man’s game and the drivers like Scrader, Jarrett, et al, are the ones who can hang on. JG, JJ, and KB are driving the legions of HMS fans away from them and need to get their act together…this is becoming ridiculous…
excuse me, jimmie not jimmy. i should have known that he would spell his name like a girl.
I agree 100% with your article. While not a Vickers fan, I say congrats Brian on your first victory. He was merely trying to help out his teammate and he gets bashed for it. I think the one question the folks at Hendricks Motorsports should be asked is what would their response have been if Vickers stayed in line with the 8 and left the 48 hung out to dry? I am curious as to why that hasn’t been asked yet. Seems like if he wasn’t a good teammate, that’s what he would have done. He would have finished second either way. He just wanted a Hendricks 1..2…Finish.
Thank GOD for this article. It’s about time that I find articles such as this one that actually saw what happened on Saturday for what it was.
A racing incident. Brian was trying to help Jimmie win. He wasn’t helping himself win. He wanted a 1-2 finish for HMS. Brian made a mistake, yes. He wasn’t blaming anyone. He was simply stating what happened. Brian barely got into him, and that’s all it took. For the individuals who believe it was intentional, they need to get out of the sport.
As a long time BV fan, at this point, I just want the season to end. I’m sick of seeing Brian treated as the red-headed step child at HMS.
I have instantly turned into a Brian Vickers fan after seeing another glaring example of how you get treated if your not one of Hendricks cronies, way to go Brian, you did NOTHING wrong and next year you’ll be in a car and with a team that actually cares about you.
Teamwork atHMS has always been put in a closet. Geoff Bodine and Ken Schrader put themselves out a few times until Rick Hendrick had a sit down with them.
Fast foward to when King Whine, Jeff Gordon was still a prince. Talladega was the place and Jeff put his teammate Schrader almost out of the track with a bone head move. The first person to talk to him after the race was Kenny. A class move.
After this race did Jimmie talk to Brian? No, he and the leader of his team Chad Knutt, showed how to throw a teammate under the bus by making snotty comments.
Leader Jeff Gordon should have thought back to his experience and shown his driver what class should be and been the first to victory lane.
HMS may have had some problems before but has gone straight to hell after JG and JJ came onboard.
I have to agree with most everybody here. It was a breath of fresh air to see this article after seeing all those others bashing Brian. Yeah, he made a mistake. But, he was trying to help a teammate to give HMS a 1-2 finish Sunday. I have seen race after race where Brian was helping out his teammates, but unfortunately, his teammates helping him has been a rare occurence. After the smoke cleared and Jimmie started his all too familiar whine, I immediately thought back to Talladega in May. I was beginning to think I was the only one. Glad to know I wasn’t. Jimmie Johnson is nothing but a spoiled selfish little boy. He absolutely deserved what he got on Sunday and he deserves to get his more often so he can realize this is Nascar and not the Jimmie Johnson show. All my congrats go to Brian and the #25 team and good luck to Brian next year with Team Red Bull. He deserves a chance to actually be able to race like a Cup driver for wins and championships and not feel like a second class citizen next to his teammates.
What has racing become today? What a bunch of whiners.. You are leaving our team so you attend any more meetings. Just like a bunch of little kids, you don’t play my game so I taking my ball and going home. As far as the race, how many times have we seen this before? Do you think Big E would have done the same as Brian Vickers?? Of course he would have!! Just ask Terry Labonte at the Winston. The reason that NASCAR is having issues with filling seats in both the stands and in front of the TV is that what you have now is a bunch of mealy mouth brats. Corporate big wigs love the mellow drivers, unfortunately it is killing what I loved about racing. Drivers with personality and talent.
Excellent article, and I enjoyed the reader feedback as well. Reader Mr. Blackburn is correct: what would the Hendricks organization be saying if Brian Vickers had stayed in line with Jr. and pushed HIM to the win? I am not a Vickers fan, but I recognize that he was put into a bad position and he deserves credit for trying to (belatedly) move with JJ to get the team win. Especially admirable in light of the really rotten treatment he has gotten at the hands of his so-called “teammates”.
Thanks for a reasonable, well-written article.
Loved the article, but couldn’t help but notice no one pointed out the recent trend of a Talladega race. Jimmie Johnson will wreck half the field then try to go on for the win, sound strategy when you don’t have enough talent to do it yourself vs the whole field. He clobbered Carl Edwards to start that mess to hurt Jeff Gordon’s chances, maybe if he would be a team player wait until Gordon and Kyle Busch (Note not who’s driving the #25) are ahead of him then slam on the brakes. I’m glad to see the #25 back in victory lane, it’s the red headed step child of the organization ever since Tim Richmond left, and I’m even a fan of Ken Schrader saying that. I say good luck to Casey Mears next year driving the equipment not wanted by Gordon, Johnson, Busch or Rick Hendrick’s dog who is probably higher on the pecking order than the driver of the #25 car.
Great responses,,,its good to see that there are some people out there that were watching the same race I was tuned into,,,Cheers to BV,,,and I hope he has the nerve to race his own race and not help his so called team mates in future races,,,TWC
If I were Vickers, I would wreck Johnson. Then after the race I would go to him and say now you can tell the difference….today I took you out on purpose, last week I didn’t.
Of course Vickers has way too much class to do that. I’m also very disappointed in Rick Hendricks taking his sweet time getting to victory lane. I didn’t notice Gordon railing against Johnson, who was the cause of the lap 139 wreck that did him in!
Red Bull racing just earned a fan!
The way I saw the thing is that Vickers had been running with the leaders all day and had one of the two fastest cars-Jr being the other. Johnson had run anywhere from 10th-20th and was able to stay up front because Vickers was pushing him. If Johnson had let Vickers lead, both could have passed Jr.. But Johnson was too selfish and self-centered to do the smart thing. So, when Johnson dropped down to try to pass he lost the push from Vickers and the draft from Jr.. His slower car lost momentum and Vickers tagged him as a result. The amazing thing was that Vickers tried to push Johnson to the win even after Talladega.
The difference between the spring race and the fall at Talladega is that Jimmie didn’t wreck Brian when he tried to pass him. Vickers is a Busch driver at best, you could put just about anyone in a hendrick car and they would win. It’ll be funny next year watching Vickers struggle to make the race in his Toyota
Being a diehard Earnhardt fan (Sr and Jr) I was mad as all hell when the wreck occured. Instantly wanting to blame someone for the wreck I pointed my middle finger at both of the Hendrick car. Jimmie for causing a wreck that seems to be his claime to fame at Dega and at Brian for not noticing Jimmies car darn near losing control as it is when he pulled out from behind Jr.and still trying to complete a pass. The “TEAM” efforts at HMS seem to really be slipping. Even Jeff and Jimmie really don’t work with each other. Not being much of a Hendrick fan I too am getting tired of Jeff and Jimmie and the other Bush whining. Seems to be a family trait. Always wanted to see Brian get his first win. Just didn’t think that it would take out Jr. Brian does however deserve better than he has recieved the last few years at HMS. Just to bad Rick never noticed it. I do however, think that Brian’s intensions were to get the win for himself. I believe if he would have went with Jimmie he would have remembered the spring race and tried to make it a three car sprint to the end. In which case I believe Jr. would have won. Jr. fan or not every one has to agree he had a pretty damn good car and arguably one of, if not, the fastest cars on the track that day. Not bad for a car that qualified 33rd. I enjoy reading these forums. Good to see everyones oppinions, even if I don’t agree with them. Here is to the past. May the best car actually win next time.
I LOVE the way all of the elitist Hendrick Motorsports buttheads responded to what was admittedly a REALLY bad move on behalf of Vickers. For example, take Chad Knaus and his “He simply ran out of talent” remark. Chad, if Jimmie is as talented as you want us to believe, then why do you REPEATEDLY cheat as his crew chief to try and come up with a winning car every weekend? Just let your TALENTED driver use his awesome abilities to drive away from the pack (what a hypocritical dork). Also, what’s up with Jimmie’s “He’s going to really feel isolated in the garage area now” remark? Jimmie, I hope you don’t expect to be welcomed with open arms the next time you run over someone on the way to victory lane—which happens, oh, several times a year. Other than your Hendrick Motorsports cronies, you isolated yourself from the competition a LOONNGG time ago, son. Vickers’ one-time act of overaggressiveness is not nearly as bad as the behavior that Knaus, Johnson and especially Whiner Gordon have consistently shown over the past few years. Hey Brian, since you’re being treated as a rival now instead of a teammate, feel free to apply the chrome bumper as often as you’d like.
I meant chrome horn, not bumper. Although his bumper worked pretty darn well too :)
Hey, they are giving out free beer in SECTION “8” on the frontstretch. The WHINE is all sold out.
You can’t compare the Spring and Fall races when Jimmie was wrecked and Brian wasn’t. Jimmie was clear in all interviews that he was sure the bump wasn’t intentional. Doesn’t JJ have a right to be upset. Chad was right Brian ran out of talent! After all both wins Brain has gotten in Cup has come by taking someone out. Give me a break! On to the next race!
I read all you had to say about talladega ,what you allforgot was If Junior didn’t block JJ none of this would have happened and no one would be blamed.It would have been a whale of a drag race to the finish line and no one could say or blame anyone .If you block you’re gonna get socked [MAYBE}
Here’s a second thought .The race was ruined when the accident that claimed Tony Stewart ,Jeff GOrdon ,Kevin Harvick and the :BIFF”.The race was caution free until some dumb move was made by GUESS WHO Carl Edwards ,It seems every one was focusts on that last lap ,but the real race and could have been a DOOZIE if those were in it to.
Hankus…Give me your address so I can send you a clip of that accident. Jimmie Johnson actually turned Carl Edwards sideways. That was what started the wrecking. It all started up front with a check up, but Johnson turned Edwards to start the big one. Next time you want to make a stupid comment, get the facts correct so you don’t look so ignorant.
I have been a Vickers fan for years and it is so great to see this article after the way he has been treated lately. It’s also great to see how many supporters Brian has now. He has gotten the shaft for far too long and his “teammates” have taken advantage far to much. I’m glad to see him get his first win and move on to Team Red Bull where they are building a team around him not some big-shot whiner!
Now that the commenting has died down a bit, I wanted to pop in and thank everyone for taking the time to write. It’s clear that this incident has stirred up a lot of controversy, and I don’t expect it to die down anytime soon! As always, I enjoyed reading what everyone has to say.
Johnson and Vickers were friends before this incident…I think people fail to realize sometimes how close that group of Hendrick drivers can be. It’ll be interesting to see if the friendship can continue in the midst of all this madness…one thing is clear, though. When Vickers moves to Team Red Bull in 2007, he now has even more to prove than he did before…despite his first win.
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