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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Bristol is one of those racetracks that lets out the animal in all of us. 160,000 rabidly cheering fans, a 500-mile spectacle unlike any other, and 43 drivers bumping and banging each other so hard all over the track they’re lucky to have any sheet metal left by the end of the night. The constant traffic and nerve-wracking pressure make it easy for anyone to lose their temper, leading to some memorable yet embarassing moments through the years. But if you were to ask anyone before the race who’d be the most embarassed driver exiting the track this Saturday night, who in their right mind would have said Dale Jarrett? Seriously! Yet that’s exactly what happened…and Dale has no one to blame but himself.
For those living under a rock in Alaska, Ryan Newman gave Jarrett a tap in turn 2 close to the halfway point of Saturday night’s fight under the lights at Bristol, sending Dale into the wall and limping to pit road. The chances of Jarrett making the Chase for the Championship all but ended, he was unable to control his emotions. Jarrett went right back out on the track during the next green flag run with only one mission in mind: knocking Newman into the wall. Rarely do drivers get the chance at revenge so quickly in these types of situations; usually their car or their conscience get the best of them before they do something stupid. Unfortunately for Jarrett, the car would still run and the conscience was missing, so just ten laps after his own spin, he put on his own dunce cap. Slamming into the 12 car of Newman exiting Turn 2, he took himself and Newman into the wall, with Kevin Harvick getting caught up in the mess before it was all said and done.
Newman was shocked. Harvick was pissed. And the whole NASCAR community seemed to be…confused. This couldn’t be the Dale Jarrett the sport has nurtured as one of its best and brightest role models. Growing up in the shadow of a legend, Dale Jarrett has always had to face high expectations. With a father, Ned, known as a NASCAR legend both as a driver and a broadcaster, Dale is constantly finding himself living up to the shadow of Ned’s gentlemanly demeanor left behind by four decades of dedication and devotion to the sport.
And most of the time, Dale’s played the part well. Sure, Jarrett’s had his moments of weakness, as we all do. Back in 1993 at Bristol, he got so mad at Bobby Hillin after a wreck he threw his helmet into the driver’s side door, nearly landing it in the driver’s cockpit and knocking Hillin in the head. And this spring at Bristol after a wreck by Shane Hmiel in the Busch Series race, Jarrett had a nasty conversation with the young driver after he walked up the front straightaway after the crash.
But for the most part, Jarrett has been a composed, intelligent, model citizen and family man, the perfect driver for NASCAR to advertise as the leader of America’s “family sport.” Only problem is, as of late there’s been nothing to advertise. Jarrett hasn’t been running well….and not just for a few weeks, or a few months. It’s been a few years now. The man who spent the 1999 season as the champion of NASCAR’s highest level has simply spent the last year or two trying to remain on the map, outside of those continuously funny UPS commercials. He hasn’t won a race since Rockingham in February of 2003, and hasn’t finished in the Top 5 in points since the end of the 2001 season.
If this were all happening to Jarrett at 30 years old, maybe even 35, then perhaps Dale would have more patience. But as everybody knows, Dale doesn’t have that kind of time to iron out the kinks in his Nextel Cup program. He’s going to be 50 years old next season, in a sport that is likely a few years away from disposing of any and all 50+ drivers for good. He’s under pressure to perform, and it’s just not happening; the only reason Jarrett was in contention to make the Chase in the first place was simply by finishing every race, and his stats were being used as the guinea pig for critics anxious to see NASCAR’s playoff system changed.
But no matter how big the pressure’s become, the incident Jarrett created Saturday night was inexcusable. This was ten times worse than anything we’ve seen a driver do this year. Jarrett tried taking someone out at a track that averages almost 130 mph around it, with 43 drivers flying by in under 16 seconds. It wasn’t a gentle spin Jarrett created, it was a slam into the wall that caused Newman to fly across the track…and the consequences could have been far worse for the 12 car then just a gentle hit by Kevin Harvick when things were all said and done. Jarrett could have caused serious injury to a competitor, all stemming from his inability to keep his cool, something he should easily have learned by now after 20 years on the circuit.
So what happens now? Jarrett got two meaningless laps spent in the pits, with his reputation saved him from any further penalty; you better believe that if it was Kevin Harvick starting that mess, we wouldn’t see him on the track for another month. Instead, the 88 goes to California next week with a clean slate and still an outside shot of making the Chase; the 12 has to focus on making the playoffs, and based on how Newman has dealt with Rusty, I find it unlikely he’ll try and make peace with a driver he’ll only have to deal with for another year or two. In the end, one would think that everyone will try and put this whole mess behind them, shurg it off, and just try and move on with the rest of the season with the playoffs on the line.
The problem is, Jarrett’s legion of fans can’t shrug it off, no matter how hard they try. What happens to all the 10-year-olds of his who saw what happened out there in Turn 2? Has Jarrett just taught them to punch someone back the second they’ve been punched in the face? To be a sore loser when things don’t go your way? To play dirty tricks in order to get sweet revenge? There’s a lot of questions those gans be asking, and not a lot of good answers one of NASCAR’s model citizens will be able to provide.
When the good guys fall, it’s not always pretty. But that seems to be the case for Dale, and the sport is worse off for it. Too bad Jarrett has no one else to blame.
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I think your article criticizing Dale Jarrett for his actions at Bristol is a little over board.
Maybe Dale is just fed up with the young punks thinking and acting like they own the race track.
Carl Edwards rammed both of the Petty cars, and it was a good thing that Kyle was the one talking to Edwards after the race and not Richard.
Jimmie Johnson has done his share of putting the bumper to other cars, and so has his little friend, Jeffy Gordon.
Newman put the bumper to Dale and Dale returned the favor. Itâ€™s just the way racing should be. Harvickâ€™s involvement in the scuffle was more due to his spotter not doing his job.
You know, this is automobile racing. The biggest mistake a driver can make is to bite off more than he can chew. I think Newman found that out.
Iâ€™m pretty sure that Jarrett was not pleased with the fact that he had to retaliate against Newman, but what other choice did he have. NA$CAR doesnâ€™t permit punching an offending driver in the snot locker after the race. Ask Jimmy Spencer about that one. If it happens on the track, take care of it on the track. Thatâ€™s the only way it can be done.
Dale Jarrett is no spring chicken in the racing world. I donâ€™t think heâ€™s washed up either. Dale knows how drive a race car, the only problem is, he can only drive the car as fast as it will go.
You might want to concentrate your attention on the â€œCash Cowsâ€ of the Roush and Hendrick teams if you want to see some poor sportsmanship. Hell, some of them canâ€™t even get along with each other.
Chris Gregory Nashville TN
Well-written article describing what surprised but did not shock this DJ fan. This fan will be able to â€œshrug it offâ€ and look for a statement from Jarrett sometime this week. One question though to address the supposed double standard that you mentioned in the article between DJ and Harvick. How many times has DJ been placed on diciplinary probation by NASCAR in his 20 year Cup career? The answer is 1 time fewer than the number of races that Harvick has had to sit out because of a violation of probation. You make a valid point but have chosen the wrong posterchild in Harvick. Certainly DJ was unsportsmanlike on Sat. night but it is Bristol. I believe that Dale Earnhardt could have used a weapon at this track against another driver to gain position and Benny in the booth would say something about that contact being tough racing.
Thank you and I look forward to your next article.
I am one of those legions of Jarrett fans and guess what? I donâ€™t think any less of Dale Jarrett. Yes,it was wrong. But, Did you see all of what precipitated the incident? No, neither did I and I am guessing that their was probably more to it that we saw. Iâ€™m sorry but,I have no sympathy for either Ryan Newman or Kevin Harvick. Both have a history of wrecking people and thinking that a simple â€œIâ€™m sorryâ€will take care of it. Well, if you go out and do the same thing over and over sorry wonâ€™t cut it.That makes what he does just as bad if not worse because it is calculated not done in the heat of the moment. Just look back to Friday night where Newman did the exact same thing to Kahne in the Busch race.Iâ€™ll bet he said he was sorry for that too. But not sorry enough not to repeat it on Saturday. No, Iâ€™ll not feel disapointed in Jarrettâ€™s behavior. I will chalk it up to being human and frustated with the arrogance of the â€œYoung Gunsâ€ and their inability to drive clean. Whatâ€™s the old saying,â€Drive them the way they drive.â€ Well, how does it feel Ryan Newman?
I think thatâ€™s BS. Ryan Newman clearly hit DJ and it certainly looked intentional to me.
I applaud Dale for taking him out. Newman deservred it and he may want to think twice in the future before he gives someone else a cheap shot.
I see nothing wrong with what DJ did.
you forgot how harvick
drove in the busch race
he had it coming
The second thing that should happen, NASCAR should make sure he does not get into the GREAT CHASE!
I am not in Jarrettâ€™s legion of fans but I respect a driver that stands up for himself and makes someone accountable for their actions. Dale will be held accountable for his and Ryan Newman should be made accountable as well.
Competitive spirit and personal accountability have become unpopular recently. Too bad for out kids and nation.
Good for Dale.
I think the lesson everyone can walk away from this with is that you still have to stand up for yourself. I mean, you are basically telling these young Jarrett fans to sit back and take it when they are being pushed around by the fat bully on the bus. What Jarrett should have done is to go after newman in a situation where no one else could be wrecked-after the checkered flag for instance. newman HAS to know that Jarrett is in contention for the chase along with him and the mere fact that he bumped him goes to show why all heâ€™ll ever do is qualify(and hardly ever) first. So, young Jarrett fans out there, DONâ€™T start the fight, but do stand up for yourself in a way that no innocent bystanders will be hurt. THAT is how a true hero or a champion conducts himself.
I have to agree with you on numerous areas of your article about the incident at Bristol with DJ. It was totally unlike DJ to do something like that but I think it is all catching up to him and the pressure that he is under with the new points system. That is not an excuse for what he did to Newman and I am not condoning what he did to him but if you look back at Dale Earnhardt, he use to do that sort of thing all the time and DJ was brought up in that era of race car driving. We have to look at all the drivers like Newman and Harvick and see some of their actions on the track, they are not so innocent. I really enjoyed reading your article, keep up the great work.
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The excuse of â€œThatâ€™s Bristolâ€ is a copout.
And Newman didnâ€™t mean to hit him? That makes it all ok, I guess. Seems to me that there was another guy that â€œjust wanted to rattleâ€ the other guyâ€™s cage a bit. And he did it twice in a row to Terry Labonte at Bristol. Hmmmm, now who could that be. Another nice guy that didnâ€™t mean to, no doubt.
in the back bumper without
doing anything about it. Now
maybe some of those guys that
ram the guy in front to pass
will think twice.
If you stay out for position hoping for a quick caution, you might cause the next caution when the new tire boys come through the pack. If Jarrett is going to take that chance he needs to get out of the way when it doesnâ€™t work.
After making the first mistake,itâ€™s too bad that Jarrett compounded it with a loss of temper.
My mother told me that a good reputation takes a lifetime to make, but only a moment to lose.
I hope DJ doesenâ€™t have any more of these moments.
Which means we only have about three or four more drivers to check off before we have every driver doing something flat-out boneheaded at least once this season.
He lost his shot at the top-10 thanks in decent part to Newman’s “accident.” Newman, it seems, has a lot of accidents. So, in truth, have Johnson, Gordon, Stewart, Earnhardt Jr.. Edwards and a whole host of other drivers. I don’t condone what Jarrett did, but at least he didn’t insult our intelligence and pretend it was all just a mistake.
And hey… if they didn’t sit drivers like Stewart, Busch, Johnson or Vickers for their tantrums, I can’t imagine they’d sit Jarrett this time.
But did what happened on Saturday make me like Jarrett less, or make me lose any respect for him? Not at all. All driversâ€”as do all peopleâ€”have their breaking pointâ€”that moment where enough is enough. I think weâ€™ve seen Jarrettâ€™s. We see that he still has the fire to compete and thatâ€™s good. But Iâ€™m still surprised by his actions and hope this isnâ€™t the â€œnewâ€ Dale Jarrett.
In a perfect world, all drivers would behave the way Burton did Saturday night. Burton had every opportunity to give Kenseth a shot in the back in the end to try to get the win, and he may have been well within his right to do so. But he didnâ€™t. Some guys race that way, some guys donâ€™t. Itâ€™s just the way it is. But câ€™mon, would any of you enjoy NASCAR as much if there werenâ€™t the â€œgood guysâ€ and the â€œbad guysâ€?
Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace (especially Spencer) should get canned from ever commentating on Speed channel again. That big has-been (wait a minuteâ€¦..I mean never was) has a lot of nerve getting his rocks off on what happened. Of course, I guess you have to consider the source when someone makes excuses for bully-like behavior.
DJ needs to own up to it, talk to Ryan and Kevin privately (take a page from Kyle Pettyâ€™s book of gentlemanship), and vow to do better next time.
Great article by the way.
The 12 does not take himself out in those situations.
Jarrett was right in realizing that Newmanâ€™s boneheaded move was intentional and unnessessary, if it wasnâ€™t then Newman shouldnâ€™t be driving a race car.
I think this was the straw that broke the camelâ€™s back. Jarrettâ€™s been on the receiving end of someone elseâ€™s overaggressive stupidity more than a few times, and he finally retialiated.
There was also an element of desperation in Jarrettâ€™s action, he has fought to stay in this chase often with cars that seem to be a step behind and after working doggedly to get back on the lead lap being wrecked out of contention was more than he could take.
I do feel Newman got what he had coming. If you shove people around, sooner or later your going to run into someone who shoves back. Oops.
Iâ€™d feel bad for Harvick, too, except how many innocents have suffered at his hands? Again, what comes around goes around.
Did Jarrett damage his reputation? Probably not, in fact he may strengthened it in some fans eyes.
In the end, NASCAR is going to see this as just another race at Bristol, where rubbinâ€™ is definitely racinâ€™, where tempers fly and wrecking fellow competitors is part of the draw.
Where do you writers come from-you sure as Hell donâ€™t live in the real world. I am calling for you to stand up, do the right thing and resign. I'm sure you can find a job writing obits somewhere, but you would probably screw that up with your lack of maturity.
Iâ€™m guessing you are a recent graduate of a less than stellar college and you majored in History or Art Appreciation, and being unable to find honest work you turned to racing where you believed anyone could write-NOT.
Please go away after you apologize to your readers for the extremely poor drivel that you have dreamed up while pulling wings off of flies.
Please resign today!
Jarrett was only a lap down at the timeâ€¦he cost himself a top-twenty five finish because of his idiotic-ness (sorry if thatâ€™s not a word).
Jarrett lost alot of my respect. I used to see him as a great role modelâ€¦but thatâ€™s changed now. He owes both Newman and Harvick a public apoligy, but i really donâ€™t see that coming..he hasnâ€™t said anything since sat night...I think heâ€™s too embarrassed.
Now, if iâ€™ve made anyone mad, please forgive meâ€¦unless of course you are dale jarrett. sometimes the older drivers arenâ€™t always the wisest.
P.S. - Obviously, some people are â€œliving under a rock in Alaska.â€ They refuse to see what really happened. Jarrett needs to get over it and fix the mess heâ€™s gotten himself, Newman and others into.
You wrote â€œJarrett hasnâ€™t been running well.â€ Running in the top 10-15 isnâ€™t running well? Itâ€™s better than 35-40 other drivers.
you wrote â€œthe only reason Jarrett was in contention to make the Chase in the first place was simply by finishing every race.â€ When was the last NASCAR race you â€œsimplyâ€ finished?
What makes you think DJ was embarrassed when he left Bristol? I donâ€™t think DJ is ashamed of what he did.
I was there. Both incidents happened right in front of me as I was in the 3rd row from the fence in turn 2. Newman hit DJ more than once before he finally spun him. What did DJ have to lose by spinning Newman? Nothing! DJ finished 31st. Newman had a DNF. Look back at DJâ€™s career. What does it take to get DJ riled up enough to do what he did? Obviously DJ thought that Newman's bump was intentional. He ought to know, hes been racing Cup cars a hell of a lot longer than Newman! Get off DJâ€™s back just because he showed a little emotion that you are not used to seeing!!!!
DJ is not paid to be a â€˜role modelâ€™ though he is an excellent one. Iâ€™m proud to say that my 6-year-old granddaughter is one of his biggest fans, as am I. He is paid to drive the tires off of Robert Yatesâ€™s Fords, win races and championships.
After Newman DELIBERATELY spun him, some retaliation was certainly in order. Itâ€™s a shame that NASCAR also didnâ€™t penalize him for rough driving when he was the one that started the trouble.
Frankly, Iâ€™m sick of these young drivers who were â€˜bred to raceâ€™ coming into the sport and being considered instant stars. Does anyone truly believe that â€˜Lil Earnhardt is a wonderful role model for children? Letâ€™s get real here.
Good job, DJ! If the circumstances warrant you showing the kiddies that youâ€™re no one to mess with, please slam them again! By the way, when you do retire, so will I as a Cup fan.
Youâ€™re not special because you wasted away your best years watching cars go around in circles instead of playing with your children or planning for your retirement.
Youâ€™ve just been watching TV longer.
Sorry, many people know more about NASCAR and how itâ€™s run than you ever hoped of knowing. Your just a fan Jan. Stop thinking you know more because youâ€™ve been here longer. If you want to share your knowledge and amusing anecdotes. then great, but donâ€™t think that just because you havenâ€™t figured out yet that your boy DJ hasnâ€™t been earning his pay, according to your Job description, that he deserves to be applauded and not reprimanded for blatently losing his temper and wrecking a much better driver than him.
Retire DJ. Youâ€™ll free up a space and we wonâ€™t have to listen to Jan tell us about her or ?his? odd dellusions of superiority any longer.
Wake up DJ fans. Your boy is going out like DW only without the career to look back on.
As for endangering drivers livesâ€¦ come on, give me a break! These cars only do about 60 though the turns at Bristolâ€¦ don't you think your over-reacting. Bristol has always been the place where drivers have settled scores!
As for Dale loosing credibility and respect with fans. I THINK NOT! I was on-line in a NASCAR chat room at the time this happened, and everyone there thought the 88s actions were appropriate. It signaled to the rest of us that he's not someone that can be bullied. I think all Nascar drivers took note of what happened, and will make sure that they dont â€œaccidentlyâ€ wreck him next week.
GO 88! Iâ€™ll be rooting for you!
(A Rusty Fan)
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