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
Tuesday March 4, 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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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
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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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All I have to say is good for Dale. Newman started it and he got what was coming to him. Like Dale Jr said, that guy has a hell of a temper...just sorry Kevin got wrecked and too bad Dale lost so many points. If it was the other way around Newman would have done the same thing, so donâ€™t blame it on Dale. Newman said he didnâ€™t mean to get into Dale; if you believe that, stand on your head.
EARNHARDT FAN FOREVER
If Ricky Rudd had done this he would have sat out a race. This is what is wrong with Nascar they are star struck
Actually it was 2 â€œtapsâ€ Mr No Neck gave Jarrett and they were intentional. Iâ€™m a 29 fan but I donâ€™t blame Dale. What happened to Kevin was spotter error. Happy Racing.
If this had been the 20, he would already be sitting out races, Just another example of Nascar selective decisions. And they wonder why people are getting tired of it all????
Ok, you have made a valid point. On the other hand, how many times must DJ get bumped and shoved in the same night without some form of retaliation. Rusty ( Oh my gosh he is a saint) punted him early on in this same race. Then Mr Clean gives him a love tap. Are you serious? â€ I didnâ€™t mean toâ€ Jimmy Johnson and the rest of the blockhead drivers that think fans are deaf, dumb, and blind can all take notice that Dale Jarrett is not going to be their football any longer. Yes, he is moving toward the end of his career as a driver, but even a ten year old can sift through one race and compare it to an entire career and come away with respect for the 88 driver.
Come on..give me a break.. Iâ€™m a Jarrett fan and I donâ€™t place him on the pedestal you apparently haveâ€¦The guy is human..no different than Jeff Gordon trying to get even with Mike Blissâ€¦Waltrip with Jeff Green..You are the only one trying to sensationalize this..Itâ€™s just Bristol..get over it..and try some objective reporting..
This is not the first time Newman has hit Jarrett, and he hit him going into the turn. When is someone going to write a letter about these young guns having no patience? Sometimes they need to be put in their place. Next time newman sees Jarrett he likely will ram him into the wall.
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.
Concerning Thomas Bowles article about Jarrett. Was Jarrett right, no. Youâ€™re worried about what a 10 year old watching thinks and youâ€™re so concerned about Jarrett being a role model. The first and most important role models are your parents. They can explain to the 10 year old whatâ€™s wrong and right, not Dale Jarrett. Ryan Newman needs to learn respect (heâ€™s the Paul Tracy of NASCAR, fast but foolishâ€”his feud with Wallace is evidence that he feels superior to everyone). Harvick has done more to hurt racing than Jarrett ever will and Shane Hmiel caused more accidents by â€œout of control drivingâ€ and has shown no respect for anyone. Mr. Bowlesâ€”get a grip on realityâ€”people arenâ€™t perfect. Your support of the young guns exposes your bias. Clean up your own act before worrying about others.
What??? Where have you been??? DJ has not been running up to par as you mentioned, but the 88 team has still been in contention w/ point system. Explain that. Itâ€™s Bristol dumbass! the 12 tapped him and later said not on purpose? DJ fans have watched their driver walk away and take the highroad too many times. The incident at bristol was a serious setback in points that any driver would have retaliated. Mention throwing helmets? If youâ€™ve watched Nascar cup as long as I have youâ€™d know who and how many objects have been thrown on the track. Itâ€™s funny I never read an article by Thomas Bowles movement when the 3 slugged the 2 in Michigan garage over a wreck in happy hour, or anyone wirting an article for the matter calling out Dale Earnhardt for an embarrasing moment. Dale Jarrett is as respectable today as he was in 1990. Heâ€™s a role model that was on top of the game for almost a decade. Heâ€™s the one that upset the 24 in 1999, which if you remember, the 6 and 88 were the only ones putting on the pressure in those years. Go Dale Jarrett, and good luck getting into the chase!!!
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 disagree with your viewpoint on this.How many times have we seen one driver run into another and say â€œIt was an accident-I didnâ€™t mean to hit himâ€
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
When I consider the fact that DJ has basically been knocked (or spun) out of the chase by the combination of Little E and Ryan Newman over the last three races I am glad that the old tiger finally took a hunk out of one of the â€œyoung gunsâ€. Most of the young drivers do not know how to â€œmove someone out of their wayâ€ as opposed to â€œputting them in the wall.â€ The young guys donâ€™t show the same respect that these older drivers did when they were the youngsters. Weâ€™ve seen Harvick vs. Rudd and now DJ vs. Newman. Ryan has been a jerk to Rusty and he either a.) put DJ in the wall on purpose or b.) does not possess the skill to be trying the â€œbump and run.â€ Either way he deserved the payback. I am still trying to figure out how Harvick wound up in it. I truly believe Harvick was a victim of bad spotting AND he was trying to get a cheap pass on Vickers. No one will feel worse today than Dale Jarrett for what happened on Saturday night. Go easy on yourself Dale, the youngster deserved it.
No doubt Dale wishes he hadnâ€™t â€œtappedâ€ Newman back. I think though youâ€™ll have to go back a few races to get perspective. How many times has Dale been spun out by these young hot heads whose brains are somewhere else other than where they should be. A little patience helps the world go round. Carl Edwards is another driver who seems to have trained for a crash derby than a stock car race. Kyle Petty didnâ€™t think much of his antics either. I could go on but I won't. It isnâ€™t a good thing to retaliate, yet a message NEEDS to be sent to the young punks that a day of reckoning will come if you continue in your stupid ways. I, for one was glad to see Newman punted by Dale and for me the only thing that could make it sweeter is if Newman didnâ€™t make the Chase either.
The first thing jarrett should do is go to and tell Shane Hmiel how sorry he is for having been such an ass.
The second thing that should happen, NASCAR should make sure he does not get into the GREAT CHASE!
Newman couldâ€™ve been more patient at the time, but it looked like he bumped Jarrett a little too hard. He knowâ€™s Jarrett is in contention to make the chase, but you donâ€™t hit a car that hard to get him loose at Bristol. That being said, I donâ€™t blame Jarrett for his actions in wrecking Newman. It was unfortunate though that Harvick got caught up in the wreck.
Can you imagine if Tony Stewart did this? Nascar would have suspended him as well as his sponsors.
Spoken like a true Newman fan. I estimate that Jarrett gains about 1 million FANS from this. Newman hit him twice â€“ watch the replay.
Get over the Dale Jarrett incident. What do you think makes Bristol one of the best races in the series? It is the tight racing, competitive spirit and part of that is tempers flaring.
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.
Maybe if Newman had NOT spun Dale this would be a non-event. Newman is to blame, yet he did NOT get a 2 lap penalty.
To bad you have it all wrong. Ryan should have been penalized. Are you saying that Ryan's bump was not intentional?. Give me a break. He tried to do the same thing Friday in the Busch race. Jarrett did exactly what he should have done. He will not have any more trouble with Ryan in the future. Ryan is just a baby in a manâ€™s sport. He sure does not mess with Rusty anymore, does he? Schrader said on Wind Tunnel last night Ryan got what he deserved.
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.
It is very easy for the reporters to sit back after the fact and cast blame. If this were the first time this year that DJ had been punted, that would be one thing. But it is not. You guys can not get your noses out of the rear-ends of your beloved young guns long enough to smell the coffee. Moving someone out of the way at Bristol is one thing, putting us in the wall and destroying a car is another. So Newman gets a pass because he says it was â€œunintentionalâ€ and did not mean it. Newman gave him a tap? You are quite naive. Get off your high horse and quit taking the easy way out. Standing up for yourself is something that every 10 year old should know and learn. I guess UPS and its employees and all of DJâ€™s other sponsors should just sit back and say, â€œthat Ryan Newman, he is just such a little scoundrel.â€ There comes a time when enough is enough, and when your car is destroyed and you are knocked out of the chase, the message has probably come too late. I will remind you that Gordon drove in this same manner until Rudd and Rusty parked him into the wall on different occasions, now Gordon does not drive this way. Sometimes you have to hit a fly with a hammer, but like I said, the message was probably sent several races too late.
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.
Webmaster @ DaleJarrett4ever.com
You know what? Newman deserved it, and if it was someone else like Earnhardt, you would all be saying the same thing. Rubbin' is racin', I am not a Dale Jarrett fan but pretty boy Newman had it coming. Dale E. Sr. was noted for things like that, that's why they called him the intimidator. Now his son does the same thing and no one says anything, yet Jarrett gets even just once and everyone is on him about it. Get over it. Nascar fans love action like that, that's what's so fun about bristol..
Yeah, whatever!!! as a Dale Jarrett fan I think the first part of your article was corect, THANKS. The second half sucked, true he lost his temper but i think he should have done it a long time before this. People seem to push him around because he doesn't retaliate.
Newman got what he deserved. He speared Jarrett in the corner with no remorse. I donâ€™t care if he said it was by accident (what a lie). He just told the reporters it was an accident to look good on TV.
Good for you DJ. Itâ€™s Bristol, you get hit, you hit back â€“ itâ€™s O.K. I understand, kids understand. Regret is Harvick but as they say, thatâ€™s racin and Harvick knows it.
Newman thinks he is special... I, for one, am glad Jarrett ran him into the wall. He deserved it.
Sorry. NASCAR is to blame for this deal. Jimmy Spencer made a comment about drivers saying, â€œOops, Iâ€™m sorry. I didnâ€™t mean to.â€ Newman has had a chip on his shoulder lately. Newman got exactly what he deserved. What irritates me about the whole thing is that NASCAR wonâ€™t do anything to Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson or several others. DJ got screwed all the way around in this deal.
I agree that Jarrett should have given Newman a shot but not the way he did it, he could have taken out a bunch of other cars that had nothing to do with their issue.
The excuse of â€œThatâ€™s Bristolâ€ is a copout.
spotter error? I didnâ€™t hear the spotter sayâ€¦â€GO HIGHâ€?? Did you? No. Vickers went lowâ€¦Harvick just made a sharp right turn into a car. That is called â€œDRIVERâ€ error. Maybe that is why Harvick isnâ€™t going to make the Chaseâ€¦he is more worried about who to blame, than racingâ€¦
Put my name in the hat as one that disagrees with your perspective. I would like to see reporters get back to reporting facts and not so much commentating and spinning. A true reporter would have had the number of spins that Newman has caused this year as well as the number of times that Jarrett has been spun. Even 10 year olds can understand that kind of math.
I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m reading some of thisâ€¦ I donâ€™t care who you are and what you did, DJ going UP THE TRACK to take out Newman was over the line. I like DJ but that was quite possibly one of the stupidest things Iâ€™ve seen in a little whileâ€¦ Bristol or no Bristolâ€¦
Sorry, I don`t agreeâ€¦I think Mr, Jarrett had enough of Newman`s bump and run gameâ€¦.He took care of it, â€œold school â€ fashionâ€¦WAY TO GO Dale Jarrett !!!!!!
Good for DJ. Heâ€™s been bounced around for too long by those younger boneheads and just taken it. Now that he plays â€œturn-aboutâ€ heâ€™s a bad guy? You and NASCAR can take your snot-nosed youngsters. Give me the classic guys like Schrader, Martin, and Jarrett.
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.
DJ has taken too many hits
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.
Ryan Newman must learn respect. He gives NO ONE respect. I canâ€™t wait to see the day (which is coming) when Rusty puts the little no neck punk in the wall. Dale Jarrett is a hero to me today. Ryan: you must give respect to GAIN respect.
The pit stop before the initial wreck, Jarret stayed out with old tires in order to get track position, which he did. Newman pitted and got new tires. So did Elliott Sadler. Several laps later Jarrett had dropped fron 2nd to 9th, because of his tires.Newman was closing, with Sadler and Martin right behind. It looks to me that if Newman lifts for Jarrett, he gets it in the rear from Sadler and Martin.
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.
If DJ could go faster, he wouldnâ€™t have gotten bumped. Come on nascar, park DJ and fine him accordingly!
Good Afternoon,I would like to address the events of Sat. nite, as I saw them. First Ryan did punt DJ, no doubt I guess they didnâ€™t teach the bump and run at Purdue. Second what DJ did wasnâ€™t correct, but Iâ€™m sure at the time heâ€™d had about enough,that doesnâ€™t make it right but i donâ€™t think he was thinking about right and wrong. When Dale Sr. punted another driver, Nascar, the press and the fans loved it, after all â€œhe made the sport what it is today.â€ As far as Kevin Harvick is concerned, he continues to be an embarassment to RCR, His sponsors, and true race fans everywhere. Go put in your million dollar bus all that your RCR money got you, no one cares. You took over possibly the greatest ride in NASCAR history and have done nothing with it, nothing. Your spotter can be clearly heard saying go low in the tv replay, so why did you try to pass when you were on the apron and the yellow was out? Grow Up. RCR would be well served to let you go if you want out so bad. Maybe they could put someone in who wants to race for him.
Saturday night was the most proud Iâ€™ve been of DJ since 1999! He should have taken Rusty out too.
DJ acted stupid Saturday night, plain and simple.
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.
Now boys, you all need to play better with your fellow driversâ€¦you not only make a fool out of yourselves, but you make fools out of nascar for their biased disisions on handing out punishmentâ€¦it all depends on who makes the infraction for how it is dealt withâ€¦another nascar blunder
While DJ was busy taking out No Neck Newman/Frankenstein, he should of put the wood to that ungrateful pencil neck driving the #97!!! And then go after that fraud in the #2! Go RYR!
Thanks for giving an accurate account of what happened in Bristol. In the end, DJ just screwed himself out of any chance to get into the Chase. Ryan Newman and the 12 team showed complete class by not going after the 88 team. Did we hear Ryan say anything bad about DJ after the race? No. He will simply move on and concentrate on staying in the Chase. I couldn’t be prouder to be a Newman fan!
I love all the name calling that seems to take place…that shows class…NOT. I agree with you Bridget, DJ did something very stupid Sat night. Ryan got into DJ and apologized for it, but DJ has to blame his on something “breaking loose” in his car. My deal is: If you do it, at least own it!!!
First offâ€¦ can we all have a little spelling lessonâ€¦ JimmIE not a Y at the endâ€¦ JIMMIE Johnsonâ€¦ Secondâ€¦ to whomever said that Tony would have already been benchedâ€¦ yeah rightâ€¦ heâ€™s been NASCARâ€™s favorite for weeksâ€¦ donâ€™t know why, but he isâ€¦ and Iâ€™m tired of television and media kissing his [butt] latelyâ€¦ boy do people have short term memoriesâ€¦ Thirdâ€¦ Newman has had it comingâ€¦ he is one of the most arrogant drivers Iâ€™ve ever seenâ€¦ it is ridiculousâ€¦ he has about as much respect for others as CARL EDWARDSâ€¦ I donâ€™t know why everyone kisses his [butt] eitherâ€¦ he has done tons of stupid careless things this seasonâ€¦ so lay off of Dale Jarrett, and lay off of Jimmieâ€¦ he hasnâ€™t made anymore mistakes than anyone elseâ€¦ I am tired of people hating on Jimmie because he is an awesome driver and a total hottieâ€¦ and a WINNER
The fact that Clean Shaven Ryan Newman said oh I didn't hit him on purpose is a JOKE! A person just can't sit and let things go without pay backs! Ryan never does anything wrongâ€¦ RIGHT! It's Roger Penske that convinced NASCAR to change the way the points are run. For what reason? Matt won the championship and was put down because he won one race! But he was always in the top 5. Look at the stands, are they filled up all the time? No! I wonder why. Perhaps Mr. Newman can fill them himself with all his fans.Instead of all this race to the caution, why not revert back a lap and line up the cars, Hummmmmmmmm wonder if anyone thought of that? Look at the restrictor track races, follow the leader, waiting for the big one to occur. Take off the plates and let it be balls to the wall racing! With all the tracks Nascar runs on, why not a dirt track in there during the series? Bristol did it for the World of Outlaws! Then you would see people that normally run up front go to the rear. Schrader, Stewart and so on would shine. Rather than driving around a corner, pitch 'er sideways and stand on the gas.
I think Dale Jarrett is one of the classiest guys in the garage, but when he did what he did on Saturday night, I sat there with my mouth hanging open. I could not believe that Jarrett purposely spun out Ryan Newman in the manner that he didâ€¦I was floored. Did Newman deserve it? Probably. He tapped Jarrett earlier, and while I donâ€™t think he meant to spin him into the wall, he definitely meant to get him out of his way. We saw that plenty of times throughout the race, from veterans and young guns alike. I just never expected Jarrett to do something like that.
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€?
I think the bump Ryan gave DJ was an accident. He was overheard on his radio saying he was so sorry and to please relay the message on to the 88 car. Ok, take for a second that he wasnâ€™t sincere, although I think he was. If he did it intentionally, he did it in a way that wasnâ€™t blatant and didnâ€™t hurt anyone elseâ€™s chances to get into the Chase. I think everyone can agree that what DJ did was totally obvious. He may have had it up to here with â€œyoung driversâ€ showing no respect, but what he did wasnâ€™t the way to teach it. Dale Earnhardt Sr. was a very aggressive driver who did the bump and run many many times, as do so many others. Folks, thatâ€™s racing. But when you blatantly go out to destroy someoneâ€™s car/chances/and or body you have gone over the line. A two lap penalty? What a complete joke. Thereâ€™s only a few drivers that would end up with that kind of punishment. You know what? DJ was my second favorite driver behind Ryan. Iâ€™m sure I will get over this and figure out a way to like him again, but he sure did a lot of damamge to my faith in him Saturday night.
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.
OH come on! Did Penske pay for this article? First Rusty hits DJ and then Newmanâ€¦.both have continued to get away with this behavior. Edwards did it to DJ in a previous race. How much is a man suppose to take? Granted, under normal circumstances DJ wouldnâ€™t have done it butâ€¦.how many times is a child supposed to get picked on before he defends himself? Itâ€™s the same thingâ€¦..we wouldnâ€™t continue to allow that to happen as NASCAR has continued to ignore the bad behavior of other drivers. I think no less of DJ than I did prior to Saturday. I consider him a excellent role model for my 10 year oldâ€¦.Whether heâ€™s top in the points or not..heâ€™s tops in my book.
There were countless bumps in the race Saturday. Jimmy Spencer was right at one time during his rant when he said “Veteran drivers know when they are slower and they move out of the way” DJ was on no tires and was fading fast, he should have gotten out of the way. Newman was probably surprised by how slow DJ was going and ran up on him. No matter if it was intentional or not, DJ eliminated himself from the Chase and cost himself millions of dollars. He was only one lap down when he wanted to exact revenge. Even after Newman spun him, he could have finished within the top 20. His temper got the best of him, and it’ll cost him more than Nascar could ever fine him. Jimmy Spencer had no idea what he was talking about for the remainder of his commentary, but he was accurate when he said “slow cars get out of the way”
Great article by the way.
Good for you DJ. “No-neck” had it coming. Don’t apologize for nothin’.
Jarrett gets too much credit for being a gentleman. He’s a gentleman when everything is going well, but that’s easy. when things go bad, he’s simply a sore loser. remember when he caused a multi-car wreck at the daytona night race a few years back and then pouted and walked back to the garage because the ambulance didn’t get to him soon enough to suit him? How about when he ran out of gas at indy several years ago and commented that it wasn’t any of his making, that all he did was drive the cars, he didn’t put gas in them? (i thought nascar was a “team” sport) how about his embarassing actions with shane hmiel at bristol in the spring? this latest example only proves what I have known for years…dj is a sore loser. adversity shows a side to dale that is most unappealing.
I was surprised that DJ hit the 12 in such a way that he took himself out.
The 12 does not take himself out in those situations.
But the 12 sure does take out half the field at plate races..and woofer if you watched marajuana boy at bristol you would've saw that HE crashed jarrett on purpose and was penalized for itâ€¦so jarrett could get pissed and it wasn't embarrassing. i wish yates would start caring about the man who launched Yates and not sadlerâ€¦quit giving Jarrett bad cars when it matters the most, like at richmond last year. na$car is just a big money hog and controls who they want to win and succeed.
First of all, I was actually at the race Saturday night and here it what truly happened: DJ struggled early, but the team adjusted the car to where it was easily one of the 2 or 3 fastest cars on the track (he blew 2nd place Jeffy Gordonâ€™s doors off trying to get his lap back). Once back on the lead lap,he blasted his way from 31st to 15th until Rusty threw the block going into turn 3, messing up both cars. From there, the team had to play strategy to remain in contention. With fresher tires, if Newman felt he was being held up, why didn't he try the outside? I saw DJ do it earlier. Newmanâ€™s claim of the wreck being unintentional is crap since he hit DJ at the center of the corner, not going in.The boy got a little taste of biblical justice. Woofer, you need to get your facts straight. The incidents you described have left out all the important facts,but hey, just like the author, donâ€™t let the truth get in the way of a good story. DJ is still the model around which all racers should be molded,and one highly overblown incident wonâ€™t change a stellar career.
Dale is at the top of the list of drivers I do like. I cannot believe what is being said about him, and why people are making such a big deal out of it. Itâ€™s not the first time and not the last time, you see it every week. Why do you choose to harp on Dale? He has been a victim time after time. How much more does he have to take? What about Carl Edwards? Why arnâ€™t you talking him down? SUSAN
A well written article that I agree with. I (and many others) have lost some respect for Dale Jarrett because of his most unsportsmanlike and dangerous conduct. Let’s face it, all of the drivers on the Bristol racetrack got lucky… if one of the competitors would have been injured because of Dale Jarrett’s temper and stupidity, there would be an entirely different perspective on this incident. Please don’t forget, fellow race fans… racing is a sport that has the element of extreme danger and personal injury to the drivers. Please think this through.. again.. everyone is lucky that this intentional act by Jarrett didn’t cause any serious injury!
As a longtime Dale Jarrett fan I was stunned by his response to to Ryan Newmanâ€™s punting. I donâ€™t know if I agree with what he did, but I certainly understand it.
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.
Mr. Bowles, This is a personal attack directed to you, just as you forgot journalism protocol when you personally attacked DJ.
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!
One thing to remember: Whether Newman was wrong or it was an “accident”, DJ let down a lot of his fans and his sponsors by virtually eliminating himself and his sponsors from The Chase.
Newman got what he deserved. If you are going to pull off a bump and run, do it at the right spot at the right time. All too often, we are seeing these young guys causing wrecks by doing this stuff in the corners, and also trying to bump draft at tracks where there just is no bump-drafting. Some need to go back to racing 101 and learn the tricks of the trade, and how to execute them properly.
So why isnâ€™t everyone ripping on DJ like they did on Hmiel? Why shouldnâ€™t DJ have to wear the shoe if it fits? Come on people, lets be fair. At least Shane didnâ€™t come out of the pits looking for DJ like DJ did Newman. Oh, thatâ€™s right, DJâ€™s a veteran. Heâ€™s earned that right. So I guess the real question is whether DJ slowed down to wait for Newman or was it because heâ€™s getting tired of it all. Old and tired is more like it. And the penalty is not enough because for what its worth, he should at least be on probation for the remainder of year. What would have been really nice was if both Newman and Harvick would have walked up to Jarrettâ€™s car, both giving him threats of revenge and pointing, and upon theyâ€™re departure DJ giving them both the Hmiely salute. HA HA!!! As Iâ€™ve said before, DJ needs to contemplate the routes of the 2 and the 6 before it gets embarrassing. Maybe if he was driving the truck, he might have survived the wall and actually driven over the top of the 12. Too bad, so sad. Get off the track old man, â€˜cause the young ones have more time to deal with setbacks. One more setback for DJ and UPS will just as soon hand him a gold watch with a pension, because the only time theyâ€™ll get to handle the Cup they dream of is when theyâ€™re delivering it to New York for the banquet.
Dale Jarrett was spun in a crash involving Rusty Wallace earlier in the race. Iâ€™m sure he wasnâ€™t happy about thatâ€¦but there was no one to blame. Then he was spun by Newman. Ryan had no reason to spin Jarrett, and heâ€™s always been a clean driver. He just made a mistake. But that doesnâ€™t give Jarrett any reason to go and wreck people. Iâ€™ve heard many people say that Jarrett was racing for points, and it was unfair for Ryan to wreck him. Ryanâ€™s not exactly 80th in pointsâ€¦heâ€™s racing for a spot too. Jarrettâ€™s bump might have cost him thatâ€¦
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!!!!
Evidently Mr. Bowles must be a newbee fan who didnâ€™t â€˜discoverâ€™ NASCAR until the early â€˜90s. Iâ€™ve been following â€˜Cup racing since 1962 and remember the epic battles between Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson. Would Ned have walled Junior in 1964 under the same circumstances? Absolutely, and no one wouldâ€™ve criticized him for it! Even Mr. Bowles must certainly realize that Ned is one of the finest spokespersons and gentlemen the sport of auto racing has ever known.
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.
We encourage you to debate the issue, but please refrain from personal attacks. Thank you!
I hate to be the one to break this to you Galaxie Jan, but pretty much everyone who is a fan now wasnâ€™t a fan in the early 90â€™s.
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.
I believe your article is 180 degs wrong. I have more respect for Dale now then I had prevously. What I saw was a driver that refused to be someone else's doormat, and for that I cheered the 88s actions and showing of self-respect. Also, Bristol was the perfect track to settle the score. It wasnâ€™t like he did this at Talladega!
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)
All the people that think Jarrett didn’t do anything wrong are either stupid or ignorant!
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