NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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Thompson in Turn 5 · Tommy Thompson · Tuesday November 13, 2007
I learned something about Johnny Benson this week. It seems the guy is quickly becoming a dinosaur, obsolete within a sport that is evolving in a direction he is neither able or willing to keep up with.
Thank goodness he’s still here.
Apparently, the veteran Truck Series driver is not up to speed with what can only be titled the "new" NASCAR. That is, a NASCAR that endorses "team racing" as a legitimate and increasingly integral part of its sanctioned racing events. This became evident last Friday night during the running of the Craftsman Truck Series Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, when Benson passed his Bill Davis Racing teammate Mike Skinner to better his finishing position. The supposed problem with that? Skinner is a championship contender, running neck-and-neck with Ron Hornaday, Jr. for a title in which every point will make a difference. That Benson would have the audacity to pass a competitor in such a race stirred astonishment within the SPEED TV broadcasting booth, as well as obvious displeasure from his teammate.
And that, in turn, stirred displeasure from me.
It is truly a shame that what should be nothing short of an exciting season-ending championship point battle between Skinner and Ron Hornaday, Jr. for the 2007 CTS title is deteriorating into a sham that demonstrates how rapidly NASCAR racing is becoming less and less about "may the best man and machine win." Instead, the sport is quickly spiraling downward to more of a team effort, wherein one team member is not encouraged to advance his position, but instead block for or yield altogether to another. And what’s worse, there seems to be a general buy-in to the concept by people like the veteran Skinner and racing veterans like Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip.
Let’s start analyzing this one through the man most directly affected. Skinner, clearly agitated with Benson's passing him for seventh place – costing him four points – opined after the race about his apparent misfortune.
“I’m not the boss. I guess we’re not a team,’‘ Skinner said. “I thought he was taking care of me. I don’t know. I don’t want to comment on it.”
But, of course, he did comment on it – insinuating that Benson did him wrong.
It is hard to be too condescending towards Skinner, as he is in a tough spot. His championship-contending rival did have his team in place, and they worked their "roller derby" strategy to perfection. Kevin Harvick – Ron Hornaday, Jr's. team owner – did his utmost to position his race truck between Skinner and his driver all race long. If nothing else, Harvick was attempting to assure that his own driver would gain some points; for unless Hornaday unexpectedly slowed, it was clear that Harvick would not pass his truck.
As disgusting and contrary as I believe blocking or intentionally not racing any competitor for position is – especially when compared to what I consider auto racing should be – it’s nothing new in the world of NASCAR today. Team racing is apparently no longer a little hush-hush secret that may have been employed occasionally in past times; frankly, it’s become so commonplace nowadays, members of the same organization have no problem mentioning it on-air.
That much was evident during the waning laps of the race. Skinner – in an in-truck interview during a caution period – spoke with the SPEED TV broadcasters and laid out what he believed was a team strategy with his Bill Davis Racing teammate, Benson.
“My â€˜guardian angel" back here [Benson] really has took care of me,” he explained. “Kind of like Hornaday's teammate [Harvick] is doing for him."
Though I am struck by the unabashed admission by Skinner, whom I have always categorized as a hard-nosed, "old school" racer, the broadcasters’ acceptance of the team racing scenario that was playing out has convinced me that the sport is changing â€¦ and not for the better.
Late in the race, when Benson made a clean and easy-to-accomplish pass on Skinner, Waltrip excitedly exclaimed, "That is controversial there! Very controversial!" Phil Parsons immediately chimed in behind him: "Taking a position away from his teammate, and points away from a championship hunt â€¦ Johnny Benson now moves ahead of Skinner."
Parsons and Waltrip continued during the last seven laps of the race to express their amazement that Benson had passed Skinner, along with seemingly equal surprise that Benson would not relinquish the position back to his teammate:
"Is Johnny Benson going to finish ahead of Mike Skinner?"
"Will he let him go back by and get those four points?"
"I cannot imagine Johnny Benson would not let Mike Skinner go back by."
"Unbelievable! Johnny Benson stayed in front of Mike Skinner!"
"I cannot believe thatâ€¦ that's four pointsâ€¦put that down in your notebook!”
"Obviously, no team orders there. Cost him four points. That could loom large when we get to Homestead next week."
However, give credit to Waltrip for at least pointing out that Benson's pass moved him ahead of Rick Crawford and into the Top 5 in driver points. Crawford was hot on Benson's bumper prior to his pass of Skinner, and the aggressive driving of the man behind the No. 23 Truck was what it took to keep himself up in the standings – continuing to give himself his own set of goals to race for.
No doubt, there is something "fishy" going on here in the world of NASCAR teams! In an interview I conducted with NASCAR's Managing Director of Communications, Ramsey Poston, last month, I pointedly asked him what NASCAR's position on "team orders" was. Poston said, ""We really would like to think that no driver would pull over. But this is a team sport, to a degree, as well.” And then, the organization’s spokesman went on to explain that policing "team orders" would be difficult.
But how can NASCAR not, at this point, step in and abolish this practice? Or at least let the fans know to what "degree" this is a "team sport." As I wrote in this column in an article entitled "Move Over Jimmie â€¦ Let's Let Jeff Get One For The Thumb" there will be consequences if the practice of team orders, which amounts to nothing more than race "fixing," is not brought under control.
Acceptance of the practice of teammates blocking for one another, giving up positions, or intentionally not racing each other cannot possibly bode well for the sport. But it certainly appears that there is a tacit approval of the practice by the governing organization, as not only Skinner’s comments during the race indicate, but that of the broadcast crew, as well.
And if the practice is not curbed now, where will it go from here?
Will it soon be acceptable for drivers from one group of manufacturer to work in unison with one another to get one of their manufacturer-supported teams into the twelve driver Championship Chase?
If running interference for a teammate becomes any more acceptable than it appears to have been last Friday night, will a blocker eventually be a "bad teammate" if he isn't able to prevent a competitor from getting by the favored car?
Such issues raise questions about the basic principle of motorsports. The truth is, there is only one way for drivers to race; and that is to the best of their ability, passing for every possible position they can. That is, in its simplest form, what American automobile racing has always been about.
It is important to note that there has been virtually no backlash against what transpired during the CTS race last week, and there has been very little criticism of the SPEED TV broadcasters for playing into the team racing concept by either race fans or the auto racing media. In fact, no one seems inclined to talk much about it. Bill Davis Racing, Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday, Jr., and for that matter, even Johnny Benson have stayed mum on the subject.
But all the tight lips in the world won’t keep the team order issue from going away. And I am certain that at some point soon, something dramatic enough will occur involving the manipulation of race results by team owners that fans will demand that NASCAR, like Formula 1, step in and put a stop to it.
In the meantime, I am going to go out on a limb, as somewhat of a dinosaur of racing myself, and say that Johnny Benson has nothing to be ashamed of or to apologize for in racing Mike Skinner for a better finishing position. Teammate or not, he did the right thing.
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Gee, REAL RACING for position in $ASCAR??
What in the world is happening?
Kudos to Benson!
Well, well…Johnny you sure gained some respect from me! eam racing has NO business in this sport! Just another reason NASCRAP is going down the tube. 51 years I have followed this sport, and the last 5 or so years it has become a joke!
I love Johnny Benson and this just raised him another notch in my esteem.
I think that the solution will come from the sponsors. If they start demanding some of their money back when their car is ordered to hang back and give up spots the practice will cease in a hurry.
Did anyone listen to Rusty Wallace& Andy Petetree they told like it is!! Why hasn’t anyone asked Bill Davis about it? J.B. is a “Racer” who races everone with respect!!
New policy huh….reminds me of Dale Sr. right before he smashed the wall, blocking is bad passing is good……I guess Scrub should have allowed JG to pass him on Sunday. 5 or 4 points might help
Great Article! If Skinner wants this championship, he has to race for it. He can’t expect other trucks, teammate or not, to move over because he’s not as fast as them.
when they stopped racing and started putting a show on the gucci gulch bunch, started buying into the teams, it’s the MONEY. I know Kevin Harvick, and Ron Hornaday, Jr. and have raced them and Ron Dad they will play the game and do it well, the teams have NO choice NASCAR is leading the charge for money, go JB
I don’t think it’s hard to figure out why a team mate would help a driver win a championship . All you have to do is total up the millions of dollars involved ( sponsor bonus , championship payout , manufacturer bonus , potential new endorsements , potential new sponsors ) , and besides , your team and the owner will love you forever .
Johnny Benson did as any racer should. The goal in ANY race is to finish as high as possible, normally in an attempt to WIN the race. Johnny was putting himself in better position to win the race by passing Mike Skinner. That is the reason he is driving race cars (trucks). If he isn’t in it for that reason, he and the team should just hang it up.
The last part of this season has made me pretty frustrated with the media and some of the teams participating in our sport. The concept of ‘Team Racing’ has taken on a new definition by many of these people. If it continues in this direction, the sport is going to be doomed.
I give high accolades to Johnny Benson for doing what he should be doing.
It’s about beating the guy(s) in front of you. Period. Sounds like Skinner thought he was going to be able to coast with Benson’s help. Wrongo! Go, Johnny!!
Turn the situation around, what would Skinner of done??????? Go Johnny!!!!!!!
JB has always been my favourite driver and it hurt when Mike and the Speedtv guys said those things about him. Nascars goin down hill and ’07 has been the worst. The Daytona race was great and everything that happened in that race was good for our sport, but after that the whole Hendrick Hendrick Hendrick Hendrick, team orders etc. started and JB…THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT WAS RIGHT FOR OUR SPORT. Along with Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and Mike Bliss, you are the only “real racers” left in NASCAR
first off, 99% of the stuff coming out of Ramsey Poston’s mouth is garbage Brian France approves; a classic YES man if there ever was one. Congrats to Benson for racing and not pulling that F1 Harvick crap. Race for the win, race hard, and race clean. Benson did all of these and deserves respect for not pulling over and letting Whiner, er Skinner pass him. Skinner should be worried about how he’s gonna beat Hornady and not about team orders.
I have been rootin’ for both Skinner and Benson. I was wondering when Skinner was going to make his move, bringing Benson with him.
I guess Skinner didn’t have any more and Benson leisurely passed and gained a position and got into the top five.
I think Mike Skinner was venting his frustration at his own lackluster performance.
Still, this is the best NASCAR Racing we can get!
“Teammate or not, he did the right thing.”
JB definately did the right thing. If you have the truck to move up and better your position, Go For It!
Look at what blocking for his teammates got Earnhardt Sr. (yes, I said it, and will stand by it!).
With everything that Prince Brian ‘the idiot’ has brought to this once great sport, it was nice to see a classic race move from a classy guy rather than a corporate NA$CAR move.
All we need now is to drop the reserved start positions in the trucks, and we’ll have a series better than the sprint cup!
I am a BDR fan. Hated to see the end of the season come to this. I want to see SKINNER win the championship on his own. WITHOUT the help of team mate or without the antics of KHI. I can’t blame JB for last week passing Skinner. If ya have a faster truck, you should pass, especially since he was in his OWN points battle. Enough said.
Mike Skinner is no team player himself. He did Dale Sr wrong quite a few times back when he was racing for Childress. It stood to reason why could not find a ride in cup after his stint with RCR was done. When it comes down to Skinner is all about Mike Skinner and Skinner alone. Johnny Benson is a class act and all he did was what he is hired to do.
Skinner has a short memory. At last year’s Phoenix race, JB was on the pole, Skinner raced him so hard on the outside that JB spun out on the first lap. Skinner’s defense? “We’re racing for points too..we’re in a tight battle for 10th place”. TENTH place? JB was racing for the championship last year. This year, JB is racing for somewhere between 3rd & 6th. Mike, how good of a team mate are YOU? Go cry on somebody else’s shoulder.
Mikey Waltrip has to learn to shut his mouth. He spouts off on way too much. JB is supposed to be his friend?? JB is racing for as high as 3rd place in the points. It seems to me that there is more trash talk in the trucks to go along with the better racing.
I agree johnnybfan1, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting on either of the Waltrip brothers to control their lips. They were still harping on this during the Homestead race, until the 5 fell out. I’m shocked that they didn’t try to blame the 5’s wheel falling off on JB too.