NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
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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1. "Turn Left In 500 Ft." – Garmin, makers of the popular portable GPS systems, will sponsor Gillett Evernham Motorsports’ No. 19 and driver Elliott Sadler for two races this season. Garmin's branding will be on the hood of Sadler's Dodge at Talladega April 27th, as well as Kansas on September 28th. The nifty devices have gained popularity at a rapid rate, and prove handy when you need the best direction to a destination; they will talk you through your trip, start to finish.
These also might be what Sadler — winless since California in September of 2004 — will need to find Victory Lane these days!
2. Cheerio!- General Mills has signed on as a primary sponsor for a fourth team to be fielded by Richard Childress Racing in 2009. The food conglomerate will transfer their support, after nine years, from the famed Petty Enterprises, Inc. No. 43 to the new RCR No. 33 team at season’s end. For the time being, at least, PE does not have a sponsor commitment to replace them on the No. 43, the team that took stock car icon Richard Petty to 200 wins and seven NASCAR Cup Championships. To compound the organization's problems, 2000 Cup Champion Bobby Labonte is heavily rumored to be leaving PE, possibly for RCR next season. With Labonte behind the wheel, the No. 43 Dodge has shown steady improvement, and is sitting 21st in points after Texas.
Although the Pettys have to find a driver, is there any reason — if a sponsor cannot be found — that the No. 43 cannot be funded with tax dollars by the National Historical Society as the national treasure that it is?
3. Qualifying Should Matter? – David Reutimann, driver of the No. 44 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, was questioned before qualifying Friday for the Samsung 500 on his options should he not be successful qualifying into the field. Reutimann inherited the UPS ride following Dale Jarrett's retirement, and lost his Top 35 protection that he had earned piloting the No. 00 MWR entry prior to the team transfer two weeks ago. MWR developmental driver Michael McDowell was brought in to fill the void created by the driver switch, and was given the No. 00 ride and its valuable owners’ points. But Reutimann said that he would not expect the MWR brass to put him in the No. 00 should he fail to qualify the No. 44 into the race day lineup on speed and that, "The No. 00 is the car that Michael McDowell drives, and as far as I know, if I don't get in, I'll be watching. I wouldn't want to do that. My job is to get the No. 44 car in. If I can't get that car in, then I don't need to be in the race."
That's the kind of talk that could get a driver run out of NASCAR. Believing it's a driver's job to qualify for a race? Now, that's just nuts!
4. Safety - Job 1! – During qualifying runs for Sunday's race, the aforementioned Michael McDowell entered turn one to start his second qualifying lap when he lost control of his MWR No. 00 Toyota and crashed in what veteran driver Jeff Burton, critical of McDowell in his Cup debut last week, described as “…the hardest wreck I've ever seen in my life…in qualifying.” The 23-year-old rookie hit the outside SAFER barrier retaining wall at a frightening near-head on angle that was eerily similar to impacts that have been fatal to other drivers in past years, and then proceeded to barrel roll no less than eight times down the track, kangaroo-hopping hard on his rooftop at least twice and on fire. McDowell immediately exited his mangled race car and walked under his own power to the trackside emergency vehicle for transportation to the infield care center. Upon completion of his obligatory medical examination, he exited the care center and assured concerned fans and racers. "I'm fine," said the seemingly unfazed driver before returning to practice and racing throughout the rest of the weekend.
NASCAR, when it announced the development project that has resulted in today's car (formerly known as the Car of Tomorrow) stated the primary objective would be to put a safer race car under its drivers. Mission accomplished?
5. Two Peas In A Pod - Legendary American race car driver A.J. Foyt, longtime friend of two-time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart, disagreed with Stewart's recent very critical and public assessment of Goodyear Tire's NASCAR performance after Atlanta. The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota suggested that NASCAR ought to switch tiremakers, possibly to Firestone, in the near future. Foyt, who campaigned on Goodyears during much of his driving career, said of the Indy Racing League tire supplier Firestone before the IRL season-opener at Homestead, "We've got junk for tires." As if that criticism wasn’t enough, he added, "I have no love for Firestone, they have no love for me."
In 2004, Stewart had tentatively planned to run a Foyt-prepared Indy car at the Indianapolis 500, and on the same day, his JGR entry in the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte. However, contractual obligations prohibited Stewart from attempting the feat. Foyt once said of the younger, but every bit as fiery-tempered Stewart, "He's a friend of mine. He stays in trouble and I stay in trouble, so we're friends."
6. Big Money! – Yates Racing brought both their teams to Texas without primary sponsorship on either the No. 28 driven by Travis Kvapil or the No. 38 piloted by David Gilliland. Doug Yates, who took over control of the team when his father, famed engine builder Robert, retired at the end of the 2007 race season, simply had a team web site displayed on the cars: www.sponsoryates.com.
At an estimated cost of $600,000 to bring one fully functional team to the track, just how long can the respected Ford team — with 57 Cup wins, two Daytona 500 wins, and a NASCAR Cup Championship — continue to compete without sponsorship seems awfully questionable.
7. Short-lived Careers - Yesterday's race at Texas Motor Speedway only had four drivers in the field that have participated in all fifteen NASCAR Cup races held at the facility since 1997.
You knowâ€¦ 1997 really wasn't that long ago!
8. Texas Messes With Gordon – A true NASCAR rarity occurred at yesterday's running of the Samsung 500, when 4-time Cup Champion Jeff Gordon brought home his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet in last place. Gordon, who fought a poor handling race car from the drop of the green flag, finally slapped the wall on lap 110 of the 334-lap race. Gordon elected to take his Chevy into the garage and change out suspension pieces in an attempt to at least figure out what the problem with the car had been. However, after returning to the track, the car showed no improvement, and he retired it for the day to wind up 43rd. Texas continues to be only one of two tracks where Gordon has yet to win (Homestead being the other). Gordon had not finished dead last in a Sprint Cup event since 1999; and yes, that's right - that occurred at Texas Motor Speedway!
1999! OK, that is a long time between last place finishes.
9. Just Playing With Ya'll - NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. looked like the odds-on-favorite to win his first points-paying Cup race for Hendrick Motorsports after setting a blistering Bud Pole Award-winning performance Friday. Junior bested second place qualifier and eventual race winner Carl Edwards’ qualifying time by almost 1.5 miles per hour. After that, Earnhardt, Jr. stayed competitive for the win through at least a third of the race before he and Crew Chief Tony Eury, Jr. lost the handling edge on the No. 88 Chevrolet.
How much heartbreak can Earnhardt Nation take? But there’s a silver lining; alhough Junior finished one lap down and in 12th position, he improved his standing in drivers points by one, to fourth, and is only 69 points behind leader Jeff Burton. There is no doubt; a Sprint Cup Championship for Junior will mend many a broken heart!
*10. Ooops! *- Ryan Newman's No 12 Penske Racing Dodge finished a solid fourth at Texas, but failed post-race inspection. According to NASCAR, the right rear of Newman's ride was 1/8 of an inch too high. The Top 5 finish had moved Newman up three positions in points standings to eighth, giving the No. 12 more breathing room within the Top 12. Of course, only the Top 12 will be eligible for the Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship during the last ten races of 2008.
No doubt, there will be some anxious days as Newman and the No. 12 team, winners of this year’s Daytona 500, await word from the sanctioning body on what if any fines and/or penalties will be levied against them.
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While improvements have certainly been made to the cars , the biggest improvement by far has been the soft walls . But there was a quote circulated , supposedly from Eddie Gossage , regarding Ryan Newmans’ suggestion that a wall be put up between the track and the pit area to protect pit crews . Gosagge apparently said that he couldn’t remember an out of control race car posing a danger to crew members , so a wall isn’t needed . If that quote was accurate , i have to ask how many more drivers will be hurt or killed before the tracks become proactive on safety instead of the song and dance routine they always give to avoid having to spend money .
No anxious times for the #12 team. They know what they are going to get…
You call 11 years not long in terms of an athlete’s career?