NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Thompson in Turn 5 · Tommy Thompson · Wednesday October 22, 2008
Who will win the 2008 presidential election is still anybody’s guess. But when it comes to NASCAR, who they want to win isn’t even in question these days.
Considering the rash of “honorary” guests from John McCain’s presidential campaign team recently attending Sprint Cup events, the sanctioning body clearly is supporting the Republican Party ticket, and is willing to offer its services to their effort to win the White House. What NASCAR is serving up to their political party of choice is a captive audience of 100,000 motorsports fans that really came to watch a race, but are getting — whether they want it or not — a low-key partisan political rally as well.
However, truth be told, the majority of fans in attendance have no objection to the not-so-subtle support of the Republican presidential ticket at the races. Demographics show supporters of NASCAR to be overwhelmingly conservative and white, not dissimilar from the general makeup of the stereotypical Republican. All and all, Republican Party candidates and their surrogates are in “safe waters” when campaigning.
Oh, and by the way, Richard Petty offered his endorsement of the McCain / Palin ticket at Lowe’s Motor Speedway ten days ago amongst the festivities leading up to the Bank of America 500. In the meantime, the grounds of the track were heavily laced with campaign stickers, signs, and buttons for the Republican hopefuls. “What we need right now in these uncertain times is a steady hand on the wheel, a leader we can trust to put country first ahead of politics,” the King said in a prepared statement.
That possibly the most liked and known figure in NASCAR offered his public support to the Republican nominees is not at all surprising, as Petty has never made any secret of his political persuasion. He, in fact, ran for election as the Republican candidate for the Secretary of State of North Carolina. Further, Petty’s endorsement is on par with what has become the norm for other NASCAR drivers as well. During the previous presidential election cycle, nine of the Top 10 drivers openly supported the re-election bid of President George W. Bush. Additionally, many of NASCAR’s top drivers from the present and past worked to get out the Bush vote during both of his successful presidential campaigns.
To be sure, NASCAR is a bastion of support for the Republican Party, dating back to the days of the sport’s founder, Bill France. Between NASCAR, ISC, and individual France family members, public records show that about 90% of financial contributions find their way to individual Republican candidates or directly to the GOP.
So, what about the Democrats? A Democratic candidate at a NASCAR event is a rare sighting. That’s not to say there haven’t been attempts, but the reception by race fans has been less than lukewarm, as former President Bill Clinton discovered when visiting Darlington in 1992 in an attempt to ingratiate himself with the NASCAR community.
Perhaps Eddie Gossage, the Vice President / General Manager of Texas Motor Speedway, gauged the reaction best. “It was rude, to be honest. I’m talking in terms of booing and airplanes flying over, saying, ‘Clinton is a draft dodger.’ Banners on the back of planes and stuff. He got a very cold reception from the fans, competitors – everybody.”
Clearly, a NASCAR race is not the best venue for a Democrat to make friends and influence voters.
Well, Republican-friendly or not, it is puzzling as to why NASCAR allows itself to become involved in the no win game of politics. Republican fans of the sport will support Republican candidates regardless of whether John McCain, Cindy McCain, or Todd Palin are given a meaningless “honorary” title for a race and allowed to say hello over the PA system and give a wave to the crowd or not.
And without a doubt, should a candidate supported by the racing organization get elected, there may be some rewards for the aid and comfort lent them during their campaign. Yet, how much consideration can they expect on political matters important to the sport by a Democrat that defeats their candidate?
The risk that comes with betting on the wrong horse is greater than you think.
From simply a strategic standpoint, it would only seem prudent for the organization to cover its bets and spread the support. NASCAR is big time sports now, and they might take a lesson from their sports entertainment peers whose athletes and executives are generally reluctant to publicly support either side.
The sports support for the “The Grand Old Party” is not without risk to its own best interest, either. Supposing that a typical NASCAR crowd does, in fact, overwhelmingly sway towards the Republican candidate by a margin of 70% to
30%, what about the minority of non-Republican fans in attendance?
At Daytona during the last two presidential election periods NASCAR, drivers, and owners have politicked hard for Bush, with an estimated crowd of 200,000 spectators subject to the overt campaigning. At the 70%-30% number, there would be 60,000 paying race fans sitting amidst a mini-political rally for a candidate that they may well be opposed to.
Now, that’s certainly not a situation that many are likely to appreciate or find particularly enjoyable. Remember, a lot of race fans come only to watch a race! I know I’m not the only one that has been advised by my elders to not discuss politics or religion – especially in a crowd of strangers. Wise advice, indeed.
Besides … why does NASCAR want to mix such an honorable and enjoyable endeavor as auto racing with the nastiness of politics, anyways?
And…That’s my view from Turn 5.
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I always find it interesting that anyone pays attention to any endorsement that a celebrity makes . NASCAR drivers for example . What would Richard Petty know that the rest of us don’t about what makes a great presidential candidate ? As far as intellect goes , race drivers on average are no smarter than the general population . So why would their endorsements of anything sway us ?
The constant drumbeat for the GOP over the years is odd , but looking at the tax breaks they’ve gotten from it , i’d say it works .
Well, I think you might have missed the key issue here on why NA$CAR supports “politicians”, mostly of the republican persuasion!
According to my information, embedded in the $700 billion “bailout”, there was some $150 million in tax breaks for race track owners!
Of course NA$CAR is going to “honor” politicians, it is more money in the bank!
The reason race fans tend to be Republican is not difficult to figure out. Republican support is strongest in small town and rural America and that is where most race fans live. Democrats are strongest in ultra rich Hollywood and poorer inner city areas where race fans are few and far between.
NASCAR has always pandered to certain things. The “family values” thing is so phony. Do people really believe that Democrats as a whole don’t have families or family values? Come on…Anyone remember Jim BakKer, Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard (now there’s a christain family values man if there ever was one), etc. And when Jeff Gordon was under NASCAR’s and his ex-wife’s thumb he used to preach at every victory lane ceremony…“the lord drove that car for me today not me.” That is a direct quote. It used to bother me to no end. What message did that send? So the guy in 15th place who is just as much of a believer (aka christain) as Gordon who spun out and hit the wall, so the “lord” wasn’t driving that car? Hmmm, guess not cause “the lord” only supports winners.
And as far as Richard Petty? Well I love him as a racer and he has done more for this sport than anyone except France and Bruton Smith and a few others. But Petty has been hard-core Republican for a long time. And even the great RP showed us he was human when his road rage took him slap out of that Secretary of State race back in the 1990s. Did the “bump and run” on I-85 in NC thinking he was at Daytona just gave that one right away to Elaine Marshall. And she still has that office today. Gawd love him but political advice from him ain’t like racing advice.
And what about Michigan Speedway? Are the vast majority of those fans Repubs? I don’t know but that’s Union country and I would think that a lot of Michigan and Pennsylvania and maybe Chicago and maybe Upstate New York and Dover and New England could be homes for a lot of union workers, as in likely Democrats.
So to your point it’s a risky ploy to pander to Repubs—to any party really. But they are pandering to the ones that have a large part in getting us into this mess. Yea yea I hear it now, “it’s Nacy Pelosi and ‘that crowd.’”…Well let’s not forget that 8 of the last 8 years the White House has been under “R” control and hmmm, 6 of the last 8 Congress is under “R” control. Don’t tell me little Nancy Pelosi can screw up a country in less than 22 months…
Bottom line seems a slap in the face to many fans nationwide to pander to Repubs. And Todd Palin? Who is he? Just another Hilary Clinton, that’s all.
Were I to base my voting decisions on Who Richard Petty,or the France family, who least we forget, are billionaires. Or Madonna, or Michael Moore, for that matter. Then I should be disqualified from voting, by virtue of being too shallow, & uninformed. I am however tired of being beat over the head with someone else’s convictions. I can, however take comfort in the fact that they are pretty much preaching to the choir, & therefore wasting their time.
“Don’t tell me little Nancy Pelosi can screw up a country in less than 22 months…”
Wait and see bud! San Fransicko soon coming to a city near you. America will soon know of the term, “Buyer’s Remorse” – A super-majority that is unable to be stymied; the rash of spending and tax increases might be “Change”…but the only change many will have is the loose change in their pants pockets and seat cushions.
Oh, and pry my guns from my cold, dead, bitterly clinging hands too.
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“Don’t tell me little Nancy Pelosi can screw up a country in less than 22 months…”
Why not? The liberal left have claimed George W. Bush screwed up the country in less time. And Pelosi is part of congress that actually does the spending. Bush only approves or denies that spending.
Kevin and Vito I knew I could draw you out. And the retort is almost verbatim what you have given. Go ahead “Bud” vote for McCain and Palin. You get what you pay for: more tax breaks for the wealthy; more war—the wrong war; more cozying up to lobbyists; more deficit spending (tax and spend Repubs, now that’s a new thing.); socialism (yep Repubs giving it to GM, Bank of America, JP Morgan because capitalism as it’s been practiced lately is bankrupt in more ways than one…but’s let’s bail out all those special interest who fund campaigns while sticking it to the little guy (me, obviously not you); and we need more than ever political leadsership like Karl Rove…Yep yall just vote for that crowd and we should all be OK in a few months…
Proves the point of the writer of this piece: politics and racin don’t mix. I wanna see side-by-side racin, not Palin. I wwanna see rootin and gougin, not COT plowin. And I wanna see the chrome horn givin not the chrome finger. Rough and tumble NASCAR has given way to sound-byte NA$CAR and loop data. Yep, that’s what I want to know, how many passes in turn three at Pocono. Where is Ramsey Poston when you need him. Better yet, where is Bill Jr. when you need him?
And by the way Tommy Thompson, weren’t you the governor of Wisconsin?
Hey Kevin in SoCal, where have you been hiding?
“And Pelosi is part of congress that actually does the spending. Bush only approves or denies that spending.”
Did you really say that?
Does the name “HALIBURTON” ring a bell?
And those famous words of G.W. Bush himself: “If you don’t believe me your un-american”! “Now, please pass me another $60 Billion to support my lies”! “Ooops, I meant $160 billion, sorry”!
“After all Congress, you MUST support our troops”!
Kevin, I am shocked, postively shocked, anyone would place the blame on this congress for spending money!
Bush is by no means the best leader we’ve ever had, however my 2nd Ammendment Rights have remained intact the last 8 years. I will not be able to say that 8 years from now. That is a bit more important to me than cars going around in a circle for 3 hours. The 1st exists because of the 2nd.
And just for the record, I haven’t seen too many jihadist in our streets lately killing Americans civilians as they did 7 years ago. They’re over in another country being whacked by our military. If the enemy calls Iraq the frontlines of their quest to destroy us…then so be it. Because they’re losing.
Even at our weakest, we’re still better than everybody else.
Hey Vito, actually the terrorists, at least the majority of them, responsible for 9/11 came from SAUDI ARABIA!
So, why did we not invade Saudi Arabia?
Saddam Hussein threw Osama out of his country!
Unfortunately, IRAQ is not called the “front-lines” by our “enemies”, whoever they may be!
Gee! Do you like G.W. that much that you continue to believe his lies? PROVEN LIES? (about Iraq).
Oh, I also should mention, both my wife and myself are licensed to carry (CCW) if you please.
But under Republican rule, I have good news and I have bad news:
The good news is we “may” not have to worry about stricter gun controls!
The BAD news is we will have to hock them at the local pawn shop in order to survive!
Douglas you are on it. I wonder if Vito is the one that Sarah Palin is talking about when she said that thing about ‘real americans’…while you and I are sorta, well half american you might say. Real Americans according to her logic bow down to special interests and campaign PR while uhh, er, you and I who question the direction of this country, well we are not REAL americans…And Oh, by the way Vito, while we are at it since you are giving lessons on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, maybe you could go over their to Palinville, err, Palin’s campaign and teach them a little bit about what a Vice President does…seems she doesn’t quite know yet. “make good policy in the Senate…” Geezuz! For chrissakes can’t we get someone to run that can think? And you want this woman just be a breath away fro the presidency?
For the record, I have met John McCain. I worked for someone a few years ago who has since passed away that led his 2000 effort. I thought for a long time that he might be a good president…Then all hell broke lose the last few months:
1. He names Sarah Palin, a ‘good ole boy’ er girl who is as corrupt as the next politician. But hey it’s in Alaska for chrissakes and no one was watchin until 60 days ago. Changed her ethics reports recently? Why? Cause she found out the press was sniffin on that, uh, “official function trip(s)” she took her daughter on and billed back the state.
2. He “suspended his campaign” to win the vote for the bailout. Yep, now there was a success if you ever have one. MCain was yackin about how he worked it out the moment it was falling apart and he didn’t even know it. Hey his own Arizona delegation didn’t vote for it the first time around. And then he has the audacity to blame Dems.
3. Wailing on Bill Ayers, for chrissakes, Obama was 8 years old. Who gives a dam about that while our 401k goes out the window while McCain cozies up to the banks PAC money. And hey let us not forget about the Keating 5.
4. Iraq. So let’s see our financial system is in meltdown and McCain still wants to spend $150 billion a year to fight em tearrroists! Those comin to the shores of America! Vito, you know your kind, I am just amazed. You are putty in the hands of Karl Rove and his disciples who sold terrorism as a political ploy to the American public to keep them scared out of their wits in the 2004 election.
Man we can disagree on politics or racers, but we can’t disagree that we are in trouble in this country and a new outlook—oooooohhhh not those San Francisco sinners—is what we need!
Just remember, Vito and I think you guys are blind fools for your beliefs, too! LOL
Kevin, we don’t have to remember. It’s evident you do. You don’t know what I believe. But I can tell ya you vote in these guys and they will wrap you up in the flag for the next 8 years and steal you blind like taking lollypops from babies. Every single one of them is corrupt. I don’t know what you do for a living Kevin, but let me ask ya, can you bill back your employer for frivilous trips with your family? Palin can.
Have you ever used the name of someone else to get prescription drugs to feed your habit? Ms. McCain did and didn’t serve one day of time. But go find out what happened to the doc that wrote her those perscriptions.
Would you lie to no end to win the presidency? Would you use the U.S. Justice Department to do your bidding for you on the campaign trail? Could you spend $150,000 on clothes right now? Would you do anything to win?
Let me tell ya these people make Richard Nixon and John Halderman and Charles Chapin and John Dean and on and on look like choir boys. Hey man vote your conscious. You reap what you soe and wow! are we ever reaping the benes of 8 years of stellar leadership with world respect and adulation of the most powerful, most free, most righteous nation on the planet. If you guys really think we are OK, then I want what you are smokin…Kyle Busch could use some of it to get hi mojo back.
Thanks Ed, appreciated!
AND! Of course “we” did not start this conversation!
But the “facts” are completely on our side!
Lets see now, some 30% of our countries “debt” (which really did not exist before G.W. and his band of thieves came along) is held by China & Saudi Arabia!
30% of a debt we may never pay off, why, because we just went ahead and borrowed another $700 BILLION OFFSHORE to fund our “correction” program!
And remember two (2) things, very important things:
1. some of that was borrowed from that TERRORIST SPONSOR, SAUDI ARABIA! (oh yes, we invaded Iraq instead, that had ZERO to do with 9/11)!
2. The rest was borrowed from that COMMUNIST COUNTRY CALLED CHINA!
So G.W. and his cronies not only went thru a HUGE BUDGET SURPLUS! But now have borrowed TRILLIONS of $$$ from corrupt countries!
And more unbelievable, is that some people, (does Vito & Kevin ring a bell), STILL THINK THIS IS GOOD GOVERNMENT!
Wonder when China will call in it’s markers?
Oh, and lest we forget, blame Tommy Thompson! He started this mess!
Thanks Tommy! Great Job!
And! Next, Vito & Kevin will be comparing the CoT to a Ferrari!
Douglas, man! The CoT IS a Ferrari! Brian Z says it’s beautiful.
And Sarah Palin says “Obama pals with tearoists”, and she says that the VP is in charge of the U.S. Senate…And she says she stopped the bridge to nowhere!…Anyway the emperor wears clothes too!..Oh and there were 160,000 fans at Lowes a few weeks ago and 90,000 fans at California…It’ Pato’s Republic in America! Pigs and CoTs fly. Your bank is safe. Nixon didn’t know about Watergate. Bill Clinton never met Monaca Lewinsky. Petty’s engine wasn’t big when he beat out Cale and Bobbby Allison that day. Carl Edwards didn’t bang Gregg Biffle in the rear at Talladega. And according to NA$CAR there is now more passing in the Cup series than ever. Of course it occurs on pit road but nevertheless there is more passing.
The only thing I believe is real these days is the tooth fairy. Everything else is up for graps…
I understand the point of the article.
However, in reality Politics are now embedded everywhere in our lives. Religion, schools, etc. To think that Sporting events should be left out is a noble thought.
We, all Americans, have allowed the government to play a larger role in our lives. Stock market, housing, health care, etc. if it isn’t working for us we want the government to do something.
Our Founding Fathers had a vision of a limited role of government. Unfortunately, we the people, have allowed the government to grow. As such, it stands to reason that government and politics are going to encroach on every aspect of our lives, including leisure activities. We are to blame.
Only we can change that.
Hey Ed, very good, but you of course left a few out! One that comes to mind is that JR. really did win Talladega a couple years back, he was “forced” below the line!
And I think I will go outside this morning, I want to see the pigs a’ flyin!
You mean a $7500 dress for Palin? Designer at that?
She should fit right in with the “OIL” crowd now in office!
She buys clothes like Bush/Cheney award contracts!
Hey Chris, you are so correct: “We are to blame.”!
The problem is, that with people that never learn, such as our close friends here at “The Frontstretch”, this country will just bumble along relying on memories of the past, and what could’a been!
We actually are a nation of wimps! and they always seem in the majority! (or totally ignorant of what is really going on) Whatever comes first!
My only argument is I would rather have a Republican idiot in the White House than a Democratic idiot. Most Republicans support American automobiles, hunting, fishing, guns, and AUTO RACING! With a Democrat in office, we’ll be racing Toyota Prius’ to see who gets the best gas mileage, if we’re even racing at all.
Actually Douglas, she buys clothes like Hillary buys clothes. Hillary’s pantsuits run about $6,000 each.
Not that it matters. It’s just a way of diverting attention from the fact that there are two choices that don’t even make one good choice this election year.
Hopefully the true conservatives will regroup, recommit and save the government from the folks whose only concern is continuing the culture of big government and oppressing the lower and middle class with their nanny state giveaways.