Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
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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.