NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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Saturday night’s Sharpie 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway has left me eating crow. Over the last several years, I have become more and more vocal in regard to my dislike of the Nextel Cup brand of short track racing that has been presented at both Bristol and Martinsville. My aversion to this form of racing stems from my inability to accept that it is OK to gain track position on a competitor by slamming into his rear bumper to move him up the track with little regard as to whether he is actually successful in avoiding the outside wall. As a longtime fan of short track racing, this “bump and run” maneuver just goes against everything I've always known in the world of clean, honorable and skillful driving at the local bullrings.
However, inexplicably this week’s race appears to have been raced in some type of “time warp” wherein drivers raced each other hard, respectfully, and executed clean passes. I enjoyed it, and have found that crow doesn't taste all that bad when I remember what Bristol has recently offered in the name of racing for me to digest.
In April of 2005, I wrote the following commentary for RacingOutLoud.com concerning NASCAR short track racing of late:
To describe the type of racing that NASCAR has subjected us to in the last two events can best be illustrated by a phrase I am borrowing from my five-year old Grandson, ‘it's yucky.’ Wreck after wreck, caution after caution, isn't what big league auto racing should be about. But it apparently is what a lot of NASCAR fans want to see. As a matter a fact, if Bristol could double the present approximate 160,000 seating capacity I would bet a week’s pay (as if that's a big deal) that they would still be confronted with a waiting list for season tickets. Considering the last race stats, which are typical of Bristol, there were fourteen (14) cautions for one hundred and fifteen (115) laps. No big surprise there. Bristol, along with Martinsville, is known for a lot of caution flag laps and dirty driving. Fans obviously like wrecks. They just don't like to admit to it.
Seriously, why else would fans attend these races? Certainly not for the speed, as these two tracks are the slowest on the schedule. Consider that between the recently completed races at these two half-mile venues there were a total of thirty (30) caution flags for two hundred and six (206) laps. Now, if it isn't the wrecking, it would have to be either that they really like parade laps or are holding on to the weak explanation that they like a lot of rubbing, because â€˜rubbin' is racin'â€¦
I had concluded once again, prior to the running of this year’s race, that NASCAR's Cup series was no longer capable of putting on a good short track show at either Bristol or Martinsville. This opinion was arrived at by surmising that the large influx of inexperienced drivers in the series, coupled with the ever-increasing pressures on drivers to perform, had resulted in a culture that would not allow for patience behind the wheel on a one groove, Â½ mile track. In the last 3 years, Bristol has, on three different occasions had a race with 20 caution periods. They should have awarded the five bonus points for leading the most laps to the pace car driver.
Luckily, it is now apparent that I was wrong, as this year’s Bristol night race turned out to buck this trend. This week's race saw just ten (10) caution flags for sixty-four (64) laps. Of those caution periods, none were as a result of the “bump and run” maneuver that has accounted for so many commercial breaks in the past. This week’s race demonstrated that Cup drivers are still capable of racing hard and clean.
Perhaps the clean competition can be, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. speculates, a result of drivers being congnizant of how much a “bone head” move could unfairly skew the Chase to the Nextel Cup Championship.
“With the Chase and everybody being so close, there was a lot more respect out there on the track – a lot more than you have seen in the past,’’ Junior explained after the race. “When I caught guys, they moved over, and I did the same for others. You don’t normally see that hereâ€¦”
Junior may very well be correct. Maybe the racing was influenced by drivers, whether in the “Chase” or not, unwilling to be the instigator of a wreck that either eliminated or severely handicapped a driver and team from becoming a contender in the upcoming 10 race championship format. If that is the case, perhaps the clean racing will not repeat itself next spring when the series returns to Thunder Valley, and pride trumps points for most of the drivers on tour at that point in the season. That would be a shame, though, considering that it is now known that Cup drivers are capable of racing a short track how it should be raced, and that they understand the difference between the door-to-door, fender-to-fender rubbing style of racing, as opposed to the “wreck â€˜em if you can” driving style that has gained undeserved acceptability.
Unfortunately, the majority of fans don't appear to agree with my viewpoint. During the TNT broadcast, 65% of viewers voting in a poll responded that the “bump and run” maneuver was acceptable anytime and anywhere. This did not come as a shock to me. I already knew that a large group of fans enjoy a good wreck, or at least the possibility of one. But I will continue to maintain that the object of racing, and more specifically passing, is to go around the competitor and not through them. I am constantly monitoring this situation and on the lookout for other race venues where such tactics are acceptable and won't result in a black flag and/or a penalty for rough driving or unsportsmanlike conduct. Most participants in lower forms of stock car racing, if asked about such tactics, will tell you that in addition to the sanctioning body’s penalties, a driver practicing such techniques will also run the risk of the victim of such shenanigans “putting a knot upside his head.”
Because this maneuver was left unused this past weekend, Bristol became an enjoyable race to watch. Bristol Motor Speedway is a sight to behold, and truly a unique facility amongst the tracks that NASCAR visits throughout the year. The track’s downfall is simply that it only offers one real racing groove. This fact creates close, rough and tough racing. It also requires crews, during the 500 lap contest, to have superior pit stops and employ creative pit strategies to gain track position. For respectable racing, as was witnessed Saturday night, drivers must continue to respect their competitors and adhere to long understood protocol of conceding a position to a faster car once that car has shown to be unmistakably better. In that situation, a driver only needs to race his competitor as he would want to be raced if the two combatant’s situations were reversed.
Drivers know this routine, and by and large, they adhered to the short track etiquette that most all of them learned early in their careers. The event could only muster one little exchange of words between four time champion Jeff Gordon and upstart Scott Riggs over fairly benign contact between the two when Riggs overtook Gordon for a fourth place finishing position. A far cry from some of the controversies of the pastâ€¦ and that should be a good thing.
So good job, drivers, on a race well run! Ohâ€¦and for those 65% that were less than satisfied that there wasn't more twisted sheet metal left behind at the conclusion of the Sharpie 500, cheer up. Labor Day Weekend is almost upon us. Surely, there will be a Demolition Derby scheduled at a track or fairgrounds near you.
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I agree I thought that the bristol race was pretty good this week. I thought that everyone showed good patience,especially Riggs who I have gained a lot of respect for. But Bristol and Martinsville need to go back to full asphalt to create more than one groove. I understand that Bristol went to concrete because the track tore up more when it was asphalt, but its not like they dont make enough money off of the Bristol races to fix it every 5 or six years. I don’t know why Martinsville went to concrete in the corners, but they need to go back too. I go to all the cup races in Martinsville and think they do a good job driving there but being one of the 5 fans in attendance at the Busch series “Parade of Cars Under Caution” something needs to be fixed so that that debacle doesnt happen again in any series.
You call that exhibition of how to move over a race?
I don’t like wrecks and the time spent watching them cut Tim Sauter out of his car Friday night reinforced that, but moving over isn’t racing.
Because the current points system fails to reward winning sufficiently to justify the risks a driver needs to take to win we were treated to 500 dreary laps of drivers trying desperately not to get in trouble. What we should have been seeing was 500 exciting laps of drivers trying desperately to either defend the position they had or gain another position. That’s what racing means.
There was more risk-taking and striving for position in Sunday’s F1 race. That is simply ridiculous.
WOW….Very refreshing to read an article that supports skillful hard racing! I find it much more exciting to see skill and respect being demonstrated for a win vs. selfish entitlement and disrespect of others safety, to win at any cost.
Unfortunately, many in the media and 65% of the fans have rationalized that going for the win at any cost is more exciting and therefore it’s okay and good for racing.
I respectfully disagree, however, and feel it sends the wrong message to our youth and represents our overall values in a negative light.
What happened to valuing Respect and Good Sportsmanship?
65% vs. 35%...This is one case where I’m grateful to be in the minority of fans that enjoy watching skillful hard racing from drivers who still value Respect and Good Sportsmanship!
This was indeed an interesting weekend in Thunder Valley. Minus Kevin Lepage in the Busch race Friday night, and a thumbs up from Reed as well, there was little “hot temper” action that the track is famous for. Even with many a driver watching their back and knowing their time could be cut short at any moment for things they have done in the past. Action of this nature wasn’t present. Some blame the Chase, some blame NASCAR for putting out a stern warning behind the scenes.
Watching from my vantage point in turn 3 both nights, the racing itself was good. No it wasn’t a hot tempered wreck-a-thon, but when was the last time you saw so many COMPETITIVE passes on the outside?
Many a lap went by with cars in both lanes running hard for a position. More times than not, the outer position picked it up. Oh, that’s right. Most of that wasn’t televised so that NBC/TNT could cash in as much as possible with commercials before they lose out in the TV schedule next season.
Sure there were some cars that moved over. They were laps down, and had the courtesy to let lead lap (and much more competitive) cars go by. Some didn’t budge, and got taken on the outside easily. These were not competitive outside passes though, to which I referred to a second ago.
In the end, it wasn’t the usual ticked off, flip off, push and shove wreck-fest, but it doesn’t mean that it still in its own right was any less of a race.
If you didn’t see it, blame TV. The racing was there.
Again, I have to agree with Mr. Thompson. The Bump and Run should NOT be a tool used to pass. I, too, disagree with the 65% that voted for that as an effective way to pass.
I think the problem with Bristol is the cars just go too fast. Because of the speeds they are running, the track has turned into a one-groove race track. The race this past Saturday was better in many regards only because there was a lot of give and take. If not for that, we would have seen the bumpfest that we normally see at Bristol.