NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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The Voice Of Vito · Vito Pugliese · Monday July 30, 2007
For all intents and purposes, 2007 has been an absolute disaster for professional sports. Major League Baseball is about to have its most coveted and hallowed individual accomplishment bested, and the commissioner of the league’s position regarding his attendance of the event is predicated on if he doesn’t have anything else better to do. Not to mention the player who is preparing to beat the home run mark of 755 by Hank Aaron is in the center of a grand jury investigation for using steroids and human growth hormone, among other unsavory allegations, including an affair and funding his mistress’ lifestyle through the sale of baseball memorabilia.
In Virginia, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is under an Federal indictment for not only participating in, but running an elaborate dog fighting operation known as Bad Newz Kennels. The indictment spells out his role in the torture and killing of dogs who would not fight through strangulation, electrocution, and slamming them into the pavement until dead. Another NFL Player, Tennessee Titans DB Adam "Pac Man" Jones, when not "making it rain" in strip clubs, has been accused of being involved in fights and shootings where people have wound up paralyzed. Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals is due to be picked up for another DUI shortly, and feel free to name whatever member of the Indiana Pacers this week is going into the stands or emptying a magazine outside of a strip club.
This, coupled with the debacle that the Tour de France has degenerated into since Lance Armstrong hung up his Huffy, the worst and lowest rated NBA Finals in history, a lackluster Super Bowl, and the NHL barely keeping it’s head above water, it is times like these we thank NASCAR for being part of the national consciousness, and showing once again what is right with sports.
This past weekend’s Brickyard 400 was one of the more memorable races since stock cars were allowed to run on the historic 2.5 mile oval. Kevin Harvick and Hoosier native Tony Stewart diced back and forth over the final few laps while nearly 300,000 people looked on. As always, there was a strong military presence, a pre-race invocation and prayer, as well as performances of God Bless America and The Star Spangled Banner, replete with a fly-over by pair of B-1 Lancers. It was perfect weather for a great race, albeit one with some controversy, what with the fender-banging incident by Stewart unto Harvick, which effectively crippled the No. 29 Reese’s Chevrolet, sending it back to 7th place by the time the checkered flag fell.
Then Tony Stewart had a few choice words on ESPN.
Yes, NASCAR is packaged as a family friendly sport. The bright colors and accessible drivers, their image and likeness emblazoned on pretty much anything you can stick a price tag to, are very popular among children who play with die cast cars and proudly wear their favorite drivers t-shirt on the playground. With Stewart’s comments regarding bovine by-products being uttered as he was finishing his interview while parked along the yard of bricks at the track where he would rather win than anywhere else, some parents might have cringed and went "ear-muffs" on their kids.
Hey, at least he didn’t bodyslam a Collie onto the bricks or bust a cap in the air. Our guys aren’t showing up on Dateline NBC or doing the perp-walk into a Federal arraignment hearing. Let’s be honest: It’s nothing Junior’s never heard from his dad in the garage before.
That slight incident aside, there were a number of other great stories surrounding the event. Juan Pablo Montoya, a driver of ethnicity that extends past Kannapolis, qualified next to his teammate on the front row, and after falling back, finished 2nd at the track where he won at in 2000 in the Indianapolis 500. And how about his teammate? Reed Sorenson became the youngest pole winner in event history in the Target Dodge, after a rough season that had him sitting 28th in points before his 5th place finish. Ward Burton, struggling to get the Morgan-McClure No. 4 back into making races on a regular basis had a fantastic top 15 run. Dale Earnhardt Jr., trying to make the best of a difficult situation that has played out publically, had a car that could have won the event, suffered engine failure late in the going and handled himself with aplomb.
And rumor has it, none got in a gun fight at a strip club the night before either.
This season has also seen a number of great finishes. The initial Car of Tomorrow race at Bristol was a last lap affair, as were the races at Martinsville and New Hampshire. Atlanta and Texas provided more close finishes, and the two photo-finishes at Daytona this year were among the greatest finishes in the sport’s history.
But then things did get a little ugly.
Truck series driver Aaron Fike was arrested along with his fiancÃ©e after striking a security vehicle with his SUV in a
That one incident aside, 2007 has been quite a stellar year for auto racing and NASCAR in particular. While the ratings have slipped a little bit, the atmosphere and action on the track has been something to behold. Although we may nit-pick some of the calls on the track (note that the number of "debris" cautions have been all but eliminated), bemoan some of the soap-opera/professional wrestling-type events (what else would you have to complain or read about?!), the fines and penalties assesed to teams stretching the rules, the dominance of a certain manufacturer who’s emblem resembles neckwear…when you take a deep breath, sit back and compare it other sports, we’ve still got it pretty good. The race to make the Chase is shaping up to be as close of a battle as ever for the last spot, and with Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Martin Truex beginning to pick up steam, we could have a Chase finish that was every bit as close as it was in 2004.
And we don’t have to put up with Barry Bonds’ bull$&^ either.
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My DH and I were talking about it the other night while watching the Braves game. We’ve decided that other sports need to adopt Nascar’s Section 12-4-A — Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing. Its Nascar’s ability and willingness to jump on troublemakers when they first get out of line instead of being forced to wait until they’ve blown up completely is the key to their success in this area.
Its the well-proven “Broken Windows” theory of police work. You take care of the little problems while they’re small and the big stuff never happens.
And that is why Tony needs to be punished for his thoughtless slip of the tongue and why Biffle needs to be dealt with for his refusal to complete his post-race, press duties.
Just too bad NASCAR does not have REAL RACING and REAL COMPETITION!
Also I think the “OTHER” SPORTS have REAL RULE BOOKS!
NASCAR tries to portray the lillywhite image! Unfortunately that reflects on the lack of racing and competition in NASCAR!
A simple question????
“HOW CAN DRIVERS PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE AT 200 mph FOR SOME FOUR HOURS, JUMP OUT OF A CAR AND BE ABSOLUTELY CONGENIAL”??? And if their not, NASCAR fines them?
What a watered down version of auto racing!!
Oh, I forgot!
No, we do not have to put up with the likes of Barry Bonds!
We do however have to put up with Brian France , Mike Helton & company! How sick is that I ask??
You are right. NASCAR is a minority when it comes to scandal. However, don’t forget Mikey’s very suspect reaction to his “accident” and the police’s very lax investigative techniques. You or I would not have been fortunate enough to have had them wait for hours when it’s to late for testing. Then there is Brian France’s favored treatment by the Daytona Police as well. I think NASCAR is on the brink with the flood of younger drivers. It is a matter of time before it has it’s share of scandal. That is, unless you can count the poor rules enforcement and lack of integrity in the sanctioning body.
I’don’t like baseball..I don’t follow it.
I don’t like football..I don’t follow it.
So if you folks hate NASCAR, the rule enforcement, the France’s, Helton, the COT and on and on why do you bother watching it. Pick something else.
Great article Vito, I really like the way NASCAR handles drivers/crewmembers and drugs. NO TOLERANCE..the way it should be.
NASCAR has handled drug problems very swiftly…but so far they have been minor characters. Let’s wait and see what happens with a Jr. or a Jimmy Johnson. Will they be as swift if one of their stars gets in trouble or will there suddenly be a tier of punishments that are less severe depending upon who it is? Remember, NASCAR is not consistent.
Vito, Aaron Fike was arrested in Ohio not in North Carolina. It was at Kings Island outside of Cincinnati. He was there for the truck race at Kentucky speedway. Just thought you should know someone gave you the wrong info!!
NASCAR continues to get what they deserve – lower attendence and lower TV ratings.
Let’s see, a driver is busted with heroin, and another wrecks his car and runs away in socks before the cops can get there and bust him for DUI while the leader of the sport is driving into cars, allegedly inebriated.
Don’t get me wrong, NASCAR has fewer problems than some sports but they have the same type of problems to a degree. For some reason, the people that get busted aren’t vilified to the same degree as in other sports.
You need to clean the smudge off of those rose colored glasses. ;)
Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, PacMan, theres a common thread running through all these names. It is prevalent in today’s society. You figure it out.
…..they all have ear rings?
There is a thug mentality that permeates much of professional sports. I would not put Barry Bonds in that category. Probably the best baseball player of our generation, if not ever. He’s just kind of a jerk.
Barry Bonds will not admit steroid abuse. He may not be a thug, per say, but he is not a proper role model. He should come forth and set the record straight, whatever the consequences.