Changes Expected for NASCAR's Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, NASCAR 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.
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 changes are expected to take place beginning 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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Driven to the Past : A Look Back At The Legends Of NASCAR · Vito Pugliese · Thursday October 4, 2007
Name: Bobby Allison
Career Highlights: Three-time Daytona 500 winner (1978, 1982, 1988); 1983 Winston Cup Champion; 84 victories, tying him with Darrell Waltrip for third in all-time wins; 1980 IROC Champion. Developed front suspension geometry that is still used as the foundation for Nextel Cup, Busch Grand National, Truck, and ARCA race cars. Voted Most Popular Driver six times, and voted one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
Bobby Allison started racing around southern Florida while he was in high school, but after one too many accidents, his dad, "Pops" Allison made him quit. Following graduation, Bobby, along with brothers Eddie and Donnie, ventured north in search of more competitive and financially rewarding competition. It didn’t take long; they found their calling in nearby Montgomery, Alabama. After getting wind of a race at Montgomery Raceway, Bobby entered his car - and won with ease. He never looked back as Donnie, friend Red Farmer, and some other buddies of his decided to set up shop there; soon after, what became known as The Alabama Gang was born.
1961 would be Allison’s first start in the big time, with a modest 31st-place finish in the Daytona 500; his first win would have to wait until 1966, when he drove a car owned by J.D. "Woody" Bracken to a win from the pole at a 1/3-mile paved bullring in Oxford, Maine.
The victory would soon be the first of many.
Throughout his career, Allison was seemingly the perpetual underdog, determined to overcome the odds. He didn't always have the car with the most support – be it sponsor or factory – but he usually had something fast. This was mainly because he worked on his own cars, building many of them himself. In 1966, Allison was building cars in a tiny shed behind his house, but he would win three races that year in his Chevelle, and the rest of the racing world began to take notice. In 1967, he would drive for owners Bud Moore and Cotton Owens; he won one race in a Cotton Owens Dodge, and three driving for Woody Bracken. Later that season, however, he would receive a call from Ford factory stalwarts Holman-Moody, and won the last two races of the year. The call was perpetuated by legendary NASCAR owner Ralph Moody, who told Alison regarding his impending ride, "You are going to get a phone call in two minutes, and the answer is going to be â€˜yes'."
That jumpstarted Allison’s career; in the early 1970's, he began to rack up wins and establish himself as one of the premier drivers of his generation, one of the legendary names in our sport’s history. 1971 produced eleven wins, including five in a row driving for both Holman-Moody and himself. 1972 saw him winning ten races and 13 second-place finishes in a 31-race season; he had only four finishes worse than sixth all season long.
It was during this time that Bobby began his own kind of preparation for the grueling 500-mile races run in the summer heat. Long before Ricky Rudd and Mark Martin began throwing around iron, Jamie McMurray took a yoga class, or Carl Edwards graced the cover of Men's Fitness, Bobby Allison was in training. He would drive around the streets of Hueytown, Alabama in the middle of the summer, with the windows rolled up and the heater on, just to get used to the conditions that he would be competing in.
Allison would go on to drive for his own team throughout a good portion of the early 1970’s, landing Coca-Cola as a sponsor at one point and bringing Chevrolet into prominence as a competitive force in NASCAR. As the decade wore on, he would drive Roger Penske's odd-looking AMC Matadors and Mercurys, as well as his own Matadors with intermittent success. Things changed dramatically in 1978, however; he would win his first of three Daytona 500's, driving for Bud Moore that season while finishing runner-up in the point standings…the best finish of his career to date. In 1979, Allison would start the year by coming to brother Donnie's aid, becoming party to the famous Turn 3 fight between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison. The fight occurred after their last lap wreck in the first Daytona 500 aired live, flag to flag, on national television – a race that captured the attention and hearts of many viewers, and will forever be remembered for the snapshots of Bobby attempting to intervene.
After three years of driving for Bud Moore, Allison switched teams. In 1981, he would narrowly miss out on winning the Daytona 500 to Richard Petty while driving for Harry Ranier; at season’s end, he lost the Winston Cup to arch-nemesis Darrell Waltrip by a scant 53 points. He would win the Daytona 500 in 1982 for DiGard Racing, but lose out on the championship again to Waltrip by 72 points. Finally, in 1983, after 23 years of competition, Allison would win the Winston Cup Championship at 45 years of age. Fittingly, he held off none other than Waltrip by 47 points. To this day, Allison still harbors a grudge and animosity towards "Jaws," a driver whose personality proved a direct clash to his own.
As the 1980’s wore on, Allison saw continued success with DiGard before going back to running his own operation. In 1988, Allison would take his self-owned car to victory in a third Daytona 500, holding off son Davey Allison in the closing laps. Winning at a race record 50 years old, the father received a Miller High Life shower from son Davey in Victory Lane, as the first 1-2 finish in Daytona 500 history had been completed.
Unfortunately, that would prove to be the final win of Bobby Allison's career.
Later that June at Pocono, on the first lap, Bobby was involved in a devastating crash that nearly claimed his life. A tire went down during the pace laps and caused him to spin before he could get to the pits. The car was struck in the driver's side door by Jocko Maggiacomo, knocking Bobby unconscious and forcing him to be cut out of the car. He spent several weeks in the hospital with a bruised heart and brain damage, and has endured years of rehabilitation; he never stepped foot in a Cup car again. To this day, he can't remember his 1988 Daytona 500 win; he is quoted as saying, "That week in 1988 had to be my greatest accomplishment. Maybe someday I'll remember it."
His driving days behind him, Allison would go on to become a car owner, fielding semi-successful entries for Hueytown driver Hut Stricklin, as well as Jimmy Spencer. Tragedy would plague the Allison family, however. Bobby's father Pops passed away in 1992, and shortly thereafter, his son Clifford Allison was killed at Michigan during practice for an ARCA event that summer. A year later, Bobby’s oldest son Davey was killed in a helicopter accident while attempting to land at Talladega. Finally, in 1994, during practice for the Daytona 125-mile qualifying races, Bobby's close friend and fellow member of the Alabama Gang, Neil Bonnett, died after hitting the wall between Turns 3 and 4. The excessive trauma of such horrific events was so unfathomable, it even took a toll on Bobby’s marriage; he and wife Judy divorced for a short time, although they have happily remarried since.
Looking back on his Cup career, Bobby is credited with 84 wins in the record books when things were all said and done – however, many point to a race run in 1971 at Bowman-Gray Stadium that should bump him up to 85. It was an event that featured Grand National (today’s Nextel Cup) and Grand American Cars - models such as Camaros, Mustangs, Firebird, and AMC Javelins were featured. Allison's Mustang crossed the finish line first, but since it was not a Grand National car, the win was recorded as a Grand American win - though many still dispute that. In 1973, Cale Yarborough won the Fall Charlotte event, followed by Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. Allison contested that Petty’s and Yarborough's cars had big engines; post-race teardown results were deemed "inconclusive," and the finishing positions were allowed to stand. Allison threatened to sue NASCAR and quit, prior to a private meeting with NASCAR president Bill France, Jr. A week later, Allison was satisfied with the results.
Lest you think that Allison always swore by the rules, though, his 1982 Daytona 500 win is credited by many to the loose bodywork the car was equipped with. The rear bumper was barely attached and was knocked free by another car; this significantly reduced drag, as the bumper and tail panel acted like a big parachute. Speaking of parachutes, one of those may have come in handy for him in 1987. Flying (literally…) through the tri-oval at well over 200mph, Allison had a right rear tire explode, turning the car sideways. Air got under the car, and it lifted off, nearly ripping through the catch fence and into the spectator area. This scary crash would mark the end of unrestricted engines at the high-banked superspeedways, eventually leading to the use of restrictor plates from 1988 onward.
Bobby Allison is no longer a car owner in the Cup series, but still attends a few events from time to time. He also has autograph sessions and meet and greets around the country, including this weekend at his Bobby Allison Showroom and Collectibles shop in Hueytown, Alabama. Still a fan favorite, Bobby Allison will always be known as one of the very best.
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Another great article . PLEASE change the drivers Nextel cup debut to simply cup debut . A very small point i grant you , but nextel was not even in existence when the drivers you write about were racing . Don’t give these marketing people any free advertising .
Great article on a great driver. I still remember my Miller High Life Shirt and Beer chiller.
Vito please help stomping out this revisionist history. Mike is right on with his point of contention on Bobby’s first start. There was a reference in todays newsletter about Kenny Schrader having 4 Nextel Cup wins. He has four *Winston Cup* wins like it says on the trophies and newspaper stories of the day.
Also, didn’t Bobby start an Indy 500 or three? I thought he did, maybe not.
Bobby did drive Indy cars for Penske and possibly one other owner . He was a very versatile driver .
Now, Bobby has to hustle his book to make a few bucks, and the Forbes list of richest Americans has a couple of Frances on it.
The Frances and their NA$CAR suck.
I agree with the sentiment of the others. It’s “Winston” Cup, Vito, buddy. “WINSTON” cup.
Sorry Falcon and Mike C, but if it was referred to as just Cup, it would be no more correct than Nextel Cup or Winston Cup. The correct term for when Bobby started racing would be NASCAR Grand National since that’s what the series was named back then.
As far as his wins, we’d have to say that he had 30 Grand National and 55 Winston Cup wins.
How about that Busch win? That’s a Grand National win technically if you’re going to insist on calling series by their name and leaving out the sponsors.
Gets kind of confusing when you don’t want to give a sponsor their due, especially to the new fans who don’t know that much about the history of the series.
Since driver’s careers can span a period of time where more than one sponsor was paying for the sport, we use the current name so that everyone knows which level of racing we are referring to. It’s much clearer than trying to use whatever name was in force at any time during the nearly 60 years NASCAR has been around.
Ren , I’m not sure we should give this much thought to new fans , because judging by the empty seats and falling tv ratings , i don’t think there are very many . Lets just not dishonor what drivers in the past have accomplished by lumping them in with a free advertisment for some company that has no relation whatsoever to their careers .
Hey Mike C. We all know the ratings and attendence decline is about the tragedy surrounding Dale sr. and the lack of success reguarding #8;so don’t insult us new fans when it’s clearly the ol ones who have gone into reclusion.