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
Tuesday March 4, 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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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
The Voice Of Vito · Vito Pugliese · Wednesday October 17, 2007
One of the biggest gripes about the new Chase for The Championship in NASCAR is not so much a break from tradition, but to what it represents: pandering to the masses. Every week, be it during the race, NASCAR themed shows, or in print, constant comparisons are made to other sports, drawing parallels between their post-season and the new "playoff" format that was introduced for the 2004 season. NASCAR has a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort invested trying to change the reputation and image of NASCAR. What was once thought of as a regional sport born of moonshiners and bootleggers, had grown to the one of the most popular sports in the nation, ranking second only behind the NFL in attendance and ratings. Surely NASCAR had succeeded in winning the hearts and minds of the public at large.
That is unless you work in our nation's capitol.
Last week the Washington Times reported that the Democratic head of the Homeland Security Committee (the ones who try to find the best way to keep airplanes out of buildings and bombs off of buses), instructed aides to receive immunization shots prior to embarking on a fact-finding mission. Among the diseases they were most concerned with: Hepatitis, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Influenza. Just what far flung, third-world crap hole that time forgot were they traveling to? Iraq? Sudan? The Ivory Coast?
Nope. Charlotte, North Carolina. Lowe's Motor Speedway was their target objective.
Rep. Robin Hayes, a Republican from Concord, was more than a little steamed when he learned of this apparent public health menace in his hometown. “I have never heard of immunizations for domestic travel, and as the representative for Concord, N.C., I feel compelled to ask why the heck the committee feels that immunizations are needed to travel to my hometown,” Hayes said in his letter to Bennie Thompson (D – Mississippi), who heads the Homeland Security panel. “I have been to numerous NASCAR races, and the folks who attend these events certainly do not pose any health hazard to congressional staffers or anyone else,” Hayes said.
Well it's nice to see we've made so much progress over the last seven years, isn't it?
We've all had to endure these ridiculous pre-race spectacles, poorly choreographed rock concerts, and monotonous pre-race shows that last over an hour so we can hear about how great of a race it's going to be, and that Denny Hamlin has "a real good car today." NASCAR has found a way to plaster driver's likenesses over everything from t-shirts and bumpers stickers to stuffed animals and video games. Jeff Gordon is routinely a guest on talk shows, the drivers make their yearly media blitz through New York prior to the start of the Chase, and the President has gone so far to even bring the top ten drivers to the White House and park their cars on the First Lawn.
Yet race fans are now considered a threat to public health and safety? At the nicest facility on the tour no less!
Perhaps it is more of a cultural thing; if there's anyone more detached from reality, it's likely a member of the government in Washington D.C. . However it doesn't just stop there. Recall earlier this year when Washington State Representative Larry Seaquist, made the comment, "These are not the kind of people you would want living next door to you. They'd be the ones with junky cars in the front lawn and trying to slip around the law." This while Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty, among others, traveled there to make the case that the Pacific Northwest was in dire need of a track and a date in NASCAR's premier division. House Speaker Frank Chopp when referring to The King, said that he looked like a drunken felon and inquired, "Isn't this the guy that got arrested for DUI?!"
Further rejection came in the way of the delayed, if not abandoned, efforts to build a track on Long Island, NY.
Humpy Wheeler, never one to be undiplomatic, had a rather succinct response. “The very idea of immunization is laughable. It's like taping your ankles to a mailbox. This is not some third or fourth world country. Never before in the fifty-plus years of NASCAR has there been an outbreak of any kind at an event, other than a few headaches because someone's favorite driver ran out of gas or maybe a morning hangover.”
Ah yes. The dreaded strain of Busch Lightitis. I too was once a sufferer.
While some may argue that this story has been blown out of proportion, partially because it was a Democratic member of Congress that was involved while NASCAR is typically considered a bastion of Republicanism, I think it speaks to the larger issue within NASCAR in general; no matter what they do, there is going to be a sizeable segment of the population that sees race fans as a bunch of rednecks, hillbillies, and dirt people. There are the constant parallels drawn between racing and professional wrestling. Ratings continue to fall - this weekend's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway scored 2.5% lower than last year - and it was an apples to apples comparison, as the 2006 event was on NBC, and this year was on ABC. Couple that with rebukes from the remaining two markets where NASCAR does not have a presence, and you'll notice a glass ceiling of sorts that we keep running headlong into.
Which brings me to the point that I always keep coming back to: Why do we go out of our way to change for everyone else, when this is how we're viewed by so many? Why can't we just go back to the original formula that produced unparallel growth and spurred rabid popularity from 1948 through 2003 - attract fans by being different and not catering to others. Be yourself, and people will gravitate towards you. It's no different than in the real world or, God forbid, politics. Though I'm sure in Daytona Beach, FL as it does in Washington D.C., my brand of common sense and logic will fall on deaf ears.
In the meantime, here's to getting a shot to immunize yourself from those pink hotdogs at this weekend at Martinsville.
©2000 - 2008 Vito Pugliese and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Its no wonder our country is flooded with illegals, we’re approaching a recession and the war in Iraq is being mis-managed when our own goverment conducts petty proceedures such as this that amount to wasted time and finances.I hope your million dollar field trip/science project was fun.Talk about “homeland insecurity.” Not to mention a “cheap-shot” taken on race fans.
What a crock.
Just another issue to illustrate the inept cluelessness that saturates our government.
Oh well, hope the ones that went enjoyed the race.
Hey, somebody put these morons in office. My suggestion is to vote for someone else come election time and let them talk s*it somewhere else. Just goes to show that the knuckleheads we elect are no smarter (and probably much less so) than the average person; just better connected. Too bad there isn’t an imbecile immunization, because these bozos already contracted that.
A couple of things come to mind after reading your article Vito – Ferris Bueller’s day off meets the Manchurian experiment.How bored are they over on Capitol Hill?
Something to keep in mind-most people who work with the public are reccommended these same immunizations. I teach public school, and we are advised to get these same innoculations. Not becasue everyone’s children are a health risk, but because all of these diseases are common and the odds are good, in any large group, that someone is carrying each of them. Hepatitis in incurable and passed by body fluids, so if one person cuts their hand and another comes into contact with that blood, the disease can be spread. The flu and other viruses which are air-or surface-borne are more likely to be passed when there is high volume of people. This was not meant to be a slight on NASCAR, IMO-it was the same advice given to millions of people who work directly with the public in many different capacities.
What we need to do as responsible citizens, is vote to implement certain health mandates, that will allow all americans to be safe in enviorments considered high risk; instead of having pointless displays of concern from the ‘Big-Wigs’here in Washington.
Nice try, FS_amy. This certainly was meant to be a slight on NASCAR fans. The isolated, insulated group of people who populate the political world have nothing but contempt for average, everyday Americans ( especially Democrats!). I don’t think we’ll be seeing Madame Hillary at a NASCAR race anytime soon.
Amy, you have really confused me. You write one story, getting people all worked up over nothing, then you come back and try to explain why it was done. I’ve read all about the little trip to Charlotte, as well as Talledaga the week before, by these aides. As a reporter, you only supplied the readers with half the story and then in the “blog” section, you try to defend the actions taken by DHS. Had you actually stated ALL the facts in your original article, things like; the NASCAR races were events where ten’s of thousand’s of people attended and that was what DHS was looking for in regards to a terrorist attack. Also, that these government aides we also going to be visiting hospitals and other high-risk places in the area. The aides in question weren’t immunized because of their trips to the races, but because of the hospitals and morgue’s that they were also evaluating. Once again, some of press only gives half the story to get people all riled up. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Steve, I don’t understand how you are confused. The Frontstretch’s own Vito wrote the article; I merely added some information from my own experience working in the public sector. This piece is Vito’s opinion piece, not a news story. I was merely adding my own perspective. Sorry if you misunderstood.
>>…all of these diseases are common and the odds are good, in any large group, that someone is carrying each of them.<<
Good answer, Amy, as far as it goes.
But isnâ€™t Congress a large group too, honey? Particularly when you throw in the multitude of staffers, support and security people, tour groups and the hordes of lobbyists flying in from all over?
I see the DHS people have trotted out the theyâ€™re-visiting-hospitals argument to cover their tracks. Nice try, but it turns out there wasnâ€™t a whole lot of hospital visiting on the itinerary.
No, I think the get-your-shots-before-going-to-‘Dega-and-Charlotte suggestion spoke volumes about the ignorance and bias of the person who uttered it.
Vito was right. Some of those politicians up in DC just donâ€™t get it.
The way I read the article, that explination and response from Thompson sounded like a cop out. The suggestion was for “those attending the event”…not those visiting hospitals and morgues. There was never a mention of such action taken for those attending an NFL or MLB game. Let’s face it – who is the ONE group of voters that Democrats have made an effort to attract but cannot: NASCAR Dads. Why else would they be going to Talladega and Charlotte? Call me naieve, but I don’t see our nations enemies pegging central Alabama as a hot spot for symbolic terrorism.
Amy, my apologies, I did not pay close enough attention that you were not the author of this article. I jumped to conclusions when I saw your remarks in the blog. Again, my error, and my apolgies. Vito, when it comes to politics, as I work for the government, I find that the best thing I can do is simply communicate all information that I know as fact, and leave any other assumptions or guess work to the idiots who get paid to run our country – regardless of being a republican or a democrat. All I would ask is that if an article is going to be written, especially one directed towards NASCAR fans, please make sure all sides of the story are laid out. That would not only educate the reader of all the facts, but let said reader make what one would hope to be, an honest, educated opinion of the story.
I don’t believe they have come up with a immunization shot for the dreaded Busch Lightis. It would surely win the Nobel Prize for Medicine, especially if Al Gore can win the Nobel Peace (???) Prize!
Again, this is an opinion piece – not a hard hitting expose on our government – the relevant quotes and facts were laid out to make the point that NASCAR fans and locales aren’t exactly held in the highest of regard, particulary in large epicenters such as the Northwest, Washington D.C., and New York to some extent with the Long Island track. If there was one part I should have maybe included was Thompson’s response to Rep. Hayes, but again….it sounded more like a CYA comment, since it was originally intended for people attending the “event”.
I was hoping to avoid this degenerating into a political discussion, but with each of these three instances, there seems to be tangible auora of elitisim involved.
Arrogant people try to cover their feelings of inferiority and lack of self-esteem by acting superior. People who understand this are not offended by their attitudes and actions, but instead “sit-back” and enjoy a good laugh at their expense.
I was born and raised in NYC, but have been a NASCAR fan since I was in elementary school. I know this is hard to believe, but I was the only one who watched it then, and I still am. NASCAR has just managed to annoy fans like me with all this extra crap and probably won’t gain many more fans by keeping it up.
So let ‘em get their shots or be too scared to go. Why waste time worrying about people who by their actions seem to not be the kinda folks we’d want to camp near anyway.
Whether they intended to slight us or not,the fact that it became an issue shows that these folks need to go elsewhere to do their “studies” I suggest the political conventions if they want to study large groups of diseased people.
These folks are just taking up space that could be used by a real fan. They wouldn’t last ten minutes in the campground at Bristol or ‘Dega.
Don’t be offended by this. Be glad, maybe they’ll get so scared that they’ll leave us alone.