NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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Voice of Vito · Vito Pugliese · Tuesday March 18, 2008
Over the years, Japanese auto manufacturers have built a reputation of building vehicles that are as reliable as the Pet Rock. The rationale behind purchasing a car from the Asian auto giant was its above-average fuel efficiency, and that the machines were as mechanically trustworthy as a St. Bernard with a small barrel of elixir strapped to its neck. But while Joe Gibbs Racing's Toyotas have shown irrefutable speed early on this season, one similarity they have not echoed is the corporate nameplate's distinguished record for reliability and quality control.
Yes, the same company that brought you the Lexus luxury brand was also privy to Kyle Busch's intermittent steering and Denny Hamlin's semi-active fuel delivery system last weekend. For during Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol, everything that possibly could go wrong did go wrong with a Toyota.
Kyle Busch encountered yet more misfortune while leading a Cup race for the second time in three weeks. Coming off of the second turn, the steering in his Camry failed to respond. Although he wanted to straighten the wheel, it stayed turned to the left, effectively committing automotive Harri Karri. The failure was not much different than in 2002 when, while on the parade lap for the Fall Talladega race, Mark Martin was busy swerving his car back and forth to warm the tires. As he cut the wheel left, the steering locked, sending him and pole sitter Jimmie Johnson into the infield grass.
Oh, well; while Busch was frustrated, at least something like that would never happen to another Toyota — especially one running back in the pack and out of contention for a win.
No, those just burst into flames.
Witness Mike Skinner, one of the car builder's top guns in the Craftsman Truck Series — as well as the stopgap solution to the problem-plagued No. 84 Red Bull team — who spontaneously combusted on the frontstretch during the race. Following minor contact in a chain reaction spawned by Busch's spin, Skinner managed to knock an oil line loose on his Camry. Car ablaze, he went in search of a fire engine, which prompted flashbacks to the 1992 Hooters 500 from Atlanta and Richard Petty's flame-throwing Pontiac. The King was heard to instruct the safety crew to, "git the ****in' fire â€˜stinguisher!". If Skinner uttered such a command, no one heard it … people just saw his car burnt to a crisp.
As if that wasn’t enough, with 11 laps to go the other Red Bull entry, manned by Brian Vickers, had a tire go down (a Goodyear tire failure? Imagine thatâ€¦), sending his car into the outside retaining wall and squaring off the starboard side of his No. 83 machine. It wasn't as if things were rosy for him to begin with, as Vickers’ brakes came and went throughout the race â€” an issue that has plagued the No. 83 in consecutive weeks (and for most of 2007, I might add). Being able to stop, or at least slow down, prior to plowing into something is favorable.
Lesson for Toyota: Anti-Lock Brakes are good. Anti-Brake Brakes are bad.
Of course, that chain of events set the stage for the climactic Bristol finish between teammates Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin — seemingly the only two Toyotas left standing. On the restart, Hamlin managed to get by Stewart coming out of the fourth turn with five laps to go, after the No. 20 had trouble getting off the corner. Moments later, Kevin Harvick got into the side of Stewart as the two exited turn one, sending Big Orange backwards into the wall and shaving a few cubic feet off its Camry's trunk capacity. Stewart, however, was able to drive away to the prompt attention of the Home Depot crew.
Toyota does make safe vehicles, after all.
And almost lost in this fiasco was Dale Jarrett, who was making his final start driving what has become the familiar white and brown UPS livery, a ride he has sported since 2001. Jarrett started the race in 37th position, in provisional land, after qualifying was rained out on Friday. But after a flat tire and multiple problems, a land of his own is exactly where the man would stay; as the race wound down, Jarrett's car could be seen coasting around the bottom of the racetrack, trying to keep from getting run over by the leaders.
That’s hardly a fitting end for a storied career that includes three Daytona 500 victories and a Winston Cup title in 1999. Jarrett’s car was so slow that if those tail light appliquÃ©s functioned, the left one would have been seen blinking for the last 20 miles.
As this afternoon of Russian Roulette drew to a close, Toyota's final round in the cylinder was Denny Hamlin's FedEx Camry. Hamlin may have been able to escape a sophomore slump in 2007, but a junior jinx seems to be alive and well in '08. As the driver came up to speed for a green/white/checker finish, his Toyota stumbled, then had its headlight stickers sucked off as Jeff Burton's blindingly bright orange Impala flew by to secure the victory. Hamlin was apparently felled by a nagging fuel pickup issue, one he and the entire Gibbs organization has suffered from dating back to its introduction last season with the Car of Tomorrow. When the CoT (and Gibbs' CoTs, in particular) is low on fuel, it has trouble getting enough fuel into the pickup to accelerate; JGR seems to be the one team that continues to be snakebitten by this gremlin.
Here’s the bottom line after all this mess: if the Gibbs cars were being sold to the public, they'd likely be recalled by the factory.
Lest you think that this misfortune was confined to East Tennessee, though, think again. The Formula One season got going Down Under, about 12 hours before the Food City 500. In Melbourne, Australia, the Toyota of Germany's Timo Glock was docked 10 grid places after a transmission change and a qualifying violation on Saturday. Adding injury to insult, he slid off the course during the race and drove over an access road. This road was angled in such a manner as to create a launching ramp for his TF108, sending man and machine into a low-Earth orbit before crashing back onto the track. Thankfully, Glock escaped with only a sprained wrist, but the stage had been set for Sunday’s disappointment.
When all was said and done, this past weekend was an ironic and unfortunate turn of events for Toyota. Its idea behind getting further involved in NASCAR was not only to participate in what has become the most prestigious form of auto racing in North America, but also to help consume another slice of the American auto market share pie. But having all of its cars seemingly cursed and doomed to fail in grand fashion was probably not what it had in mind after getting off to such an epic start in 2008 â€” particularly in light of last year's unmitigated disasters. Fortunately for the Toyota teams, and more so for Joe Gibbs Racing, the circuit now has a week off. Toyota has time to regroup and evaluate where it sources parts, determining how it might better configure such trivial items as brakes, oil systems, and fuel delivery items. After all, Martinsville is next up on the schedule.
And what could possibly go wrong there?
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This is a joke … right?
Do you honestly think that any of the misfortune you describe has anything to do with Japan? The NASCAR vehicles are as American as you or I, unless of course you are pure Native American. My great grandmother was Cherokee but I’m mostly Scot.
What you have done here in fact is call into question the skills and abilities of the AMERICAN crews that hand built these cars.
So what brought on this tirade against TOYOTA??
If you want to talk about a REAL FAILURE, AND CONSTANT FAILURES, THEN CENTER YOUR DIATRIBE ON GOODYEAR!
Really disappointing to hear about your personal vendetta against TOYOTA!
Remember, NA$CAR invited them to the show!!
It’s called $$$$$$$$$$!
Hey “mariettadawg”, another “fellow” scot here. FYI!!
Actually, it is kind of a joke. All I was doing was illustrating how Toyota had a bad day for a myriad or reasons. That’s why they call it irony; because it’s ironic. I stated that they might need to find new parts vendors, not a new manufacturer. I’d say that’s QUITE a stretch with the stereotype comment as well, as I am of certain ethnic decent myself.
Vito,I sure hope Toyota doesn’t use any of your misimformed information that you described in this poorly written article. Evidently you know nothing about racing.
Consider this as “you asked for it”!!
Did I ever tell you the story about my American made Ford F-150?? Year 2000, a $27,000 truck! Bought new in 2000, in 2003 or so received recall notice re: cruise control. Please come in and get it fixed! Took truck to dealer, a few minutes later he says it is fine, and OK to drive. I start to drive home, no cruise control. Go immediately back to dealer, tell him it does not work, he says, Oh , yes, they “just disconnected the cruise control because they don’t know how to fix it”!!
Gee, thanks for telling me!
So some six (6) months later, another recall notice to take my truck in for fixing cruise control! Took truck in, drive into service area, he says, sorry, the parts they sent us did not work so he could not install them.
Away I went with my $27,000 F-150 still without the cruise control.
Another six (6) months went by, now a year w/o cruise, get yet another notice to take truck in. This time very smart! Called the dealer, some 25 miles away, he says yep! Bring it in! I go the next day, pull in, and guess what! FOMOCO shorted him on the repair parts and he could not fix my cruise control! (I will leave out just how ugly I got at that dealership, “how dare me to buy a Ford Truck and expect it to work”)!!
And, along the way, I told him I was going to re-connect the cruise so I could use it! He said!!! Get this!!! “I am making a note in your file, if your truck burns it will be totally your fault and not ours”!!
So, since I had a long trip coming up, I got under the hood and connected my cruise control so I could use it on my 2400 mile round trip! Isn’t that what you pay $27,000 for? A vehicle that actually works? Not in Ford’s minds!
THEN!!!!! I find out, that not only has Ford had this peoblem since the mid-90’s, they were still building trucks like this, with defective cruise controls, into the 2006 model years! And they still did not have a fix for it!!
So, any more Toyota bashing?? Bet I have a response!!
Douglas, you mak me want to puke……..why don’t you move to japan….I’ll chip in a few bucks to get rid of your slanted opinion on EVERYTHING you comment on!
This was just stupid. I guess I don’t have to click on Vito’s columns any more…absolute waste of time.
Hey Johnboy60, thank you for your kind comments!
But I think my writing was more factual than the base article!
You sound like G.W. Bush, “if you don’t believe me your UN-American”!!
It is simply a response to Toyota bashing, and I have no ties to Toyota!
Facts is Facts!
I quote from Vito “distinguished record for reliability and quality control”!
Even though I think Vito was talking about JGR, the heavy implications to Toyota itself plainly opened the door!
If you don’t want that area of concern discussed, then don’t open it!
Toyota assembles the cars here in America by workers who aren’t represented by a union and are paid less than their labor is worth. How do you think they can sell the cars so cheap. And don’t deceive yourself for a minute into thinking all that yen stays here in America. It’s shipped back to Japan as fast as they can rack it up. Japan uses it to buy the lead paint they use to manufacture toys to send to America. So long as Americans defend the foreign manufacturer and foreign import of what should be American manufactured products, then you all get what you deserve. WalMart is full of poorly constructed foreign imported products. Buy ‘em up at their cheap prices and enjoy. I’ll keep looking for the “Made in America” tag because I know the products will be around for a long time. I cheer everytime a Toyota wrecks or has an engine problem. Bristol was a great week. Viva America!
I have a 2007 Ford Mustang GT. It is equipped with the preffered rattle convenience group. There is a metallic rattling coming from the midship area that comes and goes.
I really do not have a clue what I am talking about. It was a figment of my imagination that virtually ALL of the Toyotas had a bad day on Sunday for a variety of reasons as listed above. Good thing I TiVo’ed it, I better watch it again.
Vito , interesting logic you show here . Not very bright , but interesting . What was the conclusion that you hoped for , yet never articulated ? Toyota should withdraw from racing because they had a so-so weekend ? All of the Toyota teams are incompetent and should be replaced ?
Hey Annie! Yep, good point! I have two Son’s that work for the big three, hourly, union, they love it! Why?? Because they make over $150,000/year in the plant! (one Chrysler, one Ford, FYI!)
And why don’t you ask where our Federal Government borrows all it’s money from????
SURPRISE! Bet you thought that was American Dollars $$$$ you had in your pocket!
Hey Vito! Better wear long sleeves today!
The hornets have been stirred up!!
At least you know someone reads your columns!
$150,000 paid to hourly union workers to assemble American cars?
Now that sure does shed some light on why we pay $40,000 for a $15,000 truck. Donâ€™t cry the blues now American Auto; your beloved union has positioned you behind the 8 ball.
Vito, I was one of the few that realized your cmments were meant ironically & tongue in cheek. I got it. It wasn’t very funny & was far too belabored in an attempt to be funny, but I got it.
In the future try having a beginning, a middle section, & a conclusion planned out in what you write, instead of meandering around in a vain attempt at “humor”.
For Annie, just a few observations. I was a UAW member for 11 years, (& have been a member of 2 other unions in my life, I am VERY pro union, yet I drive a 2004 Toyota Camry that was built in America, NOT in Mexico or Canada like so many American badged vehicles. You want to talk cheap labor? Talk to the Mexican assembly line worker that makes about $5 an hour or less to build the gas hog trucks & SUV’s our country is so enamored with, in addition to the myriad of American badged cars built over there. Plus I grew tired of the poor quality being foisted off on the American public, due to the fat bonuses American management gets for increasing production, at the expense of quality & pride in one’s work. My 2004 Camry has 120,000 miles on it, with zero work, (other than regular maintenance), needed & not a rattle or squeak to be heard. In contrast my 1999 Chrysler Concorde was nothing but a lemon, requiring 5 transmission sensors in 5 years, had a front end that couldn’t be kept aligned, resulting in a yearly replacement of both front tires, whether they were rotated on a regular basis or not. Add in that it rattled & squeaked almost from day one. I dropped that lemon after only 60,000 miles & never looked back.
I know how upper & mid level management works in this type of company, I was a union representative for several years & dealt with them during contract negotiations, grievance procedures & other instances.
Just a little FYI: Toyota builders in the US make comparable to the wages & benefits in a typical UAW plant, thus the reason the UAW can’t get a foothold in there. If you already get it, (even though it’s not in a contract, & thus is subject to being taken away at any time), how can you see what you need?
Another FYI, (& quoting from your post):
“And donâ€™t deceive yourself for a minute into thinking all that yen stays here in America. Itâ€™s shipped back to Japan as fast as they can rack it up. Japan uses it to buy the lead paint they use to manufacture toys to send to America.”
It’s Chinese made toys that have the lead paint you’re referring to, not Japanese. Please do try to keep your Asian nations straight in your stereotypical ranting & foaming at the mouth knee jerk, jingoistic “patriotism”.
China is also our biggest lender nation, so we are really selling our country to them, both in manufacturing job losses & in ownership of our debt.
Great one, Vito, although it appears that you’ve smoked out the night shift at the local Toyota assembly plant. Either that or the biggest pocket of Jap-scrap aficionados this side of Yokohama. :O]
By way of full disclosure, I own a Toyota Corolla, a Buick Park Avenue, and an old Geo. I just had to put down my old Ford Winstar (165K). Oh yeah, and thereâ€™s an 1973 MGB-GT under a tarp in the garage.
P.S.: the proper spelling for the colloquialism for seppuku is â€œhara-kiriâ€ Which did, in fact, pretty much seem to be what all the rice-burners at Bristol were up to.
The bad steering that nailed Martin’s Ford was built by Toyota? Or the fuelk pickups in the 2007 JGR Chevies were built by Toyota? Gee, I didn’t know that. Or….were they built by an american company in all cases?
I like how this has degenerated into an argument over the state of the automotive industry. Oh well. Thanks for reading my explination of Toyotas bursting apart at the seems. Next time I will entitle such an article, “Homoginized spec racers with corporate headlight decals have bad luck in Southeastern mountain range.”
I was not implying that Toyota makes parts that the teams source from parts vendors. The opposite is actually stated a couple of times.
“As the driver came up to speed for a green/white/checker finish, his Toyota stumbled, then had its headlight stickers sucked off as Jeff Burtonâ€™s blindingly bright orange Impala flew by to secure the victory.”
HereÂ´s Captain America to save the day!
You think Toyota is bad? Heck, both a Dodge, #12, and a Chevy, #70, had engines that could not even take a few laps qualifying/practicing. Both had to have replacements even before the race!
Both engines were probably built on a Monday when the workers still had hangovers!
Oh, your “homoginized spec racers with corporate headlight decals”, etc, is a good one!
Now that sums up NA$CAR!!
“Ironically & tongue in cheek”??? LOL!
More like “head up a**”!!
Ok, I’m sorry, but I could not pass that one up!
This is why I only read a handful of articles on this site anymore… Everything is anti-NEW. Hate the new car. Hate the new drivers (ie. Montoya). Hate the Chase. Hate the new Bristol. Hate Toyota. Enough!
What a great race: Busch crashes, Stewart crashes, Skinner burns, Hamlin sputters, Jarret is as slow as my 80 year old neighbor in her Camry. And no, don’t tell me that there’s anything remotely American about TOYOTA. I’m a Ford guy but I was cheering for the Bakersfield basher those last few laps.
HMMM? Made in America?? Some of you boys ought to check your VIN #‘s. Check it out to see if your AMERICAN MADE car was built in CANADA or MEXICO. Did you know that FORD’s new Hybrid power plants are purchased from TOYOTA Better do some research. I’m pretty sure that those fuel pick ups and power steering units are good old USA parts. Maybe they would be better if manufactered here in the states like so many of the other TOYOTA parts are now.I think that TOYOTA between their auto plants, parts plants and dealerships,are now one of the largest employers of AMERICAN labor in the AMERICAN automobile industry.
Vito? Are the hornets still buzzing?
They will quiet down when the sun sets!
And I think you just set a record for responses and comments here!
Wow!! You Toyota people have no sense of humor do you? The story was funny and also, buy the way, true. The Toyotas had a rough day on Sunday. It happens. Get over yourselves. It is this feeling of superiority that makes us non Toyota fans not like your cars at all. I have great respect for Dale Jarrett but I stopped pulling for him when he joined the Toyota camp. The company does not have the history in this type of racing, and please tell me when Toyota ever built a V8 car, not truck, car!! I love the tradition of this sport and that is Chevy, Ford and Dodge. That is a fact. So chill out and accept the bad day. There will be more, but sad to say you will have good days too. Way to much money to stink every week.