NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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The Voice Of Vito · Vito Pugliese · Tuesday April 15, 2008
Mark Martin must have thought somebody had sent him through some cruel time warp last weekend. In preparation for Saturday Night's Subway Fit Fresh 500K, Martin had qualified fourth, all while posting both the third and fastest laps in two of three practice sessions leading up to the race. With those types of numbers, it was clear that the U.S. Army Chevrolet was going to be a factor come race time (i.e., whenever the Yankees and Red Sox were done with their game), giving the veteran a chance to snag his first victory since the Fall of 2005. While Martin typically downplays his chances, he stated that his car was capable of winning the race; but he cautioned, however, that the team needed to guard against complacency, preventing a repeat of what happened a couple of years earlier at this very event.
Apparently, no one else got the memo.
In the 2006 Spring race at the one-mile triangular oval (which would make it not an oval, but I digressâ€¦) Mark Martin dominated a good portion of the race in his familiar No. 6 Roush Racing Ford, only to be undone during a late race pit stop by none other than a loose lug nut. After restarting at the tail end of the lead lap, Martin raced his way back up to second place… when cars began to run out of fuel.
Unfortunately, his was one of them.
Martin ran so hard for so long, he did not have the opportunity to conserve the little bit of gas to make it to the end; but eventual winner Kevin Harvick did. So, instead of ending the night in Victory Lane … Martin wound up 11th in the final rundown.
This time around, things were supposed to be different. Martin again had a fast car; a wickedly fast machine, in fact. How fast was it? While picking off competitors, including leader Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on lap 272, Martin was not even running the car at full throttle down the straightaways. One might ask, "Why was he running at only partial throttle while battling for the lead?"
The answer: to conserve fuel.
Following the night's final caution on lap 230, the plan was to stretch it to the end on gas, barring any additional yellow flags. A veteran of over 20 years at the Cup level, Martin has learned a thing or two about saving a couple of laps’ worth of gas. In fact, by Mark's estimation he had actually saved five by the time his car was halfway through the final fuel run. So, you can imagine his confusion, then, when the team relayed the bad news with less than 20 laps to go: they were probably going to have to stop. One calculation had them running short with one lap to go; another had them short with three remaining. So, with 10 laps left, the decision was made to stop and get gas — and, for some reason, right side tires. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson was able to putt around the track at a Hideo Fukuyama-esque pace, notching the first victory of the season for Hendrick Motorsports.
Martin finished 5th.
Following the checkered flag, the veteran exited his race car, frustration clearly evident after his chance to win evaporated in the form of Sunoco gasoline. With his trademarked buzz cut and bulging temporal veins, it was more than a little ironic on this night that Martin bears more than a passing resemblance to Clint Eastwood in "Heartbreak Ridge"â€” for the 49-year-old suffered bitter disappointment yet again at the base of the Estrella Mountains. Tossing his neck restraint in the car, Martin looked for clarification as to why he had been limping around at three-quarter throttle for the last 40 minutes, as opposed to running wide open and building up a large enough advantage that he may have coaxed a different strategy out of the other teams. At the very least, the No. 8 could have been allowed to coast around the track safely for the final few circuits — as did eventual winner Johnson.
But circumstances forced DEI’s hand. Kevin Harvick, the driver who benefited from Martin's misfortune in 2006, uses a similarly prepared corporate RCR/DEI engine as Martin, and ran out of fuel with eight laps remaining. He had saved some gas — not as much as the No. 8 car, but enough to raise the specter of doubt. Thus was the rationale for pitting from Martin’s crew. After all, two of the last three races have gone into overtime, forcing the dreaded Green/White/Checkered fiasco that often sees cars running out of fuel on the apron of the track, sputtering upon a restart while causing a chain reaction pileup behind them.
Clint Bowyer, however — another RCR/DEI engine partner — did manage to go the distance, and wound up finishing in second place when all was said and done. So, fuel mileage under these engines proved to be all over the place; and in the right circumstances, it could be stretched to the end without a problem.
DEI has gotten off to a slow start this season, but has shown promise and, more importantly, real speed the last few weeks. With that in mind, perhaps it might have been better to take the safe way out, get a Top 5, and go into the off week on a high note, building momentum for the long stretch of racing that is to come. One could make that argument, for sure; but this is a team that is not running for a championship, and is splitting time between a promising rookie driver and a proven veteran. Why not roll the dice and go for a win? That would do much more to foster morale than barring your throat and accepting a fifth-place finish.
And in the case of the No. 8 team, a fifth might as well have been 15th for them. It isn't often you get a car that fast in the position to win, particularly for a team that has endured more than its share of drama during the last year or so. Never mind that winless streak that dates back to Richmond in June of 2006; think of Martin's itself, one that was just extended from Kansas in the Fall of 2005.
There is a saying that goes, "There's nothing more dangerous than a man with nothing left to lose." Apparently, there is also nothing more dangerous than a man with a solar powered calculator at a night race.
Following a moment of reflection and evaluation, Martin was his typical gracious self after the event. "I did my part to the best of my ability, they did their part to the best of their ability,” he said. “I back them up when they have a bad day, and they back me up when I drive it into the wall.” Veteran leadership and composure such as this may very well prove to strengthen the No. 8 team and DEI as a whole, more so than a victory in the desert ever could have.
And in the midst of another manic episode of defeat being snatched from the jaws of victory, the example set by the driver will hopefully do well to soothe the wounds of a victory squandered by being overly conservative. A team that is in the process of rebuilding and reorganization following the departure of its namesake and several key members desperately needs to have some good to balance out the bad it has suffered over the last 16 months.
And, at the very least, their marquis driver has attempted to do that. Mark Martin is well on his way to becoming a legend in the sport for not only what he has accomplished, but for what he has had to endure. The performance displayed by Martin and the No. 8 DEI team this past weekend should serve well to quiet critics who assert that the 49-year-old may be past his prime, and that Dale Earnhardt, Inc. has degenerated into little more than a museum to honor Dale Earnhardt, Sr. through the sales of diecast cars, hats, and Hershey bars. Aric Almirola will be in the No. 8 car in two weeks at Talladega, with Martin returning the following weekend at Richmond International Raceway, the site of the No. 8 team's last win nearly two years ago.
With any luck, the new No. 8 team can take a stroll down memory lane together in that one. But this time, in Victory Lane — where they should have been late Saturday night.
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It’s all about the points! Not the win!
And who can blame a crew chief for being conservative as far as gas mileage goes?
POINTS matter! just like “size”!!
Points matter? Mark Martin isn’t running for points. He’s running to win. Which makes this all the more frustrating.
I don’t share your lament over the lack of momentum the DEI folks have after Saturday nights race . The car was probably the class of the field from practice right through to the finish of the race . I suspect everyone at DEI now realizes that they have a car that not only is competitive , but can be a genuine threat to win . I would think that would give the team huge momentum .
….and putting around the track at half throttle for the last 3 laps….which Martin could have done had they not stopped with 8 laps to go.
They should have gone for the win. Tires for 8 – 10 laps was really dumb.
If you are going to include Sunoco, you shouldn’t forget Goodyer either. How about this: “So, with 10 laps left, the decision was made to stop and get Sunoco â€” and, for some reason, right side Goodyears.”
It’s all about OWNERS POINTS! Not driver points! Owners points mean EVERYTHING!
Mark’s amazing attitude continues to build and strengthen his fan base. It would be nice if, like the OSCARS, NASCAR had a “lifetime achievement award.” Mark Martin would be its first and most deserving recipient! GO MARK!!! May you have many more wins to celebrate!!!
Well Vito , unless you have some inside information that we don’t we’ll have to assume that the crew chief and gas man on the 8 car got together and figured out that they could not make it . And of course the only way anyone else could know is if we had proof of exactly how much Snoko was in the car when they made their final stop , which is pretty unlikely , and if we knew the exact fuel mileage that the 8 was getting that night , also very unlikely . I doubt that the 8 gets the very same mileage as the 48 . Mark and the team did a great job all night , if the crew says there was not enough fuel to go to the end , then i don’t see any way to prove them wrong . Unless you have some inside information .
And of course there is the ever present question whenever a Hendrick car wins , did they do it within the rules , or did they maybe have some extra fuel hidden in the car .
Martin might be having “fun” playing around on a retirement tour, but DEI is in it full time. They need as many owners points as possible. They had a chance for 2 top tens, went for it, and got it. It’s not all about Mark Martin. He is still as good as he always was at whining and blaming the team when he doesn’t win.
Mark should have said I’m not comming in. I’ve saved enough fuel to go the distance, count me down. Then went on to win the race.
Perhaps Mark should have over ruled the crew chief and stayed out. Maybe that type of non-assertiveness on his part is why he is the best racer never to win a Championship.
Mark Martin is the Dan Marino of racin. All the skills but no cup titles!
Hey, Linda. Perhaps you should spend sometime reviewing the years of post race interviews where the first thing out of Mark’s mouth is THANKING his crew for a great race car and their hard work. Even in this fiasco, he’s standing behind his team. Perhaps you should “read” his response again or perhaps you have him confused with Denny Hamlin. As far as his retirement tour, he’s done more mentoring of drivers and teams than any other driver of recent times. Do you really think he’s had nothing to do with DEI’s ability to continue? God,new fans irritate me.
Hey, Linda Part Two.
Linda wow you sure do not know very much about My one and only. get real]please]
I will start by saying that I am a M. Martin fan, so anything I say will be bias, I am sure… As far as DEI being nothing more than a tribute/museum to Dale Sr., try standing in front of the Dale Sr. collectable hauler at the track and asking with the up most respect for Dale Sr., if “they realize that he is dead”. I’ve done it, they don’t like it. I think it’s redicioulous that they are still raking in huge amounts of cash every week on the coatails of a decesed man, he is gone, and not coming back, let him rest. As far as Johnson winning on fuel milage… good for them, I don’t know if Knaus is the best ever but he is up there, and his decision to keep his driver on the track was brilliant, they did calculate that he would be one lap short, if Johnson had to race Martin for the win the 48 would have run out I am sure, the 8 probably would not have run out but we will never know. And taking two tires, what the hell was that for? DEI and points… if Martin does run out of fuel, where does he finish? 20-25th? still plenty enough owner points there to keep them in the coveted top 35. Martin tries to finish and doesnt run out of fuel (much more probable) then there would have been a huge boost in owner points, sometimes you gotta gamble, and he isn’t a “yes man” with his crew chief, if you have ever listened to him on a scanner you would know that.
Oh, and Linda (no last name apparently, strange…) may I ask whom your favorite driver is? I am sure it is always his fault when he doesn’t do as well as he would like and he never puts any blame on the car or crew.
I have always been a Mark Martin fan and I thought he had a chance to win at Phoenix and was bummed out that the 48 won AGAIN! That just makes the times he wins more special. Jimmie Johnson could win 150 races and 6 cup titles and he still would not stack up to my man Mark. It’s not all about winning, it’s about running hard and giving your fans something to cheer about. Mark is a part of when NASCAR was fun to watch, Harry Gant, Davey Allison, Big “E”, Rusty Wallace, Ernie Ervin, Ricky Rudd just to name a few. They drove their butts off on Sunday just for the sake of racing. These drivers today would have been run off the track 10-15 years ago-I miss the racing then and I think the sport barely clings to life because of guys like Mark and Jeff Burton.