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 October 14, 2008
Jimmie Johnson is hearing footsteps… for now.
That was the lesson learned by Saturday evening’s Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s crown jewel of race tracks, which proved a showcase on many different levels. The only Saturday night race in The Chase, the 500-miler was aired at the same time as a top NCAA football game, Major League Baseball’s ALCS and NLCS, and even during highlights from last week’s 4-cylinder division race at Berlin Raceway (Alright, maybe that was just the bar I was at). The Grand Marshal of the event was possibly the wife of the next President of The United States, and — as writer Joe Menzer pointed out on NASCAR.com this week — the Top 10 finishing order was a prelude to next year’s Chase field (well, except for maybe Jamie McMurray). But what we’ll remember most of all from the weekend is that the race for the championship just got a little bit tighter, and what was once the Jimmie Johnson Show now has a new actor on stage in Jeff Burton.
It also exposed a few chinks in the armor that surrounds what normally is the unflappable No. 48 team.
Saturday’s race took on several different complexions as the night wore on. The first third of the race looked to be a battle between Johnson and Tony Stewart, while by the halfway point it appeared that Brian Vickers would pull the upset, overcoming a problem from May when his wheel flew into a camper in the stands. Next, Jeff Gordon would recover from a bout with the outside wall as Vickers hit it once more, battling up front with Mark Martin in a scene that harkened back to 10 years earlier — until Greg Biffle grabbed the lead from them both.
But as the race wound down, pit strategy placed another former Roush teammate, Jeff Burton, in position to grab the top spot. He took the point for the final 56 laps and held on to win his second race of the year, first of The Chase, and claim his first back-to-back set of Top 5 finishes since the Sprint Cup short track swing back in March. Suddenly, the guy who will Top 10 you to death all season long has come out of nowhere to win at an intermediate track, a 1.5-mile oval configuration which conveniently makes up three of the final five stops for the 2008 Chase for the Championship.
Oh, and Burton’s not that bad at Martinsville, either, which just so happens to be the next stop on the docket this Sunday.
The 41-year-old’s win was all the more impressive considering that as the race wound down, the No. 48 car was behind him waiting in the wings. With Chad Knaus fine-tuning on those last few adjustments in pit lane, it seemed only a matter of time before the car snapped in and powered towards the front after the race’s final restarts on Laps 270 and 302. But as the top contenders showed their true colors, it turned out Johnson’s car was not up to par with the No. 31 or even those of Kasey Kahne, the Busch brothers, or McMurray. Each time off of turn four, the back end of the Lowe’s Chevrolet would kick out, leading to another position lost heading through the race’s final laps. A car that normally is at its best at the end was fumbling and floundering instead, with Johnson looking more like his teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the race’s waning laps than the traditionally stout No. 48 car. After climbing from his machine following Burton’s non-burnout victory lap, Johnson seemed uncharacteristically downtrodden — and perhaps even a bit rattled. The driver who once proclaimed Lowe’s Motor Speedway to be his house suddenly discovered that he had to share digs with a new tenant, one that had kicked him out of the penthouse and down a few floors when Carl Edwards’ untimely exit should have already left him signing the lease on the building for the umpteenth straight time instead.
“The first two-thirds was good for us, then we were junk at the end,” he said, sounding more like 2009 teammate Mark Martin than his normally upbeat, glass-half-full-oh-no-it’s-over-flowing-I’m-so-stoked self. Johnson did lead twice for a race-high 67 laps, securing him the additional 10 bonus points to protect his lead in the Chase. But while he had been battling Edwards for the top spot, the ignition system in the No. 99 Ford saw to it that 69-point lead enjoyed by Johnson is no longer one he holds over Cousin Carl or Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle. Now, it is the fellow Roush alumnist Burton that is in hot pursuit of Johnson in the standings, with not just Martinsville but a host of historically strong tracks for the native of South Boston, Virginia coming right up.
Upon exiting his car Saturday night, The normally California-cool Johnson made the remark that Burton got him really loose a few times while battling for the lead, but conceded that maybe he was just protecting his position. Not sure if Jimmie noticed or not, but that seasonally appropriate hunter-orange No. 31 was defending his position all right — all the way over in Victory Lane. That not-so-subtle disgust is to be expected from the two-time defending champion, though; it’s the heat of competition, the laps are winding down, and a shot at a win is slipping away — not to mention another 30 points that could become very useful down the stretch.
Two days later, much of Johnson’s frustration remained. “I had to take a lot of chances to get the results we did,” he said. “I don’t like putting myself in that situation. I almost lost the car a handful of times. So that frustration of being on pins and needles out there, trying to run as hard as you can, watching positions slip by – I’ve got a good hour of being upset in me. It will take a little while to get it out of my system.”
“Right now, I’m pissed about Saturday,” Johnson said. “But you know, tomorrow, Tuesday, whatever it is, I think we’ll be real good over there. Martinsville has been a great track to us.” But with a win, 10 Top 5s, and 14 Top 10s in 28 starts there, it’s been a great track for Jeff Burton as well. The RCR driver finished third there back in March, and the other tracks remaining that the tour will be visiting in recent weeks – Texas, Atlanta, and Phoenix – he posted finishes earlier this season of sixth, tenth, and sixth, respectively.
So with Burton on the move, does all of this seem a bit forboding if you are a Jimmie Johnson fan (or even Johnson himself?) Not so fast. As we head into the Chase’s second half, there are some other statistics which are even more telling; and if you are a driver other than Johnson, they are downright intimidating. Take a look at the the results of Johnson’s final five races of the year since 2003:
The numbers tell the tale: Burton’s case is still pending, but Johnson’s been nothing short of spectacular when it comes to making one final push. Clearly, it’s the last few races of the season that Johnson and company excel at each year, building up a record I will take to the bank in any era, and under any points system at any time. You can pick apart about how there are a couple of different races mixed in with Rockingham or Darlington during Johnson’s career, that his 2003 results were under a different points format, 2004 was the first year of The Chase points system, or that 2005 kind of got derailed.
But if you do such a thing, you’re only deluding yourself. Simply put, Jeff Burton might want to savor this win and pop a few Prilosecs if he has some lying around from that last sponsor visit. Jimmie Johnson may have heard footsteps Saturday night, but a look into the past will show that for all intents and purposes, barring some unforeseen disaster (i.e. — a meteor falls out of the sky and collects his Lowe’s Impala), those footsteps will fade over the final few weeks. Right now, Johnson and the No. 48 team look to be well on their way to a record-tying third consecutive title, and there’s not much Burton or anyone else can do about it.
So, enjoy the sound of those footsteps while they last; silence will come ‘round the corner soon enough.
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Ahh, the true colors of Jimmie finally come out! The after the race interview showed “No Class” from our “Champion”. Burton is a true Champ, he does not race dirty, he has the respect of every driver on the track, except maybe Jimmie, since he took the keys to Lowes! You can only brag so much before it bites you Jimmie, eat a little humble pie! Good luck Burton!
Don’t know which part of this article to comment on first.
In the first part, it sounded like you were shoveling dirt on JJ, despite the fact that he finished 5th, & led the most laps. For Burton to capitalize on this, JJ would have to have his one bad week, &/or JB would have to do this for the rest of the season. JB, is much more likely to have a bad race down the stretch, than JJ, & even if he doesn’t. I consider JB, next to Mark Martin, the best points stroker out there. I’m picking him to finish 3rd, or 4th. Then it turns out you were just funning us, you knew that all along.
The second interesting point is that JJ could be so pissy, after the afore mentioned finish, & lap leading performance.
That is why this article is awesome. One minute I have you looking over here, over here, then…BAM!!!!! What’s up?!! Like Trautman tells Rambo in the latest installment during a dream sequence – “Ya gotta come full circle, Johnny!” And that is what I have done. I am the Rambo of NASCAR writers.
I found Jimmie’s reaction interesting as well, especially when coupled with last week’s mini-meltdown at Talladega after dodging a couple of wrecks. Then again, I’ve never had to dodge a Dodge at 200mph before….though I did almost get run off the road this weekend by some clown in a blue Chevy Venture in Manistee. So Venture-guy if you are reading this….LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING, DUMMY!!!!
Vito, my only comment to your article is that can we please refrain from using the word “surge”, (in your case “surging”). It has to be_the most overused word in the last year or so. Just look at any homepage, newspaper, or news report and you will see that it comes up quite a bit, I laughed as the local paper had it in 4 out of its 5 frontpage headlines the other day, you think that an editor would’ve picked that up. I can only assume that someone gets a percentage each time that its used. By the way, it was nice to see Burton win and made me wonder how odd it would look to see him win the Championship with his current sponsor.