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 · Wednesday May 5, 2010
It’s no secret that over the last five years or so, the face of NASCAR has changed dramatically from what many fans had grown accustomed to.
Even amongst the most die-hard company guys who would gladly toe the corporate mantra and mission statement, you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that could sit there with a straight face and tell you this sport is still rooted just as much as ever in its history, staying true to what made it great in the first place – and actually believe what they were saying. A new car, three different title sponsors in the last seven seasons, a continually evolving championship format, the green-white-checkered finish, wave arounds, and double-file restarts (Shootout Style!) have conspired to alienate many longtime fans in the hopes of attracting precious new ones. The loss of its most popular and recognizable driver continues to resonate to this day, while the notion of sacrificing future dates at Martinsville or Atlanta is downright hateful to those who remember Bill Broderick and his Unocal 76 Race Stoppers.
There have, however, been a few bright spots amongst the gloom, doom, and nay saying in recent weeks, with another coming just over the horizon – this weekend’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
After realizing that those bumper stickers proclaiming “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Rice” carried some weight amongst the bulk of the fan base, NASCAR ditched the rear wing and returned to the simple blade spoiler that had worked so well after Dodge and Plymouth removed the rudders from their B-bodies nearly 40 years ago. The effect on competition thus far has been negligible; however, the aesthetics remind us of a sunnier time in our sport’s history, where even recession, a national fuel shortage, and a president on the verge of impeachment failed to stifle the momentum and optimism.
Over the course of the last month we’ve been hip deep in short track season, with memorable finishes at Bristol, Martinsville, Phoenix (I know it’s technically a superspeedway, but it drives like a short track; close enough), and this past weekend at Richmond in both series. That latter came down to late-race battles for the win between two drivers in both races, each of whom had been largely snake-bit this season. Talladega was a resounding success as usual, with speeds once again tickling 200 miles an hour capped off by a slingshot pass for the lead by Kevin Harvick over Jamie McMurray – two drivers who, in recent years, have experienced virtually all of their success at restrictor plate races. Even better, nobody got airborne or attacked the catch fence (in Cup anyway), a far cry from the near-tragic Edwards flip of one year ago. Perhaps the spoiler has had a bit of a positive effect on the track aside from not being hideous…
All of which brings us to this weekend at Darlington. Personally, the Lady In Black has always been one of my favorite racetracks. I remember watching Bill Elliott become Million Dollar Bill in 1985, winning the Winston Million while holding off Cale Yarborough by just over half-a-second. It was his 10th win of the year, doing it from the pole on Labor Day weekend as I sat at my grandparents’ house; after all, it would be another five years before they brought cable out to where we lived. The Southern 500 at Darlington was also where Darrell Waltrip won the last of his 84 career victories in a rain-shortened affair, where we were treated to interviews by both driver and owner – from the same guy who just pulled his Western Auto hat down lower.
Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton dueling for the win in the 1997 Southern 500 stands out in my mind as another watershed moment in modern Southern 500 history, with Gordon running Burton down to the apron on the white-flag lap, leaving Burton furiously trying to catch back up to Gordon to repay the favor. When asked why he didn’t hit Gordon back, Burton’s reply was deadpan, but succinct: “I couldn’t catch him.”
2003, however, was the final year the Southern 500 was run on Labor Day weekend as it had been the prior 53 years. And while the spring race that year saw the closest finish in NASCAR history at .002 seconds between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch, it was fitting that Terry Labonte would score the last win of his career in the fall. It was the final stamp on a resume that produced 22 victories, two championships, and Southern 500 wins 23 years apart, a well-deserved tribute to a career that defined honor, class, and integrity.
While other memorable races would be held at Darlington – the Chase race held there a year later in 2004 is to this day one of the best races I have seen there or anywhere – the Southern 500 vanished, a casualty of scheduling and an attempt to maximize viewership and attendance, with a move to Auto Club Speedway. To shift one of the premier races from a track so revered – to one so reviled – led critics to go sackcloth and ashes, declaring the end of NASCAR as we all knew it. To many, a piece of them died the day Dale Earnhardt did; to others, a piece of NASCAR died the day the Southern 500 was no longer on the schedule.
Believe me, I understand where they’re coming from. As much as I like Mopars, calling a race at Darlington the Dodge Charger 500 just doesn’t have the same ring to it as the Southern 500.
Many longtimers will contend that it’s not really the Southern 500 anymore since it’s not being run on Labor Day Weekend. For years, the spring Darlington race was known as the Rebel 300 – with a confederate flag being used to start the race and quickly raised over the winning car in Victory Lane. The event then became the Rebel 500, and – once it was determined that the South was not going to rise again anytime soon – TransSouth Financial came on board to sponsor the 500 and 400-mile events here. Last year marked the return of the Southern 500 race title, though, with another familiar face from the last 20 years coming back for a full-season stint. Then 50-year-old Mark Martin took the checkers, claiming his first Southern 500 victory since his fourth win in a row in 1993.
NASCAR has made a concerted effort this season to make it known that they are getting back to their roots, trying to right the wrongs of the last several years. They were wrongs, in truth, that stemmed from trying to grow something that had been progressing along nicely all by itself. Many were skeptical at first – though standardized start times were applauded by all – when the gloves came off and cars started taking flight at 1.5-milers. But while we are only ten races deep in 2010, the verdict so far has been largely positive, with the last two months providing a glimpse of years gone by. Even Junior Johnson provided the new NASCAR Hall of Fame with a moonshine still last week in anticipation of his upcoming induction.
This, coupled with close racing in cars that no longer look like some dopey teenager’s rice rocket that was sodomized at Pep Boys by way of a JC Whitney catalog, things are headed in the right direction as the schedule heads to the original superspeedway on the circuit. Hopefully, the trend continues this weekend at The Track Too Tough To Tame, the Lady In Black, or whatever nickname you care to give to the egg-shaped 1.366-mile brainchild of Harold Brasington, courtesy of Sherman Ramsey’s minnow pond.
If NASCAR really wants to get back to its roots, perhaps that’s what we really need; racetrack construction not determined by focus groups, investors, or politicians, but by minnow ponds, trees, or some other natural landmark. After all, California was built on the grounds of an old steel mill, while Riverside was sacrificed in the name of mini-mall commerce. What better way to promote NASCAR’s environmental sensibilities by saving the minnows, spotted owls, and the very fiber of their being?
As I am fond of saying, NASCAR’s oldest and original tracks still produce the best stories, races, and finishes. The 2010 iteration of the Southern 500 will likely prove this theory true, one more time … no matter how far the sport has strayed from its roots virtually everywhere else.
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I’m sure a large amount of meaningful phone calls were made with rotary phones, but technology has changed to meet the demands of current times.
Maybe NASCAR’s changes haven’t impeeded their fans – rather NASCAR hasn’t changed enough to promote growth.
NASCAR needs to look to the future and not the past. Old-School fans are just that, old school. If NASCAR doesn’t attempt to reach out to new fans the potential for growth is zero. New fans are the only way to grow the sport.
Also, a few side notes: – I’ve seen more stock cars with wings than spoiler recently.
- Not everyone is a fan of the new standardized start times. Also, which standardized start time(s) are you talking about: Saturday Night East Coast? Saturday NIght West Coast? Sunday East Coast? Sunday West Coast? Sunday Central Time? Sunday Night? All-Star Race? Daytona 500???? Doesn’t seem too standard to me.
DansMom , what do you people talk about around the office for crying out loud ? Don’t things like start times get mentioned in the morning meetings ? I realize that Brian doesn’t attend too many meetings , but couldn’t you at least corner Helton and talk to him about it . He must come downstairs to the marketing department from time to time .
“Right after taking over NASCAR , Brian France began a program to eliminate all traces of NASCAR’s history …”
Im sure that’s exactly what his plan was. I know if I were to take over a multi-billion dollar industry I would try my hardest to intentionally ruin it. That makes the most sense, right?
Has DansMom or BF ever heard of the adage “IF IT AINT BROKE DON’T TRY TO FIX IT”?????
IF YOU DON’T LEARN FROM THE PAST YOU ARE BOUND TO REPEAT IT…AND REPEAT IT…
How anyone can claim that nascar hasn’t changed enough over the past 5-10 years is something I’ll never understand! It has changed way, way too much, and that fact is obvious to most of us longtime fans.
And, with the lone exception of the Coca-Cola 600, there are exactly 3 standard start times. Not 8. It’s really not that hard to figure out…
I do not consider the Bristol night race an “historic event” like the Daytona 500, World 600, or the Southern 500. Great race but not “historic”
I remember right after nascar went to Indy, reading quotes from retired drivers who HAD NEVER driven at Indy saying how much better they were treated at a track they had never competed (The Brickyard)then at Daytona where they had been a champion. They talked about how Indy embraced its history and how they did not get the same feeling from nascar management.
I’m sorry, I have to take one exception to your article. You should bone up on the difference between a slingshot pass, & a bump & run.
You take issue with my use of the term slingshot (which was admittedly more really a rub-shot), but nothing about my Pep Boys blast?
Give my best to Beth and Leyland.
Darlington is the Motherland..for 60 years the greatest and so not so greatest of this sport have strapped on their helmets and raced at Darlington and they should be doing it for another 60 years! Darlington is as OLD SCHOOL AS IT GETS (along with Martinsville)and anyone that doesn’t get that…well I do feel sorry for you.
dansmom…nascar started reaching for “the new fans” a few years ago and turning thier back on “Old-School fans” and they are paying the price…