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 October 13, 2010
The NASCAR Chase format is about as polarizing as things come these days. Think Kyle Busch driving Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, and you get the idea. Originally envisioned as the vehicle that would help NASCAR keep pace with the NFL during the fall months by preventing the championship snoozefests of 2000 and 2003, it has also had the unintended consequence of alienating longtime fans, failing to capture the imagination of the uninitiated, and producing the same champion for the last four years.
As a counterpoint to all of the carping and moaning this year regarding the futility of the Chase has been the common refrain that “this will be the closest championship fight in history!” Never before has a field been so close to produce such close racing and a title battle that will be chock full of – wait for it – DRAMA. There is enough ammunition for either side to go each way in this discussion and with it, there are a number of Chase myths and truths for each side to hang their hat on.
Myth or Fact: Replacing Auto Club Speedway with Chicagoland will improve the Chase
File this one under picking the leper with the most fingers. After years of producing the kind of parades witnessed only on Thanksgiving Day or prior to the Rose Bowl, Auto Club Speedway in its swan song of hosting two Sprint Cup events finally produced some decent racing – albeit a bit contrived after throwing a caution for what looked like a water bottle on the backstretch. While Loudon will remain a Chase track, the series is trading concrete for corruption, ditching SoCal for the Windy City instead.
The thinking is that by shuffling some dates and starting off in a new major market, it will help engender more support and excitement for NASCAR’s 10-week playoff. Right. Just hope the Bears aren’t playing at home that weekend, or that the true sign of the apocalypse hasn’t reared its head: the Cubs making a run towards the postseason. And I am not going to include the White Sox in the discussion, since as a Tigers fan, that is not an option I am willing to entertain. Ever.
If Chicagoland couldn’t get 68,000 people out to the track on a Saturday night in the middle of summer, what do they think is going to happen on one of the last few good weekends of the year? Memo to Daytona Beach: This isn’t Daytona Beach. We get five months of decent weather a year up around these parts – tops – and playing chicken with the NFL in the kielbasa capital of North America is not going to win the hearts of the natives.
Fact or Myth: Rotating tracks will help spur Chase interest
Since 2003, the title of the Cup championship trophy has gone by three different names under three different points systems, at the same tracks over and over – save for Rockingham, Darlington and Atlanta (moment of silence, please). Just as it sometimes helps to get some new blood in the booth, mixing up the tracks the championship is decided on could generate some new enthusiasm or potentially change the outcome.
I’ve always been of the opinion this move would be a positive, if simply to change up the landscape and spark some interest for many longtime tracks that are largely removed from deciding a champion with the new format. Pocono, Michigan, Darlington, and Daytona have all had their say by the time the teams get to Richmond in September. By then, all but a couple of spots in the top 12 have already been decided. There still is no road course race in the Chase, despite the popularly held belief that a true champion excels on all tracks, not just 1.5-mile ovals and a roll of the dice at Talladega. Besides, how cool would Watkins Glen look this weekend, trees ablaze in yellow and orange providing a vivid backdrop to the blue Armco and ribbon of asphalt in upstate New York?
Many also cite the current track schedule as the real reason Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team have managed to win four consecutive championships in an era that is largely regarded as the closest and most competitive in history. This theory is bunk if I’ve ever heard it. Not sure if you haven’t noticed, but every track is pretty much J.J. and company’s best tracks. Four wins in Las Vegas, three at Indy, and a pair at Pocono for non-Chase venues, while he manages to win at Charlotte, Dover, and Martinsville no matter what time of year it is.
Still think that replacing Auto Club with Chicago is going to have much of an impact on hamstringing the No. 48? The last four races at Chicago, they’ve led 247 laps, so it’s only a matter of time before he scratches that one off the list, too.
Fact or Myth: An elimination-style format is what is needed to save the Chase
If there has been a recurring theme among those opining on how to make the Chase work, is that an elimination round is what is needed to create more excitement and – wait for it – DRAMA. After all, it works for the NCAA in basketball, so why wouldn’t it work here? The three lowest-ranked drivers after two races would be dropped from contention and more drivers would be eliminated until you got down to five that would decide the title among themselves. At that point, another possible resetting of the points (again) would set the stage for that “Game Seven Moment” that a certain luminary of the sport longs for.
I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this one and what my take is going to be.
To make this work, it is believed the field would be expanded to 15 drivers, which at that point I say, why not make it 30, give everybody a participant trophy and some orange slices and call it a day. Some say it is to give more exposure to more teams that feel left out in the cold this time of year after not making the Chase. Others contend it is to ensure that the sport’s most popular driver who hasn’t won in two years is also included in the mix. Truth be told, even under those lax standards for championship contender status, a driver would not be in the mix or even remotely in the conversation.
I’m still having trouble coming to grips on how being over 400 points out of the lead, or sitting in 11th place with 10 races left, somehow conveys an air of championship material.
After the mutual meltdown following the ratings dive after Kansas, everybody was clamoring for answers of what was wrong and what was needed to fix what has been broken for over six years. The best that we can hope for is some good racing in the interim until some meaningful changes are made.
Until that time, the notion that the Chase format was one that was going to work and help NASCAR compete with the NFL and MLB during the heart of their seasons will remain little more than a myth. And that’s a fact.
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Yep, NASCAR can keep trying but it won’t make a difference because they are trying to force a playoff system in a sport in which a playoff system doesn’t fit. Keep pollishing that turd NASCAR.
My sense is NASCAR needs to somehow get back to racing—to make every weekend event a “big event.” In order to protect the owner points system of top 35, NASCAR could adopt a driver points system similar to F1, where only the top 5 or 10 drivers are awarded points and the points are in the single digit range each race. This would keep the championship closer and I think the field would be fairly tight at the end of the year. I think the ten race championship “Chase” had some merit, but hasn’t proven to be a fan favorite. As I’ve commented before, I go to Talladega to watch plate track racing. I don’t want to see Johnson and Hamlin sitting in the back trying to salvage a good points day. I pay $120 per ticket to see racing, not points strategy. My guess the guy who buys tickets to Fontana, Texas, et al wants the same.
The Chase is the worst way to determine a champion in any professional sport, and you can throw in college football on top of that (and that is stiff competition).
But an elimination format, that just reaches new levels of idiotic.
Is NASCAR seriously considering having a race at Homestead with 43 cars and only two that matter, and calling it a “game seven moment”?
I can’t find the words. Oh, wait, here’s one: “laughingstock”.
It cannot be mended. It must be ended.
I have met numerous fans this year who planned on boycotting the Chase. I have joined them, as have my friends. I will be skipping Charlotte this weekend for the first time in over a decade, and have not watched since Richmond. The fans are speaking up, the Chase must go, Mr. France are you listening? We need to show that while Brian France may run NASCAR, it does not belong to him, it belings to us, the fans. The gimmicks, the disregard for history, the even worse idea of an elimination, we are not going to take it. I will not watch another Chase race, and I am not alone. Ratings are down over 25% on average for the Chase, and I hope they are down by more than 33% by Fontana. We are taking NASCAR back, and anyone else who is equally fed up should join us, spread the word.
I once read somewhere that you can put a dress or maybe it was lipstick or maybe a dress and lipstick on a pig and its still a pig. Oh wait a minute…that pig has already gotten a dress and lipstick…I guess high heels are next? The chase has got to go, along with this top 35 nonsense. If Bozo Brian goes with an elimination style format for the chase I will refuse to watch the chase races. Bozo Brian reminds me of a four year old with his ears covered and saying, “Lalalalalalalala I can’t heeeear youuuuuu”!
Brian PLEASE drop the CHASE!
Drop the Chase and reform the driver points system. I like the F1 idea, but cut the points off further down (ex. 25th), then frontload more points to make leads less safe. The Chase has failed, end it.
What puzzles me the most is – that Nascar has to have someone watching and reading postings on the internet to get feedback on the races/chase. You would think that after sitting down and reading all the postings they would get a clue that VERY FEW people like the chase and would rather see it dropped altogether than try to improve it. I can even figure that out. Even then it is not right to strip these drivers of their hard earned positions and hand the points lead over to someone else and then have them race against the same non chasers. What other sport has all the teams in the playoffs and in the final game to determine the champion?
If we must have the Chase shoved down our throats lets have just those 12 drivers race each other and the remaining non-chasers race each other. Back to back races on the same day so they can still collect their ticket prices and shorten each of the 2 races to total the normal amount of laps. Then we could watch these precious 12 drivers fighting hard for every lap (maybe).This could possibly be very exciting racing.
Brian is a little busy right now defending race fixing allegations.
Frontstretch seems to be the only place that I have seen the media actually covering this. This is probably why I like this site better than most. They don’t toe the company line and their writers say what they feel and report what’s going on. I may not agree all the time with what they say, but its a refreshing change from all the Nascar media shills that are out there.
Sorry to get off topic. The Chase stinks. Get rid of it…There! Back on topic again :-)
THE CHASE SUCKS!!!! can’t say it any plainer than that.
Steve, you hit the nail on the head. I follow the articles submitted to jayski.com and not a peep from other sites about the blackflagbfz.com allegations. Chickenpoop lamestream media scared NA$CAR might pull their credentials.
Last chance power drive to save the Chase: Add Pocono, rather than a road course. And make all the races IROC style: identically prepared cars that the only time the teams touch them is on pit road.
Stephen Hood said it all. Make every race exciting – screw the championship. Devise points slanted toward winning not riding and let each race be the focus….win at any cost….that’s what racers want right…to win?
Shayne, it’s bzf.:)
Drop the chase, drop the top 35, and get rid of these IROC machines (i would have said iroc cars but they aren’t cars at all). Go back to when they raced REAL cars.
Na$craps 10 race do-over chumpionships are MEANINGLESS!