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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The Voice Of Vito · Vito Pugliese · Wednesday July 6, 2011
I have been ordered by the most powerful man in NASCAR to write this article.
Before Saturday night’s edict, I was going to unleash a startling expose on the current perilous economic state of the sport, with facts, figures, and even a multi-colored pie chart. Instead, the gauntlet was thrown down after the race (I have never seen a gauntlet; however, I am confident it was cast with authority). The aggressor? None other than Dale Earnhardt, Jr., excitable to say the least when asked his opinion of the style of racing at restrictor plate tracks.
“You guys need to get your own opinions and write what you all think about it. I think it is probably pretty damn close to mine. Stop putting my damn mouth with y’all and getting my (butt) in trouble,” he said, in the midst of criticizing the tandem drafting. “Y’all write what y’all think, man. Come on, y’all are good. Y’all have an opinion about it. I read y’all’s stuff. You put us in the damn crow’s nest.”
Well far be it from me to threaten anyone’s livelihood or put them in an uncomfortable position of saying what is on their mind. So what do I think about the current state of restricted racing at Daytona and Talladega? The same thing I felt about it five years ago; it’s not real racing, merely a reasonable facsimile.
For the driver who dominated plate racing from 2001-05, his thoughts on superspeedway racing have soured significantly; even more so when asked to express his true feelings on the matter and what needs to be done to improve it.
“What kind of move can you make in racing like this?” he claimed, frustrated over the competition. “There ain’t no move you can make. You just hold it on the mat and try not to wreck into each other. You see how good we are at that.”
The wreck he is referring to occurred exiting Turn 4, when Earnhardt, Jr. was collected by Jamie McMurray, triggering a 15-car crash – the reason Junior was left with his third finish that was not indicative of where he had been running in the last four races. Results of 19th, 41st, and 21st have been the results over the course of the past month, ugly endings to what was a promising season. A few weeks ago, No. 88 was within 10 points of the championship lead, but now finds himself in seventh, one more poor finish away from falling outside the top 10 in points.
Yet these words aren’t just the mark of a man angry over his slump. Let’s be honest; what is so competitive about making a deal with somebody, committing to pushing another competitor forward and on to victory as your own vehicle is in danger of overheating? In essence, you have surrendered before even firing a shot – the motorsports equivalent of dropping the magazine, clearing the chamber, and handing over your weapon.
My biggest regret about the current situation is that Dale Earnhardt, Sr. is not around to voice his opinion of the current form of racing. He about blew a gasket after the 2000 Daytona 500 when the cars were completely incapable of passing one another to the point that it took a string of four Fords to overtake the virtually unsponsored plain-white wrapper of Johnny Benson, Jr.’s Pontiac. Remember that? The sport is missing an outspoken leader here, someone who’s willing to stand up, with authority and say the racing is unacceptable – then have NASCAR officials cower with fear after they talk.
As much as I hate to draw parallels between stick ‘n’ ball sports, the comparisons to “The Big Four” would be equally hateful and ugly. Does Justin Verlander tell Travis Hafner what pitch he’s going to throw and ask him to hit it towards Austin Jackson if he could? What if Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis told Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson he wasn’t going to tackle him, but just run alongside and let him score a touchdown? Teammates helping teammates win in plate pairings is a little different – I guess. Kind of like in Formula One, but at least then they get mad about it sometimes, and almost ignore orders – like Rubens Barrichello at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2002.
Too obscure a reference? Fair enough, not everybody likes Euro-parading like I do; blame my Mediterranean heritage, I suppose. Dial up a YouTube clip of the 1993 Talladega 500 to see plate racing ran properly, or the July Daytona race from 1994 – a hot, slick track, with cars spread out, forcing handling, horsepower, and aerodynamics to play an equally important part in determining which car and driver go to Victory Lane.
Now, two of the most anticipated races of the year have been relegated to finding out whose car can run the longest with the air openings blocked off. And, if you make it to the end which driver won’t wreck the guy he is shoving forward against his bumper in a turn? It’s a race of strategy and survival… not speed.
So what are the solutions to this bastardization of competition? Carl Edwards says remove all of the downforce from the cars and that would spread the packs out. I’m not so sure that would work. We saw what kind of wrecks followed restarts; having less grip, less drag, and double-file acceleration might just wipe out the field after every caution flag.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. thought that given time, the track would wear out a little bit and spread things out. SPEED commentator Dave Despain on his program Wind Tunnel Sunday night suggested that a wrecking ball dimple the banking and make some bumps – the kind that Daytona used to have, which helped give it some character and separate it from Talladega.
Jack Roush has always been an advocate of reducing the banking at both restrictor plate tracks – a solution he said that would not cost the competitors money for a change. Not sure how good that would turn out; we already have enough carping and moaning about Michigan and California races being “boring,” though both events came down to the last lap in 2011.
So what is my bright-assed idea? Much like American automakers, when we have completely run out of new ideas, I look to the past for inspiration and an answer. The aerodynamic package that produced some of the best racing in 2000 and 2001 – the one with the wicker bill across the roof – always appealed to me.
We could probably stand to cut that massive rear blade down a bit, which would reduce some downforce as Edwards suggested. The front of the car needs some attention as well; maybe raise the air dam up a couple of inches. How about those big gumballs these things ride on? There was a time in the mid-to-late 1980s when these cars would sail around Daytona and Talladega at over 210 mph without incident; the tires would typically hang on, wear out, and string the packs out a bit. There was also the ability for aerodynamics to play a role in things with cars that were genuinely shaped differently, with characteristics that went beyond grille stickers and headlight appliqués.
Considering how most guys now just kind of ride around and stay out of trouble until the last few laps (all of the incidents involving more than three cars took place on Lap 159 of 160 – or later), perhaps NASCAR should make Duel races at the two tracks. Have two races paying points of 200 or 250 miles each, then invert the field after the finish. Those who wrecked out of the first event are invited to bring out their backup car for the second.
Yeah, I know, it’s easy to sit here and bang out answers to everybody’s problems on a keyboard. None of my ideas might work in the wind tunnel or prove cost-effective. Then again, they can’t be any worse than two cars pushing each other, with a predetermined outcome of who is going to win; after all, each pairing has someone who is just content to sit there and push the car in front of him.
In boxing, it’s called taking a dive; in NASCAR circa 2011, it’s called restrictor plate racing. That’s not a knock against the competitors, it’s just the position that they’ve been put in – and that’s probably the most unfair result for them and the fans of all.
Let me know how that one works for you, Junior.
©2000 - 2008 Vito Pugliese and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Agreed, this type of “racing” is pretty pitiful.
But then again, we stopped going to Talladega after 4 straight years of trips as that race always turned into the Jr. show. That’s the real reason he’s twisted. The super speedways were places that he could count on to content but now that’s gone.
So until the rules change, boohoo, poor, poor Jr.
Plate racing outright sucks and always has, and there is no way to adjust the car, the rules, or a team’s plans that will ever make plate racing anything more than an utter crapshoot with at least a dozen torn up racecars in EVERY event.
Any way you try to arrange it, plate racing isn’t, never was, and never will be racing.
Plate racing is not racing. Never has been.
If Daytona and ‘dega were owned by Bruton nascar wouldn’t allow it.
Thank you for having the courage to give your opinion. Not many drivers will tell you the truth and that goes for the media too.
I have always liked RP racing, but this 2X2 dance isn’t racing. Racing pits one driver against the other 42. You can’t do that today. It just isn’t possible. Most of the race is boring with the last few laps being a demo race.
If Nascar wanted to fix this problem, they could. They however will probably say it can’t be fixed. Nascar is very good at lying to the drivers and the fans.
I’m not a gear head by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems to me that with NASCAR going to Electronic Fuel Injection next year, there won’t be any carbeurators* (sp?) to mount restrictor plates on.
It seems to me that the 2×2 racing only works because the RP’s limit the air so much that the cars can’t race fast enough on their own. Seems to me if the cars had enough power to get up to 200mph on their own and they were governed or had rev limitors that kept them from going beyond 200mph there would be no need for the 2×2 racing.
Can anyone with a better understanding of physics/engineering explain to my why this won’t work?
P.S. Vito, Thanks for taking Jr’s words to heart and telling us what you think about it. It’s good to hear things from the journalists perspective. The journalists who follow the sport have a wealth of knowledge, and experience and your opinion matters as much as anyone elses.
HEY THIS IS NASCAR. MY GOODNESS ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEIR SELFS.THEY ARE SICK AND HAVE BEEN NOW FOR YRS. THEY SURE KNOW HOW 2 MESS UP A GREAT SPORT. BE SO GLAD WHEN FOOTBALL STARTS.
I am not at all impressed with this 2 car tandem racing, boring and makes for an awful race, I want the old Daytona & Talledega racing back. I used to love those races, not anymore. I barely stay in the room to watch. Very sad that NASCAR is ruining such a great sport.
They can already govern them down below 200MPH wit the ignition system. But NASCAR doesn’t mandate a set RPM limit, and enforcing it would require require a data recorder.
With fuel injection, you still have a throttle body. It doesn’t matter of it’s throttle-body injection of multi-port injection, you still have to meter the air and that’s done with a throttle plate. You can add a restrictor plate to a throttle body just as easy as to a carb base.
The reality is, that as long as cars are running WOT at Daytona and Talladega, you’ll have either tandem racing or packs. The only way to break that up is either go so fast that the drivers have to back out of the throttle to make the turns (meaning laps in excess of 210MPH), or change the gear rules to make it possible to blow up the engine if you don’t lift (gear it so 200MPH = 10,000RPM).
If a car can only do 178 by itself but can do 200 hooked nose-to-tail of another, no one will run alone. That’s what restrictor plates have wrought. But if you had to lift, push-drafting, bump-drafting, or pack driving would no longer be possible all the way around the track.
And then it becomes Fontana with an extra half mile.
Solution? Run REAL, STOCK cars. But that’s not gonna happen.
@Kevin. As long as there are restrictions in any form, the racing will remain the same. If NA$CAR mandates, through fuel injection, that a lone car can only run 200mph then the drivers will still hook up in a draft to go faster.
I love the safety innovations with racing today but, sorry fans, I believe the 2001 Daytona 500 didn’t just kill a racing icon but it killed racing competition that has made the sport great. It took away the innovators, the future Smokeys and the Suitcases. The real geniuses that could take what was in front of them and make it better than the others. That’s what was great about the sport. I sometimes think that when today’s fans complain about the old school fans, they don’t really look at the history and what it took for this sport to get to where it was. And the loss to see where it is today.
Yea, I know, another old timer lamenting on the days when it was wine and roses. Bullshit! This fan is looking at the sport that, day by day, is sinking. The “competition” today is unsustainable. Sponsors, who are far smarter than us lowly fans, see the handwriting on the bleachers and the inflated TV ratings. This isn’t just our economy, this is failure on so many levels of NA$CAR management. They’re thinking the orchestra sounds so good while the water is lapping at their ankles.
One of the easiest ways to cut horsepower is to lower the compression ratio. Right now the ratio would probably make a diesel envious and needs airplane fuel. A good way to limit revs is to mandate steel connecting rods.
Easiest way to change the flow of traffic in my neighborhood…speed bumps.
Well said, sir, well said. Its not often we get a piece here that is well thought, well articulated and well written..without resorting to gratuitous driver or NASCAR bashing. You’ve had two gems back to back. Keep it up.
305 cubic inches, less spoiler, end of problem
If you want to fix NASCAR, fire Brian France. The Chase sucks. Always has, always will. Bring cars that represent their makes and allow some real work to be done to the cars. Cup is not a SPEC series but that is what it is rapidly becoming. Welcome fuel injection.
I honestly believe we are witnessing the end of NASCAR. It’s pretty obvious that the sport in terms of collegium has been on the downturn for the last couple years — and it’s seemingly accelerating. Fact is that they are trying to please a new generation of advertisers who have no real stake in the sport and, ultimately, see it as an expendable means to an end no matter how that affects racing, fan reax and son. One exmple: the cot. Improvd safety? Absolutely… but deliberatly made bigger so advertisers have more space and france can charge more? Absolutely times ten. France fell for it hook line N sinker bc the result has poor racing week after week after week.
Truth is, if the drivers and owners had any…. Any cohones, theyd start a rival real stock series and sell it ti the advertisers. If dale jr and jimmie and harvick and stewart got up tommorow and started a rival real stock muscle car series, itd he death or france-car and the saving of nascar; what it was and still could be all at thensame time. If only.
Smaller tires and let them go like HELL!!!