Friday, August 15, 2014

NASCAR Formalizes On-Track Incident Procedures

In light of the tragic Stewart/Ward Jr. incident last weekend, NASCAR has, to some degree addressed the issue of wrecks and on-track behavior.

To be honest, I believe rules were already in place, to some degree, at all or most tracks (NASCAR and non-NASCAR) that dictate what should or should not be done during and after a wreck. But the heat of the moment is one of those things that helps drive ratings and make for great teaser clips on TV. (How many times have we seen Kurt Busch bend over and pat his own ass at Indy when (was it...) Jimmy Spencer (??) drives by under caution?).

Be it as it may, it had to be addressed and left unsaid.

It's been a sad, sad week this week. From the err in judgement that caused a young man's life, to the passing of Robin Williams, who apparently impacted millions of folks, it's been a sad week.


via NASCAR press release

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2014) — In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:
·         Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
·         Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
·         After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
·         At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
·         At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development, says the rule is “part of the evolution of NASCAR’s rules and regulations.”

“Throughout the history of our sport, NASCAR has reviewed and analyzed situations and occurrences that take place not just in NASCAR racing but also throughout all motorsports and other sports,” said Pemberton.  “When we believe we can do something to make our sport safer and better for the competitors and others involved in the competition environment, we react quickly. Safety always has been priority number one at NASCAR.”

As with other behavioral infractions, NASCAR will handle each instance separately when assessing potential penalties.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No. 11 Team Penalized For Rules Infraction At Indianapolis

via press release

The No. 11 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This infraction is a P5 level penalty which is outlined in Section 12-4.5 A (9) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book:

Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan).

This infraction violates Sections:

12-1 - Actions detrimental to stock car racing;

20-2.1 – Car body must be acceptable to NASCAR officials and meet the following requirements:

·         K – Any device or ductwork that permits air to pass from one area of the interior of the car to another, or to the outside of the car, will not be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, the inside of the car to the trunk area, or the floors, firewalls, crush panels and wheel wells passing air into or out of the car;

·         L – All seams of the interior sheet metal and all interior sheet metal to exterior sheet metal contact point must be sealed and caulked. This includes, but is not limited to, floors, firewalls, wheel wells, package trays, crush panels and any removable covers;

20-3.4 - All references to the inspection surface in sub-section 20-3.4 have been determined with the front lower edge of both main frame rails set at six inches and the rear lower edge of both main frame rails set at eight inches. For driver protection, all firewalls, floors, tunnels, and access panels must be installed and completely secured in place when the car is in competition;

20-3.4.5 - A rear firewall, including any removable panels or access doors, constructed using magnetic sheet steel a minimum of 22 gage (0.031 inch thick), must be located between the trunk area and the driver’s compartment and must be welded in place. Block-off plates/covers used in rear firewalls in place of blowers, oil coolers, etc., must be constructed of 22 gage (0.031 inch thick) magnetic sheet steel. Block-off plates/covers must be installed with positive fasteners and sealed to prevent air leakage. Carbon fiber or aluminum block-off plates/covers will not be permitted.

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Per Section 12-4.5 B, the minimum P5 penalty includes:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Official Race Results from Sonoma

Carl Edwards wins at Sonoma

This is a quick recap of the Sprint Cup Series Official Race Results from Sonoma for the 26TH ANNUAL TOYOTA/SAVE MART "350."

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 16
26TH ANNUAL TOYOTA/SAVE MART "350"
SONOMA RACEWAY

Sonoma, CA - June 22, 2014
1.99-Mile Oval
110 Laps - 352.285 Miles Purse: $5,743,595

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Carl Edwards won the Toyota - Save Mart 350, achieving his 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and first at Sonoma.  But if they had more laps, Jeff Gordon might have overtaken Carl and won the race himself.  It was a very popular win ans the crowd went crazy. 

Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #40, #44 (driver change).

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TIME OF RACE:2 hours, 51 minutes, 30 seconds       AVERAGE SPEED:76.583 mph      MARGIN OF VICTORY:0.591 second(s)
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:  Jamie McMurray (96.35 mph. 74.354 secs.)
3M LAP LEADER:  AJ Allmendinger (35 Laps)

Caution Flags: 6 cautions for 19 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets]
32-34 (Fluid On The Track From #40 [7]);
62-64 (Car #83 Stalled On The Track [95]);
72-74 (Debris Turn 10 [18]);
76-79 (Car #20, 88 Accident Turn 7 [10]);
83-85 (Car #15, 4, 1 Accident Turn 11 [2]);
92-94 (Car #55, 17 Accident Frontstretch [23]).

Lap Leaders:  11 lead changes among 9 drivers.
McMurray 1-8, Allmendinger 9-21, Harvick 22-31, Allmendinger 32-53,
McMurray 54, J. Gordon 55-57, Harvick 58-70, Johnson 71,
Logano 72-74, Bowyer 75-79, Ambrose 80-84, Edwards 85-110.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jimmie Johnson Wins The QUICKEN LOANS 400, Official Results

Kurt Busch leads Jimmie Johnson into turn 1; Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 15
46TH ANNUAL QUICKEN LOANS "400"
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Brooklyn, MI - June 15, 2014
2-Mile Oval
200 Laps - 400 Miles Purse: $5,269,536

In the front half of the 2014 season with all its new rules, some folks were worried how queit Jimmie Johnson had been, with no wins.  Now, three wins later, I don't think they're wondering any more.

Jimmie Johnson won the Quicken Loans 400, making this Michigan win his 69th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #33 (engine change).

Ryan Truex failed to qualify.  But qualifying, with its new format, provided a lot of speed marks over the 200 range also.  It's been a stellar weekend.

TIME OF RACE:2 hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds       AVERAGE SPEED:143.441 mph      MARGIN OF VICTORY:1.214 second(s)
FASTEST QUALIFIER:  Kevin Harvick (204.557 mph. 35.198 secs.)

Danica Patrick mustered up a 17th place finish.

Caution Flags: 8 cautions for 36 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets]
2-6 (Car #32, 55 Accident Turn 4 [None]);
8-11 (Car #5, 42, 78 Accident Backstretch [None]);
73-78 (Debris Backstretch [21]);
104-107 (Car #34 Spin Turn 4 [5]);
111-113 (Car #23 Accident Turn 2 [16]);
115-119 (Car #13, 66 Accident Turn 4 [12]);
123-127 (Car #11, 43 Accident Turn 4 [None]);
149-152 (Debris Turn 2 [10]).


Lap Leaders:  25 lead changes among 13 drivers.
Harvick 1-18, J. Gordon 19-42, Keselowski 43-44, J. Gordon 45-56,
Harvick 57-74, Johnson 75-77, Logano 78-91, Johnson 92-104,
Harvick 105-112, Keselowski 113, Harvick 114-118, Keselowski 119,
Harvick 120-126, Logano 127-141, Harvick 142-148, McMurray 149-151,
Johnson 152-164, McMurray 165, Earnhardt Jr 166, Ku. Busch 167-182,
Kahne 183, Larson 184-185, Dillon 186-187, Stewart 188,
Kenseth 189-190, Johnson 191-200.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS from the POCONO 400

Dale Jr Wins Pocono 400

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 14
33RD ANNUAL POCONO "400"
POCONO RACEWAY

Long Pond, PA - June 8, 2014
2.5-Mile Triangular Paved
160 Laps - 400 Miles Purse: $5,092,151

Dale Earnhardt Jr. cinched is place in the Chase by winning the Pocono 400, his 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. And he did it in a wonderfully dramatic fashion, taking advantage of an overheating issue that Brad Keselowski was developing.  Keselowski was looking to dislodge some debris from his grill and let Jr. pass him, but Jr. would not let him catch up to use his draft to remove the debris. 

Junior Nation can rest easy now, Dale is IN the Chase.  (1 win will probably get a driver in, but 2 cinches it,)

Prior to the start of the Pocono 400, the #33 dropped to the back of the pack for an unapproved adjustment.

TIME OF RACE:2 hours, 52 minutes, 7 seconds      
AVERAGE SPEED:139.44 mph     
MARGIN OF VICTORY:0.439 second(s)
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:  Denny Hamlin (181.415 mph. 49.610 secs.)

Caution Flags: 7 cautions for 26 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets]
33-35 (Attend To Infield Fire, Turn 3 [34]); 61-64 (Debris Turn 3 [18]);
73-75 (Debris Turn 1 [38]);                  81-83 (Car #77 Spin Turn 1 [20]);
119-122 (Oil On The Track [34]);             138-141 (Car #10 Accident Turn 3 [4]);
144-148 (Car #5, 18, 99 Accident Turn 2 [32]).

Lap Leaders:  21 lead changes among 10 drivers.
Hamlin-pole,     Keselowski 1-56,      J. Gordon 57,        Stewart 58,
Hamlin 59-61,    Keselowski 62-75,     Stewart 76-83,       Ku. Busch 84-88,
Stewart 89-95,   Hamlin 96,            Earnhardt Jr 97-100, Vickers 101,
Larson 102-108,  Johnson 109-111,      Stewart 112-119,     Keselowski 120-128,
Earnhardt Jr 129-130, Johnson 131-132, J. Gordon 133,       Allgaier 134-139,
Keselowski 140-155, Earnhardt Jr 156-160.

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Fin
Car


Series
Leader
Pos
No
Driver Laps Points Status Laps
1 - 88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr 160 47 Running 11
2 - 2 - Brad Keselowski 160 44 Running 95
3 - 41 - Kurt Busch 160 42 Running 5
4 - 11 - Denny Hamlin 160 41 Running 4
5 - 42 - Kyle Larson # 160 40 Running 7
6 - 48 - Jimmie Johnson 160 39 Running 5
7 - 31 - Ryan Newman 160 37 Running
8 - 24 - Jeff Gordon 160 37 Running 2
9 - 78 - Martin Truex Jr 160 35 Running
10 - 1 - Jamie McMurray 160 34 Running
11 - 15 - Clint Bowyer 160 33 Running
12 - 18 - Kyle Busch 160 32 Running
13 - 14 - Tony Stewart 160 32 Running 24
14 - 4 - Kevin Harvick 160 30 Running
15 - 17 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr 160 29 Running
16 - 16 - Greg Biffle 160 28 Running
17 - 3 - Austin Dillon # 160 27 Running
18 - 34 - David Ragan 160 26 Running
19 - 55 - Brian Vickers 160 26 Running 1
20 - 7 - Michael Annett # 160 24 Running
21 - 47 - AJ Allmendinger 160 23 Running
22 - 43 - Aric Almirola 160 22 Running
23 - 13 - Casey Mears 160 21 Running
24 - 9 - Marcos Ambrose 160 20 Running
25 - 20 - Matt Kenseth 160 19 Running
26 - 27 - Paul Menard 160 18 Running
27 - 51 - Justin Allgaier # 160 18 Running 6
28 - 38 - David Gilliland 160 16 Running
29 - 32 - Travis Kvapil 160 15 Running
30 - 26 - Cole Whitt # 159 14 Running
31 - 23 - Alex Bowman # 159 13 Running
32 - 83 - Ryan Truex # 159 12 Running
33 - 40 - Landon Cassill 158 0 Running
34 - 36 - Reed Sorenson 158 10 Running
35 - 98 - Josh Wise 158 9 Running
36 - 66 - Timmy Hill 158 8 Running
37 - 10 - Danica Patrick 158 7 Running
38 - 44 - J.J. Yeley 157 0 Running
39 - 33 - Alex Kennedy 156 5 Running
40 - 22 - Joey Logano 150 4 Engine
41 - 99 - Carl Edwards 143 3 Accident
42 - 5 - Kasey Kahne 142 2 Accident
43 - 77 - Dave Blaney 142 1 Running


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NASCAR Cup Series Official Race Results - Charlotte

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 12
55TH ANNUAL COCA-COLA "600"
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY


Over the last few weeks, a few things took place of interest at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  First up was a subtle wake up call to Danica Patrick when she did not get the fan favorite vote.

The other was Jimmie Johnson finally getting a win and nearly securing his berth in the Chase for the Cup season closing races.

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It seemed clear that as soon as the green flag flew, Jimmie Johnson was the man and car to beat.  The only thing that might have been a threat to the team was the track changing in a huge way between day and night, or something mechanical, going afoul.

Neither happened.

Jimmie Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600, his 67th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.
Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #18 (backup car); #41 (missed drivers meeting).

That, and Kurt Busch rushed over to Charlotte after finishing 6th in the Indy 500 and getting rookie of the race honors.  Finishing 6th tied him for the best finish ever that a NASCAR driver has ever pulled off at the 500 and I do not believe any NASCAR driver has ever nabbed a rookie award!  Nice job, even if Kurt's car blew up in the 600.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 12
55TH ANNUAL COCA-COLA "600"
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Concord, NC - May 25, 2014
1.5-Mile Oval
400 Laps - 600 Miles Purse: $6,659,323


TIME OF RACE:4 hours, 7 minutes, 27 seconds       AVERAGE SPEED:145.484 mph      MARGIN OF VICTORY:1.272 second(s)

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:  Jimmie Johnson (194.911 mph. 27.705 secs.)

3M LAP LEADER:  Jimmie Johnson (164 Laps)

Caution Flags: 8 cautions for 44 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets] 109-113 (Debris Turn 3 [1]);
149-153 (Debris On Backstretch [41]);
165-169 (Car #38 Accident Turn 2 [18]);
224-227 (Debris On Backstretch [41]);
236-241 (Car #9, 10, 33, 40, 98 Accident Turn 4 [3]);
275-282 (Oil On Track From #41 [4]);
287-293 (Oil On Track From #10 [27]);
380-383 (Car #23 Accident Turn 3 [14]).

Lap Leaders:  34 lead changes among 9 drivers.
Johnson-pole, Keselowski 1, Johnson 2-47, Keselowski 48-49,
Johnson 50-75, Harvick 76-95, Johnson 96-97, Harvick 98-108,
Johnson 109, Harvick 110-149, Johnson 150-164, Keselowski 165-191,
Harvick 192-212, J. Gordon 213, Earnhardt Jr 214, McMurray 215,
Harvick 216-223, Johnson 224, Earnhardt Jr 225-236, McMurray 237-240,
Kenseth 241, McMurray 242-270, Kenseth 271-276, J. Gordon 277,
Johnson 278-293, Kenseth 294-311, Johnson 312-330, Keselowski 331-343,
Almirola 344, Johnson 345-373, J. Gordon 374-375, Edwards 376-379,
J. Gordon 380-383, Kenseth 384-391, Johnson 392-400.

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Fin
Car


Series Bonus

Pos
No
Driver Laps Points Points Status Laps Led
1 - 48 - Jimmie Johnson 400 48 5 Running 164
2 - 4 - Kevin Harvick 400 43 1 Running 100
3 - 20 - Matt Kenseth 400 42 1 Running 33
4 - 99 - Carl Edwards 400 41 1 Running 4
5 - 1 - Jamie McMurray 400 40 1 Running 34
6 - 55 - Brian Vickers 400 38 0 Running
7 - 24 - Jeff Gordon 400 38 1 Running 8
8 - 27 - Paul Menard 400 36 0 Running
9 - 18 - Kyle Busch 400 35 0 Running
10 - 2 - Brad Keselowski 400 35 1 Running 43
11 - 43 - Aric Almirola 400 34 1 Running 1
12 - 22 - Joey Logano 400 32 0 Running
13 - 14 - Tony Stewart 400 31 0 Running
14 - 5 - Kasey Kahne 399 30 0 Running
15 - 31 - Ryan Newman 399 29 0 Running
16 - 3 - Austin Dillon # 399 28 0 Running
17 - 15 - Clint Bowyer 399 27 0 Running
18 - 42 - Kyle Larson # 398 26 0 Running
19 - 88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr 398 26 1 Running 13
20 - 21 - Trevor Bayne 398 0 0 Running
21 - 16 - Greg Biffle 398 23 0 Running
22 - 11 - Denny Hamlin 398 22 0 Running
23 - 47 - AJ Allmendinger 398 21 0 Running
24 - 13 - Casey Mears 398 20 0 Running
25 - 78 - Martin Truex Jr 398 19 0 Running
26 - 17 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr 397 18 0 Running
27 - 26 - Cole Whitt # 397 17 0 Running
28 - 7 - Michael Annett # 396 16 0 Running
29 - 9 - Marcos Ambrose 396 15 0 Running
30 - 95 - Michael McDowell 396 14 0 Running
31 - 34 - David Ragan 395 13 0 Running
32 - 33 - Brian Scott 395 0 0 Running
33 - 23 - Alex Bowman # 392 11 0 Running
34 - 66 - Joe Nemechek 390 0 0 Running
35 - 32 - Blake Koch 390 0 0 Running
36 - 40 - Landon Cassill 382 0 0 Running
37 - 51 - Justin Allgaier # 378 7 0 Running
38 - 83 - Ryan Truex # 303 6 0 Engine
39 - 10 - Danica Patrick 281 5 0 Engine
40 - 41 - Kurt Busch 271 4 0 Engine
41 - 98 - Josh Wise 229 3 0 Accident
42 - 36 - Reed Sorenson 162 2 0 Engine
43 - 38 - David Gilliland 160 1 0 Accident
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NEXT EVENT: June 1, 2014 - 45th Annual FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE (400 Miles) (400 Laps)

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