Monday, December 31, 2007
Go Daddy's No. 5 Earnhardt Jr.-designed race car was unveiled online, at noon (Eastern time) Tuesday. The distinct design of the car can be seen at GoDaddy.
The sponsorship deal makes Go Daddy the primary sponsor for the No. 5 NASCAR Nationwide Series Chevrolets for six events in 2008 featuring Earnhardt Jr., along with Mark Martin and Ron Fellows. Go Daddy will also serve as an associate-level partner for the No. 5 cars all season.
(Now there goes another potent sponsorship pairing!)
See the rest of the article at thatsracin
In case you're wondering what Tony Stewart is doing, it's not working on relationships, but gettin' out there and mixin' it up in the off season as he went on to win last Saturday's USAC midget feature, capping the Rumble in Fort Wayne at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.
The two-time NASCAR champion won on the one-sixteenth-mile indoor track for the fifth time in eight races over the past four seasons. See the IndyStar site for more details.
That's about it for the moment.. Happy New Year Everyone!!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Powerless to alter that reality, Johnson at least had the means to make it more palpable. Within a week after pledging to donate whatever he won from the Oct. 28 race in Atlanta, he was able to organize a contribution of more than $1 million to the American Red Cross fire relief fund.
See the whole article at indystar.com
So I get knocked down and I can sue someone? Nice... I'd be a millionaire by now if I were of that mind.
On the serious side: Hutchinson claimed Kahne used profane language and then pushed his brother's foot off the accelerator pedal of the golf cart, attempting to drive past. The guard claims Kahne then got out of the golf cart and "without saying another word shove(d) me with great force from which I landed on my back and left shoulder on the entrance pavement."
Kahne's brother, Kale, disputed the events in his statement to police. Kale Kahne said his brother did not have a credential because he'd just finished practice.
Schumacher beat NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson in the first heat of the German-American quarterfinal.
foxsports <- see the rest
I've said this before and I'll say it again.. I think, though hopeful and showing a chunk of faith in his driver, that this is a waste of the points on Hornish for Penske. Hornish has not shown any kind of performance that could possibly warrant this.
In 2 cup starts, he's garnered 125 points in the Cup series.
In the Busch Series, he's started 9 times for 551 points.
I'd like to see him do well, but is he lacking a hi-tech crutch that he used to get from his other series? Is he not a seat of the pants type of driver?
Don't get me wrong.. I'd like to see him do well, and I hope he does take advantage of the shoe-in's he's gotten from Kurt Busch's points.. (And here's hoping Kurt doesn't have any unperceived qualifying problems!) but when do we say, hey, this isn't for Sam and let's get some other young gun in here to be given the chance they CAN take advantage of.
Amazon.com: Biederlack Kurt Busch 60" x 80" Throw Blanket
The charity bass tournament was sponsored by Ranger Boats and facilitated by FLW Outdoors. Fisherman traveled from as far as California to compete for the grand prize, a 198VX Ranger Boat with a 200 HP Evinrude engine, Minn-Kota Maxxum 80 trolling motor and Humminbird 767 depth finder. Dave Wolak of Wake Forest, NC and Chris Hall of Clarks Summit, PA won the tournament and took home the grand prize package, valued at $38,000.
Martin Truex, Jr. and Regan Smith also fished in the tournament with Newman, as well as Two Foot Fred of the MusikMafia and Fred Contaoi of American Choppers.
The event raised over $100,000 for the Ryan Newman Foundation Endowment, which will be a source for grants to nonprofit organizations that fulfill the foundation’s missions.
See ryannewmanfoundation for more details.
Amazon.com: Pacifc Connections Ryan Newman Cooler Bag
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
This Daytona 500 will be the 50th running of the event. Quite the milestone.
The first day of testing isn't as far off as the race is. The first day of Cup testing will be January 7-9, 2008. And of course, as if I need to remind you, they are running the new safer chassis full time this year.
The second testing / group will take place on Jan 14 to 16.
Other series will also be testing:
• Jan. 4-6, Rolex Sports Car Series, all teams
• Jan. 11-13, Craftsman Truck Series, all trucks
• Jan. 18-22, Nationwide Series, two different sessions
Then of course, if drooling all over ourselves isn't enough, there's the fan fest schedule where we get to drool all over each other:
• Jan. 5: The Roar Before The Rolex 24
• Jan. 8: Sprint Cup Fan Fest
• Jan. 12: Craftsman Truck Fan Fest
• Jan. 15: Sprint Cup Fan Fest
• Jan. 19: Nationwide Series Fan Fest
So soon, we'll be getting our taste of high speed exhaust fumes. For more details, check out NASCAR.com
Friday, December 14, 2007
Now that could be cool, and hopefully the cabbie that let Scott Schumacher take over his car doesn't get in trouble for letting someone else drive his taxi...
Check out the fun HERE.
McLaren was fined a record $100 million in September by the WMSC for unauthorized possession of confidential Ferrari materials. The team was also kicked out of the constructors' championship.
NOW That's how you put a cap on cheating!!
See the whole article over on That's Racin
He and sponsor GEICO will move to Germain's No. 7 Toyotas next season, Germain's first fielding a full-time entry in the series. Germain won the 2006 Craftsman Truck Series championship with driver Todd Bodine.
(There has been no rumored interviews with Lorren Wallace yet, but we surmise he'll be as stoic as ever with his goals to "put Mike Wallace in the wall".)
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
Jimmy Johnson is no longer part of the Gillette Young Guns gang. The ties have been severed so Jimmie can capitalize on his back to back championships with the type of off-track deals that will broaden his appeal and take his endorsement reach beyond the race track." Jimmie, Jimmie Jimmie.. I hope that's not your agent talking. Many a football career has been dinged from agents. I'm kind of surprised that the millions he's making isn't enough. Maybe his wife needs new shoes.. ok, that's ok by me! Scene Daily
There are many who are calling for NASCAR to curb the Cup driver participation in some form or fashion, and chairman Brian France has indicated changes are on the way. (But, Cup drivers have always been a part of the secondary series and the series still flourishes today, despite all the "issues" people see.) You can read the entire article, and there is lots more to read, over at Fox Sports.
Another race team bites the "buy in" bullet, as Bobby Hamilton Racing has formed an alliance with Arrington Manufacturing.
Is this kissing backside, or what? Goodbye Speedway Boulevard; hello Bruton Smith Boulevard. With nothing more to say, I turn you over to the link at ThatsRacin.
Below are links to the different series schedules, as put out by NASCAR.com:
And their own tracking of drivers and where they're at:
Then, if you want to see some testing schedules, check out Fox Sports
Monday, December 10, 2007
It got me to thinking and in a quick email conversation with David Poole who was very quick to point out it would not matter.
I tend to believe David in some of the things he says, but I want to know for a fact if this is true, and sure enough, it's true... A separate point system would make no difference.
I simulated 1 to 10 points per driver in the chase, 10 going to the highest placed driver, 1 the lowest. I picked up a ten race gap of time, and whether they had a 1 to 10 point system, or used the points given them in a race, starting at the top, of 185 decreasing from there, the same guy won, the same guy came in second, the same guy came in third.. well, you get the point.
A separate points system would be moot. The only, I repeat, ONLY thing it could do, would fabricate a close points race, which would be some tricky tool to make it look like a close points scenario, when in fact, it would only seem close.
Thanks David for setting me in the right direction.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
An electrical short in the wire of outdoor Christmas lights caused a spark that lit the shrubbery in front of Smith's south Charlotte house. A passerby saw the flames and flagged down a police officer, who called firefighters.
More details over at Macon.com.
Hey Bruton: That was the ghost of Christmas Future if you muck with the New Hampshire track!!!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Busch was using the test at the half-mile track to get to know his new crew chief Steve Addington, in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for next season.
The story states that he was in a Chevrolet for the test because the team is short of Toyota parts at this point. Hmm, hopefully that's all it is.
See the Scene Daily for more.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Yes, I'm either that slow, or that busy.
Thank you Dr Jerry Punch.
A perfectly delivered announcing task.
Thank you to all the guys in NASCAR, drivers, crews, even the governing body.
Thank you to the VCR gods for the invention of the VCR.
I don't think I could have sat through the whole show at real time speed.
The drivers seems reserved, or constrained. (I heard rumor NASCAR was putting reigns on their energetic possibilities!)
I think they even put a damper on Kelly Clarkson who normally likes bouncing and jumping around on stage while she sings, but not at this show.
I don't know who the woman is who announced each driver, but her drawl drove me batty and I literally thanked the VCR gods.
David Spade. I thought that with some fresh comedy blood in the mix, the comedy would be a nice mix of different, but it seemed like who ever wrote his skits, wrote all the skits for the previous NASCAR banquet years and I cringed for David during his delivery.
I liked Jeff Gordon looking more human than normal as he teared up thinking about is little baby. I liked the twist up of the supporting wife role when Tony Stewart had to extol the virtues of his crew chief.
Well, that officially closed the 2007 season for me.. on to 2008 Sprint Cup season in February. According to my clock, I've got 72 days until the Daytona 500!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Did you know that there have been no Petty Enterprises entries in the Busch series because they do not participate in anything alcohol company backed? This includes not carrying the 'Bud Pole Award' sticker, or entering the Bud Shootout.
With the advent of Nationwide taking over what the Busch series has sponsored, we may be seeing a Petty Enterprises entry next year.
Some Hello's and Some Goodbye's
If there is one thing that is constant, it's change. And anyone who gets acclimated to something hoping for no change, literally hopes for stagnation that can kill a sport. Without change, new fans are not generated, new advertising money is not attracted and TV coverage is added, or continued. That's just something we have to keep in mind.
With the 2007 season in the books, we saw some serious change this year.
We said GOODBYE to:
The 25 car being on the track.
The Hendrick 25 car was first seen in the 1986 Daytona 500 with Tim Richmond and has had 11 different drivers, including Rick Hendrick himself.
To the Chevy Monte Carlo.
It came into NASCAR Cup competition in 1971 and 2007 was it's final year in Cup. We will still see it in the secondary series.
To Anheuser-Busch as the secondary series sponsor of many years.
To Joe Gibbs Racing Association with Chevy as they move to Toyota.
RIP to Benny Parsons, Bobby Hamilton and Bill France, just to name a few.
To the name, NEXTEL Cup, and hello to their new parent company name, SPRINT.
Sprint Cup.. it's just doesn't have the right "ring" to it.. no pun intended.
To this era's body style as the 2008 Sprint Cup Series will be the first full year of the Car of Tomorrow. COT.
That name has got to change, because tomorrow is here.
To simple race team names and hello to corporate team names.
2007 saw teams needing help with the costs of doing business. Roush Racing became Roush Fenway Racing, Evernham Motorsports became Gillett Evernham Motorsports and several other teams are working on similar deals as NASCAR is slowly turning into corporate America battling on the tracks.
To the statement that NASCAR is the fastest growing sport in the U.S..
Ratings have stopped climbing and I think people are getting tired of 3 to 4 hour shows and the crazy costs of going to races, though attendance to the venues are still seeing numbers in the 100,000+ count.
To Ginn Racing with Mark Martin as they were absorbed by DEI and now Mark Martin will be driving for DEI.
To leaded fuel as NASCAR is now running unleaded fuel in all it's main series.
ON THE FLIP SIDE, we can say Hello to :
The 88 car changing teams and a new driver of some recognition.
To the Chevrolet Impala SS for 2008 Cup competition.
To Nationwide sponsoring the secondary series.
Busch stopped sponsoring the secondary series due to proposed fee increases which started the search for a new sponsor. Withno one biting at the fees that NASCAR wanted, and with a silent slap in the face, Nationwide is now paying less than Busch was.
To Toyota competing in Cup, who's infamous start with Michael Waltrip Racing definitely got it's name in the media.
To a new team, Michael Waltrip Racing. Again, got it's name in the media with the 2007 Daytona 500.
To new drivers from different series and countries.
Juan Montoya, Canadians Jacques Villeneuve and Patrick Carpentier, and next season Scotsman Dario Franchitti will be in a car.
To NASCAR meeting with General Motors to talk about alternative fuels for the sport. We just went unleaded, and now we talking ethanol fuels.
OTHER THINGS OF NOTE:
Petty Enterprises move to Mooresville, NC.
Kyle Busch leave HMS and move to Joe Gibbs Racing for 2008.
M&M's move to Joe Gibbs Racing to Sponsor Kyle Busch in 2008.
The legal battle of the sponsors within the Cup series but not goodbye to anyone...
NEXTEL vs AT&T. Sunoco vs Shell.
We saw Canada accept the Busch Series with open arms, while New York dissed us.
Was there something else?
Tap tap tap.. hmm, oh yea! A little bit of driver news that not only made NASCAR history, but sports history as a whole:
Dale Earnhardt Jr saying goodbye to DEI.
DEI was the company that many have said his father started for him and Jr is now saying hello to Hendrick Motorsports. Though there was "No room at the Inn" as Rick Hendrick put it, Kyle Busch created room in the Inn with his behavior, paving the way for one of the biggest stories of this year.
We can say hello to the 88 at HMS because DEI made it difficult for HMS to "procure" the car number, 8, because "it's an integral part of DEI"… Gimme a break! The 8 was Jr.. and Jr was the 8. That's ok, he'll be twice as good with the 88!
With Jr leaving DEI, we get to say hello to Mountain Dew Amp Energy Drink and The National Guard as his sponsors for 2008 and Budweiser left DEI.
We can say hello to massive irony, as Dale Jr. left DEI, DEI started creating an improved engine program (In theory, but don't ask Jr. about that.) buying new shop equipment, and buying other race teams.
With Jr going to HMS, he had to say goodbye to one of the most successful sponsor / athlete relationships we've ever seen, period, with Budweiser.
Yet, Budweiser can now say hello to Kasey Kahne... At least the colors shouldn't change too much for Kasey!
Side note: Someone once told me that Budweiser could stand for: But U Deserve What Every Individual Should Expect Regularly.
Who'd a thunk: Unleaded fuel, Budweiser with Kahne, Jr. with Hendrick, Toyota in Cup, Frenchmen, Canadians, Corn fuel?
Now that's a chunk of change.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The rest of the article at Sporting News has some interesting things to look over in the bottom half!
Now the Truck Series is going to be looking for a new sponsor for the 2009 series as Craftsman is departing it's long association with the trucks.
The truck series is some of the best racing there is, as the season championship has been determined in the final race of the year in 12 of 13 seasons — including 2007. That's without having to muck with their points system to make it close!
Craftsman has been the sponsor of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since its inception in 1995.
See details at FoxSports
What's in: local bonds and possible increases in the Cabarrus County sales tax.
What's out: a special tax district.
(It's not like Smith needs the help, but was this noisy ploy to move the track just a bait to get the local economy to pay for his own upgrades? Eesh! )
When asked if he would ever return to IndyCar's Hornish said: "I sure hope so.
"I hope they move the schedule so that somebody could do it. That's my goal. If I never ran in the Indy 500 again or an IndyCar Series race I would probably say I would be disappointed about that."
Details of the article are over at eurosport.yahoo
As I think about this, it seems like he's being pushed into NASCAR. Hornish hasn't done well in any of the NASCAR series he's attempted, and yet we keep seeing him looking to make the field. Is Penske pushing him where he doesn't want to be? (Can we say Ganassi?) I feel a bit stronger now that I've seen Hornish's public statement about hoping to run in the IndyCar Series again.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
But did you know this wasn't the first time a NASCAR field had such a distinguished collection of guests in the starting field.
The National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway [now Lowe's Motor Speedway].
Johnny Rutherford, A.J. Foyt & Gordon Johncock.
The Motor Trend 500 at Riverside [road course].
There were four Indy 500 winners in the field:
Troy Ruttman, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones & Rodger Ward.
I just thought you'd be interested in knowing this tidbit!
(Researched at racing-reference.info)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The winners of the 2007 'Stewie Awards' are:
-- Stewie Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill France, Jr., former Chairman and CEO of NASCAR
Benny Parsons, Hall of Fame driver/broadcaster
-- Golden Stewie Award - Honoring a legendary driver from the Golden Era of racing (1960-85)
-- Best Duet - For outstanding teamwork by a driver and crew chief
Clint Bowyer & Gil Martin: Martin keeps Bowyer calm and team performs only one adjustment all day to get Bowyer's first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup win in Sylvania 300 (Sept. 16)
-- Best Original Drama - For year's most exciting race moment
Kevin Harvick edges Mark Martin to win his first Daytona 500 (Feb. 18)
-- New Kid on the Track Award - For year's most outstanding performance by a rookie
Juan Pablo Montoya: Wins first NEXTEL Cup race in Toyota Save Mart 350 (June 24)
-- Best Stunt Sequence (Hal Needham Award) - For year's most spectacular crash
Clint Bowyer: Crosses finish line at Daytona 500 on his roof (Feb. 18)
-- Best Original Comedy - For year's most entertaining on track "incident" or occurrence
Robby Gordon performs "victory celebration" burnout despite losing Busch Series race at Circuit Gilles Villaneuve in Canada (Aug. 4)
-- Best Vocal Performance - For year's most memorable quote or sound bite
Actor Kevin James: Provides memorable "Start Your Engines" command before Pepsi 400 (July 7)
-- Best Engineering and Special Effects (Smokey Yunick Award) - For year's most creative - and ultimately illegal - modifications to a race car
Crew Chief David Hyder & MWR VP of Competition Bobby Kennedy: Illegal fuel in #55 car at Daytona 500 (Feb. 18)
-- Dazed and Confused Award - For year's the most baffling move
Teresa Earnhardt and DEI allow Dale Earnhardt Jr. to leave for Hendrick Motorsports
-- 'I Got Dumped' Award - For year's most memorable on-track bumping
Kyle Busch: Wrecked by brother Kurt in NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge (May 19)
-- Best Driver2Crew Chatter Exchange - For year's most memorable driver-to-pit crew communication
Denny Hamlin/#11 team: Discuss "plan of attack" against Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #8 car during Subway 500 (Oct. 21)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
"After four months of intense rehabilitation, I know that if it were not for my arrest, I would be dead," he said.
Fike was eighth in the standings in the Craftsman Truck Series when he was arrested in the Kings Island parking lot outside Cincinnati in July.
At this time, he is in an aggressive rehab program he wrote for a Warren County judge. The judge accepted Fike's proposal to avoid jail by going to schools and racetracks to deliver an anti-drug message.
Though it may be very unlikely he will drive in NASCAR again, one may never know. He sounds pretty sincere about his road to recovery and that may translate into a renewed focus on his journey.
For more details, check out the Sun Herald
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Turner Sports and TNT are going with that format again next year as Sprint will definitely return for next year’s July 5 telecast and they are talking to other marketers like Auto Zone, DirecTV, Ford, Goodyear, Miller Brewing Co., Principal Financial Group, Subway and Toyota.
With Coca-Cola replacing Pepsi as the sponsor for next year’s race, it will be known as the Coke 400. Turner is also talking with Coke about becoming a TV sponsor of the race and buying branded spots in the telecast.
For more details, check out mediaweek.com
On Nov 28, The Top 10 drivers of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series complete a Victory Lap around midtown Manhattan.
All week, more than a dozen authentic NASCAR stock cars scattered at signature locations throughout Manhattan. Street teams hand out official NASCAR partner giveaways all day long at each location.
High energy, two-day indoor event featuring driver and crew appearances, radio station remotes, event emcee, NASCAR trivia and prize giveaways and much more at the Aflac FanFest. (Que the DUCK!!) This event is free and open to the public at the Hard Rock Café Times Square, in the LIVE venue room.Hard Rock Café43rd and BroadwayTimes Square.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series™ Awards Ceremony, live on ESPN Classic at 9pm ET on November 30th.
For all the details, pics, and other goodies check out NASCAR.com
Monday, November 26, 2007
Petty Enterprises officials have announced the hiring of Jeff Meendering as crew chief for Bobby Labonte's No. 43 Dodge team.
Meendering comes from Hendrick Motorsports, where he served as car chief for Jeff Gordon's team. He replaces Doug Randolph, who moved to Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Friday, November 23, 2007
See details over at ARCA RACING
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Where is ... former Daytona 500 winner Buddy Baker?
Ray Evernham says he will cut back and change his course
(Commentary by David Poole)
January is soonest court will decide on Kentucky case
Ragan crowned Busch Series rookie of the year
Willie Allen named truck series rookie of the year
These are all links to Scene Daily
Monday, November 19, 2007
It's only 90 days until the 2008 Daytona 500 from today...
The hours and minuted might be off....
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The race was fairly uneventful, with the race and the points race, but with an early wreck by Dale Earnhardt Jr. taking him out of contention for getting a win in his last ride in the Budweiser car, and Matt Kenseth's crew chief, Robbie Reiser, winning the last race as th 17 car crew chief were pretty interesting developments.
But Jimmie Johnson paced Jeff Gordon, with Chad Knaus saying they kept the pit strategy around the same laps that the 24 car pitted kept them close in position, keeping the 24 car in sight all night long.
With that being said, Jeff Gordon came in 4th, but Jimmie Johnson finished 7th, retaining his points lead in the championship and winning the 2007 NEXTEL Cup Championship. A repeat Champion from last year. (Unofficial Standings)
The rookie of the year contenders, David Ragan and Juan Pablo Montoya weren't that far apart either... Ragan finished 10th, and Montoya finished 15th. I'm guessing that Montoya will get the ROY honors, but I'm waiting for that to be announced. (The standings are at this link: nascar) (Update: Montoya is Raybestos Rookie of the Year, as announced at SceneDaily)
As far the much coveted 35th position, Kyle Petty did not have to resort to swapping drivers late in the season with Bobby Labonte as Kyle finished 34th today and kept the 35th spot for next years first few races.
CONGRATULATIONS to JIMMY JOHNSON on his 2nd (consecutive) championship. Well done to everyone on his team, and the Hendrick shop.
And if they would listen to the all knowing fans, and drivers, they'd make it a reality.
It's a great idea to get the teams outside the top 35 to qualify in the same group so they have similar track conditions to compete against each other in.
See the article over at NASCAR
Hendrick said he is fully prepared to do whatever it takes to retain Johnson's services for as long as he drives professionally in the Nextel Cup Series. Money. Assets. Car dealerships. And most importantly, championship-caliber racecars.
(Don't forget Chad Rick!) See the whole article at ESPN
Saturday, November 17, 2007
A conflict ensued between Kahne and the guard after Kahne could not provide the proper credential for his brother, Kale Kahne, in order to enter the drivers' motorhome lot inside the speedway, according to Police Capt. Tom Foglia.
After the incident the security guard complained his blood pressure had escalated. An emergency vehicle was called and the security guard was taken to the infield care center.
You know Kasey, the new Jimmy Spencer!!
He was followed by Mark Martin who pushed hard for the 2nd place finish followed by
Carl Edwards and
Stephen Leicht filling out the top 5 spots for this historical last race.
See the Ford 300 results over at Scene Daily.
I don't think he'd care.. "Whatever".
But if you watch this video of the the ad, he calls himself Lauren.
Now how the heck do you spell Lauren correctly??
And here's a great site to check out: seeing20twenty.com/wallacefans
Now you know...
First, let me start with what I want to quantify as a rumor:
On Friday (11/16/07) on SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 128, around 11:30-ish Pacific time, they were talking about the Truck Series going to restrictor plates for all races to minimize engine costs.
OK, you read it here first! My first big scoop. .. Maybe. I say rumor because I can't find any reference to it anywhere on the web. so this is probably a bogus premise.
NOW, on the the real reason for this post:
What does 54, 127, 55, 46, 9, 46, 73, 230, 8, 3, 232, 53 & 126 all have in common?
These are the point spreads between the Champion and 2nd place in the Craftsman Truck Series. In all but 3 of the 13 years of the truck series, the championship has been contended right down to the last race of each year and without the "benefit" of a final 10 race chase format. Imagine that.
Without any tinkering, the Truck series has kept us on the edge of our seats through out the entiretu of most seasons. Obviously, there were a few yawner years, where Bodine and Biffle annihilated the field, but otherwise, each point spread could have been decided in the last race of the season.
How is that possible?
The truck series have limited sets of tires they can use in a race. Cup doesn't.
The truck series doesn't go on for 1/2 a day, ok, 3 to 4 hours. The Cup series is a marathon endurance.
The truck series are not sleek aero guided missiles like the Cup series, but that's going to change in 2008 in the Cup series.
So did NASCAR have it right from the beginning of the Truck series as they let the Cup series evolve itself? As far as points and team equalization goes, it seems that way from here as the Ron Hornaday fans all let out a sigh of relief when they watched Mike Skinner's wheel take it's own path across the track independent of the truck itself.
Food for thought, or really, a Saturday morning retrospect while I wait for the rest of the family to wake up today.
Friday, November 16, 2007
This also closes out his on-track association with Budweiser.
But Dale Jr. is sad. Sad for the dream his father originally had for him and DEI. The hopes of Dale Jr. winning a championship at DEI is gone, and so is his tenure at his dad's place.
People blame Teresa Earnhardt. They blame the system. But really, fate had a hand in this and with Dale Jr. being the same age his dad was when Dale Sr started at RCR - so maybe this is fate waiting to happen.
We'll see. But we need to give it this first year for him to gel with the HMS system.. then, for me, all bets are off.
The Event: the Ford 200
The Series: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Johnny Benson won the race. (I didn't want to keep you in suspense about the race winner)
The early part of the race saw Mike Skinner and Jon Wood having the dominant trucks of the night. I had chalked the championship up to Skinner because initially, it looked like Hornaday was struggling to make 5th. But the hand of fate reached in and Mike Skinner's truck fell apart at the left rear wheel hub, setting him back 10 laps and Ron Hornaday Jr. just had to stay in the running.
No flats, no crash aftermaths, no debris - that's all.. and sure enough, he finished on the lead lap in 7th and got his 3rd truck series championship.
Congratulations Ron, Congratulations Kevin Harvick Inc...
(I'd say look out Jeff, but pole sitters don't always translate into race winners.. soooo the tension builds even further!!)
He was followed up by Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth & Kurt Busch for the top 5 spots.
Jeff Gordon nabbed the 11th spot for the start.
This is the 3rd season they gathered for this special press conference before heading into Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup leader Jimmie Johnson, second-place Jeff Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick were in attendance.
A transcript from the event can be found at backstretchmotorsports.com and photos of the event can be found at: motorsport.com
Thursday, November 15, 2007
He is replacing Max Jones, who will move into the GM role at Robert Yates Racing. RYR and Roush recently formed an alliance that basically will allow them to work as a seven-car operation without violating NASCAR's four-car cap. (Oh here we go again!! I guess Roush figured out how to get around the 4 car rule!)
See the details over at espn
Nah. I'm chatting about the Totally Racin' softball league the shop was in.. they seem to have a knack for it and won the league they were in... details.. nope.. just came across this link and thought I'd torment you folks!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
....Harry S Truman
At the moment, I know no details.. maybe I missed something, but I'll let you know as soon as I find some dirt on the situation.
A close race for Rookie of the year is happening this very moment, and we didn't even know it. Wow.. who'd a thunk?
The media coverage that Juan Pablo Montoya generated this year, with his 'Race hard, no matter what position I'm in' attitude, a few incidents getting him the moniker, Juan Problem Montoya, and some serious expectations or hopes has drowned out the the fact that the Rookie of the Year race is not spread out and that there are other rookies in the field.
The contending rookies this year are Montoya, Ragan, Menard, Reutimann & Allmendinger.
Points alone, Montoya leads the pack, BUT he is only 21 points ahead of David Ragan. Furthermore, Montoya is only 45 points ahead of Paul Menard and 64 points ahead of David Reutimann.
In my mind, the competition is between Montoya and Reutimann.
If you look at points alone, it's too close to call and anything can happen this weekend at Homestead but if you look at top 10 performance, Montoya has 6 while Ragan has 2. But Ragan's top 10's were actually top 5's, where Montoya has 3 top 5's. And of course, Montoya has a win under his belt, coming from his road racing talents.
After all this, Paul Menard is only 45 points back, but as 6 less starts!
Back to the Montoya/Ragan contest: Consider this - even though Montoya has many more top 10's, Ragan has performed consistently to be within 21 points of Montoya.
This Rookie of the Year race should come down to points, but as the rules state:
Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates earn points based on their best 17 finishes of the season. Points are earned through entry points, competition points based on finish, top 10 bonus points, bonus points based on three segments of the season and a panel of voters at the completion of the season.
Montoya had the media eye this year as NASCAR's international star, and a few good finishes, but Ragan has the consistency to be right there behind him and even with 6 less starts, Menard can see the points lead in the Rookie standings. Wow. I hope marketing does not win out on this one and we'll see how it all pans out at Homestead.
I don't envy the judges.
NASCAR's Rookie Points Page
Looking at the race for that much coveted 35th place in the standings is one of those points races.
Going into Homestead, Kyle Petty is in 35th place.
He is 187 points behind Paul Menard. He ain't moving into 34th in this last race.
But, there's a slim chance the Petty can lose his grip on 35th.
Slim because the 2 cars behind Petty would have to do extremely well to garner the points necessary to surpass Petty, if petty manages a fair finish.
Trailing behind Petty in 36th, is Scott Riggs, 116 points back, and Joe Nemechek, who is 134 points behind Petty.
Again, they'd have to do great while Petty experiences a catastrophe for them to take advantage of.
The reality: Kyle Petty has the 35th spot locked up.
Point Standings going into HOMESTEAD
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sprague, a three-time NASCAR Truck Series champion, will begin a new chapter in his racing career as he joins two-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday at KHI in 2008.
See more details over at thatsracin.com
The change in drivers is helping the team fully evaluate the performance of the team.
See a few more details at foxsports.com
Good for John.. let's see if everyone can pull this off and make something happen in the COT.
See more at scenedaily.com
Friday, October 19, 2007
City of Hope - one of the most advanced biomedical research and treatment facilities in the world - is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is a long-time beneficiary of generous support from the Office Products Industry.
This very special fundraising project is made possible by the Office Depot Foundation and Roush Fenway Racing. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.
“Getting back into the Aaron’s Lucky Dog truck is something that I have been looking forward to for awhile,” said Labonte. “My last race in the Toyota Tundra was at O’Reilly Raceway Park, where we finished 27th finish, but I am confident we can improve on that and bring home a solid finish for the Darrell Waltrip Team and Aaron’s.”
Labonte, the son of two-time NEXTEL Cup Series champion Terry Labonte, has never raced at Martinsville Speedway, but has two previous Craftsman Truck Series start and 76 Busch Series starts behind him. The North Carolina native looks forward to learning the track and bringing home a solid finish for Aaron’s.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 16, 2007) - Patrick Carpentier was introduced to the media today at a press conference prior to the Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre.
Foster Gillett welcomed Carpentier on behalf of the Gillett family, who owns the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club and recently purchased ownership in Gillett Evernham Motorsports.
There's more at evernhammotorsports.com
Reed Sorenson will be running a pink No. 41 Dodge in this weekend’s 500-mile race at Martinsville Speedway and at his hometown track - Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 28.
Additionally, Target and CGRFS also announced Sorenson’s teammate David Stremme will be driving a Target House Dodge at Martinsville, highlighting Team Target’s commitment to cause-related programs.
Sorenson has created a donation pledge for the Atlanta race, which Target will match, that consists of a number of levels, with the top amount (including the match) being $36,400. Sorenson will donate $10,000 for a win, $5,000 for a top-five finish, $1,000 for a top-10 finish, $4,100 for a pole and $12.62 for each lap completed, totaling $4,100 if he completes all of the scheduled 325 laps that will make up the Pep Boys Auto 500. He will also auction his autographed custom race helmet and firesuit with proceeds from the pledge and auction benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and Project Pink House.
Individuals that want to bid for either Sorenson’s helmet or firesuit from the “Pink Car” races can visit www.reedsorenson.com. The auction will begin on Monday, Oct. 22. Artwork for both the Pink Car and Target House car are available upon request.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
He survived Lowe's with a sore shoulder but nothing he couldn't handle, but Martinsville is a more aggressive track for the driver to tackle.
No word on if any replacements are standing by.
The Nextel Cup action will take place on Sunday at 1pm on ABC.
The Craftsman Truck Series action will be on Saturday 2:30 pm, on SPEED.
ALL TIMES EASTERN.
There are 48 entries for the Cup race, and 40 entries slated for the Truck race.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
donated $500,000 to the Ronald McDonald House® of Charlotte to support
the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House® in Charlotte.
That is one neat contribution a man can give back. He's ok in my book.
The new facility will serve as a "home away from home" for the families
of children who are receiving care at two state-of-the-art children's
medical facilities – Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital and Levine
Children's Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC).
relationship as teammates when they will both drive for Billy Ballew
Motorsports in this weekend's *Kroger 200* Craftsman Truck Series race
at Martinsville Speedway.
In case you were in a cave somewhere, Kyle Busch will be going to Joe
Gibbs Racing to drive the number 18 Toyota car. (Yes, Toyota - that
cave thing again!)
Monday, October 15, 2007
In Saturday nights race, Jeff Green tossed his whole oil pan onto the track it seemed, but nothing was done until Johnny Sauter hit the skids in the ensuing oil streak on the track.
This feels reminiscent of Kasey Kahne at Dover from the recent past!!
What's up with this, I don't know. It would seem prudent when an in-car cam goes blotchy blurry, a yellow should follow, but yet, NASCAR waits. Do they not see the issue at hand? Is no one watching the telecast in the 'booth'?
Not sure. I am sure they're doing what they can, but they need more.
If this is a sign of things to come, they're good things coming indeed because MWRH needs to start showing their "guns" and getting in the top 15 every race if they want to attract quality sponsors.
I'd like to think they can do. Michael has a great personality for the camera and a refreshing face to see during in-race or post race interviews.
Unless MWRH gets a lot better, I'm not sure that's the best move for Johnny. He's got the talent, and needs to make a strong impression if he were to get back into Cup competition and I think that going with MWRH will only serve to extend the image / perspective he has now as a contender.
But I would love to be proven wrong if this actually does come to be.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The pole sitter, Ryan Newman, led the first few laps, a few laps in the end, but smacked the wall before attaining the much desired win.
At the front of the race, a few contenders showed their hand early, as Jamie McMurray took the lead for a while and Jimmie Johnson took over the house on lap 17 but through various yellow flag events, the lead changed hands often.
Through out the night, Jimmie Johnson kept showing up front after the race restarts showing he had the car to chase, not beat but after a spin on lap 232, he wasn't the contender we were all hoping for.
Matt Kenseth did not have a good night at all. Around lap 65, the first of Matt Kenseth's woes kicked in with a bad battery. By lap 157, he smacked the wall hard in turn 4, and again later on in the race. Sadly, he was toast for the night.
Pit road proved to be a mix-it-up zone for Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart. (No, they didn't hit each other)
On lap 190, Kurt Busch hit Mark Martin as he pulled out of the pits, messing up his right front fender, but by lap 275, he lost a cylinder and the team couldn't do much about it under green flag stops.
Tony Stewart had worse issues, as on lap 176 one car pulls down in front of him and scrapes his Rf, but than as Tony gets going again, Kasey Kahne, with the pit road momentum, pulls in, and Tony hits and spins him, causing sufficient RF damage to the 20 car to warrant repair issues with lots and lots of tape.
Denny Hamlin ran into gearing problems late in the race, and on lap 323 Jeff Green spews oil and brings out a red flag.
Here's where the drama starts.. it seems Jeff Gordon started having what he thought were fuel pickup issues and thought he was running out of gas, but his crew chief said he shouldn't be.. and on the restart of lap 329, Gordon slowed, holding up the front contenders and Ryan Newman, right place, right time, flew past the group on the outside to take a big lead.... but lost it in turn 2 on lap 331.
Jeff Gordon won the race, followed by Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton & Carl Edwards. You can see the entire results at nascar.com
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Kyle Busch was chasing Jeff, came in second.
Dale Earnhardt Jr, in his last Busch event of the year, came in third. He had a great car, but got slowed down when a yellow flag came out for the 66 car loosing his axle cap and spewing grease in the track in the line that Jr was driving, so he had to take it easy a few laps after the restart to make sure the quick dry and any left overs from the event wasn't in his way, but he lost too much ground to take advantage of his car.
Aric Almirola came in fourth, Denny Hamliin fifth.
Wrecks took out the chase contenders Kenseth, Johnson and Edwards.
See results at nascar.com
thatsracin.com write up on the race.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Officials with Dale Earnhardt Inc. unveiled the paint scheme of its No. 8 Chevrolet on Friday in Victory Lane of Lowe's Motor Speedway. The car keeps the traditional black and gold colors of the U.S. Army sponsorship, but maintains the No. 8, which is being used this season by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jeremy Mayfield is expected to get a chance to rebuild with Michael Waltrip Racing next season. Sources say Mayfield has agreed to a deal to share the No. 44 with Dale Jarrett, who will drive a limited schedule in '08. Jarrett will announce his plans for next year at Lowe's on Friday.
Before agreeing to join Waltrip, Mayfield had been rumored to be talking to Haas CNC Racing, which signed Scott Riggs last week after Jeff Green decided not to return to the No. 66 -- which is 29th in owner points -- and signed with another team, according to a source.
Why would Green leave a team on the rise with owner points he worked for? It would have to be a team he thought had greater potential and could overcome not having owner points at the start of next season with performance. The two organizations that fit that profile are Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing, which both want to get to four cars. Gibbs, of course, is switching to Toyota next year and the manufacturer is likely willing to supply the funding for an additional entry. Childress has been trying to find a sponsor for its fourth car.
(If this were true, that would be great for Jeff.. He's done consistently well in the COT events and if he's with a good enough team, I think we will see him at the forefront of competition next year. My premise is if Dale Earnhardt see potential in the man, there's got to be something there.)
Here's the entire article with many more details: sportsillustrated
Kauffman, a long-time racing enthusiast who was born in New York and currently lives in Europe, is pursuing this business opportunity personally, not through Fortress Investment Group.
Waltrip confirmed that MWRH will field three full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup teams and one full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series effort in 2008. Rookie David Reutimann has renewed his driving contract to remain in the MWRH stable for the next three years also.
On dimmer news, MWRH is still talking with Domino's and Burger Kindg, but right now it appears the two companies will not return as primary sponsors in 2008.
President and General Manager Ty Norris said that the organization is still in talks with the companies, but at this point, it does not look like they will be back with MWRH.
CONCORD, N.C. - Dale Jarrett announced Friday that he will compete in only the first five points races of 2008, and two non-points events, as he prepares to end his driving career.
Of course, being that it's a Cup Saturday night event, Greg has lots of time on Sunday to start helping with the matters that matter most!!
The second row has Bobby Labonte & Jeff Gordon
Third row: Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray
Fourth row: Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch
Fifth row: Casey Mear, Greg Biffle.
Denny Hamlin 11th, Kyle Busch 13th,
Carl Edwards 18th, Kevin Harvick 24th,
Clint Bowyer 25th, Jeff Burton 27th,
Tony Stewart 29th, Martin Truex Jr 32nd.
See the whole line up at FoxSports.
Those who did not make the race are: Dale Jarrett, Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers, Sam Hornish Jr., Carl Long, Kirk Shelmerdine
Thursday, October 11, 2007
That's how the thatsracin article started...
Check out my post over at brusimm.blogspot
(I put it over there to get more people exposed to and thinking about NASCAR.)
By losing the appeal, Edwards remains sixth in the standings, 205 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
Franchitti, who also won the Indianapolis 500 this season, is moving to NASCAR next season. He made his stock-car debut in the ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend and finished 17th.
Franchitti signed a multi-year deal last week to drive the No. 40 Dodge for Ganassi next season.
With that being said, former Champ Car star Patrick Carpentier signed with Gillett Evernham Motorsports on Wednesday to drive the No. 10 Dodge.
Carpentier is replacing Scott Riggs, who is leaving to drive for Haas CNC Racing next season. He'll step into a team that was founded by Ray Evernham, who turned over majority ownership to the Gillett family this summer.
The Gillett's also own the Montreal Canadiens, and are co-owners of the English Premier League club Liverpool.
See all the details at FoxSports
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I've read and heard a lot of opinions, from fans and drivers alike that the Talladega race was not a race at all, but just a boring ride around the track, as Dale Earnhardt Jr put it in a post race interview.
To some degree, it's quite disappointing to see a 200 mph train of cars doing lap after lap, hearing NASCAR putting the squash on bump drafting and watching 160 of 188 laps go quietly by with a mishap here and there.
This event, despite our expectations, can't go much differently while we see restrictor plates and even more restrictive rules designed to squash the driving style needed to combat the restrictor plate.
Though it was boring, it was not disappointing for me. The last 30 laps was what this race was all about, and those last laps provided a fairly good level of frustration, anticipation and excitement as you said: "Huh, where'd he come from?" on that last lap.
Me for one, it gave me my 3 to 4 hours of ME time at home that I can take without guilt, because that's the way it is. It wasn't as exciting as it could be, but then again, who remembers the all green Talladega race a few years ago?
Check out Ryan Newman's perspective at this scenedaily.com article.
I'm watching the replay of the race today on SPEED, (10/11/07) and I need to add a thought.
A perspective I don't think we give any credit to: The race looks boring because these guys are that good.
At those speeds, there's more to it than just putting your foot down and holding the steering wheel still. A tiny wheel turn requires a counter turn.. of comperable measure. The tires aren't sitting on the ground like our tires do when we drive to work and around the block. These tires want to break loose, being on the edge of their speed ratings / parameters.
At those speeds, the car can break loose ever so lightly, that it takes the skill of these drivers to recognize it before it becomes physically apparent to us, the observer, and counter that manuever before it gets out of hand.
If you have it on tape, or the next time a restrictor plate race happens, watch the straight-a-ways very carefully... the cars bounce around because they are in the draft. The wind is not directly pushing the car down, they have to keep it in line under the vacuum of the air going over them and coming down behind the car behind them.
Just food for thought.
The No. 41 Dodge was found to be too low in the front of the car.
Reed Sorenson has been penalized 25 championship driver points.
Car owner Chip Ganassi has been penalized 25 championship car owner points.
Crew chief Jimmy Elledge has been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
The car went through NASCAR's height sticks twice and had the car of tomorrow template placed on it in postrace inspection. Sorenson was a random selection for inspection.