Friday, August 31, 2007
The folk on Sirius Satellite Racing were worried that the Godfather, Dave Moody is not going to be happy with this heat when he arrives, and then the broadcast trailer AC went out and then they changed their tune about the weather and started looking forward to get out in the 110 degree heat to cool down!! Poor folk!! What they go through to bring us our ear candy of our beloved sport.
I'm writing to say if you are going to the races, please play it safe!
Bring broad rimmed hats, lots of sun screen (I like the spray on 36 SPF Bullfrog.. it really works and it's too easy to use), and bring or get plenty of water in you! DON'T wait until you're thirsty!! Heat stroke sneaks up on you and you don't even know it until it's too late and you're babbling and incoherent and don't understand why you're head feels like it's inflating and the world is spinning. I've been there.. it ain't no fun.
So take care of yourselves out there and have fun at the track for me!!!
For the first bit, Ryan Newman had the pole, but he qualified under the sun and as the qualifying progressed, clouds moved in and the track cooled.
Whether that was the reason or not, Ryan got relegated back to 4th, as Kurt Busch took the pole by .001 seconds from Jimmie Johnson, followed by Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler making up the front 3 rows for the Cup race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr is starting 7th, Tony Stewart is starting 22nd. (I guess he needed Toyota power?) And Jeff Burton, in the naked AT&T car is starting 15th.
Scott Riggs, Ward Burton and Dale Jarrett did not make the race.
See the entire lineup at nascar.com
He was followed by Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton & Greg Biffle make up the all Cup driver first 6 rows.
To see the rest of the line up, go to nascar.com
So earlier today, Kyle Busch blew the lid off the Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing speculation, but on Sirius Satellite Radio today, they were talking about how Kyle and Kurt have yet to talk about their altercation in the All-Star Challenge wreck at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Get this: They said that Kyle is not going to make the call to his brother to talk about the incident between them because his brother has yet to own up to his responsibility to his part of the accident!!!!
For one moment, I thought I missed THAT race, because if I'm not mistaken, didn't The Shrub go hard on the inside of his brother, and couldn't hold the line, and slid up into Kurt??
I'm just askin'.
Though Yeley does not expound on whom he is in conversation with, Robert Yates Racing is more than happy to indicate they are very interested in Mr. Yeley, and I am sure for Yeley fans, that is good news that J.J. has good options.
We will also see how the stalwart Stewart deals with this move, being such the Chevy guy that he is with all his other ventures, but I digress. Let me get back on track here.
Remeber when Kyle [The Shrub] Busch called his ride terrible things after the COT win at Bristol, and how his mouth just kept getting him in a hole?
Well, whether it has been orchestrated, anticipated, or hoped against, Kyle Busch has confirmed Toyota rumors for next year in as much as how he answered some reporter questions about it:
"I feel fine with it," Busch said when asked what he thought of the team's move to Toyota from Chevrolet. "I think it's something that's going to take Joe Gibbs Racing hopefully a step forward and in the right direction. They've got a great repertoire for being able to produce winning race cars year in and year out and championship-contending teams, so I think that they're going to be just fine and this is a business decision that they've done right."
So much for the announcement next week! scenedaily.com
Reporters (1) Kyle Busch (0). Well, really, the reporters probably have about 20, but who's counting!!
ThatsRacin.com also has an article on it.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Starter, Nike's value brand of footwear and apparel, claims to provide 70 percent of the footwear worn by NASCAR crews, and it had pledged to strengthen its position in the sport last January when it signed a three-year contract with Joe Gibbs Racing.
But seven months into that relationship, Nike executives have decided not to continue seeking business deals in NASCAR. A Nike spokesman said Starter will fulfill the terms of its deal -- providing uniforms, footwear and apparel -- with Gibbs Racing through 2009. No financial terms were available.
Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come or maybe they're signing on with Earnhardt Jr like other brands have been!! Who knows...
Read the whole article at nascar.com
The reports, citing unidentified sources, said JGR will end its 16-year relationship with General Motors and give Toyota its first big name team in Cup.
See foxsports.com for more.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
No longer will McSwain dread leaving his home in Dallas, N.C., where he lives with wife Deanna, 2-year old daughter Makayla and son Wyatt, who's just three months old. No longer will Makayla wonder when her daddy's going to be home. No longer will McSwain be just an infrequent visitor at his church...........
he promoters of the season-ending Champ Car World Series event in Phoenix on Dec. 2 have cancelled the inaugural event due to a lack of sponsor support.
“An event of this magnitude requires considerable corporate support and, though we did establish some outstanding partnerships, there were simply not enough of these to create economic viability,” said Dale Jensen, owner and managing member of the Sports Property.
For Champ car fans, that must suck.
I attended the Champ car event at the San Jose Grand Prix this year and it was interesting to say the least. I had a free pass to the Friday practice and qualifying and went to check it out.
After they sorted out their ticket booth problems, finished constructing the entrance on my side of the track, and resolved their internet connectivity issue, I was finally able to get only 45 minutes later than planned!
I also had to pay for a full day's worth of parking when their website said it was only $5.
Otherwise, I found it interesting and enjoyed how they qualified, being little mini races going on for timed laps with traffic in your way and they had a mix of different type cars running on the track. Of course, I missed the classic NASCAR race that day due to needing to be somewhere at the same time, but it seemed they were the cars from yesteryear! It was cool to see those.
Pretty soon I'll post pics from that day...
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
"It's not a difference (of opinion), it's just a difference of timing," Wheldon said of Ganassi's position. "He doesn't really say why, but he thinks I should stay in Indy-car racing -- for Honda."
Are are some snips from the article
KFC, Dunkin' Donuts and Allstate, each of which had been contenders for the sponsorship earlier in the process, are among the companies NASCAR has approached in the past several weeks
NASCAR was asking $30 million a year when it began the sales process in the first quarter of the year, but that figure has dropped by nearly half. As part of the new price, NASCAR and ESPN, working jointly to sell the title sponsorship, have relaxed the required media spend on ESPN, sources say. At first, about a third of that $30 million was a required spend on ESPN's platforms.
Exclusivity emerged as a major sticking point (Ya think!?) in Subway's negotiations because of the broad quick-service restaurant category. Arby's, McDonald's, Jimmy John's and Domino's are among the team sponsors already involved in the Busch Series. (That would be a lot of lawsuits down the road.)
Check out the whole article at scenedaily.com
See more at scenedaily.com
Jacques Villeneuve had not driven on an oval since 1995, the year he won the Indianapolis 500 and the CART championship. BDR Craftsman Truck Series driver Mike Skinner was on hand to help Villeneuve, who watched Skinner make a few laps in the truck before taking to the 1.5-mile track.
By the end of the first day, Villeneuve was within two-tenths of a second of Skinner's time, BDR reported.
See all the details at scenedaily.com
She was also the designated owner of the No. 26 Cup entry in 2006 and the No. 99 Cup entry in 2007. Roush is survived by her two sons, Jack and Frank, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Georgetta Roush’s name to:
Speedway Children’s Charities 5555 Concord Park South, Suite 336 Concord, N.C. 28027
(Roush Racing PR)
GodSpeed Georgetta. RIP.
I've read a lot of commentary that people did not like the Bristol race. From what I can gather, folks are looking for the angry fender rubbing and chrome bumper applications that result in the feuds that erupt later. (OK, so those can be fun when a driver tosses his helmet at a car, and then gets hit by it when it bounces back.)
Yes, the race seemed, boring, if that was what you were looking for.
On the other hand, how often have you seen 3 wide happen for extended (OK, more than a corner or two) periods of time at Bristol? I found that interesting.
I even saw 4 wide at moments through the weekend, and through it all, Carl Edwards worked the wheel to win the first reconfigured track surface race at Britsol Motor Speedway.
You know what I didn't miss? So many yellow flags that the race extended to a 4 or 5 hour television program nap!
Combining the 3 wide, the oft side by side racing, and the lack of yellows (David Ragan being 1/3 of the yellows!) is what contributes my positive perspective of the race.
YET, the COT and the harder tires could be components to what made the race so bland for most.
One other issue I noted: During one of the spins in the race, I watched one of these COT's get so out of hand, that it was more the 45 degrees sideways headed out of the turn, and it snapped back to facing the right direction without much loss of momentum as if it was on a rail.
My perspective is that with the COT that 'pushes' more than the older design, what I saw did not surprise me, though that could have been driver skill also, BUT ESPN did not even make mention of the deed, and the challenging camera angle prevented me from ID'ing who it was.
We also saw how hard it is to move someone, as evidenced from Martinsville, when Jeff Gordon collapsed his front end from hitting Jimmy Johnson so hard in the back end in the corners to move him, and not succeeding. If you remember, Jeff said after the race something to the effect that these cars (COT's) are a lot harder to move than I thought.
I think, as Goodyear does get some tire tests under it's belt, and now that the drivers have a better feel for this new Bristol configuration, we might see more drivers meeting the threshold of sane racing to get past their opponents next time we visit this track.
If you think about it, this was a short track race as they tend to pan out, if they didn't have yellow flags. The better teams worked their way through the field, got out there, and stayed out there., unless they "blowed up" like Denny Hamlin did when he got himself from 43rd to 7th before the flame out.
So from what I see, the feuds are what you want to see and yes, this could become a mini-Michigan or California, but on the bright side, you can see the cars at every point on the track!!
The funny part is that the Busch and Truck races were better! Go figure.
Here's another pespective on the issue over at: foxsports.com
Take care and thanks for reading.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Robert Yates Racing approached NASCAR about transferring the No. 38 to Hendrick Motorsports.
The number, currently driven by Nextel Cup rookie David Gilliland, would have the No. 3 that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s father drove. It would also have the No. 8, which the driver has expressed an interest in keeping so his fans would be able to just draw a number in front of or behind the 8.
This seems just too fishy. I am filing this under hear-say and RUMOR for now.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
In keeping with the tangible state of denial, Dale Earnhardt Inc. most likely will announce its driver lineup - car numbers, drivers and crew chiefs - during the Sept. 7-8 race weekend at Richmond, DEI President Max Siegel said Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Siegel does seem to confirm Mark Martin and Aric Amirola in the car during the article, and also touches on crew chiefs: Siegel also said that he should have a decision about a crew chief for the No. 8 team as well. Tony Eury Jr. has expressed an interest of following Earnhardt Jr. to Hendrick.
At least I think that's what they think they heard him say he was going to say, maybe in a few weeks, or so, possibly, but then, maybe not, if they do, or can't but could.
When they announce it, that is when it will be. Sources or not, then the conjecture and the race to be the first one to "BREAK" the news to everyone will be over and we can get on with our plans to buy next years diecasts, shirts, trading cards, or what not. Sheesh.
Here's the article that got me going! scenedaily.com
Don't know. Screen went blank. It got very quiet in the house for the last few laps...
Then it came back just as everyone was coasting across the finish line! Hey!! What happened, who won? Well, that was what it was like to watch the Busch race on ESPN2 Friday night. They immediately replayed the last few laps, but the high anxiety tension was over by then, but it was another in a long line of little slips they keep doing to the viewer. At least here, it was big enough that they had to get in front of the situation, as they would say in NYPD Blue!
"We sincerely apologize for briefly losing transmission due to human error and have taken steps to prevent this from happening again,"
The businessman, Gene F. Haas, 55, will admit guilt in the case, which involves his company, Haas Automation, as well as several others. He is to change his plea to guilty on Monday. The plea agreement is subject to approval by a Federal District Court judge in Los Angeles.
Back taxes, a $5 million fine, fraud penalties of 40 percent and interest will bring Mr. Haas’s total cost for cheating on his 2000 and 2001 taxes to more than $70 million and on top of that, he also agreed to serve two years in prison. (ouch)
The Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway
The green flag was delayed by the 49 car of John Andretti stalling in turn 2 but once he was out of the way, the green flag flew and Kasey Kahne took off like a rocket but he relinquished the win to Carl Edwards at the end of the night.
Carl Edwards was followed by Kasey Kahne, Cline Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch & Greg Biffle rounding out the top 10.
We saw 20 cars still on the lead lap, 8 different leaders with 12 lead changes and 9 cautions for 61 laps. With this win, Carl was able to snag Ford's first COT win.
For me, the variable banking made a great race that was not slowed down to a 5 hour show with many laps of caution. The high line was the groove to use, but when the leaders encountered lapped traffic, the low line worked for passing. On the flip side, the variable banking helped the lapped cars fight for their beleaguered position, as Michael Waltrip demonstrated late in the race as he fought off the leaders for a few laps while being 3 laps down, until Edwards "helped" Waltrip move up out of the way.
Watching continual side by side racing and 3 wide, with an occassional 4 wide for mere moments was most unique for Bristol. It wasn't what I was used to, but now that everyone has had a taste of driving on the track, the next time they come back, I think we'll see more aggressive racing once again, because then, the boys will know their limits!
See more lap details at : brucesimmons.org
Here's the unofficial results: scenedaily.com
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Dale Earnhardt Inc. Vice President John Story says he's not going to put a timetable on naming the new drivers for the team.
And he would not confirm that Mark Martin will move over to the No. 8 and share that Chevrolet with rookie Aric Almirola next season.
In addressing that, Story said that "anything's possible and nothing's definite."
See the rest of the article at scenedaily
Friday, August 24, 2007
pic from nascar.com
Ryan Newman was leading on old tires (100+ laps old) when Kasey Kahne and Jason Leffler came up to tangle for the lead. Ryan was using the outside line to hold them off, then he let Kasey in on the outside of him (Man, that sounds funny referring to a Bristol race).
They rubbed fenders, Kasey on the outside, Ryan on the inside, a lapped car coming up on the inside, with Leffler behind them and closing hard.
Leffler doing what he does best, made it FOUR wide at the worst possible moment and rubbed his RR fender up into Ryans LF forcing Ryan into Kasey's LR fender, and Ryan lost his tire from that contact.
The rest of the race (a few laps) was a mystery as ESPN lost their satellite feed, but replayed the last 2 laps, showing Kasey Kahne winning, Leffler, not quite able to overtake him on the inside line, came in second and David Reutimann coming in third.
See the unofficial results here: nascar.com
NASCAR has to develop a system that allows them to correct their own errors.
I'm watching the Bristol Busch race. During a series of pit stops, Kyle Busch got a commitment cone violation and served the penalty. This would seem to have taken the car out of contention of the win, and he might have had the winning car.
Some laps later, NASCAR came back and said they had made a mistake about the call.
I say that at the next yellow, or call a yellow, and they fix their error and put the car they penalized back in the spot they came from, or half the distance to the front (Kind a like football!) Half the distance meaning if they were 10th, and now 20th, they get put to 10th.
It ain't perfect, but when the officials make an error, they need to fix it.
What do you think?
Here's a quote from an article:
"I do want to say that I think it's about time we give Teresa a break," he said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. "She makes the decision on that number because she owns it and as much as I am disappointed and frustrated over the fact that I don't get to keep driving the No. 8, the stuff that I read on the Internet and the stuff that I'm hearing is going on, the remarks about her, directed toward her, I don't think anybody deserves that. If people just take a step back and look, she hasn't done anything intentionally detrimental to me."
OK Dale, we will stop noting her absentia at the track, and hard nosed business edge. No problem!!
See the rest of the article by Rhea White at: scenedaily.com
A Reflection by Bruce Simmons
NASCAR fans are the most loyal consumers to the sports sponsors, right? I think we can demonstrate that simply.
Rather than publicly bashing Teresa (And we are frustrated by her methods of running a team in NASCAR), then I suggest we 'speak' our displeasure with our wallets. IF possible, who ever the sponsors are on the 8 car next year, we try to find alternate companies to buy products from. Plain and simple. The wallet has more power than you can imagine.
Sharing the front row with him is Juan Montoya, followed by McMurray, Ragan, Blaney, Edwards, Newman, Rudd, Johnson and Jeff Burton for the top 10.
Of note: Ward Burton, Kenny Wallace, Dale Jarrett & AJ Allmendinger made it in. (Allmendinger is one funny guy. He refers to himself as dinger because his name is just too long to remember!!)
Jr and Jeff Gordon are sharing the 9th row.
Did not qualify: David Reutimann, Sterling Marlin, Brian Vickers, Kevin Lepage, Stanton Barrett Jr.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
What did they take away:
They took away 1,815 cubic yards of concrete.
842 cubic yards of concrete walls.
More than an acre’s worth of asphalt – 275 loads in 20-ton trucks.
What they put back:
More than 3,000 cubic yards of concrete.
More than 650 tons of rebar – roughly the equivalent of 382 Nextel Cup cars.
The track is 3 feet wider, now 43 feet wide.
Pit road is now concrete instead of asphalt.
The pit stalls are 16 feet by 28 feet. (2 feet wider)
The track surface itself has slightly variable banking, which gives the surface more of a bowl shape, which track designers hope will make it nearly as fast to run one groove up as it is to run right around the bottom.
See the entire article at thatsracin.com
"Looking back now, I would've done things differently when I was young and dumb and racing for Roger Penske," the 38-year-old said. "Roger tried to get me to look at the big picture, but I guess I had to hit rock bottom to understand.
"I thought the grass was greener elsewhere. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have left because that's when my struggles started."
See the details at the foxsports.com article.
"NASCAR insisted that not only must AT&T Mobility remove the 'AT&T' name and logo immediately, but also that AT&T Mobility feature the very name, 'Cingular,' that AT&T Mobility has spent millions of dollars removing from the marketplace," AT&T states in their motion.
I say AT&T start a NASCAR competition division called Cingular NASCAR, and put their old X logo back on the car, and spend the money instead of on legal fees, on marketing the crap out of their NASCAR division on TV!! Everyone wins. (Well, at least that seems to be the short answer to this silly scenario that is keeping us fans in suspense.)
See the whole article and all the details at: scenedaily.com
Following an invitation from Toyota NASCAR team Bill Davis Racing, former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will make his NASCAR debut behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra truck on Monday, August 27 at Chicagoland Speedway in Illinois.
See billdavisracing.com for the rest of the article!
Red Bull’s motorsports guru Helmut Marko says that the company would be happy to help Scott Speed kick start a NASCAR career.
As the man who looks after the company’s young drivers, Marko is eager to give Speed a helping hand, after he was dropped following a falling-out with Scuderia Toro Rosso bosses Gerhard Berger and Franz Tost. The former STR driver had some initial discussions with U.S.-based teams last week.
See the SpeedTV Article on the whole deal.
Jim Utter over at ThatsRacin says that Barring a last-minute change, Nextel Cup Series veteran Mark Martin and rookie Aric Almirola will become the drivers of Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s No. 8 Chevrolet next season, The Charlotte Observer has learned.
Good scoop if it's true.
(It just won't be the same.. )
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
After a late race spin by the race leaders, Kyle Busch and Travis Kvapil, Johnny Benson's late race pit stop paid off, the fresher tires helping him to hold off newlywed Brendan Gaughan to win the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series' O'Reilly 200 on Wednesday night.
Mark Martin finished third, followed by Mike Skinner and Rick Crawford.
Normally, I don't have anything bad to say about Speed TV's coverage, but it felt like they had ESPN staff on loan!
At one point, for quite some time, all we saw were the 4 front running trucks spread out, but no other trucks.. I thought it was a 4 truck race!! Then at one point, we see a truck starting to spin out of a corner, but they pan away to the front of the pack before we see him lose it!! Ack!! Quit teasing me!!
Ok, that's really all I got, it wasn't that bad, but there was an aweful lot of focus on the leaders and not a lot of focus on the pack of trucks racing each other.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck series is at Bristol and this will be Brendan Gaughan's first race as a married man. And from the pic that I absconded with at NASCAR.com, it seems the garage is having their fun with it! (pic via nascar.com, from southpointracing.com)
Look out Brendan, that's probably an unapproved aero adjustment!
The O'Reilly 200 truck race is Aug 22 (tonight) at 7:30 ET.
Jeff Gordon’s spokesperson Jon Edwards told the Detroit Free Press that the driver “has not agreed to participate. They contacted me with very little specifics, and I explained that I highly doubt that Jeff would be able to participate because taping coincides with the ‘Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.’ I asked for more information before I reviewed with Jeff, and I have received nothing,” he said.
That's typical Trump. He is the master of advertising and pomp and likes to push things to look better then they are.
Sorry folk.. my bad for believing "The Donald". realityblurred.com (Now I wonder about the other people Trump said were on his show.)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
What? This can't be good for the customers!!
Michael Waltrip and David Reutimann were over at the the Dominoes Headquarters and they participated in a pizza making contest. Hmm.
Well, David was faster at putting a pizza (pre cooked stage) together by 1 second, but the second leg of the contest involved cooking it, boxing it, cutting it and putting it on the order shelf.
Michael went first in this leg. But when David got up, he noticed that there were objects in his way everywhere he needed to go to make the second part of the leg! Michael!! Shame on you!
David recovers nicely by saying, "It's good to let the boss win every now and then.".
Good recovery David!! See the funny article at nascar.com
Waltrip is a hoot... I'm liking his latest round of ads reading fan letters about the e-brake, school zone and what not. That brings back the memory of the Sammy Hagar ad too.... At least Toyota and Dominoes seem to be sticking with their guys.. that's nice to see.
Today, on NASCAR Live, with Eli Gold on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 128, Todd Bodine was the in-show guest, and a caller asked a pretty good question:
How long is a firesuit good for?
Well, my opinion on the issue would be that they are only as good as the main and associate sponsors sticking around, which, in some cases changes from year to year.
Todd Bodine said that firesuits are only good for about a year.
They have 2 or 3 suits, and they get dry cleaned every week and the chemicals in the dry cleaning process wears out the 'nomex' in the suits.
Now you know!
The 50-year-old Rudd, in his 28th season as a full-time driver in the Cup series, told the Virginian Pilot that he has informed car owner Robert Yates of his decision to step out of the No. 88 car.
See the rest of the article over at sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Labonte started fourth and ran in the top 10 for the first half of the race and ended up finishing ninth in Tuesday's 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his second top-10 finish of the season.
See more details from this article at scenedaily.com
The rains subsided and the ark was put away, and the racing commenced, finally, albeit under the threat of heavy fog in the first set of green/yellow flag laps at Michigan International Raceway. The fog caused a red flag but they soon got back under way 1/2 an hour later to start the race in earnest on lap 13 as Jeff Gordon led them to the green.
Kurt Busch won the event, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth & Denny Hamlin rounding out the top 5.
Tony Stewart came in 10th, Dale Earnhardt Jr 12th. Jeff Gordon has some off roading issues as he got stuck in the infield after spinning down the straight away... he came in 27th.
After 203 of 200 laps, (yep, green white checkered at the end), there were 20 cars on the lead lap. (The GWC came about after Greg Biffle spun in Turn 2).
The unofficial results are at nascar.com
As far as points go, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton swapped spots, with Jimmie being in 6th now and Kurt Busch stayed in 12th, 33 points behind Martin Truex Jr.. Dale Earnhardt Jr took over 13th, but is a distant 163 points back.
The late race charge by Truex wasn't much to make Busch fans feel threatened. At the end of the race, Kurt had the restarts well in hand, and was able to put just enough distance on his fellow competitors each lap to let the viewer know he was probably going to win unless lightning struck in those last few laps.
The unofficial points standings are at nascar.com
Monday, August 20, 2007
Personally, and statistically, he performed better than Kyle did at that time overall, and I think it was a mistake to let him go. (I compared statistics and sent Petty Enterprises a letter with the stats, but no one answered.) But it is what it is.
See the link for an interview with John Andretti on NASCAR.com
Anyway, back in July, I posted a small article about the last 30 drivers, yep, count them, 30, that drove a car with the # 8 on it. That list included the likes of Sterling Marlin, Jeff Burton and Dick Trickle. I only went back as far as 1975. (You can find my post HERE)
It looks like Ryan McGee of ESPN has one upped me, and put out an article showing ALL the drivers of a car with the #8 on it, (82 in all) and their track records so to speak and he's softening the blow when Dale Earnhardt Jr moves on to start another legacy for us.
It's a great article for those curious about the legacy, and he seems to hint at the '08' in red nations future, or at least that's how I'm reading it, and that will make it much easier on the tatoo wearers in the halls of NASCAR fans!!
On a sidebar: I heard a caller on The Morning Drive on Sirius Satellite the other day say it would be great for Jr to drive a 33 car. HELLO? Jr. has said himself he isn't looking for a ride with the 3 on it!! (Of course, now that I've said that, watch the 3 car show up in the Hendrick stable... huh?)
Here's the article: sports.espn.go.com (It's a great tidbit to read!)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
There is a 100 percent chance of rain today and an 80 percent chance of rain tomorrow in Michigan, which means the race could be run on Tuesday. But rain is a possibility then, too.
See the details at speedtv.com
Saturday, August 18, 2007
They were followed by Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton & Greg Biffle to round out the top 5.
See here for the finishing list: foxsports.com
Rudd, who turns 51 next month, will make his 898th start on Sunday. Only the King, Richard Petty has more career starts (1,185). But Rudd told team owner Robert Yates last week on the trip home from Watkins Glen he was not committed to running the full season in 2008.
See the rest of the article at foxsports.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. blames his step-mother Teresa Earnhardt, the owner of Dale Earnhardt Inc., for not allowing the No. 8 to move with him to Hendrick Motorsports next season.
"She either feels too personal about the number, or the rift between me and her is too personal," Earnhardt Jr. said Saturday. "I'm not going to sit here and get personal about this. It's upsetting as hell and unfortunate, but that's just what happens sometimes."
"Max tried his butt off to make it work," Earnhardt Jr. said. "He was trying to talk to Teresa and get some sense into her."
Teresa Earnhardt was not at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. (Oh, that's a shock!!) She rarely talks to the media.
See the whole article at espn.go.com
It starts out: A pilot of a NASCAR plane was planning an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit seconds before communications cut off and the aircraft crashed, killing five people, a newspaper reported Friday.
I don't want to propogate this any more, but I interested, the entire article is at: ap.org
Friday, August 17, 2007
So how many other series drivers are really coming to NASCAR.
Juan Pablo Montoya actually made the jump to NASCAR. Albeit, his best success has been on road courses, but it seems obvious he will take to the ovals fairly soon.
Sam Hornish has been dabbling in the Busch Series, but to no real success that I can see.
Scott Speed was in the rumor mill earlier this week, but I wasn't paying attention. I assume that if his scenario starts to pan out, we'll hear more about it in the coming weeks or months. As noted in the article, "the owner of the Red Bull energy drink empire has indicated that Scott Speed, recently fired from a Formula One outfit backed by the beverage company, may be bound for NASCAR."
But now, a new name has been thrown into the mix, because the next open-wheel driver to break into NASCAR could be Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti!
Dario Franchitti is friends with Richard Childress and Childress is possibly plotting a fourth car for him. (Hence the 4th car rumors?)
Childress notes that Franchitti races as hard every lap, first or last, and to me, that may be a warning sign, since Montoya drives like that now, and is ticking off several competitors in the process.
For the details, see nascar.com
It's being investigated as an untimely death, a state police spokesman said.
Read more details at foxsports.com
Quotes from the article below:
Juan Pablo Montoya has generated animosity among his peers this season for aggressive driving that has led to crashes. (And from what I can tell, a crash almost every race!)
Harvick said. "He can run fast, but he's all over the place and every week it seems like he runs into a different person." At least he's not showing favoritism.
While Montoya is not concerned about being popular among his peers, he does want to be respected.
"Being a rookie, I want people to know if they're faster than me, I'll give them space," he said.
I can't say one way or another on Montoya, to be honest. New drivers tend to push their threshold when they first come on to the Cup scene, and in their first year, they learn where their limits are, and how far they can, or should push other drivers, or their own cars.
With the media ALL OVER Montoya, we see his every action, which may not be any more aggressive than the other new drivers, but then again, he does seem to echo and behave like he doesn't care as he appears to be plowing through and fighting traffic, whether he's on the lead lap, or not.
A posted aritcle
An association of U.S.-based racing sanctioning bodies is asking to get involved in the Kentucky Speedway antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp.
The Automobile Competition Committee for the United States has asked to file a legal brief in support of NASCAR and ISC because the case involves how sanctioning bodies determine the tracks that get races.
"Kentucky Speedway asks the Court to substitute a jury's judgment for the considered judgment of the sanctioning body responsible to the sport and its fans...," the association writes in its brief. "If tracks could overturn sanctioning decisions merely by convincing a local jury that they 'deserved' to host a race, courts would be endlessly embroiled in settling such disputes."
This kind of legal stuff is far enough over my head that I can't write competently enough, so I suggest checking out the full story at scenedaily.com
Capturing the pole put Greg Biffle back to 2nd followed by
Elliott Sadler round out the top 5 qualifiers.
Jeremy Mayfield, Dale Jarrett, Scott Wimmer (Furniture Row), Kevin LePage, and AJ Allmendinger DID NOT make the show for Sunday.
See the starting grid at foxsports.com
Charlie Dean Leffler, who was named in honor of Leffler’s father, weighed six pounds, nine ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
How can I put it - OH MY GOD, there's more episodes of this crap!
There was no announcer explaining the statistics, the money, the intricacies of sponsorships, just fan interviews, and some type of what you'd call race coverage of one event, while the show focused this episode on Montoya, Martin and Johnny Sauter.
At one point, while we watch Sauter dealing with a air cooling system failure, they switch away to a black screen and print the words on the screen that he is having problems.
Not once did an announcer say one thing. Did they not want to pay someone any more than what they already spent on the production? Deliverance type music played in the background at times, I'm sure, shoring up some people's perspective on the sport rather than helping the sport get a better image... Thanks ABC.. nice job yet again in your attempt at insightful coverage of our favored sport!
See the details of the drama at scenedaily.com
Here's a good article on NASCAR.com about the 'in between jobs" guy, Geoff Bodine...
Dale Earnhardt Jr is leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season and had hoped to take No. 8 with him to his new team. His late grandfather, Ralph, used that number and Earnhardt picked it when he entered the Cup Series in 1999.
Although teams do not own numbers - they are leased through NASCAR - DEI had the first right of refusal on the No. 8, and Hendrick officials said Wednesday they were unable to reach an agreement that would have made DEI pass on choosing the number for 2008.
Is it spite, or just business?
The emotional response is, why not let Jr keep the 8. That is who it is associated with it. If anyone else gets in the car, it is just anotehr number, no matter who's driving it. In fact, who ever gets in that car, will probably have an image issue to deal with for some time to come.
If it ain't Jr., it ain't sh**!! We'll see.
He keeps saying he how well he did in the confrontation.. But I swear, I saw him doing the facemask penalty first!! That's 20 yards for you buddy!!!
Check out the article at courant
In case you missed the first episode last night (I taped it to watch tonight), here's a link to the website, and notes about upcoming episodes on the ABC Primetime series about NASCAR...
Yea - we get some kind of mainstream coverage that's not NASCAR based!!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Booooo!! If ya give Kenny a good car, he can do something with it people!!!!
See the details at
Doug Randolph is now crew chief of the No. 43 Dodges driven by Bobby Labonte at Petty Enterprises, replacing Paul Andrews, effective immediately.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), has signed 22-year-old Kyle Busch to drive for
the No. 18 team in Nextel Cup beginning in 2008.
See the details of the announcement on their website: Joe Gibbs Racing
Wallace said he had turned down an offer to drive for RCR next year.
"I'm retired and am a broadcaster now," the ESPN motorsports analyst said.
So much for that media noise!
issued by a district court judge that had allowed AT&T logos to be
placed on the No. 31 car got overruled and this decision, which would
require the removal of the new AT&T logo from the car, could impact the
team as soon as Michigan.
The proprietary sponsor monies battle rages on, and you can see all the
details to this at SCENEDAILY
Monday, August 13, 2007
track during the red flag and go ask Kenseth for an autograph through
The fan was arrested.. go figure!! RockchesterDandC
John Andretti will be driving for BAM for the rest of the year!
Lee Spencer over at Fox says Gibbs is excited about the prospect of
adding Kyle Busch to his stable if butt kickers! FoxSports
Also, Lee says there are rumblings of Rusty Wallace maybe wanting to
come back to racing. (Rusty, DON'T).
I use Terry Labonte & Bill Elliott as examples.. (With no disrespect
meant..) FoxSports <http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/7116208>
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin led the field to the line for today's Cup race, the Centurion Boats at the Glen, at Watkins Glen.
Everyone at some point was not immune to issues in the corners as many drivers found themselves in the gravel and facing the wrong way at times.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s motor let go late in the race.
With 18 to go on a restart, Martin Truex jr. tapped out Montoya in turn 1, and Montoya collected Harvick into the sand and a wrecking yard ensued from that.
As the 42 and 29 cars came to rest, Harvick and Montoya got out and came together to “chat”, Montoya started grabbing at Harvick’s helmet and shoving his head back as they “chatted”.
Later, a reporter asked what they were talking about and Harvick responded that he was “talking about kicking his ass” and some other commentary about Montoya always hitting someone every week.
With 2 to go, Jeff Gordon leading the way, he wheel hops off of turn 1, giving the lead to Tony Stewart. On the last lap, the runner up, Carl Edwards flew off the course on turn 10 while trying to chase down Tony Stewart, to no avail.
After spinning in mid race spin, Tony Stewart works his way to the win, followed by Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Ron Fellows and Robby Gordon. Carl Edwards gets himself into eighth, Jeff Gordon ninth.
Unofficial Results on NASCAR.com
Lap by Lap on NASCAR.com
Saturday, August 11, 2007
See all the details at scenedaily.com
First, the collective NASCAR world was mesmerized as Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he is leaving his long time team of DEI, headed by his step-mother, Teresa Earnhardt and going to Hendrick Motorsports, headed by Dale’s long time friend Rick Hendrick.
Following that announcement, Dale Jr. announced his dissolution of his own personal contracts with Budweiser, showing the power of the potential new sponsor maybe.
In reality, at the moment, it is all conjecture as to who Jr.’s new sponsor for 2008 will be, but whenever it is announced, the consumer rush to refill their memorabilia coffers with new hats, die-casts, jackets, etc. will be on in a big way! Hopefully though, for you tattoo wearers, I’d say hold off on any new numbers or sponsor tats for a while.
As far as Budweiser goes, they’ve sponsored Darrel Waltrip in the mid 80’s, Kenny Schrader in the 90’s and Jr. from 99 to 2007. Where Budweiser goes next can be a milestone for the driver they decide to go with, and present rumors seem to point to Kasey Kahne. He basically already drives a red car, and Dodge has made statements to the affect that any deals Gillett Evernham Racing might make for a primary or shared sponsorship would be ok with them.
Kevin Harvick had the car to beat at the end, as no one could really keep up with him.
He was followed by Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard & Brad Coleman.
Harvicks win ties him with Jack Ingram for 2nd all time wins, behind Mark Martin.
You can see all the results at nascar.com
He led 2nd place finisher Ron Hornaday by close to 2 1/2 seconds across the line.
They were followed by Mike Skinner, David Starr & Todd Bodine.
See all the results at NASCAR.com
The front 6 are Kurt Busch, Juan Montoya, Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon, Scott Pruett & Jeff Burton.
See the whole line up at foxsports.com
Friday, August 10, 2007
Riggs drives the No. 10 that competes under the Valvoline Evernham Racing banner. The driver is not competing this weekend, though. The team sits outside the top 35 in owner points and does not have a guaranteed starting position in the race. Therefore, the team decided to put road racer Patrick Carpentier behind the wheel for the weekend's events at Watkins Glen International. Carpentier must qualify on speed to earn a spot in the race. (And with qualifying rained out, we know where that went!!)
Marcus Ambros is not in the CUP event driving one of Robby Gordon's cars.
And a man with something to prove, Robby Gordon, is sitting in the 15th
row, with Jeff Gordon on the pole!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Stout's normal position on the team roster is "Mom and Refreshment Coordinator" but because of an unusual series of circumstances, she'll be in the thick of the action as her son, J.C. Stout, competes in the Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra 200.
With the regular rear tire carrier -- her brother, Joe Szwaczkowski -- recuperating from emergency surgery, the 53-year-old resident of Castile, N.Y., has volunteered to take his place as a member of the over-the-wall gang for J.C.'s No. 91 Chevrolet.
nascar (Don't ever talk back to this mom!!)
Here's an article on JP and roadcourses: scenedaily
On top of that, Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife, Connie, are scheduled to be guests on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday to promote ABC's "NASCAR in Primetime" special.
The program takes a glimpse into the lives of several drivers and captured Montoya's life away from the track, on the golf course and at home in Miami with his wife and children.
The six-week, six-episode program premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
The veteran Liberati starts next weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
(This could also possibly help with his on track antics at times??)
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
It looked like multiple violations to me!!
Gordon was found to be in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. (YA THINK!!)
Though the actions are "detrimental to stock car racing", they sure are hot cakes for tv ratings!!
The fine and probation also have the stipulation that if there is another action by Gordon that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock-car racing or NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, he will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR.
Some would think that him breathing covers those points!
Lee Spencer, the ever deligent Fox Reporter, posts that Gordon will field a second CUP car — the No. 77 for Marcos Ambrose.
"Marcos did a helluva job," Gordon said. "He led a lot of laps on Saturday. It will be great to have him as my teammate."
That's cool Robby.. let's hope you don't get pulled for this upcoming weekend bud!
I'm still awaiting announced penalties, if any, from NASCAR.
(OK, I had to say 'if any'. We all know that whether NASCAR was right or wrong, they are going to come down on Robby. Right?)
Of course, the rumor grinder says sources with knowledge of the situation say Yeley will indeed be out of the #18 next season, and behind the wheel of the #21 Ford.
Yeley hasn't been catching my eye during the season except when he gets caught up in wrecks, but that may not be a bad thing, just an observation.
In other news (rumors), Red Bull is going to Chevy! It seems to be speculation more than anything as the crazy rumor mill starts to power up with the season getting near the end!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Dave Moody has reported that Kyle Busch will be driving the #18 Toyota Interstate Batteries car for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008 and beyond. (Yes, you read it right!)
The misplaced J.J. Yeley will be headed over to drive the 21 car for the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing. (Watch out J.J ., if you don't make the top 35, you'll probably get the bench like Schrader did! Nooo, I'm not angry about how the Wood Brothers handled Kenny!!)
An official announcement is expected within the next 2-3 weeks.
And yes, JGR will go over to the Toyota camp 2008. I trust Dave Moody, so Moody, you better be right!!!
It's the 10 to 14 positions that we are all watching right now. After his dominant performance at Pocono, Kurt Busch moved up into the bubble spot of 12th, bumping Dale Earnhardt Jr to 13th.. Jr is only 7 points behind Kurt, but look out Jr., because Ryan Newman is in 14th, just 83 points behind you! No slip ups the rest of the season guys!
As much as I'd like to see Newman get in, with his spate of poor luck, I don't see it, and if he does get in, I don't see the type of consistent performance out of him that we see out of the likes of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart or Kurt Busch. (I guess I am inadvertently stating who I think the top 4 contenders will be!)
The top 12 are
1-Jeff Gordon (3236 pts),
2-Denny Hamlin (2870)
3-Matt Kenseth (2825)
4-Jeff Burton (2763)
5-Tony Stewart (2749)
6-Carl Edwards (2682)
7-Jimmie Johnson (2624)
8-Kyle Busch (2611)
9-Kevin Harvick (2600)
10-Clint Bowyer (2552)
11-Martin Truex Jr. (2434)
12-Kurt Busch (2399)
On SIRIUS Satellite Radio, NASCAR Channel 128 on The Morning Drive, Marty Snider announced that George Gillett is the majority owner of the new entity, Gillett Evernham Racing.
I found the details at Evernham Motorsports web site. Check it out.
The press release starts out:
"STATESVILLE, NC – August 6, 2007– Today, Ray Evernham and George N. Gillett, Jr. announced the creation of Gillett Evernham Motorsports (GEM), a partnership combining Evernham Motorsports and the Gillett family where Evernham will remain a substantial owner and retain the title of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)."
Does this mean the website has to change/ It probably will. It should. Technically, Evernham Motorsports broke the info, but Marty Snider broke the news on air, because I couldn't find it on any other web site at this moment of posting. (Does that mean I'm the breaking news source on the web!!?? That would be cool.)
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Dale Earnhardt Jr up front more or less, spinning in one lap and during the resulting yellow, also got a shock absorber changed to help him run much better the rest of the day to finish 2nd.
With one lap to go, Kurt Busch has a 3.8 second lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he went on to win the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono, as they were followed by Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin & Casey Mears that rounds out the top 10 for the day.
See the complete list of finishers athttp://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2007/21/data/results_unofficial.html
Now, remember when ESPN bashed on Tony Stewart for stating he was going to celebrate with a beer? Today after the race, Kurt Busch was either blatantly tempting fate, or wasn't thinking, because while on national TV, he celebrated by popping open a Miller Lite (His sponsor) and taking a swig after the winning interview on ESPN.. (Groan.) Meanwhile, Jeff Gordon is taking a swig from his own drink, the Jeff Gordon 24 Energy Drink, which isn't bad.. I tried one today!
"Toward the end of Saturday's race at Montreal, Robby Gordon demonstrated blatant disrespect and disregard for NASCAR directives on multiple occasions," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "His actions were certainly disruptive to the orderly conduct of the event." (nascar-bits.blogspot.com)
UPDATE: Well, Robby did make a comment, and it can be found at
But as I write, the site is loading very slowly, presumably from the amount of people headed over there to look.
For the record: Robby made a bad move in a bad situation.
I think he was right. He should have been put back in the spot he was spun from, if indeed, he was spun under yellow.
I understand why he did what he did.. To have listened to NASCAR officials would have put him outside the top 10. (But he'd be driving today if he did.) If they had heard his appeal, then where he finished might have been awarded to him. That was the premise of his continueing. (HELLO, Robby? When has NASCAR ever gone back on a call, even when they are wrong?) But the parking stems from not adhering to NASCAR's instructions.
I think what's occurred here will open the spotlight on this kind of scenario because Robby noted that these kind of scenario's have occurred before.
Good idea Robby, bad execution.