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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kenny Wallace, Brian Scott have heated discussion via Twitter

Kenny Wallace seemed to unintentionally set off a Twitter war between himself and fellow-NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brian Scott earlier this week. The Tweet from Wallace that set Scott off:

“MY THOUGHTS. . Trevor Bayne is a good driver, He will get a ride Imediately! . . Brian Scotts dad is wealthy he will BUY a ride Imediately. .

Wallace’s tweets were in response to announcements this week that both Bayne and Scott were parting ways with the teams they had driven for this season, up to that point.

Not long afterward, Scott tweeted back with this response:

“Jees @kenny_wallace thanks for all the kind words. . . Not! You should maybe give me a chance or get to know me first. . . Your choice.”

On some level, Wallace may have brought up an interesting—and disturbing to some—trend of some drivers seeming to buy their way into national level competition. But Brian Scott?

Whether or not Scott’s family has money and whether or not that money played a part in helping him reach the level he is currently competing at aside, at least Scott seems to have the talent to make the best of the opportunity the money may or may not have gotten him.

To read more, visit Auto Racing Daily.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A look at NASCAR's appeals process

The turn of events following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway a couple of weekends ago that led to Clint Bowyer being docked 150 driver points, Richard Childress Racing losing 150 owner points and crew chief Shane Wilson being fined $150,000 and placed on probation for six races have sort of brought NASCAR’s appeals process into the spotlight.

As is often the case when penalties are handed down by NASCAR, especially penalties of this magnitude, Richard Childress Racing is appealing NASCAR’s decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commission. The appeal is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday.

The Stock Car Racing Commission, or NSCRC, is an independent board that hears appeals to NASCAR penalties. It’s made up of 32 volunteer members from various motorsports backgrounds, including track presidents, former drivers, former car owners, and even a few people from racing series other than NASCAR.

The Commission has a formal outline for how appeals are brought to the NSCRC and heard, which is described in section 14 of the NASCAR rule book. Anyone slapped on the wrist with a NASCAR penalty who wants to appeal it has 10 days of being notified of the penalty to do so. The penalized party seeking appeal is required to hand deliver the request for appeal, along with a $200 hearing fee, to the Commission Chairman.

To read more, visit Auto Racing Daily.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's Official: NASCAR TV Coverage Sucks

Well, well, well.

After a season that has proven in the past never to leave the TV set with only a few laps to go, fans began to tune in or continue watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover. Would there be a caution? Would Jeff Burton catch up the Jimmie Johnson? The answers to those questions were about to be answered.

And then.......

"I trust them, and you can too." ..... "Nationwide is on your side!"

Whew. That's a relief. For a second there, I thought that we wouldn't get to see another commercial with Dale Jr. and his family. I love those!

Yeah, that's right, a commercial. Perhaps you didn't know this however, as you may have turned off the TV with annoyance to the tremendous amount of commercials during the entire race before the ending. And, for the record, I wouldn't blame you.

Here's what some fans had to say on Twitter:

Thank God for MRN on Sirius and RaceView so a person can keep track of the race.

My favorite part was when I started to watch 20 to go and saw 6 laps on Knauss and JJ only with a feature #FAIL #ESPN

And some from The Daly Planet

How are you going to go to commercial in the last 10 laps? ESPN went from trying to be the best at coverage to the worst! First time fans tune in to see the start and finish, not the middle of the race. Pick up your game! I'll be happy when NASCAR on Fox comes back.

Thank goodness it's over! I thought this was a very boring race as presented made worse by retarded booth monkeys. I would have left and gone for a motorcycle ride except for the rain. If the racing and coverage continues like today, I will find something else to do.

Others have said this--but having commercials during the last 10 laps of green flag racing is just a slap in the face of Nascar fans. It looked like they even had to cut the last one short to get back before the checkered flag. Who wouldn't want to see the Earnhardt's talking about their insurance company for the 1000th time rather than real racing? Who makes the decision when to go to commercials? Were their extra spots to show because there were fewer yellow flags than expected?

I was stunned they went to a commercial break as well. I am done. It's football season anyway.

These were just some of the comments made by the fans. There's no question that there is a problem here. Fans tune in everyweek to watch a race. And when it seems like they are tuning in to watch commercials with race breaks, it proves something needs to be changed.

Fans have suggested ESPN and INDY car style "side by side" commercial breaks, and others have just suggested fewer commercials. Some fans suggest that the announcers aren't bringing in excitement, or that the right people aren't in the right place.

The root of the problem is just about everything mentioned above. However, the commercial issues are in deep need of being solved.

No matter what happens on track, the ratings seem to constantly go down, while the complaints go up. As a fan of the sport, I have somewhat kept my mouth shut about issues with TV coverage, however within the past few weeks, it has seemed to bother me more and more.

The racing is better than ever, so something needs to be changed with the TV coverage.

I don't think there is much doubt about that anymore.

Now, just hope that something is changed by 2014. Because if nothing is changed by 2014, there won't be much to negotiate about as far as TV contracts are concerned.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dover Weekend Notes(Constantly Updated)

Hamlin's comments on Bowyer's penalties:

"They should be happy they're even in the Chase at this point. They were warned, and they were warned before Richmond. Everyone in the garage knows that. They're the ones who wanted to press the issue and get all they could to make sure they got into the Chase. They got in it, and then they got busted when they kept going with it."

- Clint Bowyer's comments:

"You always want to win races. You're very proud to win races and I'm still proud of that win. I don't believe that we did anything wrong. I guess I'll go on record and say that, first and foremost, in my opinion. I want my fans to know that.

There is a lot of integrity that goes into this sport. I'm damn proud of being a part of this sport. I love this sport and I wouldn't cheat to win a race in this sport. We have a lot more integrity for myself and our race team at RCR. Hopefully I only have to do this once.

I woke up about 6 o'clock this morning, which is uncharacteristic for me. I just grabbed a notebook and wanted to make some notes. You know, for myself and for you guys. I know a lot of you guys have a lot of questions; trust me, there are a hell of a lot of questions that I have, too. And I'm going to go through them. I like to have facts when something like this comes down. I've got a timeline of facts.

I'm going to start with number one: We were warned after Richmond that the car was too close to tolerances.

Number two: We were told by NASCAR they were taking the car after New Hampshire, no matter what; first or 43rd.

Number three: The car passed pre- and post-race inspections at the race track.

Number four: Monday, the rumors started about all this and in my opinion, forced NASCAR's hand to do something about it.

Number five: Wednesday came and it was a 150-point fine.

And the sixth thing, and at least an answer, you know, I'm looking for answers too. There are several things but one of them is a two-ton wrecker pushed me to victory lane.

I'm going to elaborate on them. I think the first one (is) we were warned that both sides of the car were high after Richmond. Both sides. After the race in New Hampshire, after it got back to the Tech Center or whatever they call that place, just the left side was high. I think this shows that we definitely had it fixed; something within that race happened.

Number two: After being told that they were taking the car, we made double sure before it went to New Hampshire that that car was right. Who in their right mind, knowing that they're going to take that car, wouldn't have made triple sure that thing was right before it went to the race track?

I could have hit the wall doing a burnout, I could have done a lot of things that other drivers have done and that other teams have done in a post-race celebration this year. I didn't. We didn't want to push that in NASCAR's face. We appreciated them warning us on the fact and we tried to fix the situation. They told us about that situation Wednesday. On Wednesday the car leaves. We had about two hours to jump on that car and make sure that thing was right.

And number three: The car passed pre- and post-race inspection, and three days later get such a huge fine? They take the car apart – completely apart – to measure this thing and in my opinion that's not the way the car was raced on the racetrack. I think that's something to be said.

Number four: Once the rumors started it wasn't long before the penalty. I think NASCAR has a lot of problems with a lot of cars on the racetrack being out of the box and I think they needed to set an example with something.

Number five: I don't think the penalty fits the crime. Sixty-thousandths of an inch, folks. Grab a quarter out of your pocket (holds up a quarter). That's sixty-five thousandths of an inch thick. Less than the thickness of that quarter right there resulted in a 150-point fine. Before or after this, grab that and ask yourself if that was a performance-enhancing thing right there.

And the last thing, my question is, is it possible that a two-ton wrecker could bend the quarter panel of this thing sixty-thousandths of an inch? You have to ask yourself that. I got hit during the race, turned a couple of times; racing is tough. Now if this thing was knocked out a half of an inch, I could see something being made. But if it passed the height sticks afterwards, the very height sticks the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) did not pass, then miraculously enough when that same pit crew pushed it back around after 20 minutes it passed, that was pretty amazing. You know it passed those same sticks.

And, you know, my dad owns a towing business and has since I was born in 1979. I know a little something about wreckers. About 15 years ago they took them push bumpers off the front of them for this very reason. I remember back when people used to come (during) a snow storm and (say), 'Please, push me out of the snow bank.' You push them out of the snow bank and two days later they'd show up with a body shop bill in their hand, wanting you to pay the body shop bill for the damage you did to the back of their car. This could happen. That's the only question I had for you guys (media) is to ask yourselves if it is possible for that to happen. That's all I've got to say.

I'm angry about the whole thing. This tarnished my win. It's something you're very proud of. I'm very angry about it. I'm angry for my fans for our sponsors. I'm angry about it. I think that there are a lot of things a lot of people don't know about, media included, and I don't understand it about as much as you do. So I found myself all week, instead of celebrating a win, trying to figure out what the hell they were talking about. The rumors, in my opinion, I truly believe that these rumors forced their hand in making a decision.

I think NASCAR does a great job of policing and maintaining common ground. Look at the racing. Now last year and the last two years, when an organization was as dominant as were, do you think they had something up on the competition? This year it's as close as it's ever been. I think it's pretty damn good racing on the race track. I think it's the best as we've had since this car was put into inception. So, I think they do do a good job. I respect the fact that what they have to look at each and every week.

My personal opinion, I don't like the R&D Center. I think what you bring to the racetrack is what they inspect. And, you know? Three days later the car the car (is) completely taken apart from something that you haven't even raced. I mean it's a completely different vehicle, you know? You take the suspension off the thing; these are all components that bolt on. It ain't a decal you took off. These things are bolted on and could interrupt the way the car is measured. How can that possibly be kept in the same box?

So I think there is a lot of cars that are close to being on the out-of-the-box side. I think that's what crew members and crew chiefs are paid to do and you know, yeah; I do think there are a lot of cars that are very close. I think they do a good job. I appreciated the fact that they warned us, you know? That's why we tried to fix the thing. That's why we did fix the thing before it went to New Hampshire so this wouldn't happen. Not to rub it in their face and say well you know what you're talking about, we're going to continue to do this and don't think you're going to do anything about it. I mean you've got to appreciate this sport and respect the sport and we darn sure did and it bit us in the rear for it.

Like I said, if any of you guys or anybody else think I won that race because not the quarter panels are high; not because the splitter is this much higher; because of some measurement that nobody even understands in this room or watching on TV, if that won me that race, I would gladly give it back to them. We won that race on fuel mileage is what it ended up being. If you want to start looking at something, look at our fuel cell. How could the quarter panels have won that race? I'm proud of that win. I am proud of giving General Mills their first win in this sport. They've sponsored this sport for a long time and that was a good win for all of us.

Had they looked at the car before? Probably. That is the thing about the R&D Center that I don't like. It's, it's...who knows. You don't know. To answer that question, I don't have a clue. (RCR officials) were down there at one part of the inspection. I don't know if it was the part that mattered or not. I do know, one other fact, the left rear quarter panel was split. The bumper cover from the quarter panel, the rivets were pulled out of it and the rear quarter panel was kinked. You know. We have a picture of that. I know that if it was hit hard enough to have split that...like I'm saying, it wasn't a half of an inch. You are talking less than the thickness of that quarter right there. Could it have moved it that much? I would say that was my only explanation of the whole mess.

They just acted like that was...their mind was set before the wrecker even came into the picture. You know, I mean, that was the thing. When I told you guys earlier this week that I show up on Friday with my helmet and Friday to Sunday is my job, anything that happens to those cars Monday through Friday, I don't really know about. I mean, I found out about it after the fact. I'm the one after the crew came to me and said 'Well, somehow that car is high again', I said "Did you tell them that there was a semi pushing the thing after the race?' That is a Freightliner. I wasn't a car. It wasn't a pace car pushing it around there, it was a Freightliner.

I feel like we were warned. We were told they were going to take the car. We had no reason to take that thing there out of the box. We knew they were taking that car and we knew that was our good shot at winning the race and it didn't matter whether we finished 43rd or won. They were going to take that car and they were going to look at it.

And after being warned, if it was out of the box again, they were going to penalize us. They already told us that. Why in the hell would you take a car to the racetrack knowing that they are going to take the car and they are going to penalize you if it is out of the box?

We fixed the problem and that is the only reason I am defensive about this. Richard (Childress) grabbed everybody, I'm telling you it was an ugly meeting after that warning. This isn't something that was taken lightly. He took everybody involved with that thing from the fabrication shop to me to Mike Dillon...everybody. Scott Miller, crew chief and it was a butt-chewing and it was a make sure, make damn sure that car passes tech when we go. I'm telling you, everybody did that. That is why I am defensive.

I apologize for coming in here and being stern. This isn't me. This is completely out of character for me. I don't like being in this situation. But if it paints you into the corner you've got to be able to react to it. Does it take away? I'm sure it does. I apologize to Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton and everybody at RCR for that very reason. This is something that shouldn't have happened; something that's completely complicated. I think there is about probably 80 percent of the people in the media and everywhere else that don't understand what the infraction even was."


1:50 ET- Round 2 of practice starting, the 1st practice for Saturday was pretty interesting, no doubt about it.

1:55- Practice underway, Logano fastest right now.

2:00- Top 5: 20, 33, 56, 47, 43

2:09- Same top 5, 6th through 10th: 12, 17, 16, 9, 42

2:10- Practice not televised, but FOX SPORTS has a good live leaderboard to follow along. Works really good.

2:23- Kurt Busch moves to 8th, Biffle and Kahne round out top 10. Montoya now in 11th.

2:40- Big gain for Jimmie Johnson. Moves into 7th. He was around 30th for most of the session. Top 10: 20, 33, 31, 17, 56, 47, 48, 11, 43 42. A lot of movement in the closing minutes.

End of practice: 20 33 31 17 56 47 11 48 43 42

Thursday, September 23, 2010


By:Paul Denton
Racing Hellonwheels

Clint Bowyer raced his way into the Chase capturing 12th place to start .
In New Hampshire he showed what it took to win and win from more experienced drivers .
Moving from 12th place to 2nd place was a accomplisment indeed ,
It was as soon as this was done there was alot of talk especially from the writers covering Nascar of why it should be changed because it didnt seem fair or right someone like Bowyer should move ahead of the more experienced drivers just because of one win.
"Like Bowyer" meaning not as experienced or widely known as other drivers.
In his careeer this was his 2nd Sprintcup win and a huge one ,The first race of the 2010 Chase To The Championship
He quickly became a favorite among fans and a driver deserving to be the chase But , the media didnt like it any many drivers and owners didnt either.
At Richmond where he clinched his chase berth he had a car inspected that didnt really meet Nascar rule book settings .
At New Hamshire there were questions also on that car, as per Nascar ,nothing found wrong with the cars that wouldve changed the out come of the races .
He was fined 150 points Back to 12th his crew chief and car chief were also both fined and are suspended from doing there duties for six weeks .
Almost the entire part of the Chase.
Will this affect Bowyer and the possibilty of him doing even better in the 11 races remaining
Most definitely be sure.
Is this the way to handle especially ,during the chase, penalties given out when it would not have changed the out come of the race NO!
This is one of the biggest mistakes Nascar has ever done .
You should not be pentalized points during the chase for infractions that didnt alter the outcome of the race or your position.
This is unheard of ,you can say what may but there have been other drivers and crews that have done worse during the chase only to have there wrists slapped .
NASCAR should reverse ther decision Now and put Bowyer back where he deserves to be ,2nd place and to hell that he isnt a Jimmie Johnson or Dale Junior
It isnt right !!
Right or Wrong ?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tony "Smoke" Stewart Heats Up Atlanta

After several rough restarts and being shuffled back into the field, Tony Stewart was able to rally back during the last restart to capture the checkered flag for the Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I didn't hit a restart all night until right there at the end," Stewart said. "I've never been so happy with a win in my life."

The Chevy Office Depot #14 Pit Crew provided an awesome pit stop that allowed Stewart to leave pit road right behind Carl Edwards which placed him back up front for the contention to win. As a result along with pure determination, Smoke was able to celebrate his first victory of the 2010 season.

It is hard to believe that it has taken this long for Stewart to win one race considering that last season he went to victory lane four times (for points races) - Pocono, Daytona, Watkins Glen and Kansas - plus won the All Star Race as a new driver/owner. This was definitely refreshing to watch because he is one of the most talented drivers in the series.

Until next time...Gear Up, Strap In For A Thrillin' Ride

*The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer*