500 Kilometers Of Phoenix
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:14 PM
Last year, Phoenix reconfigured the track, to include slightly more banking, and a controversially redesigned dogleg. Not that the dogleg played any role; everyone just took a short-cut and avoided it altogether. This year, however, NASCAR will set cones up such that drivers must stay on the track. Assuming it will be a penalty if you hit/go below the cones, similar to the commitment cone rules on pit lane.
Cup, Nationwide, and K&N Pro Series West this weekend.
2:30 PM: Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NNS race (200 miles)
5:30 PM: Talking Stick Resort 50 K&N Pro race (50 miles) (not televised live...air date TBD)
1:00 PM: Subway Fresh Fit 500 Cup race (312 miles)
NOTE THAT ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL TO PHOENIX...MOUNTAIN TIME IN AMERICA...GMT -7. Also those times are not accurate at all. Cup will probably star around 1:17.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:26 PM
2. Carl Harr (West World Computers Chevrolet)
24. Cameron Hayley (NAPA Gold Filters Toyota)
33. Jack Chisholm (THS Racing/Holleran's Performance Dodge)
71. Daryl Harr (World Connect Chevrolet)
81. D.J. Kennington (Northern Provisional Pipelines Toyota)
Drivers Related to People Related to Auto Racing
94. Chase Elliott (Hendrick Cars/Aaron's Chevrolet), son of NASCAR champion Bill
96. Benjamin Kennedy (TBD Chevrolet), son of International Speedway Corp. CEO and NASCAR Board of Directors member Lesa France Kennedy
98. Chad Boat (Celebrity Fight Night Chevrolet), son of IndyCar driver Billy
74. Carlos Iaconelli (Bienvenidos a NASCAR/Mayor Cars Toyota)
Top Series NASCAR Drivers
8. Johnny Borneman (TBD Chevrolet), NNS
9. David Gilliland (Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Elibach Ford), Cup/NNS
17. David Mayhew (MMI Services Chevrolet), NNS/CWTS
Harr (NNS) and Kennington (NNS/CWTS)
20. Eric Holmes (NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
26. Greg Pursley (Star Nursery Ford)
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:29 PM
Things that have changed since last week
4. Daryl Harr (TBA Chevrolet)
13. Jennifer Jo Cobb (Lemer & Rowe Injury Attorneys Dodge)
23. Jamie Dick (Viva Auto Group Chevrolet)
27. TBA (GCMI Ford)
33. Kevin Harvick (South Point Chevrolet)
52. Tim Schendel (Means Racing Chevrolet)
Drivers ESPN will show during the broadcast
7. Danica Patrick (GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)
54. Kyle Busch (Monster Energy Toyota)
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:43 PM
Differences from Daytona
10. David Reutimann (Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet)
23. Scott Riggs (North Texas Pipe Chevrolet?)
26. Josh Wise (MDS Trucking Ford)
33. Brendan Gaughan (South Point Chevrolet)
37. Timmy Hill (Poynt Ford)
93. Travis Kvapil (Burger King Toyota)
Guys who could fail to qualify
7. Robby Gordon (SPEED Energy Dodge)
30. David Stremme (TBA Toyota)
36. Dave Blaney (Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet)
49. J.J. Yeley (American Israel Racing Toyota)
87. Joe Nemechek (AM FM Energy Toyota)
98. Michael McDowell (Phil Parsons Racing Ford)
Riggs, Wise, and Hill as well.
Drivers I like
1. Jamie McMurray (Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
9. Marcos Ambrose (Stanley Tools Ford)
13. Casey Mears (GEICO Ford)
24. Jeff Gordon (AARP Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
27. Paul Menard (Menards/Tarkett Chevrolet)
47. Bobby Labonte (Kingsford Toyota)
83. Landon Cassill (Burger King Toyota)
Drivers I don't like
2. Horse (Miller Lite Dodge)
11. Denny Hamlin (FedEx Toyota)
15. Clint Bowyer (5 Hour Energy Toyota)
18. Kyle Busch (M&M's Toyota)
20. Joey Logano (The Home Depot Toyota)
22. A.J. Allmendinger (Pennzoil Dodge)
29. Kevin Harvick (Rheem Chevrolet)
38. David Gilliland (Long John Silver's Ford)
51. Kurt Busch (Phoenix Construction Chevrolet)
55. Mark Martin (Aaron's Toyota)
56. Martin Truex, Jr. (NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
99. Carl Edwards (Subway Ford)
Riggs, Wise, Gaughan, and McDowell as well.
Past winners at Phoenix
5. Kasey Kahne (Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
14. Tony Stewart (Office Depot Chevrolet)
17. Matt Kenseth (Best Buy Ford)
31. Jeff Burton (Wheaties Chevrolet)
32. Terry Labonte (TBD Ford)
39. Ryan Newman (WIX Filters Chevrolet)
48. Jimmie Johnson (Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)
88. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (National Guard Chevrolet)
Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Martin, and Edwards as well.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:13 AM
Love that stuff. Thirteenth year for me and NASCAR viewership. Nineteenth with USAC, literally from birth.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:15 AM
Posted 29 February 2012 - 06:22 PM
Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:57 PM
Sometimes, NASCAR appeals have only yielded harsher penalties. Once in the 90s, a driver appealed a two-race suspension and came out with four. In recent years, Robby Gordon simply cut a deal. He needed points to stay in the top 35, so he got his points back, and took a $100,000 fine (originally had been $25,000).
It is very rare that an appeal is successful.
Hendrick's case? The templates never even touched the car. NASCAR just looked at the C-post and said "this is illegal." The car also never hit the track; Clint Bowyer's car hit the track before failing an actual tech inspection, yet they got a slap on the wrist. Hendrick claims the same car, with that same C-post, has passed tech inspection sixteen times. Either means NASCAR let them get away with something illegal sixteen times, or they just screwed up.
Wouldn't surprise me if NASCAR wanted to create "the ultimate comeback story" or had pressure from fans to look like they were tough on Johnson's team when everyone says Hendrick gets away with cheating or something just silly like that. Knaus is a repeat offender, having been fined for a host of technical violations, suspended a few times. In 2002, he was even fined for swearing on live television.
At the moment, Johnson has a negative points total as the team was also fined points.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:21 PM
He may be porkier now, but damn does he look better...
This guy's my favorite driver...
His brother returned to NASCAR in Friday's CWTS race...
No hint needed...this was taken in 2001...
Twelve years separate this man's two Cup titles...
Hawks Subway sandwiches these days...
Really needed to use the restroom at Daytona...
A mustache in high school? What a bad***...
You think people said "wow, this guy's going to be a five-time champion someday," though I guess they also didn't know how often his team would cheat, and besides, he was a motorcycle racer turned off-road truck racer, not a stock car guy, talk about versatile...
Dale Jr. had bleached hair once, but this guy from my USAC video certainly isn't him...
His team only has one seat for their two cars. He wrecked three cars for them in Speedweeks...
This one took me a while, but he's in the USAC video, too...
Here's a freebie...
Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:22 AM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:53 PM
They are currently the only real Dodge team; Robby Gordon also fields a Dodge, but it doesn't count.
The 2013 Dodge Charger will be unveiled at Las Vegas next weekend. The spy shots of it that I posted in another thread were in Penske's shop of all places.
No word if this means the end of Dodge, or if they will try to lure another team in as the "factory" team of sorts.
Penske last raced Fords in 2002 before switching to Dodge the following year.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:52 PM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:10 PM
Give me a roof over my head, some food to eat and a fast car. That's all I need.
That's all I'll ever need.
"Gilles was the last great driver. The rest of us are just a bunch of good professionals."
The only true sports are motor racing and mountain climbing; everything else is just a game.
TF1 Blogs: be afraid, be very, very afraid..........
Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:41 AM
He answered "Darrell Waltrip."
Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:06 PM
He answered "Darrell Waltrip."
Not a stegosaurus?! Oh man, but stegosauruseseseses are BADASS!!
Or what about the one that is like a big armadillo but has a clubby thing on its tail?
Edited by JHS18, 03 March 2012 - 01:07 PM.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:33 PM
First he fires John Wes Townley after his DUI. Keep in mind RAB Racing is a very small team, they have no sponsorship, and JWT was funding the entire thing himself. They stood by their ethics over their need for money and put the kid in his place. So much respect, when Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty, etc. never had the balls to do that.
Now his NNS driver Kenny Wallace, one of the most annoying people in racing to say the least, needs sponsorship. He has funding through race five, and that's it. Benton has been talking to other drivers about replacing Wallace, and now Wallace is coming out down on his knees begging for people to sponsor him and "IF YOU SPONSOR ME FOR ONE RACE YOU GET ME FOR THE WHOLE YEAR" and complaining how "IT NEVER USED TO BE THIS WAY WITH ALL THESE RICH KIDS" when in reality I can't recall a time when it didn't cost money to go auto racing, but obviously Kenny knows best.
Anyway, here comes Benton:
Tremendous respect for the usage of "a**hats" and for painting Wallace the character he really is...someone who just needs to shut up and go away.
Can't wait to see who gets the ride.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:48 PM
Mark Martin brings the field to green driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. Martin retired after the 2005 season, and again after 2006, and again after 2007, and now he says he'll retire after 2013. He's racing part-time this year and next, splitting the #55 with owner Waltrip and yesterday's NNS winner Elliott Sadler. A fourth driver will run the two road course races, but has not yet been named (no doubt, in true NASCAR fashion, it will be some mid-pack Trans-Am guy from the 90s that NASCAR fans will worship as a road racing god. Not talking about Boris Said but I'm definitely talking about Boris Said).
Tony Stewart to his outside; Phoenix was one of the five races he didn't win in last year's Chase.
Regan Smith grids third, a great run for Furniture Row Racing. Despite winning Darlington last year, Furniture Row is a tiny team, really low-budget (do you think their livery gives that away?), and based in Denver. Not Denver, NC. Denver, CO. Thousands of miles away from all the personnel and wind tunnels and all that in Carolina. Doing it their way, and almost had a great run at Daytona (after starting sixth) before getting caught in a wreck.
Juan Montoya has a top five start, and that's good for him. Give it by 3/4 distance and he'll be twentieth or worse, and doing nothing to improve. Maybe he'll hit something. A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar. Montoya drives into it. Ahahahahhahahha it's funny because he crashed.
Kasey Kahne has a damn fast car, and he won here with lesser equipment in the fall. He botched the final corner of his first qualifying lap, which screwed up the start of his second. He'll be moving up.
P22 isn't bad for Landon Cassill and that new BK Racing team started a week-and-a-half before the season began. He and teammate Travis Kvapil continue to be the most accessible drivers in NASCAR. This morning they will be at the local Burger King restaurant once again for breakfast with fans (though I suspect they won't actually be eating, but they do sit at the actual tables in the dining room with the fans, no lines, none of that, just two guys who happen to drive racecars sitting around in a Burger King with a bunch of guys who don't drive racecars. They'll even sign those paper crowns they give out).
He's got Dave Blaney right there in twenty-third. Guy gets stuff done.
Scott Riggs put R3 Racing's car in the show after team owner Robert Richardson, Jr. failed to qualify for the 500. And well into the show, too, in twenty-seventh. Riggs was, at one time, a top prospect in NASCAR, winning with regularity in the Nationwide Series with the NesQuik Ford. Years later, he's relegated to this, after a half-a**ed Evernham third car made him look worse than he was. Of course, I never liked Riggs much, so I guess I don't care.
The only guy going home? 19-year-old Timmy Hill, who still awaits his Sprint Cup debut.
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