Should Keselowski have pulled a podcast and used the Chrome Horn? (Getty)
Does Michigan I really feel like it was longer than two months in the past to anyone else? I believe that Pocono’s two races being shut collectively has one thing to do with it, because it’s the one track on the circuit that has its races closer collectively than Michigan’s.
This weekend is our closing street course race of the season for either the Cup or Nationwide Series because the junior circuit takes on Mid-Ohio. (The Truck Sequence will probably be at MoSport on Labor Day weekend.) We’ll miss you, vehicles on street programs.
This week we have some great things. Let’s start, shall we?
I’ve watched NASCAR since 1997. I keep in mind the nice ole days when drivers actually had a personality about all the things, whether it be about the tracks, drivers, or the race itself. With NASCAR fining all people for his or her opinions is actually hurting the sport more than helping it, especially when they fined Hamlin this yr for his opinion on the Gen 6 automobile. My wife and I have been discussing about retaliations in the sport.
Granted we don’t condone what Kyle did to Hornaday at Texas two or three years in the past, however drivers must be allowed to bump someone out of the way in which and be the “BULLY” with out being penalized anymore. On to the points system, NASCAR must scrap this chase. Drivers are coasting each week, particularly those which might be in danger of missing the chase, i.e. Gordon, Kahne, Newman. Drivers are not going for wins and being aggressive anymore and that’s hurting the sport trigger drivers have to push the problem. Keselowski not racing Kyle more durable at Watkins Glen isn’t how the game must be. What happened to the time where you had Labonte and Earnhardt racing robust to the line at Atlanta or Gordon and Harvick at Atlanta in 01 or Craven and Kurt grinding on one another at Darlington for the closest finish in NASCAR history?
If NASCAR fixes the sport the place drivers could be vocal and do what they do without penalization except in actual harmful conditions, then the game would be popular again. Not this three man race for the wins this year that Johnson, Kenseth, and Kyle are doing. I wanna see the chase scraped and the outdated points system again in place the place its from Daytona to Homestead with the 43 point system. You’d have higher racing than you’d at the moment.
Matt, when you’re looking for something guilty Keselowski’s dilemma at Watkins Glen on, you could not must look a lot further than the Chase. Why? As a result of the approaching closing 10 races not solely heightens the significance of a win for Keselowski, but also the implications of getting paid again by Busch.
Under the outdated points system, Keselowski is solely frightened about finishing the year within the prime 10 as high as he can. The championship is likely an afterthought. However since he’s nonetheless in competition regardless of being at the back of the top 10, foresight is closely required.
Did Keselowski do the fitting thing? Finally, given the circumstances of final year and the Chase, he seemingly did. Nevertheless, that is such a grey state of affairs with four races left to determine the 12 drivers to battle for the championship, we’re not going to know until after Richmond. And even then, it will be a case of hindsight being 20/20.
After Kyle Busch received his trillionth nationwide race at Indianapolis, I started fascinated with the way to discourage Cup drivers from driving within the Nationwide sequence. I think I have figured it out. Make a rule that a Cup driver can only earn prize cash in Cup. That means, they might not earn anything. That, I think, should discourage Cup regulars from operating Nationwide races. Thoughts?
I’m fully on board with what Geoffrey Miller has introduced on the Chrome Horn podcast. Let the Cup drivers run the Nationwide Series, but make them begin behind the pack.
Yes, they’ll be up 10 spots by the end of lap one because of the start and parks and sluggish cars behind the pack, however it’ll add an element of pleasure to the racing and permit Nationwide solely drivers to run up entrance by themselves for no less than a short time.
Will it forestall Cup drivers from profitable? No. Will it hinder it? I feel so. The Nationwide Collection needs its personal to be leading and successful. When these own are beginning on equal footing (at greatest) to Cup drivers, that’s really powerful.
So I’ve to ask…. why has nobody (on Yahoo sports) mentioned anything about Vader clinching a chase play off spot? I read about it on the Lowes racing web page (yeah, I’m a forty eight fan) but have seen nothing on the Yahoo web site.
Or did I just miss it?
BREAKING NEWS: Jimmie Johnson has clinched at the least a wild card spot for the Chase. Wait, that’s not likely breaking news? I apologize for not addressing it straight in Energy Rankings this week, but bear in mind, that is the motive force who has raised a authentic risk of skipping a race before the Chase if needed. As Daughtry would say, this is no surprise.
Unlike most of the NASCAR followers that comment on varied web sites, I used to be actually round during the “Golden Age”? of NASCAR. There was a totally completely different dynamic happening, with an immense gap between the “manufacturing unit” cars and the independents. In addition, only a handful of groups actually contended for the championship, especially up till the time when the schedule was lowered and the one hundred mile occasions were eliminated. As you pointed out, many races had been received by laps, not seconds or fractions thereof.
This is not to say that it was unexciting in the least. In essence, one watched the race otherwise, as you watch a method one race in a different way than an off-road rally, or a sports activities automotive race and a mud-observe dash.
I imagine that a giant part of the nostalgia for the “outdated days” was the make-up of the racers themselves. Most had been merchandise of the depression and world conflict two who would otherwise be farmers or factory workers (sure, Individuals made things in those days) and not suburban children nurtured and developed from childhood in go-carts by dad and mom with the means to take action.
It was, in impact, a grittier sport again then, with out cool-suits, energy steering, and pit crews comprised of effectively-skilled specialists. It was like soccer played within the rain on a chilly, muddy discipline as opposed to a recreation performed on AstroTurf inside of a climate-managed dome.
Differences apart, skill, talent, and chemistry prevail. Indubitably, racing is a crew sport. Most drivers and teams have their best successes when circumstances and people mix in a approach that “clicks”. Richard & Maurice Petty & Dale Inman. The Wood Brothers. Junior Johnson and Herb Nab.
Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham. Tony and Zippy. Harry Hyde with Bobby Isaac and later with Tim Richmond. Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt. And high on that listing needs to be Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus.
Yes, their success has come within the Chase era, but what of it? They have won a tremendous number of races in those years, with no signal of letting up. And whereas NASCAR has solely itself to blame for the perception that they seem to favor some groups over others, I can’t envision a conspiracy large enough to supply 5 championships to at least one team that would remain clandestine. They’re that good.
This shouldn’t be a ringing endorsement of NASCAR racing as it is right now. It’s now not my favorite form of motorsports; perhaps my tastes have changed. Still, to deny expertise and success due to one’s dislike of outcomes is absurd and, frankly, immature. I don’t have to like Kyle Busch in order to acknowledge his expertise. I am free to benefit from his failures – in sports it’s as important to have somebody to root towards as it’s to root for. As a youngster in 1969, I cringed every time that LeeRoy Yarbrough and Junior Johnson won a race. And whereas part of Junior’s genius lay in finding the, shall we say, gray areas of the rulebook, their success that yr was large. I can today assume back about LeeRoy and admire him for that particular yr when he thrashed all of my favorite drivers, and really feel good that, as a human being, he had his second in the solar earlier than his life unraveled so tragically.
And while I’m with regards to perspective, let’s study the uneven success price of open-wheel racers who have moved to NASCAR. Sam Hornish, Jr., an enormous success in Indy Automotive, has had a horrible time transitioning, only turning into adept in the past year and a half. Dario Franchitti had a depressing run in NASCAR. For every Tony Stewart, there have been dozens of open-wheelers who have been unsuccessful in stock cars. Danica Patrick was not a high-tier driver in Indy Automobile on level with Franchitti or Dixon, however was a strong high-seven driver most of her career. Her present struggles do not diminish the fact of her accomplishments. Any driver, just to be able to compete at the professional degree of motorsports, must be tremendously skilled. The reflexes and concentration required to run even at the back of the pack are past the degrees most of us are able to. Scott Pruett, probably the most profitable racer within the Grand-Am collection, never was capable of obtain a lot in NASCAR. How many railbirds on the market that claim that they might do better than Patrick think that they might fill in for Pruett as properly?
Patrick has used her seems and femininity to advance her profession. To ascertain oneself in any sport, one makes use of any benefit one may possess. In a sport dependent on big sponsorships, the manipulation of ones belongings to advantage is critical for survival. Michael Waltrip, not so gifted as his elder brother, managed a protracted profession with his humorousness, appears, and geniality. Right now, he is the owner of the quickest rising racing group in the sport. Ought to he be ashamed of his success? Patrick has brains, expertise, seems to be, and savvy. Sufficient to make us odd of us jealous and resentful, it appears.
The “corporate age” of racing has its trade-offs. Sponsors (and teams) with deep pockets have allowed groups to be extraordinarily competitive. However, these sponsors and groups have had their drivers undergo media coaching and learn how to signify the company that represents them accordingly.
Money modifications things for sports. And life. It’s a easy truth. Look no further than the NFL. If you suppose that NASCAR personalities aren’t what they used to be, what do you consider one more NFL crackdown on celebrations?