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Where Have You Been You Ask?

I've been really uninterested at many a time, to tell the truth

But, Mark Weber Will be a loss to F1 but a thrill for Porsche sports car racing. I look forward to his new adventure and have complete faith in that he and Porsche to do well.

Of course Pirelli tires were once again a total failure and most likely determined the outcome at Silverstone. But Nico did a fine whipping of Mark Webber at the end to take the win and showing well better than his teammate Hamilton.

NASCAR Nationwide

It seems the series has become a "catching" ground for those that can't cut it in the Cup series and for top driver's (Last year's Champion) to regularly drop down and play with the young men that are trying to make a name for themselves - and both KyB and 'Bad' Brad seem to be regular's looking to 'spoil' the races for the 'up-and-comers'.

For me personally, I'm sick of the Cup drivers in Nationwide. Attack me as you wish, but this is not where they belong. I want to see the young, upcoming drivers duke it out among themselves. Prove between each other and each team who's best. This garbage with Cup drivers has gone on too long. OH I know you're going to say it let's them test themselves with the Cup drivers. That is BS and everyone knows it. Your test of skill is when you step up to the next notch.

And please, don't come on with the ignorant concept that the Cup drivers, "draw the fans" garbage - that doesn't work anymore. When properly promoted by NASCAR the Nationwide series can stand on its on quite well. The Nationwide series is, as you know, is the major "young" driver feed to NASCAR. You can see it everywhere in the entries. If there is any failure of 'attendance' to the Nationwide races that responsibility is with NASCAR and the tracks they run on.

CUP Race At Kentucky

Once again Mr. Kenseth showed why Joe Gibbs hired him: He wanted a winner in the Cup Series. Matt has out-raced his two whining little-boy teammates from the git-go. They finally discovered they need a man, a real racer like they had with Bobby Labonte back in the day.

'Dinger' did OK in the #47, out-ran that Patrick hype-person. There were strong teams that had problems but came back to show their strength. Was a good race.

Go DaddyI now get it. With Danica is has nothing to do with performance, just like in IndyCar, it's only about media exposure, nothing more. Because there is nothing more.

June 30, 2013  11:15 PM ET

Best of Luck to Webber with his Porsche racing future.

Pirelli Tires: I bet Hamilton, Massa, Perez and Vergne have a few choice words to say about them.......a flat tire happens ......but blown ones, come on.

June 30, 2013  11:29 PM ET

UncleHubie, your ranting about Cup drivers in NW has contained some good points....but your continued ranting has made me re-think a lot of opinions on this (thanks)........I am finding frustration when I hear that Kyle B, or Brad K. or any other Cup driver has won.....I previously believed that it was good for competition and attendance etc.....but I no longer feel that way.....I realize that some of it has to do with car ownership and sponsors, but they need to change that in the future.
I agree that Nascar needs to hype the NW in a better fashion.

Kenseth seems to have hit it off well with his CC Jason Ratcliff......they are the new Chad~Jimmie.....Kenseth has 4 wins so far and J.J. only has 3.........this has got to play out well at the end.

Dinger is making a nice comeback to racing and having respectful finishes........and even winning the road course (NW) for Penske.

As for Danica, no team would give her a second thought if she did not bring Go~Daddy with her....If she ever loses that sponsor, she will be non existent.....unless she starts doing better.
Even though this is her first year, she has not shown the wow factor that other rookies have.

July 1, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

UncleHubie, your ranting about Cup drivers in NW has contained some good points....but your continued ranting has made me re-think a lot of opinions on this (thanks)........I am finding frustration when I hear that Kyle B, or Brad K. or any other Cup driver has won.....I previously believed that it was good for competition and attendance etc.....but I no longer feel that way.....I realize that some of it has to do with car ownership and sponsors, but they need to change that in the future.I agree that Nascar needs to hype the NW in a better fashion.

Here's a thought for the NW problem: Let the Cup drivers race occasionally, but only for their own team. Kyle and Brad do so well arguably because they are in top equipment (Gibbs and Penske). But guys like Kasey Khane, Tony Stewart, even JJ all drive for second or third fiddle teams and don't exactly dominate like the Big 2. So let's put Kyle and Brad in their own equipment and see how well they dominate....oh wait Kyle did that last year and how well did he do? Yeah that's what I thought.

July 1, 2013  01:46 PM ET

Sure Dinger's going to get some media attention for a couple of reasons.

1) He "proves" the Road to Recovery works. NASCAR is the big force behind this because they don't have any other success stories, at least none that are as high profile. I put the proves in quotes because I don't think he really had a problem, he just took something he in good faith thought was something it wasn't. This is nowhere near the kind of issue NASCAR had/has with Mayfield or Aaron Fike, but Dinger is a graduate of the program which in NASCAR's eyes make him a success.

2) The mess with JTG Racing. Dinger is just the bystander in this situation, but with the seat swapping the #47 is doing especially when it leads to Bobby Labonte's career start streak ending it brings a lot of attention to the team, which ultimately focuses on AJ because he is the one on the seat "denying" Labonte the start. I can understand JTG wanting to try something new with the team and try to become competitive, but they have changed drivers before (Ambrose) and are still lagging behind. While getting the second opinion might be helpful I doubt they are going to get much from AJ to help pull the team up from its Also-Ran position.

July 1, 2013  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Here's a thought for the NW problem: Let the Cup drivers race occasionally, but only for their own team. Kyle and Brad do so well arguably because they are in top equipment (Gibbs and Penske). But guys like Kasey Khane, Tony Stewart, even JJ all drive for second or third fiddle teams and don't exactly dominate like the Big 2. So let's put Kyle and Brad in their own equipment and see how well they dominate....oh wait Kyle did that last year and how well did he do? Yeah that's what I thought.

Stewart and JJ rarely ever run in NW.......but KK is more frequent.
The top teams should have some development drivers in the waiting, for those NW races, where their cars are empty........rather than put "Cuppies" in them........but I do like the idea of them having to be in their own equipment.....that would level the fairness factor more.

July 1, 2013  04:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Sure Dinger's going to get some media attention for a couple of reasons.1) He "proves" the Road to Recovery works. NASCAR is the big force behind this because they don't have any other success stories, at least none that are as high profile. I put the proves in quotes because I don't think he really had a problem, he just took something he in good faith thought was something it wasn't. This is nowhere near the kind of issue NASCAR had/has with Mayfield or Aaron Fike, but Dinger is a graduate of the program which in NASCAR's eyes make him a success.2) The mess with JTG Racing. Dinger is just the bystander in this situation, but with the seat swapping the #47 is doing especially when it leads to Bobby Labonte's career start streak ending it brings a lot of attention to the team, which ultimately focuses on AJ because he is the one on the seat "denying" Labonte the start. I can understand JTG wanting to try something new with the team and try to become competitive, but they have changed drivers before (Ambrose) and are still lagging behind. While getting the second opinion might be helpful I doubt they are going to get much from AJ to help pull the team up from its Also-Ran position.

Point #1. Totally agree

Point #2. if anyone can help them, even a bit, it would be Dinger over Labonte.....I exclude Ambrose because he has moved on.

July 1, 2013  06:04 PM ET

Weber will be missed.. but the sport 'survives' without him.. F-1 does have some up and coming drivers in the sport.. so he won't be missed..
Nationwide would 'survive' without the Cup drivers.. no doubt.. but the series might not be as interesting to some without the occasional Cup driver invading the series.. but might not be a bad idea to keep the Cup drivers from driving in the series.. Nationwide does have some up and coming drivers but not any ready to make the jump to Cup

July 1, 2013  11:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Stewart and JJ rarely ever run in NW.......but KK is more frequent.The top teams should have some development drivers in the waiting, for those NW races, where their cars are empty........rather than put "Cuppies" in them........but I do like the idea of them having to be in their own equipment.....that would level the fairness factor more.

True about JJ and Stewart, but those were the names who have run NW races and haven't had quite the dominance of the Gibbs and Penske cars. Plus at the time those were the names I could think of off the top of my head.

KK has run many races, I'd say about 10 a year, but he scores top 10s but rarely dominates and wins. Plus he drives for one of what I would consider a second or third tier NW team. In fact when he does drive he is barely mentioned.

July 1, 2013  11:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

KK has run many races, I'd say about 10 a year, but he scores top 10s but rarely dominates and wins. Plus he drives for one of what I would consider a second or third tier NW team. In fact when he does drive he is barely mentioned.

KK runs for JRM a lot, but not exclusively.

July 2, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

KK runs for JRM a lot, but not exclusively.

In the NW series I consider JRM to be a second tier team, they are competitive but not dominating. Although this year they look to be finally reaching top tier status with Regan Smith. The other second tier teams would be RCR and Turner Motorsports.

Top teams are Gibbs and Penske, and even then I would say it's just the 54 and 22 cars for those teams.

My criteria is dominance in the races not necessarily the championship because of the Cup regulars coming down and completely blowing the doors off the field. KB has won 6 races this year so that's a lot of points he has stolen from the NW guys points that could really swing the championship in one direction or another. And I agree that is the main reason why Cup guys need to be pulled out of the series, or at least extremely limited.

Maybe one solution is a dry run for a restructuring of the Chase point system. If someone running for a championship in the other series then points for the NW regulars reverts to the top NW driver getting 43 points for the "win" even if they finished 5th. Then the next NW regular gets 42 points for coming in "second", again even if they finished in 10th.

That would translate into the Chase on the Cups side in the same way. The top Chase driver gets top points, second Chase driver gets "second place" points, etc. Sure that might/would mean 2 drivers are getting 43 points for the race, but it would tighten the Chase points system and place all 12 drivers in a position to compete for the championship every week, and not be knocked out after the first race.

July 2, 2013  02:54 PM ET

The NW/Cup drivers situation is not as easy to resolve as it seems......when looking at the team charts, often the cup driver only runs certain races in NW for certain sponsors......and a Team owner like Jr runs the NW 88 when he has no other driver.

For example The #33 RCR NW car is shared by Harvick, Stewart (yes, That Stewart) and Menard depending on the specific sponsors..........the NW drivers for this car, are Ty Dillon, Max Papis and Dakota Armstrong......Ironically, Harvick runs it when Menard is the sponsor.

July 2, 2013  07:40 PM ET

Agree with too many cup drivers too often, in NW.

Did not know of Weber but wish him well.
Can't think of anythin worse for a racer than tires blowouts. Totally different from flats. Pirelli better get it figured out asap.

Happy for Kenseth doin so well with new team, new Gen6 car,and new car make.Don't look like any of his teammates will want to punch him while bein interviewed.
Dinger doin better than I though he would. Raistwalker makes a good point about it appearin to be a one time thing and not a habit.

Danica, is a big nothin so far. Tired of her. Perform or get out.

 
July 2, 2013  09:56 PM ET

I know this is only part of the above blog but I was curious, so here is a list of full time Cup drivers scheduled to run in NW this year.........and yes I have included the S&P group, just to show how big the scope is.....Please note: a lot of these 18 drivers only run a few races.

Michael Mcdowell #00 SR2M.....and #18 JGR ......and #27 Derek White
(did not realize Michael was so busy).

Kurt Busch #1 Phoenix Racing
Kasey Kahne #5 JRM
Jimmie Johnson #5 JRM

Matt Kenseth #18 JGR
Denny Hamlin #18 JGR

Brad Keselowski #22 Penske
Joey Logano #22 Penske

Kevin Harvick #33 RCR
Paul Menard #33 RCR
Tony Stewart #33 RCR

Danica Patrick #34 Turner Motorsports
(GoDaddy sponsors these)

Aric Almirola #43 RPM

J.J. Yeley #42 & # 46 The Motorsports Group
Scott Riggs #47 The Motorsports Group

Kyle Busch #54 JGR

Joe Nemechek #87 (owned by Joe)

Dale Jr #88 JRM

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