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Posted Monday March 17, 2014, About: Matt Kenseth suggests satellite teams helping Penske
Like this is any different than what was going on when Kenseth drove for Roush, only then the pool of satellite teams was bigger. Gibbs has Waltrip to fall back on for shared tech note, while Roush, Penske, and Petty have each other plus the smaller Ford teams to share with.

If anything Toyoda started this "war" when they brought all their teams into one big TRD family. Now the other teams are starting to pool resources and notes to compete with TRD. And let's not forget Hendrick, and their satellite team Stewart-Hass. This is what NASCAR has become, Megateams and their lackeys. Matt you need to convince Gibbs to get more lackeys.
Posted Sunday February 23, 2014, About: Kyle Larson gets new uniforms, paint scheme
I'll believe it when I see it.

The easiest way to fix this situation is to break the three series up. When Cup is in the South East, Nationwide is in the Mid West, and the Trucks on the West Coast. Far fewer drivers will double and triple dip if the races are geographically inconvenient to race in. You have a couple of Double and Triple header weekends at special tracks like the Season Openers at Daytona and the Finales at Homestead and a couple more sprinkled through the year.
Posted Friday February 21, 2014, About: Kyle Larson gets new uniforms, paint scheme
What an exciting pair of races last night! All that passing and unpredictability of the winners! I am so glad they got rid of the 2-car draft and went back to pack racing, cause there were so many quality passes and swaps for the lead every lap!
Posted Tuesday February 11, 2014, About: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick in Super Bowl commercials
I think Ambrose would beg to differ if they were on a road course that week!
Posted Monday February 10, 2014, About: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick in Super Bowl commercials
Yeah the shades are just to keep the bright sun out of your eye....;)
Posted Monday February 03, 2014, About: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick in Super Bowl commercials
The NFL could learn a thing or two from NASCAR about how to create an "exciting Game 7 feeling" for the Super Bowl.

At the end of the first quarter reset the points. Then at Half Time reset the points. End of the Third quarter 5 touchdowns back, don't worry the points are reset. Two minute warning, reset the points and make it whomever gets the first first down wins the game!

Yay! Excitement!
Posted Sunday February 02, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
Isn't "creating" your money called counterfeiting, and thus is illegal?
Posted Friday January 31, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
But at least a couple of the IROC races had the advantages of the draft to help push cars past one another, something the Gen6 (or would this be 6.5 with the changes) CAN'T do. These cars remind me of the late 90's cars that whomever was sitting up front with 10 laps to go won the race cause even a pack of 10 couldn't make it to the front.
Posted Friday January 31, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
Actually I would say there are only 3-4 teams that have legitimate shots at the Championship.

I agree with Edwards when he said that the lack of winning or competition is not on the drivers' end. All the non-S&P teams are there to win and do their hardest to win, but when the cars are exactly the same, with no real ability to change anything it is hard for teams to dial the car in and make it better than the other guys. Add in the fact that drivers have to fight the aero-push when they try to pass a car, you end up with what fans have been watching for years one car jumps out front and disappears. Fix the cars and watch the competition increase.
Posted Friday January 24, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
Can't rough up the other drivers anymore because it doesn't fit the "proper corporate" image NASCAR and the Sponsors want their ambassadors to have. Back when the drivers were getting just enough money from sponsors to start the race and had to win to make any money to feed their family the sponsors had little say.

Plus as regional sport such antics were not played out on a national stage where Yuppies in NYC would get upset over the "dangers" of one driver spinning out another.

And the tracks were smaller back then as well. It's "safer" to spin a guy out going 30 mph through a turn than to spin him out at 200 mph through a turn.
Posted Friday January 24, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
For the same reasons why people hate the New York Yankees, Boston Red Socks, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and just about every other team that the public perceive as "winning too much" or "cheating to win". The #48 is that good, and probably towing the line (although Knauss does have several suspensions for rule-breaking in his early career) but people find the conspiracy theories comforting and the only rational explanation as to why these things happen. I very much include myself in that category.
Posted Thursday January 23, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
Then the question becomes what happens to the drivers who are eliminated. Assuming the points are reset out of reach of the non-Chasers before the first Chase race, do the eliminated Chasers race each other for points, or are they "locked" in the eliminated points positions the rest of the year?

This leave a bad taste in my mouth to say, but is the most likely scenario: Kyle Bush makes the Chase and does his normal choke-job and is eliminated in the first "round". He comes back on a tear and out points the rest of the field, even winning Homestead for the heck of it. After tallying up the points he should be the Champ but had two bad races and ended up the Chump.
Posted Wednesday January 22, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
Well you have that now under the "normal" Chase rules. If Kyle Busch, or Denny Hamlin were to wreck JJ at Homestead last season what would NASCAR have done about it? Nothing, that's racing. Then again with it being JJ they probably would have stopped the race pulled out the #48 backup car and let that run like nothing happened.

If NASCAR really wants to make the Championship mean something then why not have Homestead be a real Winner-Take-All and reset the points for all the teams. now we have 43 potential Championship contenders. Then we can have a true Champion lift the Cup at the end of the race, the 2014 Cup Champion J.J. Yaley!
Posted Tuesday January 21, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
Spot on article. NASCAR is missing the forest for the trees, actually they are missing the trees too. They want a "Game 7" feel for every race and every lap, well that's not going to happen.
Posted Monday January 20, 2014, About: NASCAR considering points, Chase changes
I see this plan backfiring hard on NASCAR. They call the finale a "Winner Take All" race, but with the points reset for the final race it becomes even less about winning and more about finishing ahead of the competition.
Posted Thursday November 21, 2013, About: Bobby Labonte unsure about his future
Thanks for the info about the Nationwide Series Wild Fan, it's nice to know what robbery NASCAR is looking from it's title sponsors.

Although one demand I would make as a potential title sponsor would be to give the series it's own identity and make it less Cup-lite. That means less Cup drivers and less Cup tracks.
Posted Monday November 18, 2013, About: Bobby Labonte unsure about his future
That would be his 3rd championship not 6th.
Posted Monday November 18, 2013, About: Bobby Labonte unsure about his future
And don't forget those drivers' statistics for some reason are counted in the other series by the media. I bet if Derek Jeter could drop to AAA ball every weekend and have his stats there count for his "day job" he would love it.
Posted Monday November 18, 2013, About: Bobby Labonte unsure about his future
Now I'm waiting to see how NASCAR explains the fact Austin Dillon winning a championship without winning a race is a good thing. Scuttlebutt is that is one of the reasons why Nationwide is leaving as title sponsor.
Posted Monday November 18, 2013, About: Bobby Labonte unsure about his future
Matt Kenseth wins a championship on consistency with 2-3 races left in the season and that is wrong, so they change the points system.

JJ wins 6 in 10 years and there is nothing wrong witht he points system.

NASCAR logic!
Posted Sunday November 17, 2013, About: Bobby Labonte unsure about his future
Nice to see the Yankees win another one....But remember this is "good" for the sport.
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