NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Live Thread

Beatin' and Bangin' at Richmond - we hope

4/28/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Live ThreadIf you tuned in to the Nationwide race last night you got a great show.  You also got to see Kyle Busch Motorsports win their first race ever in the Nationwide series, with brother Kurt behind the wheel.  

The racing was fast paced and exciting.  There was beating and banging and hot tempers.  There was a former motorcycle rider in a car making his first green flag pit stop ever.

In other words, it was just what we, as fans, expect to see at a short track.

Will we see more of the same tonight?

It's hard to say.  Carl Edwards barely missed the pole position, being beat out of that honor by Mark Martin.  Both Mark and Martin Truex Jr have fast cars, so look good for tonight's race.  So do Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, who finished third in last night's race, after being up front all night.

Carl Edwards has come out publicly and claimed that he is "playing it safe".  Okay then.  

Edwards isn't at the top of the leaderboard in Sprint Cup, and in fact, is mired back in 9th.  His teammate, Greg Biffle is in first, and Matt Kenseth is in 3rd.  If I were Carl, I'd quit playing it safe and get my ass in gear.

I'll be at work for the first part of the race, but will join in as soon as I get home.  In the meantime, Let's go racing boys!!
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4/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Interesting.  I'm watching the IndyCar race and on twitter at the same time.  DW just posted that Tony Stewart said the Debris caution was for a water bottle.  NASCAR's radio said it was a big piece of sheet metal.  TV showed nothing.  Note to FOX and other TV channels with rights to show the races - Make sure you identify and show the Debris when a debris caution is thrown.

#thinksTonyiswhiningonthisone

4/29/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

I've banged in Richmond before

4/29/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I agree it doesn't look good.  I watched the replay where Edwards jumped, and I'm not sure where it said that he was leading.  The pit stop replays show Stewart coming out ahead of Edwards, so Stewart leads.  I did NOT see it live, so I suppose they are creatively selecting footage - not sure.  

As for Stewart, he isn't the first guy to get screwed by an ill timed caution.  It happens lots.  If NASCAR threw the caution to try to make the racing more exciting, they did so.  Racing is full of bad caution calls, and it won't change any time soon.  

NASCAR is going to lose money, fans, TV Viewers, and on and on if they don't at least attempt to make the racing more exciting.  What they will do remains to be seen, but this kind of riding around the track hour after hour sucks.

What time did you say the IndyCar race was on again?

Green is around 11:40 AM eastern.

Also, if you haven't seen Pressdog's blog post about how IndyCar could conceivably differentiate its product by being the no BS league, take a gander. Right now it looks very prescient, for lack of a better word.

4/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Well, from Twitter, this is apparently what happened during this race:

1.) Lots of commercials
2.) Boring racing.
3.) Edwards and Stewart got blatantly screwed. Edwards by getting called for jumping a restart when everything available said he was leading (although apparently he wasn't). Stewart got screwed when a debris caution (for what was apparently a plastic water bottle that was out of the groove) came out when he had a big lead.
4.) NASCAR and their water carriers at FOX burying their heads in the sand about the former.

I'll refrain from harsher language because I don't want you mad at me, but I will say that it doesn't look good.

I agree it doesn't look good.  I watched the replay where Edwards jumped, and I'm not sure where it said that he was leading.  The pit stop replays show Stewart coming out ahead of Edwards, so Stewart leads.  I did NOT see it live, so I suppose they are creatively selecting footage - not sure.  

As for Stewart, he isn't the first guy to get screwed by an ill timed caution.  It happens lots.  If NASCAR threw the caution to try to make the racing more exciting, they did so.  Racing is full of bad caution calls, and it won't change any time soon.  

NASCAR is going to lose money, fans, TV Viewers, and on and on if they don't at least attempt to make the racing more exciting.  What they will do remains to be seen, but this kind of riding around the track hour after hour sucks.

What time did you say the IndyCar race was on again?

4/28/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Kyle wins...wow, I got one right

4/28/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Well, from Twitter, this is apparently what happened during this race:

1.) Lots of commercials
2.) Boring racing.
3.) Edwards and Stewart got blatantly screwed. Edwards by getting called for jumping a restart when everything available said he was leading (although apparently he wasn't). Stewart got screwed when a debris caution (for what was apparently a plastic water bottle that was out of the groove) came out when he had a big lead.
4.) NASCAR and their water carriers at FOX burying their heads in the sand about the former.

I'll refrain from harsher language because I don't want you mad at me, but I will say that it doesn't look good.

4/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Let's say the impression I got from my Twitter feed tonight was not positive in the slightest. Let's put it that way.

I really hope the branding next year improves things cuz coming home to see only a dozen or so cars on the lead lap and no real racing was yet another disappointment.

4/28/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

For the record, while I primarily follow the IndyCar fans and bloggers on Twitter, the ones I do follow aren't reflexively anti-NASCAR, so it's not bias causing the opinions I read tonight.

4/28/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Just got home from work and the fam tells me it has been a mostly uneventful race.  *sigh*

Stewart leads Kyle Busch and Dale Jr., but Kyle seems to be catching Smoke.  

Go Jr! cheeky

Let's say the impression I got from my Twitter feed tonight was not positive in the slightest. Let's put it that way.

4/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Dale Jr says he lost his brakes.  Kyle is widening the gap between them, and we have a white flag....


Kyle wins at Richmond and Dale Jr gets second, then Tony, Denny, etc.

4/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

I hate the wave around.  Kyle and Tony bring them to the green flag, and Kyle gets the lead.  Jr fighting with Tony for second, and takes it.

This looks so familiar but this time Kyle is in the lead.

4/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Caution for debris on the track and pit stops are underway.  We'll likely have about a 10 lap shootout for the win.  Carl got the Lucky Dog and is back on the lead lap, but back in 13th.  

Kyle beats Tony off of pit road, Jr gets 3rd. Tony's pit crew couldn't get the right front tire on.

4/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Ahhh got the explanation - a cut tire early on put him a couple of laps back.  Carl Edwards' penalty for jumping the restart has put him a lap down, and we only have 17 laps to go.

4/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Jr just got passed by his teammate, Kasey Kahne sad

I see Jeff Gordon is a couple of laps down!! WTH happened there?

4/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Just got home from work and the fam tells me it has been a mostly uneventful race.  *sigh*

Stewart leads Kyle Busch and Dale Jr., but Kyle seems to be catching Smoke.  

Go Jr! cheeky