This Week in NASCAR [August 7 Edition]

With a broken leg, Smoke is out for Watkins Glen, but don't count him out for the year

8/7/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [August 7 Edition]The Sprint cars have been the top news stories this year, at least as far as devastating accidents are concerned.  Lives have been lost, unfortunately, and injuries have constantly made the headlines.  One of those accidents involved 15 cars and Tony Stewart himself was the cause.  This time around, Tony was the victim, and it resulted in broken tibia and fibia bones in Tony's right leg.  On Monday night, while leading a race at Iowa, a lap car spun and Tony had nowhere to go.  He underwent surgery after the accident later that night, and the prognosis remains...well....unclear.  

Here's Tony's crash:



What is now being said is that Tony made a last minute decision - a split second decision - that saved that lapped driver's life.  Josh Higday was the driver of that car, and as can be seen in the video, Tony was headed directly to impact the cockpit area of Josh's car.  A split second swerve resulted in Tony hitting the car sideways.  If you look at the video, you can see that last minute move.  Tony sacrificed his own safety to ensure that he would not hit Josh, and undoubtedly cause him serious, if not fatal injuries.

Tony probably won't say he did it consciously, probably he would say it was instinct.  What is known for sure at this point is that Smoke will not race at Watkins Glen.  Other than that, mums the word.

Max Papis will sit in the number 14 seat for the Glen, but anything beyond that will be decided later on.

Tony won't be in the 11th spot in the Chase, once the race at the Glen is done, rather he will likely fall at least five places in the standings, and we have to wonder if he can make the Chase at all, especially without a win so far in the season.  Can he rebound? Only time will tell, and if we don't even know if Tony will be in the car after Watkins Glen, anyone's guess could be correct.
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Tony's injury brings up another thought.  Denny Hamlin was injured early in the season, albeit during a Sprint Cup race, and his return to the sport hasn't been exactly stellar.  Sure, he is back in the car, and he is in the races, but his finishes haven't been what he needs to rebound.  In fact, he is only 25th in points, with 5 more races to go until the Chase begins.  Granted, Toyota has had major issues this year, and finishes for the manufacturer just haven't been there.  

Tell that to Clint Bowyer.

In fact, tell that to Kyle Busch!

Both are in the top six in points, and both drive Toyotas.   Yes, the manufacturer has had issues, but these two drivers have managed to stay in Chase contention, and Kyle Busch even has two wins.  So, was the injury to Denny serious enough that he hasn't been healthy enough to contend, or is it something else?  

I haven't been able to see most of the races live, but in the replays I've seen, and the ones I have seen, I just haven't seen the spark in a lot of the drivers that I am used to seeing.  Matt Kenseth has four wins this year, as does Jimmie Johnson, and they are "in it to win it", yet will the final races of the season come down to the two?  
Unless some other driver can pull off a bunch of wins to finish out the race to the Chase, I'm afraid we may be watching Jimmie and Matt duke it out.   My money is on Matt.

I'm just hoping we don't see any more wrecks this year.  I'm about done with that stuff.

NASCAR races at Watkins Glen this weekend.  Will you be watching?  I will.

 
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8/13/13   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Austin Dillon getting behind the wheel of the #14 for Stewart/Haas racing this weekend. The reasoning: He has strong ties with the sponsor, Bass Pro, and he was willing. Apparently, it will be a week by week thing until they know for sure how long Tony will be out. According to Zippy, he had phone calls from some folks he didn't even know raced. They have a list and are checking it twice.

8/12/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

(Edited by Canadianhick)

Kasey Kahne might want to rewatch that replay again because it looked Harvick is the one that started that.

His tweet:
Headed to Joe Gibbs racing to talk to whoever will come out front #that's4

If you are sure not what the means in his mind he fells like he has been wrecked 4 times by Gibbs (3 by Busch and 1 by Kenseth),



 

8/11/13   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Congrats to Kyle Busch!

8/11/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

After a lengthy red flag because of that MORON we go back racing. One of the most unnecessary red flags I've seen in a while, I hope NASCAR smacks him upside the head for that.

8/11/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

 Victor Gonzalez just put oil ALL OVER THE TRACK. What a MORON!

8/11/13   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Marcos Ambrose grabbed the pole for today's race, so he is in a good place to go for his third win at Watkin's Glen. 
Ryan Mewman MAY be moving to RCR in 2014, if everything falls in place....

8/10/13   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Smoke underwent a second surgery yesterday and is out indefinitely.  No word who will fill those very large shoes after the Glen.......

8/8/13   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm thinking it would just as well as the fiasco they have now is working, don't you?

I do..but...lol..it's my idea, so of course I think it's good. Something needs to be done with that 4 teams per owner rule too.

8/8/13   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

JenX63 wrote:
What gets me is Nascar doesn't get why attendance is dropping off. Well Nascar, you need to go talk to the fans, not the track owners, not the sponsors, the FANS! I personally would tell you, work on safety. Other than that, keep your big ol nose outta stuff. Have the drivers do a revolving round table and police themselves. Give us back our Chevy's, Ford's and Toyota's. Cut the field to 20-30 cars per race. Give points for winning, period, not this everyone gets points for partcipating crap. Run 36 races, the car/driver that wins the most races, wins the Championship. That's my scenario. Whether it would work or not, I don't know, but it's worth a shot.

I'm thinking it would just as well as the fiasco they have now is working, don't you?

8/8/13   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

What gets me is Nascar doesn't get why attendance is dropping off. Well Nascar, you need to go talk to the fans, not the track owners, not the sponsors, the FANS! I personally would tell you, work on safety. Other than that, keep your big ol nose outta stuff. Have the drivers do a revolving round table and police themselves. Give us back our Chevy's, Ford's and Toyota's. Cut the field to 20-30 cars per race. Give points for winning, period, not this everyone gets points for partcipating crap. Run 36 races, the car/driver that wins the most races, wins the Championship. That's my scenario. Whether it would work or not, I don't know, but it's worth a shot.

8/8/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Race ca drivers race,.. and that is what Stewart does.....marketing folks make commercials... and race sometimes....I want a field of race car drivers....

8/8/13   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

JenX63 wrote:
No, I guess we can't and that is the bug in my crawl. You know? The small concession about the driving in one series only is so very small. I just don't know how they can make it work without popping into a sponsor car for a nationwide race. It's all legalese and money.
I have to say I am enjoying nationwide a whole lot more than I have in years past, minus the cup visitors. They are the next generation and I am looking forward to seeing them progress.

Yeah, not only have they "cloned" the cars, the legal ramifications of almost everything a driver does is there.  If he is sponsored by Pepsi, he dare not drink a coke or any other coke product.  Drives a Chevy?? Can he even ride in a Ford??

I agree that the Nationwide Series seems to be once again the testing grounds for the up and coming drivers.  It is exciting to watch.  As you know I have never been a supporter of the "Buschwackers" or whatever they call them now, although I understand the draw for the fans.  Even with NASCAR's rules and regulations, it seems more of the good ol' stock car days.  Trucks as well, except we have the retirement age drivers as well, some with extremely hot tempers.  I enjoyed Sprint car races in the past, and I certainly enjoy what I see on our hometown tracks, but the accidents and injuries leave a really sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

8/8/13   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Can we really call it "stock car racing" any more?  I don't think so.  It's all so over-regulated, it truly is more like the IROC racing of the '90's.  Yeah, I know they changed the cars so they have more visible branding, but look at the cars from the overhead camera and tell me what brand any one of them is.  

I think drivers need to decide what series they are racing in and stick with it.  Sorry, Kyle, you want to race trucks?? Nope, not gonna happen.  Tony? Kasey? you want to race Sprint cars?  Not allowed.

If these drivers want to race in other series they need to move the hell out of the Sprint CUP car seats and let someone else who is happy racing in that series do that.  

No, I guess we can't and that is the bug in my crawl. You know? The small concession about the driving in one series only is so very small. I just don't know how they can make it work without popping into a sponsor car for a nationwide race. It's all legalese and money.
I have to say I am enjoying nationwide a whole lot more than I have in years past, minus the cup visitors. They are the next generation and I am looking forward to seeing them progress.

8/8/13   |   Debi_L   |   11779 respect

Can we really call it "stock car racing" any more?  I don't think so.  It's all so over-regulated, it truly is more like the IROC racing of the '90's.  Yeah, I know they changed the cars so they have more visible branding, but look at the cars from the overhead camera and tell me what brand any one of them is.  

I think drivers need to decide what series they are racing in and stick with it.  Sorry, Kyle, you want to race trucks?? Nope, not gonna happen.  Tony? Kasey? you want to race Sprint cars?  Not allowed.

If these drivers want to race in other series they need to move the hell out of the Sprint CUP car seats and let someone else who is happy racing in that series do that.  

8/8/13   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Well, I am pissed! I don't even have the words to describe the heart stopping, stomach churning, nail biting that took place. Tony's ok, small wonder and thank whoever you prefer. i cannot fathom why, why, why he continues to race in every single frikken race no matter how small. Seriously, I get he loves racing, but, he has a responsibility to his team, the one that pays most of his bills, to stay healthy so he can strap in and go racing. This really is too much, to soon. I really have no words that won't have to be bleeped..As for Denny, I agree Debi. Something is missing, not just in Denny, but a few others I have seen before & after race in interviews. It's almost like their minds are elsewhere. Racing has changed so much in the last 10 years, it is almost to the point where there is no real enjoyment. I am all for safer cars, but Nascar has drug this sport and I am talking the powers that make all the descions, they have absolutely almost destroyed "stock car" racing. I will continue to watch, but lately, my heart just isn't there anymore. I am glad Football is back.