The matter is considered closed.
But is it really? NASCAR fined Denny for saying: ''I don't want to be the pessimist, but it did not race as good as our generation five cars. This is more like what the generation five was at the beginning.''
Denny was asked by a reporter what he thought about the car. He gave his opinion. The way I read it, the car needs work. The crews and the drivers need more time with the car, to see what adjustments have to be made. Even Darrell Waltrip has said "give the car time". Maybe NASCAR's golden jaws didn't say exactly what Denny said, but did he not infer the same?
Do we not want to hear the honesty from drivers, crews, owners? Would you rather have a driver tell you "it's wonderful, it drives like a dream! I'm just a moron cuz I can't figure it out!"
I know I don't. Shame on NASCAR. Shame. If you think you need to save face NASCAR, and acknowledge that the FANS, who you admittedly created the car to bring in, are disgusted with your actions, you can always admit you were wr.....wr......yes, you can say it, you were WRONG! I can guarantee you will gain more respect by doing so than by saying, with the garnishee of Denny's earnings, the matter is now considered closed.
On to Jeremy Clements. Jeremy completed "stipulations" sanctioned by NASCAR. Yes, just like a substance abuser, NASCAR required that Jeremy complete "rehab" specifically tailored to his offense. Apparently the "sports diversity expert" was able to convince him that his "Intolerable and insensitive" remarks were wrong. Jeremy is eligible to race this weekend.
I'll quickly let you know, as an update, that my friend who was in attendance at Daytona was not affected by the wreck in the Nationwide race. And he did come home with a Dale Jr. T-shirt. Ap
We've heard all the usual nicknames when it comes to Bristol. Thunder in the Valley, the Bristol Bull Ring, etc. The fact is, though, that racing at Bristol us usually really exciting. (Brad Keselowski just scrubbed the wall in practice) Cars get beat up, banged up and wrecked. Tempers get hot. Fights can happen. Crews get angry. Crew chiefs throw things.
And we love it.
The cars don't go really fast, about 125 mph, and it takes about 15 seconds to get around the track. The problem is, with 43 cars on that little track, the leaders are almost passing the tail end of the traffic before the last cars have even crossed the start/finish line. And unlike Daytona, if you are in the stands at Bristol, you can see the whole track, every car, the pit stops, and even part of the garage. The problem for the crews is, it is so very loud, they can't talk to one another without the use of headsets. It is a completely unique experience.
It's going to be a hot weekend, in more ways than one.
Oh yeah, and one more little thing. The FOX network has a new show out, called "The Cleveland Show", another in a long line of FOX animated series. Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne have been animated and will perform in the show, using their own names and voices. The show featuring the three will air Sunday night after the race.
As I send this to post, Kyle Busch has gone around in practice. He was second fastest on the track at the time. I'm not sure if the car can be repaired, or if a back up will be necessary. He is still sitting in the car on pit road.