This Week in NASCAR [Bristol Bull Ring Edition]

Denny gets garnisheed, Jeremy Clements gets reinstated and Bristol gets LOUD

3/15/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Bristol Bull Ring Edition]Denny Hamlin has still refused to pay the fine levied against him for his comments about the Gen6 car.  He has, however, withdrawn his appeal, deciding to focus on racing.  NASCAR has indicated the $25,000 will be garnished from his earnings. 

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.

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Bristol Bull Ring Edition]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
parently, the jackets we can buy for $175 up here somehow become more valuable at Daytona.  Also, Michael Annett, injured in the wreck before the catch fence incident, continues his rehabilitation.  He is mostly pain free, except when he sneezes, apparently, which is a lot as he has picked up a cold.  We continue to wish he, and the others injured, our sincere thoughts for recovery.

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.
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Bristol Bull Ring Edition]
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.





 
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3/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm actually not watching Sebring, as I'm getting ready for a meeting.  Have to leave in about 20 minutes.  Another writing job!! :)

Nice. Good luck!

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I had switched back to Sebring (and back to writing the AL East preview), so I missed that. Rusty making an ass of himself isn't surprising though.

Sebring is being ruined by some strange Race Control decision. It seems like every time one of the lead cars has contact with a slower car that won't get out of the way, it's the lead car that gets the avoidable contact penalty. The Audis that came over from the WEC continue to dominate.

I'm actually not watching Sebring, as I'm getting ready for a meeting.  Have to leave in about 20 minutes.  Another writing job!! :)

3/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Did you see Rusty Wallace afterwards? Made an ass of himself saying he basically didn't know who Kyle Larson is, but they're talking about him because the champions are talking about him.  Really Rusty?? Aren't you so-called experts supposed to be all up on the news and new drivers and such??   Every time he opens his mouth lately, he embarrasses himself more, and yet he doesn't seem to realize how ridiculous he is.

I had switched back to Sebring (and back to writing the AL East preview), so I missed that. Rusty making an ass of himself isn't surprising though.

Sebring is being ruined by some strange Race Control decision. It seems like every time one of the lead cars has contact with a slower car that won't get out of the way, it's the lead car that gets the avoidable contact penalty. The Audis that came over from the WEC continue to dominate.

3/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Turned on the end of the Nationwide race when I saw Larson and Hornish were near the front. Larson tried to nip Kyle Busch at the line but couldn't do it and finished 2nd. Nice breakthrough performance for Larson (*wistful sigh*). Good run for Hornish to take 4th and likely extend his early points lead.

See, if "cup" drivers weren't allowed in the Nationwide series...Larson would be celebrating a win today...Pastrana finished 16th

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Turned on the end of the Nationwide race when I saw Larson and Hornish were near the front. Larson tried to nip Kyle Busch at the line but couldn't do it and finished 2nd. Nice breakthrough performance for Larson (*wistful sigh*). Good run for Hornish to take 4th and likely extend his early points lead.

Did you see Rusty Wallace afterwards? Made an ass of himself saying he basically didn't know who Kyle Larson is, but they're talking about him because the champions are talking about him.  Really Rusty?? Aren't you so-called experts supposed to be all up on the news and new drivers and such??   Every time he opens his mouth lately, he embarrasses himself more, and yet he doesn't seem to realize how ridiculous he is.

3/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Turned on the end of the Nationwide race when I saw Larson and Hornish were near the front. Larson tried to nip Kyle Busch at the line but couldn't do it and finished 2nd. Nice breakthrough performance for Larson (*wistful sigh*). Good run for Hornish to take 4th and likely extend his early points lead.

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Eric_ wrote:
In other racing news...

F1 qualifying was postponed due to heavy rain after Q1. Q2 and Q3 will be this morning (Australia time) before the race. Race coverage starts at 2 am eastern on NBC Sports Network.

The 12 Hours of Sebring has started. The two Audis have checked out early in P1 and thus the overall. Unfortunately, the Delta Wing has already broken and struggling.

Was watching both the F1 and the Sebring goings on while writing the NHL Thread (shameless plug) and saw that the Delta wing is not so hot. `

The Nationwide race is about to get under way.  

3/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

In other racing news...

F1 qualifying was postponed due to heavy rain after Q1. Q2 and Q3 will be this morning (Australia time) before the race. Race coverage starts at 2 am eastern on NBC Sports Network.

The 12 Hours of Sebring has started. The two Audis have checked out early in P1 and thus the overall. Unfortunately, the Delta Wing has already broken and struggling.

3/16/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Debi_L wrote:
He was definitely fast in practice, but this is Bristol, anything can happen and probably will!!

Absolutely... But I was pulling for Kyle this week and he won the pole in record time...The Gen6 car was fast today!!!

3/15/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Kyle Busch gets the pol and should win this race...

He was definitely fast in practice, but this is Bristol, anything can happen and probably will!!

3/15/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Kyle Busch gets the pol and should win this race...

3/15/13   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I typed a reply to this and my internet disappeared.  *sigh*

I am really disappointed he backed down, and I'm not a Denny fan.  In every article I read, I first saw that his team said they would "stand behind their driver", but in Denny's decision to not appeal, he also said that he didn't want to put his team through the hell that an appeal would be sure to bring, and instead wanted to concentrate on racing.  Whether he got some pressure from NASCAR, his team, or the sponsors, I don't know, but I wish he hadn't backed down.

I am so disgusted with NASCAR on this it isn't even funny.  I will continue to say how disgusted I am with them over this censorship, loudly and often.

me too. I am starting to think it is the best part of being a fan right now. 

3/15/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I am disappointed Denny backed down. I wonder if he was pressured one way or the other.
I see Nascar butting in way to often, throwing their collective weight around and it saddens me as a fan of racing. I know, in my heart, racing will never be like it once was which makes me turn to  my other loves, dirt track, moto cross and NHRA. I also occasionally watch boat racing, it combines to loves of mine: water and fast moving objects. I am not sure how much longer I can stomach the "new Nascar"

I typed a reply to this and my internet disappeared.  *sigh*

I am really disappointed he backed down, and I'm not a Denny fan.  In every article I read, I first saw that his team said they would "stand behind their driver", but in Denny's decision to not appeal, he also said that he didn't want to put his team through the hell that an appeal would be sure to bring, and instead wanted to concentrate on racing.  Whether he got some pressure from NASCAR, his team, or the sponsors, I don't know, but I wish he hadn't backed down.

I am so disgusted with NASCAR on this it isn't even funny.  I will continue to say how disgusted I am with them over this censorship, loudly and often.

3/15/13   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

I am disappointed Denny backed down. I wonder if he was pressured one way or the other.
I see Nascar butting in way to often, throwing their collective weight around and it saddens me as a fan of racing. I know, in my heart, racing will never be like it once was which makes me turn to  my other loves, dirt track, moto cross and NHRA. I also occasionally watch boat racing, it combines to loves of mine: water and fast moving objects. I am not sure how much longer I can stomach the "new Nascar"