This Week in NASCAR [February 13th Edition]

NASCAR Countdown to Daytona continues with the Sprint Unlimited

2/13/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [February 13th Edition]Three short days.  

Yep, the season starts on Saturday, with the Sprint Unlimited.  After what always seems to be such a loooong winter, the cars get on the track and this time they'll be racing.  

With the introduction of the Gen6 car for 2013, the old adage "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" comes back into play.  Once again the cars on the track look much like the cars you can find in the showroom.  However, the new car means weeks of testing, all over the country.  They've been to Daytona, of course, Charlotte, Phoenix and Michigan.  The teams have been hard at work and finally it is time to put all that testing to work.  Saturday night, under the lights, the Sprint Unlimited gets underway.  The fans have been voting on the format of the race, the pit stops, elimination of cars and even the firesuit to be worn by Miss Sprint Cup.

It's easy to vote, and can be done at NASCAR.com or by using the app on your mobile phone.  Voting ends today on the Race Format.  The selections are 40 laps for the fist segment, 20 for the second segment, and 15 laps for the last segment, or 35/3010, or 30/25/20.  

Next, closing on the 16th, you can vote on the pit stops.  At the end of the first segment, should cars be allowed to stay out and have no pit stop, be required to pit for 2 tires, or be required to pit for a 4 tire change.

This year, there is also a choice whether drivers should be eliminated after the second segment, and if so, how many.  The choices are none, 2 cars, 4 cars or 6 cars.  

The final question pertains to the firesuit to be worn by Miss Sprint Cup in Victory Lane, but honestly, I couldn't care less.  Until I saw the question, I'm not sure that I ever really realized Miss Sprint Cup was in Victory Lane, and I know I certainly didn't care, but perhaps the male audience does care.
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There are 19 cars competing in this year's race, and as usual, there will be some unique paint schemes.  Jimmie Johnson will be driving a "Daytona Yellow" Chevrolet.  

This year, there has been some switching up of sponsors, as well as some seat switching.  It will take some getting used to not to see Matt Kenseth riding around the track in the 17.  Instead, Matt will pilot the number 20 Ford for Penske Racing.  Tony Stewart will debut his new sponsor, Bass Pro Shops.  Dale Earnhardt Sr. is the winningest driver of this race, with 6, but Tony Stewart could inch ever closer and another win would put him at 4. Kyle Busch won the race last year but like everyone else, this will be a whole new experience, in a car that drives differently than the COT ever did.  The announcement has been made that Kyle has signed an extension with Joe Gibbs Racing, although not all of the terms of that extension have been made public.

Will we see a "Big One" at this race?   It's entirely possible, but with less than 20 cars on the track it is less likely than it might be with 43 cars running.  

FOX will be back with the broadcast, and love him or hate him, Darryl "Jaws" Waltrip will be back, with Larry Mac, Jeff Hammond and the rest.  It will be entertaining.  

The entry list looks like this:

Entry Driver Make
1 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
2 Marcos Ambrose Ford
3 Denny Hamlin Toyota
4 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
5 Greg Biffle Ford
6 Kyle Busch Toyota
7 Matt Kenseth Toyota
8 Joey Logano Ford
9 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
10 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
11 Ken Schrader Ford
12 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet
13 Aric Almirola Ford
14 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
15 Mark Martin Toyota
16 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
17 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
18 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
19 Carl Edwards Ford

So who are your picks? 
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2/13/13   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

Eric_ wrote:
As far as I know, AJ has a test with Penske coming up, with the possibility of him competing in the 500 for Penske, along with one of the races beforehand (I've heard Barber). AJ hasn't really shown interest in coming back to IndyCar, but if you can't find full-time work in NASCAR, and Roger Penske comes calling for the Indy 500, you listen.

(This would've been something I had discussed in what we're doing that's posting tomorrow, but then the IMS begging for money thing happened.)

Double-edge sword.There is always things going on, and I might be getting old, but there seems to be a little more happening in all forms of racing this year, or I am just glad it is back.. We have enough time to dissect it all.

2/13/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

JenX63 wrote:
 "WoW", Labonte and Elliott...now I need to know why they aren't racing. Maybe they are just done....I could speculate all over the place, these two are milestones in my book and I miss their style on the track...AJ is in a new ride? this year, rumors are swirling about him moving to Indy? He might drive the Indy 500? all questions since I have no answers.....
(Edited by Eric_)

As far as I know, AJ has a test with Penske coming up, with the possibility of him competing in the 500 for Penske, along with one of the races beforehand (I've heard Barber). AJ hasn't really shown interest in coming back to IndyCar, but if you can't find full-time work in NASCAR, and Roger Penske comes calling for the Indy 500, you listen.

(This would've been something I had discussed in what we're doing that's posting tomorrow, but then the IMS begging for money thing happened.)

2/13/13   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

JenX63 wrote:
 "WoW", Labonte and Elliott...now I need to know why they aren't racing. Maybe they are just done....I could speculate all over the place, these two are milestones in my book and I miss their style on the track...AJ is in a new ride? this year, rumors are swirling about him moving to Indy? He might drive the Indy 500? all questions since I have no answers.....

Yeah, the AJ not competing I can understand.  He slapped NASCAR and the owners and crews in the face when he abused, then denied abusing, a banned substance.  I read that he has been testing in IndyCar and yes, that he might run in the Indy 500.  

As for Terry and Bill, I haven't seen Bill in a car in a long time.  He has said that he is concentrating on son, Chase's career.  As for Terry, he competed in the Gatorade Duel last year, so I'm not sure why he wouldn't compete this year.  I haven't found anything to explain it.

2/13/13   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I know what you mean. Some people just don't get the appeal of going round and round, and trying to bring in new fans has got to be a goal of NASCAR but it's almost as is they are making it more complicated. Then again, a good part of that is the media, I think. And I was looking at the entry list, and AJ Allmendinger, Terry Labonte, and Bill Elliott also are eligible to compete in the race, but aren't I can't imagine not racing if I were eligible.

 "WoW", Labonte and Elliott...now I need to know why they aren't racing. Maybe they are just done....I could speculate all over the place, these two are milestones in my book and I miss their style on the track...AJ is in a new ride? this year, rumors are swirling about him moving to Indy? He might drive the Indy 500? all questions since I have no answers.....

2/13/13   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I know I am being nit-picky. I know it all comes down to the Sponsor/Money. I am just really tired of it. It is confusing for "new" fans, and I think in a small way, plays a part in distancing itself from the roots of racing and some fans that have been around since "Fireball Roberts".

On a positive not, will be exciting to see how the new car does this weekend. I wonder if the drivers not racing are chewing at the bit? It must really suck not to be out there.

I know what you mean. Some people just don't get the appeal of going round and round, and trying to bring in new fans has got to be a goal of NASCAR but it's almost as is they are making it more complicated. Then again, a good part of that is the media, I think. And I was looking at the entry list, and AJ Allmendinger, Terry Labonte, and Bill Elliott also are eligible to compete in the race, but aren't I can't imagine not racing if I were eligible.

2/13/13   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

Debi_L wrote:
LOL you mean like COY, COT and Gen6???? Yeah, not sure why they have to give them names exactly...

I know I am being nit-picky. I know it all comes down to the Sponsor/Money. I am just really tired of it. It is confusing for "new" fans, and I think in a small way, plays a part in distancing itself from the roots of racing and some fans that have been around since "Fireball Roberts".

On a positive not, will be exciting to see how the new car does this weekend. I wonder if the drivers not racing are chewing at the bit? It must really suck not to be out there.

2/13/13   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I do like the look of the new car. It has taken some getting used to, but, I like it. I am so very tired of the "name" changes every other year. The "unlimited" really does make me want to watch any more than the "shoot out" did....but at least it was a good name. Other than that I am excited as heck, racing is back!
Boogity Boogity Boogity, let's go racing boys/gals!

LOL you mean like COY, COT and Gen6???? Yeah, not sure why they have to give them names exactly...

2/13/13   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

I do like the look of the new car. It has taken some getting used to, but, I like it. I am so very tired of the "name" changes every other year. The "unlimited" really does make me want to watch any more than the "shoot out" did....but at least it was a good name. Other than that I am excited as heck, racing is back!
Boogity Boogity Boogity, let's go racing boys/gals!