This Week in NASCAR [Lady in Black!]

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5/10/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Lady in Black!]While NASCAR got it so wrong with Matt Kenseth, it is reassuring to know that the Appeals process works.  This week the three member appeal board convened to hear the Joe Gibbs Racing team present their reasons why the penalties levied against them were unfair.  That three member board agreed with JGR and significantly reduced the penalties, but not the fine.  The $200,000 fine will remain, hopefully to be paid by Toyota Racing Development, who acknowledged the faulty part was all their fault.  However, Matt Kenseth will not have a 50 point penalty, and neither will Joe Gibbs.  Both will instead have their penalties reduced to 12 points.  Additionally, Crew Chief, Jason Ratcliff will sit out the Darlington race, and will return next week, with probation for only three races.  

What does this mean to the 20 team?  It is a sigh of relief, really, as Matt moves back up into 4th in points, instead of 12th.  Additionally, the race win will count in the Chase tally.  

NASCAR took a second hit this week, when Chief Appellate Officer, John Middlebrook, heard the Penske Racing Team's final appeal.  He agreed to a certain extent with both parties.  The fines and penalties were upheld, but the suspensions of the Crew Chiefs, Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon, were reduced to three races, rather than six.  

I've spent some time this week reviewing the twitter feeds and comments all over the web.  While some people are happy NASCAR is making an effort to better the sport and make it entertaining and exciting again, others just hate it.  I think I'm in the middle.  I am prepared to play a little of the wait and see game, to see how the new Gen6 car works on all tracks, how the teams figure it out, and who gets it figured out first.  However, I have not agreed with a lot of the decisions NASCAR has made, as far as setting fines and suspensions, explaining rulings, and throwing cautions.  Let's be honest, though, that hasn't changed from any other year.  The Gen6 car has very little to do with how I feel about NASCAR.  I've read the criticisms and I can agree with some, and strongly disagree with others.  What is the answer?  I don't know what people want, so I can't answer that.

The teams are in Darlington this weekend, and while up in Canada we don't get the Nationwide race until later this evening, that actually works in my favor, as I work until 9:30.  The race will just be finishing up on TV when I get home, so at least I will see the ending.  Tomorrow night, due to the East Coast/West Coast thing, I will miss most of the race, and in fact, may not see any of it.  Judging by what I am seeing in practice, there will be a lot of "Darlington Stripes" handed out by the "Lady in Black".  In fact, Danica has already gone to a back up car, having hit the wall hard enough to cave in both the front and rear on the right side.  Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr are so far the fastest in practice.  
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This year seems to have been a distinct improvement for Kurt Busch, at least so far.  Hopefully he can keep his temper in check and concentrate on racing - whether it be in NASCAR, or in IndyCar, as has been rumored.  Busch obtained his IndyCar license earlier this month, in an Andretti Motorsports car.  What he will do with it remains to be seen.

I'm not sure who I am going to take to win at Darlington, but being that I am a Dale Jr fan first and foremost, I have to say I believe he will do well.  What about you? Who are your picks?
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5/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I wanted to add: I watched the whole race with the sound muted and MRN on. I am over the announcers, PERIOD! The thing between Kasey and Kyle? Really Kasey? If Kyle wanted to wreck you, you  would of been in the wall. That was pure racing and someone trying to pass for position. Big boys need to pull up their panties and start racing and quit whining.

I've thought for a long time that the interviewers "feed" information to the drivver they are interviewing, trying to stir things up.  Remember Bob Dillner and Kevin Harvick?  Kevin basically told Dillner to go suck rocks and quit trying to "make a story out of nothing".  I've always remembered that and when i see interviews like the one K|asey gave, I have to wonder if he wasn't "fed" info to guide his comments.  Maybe not, but I have a hard time taking Kasey's comments seriously.

5/13/13   |   JenX63   |   33157 respect

I wanted to add: I watched the whole race with the sound muted and MRN on. I am over the announcers, PERIOD! The thing between Kasey and Kyle? Really Kasey? If Kyle wanted to wreck you, you  would of been in the wall. That was pure racing and someone trying to pass for position. Big boys need to pull up their panties and start racing and quit whining.

5/12/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Good race overall...But too much commercialism with the announcers and the interviews... they say nothing most of the time...while sipping a Coke... 

5/12/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Who gets the last laugh? Matt does. Nascar can stuff it. Looks like he finally has the equipment needed to get the job done. Congrats Matt!

It was definitely a "BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA" moment. cheeky

5/12/13   |   JenX63   |   33157 respect

Who gets the last laugh? Matt does. Nascar can stuff it. Looks like he finally has the equipment needed to get the job done. Congrats Matt!

5/12/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
 Kasey Kahne was not happy about Kyle Busch incident, says Kyle Busch lost his head going into the turn and blew the entry. His spotter had a pretty colorful for someone who tweeted him (I'm not going to post it.)  I wish Kasey Kahne wasn't so nice and would do something stupid to pay back Kyle Busch for the three times he did something to wreck a really good car.


Been wondering this for awhile some of the tracks Matt Kenseth struggled at Roush at he is just flat out had a car that was dominate with Gibbs. Is it the driver or the equipment?

Yeah, wondering too, did Matt always have the ability, but the team didn't have the setups right?  Could that be why Carl isn't winning?  It's great to see Matt succeeding this year, tho!

5/11/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

(Edited by Canadianhick)

 Kasey Kahne was not happy about Kyle Busch incident, says Kyle Busch lost his head going into the turn and blew the entry. His spotter had a pretty colorful for someone who tweeted him (I'm not going to post it.)  I wish Kasey Kahne wasn't so nice and would do something stupid to pay back Kyle Busch for the three times he did something to wreck a really good car.


Been wondering this for awhile some of the tracks Matt Kenseth struggled at Roush at he is just flat out had a car that was dominate with Gibbs. Is it the driver or the equipment?

5/11/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

WTG!!! Matt Kenseth!  Still third in points, but what a great finish.  Too bad for Kasey Kahne who may or may not have been tagged by Kyle Busch who ended up with a cut tire.  Still great raing in my book, at least what I saw of it.

5/11/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Got home from work, put dinner on to cook and sat down to watch the cautions, all of which seem to be in the last fifty laps of the race ;)

5/11/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

This should be a good race... watch and then listen to the radio broadcast...

5/11/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Can NASCAR eliminate Cup guys running Truck/Nationwide races? Seeing Kyle Busch  win almost every week in Nationwide this year is really tiring. I want  to see guys like Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon,  Parker Kligerman, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, and etc, to see who could be the next star in the sport. Though I have no problems with former Cup guys like Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers running in the series and that's because their running for points and more cases then not looking to salvage their careers.

What you can say about that Kyle Larson kid? He finished 6th tonight in his first race at Darlington. 

I agree with you 100%.  I hate the Cup guys runnng in N'wide.  I want to see the up and comers and the "can't quite make it in Cup" guys.  I do NOT want to continue seeing the Cup guys lording it over the Nationwide drivers.  I hate it.  I always have.

5/11/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Can NASCAR eliminate Cup guys running Truck/Nationwide races? Seeing Kyle Busch  win almost every week in Nationwide this year is really tiring. I want  to see guys like Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon,  Parker Kligerman, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, and etc, to see who could be the next star in the sport. Though I have no problems with former Cup guys like Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers running in the series and that's because their running for points and more cases then not looking to salvage their careers.

What you can say about that Kyle Larson kid? He finished 6th tonight in his first race at Darlington.