This Week in NASCAR [New Hampshire]

New Hampshire - New winner or repeat?

7/11/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [New Hampshire]Already New Hampshire Raceway is showing us her toughness.  Joey Logano cut down a left rear tire and hit the wall hard.  He was taken to the infield care center and has since been released.  Three of the Hendrick Motorsports cars are shown in the top ten in practice, so far, and Kasey Kahne sits 17th.  Jeff Gordon is being shown as the fastest.

Both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series will race at Loudon this weekend, with the trucks taking to the track in Iowa this evening.

Last week, Kurt Busch and his owner and crew were found to have unapproved settings in the car during the post race inspection.  I have never been a huge fan of the post race inspections, simply because of the possibility of the actual racing making unseen adjustments.  If a car gets a bump from another car, brushes the wall, or is involved in a wreck, the adjustments possible in the pit box, under yellow flag or green flag conditions are limited.  Then, NASCAR takes the car and runs it through a series of measurements, where only fractions of an inch leeway are allowed.  I've seen first hand what a shopping cart run into the front of a car can do, so I have my doubts when it comes to these kind of measurements.  However, as we all know, NASCAR makes the rules and you damn well better not break them!

Earlier this week it was announced that a "Race Team Alliance" had been formed.  At the time of the announcement, I misunderstood the alliance, who was in it, and what it was for.  Details are emerging regarding the formation, with Mike Helton feeling it necessary to state that at NASCAR, it will be business as usual.  He also stated that every person in NASCAR has a voice, be it a driver, crew chief or crew member.  However, the formation of the alliance seems to indicate otherwise, at least in my eyes.
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Michael Waltrip Racing's Rob Kaufmann has been elected Chairman of the Alliance, which includes all of the big names, and so far, none of the little teams, as I originally inferred.   I apologize to everyone for my misconceptions.  Although some are trying to call this alliance a union, Kaufmann insists it is anything but.  Rather, the body will attempt to work towards lowering costs for all teams, to work as a united front in safety issues, and helping out all teams when it comes to travelling costs, such as air fare and hotels.  Their hope is to get a hotel chain involved where the teams can save money on group bookings.  

First though, they want to get all of the teams involved.  Other items in the bulls eye include health care benefits for the employees of all teams, and perhaps, a re-negotiation of the percentage of revenue the teams can look to receive from the television package set to be implemented in 2015.

I'm sure it will interesting, to say the least, as it all plays out.

So, as I send this to publish, the running order in practice has changed.  Jimmie Johnson has moved to the top of the leader board, with Jeff now running third.  Kasey Kahne has jumped to ninth, while Dale Jr. has dropped out of the top ten.  Both Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers of MWR are in the top ten, while rookie, Kyle Larson sits in second.

It's going to be a great weekend in racing!

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7/13/14   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Well, another tame race in the books. Congrats to Brad. Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Dale Jr all finish in the top 10.

7/13/14   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I;m away from a TV this weekend, so didn't see any of the N'wide race and won't see the Cup race either......so what happened that made the race no longer tame/??

A wreck of course! It was pretty much just good racing, til that.

7/13/14   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

I;m away from a TV this weekend, so didn't see any of the N'wide race and won't see the Cup race either......so what happened that made the race no longer tame/??

7/12/14   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

(Edited by JenX63)

The top 3 in the Nationwide race were *sigh* Cup drivers. Congrats to Brad, I guess. Kyle Larson  came in 4th and Chris Buescher got 5th.

*edited, because I want to change Chris's name to James all the time.

7/12/14   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Well  dang! Nationwide race was pretty tame til that.

7/12/14   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Would really like to see Smoke do something this weekend. I am beginning to sound like a broken record.

I would love to see Smoke do something this weekend as well.  Something including a checkered flag, that is, not a wrecker......

7/11/14   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Would really like to see Smoke do something this weekend. I am beginning to sound like a broken record.