New Hampshire - New winner or repeat?
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.
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!
Who ya got?