This Week in NASCAR [December 6th edition]

Busch brothers, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon make headlines

12/6/11 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

The picture is just to remind you that Daytona isn't all that far off.

I'm going to do this as a weekly article, one to keep you up to date on what has happened all week long in NASCAR.  It might not be here every Tuesday, or even Wednesday, but I will bring it to you, I promise.

Of course, being that racing is over for the year (only 82 days until the Daytona 500 on Fox) you would think the airwaves would be a little quieter.  Not so.

As Darrell Waltrip tweeted, all is quiet until the Monday after the Awards Ceremony.  Well, that's exactly it.  Although NASCAR.com is reporting that Penske and Kurt Busch have agreed to part ways, other sites weren't so generous to Mr. Busch, leaking that he had been fired the night before.  Now, honestly it could be a combination of things, but I believe Kurt was told he was out of a job and also told if he wanted to keep some semblance of pride, the announcement could read that it was a mutual agreement.  What say you?

In any case, no announcement has been made as to who will fill Kurt's shoes in the 22 Penzoil Dodge, but a lot of names have been thrown into the ring, most prominently Brian Vickers.  Now I know Brian is a talented driver, but he also has quite a giant ego and a temper to boot.  Would he really be smart for Penske?  Poor Penske had to listen to Kurt's obscenities and tirades all year long because the car wasn't right.  With Brian, they would have more of the "i didn't do ANYTHING wrong!! He hit me." etc.  

Another name I've heard suggested is David Ragan.  Now Mr. Ragan got his first win in the Cup series this year, but is he a good enough driver for Penske to invest in?  I think he could be.  Right now, at Roush, he is overshadowed by Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and even Greg Biffle.  Would he shine if brought into a two team garage?  Maybe worth the investment after all.

Over at Michael Waltrip Racing, the news that Brian Pattie had been hired as Clint Bowyer's crew chief also broke.

 Clint is moving to MWR after spending all of his NASCAR racing career with RCR.  Brian Pattie, on the other hand, makes the move from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing where he has been crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya.  JPM started his season off well, only to struggle in the later races.  Like the Busch brothers, JPM seems reluctant to take any of the responsibility for poor performances by his team, so in my mind, Brian is getting the better deal in this move.  He'll be working for a driver who knows what respect is.
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12/10/11   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Debi_L wrote:
 And David Ragan is making a serious bid for the #22 Ride.

I wish him good luck. Would be nice to see what he is capable of.

12/10/11   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

 And David Ragan is making a serious bid for the #22 Ride.

12/10/11   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

 Darian Grubb has been signed with Joe gibbs Racing as Denny Hamlin's Crew Chief.

12/7/11   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Debi_L wrote:
 Well, I have to say what *I* think about certain drivers.  if I think a driver has been a nimrod, I'm going to say it. I don't get paid to be impartial  or even opinionated!!

feel free to offer your own opinion - I love a good debate! 

your choice of course, but I'm sorry to hear that. :(

12/7/11   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

wrote:
I would LOVE this weekly if it were impartial.

 Well, I have to say what *I* think about certain drivers.  if I think a driver has been a nimrod, I'm going to say it. I don't get paid to be impartial  or even opinionated!!

feel free to offer your own opinion - I love a good debate! 

12/7/11   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

 I'm loving what this has to say for some great crew chiefs and Stewart Haas Racing, tho.

12/7/11   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
These is pretty  big news that also come out these afternoon, Mike Ford is out as the #11 Crew Chief, Darian Grubb is expected to be named new Crew Chief of the #11.

 Yeah, didn't catch that until after article was done - we'll see if we get a "formal" announcement.  I feel sorry for Darian to have to work for Denny though (no offence to Denny fans) but Denny is pretty vocal, and quick to blame all but himself.  

i hope Darian has a GREAT doctor.

12/6/11   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Already having withdrawals, this will help, thanks Debi. Most of this I think we figured out on our own....uh Jeff, dancing, I could do without....:D ps, i missed the awards dinner, kicking myself in the arse over that.

12/6/11   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

These is pretty  big news that also come out these afternoon, Mike Ford is out as the #11 Crew Chief, Darian Grubb is expected to be named new Crew Chief of the #11.