Why do you guys shove Danica down our throats like she is something amazing when she finishes 8th or 12th but then completely ignore the five races where she finished worse than 25th?? Last week was all about Danica after Martinsville, but she's back to average at Texas and you guys say nothing!!
We like to accenuate the positive. For lack of a better argument, she gets more attention from fans for her good finishes than her bad.
Newt, your thoughts on the issues with the 2/22 and the lack of penalties for Brad running his mouth again? Is the rumor true that someone from HMS spilled the beans to NASCAR?
NASCAR has drawn the line as far as what you can and can't say. Apparently you can disparage the governing body and decisions but you can't disparage the Gen 6 or the racing. As for issues with 2/22, Penske will argue it's no different than the innovative ways Hendrick Motorsports played with the rear ends last year.
Newt, when will NASCAR get more transparent with these "debris" cautions?
Not enough for you, huh? I'd say they take it pretty seriously and most of the time they call a caution something is there or somebody has indicated they saw something. Safety is key issue.
Wouldn't it be fun to watch the 2, 18, and 48 battle it out without the gimmick that is the Chase?
I like the Chase even though I understand many don't. I like playoffs in other sports, too.
The longer I am a NASCAR fan the more confused I become...Denny gets fined but Brad does not? There does not sem to me any rhyme or reason behind their decisions.
The best answer I can give you is what France said. Speak bad of the racing or the Gen 6 and you'll pay. The rest seems to be open season, although I am guessing there is a line that can be crossed there.
Why do so many people hate on Kyle driving in NW, the more he races the better he does.
People like to hate, particularly when it comes to Kyle Busch. I'm not personally offended by his driving the NW races some of the time. Don't particularly care for him dipping to trucks.
I have been a fan of Hornady for years. What I saw Sunday was a deliberate act, was no mistake and was exactly what he intended to do. For a veteran with his credentials it is impossible to believe that was anything other then deliberate. Then to get out of the truck and lie, changing the story trying to soften the blow is absolutely disgusting. I doubt Hornaday will be around much longer. His career has steadily gone down hill and I think it's time for him to go away and enjoy what he has achieved in the sport before he embarrasses self even more. NASCAR has to come down very hard on this ... it's getting out-of-control. When Kyle Bush did it, he was suspended. Jeff Gordon did it, nothing happened. How long will this be tolerated before we have another driver injured? I've seen thousands of people spun out or rubbed up against the fence but you do not turn someone headfirst into the fence.
Hornaday makes no bones about being mad. He does insist he didn't try to turn the car into the wall. I will have to take his word on that. If you watch what he did and what Busch did to him two years ago there is a difference. Busch at a higher speed got on the bumper and pushed until Hornaday wrecked. Hornaday did a quick brush across the bumper. Same result, but sure same intent. Again, it's subjective. Nobody can really read the minds and intent of these guys.
True or false smoke will win at least 1 race?
Doesn't BK realize how foolish he looks trying to be the self-appointed "leader" in the garage? First his huge gaffe earlier this year trying to tell NASCAR how to run the business model (shared revenue nonsense) and now his whining last year about Hendrick pushing the rules envelope makes him look pretty stupid after his team gets caught rigging the cars in a way that the Gen 6 was specifically designed to eliminate (dog-tracking). To cap it off he doubles down and claims that they are being unfairly targeted. Is this kid on some medication? He is starting to sound a lot like Jeremy Mayfield lately.
I don't think he believes he is the self-appointed leader. He does feel the title gives him more leverage to speak out. Honestly, some of what he said before the season and again on Saturday are true. We'll probably have to wait on the appeals court to decide because if NASCAR evokes penalties on the 22 and 2 there likely will be appeals.
Since denny is hurt how many points would he lose if it were the winston cup point system?
I believe 175 by however many races he misses. In other words, too many without a Chase.
Do u think martin truex should have won that race by the way i am ajj fan
The best car doesn't always win. And while Truex led a lot of laps, Kyle Busch did sit on the pole and lead a ton himself.
Shrub looks like 2008 all over again. Will it end the same as 2008 where he was no factor in the Chase?
I have a hunch he'll maintain through the Chase. And if you remember, in 2008 mechanical issues killed his Chase. If that doesn't happen he probably was a factor then.
if ganassi sells the team, would pablo be out of a ride next year?
If he sold, which is a big if, I wouldn't be surprised. I also am told by one person of knowledge he isn't looking to sell.
Hey David do you think NASCAR will suspend my crew chief after what took place this weekend?
Aren't you supposed to be at the White House today? Your crew chief won't be suspended until Wednesday. Then there will be an appeal process.
Hey David I say Danica will beat me in The Rookie of The Year battle. What do you think about that?
I say you are wearing your cowboy hat too tight these days.
Is it true that Ganassi is going to sell the race team to Menard ? Why?
That is the rumor, although I am told it is only a rumor.
So.. Some one spilled the beans on Penske. maybe Brad shouldn't throw stones.... Life lesson learned I hope.
Keselowski's argument is that what was done to the rear housing was within the rule. Stay tuned.
Hornday will be parked correct? The irony is him dumping a kbm truck on caution Fill Circle!
Possibly. There is precedence, although I believe NASCAR might give a lighter sentence.
When we going to see cars back at the Rock? By far the best race of the week end
The drivers always thought the Rock was a great track, but alas you won't see it back in Cup in my lifetime.
Hi Dave - I saw Brad's post-race interview on Saturday. Aside from the rear-end housing issues they had Saturday night, do you have any insight as to what else he was talking about? Brad made it sound like something had been brewing for several days....
They held his car in Martinsville tech to the point he almost missed practice time, and the team disagreed with the penalty for pitting outside the box at Martinsville. Unless he has something else that we've missed.
NASCAR does not take parts right before a race unless they felt it was serious. Not the first time this year Penske cars had problems. Given Knaus's and Letarte's suspension for the COT should we expect a substantial penalty?
Agreed. They do consider this serious. But as was the case with the C-post with the 48 at Daytona a few years ago the final appeal overturned most of what NASCAR said was illegal. I suspect there will be a substantial penalty here and a substantial appeal case.
Listening in on the 48 scanner Knaus was getting rather sarcastic with pit crew members. 3 times JJ came in 4th or better and went out at least 9th. Should we expect a shake up on the 48 pit crew?
They do have backups for the 48 and other HMS teams like no other organization in NASCAR. Haven't heard of a shakeup yet. We'll see when I get to Kansas.
How do you think Dale jr responds to his previous 2 races at texas?
I suspect you'll see that team running top 10 based on how he has run at most of the intermediate tracks.
Stealing one from last week and editing it a little: Turn 1: Danica Patrick started at the back Saturday and finished 28th. What grade would you give her at Texas?
When Kyle was parked for wrecking Hornaday, all the media claimed "it was all because it happened under caution...". Now that it's Hornaday, its ".. well he doesn't have the history Kyle has.". I am starting to see some anti-KB bias here .. w/o naming names, do you see some of that in your peers?
All I can say is we all know Busch's penalty had to do with past history even though NASCAR denied it. That Busch did it to a driver in a series he doesn't compete full time also played a role, I believe.
Any word on points being taken from the 2, 22 or 56?
Nothing coming until midday Wednesday.
Any word on Danica's divorce? Never saw anything further on it being finalized.
Just did my daily check of the court record. Still not final.
I am second to no one in my distrust of internet gossip. However, as a Bad Brad fan I could not help but wonder about recent speculation that the Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon teams, each of whom were parked next to the 2 Penske drivers in the garage, tipped off NASCAR officials and that is what led them to inspect the cars. Is there any truth to this? Doesn't seem like anything new to me.
Well, the 2 was parked next to the 48 when the C-post was discovered at Daytona two year ago. Just saying . . .
Newt, your thoughts on the quality of the Gen-6 racing product at Texas? I missed the race but analysis seems to be a mixed bag. Would love your thoughts.
I'd give it a C-plus.
Seems like clean air is still king. Is NASCAR going to make a package change to try and change this?
Not sure there is a package that can fix that. In the end, it's still a brick driving through air as Kenny Francis likes to say.
3.5, down from 3.6 a year ago.
Sorry, I mistakenly deleted the question from the 3.5 answer. I was asked if I knew the overnight ratings from the Texas race.
Do you think NASCAR or the tracks will alter their security procedures following yesterday's events?
Kansas has stepped things up. See my story. http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/9178572/kansas-speedway-ready-heighten-security
Didn't Tony Stewart or someone get fined for complaining about a "debris caution" a year or so ago? Someone did .. and it had nothing to do with the "product" but more the "governing body".
Denny Hamlin did a few year ago. But NASCAR has tried to be less harsh with what it fines drivers for since then. And Hamlin's was a secret fine when fines were secret.
And wouldn't it be fun to watch Oakland and Atlanta battle for the world series without the gimmick of the division titles and wild cards?
I like the wild card in baseball and the NFL.
Your top 5 drivers and a darkhorse for Kansas?
Truex, Vickers, Johnson, Earnhardt, Bowyer.
People hate all cup drivers in NW. Come on Newt. Its not just Kyle. You really think its good for young drivers when he wins so much? It takes fans out of the stands.
Tracks will argue Busch and other Cup drivers put fans in the stands at NW events. It's a tough balance, I admit. In an ideal world Cup drivers would drive only in Cup. But it's not an ideal world. And the other part of the equation, selling sponsorship for a Cup driver in a NW race often is easier. It's not black and white.
Is Jeff Gordon just starting to show his age? All the greats-Petty, Earnhardt, Pearson showed the same thing towards the end.
He made the Chase a year ago and has had a chance to win once, maybe twice this year. Is his team as strong as it was 10 or 12 years ago? Probably not. I still believe he has a run left in him.
What is going on with the 29 team and Kevin Harvick?
Not a lot. But he is 12th in the standings, which is 10 spots ahead of his future boss.
YOU FORGOT AUTO UPDATE!
I hit it.
Why was it at the Texas race on Saturday that they called a caution for a simple car tapping the wall? Was it because they thought it would lead up to a bigger crash or just for a precaution?
Sure they felt it was going to be in the line of traffic trying to get to pit road. Precaution.
To go along with the debris caution question: why does it take 6-8 laps for a piece of metal or rubber to be picked up? Obviously, teams take advantage of that time to do their pit stops, and maybe to fix damage too. Does NASCAR just randomly pick a number of laps they want they caution to be for? It doesn't take that long to line cars up again (technology and communication have really sped that up) and it just seems to me that a simple debris caution that shouldn't take more than 1-2 laps to cleanup and get cars in line takes 2-3 times as long, which may help some teams trying to conserve fuel or fix damage, which is fine if it's consistent, but is there really any rule or consistency to how long some of those debris cautions take?
One, since caution is out they like to give the teams time to pit. It takes a few laps since the lead lap cars pit by themselves and then the rest come in. A lap or two also usually passes before pit road is open. Then the track likes to use the time to often blow off the entire track, or much of it. If it's toward the end of the race NASCAR will speed this process up.
Do you think Hendricks team blew the whistle on the Penske cars as reported?
Teams typically blow the whistle on each other just like college coaches often blow the whistle on other universities for recruiting violations. That say enough?
Maybe I missed it but why didn't Dale Jr. switch to his backup battery on the track?
There was an improper diagnosis originally on the issue. Once he switched to the backup battery he had pitted, then sped on pit road and the damage was done.
Other than Newman, who else is in danger of losing his ride this year?
Montoya, McMurray and a handful of drivers at lower tier teams.
Everyone talks about short track racing being the bread and butter of nascar, so do think the cup series will come to Iowa Speedway or some other short tracks? Why not take away one race date from some of the cookie cutter tracks in favor of new racing venues?
I do believe Iowa eventually will get a race. I also would like to see another road course race because that has become just as exciting as short track racing. Where the dates will come from is the problem. NASCAR doesn't like taking away existing dates from tracks. And the sport certainly doesn't need to expand past 36 races. IF anything, it needs to shrink.
So let me get this straight, Brad says something about HMS rear ends last year. NASCAR doesn't do a thing and HMS wins 4 races before NASCAR tells them to stop. HMS says something about Penske and Penskes cars are torn down that day and replaces. Favortism much?
You sure your name isn't Brad K. I believe that was his point.
If I was Brian France I would expect a little more gratitude when I hand someone a 5 million dollar check. I hope the keep the 2 car in "Tech Hell" for the rest of the year
Brad K is great for the sport. He speaks his mind. He sheds light on issues others are afraid to. Isn't that more of what fans want?
Is 88,48,29,11,2 good fantasy picks for kansas? also will Junior win this week? If not then Who????
I'd go with the 56 over the 29. Truex had the best car there a year ago until the sun came out late. He had arguably the best car last weekend.
Dave,How long do you think it will take Dale Earnhardt Junior to get a win this year? How many more races estimated and do you think he can get a win? I hope that you can reply.
If I could predict that I'd retire now. Seriously, I believe he'll win one before July. Maybe before June.
Ru surprised with the way logano is running
Not really. A fresh start and a teammate that he can relate to and share information with was bound to help. Penske also has pretty good cars.
If it weren't for bad luck, Newman would easily be in top 10 in pts. Since he's the best running SHR car right now, does that help him for next year finding another sponsor for SHR, or another ride at RCR or MWR?
Running well always helps you sell yourself. But making the Chase would help more. I doubt he could go to an owner and talk about all the bad luck that kept him out and make that a case for hiring him.
Do owners points reset when the Chase starts? I ask because if Denny misses the Chase can he still win the owners championship for JGR?
Yes. Yes. The 55 could as well.
Because of the Martinsville race with Dale Jr. dropping in points to third do you think he will try and recover as best he can??
He dropped a few more spots after Texas. I believe he'll hold some back until he gets to Richmond. Seriously? Don't you think they all try the best they can every week? Start and parkers aside, that is.
Any news from the Denny Hamlin camp?
Nothing. DH wasn't scheduled for another scan of the compression fracture until next week.
Great start for Kyle Larson. We have had other drivers who have shown great promise but did not produce in Cup. Other drivers, like Johnson, blossomed in Cup. Is it just impossible to predict or are there certain traits or driving styles which can foretell success?
There's not one set formula. It takes talent, a solid team and the ability to take care of your car to make it to the very top in Cup. Johnson has all that going for him.
As a Rowdy fan, I never used to watch a nationwide race unless he was racing. Now I still watch but only to see the KBM entries in Nationwide and Truck. What % do you think watch NW/CW just to see their favorite cup driver .. I would think it's pretty high.
which 5 do you like better at Kansas 88,48,29,11,2 OR 88,48,99,20,11? (Fantasy Picks)
Enough whining about Cup Drivers in NW! No one complains when Jeg Coughlin (NHRA) race in the Sportsman Classes.
I kind of agree.
i understand there is a post race inspection. but does nascar pull cars and inspect even further?
Post race, usually the winner, a start and parker and one other, sometimes pole winner, often random.
what drivers are on the hot-seat this year?
Newman, Montoya and McMurray are the top 3.
Hi, Newt! IMO, the best way to curb the proliferation of Cup drivers in NW races is to make Cup racing cheaper. They could start with a 6-set limit on tires for race weekends? Your thoughts?
Not sure I buy into that. Maybe you can explain better how that will help.
any chance vickers replaces hamlin permenently?
Hamlin will be back. But if he does well, the fear MWR has is that JGR will expand to four cars and hire Vickers.
How bad does the Nationwide race have to do at IMS to get the race moved back Raceway Park.I know the dollars is the difference but any ideas how to get a race back at a great short track?
Sadly, pretty bad.
Mr. Newton, Brad K. has always spoken from the heart, in other words he speaks his mind. Another driver is "private" & that to me is "he did hide something/someone, did lie/cheat"
Who is this other driver you refer to?
Does anyone really care about the Owners championship? Other than owners that is
Pretty much the owners. I've argued the past few years it should be combined to one championship. That would allow possibly drivers to miss a race or two and still compete for the title.
Why do you think Hornaday will get a lenient sentence? He had much longer to contemplate his action than Busch did in '11. I will say, if he's not suspended, I won't watch the Truck Series anymore as long as Chad Little is the series director!
Mainly because Busch was a Cup driver wrecking a Truck Series driver's chance to win the title. Hornaday and Wallace race in the same series and accept more the risks of what happened.
That's all for me. Thanks for putting up with me on a Tuesday instead of Wednesday or Thursday. Leaving for Kansas tomorrow, but should land in time for penalties to the 22, 2 and maybe 56. As usual, if you have questions feel free to ask on Twitter at @Dnewtonespn.