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Did You Notice? … Breaking Down Carl’s New Ride And… New Owners Wanted

Did You Notice? … Breaking Down Carl’s New Ride And… New Owners Wanted

Did You Notice? … The announcement of Carl Edwards to a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing team carried with it more news than expected? Yes, we’ve known the pairing for months, to the point Edwards emerged for Tuesday’s press conference, said, “Surprise!” and the assembled media chuckled with laughter. The “secret” would have been hard to keep, regardless of leaks; considering the limited number of seats available, among top-tier teams in free agency Edwards’ options could be counted on one hand ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Leadership Needed… It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Leadership Needed… It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Did You Notice?… It’s now Wednesday morning, four-plus days after Saturday’s tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that claimed the life of Kevin Ward, Jr. Racing controversy is still front and center, included inside the first few minutes of every newscast or SportsCenter update. Tony Stewart’s name has been mentioned more in the press than Barack Obama, his career hanging in the balance while a potential criminal investigation looms. One of the sport’s biggest stars is grieving, out of the ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

Did You Notice? … How hard it is to gain a foothold in this sport? More than ever, talented drivers find themselves inside a shrinking window of opportunity. The number of available rides has shrunk, combined with the funding now necessary to pair them within a top-tier organization. Having cash on hand and helping bridge the gap of corporate support can now make the difference as to whether you simply get a job. NASCAR’s purse doesn’t pay the bills; heck, ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … A Story Already Told, “Penalties” And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … A Story Already Told, “Penalties” And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … How the biggest move of Silly Season didn’t cause that much of a stir? Carl Edwards’ decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, a move which would have caused a collective gasp a few years ago instead had most observers yawning, pulling the old McKayla-is-not-impressed-face from the 2012 Olympics, while chanting the phrase, “Tell me something I didn’t know.” That’s because Silly Season in NASCAR, once the place for National Enquirer-style drama has devolved into an anticlimactic ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … The Race To NASCAR’s Bubble Begins

Did You Notice? … The Race To NASCAR’s Bubble Begins

Did You Notice? … A recent business report indicating for four-car Stewart-Haas Racing, their cost to compete is reaching $1.5 million per race weekend? Clearly, expenses are arching sky high. Making the Chase, whether fans like it or not, is critically important to a team’s financial bottom line. If you miss it, rumors have existed for a long time that sponsors either withhold bonuses, cut funding for the final ten races or, in rare cases, have even reconsidered future involvement over ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Penalty Loopholes, Awkward NASCAR Alliances And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … Penalty Loopholes, Awkward NASCAR Alliances And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… NASCAR’s top nine team owners in Sprint Cup have come together to form their own, separate “organization?” Of course you did, as it’s been the top story of a slow news summer. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will head up a new Race Team Alliance (RTA) that includes the top nine funded teams in the sport. Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Chip ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … The Death Of A Ringer And How Old Dogs Learn New Tricks

Did You Notice? … The Death Of A Ringer And How Old Dogs Learn New Tricks

Did You Notice?… The road course ringer era is over? Just two right-turn “subs” are on the list for Sonoma: Boris Said for GO FAS Racing and Alex Kennedy for Circle Sport. Said, driving the No. 32, has been in that position for years while Kennedy is a bit of a stretch, considered somewhat of a road course specialist but running a limited schedule on ovals for the team he’s with. It appears that after years of spending money on “experts,” ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Battle With Attrition And Aerodynamics

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Battle With Attrition And Aerodynamics

Did You Notice?… How lack of attrition can sometimes lead to a lack of excitement? When I think Pocono and Dover, in the old days their unpredictability was built, in part, on whether or not cars would finish the race. At Dover, it was the difficulty of the track that was the problem. At Pocono, it was the high RPMs heading into Turn 1, the longest frontstretch in motorsports, which would cook engines like hamburgers on a hot summer day. ... Read More »

Did You Notice?… You Can’t Teach New Dogs Old Tricks?, NASCAR’s Consolation Prize And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… You Can’t Teach New Dogs Old Tricks?, NASCAR’s Consolation Prize And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… New drivers are not learning old tricks? That’s the sense I get four days after the hoopla surrounding Danica Patrick’s seventh-place finish. Patrick, who earned her career-best result at the 1.5-miler, did so in her second full season on the circuit, where she’s yet to score a top 5 and has made limited, if any, impact on-track outside of the sport’s restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega. Here’s the problem with the Patrick situation, though: She’s not ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Teams In Trouble, Drivers Moving On, And Talladega’s Fear Factor

Did You Notice? … Teams In Trouble, Drivers Moving On, And Talladega’s Fear Factor

Did You Notice?… Some clarity in NASCAR’s Silly Season picture? Clint Bowyer’s re-signing with Michael Waltrip Racing, despite a disappointing season came paired with a long-term extension for financial backer 5-Hour Energy. Now, it was unlikely Bowyer would move elsewhere, considering he was second in the championship standings with the No. 15 team just a year-and-a-half ago. But removing his name from the mix this early lessens the driver pool for other teams considering a move. Now, the focus shifts to Greg ... Read More »