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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 »

Did You Notice? … A Return To Richmond, Post-Spingate And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … A Return To Richmond, Post-Spingate And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… This weekend marks the first Cup race at Richmond since last Fall’s Chase “cheating” controversy? It’s a perfect time for a “Where Are They Now?” addressing all sides of a scandal whose aftershocks still occasionally shake the sport. The Spinner: Clint Bowyer Bowyer, who has never fully admitted to wrecking intentionally, seems to have gotten past the magnitude of the moment. If not for his No. 15 turning around on its own during the final laps at Richmond, we ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Drivers Still Make A Difference… But Silly Cautions Don’t

Did You Notice? … Drivers Still Make A Difference… But Silly Cautions Don’t

Did You Notice?… In an era where so much has been pinned on equipment, or lack thereof, who you have behind the wheel can still make a difference? 2014 has reminded us of that, with two prominent examples sticking out through seven races. The first is Kyle Larson, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel of the No. 42 Target car after a rollercoaster eight seasons of mediocrity. During Montoya’s final season in 2013, he was 27th in points through seven races despite the addition of Hendrick ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Free Agent Lynchpin, Uncomfortable Reality And Gambling

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Free Agent Lynchpin, Uncomfortable Reality And Gambling

Before this sarcastic-laden column begins, I’d like to start by offering my deepest sympathies to the Petty family. Matriarch Lynda Petty was, by all accounts, the glue that held them together, her warmth and southern charm defining NASCAR’s first family for multiple generations. One of the sport’s good people, she will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. HENDERSON: Five Ways Lynda Petty’s Death Has An Impact WHAT NASCAR IS SAYING ABOUT LYNDA PETTY Did ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Toyota Trouble, Limping Into Action And Testing The Waters

Did You Notice? … Toyota Trouble, Limping Into Action And Testing The Waters

Did You Notice?… We’re four races in and Toyota hasn’t made it to Victory Lane? Their 0-for-4 performances, thus far highlight some weaknesses at both Joe Gibbs and Michael Waltrip Racing. Combined, Toyotas have just one top-5 finish out of 20 recorded thus far in 2014; only two drivers (Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth) sit inside the top 10 in Cup Series points. That’s a far cry from last year, early in the season when JGR looked to be the fastest team on ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … The Details Behind Busch Double-Duty And NASCAR Teams/Series Needing A Boost

Did You Notice? … The Details Behind Busch Double-Duty And NASCAR Teams/Series Needing A Boost

Did You Notice?… Kurt Busch could be the fourth person in history to do theNASCAR/Indy “double,” running 1,100 miles in the same day? OK, you probably do because Busch was everywhere with a camera, a microphone, and a satellite signal Tuesday. Between the national rounds, from ESPN to NBC along with aKurtBuschDouble.com website rollout it’s clear this Memorial Day Weekend decision has been brewing for months. My colleague Huston Ladner, if you haven’t read it does an excellent job explaining the IndyCar side of this equation. For ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Daunting Reality Ahead, Precedents And Race Dates

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Daunting Reality Ahead, Precedents And Race Dates

Did You Notice?… Most people, be it fans, drivers, Twitterbots, whomever seem to agree Sunday’s 500 was one of the best in years. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is on cloud nine, running on no sleep, acting 20 years old again and willing to talk to anyone within earshot – even your dog. NASCAR executives couldn’t have dreamed up a better story, and the buzz has lasted long into the week during a time when sports is slow. Momentum! Excitement! The stock ... Read More »