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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 »

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 »