Friday , March 27 2015
Home / Five Points To Ponder (page 19)

Five Points To Ponder

Ten Points To Ponder… After The Coke Zero 400

Ten Points To Ponder… After The Coke Zero 400

*1. The Other Big Three* - American automakers GM, Ford, and Chrysler have just about reached the panic stage, as their financial well-being becomes a critical concern. GM stock has lost approximately 75% of its value over the last year, Ford Motor Company has seen a 50% decline of stock value in the last three months, and Chrysler is expected to either file bankruptcy or sell off what profitable segments of the company they can. NASCAR's Chairman and CEO Brian France, speaking on whether there'll be continued support from the "Big Three" in the sport considering their financial crunch, summed up the situation by saying, “…we’ll just have to see.” On the other hand, in 2007 Toyota earned about $16 billion on sales of 9.37 million vehicles, surpassing GM as the No. 1 maker of automobiles. But although they're expecting a decrease in profits for 2008 due to the economic downturn, the company's expected to still be very much in the black and continue to expand their world markets. Brian… time to give Honda and Nissan a call and see what they are up to! Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After New Hampshire

Ten Points To Ponder … After New Hampshire

*1. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?* - Hendrick Motorsports made it official last Friday that Casey Mears -- who joined HMS in 2007 to replace Brian Vickers -- would be released from his No. 5 Chevy ride at season’s end. Said team owner Rick Hendrick at the time of Mears’ signing, “Casey is a talented driver and a high-character person who is going to be a great fit with our organization." Hendrick went on to say, "He has the ability to win races and ultimately contend for championships, so we're thrilled to welcome him to Hendrick Motorsports." After just 52 points races... Next! *2. Do The Math* - Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 from the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway was altered by the race sponsor in a promotion that had the race length extended an extra lap this year. The toolmaker said the extra mile was added in honor of Lenox customers – users and suppliers of industrial tools – who perform physically demanding jobs yet receive little recognition. Read More »

Ten Points to Ponder … After Infineon

Ten Points to Ponder … After Infineon

*1. Still Able To Get ‘Er Done* - 1995 Busch (Nationwide) Series Champion and 1996 Winston (Sprint) Cup Rookie of the Year Johnny Benson won for the third consecutive time at the Milwaukee Mile in the Camping World RV 200 Craftsman Truck Series race Friday evening. With the win, Benson maintains his CTS points lead in the drivers standings by 50-points over Todd Bodine. Benson has 10 wins in since moving to the CTS in 2005 after not being able to any longer secure a competitive Cup ride. Is the Craftsman Truck Series where Cup veterans are sent to die...or do they sometimes get another chance? *2. Long Time Ago!* - Bill Davis racing will lose the Caterpillar sponsorship on its No. 22 Toyota at the end of the 2007 season. “Cat” will move its sponsorship to the No. 31 Chevrolet of Jeff Burton’s at Richard Childress Racing. “Caterpillar and Bill Davis Racing have enjoyed a long and successful partnership throughout the last 10 seasons, and we are proud of everything we've accomplished together, including wins in both the Daytona 500 and Southern 500," said team owner Bill Davis. Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After Michigan

Ten Points To Ponder … After Michigan

*1. Geico... Not Gecko!* - GEICO Insurance, sponsor of Mike Wallace and the No. 7 Germain Racing Toyota, is indicating that they will end their sponsorship of the car after next season. Wallace, who finished third in the Meijer 300 last Saturday at Kentucky, believes he will need another sponsor if he is to continue in the Nationwide Series after 2009. NASCAR has disallowed GEICO from further sponsorship in the series, agreeing to exclude other insurance companies from funding teams as part of the agreement that saw Nationwide Insurance replace Anheuser-Busch as the series' title sponsor. GEICO has been one of the more visible corporations supporting this series in recent years, producing a series of popular commercials featuring Wallace and a tough-talking youthful fictional second cousin (twice removed). “It’s a shame because you’re trying to take a sponsor of this particular series [GEICO] – they found a niche where they like to be – and go, ‘look, you’ve got to go away. We don’t want you around anymore,’” said Wallace. GEICO is permitted by NASCAR to participate as a sponsor in any of NASCAR’s other race divisions, however. So, will we see Loren Wallace in a GEICO sponsored Craftsman Truck in 2010? Naw… you just know the kid will hold out for a Sprint Cup ride! Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After Dover

Ten Points To Ponder … After Dover

*1. Are They Baaack?* - Television ratings for NASCAR have seen resurgence this race season after experiencing at least two years of declines. The Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 tallied a 4% boost over last season's telecast, and posted the first increase in viewer numbers in three years. But the 4% improvement, though noteworthy, is less than the 5% increase that FOX TV has seen in its race broadcasts for the season to date. Puzzling ... wasn’t there a mass defection of race fans that could no longer tolerate NASCAR’s disregard for its racing roots, mass commercialism, Hendrick Motorsports drivers, the CoT...and the France family’s role in political unrest in the Middle East, etc...? *2. Coming On Strong* - The IRL has got to be ecstatic over their improved television rating numbers, as well. Though trailing the Coca-Cola 600's 4.7 rating (7.6 million viewers), the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500, with a reunified field and three women competing -- including media-darling Danica Patrick -- earned a solid 4.5 final rating. Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After The Coca-Cola 600

Ten Points To Ponder … After The Coca-Cola 600

*1. Rumba, Anyone?* - Two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves -- better known to the general public as last year's winner of the mega hit TV show "Dancing With The Stars" -- seems to be interested in following such open-wheel standouts as Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish, Jr., Dario Franchitti, Patrick Carpentier, and A.J. Allmendinger into the NASCAR ranks. However, the Brazilian initially refuted a _Los Angeles Times_ story published last week that reported he was interested in talking to Penske Racing, whom he drives for in the IRL, about a move to their NASCAR operation. "I did not understand much," Castroneves said of the journalist writing the story. "I found my English is apparently getting worse. [They] definitely took it out of context.” Now, is the "hoofer" performing some kind of fancy sidestep, or is that a full-blown tap dancing number? Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After The All-Star Challenge

Ten Points To Ponder … After The All-Star Challenge

*1. No Problem, Ron* – Sprint Cup Series point leader Kyle Busch ended his six weekend streak of winning a race – somewhere and in some type of car or truck. The Las Vegas native won the pole positions at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for both the Craftsman Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and the Sprint Cup All-Star Race, but did not visit Victory Lane in either contest. In the All-Star Race, Busch appeared to be the driver to beat as he dominated the early going, but encountered engine problems before the end of segment two, relegating him to the 24th and final position in the running order. Busch also dominated the CTS event, leading 86 of the first 105 laps on the night; however, with just 29 laps remaining in the contest, reigning series champ Ron Hornaday and Busch made contact, requiring NASCAR’s hottest driver to pit twice for repairs and dash his hopes for a victory. Said Hornaday, a three-time CTS Champion; “I got loose and got into him. He got the short end of the stick.” No doubt Hornaday’s explanation is more than good enough for many Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fans! Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder…After Darlington

Ten Points To Ponder…After Darlington

*1. No Popularity Contest* - Joe Gibbs Racing “hot shoe” Kyle Busch, winner of Saturday night's Dodge Challenger 500 won honors as the First Quarter Driver of the Year for 2008. The voting panel, made up of individuals knowledgeable in the numerous disciplines of U.S. motor racing, picked the 23-year old Las Vegas, NV. native for his winning performances in not just his Sprint Cup gig, but his impressive results in NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series and Nationwide Series as well. Busch trounced his nearest rivals, totaling 142 points to runner-up and fellow NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, who garnered 72 points. IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, the first female in history to score a win in that series, placed third with 51 points. The voting period ended after the Talladega race and well before Busch was involved in a controversial late race accident while battling fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Richmond. Busch went on to finish second to Clint Bowyer, while Earnhardt, Jr., though also finishing in the Top 10, lost any chance he may have had to end a two-year winless streak due to what many believed to be overly aggressive driving on the part of Busch. Earnhardt Nation will not be allowed to cast votes in the Second Quarter Driver of the Year for 2008 balloting, either! Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After Richmond

Ten Points To Ponder … After Richmond

*1. Maybe Some Trash Talkin’?* - The National Football League's record-setting but controversial wide receiver Randy Moss of the New England Patriots has announced that he is forming a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team. Moss expects his Moss Motorsports operation to enter selected races later this season, then compete in the full schedule of CTS events in 2009. There's no word yet on a driver selection for the new team, or what kind of flamboyant Victory Lane celebration the football player -- known for his creative TD in-your-face end zone moves -- would require his driver to execute. But you better believe that it would be memorable ... and if Moss himself ever gets behind the wheel, watch out. Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After Talladega

Ten Points To Ponder … After Talladega

*1. Aye, Aye…Captain!* – The United States Navy has announced the formation of an 88-person Boot Camp as a recruiting gimmick dubbed the “Dale, Jr. Division,” in conjunction with the Navy’s sponsorship of the sport's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his JR Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide team. Dale, Jr. will drive the No. 83 JR Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide series Chevrolet at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 24th to kick off the recruiting campaign; selected recruits will then be sent to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois in August, at which time Earnhardt, Jr. will commission the division. Following the completion of the seven-to-eight week course, Earnhardt, Jr. will again visit “his” recruits. All branches of the Armed Forces have or are sponsoring NASCAR race teams. However, no current full-time driver in the Sprint Cup Series has ever served in the active military ... including Junior himself. Read More »