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Ten Points To Ponder After … Martinsville

Ten Points To Ponder After … Martinsville

*Racing Economics* - In the face of the current economic downturn that is making it problematic for team owners to find the financial backing they need to survive -- one that includes possible takeovers or mergers involving three of NASCAR’s four participating auto manufacturers -- it was reported that NASCAR is considering reducing the number of cars in the starting lineup for each race. However, NASCAR president Mike Helton denies that there is any consideration by the sanctioning body to cut Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series fields to 28 and Sprint Cup Series lineups to 36. “First of all, it wasn’t a report, it was somebody’s opinion from the garage area and it was not a NASCAR opinion. We’re not looking at reducing the fields,” responded Helton on the issue. But should the economic slump continue to worsen, will reduced starting lineups even be NASCAR’s decision? Read More »

Ten Points to Ponder … After Charlotte

Ten Points to Ponder … After Charlotte

*Under The Radar* - Running amongst the leaders from the drop of the green, Jeff Burton, the veteran Richard Childress Racing racer, won the Bank of America 500 to score his second win of the season. A “splash-and-go” pit stop put Burton in the lead that he never relinquished, even after a dicey battle with points leader Jimmie Johnson. Burton has now moved into second in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings and only 69 points out of first with five races remaining. Could it be that after all the hoopla, the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion might be a guy that virtually no one bet on, has not had a physical altercation with anyone this year, is universally respected by fans and peers, rarely criticizes other drivers...and is never jeered by race fans? Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder After … Talladega

Ten Points To Ponder After … Talladega

*1. Change In Direction* - Joey Logano, heir to the No. 20 Toyota presently driven by Sunday’s race winner Tony Stewart, will not compete in any further races this season in the No. 96 Hall of Fame Toyota. The 18-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing phenom had been scheduled to fill the driver's seat in the HoF ride for three of the final six races of the Sprint Cup Season. "We talked to Gibbs and both decided that, for [Logano's] development and for our team, this the best thing for all of us. The best thing for all of us is for them to focus on Joey's development, and for us to focus on our team," said the co-owner of HoF, Tom Garfinkel. Is that kind of like being fired? Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder After … Kansas

Ten Points To Ponder After … Kansas

*1. Naturally Good* - The Chase for the Sprint Cup point format initiated in 2004 is designed to narrow the point gap amongst the Top 12 drivers and aid in creating a more exciting and suspenseful ten race climax to the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Following Sunday’s Camping World RV 400 from Kansas Jimmie Johnson leads Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle by 10 and 30 points respectfully, with seven races remaining before the Sprint Cup Champion is crowned. Interesting? Well, in the Craftsman Truck Series, scheduled to compete next weekend at the high-banks of the Talladega Superspeedway there is one whale of a battle for the CTS championship brewing between former Cup drivers Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday. Benson holds a *ONE* point lead over Hornaday with just six races remaining. Who needs artificially induced drama, anyways? Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder After … Dover

Ten Points To Ponder After … Dover

*Every Man For Himself!* - Roush drivers Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards put on one heck of a good show Sunday over the last 20 or so laps of the Camping World RV 400 from Dover, Delaware. The three Roush Fenway stablemates battled one another for the win like three drivers intent on winning the 2008 Sprint Cup -- but not so much like teammates. As a result, the Ford drivers provided some of the best racing for the win we've seen all season, bumping, banging, and rubbing one another before sweeping the Top 3 spots. No "team orders" rock! Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After Loudon

Ten Points To Ponder … After Loudon

*Oh... Godfather* - Almost apologetically, mega-team owner Jack Roush blamed the move towards expansion on Hendrick Motorsports, citing the assistance / collaboration between HMS and Joe Gibbs Racing when JGR entered NASCAR in 1991. Roush also explained that the bigger a team is, the better it is because of what he terms “economics of scale.” "And as owners want to retire from this sport, it's not straightforward how you get out of this business -- it's like the mafia in a way," Roush said. "The only way you can get out is in a pine box. So, for us to have affiliations that allow us to have economics of scale, once Hendrick started it, he put the rest of us in a reactionary mode." Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder…After Richmond

Ten Points To Ponder…After Richmond

*8. Busch Whacking...Junior Style* - Stock car racing's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. spun out the sport's most booed driver, Kyle Busch, on lap 211 while battling for the lead Sunday afternoon at Richmond. Earnhardt, Jr., who led the race five times before settling for a fourth place finish, accepted blame for the incident and explained that he drove in too deep and made contact with the 23-year-old Sprint Cup point leader. “Not on purpose, as much as I would like to take credit for it,” said Junior. When a usually amiable and mild-mannered fellow like Earnhardt, Jr. starts taking jabs at you... don’t you think you might have a problem? Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder…After The Pepsi 500

Ten Points To Ponder…After The Pepsi 500

*1. Thanks For The Memories* - Felix Sabates, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, never one to mince words, took a pot-shot at sponsor of the No. 42 Texaco Dodge driven by Juan Pablo Montoya. Texaco after 20-years of sponsoring a NASCAR Cup team has announced that they have made a business decision to allocate their advertising dollars elsewhere and will no longer sponsor a Sprint Cup team. “They (Texaco) have focused on other things. We really didn’t get that much support from them. The money wasn’t all that great, for us, it was a blessing that we can go out and find somebody who can pay us some real money,” said Sabates. Oh Felix...Texaco say’s thank you, too. Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After Michigan

Ten Points To Ponder … After Michigan

*1. Give Backs* - After five years on the sideline, the Southern 500 is back! Well, sort of. Track officials have announced that next year's Mother’s Day weekend race will be renamed the Southern 500 -- replacing the Dodge Avenger 500. The track lost the traditional Southern 500 date to the Fontana, CA racetrack in 2004. However, since the loss of one of NASCAR’s most prestigious races, the track has improved its infrastructure and fans have rallied, selling out its lone race on the Sprint Cup schedule the last four years. OK, Darlington’s got the crowds back, the Southern 500 back...now, all they need is the Labor Day weekend back! Southern 500 at “The Lady in Black” on Labor Day weekend under the lights would be sweet! Read More »

Ten Points To Ponder … After Watkins Glen

Ten Points To Ponder … After Watkins Glen

*Nostalgic* - Tasmanian Marcos Ambrose had quite a weekend. He won his first ever Nationwide Series race on a fuel strategy call at the Watkins Glen road course event on Saturday, driving the No. 59 Ford for the non-Sprint Cup affiliated team owned by Tad Geschickter with new partner Brad Daugherty -- the ESPN race announcer. Ambrose then took the famed Wood Bros. Racing No. 21 Ford to a Top 5 finish in the Centurion Boats at the Glen Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, NY, finishing third while battling two-time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart for the second place position. How cool was it to see that Wood Bros. No. 21 racing hard amongst the leaders on the last lap of a Cup race again? But was it as cool as seeing the red / white / blue STP paint scheme in Victory Lane one more time – even on a Ford? Read More »