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Voice of Vito: Stewart-Harvick Pit Crew Swap High-Risk Operation

Voice of Vito: Stewart-Harvick Pit Crew Swap High-Risk Operation

With the news Tuesday that Stewart-Haas Racing has elected to swap the pit crews of Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, it confirmed two things: a squeaky wheel gets you grease, and SHR is serious about capturing its second championship in four seasons. Some traditionalists might balk at the notion, as this move occurs on the eve of the first race of the new elimination-format. They’ll adhere to the “dance with the one who brought you” way of thinking. But with ... Read More »

Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Only ten laps into the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, it looked like the race would be filled with an above average amount of attrition and survival.  Contenders Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson were among those suffering early damage to their cars.  In the end however, it was a typical event at the facility.  The statistics show that it’s actually a usual situation at the two-mile speedway, with most of the Cup teams involved, as resilient as ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

As fan concerns about the racing product NASCAR is putting out on track these days mount, the recurring theme remains the same: not enough passing, not enough excitement. The field gets strung out, and because the cars are more durable than diamonds these days, cautions for phantom debris are common in an attempt to tighten up the field. Everyone knows the list by now; it’s the same old song and dance. There are a lot of contributing factors, and they’re ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Car Counts, Pocono & ’1′

Happiness Is… Car Counts, Pocono & ’1′

Blah, blah, blah.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. If anyone saw last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they’ll understand that opening.  As the band Rush accepted its long-awaited entrance to the hall, guitarist Alex Lifeson gave a speech that consisted of just one word — blah — used in an oratory performance that seemed like an actual speech.  Brilliant. Unfortunately, there’s no great witticism here; blah, blah, blah seems about right for what’s happening in ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews! Chad Knaus Fumes After Pocono Defeat

Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews! Chad Knaus Fumes After Pocono Defeat

Chad Knaus, longtime — hell, only — crew chief for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, lashed out Sunday after the No. 48 was defeated in its bid to become the first car to win three races in a row, or a hat trick, since NASCAR CEO Brian France started his campaign to liken stock car racing to stick-and-ball, or in this case stick-and-puck, sports back in the early 2000s. “It’s just not fair,” a visibly irate Knaus said. “It’s the coward’s ... Read More »