Some would say that it’s been a trying season for Goodyear in 2008 as they continue to work on developing new tires to coincide with NASCAR’s latest project, the Car of Tomorrow. Things got heated early in the season between Goodyear’s racing group and some of the drivers in the garage area, particularly after Atlanta when several of the drivers bashed the tire in public forums. You might recall one man inparticular’s rants regarding the tires as they made headlines for several weeks. Yes, I’m referring of course to Tony Stewart.
It seemed as though things had finally cooled off between all parties involved … [Read More]
For those of you that had the misguided pleasure of watching this past weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, chances are that you were extremely disappointed with the product that NASCAR and Goodyear brought to the table … and, the drivers and their crews were no different. Perhaps the closed door meeting from NASCAR a couple months back asking the drivers to keep the verbal car bashing to a minimum may have warded off some of the overly eccentric tyrades similar to what we heard from Tony Stewart when he bashed Goodyear following the Atlanta race, but nonetheless, many of the Sprint Cup … [Read More]
Coming off the heels of a very disappointing race this weekend at Indianapolis, it got me thinking of what some of the biggest factors can be to ruining a race for us – the fans. Of course, we’re always unhappy when our driver finishes outside of the top-ten, or even worse, when the driver that we adamently root against wins the race … but, I’m thinking of things beyond that. I’m talking about the actual elements that help give the race a lackluster feel to it. Here goes …
5. Multiple Cautions for Debris – These are obviously a part of … [Read More]
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Utter heartbreak and sheer disappointment. That’s the best way to describe Kurt Busch’s career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ever since younger brother, Kyle, joined the circuit full-time for Hendrick Motorsports back in 2005 … well, I guess you could throw subtle envy into that equation as well. Since then, it just seems as though the seasons have been getting longer and tougher for the 2004 Cup Series champ.
Okay, so maybe it has less to do with Kyle and more to do with Kurt’s jump from Roush-Fenway Racing over to Penske Racing, but … [Read More]
After 500 miles of hard racing, Kyle Busch pulled his no. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry into victory lane after picking up the checkered flag in the Kobalt Tool’s 500. The win not only increased Kyle’s spread amongst the top of the points standings in the Sprint Cup Series, but also permanently wrote his name into the history books by becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as giving Toyota their first win in the series and becoming the first foreign model to do so since 1954.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was … [Read More]
Jimmy Johnson passed Tony Stewart with three laps to go (after Tony brushed the wall) to win the Kobalt Tools 500.
The 48 just would not be denied. It was awesome today.
A thumbs up to Jeff Burton for finishing 4th today after his win in the Busch series yesterday. This proves he really isn’t letting the logo controversy get to him. Way to go, Jeff!
Juan Montoya ran a good race too, finishing 5th. He kept his nose clean and out of trouble. Good job, Juan.
Even with the controversy surrounding his Nextel Cup car logo, Jeff Burton won the Busch series race at Atlanta yesterday. He knows his job as a driver and he doesn’t let other ‘things’ get in his way. Not only does he know his job, he does it quite well. Congratulations, Jeff!
Michael Waltrip, on the other hand, has the added headache of being a car owner. He, too, is a good driver but hasn’t made a Cup race since Daytona. Is he letting the car owner ’stuff’ get in the way of driving? Of course, there is the learning curve of … [Read More]
Pole-sitter Ryan Newman will start at the rear of the pack tomorrow. Even though he qualified first, his crew decided that the engine was junk and replaced it. That is an automatic move to the end of the field.
In the not-so-surprising department, Michael Waltrip will miss the Kobalt Tools 500 for failure to qualify and Dale Jarrett is once again taking one of his champion’s provisionals to be in the race.
In addition to the schedule here, this is the complete line-up for NASCAR in Atlanta.
FRIDAY, March 16
American Commercial Lines 200 final practice – Craftsman Truck Series
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET Friday
Nicorette 300 final practice – Busch Series
Time: 2 p.m. ET Friday
NCTS Setup- Craftsman Truck Series
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Friday; Re-airs 2 a.m. ET Saturday
American Commercial Lines 200 – Craftsman Truck Series
Time: 9 p.m. ET Friday; Re-airs 2:30 a.m. ET Saturday
SATURDAY, March 17
Nicorette 300 qualifying – Busch Series
Time: 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday
Kobalt Tools 500 Happy Hour – Nextel Cup Series
Time: 1 p.m. ET Saturday
Time: … [Read More]
If you can’t find anything other than NCAA Basketball schedules, here’s the NASCAR lineup for Friday so you can plan accordingly.
NASCAR Live 12:00 Noon from Atlanta on Speed
Trackside from Atlanta at 6:00 PM on Speed
NASCAR Nextel Cup Qualifying from Atlanta 7:00 PM on Speed
NASCAR Truck Series from Atlanta at 9:00 on Speed
All times are EDT – Enjoy!