Update 9:05 PM: NASCAR announced tonight that due to the actions of Michael Waltrip Racing, they are penalizing the team. A 50 Point Car/Driver penalty, a $300,00 fine for the company, and the indefinite suspension of MWR personnel Ty Norris.
The points at this moment are a bit confusing on how they were administed time wise. Truex Jr.,'s were administered pre chase. Thusly Martin Truex Jr., is out of the chase and Ryan Newman is now in the 12 man field for the Chase! However, ESPN flashed a grahpic that showed Bowyer's points would be administered post Chase seeding which would move him to 12th in the standings.
In my opinion this is both the right and wrong move by NASCAR. The wrong car was knocked out of the chase. Mike Helton said the only facts they had were on the 55 car and not the 15. However, they believed enough company wrong doing was done to warrant the penalties company wide.
Removing Truex Jr., for Newman does not write the wrong done to Jeff Gordon or the new wrong to Martin Truex Jr. I believe Martin was a innocent bystander in this deal and got the punishment that should have been given to Clint Bowyer.
Even by my logic, Jeff Gordon is still out of the chase. But so is Clint Bowyer, the man who helped start this whole mess by spinning.
I don't think NASCAR helped clean up this mess with it's penalty. If anything, they simply made it worse. They had the best of intentions. But the road to hell is said to be paved with the best of intentions.
Bowyer’s “itch” costs Gordon and Newman to save Truex Jr.
In a must win night, Jeff Gordon started on the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400. Gordon would lead until lap 51 when Brad Keselowski would take over the control of the race. The race ran clean all the way until lap 135, when debris in turn 3 was found. I lost the bet on the first caution. I was sure it’d be out before lap 20.
Brad Keselowski needed a ton of luck and a win to get into the chase, and made an amazing effort. He would lead 142 laps in his effort but would fall short. Carl Edwards on a late pit stop had a questionable at best restart to take the lead with three laps to go and go on to win after he led 46 laps earlier.
The biggest story here is how Clint Bowyer purposely spun himself. At this point there were roughly ten laps to go and Ryan Newman had just taken the lead, and Jeff Gordon was in the eighth position. Ryan Newman was going to get a second win and make the chase, putting Martin Truex Jr., out of the Chase and Jeff Gordon raced his ass off to get in.
Radio communication has come out where Bowyer is told the 39 is going to win the race. It’s then followed by how the car must be getting hot, how his arm must hurt. It was followed up with how he should scratch that itch, which right after he is spinning coming out of turn four.
Jeff Gordon had at this point a two point cushion to be in the Chase. After Bowyer spun himself, it reset the order. Edwards beat Newman off pit road, and then was allowed by NASCAR to screw over Paul Menard on the restart. This allowed Joey Logano to make up the two points on Jeff and put Jeff out of the chase.
Clint Bowyer finally got his payback on Jeff Gordon for the November Phoenix 2012 race, but in doing that he screwed Ryan Newman. In post race interviews, Bowyer blamed Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was driving behind him, he blamed the tire, he blamed Big Foot, he blamed UFOs, and he blamed the Illuminati. Okay, the last three I made up but, he did change his story on what caused it which makes me think he’s trying to cover it.
The Top 5 were 1st Carl Edwards, 2nd Kurt Busch, 3rd Ryan Newman, 4th Jamie McMurray, and 5th Paul Menard.
The Chase Seeding is as follows 1st Matt Kenseth, 2nd Jimmie Johnson, 3rd Kyle Busch, 4th Kevin Harvick, 5th Carl Edwards, 6th Joey Logano, 7th Greg Biffle, 8th clint Bowyer, 9th Dale Earnhardt Jr., 10th Kurt Busch, 11th Kasey Kahne, and 12th Martin Truex Jr.
The first race of the Chase comes from Chicagoland Speedway at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 15th on ESPN. The defending race winner is Brad Keselowski.
A bad restart costs Brian Scott on a dominating night.
Brian Scott won the pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 from Richmond International Raceway. He would lead for sixteen laps before the first caution came out for Robert Richardson who spun. While Matt Kenseth was able to put pressure, due to exceptional drive off, Scott maintained the lead.
Brian Scott led every single lap up until lap 239, when he spun the tires on a restart and it allowed Brad Keselowski to take the lead. Brad wouldn’t look back as he led the remaining eleven laps to take the victory. Brian had been making these amazing restarts where he’d let the second car beat him into the restart zone and then he’d take off. He spun the tires though on the restart that cost him the lead.
The Top 5 were 1st Brad Keselowski, 2nd Brian Scott, 3rd Regan Smith, 4th Kyle Busch, and 5th Trevor Bayne. Sam Hornish Jr., kept the points lead and now has a sixteen point advantage over Austin Dillon.
The Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola will also come from Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday September 14th, 3:30 PM on ESPN2. The previous race winner is Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Buescher steals second win.
The Fan Appreciation 200 pole was won by Ross Chastain who would lead the first 37 laps unchallenged. The first caution would come out on Lap 37 as Chase Elliot lost control and spun his truck, slamming into the Turn 1 wall. Chastain would lose the lead at lap 40 during pit stops as Ty Dillon stayed on the track.
On Lap 80, Dillon would make a pit stop and give the lead back to Chastain. Chastain and Timothy Peters would swop the lead back and forth throughout the rest of the race. Contact between Peters and James Buescher, which saw Peters getting the worst of it would bring out a green, white checkered. Buescher would move to the front row to race Chastain for the lead. Another G-W-C would be required when Brandon Gaughan and Joey Coulter came together.
James Buescher would use a great restart to take the win from Chastain who had led 116 laps by this point. It is Buescher’s second win of the season.
The Top 5 were 1st James Buescher, 2nd Ross Chastain, 3rd Ty Dillon, 4th Johnny Sauter, and 5th Darrel Wallace Jr. Matt Crafton saw a considerable loss in points this week as he is now only 37 points ahead of James Buescher.
The Camping World Truck series will join the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series in Chicagoland. They will race on Friday September 13th at 8:30 PM on Fox Sports 1. The defending race winner is James Buescher.
IZOD IndyCar was off again, they will be back on October 5th.
If I gave you three guess as to who won the Formula One race, you’d only need one.
The Grand Premio D’Italia saw Sebastian Vettel win his sixth race of the season and thirty-second of his Formula One career. Tire concerns became apparent, but never really manufactured into anything. Nothing really to recap as it’s the same old F1 story. Vettel got out front, he led, end of story.
The top 5 were 1st Sebastian Vettel, 2nd Fernando Alonso, 3rd Mark Webber, 4th Felipe Massa, and 5th Nico Hulkenberg. Sebastian Vettel’s lead is now 53 points over Fernando Alonso.
F-1 has next weekend off.
The NHRA returns next week on ESPN2 at 8:30 PM on Sunday September 15th from Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NHRA Nationals. The defending winners from last year’s events are as follows: Top Fuel Shawn Langdon, Funny Car Ron Capps, Pro Stock Jason Line, and Pro Stock Motorcycle Andrew Hines.
In random news:
The other worst kept secret in the garage is that Ryan Newman is going to Richard Childress Racing next season. The only surprising thing was this is a three year deal. I expected it to be one or maybe two.
Jimmie Johnson missed everything but the race this weekend as he and his wife welcomed their second child, a bouncing baby girl…..I do not know why people say bouncing.
Tony Kanaan met with Joe Gibbs Racing to look at their shop sometime in the last week or so. The rumor is Kanaan is frustrated by lack of sponsorship and having to prove himself sponsor worthy in IndyCar, and that if he had to do that he might as well drive NASCAR. Take this as a grain of salt and more a threat from Kanaan. I do not see him ever making the move to NASCAR. Look what stock car racing did to Dario Franchitti when he tried it. Tony Stewart is the exception to the open wheel vs. stock car racing rule, not the norm.
Furniture Row Racing and Juan Pablo Montoya are having serious enough talks, that he toured their Denver Shop.
NASCAR is said to be investigating aforementioned Bowyer’s spin. I doubt even if they feel he is guilty, they will do anything.
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
If you want some real interesting views on Clint Bowyer go to Dirty Mo Radio with Mike Davis and Taylor Zarzour. I recommend going there anyway for Dale Jr., fans and just racing fans great pod cast, with a fair, down the middle view. They also include the in-car audio from Bowyer’s spin.
Sons of Anarchy returns tomorrow night on FX at 10:00 PM. Color me useless for the next four months from Tuesday to Thursday probably.
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I’ve got a big week for me in that I’ll be posting three columns this week, this one included. I have one more on Wednesday which is the Denny Hamlin article I’ve been talking about and Thursday/Friday with a preview for the Chase. Why don’t you come on back and read them? You could find them interesting. Maybe just a little.