June 9, 2015 |
LONG POND - Almost everyone agrees that a Sprint Cup series drivers council is a good idea to help improve safety and rules. Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, endorsed the council idea on Fox Sports 1's prerace show yesterday. Referring to the council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway, France said, "That's a good thing for us to hear in a more formal setting some of the things that are on their mind. It was a good meeting. It was a good discussion. " A problem, in France's view, is that the drivers are all over the tracks with their recommendations.
May 1, 2015 |
THE RIGHT crew chief at the right time. That's the Tony Gibson-Kurt Busch pairing. Although he's only 50, Gibson is one of the few remaining old-school crew chiefs in NASCAR. He has been crew chief for Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Bill Elliott. Gibson's NASCAR career goes all the way back to 1992 when he was car chief and mechanic for the late Alan Kulwicki, the '92 Cup series champion. With three races remaining last season, Gibson moved from Patrick's team to Busch's.
October 10, 2014 |
DANICA PATRICK has found that mixing business with pleasure isn't always easy. Racing's most famous female driver recently wrote about her relationship with boyfriend, and fellow driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., for the Players Tribune, the new sports website created by retired Yankee Derek Jeter. "If it's crazy to want to go to sleep next to the person who ran your car off the road going 200 miles per hour earlier that day, then I'm certifiable," Patrick wrote. The couple, which has been publicly dating since early last year, has had a few run-ins on the track.
June 10, 2014 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Brad Keselowski led the most laps by far in yesterday's Pocono 400. Then, with five laps remaining in the 160-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Keselowski suddenly backed off the pace between Turns 1 and 2, allowing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to lead. Keselowski was hoping to clear the paper off the grill of his red No. 2 Ford by drafting Earnhardt, then surge back in front. It didn't happen. Earnhardt kept his No. 88 Chevrolet ahead of Keselowski and gained his first Pocono Raceway victory in 29 starts.
May 30, 2014 |
IT IS NOT breaking news that NASCAR is trying to appeal to younger racing fans. Fans who grew up watching Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and other stars from their era are aging and attending fewer races than before. Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway, the venues for the next two Sprint Cup races, are among the tracks that are focusing on providing "entertainment experiences" for fans. Young fans aren't content to just watch races. They want big screens and audio enhancements.
May 16, 2014 |
ARE WE getting closer to a Danica Patrick victory lane celebreation? Patrick recorded her best finish in 57 Sprint Cup starts Saturday night with a seventh place at Kansas Speedway. During the previous Cup race at Talladega, Patrick led twice early for six laps. "Honestly, the most rewarding part of my night was probably when I drove around the outside of the No. 48 [Jimmie Johnson] on a restart," Patrick said after the race. "That was probably my most rewarding thing. I say that with all the respect in the world.
February 25, 2014 |
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, the talented defensive end from South Carolina, is projected to be the top pick in the NFL draft. That would be a mistake, according to Dee Ford, who played the same position at Auburn last season. "I'm better," Ford told SiriusXM radio yesterday. "Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes. " That may be so, but Clowney is 6-5, 266-pounds and listed No. 1 overall by Scouts Inc. Ford is 6-2, 240 and projected at No. 37. "You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller.
February 14, 2014 |
ED REED SHOULD know better. The NFL free-agent safety claims $50,000 was stolen from his car in Houston on Wednesday. Yesterday, the Houston police department confirmed they are looking for whoever smashed the window of Reed's car, and swiped the cash from the passenger seat. There are reports the the money was in a bag or envelope. Either way, we can think of safer places to put it. Apparently, Reed withdrew the money from one bank and drove to another. He told police he left the cash on the seat while going into the second bank.
February 12, 2014 |
HEY RICHARD PETTY, what do you think of Danica Patrick? "If she'd have been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a racetrack," Petty said recently at an appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto. "This is a female deal that's driving her. There's nothing wrong with that, because that's good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport. " Asked if Patrick will ever win on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Petty said, "[Only]
February 4, 2014 |
IT'S PROBABLY just as well most people's yards aren't zoned for Clydesdales. Because golden retriever puppies - already too popular for their own good - are likely to be in even more demand after Budweiser unveiled its latest cross-species love story before millions at last night's Super Bowl. Let's pause while everyone goes, "Awwwww. "; And to remember that the ad, "Best Buds," was posted to YouTube by Budweiser last Wednesday and had already had more than 33 million views a few hours before kickoff.