The SideSh@w recaps Richmond and looks ahead to Dega. All in their own words...
@TheOrangeCone - Penalties and Pit Road Punts
I am not so offended at the fight on pit road as I am at the fact that I am no longer at pit entrance on the short tracks! Kyle Busch had a questionable pit penalty that wasn't a pit penalty, and why? Because there was no cone there! How do you know there is a pit entrance violation? Because I go flying! That's the first clue! No gray area there, NASCAR - only orange!
Now as for the fight, all is fair in love, war, the last lap and fighting on pit road. Since most drivers wear their helmets when they fight now anyhow, the only way they can actually injure one another is to kick below the belt. I, for one, am fine with it. And besides, they can come and kick me all they want. I'm made of rubber and technically not even alive anyhow.
@NASCARCASM - The following is a list of the Brian-Scott-kicked-square-in-One-Eyed-Charlie-And-The-Stink-Twins jokes that haven't been made yet.
Apologies - all of them have already been made. Eventful weekend at Richmond to say the least. On Friday, we had Nelson Piquet Jr. and Brian Scott single round of roshambo on pit-road after Brad Keselowski's win in the Nationwide race.
On Saturday, we had some intense late-race action in Cup, as Harvick grabbed the win while Kurt Busch did everything he could to lose Facebook friends. Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart were all upset with the typically mild-mannered Kurt - especially Stewart.
During the cool-down laps, the two traded paint, and wound up having words in the garage area. It took Kurt three moves to get just three drivers really hacked off. The theory is that Stewart was merely wondering why Kurt didn't just wait until this week at Talladega. "I know how to piss off about 30 drivers in JUST ONE poorly-executed move there," Tony bellowed. (Not really)
What will we see at Talladega? Will it be the single-file "Dear God, give me a kidney stone so I can actually see something pass" freight trains we saw during Daytona? Or are drivers now more comfortable with the Gen-6 car, and willing to take more risks? I'm hoping the latter. If I want to see just one lap of actual racing, I'll just turn on the Kentucky Derby.
It's been a busy week in NASCAR. We asked @NASCAR_Wonka and @TheMiniChad of The Sidesh@w to weigh in on the rulebook that was thrown at Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin and anything else that caught their attention. Because really? Wouldn't you rather read something from them anyway?
Remember in Bristol last year when Tony Stewart threw his helmet at Matt Kenseth? Well, NASCAR did something similar to Kenseth this week – except they didn’t throw a helmet at him, they threw the rulebook, the kitchen sink, a bill; and at one point it was rumored they even threw his own illegal rod at him. In what Kenseth called “borderline shameful,” a slew of fines and penalties were levied against the #20 team (I would list them all, but it would take longer for me to do so than it would for me to list all the federal tax laws for 2013). Then the fun began… Twitter blew up with cries of support and outrage. There were “the penalties were too harsh” on one side and “good, they got what they deserved” on the other. In the end, all the Twitter-bickering we immersed ourselves in changed nothing, and we’re all right back where we started: with the #20 team in a hole bigger than the pothole at Daytona in 2010. JGR announced they would appeal, obviously; but in my opinion, the appeal does nothing more than buy time as there is no chance of anything being reversed or lessened –that’s right, I said it – NO CHANCE. Even with the TRD folks shouldering the responsibility, I doubt NASCAR will amend their decision. Why should they? As @TheOrangeCone would say, “It’s their sandbox.” So, where does that leave Kenseth fans? They’re all Bon Jovi’d up and Livin’ on a Prayer (and an appeal).
Moving right along… Denny Hamlin announced this week that he won’t race at Richmond. I, along with Hamlin fans, was saddened by this, but we must remember: HE BROKE HIS BACK! It’s not as if his pancreas was bothering him so he decided to sit out for a while. However, where this got peculiar were the discussions on whether or not he should start Richmond and then go 3-4 laps down by getting out of the car. Wh-wh-what!? Was he cleared or not? Who’s calling the shots? Is his name really Denny? I’ll let you ponder that one while I figure out something easy like, “where is Jimmy Hoffa’s pinky ring?” Personally, I still think Kenseth called Hamlin and told him that he can earn more points by sitting out of a race than actually starting in one.
This leads to the last driver of JGR, who is now oddly referred to as “the quiet, still-allowed-at-the-racetrack"” Kyle Busch (Did I really just say that and mean it?). With the drama his teammates are going through, Kyle could humbly win a whole bunch of races, and no one would even notice. Oh, wait…
In other news this week, Depend announced their sponsorship of Juan Pablo Montoya’s car at Richmond – I would get into this one as well, but getting into an adult diaper is something I’d rather reserve for many, many years down the road.
See y'all in November!
I personally think that NASCAR shot themselves in the foot
They have served several penalities this year and I heard this morning that the fines were in excess of $450,000. Which goes to a charity...as we understand it.
We understand why they have rules, but to enforce a rule that clearly does not help the performance of an engine is way beyond my understanding. Granted if all the connecting rods were under limit then I would go with NASCAR 110%. BUT, to find one rod that is 2.7 grams (which I thing is about the same weight as 2 cotton balls) is going way over the extreme. I understand that they weighed all 8 connecting rods and several rods were as much as 4 grams heavy. (I wound insert here that I believe that Mr. White of TRD mentioned on NASCAR XM Radio the fact that they did not check the weights of these rods....which I find very hard to believe.) I am not an engine builder, but it makes me ask; How do the crankshafts get balanced if they do not know the weights of the rods? He also added that they had some engines at MWR and a few at Gibbs that had borderline rods in them and they would not be running at Richmond. So I ask Mr. White, how do you know about these engines having borderline rods in them when you do not weigh the rods ?
As we all know this one rod that was 2.7 grams lighter than it was suppose to be, 525 grams. I ask NASCAR, how does this enhance the performance of an engine? You slap everyone with un - Godly fines for something that did not help the team at all....if anything, this rod being too light should HURT the performance of the engine not enhance it.
So NASCAR you slap down the terrible fines and ruin the reputation of some of the best men in the garage area. Let's look and see what some of the folks think;
If you are a casual follower of NASCAR: the person thinks that since these fines are so large that these guys must have an additional 100 horsepower or something like that and they got what they deserved
And if you are a NASCAR guru fan, you know good and well that this is one of the most stupid things that NASCAR has ever done. And that this fine was not deserved by the men that received them.
NASCAR has now made the casual fan think that these men were REALLY CHEATING and NASCAR got them good. And now the NASCAR guru fan thinks that NASCAR is a joke of a sport.
So I ask NASCAR, did you shot yourself in the foot or what (and how much did that round weigh) ?