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NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:59 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

Tony Stewart doesn't like the politics of NASCAR racing when racing at Daytona or Talladega. The two-time Sprint Cup Series champion met the media this weekend at Martinsville Speedway and commented on the controversial racing last weekend in the Good Sam Club 500:

DO YOU THINK IT IS MORE POLITICAL DUE TO THE TWO CAR DRAFTING, IS IT MORE APPARENT BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER DURING THE RACE?

"Yeah, I think so. When you have multi-car teams and you saw a distinct deal last weekend with manufactures running with each other, it is becoming more apparent of what is going on. You can talk to everybody you want to talk to and everybody is going to say no they are not doing this or yes they are doing this, but all you have to do is pause your TV with the field in there and look and see and it pretty much tells the story of what is going on. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how it’s evolving that way because of the two car draft." 

IN WHAT WAYS IS THE POLITICAL DRAFTING DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU CAME IN THE SPORT IN 99’, 2000?

"When I started, the political games were the teams when they went to restrictor plate tracks they tried to not show their hand until race day and then NASCAR got chassis dynos and things they could pull after the race and figure out exactly what was going on, so that gave NASCAR a more accurate assessment of what the situation really was, this is something NASCAR really can’t control once the cars go on the race track and what the driver’s are doing and how they are pairing up and is it because of manufactures, is it because of individual organization, so it is hard for NASCAR as a sanctioning body to control that and have everybody just racing." 

IF NASCAR WANTED TO STOP THE TANDEM DRAFT, IF THEY STOPPED ALLOWING DRIVERS TO TALK TO EACH OTHER WHICH CREATES THIS POLITICAL CONVERSATION THING, WOULD THAT SOLVE IT OR CREATE MORE TROUBLE?

"I don’t know that it would create more trouble necessarily, but guys before they even got to the racetrack on Friday, knew who they were going to be running with but I would say 90% of the field knew who they were going to be drafting with once they got there so, I don’t think that is necessarily the answer. The answer is make it to where you can’t push each other and if you can physically keep the cars from pushing each other like it used to be then that eliminates the problem. You are not going to keep guys from running with whoever they want to run with on the race track but if you can keep the cars from actually making contact with each other and physically pushing each other that is the logical way to solve it."  

 
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Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:14 pm
 

NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

NASCAR is boring, boring, boring. Every race "someone will spin out" to ensure a G W CH.  Nascar DO NOT COUNT caution laps, leave the track cars should be done, no coming back 55 laps down.  Set your RULES for the season and do not change the rules to make a car maker "more competitive".  Going into Daytona only a small, small  fraction of teams have any chance of being "champion".  Drivers should only have access to "their pit teams and spotters radios"  DUMP the Green, White, CHecker!




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:10 am
 

NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

TERES - It is cost prohibitive to have a different engine, i.e. smaller, to run at the plate tracks.  NASCAR needs to find a way to increase the drag on a car which creates a bigger vacuum to allow of drafting.  They had it in 2003 with the wickerbill but the drivers didn't like it saying the closing rate was too fast.  so they need something else.  Everyone gripes about the plates but they have been on the cars since 1988.  The difference is the car design, and for safety reasons that won't ever change too much now. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:51 am
 

Smoke is right

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's happening out there; it takes a biologist.  Ever since the change in plates, the cars look like pairs of love bugs on the track.  NASCAR has backed themselves into a corner by allowing cars that are just too fast.  All they need to do is make the engines smaller.  That would be really easy to do.  They need to take the top end off of the speeds, but they need to allow for enough differences that cars don't run together at Daytona and 'Dega.   



Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:41 pm
 

NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

I don't watch NASCAR when it's at the bigger tracks.....racing 2 x 2.  I want to see drivers out there doing their own thing and winning on their own !!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:51 am
 

NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

I'd really like to see multi-car teams eliminated.  An owner can only own one car, and that's it.  And make it impossible for the driver to talk to other drivers during the race.  Just let them go out there balls to the wall, on their own and see what happens.  I think it would create a lot better races.



Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:00 pm
 

NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

Its really sad even when the face of Nascar (JR) says that he doesn't like this style of racing. But Nascar still doen't listen to the fans or the drivers and continue to do what they think is best for the sport.Well let me clue you in Helton, YOUR SPORT IS WAY BORING TO WATCH, LISTEN TOO AND WORTH PAYING TO GO TO EVERY WEEK END.  As soon as you guys can figure that out you will continue to lose fans weekly and I'm one of them. Good luck to you in the future.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:20 pm
 

NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

Have to agree with you. It seems a little ridiculous that you now lose points because someone else gets into a wreck. Unless NASCAR make it impossible to draft in pairs, this will always happen. Even the track owner realizes that the race is boring and it trying to make it more interesting with the bonus for leading.

I've never been a fan of restrictor plate races, the last five laps are the only ones worth watching, and now I'm not even certain that those five are worth the effort.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 5:03 pm
 

NASCAR too political for Tony Stewart

 The two team racing has ruined a great race. Talladega is no longer the "wild card" everyone says it is.The race has become boring.


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