Posted on: April 30, 2008 10:50 am
Edited on: April 30, 2008 10:58 am
 

Randy Moss starting NASCAR Truck Series team

We'll see how long this lasts or if it even gets off the ground.

It hasn't worked out too well in the past when NFL stars try to get involved. They are gung ho at the start, but after a couple of years when they don't get immediate results, they give up. Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly, Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are a few of the NFLers who've dabbled in NASCAR.

Read the press release below.

Huntersville, North Carolina (April 29, 2008) – Fresh off a record breaking NFL season, New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss announced today the formation of Moss Motorsports, LLC  with its intended participation to begin in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Moss anticipates that the team will debut at some point in the second half of the 2008 season and run selected races through the conclusion of the year. The partial schedule is a prelude to a full-time campaign in 2009. Sponsors and manufacturer alignments will be announced at a later date.

“We don’t have all of the details in place just yet, but I am very excited about Moss Motorsports becoming a part of NASCAR,” Moss said. “I am by nature a very competitive person and this is an outlet for me to compete at another level. There are some pretty awesome challenges in building a program like this from the ground up, but I am looking forward to it. That’s just another aspect of the competition – you want to find the best people available and you’re competing with all the other teams out there. We’re starting to look at who the best people are and working on getting them to be a part of our team.”

Moss is a ten year veteran in the National Football League and was a first-round draft pick in the 1998 draft out of Marshall University.  He has been a NASCAR fan for several years including sponsorship of a local dirt track program and recently made the decision to get involved with the ownership of a NASCAR team.  He is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Urban Youth Racing School and furthers his youth advocacy while holding the same honor with American Youth Football. A major component of the Moss Motorsports program will be the continued involvement and support of youth programs.

“There are a lot of NASCAR fans in the locker room,” Moss said. “We’ve seen a lot of football players get involved – guys like Dan Marino and Troy Aikman to name a couple. I think it’s a good fit and gives some of the companies I am already working with an additional outlet. It’s a smart move on the marketing side of things but on the personal side of things I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Randy has kick started his efforts by contracting with Integrity Sports Marketing, LLC – a leading motorsports marketing company in NASCAR.   “We know it takes time to build a team from the ground up, and we have some good people working with us to get that process started,” Moss said. “We are talking to the manufacturers, and we’re already evaluating some drivers. Eventually I’d like to be able to have our team work with some of the young guys that are working hard to make it up the ladder, but right now it might make more sense to find a driver with a lot of experience to get us started. But we really don’t have anyone in mind. We’ll look at who is available and find someone that can help us compete and win as quickly as we can.”

Moss believes Moss Motorsports will give his current marketing partners another avenue to gain exposure and will open doors for new companies that want to work with him.

“The companies I already work with now have a chance to get some exposure to another group of dedicated sports fans,” Moss said. “And we’ll have an opportunity to build some relationships with an entirely new group of companies as well. We’ll have a chance to do some pretty cool things between the football side and the racing side. That’s a part of the equation that most of the other teams don’t have, so we already have a competitive advantage over them. Once we get everything in place we look forward to competing on the race track too.”

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: April 24, 2008 11:48 am
Edited on: April 24, 2008 11:57 am
 

Stewart wants to leave Joe Gibbs Racing?

The news spread quickly last night as a couple of reports surfaced that Tony Stewart wanted out of the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, which runs through 2009.

According to the reports, Stewart wants to join Haas CNC Racing, nabbing a 50 percent ownership stake in the process.

Expect a testy Stewart at Talladega as no doubt he'll be asked about these rumors ad nauseum.

Where it goes from here is anybody's guess.

The only reason I'm not completely laughing the rumor off is that Haas CNC receives engines and support from Hendrick Motorsports, so in all practicality it's a satellite operation. But even with that support, Haas CNC is a NASCAR bottomfeeder. Why would Stewart want to leave one of NASCAR's great teams for that?

I can't imagine that even the addition of Stewart would do much to change the fortunes of Haas CNC. Since Danica Patrick's win this past weekend, I've been on my soapbox that success is about more than a driver. It takes great personnel from the top to bottom of an organization. A driver can't do it alone.  

Now I'm not saying the rumor isn't totally without merit. I don't doubt that Stewart may want out. When Joe Gibbs Racing made the switch to Toyota, my thought from the start was that Stewart would eventually want out to rejoin forces with Chevrolet. But Haas CNC Racing?

There's a couple of Chevrolet scenarios that make a bit more sense to me.

1. Stewart buys a stake in Haas CNC, but signs to drive for Hendrick Motorsports -- after all, the generic version is never as good as the brand name. Mears gets shipped from the No. 25 to one of the Haas CNC rides.

2. Richard Childress Racing has a fourth seat to fill starting next and Stewart is good buddies with Kevin Harvick. If he's that's interested in ownership, perhaps he could by into Harvick's team.

That's all pure speculation on my part, but would make a lot more sense than Stewart simply wanting to leave JGR for Haas CNC unless he has become bored with success.

With the kettle now in full bubble mode, don't expect this to die down unless/until Stewart signs an extension with JGR.

Posted on: April 22, 2008 12:15 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2008 12:22 pm
 

A belated congrats to Danica Patrick

Go figure.

I go away on vacation -- and today is actually my last day of that vacation -- and auto racing history is made.

I specfically picked this period since it was a Cup off weekend. Nothing major is going to happen, right?

And then Danica Patrick decides this is the weekend to win a race. And I missed it. I miss out on history. But what's a guy supposed to do? Auto racing is pretty much a year round sport with December and January the only months without an event. I've got to find a moment to spend time with the family some time in the calendar year. So while Danica Patrick was winning in Japan, I was at Disney World.

I've figured Patrick was going to win sooner or later and had been looking forward to witnessing it live.

Of course not everybody is so ecstatic about Patrick's victory. Some scoff because the victory came through fuel strategy, noting she led just two laps. Others (read: Gregg Doyel) deride the IRL as being an inferior racing series. And still others attack auto racing in general, saying how can it be a "real" sport when a woman can beat all the men.

It's all hogwash.

1. Fuel strategy is part of the sport. Auto racing doesn't get enough credit as being a "team" sport. Winning takes a combination of so many factors, from driver to crew chief to pit crew to the set up of the car. When a driver gets on a roll like Jimmie Johnson did in the Cup series last year, it looks easy, but it's not. The 48 "team" was on the top of its game. For Patrick to finally win, all the factors came together from having a strong car to making the right pit calls.

2. As for the IRL being an inferior series, you can't compare with F1. In F1, it's nearly all about the car the technology. You can put almost any driver into a Ferrari and there's a good chance they're going to be competing for wins. I feel the driver is more of a factor in IndyCar. The one caveat I can say about this particular weekend is that it came with half the series in Japan and half in Long Beach for the Champ Car grand finale.

Now I'm not saying it wouldn't be a bigger deal if a woman were to win in NASCAR, but Patrick wasn't trained for that. She was trained for open-wheel racing and she won in the top open-wheel racing in America. How can that be shamed? I think we're many years away from a woman winning in NASCAR's top series.

3. And finally the "real" sport factor. Those who attack auto racing are simply uniformed and, quite frankly, don't wish to become informed. As stated before, it's not all about the driver. The driver is the face of the "team", but, again, there's the crew and the pit crew, not to mention all the people who work on the car and engine back at the shop. It's about more than one person, but the driver is the star.

I think the biggest factor in keeping women away from the big-time stick-and-ball sports is that they require indvidual speed and strength, which is a distinct advantage for the men. Racing is about endurance, hand-eye coordination and the ability to make split-second decisions at 200 mph. Men don't necessarily have a huge advantage in this department. Now if Patrick had an all-female pit crew, she be at a disadvantage because that's where personal speed, strength and agility come into play.

In any case, I'm glad Patrick finally prevailed and I'm hopeful I won't miss out on her next win.

Now back to my regularly scheduled last day of vacation.

Posted on: April 10, 2008 1:01 pm
 

March Madness ... is over!!!!

It has been awhile, I know.

Most of the people reading this blog probably know me from our auto racing coverage, but I'm also the college basketball producer for CBSSports.com, so, as you might imagine, that kept me pretty busy over the last month and a half.

Things really started to pick up with the conference tournaments and our Bubble Watch which I strived to update every night. It was the first time we've done such a feature and I didn't realize what a bear it would be. Admittedly there were a couple of hiccups at first, but we eventually worked the bugs out. In the end, I successfully  predicted 33 of the 34 at-large teams -- I had Ohio State in the tourney instead of Oregon. Ohio State did go on to win the NIT, so perhaps the selection committee should have listened to me.  

And then it was time for Selection Sunday and the Big Dance and all the bells and whistles that come with it. In my Final Four I had UNC, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and UCLA. There were a couple of reasons I strayed away from Kansas and Memphis.

1. I've been on the Kansas and Memphis bandwagon in the past and it bit me. I wasn't going down that road again. As a wise man once said: "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."

Wait, no, that's not the one ...

"Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again. "

Yeah, that's the one.

In actuality, though, I was fooled in to NOT picking these teams. Ha, but next year I'll know better.

2. Kansas was the one I really flubbed on, I had nothing against them beside the fact they had let me down before. I just didnt believe in Memphis period. Though they played a great non-conference schedule, I just didn't think the C-USA properly prepared the Tigers for a deep tourney run. Plus I fell in love with Pitt late in the season. They were playing terrifically up until laying a huge egg against Michigan State.

Oh, well, maybe I'll have better luck next year.

In any case, I can now breathe a little easier, reconnect with the family and jump back on the auto racing bandwagon. And for my 10s of readers of this blog, I'll try to start blogging again at least once a week -- after I get back from a well-deserved vacation.

Later.

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 22, 2008 6:45 pm
 

A great day for open-wheel racing ...

... maybe not so great for Danica Patrick.

At long last, the IRL and Champ Car have ended one of the most ridiculous feuds in history.

It's about time. The divide lasted much too long. NASCAR has assumed the throne in America, while the former king has become nothing more than an afterthough aside from when Indianapolis rolls around.

It made absolutely no sense to have two series providing basically the same product. I just never understood why it took so long for CART/Champ Car to come to its senses. Twelve years this has gone on. Why? Too many egos it seems.

With the Indy 500 in its back pocket, the IRL always had the upper hand. I've always felt the IRL product was better as well. The oval concept with which it was born under worked well and led to some compelling racing, even if not a whole lot of people noticed.

Meanwhile, CART/Champ Car stuck with the street and road courses, which has much less appeal except to hardcore fans. 

According to reports, the IRL will gobble up three races from the Champ Car schedule, but it will remain heavy on the ovals. Hopefully it stays that way as well.

According to reports, Champ Car teams expected to move to the IRL include Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, which won the past four Champ Car championships; PKV Racing; Forsythe Championship Racing; Conquest Racing; Derrick Walker Racing and Dale Coyne Racing.

It's for this reason I say it's not such a great day for Patrick. With a stronger and deeper field -- in addition to more road courses which aren't exactly her specialty -- winning just got a whole lot harder. However, if she does manage to win now, it will be a much great accomplishment, but I'm not so high on that feat happening like I once was. 

Finally, though, there's hope for open-wheel racing in America again.

If the axiom that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, then open-wheel racing will be Paul Bunyan in no time.

 

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 17, 2008 10:02 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2008 10:16 am
 

Daytona 500 final thoughts

So there's a thread started by CowboysForever9 titled Daytona a letdown?

Now I can see why this particular member might be disappointed. Their avatar does feature four Hendrick drivers after all. After dominating the headlines all week, Hendrick Motorsports simply failed to live up to expectations today. Jeff Gordon was the only Hendrick driver to show any strength, running top three the first half of the race until a suspension part failed him.

Earnhardt Jr., though he ran top five, top 10 all day, really wasn't a factor. Fourth was about the best he could do on his own. Pit strategy got him into the lead and he couldn't really hang there very long. Johnson and Mears were involved in crashes.

Overall, I thought the race was pretty good. Did you know there were 81 green-flag passes for the lead around the track, and 42 official lead changes at the start-finish line. The 42 lead changes were the most since 2001 and only the fifth time since 1972 that there were 40 or more lead changes during the race. The 16 leaders were the second-most in Daytona 500 history.

Kyle Busch definitely had the best car. The late cautions, however, worked against him. If he had had a slightly longer green-flag run to the finish I'd say he definitely would have won.

Probably.

The complexion of the race really changes once the sun goes down. Cars that were great early aren't always there at the end. Busch was, but perhaps he wasn't quite as strong on the cooler track.

Stewart was kind of in a no-win situation there at the end. But he probably should have stayed high and raced head-to-head with Busch. That likely would have ensured at least one of the Gibbs drivers won. But instead he pulled low. Was he trying to block Busch or hoping he'd be able to get a stronger push from his teammate that from Newman. Who really knows? He was in a tough position.

Stewart has now finished top 10 in five of his 10 Daytona 500 starts. It's the only race he has yet to win at Daytona.

Congratulations to Ryan Newman and Roger Penske. It's been a long time coming for the owner of 14 Indy 500 trophies.

That'll wrap it up for me from Daytona. Good night everybody.

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Daytona 500
 
Posted on: February 17, 2008 9:32 pm
 

Dodge post-race quotes

REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: “The first half of the race was so hot and slick. You could see everyone out here separating. We took the conservative side on tires. We just tried to keep an eye on the leaders – if we could still see them we were happy. We knew there were going to be cautions at the end. We just took care of the tires, took care of the car and went after it there at the end.  

ON THE LAST FEW LAPS: “It was pretty fun there at the end. We had a lot more grip there at the end. We got two or three wide and pushed each other really hard and there happened to be about four Dodges lines up at the end. Everybody on the team has done a great job since we got here and I think that says a lot about what we can do this year.”

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AS YOU CROSSED THE FINISH LINE: “I was happy. Everyone on the team was.”

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: ”To give my teammate a shot and to push him victory makes me feel like we won this thing as well right along with him.”

ON TEAMMATES AT DAYTONA: “You have to have teammates when you are restrictor plate racing. You have to work together whether you are on the track or off the track. Penske Racing deserves this. It’s our first ever restrictor plate win and we came through with a one-two finish.”

ON STARTING AT THE BACK: “We had to work our way to the front and then we got caught speeding on pit road. This is just a team effort and I’m really happy for this Miller Lite Dodge.” 

DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: “Well, with about 12 to go it looked like it was going to be pretty good. We fought being loose all day. We finally got it pretty good and finally got the opportunity to kind of get wedged up in there and we kind of got shuffled out and somebody got in the left rear of us and knocked us out. It knocked the left-rear corner panel down on top of the tire and we had to come in and get it off or it was going to smoke the rest of the race and probably blow a tire out.”

ON REED SORENSON’S FINISH: “We’re tickled to death. Anytime one of our cars can run good, I mean that’s good for the whole organization. That’s what we’re all in here together for.”  

SAM HORNISH, JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: “We were just trying to learn and make the car better every time we had a pit stop. It’s a big thing for me to just try and learn more and more each time we go out there. I tried to just be smart and not get ourselves into too many problems.”

HOW HAPPY ARE YOU WITH A 15TH-PLACE? “I’m about as happy as I can be with a 15th place finish. I want to win every time we go out there, not to be disappointed about it. We came in with a goal that if we were in the top-20 we would be happy with that.  Not only were we able to do that, but we were able to see one of our teammates win so that was great.”

ON PENSKE RACING TEAMMATES: “I’m stoked. This is a big puzzle that we’re trying to put together here and put all of the right people in the right places. We’re just moving forward and trying to do the best that we can. As far as the team as a whole, to have two veteran drivers finish first and second in the Daytona 500 and a rookie driver finish in the top-15 – I feel pretty happy about that and I know that Roger (Penske) does too.”

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: “We just had a good car. We had a really good car all race long. I think we were in the top 10 all day long at all times. I was really happy with our Budweiser Dodge and Allstate and everybody that’s a part of it. The team did a good job with the pit stops, the car was great, just everything was really good today. It was awesome. We got sixth.”

ON WORKING WITH THE OTHER DODGE DRIVERS: “Yeah, everybody was up there. I lost Kurt (Busch) I was going to push him, and Reed (Sorenson) and Elliott (Sadler) were pushing me. I was pushing (Ryan) Newman. We all tried to help each other the best we could. A Dodge won, so that’s pretty awesome for Dodge and all of us.”

HOW GOOD DOES THIS FEEL AFTER THE FRUSTRATION OF LAST SEASON? “I finished seventh here last season, so it’s a good start. We were much better today than we were last season when we should have finished about 20th, but I got through that wreck. It’s a strong day for us today and hopefully it is like that all year long. Hopefully we’ll run in the top 10.”  

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger)
ON THE DODGE DRIVERS: “First, second, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and 11th – pretty darn impressive. Hats off to all of the guys at GEM (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) and the motors and everybody else that worked on all these cars and hard work, so congratulations to Dodge and obviously the two Penske boys. It looks like they got their restrictor plate program figured out. They’ve always been there, but never had the results. I looks like they delivered today.”

ON THE CAR: “My car was good. I was just surviving and trying not to put myself in position to tear my car up until about the last 40 laps.”

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger)
HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH THE DODGE BOYS: “It was good. They said we were going to run the high line and I have to be honest with you I was good enough with a 10th-place finish that time. I didn’t think we were going to go from 10th to first after the restart. We moved up a couple spots which is not bad and we were beating and banging pretty hard.”

HOW MUCH MOMENTUM DOES THIS GIVE YOU HEADING INTO NEXT WEEK? “It’s definitely a good start. Now we just have to see how many points we’re going to get taken away from us. At least we got a good baseline before they start taking them.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Dodge Journey Dodge Charger)
ON THE RACE: “We finished – that’s about all I can say right now. The guys gave it their absolute best and we had great pit stops all day long. The car was a little slow, but the problem was that anytime anyone got behind me and I was in the middle of the pack the car was unbelievably loose. I had to run at the back or I was going to crash. I think I need to work to give the guys better information to set the car up. We need to work on that, but we learned some stuff today, which was good, and I have a lot to learn about drafting.”

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Daytona 500
 
Posted on: February 17, 2008 9:28 pm
 

Chevrolet post-race quotes

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS – Finished 39th:
“We had suspension failure. We had some issues testing; all of us did. We prepared for it and felt like we had the issues fixed. The suspension is just so tough on these cars with these bumps here. You don’t know what’s taking all the load. You keep fixing one thing and it just keeps creating another issue. It’s unfortunate.

“The DuPont Chevrolet was awesome. We were having a blast up there. I didn’t feel like anybody had anything for the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) and the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) when I was running up there and I was pretty darn proud just to be hanging with them. I’m sure that No. 20 (Tony Stewart) will probably be a factor before it’s all over too. I just hope (Dale Earnhardt) Junior and Jimmie (Johnson) and Casey (Mears) and those guys can get up there and work with them.  But we were the only ones I felt like could keep up with them. And we were just cruising.

“We didn't understand what was happening. We started wearing the right front tires out. I knew something must be wrong so we came in and looked at it, sure enough we had a failure. We are going to fix it and see if we can get out for a few laps.

"We have been working hard at the shop to prevent this kind of thing from happening.  It is really a product of the type of suspension in these cars with these bump stops. It is just so hard, especially on a track like this. It wasn't safe for us to be out there. The handling went away and I didn’t know why because the DuPont Chevrolet was awesome.

ON WHO IS TOUGH: "The No. 18 is tough, so was the No. 11 but I don't know what happened to him.  Probably the 20 before it is over.  Junior looks pretty good. I hope my teammates get up there and make something happen against those Toyotas because I didn’t see anyone who had anything for them."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S IMPALA SS – Finished 27th:
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE IN THAT ACCIDENT?
“The No. 77 (Sam Hornish Jr.) got loose inside of me or something went on there where he just barely got me and turned me around. I thought we were going to make it without getting hit real hard, but we had a little bit of contact. We stayed on the lead lap and did a good job there, but we had lost track position early in the day and we were fighting to get it back all day and it was really difficult to pass anyone out there.”

ON NOT HAVING THE RUN HE WANTED TODAY
“This is a big race. I wanted to win this race. I felt like we had the car, especially in the beginning of this race that was capable of doing it. But we just lost track position and it was impossible to work through traffic and get the track position.”

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY / NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS – Finished 9th
"It was a good Speedweeks. We obviously didn't have enough car there most of the day. We ran well. I am real proud of my team, real proud of the effort that we had this week. I have to thank them; it has been great for me. I have enjoyed this so much. The crew deserves a lot of credit, the motor guys, the fabricators. We struggled a little bit today, just trying to get good, get great. We got pretty good near the end of the race. I made a lot of poor choices where to take my runs and what to do with them. Nobody really wanted to help anybody, I didn't either. You know, you get runs, you go.

"Congratulations to Ryan (Newman) and (Roger) Penske. Ryan is a hard racer and certainly deserves what he got tonight. We are pretty proud. We are going to build on this; this is a great finish for us to start the season. I think we are going to have a lot of fun this year.

"It wasn't tires, we had good grip at the end. The track was cooling off and the car was fine. I got great runs, just made poor choices on what to do with them. That was the difference.

"We started off a little bit tight and we adjusted on it. Tony, Jr. made some good changes that got me great at the end of the race. We had great motors all week and another one today. I am real proud of Hendrick and the effort they gave me because I have had a great time this Speedweeks. I think the year is going to be like that and I am really going to enjoy it.

"I would have liked to finish better tonight, obviously, I think we had a top-five car all day. It is frustrating, but at the end of that race, anything is going to happen and guys get shuffled around. You just kind of take what you can get without wrecking. It is frustrating, but we are happy with a top-10, it'll do.

"I can't really remember the last few laps, I was just kind of stuck. The guys on the outside made great moves to get there. Ryan and those guys did exactly what they needed to do to win. They made some good choices at the end and that is the difference between where we finished and where they finished. We had a pretty good car. The best car didn't win the race. The 18 was the strongest car of the day all day, but I know those guys are probably frustrated. I tried to help him, help Tony there at the end. That is just who I ended up behind and I couldn't do much. I don't know, we were just kind of in a box there at the end, we couldn't make any more moves than we were making and the ones I was making weren't doing any good.  I was getting kind of frustrated.

"But, we are happy with ninth, just take that, try and build on it and have a good rest of the season.  It was touch and go there at the end, I am just glad we got our car home in one piece.

"I would have loved to have had four tires, then we would have been able to come up back through there. We hadn't been great all night. We had been ok and we were hanging on really, to fifth place most of the day. But I don't think we could have drove up by the 18 or 20, the guys that were out-running us all day, I needed to be in front of them.

"When it started cooling off, the grip was great, I didn't really want to pit. If we were going to pit, we should have pitted the first time, we didn't have many laps on our tires, there wasn't any point in doing it then.”

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL / PENNZOIL IMPALA SS – Finished 14th:
“We were just slow. They did a great job, really, of working on the car during the day and making it better, but we were just slow. Our car just wouldn’t go.”

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 AT&T IMPALA SS – Finished 13th:
"On that last restart we weren't fast enough to run up front. We were in a bad spot. I knew we were going to get passed for the lead but it's always fun to lead at Daytona. Finishing 13th isn't a bad start to the season."

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS IMPALA SS – Finished 24th:
"We had a car that was capable of winning the race. The Jack Daniel's Chevrolet was as fast as anything I've ever driven. It’s pretty hard to stomach being taken out when you're leading the Daytona 500. A couple of guys got impatient up front and we were the casualty. The worst part about it is having to wait another year to try again."

CASEY MEARS, NO. 25 KELLOGG’S / CARQUEST IMPALA SS – Finished 36th:
We had a great day all except for that last five laps there.  The guys did excellent job to put us in a great position to win the race. We had the tires, everything we needed to win there at the end.

"Just one of those deal. I don't know, we just need to work on our communication a little bit. Eddie, my spotter, did a great job the whole time. He is so good.  It is a very difficult spot when you are going away from the spotters right there and I know that. I just heard clear, looked in my mirror and didn't see anybody so I went ahead and turned up, cause I knew they had a run. It was too late, I guess.

"Just very, very disappointing, because we had such a great opportunity to win that race."

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Daytona 500
 
 
 
 
 
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