Updated April 29
Last week’s ultra-competitive race at Talladega topped the list of topics that caught our readers’ attention this week and not everyone agreed with my assessment that perhaps three attempts at a Green-White-Checkered finish is a bit much. Also on many minds was the future of Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr. piloting a No. 3 car later this summer.
Sports in general are for the fans...so the new rule is fan friendly and since we foot the bills as consumers...we love it...its time the fan took back what belongs to him...the only tradition should be to make all sports fan friendly all the time...period.
Multiple GWC finishes were indeed a result of NASCAR listening to what fans asked for and there aren’t many people who pay good money to attend a race or spend an afternoon in front of a television who want to see things end under caution. But one attempt to have that happen seems more than fair to me. Three, especially at a place like Talladega, is way over the line and does nothing but add to the fabrication bills for teams to fix cars.
Pete I agree that NASCAR went overboard with putting three GWCs in the new rules and I for one didn’t enjoy watching a great race at Talladega basically ruined by the demolition derby that ended the race. Any chance NASCAR would change things back?
NASCAR has shown a willingness to modify rules and procedures if the sanctioning body believes it will enhance the sport in the fans’ eyes. I think there’s a danger in going too far down that path but right now NASCAR seems content that the sport has a balance. However if the multiple overtime attempts become problematic and fans cry out for a change, you can be sure that will be considered.
Kevin Harvick had some pointed words in victory lane at Talladega for his departing sponsor Shell/Pennzoil. Do you think that helps Richard Childress Racing find a replacement for the 29 car and where do you think Harvick winds up next season?
I can understand Harvick’s frustration with Shell bolting the team, something that did seem to come out of the blue at RCR. However with 27 races left on the company’s contract with the 29 ride, I do wonder if that makes the relationship a bit more tense as the contract expires. Harvick’s winning should show any other company thinking about coming into the sport or moving teams that the Childress operation is a strong contender for wins and potential championships and at this time I expect Harvick to stay with the team and for a new sponsor to be found. But stay tuned.
Any word on the Kasey Kahne derby and where he’ll spend 2011 before heading to Hendrick full-time the following year?
Nothing new to report but Rick Hendrick did say last weekend in Talladega he had been approached by several teams in the garage area with proposals to work together next year in the Kahne situation. Make no mistake it will be an alliance with a Chevrolet team but other than that, you’re guess is as good as mine as to what Mr. Hendrick has up his sleeve.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a No. 3 entry in this July’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona. Any chance Junior will end his career in the Cup Series with his father’s famous number?
I learned a long time ago in this sport to never say never but I personally don’t see it happening. Perhaps when Junior ends his tenure with Hendrick Motorsports there’s a possibility he’d move to Richard Childress’ team and run a No. 3 entry, but Childress has seemed pretty hesitant to bring that iconic number back into the Cup Series although he is running grandson Austin Dillon in a truck ride carrying the number three. At this point I’d put it at a longshot that Dale Jr. and the No. 3 find themselves together anytime in the future.