Archive for April, 2012
I just love Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion and I got one for free just by mentioning Ryan Newman’s name since they have been sponsoring his NASCAR bid for the longest time. Each time Newman makes it to the Top 10 in the race, the steakhouse chain offers the bonus absolutely free. However, David Reutimann does not share the same happy fate because he unfortunately was the cause of some serious mishaps and the dramatic alteration of what could have been a different race ending.
Everything seemed to set for drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon alternating on the lead in the middle of the 300 laps. For the first 328 laps, Gordon was on the lead but Johnson suddenly surged up front right on the 356th. At that point, it was head to head between the two until the final laps. And then, a caution was announced on lap 496 that totally altered the entire complexion of the race.
When the green and white checkered restart was up, with both Gordon and Johnson on the lead, Clint Bowyer dove into turn one, which sent both leaders spinning like crazy on the racetrack. All of a sudden, Ryan Newman found himself on the lead coming from seventh and the two lead drivers had to settle for top 13 finishes. The reason why Bowyer tripped was due to the actions of David Reutimann.
Actually, it was not only Jimmie and Johnson who was displaced by Reutimann’s ill-fated mishap. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was solid on third and was looking for ways to overtake the other two on the lead. He was eventually caught up in the spin but good driving skills still helped him end the race on third. Right after the race, Earnhardt Jr. mentioned his disapproval of what transpired in the race and his annoyance on Reutimann.
Reutimann explained what really occurred, “It broke a tie rod or something like that,” he added. “I was just trying to limp around there. We needed to finish next couple of laps to try to stay in the top 35. Then the motor had been breaking up for the last couple of laps. It broke a timing belt or whatever down the back straightaway, and the motor just quit. I would not have stopped on the freaking racetrack. I would have limped it around there and come to pit road, which is what I was trying to do. The thing quit going down the back straightaway, and it shut off. I just didn’t stop there intentionally. I know it sucks. I hate it for everybody that it affected, but I mean I can’t get out and push the thing. You know, it shut off. It’s that simple.”
NASCAR drivers share views over Bristol Motor Speedway renovation. When asked about how they feel about Bristol Motor Speedway plan of renovation, Nascar Sprint Cup Series drivers shared mixed emotions and some even suggest that it was only minimal tire degradation and nothing serious needs the attention.
Nascar Drivers views were reactions to the announcement of Bristol Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith that the track needs to undergo some changes and modifications including some upgrading jobs. Although what has to be done is not revealed, Bruton is all set to start the renovation before Nascar comes back for the second race this coming August.
The track was said to be on its way to regain its history of full packed attendance and fast selling of tickets. It was seen as an effort to bring back again the crowd that has been decreasing through the years since 2007. The poor attendance of last month’s Bristol Cup race which only drew of just over 100,000 and less than what is expected. The crowd is only two thirds of its full grandstand capacity and Bristol management saw this as a sign that change must takes place immediately.
Kevin Harvick agrees that it’s about time that changes must take place. He expressed his thoughts on the issue of having bigger venue and said that sometimes it’s not always better and Bristol is not always better as they are sometimes. Harvick expressed satisfaction for the fact that Bristol has realized that they have a problem. He contested the view that guys can always change tires and said that it was a race and not just plain replacing or changing tires all the time.
He admitted that people are thinking that Bristol has to put back the track where it was before. He told that he had been telling the Bristol ever since the first day of the race that there’s something need to be done and now he’s at peace that Bristol had realized what he had been telling all the time. He is also hoping that Bristol would do a good job.
Meanwhile former Bristol winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. has pointed that there’s no need to change the track again and pointed to the tires as the most important factor in reviving the crowd at the track. Denny Hamlin agreeing to Earnhardt that the lack of tire degradation is the real issue although Goodyear has issued some changes on tire specification, and led to tires manufacturers to be more conservative on their production approach.
With so much debates, NASCAR drivers are still bent on seeing what has to be done while Smith is doing negotiation for financial assistance from Tennessee state government and reveals his plans for reconfiguration.