The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup will soon be missing one good company as Dodge wave its hand goodbye to the competition starting this season’s end. The announcement was made public during the Speedway test at Martinsville for the 2013 cup.
As said by Ralph Gilles, one of Dodge bosses, the decision was made due to the difficulties that the company is facing with regards to the development of the correct structure in order to stay in the competition.
It’s widely known that Dodge has been on and off from the NASCAR for the past years, though they’ve been creating huge followers due to successive winning since 2001. Currently, only 2 Dodge cars are involved in the tournament, one being manned by Sam Hornish Jr. and the other by Brad Keselowski, both belongs to Penske Racing team. With Dodge’s withdrawal, these two racers will soon be switching to Ford. The teams Chip Ganassi, Evernham Motorsports, and Petty Enterprises used to be part of Dodge too but they later on transferred to another companies.
Despite the withdrawal, Martin Truex Jr. – a Toyota racer – believes that NASCAR Sprint Cup won’t be affected badly since only 2 Dodge will leave the race. Jeff Gordon, a Chevy racer also said something like Dodge withdrawal is something inevitable due to its small team number but though he somewhat expected it he can’t help but feel sad about the reality.
In the meantime, there are other two members of the Coca-Cola team who are outside the Chase. They are Joey Logano and Ryan Newman who will just have to win a couple of races to be included in the competitive lineup. On emphasis, Newman emerged victorious at Martinsville, fourth in Las Vegas and fifth in Daytona race this July.
In the tracks that lead to Chase, Newman managed to perform well in a number of races. He did fine at Pocono, which is the 5th best average finish in his whole career, and at Richmond, which is his second best. On these tracks, he was able to finish at 5th and 8th places last year. Also, he had top 10 finishes in four races a year before Chase started.
To make sure that he gets a spot, he must improve on Indianapolis. This track almost wreaked havoc in his career because here is where he had a finish of 20.2. This is the third worst average finish in his career. Nevertheless, he is doing well at Brickyard during the previous four years, averaging 14th place. As for the rest of the Coca-Cola team, Jeff Burton is number 19, Jamie McMurray is number 20 and Bobby Labonte is number 23. They need to win more in order to be included in the Chase.
There are only seven races to go before the Sprint Cup starts Chase and it looks like the Coca-Cola Racing Family will be well represented in the playoffs, particularly the NASCAR’s version. Those who will make it to chase are the top ten highest pointing drivers after 26 races. There will be two wildcards from the 11th to 20th place and whoever has the most wins will also be selected. And it seems that Coca-Cola drivers are going in to the battle.
Greg Biffle – Biffle gathered high points during the season, earning him the third place
Denny Hamlin – Hamlin won two races and now stands on the fifth place
Tony Stewart – Stewart, the defending champion, is currently in the seventh place. With a series of high-three wins, he earned lots of cushion that can guarantee him a spot on the wild card. He wouldn’t have any problems even if he does not make it to the top ten. Among the drivers that currently are in the top 20, he has the best average finish. He earned these credentials during the last seven seasons particularly in the remaining pre-Chase tracks.
Kyle Busch – Nine points ahead of Ryan Newman, Busch occupies the second spot for the wild card.
Ryan Newman pointed out that guys (riders) have put-up an innovative racecar and talked about having a Menards on the car and excellent Aggressive Hydraulics. He said that he is so excited in having to drive and ride those racecars and describe riders (drivers) to be very reverent and he will have some fun and excitement to race with them. He predicted his team had been fortunate to have some win and felt what have been good at practice will have them see themselves in the qualifying for the race.
On his thoughts about the Army’s decision to leave NASCAR, Newman calmly said that there’s some true politics involved in the decision. However, he said he is always proud to represent the army. He also uttered that the decision is from the top ranks and he will respect it whatever the consequences there will be. He likewise claimed that he and his team were proud representatives of the Army, the people and the colors and everything it represents. He said that it’s unfortunate that time has to passed and that they have to leave but still they’re struggling to win for the Army and will do get some wins before the end of the season.
Talks about U.S. Army leaving NASCAR has been the topics just recently and this caused intrigues on last weekend NASCAR race, as the second season is half way through. With or without official confirmation from NASCAR, Ryan Newman and his team will be racing to finish the full NASCAR season.
Meeting with few media men, Ryan Newman, member of #29 Army ROTC Chevrolet gamely talks about the US army parting NASCAR and shared his thoughts on other NASCAR topics.
When asked to talk about his thoughts about the season’s 2nd half pursuit and about the “wild card” stuff, Ryan told media men that he considered New Hampshire their place to triumph and have in fact been statistically well during their run on Friday and Sunday. He believes and hopes to see their car do the best run as they have a pretty good car for the season. He added that the ROTC (US Army) Chevrolet were pretty much good during practice. However, he added that he wasn’t able to get a perfect circuit during practice and hopes he’ll get the perfect turn in the qualifying rounds. He described how he was in a crunchy period when he took the seams wrong when he turned three or four times going down off beat. He said he’s going on a crunchy time but still hoping to come out good and have fun for the remaining hours during weekend races.
He is confident that the racing oval has the element of safety and he and his men have high expectations for Sunday Quicken Loans 400 that the race would not be of speedy race but more of a competitive one. He also agrees on Michigan’s importance in NASCAR series and Michigan race is one of the most anticipated race for those men in the garage. Although there are some drivers who are not comfortable with the Speed at MIS, Mike Helton insists on saying racing at 200 m.p.h is safe and drivers will hold up to the speed. NASCAR prexy Mike Helton says MIS safe.
Mike Helton is happy for what’s happening at the Sprint Cup and also shows positive reactions to the national practice. Although there’s reports of blistered tires, Helton said that’s the main reason for NASCAR ‘s official presence at the speedway is finding what’s happening at the moment and see for themselves some racing reactions from drivers and NASCAR fans.
Mike Helton, NASCAR sitting president since 2000 has a light mood when during a talk with Robin Pemberton, the senior VP of Competition and Racing development was quoted as saying that for a moment he sees Michigan International Speedway (MIS) as safe.
Mike Helton has the reputation of staring one down at the best or worst time and who loves wearing cowboy boots and sporting a black y mustache. He was in a good mood to discuss about repaved racetrack of MIS, which is considered the stock car racings fastest, but scariest oval. He talked about how he felt about MIS and its bursting power and strength while trying to keeping thing overboard. The sport events.
He talked about resurfacing and how it always been on the faster range experience. He pinpointed it to technology and how Robin together with his team done all the possible jobs on keeping the cars on the ground. He said that they’re always after safety and putting it at the highest level and that they have never stopped working to keep it on the ground. Mike Helton recognizes how speed can translate to excitement while on the ground and it would not be different if it’s from MIS or Talladega or Indianapolis. He even expanded on how drivers get excited going fast for 200 m.p.h. lap and considered it a cool thing seeing drivers go excited and comfortable with the speed. Helton however agrees that with speed, responsibility goes with it.
Twitter popularity was asserted with the results of Nielsen research that shows a high percentage of 88% and 86% respectively of tablet and smartphone users use their gadget at least once while watching TV in the action-filled last quarter to tweet. The research shows that people watch and tweet during a sport events.
Tweeting NASCAR drivers have in many times put enthusiasms to NASCAR fans by means of tweeting from the raceway. Just recently, Driver Brad Keselowski became a Twitter superstar by posting pictures of the infamous Daytona fire to his twenty five thousands followers. NASCAR fans are known as devoted and loyal to the sports and would not mind if they have to follow every single driver and every single NASCAR people to see racing news on their time line and with NASCAR and Twitter partnership, fans of the racing sports won’t have to worry about losing the tweet contents.
Mark Ghuneim of Trendrr looked at the alliance as a way of having more people talk about the racing events and contributes much to its big percentage of viewing and the NASCAR/Twitter page with its specific hash tag will be of heightened level.
Twitter receives as much as 340 million tweets a day as people tweet on everything about life, people, sex and sports.
Twitter, the popular social media site has recently launched a live event experience for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series happening at POCONO Raceway. Racing fans of the giant social media can now receive tweets from twitter.com/nascar for every moment happening at the race. The deal between NASCAR and Twitter is aimed at boosting tweeting and viewing for both parties.
NASCAR and Twitter’s partnership is seen as a positive move from both camps and could bring more alliances between NASCAR and other social media in the near future. Twitter’s Vice president of media Chloe Sladden said that the experiment is a precursor to permanent deal with the Racing giant in the future. She said both will be working on bringing best content faster and to the delight and information of the racing aficionados.
However, both NASCAR and Twitter is mum about details of the deal.
Twitter is apparently an instrumental to the success of TV Shows like the X Factor and sport events like the Super Bowl. Being a popular social media, Twitter has enhanced viewing and thus contributing to the big ticket sales or high TV viewer ship. With NASCAR partnerships, Twitter for the first time will devote a special area for a live event like the NASCAR races.
In Dover, Martin won the race and the first Ford driver to win in such an event. Another owner has seen and heard much about him so that has become the start of the relationship between Martin and Jack Roush. Since they started working together, Martin has become a consistent runner-up in all the events he participated in.
He again joined in 1990 and has lost the tile by only 26 points and 38 points in the competition that took place in 2002. Martin had to depart with Roush after the organization has announced that they can no longer go together work as a team for the 2007 twenty races, which he wanted to join in. Soon he made a part time racing schedule with Ginn Racing in 2007.
In 2006, Martin has recorded astonishing marks. He won six wins, eleven top 5s, twelve top 10s, and three pole positions. And in July, 2007, DEI has acquired the Ginn Racing and this has caused Mark Martin to join Dale Jr., Paul Menard, and Martin Truex. In 2008, the 500 Auto Club has become Martin’s 700th start. Although going stronger in 2008, there were rumors that Martin will be leaving DEI and will join Hendrick Motorsports by the season’s end.