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Tony Stewart receiving his plaque for Sonoma Raceway's Wall of Fame

Tony Stewart receiving his plaque for Sonoma Raceway’s Wall of Fame, June 2016 (photo source: Amy K. Marbach)

 “All you got to do is give me that little bit of hope, and I will run with it.” — Tony Stewart, post-race press conference 6-26-16 at Sonoma.

I have favorite tracks. I have a favorite (now-retired) driver and other drivers I like more than others. But this week has me thinking about my favorite single race of all-time. (more…)

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Denny Hamlin. But it took a lot for him to get there. Including three major accidents within the last ten laps of the race.

So let’s talk about the race. (more…)

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Of the 2019 package and rules changes, the most exciting new rule on the books this season moves post-race inspection to the track itself instead of the cars being taken to the R&D Center in Concord North Carolina. The first and second place cars and a third, randomly chose car will be pulled for inspection as usual; however, the teardown of the vehicles will take place at the track itself. If a “major” infraction is found the win will be immediately taken away from the driver. Let me repeat that: thewin will be taken away and directly credited to the second place car (providing they pass inspection as well. There are no incumbered wins anymore. If a driver has the win taken away, they will be scored last and receive one point.

This is excited and precisely what fans have been wanting and calling for.

There will also be stiffer penalties for failing pre-qualifying and pre-race inspections. If a car fails pre-qualifying inspection, it will not be allowed to qualify at all. There will also be the removal of team members (I am assuming at least the car chief) from the team and practice time will be docked.

For pre-race inspections, if a car fails twice, it immediate starts at the rear of the field. If it fails three times, the car will suffer a pass-through penalty after the beginning of the race. The result of driving down pit road (at the pit speed limit) while the race is green will be more devastating to the team and put them at a disadvantage of having to make up positions, possibly even a lap depending on the track.

NASCAR is meaning business with these stiffer penalties. Personally, I am a fan of moving the inspections to the track. It means that we don’t have to wait for DAYS to find out if there are any penalties. Stiffing the penalties to pre-qualifying and pre-race inspection means we won’t have any of these cars who can’t get through inspection because they are running through so many times. You fail, you get one chance to make it right without penalty. Then you start to suffer consequences. I like it.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2019 from your friends at BadGroove.com

 

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I have seen two schools of thought regarding the actions on the last lap of the race on Sunday at Martinsville:

1. Joey Logano was racing for the win, for his chance at the championship.

2. Logano is a dirty driver and punted Martin for the win. (more…)

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Back when SHR announced that they would be moving to Ford as their manufacturer there was a huge segment of the community that balked at the switch in manufacturer. I have long said that I could understand the reason- with FORD SHR had the opportunity to be the top team for their manufacturer. They would never get that support from Chevy- who puts all of their support over to Hendrick Motorsports. With Ford as their manufacturer, Stewart-Haas Racing has the change of becoming more of a rival to Hendrick Motor Sports. With Stewart-Haas Racing’s impressive performance all season, it has become clear to me that they are indeed working on becoming a real rival of HMS/Chevy. (more…)

I have owned a total of four cars in my life thus far. Three Chevys and a Toyota.  My first car was a 1990 Chevy Lumina sedan – yes the Days of Thunder car, that use to belong to my parents. My next vehicle was a 2000 Toyota Rav4. I then went back to Chevy in 2008 and got an HHR. My current car is a 2014 Chevy Equinox.

I have been growing more and more disenfranchised with Chevy though as I have owned the Equinox. (more…)