Is Capps a time traveller?

Lets have a little fun, and use our brain muscles a little bit.

If we look at Einsteins theory of relativity, we stumble on a little understood but widely proven idea of time dilation, the understanding that with motion, time slows for the one moving.  It’s minuscule to be sure, but a definite measurable event. As you would see in this clip, explained by Brian Green, the simplest test of this was to take two atomic clocks set at exactly the same time, one on the ground and one on a plane. Fly the one on the plane around the world, afterwards a check of the clocks will reveal that the one on the plane ran slower, in other words it aged less than the one on the ground.

I wonder, what if we applied the same effects to Ron Capps, repeatedly accelerating to over 300 miles per hour? Once for sure be negligible on his time in terms of ageing, but what if we figured out the effects after hundreds and hundreds of passes? What if we looked at Chris Karamesines or John Force? With thousands of passes? It would be interesting to find out from a physicist the answers?

We are talking about minutes to be sure, at least with the current understanding of time dilation we have, but the effects on our genes and DNA are just beginning to be researched thanks to the sacrifices of the Mark and Scott Kelly. They’re twins, and Scott just spent a year in space while Mark stayed on the ground. So scientists could study the effects of space and time on the body. It would be something to find out that somehow the effects are exaggerated on the human body compared to an atomic clock. It would go a long way to explaining the youthfulness of our stars, even in what some would call their “Golden Years”

And while we are speculating, what about our NASCAR friends? Surely 3 hrs at 200 MPH would have an effect, week after week. It’s not the short bursts that matter, it’s the repeated accumulating time that matters. It would be something to understand that Richard Petty was actually several hrs younger than we think he is.

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Are we supposed to believe this guy from 1996 is really,

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this guy from 2016? After 20 years? or is he?

So the next time Mr. Capps jumps from his car, he just might be the spry youngster he appears to be.

LOL, Be Safe and Have Fun.

 

DSR…Nitro and some great racing.

“When I drive that slow, you know it’s hard to steer, And I can’t get my car out of second gear” Sammy Hagar, I Can’t Drive 55

After 7 races this season it looks as though it has the potential to be one of the most competitive seasons ever. Team Kalitta is sitting with 3 wins, JFR has 4 and DSR has 3, plus add 1 each for Leah Pritchett and Steve Torrence and a surprising 2 for Tim Wilkerson. It’s still relatively early in the year and for as great as those numbers are the list of who hasn’t won is pretty impressive. Del, JR, Shoemaker, Langdon, Johnson Jr. It’s really pretty crazy, but shows how tough it has become to win a Wally this season.

One thing that stands out so far is the tenacity of Leah Pritchett this year. The shutdown of BVR was a surprise and Leah had to scramble to secure a future, even just short term. Despite all the drama, at least to the public, she carried herself with dignity and grace that represented her ambitions. It has been amazing to watch her take step after step in achieving her goals and at the same time try and remain focused on the task at hand at the racetrack. To go from her ride at BVR to the Lagana Brothers car, back to her BVR car and into a DSR car..what a complete challenge for her. It’s hard enough driving a Top Fuel dragster, much less 4 in as many races. But if anyone doubted her drive and desire I think they can put that to rest.

I have heard that Leah will be in the DSR car for at least 2 more races and I have no doubt she will find the funding to continue; I just hope it comes before she has to park for a couple races. It just wouldn’t be the same without her out there.

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Are we sure Smax Smith isn’t really Sammy Hager in disguise?

DSR has been a little bit shocking this year. I think of them as a cutting edge, best of everything type of team, but the really slow uptake on the 6 disk clutch has been strange to watch. Most, if not all competitive teams in 2015 had already switched to the 6 disk, while at DSR only Matt Hagan’s team was running it full time. It seems that they sacrificed long term gains for short term performance and now they are trying to catch up to the rest of the teams. After 7 races to only have 3 wins out of 7 full time teams is pretty surprising.

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While on the topic of DSR. It sometimes startles me on social media to see the distaste for DSR. “Oh they win too much” “It’s all about all the money they have and not fair” and so on. The reality is..if DSR went away there goes 7 sometimes 8 top flight Nitro teams. Do you really want to see a field without those cars? That is one smart organization over there, and Mr Schumacher understands that he can’t be the whole show. Terry McMillen wouldn’t have made Atlanta without DSR ready to help him out and frankly Leah wouldn’t have a ride for now without the depth of that group. So instead of focusing on what you don’t like about the team, focus on what’s good.

This far into the season a couple drivers really stand out. Brittany Force for one. It always seemed like Brittany was a good driver, just not really into the whole atmosphere of racing full time. I don’t know why, but that was the vibe I got from her.  I have to say, bringing in Alan Johnson to the team was a breath of fresh air for them. She seems a lot more at ease with the team, the car and the whole experience of racing. The first win then adding a second win really showed a side of her I hadn’t seen before, and I hope we see more of it. I suspect it has a lot to do with the fact that now they have a group of guys who can speak the language of Top Fuel at the highest level. Hats off to John for getting that all worked out, and allowing the dragster team to step up in a big way.

 

After the John Hale explosion I can’t wait until the last of the old style Dodge bodies are gone. Simply too dangerous.

NHRA All Access. I can’t speak highly of this enough, not just as a way for viewing the races, but a great tool for the racer to use at any level. Think about it, a sponsor now has a way to directly watch their dollars in action, in real time. You can say to the sponsor here, you can see the level of competition you are involved in and you can watch live as your dollars compete. Just set them up with a subscription and bingo, direct sponsor contact. Even if they don’t watch all day, a simple text to say “hey, we’re in the lanes ready to go, turn on All Access and watch.”. I know when I watch I see guys like Sherman Adcock and instantly reference Peak antifreeze in my mind. With just a little work put in I think it can and will become an invaluable addition to a sponsor program.

Well, here we go into the meat of the season. The Summer months are upon us. I think it’s 5 races in 6 weeks. Here’s to the rest of the season keeping up with the first 7.

Be Safe, Have Fun.

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Leah, 4 wide and the King.

          The lights on, the last round. The dark horse keeps on fightin’. (Comeback-Redlight King)

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The writing was on the wall at Bob Vandergriff Racing from the end of 2015.  Remember that Larry Dixon didn’t lose his ride to Leah Pritchett, there was no ride to lose. The downturn in the oil business had lead to C&J energy cutting back on funding for 2016 and Bob was only going to field one car. It was only after Leah brought Quaker State on board that the second team was added full time.

But I wondered how even with Quaker State they would run a full season, since they were only on board as the primary for 5 races and associate the rest of the time. Then they added Fireade as well, but after the passing of Josh Comstock, they lost their primary supporter after all, and Bob folded.

So, where does that leave the team? Well, luckily Terry McMillen put out a call for crew guys just as this was happening. So I hope some found work there. The Crew chiefs are to talented to sit on the sidelines long. Dave Connelly has announced he will run Top Sportsman this weekend at Zmax.  Leah will drive the Lagana Top Fuel car and bring a few crew guys along with her as well. Long term, Dave is one helluva talented guy. He can drive anything and can crew or tune as well, I have no doubt he will land on his feet in the Pro Ranks somewhere. As for Leah, same boat here. She can drive anything from a Pro Mod to Top Fuel and has won in several classes. The timing is real bad for a fuel team to be starting out, but remember that Brittany Force debuted the Monster energy car in Atlanta last year, so starting late with a deal is doable.

As for Bob. There has been a lot of negative comments thrown around, some justified some not, but at the end of the day only Bob knows why he called it quits. Could it have been handled with a little more grace? Yes definitely. I have always been a Vandergriff supporter, but after you close up shop, maybe you go in hiatus from social media a while. Pictures from Augusta and quips at your fellow racers poking fun are not very becoming while you leave 50 peoples lives in carnage.

Zmax and the 4 Wide. Well it’s that time again, queue the complaints about 4 wide racing. Here’s the thing, it’s different and if there is one thing we need as a sport trying to make a success of a new TV package it’s diversity. Too often the visuals from the tracks are to similar. 2 lanes and a tower. The 4 Wides offer a chance to break that up on TV, and big shock, I say we need more 4 wide races in the schedule. If it was up to me, I would finish the missing 2 lanes at Las Vegas and make that track the 4 lane track it was intended to be. I would break a little from what others have suggested along these lines. I would have the spring Vegas race a 4 Wide and the fall Charlotte race a 4 Wide. Back to back 4 Wides is overload early in the season, and I wouldn’t want a wildcard 4 Wide race right before the finals. So with the schedule as it is I would make those changes. Both coasts are covered and we can kind of bookend the season with 4 Wide races.

The idea of using all 4 lanes for Sportsman categories is a great idea. Again you can hear the trolls already, but the more attention you can bring to those classes the better with one caveat; we need to do something to the tree for these classes. You can’t have 4 cars trying to get on the chip to launch not sure when everyone else will be fully staged. The danger of a guy getting hung out on the chip for to long is to great with the tree as it is. That goes for most Sportsman classes from Top Alcohol Dragster all the way to Stock Eliminator. But I will watch with interest this weekend as they try it with Super Gas and Super Comp.

A little sidenote. I have seen all the Direct Messages my readers sent after the Ronnie Davis crash and I acknowledge and concur with your thoughts. At the end of the day it was a tragic accident that resulted in Ronnie losing his life and Ian Tocher looking at a long road to recovery. I won’t comment on the crash here. R.I.P. Ronnie, you will be missed. Ian, get well soon. we’re all pulling for you.

One last thing. Sources tell me and I got some confirmation, but there is nothing official yet so take this with a grain of salt… If a team gets a sponsor for x number of commitments, then folds the team before commitments are finished could that result in legal trouble? From what I’ve heard this is the case in a recent situation and we could be hearing a lot more about this if certain money is not returned for services not rendered. Stay Tuned.

Be Safe and Have Fun.

Indycar, Haas F1 and The U.S.

You know it’s interesting watching Indycar try and rebuild its fanbase. The drop in attendance and viewership since the fabled split into IRL and Champ Car was sad to watch as both parties battled for teams and title rights. There’s no denying that it was a major blow to the sport that it hasn’t recovered from. For the most part it is some pretty good racing, but yet it is struggling to put people in the seats and watch on TV.

I wonder if Indycar wouldn’t be better served cutting the schedule down, focus on what works and growing slowly? This season has 16 races on tap, with 3 already in the books. St Petersburg, Phoenix and Long Beach. The Phoenix race was very poorly attended , with estimates on the generous side around 20,000 while the NASCAR race was around 45,000 in a track that seats 51,000. But both St. Pete and Long Beach both had well over 100,000 on site. As we look forward we can count on Indy and Toronto having good crowds, the rest will be a crap-shoot.

The races that do well are the ones that bring the full carnival atmosphere and spectacle into the community, with the fanfests and sponsor displays. The week in Long Beach has been a marathon of activities. In this day and age of racing, it’s not enough to roll into a community, set up and race; the fans want more. If we look towards Nascar and the pre race activity’s that surround all their races and understand all the commitment that it takes to make a race successful. The driver meet and greets, the race car displays, the hauler parade as well as all the at the track activity’s. Just look at Daytona and the new Daytona rising build. The Icon of Nascar tracks recognized that it needed to give a more fan friendly experience and it delivered.

It appears that the Indycar drivers are willing to do what’s asked of them, and the teams are up to helping as well. I know CFH racing is always up and ready to display when asked.  It’s up to Indycar to figure out how best to use their assets to grow the sport.

Because, even though, and it always surprises me, they seem to have an endless supply of Major sponsor dollars. Sooner or later those will dry up if there is no TV ratings growth and race attendance. Already we see Toyota with a major commitment to Nascar and the NHRA, and there are the ever present rumours of another major car manufacturer looking at Nascar. Indycar needs to look at cutting races, focusing on what works and growing with solid steady moves that don’t hurt them, but help them. Even if that means a short term suspension in some markets.

North America has a long and fabled history of “Indycar” style open wheel racing, it would be nice to see it return to some of it’s past glory.

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Aryton Senna in the rain. (Montreal)

Haas F1. What an interesting development. F1 has never been the darling of American Motorsports, all you need to do is look back at all the failed attempts to put a solid race here in the States. I was sure that Indy would be the place where F1 would find a permanent stable home. How could it fail, it’s a legendary racing venue, known worldwide. You say Indy around the globe and people think racing. Nascar, Indycar..a Keystone NHRA racetrack just up the road and surrounded in the state by legendary short tracks, but it wasn’t to be. The myriad of reason are to numerous to list here, except the worst one. “the track was not a good F1 track”..if this was truly the case it’s the worst excuse ever. A track can be fixed, rebuilt correctly. It wasn’t the track that killed the Indy F1 race.

But regardless of that, we have an American team. I’ll admit, I wasn’t very keen on the team, for the simple reason that I couldn’t figure out how they could get the American public on board. Except for 1 race a year in the U.S. and the race up in Montreal there is very little chance of direct interaction with the team. But that’s changed a little. There is a way to generate interest and support now. I know I’m on board.

Haas F1 took the rule book, designed a conmen sense team around it and have had a surprising amount of success early in the season. But this has sparked some of the established F1 teams to cry foul. Really, just whining about how could Haas have success while we are mired back here struggling to get any traction in the sport. The way I see it, Gene Haas has done a masterful job putting this team together, when you really look at the nuts and bolts of his decisions you have to give him credit. He shunned the traditional way teams are assembled and broke the mold creating his.

Suddenly, it has become very much a case of us vs. them in the world of F1, American ingenuity vs. traditional methods. I can totally see heading to the Montreal race to show my support, as I can imagine anyone in the Texas area for the U.S. race.

I would suggest this to Haas F1. The merch they have available is very F1 centric and designed as most of the other teams, you have deviated from the norm in creating your team, now deviate in terms of your merch.  I suspect many others would totally buy Badass Haas F1 gear. A kick ass Grosjean shirt or Haas F1 hat, look to Stewart Hass Racing for inspiration and take cues from them. They now how to sell the American public products to support their favorites.

As for the F1 race at Circuit of the Americas, look, at the end of the day the race has got to support itself, we almost lost it when Texas cut it’s government subsidy’s for the track, and ticket prices are outrageous. The cheapest price to walk in the gates, general admission is set at $179.00 with a high of $1,539.00 for Club grandstands. You have got to get those ticket prices down. For comparison, Montreal has a range from $65.00 to $649.00 and that’s in Canadian dollars.

It’s really been since Michael Andretti raced in F1 that Americans had something to root for, and now we have a team of our own, let’s get behind them and keep tabs on how they are doing, I’ll see them in June, hope you get a chance in October. We owe it to Mr. Haas for the effort he put forth.

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For WFO Joe, Gerhard Berger’s Ferrari Ride. #28

Be Safe, Have fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Busch and The Duck Guys.

It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.  It’s not what you got, it’s how you use it.

Cannonball Run, Ray Stevens

 

cobbIf you were to take the New York Yankees and let them play the Buffalo Bisons what would you expect? You’d have to give the advantage to the Yankees, they come into the game with the best coaches, players and support staff – in other words it would be a wildly unbalanced matchup. The Bisons would obviously try their best but it would be massively unfair.

So when Kyle Busch goes down to race in the Xfinity series or the Camping World trucks it’s the same situation. He has the equipment, the sponsor dollars and the crews that a Sprint Cup team has, hell even better than some Sprint Cup teams.  It’s not an even playing field.

All you have to do is look back a couple weeks to the Fontana Xfinity race. Kyle blew a tire on the last lap, on the back stretch and still finished second. He was that far ahead. it’s just not a fair fight.

Should there be Sprint Cup drivers racing in the Xfinity or Truck series? I still have to say yes. If we look at those series as feeders for the Cup series, every lap that the guys run is more experience for the younger guys running those series full time. You can’t learn to race Dale Jr. or Harvick unless you race them for position. The Texas race last year was a great example of that. Eric Jones and Dale Jr. raced hard for a lot of laps, gaining valuable experience for young Jones.

Kyle puts such an emphasis on winning, that’s what he wants and strives for, but it’s not becoming. Padding your win total on the backs of the youth and rookies does not impress me. Would Harvick be happy to win and Xfinity series race? Yes of course, but it’s not the be all end all for him. It’s a fun afternoon getting a look at the track for the next day and exposure for his sponsors.

The one thing I would say about those guys running in the lower series is this, if a Cup driver wants to run that’s cool, it helps the up and coming drivers. But the cars they drive should not be tied to them or their Cup teams. In other words Kyle could drive a Toyota, but not for Gibbs and if he wants to drive a Truck, fine but not in KBR, let him drive a Tri Star racing Toyota, or a Thor Sport Racing Toyota – even the playing field a little bit. In the long run, he helps the teams learn set-ups they may never have thought of, and maybe sell some sponsors on the race cars that a calibre driver like him or them can attract.

Kyle wins this years in the lower series don’t impress me, they seem bullying, he has the better teams all around. You expect him to win those races. I would be more shocked if he constantly finished in the bottom half of the field. If he wants to impress, lets see him win in a Jennifer Jo Cobb truck, or a Derrike Cope car.

Are you really surprised at the outcome of the Phil Robertson “Invocation” at the Texas NASCAR race?  I wasn’t. This is a guy who is anti woman, anti gay and racist in general. Heck, you can even hear him blasting vegetarians. He follows a strict interpretation of the bible and is not shy about expressing those views, as is his right. The problem comes when NASCAR lets it happen on their watch. There was nothing in his speech that represented the racers or fans there that night, as is the tradition. I’m not a religious guy, but I have no problem with a good invocation before the race. Wishing for good weather and safety for all, always with a nod to our servicemen and women is a great tradition. I even got a kick out of the “My Smokin Hot Wife” preacher. But what Robertson did was a full on political statement and frankly offensive to those in the crowd and or watching on TV who wasn’t a Christian Conservative.

Is this NASCAR’s fault?  I don’t know. When you sponsor a race you get a package that allows for certain things. But after the recent spat of bad press having nothing to do with racing, maybe you reconsider who is speaking on national TV to your audience. If as you (NASCAR) say, you want an all inclusive sport, you really need to control your message a lot better.

Be Safe and Have Fun..

NHRA March 2016

As we head into the 4th race of the 2016 season we have had some note worthy events happen already. Leah Pritchett and Brittany Force scoring their first wins and Clay Millican and Terry McMillen are the only Top Fuel drivers with no first round loses. As a matter of fact out of the last 8 Top Fuel semifinalist, only one has had a win previous, the rest would have been first time winners. 6 Nitro Wallys and 6 different winners, that’s good racing right there.

DSR, what a surprise, after 3 races they have one Wally to show for the season. I was sure that in the off season they would test and run the 6 disc clutch, but at Pomona the team put out a picture of a clutch pack, and to my surprise…it was a 5 disc, is this the norm for the team or just a one off picture? One thing for sure, other teams have shown that once you get a handle on the 6 disc clutch it gives you the consistency you need to win (see Team Kalitta and Del Worsham). There hasn’t been a DSR Top Fuel car in the semis yet and only Ron Capps has scored a win. Rough sailing for sure.

Pro Stock, this needs it’s own column, so watch for that “coming soon”

NHRA All Access, what a great idea and definitely something the hardcore fans will want. I admittedly was hesitant at first. The Audiocast and Live timing on the App and Website are notoriously trouble plagued and I took a wait and see approach to the new service, but after one race the reviews are good.  Some reports of trouble on some devices (android)  but on Apple and PC platforms so far so good. For 100 bucks to see all the action on the track from Friday to Sunday it’s a must have, plus the added benefit of getting the track audio feed all day.

I will never understand the allure of ‘No Prep” racing.

If you like it or not, as the NHRA goes, so goes Drag Racing. The IHRA and PDRA and the other series all have a niche in the sport, but the Big Daddy is the NHRA.  If those series want to see growth they better hope that the NHRA succeeds. The IHRA is not now and won’t in the near future be in a position to put anything in the national spotlight, in press or on TV. It’s the NHRA that puts the sport out to the masses.  It would benefit all involved to speak and come to an understanding on how to move the sport forward as a unified body, each with it’s own place, but moving towards a common goal.

The new TV package. Fox Sports has done a stellar job of covering the races. Are there rough edges? Sure, it’s a new project and you have to expect these things. I have always been sceptical that Drag racing could be a “Live” TV sport. There are simply too many variables during the day, but so far it seems like Fox is ready and willing to roll with the punches and get a great looking product out in a timely manner.

I’ve heard over and over again “bring back Mike Dunn”.  OK I get it, he’s a voice we’re all used to but personally I think the change was good. It reminds me of the distinction we hear on the NASCAR side of things. What makes the addition of Jeff Gorden into the mix awesome is that just last season Jeff was behind the wheel. All his insights are current and up to date. A lot of the friction we hear between him and Darrell Waltrip comes from that. When was the last time Mr. Waltrip was behind the wheel in competition? It’s been a couple decades and the same for Mike Dunn and Tony Pedregon. Tony is a fresh voice with up to the minute knowledge, as he gets more accustomed to the role the better he will be.

The staff at a Drag race are always the unsung heroes, the guys and gals that get there early to set up, spend countless hours over the weekend keeping things flowing in bad to worse weather.  I couldn’t tell you the name of the official who mans the 660 foot mark, or who drives the ATV to push the cars off the track. But I could tell you the name Buster Couch, Rick Stewart and Mark Lyle, our chief starters. For no fault of their own they can make headlines. They would rather not, but it happens time to time. That’s the responsibility they take on themselves, to control the racing and when something goes wrong the questions get asked of them. All 3 have had the utmost respect of the racers and fans but this is a hats off to the whole staff, we may not know your names, but we appreciate your hard work and dedication.

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Much has been written about the loss of Mark Lyle, and rightly so.  I thought I’d share a little anecdote with you as my memorial.

It was Epping of 2015 and I happened upon Mark in the staging lanes early on Saturday. The racing hadn’t started yet and he was kind of holding court, chit chatting with a few fans. Someone asked him about track safety and what he watched for. He responded that he watched for parts, how the lane was looking, how the starting line was holding up, etc etc. I kind of interjected myself and asked Mark what he was most afraid to see, thinking he would say parts of wings coming apart or oil hitting the track, he responded that what he was most afraid to see was what he didn’t see. He had to go and we thanked him and moved on.

Fast forward to Norwalk in July, it was a Friday. The day was over and we were headed out from the pits when we ran into Mark again this time at the top of the staging lanes as he was walking back towards a trailer I think. He saw me and asked if we saw the Matt Smith run and I knew instantly the one he was referring to, Matt had made a run, and being the sharp guy he is got the attention of a Safety Safari worker and halted the action on the track, even though the next pair had fired. Matt knew that a few bolts had come loose from the front brakes and were on the track somewhere; clearly a danger. The crews went out and found the nuts and bolts and racing resumed. Mark looked at us and said “I’m afraid of what I don’t see” if Matt hadn’t said something those bikes were seconds from running.

I thought it was pretty cool that at a different race track, a month later he had remembered that little conversation from Epping enough to spot us and make the connection and chit chat a little more. Truly a class act.

Be Safe, and Have Fun.

NASCAR, Good Start

635935081207798315-NASCAR-finals-2149-As we look into the start of this season we can see one thing, the adage that there are haves and have nots is as true as ever. The “Low Downforce” package has produced some great racing. But we also have the usual suspects in the winners circle.

You can take a team like Ganassi racing, you can hype Kyle Larsen all you want, but at the end of the day he won’t win and why? they don’t have the team. In today’s NASCAR it takes a total package. It’s not enough to have a fast car, or a great driver; you have to have the crew and support staff to allow success.

Who wins? Kevin Harvick, Rodney Childers, Jimmy Johnson, Chad Knaus, Kyle Busch or Adam Stevens. The Crew Chief names synonymous with the drivers and are as important to the story as the drivers these days and if we don’t know the crew chiefs name, you won’t be in the winner circle.

What we have is an age in that drivers with the best support staff are winners and the rest are rolling billboards. As long as a mid pack team gets TV exposure the weekend is a win. NASCAR can change the package all they want but at the end of the day the best will always be the team that comes with a household name driver and crew chief.

It was a surprise for SHR to announce so early in the season that they will switch to Ford for 2017. It seems like they would have been better served waiting for later in the season because the implication is that Chevy and Hendrick will eventually cut them out of the technology loop. But, is this really the case? If, as in the last couple seasons, a SHR team shows up late in the season competing for a Championship does it make sense to cut them out, a Championship is a Championship after all and SHR has one Championship to their name already. We will really have to wait and see on this one. Does Hendrick and Chevy bite themselves in the ass or does SHR have one more strong Chevy season?

On the subject of the SHR move. At first I was sceptical, but then all you have to do is look at Furniture Row and Martin Truex Jr. The jump to Toyota this year from Chevy has been a success so far; they are running strong and don’t seem to have missed a step. On the other hand SHR is going to Ford parts from Roush racing, who frankly haven’t been successful for a couple of years but Furniture Row did better with Childress Chevys than Childress did. So lets hope that either Roush can step up, or SHR can do better with their parts than they are.

Strap in, here we go… Brian France loves the spotlight. Why, oh why would he, in a year NASCAR is looking for a new series sponsor, endorse any political candidate, much less one as controversial as Donald Trump?

All you have to do is look at the headlines to see the problem here, racism, bigotry, anti women, you name it, he’s offended it. The explanation that he (Mr. France) did that as a private citizen expressing his opinion simply does not hold water. He was on the stage BECAUSE he’s Brian France, the “Head of NASCAR”. If he was Jim the gas station attendant he wouldn’t have been anywhere near the stage. If he speaks in public, he’s speaking on behalf of NASCAR.

All you have to do is look at a list of company’s declared to support equal rights for all. You know who’s on the list? Sprint, Coca Cola, Ford, Home Depot, the list is endless. And to make an appearance that is going to cause some company’s to do a double take is not a wise move or in the best interest of NASCAR. I watched as some people on social media took the opportunity to express their concern. And saw more than a couple company’s acknowledge the complaints. So if you think it doesn’t really matter think again. Companys take note of bad press that has their name attached to it.

Not to mention the efforts at diversity. “Is NASCAR really trying to diversify or not” was the cry from several minority groups; how can you not question that?  Just when it seems like NASCAR is trying to take a step forward and out of the backwoods this happens, and sets back the efforts 20 years. I stated before, I stand with Queers for Gears and Women and Wheelz,the more faces in NASCAR the better.

Brian France can of course vote for whomever he chooses but, like it or not he represents a major, multi million if not billion dollar company. His actions in the public sphere reflect on the sport, good or bad, and this was definitely bad. The half hearted and feeble attempt by others at NASCAR to distance the sport from Mr. Frances actions had little to no effect an at the end of the day the headlines still reflected what he did in a negative light.

Overall the season has started, (On the track) with some great headlines. Tight racing and exciting finishes…and the weather was nice for a change. Let’s keep the season rolling and keep the negative headlines away from the sport and maybe, with fingers crossed guys like Larsen and Dillon can get all the pieces together and add some new faces to the winners circle.

Be Safe, Have Fun