Posts tagged: Sonoma

Jun 26 2007

The Penalties for the 24 and 48 Teams

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson
Nascar handed down the penalties today for Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, and they are the same penalty that Dale Jr. got for using the wrong bracket. Each driver was fined 100 championship points, so, no big deal, probably, they both should still make the Chase. Both crew chiefs, Steve Letarte and Chad Knaus were fined $100,000, suspended for the next six races, or until August 15th, and both are on probation until December 31, 2007. Both Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon were fined 100 car owner points, as Rick owns the 24 and Jeff the 48.

Both cars — the No. 24 driven by Jeff Gordon and the No. 48 driven by Jimmie Johnson — were found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); 20-2.1E (parts or components of the car not previously approved by NASCAR that have been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance will not be permitted); and 20-2H (fenders may not be cut or altered except for wheel or tire clearance which must be approved by the Series Director) of the 2007 NASCAR rule book. The violations were found during the initial inspection process last Friday. Source: Gordon, Johnson docked 100 points for violations

One would think Nascar would have a repeat offender clause, as Chad was suspended for four races last year for messing with the aerodynamics of the 48 car for Daytona. If they don’t, they should have one, how can they discourage “cheating” if the penalty is the same every time? I realize missing your crew chief for six races is big, but, he will be talking to them the whole time on the phone or radio, you know he will, Dale Jr. said as much when his crew chief was gone for their COT violation earlier this year.

Jun 24 2007

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins in Sonoma

Juan Pablo Montoya and the 42 race team gambled to win big in Sonoma in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 to win his first Nextel cup race. The word was that they were short on fuel and would have to pit before the end of the race, but they stuck it out to outlast Jamie McMurray, who ran out of gas, and outrun the rest of the field.

“It’s huge,” Montoya said. “I would say right now it’s the biggest thing I’ve done. In open-wheel, that’s what I was meant to be winning in. In stock cars, I wasn’t.

“To get our first win in our first year is huge. We know we’re a little bit behind on some of the ovals, but I think this is a big boost for everybody working in the shop.” Source: Montoya able to conserve fuel, post first Cup victory

The Richard Childress Racing teams are starting to live up to their potential in these COT races, finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th with Kevin Harvick in 2nd, Jeff Burton in 3rd and Clint Bowyer in 4th. Greg Biffle finished 5th, Tony Stewart 6th and Jeff Gordon finished 7th, which is his 14th top ten this year, but could end up being more like a 30th or 40th position finish with the penalty looming from Nascar. Kyle Busch, Boris Said and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top ten.

Robby Gordon led a bunch of laps, the most of all drivers this race I believe, but only finished 16th because he didn’t have as good of gas mileage as the others and had to pit later. He was pretty bitter about gas mileage being the reason someone wins a race and complained about it after the race. On Sports center he was saying that Montoya didn’t win that race, he got lucky, so Robbie was whining pretty loudly.

Here is how they finished: (Which TNT did not show!)

1 32 42 Juan Montoya
2 22 29 Kevin Harvick
3 6 31 Jeff Burton
4 10 07 Clint Bowyer
5 17 16 Greg Biffle
6 5 20 Tony Stewart
7 41 24 Jeff Gordon
8 24 5 Kyle Busch
9 4 160 Boris Said
10 36 11 Denny Hamlin
11 28 88 Ricky Rudd
12 43 00 P.J. Jones
13 3 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
14 12 19 Elliott Sadler
15 11 96 Ron Fellows
16 2 7 Robby Gordon
17 42 48 Jimmie Johnson
18 15 99 Carl Edwards
19 7 21 Bill Elliott
20 9 12 Ryan Newman
21 33 18 J.J. Yeley
22 14 2 Kurt Busch
23 8 9 Kasey Kahne
24 18 1 Martin Truex Jr.
25 35 38 David Gilliland
26 16 44 Dale Jarrett
27 38 25 Casey Mears
28 30 36 Butch Leitzinger
29 37 6 David Ragan
30 26 01 Regan Smith
31 34 70 Johnny Sauter
32 40 40 David Stremme
33 13 43 Bobby Labonte
34 27 17 Matt Kenseth
35 25 55 Terry Labonte
36 21 191 Marc Goossens
37 1 26 Jamie McMurray
38 39 13 Joe Nemechek
39 23 45 Kyle Petty
40 29 41 Reed Sorenson
41 19 22 Dave Blaney
42 31 66 Jeff Green
43 20 14 Sterling Marlin

Jun 24 2007

Sorry Broadcast on TNT

Boy I tell you, the state of Nascar broadcasts nowadays just sucks.

Today‚Äôs race is just a shining example, if you ask me, of how sorry the television broadcasts of Nascar races are today. TNT is so desperate, they are bothering poor Kyle Petty during the whole race asking him what’s going on. Which brings us to our first example of poor television, although it was pretty funny on our end. When Matt Kenseth ducked to the inside of Kyle Petty and Kyle turned into Matt causing them and another car, don’t recall the number right now, to spin. They come back after a commercial, I believe, and some more coverage and then they show Kyle Petty’s in-car cam. Surely someone watched it before they showed it right? They just assume it has a good shot or what? But, much to Kyle’s embarrassment I’m sure, they run the replay from the in-car cam and it catch’s Kyle saying, “What the f*ck was that?”. This was followed by quite a few moments of silence and no one commented on it at the time.

Everybody knows they do the call of the race, right? Well, they did the call of the race with 10 laps to go, and Weber gave his to Robby Gordon for running good all day. What? How can you have a call of the race before the race is over and how can you give it to a guy who did run up front a lot at the beginning, but didn’t in it? I don’t understand that one.

Lastly, they did not show the finishing order at the end of the race! How can you not show the finishing order of the race we just spent 3 or more hours watching? All I saw was 1 and 2 on the screen, they interviewed Jeff Burton so we know he finished third and they interviewed Jeff Gordon who finished 7th. Come on, how can they drop the ball like that? They did show us the points standings at the end, but what good is that without knowing how they finished the race? I guess I’ll wander over to and see for myself how they finished.

I tell you, makes me want to start my own radio show that only airs during the race, so people can turn it up and listen to us comment on the race instead of the normal commentators. We could even make fun of them during the race.

Damn, that sounds like fun.

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