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I wish the Busch bros had a drug problem. It would be better to have a reason why their sucks continually run than no reason at all. As far as talking to reporters, every sporting event has a reporter right there after the finish to talk to someone. As a fan, i kinda like that aspect. Its a fresh perspective from the horses mouth.



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NASCAR announces 2013 competition changes.

New qualifying format for Sprint Cup Series will place greater emphasis on speed.

By Official Release
October 16, 2012 11:37 AM, EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR today announced a number of competition changes for the 2013 season, highlighted by a new qualifying format in the Sprint Cup Series that places a greater emphasis on speed.

Below is a breakdown of next season's slate of competition updates...

Qualifying format in the Sprint Cup Series

In Sprint Cup competition, the series will move to a 36-6-1 format where the fastest 36 cars will make the race on speed.

The next six highest ranking cars in owners points that have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and who have entered the event by the posted entry deadline will also make the field. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owners' points.

Provisional positions in the 36-6-1 format will be lined up by owners' points, not speed.

Since 2005, the top 35 cars in owners' points were guaranteed a spot in the field. Now, only a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given race.

"This is a big win for our fans," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "They'll see the fastest cars earn their starting spots. This change adds intrigue, drama and excitement to qualifying."

In 2013, the qualifying order for Sprint Cup Series events will return to a random draw. However, in the event qualifying is canceled due to rain, the field will be set per the rule book and the starting lineup will continue to be determined by practice speeds.

Additionally, provisional positions in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will be based upon the previous year's owner points for the first three races, as opposed to the first five races in previous years for the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series, and four races for the Camping World Truck Series.

Testing policy opened up for 2013

Beginning next season in the Sprint Cup Series, there will be up to four tests per organization available to teams at tracks at which the series competes. Since 2009, teams could only test at tracks that did not hold NASCAR national series events.

"We feel like it's time to open that up and allow the teams to manage their testing and get back to facilities that host our events," said Pemberton. "We made the decision at the end of 2008 to restrict testing, primarily for economic reasons. Now we believe it will be best for the garage and for the tracks to have some testing return in 2013."

For the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, starting in 2013, there will be up to two tests per organization at tracks where those series compete. If the organization has an official Sunoco Rookie of Year candidate, then that team will receive one additional test. Additionally, NASCAR will open track activity early for extended practice at two additional events per series, to be determined.

Maximum field set at 40 cars for Nationwide Series

In an effort to strengthen the ownership base up and create a sense of urgency among teams to make races, the maximum starting field for the Nationwide Series will be set at 40, as opposed to the 43-car field in previous years.

A maximum Sprint Cup Series starting field will remain at 43 cars while the Camping World Truck Series will hold steady at 36.
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It wasn't really breaking news, considering Todd Gordon already was employed as the crew chief of the No. 22 car fielded by Penske Racing, but driver Joey Logano put it out there anyway on Twitter.

"I'm excited to announce that Todd Gordon will be the crew chief of the Shell/Pennzoil 22 car next year," Logano wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday.

Considering Logano is going to be the new driver of the No. 22 car next season -- and considering that all the Penske cars will be switching from Dodge to Ford next season -- perhaps there had been some doubt about Gordon's return. But not much. Gordon actually has earned high praise for helping keep the No. 22 running reasonably well the second half of this season despite difficult circumstances that developed when the driver who began the season behind the wheel in the car, AJ Allmendinger, tested positive for a substance banned by NASCAR in July.

Allmendinger was placed on an indefinite suspension by NASCAR and was subsequently released by Penske Racing when a second test of a urine sample taken during a race weekend at Kentucky confirmed the positive outcome of the first one. Sam Hornish Jr. has been driving the car in the Sprint Cup Series since the July 7 race at Daytona.

The No. 22 Dodge currently ranks 20th in the Cup owners' point standings. In the first 17 races of the season, Allmendinger's top finish was a second at Martinsville. He also posted two ninth-place finishes. In the last 16 races, Hornish's best finish was a fifth at Watkins Glen.

Logano currently drives the No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Cup Series, but already had announced that he will be switching to drive the No. 22 Ford for Penske Racing beginning next season. Logano currently is 17th in the drivers' point standings.

Gordon was first named crew chief of the No. 22 car in December 2011. He previously served as Brad Keselowski's crew chief in the Nationwide Series, where together they won six poles and six races during the 2011 season.
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Logano has already had his hayday, as has Wan Pablo and where they are is where they'll stay


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Whine Paplo Montiya will never be the driver Logano is. Right now that ain't saying much, but Logano has a long and promising carrer ahead of him. I bet within the next five seasons Logano will have a championship. J(W)PM needs to go back to F1 or whatever. There isn't any jet dryers in F1



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I like the Jet Dryer reference


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after a brawl several years ago Jeff Gordon, showed he still has some balls tonight in Arizona


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Gordon, Keselowski fined, placed on probation.

No. 24 and 15 crew chiefs, car owner Hendrick also penalized for PIR incident.

After an eventful Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR assessed penalties to three teams in the Sprint Cup Series.

Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000, docked 25 driver points and put on probation until Dec. 31 for his on-track altercation with Clint Bowyer during the AdvoCare 500, a violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing).

"I've always respected Jeff for standing his ground. We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur.

-- RICK HENDRICK
"I take responsibility for my actions on the race track," Gordon said. "I accept NASCAR's decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead."

Additionally, Rick Hendrick, the owner of Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet, lost 25 owner points. Alan Gustafson, Gordon's crew chief, was placed on probation until Dec. 31 for Gordon's actions under Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chiefs assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members).

"I've always respected Jeff for standing his ground," Hendrick said. "We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur. It's been a great year, and we're going to put our focus on finishing in a positive way this weekend."

Brian Pattie, crew chief of Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 15 car driven by Bowyer, was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 9-4A.

"The goal of Michael Waltrip Racing is to be a championship-level organization, both on and off the track," MWR said in a statement. "The on-track incident ... was extremely disappointing and brought raw emotions of a long and hard championship battle to the surface. Though we generally cannot control certain actions on the track, the unfortunate reactions off the track Sunday did not live up to the professional standards in which Michael Waltrip Racing expects all of its representatives to live by. We commit to our sponsors, our manufacturer, our fans and NASCAR that we will do so in the future."

Brad Keselowski was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-6.7A (cars and drivers will not be permitted to carry onboard computers, automated electronic recording devices, electronically actuated devices, power distribution modules, power conditioners, micro-processors, recording devices, electronic digital memory chips, traction control devices, digital readout gauges and the like, even if inoperable or incomplete). Keselowski had a cell phone in his race car.

"Following a thorough analysis of the actions that took place during Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway, we have issued penalties based upon our review," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "The decisions announced [Monday] cover NASCAR's full assessment of penalties for the incidents that occurred.

"There's no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play. We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them."
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never would of happened in the '60's


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