There is an old saying that what drivers hate, fans will love. Sunday afternoon’s qualifying for the starting two position of next week’s Daytona 500 proved that saying wrong. Both fans, drivers, and media alike classified the knockout qualifying rounds as “idiotic,” “dumb,” “the worst,” and “not even entertaining.” The only group that seemed to enjoy it was the FOX broadcast team who had to enjoy the ratings as fans watched in horror at what the Daytona 500 qualifying has become. Continue reading “Daytona Qualifying Disaster”
It came out of left field, but on Monday RAB Racing announced that Milka Duno will compete in select races for the team during the rest of the 2014 Nationwide Series season. While the press release offered some good information, such as Duno has actually won races, it was vague about others.
When will Duno race first? That was not mentioned. What was hammered home is she will be the first Hispanic female driver to compete in NASCAR. That’s a nice note to be in the record books for, but looking at her record on the track, one has to wonder why this is happening.
Well, that answer is simple. If that answer was a color, it would be green. Duno has the ability to bring in sponsorship that overlooks her poor statistics. This is the state of NASCAR where drivers like Duno will get rides, but it took Kenny Wallace until last week to get his first run of the 2014 season. The same Kenny Wallace who has 544 starts in the Nationwide Series with nine wins, 66 top-5s, 173 top-s, and an average finish of 16.8.
Duno on the other hand competed in 43 Verizon IndyCar races between 2007 and 2010 with zero wins, zero podium finish (top-3 finisher), zero poles, five laps led, and an average finish of 20.4. In the past four years running a partial ARCA schedule Duno has 47 starts with zero wins, zero top-5s, three top-10s, one pole, and an average finish of 19.6.
For RAB Racing, a team that has struggled in its seven year existence, having collected one win with Boris Said in 2010. Other than that it’s five top-5s, 23 top-10s, and two poles in 198 starts. So far this season James Buescher sits 10th in points running the #99 Toyota for the team.
A sudden influx of cash could do wonders for the team, provide that Duno’s performance is not filled with wrecked race cars. Her getting a ride shows what teams need to do for money in this age of NASCAR. Drivers like Wallace or even an accomplished female driver in Johanna Long, if they can’t bring sponsorship with them, they won’t race.