Team Penske announces that Austic Cindric will drive the #22 Ford full-time in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series. MoneyLion will serve as primary sponsor for 18 races. The team will also compete the #12 Ford part-time with a rotation of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Paul Menard.
NASCAR announces that it has levied an L-1 level penalty against Stewart-Haas Racing on its #4 entry driven by Kevin Harvick. The penalty was the result of the team creating their own spoilers versus using the premanufactured ones mandated by NASCAR. Stewart-Haas Racing would not appeal the penalty, which was to strip Harvick of his automatic birth into the championship four by virtue of his Texas win, loss of 40 championship points for Harvick and the team, suspension of both crew chief Rodney Childers and car Chief Robert Smith for the final two races of the season. Stewart-Haas Racing named Tony Gibson as Harvick’s interim crew chief for the final races at Phoenix and Homestead.
NASCAR also announced penalties to Team Penske (#12 Ryan Blaney) and Joe Gibbs Racing (#20 Erik Jones). Blaney was issued a L1-level penalty for unapproved door front crush panels which resulted in a loss of 20 driver and team points, crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $50,000 and car chief Kirk Almquist was suspended for the next two races. Jones was issued a L1-level penalty for infractions on the body and package tray, which resulted in a $50,000 fine to crew chief Chris Gayle and car chief Jason Overstreet was suspended for the next two races.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Team Penske announced today that BODYARMOR Sports Drink will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7. This marks the first-ever race team partnership for BODYARMOR, which began working with Blaney last season. Continue reading “BODYARMOR Joins Team Penske In 2018”
With the recent demise of Swan Racing, it got me thinking about the ownership landscape of NASCAR. It seems every year we see a team come in and leave within a year or two. Only a handful of organizations have stood up to the test of time. Here are my survival theories. Continue reading “The Unstable World Of NASCAR Ownership”
In this week’s column I take a look at the most recent Sprint Cup Series winner, Brad Keselowski, along with the three drivers who made their Cup debuts Saturday under the lights. My two cents on the Michael Waltrip Racing situation that came out Monday. And to round things out I will touch on what a wildcard Talladega is to the Chase and a former Talladega winner is back involved in NASCAR. Continue reading “Column: Keselowski, Debuts, Talladega, MWR, and Irvan Returns”
NASCAR’s newest rivalry has been brewing for a while now. It’s not a surprise given how many races Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch run against each other that they’ve finally bumped heads one too many times.
Tensions came to a boil during Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, the Kansas Lottery 300, from the Kansas Speedway. Keselowski and Busch were racing hard for the second position with 31 laps to go. Presumably leader Matt Kenseth was short on fuel, so the duel could be for the win, and with the two teams neck and neck for the owner’s title, a lot was at stake.
As they came through with 12 laps to go, Busch was under Keselowski, and held in the gas a bit too much and hooked Keselowski. Keselowski slid through the infield and then into the outside, ending his day.
Keselowski then ran to the infield, gesturing towards Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing team and had some harsh words once reporters caught up to him. “I got wrecked by a dirty driver,” Keselowski said. “There’s no other way of putting it. He’s cool with that. I have raced him really cool over the last year to be respectful to him and try to repair our relationship…He put me in the fence in Chicago in the Truck race, and the Nationwide races he has been pulling this crap. It is not going to last, I can tell you that. I feel bad for the guys next to me (indicating the No. 54 team) that are going to have to fix his stuff. That’s going to be part of racing and they are going to have to deal with it…Now we’ve got war.”
To his credit Busch did own the incident, stating “There were a lot of moments where maybe I felt a little crowded, but the contact there that ultimately ended it… I just got real tight off (Turn) 4. I’ve been battling tight underneath him and behind him and everything else, and finally I thought I had a run, and I tried to stay in the gas so I could get a run on him and get to his quarter and side-drafted him down the front straightaway. I got too tight, got inside his wake and just got too close to him and spun him out.”
The problem is Busch kept talking at this point, especially after hearing Keselowski’s remarks, to say “Brad Keselowski knows what dirty drivers are because he’s done it plenty of times. But I have yet to wreck a person on purpose…I got wrecked for the Chase spot by Brad Keselowski (in 2012) and then had an opportunity to wreck him a few times throughout the Chase and didn’t. (I) let him and Jimmie Johnson battle it out on their own, and ultimately he won the deal. If I wanted to, I could have cost Brad Keselowski a championship, but I’m a bigger person than that.”
In Sunday’s Sprint Cup race Keselowski did not have an opportunity to get to Busch as other drivers took care of that for him. During one of the cautions, Keselowski’s spotter radioed him “you’ll enjoy why we’re under caution,” referring to Busch having problems.
The irony in this is during one of the incidents for Busch, he came down on Juan Pablo Montoya, who did not give an inch. The end results was Busch going for a spin and remarking that he’s never spun himself on a straightaway.
You have one driver who has nothing to lose this season (Keselowski) going against a driver who has a short fuse and long memory (Busch). Needless to say this will get interesting.
Oh and for the record, Kyle Busch has crashed himself going in a straight line.