Happy Hour: Let's put a bow on the All-Star Race for 2014

Happy Hour: Let's put a bow on the All-Star Race for 2014
Happy Hour: Let's put a bow on the All-Star Race for 2014

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It's the most wonderful racing weekend of the year! While many people think of Memorial Day as the start of summer, for me it's moreso the three races that will happen on Sunday. Yeah, it's fun to sit around the grill outside with friends and family and enjoy not having to work on Monday, but watching racing is more fun, right? Especially 1,262 miles of it.

Just make sure to get a walk with your dog or a quick gym session in between races. Don't become a couch potato for the entire day, OK? Exercise is important. (Yes, I'm mandated to say that by the powers vested in me.)

Let's have some fun, this beat is sick. Well, some people are sick of talking about the All-Star Race fan vote. Others are not.

You or Jay need to followup on the "All-Star Voting Scandal".
Danica: 500K legit votes
Josh Wise: 84,000 votes from just one voter? Obviously and Internet BOT vote program and not a person. NASCAR won't release the actual tally of votes...hmmm?
That's a smack in the face by NASCAR to GoDaddy, sponsor of full-season rides and races. Also a smack in the face to SHR and their 4-car support of full-season NASCAR racing.
As a sanctioning body, NASCAR has to VOID that obvious "BOT voting" by the Internet geeks who are just doing it because they can. They aren't fans, they are hacks enjoying "messing up the vote", and toying with NASCAR.
GoDaddy and SHR should be LIVID!!! - Greg

As you can tell, Darrell's tweet is sarcastic. I'm pretty sure Greg's isn't.

Why are people so concerned with stuffing the ballot box in a fan vote? It's not like it's against the rules - heck, I tried to find the rules when the voting was going on and was unsuccessful - and NASCAR wants to make voting as easy as possible.

If it was a rule that only one person could vote one time, then sure, I see where the anger is. But how many Danica Patrick fans do you think voted more than one time? And Patrick voters had the opportunity to mobilize like Josh Wish's voters did. They didn't.

There's also no proof that the people voting for Wise had a bot, and the 84,000 figure was proven to be quite the embellishment as well. If people voted 20 times a day and it was within the rules, again, what's the probem?

That said, I'm not going to be surprised if there are changes to the fan vote next year. I honestly don't know if it's a good thing for the sport to have Danica Patrick missing out on the All-Star Race to a driver who got the benefit of a small (but loyal) internet following. In a sport of millions of dollars, it's funny to see what $55,000 (the cost of the Dogecoin sponsorship) can accomplish, but it's also easy to see how a sport of millions of dollars wouldn't want that relatively small amount to have such a large impact.

And one more final note before we move on. If you want to be in the All-Star Race, win a race. It's as simple as that.

 I have always heard that if your car can't be driven from the track after a crash, that it was mandatory that you have to get in the ambulance and go to the Infield Care Center. Saturday night Kyle not only refused, but also brushed off NASCAR officials as they followed him down the track. Shouldn't he be fined or in some way sanctioned for this ?  Also, I was not surprised to see him do this. I always knew the real Kyle Busch would come back out sooner or later. So much for the "new Kyle". - Joyce

There was a second replay that showed a worker at Charlotte looking like he told Kyle he had to go to the care center and Kyle relented. This is a non-story. He was mad about crashing. The end.


All-star race qualifying, amazing! All-star race, blah. It's time to change this race up. Take the top 15 drivers in points from the prior year in each series. Match up the weight of the chassis, and match up the horsepower in the engines. Then have them all compete in one All-Star race at Eldora. Heat races are each series drivers competing against each other. Say top ten of each go to the Feature Race which is where all three series compete together. How great would it be to see Johnson's Chevy SS, going against Blaney's Ford Mustang, against Wallace Jr's Toyota Tundra? - Tim

This would be a fun concept but it would unfairly reward drivers with dirt experience. I like the idea if everything was created equal. What about an IROC-type race at a short track that NASCAR currently doesn't race at?


Nick- while attending the Kansas race, I got to wondering what is up with all the fires in the right front after a smack against the wall. I don't remember seeing this many on older generation of cars. Has the new design created a dangerous area or am I just overly sensitive to it when Jamie Mac came smoking on pit road and seemed like a load of McD's fries were cooking. Thanks - TJ

These cars are incredibly fast and if it's not handling well, a driver has to use more brake. Higher speeds and brake usage equals heat, and then a brake failure can equal fire. It does seem like we've had a lot of fires this year on the right front, but I think Richmond's spate of right-front issues is making it feel like a bigger issue than it is.


Hey Nick -- Now that we have a real rookie-of-the-year battle (wasn't there a year recently where there wasn't a ROY? And how can we forget Andy Lally?), look down the road five years or so and tell us who you think will be the top ten drivers, along with which drivers will no longer be out there. Don't forget our sophomores Danica and Ricky. And maybe even look at who will be in that year's rookie class. - Randy

Randy is referencing the brutal three-year stretch of 2010-2012 which had Kevin Conway, Andy Lally and Stephen Leicht as NASCAR's Rookies of the Year.

If I'm looking at the entire Sprint Cup Series, boy, a lot of it hinges on how long into their 40s many Sprint Cup Series drivers will want to continue their careers. Greg Biffle will be nearing 50. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart will be 48. Matt Kenseth turns 47. Dale Earnhardt Jr. turns 45. Jimmie Johnson turns 44. Same for Kevin Harvick. Hell, Kurt Busch will be turning 41. That's 15 Sprint Cup championships and a hell of a lot of race wins right there.

Not all will be retired, but I don't think all will be racing, either. I'm going to say that Kyle Busch is the 2019 Sprint Cup Series champion (and it won't be his first title, either), and Austin Dillon will be on the precipice of becoming the first NASCAR driver to win all three major NASCAR series titles. Oh, Johnson will be sitting on eight championships too.

As for rookies? That's an extremely tough question. It could be someone who is 15 years old right now and racing in a developmental series or it could be someone like John Hunter Nemechek who is transitioning to the Truck Series this season.

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