Posted on: February 8, 2009 6:08 pm

"Yellow LIne" revisited!

Double Yellow Line at Daytona = do not pass: In order to emphasize the yellow-line rule at Daytona International Speedway where passes are not permitted, NASCAR has made the single yellow line into a double-yellow line. The second yellow line was painted on the inside of the existing yellow line.(SceneDaily)(2-8-2009)

It's been a while since I blogged but with the start of the raing season upon us I'll try to do it with some regularity.

I copied the yellow line item from Jayski and also posted a thread on the autoboard. For those of you who don't know I have been fairly outspoken about how NASAR handles the "yellow line" (see my previous blog about Talladega No Calls). Now they paint another line on the track and give you the impression they (NASCAR) are going to do something different then in the past for anyone who improves their position by goin below the yellow line.

I have said it before and I'll say it again. Until NASCAR shows some resemblence of consistency It will still be a subjective call. Depending upon whom the subject is...bluejay

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: April 30, 2008 11:14 am

'Dega No Calls! What do you think?

It's been awhile since I made a blog entry so now seems like a good time.

We had a "spirited" debate on the Aaron's 499 Race thread Sunday and into this week. Most of us have agreed to disagree and moved on. That was until I saw the "Feud of the Week" with Brain & Pete. I started a thread over there and I have to disagree with Pete on this. He's claiming Kyle Busch was forced down while I clearly saw him start the move below the yellow line on his own. According to what NASCAR is saying it's ok to advance by going below the yellow line if you are "forced" down there.

I will say what I have said on other threads. Any rule that requires "interpretation" and is randomly enforced is most likely a bad rule.

Read Pete & Brian's thoughts on the issue and see what you think or just let me know if you think I'm making a mountian out of a mole hill. Mikeyfan and I had one of the more "spirited" debates going back and forth and he thinks I just want to see NASCAR put someone in the penalty box (LOL). He may have a point as I am a very detailed person but I want consistency.

What are your thoughts on this or any other issue from Sunday's race at Talladega?...bluejay   

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: March 10, 2008 9:18 am
Edited on: March 11, 2008 10:07 am

Tire Issue in Atlanta, Tony Has His Say!

(Hampton, GA) - After the tire that Goodyear brought to Atlanta Motor Speedway made for a boring race too watch and drew the ire of some drivers only Tony Stewart is getting criticized. Jimmy Spencer said Tony had it wrong but then seemed to change his stance when he heard a Dale Earnhardt Jr. interview that said pretty much the same thing.

I challenge the arguement that some say (Dave DeSpain for one)  there were no tires imploding  so it made for a safer race. While agree they can't have tires imploding like there was at Las Vegas, the reason it was safer was drivers were afraid to "get after it" so to speak, in fear of wrecking because they couldn't get through the turns. He also said he doesn't see NASCAR changing. Of course they won't change since The Ringmaster (Brian France) and Goodyear are joined at the hip!

Tony Stewart had the guts to say what most drivers felt, so he's a whinner? Let see how many people do a Jimmy Spencer when they find out Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the same thing. What's wrong with bringing back Hoosier & Firestone? Isn't it the Amercan Way to have a choice and free enterprise? What are you thoughts on the issue?...bluejay

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: March 7, 2008 9:25 am

Any Solutions To NASCAR?

I'm sure this will get a variety of responses, if people read it but I welcome your thoughts. In light of NASCAR's penalty to Carl Edwards for not failing post race inspection but something looking "amiss" on the car, what would do?

If you don't like NASCAR please don't respond with the "get rid of it" and things like that. I am just curious as to what people might come up with. Personally I think they should open things up a little more as I do not care for a glorified IROC series. The sport was built on who could get away with the most and breaking the law anyway so I say enough of all this politically correct BS and get back to racing...bluejay

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 11, 2008 9:02 am

Budweiser Shootout and Qualifying!

OK after finally getting my obligations and other things taken care of I have some time now. The title is the shooutout & qualifying but I'm going to start with qualifying. I purposely waited to see if anyone failed post qualifying inspection. As of this writing I hadn't seem anything so congratulations to Michael Waltrip for his front row starting spot and to Jimmie Johnson for the pole. I know it was a long year for MWR last season and one of the drivers I like to follow made the race as well so congrats to David Reutimann also.

I posted on the auotboard about Dael Earnhardt Jr.'s win on the "Thank Gordon" thread ( I think that's what it was titled) and will say the same here. Yes it was a good win for the 88 team but if you think Jeff Gordon is going to do the same thing in the 500 if the situation is the same I think you will be in for a surprise. This was a NON POINT race so if he won or lost it wasn't as big a deal. I can guarentee you that the 24 will not move over because he wasn't behind a teammate and losse that many spots in the 500. It just won't happen. I have read comments about the team and all those things and I will say that Hendrick does have a great team but if you think it isn't everyman for themselves the last few laps at a plate track you haven't watched NASCAR. 

It does appear the racing will be more exciting, at least this week anyway, so that's a good sign. I will also ask another thing. If Gordon was so content on being the good team player and helping Jr. win, why didn't he stay in line earlier? He wanted to win the race and when he realized he couldn't AND was lined up behind Tony Stewart he chose to go to the middle and fall back. Again if you think he will do the same thing in the 500, if the situation is the same, I have some ocean front property in Kansas I would like to sell you. Have a great day...bluejay 

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 6, 2008 8:36 am

Where is NASCAR heading?

Just wondering where NASCAR is going? I have not been happy with some ot the things The Ringmaster has done since he's taken over for his grandfather. He has it in his head that he can compete and even be bigger than the NFL. While we all know this is a fantasy it may be the demise of NASCAR. I suppose as long as he keeps his pockets lined he really doesn't care about what type of product is being put out there. Now that the football season is over NASCAR pretty much has the stage to themselves. Hopefully they can improve on their product in 2008. What do others think, pro or con?...bluejay
Category: Auto Racing
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