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Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:32 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 4:34 pm
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Video: Early trouble for Bowyer, Kahne at Phoenix

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne found trouble early during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix. Bowyer blew a tire not once, but twice, while Kahne got loose and smacked the wall. The damage was severe enough that Kahne had to take his car to the garage for repairs.

It's the second straight race Kahne has run into trouble as he wound up 29th in Daytona. Bowyer was coming off an 11th-place finish.




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Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Video: Matt Kenseth on Inside NASCAR

Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth reflects on his victory, Danica Patrick's wild week and his forays into the Twitter universe.



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Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:47 pm
 

Jet dryer driver OK, thanks fans for concern




From Michigan International Speedway press release:
Michigan International Speedway had three jet dryers and two employees at Daytona International Speedway assisting with Monday’s Daytona 500. The jet dryer driven by Duane Barnes, 52, of Addison, Mich., was hit from behind by Juan Pablo Montoya during a caution.

Barnes was released from Halifax Medical Center after a precautionary evaluation by doctors late Monday night.

He returned to the racetrack to watch the end of the race.

Barnes has worked in the Maintenance Department at Michigan International Speedway for 24 years. He has frequently assisted other International Speedway Corporation-owned racetracks, driving jet dryers at those events. MIS supports other racetracks by sending staff and equipment to events.

Barnes is surprised at the outpouring of well wishes, and thanks everyone for their concern.

“I appreciate everyone for taking the time to write, call and ask how I am. I am OK and I am amazed at how many people have wished me well. I am also glad Juan Pablo Montoya is OK, and thank him for his concern,” Barnes said.

Daytona Speedweeks
Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:23 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 9:30 am
 

Video: Montoya crashes into jet dryer



Juan Pablo Montoya


YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A LIMP, ARE YOU OK?

"I'm ok. My foot hurt, but I'm ok. For as big of a hit that way; I'm pretty good to be honest."

DID YOU TALK TO THE DRIVER OF THE JET DRYER TRUCK?

"He came with me (in the ambulance). He was pretty scared, but he looked ok."

WHAT HAPPENED?

"I told them when I left the pits something wasn't right and I felt a weird vibration when we were with the pack. Every time I got on the gas, it vibrated. So, I came back in and they checked all the rear-end and they said it was ok. I was going down the back straightaway, and I was going in fourth gear, but, we weren't even going that fast. Every time I got on the gas I could feel the rear really squeezing. I got on the brakes to travel up and while I was telling the spotter to have a look on how the rear was moving, the car just turned right."

WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE ALL RIGHT

“To be honest with you, it is tough. We were running a really smart race. Everyone on the Target Chevy really did a good job today. Just move on to Phoenix."

DID YOU HEAR THE EXPLOSION?

“Oh yeah, it burned the helmet and everything. It’s not where you want to finish the Daytona 500. Everybody on the Target team, with this great Chevy car, did an amazing job today. We didn’t bump anybody, nobody bumped us, and we only had 40 laps to go. I thought we had a great car. I thought we were in the right place. Everything was working well and go through that, it sucks.”

HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

“My foot hurts. I was full on the brakes and when I hit, I hit driver’s side and my foot slipped onto the clutch and it scratched the top of my foot.”

THIS IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE INCIDENTS WE HAVE SEEN

“I have hit a lot of things, but a jet dryer? I mean, no.”

WHAT WAS THE TRACK LIKE? DID YOU GET TO SEE THE SURFACE OF THE TRACK?

“No, I was too busy. I really got out of the car fast. I looked up and I saw the guy out of the jet dryer. I saw a little bit of fire, my car was on fire. I saw the ambulance and walked to the ambulance.”

WERE YOU PLEASED AT HOW QUICKLY YOU WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE CAR?

“I am always really quick to get out of the car. In open-wheel they always check you at the beginning of the year and you have a certain time you have to get out. You really learn to get out of the car fast.”

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD WHEN YOU REALIZED YOU WERE GOING TO HIT THE TRUCK?

“I didn’t think about the truck, I thought ‘I’m actually hitting the jet and it’s not going to be fun.’ Before I got there I was thinking ‘this thing is going to be on fire pretty bad’ and it was.”

COULD YOU FEEL THE HEAT IMMEDIATELY?

“I saw the flames. My helmet got a little burned and everything, but move on.”

 
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Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:40 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 1:25 am
 

Video: Jeff Gordon blows an engine


Jeff Gordon

 NOT THE WAY YOU WANTED TO START THE SEASON OR FINISH THE DAYTONA 500. WHAT HAPPENED?

"There has been so much reliability testing that if we had seen some high temps or some high water pressure, then I would have kind of expected some of this to happen. But, I was actually seeing some surprising low temps and low pressures. I don't know, maybe something was off there.

"Boy, it is a shame. Our Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet was really strong. We were just biding our time and being patient and working with guys. Every once in a while we could get up there to the front. But, we weren't even really trying at that time.

"You're racing out there, but in order to actually make a big move to get to the lead, you have to push. Then you do take a risk of getting the temps up. It just wasn't time to do that. But, we were in a great position. Great pit stop there.

"I just have to thank Drive To End Hunger for everything they do for all the older Americans dealing with hunger issues. Thank DuPont. Thank Pepsi Max and Chevrolet; all of our sponsors. This is not the way we wanted to start the season or the Daytona 500. So we'll go on to Phoenix."

WHAT HAPPENED? DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING?

"My temps were looking good. Temps are such an issue here right now at Daytona. But all the temps looked good. All the gauges looked good. Just kind of came out of nowhere. First it popped and then it went up in a big ball of flames. So, you know that is down in the bottom end, and that is never good. So, I knew our night was done for the Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet. I can't thank them enough for all they do for the older Americans dealing with hunger issues; DuPont and Pepsi Max, Quaker State, Chevrolet; all of our sponsors.

"Gosh, I am just so disappointed. It's not the way we wanted to start this season or the Daytona 500, and it is a shame to be out like this."

HOW IS THE RACING OUT THERE? IS IT WHAT YOU EXPECTED?

"Well, lap one got everybody's attention. I don't know what happened. Who got in the back of Jimmie (Johnson). I just saw him get turned sideways. After that everybody was using their heads. You have got guys that are racing the bottom line and trying to manage their temperatures. Then, you have got guys on the outside that are able to manage their temps a little bit better, which is where I was. But, it takes a little bit more of kind of a team effort to get that lane up to the front. Most everybody that I was around looked like they were just doing what they needed to do to get to the end of this race. I can promise you, the end of this race is going to be intense. I was really looking forward to being a part of that battle."

DID YOU FEEL ANYTHING DIFFERENT? EVERYBODY WILL TALK ABOUT EFI (ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION) BUT WE DON’T KNOW. THEY CAN REALLY TAKE A LOOK AT IT A LOT EASIER AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS QUICKER.

“The good thing is you can go back-up your temps and everything. My gauges all looked good. I was not having any temp issues at all and no water pressure issues. If anything, it was alarmingly low. We are going to diagnosis that and we can get a lot more information with the new EFI system. Anytime you have a failure like this you want to get as much information, valuable information; that you can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

DID THE LONG WAIT HAVE ANY IMPACT ON THIS RACE AT ALL? WE SAW SOME CRAZINESS ON LAP TWO.

“Yeah, that was strange. I haven’t seen it. I just saw Jimmie (Johnson) get turned and it was really unfortunate for him. I know some other people got caught up in that. From that point on, everybody was really being calm and using their heads. The race was going along really smooth. The bottom line seemed to be able to maintain a little bit faster pace, but guys had to watch their temps a lot more. The outside lane had to work together as a team a little bit more to try to get up there, but you didn’t have to watch your temps as much. We were in the perfect position as far as I am concerned. It’s calm right now. It’s going to get insane. The only way you are going to be able to win this race is to really push hard. The cars, especially if the tires have some laps on them, they don’t drive very well when you start pushing.”

Daytona Speedweeks
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:07 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 1:26 am
 

Video: Johnson, Patrick involved in Lap 2 crash

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Well it didn't take long for the first wreck of the rain-delayed Daytona 500. On the second lap, Jimmie Johnson got loose after a tap from behind by Elliott Sadler. Johnson slammed the wall and David Ragan, Trevor Bayne, Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch were collected in the aftermath.

Patrick was involved in a wreck in every race she was entered during Daytona Speedweeks.



Jimmie Johnson

LOOKED LIKE A HARD HIT. FIRST ARE YOU OK? WHAT HAPPENED?

"Yes, I'm ok. That side hit was hard. We were all just trying to make our lane work. A lot of energy in the lane. I was kind of pushing the No. 78 (Regan Smith) a little bit. I could feel some help from behind. Just turned me around. Sent me down to the inside lane and back up to the outside lane. When I was l sitting in the middle of the race track, I knew at some point someone was going to come along unfortunately. David Ragan had nowhere to go. I unfortunately got drilled by him pretty hard.

"I'm just really, really bummed to start the season this way. For all the hard work that has gone into getting this Lowe's Chevrolet ready for tonight; we didn't get to complete two-and-a-half miles of green flag racing. So, I’m pretty bummed."



Daytona Speedweeks
Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:39 pm
 

Video: Buescher wins as leaders wreck on last lap

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

What had been a relatively tame Nationwide Series opener at Daytona, got rather wild over the final 20 laps.

Noted previously was a 14-car wreck on Lap 105. But it didn't end there. Another multi-car wreck ensued on Lap 115, setting up a two-lap sprint to the finish. But the icing on the cake came on the final lap when the leaders wrecked as Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler tried to draft around the outside of the tandems of Kyle Busch-Kurt Busch and Joey Logano-Trevor Bayne.

Unfortunately, the tandems got together coming around the final turn, gifting the victory to James Buescher, who collected his first win in 35 Nationwide Series starts.



 
 
 
 
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