by BethAnne, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and Charlie
I am the field producer/photographer of the syndicated radio show/website ON PIT ROW. When Steve and Charlie ask me to 'jump', I say "Yeah right."June 26, 2011 5:22 am UTC No Comments
Exclusive Photos of NASCAR Action at Michigan Speedway
Sunday at Michigan International Speedway was an exciting day at the races. I got some nice photos on the track of the action.
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by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowNovember 10, 2009 9:19 am UTC No Comments
Almost before anyone sat down on Sunday, The Great Jimmie Johnson (there…I said it. It’s about time someone started calling it as it is) was in the wall and wrecked. The Jumbo-trons at Texas Motor Speedway immediately started displaying the silly “if it all ended right now…” scenarios of championship points possibilities.
But that wasn’t the end of J J’s Sunday afternoon drive. We have pictures, up close and personal like.
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by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowOctober 25, 2009 12:55 pm UTC No Comments
Brian France invented the Chase to the Sprint Cup championship. And with that creation, he spawned ways of talking about, and analyzing NASCAR racing that his Hall of Fame inducted predecessors hadn’t dreamed of.
We’re in the playoffs now baby. We can talk stats just like the stick and ball boys do.
It’s just that, things are a little tougher to quantify, maybe.
Driver Ratings? Check.
But I have a new one. I call it the Jimmie Stat. And it goes like this…
How many times in the history of the Chase, has a driver finished in front of the Chase points leader – Jimmie Johnson in 2009 – four times in the last five Chase races?
Why is that important? Well the fiendish 48 team is 90 points up on poor old, second place Mark – the Great Grey Hope – Martin. And Jeff Gordon – the guy, half of everyone, use to love to hate – is 135 back. With five races to go.
I say, it’s the equivalent of trailing a seven game series in baseball, hockey or basketball, two games to none. Because, to have any likely chance to finish in front of Johnson, you’ll have to beat him in four of the five races.
Only three NBA teams have overcome 2-0 deficits to win the Finals.
In the World Series, 11 of the 50 teams to trail 2-0 have come back to win the Series.
The Stanley Cup has seen four teams rebound from 2-0 starts. The Penguins did it last year, in fact.
Can anyone beat the Johnson-Knaus combo in four of the next five? Is this stat even viable? Let me know what you think.
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by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.July 14, 2009 5:54 am UTC No Comments
There seems to be some dissension in the ranks as drivers aren’t liking the double file restarts as much as initially claimed.
“I know it’s exciting for fans. But I’m tired of it. I’m about done with it.”
Would Burton really be done with double file restarts? What are his options? He could go to a series that doesn’t use the rule–the Camping World Truck Series hasn’t adopted the rule –yet. He could move to the ARCA Re/Max Series where they still do single file restarts with less than ten laps remaining. Neither option is likely to happen. The fact is that the fans love the new restarts and NASCAR would be committing public relations suicide to change back.
The fact is that NASCAR fans have something to look forward to at the end of a long race–some excitement. While I can enjoy a fuel mileage finish as much as the next guy; a couple of side by side restarts with less than thirty laps to go is what will bring fans back to the sport. Good tight racing for a win is what fans want to see and if there happens to be some bumping and grinding along the way, then so much the better.
Without double file restarts the on track incident between Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson would never have occurred. Regardless of who was at fault, it led to not only exciting racing but great post race fodder. Busch’s comments questioning a three time champion’s abilities on the race track are priceless. NASCAR can’t afford not to let that type of controversy and calling out of fellow drivers continue.
That leads us to this week’s BUZZ ON PIT ROW:
Who was to blame for the Busch/Johnson incident and will the feud continue?
Let us know what you think and we could use your answer on this week’s ON PIT ROW radio show. Listen live, every Tuesday from 5-7pm ET at www.onpitrow.com. Call us during the show at 1-800-645-2946 and you could win a Kevin Harvick bobblehead courtesy of Shell Gasolines if you are The Shell Nitrogen Enriched Call of the Day.
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by Chris Leone, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and Charlie
I do weekly Fantasy Pick'Em columns here at OPR, as well as the occasional opinion and analysis piece. I also provide the IZOD IndyCar Series coverage. For more on that, head to my site, OpenWheelAmerica.com. My Twitter handle is @christopherlion.May 7, 2009 9:10 pm UTC 4 Comments
Ah, Darlington. This weekend, with the race falling on Mother’s Day weekend, symbolizes everything that’s right about stock car racing – an ageless wonder of a track that both defines and defies history, top-notch driving on a track that only a sacred few have ever conquered, and the closeness of family that makes a NASCAR race so homely. It’s Southern comfort at its finest, and it almost makes up for the fact that the Labor Day race isn’t held here anymore.
Kyle Busch swept the races last weekend at Richmond, so momentum alone makes him one of this week’s picks. Most of the other picks for this weekend have Darlington wins, as Busch does, but this week’s sleeper pick is still looking for his first. He’s also on the edge of no longer being a sleeper in anything.
David Ragan: He finished fifth here last year, he knows how to win in the major leagues now that he got that first Nationwide win at Talladega, and he needs to turn his season around after a series of finishes in the 10s and 20s have left him 26th in points. A win, coupled with bad finishes by the drivers directly in front of him, could close him in on the top 20.
Jeff Burton: A quiet 7th in points, Burton has the fourth best average finish of active drivers at Darlington with a solid 11.5. He swept the track’s events in 1999, has never crashed out of the event, and only has one finish of worse than 21st here since 1997. (That was an engine failure in 2003, and he finished 42nd.)
Jimmie Johnson: Do I even need to explain picking Johnson? Last year when I handicapped the Chase drivers, I sort of stopped bothering a few races in. There’s really never much to justify when you pick this guy…
Kyle Busch: …and there’s not much to justify about picking this guy either. 200 wins. ‘Nuff said.
Denny Hamlin: Hamlin is dying for a win. He’s only run at Darlington three times, but his worst finish is 10th. Last year he was 7th, and in 2007 he finished 2nd after leading 179 laps. He’s run well all season, only failing to complete two laps, and has led chunks of the race in three of the past five weekends. It’s time he seals the deal, and Darlington could be the place to do it.
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by Charlie Turner
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Two-time Cup champ vs Three-timer. Two drivers who were part of early NASCAR multi-car, super teams. Monkey’s vs Gophers. It’s the final showdown in the One and Done bracket of the NASCAR 64 Greatest Drivers Tournament at Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie.
Darrell Waltrip is a three-time Winston Cup Series champion – ’81, ’82 and ’85. In the 61 races run during ’81 and ’82, he won 24 times. Waltrip finished with 84 Cup victories ( tied for 3rd all-time) in 809 starts and qualified on the pole 59 times. And he made boogity, boogity, boogity – and lately a race rat named Digger – famous. Or infamous.
Tim Flock was a two-time Cup Series champion winning his first in a Hudson Hornet and his second in one of Carl Kiekhaefer’s Chryslers. His 18 wins in ’55 stood as the record until ’67. Tim also won NASCAR’s only sports car race, in a Mercedes Benz 300 SL. Flock is also famous for his sometimes co-pilot – a monkey he called Jocko Flocko. I had mistakenly given credit to brother Fonty for Jocko. But Fonty’s grand daughter – Kelly Bair – corrected me. Thanks Kelly.
Waltrip’s Sweet 16 match up with fellow three-time Cup champ Jimmy Johnson was a close one. Flock had a tough time too, with the very popular Fireball Roberts. Will the Hudson Hornet mystique hold for one more round? Let us know who you want to advance by leaving a comment.