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.June 21, 2011 2:18 pm UTC No Comments
Twice a year the silence is broken by the noise of race cars and the swelling of a population.
While much activity is present on the race track, the first race of the year at Michigan International Speedway rarely has a lot of silly season activity.
NASCAR’s silly season is highlighted by sponsor, driver and crew chief changes for the next race season; but rarely is the June race at MIS the beginning of that process.
This year however was a different story. News of Red Bull Racing pulling out of the sport came as a shocker to most. While RBR has not exactly set the NASCAR world afire, they have been a respectable race team. Poor cars early on forced RBR to miss races and driver inconsistencies have wreaked havoc with the program.
Now what will be left of RBR will either be sold off or morphed into another race team. What will become of Brian Vickers? Kasey Kahne was a lend-lease driver from Hendrick Motorsports for 2011 so his future is secure and paints a picture that Red Bull had an idea that 2011 was going to be its last year.
It looks as if Home Depot is loosing its patience with coming in second to its big-box home improvement competition and may push for Joey Logano’s removal as the driver. Carl Edwards name has been thrown into the mix as a possible replacement brand spokesman. Edwards could move into a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Home Depot on the side if another sponsor can be secured for Logano .
JGR also made headlines this week, not only by taking Denny Hamlin to
Victory Lane, but by showing up to tech inspection with illegal oil pans. NASCAR took away the offending units and have fined each crew chief $50,000 and put each on probation, along with their respective car chiefs, until December 31, 2011.
Photo credit: BethAnne Heisler/ON PIT ROW
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 @onpitrowMay 24, 2010 9:46 pm UTC No Comments
Are NASCAR drivers athletes? What stopped Kevin Harvick’s divorce? Why is Office Depot dumping Tony Stewart a good thing?
It’s all about relationships. Except for that athlete thingy. Mindy Monday’s latest Monday Morning Crew Chief video is up. Watch it now. Then tell her what you think.
by Mindy Monday, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and CharlieApril 25, 2010 9:59 pm UTC No Comments
In honor of Earth Day week, Mindy spreads some NASCAR dirt around in the latest Monday Morning Crew Chief video. Check it out.
by Mindy Monday, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and CharlieMarch 19, 2010 10:21 pm UTC No Comments
The latest Monday Morning Crew Chief NASCAR video is up. There’s a musical undertone, if you can find it amid the sarcasm. Flying cars, smashing guitars and hotdog wrappers. Enjoy.
by Mindy Monday, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and CharlieFebruary 12, 2010 10:57 pm UTC No Comments
Whining? Are you whining Jimmie? Stop whining. There’s no whining in NASCAR!
Mindy is a bit disappointed that NASCAR hadn’t even run a race before it’s biggest star spilled the “whine” over an on track incident that happened last November. And then there’s Danica. There’s always Danica.
Watch the latest Monday Morning Crew Chief with Mindy Monday. There will be questions at the conclusion.
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 @onpitrowDecember 21, 2009 8:25 am UTC 2 Comments
What are the perfect gifts for NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and, yes, Danica Patrick?
Watch the 2009 holiday edition of the Monday Morning Crew Chief with Mindy Monday and find out.