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.March 24, 2008 5:56 pm UTC 4 Comments
After the off week for the Sprint Cup, the battle for the Nationwide Series championship becomes clearer.
This week at Nashville SuperSpeedway only a handful of Sprint Cup drivers decided to cut their Easter Break short and run the race on the mile and a third high banked track in the middle of Tennessee. Scott Wimmer got his first victory in 57 attempts by barely beating out his team mate, and Cup regular, Clint Bowyer.
Everything becomes clearer after a stand alone event as the Cup guys who will run the entire Nationwide Series schedule step forward.
As we look forward to the paper clip at Martinsville here is this week’s
BUZZ ON PIT ROW:
Was the race at Nashville entertaining enough to want to see more Nationwide Series races without the “claim jumpers”?
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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.February 4, 2008 6:59 am UTC No Comments
Much of what has been written about this change has been about how this will affect Robby and his team. But; what impact will this have on GEM and why was it in their best interest to bring the Robby’s team under the GEM umbrella?
Most importantly this gives GEM another guaranteed car in the field every week at the start of the season. More cars in the field equals more information gained for all involved. 2007 was a nightmare season for GEM. They were behind on the development of the CoT and their old car program went up in smoke with over reliance on some less than competent engineers. 2008 needs to be a turn-around year for GEM and having Robby in the fold, even as a satellite team, makes them stronger.
Just as building and supplying engines to Petty Enterprises and BAM makes Gillette-Evernham’s engine program better, having more cars on the track every weekend will strengthen a team surely needing to make a rebound.
This week The Fast Lap asks:
1) Who will benefit most from the new alliance; Robby Gordon or GEM?
2) With The Wood Brothers being the only full-time independant Ford team left, is Ford interested in anyone other than Roush carrying the Blue Oval banner?
3) Everyone is well aware of the lack of a rivalry between Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Is there anything currently close to the Petty/Allison or Waltrip/Yarbrough rivalries of the past?
4) Twin 150s or the 500?
Lets have your opinions on these. Remember; if we like your comments, whether we agree or disagree, we could use them on this week’s broadcast of ON PIT ROW. ON PIT ROW can be heard live via streaming audio every week, Tuesdays at 5pm ET. Just click on LISTEN LIVE on the home page.
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