View Full Version : On to NASCAR - Speedweeks is here!

Fire Haley
02-09-2011, 12:53 PM
Bud shoot-out coming up fast!
Sat 2/12

Twin 150's
Thurs 2/17

Daytona 500
Sun 2/20

fire those suckers up


The 2011 Budweiser Shootout
Saturday, February 12 • 8 pm/e • Fox

New track surface at Daytona - no more bumps.

Thirty drivers will be eligible for the Feb. 12 race. The Shootout, a non-points event, opens the NASCAR portion of Daytona SpeedWeeks. It will be the first NASCAR race on Daytona’s recently repaved surface.

Eligible for the race:

---The 12 drivers who participated in last year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
---Past Sprint Cup champions.
---Past Shootout winners.
---Past winners of the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
---Sprint Cup Rookies of the Year from 2001-2010.

The starting grid for the 75-lap (two segments of 25 and 50 laps) race will be set with a blind draw Feb. 11.


tony hipchest
02-13-2011, 03:13 PM
im gonna change this to the official 2011 nascar thread.

what a strange bud shoot out. not only was i suprized with the "2 car" draft, but many of the drivers were as well.

it was good to see kurt bush in victory lane. unfortunately it wasnt in the blue deuce.

today is the 10th anniversary of dale earnhardt's death. speed network ran a great one hour special.

dale jr wins the pole. naturally, hendrick wins the front row.

Fire Haley
02-13-2011, 04:54 PM
Pairs racing?


I don't think those motors can last at 9700rpm for 500 miles at Daytona, we'll see.

Sucked for Matt - being the 13th car and no partner- got left hung out to dry in the last 20 laps.

the drivers speak out - Harvick was trying to rip some wires out from under the dash...

Daytona International Speedway Introduced To Two-Car Drafts; Drivers React

It was a completely new form of racing that no one in NASCAR had ever seen before. But what did the drivers think of it?

Ryan Newman, who finished third, said called it "the most unexpected race I've ever been a part of."

"My spotter was driving for me as if I was the car in front of me when I was behind somebody pushing," Newman said. "You're at the mercy of his perception of car lengths and speed."

Drivers said that as the "pusher" car, they couldn't see over the spoiler of the car in front of them. And the leading car was basically being driven by the pusher – Newman even said he had no control as Jeff Gordon pushed him straight through a wreck.

Kevin Harvick, a pusher late in the race, was running his car so wide-open that he kept hitting the rev-limiter and was unable to stay tucked up underneath Gordon.

So Harvick told his spotter to go stand next to Gordon's spotter, Jeff Dickerson, and tap Dickerson on the shoulder whenever Harvick needed to relay a message to Gordon.

"Check up! Check up!" Harvick would say, and Gordon would get on the brakes.

Harvick's crew gave him the green light to pull the wires out of the rev-limiter, but he couldn't quite reach it.

"I would have (deactivated it), I will promise you that," he said.


tony hipchest
02-17-2011, 02:59 PM
anyone else play hooky to watch the qualifying races?

kurt busch is kicking ass and taking names. with dale jr. dropping to the back of the field for the start of the 500, it moves kurt up into the pole position. that plus 2 speedweek wins is a great way to start the season in new skins.

lots of rookies in the 2nd race. i hope bad brad keselowski and cousin carl hook up as push drafting partners.

Fire Haley
02-21-2011, 06:25 PM
Congrats to Trevor Bayne.

Happy 20th B-day. Daytona 500 winner!

As much as I want to blame it all on Mikey for that crashfest that took out half the field, I say, yes, that truck race swolled his head a few sizes too large.

But there's always a joker in a 43 car field.

It is what it is. I blame nsacar.

Restrictor tracks have always been a crapshoot, no matter how they run. I can't blame it all on Mikey.

You want more excitement - move the crowds back 20 rows, remove the plates and have the kiddies on tee-vee see them wreck at 230 mph