Jesse wrote:Relantel, why does it have to be a monopoly? Why can't Hoosier step in and provide a product as well?
The last time we had a tire war in NASCAR was in 1994, when Hoosier recruited a handful of teams to compete with established giant Goodyear. The teams that made the jump were rewarded with a bunch of wins, and the entire sport got faster as the two competitors rolled out softer and softer compounds in an effort to make their cars faster.
In 1994 Hoosier won a dozen poles and driver-owner Geoff Bodine won four races. But at the end of the season, Hoosier withdrew for financial reasons and the teams who'd jumped ship in '94 were forced to come crawling back to Goodyear.
relantel wrote:The Petty's loss (Very young at age 72) overshadowing much of everything else this week.
I.e. what's up with Denny Hamlin. And was him sitting out the race his call, JGR's call, or NASCAR's call? Not even so much as a press release from NASCAR. Denny's own statement seemed to indicate it was NASCAR's doing. Would be lousy to run Martinsville without him, as he could certainly be a potential winner there.
"My health is my business," Hamlin said after turning the fastest lap in practice at Martinsville Speedway. "But what if it was cancer or a tumor? I don't have to tell anyone that. It's my business.
People who think negatively of me or think we sidestepped some kind of drug test or something, it's ridiculous. I'm in one of the top three cars in NASCAR. I'd have to be an absolute moron — moron! — to risk that.
"I have a daughter I've got to provide for for a really long time. And for people to question who I am inside and outside of the race car, I've never done anything to even put that in question."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. called Tuesday for clarification of the timeframe because he said the perception was "bad for NASCAR and bad for Denny" in the absence of information."I go to Bobcats games, I go out and I hang out with friends in public," Hamlin said. "I don't stay tucked in my motorhome. I don't stay tucked into my house. It's not what I like to do. So because I'm out there a little bit more, people think I go out and I party?
"I don't drink at all hardly — ever. I've never done drugs — ever. I'm as clean as they come. I don't know why people question who I am outside the racetrack, because I worked too hard to get here, for one, to throw it all away. And if anyone has any questions about that, they can ask me directly … because I'll tell you. But it bothers me that my character is questioned. And people think there's some kind of conspiracy, because, like I said, I've worked too hard to get here and it's what I've wanted to do since I was 5 years old. There's not one thing in the world I would do to switch positions with anyone in the world, because I just feel that lucky.
"I'm done justifying and defending myself on those things. I'm not going to let those people drag me down. It's just frustrating. Just because I'm out there a little bit more in the public, that bugs me because I'm a human being. I like doing fun things. If people think I have to go out and drink to have fun, they're wrong and they haven't hung out with me, because I don't. It just bothers me, because there's people that like to make rumors. And of course, within our NASCAR community, rumors become truth when enough people say it. So I'm done."
Hamlin said he and the team waited until medical testing was completed before providing details.
"I don't want to be speaking out of line and not knowing exactly what I'm talking about until I knew exactly what the problem was," he said. "We didn't know that until Wednesday, when I finally got all clear and they ran all the tests again to make sure we were 100%.
TheHammer24 wrote:So many cars dropped 10 spots in a few laps the way the tires were wearing. Twice, I recall Denny being P6-8 before a commercial and P15-20 after. Nuts.
A million dollar mansion once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield will be burned to the ground this weekend.
Mayfield was evicted from the property last year after financial troubles stemming from a failed drug test in 2009 that banned him from racing.
Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty was the only reporter allowed in the house that at one time was valued at $1.8 million.
The 12,000-square-foot house isn't worth that anymore and by Saturday afternoon, much of it will be gone.
Everything in the seven-bedroom, seven-bath house is stripped down from the windows to the wiring.
CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was convicted of possessing stolen goods on Monday inside a Catawba County courthouse..
Mayfield was charged with two counts of possession of stolen goods and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2011.
Mayfield was sentenced to a 45-day suspended sentence and was placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months.
He was also ordered to pay $88,124.21 in restitution to the victims.
Firefighters in Catawba County burned Mayfield's former $2 million mansion three weeks ago.
Mayfield sent a Tweet Thursday saying, "If I would've known about a "Burn a house down tax break" I would've burned them all down, #updateyourtaxbreak."
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