Big day for Richard Petty Motorsports

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.a 'Before Sunday's Daytona 500, Richard Petty expressed his disappointment in not having a Petty family member in the racea 'for the first time since 1965.
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“ Triple K”

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Feb 15, 2009
 
When I left the room he was in 11th. I left the room for 10 minutes to give my son a bath and when I came back the race had ended and they were all congratulating Kenseth. So I was looking where Kahne placed and it was 29th! Then they started to show all the wrecks of the day and they showed like a 2 second glimpse and I really couldn't see what was going on. I cant find anything on the web either about it. So what the happened to him?!

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Feb 15, 2009
 
Basically what happened was Hornish got into Almirola (someone correct me if I'm wrong there, I didn't quite catch that whole part of it), and Almirola came down into Kasey. He had relatively no damage aside from the right front and possibly the nose. They decided to pit because the right front was going flat and his water temps were really high and it was pushing water. Both he and Kenny thought they would restart the race after the rain (Kasey said "it's too big of a race to call for rain") so they came in to be safe. Good call at the time I thought, but now they're probably kicking themselves for doing it. Had they not pitted and NASCAR called it, he would've finished around 21st.
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Feb 16, 2009
 
Kasey Fan Forever wrote:
Basically what happened was Hornish got into Almirola (someone correct me if I'm wrong there, I didn't quite catch that whole part of it), and Almirola came down into Kasey. He had relatively no damage aside from the right front and possibly the nose. They decided to pit because the right front was going flat and his water temps were really high and it was pushing water. Both he and Kenny thought they would restart the race after the rain (Kasey said "it's too big of a race to call for rain") so they came in to be safe. Good call at the time I thought, but now they're probably kicking themselves for doing it. Had they not pitted and NASCAR called it, he would've finished around 21st.
It was just a blah day for Kasey all the way around. The car seemed good but he just got lost in the shuffle and they seemed off on their pit strategy. I still thought he was going to contend for a top 10 but Almirola runined that. The replay I saw was confusing. It looked to me like he just decided that he wanted to get in the low lane and was not clear of Kasey.

I hope NASACR understands that this race is a great example of why NASCAR can't quite seem to get up there on the same level Nationally as other sports. The first problem is that I am really tired of these late green flags. If you want it to be a night race make it a night race. It seems like every year they push the start time back further and add more pre race crap. There's another problem - the pre race. I don't see the NFL, NBA, OR MILB ushering out such a red-neck pre race show with all this country music. No offense to any red-necks or country music fans out there but it makes a lot of people laugh off NASCAR as a red neck sport. Also, no other sport would allow their "Super Bowl" to end that way. If it is true that it rained all night we should be getting ready to watch the race today. It shoudn't matter that it made it to half way. Could you imagine if the NFL called the Super Bowl during the thrid quarter for some reason?

Just to illustrate my point my wife and I had friends up from Connecticut this weekend. This friend of mine loves racing in general, particularly Motocross. He always picks on me about how NASCAR sucks but it's just in good fun. This weeend he really made an effort to sit down with me and watch the race and try to understand more about NASCAR. He was impressed at first because he liked the way I could follow my driver on the scanner and computer. I had to laugh because at one point he asked me what the big deal about Dale Jr. was because he always hears so much about him and after seeing him wreck the field like that he was confused. He ended up coming away confused as to how NASCAR could end their big race like that. Ebven though he is new to NASCAR and I have been watching it since I was 10 (almost twenty years) I shared his confusion.
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Feb 16, 2009
 
I'm sorry for Kasey but I am tickled pink for RPM. Three cars in the top ten and A.J. in third place. That is simply great. I was really pulling for Reed in the 43 but it's great to see the effort that A.J. has put into trying to become a Cup driver come out right for him for a change.
I'm not sure why people are confused about the rain ending last night. From the inseption on NASCAR, their rule has always been that once a race passed mid-point if it became impossible to complete the race that they would call the race. No comparison can be made to football because games aren't called because of weather and baseball has a already has a rule that allows them to call a game after 4.5 ending if the home team is ahead. Restarting a race the day after doesn't do anything for 99% of the fans that had a ticket because they had to go to work on Monday. As a point clarity, NASCAR racing IS a RED NECK SPORT. The main point here is that only a few people really know what a RED NECK is. The term Red Neck came from farmers and others that worked in open and was exposed to the sun and the enviorment. It has nothing to do with the economical class of people because I know damn rich red necks. I take great pride in being considered in this social class of people in this country. We raise your food, haul your products and do all the things that makes your life livable. Only a few of our ranks live in single wide trailers, not nearly as many as live in rat infested slums of New York, Phil. and New Jersey.
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Feb 16, 2009
 
Whoyakidding wrote:
I'm sorry for Kasey but I am tickled pink for RPM. Three cars in the top ten and A.J. in third place. That is simply great. I was really pulling for Reed in the 43 but it's great to see the effort that A.J. has put into trying to become a Cup driver come out right for him for a change.
I'm not sure why people are confused about the rain ending last night. From the inseption on NASCAR, their rule has always been that once a race passed mid-point if it became impossible to complete the race that they would call the race. No comparison can be made to football because games aren't called because of weather and baseball has a already has a rule that allows them to call a game after 4.5 ending if the home team is ahead. Restarting a race the day after doesn't do anything for 99% of the fans that had a ticket because they had to go to work on Monday. As a point clarity, NASCAR racing IS a RED NECK SPORT. The main point here is that only a few people really know what a RED NECK is. The term Red Neck came from farmers and others that worked in open and was exposed to the sun and the enviorment. It has nothing to do with the economical class of people because I know damn rich red necks. I take great pride in being considered in this social class of people in this country. We raise your food, haul your products and do all the things that makes your life livable. Only a few of our ranks live in single wide trailers, not nearly as many as live in rat infested slums of New York, Phil. and New Jersey.
You are completey missing the point. Yes NASCAR has the label of being a red-neck sport but this association is not in the positive manner that you are trying to portray. People are using the negative sterotype of red-neck in this case which is poor people living in a trailer drinking beer all day and listening to country music. I have nothing against any fan who is in that situation. The problem is that NASCAR is trying to shake this image and appeal to a wider audience. With what happened this weekend it will be impossible to do that. How is a first time fan going to react to the race ending 48 laps short? I know that has been the rule, the point is that it needs to change. Ending the race early should be the last resort if they can't finish the race on Monday. I as a fan would rather they finished on Monday regardless od whether I was at the track or not. When you go to a race you need to be prepared for the possibility of racing on Monday anyway. Maybe all the races should be aon Saturday just in case. Either way NASCAR gets put in the national spotlight for the 500 and comes away looking like a red-neck mess. No wonder I have freinds who laugh at it.

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Feb 16, 2009
 
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It was just a blah day for Kasey all the way around. The car seemed good but he just got lost in the shuffle and they seemed off on their pit strategy. I still thought he was going to contend for a top 10 but Almirola runined that. The replay I saw was confusing. It looked to me like he just decided that he wanted to get in the low lane and was not clear of Kasey.
I hope NASACR understands that this race is a great example of why NASCAR can't quite seem to get up there on the same level Nationally as other sports. The first problem is that I am really tired of these late green flags. If you want it to be a night race make it a night race. It seems like every year they push the start time back further and add more pre race crap. There's another problem - the pre race. I don't see the NFL, NBA, OR MILB ushering out such a red-neck pre race show with all this country music. No offense to any red-necks or country music fans out there but it makes a lot of people laugh off NASCAR as a red neck sport. Also, no other sport would allow their "Super Bowl" to end that way. If it is true that it rained all night we should be getting ready to watch the race today. It shoudn't matter that it made it to half way. Could you imagine if the NFL called the Super Bowl during the thrid quarter for some reason?
Just to illustrate my point my wife and I had friends up from Connecticut this weekend. This friend of mine loves racing in general, particularly Motocross. He always picks on me about how NASCAR sucks but it's just in good fun. This weeend he really made an effort to sit down with me and watch the race and try to understand more about NASCAR. He was impressed at first because he liked the way I could follow my driver on the scanner and computer. I had to laugh because at one point he asked me what the big deal about Dale Jr. was because he always hears so much about him and after seeing him wreck the field like that he was confused. He ended up coming away confused as to how NASCAR could end their big race like that. Ebven though he is new to NASCAR and I have been watching it since I was 10 (almost twenty years) I shared his confusion.
I agree that NASCAR shouldn't have canceled the 500 yesterday, that they should have restarted it today. I think every race should have that rule. They should restart the race the next day if it rains on the first day, then they can cancel it that day if it's still raining. Calling a race on the first day just seems too impatient, and so what if the fans at the race don't stay.

But as a fan of most genres of music, I don't think all country music would be classified as redneck. Some, of course, but not all. I think it's more of the general idea of what NASCAR was, a southern sport, with southern born race car drivers. The people who say it's redneck (like my sister) have never really watched it, it seems. Also, my sister has a theory that the name "NASCAR" was created by guys who had southern accents, so when they said "nice car" it sound like "nas car"... but like I said, she hasn't ever watched a race.

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Feb 17, 2009
 
At least they were up front all day well most of them. Daytona is a big pressure cooker. Fontana up next!

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Feb 17, 2009
 
ramfan9 wrote:
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I hope NASACR understands that this race is a great example of why NASCAR can't quite seem to get up there on the same level Nationally as other sports. The first problem is that I am really tired of these late green flags. If you want it to be a night race make it a night race. It seems like every year they push the start time back further and add more pre race crap. There's another problem - the pre race. I don't see the NFL, NBA, OR MILB ushering out such a red-neck pre race show with all this country music. No offense to any red-necks or country music fans out there but it makes a lot of people laugh off NASCAR as a red neck sport. Also, no other sport would allow their "Super Bowl" to end that way. If it is true that it rained all night we should be getting ready to watch the race today. It shoudn't matter that it made it to half way. Could you imagine if the NFL called the Super Bowl during the thrid quarter for some reason?
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I'm definitely with you on calling a race due to rain. Unfortunately, money is king in NASCAR today. It costs a lot to hold the teams over another day, and it usually isn't practical to wait out a rainstorm.

I don't agree that NASCAR should scrap their southern roots just to try to attract more fans. Country music is a pretty popular style, whether you like it yourself or not. Also, I seem to recall that for many years ABC started out every Monday night football game with Hank Williams Jr singing. In general, nothing will kill a sport quicker than abandoning the traditions and alienating the fans that made you what you are.

I really don't think there's a way to attract too many more fans to NASCAR at this point anyway. It's kind of a you either like it or you don't sport. To those that don't like it, NASCAR won't have much luck convincing them its any more than 43 cars running around in an oval. NASCAR already has more fans than most other sports. Fans of the NBA, NHL, and many other sports would love to be able to see as many of their games on national television as NASCAR fans get.

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Feb 17, 2009
 
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I'm definitely with you on calling a race due to rain. Unfortunately, money is king in NASCAR today. It costs a lot to hold the teams over another day, and it usually isn't practical to wait out a rainstorm.
I don't agree that NASCAR should scrap their southern roots just to try to attract more fans. Country music is a pretty popular style, whether you like it yourself or not. Also, I seem to recall that for many years ABC started out every Monday night football game with Hank Williams Jr singing. In general, nothing will kill a sport quicker than abandoning the traditions and alienating the fans that made you what you are.
I really don't think there's a way to attract too many more fans to NASCAR at this point anyway. It's kind of a you either like it or you don't sport. To those that don't like it, NASCAR won't have much luck convincing them its any more than 43 cars running around in an oval. NASCAR already has more fans than most other sports. Fans of the NBA, NHL, and many other sports would love to be able to see as many of their games on national television as NASCAR fans get.
I have lived in NC all my life and I am race fan and I am not a redneck. I don't drink, smoke or curse and I still like racing. I am educated and dress as nice as money will allow since I am retired. My husband was a race car driver back in the 60's and I have been to a lot of tracks. I think nascar knows who started the fans following nascar and they are not about to lose them over any such thing as rain. They were right to call it but I think they called it too quick. They know they can't please everybody.
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Feb 18, 2009
 
I agree with which ever one of you made the point about people referring to NASCAR as redneck are the ones who have never watched a race. I don't take offense to it because I attend 2 races a year, and if "rednecks" are who attend them I'm cool with that term. I have NEVER seen bad behavior at a race, maybe a few too many beers are drank by some, but who cares? There aren't fights, gunshots, or crack smokers. Can't say the same for a football game. I also am a college educated, well-dressed, sucessful, well paid woman who LOVES NASCAR. So to all who think I'm "redneck" I say Thanks!!

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Feb 18, 2009
 
cak wrote:
I agree with which ever one of you made the point about people referring to NASCAR as redneck are the ones who have never watched a race. I don't take offense to it because I attend 2 races a year, and if "rednecks" are who attend them I'm cool with that term. I have NEVER seen bad behavior at a race, maybe a few too many beers are drank by some, but who cares? There aren't fights, gunshots, or crack smokers. Can't say the same for a football game. I also am a college educated, well-dressed, sucessful, well paid woman who LOVES NASCAR. So to all who think I'm "redneck" I say Thanks!!
Thank you so much for saying that! Really, I think race fans have the most fun. Everybody else doesn't know what they're missing.
I went to the Pepsi 400 in '07, and all the people there were great. I'm a Kasey fan, my dad's a Jeff Gordon fan (ugh), and all around us were Montoya fans, Kyle Busch fans, Vickers, Kenseth, Stewart and Edwards fans... and we had the best time with each other. So like you said, if they're considered "rednecks", then rednecks are pretty cool people.
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Feb 18, 2009
 
I have the same experience with fans of different drivers. Its good natured rivalry, with a bit of teasing if your guy crashes or does something stupid, but NEVER physical fights over it!! I also get laughed at when I try to get a big cheer going for Elliott during driver introductions....so far I have not been succesfull but I will give it another try in Phoenix in April!!!

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Feb 18, 2009
 
Wow can a Canadian like myself be considered a REDNECK?? If it means I love NASCAR racing hell yeah.
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Feb 18, 2009
 
Consider yourself a charter member Katie!

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Feb 18, 2009
 
cak wrote:
I have the same experience with fans of different drivers. Its good natured rivalry, with a bit of teasing if your guy crashes or does something stupid, but NEVER physical fights over it!! I also get laughed at when I try to get a big cheer going for Elliott during driver introductions....so far I have not been succesfull but I will give it another try in Phoenix in April!!!
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Aww, that's so cool! I would definitely cheer with you. I always cheer for the people with the quietest applause. I love underdogs.
It's funny though, how many people boo Jeff Gordon and Jaun Montoya. At the race I went to their boo's were actually louder than Kyle Busch's.

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