NASCAR: The Week That Was (8/17)


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Rubbings Racing new weekly segment continues. This article will go over everything that has happened since the checkered flag last flew i.e. “The Week That Was NASCAR”, written in a “Big Deal or No Big Deal” format.

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Big Deal

The investigation continues by The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department. They have stated that it will take up to two weeks for the investigation to be completed and to determine if it has a case to present to the District Attorney.

This is a big deal for NASCAR and for the rest of the racing world, as they lost a young talented driver being Kevin Ward Jr., and there is no doubt that the way that drivers are able to respond or not respond after an on track incident with another driver will be changed forever.

NASCAR as well as many tracks are now changing their rules regarding this, some tracks have even stated they may implement a loss of points, fines or suspensions if they make it clear that a driver is not to exit his/her car after an on track incident unless their car is on fire and the driver ignores this rule.

Sunday came and went without NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart racing for the second week, Many have counted Stewart out of the 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. However, he is still technically eligible under the 2014 NASCAR Chase rules as it states:

Eligibility for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

The top 15 drivers with the most wins over the first 26 races will earn a spot in the Chase Grid — provided they have finished in the top 30 in points and attempted to qualify for every race (except in rare instances). The 16th Chase position will go to the point’s leader after race No. 26, if he/she does not have victory. In the event that there are 16 or more different winners over 26 races, the only winless driver who can earn a Chase Grid spot would be the point’s leader after 26 races.

Regardless if Tony returns or not for the rest of the 2014 NSCS season, the bigger deal here is that Ward Jr.’s family and Stewart will never be the same and that should be the focus and remain the focus of the tragic event.

No Big Deal

There is not one reason out there that would not make this a big deal

Big Deal

It was announced that 3M, a long time sponsor of Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing would not return to the team in 2015. 3M has elected to move to Hendrick Motorsports and Jeff Gordon — signing a three year deal. This is a big deal because this is the third sponsor, that over the years, RFR has lost to HMS — the first being the National Guard sponsorship that left to be with Casey Mears on the No. 25 car in 2007. The Guard then moved to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 machine in 2008. Even though National Guard has announced that they will not be returning to sponsor Earnhardt Jr. in 2015, another Roush Fenway Racing sponsor — Nationwide Insurance — announced earlier this year that they will leave Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Ford to adorn Earnhardt’s No. 88 for the upcoming season. RFR has to be wondering what it is that they are doing that is causing major sponsors to jump ship and go straight to HMS and no one else.

No Big Deal

RFR president Steve Newmark announced recently that Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne (with AdvoCare moving to Sprint Cup) would comprise its 2015 driver lineup in NASCAR’s premiere series.

“We have some exciting ’15 partnership announcements for the No 16 coming in the next few weeks and look forward to sharing soon,” Newmark posted on Twitter. “We’re thankful for the 10-yr relationship we’ve enjoyed with 3M that’s included some of Roush Fenway’s most memorable victories.”

Why this is no big deal is that Jack Roush is a pioneer and innovator in NASCAR, and with that being said, his reputation will always have a possible major sponsor somewhere that will want to be on board with the Cat in the Hat.

Big Deal

M&M’s announced that they will continue their relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing — specifically Kyle Busch —  in a multi-year deal. This is a big deal because some had speculated that this could be a possible sponsor for Carl Edwards and his future with his new team in 2015.

No Big Deal

Edward’s will more than likely end up with Subway — the love they have for each other is mutual. Even if Subway didn’t decide to follow Edward’s, another sponsor would. He is very well spoken and has been the face of Ford for many years. So for him not to have sponsorship in 2015 is crazy.

Big Deal

Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. This is a big deal because anyone out there that has put the “R” word out there when talking about him needs to finally accept he is not going anywhere anytime soon. You know what they say: 40 is the new 30.

No Big Deal

There is no reason why this is not a big deal, unless you want to use his age as a reason, and if you do – shame on you!

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About Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown is a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter @SoCalRaceGirl14. A native of Southern California, Brown has been following NASCAR since 1979 and IndyCar since the late 80's.

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  1. ken

    August 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I have been watching pay out for Jr. The last couple months. Why is it less than drivers who finish at a lower position? I would think after three wins it would be on par with others. Look in to it . THANKS

    • Cathy Brown

      August 19, 2014 at 11:47 am

      It all depends on Contingency Dollars and NASCAR Incentives, there are many programs and the teams sign with i.e. a particular brand of Motor Oil, Coors Light Pole Award, or maybe not choosing to participate in a specific program. That would explain why Jr. made less money than someone who finished lower than him. I hope that helps.

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