Google+

Super Bowl Shuffle? Nope, It’s the NASCAR Scuffle!

 

There are always events to report when it comes to the world of NASCAR. Most of those events are crashes, or fires, or something that has the whole world stopping and staring at their screens just hoping that the man inside will be just fine. However, at Darlington over the weekend, there was a different type of ‘scuffle’ that erupted on the track. In fact, it looked way more like a boxing match or a football scuffle than having anything to do with cars.

 

We take you to pit road, where the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing crew actually hauled off and charged the No. 51 Phoenix Racing crew. No, I’m not kidding. It was actually freaking hysterical. In fact, if these men had the ability to sing and dance it would have made a great new version of West Side Story.

 

On Saturday night, following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, the scuffle broke out. It was a super humid evening and the race was filled – as always – with minor nicks and scrapes. But it would be when Kurt Busch found his No. 51 Chevrolet running into the wall while being immersed in the top 15 drivers that the fireworks began. The wall caused a cut to his front tire, and it came from the fact that Ryan Newman had to check up to avoid coming in contact with Aric Almirola in Turn 2.

 

But it wasn’t the actual butt into the wall that made life difficult for the hardworking crews. It was when Busch came to pit road for repairs to his tire and then proceeded to exit through the No. 39 stall, which – in all fairness – was next to his pit. The crews grew seriously angry.

 

It was Busch’s crew chief, Nick Harrison, who explained that: “We came in to do a little damage repair and the 39 guys were mad because Kurt blew out of our pit stall. There was nothin’ I could do at that point. We were just trying to get to the end of the race.”

 

Randy Newman’s crew chief, Tony Gibson, said he had absolutely nothing against Busch or the Phoenix Racing crew, but his people were forced to “jump out of the way” to avoid being hit. Gibson made a point to say that: “When you come ripping through someone’s pit box like that, he could have taken out five or six guys plus the officials pretty easy. It’s a miracle someone didn’t get hurt.”

 

An over-exaggeration? Hmmm, perhaps. But he also took it one step further by saying: “The guys were out on pit road working when Busch did his burn out. We had just finished our stop. It was kind of uncalled for to come ripping through our pits like that when you could have run everybody over. His emotions were high and hot and our guys were scared, hot and mad.”

 

Oh yeah they were. We are talking a whole lot of men who literally looked like they were in a roadhouse bar brawl that got out of control…and fast. Both teams sat and spoke to NASCAR, and it seems that NASCAR will be handling the situation from here on out.

 

Gibson said his crew was told to just “keep their cool, stay focused and go on.”

 

The Busch statements were a little more vague. After the race, the Phoenix Racing crew was asking for Busch’s locale at the track. After Busch and Newman found each other on pit road, after the No. 51 ran into the back of the No. 39 Chevrolet – it was the No. 39 team’s gasman, Andy Rueger, that first charged the Phoenix Racing team causing a NASCAR official to be knocked down in the process.

 

Their gasman (Rueger), a big boy that used to be at Brewco, came in there wanting to fight Kurt, raising hell. It was hard racing. We had a great run tonight, ran up front a lot. We just didn’t get the finish we were looking for. Kurt was a little frustrated and spun off the pit road. I guess he was a little close to some of the pit road guys, but that’s between them and Kurt. As far as on the track racing, I don’t think there’s any hard feelings with the 39 and us. But they came down there with a bunch of drama. It’s just part of racing. I think that’s great for the sport. If they want to come down and fight, so be it.”

 

See that? Another like me who loves the ‘agony of defeat’ part. Let’s face it, guys – without the scuffles racing is just a bunch of cars going around in a circle…boring!

 

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said, the sanctioning body had yet to speak to Busch and was taking the incident under review. Despite speculation that Busch had jeopardized his position with the Phoenix Racing team because of his ill-timed burnout, James Finch, the owner, said that wasn’t the case. And Harrison said that the whole team remained committed to its driver.

In the end, neither one was at the top of the heap. In fact, Busch and Newman finished 21st and 23rd, respectively.

 

Now, this scuffle – although fun to watch – thankfully was more like something you would expect in the humid air filled with pent-up emotions. To me, the worst still occurred in the lead up to the Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway when Robbie Gordon and Kevin Conway got into it.

 

It was on a Friday night when Robby Gordon supposedly “ambushed” Conway in the garage area at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (said to have been completely unprovoked.) Gordon had previously confronted Joe Nemechek, Gordon’s car owner on pit road during Cup series qualifying, by shoving him and warning him that he was looking for Gordon and would assault him.

 

According to Conway’s statements, there were many witnesses, including a crew chief that signed a police report documenting the physical attack on Conway.

So, although I am a lover of scuffles, I am most definitely not a proponent of moronic ‘bullies’ who seem to want to test the theory that their…talent is longer than the other guy’s. Really, that is just so high school.

 

I say, keep NASCAR as clean as possible BUT – a little West Side Story on a hot May night never hurt anybody!

 

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

 

This article is brought to by: www.befirstinc.com

www.roadtrekin.com

www.franchisecounselor.com

www.smallbusinessowner.com

 

Entertainment

Justice Denied Documentary Chronicles Racist Targeting of Chinese-American Bank

  Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Film Review by Kam Williams Justice Denied Documentary Chronicles Racist Targeting of Chinese-American Bank Asian-Americans are often referred to as the "model minority" because of their  success in the U.S. despite the existence of discrimination which has crippled other ethnic groups. However, the label has also led many a racist to misread Asian modesty as an invitation to treat them like … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

  Rising Star The Making of Barack Obama  by David J. Garrow William Morrow Hardcover, $45.00 1472 pages ISBN: 978-0-06-264183-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Stunning Stenberg!

  Amandla Stenberg The “Everything, Everything” Interview with Kam Williams Stunning Stenberg! Amandla Stenberg first gained recognition for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. After the success of that film, Amandla earned the 2012 Teen Choice Award with Jennifer for Best Film Chemistry. She was also nominated for NAACP Image and Black Reel Awards for that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season

  Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Two Solutions For Catching Bass This Spring Warmer-than-normal winter temperatures have shuffled bass spawning schedules on many lakes throughout the country this spring, but Mark Davis has seen it before, and the veteran Yamaha Pro knows just how to approach the problem. “With the milder winter, bass began spawning much earlier than usual this year so when a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

  A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme by Amy Lignor   There are many sports “fanatics” out there who literally dive head-first into an extreme sport in order to get their adrenaline pumping – taking on a sport that comes hand-in-hand with a monumental amount of risk. But for those who are not interested in being scared to death, yet wish to feel the thrill, data has shown that zip lining has become the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S.

  The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S. by Amy Lignor   No, Silicon Valley is not being replaced. However, with the Kauffman Foundation releasing its annual Startup Activity Index last week showing, in detail, trends in U.S. business startups for 2017, it was revealed that California has been booted out of first place. The top spot for new businesses to be built and thrive in the United States has been taken over by the big, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Once Upon a Time Vacations

  Once Upon a Time Vacations by Amy Lignor   Whether you are a lover of history or you simply have the “Beauty & the Beast” obsession – which, according to movie revenue data, millions all over the world are suffering from – just think how amazing it would be to stay in an actual castle. We already know what the beauty would be from the female perspective, but when it comes to the gentlemen out there, just think about how much … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]