Tag:Kansas Speedway
Posted on: September 27, 2008 10:29 am

Cheaters Always Win

KANSAS CITY, KS - Juan Pablo Montoya's car didn't meet NASCAR specifications in Friday's post-qualifying inspection.

But the No. 42 will be in Sunday's Camping World RV 400 field here at Kansas Speedway.

In the meantime Michael McDowell and Johnny Sauter, who weren't able to qualify on speed for Sunday's race but who both drove legal cars, have headed home.

That's not fair by any means.

How can a car that was found to have illegal shocks be allowed to race while two perfectly legal cars were sent packing?

It's because of NASCAR's confounded Top 35 rule which provides teams within the first 35 spots of the point standings with a safety net and an automatic spot in the next week's race.

Montoya is in that cocoon. McDowell and Sauter are not.

So despite driving a car that was so far outside the NASCAR rulebook an apparent pole-winning lap was taken away, Montoya simply drops to the rear of the field and will take the green flag on Sunday.

NASCAR needs to address that situation immediately as once again its credibility is at issue.

Illegal cars should not win races. We've seen that before as recently as Las Vegas back in March when Carl Edwards took the checkered flag but had his car flunk post-race inspection. A fine and points penalty followed and Edwards was denied his ten bonus points for winning.

But the record book lists Edwards as the winner and Las Vegas counts among his six Cup victories this season.

The win should have been stripped and the second place car awarded the victory.

NASCAR stripped Montoya of his near first career Cup pole but allows him to compete anyway. The No. 42 should be on the hauler heading back to Chip Ganassi Racing headquarters in North Carolina.

Sauter and McDowell played by the rules and what did it get the?

An early exit from Kansas.

In the meantime a team that skirted the rules will have a chance to race on Sunday.

It's a situation that is both unfortunate and unfair and one that needs to be changed as soon as possible.

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: September 19, 2008 11:43 am
Edited on: September 19, 2008 11:45 am

Bet On It

We're in the midst of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the fifth edition of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

But more than a few eyes are now on the 2011 NASCAR schedule.

Word came on Friday that officials of the Kansas Speedway have been awarded the rights to build a hotel and casino complex on track property, which will likely open in 2011. The 1.5-million square foot complex will include 300 hotel rooms and a state-of-the-art casino.

When the idea was first floated, Kansas through its parent company International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced their intentions to lobby NASCAR for a second Sprint Cup weeend for the track.

Now that the expansion plan is official, look for that to happen.

ISC is also the parent company of NASCAR and there is no doubt that a second date will come to Kansas by 2011. But since it is unlikely a 37th date would be added to the already-overcrowded Cup schedule, Kansas's additional weekend will have to come from another track.

ISC, if approved by NASCAR, would have the right to shift a date from one of its existing venues to Kansas.

Possible targets include as always Martinsville, which has the smallest seating capacity venue on the circuit, and perhaps Fontana. If the southern California track doesn't prove it can successfully host two Sprint Cup races a year, now including one in the Chase thanks to next year's three-track schedule shift, ISC may realize having one sell-out race a season in California is the better play and harvest a date for Kansas.

There is also the possibility ISC could step-up and purchase one of the two remaining independent tracks on the schedule not owned by the Daytona Beach company or its rival Speedway Motorsports Inc (SMI) - Pocono or Dover.

This situation promises to heat up in the coming months but one thing is for sure - there will be two treks a season to the Sunflower State in NASCAR's very near future.

Category: Auto Racing
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