why is it that 18 and 19 years olds like Logano and k. Busch can come to the track and run Nationwide Series for the 1st time and finish in the top 10 and other people can’t?
Matt Kobyluck was asked almost exactly this question after the Camping World race at Irwindale this month about Logano and Pena. his answer? something like “It’s a lot easier for them when they show up with a Cup budget”.
up to the Busch series, the Cup teams can still make a driver look way better than he should just because most of the field can’t spend enough money to keep up with them.
at the Cup level? Hendrick isn’t really going to outspend Roush ( or vice versa or any of a dozen other teams ).
having brought up Pena, i’d like to point out that Logano was getting his @$$ kicked by a 16 year old who doesn’t even know how to manage a rolling restart. ooooooh, getterdone Sliced Bread.
I think it’s probably tough at first to go from driving “twitchy” cars to big heavy cars where you’re kind of disconnected somewhat from direct input.
So, in a time where stock car racing in general is hurting, like her or not, I would believe any help she could bring should be welcome, no???
Danica brings “help”?
maybe on a very short time horizon. until the casual viewers who tuned in because they’ve been hearing so much about “Danicamania” can’t figure out why so much broadcast time is being wasted watching a +30th place car get lapped.
then they’re going to tune right out again. in the long run, you’re actually hurting the sport. mostly due to the stupid media coverage.
Everyone has dues to pay, even Danica and Ricky.
agreed. the question is, why the hell are they “paying their dues” at what is supposedly a professional racing level when they aren’t up to the ability of an average short track Sportsman driver?
no need to answer that, it’s a rhetorical question. it doesn’t even aggravate me so much that they’re there. every racing series has always had their share of goofballs with more money than brains who are going to keep showing up at the track until they burn their fortune down.
it’s this never ending media coverage stupidity that drives me crazy.
I still remember the very first time I saw Todd McCreary behind the wheel of a racecar. It was an enduro race during the day at New Smyrna Speedway and you got a helicopter ride out of the track because you broke your neck or back but that was the first time I ever saw you race.
yeah, my third race ever and my very first enduro. after a six year lay off.
probably not the wisest decision i’ve ever made. but we’re wandering rather far afield here, don’t you think?
Montoya came over from open wheel,what, about 4 years ago.
JPM is actually a good case study.
Montoya has had more success at every level than Danica has even thought about having and he’s had success at higher levels than Danica has ever thought about competing at.
Montoya could probably be retiring from F1 right about now. what does that mean? it means he gave up a lot of money to come to NASCAR. Montoya isn’t here for the paycheck ( like Danica ), he’s here because he really did think this would be fun.
no rational person could expect Danica to have results that exceed those of Montoya. a rational person might even be forgiven for thinking that she might not match him.
Actually this is start of season 3 for Sam. I am not impressed with him, and you forgot about Robby Gordon who has been in cup for years and still sucks.
also, Scott Speed, Dario Franchitti, A.J. Allmendinger, Jacques Villenueve, Nelson Piquet Jr., etc.
also, Robby Gordon sucked in Indy Cars. :engel016:
That’s the REALITY…it’s M-A-R-K-E-T-I-N-G…AIN’T NOTHING TO DO WITH DRIVING!!
you mean, the same thing that gave us Obamarama? acid rain? global cooling and the coming ice age?
well, now that you put it like that i seem rather shallow for being aggravated by it. :ernaehrung004: