Friday, February 27, 2015

Bad Day For NASCAR

Friday was a bad day for NASCAR teams.
First, Travis Kvapil had his Sprint Cup race was stolen in an Atlanta suburb
From ESPN: Travis Kvapil is without a race car for the Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway as authorities are investigating the Friday morning theft of the Team Xtreme No. 44 car from a hotel parking lot in Morrow, Georgia.
Video obtained by police shows that the incident happened at 5:34 a.m. in the parking lot of the Drury Inn. Sgt. Larry Oglesby of the Morrow Police Department told that the incident was reported at 5:50 a.m. and that they are treating the car's disappearance as a stolen vehicle.
Team Xtreme Racing owner John Cohen, who was not at the track, told by phone that the team will have to withdraw from Sunday's race. Kvapil tweeted about the situation Friday morning after discovering the vehicles were missing.
The car is still missing but how do you try and sell the darn thing, either whole or in parts?
Then during qualifying, 13 cars didn't get a chance to qualify because they were stuck in a traffic jam at the inspection center;.
From ESPN:  Former Sprint Cup champions Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth were among the 13 drivers who did not get a chance to post qualifying times Friday after their cars didn't get through inspection in time at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
As several teams had problems in the tech area, reportedly in the rear camber area, and had to go through inspection a second time, NASCAR delayed the start of qualifying for 15 minutes. But that wasn't enough as the 15-minute first round was completed before 13 cars could get through and then make a qualifying lap.
With 36 spots available on speed and only 34 taking times, everyone who posted a first-round time got into the QuikTrip 500 on Sunday. The remaining nine spots were based on 2014 owner points. Michael Annett, Mike Wallace, Matt DiBenedetto and Reed Sorenson never took a lap and missed the race pending post-qualifying technical inspection.
Annett, who is running the full season, later struck a deal Friday night to replace Brian Scott in the Circle Sport Racing No 33 car, which will have multiple drivers this season.
"We were excited about qualifying today," said Gordon, who will start 35th. "I felt like we had a shot at being up front. This is just absolutely ridiculous."
It's a black eye for NASCAR because some major players were not allowed to try;.
And some drivers who had to run a qualifying lap to get into the race on Sunday, they never got the chance to run a lap;.
We haven't run 2 races and NASCAR is having some serious problems with these two incidents along with Kyle Busch being seriously hurt at Daytona and Kurt Busch being unjustly suspended for a fake domestic violence charge.
Hopefully, NASCAR will get their act together soon;.

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