Concussion is an increasingly prominent
concern in all sports, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
– who’s had his share of bell-ringings – has
pledged to donate his brain to science with
the aim of assisting brain injury research.
cashing in on california controversy
NASCAR always maintains a policy of
flexible response to heated tempers and
demonstrated early in 2016 that “Boys
(and girls), have at it” has its limits.
NASCAR censured both Danica Patrick
and Kyle Busch for separate incidents in
Fontana’s races. Patrick (LEFT) was fined
$20,000 for walking toward the racing
surface to gesticulate toward Kasey
Kahne (who admitted to accidentally
wrecking her). That violated NASCAR’s
ban on approaching the racing surface,
which was introduced in 2014 after Kevin
NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers are cheering
the effect of aero changes and substantial
downforce reduction for this year, and
none more so than Jimmie Johnson.
After his second win of 2016 at Fontana,
Calif., the six-time champion moved to
seventh on the all-time Cup race winners’
list with 77 victories, edging ahead of Dale
Earnhardt Sr., and admitted he hopes to
catch longtime Hendrick Motorsports
teammate Jeff Gordon – who retired last
year with 93 wins – for third on the list.
Johnson agreed NASCAR’s changes
for 2016 have played into his hands.
“The car has a lot of movement and
sliding,” Johnson said. “With my [off-road
racing] background, I love that.
“The smaller rear spoiler on the car
allows the air to change direction and get
back down to the ground sooner. That’s
allowing us to get closer to the car in
front,” he added. “There’s less turbulent
air in the big packs when there’s 10, 15
cars in front of you.”
Ward Jr. was fatally injured when he was
hit by Tony Stewart’s sprint car.
Busch got a $10,000 hit for skipping
media obligations following an Xfinity
Series race he lost on the last lap to a
deflating tire – prompting a furious Busch
(RIGHT) to “speculate” why there had not
been a caution flag. Kevin Harvick also
missed the post-race media briefing after
Fontana’s Cup race, but officials said he’d
been told he needn’t attend. It all kept
NASCAR Nation in a social media uproar.
All of which was good for business.
tugging on superman’s cape
lived up to his
look at Fontana.
Johnson has now
eclipsed the late
whose final Cup
victory came at
Talladega in 2000.
Fired-up Jimmie Johnson is surging up the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup race winners’ list
Implying on in-car
radio the Fontana
Xfinity race had
been “fixed” didn’t
help Busch’s case.
Fixin’ for a fine