NASCAR & Auto Racing

Roush vs. Toyota still rages, but where are the specifics?

Some observations and twp cents' worth from The Charlotte Observer's David Poole:

 A reporter for a national magazine quotes Jack Roush as saying that a “proprietary” part from Roush Fenway Racing that went missing was recovered from a Toyota team that Roush declined to name.

Roush supposedly said it two weeks ago at Atlanta and added he was considering legal action or getting NASCAR involved.

He’s had two weeks. If there’s a specific allegation, make it so it can be checked out and whoever is being accused can answer it. If not, can we move on?

 I hate to jump on the “What’s wrong with Hendrick Motorsports?” bandwagon, but Martinsville is important for Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

In the past five years, neither Gordon nor Johnson has finished worse than ninth. They’ve won eight of those 10 races and each has eight top-fives in those events.

You might say one or both is overdue for some bad luck at Martinsville, but they need to “hold serve.”

 You want to know why you hear about the hot dogs every time NASCAR goes to Martinsville? It’s simple. The hot dogs are unique.

They cost $2 and every time you unwrap one you know what you’re getting. They got it right and continue to do it right.

How many businesses would be better off if they applied the hot dog principle?


Every time there’s a week off in the Sprint Cup Series, somebody writes about how nice it was for there not to be a race and turns that into a jumping off point to suggest a shorter schedule for NASCAR’s premiere division.

What a waste of words.

The Sprint Cup season will get shorter only if the demand for dates ever outstrips the supply. Does anybody see that day coming anytime soon?

When a track gets sold these days, something like 90 percent of the price is based on the value of the race dates the track has. That shows there’s a scarcity of dates, not a surplus.

You could make a quick list of a half-dozen tracks that would snatch up any kind of open date without batting an eye – Las Vegas, Kentucky, Nashville, Iowa, Gateway and Montreal for starters. Whatever pressure there is on the schedule is to add dates, as impossible as that might seem, rather than subtract them.

It’s hard to know exactly why television ratings are up a bit for Cup races, but one factor could that the season began with races on five straight weekends with no break.

The irony is, of course, that many of the very people who write about how much sense a shorter season would supposedly make are the very ones who’d pounce on any cutback in the schedule as a sign of weakness for the sport.