Thursday, March 24, 2016

What Makes a Team? - Teamwork

When it comes to NASCAR it is certainly a sport that thrives on money. In a new series called What Makes a Team we will discuss the traits it really takes to make a team. There are teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck Series that are empires. They have the money, the resources, along with a front office that consists of maybe the utmost of 2 to 300 people. These are the empires, not the teams. Single or Double digit front offices are these teams. The term team as a verb in the dictionary is as stated "come together as a team to achieve a common goal." In some cases those empire teams could be thought of as teams but in others couldn't. Inner team Rivalries is one thing that faces NASCAR. That is one thing you don't see in some of these smaller teams like The Motorsports Group or Premium Motorsports because in most cases there is only one car with one driver.
In the charter age of NASCAR it was meant to stamp out teams like Premium Motorsports, TMG, along with other underfunded teams who either were ineligible for a charter or just didn't have the money to purchase one. Did that stop these teams from attempting the 2016 Daytona 500? No it didn't and true they missed it but since that race both the #98 and #30 have landed solidly into the field of 39 cars. That is teamwork. When teams like this finish 30th or 29th and they celebrate, you may laugh but to them that is a victory. That is standing up to the system and telling the system "Hey! We matter too!" With higher funding and better resources these teams could become the next big team and currently they are just waiting for
that opportunity to show they matter. The drivers these teams have are no pushovers. Both Josh Wise and Cole Whitt have raced for High Caliber Teams in the past but these are the drivers who will drive anything just because they love racing so much.
Xfinity Series and Truck Series have the field size issue that goes along with the money issue. No charter just too many cars show up for just 40 and 32 spots. Drivers like Jordan Anderson and Derrike Cope have been sent home because of either not having the speed to make it against some of these bigger teams or circumstances happen. You want to talk about teamwork look at Derrike Cope Racing at Las Vegas. The team worked countless hours after Derrike had a tire go down and he nailed the outside wall. The team would sadly miss the race but would return the following weekend in Phoenix and make the race.
These are the teams that make NASCAR great. These are the guys and girls who work their tails off each week because they love this sport and to put food on the table each week. These are the teams that show trait number one in a Team and that is Teamwork. You can't have a team without teamwork. (Koelle,2016)

What's The Fan's Opinion? - Who Will Win First out of these Drivers?

The Fans showed in this poll and the results rather surprised me. We asked out of all the drivers listed who will win first and that was one close finish. You all believe Chase Elliott will win first of all of the drivers we listed. Here are the results!

  • Chase Elliott - 46%
  • Ryan Blaney - 40%
  • Kasey Kahne - 6%
  • Austin Dillon - 6% 
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - 0%
  • Paul Menard - 0%

New Poll

5 Drivers have long winless streaks in the newest poll we want to know who do you think will be the first of these 5 to break that streak? The poll will end Sunday April 3rd So be sure to vote before it's to late! The poll is located to the right of the stories and you can pick any of the 5 below!
  • Greg Biffle - 98 Races
  • David Ragan - 103 Races
  • Clint Bowyer - 118 Races
  • Paul Menard - 165 Races
  • Casey Mears - 301 Races

Auto Club Penalties Announced

Later than normal NASCAR handed out penalties from last weekend's race in Southern California at the Auto Club Speedway. A very interesting race, as normal, had many moves and expressions that led two of NASCAR's biggest stars in the Dog House with NASCAR. Kyle Busch and Danica Patrick are the leading drivers in this weekend's penalties as we head into the first off weekend of the 2016 Season. Other drivers which will be noted below received warnings or fines after failing inspections and those will also be noted below.

Major Penalties from Auto Club

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch was fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Championship Points Races through April 27 for his actions following the XFINITY race. He violated section 10.4.2.i -"The second and third place drivers must report to the media center for post-race interviews upon the conclusion of the Race unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR"
  • Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 TaxAct Chevrolet SS, has been fined $20,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through the completion of the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Points Races. She violated section 10.4.2.1.a "At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron. At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle."  

Minor Penalties from Auto Club

In addition to the fines for Busch and Patrick, NASCAR also issued warnings to six Sprint Cup Series teams for inspection issues at Auto Club.
  • Warnings, with season totals in parenthesis, were given to the following teams for failing the Laser Inspection Station twice during pre-qualifying inspection: Richard Childress Racing No. 3 with driver Austin Dillon (1); Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 with driver Matt Kenseth (1); Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 with driver Ryan Blaney (1); and Richard Childress Racing No. 27 with driver Paul Menard (1).
  • The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 with driver Carl Edwards (2) failed the LIS twice during pre-race inspection.
  • The No. 20 team also received a warning, its second, for failing template inspection twice during pre-qualifying.
  • The Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing No. 95 with driver Michael McDowell was given a warning for a truck trailing arm that did not meet specifications. The issue was discovered during initial inspection on Friday.
Vehicles failing either pre-qualifying or pre-race inspection twice receive a written warning. A third failure results in the loss of 15 minutes of practice as well. Any team receiving four warnings forfeits its opportunity for pit stall selection, either at that event if pit selection hasn't taken place or at the next event if pit stall selection has been completed. Once a team has forfeited its pit selection, its total is reset to zero.