This week in NASCAR was entertaining but still as much as people may have been hoping for some changes, things really have just stayed the same.
Richard Childress faced his final round of appeals to have Clint Bowyer’s Penalty from Dover reduced or removed. Facing NASCARÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appeals boss John Middlebrook, Richard Childress left the meeting feeling better than in previous meetings but in the end all he was able to do was have the monetary fines reduced while the points penalty will remain. Crew Chief Shane Wilson’s fine was reduced from $150 000 to $100 000 while Car Chief, Chad Haney’s race suspensions were reduced from 6 to 4,Ã‚Â leaving both he and Shane Wilson out of the game until Nov. 3 and on probation until Dec 31.
Kevin Harvick remains the top driver in the RCR stable running 3rd in points as we enter this weeks chase race.
“After reviewing all the data, presentation and factors involved, I am ruling NASCAR was correct in its decision to levy penalties”, said John Middlebrook, the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer who presided over the hearing.
Rick Hendrick announced that he has no plans to make any changes with the #88 team of Dale Earnhardt Jr in the near future. “If you miss the Chase and you just decide you’re gonna change something just to be changing it I think that’s a mistake,” he was quoted as saying during a press conference to announce a a 3 year extension on sponsorship with Quaker State which will include a 4 race deal on the #5 car driven by Mark Martin. Hendrick said he’s pleased with the way Earnhardt and McGrew are getting along. He believes the problems with the No. 88 team go beyond the driver and crew chief.
This week the chase enters week 4 and the #48 team of Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and crew are looking in fine shape to repeat as series champions again although no one on the team is ready to admit the win and call it a season just yet.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We want to win this championship.Ã‚Â We want to win five in a row.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s within our race shop.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â These guys on the 48 team, we need to buckle down, get better in some areas”Ã‚Â said Johnson after the race at Dover.
So as we enter this weekends qualifying sessions lets keep pulling for our favourites and be ready for anything. Ã‚Â Nothing is set in stone and as we saw last week the points race is far from over.Ã‚Â Let see what changes this week will bring.