Scott Paddock's NASCAR update on CTL
And president struggle at speedway. Your thoughts looking back at that race will mean we talked earlier about the importance of communication between the driver and the crew chief. And this was really peculiar because Darian -- formerly with Tony sport's Steward now. The crew chief for -- -- Denny Hamlin. They've been perfect all season long three wins top -- so. It was really interesting and and in part of the challenge on the shorter tracks is the the window of opportunity from when the caution flag drops. To the decisive moment when you have to into the pit lane is very short so there's not a time a lot of time -- -- communication. And this failure to communicate is not -- all that uncommon. So what's going to be as he -- this cost him three. Bonus points with losing out on the victory. And if you were called at the end of the 26 race regular season the top ten drivers get their points recently as 2000. Plus three points every victory. And if you were called back last season the difference between first and second Tony Stewart Carl Edwards. With less than that three point margins it's -- and see if this comes back there to Mike Denny Hamlin it. It's -- sitting there and he knows he wants to tires. Thought he makes the call retires he wants it. It's it -- that's depends on the relationship between the crew chief and the driver so someone like Jeff Gordon someone like Tony Stewart. You know they're by and large they they've been there before they know how to make that call and I think a lot of times the crew chief for the deferred that veteran driver. In this case you know Darian -- certainly a veteran crew chief. I think Denny Hamlin the mistake he made was he said all I need his tires -- specified two were four and rather than clarify that because there wasn't a big window to communicate that. -- remain the well I'm says that all you need its tires mean she does not want any fueled. But would you up top it off player in there well you know can typically you do. Did you do that so I'm not sure what transpired on that but in terms of that tire situation. That's got to be clear front two vs -- all the other drivers took two tires and that difference of fortified seconds put him. Back and number of places and -- -- -- he should absolutely won that race that we -- last week when we look at the wild card standings right there Scott. Is there enough time for Jeff Gordon. -- or his time. Basically out for him at this point whip well there's Kasey Kahne is the leader in the clubhouse now -- to win so he'll get that first wildcard. About three other drivers have won two Jeff Gordon's got it at least win one and advanced his position I think -- seventeen in the points right now. Seven races remaining if you don't wanna count anyone out -- certainly wouldn't count Jeff Gordon out and get on a hot streak when and a couple of races and get him. But by now it that's the only way he's gonna get in by winning races I don't think he's gonna have enough. Top five top ten finishes to get him up in the top ten Carl Edwards change crew Chiefs today. Similarly Jeff Gordon is seven the 23 points downs we need to win and it helps me heavy ground that Carla retained his crew Chiefs is that unusual. In the middle of the season well he had such high expectations going and did the same crew -- Lester had a great season he he did but it's I guess is that what what have you done for me lately scenario mean you don't get that much of a window of opportunity it's it's it's you gotta win now and what have you done for me lately. We see in sports in general today with. The turn over and head coaches and things like that general managers so. You know he's going in he should be performing and it's not like he's had some good -- and some badly since he's been. Lacking consistency all season long and sometimes you just need to change shake things up -- -- -- that age ailment they're suspended for fails drug test. Every other driver that we've read about likes the fact that there is drug testing. Your thoughts I I agree I mean you want to compete and I don't care what sport it is whether it's NASCAR whether it's golf whether it's an NBA. You wanna compete on a level playing field and you know this sport is so much about your cognitive function in your cognitive skills your reaction time. So anything to give you an edge in competitive advantage. You know it it's not done an illegal means I think is I think you you as a driver have a right to to call that out -- and I agree with the drivers positions on that so. NASCAR implemented this drug testing policy several years ago. And they're being been very vigilant about read about enforcing -- we're run and make your home track today -- this week enemy. Your thoughts I'd like to see Danica win a no she's just getting acclimated to NASCAR. But this a big weekend for future is a mean her hometown track she's from Roscoe Illinois -- line native she got a lot of family and friends out there. Supporting this weekend and be great to be great for her degree to the -- -- brought a lot of female female audience in his Portsmouth victory when she commands amazing star power. I think the latest Q scores I saw her which measure her awareness among. You know celebrities tennis at a higher level and Aaron Rodgers starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers phenomenal start Perry has so. Much like Earnhardt junior in NASCAR Sprint Cup with what he means that series. I think Danica has some effect not just on nationwide and NASCAR in general how is her car is you're gonna have -- Well she's you know she's back with some pretty good equipment you know she's part of Earnhardt junior and Stewart hunter Haas racing in the Sprint Cup Series so. Equipment isn't -- is that the issue it's just about seat time at this level so. Travis Pastrana who conquered the action sports world ten time X games winner in motor cross he's going to be running eight races this year in the Nationwide Series won this coming weekend. -- -- and see how he makes that transition as well I would we have planned -- speedway this week. But a lot of that activity this sport is really about lifestyle so it's not like other sports where you're showing up fifteen minutes before the event watching him leaving. So fans make vacation plans around the sport they camp for 45 days so. You know as a as a track operator you have to make sure you're providing good entertainment value for them it's part of that NASCAR lifestyle. So we have music entertainment million dollar quartet will be out there perform in the National Anthem. The Grammy Award winning banked in a box of being out there performed pre race concerts -- We have autograph sessions that's the great thing about NASCAR's access you have in the sports to the drivers have Danica and company Kyle Busch probably up there on Saturday signing autographs for the fans though. A lot of plans that we need to keep them busy they'll be on site. For many many days even those are showing up on race day will be there for 1012 hours so. We we have a whole host of activity for.
Chicagoland Speedway's Scott Paddock updates the news from NASCAR - 7/17