Opinion: Can We Just Start Stripping Encumbered Race Wins?

By: Toby Christie – @Toby_Christie

In the interest of being honest, I have to admit that when NASCAR announced during the offseason that if a race winning car failed post-race inspection at a high enough level that they would tag the victory as an “encumbered” win, I was a fan of the move. An encumbered win would result in point penalties, but more importantly the win would not count toward the driver’s total of ever important playoff points.

It felt like finally something was going to be happening to teams that decided to bring a tricked up car to the track to tack on more wins.

However, after seeing the process unfold a couple of times so far in 2017, I can’t help but feel like like I was naive for my initial thoughts on the new rule. In fact now I feel the rule is a load of crock.
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The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Racing Radio Podcast #445 Edwards out, Suarez In at JGR

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Testing - HomesteadSHOW #445 – We hear from the principal players of Carl Edwards decision to step aside from full time NASCAR racing. Kerry and Toby offer their thoughts and opinions, plus other news of the week. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie
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Joe Gibbs Racing Roars To Atlanta

dis_nscs_hamlin_busch_022116Joe Gibbs Racing’s sizzling performance in the second half of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season looks like it’s carried over to 2016.

The Huntersville, North Carolina-based racing team placed three drivers in the top five of the Daytona 500 – winner Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch (third) and Carl Edwards (fifth). Matt Kenseth (14th) led 40 laps until Hamlin forced him up the track on the race’s final go-around. Martin Truex Jr. of JGR technical partner Furniture Row Racing finished second. Continue reading “Joe Gibbs Racing Roars To Atlanta”

NOS #18 XFinity Driver Lineup Features Labonte, Busch and Tifft

NNS Race Recap: Kyle Busch wins CharlotteKyle Busch and NOS Energy Drink Together Again

Huntersville, N.C. (February 10, 2016) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today a partnership with NOS Energy Drink, as primary sponsor of the team’s No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch, the all-time race winning driver in the history of the XFINITY Series with 76 wins, will drive his first NOS program race at Atlanta (G.A.) Motor Speedway and in subsequent races that total 16 XFINITY Series events this season. Continue reading “NOS #18 XFinity Driver Lineup Features Labonte, Busch and Tifft”