It was bound to happen. Kyle Busch is the first driver to publicly criticize NASCAR for changes to the Chase format.
NASCAR will announce the overhaul at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Busch questioned how the changes will make drivers race harder Thursday. He said he had a meeting with NASCAR officials earlier this week and was “frustrated” with the discussion.
“It fries me that NASCAR can tell you that you don’t race hard,” Busch said. “Whether or not I will get fined for today, we will see.”
HAMLIN CHARITY RACE MOVING TO SOUTH BOSTON
Virginia native Denny Hamlin is moving his charity race to South Boston Speedway.
The race had been held at Richmond International Raceway the past three years. This year’s race will be held April 24 at South Boston.
"We're excited about it,” Hamlin said. “Eventually we would like to make the circle all around Virginia and North Carolina to some different tracks. But South Boston is going to host it this year and we're going to have some great drivers be a part of it.”
Sprint Cup drivers, late-model racers, and celebrities all compete. Proceeds benefit the cystic fibrosis wing of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Michael Waltrip made a cameo appearance at Denny Hamlin’s media breakout session. Click here to see a picture: http://www.wdbj7.com/sports/professional/racing/-/20347476/24200006/-/9s65s9/-/index.html
Waltrip asked Hamlin about his new hairstyle, which he described as “long and flowing.”
Hamlin said to Waltrip: “I haven’t perfected the comb over quite like you have.”
The big news out of Penske Racing this offseason was frankly that there wasn’t much news.
All of the team’s drivers and crew chiefs are back this season for the first time in at least 10 years. And best of all, there drivers are still very young.
One area Penske is looking to improve is its pit crew. Penske brought on an athletic trainer who is a former wrestler at the University of Buffalo to help.
“Last year we felt the pit crews could have been better,” Penske president Tim Cindric said Wednesday. “We’re looking for consistency across the organization.”
Last year Brad Keselowski was coming off a championship, Joey Logano just moved over to Team Penske, and Ryan Blaney was in his first full year at Penske. They are all back this year.
Blaney is the only driver Penske will have in the Nationwide series. Sam Hornish Jr. moves to Joe Gibbs Racing and will share a ride with Kyle Busch.
Owner Roger Penske announced Wednesday that 20-year-old Ryan Blaney will make his debut this season in the Cup series. He’ll run two Sprint Cup races in 2014. Blaney also will run 15 Nationwide races, and will drive full-time for Brad Keselowski Racing in the truck series.
Ryan Blaney is the son of NASCAR driver David Blaney. The younger Blaney said his dad has spent a lot of time and money on his career.
“Now he can sit back and relax,” Ryan said.