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He's got a REALLY good point here.

Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:16 am

Finch says start-and-park teams make too much...........................................................
Team owner James Finch hopes his #51-Phoenix Racing car remains on the track in 2013, but he'd like a little help from NASCAR to do it. Finch, who is losing driver Kurt Busch to Furniture Row Racing, wants to race for more money, and he isn't asking NASCAR and the tracks to spend more-just pay less to teams that start a race and park early. With typically five to seven Sprint Cup teams parking their cars early each week, Finch believes teams that finish in the top 35 should earn significantly more money than those that park early and finish in the back of pack. "I'm trying to get NASCAR to move some of the money up that the start-and-park guys are getting so we can race (for it) from 35th to 25th," Finch said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "I'm getting (as little as) $2,000 more to run 500 miles than they do to play. Move it up and if they want it, let them race or it. & That's not racing." Finch, whose team is 27th in the owner standings, so far doesn't have sponsorship for 2013. Because NASCAR is switching to a new body style for 2013, Finch said he will finish out 2012 to best use his inventory of cars. "What am I going to do with these cars?" Finch said. "When I get through (this year), I throw them away.

8-) :shock:

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:40 am

midwesternsmoke wrote: "What am I going to do with these cars?" Finch said. "When I get through (this year) 8-) :shock:

Keep Kurt as his driver and they'll go out with a smash anyway... :mrgreen:

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:20 am

Joe Nemechek..... 27 starts........25 DNF.....Earnings thus far, $2,231,914.....A BIIIIG WTF here.

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:26 am

midwesternsmoke wrote:Joe Nemechek..... 27 starts........25 DNF.....Earnings thus far, $2,231,914.....A BIIIIG WTF here.

I want to start & park!!!

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:41 am

Schmoopy1000 wrote:
midwesternsmoke wrote:Joe Nemechek..... 27 starts........25 DNF.....Earnings thus far, $2,231,914.....A BIIIIG WTF here.

I want to start & park!!!


WHEN I hit the lottery........we'll go kick a whole bunch of A$$

Re: He's got a REALLY good point here.

Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:56 am

I brought up my dislike for the start and park crowd back in August, and I still haven't changed my mind. The sponsor ship those 15 lap cars have could be going to a Phoenix racing type team that wants to complete a race(ok, Phoenix isn't the best example since their driver was Kurt) to improve their cars so they can better compete. Spreading the sponsorship money so thin just leads to a larger group of mediocre cars. Without the start and park crowd, maybe Phoenix or Furniture Row could afford to field a 2nd team.

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:52 pm

If NASCAR is going to allow the start and parks, then I believe they should only be paid based on the # of laps they complete. I mean really, they aren't racin', they just start and park. Or perhaps they should change a rule that they have to complete at least XX number of laps, IMO.

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:49 pm

Just had a curious thought. How did the 43 car field come about? I seem to remember that early races were run with over 43 (and sometimes less) cars. How was 43 determined to be the perfect number? (Guess what, I've never liked the 35 rule.)

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:19 pm

I seem to remember, not too long ago, NASCAR was subjecting 1 or 2 of them to post race inspection. That meant they didn't get their car back right away. It had something to do with who was 1st back at the garage after the race started. Or something similar to that. What they started doing was like a musical chair kind of deal. One would go to the garage and when the next one went to the garage, the 1st one would go back on the track. I don't remember exactly what the criteria was, but it was rather comical. I don't think that lasted too long. I wouldn't mind the place money being reduced, Finch has a very good point.

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Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:49 am

NascarNanaOK wrote:Just had a curious thought. How did the 43 car field come about? I seem to remember that early races were run with over 43 (and sometimes less) cars. How was 43 determined to be the perfect number? (Guess what, I've never liked the 35 rule.)

43-Car Field A Product Of Slow Change:

:arrow: http://www.nascar.com/2002/news/headlin ... index.html

Re: He's got a REALLY good point here.

Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:48 am

Thanks H, all that reading gave me a headache... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:24 pm

Thanks HH. Nice article.

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:41 am

Rochelle wrote:Thanks H, all that reading gave me a headache... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Nothing is simple any more, is it? :? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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