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Twitter on NASCAR

Twitter popularity was asserted with the results of Nielsen research that shows a high percentage of 88% and 86% respectively of tablet and smartphone users use their gadget at least once while watching TV in the action-filled last quarter to tweet. The research shows that people watch and tweet during a sport events.

Tweeting NASCAR drivers have in many times put enthusiasms to NASCAR fans by means of tweeting from the raceway. Just recently, Driver Brad Keselowski became a Twitter superstar by posting pictures of the infamous Daytona fire to his twenty five thousands followers. NASCAR fans are known as devoted and loyal to the sports and would not mind if they have to follow every single driver and every single NASCAR people to see racing news on their time line and with NASCAR and Twitter partnership, fans of the racing sports won’t have to worry about losing the tweet contents.

Mark Ghuneim of Trendrr looked at the alliance as a way of having more people talk about the racing events and contributes much to its big percentage of viewing and the NASCAR/Twitter page with its specific hash tag will be of heightened level.

Twitter receives as much as 340 million tweets a day as people tweet on everything about life, people, sex and sports.

Chevrolet to Roll out SS High Performance Sedan.2

While the performance of SS is expected to be high, there are also drawbacks seen by experts. The timing of the release may be wrong, given the soaring gas prices and fuel economy standards. The SS runs on V8, meaning it is not as fuel efficient as other vehicles. However, a GM spokesman countered that the latest model won’t bring down Chevrolet’s fuel economy, as it would be sold in a limited number only. Those car enthusiasts who are willing to shell out money for such a power car are the only ones targeted by the brand, the spokesman added. With its four-door type, the SS may also be perfect for driving and racing enthusiasts with family.

 

Chevy aficionados are expected to welcome the latest model the moment it hits the market. It is seen as a part of Chevrolet’s efforts to boost its rear-wheel-drive sedan division and make a turn in the market. GM said before that V8 cars have not much of a room in the US market due to strict government rules that drive car manufacturers to focus more on fuel economy.

Chevrolet to Roll out SS High Performance Sedan.1

Chevrolet will debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup next year with its new SS rear-wheel-drive sedan.  It will be Chevrolet’s first time to offer such a type of sedan since the reign of Pontiac G8 17 years ago. The V8-powered SS model is patterned after the Holden VF Commodore, which is also a rear-wheel-drive sedan that is available in Australia. The SS will be Chevrolet’s contender at NASCAR at the 2013 Daytona 500.  It will replace the Impala. General Motors Co. (GM), Chevrolet’s parent company, announced that the SS line would be available in the market late next year but only on a limited edition. It will not be a mainstream car and it would only be offered to a group of NASCAR vehicle enthusiasts.

Though there are few details about SS’ specifications and performance, it is expected to go over six liters and reach about 400hp. Many already assume that the SS, which is a short term for Super Short, will be kind of a fusion of Pontiac GXP and police-only Chevy Caprice. The SS will add to Chevrolet’s set of rear-wheel-drive vehicles that also include the Chevrolet Camaro and the Corvette. The difference is that the Camaro is a two-door car run by a V6 engine, while the V8-powered Corvette sports car doesn’t have the same space as a four-door sedan has.

With Carl Edward’s Penalty, NASCAR Credibility is at Stakes

The issues are about Carl Edward’s getting penalized on the restart on lap 319 of the 400 lap event. NASCAR issued the penalty when Edward beats Tony Steward after some dispute on who’s the real leader. However, some NASCAR observers that there’s some doubts on the said call. 

Carl Edward believes that he’s the leader and even asked his spotter to see who’s the real leader when Tony Steward was declared as the real leader. NASCAR Vice-President Robin Pemberton said that Edward restarted before the designated restart zone and therefore was penalized and this has nothing to do with beating Tony Steward.

NASCAR officials said that Edward was informed that Steward is the leader and therefore he should not have beaten Steward and it’s just correct to serve him a pass-through penalty. However, Edward disagreed with NASCAR officials saying the officials made mistake and wondered why the officials black-flagged him. He said the official told him that they’re both the leaders that’s why he made the best restart even when he’s in a worst position.

The issues is now on NASCAR official giving wrong information to Edward’s spotter. This is giving NASCAR credibility issue based on what had happened for both drivers.

Edward insisted that A NASCAR official has relayed a wrong information to his spotter and blamed NASCAR for his supposed penalty. This places NASCAR in a situation where NASCAR credibility is questioned with delivering information that is unclear and inaccurate.

However if the issue is untrue and without basis, NASCAR is still in question for another controversy. That’s for caution flag for 12 laps remaining that have resulted in pits stops.

Carl Edward and Tony Steward are both speculated to push their best win after the controversial call. Edward is bending on questioning the call and still insisting that the call is unclear and inaccurate and he must not be penalized.

NASCAR has been in the scenes for imposing questionable penalties. Just recently, NASCAR announcement of making public first before imposing any penalties for drivers was met with great enthusiasm from drivers and racing fans. In the past NASCAR imposes penalty even without addressing it to the drivers concerned and this position made drivers asked for reforms on NASCAR’s rules and regulation. The move was welcomed by drivers and racing fans.

NASCAR is a regulating body for racing events and driver’s members and has successfully regulated racing events and drivers for the past years amidst a few controversies that has tested NASCAR’s credibility.

NASCAR News

NASCAR and Kansas Speedway along with other official partners of NASCAR have showcased different types of environmental sustainability projects and programs.  These will be witnessed every week at the different race tracks in the different parts of the country and will not only be witnessed during the Earth Day alone but in other days of the month too.
Of the man different environment friendly activities that are taking place in Kansas, the following activities are also included in the list of activities:
Sprint, one of NASCAR’s sponsors will be staged to implement Recycle for Victory. This is a wireless program for recycling which aims to benefit the charity.
NASCAR’s partner American Ethanol will paint the tracks with green
NASCAR’s partners Coors Light and Coca-Cola will be staged to educate fans about the benefits of recycling; they will encourage people to drop aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the designated bins.
A thirty-second spot on FOX TV will be given to NASCAR to air its green platform by 1 PM.
The green logo of NASCAR will appear for the first time at the event’s infield grasses.
The pace car will be a hybrid Toyota Camry and will be the one to carry NACAR’s green logo.
Donation of ten trees to Governor’s Challenge for every dropped green flag over the weekend.

Chad Knaus Talks about NASCAR Imposed Penalty

It was his first time to meet the press and talk about NASCAR penalties him and his team received from the sanctioning body. Earlier NASCAR imposed penalty on his team for illegally modified car.
Knaus said that he is saddened by the penalty since he and his team worked hard in preparation for the Daytona 500 and would not hide his indignation over the imposed penalty and wished that NASCAR could have assess the violation in more acceptable terms. 
Knaus team merited a six-week suspension each after NASCAR found the C-post of the car was illegally modified. The penalty carries a fine of $100,000 for knaus and slashed with 25 driver points and 25 owner points. The sanction came at a day before to running Bud-shootout non point events and exactly nine days before the much awaited running Daytona 500 and have busted the high hopes of the team for getting on the tracks. Knaus and his team is not happy and was surprised when the sanction came sending them in high emotions.
But, with recent NASCAR change of policy, Knaus is availing the possibility to go on appeals and find NASCAR being open to it makes them optimistic enough to get the results on their favor. Knaus admitted that in the past, NASCAR has changed, reversed or maximized the penalty they have imposed and just hope the best possible will happen to him and his team.

In the past, Knaus has been penalized nine times by NASCAR and had clashes with the sanctioning body in the interpretation of some of its rules. Knaus credentials include five Sprint Cup Championships with Johnson and a well-respected 11-year career as crew chief. He is lucky to win one appeal case with NASCAR and hope his luck will double this time.

Knaus airs his side about the violation although they’re planning to make an appeal. He said that questioned templates were all visual and in fact has never gotten to be presented to the car. That’s what he and his team is appealing of.
Knaus continues to say that he never expected anything of it. He and his team work hard to come out with a champion car and race it on the track. The sad thing is NASCAR saw something they didn’t like and he and his team just got penalized.
While Knaus is yet to make an appeal, Johnson, Chad Knaus co-leader and driver said that what’s important is what will happen in Phoenix and had put aside the Daytona fiasco.

Bad News For Multi-Awarded Knaus

Chad KnausChevrolet No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus has been slapped with suspension and accompanying penalties in connection with an allegedly illegally modified car he is prepping up for the upcoming Daytona 500. Feeling “deeply saddened”, Knaus for the first time announced in public the details surrounding the perceived irregularities in the car adjustments that he handled including the consequences that he will be facing. He met with the media before his team’s practice sessions for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 to be held at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Saying that he did not expect the results of the findings, Knaus said, “We do, and unfortunately they didn’t like something and they addressed that.” Together with Ron Malec, Chad Knaus was handed down with a six-week suspension after NASCAR officials discovered that the C-posts in the car Knaus prepared were illegitimately modified. The inspection was done in Daytona last February 17, nine days shy of the Daytona 500. Aside from the one and a half month suspension, Knaus is also fined $100,000 and the team was deducted 25 owner points and 25 driver points. Although a request for appeal was granted, there is no date set yet for the hearing.
However, Knaus feels positive on the appeal process. He said that they have a strong case because the car, which failed in the last inspection, is the very same car with the same modifications, which passed numerous inspections in four preceding races in Talladega and Daytona. “It’s unfortunate that I have to keep taking advantage of the process from time to time, but it’s good that it’s there. We’ve seen some things changed or reversed or even maximized through that process,” Knaus said.
Incidentally, with his 11 years running as a crew chief, Chad Knaus had been penalized nine times and had experienced got suspended three times by NASCAR. Nevertheless, he has won the Sprint Cup championship five times. And, his positive outlook on the appeal may be fueled by his winning an appeal in a previous hearing.
The C-posts, when strategically adjusted, can provide aerodynamic advantage to the car driver. Knaus mentioned that he respected the inspection process and he wants to have his day in the appeals hearing I order to prove his point. The dilemma of the team is that they do not know who will replace Knaus if the appeal is turned down and he serves his six-week suspension.

NASCAR Headlines and Rankings

In the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Carl Edwards leads at the Daytona International Speedway as of February 26. Edwards has a speed of 194.738, while Greg Biffle is at the second spot with a speed of 194.087.  Last year’s overall champion Tony Stewart is currently at number 3 with a speed of 193.607. On the other hand, Stewart won the season opening of Daytona 500 race. He also won 4 times straight in February Nationwide, Gatorade Dual, Coke Zero 400, and the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Stewart has been picked by most fans to be this season’s winner. The Daytona International Speedway has a length of 200 miles with 200 laps.
Earlier this week, the heated Duel caused some conflicts in the event’s aftermath. Due to the hot engine temperatures, the performances of the racers have been affected significantly. Despite of the widespread complaints, NASCAR has no plans of any changes in terms of the car’s cooling system. They said that the water temperatures are taken care of by the race drivers themselves. Many drivers suffered from hot temperature issues including Martin Truex Jr. Martin was very frustrated as he ended at number 13 behind Matt Kenseth. As a result, Biffle and Edwards grabs the top positions in the front-row qualifying series.
In the Nationwide Series, Danica Patrick becomes the 2nd female to begin from the pole position in the history of the national series.  Patrick won the 2.5-mile track at the 300 Nationwide Series race. After her devastating crash at DIA Gatorade Duel race, she successfully made a comeback and won the pole for Drive4COPD 300. She was able to endure the tremendous crash and now she rises above the others. In 1994, Shawna Robinson became the first female driver to start on the pole in Atlanta. After almost 2 decades, Patrick turned out to be the first female who won the top 3 national series in NASCAR. Meanwhile, Trevor Bayne is currently at the second spot and Elliot Sadler grabs the third place of the Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was last year’s overall champion in the Nationwide Series.
In the Camping World Truck Series, John King holds the number 1 spot in the current ranking. Timothy Peters is at number 2, while Justin Lofton is on the third spot. As of today, the rookie John King gained 3 overall victories. The most recent win is at the DIA for NextEra Energy Resources 250. On the other hand, King attempted 3 times to win the Camping World Truck Series. The unexpected victory is certainly a shocker according to King and some fans as well.

Everything about the New Fuel Injection System

Beginning 2012, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will introduce the use of fuel injection system for their Daytona 500 Sprint Cup race. This innovation will pave way for the elimination of carburetors that has been known before. The fuel injection system works differently compare to the carburetors, the new system will use an electronic sensor to determine the proper fuel/air combination needed for a specific engine. A system mapping will be required in order to properly execute this calculation. A sensor will be present for gauging the temperature of the oil, air, fuel, and coolant as well as the pressure coming from them.
The fuel injection system that cost around $20,000 to $25,000 is a combined effort from some of the best electronic and semiconductor specialists in the country. The system’s electric control was made by McLaren Electronic Systems, the throttle bodies came from Holley while the Freescale Semiconductor Company was the one that develop the microprocessor. Having the best companies to develop this new system makes a whole new impact when it comes to assurance and dependability; it is also worth noting that these companies especially the McLaren has no track record of failure when it comes to their electronic control units.
A possible fuel saving features can be seen using the new system since the cylinders will get more fuel inside and there will be less outside splash. One more thing that makes this change great is the system’s dependable features. Aside from having firewalls and being password protected the unit will shut down when its program was tampered, making sure that no one can do something that would jeopardize the race like using it for traction control. The correct software will be given during the race weekend then in order to foul-proof the system NASCAR will download the data from the five top racers to cross examine afterwards. The team can download the data during practice or after, they cannot however download live feed during the competition. This is enforced to prevent deliberate adjustment or any result.
NASCAR fans won’t notice any obvious change when the use of fuel injection system starts, for one thing there will be no change in sounds and the engine will still run as smooth as before. The fans however could speculate using the tell-tale sign especially when the fuel runs out since the engine will completely shutdown, also during engine troubleshooting the fans could also realize the change when they see the computers being used during diagnostic.

Drives laud NASCAR’s Actions on Penalty Disclosure

NASCAR just recently announced in a statement that it would not issue fines unless it is disclosed publicly. The decision was welcomed with enthusiasm from drivers competing in the Sprint Cup Series.
Kevin Harvic, one of the competing drivers in the series said that he thinks that everything looks clearer not only on the side of NASCAR but as well to the drivers affected by the penalty issues.

Kevin Michael HarvickHe said there’s no different from what players and coaches from the major leagues such as NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball getting those penalties but now that everything will be open , drivers like him can censored themselves and don’t just put the blame on the sanctioning body. It is now open for both NASCAR and the drivers to talk and work out the issues. He also added that he’s thankful that it’s now going public and admit that for him everything is much clearer.
In the last two years, NASCAR has imposed p fines for some drivers for their comments without publicly issuing the penalty. It was only last November that Brad Keselowski was fined for his critical comments on the way the sport’s is taking the issues of electronic fuel injection while Ryan Newman was fined for commenting on the racing activities in Talladega Superspeedway and Denny Hamlin for his comments on his Twitter account. All fines were done secretly.

Imposing secret fines is typically done for grievances drivers disclosed publicly without discussing them with NASCAR. After a series of talks with drivers and managers, NASCAR decided to totally abandon the practice. 
In a statement, NASCAR said that it will no longer impose fines that are undisclosed. It added that NASCAR have looked at the issue from every point of view and have collected feedbacks from the involved parties. Moreover, while the issues on sponsorship are always present and other union still releasing undisclosed and disclosed penalties, the NASCAR had resolved that fines will only be released and made known to the public when all that are involved have been informed. This includes competitors or organizations that have done something against the rules.
Just recently in the midst of Keselowski secret fines, Brian France, Nascar Chairman made a statement defending NASCAR’s undisclosed fines but added that if making it publicly will be beneficial to everybody, NASCAR is open. The announcement that was made making all fines to go public is a proof that NASCAR took the decision as beneficial to all.
RCR driver Paul Menard shares the same opinion and just like most drivers, he sees the decision as a cool move.