Kevin Harvick received $4,800,000 for winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Add $853,000 in special awards and $7,100,000 in race earnings, making a total of nearly $12,800,000. I would assume that Harvick’s contract with Stewart-Haas Racing calls for the driver to receive at least 50% of race earnings, so 2014 was not bad at all for the driver of the #4 car.
Carl Edwards states that anything less than a 2015 championship for him will be a disappointment. Well, he came from Roush Fenway racing, so he has learned how to live with disappointment. The way I see it is that Edwards is only the fourth driver on a four car team, and Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth aren’t likely to pull over to let Edwards become the big dog in the Joe Gibbs Racing.
Pen in Edward’s RFR replacement Trevor Bayne as NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year. No, I don’t think Roush Fords are going to somehow become more competitive in 2015 than they were in 2014. As of this moment, Bayne is the only candidate for ROY.
Actually, I think Richard Petty Motorsports will become the #2 Ford team (Penske is definitely #1) in 2015. Aric Almirola won a race for RPM last season, and I think his new teammate Sam Hornish will prove that he belongs back in the Sprint Cup series by winning a race this year.
Buried in the spending bill Congress passed to keep our government running was a provision that benefit race tracks to the tune of paying $76,000,000 less in taxes over the next 10 years. The provision allows tracks to record depreciation over 7 years instead of the normal 25 years on construction projects. While the provision covers all race tracks, I assume the figure mentioned was just on premier NASCAR tracks since a NASCAR writer did the story. Tax breaks and increased TV revenue, you can’t beat that if you are a big-time asphalt speedway.
Hopefully-at least for Jimmie Johnson fans-the six time NASCAR champ will be more adept at saving fuel on the race track in 2015, than he was in Charlotte yesterday. Johnson ran his SUV out of gas-and of course being a slow news day someone captured a photo of him adding gas to his vehicle. And being a slow day for bloggers too, I am writing about it.
Anyway, I thought NASCAR champions have limos to take them everywhere.
Remember the idiot drunk who brought out a caution during the fall Richmond race because he crawled on the catch fence? He is now paying the price for his 10 minutes of so called fame. He was convicted of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was ordered to pay a fine of $100 and serve 15 days in jail-on weekends.
The only thing I wonder about with this sentence is the public drunkenness. Yes, it was embarrassingly obvious in this case, but I would think tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of others could be arrested for public drunkenness while leaving a race track.
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