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Formula 1 Qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit
Saturday November 2, 2013
Qualifying day was met with ups, downs, controversy and surprise.
After the race in Abu Dhabi there are only two races left in the Formula 1 season. The USGP in Austin Texas and the Brazil race.
The 2013 season is the swan song for the very likeable Mark Webber, who just made pole position by beating the time of teammate and red bull champion, Sebastian Vettel.
On the downside was fan favorite and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton, who qualified fourth but was unable to finish Q3 because his car broke-down. The Mercedes driver is in a great position to take the number two or three spot on points, and help his team land in second place, in the constructors.
Abu Dhabi was not without controversy when the "iceman," Kimi Raikkonen, with Lotus F1 held a press conference to clear up rumors of trouble between him and team heads.
The usually shy Raikkonen said the issues were about money. He went on to say he had not been paid all year and he might not race on Sunday unless, something was worked out. This is Kimi’s last season with Lotus F1 because he made a deal with the Ferrari team and will drive for them next season.
The big surprise during qualifying was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who did not make it into the top ten. Alonso will be in 11th place on the starting grid, which has put his team chances of second place, in jeopardy.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News F1 updates.
Tonight on Talking in Circles: Front Row Motorsports driver David Ragan is going to Joe Gibbs Racing for the immediate future. Ragan will be in the car this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He was chosen over Erik Jones and Matt Crafton. Jones will drive No. 54 car NXS car for JGR. Do we see Jones? Is Ford right in letting him do this? Is FRM right?
Joe Nemechek will replace Ragan at Front Row Motorsports for this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. No word on the driver past Atlanta Motor Speedway for the No. 34.
Also Regan Smith will drive the No. 41 Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. No word on future past Atlanta.
John Harlow from BeyondTheFlag.com joins the show to add his opinions to the week's events.
Derrike Cope and Tanner Berryhill complained about the qualifying at Daytona and saying that it hurt the small teams on the plate tracks. Is single car runs the only solution?
Davey Allison would have been 54 years old today. If he were still alive today, How would the sport be changed?
Danica Patrick's penalty. Written warning?
Dash4Cash is back. Cool deal? Wish we saw something like this in Cup?
Truck penalty. 20 and 29 trucks had loose screws.
NASCAR’s BACK!!! . . . and, that means so is our Frat House Sports Radio Network’s Race Trim MotorSports Hour, and hosts Uncle Mark and Brandon have already got a lot of grease on their hands in the garage.
It seems through every step of the pre-event hype to Sunday’s Daytona 500, there has been some sort of controversy – (1) fights following the Unlimited; (2) wrecks in pole qualifying; (3) uncertainty followed by bickering at the Duals; and, (4) suspensions just before the race.
Kurt Busch has been indefinitely suspended following allegations of domestic abuse; Chevrolet has stepped away from his sponsorship; NASCAR has dropped all of his merchandise from their web site and from all vendors at Daytona International Speedway and had him escorted by police to his airplane out of town. The guys are debating “The Outlaw’s” situation. And want to hear from you, the fans!
Plus, beginning the season have the Toyota’s solved their engine problems and will this lead the way for Joe Gibbs Racing to dominate; and, who are some of the drivers that might make “The Chase” this year that didn’t in 2014.
“Sidekick” brings you his NASCAR Fantasy picks right from the track at Daytona, and “Frat House Mike” updates the NHRA Drag-Racing season.
As usual, they've got the coffee. You bring the donuts and bring enough for the guys parked right now over in the "Frat House Sports Garage" . . . oh, and be sure to give them a call at 347 - 826 - 9964!
Fat Guy in Spandex is a middle-aged, over educated, under employed, overweight, white guy who loves hockey, NASCAR and dumb-ass, quirky comedy. On his podcast, he pontificates about all things associated with a lazy life, sex, sports and much, much more.
Today’s episode looks at: NASCAR's new Knock-Out Qualifying and the Daytona 500 and Clint Boyer. Get the Fat Guy's take on Clint Boyer's frustrations and being a fan of the fastest sport on Earth.
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The Frat House Sports Gang flips the switch again this week on the 180th Frat House Sports Show welcoming in a new season of NASCAR . . . so if you’re an auto racing fan you better be ready to get on the line.
The “Speedweeks” leading to the season-opening Daytona 500 have been filled with controversy . . . and drama – Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick squaring off after the “Unlimited” exhibition – the ridiculousness and “crap” as Clint Bowyer described qualifying – Princess Danica having to racing-in to even make NASCAR’s “Super Bowl.”
We heap more gas on the flames with our guest, Chuck Ellison of SaveStockCarRacing.com who has some provocative, but growing, sentiments about the NASCAR product; Brian France; the future of the sport and how to fix it; and, the personalities that surround it. THIS is a fan with some passion and strong opinions guaranteed to rock you off your seat and to the phone!
Meanwhile over in MLB, Biogensis “drug-lord” Tony Bosch is heading to jail while his #1 client on speed-dial, Alex Rodriguez hand-writes a tearful apology to everyone in the entire world and Pete Rose sits in the dugout waiting for an audience with the Pope . . . oh, and you got to know we can’t step too far away from the NFL!
We’re covering SOMETHING you have an opinion about, so be sure to jump in with the Frat House Gang – Frat House Mike, Uncle Mark, Sidekick, and Brandon – by giving your opinion at 347 – 826 – 9964!
In this episode of The Red Light Sports Ramble, presented by The Red Light Sports Network, Evan Witalison and Troy Otradovec will talk some NASCAR, NBA All-Star Game, Milwaukee Bucks, and some other intersting sports topics. Jeff Gordan has decided to turn off the ignition, after this season. In his last Daytona 500, he caputered the poll. This is nothing new, in his storied career. However, this year the Indy 500 had a different qualifying format. Prior to this year, it was a single car qualifying, in which the fatest times qualified. This year that had mini races, to set the field. Many drivers were not happy with the new format.
Adam Tate (Tribute Racing), Josh Farmer (Motorsport Monday), Christopher DeHarde (Motorsport.com), and Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing) gear up for the 16th instalment of "In the Gravel Trap" with the latest look into IndyCar media day, along with the NASCAR action from Daytona.
Chevrolet has released its new aero-kits for the Verizon IndyCar Series, James Jakes is the new face at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and Chip Ganassi Racing gives its hotshoe development driver Sage Karam the nod for its fourth seat at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Daytona Speedweeks has been action-packed from the Sprint Unlimited this past Saturday night, followed by a highly debated qualifying session on Sunday as the stars of NASCAR battled for the pole of the Great American Race. We look at that and preview the Budweiser Duels, and are prepared to give you our picks for who wins the 57th annual Daytona 500.
On this episode of Talking in Circles we talk about another disaster of a qualifying session, and we'll review it. We'll decide who is in, and who really needs to push it in their duel race.
The front row, takes the back seat to a disasterous qualifying format, is that really good for the sport?
Also, Brandon has a theory to possibly fix this current format. If this is the system NASCAR wants to keep, then so be it, but it absolutely needs tweaking. And maybe this idea will be the best one of all.
Also, last night was the Sprint Unlimited, where Matt Kenseth went to victory lane. It was a crazy race, with a lot of cautions, and we'll talk about what this may mean for Sunday's Daytona 500.
The front row is set, but many drivers are unhappy. With the Budweiser Duels looming to set the entire field for the Daytona 500, Dustin Parks and Patti Rodisch are ready to look back at the first weekend of Speedweeks in Daytona, while looking ahead to four consecutive days of on-track action.
Qualifying may have set the front row, but drivers were not happy with the new group format. Did it work, or did it just create more chaos? Matt Kenseth got his first victory in over a season, even though it was a non-points race, it gives him a lot of momentum heading into the big race. Is he even more of a favorite now?
These questions will get answered, along with a look ahead to the first races of the year for the Camping World Truck Series and the debut race in the newly re-named Xfinity Series.
Tune in at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT.