Skip to comments.NASCAR: THE TRACK TOO TOUGH TO TAME - SATURDAY NIGHT RACING DARLINGTON ~ FOX 6:30pm/et
Posted on 05/08/2007 2:17:24 PM PDT by WestCoastGal
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Todd Berrier on the COT.
Q: How’s the Car of Tomorrow going to play at Darlington this weekend?
Berrier: How’s the COT going to play at Darlington? I really think, at the end of a fuel run, you’ll be able to go out there and run faster in a rental car. I’m being perfectly honest with you.
I think it’s going to be miserably slow. But, I don’t honestly know. I think the race at Phoenix, where we were at another mile place; I think it was rather boring from my perspective.
Then I watched the Busch race at Richmond [last] Friday night and I thought it was rather good. I’m hoping the same thing plays out for [the Car of Tomorrow] — the thing is just so top-heavy and the center of gravity is so high.
There’s nothing about it that you would build, intentionally that way to go to Darlington and run fast — or anyplace else, for that matter. Darlington is just going to be way worse because the tires fall off so much.
I feel like it’s going to be miserable — miserably ugly. But I might be 100 percent wrong.
I went to the race this past weekend at Richmond..I was the guy in the baseball hat sittin on the backstretch just before turn 3..didja’ll see me?? ROFL
Saw a really good looking guy sitting there. Should have known it was a FReeper :-)
ROFL..I have a face built for radio..:-)
PING TO Darlington Race thread........
Because of the tracks unwieldy shape, Darlington Raceway has been considered one of the most difficult tracks to drive. Winning at Darlington means that you possess exceptional skills behind the wheel. The track has been nicknamed The Lady In Black, and dubbed the track Too Tough To Tame.
You never forget your first love, seven-time Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt once said, whether its a high school sweetheart, a faithful old hunting dog, or a fickle racetrack in South Carolina with a contrary disposition. And, if you happen to be a race car driver theres no victory so sweet, so memorable, as whipping Darlington Raceway.
Check out this link: HERE
Seems some are worried that Hendrick Motor Sports is 'winning too much'... Wonder how HELTON thinks? Would Nascar complain about the NYYankees winning several World Series in a row???
Dunno if I can stand to see Team Hendrick’s 8th win of the year.
We all thought BRISTOL’s first COT encounter was going to be a wreckfest, but the cars handled so horribly that it was hard to get ‘racey’ with them.
I suspect the same thing this weekend???
I suspect the same thing this weekend???
They may still handle horribly, but Darlington is a handling track, and that wall is closer than ever because the COT is wider than the current-generation cars.
My thoughts are that Hendrick has tested many, many, many more times than every one else. That is a fact and the other teams can only blame themselves. I blame Teresa for not putting the money into this effort, DEI has practiced very little........if I remember correctly they didn’t even have a finished car until December for crying out loud.
“”They say that Hendrick’s have almost 100 days of testing in the COT car ... we’ve spent nine days testing,” Biffle said.”
” Earnhardt, mired in contract talks with struggling Dale Earnhardt Inc., had a twinge of jealousy in his voice while explaining that Hendrick has used several different test drivers this season to gather data. Max Papis, David Green and 17-year-old development driver Landon Cassill have all logged considerable hours with the Chevrolet Impala for Hendrick.”
They’ve got a lot of resources. They’ve got a great company, two, three really good cars every week, great crew chiefs. They’ve really got the package right now,” Earnhardt said. “Their cars, they handle pretty good. They’re getting through the center of the corner better with the COT, and that’s just because they test the hell out of it.
“I hear rumors they got Max Papis and road race guys at Sonoma testing and testing and testing and testing.” [that’s true]
Asked if DEI could keep up, Earnhardt didn’t pause.
“No. Not many teams can do that,” he said. “There are a few that can do that, but not many. They put a lot back into their race teams, you know what I mean?” [yes Jr we know what you mean $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$]
Did you see the special tires they put on it to get it to fit in the hauler?
Not directly. Don't think Roush has that problem because of how they configured their haulers (or at least that's what Robot said last week).
I live just a few miles from Michigan international speedway. My neighbor’s brother in law is a former ARCA and occasional Busch series driver (Bill Ebersole). Ebersole is the president of the Track Time driving school at MIS but I’ve never done it.
My first trp to Darlington - I can’t wait.
Outstanding! Great pic there... I probably wouldn’t sleep for a day from the adrenaline rush from that. You of course asked Shaun if you could give er a spin, eh?
And, you did stop at Dreamland-BBQ for ribs afterwards, right?
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