Denny Hamlin after getting an award for the most poles this year: "Hard to believe I won anything." #NASCAR
For those asking who won the Most Popular Driver Award...they announce it during the lunch. Maybe know in an hour or so. I'll let you know.
Among the people who will be honored at this lunch: Championship crew chief, Rookie of the Year, Most Popular Driver.
Coming up next is the Myers Brothers Awards lunch. This is kind of like the pre-awards (so the banquet isn't six hours long tomorrow night).
Some of the drivers affected by NASCAR's HOF changes are Mark Martin, Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte. Will they go in on first ballot?
Quick take: Brian France had a good media session. Aside from Richmond stuff (I still disagree), his head seems to be in the right place.
France says he wasn't worried about MWR scandal having a long-term blemish on the sport bc NASCAR dealt with it swiftly.
France on his emotions when MWR scandal happened: "I was pissed off, if you really want to know the truth. I was very angry about it."
France on F1 scheduling Austin race vs. Texas race. "Wouldn't be my first choice. I expect them to suffer a lot more than Texas to suffer."
France says NASCAR is going to change qualifying to make it "a little more exciting" for the fans. Will announce changes soon.
BZF on Richmond penalties: "Try to do the right thing even if it wasn't going to be the most popular thing. ... I wouldn't change anything."
Will sked change in 2015? France: "I don't see significant changes. It's too hard to move historical dates with the calendar."
Brian France: "We're looking for more green-flag lead changes. ... Particularly on the mile-and-a-halfs. It's a hard thing to do." #NASCAR
France wants to work on the rules packages first with the car. Then after that, he'll look at format changes, race lengths, etc.
France wants another look at making winning more important: "Do we have it perfect with the right incentives to win? I don't think we do."
NASCAR has reduced officiating staff and will in the future use cameras and other tech to police pit road, inspections.
France wants more tech companies to notice NASCAR. "We're not as relevant as we can be (to them). We're going to change that over time."
Brian France says he has assurances from ESPN that it's "going to do a great job as they say goodbye in their final year." #NASCAR
France says he hopes the changes to the Gen 6 rules package (working on it at Monday's test) will tighten the competition.
Brian France calls Monday's Charlotte test "important" and says he'll be in attendance. "We're after some interesting changes in the rules."
And France says NASCAR did a good job in responding to the Richmond crisis.
Brian France on Richmond: "Every sport...faces moments when your credibility is tested. The question is, 'How do you respond?'" #NASCAR
I'm not a Hall voter, but all these changes sound logical to me. And it's smart to say they'll consider reducing class sizes eventually.
It'd be kind of cool to have an active HOFer on the track. If someone has been around for 30 yrs, it's not like selection would be premature
Obviously, most Hall of Famers in other sports are inducted after they've retired. But drivers have such long careers, this makes sense.
NASCAR announces it will NOT change number of people who go in each year (five) or have a veterans' committee. But might change minds later.
Let's take Mark Martin, for example. He could have been eligible for the Hall last year while he was still driving.
Drivers now eligible for Hall if they compete in NASCAR for 30 years or reach age 55. So...this means CURRENT drivers could go in Hall.
is about to announce changes to Hall of Fame voting. Currently, five people go in per year. Let's see what the changes are...
The champ experiences a "hangover." instagram.com/p/hjBewYkpec/
: As NBC announces a talent lineup, what's the dual-pronged approach to its #nascar
return in 2015? usat.ly/1hztOO8
is currently tweeting some behind-the-scenes TV pics from Vegas. Check him out if you don't follow.
Not that anyone asked, but wish Fremont Street game show would have had driver participation more than basically being suitcase-holders.
Does anyone understand my tweets about this? Sorry, hard to explain
Dale Jr: "Y'all are onto us. We're in timeout." Just the latest NASCAR cheating scandal. Lol. 😜
Now the rules are changing! Drivers don't get briefcases until after the contestants select them! Fans booed. I'm serious. NASCAR!
"The Banker" warned drivers they'll start at rear of field for Vegas race if they keep helping the contestants cheat. Haha.
The drivers finally figured out the game and are now skirting the rules by giving signals to contestants to pick their briefcases.
Drivers in back row are shivering. @JamieLittleESPN
told them "Well, if you'd finish in the top six, you'd have your own heater." (they do!)
The Deal or No Deal game is the drivers being models for the suitcases. Fans get to pick the one they want. pic.twitter.com/KmqdpIve2O
Contestant said "Yes sir" in a response to @JamieLittleESPN
Jamie: "Sir?? Have you been drinking today?"
Contestant: "Yes I have."
It's always great when friends get to sit next to each other... pic.twitter.com/LI55lQwXm3
Dale Jr. told crowd his favorite thing about Vegas is the restaurants and beer. No shows? "I don't waste my time on those shows," he said.
Here's game show host @JamieLittleESPN
(drivers about to play Deal or No Deal) with the Winter X Games outfit. pic.twitter.com/scWzVJptp6
This is the drivers view on red carpet. vine.co/v/hxrtTT3WO2d
Fans meeting the drivers in Vegas. vine.co/v/hxrTV5AVbiq
Hanging out with @daryl_wright
at Fremont Street Experience, waiting for NASCAR fan event. (Daryl helping @jaymohr37
Happy for @RickAllenracing
that he gets a chance to be lead announcer for NBC Sports. Think his combo with Burton will be very good. #NASCAR
Double-page NASCAR-related ad in today's @USATODAYsports
. That's going big! pic.twitter.com/uzw9rNh2QN