Message from Larry

August 15,2014

Well, we are back to the Irish Hills this weekend. It’s only been nine weeks since we were last racing at Michigan but there are always a couple questions when you go back to a track for a second time in the season.

The first question the drivers and teams will have is has the track lost any grip because it’s been sitting there during those nine weeks in the summer weather.

The other question is as the track surface gets older from its recent re-pave and more races are run on it, has the racing groove widened out even more. I think every time we go back to Michigan we see the groove widen out. The real positive to that is it leads to more great racing.

If you are trying to pick favorites for this weekend and go back to the June race at Michigan, well, it is pretty glaringly clear who you should watch. Hendrick Motorsports dominated that race. Not only did Jimmie Johnson win the race but all four of their cars finished in the top seven.

In the same breath you can’t ignore Team Penske. Their Fords were awfully strong at Michigan. Stewart-Haas’s Kevin Harvick, which has the alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, sat on the pole and finished second. So to me as I like to always say, it’s more of the same from June with the usual cast of characters.

I am also going to be keeping my eye on Joe Gibbs Racing as a whole. I want to see if they can get back to the roll they seemed to get on at the beginning of July. Then the other organization I am going to be watching is Roush-Fenway Racing. They were an absolute disaster at Michigan in June.

I mean, they were seriously that bad at a place they are known for dominating. Let’s put it this way, of their three cars, Greg Biffle was the highest finisher of them — and the best Greg could muster was a 20th-place finish.

Roush-Fenway Racing struggled so much that weekend that they even burned one of their tests and went back to Michigan a couple weeks ago. That’s a far cry from the days when we used to roll into Michigan and pretty much every time teams were racing for second place because it was a given that a Roush car was going to win.

Look for the speeds to once again be high. The drivers will tell you they feel the sensation at Michigan a lot more than at other tracks. A lot of that has to do with the fact that there isn’t a ton of banking at Michigan but there is a ton of grip.

Also don’t forget, we are down to it. There are only four races left in the regular season and a lot of drivers are still on the edge of making or missing the Chase as the regular-season clock is quickly coming to a close.

August 13, 2014

I realize it was a bad weekend for Joe Gibbs Racing last week at Watkins Glen, but I don’t know if they have a reason to be concerned.

I mean, you have to dig deeper and look at why their finishes were the way they were. For instance, in Kyle Busch’s case, maybe he needs to simply figure out on a road course you only need to go 90 percent instead of 120 percent, because I saw the same thing from him Saturday in the Nationwide race at The Glen. Teammate Denny Hamlin got caught up in a wreck, obviously.

There are six races every season, that while still paying the same amount of points, are irrelevant to the rest of the schedule. Naturally I am talking about our four restrictor plate races and our two road course races on the schedule. A bad weekend on a plate track or a road course doesn’t mean your team will be in trouble on a 1.5-mile track. It just doesn’t.

With all that said, Joe Gibbs Racing fully realizes they are probably just a half-click or full click behind Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing and obviously, Hendrick Motorsports.

I know JGR had a bit of a rough run at Pocono, with Kyle Busch losing an engine and then teammate Matt Kenseth getting caught up in a wreck. They have to look at the positives though which include the races at Kentucky, Loudon, Daytona and the Brickyard 400 where all three JGR cars had speed and they performed well.

This upcoming Michigan race is a place we will be watching Joe Gibbs Racing for sure. Where Matt Kenseth is in points, I’m not going to sit here and say for sure he is locked into the Chase, especially with four races to go. Are we really going to have four new winners the last four races of our regular season? While, sure, it is possible, I just doubt it will happen, so Matt should be okay with the point cushion he has to make the Chase. My point is it looks pretty assured that Joe Gibbs Racing will have all three of their teams in the Chase.

So that is a positive for the entire organization but trust me, nobody knows better than Joe Gibbs Racing that they still have work to do for when the Chase starts to be contenders and not pretenders.

Larry Mac 

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Generally regarded as one of the greatest Crew Chiefs in NASCAR history, Larry McReynolds’ career spans the last 39 years, during which time he has guided a number of the sport’s top drivers to the pinnacle of racing, as well as having served as a world-wide ambassador to motorsports through his work as a television commentator, motivational speaker and philanthropist. Since his first win at Watkins Glenn in 1988 with Ricky Rudd, Larry’s ability to develop, motivate and lead teams to success at the sport’s highest level has set him apart. Over the course of his 17 year career as a Crew Chief, Larry had the opportunity to work with NASCAR greats Ernie Irvan, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Davey Allison, whose now famous #28 Texaco Ford captured 11 wins and 3 poles in a single season under Larry’s watchful eye.

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Perhaps, however, the greatest and most well documented accomplishment of Larry’s career as Crew Chief came in 1998, when Larry guided Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first and only Daytona 500 victory. All-in-all, Larry and his teams finished in the Top-10 in an incredible 47% of the races in which they competed, amassing 23 victories (including two Daytona 500 victories and back-to-back Winston All Star race wins), and 21 poles. Today, Larry McReynolds serves the sport of NASCAR as lead analyst for the Sprint Cup Series on Fox, Fox Sports 1, and TNT, as well as team owner of Larry McReynolds Racing, a recently developed team that seeks to build sponsorships and opportunities for some of the sports most promising young drivers, including Larry’s son Brandon McReynolds.

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NASCAR Crew Chief Highlights:

  • 23 NASCAR Winston Cup Victories
  • 21 NASCAR Winston Cup Pole Positions
  • 2 Daytona 500 Wins (1992 & 1998)
  • 2 Consecutive NASCAR All-Star Race Wins (1991 & 1992)
  • 122 Top-5 NASCAR Winston Cup Finishes
  • 209 Top-10 NASCAR Winston Cup Finishes

Crew Chief Awards:

  • 5-Time Consecutive Copenhagen/Skoal All Pro Crew Chief Award Recipient (1991 – 1995)
  • UAW GM Teamwork Award of Excellence Recipient (1998)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

  • 2008 Inductee to the Oceanside Rotary Club Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach Florida
  • 2013 Inductee to the Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers Hall of Fame

 

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