Crewman who threw a sledgehammer suspended

From yahoo sports:

After Harvick and Dillon crashed late in the race, Harvick — who currently drives for RCR in the Sprint Cup Series — stopped in Dillon’s pit box out of frustration. Dillon’s crew angrily confronted Harvick to get him out of the way and a sledgehammer came out of nowhere from the direction of the pit box.

Guess they figured out where “nowhere” was, and his name is Adam Brown.

Absolute Perfection – Martinsville

A spectacular race deserves a spectacular schmak! Instead, we offer this week’s schmak, dealing with such issues as the Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress remarks, the racing, and of course, the schmak t-shirt party, now scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17th, at Cronies Sports Grill!

Picks for next week at Texas:

Coach: Kyle Busch
Rob: Dale Jr.

Covering 101 Damnations at Talladega

This week we cover the news of the Air Titan’s palns for 2014, Todd Parrot’s parties of 2013, Elephant hunting parties of 2012 (and Go Daddy “commitments”), and a whole lot of stuff.

Also, the boring race with the bored announcers allowed us to produce one of the best ever episodes of the schmak.

Picks for Martinsville 2:

Coach: Jeff Gordon

Rob: Kyle Busch

Keepin’ up with the Schmakers at Charlotte

Happy 100th episode y’all!

We celebrate like we started – late, drunk, and mostly off-topic.

This episode has everything – songs, rants, and all sorts of late night hilarity.

Picks for next week at Talladega:

Coach: Jamie McMurray
Rob: Matt Kenseth

Truex to the 78, officially

Long rumored, finally confirmed. Expect an actual announcement on Tuesday the 22nd. No word on NAPA at all.

MWR down to 2 full time cars in 2014

From sbnation

The fallout from the biggest cheating scandal in NASCAR history continues, as Michael Waltrip Racing will downsize from three full-time teams to two for the 2014 Sprint Cup season.

Martin Truex Jr. and his crew chief have been told they are free to look for employment elsewhere officially.

Unofficially, they’ve been looking ever since the Richmond scandal.

Bad news for about 15% of the MWR staff who will not have a job in a month or two.

Brain Vickers out for the rest of 2013 due to blood clots

Sad news from jayski:

Brian Vickers to miss the rest of the 2013 season: Michael Waltrip Racing learned today that Brian Vickers is not available to race for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues. Vickers said Dr. William Downey has placed him on blood thinning medication after a Monday morning examination on his right leg discovered a small blood clot in his calf region. The medications will keep Vickers out of the #55 Aaron’s Toyota the remainder of the season, effective immediately. Vickers said his physicians are confident he will be able to resume activity before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins.

What was a bad year for MWR has just gotten even worse.

Domestic Abuse: Kvapil – Arrested, Released, Still Racing

We talked about this a little bit on our latest schmak, but didn’t know a lot about the situation. Now some alleged facts have emerged, and, if true, sounds worse:

According to court records reviewed by The Sporting News, Kvapil allegedly pulled his wife into a bedroom by her hair and struck her in the head. He is not permitted to return home and can only contact his wife by phone or email on matters concerning their children.

Pulled her hair and punched her in the head. What did he have to say for himself?

Kvapil, who will race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, apologized to BK Racing, NASCAR, fans and “anyone else that was impacted by Tuesday night.”

His wife & children aren’t specifically named. Perhaps they’re part of the “anyone else”.

“Obviously, there was a domestic situation Tuesday night with my wife. Regret that that happened,” he said after qualifying 41st Thursday night.

“there was a domestic situation” – no, he pulled his wife by the hair and punched her. That’s assault. Jerk.

“Regret that that happened” – there’s no “I” in that statement. Taking no blame. No apologies.

“Because it is a family, personal matter, we ask for respect and privacy in this situation and we try to work it out together as a family. I’m obviously embarrassed about the situation. I don’t like the negative effects that it has brought on.”

“…don’t like the negative effects” – I’m sure his wife didn’t like the negative effects of a fist to the face either. Jerk.

“It’s been tough. I guess you really find out your true friends, your supporters,” Kvapil said.

So Kvapil is trying to be a victim here. Not a lot of people want to be associated with a wife-beater. Hopefully his “true friends” are the ones telling him how he screwed up and how to apologize and such. Anyone unquestioningly standing by him at this point is not a “true friend”.

“It’s been quite an eye-opening experience.

I bet it was for his wife, too. Especially after he punched her.

Been through some things I definitely don’t ever want to go through again.

He’s the one who put both of them through all these things. Again, trying be the victim. Jerk.

I should add that to be fair, the full facts of the situation haven’t been divulged, and might not ever be divulged. But no matter what the circumstances are leading up to the assault, this whole situation could have been avoided by simply not pulling his wife by the hair into another room and then striking her in the head.

And of course, the 83 and 93 BK racing teams were sporting the logos of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – starting this week. Still, he will be racing this weekend, despite his “I’m kind of a victim too” non-apology “apology”.

Sophisticated Multi-Zone Dual Compound Podcast – at Kansas

This week we take on the race at Kansas, and schmak a bunch of news, including the Kvapil wife-beating incident.

Picks for next week at Charlotte:

Coach: Kevin Harvick
Rob: Kurt Busch

Continuing to Cheapen the Coverage at Dover

This week we ask the question that everyone should be asking – has there been any improvement to the TV coverage since 2001?

Also, we schmak the race, the championship, and the alternate reality elimination championship.

Picks for next week:

Coach: Clint Bowyer
Rob: Martin Truex Jr.