Whoa ho ho hey. Welcome Gabbers and others. Todays the day. Who gets the Sprint Cup? Will it be #6 for Jimmie? Will Kenseth some how walk away with it or will Harvick snag the prize? Those are your guys. Now Jimmie has a 28 point lead over Kenseth and 34 on Harvick. I think Jimmie has to finish like 21st or better to win it. If he doesn't have a rear gear go on him like last year at this race then he has it but.....shit happens. My vote is for shit to happen. But first lets check out some updates of fast stuff.
EPIC SPLIT WITH ELEMENT OF DANGER
If you haven't seen it yet you must go to You Tube and look up Volvo Trucks - Epic Split feat. Van Damme. Volvo is advertising their steering innovations and they put Van Damme standing on the mirrors of 2 trucks driving backwards side by side on a closed air port at sun rise. And then they drive apart leaving Van Damme in an epic split between the 2 trucks. It's amazing. If he wants to really put it up a notch it'd be cool if he could do it between 2 Cup cars at 200 mph at Dover.
Extra video - Volvo Trucks - The Hamster Stunt : Charlie The Hero. In this one the hamster drives the truck. cool one also. Not as cool as Van Damme but worthy of a look up.
While your there you could look up a guy named Philip DeFranco. He does a quick news thing every day. Some times he's really funny. I like his take on things and all the cool stuff he puts up like the Van Damme stunt.
DARIO FRANCHITTI TO RETIRE FROM INDYCAR
After consulting with his doctors Dario has decided to retire from Indy Car. Without giving more details about the full extent of the injuries he received in the wreck a couple weeks ago he has said he doesn't want to put a black eye on the sport by having another wreck which might hurt some one. This was his 3rd concussion and doctors have advised him to get out of the car for good. His broken back and broken leg are injuries he will recover fully from but the concussions are another thing. Indy Car does base line testing and NASCAR is now getting into it as well. Dario is married to actress Ashley Judd. Get well soon Dario.
TRAVIS PASTRANA TO HANG UP HIS NASCAR STEERING WHEEL
Homestead is likely Pastrana's last Nationwide race. He sights a combination of sponsorship, sub par results and balancing a 33 race schedule with his new baby. He hates to quit and fail but has never figured out how to finesse a stock car on a pavement track.
Addy was born in September and Pastrana says his wife, Lyn - Z has been his biggest supporter in his foray into NASCAR racing but he'll be going back to rally cars and off road trucks. He feels he needs to take a step back and look at his situation as a husband and father.
TREVOR BAYNE ANNOUNCES HE HAS MS
Back in 2011 Bayne won the Daytona 500 in the Cup Series driving the #21 for the Wood Brothers and then for 2 months he couldn't race. It started out with numbness in his arm. It was thought that maybe a spider bite in Miami had caused his illness but after testing at the Mayo Clinic it was thought he had Lyme Disease. After more testing they have come to the conclusion he has Multiple Sclerosis.
Jack Roush said that he and the team will support him and believe he can still race full time in the Nationwide Series. Baynes doctors said at this time he is cleared to race.
Bayne is 22 years old and a newly wed. Hope things turn out well for Bayne.
AND THE DEBATE CONTINUES
Donovan McNabb says that Jimmie Johnson is not an athlete. He was part of 3 panalists on FOX Sports 1's show Fox Sports Live. When asked where Johnson ranked among top current athletes he had this to say....."You've got to like what he's been able to do. You've got to give him a little credit. Do I think he's an athlete? Absolutely not."
He went on to say that he ranked Johnson 3rd behind Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant.
Johnson's response on Twitter....."I choose to be respectful. There is way too much venom spewed these days."
Johnson's boss, Rick Hendrick says he thinks that the bike rides, running and twice daily work outs are what keeps Johnson fit and able to handle the stress of driving long races.
Donovan said to look up the word athlete and you'll have your answer.
So is he or is he not an athlete?
LOGANO GETS ENGAGED
Says he's lucky to be engaged to his best friend. Hell I didn't know he was old enough to be out after curfew. No details on the intended yet. Wonder who gets to wear the fire suit in that house?
PHOENIX WRAP UP
Mr Harvick won last week when Edwards ran out of fuel on the last lap. Kenseth and Hamlin tanked big time despite having top 10's in the March race. I'm calling bogus on that. Phoenix weather doesn't fluctuate like it does else where. No excuses on what happened. How could they have lost the set up? Edwards and Harvick repeated from March. Well Edwards would've repeated but ran out of fuel. I could except that better than the ill handling issues Kenseth and Hamlin had all race long.
It started out with a 3 wide fight right out of the gate with Johnson falling back when Logano bumped into him. Gordon and Hamlin fought over the lead and then all of a sudden Hamlin's car handling issues start and he becomes caution #1 when he spins.
Harvick takes the lead. Dale Jr is back in for tires due to a vibration. Now he's a lap down in 32nd.
Did you know this was Jeff Burton's 1000th start?
Lap 110 Kenseth says his car is plowing. Kahne is leading.
Lap 127 Keselowski leads. Kenseth and Hamlin are 28th & 29th.
Lap 145 Crunch...Danica is in it an. d she's swearing too. Kenseth in 10th. Johnson is 16th.
Lap 163 caution. Kenseth goes in for a 25 second pit stop that nobody seems to know if it's 2 or 4 tires. WTF are you doing guys?1?!?!!!!? He's now 29th. Johnson is 25th.
Newman now leads. Till another caution at 200 lap mark. Logano takes it and Kenseth is dropping because he says it's "UNDRIVABLE!!!!".
Fast forward to 10 to go. Edwards has the lead but will he make it? His crew chief says yes but no to any Green/White Checkers but try to save fuel. Harvick is laughing in 2nd.
On the white flag lap Edwards sputters and Harvick snags the win while Edwards comes home 21st.
Top 15 finish - Harvick - Kahne - Johnson - Dale Jr - Kurt B - Montoya - Kyle B - Truex - Logano - Newman - Keselowski - Stenhouse - Biffle - Gordon - Martin
So guess who has the pole after they tanked so bad last week? Yeah, Kenseth. Finished 22nd minus 1 lap and now he gets pole for the last race. He has the better record of Johnson and Harvick at this track. I'll say top 10
Johnson had his rear gear let go with 41 to go. He went to the pits and then the garage. No championship. He's got his Texas beat down car for todays race. Expect big things. A top 10.
Harvick is in it to win the race or that championship. Both Johnson and Kenseth have to screw up big but I'm all for shit happens. Top 10.
Kyle B Won the truck race on Friday here at Homestead and the owners championship for the Truck Series. He was 4th last year. Top 5.
Dale Jr has had 3 2nd place finishes and last week was a 4th. Top 10.
Gordon won here last year. But you know how I feel about picking Gordon or Kahne. Consult your local Tarot Reader or Psychic.
Biffle and Edwards I'll given a top 15. Crappy days happen to them.
Bowyer & Truex get top 10's.
Kurt B gets a top 10.
Logano & Keselowski are starting 3rd & 4th. Top 15's.
Newman gets a top 10.
Some B's & C's to help you out. Burton, Almirola, Allmendinger will be in the #47, Martin is in the #14, Bayne and McMurray has been showing up. This is Montoya's last Cup race as he will be returning to Indy Car to drive for Roger Penske.
Last years top 15 finish - Gordon - Bowyer - Newman - Kyle B - Biffle - Truex - Almirola - Harvick - Kurt B - Dale Jr - Menard - Edwards - Ambrose - Logano - Keselowski
So it's crunch time. Good luck with your picks.
Thanks giving is around the corner. So looking forward to some mashed potatoes and gravy. But it's time for some racing and football first. Everybody be safe in your travels, enjoy your family and friends and for those of you in the northeast I hope your warm and toasty. Give that remote a hug.
And I'm outta here.......