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HAPPY NFL / NASCAR SUNDAY!!!!! Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. I'm a bit stuffed right now. Blew my diet all to hell. Friends and family day at work Saturday. Foooooooood and more foooooood that I'm trying to avoid. Mac n cheese, ice cream, cookies and bad bad things. Back on the wagon today. I swear the more water I drink the bigger the mac n cheese lump in my belly is getting. I've made the best juice combo in my juicer ever and I will concentrate on drinking that today......right after breakfast of course.
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Oooooooooooooo look at that. A 1971 Plymouth Barracuda which went for $98,000 at the Barrett Jackson Auction. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.
TONY STEWART ACQUITTED BY GRAND JURY
So Stewart has been acquitted in the Ward vs Stewart racing accident. The Grand Jury pointed out that according to the autopsy Kevin Ward Jr had enough marijuana in his system to impair judgement. The enhanced videos showed Stewart was trying to get away from Ward.†
The Ward Family however is going after Stewart in a wrongful death civil lawsuit. They say we should be looking at what Stewart did to Kevin not what Kevin did. New York state law says that a jury must find a percentage of fault to each party in the lawsuit. Expert lawyers are popping up saying that Stewart should just settle out of court to preserve his reputation and sponsor drawing power.†
I say, how much money is enough? Money won't bring Kevin back. The jury won't give you what you really want. The Ward Family can't put Stewart in jail, won't bankrupt him, can't take his NASCAR team or keep him from racing or living his life.†
Stewart has said that he can't bring himself to get into a winged sprint car again. His love of the tiny fast wild ride around the dirt track is effectively over. He loved the gimmick free racing and the purity of the dirt tracks around the nation. He feels his dirt racing days are over. This has profoundly effected him and he doesn't get mad at the things the Ward family are saying.
Whatever Stewart's reputation with his anger management may be he is still a very philanthropic person. The Tony Stewart Foundation is dedicated to children who are critically ill or physically disabled, animals at risk and endangered and race car drivers injured in racing.†
Last year when his leg was broken by the winged sprint car wreck he got people involved in getting safety improvements for that part. He also gave out $110,000 in helmets and firesuits to dirt track drivers in need of new updated equipment. He has given back to the racing community in a big way. Does this exonerate him? No. The videos did. Hopefully the Ward Family can come to grips with what happened and maybe reach out to Stewart to do something positive in their sons honor.
ROCKINGHAM SPEEDWAY FORECLOSURE ISSUES
$4.2 million is a rather big loan to default on but owners Any Hillenburg and Bill Silas did just that and Farmers & Merchants Bank of Slisburg were going to grab the keys but lawyers representing the owners hammered out a deal to keep the keys and have a private auction to sell the track and hopefully keep it out of foreclosure. Good luck with that one guys. Shame. That was a good race track. Wish NASCAR still raced there.†
NASCAR DIGITAL MEDIA TEAMS UP WITH YOU TUBE
YEAH!!!!! I missed last Sundays race because of my most handsome middle grandson's birthday party. On Tuesday I read that NASCAR Digital Media would allow You Tube to put all the Chase races on to watch after the race was over. So I got to watch my race after all. After the fact but at least I got to watch. Kind of like a DVR but not. Knowomsayin'? I'll take it. Hope they do more of that. Mom's threatening to shut off the cable.†
NASCAR 2015 COMPETITION PACKAGE REVEAL
Yup. More new rules and stuff for the teams to deal with. Over 60 new improvements and updates were brought out with the following goals in mind. Better competition - improved safety - reducing costs and environmental improvements...green stuff.
So here a a few of the new improvements.
---> NASCAR is banning all private testing
---> Teams will be invited to Goodyear tire testing
---> No testing at Daytona before the Daytona 500
---> Reduction in horsepower to 725
---> Rear spoiler lowered from 8 inches to 6 inches
---> Optional driver track bar adjustment inside car
---> Rain tires on road courses - Mandatory wipers, defoggers and rear flashing rain light
So these are just a few of the new changes for 2015. I think the rain tire thing is a cool idea. And I don't know how they're going to stop race teams from packing up and going to a non NASCAR sanctioned track to test. I know it would save money but how do you police that?
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP
The 2nd race of the Chase wreaked havoc on a few drivers. Hamlin had fueling issues. The car wasn't taking on fuel. A fuel probe replacement was in order but put him minus 11 laps and doomed. He ended his day in a wreck on a restart.
Ky Bu was in a wreck but managed to dig himself out and finish 8th. Crumpled up hood and all.†
Ku Bu had a right front tire go down and into the wall he went. Finished 36th minus 35 laps
Gordon had a tire go down with 9 laps to go. Was running 6th
Keselowski even hit the wall at one point but salvaged a 7th place finish
Top 15 finishers - Logano - Larson - Harvick - McMurray - Johnson - Almirola - Keselowski - Ky Bu - Dale Jr - Vickers - Dillon - Truex Jr - Allmendinger - Bowyer - Menard
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It's the Monster Mile this Sunday at 2pm. The rumor mill was going after people saw footers were poured for poles around the track. First thought was that Dover was finally going to install lights. Psych. Dover says nope. They're replacing the catch fence.†
So this track is 1 mile around, concrete and highly banked. A concrete blender. There are 5 guys who absolutely need a win or everyone else to wreck out or they're out of the Chase after this race. Almirola, Biffle, Ku Bu, Hamlin and Newman all will be fighting to stay in the top 12 that go to the next round.†
The top 15 in the June 1st race - Johnson - Keselowski - Kenseth - Bowyer - Hamlin - Truex Jr - Stewart - Logano - Dale Jr - Menard - Larson - Almirola - McMurray - Edwards - Gordon
Harvick has the pole today. He charging hard and I say top 10
Ky Bu is starting 2nd. He won the Nationwide race. He wrecked in June here. He should get a top 10 but I'm not counting on it. Star crossed.
Hamlin is the same thing. Should get a top 10 but he's star crossed.
Larson is still our rookie with the mostest. I will say top 10
Johnson is top 10
The Danica starts 13th. Ummmmmmmmmmmm....25th
Ku Bu is celebrating 500 career starts today. Star crossed
Gordon starts 6th. Top 10
Keselowski starts 4th today Top 10
Bowyer has had his issues but I'm saying Top 10
McMurray got a 4th place finish last week. Top 10
Truex Jr - Menard & Almirola do good here. You may see a top 10 from one of them
Newman is in a must win situation. He's great at short track racing. Top 10
Kenseth has no wins yet this season but still sits safely in 8th spot in the points. If he doesn't get that elusive W he best have a good finish. Top 10
So there you have it. September is almost gone. Fall colors are slowly popping. I need to mow my yard once more and check for my tomatoes. I will miss the fresh tomatoes this winter. Freezing or canning them just never is the same. Good luck to all you fantasy sports players.
And I'm outta here.....