OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BAAAAAAAAAA-BY!!!!! Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. It's a Sunday. I'm feeling a bit chippy or rammy or just a tad bit antsy for a nice day. Woke up to rain. It'll rain tomorrow. It rained Saturday. Hey but I've been finding sunshine on the web. Kiss has finally gotten their cover on the Rolling Stone. Read the interview and as always Gene talks out his ass. Says the make up is earned and Peter & Ace got themselves axed. Peter says if he and Ace play with them at the HoF ceremony the fans will go wild and they'll have to tour. If Gene and Paul REALLY loved the fans they'd play with Peter & Ace on stage. Just the 4 of them not the extended group. Yup. That Gene is a big ray of sunshine. Kiss will be touring with Def Leppard. Tickets are out of my price range.
Johnny Cash has a new CD out as of the 25th called Out Among The Stars. Need to get that. Steel Panther has one coming out soon called All You Can Eat. Love the songs Burden To Be Wonderful Like Me and Party Like It's The End Of The World.
So how cool would it be to have a dad who works at Dreamworks. On You Tube look up the page Action Movie Kid. Daddy has made some cool 30 second clips of his kid doing interesting every day things. Like taking his building blocks and blowing them up in a video called Lego Blaster. He makes his kid disappear in a very small water puddle. Funny stuff but just what you'd expect from a dad who works at Dreamworks. Another ray of sunshine.
Just saw there's a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie coming out. Took my son to all those and the Batman movies when he was a kid. Guess what? I've got a grandson old enough to go. WOOOO HOOOO!!!! I'm totally going. Tubular dude.
HMS 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
This year marks 30 years for Hendrick Motorsports. At this race coming up at Martinsville on April 24, 1984 Hendrick got his first win as an owner when driver Geoff Bodine brought his car to victory lane. He started out with 5 employees and a tiny shop and now has 500 employees and a 430,000 sq ft shop on 140 acres. He has 11 championships too. Terry Labonte has 1, Jeff Gordon has 4 and Jimmie Johnson has 6. Congrats to Mr Hendrick.
GRAHAM RAHAL ASKES DALE JR TO SWAP RIDES
Last Sunday Indy Car racer Graham Rahal showed up for the Fontana race with his girlfriend Courtney Force and her dad John. He tweeted Dale Jr and asked to swap rides at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the road course. He and Dale Jr share National Guard as a sponsor so he thought it would be a cool way to meet and to swap rides.
Dale Jr said he'd love to but he drives a Chevy and Graham drives a Honda so he really doesn't see how Chevy would allow that. For their part Chevy has said they were not contacted yet. They're open to suggestions and say a deal could be reached. Kurt Busch is driving a Honda Indy Car for Andretti Racing when he does the double this year. So I guess it would be.....To Be Continued.
KENSETH'S WELCOME DAUGHTER.
Matt Kenseth has a new daughter as of March 25th at 7:39 pm. Clara Mae was born 8 lbs 5 oz. She too was born on a Tuesday just like Menard's daughter. Bet these 2 girls will be the best racers. They're already on a racing schedule.
LYNDA PETTY PASSES ON
Richard Petty's beloved wife of over 50 years passed away at 72 years old of cancer. She helped form the Racing Wives Auxilery. Richard Petty Motorsports passed out commemorative stickers honoring Lynda for the drivers to put on their cars so Lynda could be in the race. Totally voluntary but a nice gesture to put that sticker on the car. Richard will not be at the track this weekend.
The #43 car will have a throw back STP paint scheme from Richards driving days. Richard has the most top 5's at Martinsville of any driver with 30.
What a tire fiasco. I guess when you take away the height restrictions, add a bigger rear spoiler and let them add as much rear camber (tire angle) as they want then the crew chiefs go wild. And wild was the results. Add lower than recommended air pressures in those tires to all the new adjustments to that recipe for tire failure. Right rear tires were going down all race long and they took Jimmies win away. He led the most laps at 104 but with 7 laps to go his tire goes down and his win goes bye byes. He was followed by Keselowski, Newman, and Ambrose. Gordon had the lead but a tire issue made Bowyer spin with 3 to go and the Green/White Checker was set to go. Ku Bu and Stewart are duking it out and here comes Ky Bu for the lead followed by my bold prediction Rookie.
Top 15 Finishers - Ky Bu - Larson - Ku Bu - Kenseth - Stewart - McMurray - Vickers - Allmendinger - Menard - Edwards - Dillon - Dale Jr - Gordon - Danica - Mears
That's right folks. Danica was 14th. I know I said she'd place in a 25th place finish but I was wrong....Sorry......
Hamlin was taken to the hospital the last minute before the race for a sinus infection but was diagnosed with a piece of metal in his eye. I couldn't get on NASCAR.com to change Hamlin out of my line up. The site bogged down. So I got zero points for him. I've never seen one guy have so much crap happen to him. Maybe he needs to get a really good luck charm. In any case I've replaced him on my roster. Dude reminds me of the Frintstone's Bad Luck Schleprock. WOWSY WOWSY WOO WOO.
So it's raining in Martinsville too. They got qualifying in but the truck race was canceled. In fact it will be on right after the Cup race. I'm excited. A double header. That is if they broadcast it. Maybe I'll check out that internet channel if I can't get it on mom & dad's cable.
Martinsville is a paper clip shaped track with a 6 inch curb in some spots. Makes the race interesting. Especially when the guys push each other down that way and they run out of room. Tires go flat and people spin and it's a rocking good time. They should say DRIVERS. START YOUR TEMPERS!!!!!....at the beginning of the race. Small track and lots of pushing and shoving.
Jimmie - Jeffy - These 2 are highly rated at this track. Jeffy has the 2nd most top 5's with 27. I'm counting on a top 10 for these 2 guys.
Kahne and Dale Jr...Top 15's
Hamlin - He has the outside pole but I'm not betting the farm on him. Top 15
Ky Bu has the pole. Top 10.
Kenseth - Top 15
Bowyer and Vickers should be Top 10
Stewart - Ku Bu - Harvick Top 10's...That is if Ku Bu doesn't self distruct. He tends to do that.
Danica - Is starting 10th. She did get a 12th place starting from last place here last year. Another top 15? Possible. You GO GIRL!!!
Keselowski is starting 14th this week. What? No front row? Don't you fear none boys & girls. Top 10
Logano starts 3rd but no to the top 10.
Edwards & Biffle are good here. Some times. I would say Biffle top 10.
Newman is that bull in the china closet. If he's up there on a last restart then look out. Top 10
Menard - Mears - Almirola - McMurray - Allmendinger and Ambrose are good top 20 or better picks.
The rookies will be tested this week. The vets aren't going to give an inch, a 1/2 inch or a smidge. They will have to take it. Dillon and Larson would be the 2 I'd bet on. Annett has been slowly getting better finishes. Tommy Baldwin isn't top notch equipment but Bono Manion is his CC. I'm watching this young man.
I'll be doing my breakfast thing and watching it rain. Then it's off to mom & dad's to watch my double header of racing. That's my sunshine for the day. All you Gabbers out there traveling...Have a safe one. Belated Birthday wishes to Sully. A most wonderful wedding day wish to AFD. And to everyone else just hanging out, be safe, enjoy your day. Put on some platform boots, paint your face and play air guitar.....IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII wanna rock and roll all night. And party every day.....
And I'm outta here.....