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QOTD - 3/1/15 Tags: MLB

MLB:  There is a report that says MLB is considering playing "some" future Spring Training Games in Cuba.  If you were MLB, would you do it?  If so why?  Who would you send?  Is there another place that you would consider playing S/T games?

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 3-1-15
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Atlanta Motor Speedway Travis Kvapil Kyle Busch New Rules Jeff Gordon


Are the stars out tonight? I don't know if it's cloudy or bright.... Love that song and I love to welcome all you Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. IT"S MARCH 1st!!!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!! Are we there yet? Any birdies a singing, frogs a leaping, tulips a bloomin' or chocolate bunnies and marshmellow peeps cringing? Oh Spring. Where art thou? Joey Logano doesn't care. He has his Daytona baby safely strapped into the back seat. I certainly hope he doesn't have to stop quick because that trophy is heavy. So what else is happening in the world of Left Turns?


That's right. He lost his ride but not how you'd think. Friday mourning surveillance cameras caught the Ford F250 pulling the unmarked white trailer from a Georgia hotel parking lot. Only it wasn't the crew driving it. The #44 car was in the trailer along with $17,500 worth of tools and race equipment, and a $100,000 race engine.

Crew members tweeted pictures of the truck and trailer. Police have persons of interest. Finally someone called the police to report a car sitting on a back road in Loganville, GA. They soon found the pick up with the drivers door broke and the ignition tore out. No word on the trailer but owner John Cohen says he's more worried about the car. We'll get it ready for Las Vegas next weekend. His Team Xtreme is a low budget team. That car is worth a mint to them. The cars discovery came too late for Travis to get it to the track and into qualifying. There's next week. 


Atlanta Motor Speedway had a gift for Gordon. A maroon w/ yellow #24 bandolero car for his kids to drive. Gordon said his son Leo will probably want to sleep in it so it will be in his bedroom for the next year or 2 till he can drive it.....For real?

Gordon talked of the Atlanta race being his first race and Richard Petty's last race. Richard walked around the garage handing all the drivers money clips with their starting position on it. He says he still has his but wasn't too proud of starting 21st.


"Left sunny Daytona. Came home to no heat and busted pipes. I'm ready for spring. Don't know how the north manages with minus temps up there."

I'm not sure either Dale. Any body else?





Lets see here, Klye left the Daytona hospital on Tuesday to go to a hospital in Charlotte, NC. His leg surgery was at Daytona and they operated on his foot in NC. So Saturday he was released. He's not scheduled for any more surgeries. A return date is not known either.

David Ragan got a call from JGR to drive the #18 car for the next 9 races. David drives for Front Row Motorsports and didn't have a fulltime schedule for this year due to lack of sponsorship. All parties talked it over and it was agreed he would drive the #18 for 9 races and come back to Front Row. This could be a windfall for Front Row. If David were to win a race in that car his win would qualify him for the Chase.

David is aware of his good fortune and says that he will take every opportunity to make the best of the top ride. He owes Kenseth and Edwards a big thank you for vouching for him and bringing his name up as a replacement driver. They all worked together at Roush Fenway Racing at one time. Good Luck David.

Erik Jones from the Camping World Truck Series is scheduled to take over the #18 ride after David goes back to Front Row.


Brett Moffitt will be subbing for Brian Vickers in the #55 Aarons Dream Machine Toyota for MWR. 

Regan Smith will be subbing for Kurt Busch in the #41 Haas Automation Chevy for SHR.


Section 2.11 Required Notice. Under the Membership section of the rule book. Da rules has changed.

"Any NASCAR member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR prior to the next event or within 72 hors of being charged whichever is earlier."

NASCAR members are now expected to maintain a certain standard of professional behavior. This new rule is another mechanism to that end. NASCAR has made it clear that any actions of abuse will not be tolerated in the industry.

I call it the Kurt Busch rule.  Me thinks he'll be gone for a long while. Can't say he didn't have it coming but I'm still sorry for him. But then again this just may be the thing that finally sets him straight.


Brian Johnson has bought his first American car. Not just any car. He's buying a limited edition 627 HP Mustang GT. Ford is teaming up with Richard Petty's Garage to bring out this car. Starting price of $92,000. You want one? Go to your nearest Ford Dealership and order it.

I had no idea Richard has a garage that fixes up collecters cars. He moved his race team out of the shop and left the mechanics stay that didn't want to move to North Carolina with the race team. They do all the modification and fabrications. I really want to see this car. Must be special. Well yeah, it'a a Mustang...




Gordon was the pole sitter and he managed to lead the most laps with 87. Bonus points. My most handsome Knight of the Mobile 1 managed to take himself out early on lap 42 he bounced off the wall and took a few with him. I hope he can get his head in the game soon.

Dale Jr lead 32 laps AND THE CROWD WENT WILD!!!!! Yeah they did.

On lap 161 Keselowski went to the garage for "oil containment issue"which he said caused his early departure. That's only the 2nd DNF in his Cup career.

Lots of high speed rolling parking lot sit on the edge of your seat drama through out this race. Got to say, I was really enjoying it. No big one to speak of which was ok by me. The last caution set things up for Logano to be out front. Harvick was on his tale with Dale Jr in hot pursuit but Gordon spun as they came through the white flag and NASCAR called the race. I HATE when a race ends under caution.

Top 15 Finishers - Logano - Harvick - Dale Jr - Hamlin - Johnson - Mears - Bowyer - Truex Jr - Kahne - Biffle - Gilliland - Hornish Jr - Annett - A Dillon - Almirola


Atlanta has made the announcement that they will add a tire barrier along the inside wall of turn #4 and the protective wall at the exit of pit road near turn #1 will be extended. Other NASCAR tracks like Dega are also making safer barrier improvements after what happened to Kyle Busch last week. I'm glad to see it. These guys risk their lives for my entertainment. I want to see them walk away.

That being said I'm not too happy with what they call qualifying now. The group thing is BS. Not very transparent to me. Very open to, I don't know,  to maybe cheating? Show me that guy was the best. I want to see the stop watch. 

There were 13 cars that didn't even get out to qualify due to inspection failure. NASCAR says it's the teams fault for stretching their adjustments to the limit. They're just there to make sure the cars are within speck.

Gordon was one of those that had to use his past champions provisional to get in because his car failed. The line at tech inspection was so long that Stewart, Johnson and Kenseth failed to get out there too. They have past champions provisionals they can use. Regan Smith, Jeb Burton, Cole Whitt, Alex Bowman and Landon Cassill got in on 2014 owners points. There were 4 others that didn't get out to even try to qualify as well.

Both Gordon and Kenseth were embarassed and grateful for their provisionals but were sorry for those that don't have them. Gordon thinks there's an issue with the process if that many cars are unable to get inspected and out to qualify. I tend to agree with him.

France is working so hard towards the SHOW and not the RACING that he's forgotten about what IS racing. FUCK THE NOT SO INTERESTED CASUAL FAN TOO BUSY HANGING ON HIS SMART PHONE TO EVEN WATCH!!!! WHAT ABOUT ME!!!!?????!!!??? I ACTUALLY WATCH THE RACES!!!!


Logano - Harvick - McMurray - Hamlin - Edwards - Larson - Newman - hornish Jr - Dale Jr - Kahne - Allmendinger - keselowski - Menard - Truex Jr - Dillon

Last year this race was near the fall or in the fall. I forget but I do know Kasey Kahne won it.

LOGANO - Has the pole and a Daytona 500 trophy. So he's hot right out of the gate. Last year at this race he was 14th. I'll say Top 10.

HARVICK - 2nd place last week and a 2nd place in qualifying this week but he'll go to the back to start the race due to an engine change. Says it's easy to pass here. Top 10.

KENSETH - Got caught up in Stewarts oopsy last week. Caught up in the qualifying/failed inspection crap this week. Starts from the back but I can see a Top 10.

JOHNSON - Coming off a 5th place finish. He'll start from the back due to that nasty issue but I see a Top 10.

HAMLIN - Coming off a 4th place start. Did he shake that gremlin off his spoiler from last year? He was 3rd here last year and he starts 4th today. I say Top 10.

EDWARDS - Starts 5th today. Not so good start at Daytona. Can he repeat a 5th place finish like last year. Maybe. Top 10.

LARSON - Last years rookie with the mostest. He was fast this week in practice. Had an 8th here last year. I got to give it to him. Top 10.

McMURRAY - Larson's team mate. He was fast in practice too. This is not his track but I'll give him a Top 15.

NEWMAN - A 7th place here last year and he's just bull in a china closet tough. Top 10.

DALE JR - Coming off a 3rd at Daytona. Starts 9th today. Bodes well for a Top 10.

THE DANICA - She actually had a 6th place finish here last year. She starts 18th. Dare I say it? Can I say it? Nope. Top 15.

GORDON - A late race wreck made him last car on the lead lap in 33rd place last week. BOOOOOOOO!!!! He's on his farewell tour. And now he didn't qualify so he starts from the back with a champions provisional. Top 10.

Looking to round out your salary cap fantasy league with some cheaper drivers? David Ragan is $9 and driving the #18 for 9 races. Regan Smith is $7.50 and in the #41 for when ever NASCAR lets Kurt back in. Brett Moffitt is $6 and he's driving the #55 this week. Allgaier is $10, Mears is $13 Gilliland is $9.50. Good luck.


So I having some pressing issues to take care of. You know, race stuff, breakfast, feed the cats, look to see if it snowed, and generally just hang out. It's Sunday. Lets do this thing.

PS. Thanks for getting it done Sully. Way 2 go....

And I'm outta here....





QOTD - 2/28/15 Tags: MLB

MLB:  Josh Hamilton ALLEGEDLY had a relapse.  But here's the thing - I was under the impression that stuff like this was supposed to be kept confidential.  How is it that before he even sits down w/MLB word gets leaked out?  Somebody in MLB and/or the Union has some esplainin to do...

A Sign of the Times 2/28
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Racism Jackie Robinson Negro League Athletes

To the Beat of a Different Drum 2/28/15

You never really think about things until you have an illness and you have that time to think about what’s going on in your life……

Sports is a surreal thing, where athletes are paid a lot more than what they were paid during Jackie Robinson’s days. The African-American ball player was frowned upon in the early stages of America’s game. It was thought to be a white man’s sport due to the ignorance of others. The first African-American actually played in 1904, but didn’t remain there long. It was 41 years later when Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson that another African-American was allowed to play…..

It shows the ignorance of our times, when we judge another man by the color of their skin, instead of their ability to play the sport of their choice. I have heard that I couldn’t play basketball because I was white, well it was true, couldn’t jump a lick growing up. I have also heard that basketball is a black man’s sport, funny thing is that Bob Cousy was white and considered one of the game’s all-time greats.

My daughter is being judged by her peers as being dumb, why because she would prefer to be anywhere else other than the school she currently attends.

I am being judged by that same school as a parent who doesn’t care, which is far from the truth. I want Taylor to have the same things I have when she grows up, so once again the person who judges is wrong…..

Color of skin shouldn’t matter in anything that we do. We shouldn’t be judged in that fashion anyway, but some people do.

Recently I made some changes in my life, took a couple hours of my time last Sunday and actually attended the church I grew up in. The problem is, apparently they still judge you for your past at that church, so I probably won’t go back. Nobody’s fault in particular, just can’t stand two-faced people and those in particular that talk to you behind your back……

Jackie Robinson was always judged by his peers, some for whom he played with, some of the Brooklyn Dodgers asked to be traded if Rickey allowed Jackie to play. Old South racism was real prevalent back during Jackie’s playing days, sleeping in separate hotels, riding in segregated buses, not being able to drink from the same water fountain, and even eat in the same restaurant with his teammates.

Our society is basically heading towards segregation again, which should have Dr. King rolling over in his grave. Some caused by the actions of our political leaders, some caused by blind Americans who still think blacks should be slaves and not enjoy the freedoms that they enjoy today. They feel that black athletes shouldn’t be able to live out their dreams, as for it will give them a sense of power, and God forgive they have any of that…….

Truthfully I don’t care if what I write offends, because I have always been told to write what I feel. I don’t care about the amount of responses I receive. The point of my blog is to open up some eyes concerning the problems our country has at the moment, and their the road we are heading down….

Sports is an irrelavent subject when racism is involved, we can talk about sports and the ignorance of the society we grew up in or we can stop the ignorance by removing the stereotypes that exist in our world today. 

Saturday Coffee With The Hoov--February 28, 2015
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: #NASCAR #kurtbusch #racingsuspensions #hoovblog #indycar #formulaone #NHRA

Calling Kurt Busch--Your Fifteen Minutes Are Up

My background in racing is pretty well documented. I held an SCCA national competition license back inthe late 90's and did some Skip Barber and class racing--though I was no great shakes by a long shot.  Because of my engineer Dad, I was also a hard core fan since as far back as I can remember.  I met Mel Kenyon and AJ Foyt when I was five and Bruce McClaren when I was eight.  I was a huge Can-Am and Formula One fan before the age of ten. As a kid my bedroom walls were plastered with magazine pictures and my shelves were filled with models of all of the great drag racers and cars of the time:  the Blue Maxx, Mickey Thompson's Mach 1, The Ramchargers, and Larry Reyes in The Hawaiian.  My first Schumacher was Don, not Michael.  And although my first love was open wheel racing, back when it was “real racin’” I was a huge NASCAR and King Richard fan.


My bigger claim to fame was serving as the fueler on Robby McGehee’s Energizer Motorsports team during the 1999 Indycar season (that's me below, with the big yellow hose, during a live stop in the Indianapolis 500).  Robby was the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year for 1999, but our team is probably more notable for being the reason pit crews wear helmets today.  Our crew chief, Steve Fried was nearly killed in an early race pit accident in the ’99 500 because two cars collided and came into our pit box, knocking Steve down from his right front tire position and splitting his head open in the process.  Steve was actually dead by medical standards; but because it was race day in Indy they kept working on him far beyond the normal timing—and medical standards and practices were subsequently rewritten and protocols questioned because of Steve’s survival. (He actually chiefed a car in the 500 a year or two later)   The next weekend virtually every pit crew in every form of racing was wearing protective headgear on pit lane.

When it comes to NASCAR, today I’m decidedly a non-fan.  In point of fact I refer to it as “WWF on Wheels”—it’s far past the “run what you brung” phase and has become manufactured handicap racing.  I don’t like that.  But credit where it’s due, they’ve been marketing champs while open wheel racing was squabbling amongst themselves, and in addition to that they’ve produced the only true brand of racing Americans really love: high speed ovals.


So all of that said, it’s odd that I find myself weighing in on the Kurt Busch debacle and his suspension because of the alleged “domestic violence” incident with his (by all counts crazy) girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. I don’t like NASCAR, I don’t like him; why would I care?  And the answer is, as with many things that wind me up, it’s the principles at stake and the misconception of many to what is really happening.


First off, I won’t go into the incident—you can google that elsewhere—except to say that a Kent County, Delaware Commissioner ruled in favor of Driscoll’s request for a protective order following an incident last September.  There are claims that Driscoll is some kind of black ops spy who’s trying to set Busch up; and the ruling found that Busch had “committed an act of domestic violence against Driscoll by manually strangling her by placing his left hand on her throat, while placing his right hand on her chin and face and smashing her head into the wall of his motor home, thereby recklessly placing (Driscoll) in reasonable fear of physical injury."  Following this ruling, NASCAR suspended Busch indefinitely from it's top series.

Fast forward to the indignation of the few fans Kurt has left: "He hasn’t been charged!"  "Nothing has been proven!" "Innocent until proven guilty!" ad nauseum.  NASCAR has no right!!!


Well, let’s start there.  Yes they do.  This is not a court of law, your favorite Tuesday night crime drama, or even Judge Judy.  This is American sport as entertainment, in which virtually every participant signs a contract or agreement that includes some kind of morality language; the upshot of which is that if you do anything that in their judgment impairs the marketability or reputation of their private enterprise they may prohibit your participation.  Think along the lines of the rules the various pro league owners live and play by, or Hollywood in fact. It’s a private club so they can create their own rules. 

It’s like the outcry that use to pop up every few years over Augusta and the Masters: you might not have liked the fact that they didn’t admit women, but they were a private club who could invite whomever they wanted.  It was also their tournament, so if you don’t want to broadcast it that’s fine.  In Hollywood maybe you did something stupid (Charlie Sheen); they absolutely have the right to not pick you to be in their next movie or to renew your contract.  And NASCAR has that right too if you’re an idiot deemed outside of their estimation of good taste.  And heaven knows Kurt Busch gave them plenty of material.  More on that in a minute.


So put that to rest.  Moot point.


Now beyond that, we’re not really talking about a choir boy here: Kurt Busch has a rap sheet a mile long, both on track (purposely wrecking opponents both on the track and in the pits, paddock fights) and off (drunken driving offenses, assault incidents) that goes at least a decade back.  Yes, he won a Cup Championship; and was subsequently fired by the guy he drove for, Roger Penske.  Ask around racing circles and find out how hard that is to achieve.  He’s a Cup Champion who in the prime of his career has driven for four different teams, not always those in the mix of competitiveness. For crying out loud, he got into a fight with his brother Kyle--by all accounts one of the few human beings on the planet who can even stand to be around him--and didn’t speak to him for six months.

So you think NASCAR was wrong?  You’re offended that this action has been taken?  I’m offended that it’s taken this long.  He is an arrogant idiot, a jackass who believes his talent—mediocre as it is made by his tantrums and ego—allows him to operate beyond the confines of rules and standards that apply to everyone else.  He’s verbally punched out reporters (no pun intended Dr. Jerry Punch) with profanity laced tirades, sworn at fans, been a sexist jerk, and just generally exhibited the kind of boorish behavior that our society doesn’t tolerate well in most cases, let alone where you’re being paid a gazillion dollars to do what most of us would gladly do for free.

So yeah, I don’t expect a Supreme Court reversal.  A) it’s none of their business, B) it’s not a legal issue, and C) they probably think he’s a jerk too.


America, our growing mindset of entitlement and “rights” does not extend to these circumstances.  I say good riddance.  And just as I thought about Ray Rice, and Adrian Peterson, and Alex Rodriguez, and….dear Lord this list is getting voluminous…anyone else in their circumstance, I say make it permanent.  This is the land of the free and home of the brave, but it does not allow you to dump your trash in the middle of someone's living room—or favorite sport—and expect that they will be forced to allow you to stay.  This was a privilege, and you've pissed it away.

I'd say grow up Kurt; but at the age of 36, 10-plus years removed from his last championship and more years than that into a legend of boorish behavior, I’d say that is unlikely.  Otherwise, get lost.  You’re already on the verge of becoming one of those names I can’t remember; “C’mon, you know who I’m talking about...that guy who won the Cup when he was 25 but was an idiot—caused all those wrecks, got in fights, drunk driving, and remember he beat up his crazy girlfriend…?” 


Apparently my mind has the same rules as NASCAR--I get to pick who I let in--and you’re no longer welcome.  Given your abilities, what a shame.


(PS--kudos to Sully for dealing with all of this BS from our blogsite hosts.  He's the champ, and whether it's here or elsewhere, it's he who's carrying the load of giving us a place to write, and I for one am grateful.  Thank you Sully!)


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