Hey there and Good morning. Happy Memorial Day and welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR update and other fast stuff. This is the town clock where I live honoring all who served in WWll. Those that were residents at that time and served are on the 4 plaques going around the base. One of my uncles is listed. I just want to take the time to thank all who served, are serving and will serve this great nation we call home. I appreciate the freedom I have to write on this web site, surf the net, say what I want, have breakfast on Sunday mornings with my grandkids and pretty much all the little mundane things that make up my existence that wouldn't be possible without those that step forward to give their time to all of us. Thank you and an air wrench salute too. VVVVVVRRRRRRRR-LLLLLLLLLLL VVVVVVRRRRRR-LLLLLLLL Zzzttt-Zzzttt-Zzttt VVVVVRRRRR-LLLLLLLLLL....WOOOOO HOOOOOOOO THANK YOU!!!!!
TEST DRIVE THAT TURNS LEFT....A LOT
It has been reported that Antron Brown of NHRA Drag racing fame and last years champ in Top Fuel Dragster decided to have a test drive in a NASCAR K&N Series Toyota Camry stock car for team owner Max Siegel. He's got the Stage & Stomp in a straight line in his top fuel dragster in 4 seconds thing down pat so it's time to check out what else he can do. Like turning laft in a stock car. He won't give a definite answer yet but says he was just testing out his ability and if the ride is right with a power house team then he'd like a chance. The K&N Series is a good place to start. I hope he can do it but changing old habits is hard to do. TURN LEFT ANTRON!!!!!!
AN ARCA "W" FOR AN OLD GUY
Ken Schrader became the oldest winner in the NASCAR ARCA Series by winning the Menards 200 @ Toledo Speedway, Ohio. He started 2nd and led 163 laps in his Federated Auto Parts Chevy. Score one for the old guys. Congrats Ken Schrader.
NASCAR HoF INDUCTEES FOR JANUARY 2014 ANNOUNCED
The votes have been tabulated and our next class of inductees are....
----> Tim Flock : Dude with the monkey named Jocko. I'm wondering if Jocko gets a nod to the HoF too for dealing with all that nonsense. Tim was one of the first dominant drivers. He won a championship in 1952 in his Hudson Hornet and a championship in 1955 in a Chrysler. He had 18 W's, 32 Top 5's & 18 poles in 39 races that year. OUTSTANDING.
----> Jack Ingram : Won 3 consecutive championships in the Busch Series (Nationwide now a days) from 1972-1974.
----> Maurice Petty : Chief engine builder for Richard Petty's 200 W's, 7 championships & 7 Daytona 500's. Lee Petty, Buddy Baker, Jim Pascal & Pete Hamilton also won with his engines.
----> Dale Jarrett : Winner of 3 Daytona 500, winner of 2 Brickyards and 1999 Sprint Cup Champion.
----> Fireball Roberts : Glenn got his nickname from his high school pitching days. He was very athletic and one of NASCAR's first super stars. He never won a championship but he did win 7 Daytona races only one of those was the 500 in 1962. He also won the Southern 500 in 1958 & 1963.
Congrats to all 5 inductees.
INDY 500 @ 11 AM SUNDAY
It's that time again folks for a double race Sunday. The Indy 500 is up first. Helio Castroneves in his #3 Penske Team car will be starting in the 3rd row and going for his 4th Indy 500 win. Only Al Unzer & AJ Foyt have 4 W's at this race.
AJ Allmendinger, remember him? Got kicked out of his #22 Pennzoil car for his awwww shucks I didn't know it was a drug fiasco. Well, Roger Penske is giving him an opportunity to drive the 32 Team Penske car. He starts in row 2 with that cutie pie Will "Double finger salute" Power. Other notables are Dario Franchitti (last years winner), Tony Kanaan, & Mario Andretti.
Also there will be 4 female drivers. YEAH!!! Katherine Legge, Pippa Mann, Ann Beatriz & Simona de Silvesto. GO GO GO GIRLS!!!! WOO HOOOOOO!!!!
Fun facts for Indy 500......
The first winner was Ray Harroun in 1909. He did it in 6 hrs/42 min/8 sec with a 75 mph average. Last years winner Dario Franchitti did it in 2 hrs/ 58 min/ 51 sec with an average speed of 167.7 mph.
The victory drink is milk. Todays winners get a choice of whole, 2% or skim. Well chilled of course.
The whole track was once made of brick. This is why the track was named The Brickyard and why NASCAR has the Brickyard race. There were 3.2 million bricks used to pave the track, walls and pit road. Only a 3 foot wide strip used as the start/finish line remains today.
ALL STAR RACE RESULTS FROM 5-18-13
I didn't watch this race last weekend. Shame on me but I was tired and I just didn't feel like moseying over to mom & dads to watch it. I am cable poor if you remember. I'm really hoping FOX does what they said they would and soon. I want my NASCAR races on my laptop. Don't need a huge flat screen. But any who. There were 2 races.
The Show Down was first. This was for the drivers who did not qualify for the main event. Out of this group there were 3 going to the main event. One fan vote and the 1st & 2nd place drivers. Jamie McMurray dominated all 40 laps and one mandatory pit stop to gain entrance to the All Star Race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr got the 2nd spot and The Danica got the 3rd spot with the fan vote.
On to the All Star Race. There were 22 drivers (plus their cars), 4 segments of 90 total laps and mandatory pit stop. Kyle Busch took segments 2 & 3. Brother Kurt Busch took segments 1 & 4. Jimmie Johnson took the million bucks and the win.
Finishing order of top 12 : Johnson - Logano - Kyle - Kahne - Kurt - Hamlin - Dale Jr - McMurray - Kenseth - Edwards - Harvick - Gordon
COCA COLA 600 @ CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
We'll be seeing triple. All 3 Roush Racing team mates will have the Fastenal sponsor on their car.
So Denny Hamlin has the pole. Guess he's taking his mission seriously. He's 61 points out of 20th place. He must be in 20th place or better plus at least a win to get into the Chase. I'm thinking he needs 2 or 3 wins. Lots of ground to make up.
There were only 9 drivers on the lead lap at the end last year. Very tough long ass race. You must be patient and save your equipment. AND NO MISTAKES ON PIT ROAD. With 50 to go Johnson was in 3rd place. Green flag pit stops started at 47 to go. He went in for tires and fuel but came out with the fuel can. Penalty. Leaving the pit stall with equipment. Pass thru penalty AT PIT ROAD SPEED. OUCH!!!! Put him one lap down and he ended his night in 11th. There will also be some engine failures for those that don't get their car dialed into the track and who don't take care of their car.
Last years top 15 finishers : Kahne - Hamlin - Kyle - Biffle - Keselowski - Dale Jr - Gordon - Harvick - Edwards / Minus 1 lap Kenseth - Johnson - Truex /minus 2 laps Bowyer - Newman - Menard
For my Yahoo picks I took Hamlin - Kyle - Edwards - Smith. I'm still thinking about moving Stenhouse off my bench and into Smith's spot. There I go over thinking these things again. Can't help it.
I think Johnson will get a top ten or most likely 5 this year. Funny but this past week his pit crew team line up was revamped. Coincidence? I don't think so. We don't want the gasman and his can leaving the stall again. The new crew won him that million dollars last week with lightning precision.
If Hamlin can get through this grueling race to the end I'm thinking top 10. He has to. No choice.
If Kyle, Kahne and Gordon can duct tape that gremlin fast to a tool box in the garage area that keeps harassing them, they'll see the top 10.
Dale Jr was Mr Steady Eddie but lost that title with 4 ugly finishes out of the top 10. Looking for a top 10.
Keselowski was out of the All Star race after only 2 laps with transmission woes. Look for him to get back on track. His team mate Logano should be bouncing back too.
Biffle led the most laps last year with 204 but faded back to 4th. The All Star race plus the last 4 races were all 15th and way above. Not seeing it unless Roush found something. Team mate Edwards should be on or about 10th.
Bowyer led 11 laps in the All Star race but ended up 18th. I'd look for at least a 12th for him and his team mate Truex. Mark Martin blew a motor last year. He's hard on motors any ways.
Harvick should see a top 10.
Stewart & Newman struggled last year. They've been struggling this year all season so far. I'm closing my eyes.
C list options? Mears, Bayne, Gilliland, Bobby Labonte and The Danica should get you some 22nd to 30th place points. Bobby is a veteran and knows how to save his stuff. The Danica isn't trying to set the world on fire but is making an effort to finish with most of the body work in tact. Bayne is with the Wood Brothers. This will be start #1400 in NASCAR for that team.
So there you have it. It's grillin' time. Pop a top on your favorite beverage, light a fire, hang with your best buds and or family and relax. It's Memorial Day weekend. The start of yard sale bargains, outdoor sports, swimming, summer fun in the sun. And....
I'm outta here.......