Yo hey and good morning. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. So the temps have risen a tad. I'm not so frozen this week. A good thing for sure. Hope my Gab family up northernerer is thawing out too. By the looks of things when I did a quick walk around outside I have lots of repairs and clean up to do. Not looking forward to that.
I know that I shouldn't be but I am. I am amazed at just how much the media can talk about and talk about and talk about and still find more to talk about a subject when nothing is happening. Every time I walked into the cafeteria at work there they were. Blah blah blabbing about that lost air plane. I'm so sorry for the families who have lost loved ones and have no closure. I'm still thinking they know more than they say.
Am trying to change my dietary ways. I bought a big bag of grapes and celery hearts this week. Even drank lots of water. Almost thought I could hear it slosh around when I walked..... I feel bloated. Really want to try and get back to my better eating ways of the past. I have 3 grandkids to chase now. Actually 2 till the wee one gets up and running. Trying to keep up when you're out of breath just don't cut it. I've found incentive. I want to be there to see them grow up. Tall order but I'm gonna try. Besides that I need to eat right if I want them to eat right.
SPRINT CUP GIRL HANGING UP HER FIRESUIT
Brooke Werner announced via here Facebook page this week that she has resigned and hung up her firesuit due to personal reasons. She says all good.
Ms Werner was Miss Vermont USA before coming to be a Sprint Cup girl. She worked with Kim Coon and Madison Martin. These 3 girls serve as representatives of Sprint at the track events.
I wish Ms Werner luck in whatever she's going into next.
PAUL MENARD WELCOMES DAUGHTER
On Tuesday March 20th Remi Menard came into the world. What a good little girl she is. Race car drivers like when babies come on a Monday or Tuesday.
Menard will have to start in the back of the race because he stayed with his wife and daughter a few extra days and missed qualifying. But it's all good.
Congrats to the Menards.
BIG HOSS ARRIVES AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Who is Big Hoss? Actually What is Big Hoss? It's a huge LED video screen. It measures 218 ft wide by 94.6 ft high and weighs 108 tons. Supposedly it can with stand winds of up to 130 mph. Does it need to?
So I guess if your TV is broke you can buy a ticket to the race, bring your couch, bring your snacks and watch on the big screen while you text your friends.
On Wednesday they broke in the big screen by showing Duck Dynasty. Quack Quack. Okay.
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY.... FONTANA ADDS MORE SAFER BARRIER
Last year Hamlin and Logano got into a last lap paint trading door slapping fight over first place. They wrecked each other, Ky Bu won the race and Hamlin went to the hospital with a broken back.
So after the investigation it was determined that they would add 1000 ft of safer barrier to the inside turn #4 wall where Hamlin hit nose first at a high speed.
No, no track is 100% safer barrier. There are spots that don't get any. Jeff Gordon was making a habit of finding those spots there for a while. They only put the safer barriers where they feel the most accidents will occur.
So far these barriers along with the other safety changes have saved lives. I'm sure of it. Most drivers get out and tell you how much better that impact was with the safer barrier than with the regular concrete wall.
I'm glad they put up the barrier.
I'm getting tired of the rain delays in my racing as much as the nasty winter I went through. But a rain delay we did have. Hamlin had the pole and Keselowski took the lead from him almost immediately. Hamlin made contact with somebody and fell backwards.
At lap 45 Logano takes away the lead from Keselowski. And our first caution comes out at lap 50. It was planned. Due to rain the night before a competition caution was brought out. All change tires except for Jimmie.
Jimmie has the lead. Then somebody loses a battery and it's determined it belongs to Bowman.
Lap 98 Logano complaining about no power steering. That's a bad thing at a track like Bristol.
Lap 114 see Jimmie get an unraveled shredded tire. Caution comes out for rain a couple laps later and the blame game begins. Jimmie shows the cameras that his tire just unraveled but didn't deflate. Goodyear says to the camera it's the #48 crews fault because they didn't change tires on the competition caution. What are you going to do?
So now we wait for the rain.Kenseth now leads for hours....on pit road. Back to racing and not long back Danica hits the wall and Whitt. Timmy Hill doesn't see the caution lights and runs into the back of Kenseth. WHAM!!!!!
We go through another competition caution. The adjustment...crunched up rear that Hill gave Kenseth must've helped his car. By lap 285 he's in the lead again.
On lap 394 Ky Bu hits the wall and brother Ku Bu can't miss him.
Lap 450 Harvick hits the wall as his motor goes poof. McMurray slows down but Keselowski rams into his rear. Danica only has 4th gear and when she tries to leave pit road she runs into the back of Bowyer's car which is up on the jack. Bizaar.
So Edwards has point and keeps it till 3 laps to go a caution comes out. Why? Who knows? Supposedly the flagman accidently hit the caution lights button but it didn't matter because the rain started and that was that. Edwards wins and does his back flip.
Top 15 Finishers - Edwards - Stenhouse - Almirola - Stewart - Ambrose - Hamlin - Gordon - Kahne - Vickers - Larson - Dillon - Biffle - Kenseth - Keselowski - Bowyer
We're in California. I hear it hasn't rained in so long that there are waters drying up that have gold shining through. Now would be the new gold rush, maybe? Yo B.O.B., how about checking that out.
So last year we saw Hamlin and Logano duke it out on the last lap with disastrous results for Hamlin. He says he's not looking for revenge. He just wants a win. Pretty much this was a Ky Bu, Hamlin and Logano race trading that #1 spot all race long. There were some tire issues and I think we'll see more of the same unless Goodyear changes to a better tire.
On the final practice on Saturday Keselowski kept going through tires and he broke an axle. Logano cut down a tire and hit the wall. He's in a back up. Patrick and Ku Bu also cut tires.
On the first practice Saturday Stewart hit the wall but team fixed it. Truex Jr cut a tire and hit the wall. He's in a back up. So tire issues are bad or these crew chief types are using aggressive set ups. Something to watch for.
Kenseth has the pole. He's good here too. Top 10
Keselowski has the outside. Can he over come the tire issues? Mmmmm top 15
TEAM HMS That would be Jimmie, Jeffy, Dale and Kasey. Always a threat for a top 10 here. I'm expecting Dale Jr & Jimmie to bounce back from last week.
SHR Danica is a 25th place finish. Stewart and Harvick are top 10's. Ku Bu is having too many issues. I can't even predict.
Ky Bu & Hamlin are top 10's
Edwards was a huge surprise last week. He was horrible in practice and the front runners had issues so he stole the win. He's a top 10.
Team mates Biffle & Stenhouse are top 15's
Newman is a top 15
Bowyer & Vickers top 15's
Logano top 10
Rookie alert. Kyle Larson won the Nationwide race Saturday. He took it from a hard charging Harvick and Ky Bu. Really thought Harvick was going to take it from him but he held his line and won. He starts 11th and I'm giving this kid a top 10. Bold prediction.
Mears, Dillon, Ragan and Guilliland are good C list picks.
Well, there you have it. Hope everybody is having fun with their March Madness brackets. I am. My final 2 are still alive so I don't care about the rest. I'm off to breakfast of course and a news paper. Love my paper. I'm hoping it's warm enough to send all the grandkids and nieces and nephews outside today. Last week was a bit much. They were down right obnoxiously annoying loud.
This program is giving me fits so I gotta say it. Be safe and
I'm outta here.....