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NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 9-22-13
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Chicagoland New Hampshire Kenseth Truex MWR Spin Gate Fallout Montoya

                          

Goooooooooooooood morning!!! Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Looky up there. The #3 is back. Well next year it will be back in Sprint Cup racing. Richard Childress kept that number under lock and key all these years since Dale Sr's death. Said only another Earnhardt or one of his grandsons would get to race with it. That time has come. Next year Austin Dillon rides with that number. Dale Jr says he's ok with that. So I guess we'll just be moving on from here.

SPIN GATE FALLOUT

Michael Waltrip had a press conference to talk about the after math of the spin and Vickers questionable pit stop. He was asked if there was a master plan. He said no it was spir of the moment. Asked if he's worried about the future of MWR. Said yes but his partners said they'd stick with him. His sponsor, NAPA however will be leaving at the end of the season. Didn't blame them and wasn't overly surprised by their decision. He said that we put them in that spot. He does expect 5 Hour Energy to stay even though that too is still in the air. He's asked Truex to be patient in getting a new sponsor but will not stand in his way if he wants to go. Still maintains that Bowyer didn't spin on purpose.

Truex says he's been happy at MWR and doesn't know what is going on for next season. Asked if he'd go with NAPA to another team he said it was possible but at this time he knows nothing of where he'll end up if he were to not have a ride next year with MWR.

I just want to say from what I know of Truex, he's a low key guy who never seems to ruffle feathers on the track. Been watching him since his Nationwide days where he won 2 championships. I REALLY thought he'd be a big mover in Cup but luck has not been on his side. He's an example of a talented driver who just couldn't surround himself with the right people or get on the right team. 

For Bowyer's part I still believe he did what he was told but regretted it the second he did it. I've listened to lots of interviews and several podcasts with him and I will say this. He has walked head long into every media fire storm thrown at him and didn't waver in his answers and didn't play the blame game. I admire that he didn't hide. I'm sure he had choice words for his boss in private though. Vickers on the other hand, I've seen nothing from him.

FREE M&M'S........ONLY IF KYLE BUSCH WINS CHAMPIONSHIP

M&M Mars is the official chocolate of NASCAR. To celebrate if Kyle wins the championship they'll be giving away 1 million bags of M&M's. My son lives in Elizabethtown and I pass M&M Mars every time I go up there. Smells good. 

NEWS OF THE DANICA

On Dec 10th on Fox The Danica will be hosting the American Country Awards with Trace Adkins. She's excited. 

MIKE HELTON SAYS "THERE"S BEEN A SHIFT IN THE PARADIGM" .....So like what is a para whatsit and what is it doing in my NASCAR racing? Must be one of those new fangled gear shifter knobs. 

MONTOYA FOUND A RIDE BUT NOT IN NASCAR

Montoya is excited about his new ride. He'll be driving for Roger Penske in Indy Car with Will Power & Helio Castroneves as team mates. Says he's always wanted to drive for Roger. Montoya has the 1999 Cart Championship, won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 and 11 other races while driving for Chip Gnassi. He also took a Formula 1 ride before returning to Chip Gnassi to drive in NASCAR in 2006. Good luck Montoya. I hope success returns to you.

MOST POPULAR VOTE TIME

It's that time again. Vote for your favorite Cup driver. The Danica is eligible this year. Will she knock Dale Jr off the top where he's been for 10 years? Go to www.MostPopularDriver.com to cast your vote.

NEWMAN TO THE CAT #31

Lost in all the Spinning Gate Pit Stop Fiasco Crap was Newman's happy news. He will be in the Caterpillar #31 Chevy for RCR next year. Burton is officially out and not sure if he'll even race next year. 

Luke Lambert will be his crew chief. Caterpillar said they're happy for Newman to come aboard. He owns several Cat products already so he's familiar with their operation. He's also an outdoors type. This all fits well with Caterpillar customers, dealers and employees. Good luck Newman.

                      

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY GEICO 400 RECAP

WHAT A LONG ASS RACE!!!!! Actually it wasn't. It just had a 5 hour 10 minute and 21 second rain delay. I almost said screw it and went to bed.......almost. Logano had the pole and the first 109 laps don't really matter any how. It was day light, the motors got hot and then the rain came. Motors cooled down and at 10pm they fired 'em up agin. Bad timing for some. Motors don't like to get hot, cool down and then fire back up in cooler temps and race again. Some went pooooooooof. 

So Kenseth and Johnson square off at the restart. Kenseth takes the lead but Montoya's tire rub from before the rain delay gets worse and it brings out the caution.

Kenseth retakes lead on restart. It's Kenseth - Kyle B - Johnson - Almirola - Kahne

​Lap 146 sees Logano off the pace. May have lost a cylinder. Pit stop confirms it's 2 cylinders. He's told to drive around to see what happens. 

Lap 153 Caution. Cole Whitt up in flames. Told you motors don't like to be reheated. Pooooooooof.

Lap 162 Brian Vickers to the pits. No power. Poooooooof.

Caution for debris on Lap167. Logano told to keep RPMs at 1100. Pit road is wild. Blaney drives into Harvick's door. Kenseth runs into back of Blaney. Yeley slowed down and Kahne hit him and Dale Jr hit him. Damage must be fixed.

Biffle takes lead and Gordon goes to the pits for a flat left rear.

With 91 to go Logano's motor finally goes pooooooof.

88 to go and Kyle leads. 

56 to go and Biffle's motor goes pooooooooooof.

39 to go and Dale Jr goes up in flames. Big flames. Pooooooooof.

20 to go and Hamlin's motor goes poooooooooof. Kenseth takes the lead and wins the race.

Top 15 finishers - Kenseth - Kyle B - Harvick - Kurt B - Johnson - Gordon - Keselowski - Stenhouse - Bowyer - Newman - Edwards - Kahne - Almirola - Burton - Ambrose

                    

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEEDWAY - SYLVANIA 300 PREVIEW

If it don't rain but I bet it will we'll be seeing this race Sunday afternoon. Newman has the pole. Other celebrations would be Mark Martin's 875th start, Kenseth's 500th start and David Gilliland's 250th start. And The Danica tacks another start onto her historic record. Don't expect a win though. 

This was a fuel mileage race in July. My most handsome Knight of the Mobile 1 had the win but a late caution put it into over time. And back he went. The Danica spun out with her Honey Bunny Stenhouse and not so Honey Bunny Kvapil. Logano spun and slapped the wall on lap 4. Heavy damage. Johnson started from the back due to failed inspection. Hamlin wrecked. Newman and Kurt spun out and Kahne hit Kenseth in the rear when Kenseth tried to avoid the spin. Gordon spun off Menards bumper. And Vickers won.

Top 15 finishers - Vickers - Kyle B - Burton - Keselowski - Almirola - Johnson - Harvick - Edwards - Kenseth - Gordon - Kahne - McMurray - Bowyer - Dale Jr - Biffle

So this is race #2 in the Chase. We'll see mostly the Chase drivers in the top 10 finish now. There were 8 in the top 10 last week. I still don't trust picking Gordon. I almost did but deleted him along with Kahne and Hamlin. Hamlin is great at this track but not this year. Too hurt to focus. Gordon and Kahne may both find the focus and steady hands they need to make a run for that trophy but there again I say consult your local psychic for a reading on that choice.

I expect Johnson, Dale Jr, Bowyer, Newman, Kyle B, Edwards, Biffle, Harvick and Kurt B to be in the top 10. Your Chase drivers. Others to look for would be Burton, Keselowski, Logano, Almirola, Truex and Menard. Maybe Montoya or McMurray will show up. Been wanting to write about the EGR break out performance. Seems Montoya is almost there but........not quite.

Stenhouse had a top 10 last week. Must be having a break through. I expect David Ragan and David Gilliland in the top 20. Possibly Bobby Labonte too. He's back from his bicycle accident this week. 

So it's raining outside. Good thing it's out there. Says 80% chance tomorrow in New Hampshire. Wonder how many football games will be effected by rain? Some it may help. Love those mud bowls. The Redskins could be prime candidates for one. 

Hope every one is dry, your grill is fired up, and your remote is ready. I'll leave you with my new favorite it's so simple it's funny phrase. "It's new because it wasn't here before now"

And I'm outta here.........

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 9-15-13
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Richmond Chicagoland Logano Gordon Truex Newman Front Row Motorsports Penske Racing Bowyer Vickers NASCAR spin pit deal making ga

                            

Well hey there and howdy too. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Before I get to the racing stuff I saw this picture and I was blown away by the dedication of our USPS delivery people. If you haven't seen it yet, it's from Colorado. They're being drowned out there by all the rain and this dedicated postal worker.....neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night....is delivering the mail. Wow. Gives me pause and I guess they mean it. Thoughts and prayers to those folks out west. Hopefully the Red Cross and other organizations are set up or on their way to your rescue. 

SUSPECT SPIN - NO NEED TO PIT - DEAL MAKING - RESTART  CONTROVERSY

So I'm sure most of you have heard about this little issue going on in NASCAR. It involves a suspect spin by Bowyer, pitting for no reason by both Bowyer and new team mate Vickers, a deal made in the closing laps for track position to get Logano in the Chase and a horrid restart that Edwards clearly jumped but wasn't made to give it back. So here's the long, short and skinny on this race and controversy.

So it started with the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night. Johnson, Bowyer, Harvick, Edwards, Kyle B & Kenseth were locked into the Chase by vertue of points and wins. So now Dale Jr, Logano, Biffle, Kurt B, Gordon, Kahne, Truex, Newman & long shot Keselowski are in the mix all within 59 points of each other and all race long depending where they were dictated where they were in the points. As Truex said all race long my crew chief is telling me your in, now your out by 1, now your in, no now your out which went on till the last lap. And that's exactly how it went for all of them except Kahne. He was outside the top 10 but had 2 W's so that meant he was getting at least a Wild Card but the score would be better inside the top 10 than with a Wild Card. He would have 6 more points if he were in the top 10 and he'd be higher up in the order. 

So Gordon had the pole to start and grabbed the lead right out of the gate. He knew he HAD to win. No ifs ands or buts about it. Win or no Chase spot. Logano in 9th was fighting with Hamlin in 8th over position. He finally gave up when his tires did. No grip and losing ground. 

By lap 50 Keselowski who also had to win or no Chase spot had taken the lead. 

Lap 66 is when Kurt B took the lead. Johnson had to start last due to the birth of his daughter he wasn't there to qualify or practice. He's made it to 33rd. By lap 84 Logano is 25th and screaming to his crew chief for tires. 

Lap 90 Logano goes a lap down and to the pits for tires. Everyone else follows and Johnson was too fast so he's doing a pass thru penalty. Ouch.

Kenseth now leads at lap 105.

Lap 203 Logano goes down a 2nd lap. Gordon is 15th. Jounson is 3 laps down in 22nd. Keselowski leads.

Lap 224 Gordon says he's coming to pit road because he has too. Diagnosis? Loose wheel. He's 2 laps down in 25th. Keselowski still leads followed by Kurt B, Kyle B, Bowyer and Burton.

Lap 242 Johnson is now down 24 laps. He had a loose alternator cable which destroyed his battery and had to be change in the garage area. No worries though. He's locked in.

Lap 267 CAUTION and Gordon gets the lucky dog (free pass)

83 to go sees Bowyer, Harvick, Kurt B, Burton, Keselowski and my fantasy leagues humming along.

But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....With 57 to go and half way through green flag pit stops Johnson has his right front go down and a caution comes out. He wasn't on my fantasy league but I was mad because this threw a major curve ball into my fantasy leagues AND it benefited one on the verge of not making the Chase team mate Gordon. Very surprised in all the comment sections of articles dealing with this that it was mentioned one time that I saw. Johnson was 24 laps down, locked in the Chase and only needed to limp around the track. No need or urgency to run your front end into the track to pick up spots unless to help your team mate get in the Chase. 

So now those that already pitted when the race was green are mired back behind those that pitted when the race was under caution. So now Edwards is now in the lead followed by Menard, Kurt B, McMurray, Newman, Biffle, Stenhouse & Kenseth for your top 8.

So with 30 to go Newman is on the hunt for a W. He's told as the drivers are on the track now only a win will due. No choice. Go get it. And he does. With 20 to go he's 2nd. With 13 to go he's on Edwards bumper. With 10 to go he gets the lead.

With 8 to go Bowyer goes for a spin...all by himself. CAUTION. Everybody pits and Menard is first on the restart with Edwards in 2nd. They take off. Well, Edwards takes off but Menard spins his tires a bit. Edwards clearly beats Menard to the start finish line by half a car length. I still can't understand NASCAR not calling him on it. Especially since they got Johnson 2 times this year.

So Edwards wins the race and the conspiracy theories begin.

Top 15 finishers - Edwards - Kurt B - Newman - McMurray - Menard - Kenseth - Truex - Gordon - Martin - Stenhouse - Harvick - Biffle - Dale Jr - Kahne

​Kurt B's 2nd place finish brings him home 8th in the top 10. No W's but history abounds. He's the first driver in Chase history to come from a single car team. Also the first team based outside of Charlotte to qualify for the Chase. Furniture Row is based in Colorado. Congrats and Good Luck Kurt. 

Right after the race Bowyer is interviewed about his spin and asked if it was deliberate. He says no he thinks something broke or a tires going down. Dale Jr is interviewed and he's saying it's the damndest thing he's ever watched. He was right behind Bowyer and saw him swerving and then go for a lazy spin. All is well till Sunday when the rumors start and the conspiracy theories kick into over drive with the Twittersphere ablaze. By Monday the first accusations come in.

NASCAR finds that they can't prove without a doubt that he spun on purpose, but they can through radio chatter prove that his team mate Vickers came in for tires when he didn't need to. In fact Bowyer came in 2 times before the restart. Once to get tires and once more for a look see on possible damage. Then when the green flag was about to wave for the last 4 laps both were called to pit road. Vickers response was telling. You talking to me? I have a flat? His crew chief said yes and that we need that point. The point he was talking about was for 3rd team mate Truex. With that 1 point Truex has a Wild Card.

Also in those closing laps Logano who had fallen back to 25th and 3 laps down was in need of some help in the form of a spot and a wave around to gain on Gordon. Bowyers spin gave him the wave around. The deal Penske Racing made with Front Row Motorsports for #38 David Gilliland to let Logano pass him gave him that point he needed.

Again radio chatter gave the deal away. Gillilands spotter said that Penske was asking for that spot. Frank Kerr, crew chief for Gilliland asked who asked. The reply was that the big dog and his cronies are all here. So Gilliland let Logano pass him on the last restart and slowed his lap times to keep Logano there. After the race the spotter told them good job and we might get what we're after now. Front Row Motorsports obviously asked for something previously and now expected to get it. Both teams are Fords and they're considered partners.

So Newman was knocked out of the Chase because he and Truex were tied for one of the Wild Cards. NASCAR had to go to 2nd place wins for the tie breaker. Gordon is bumped out by 1 point. Bowyer, Dale Jr & Kurt B make it in with no wins. Keselowski, last years champ is out.

So after all the interviews and radio chatter reviewing NASCAR passes down a huge fine to Michael Waltrip Racing. It's the biggest ever. A $300,000, General Manager Ty Norris who was Vickers spotter and made the call is suspended indefinitely, all 3 teams are docked 50 points and all 3 crew chiefs are on probation till Dec 31st. The 50 points knocks Truex out of the Chase and puts Newman in.

So lots more whining, interviewing and audio reviewing goes on and NASCAR announces penalties again. Both Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports are on probation till Dec 31st. No fines? Yup. No fines. 

On Friday it is announced that Gordon has been added as the 13th driver in the Chase. 

I personally wasn't upset about the deal Penske & Front Row made. It's unspoken and well known that the manufacturers and the teams make deals all the time for track position or other favors. Case in point. When at a super speedway in the old cars Gordon asked for Trevor Bayne to tandem draft with him on the restart. Trevor replied through the spotter that he would but at the last second it was conveyed to him that Kenseth needed a drafting partner and Trevor had to go. Why? Gordon drove a Chevy. Trevor and Kenseth were in Fords. Both Ford and Roush denied team orders after the race and Trevor looked like a shmuck. But we all know the truth. And so does NASCAR and I think that probation till Dec 31st was a slap on the wrist to get their attention. 

New rules have been passed down via a 20 minute meeting. Notables are that only one spotter per team may be on the roof from now on. Mr Penske and his buddies are no longer allowed up there. Only 2 analog style radios per spotter allowed. No digital radios. Cameras will be installed to watch for deal making. All drivers must race to 100% of their ability. Team orders are now banned. New clarifying restart rules to be announced Sunday in the drivers meeting.

Pretty much it's mind your own business and drive. I didn't read the transcript but that's what I'm getting out of it. I'm still mad at Johnson, Vickers and Bowyer. I say Johnson drove his car with the intent of bringing out the caution but was smart enough to get his tire to pop. Bowyer spun on purpose. Vickers for his part resisted but I guess those team orders win out. Mark Martin said he was glad he was out of that mess and over at SHR. Me too. I hope this explains everything. Still pisses me off.

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY GEICO 400

This would be our first stop in the Chase. Logano has the pole. Kyle B is going for the 3 Sweep again. He took the truck race and dominated the Nationwide race. So that's 1, 2 and could it be 3? Logano got 2nd, Dale Jr 5th, Vickers 6th, Kenseth 7th and Harvick 9th in the Nationwide race. Now these are different cars and you can't read too much into their finishes against inferior drivers but seat time is seat time. There is something to be gained by running companion races.

Last years top 15 finishers were Keselowski - Johnson - Kahne - Kyle B - Newman - Stewart - Logano - Dale Jr - Truex - Bowyer - Hornish - Harvick - Biffle - Martin - Menard

So as usual I'm going to say take Gordon or Kahne at your own risk. Hamlin is so distracted from his back pain and the world caving in on his racing career that I'd say skip him too. As far as the MWR guys. That would be Bowyer, Vickers and Truex, they're awesome picks but maybe not this week. NASCAR might be playing with them. Doing things like drawing out pre race inspection so they almost miss the start of the race like they did to Logano and Keselowski towards the beginning of the season. So this situation may light a fire under their asses or it may bring them down. The fans can be tough at driver intros.

All your Chasers except for Bowyer qualified in the top 20. Some lower tier guys to look at would be Montoya starts 3rd and McMurray starts 27th. These 2 have been showing up lately. Almirola, Menard, Stenhouse, Burton, David Ragan, Mears, Gilliland and Allmendinger have been giving the fantasy players some bang for their buck too. The Danica qualified 23rd. She finished 25th here last year. May be worth a look if you want to pick 4 power house guys and have her as the fifth.

Possibilities are endless. I'm 2nd in my money league. I could be first if Bowyer and Vickers hadn't done that BS. I play like a shark in that league. I wants ma muny. I need to get out of this program. It's threatening to go postal on me.  See ya later. And......I'm outta here.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            

Well hey there and howdy too. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Before I get to the racing stuff I saw this picture and I was blown away by the dedication of our USPS delivery people. If you haven't seen it yet, it's from Colorado. They're being drowned out there by all the rain and this dedicated postal worker.....neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night....is delivering the mail. Wow. Gives me pause and I guess they mean it. Thoughts and prayers to those folks out west. Hopefully the Red Cross and other organizations are set up or on their way to your rescue. 

SUSPECT SPIN - NO NEED TO PIT - DEAL MAKING - RESTART  CONTROVERSY

So I'm sure most of you have heard about this little issue going on in NASCAR. It involves a suspect spin by Bowyer, pitting for no reason by both Bowyer and new team mate Vickers, a deal made in the closing laps for track position to get Logano in the Chase and a horrid restart that Edwards clearly jumped but wasn't made to give it back. So here's the long, short and skinny on this race and controversy.

So it started with the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night. Johnson, Bowyer, Harvick, Edwards, Kyle B & Kenseth were locked into the Chase by vertue of points and wins. So now Dale Jr, Logano, Biffle, Kurt B, Gordon, Kahne, Truex, Newman & long shot Keselowski are in the mix all within 59 points of each other and all race long depending where they were dictated where they were in the points. As Truex said all race long my crew chief is telling me your in, now your out by 1, now your in, no now your out which went on till the last lap. And that's exactly how it went for all of them except Kahne. He was outside the top 10 but had 2 W's so that meant he was getting at least a Wild Card but the score would be better inside the top 10 than with a Wild Card. He would have 6 more points if he were in the top 10 and he'd be higher up in the order. 

So Gordon had the pole to start and grabbed the lead right out of the gate. He knew he HAD to win. No ifs ands or buts about it. Win or no Chase spot. Logano in 9th was fighting with Hamlin in 8th over position. He finally gave up when his tires did. No grip and losing ground. 

By lap 50 Keselowski who also had to win or no Chase spot had taken the lead. 

Lap 66 is when Kurt B took the lead. Johnson had to start last due to the birth of his daughter he wasn't there to qualify or practice. He's made it to 33rd. By lap 84 Logano is 25th and screaming to his crew chief for tires. 

Lap 90 Logano goes a lap down and to the pits for tires. Everyone else follows and Johnson was too fast so he's doing a pass thru penalty. Ouch.

Kenseth now leads at lap 105.

Lap 203 Logano goes down a 2nd lap. Gordon is 15th. Jounson is 3 laps down in 22nd. Keselowski leads.

Lap 224 Gordon says he's coming to pit road because he has too. Diagnosis? Loose wheel. He's 2 laps down in 25th. Keselowski still leads followed by Kurt B, Kyle B, Bowyer and Burton.

Lap 242 Johnson is now down 24 laps. He had a loose alternator cable which destroyed his battery and had to be change in the garage area. No worries though. He's locked in.

Lap 267 CAUTION and Gordon gets the lucky dog (free pass)

83 to go sees Bowyer, Harvick, Kurt B, Burton, Keselowski and my fantasy leagues humming along.

But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....With 57 to go and half way through green flag pit stops Johnson has his right front go down and a caution comes out. He wasn't on my fantasy league but I was mad because this threw a major curve ball into my fantasy leagues AND it benefited one on the verge of not making the Chase team mate Gordon. Very surprised in all the comment sections of articles dealing with this that it was mentioned one time that I saw. Johnson was 24 laps down, locked in the Chase and only needed to limp around the track. No need or urgency to run your front end into the track to pick up spots unless to help your team mate get in the Chase. 

So now those that did not pit yet go in and are mired back behind those that pitted when the race was green. So now Edwards is now in the lead followed by Menard, Kurt B, McMurray, Newman, Biffle, Stenhouse & Kenseth for your top 8.

So with 30 to go Newman is on the hunt for a W. He's told as the drivers are on the track now only a win will due. No choice. Go get it. And he does. With 20 to go he's 2nd. With 13 to go he's on Edwards bumper. With 10 to go he gets the lead.

With 8 to go Bowyer goes for a spin...all by himself. CAUTION. Everybody pits and Menard is first on the restart with Edwards in 2nd. They take off. Well, Edwards takes off but Menard spins his tires a bit. Edwards clearly beats Menard to the start finish line by half a car length. I still can't understand NASCAR not calling him on it. Especially since they got Johnson 2 times this year.

So Edwards wins the race and the conspiracies begin.

Top 15 finishers - Edwards - Kurt B - Newman - McMurray - Menard - Kenseth - Truex - Gordon - Martin - Stenhouse - Harvick - Biffle - Dale Jr - Kahne

​Kurt B's 2nd place finish brings him home 8th in the top 10. No W's but history abounds. He's the first driver in Chase history to come from a single car team. Also the first team based outside of Charlotte to qualify for the Chase. Furniture Row is based in Colorado. Congrats and Good Luck Kurt. 

Right after the race Bowyer is interviewed about his spin and asked if it was deliberate. He says no he thinks something broke or a tires going down. Dale Jr is interviewed and he's saying it's the damndest thing he's ever watched. He was right behind Bowyer and saw him swerving and then go for a lazy spin. All is well till Sunday when the rumors start and the conspiracy theories kick into over drive with the Twittersphere ablaze. By Monday the first accusations come in.

NASCAR finds that they can't prove without a doubt that he spun on purpose, but they can through radio chatter prove that his team mate Vickers came in for tires when he didn't need to. In fact Bowyer came in 2 times before the restart. Once to get tires and once more for a look see on possible damage. Then when the green flag was about to wave for the last 4 laps both were called to pit road. Vickers response was telling. You talking to me? I have a flat? His crew chief said yes and that we need that point. The point he was talking about was for 3rd team mate Truex. With that 1 point Truex has a Wild Card.

Also in those closing laps Logano who had fallen back to 25th and 3 laps down was in need of some help in the form of a spot and a wave around to gain on Gordon. Bowyers spin gave him the wave around. The deal Penske Racing made with Front Row Motorsports for #38 David Gilliland to let Logano pass him gave him that point he needed.

Again radio chatter gave the deal away. Gillilands spotter said that Penske was asking for that spot. Frank Kerr, crew chief for Gilliland asked who asked. The reply was that the big dog and his cronies are all here. So Gilliland let Logano pass him on the last restart and slowed his lap times to keep Logano there. After the race the spotter told them good job and we might get what we're after now. Front Row Motorsports obviously asked for something previously and now expected to get it. Both teams are Fords and they're considered partners.

So Newman was knocked out of the Chase because he and Truex were tied for one of the Wild Cards. NASCAR had to go to 2nd place wins for the tie breaker. Gordon is bumped out by 1 point. Bowyer, Dale Jr & Kurt B make it in with no wins. Keselowski, last years champ is out.

So after all the interviews and radio chatter reviewing NASCAR passes down a huge fine to Michael Waltrip Racing. It's the biggest ever. A $300,000, General Manager Ty Norris who was Vickers spotter and made the call is suspended indefinitely, all 3 teams are docked 50 points and all 3 crew chiefs are on probation till Dec 31st. The 50 points knocks Truex out of the Chase and puts Newman in.

So lots more whining, interviewing and audio reviewing goes on and NASCAR announces penalties again. Both Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports are on probation till Dec 31st. No fines? Yup. No fines. 

On Friday it is announced that Gordon has been added as the 13th driver in the Chase. 

I personally wasn't upset about the deal Penske & Front Row made. It's unspoken and well known that the manufacturers and the teams make deals all the time for track position or other favors. Case in point. When at a super speedway in the old cars Gordon asked for Trevor Bayne to tandem draft with him on the restart. Trevor replied through the spotter that he would but at the last second it was conveyed to him that Kenseth needed a drafting partner and Trevor had to go. Why? Gordon drove a Chevy. Trevor and Kenseth were in Fords. Both Ford and Roush denied team orders after the race and Trevor looked like a shmuck. But we all know the truth. And so does NASCAR and I think that probation till Dec 31st was a slap on the wrist to get their attention. 

New rules have been passed down via a 20 minute meeting. Notables are that only one spotter per team may be on the roof from now on. Mr Penske and his buddies are no longer allowed up there. Only 2 analog style radios per spotter allowed. No digital radios. Cameras will be installed to watch for deal making. All drivers must race to 100% of their ability. Team orders are now banned. New clarifying restart rules to be announced Sunday in the drivers meeting.

Pretty much it's mind your own business and drive. I didn't read the transcript but that's what I'm getting out of it. I'm still mad at Johnson, Vickers and Bowyer. I say Johnson drove his car with the intent of bringing out the caution but was smart enough to get his tire to pop. Bowyer spun on purpose. Vickers for his part resisted but I guess those team orders win out. Mark Martin said he was glad he was out of that mess and over at SHR. Me too. I hope this explains everything. Still pisses me off.

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY GEICO 400

This would be our first stop in the Chase. Logano has the pole. Kyle B is going for the 3 Sweep again. He took the truck race and dominated the Nationwide race. So that's 1, 2 and could it be 3? Logano got 2nd, Dale Jr 5th, Vickers 6th, Kenseth 7th and Harvick 9th in the Nationwide race. Now these are different cars and you can't read too much into their finishes against inferior drivers but seat time is seat time. There is something to be gained by running companion races.

Last years top 15 finishers were Keselowski - Johnson - Kahne - Kyle B - Newman - Stewart - Logano - Dale Jr - Truex - Bowyer - Hornish - Harvick - Biffle - Martin - Menard

So as usual I'm going to say take Gordon or Kahne at your own risk. Hamlin is so distracted from his back pain and the world caving in on his racing career that I'd say skip him too. As far as the MWR guys. That would be Bowyer, Vickers and Truex, they're awesome picks but maybe not this week. NASCAR might be playing with them. Doing things like drawing out pre race inspection so they almost miss the start of the race like they did to Logano and Keselowski towards the beginning of the season. So this situation may light a fire under their asses or it may bring them down. The fans can be tough at driver intros.

All your Chasers except for Bowyer qualified in the top 20. Some lower tier guys to look at would be Montoya starts 3rd and McMurray starts 27th. These 2 have been showing up lately. Almirola, Menard, Stenhouse, Burton, David Ragan, Mears, Gilliland and Allmendinger have been giving the fantasy players some bang for their buck too. The Danica qualified 23rd. She finished 25th here last year. May be worth a look if you want to pick 4 power house guys and have her as the fifth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            

Well hey there and howdy too. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Before I get to the racing stuff I saw this picture and I was blown away by the dedication of our USPS delivery people. If you haven't seen it yet, it's from Colorado. They're being drowned out there by all the rain and this dedicated postal worker.....neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night....is delivering the mail. Wow. Gives me pause and I guess they mean it. Thoughts and prayers to those folks out west. Hopefully the Red Cross and other organizations are set up or on their way to your rescue. 

SUSPECT SPIN - NO NEED TO PIT - DEAL MAKING - RESTART  CONTROVERSY

So I'm sure most of you have heard about this little issue going on in NASCAR. It involves a suspect spin by Bowyer, pitting for no reason by both Bowyer and new team mate Vickers, a deal made in the closing laps for track position to get Logano in the Chase and a horrid restart that Edwards clearly jumped but wasn't made to give it back. So here's the long, short and skinny on this race and controversy.

So it started with the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night. Johnson, Bowyer, Harvick, Edwards, Kyle B & Kenseth were locked into the Chase by vertue of points and wins. So now Dale Jr, Logano, Biffle, Kurt B, Gordon, Kahne, Truex, Newman & long shot Keselowski are in the mix all within 59 points of each other and all race long depending where they were dictated where they were in the points. As Truex said all race long my crew chief is telling me your in, now your out by 1, now your in, no now your out which went on till the last lap. And that's exactly how it went for all of them except Kahne. He was outside the top 10 but had 2 W's so that meant he was getting at least a Wild Card but the score would be better inside the top 10 than with a Wild Card. He would have 6 more points if he were in the top 10 and he'd be higher up in the order. 

So Gordon had the pole to start and grabbed the lead right out of the gate. He knew he HAD to win. No ifs ands or buts about it. Win or no Chase spot. Logano in 9th was fighting with Hamlin in 8th over position. He finally gave up when his tires did. No grip and losing ground. 

By lap 50 Keselowski who also had to win or no Chase spot had taken the lead. 

Lap 66 is when Kurt B took the lead. Johnson had to start last due to the birth of his daughter he wasn't there to qualify or practice. He's made it to 33rd. By lap 84 Logano is 25th and screaming to his crew chief for tires. 

Lap 90 Logano goes a lap down and to the pits for tires. Everyone else follows and Johnson was too fast so he's doing a pass thru penalty. Ouch.

Kenseth now leads at lap 105.

Lap 203 Logano goes down a 2nd lap. Gordon is 15th. Jounson is 3 laps down in 22nd. Keselowski leads.

Lap 224 Gordon says he's coming to pit road because he has too. Diagnosis? Loose wheel. He's 2 laps down in 25th. Keselowski still leads followed by Kurt B, Kyle B, Bowyer and Burton.

Lap 242 Johnson is now down 24 laps. He had a loose alternator cable which destroyed his battery and had to be change in the garage area. No worries though. He's locked in.

Lap 267 CAUTION and Gordon gets the lucky dog (free pass)

83 to go sees Bowyer, Harvick, Kurt B, Burton, Keselowski and my fantasy leagues humming along.

But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....With 57 to go and half way through green flag pit stops Johnson has his right front go down and a caution comes out. He wasn't on my fantasy league but I was mad because this threw a major curve ball into my fantasy leagues AND it benefited one on the verge of not making the Chase team mate Gordon. Very surprised in all the comment sections of articles dealing with this that it was mentioned one time that I saw. Johnson was 24 laps down, locked in the Chase and only needed to limp around the track. No need or urgency to run your front end into the track to pick up spots unless to help your team mate get in the Chase. 

So now those that did not pit yet go in and are mired back behind those that pitted when the race was green. So now Edwards is now in the lead followed by Menard, Kurt B, McMurray, Newman, Biffle, Stenhouse & Kenseth for your top 8.

So with 30 to go Newman is on the hunt for a W. He's told as the drivers are on the track now only a win will due. No choice. Go get it. And he does. With 20 to go he's 2nd. With 13 to go he's on Edwards bumper. With 10 to go he gets the lead.

With 8 to go Bowyer goes for a spin...all by himself. CAUTION. Everybody pits and Menard is first on the restart with Edwards in 2nd. They take off. Well, Edwards takes off but Menard spins his tires a bit. Edwards clearly beats Menard to the start finish line by half a car length. I still can't understand NASCAR not calling him on it. Especially since they got Johnson 2 times this year.

So Edwards wins the race and the conspiracies begin.

Top 15 finishers - Edwards - Kurt B - Newman - McMurray - Menard - Kenseth - Truex - Gordon - Martin - Stenhouse - Harvick - Biffle - Dale Jr - Kahne

​Kurt B's 2nd place finish brings him home 8th in the top 10. No W's but history abounds. He's the first driver in Chase history to come from a single car team. Also the first team based outside of Charlotte to qualify for the Chase. Furniture Row is based in Colorado. Congrats and Good Luck Kurt. 

Right after the race Bowyer is interviewed about his spin and asked if it was deliberate. He says no he thinks something broke or a tires going down. Dale Jr is interviewed and he's saying it's the damndest thing he's ever watched. He was right behind Bowyer and saw him swerving and then go for a lazy spin. All is well till Sunday when the rumors start and the conspiracy theories kick into over drive with the Twittersphere ablaze. By Monday the first accusations come in.

NASCAR finds that they can't prove without a doubt that he spun on purpose, but they can through radio chatter prove that his team mate Vickers came in for tires when he didn't need to. In fact Bowyer came in 2 times before the restart. Once to get tires and once more for a look see on possible damage. Then when the green flag was about to wave for the last 4 laps both were called to pit road. Vickers response was telling. You talking to me? I have a flat? His crew chief said yes and that we need that point. The point he was talking about was for 3rd team mate Truex. With that 1 point Truex has a Wild Card.

Also in those closing laps Logano who had fallen back to 25th and 3 laps down was in need of some help in the form of a spot and a wave around to gain on Gordon. Bowyers spin gave him the wave around. The deal Penske Racing made with Front Row Motorsports for #38 David Gilliland to let Logano pass him gave him that point he needed.

Again radio chatter gave the deal away. Gillilands spotter said that Penske was asking for that spot. Frank Kerr, crew chief for Gilliland asked who asked. The reply was that the big dog and his cronies are all here. So Gilliland let Logano pass him on the last restart and slowed his lap times to keep Logano there. After the race the spotter told them good job and we might get what we're after now. Front Row Motorsports obviously asked for something previously and now expected to get it. Both teams are Fords and they're considered partners.

So Newman was knocked out of the Chase because he and Truex were tied for one of the Wild Cards. NASCAR had to go to 2nd place wins for the tie breaker. Gordon is bumped out by 1 point. Bowyer, Dale Jr & Kurt B make it in with no wins. Keselowski, last years champ is out.

So after all the interviews and radio chatter reviewing NASCAR passes down a huge fine to Michael Waltrip Racing. It's the biggest ever. A $300,000, General Manager Ty Norris who was Vickers spotter and made the call is suspended indefinitely, all 3 teams are docked 50 points and all 3 crew chiefs are on probation till Dec 31st. The 50 points knocks Truex out of the Chase and puts Newman in.

So lots more whining, interviewing and audio reviewing goes on and NASCAR announces penalties again. Both Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports are on probation till Dec 31st. No fines? Yup. No fines. 

On Friday it is announced that Gordon has been added as the 13th driver in the Chase. 

I personally wasn't upset about the deal Penske & Front Row made. It's unspoken and well known that the manufacturers and the teams make deals all the time for track position or other favors. Case in point. When at a super speedway in the old cars Gordon asked for Trevor Bayne to tandem draft with him on the restart. Trevor replied through the spotter that he would but at the last second it was conveyed to him that Kenseth needed a drafting partner and Trevor had to go. Why? Gordon drove a Chevy. Trevor and Kenseth were in Fords. Both Ford and Roush denied team orders after the race and Trevor looked like a shmuck. But we all know the truth. And so does NASCAR and I think that probation till Dec 31st was a slap on the wrist to get their attention. 

New rules have been passed down via a 20 minute meeting. Notables are that only one spotter per team may be on the roof from now on. Mr Penske and his buddies are no longer allowed up there. Only 2 analog style radios per spotter allowed. No digital radios. Cameras will be installed to watch for deal making. All drivers must race to 100% of their ability. Team orders are now banned. New clarifying restart rules to be announced Sunday in the drivers meeting.

Pretty much it's mind your own business and drive. I didn't read the transcript but that's what I'm getting out of it. I'm still mad at Johnson, Vickers and Bowyer. I say Johnson drove his car with the intent of bringing out the caution but was smart enough to get his tire to pop. Bowyer spun on purpose. Vickers for his part resisted but I guess those team orders win out. Mark Martin said he was glad he was out of that mess and over at SHR. Me too. I hope this explains everything. Still pisses me off.

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY GEICO 400

This would be our first stop in the Chase. Logano has the pole. Kyle B is going for the 3 Sweep again. He took the truck race and dominated the Nationwide race. So that's 1, 2 and could it be 3? Logano got 2nd, Dale Jr 5th, Vickers 6th, Kenseth 7th and Harvick 9th in the Nationwide race. Now these are different cars and you can't read too much into their finishes against inferior drivers but seat time is seat time. There is something to be gained by running companion races.

Last years top 15 finishers were Keselowski - Johnson - Kahne - Kyle B - Newman - Stewart - Logano - Dale Jr - Truex - Bowyer - Hornish - Harvick - Biffle - Martin - Menard

So as usual I'm going to say take Gordon or Kahne at your own risk. Hamlin is so distracted from his back pain and the world caving in on his racing career that I'd say skip him too. As far as the MWR guys. That would be Bowyer, Vickers and Truex, they're awesome picks but maybe not this week. NASCAR might be playing with them. Doing things like drawing out pre race inspection so they almost miss the start of the race like they did to Logano and Keselowski towards the beginning of the season. So this situation may light a fire under their asses or it may bring them down. The fans can be tough at driver intros.

All your Chasers except for Bowyer qualified in the top 20. Some lower tier guys to look at would be Montoya starts 3rd and McMurray starts 27th. These 2 have been showing up lately. Almirola, Menard, Stenhouse, Burton, David Ragan, Mears, Gilliland and Allmendinger have been giving the fantasy players some bang for their buck too. The Danica qualified 23rd. She finished 25th here last year. May be worth a look if you want to pick 4 power house guys and have her as the fifth.

Possibilities are endless. I'm 2nd in my money league. I could be first if Bowyer and Vickers hadn't done that BS. I play like a shark in that league. I wants ma muny. I need to get out of this program. It's threatening to go postal on me. So once again I send my thoughts and prayers to the people of Colorado and......I'm outta here.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            

Well hey there and howdy too. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Before I get to the racing stuff I saw this picture and I was blown away by the dedication of our USPS delivery people. If you haven't seen it yet, it's from Colorado. They're being drowned out there by all the rain and this dedicated postal worker.....neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night....is delivering the mail. Wow. Gives me pause and I guess they mean it. Thoughts and prayers to those folks out west. Hopefully the Red Cross and other organizations are set up or on their way to your rescue. 

SUSPECT SPIN - NO NEED TO PIT - DEAL MAKING - RESTART  CONTROVERSY

So I'm sure most of you have heard about this little issue going on in NASCAR. It involves a suspect spin by Bowyer, pitting for no reason by both Bowyer and new team mate Vickers, a deal made in the closing laps for track position to get Logano in the Chase and a horrid restart that Edwards clearly jumped but wasn't made to give it back. So here's the long, short and skinny on this race and controversy.

So it started with the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night. Johnson, Bowyer, Harvick, Edwards, Kyle B & Kenseth were locked into the Chase by vertue of points and wins. So now Dale Jr, Logano, Biffle, Kurt B, Gordon, Kahne, Truex, Newman & long shot Keselowski are in the mix all within 59 points of each other and all race long depending where they were dictated where they were in the points. As Truex said all race long my crew chief is telling me your in, now your out by 1, now your in, no now your out which went on till the last lap. And that's exactly how it went for all of them except Kahne. He was outside the top 10 but had 2 W's so that meant he was getting at least a Wild Card but the score would be better inside the top 10 than with a Wild Card. He would have 6 more points if he were in the top 10 and he'd be higher up in the order. 

So Gordon had the pole to start and grabbed the lead right out of the gate. He knew he HAD to win. No ifs ands or buts about it. Win or no Chase spot. Logano in 9th was fighting with Hamlin in 8th over position. He finally gave up when his tires did. No grip and losing ground. 

By lap 50 Keselowski who also had to win or no Chase spot had taken the lead. 

Lap 66 is when Kurt B took the lead. Johnson had to start last due to the birth of his daughter he wasn't there to qualify or practice. He's made it to 33rd. By lap 84 Logano is 25th and screaming to his crew chief for tires. 

Lap 90 Logano goes a lap down and to the pits for tires. Everyone else follows and Johnson was too fast so he's doing a pass thru penalty. Ouch.

Kenseth now leads at lap 105.

Lap 203 Logano goes down a 2nd lap. Gordon is 15th. Jounson is 3 laps down in 22nd. Keselowski leads.

Lap 224 Gordon says he's coming to pit road because he has too. Diagnosis? Loose wheel. He's 2 laps down in 25th. Keselowski still leads followed by Kurt B, Kyle B, Bowyer and Burton.

Lap 242 Johnson is now down 24 laps. He had a loose alternator cable which destroyed his battery and had to be change in the garage area. No worries though. He's locked in.

Lap 267 CAUTION and Gordon gets the lucky dog (free pass)

83 to go sees Bowyer, Harvick, Kurt B, Burton, Keselowski and my fantasy leagues humming along.

But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....With 57 to go and half way through green flag pit stops Johnson has his right front go down and a caution comes out. He wasn't on my fantasy league but I was mad because this threw a major curve ball into my fantasy leagues AND it benefited one on the verge of not making the Chase team mate Gordon. Very surprised in all the comment sections of articles dealing with this that it was mentioned one time that I saw. Johnson was 24 laps down, locked in the Chase and only needed to limp around the track. No need or urgency to run your front end into the track to pick up spots unless to help your team mate get in the Chase. 

So now those that did not pit yet go in and are mired back behind those that pitted when the race was green. So now Edwards is now in the lead followed by Menard, Kurt B, McMurray, Newman, Biffle, Stenhouse & Kenseth for your top 8.

So with 30 to go Newman is on the hunt for a W. He's told as the drivers are on the track now only a win will due. No choice. Go get it. And he does. With 20 to go he's 2nd. With 13 to go he's on Edwards bumper. With 10 to go he gets the lead.

With 8 to go Bowyer goes for a spin...all by himself. CAUTION. Everybody pits and Menard is first on the restart with Edwards in 2nd. They take off. Well, Edwards takes off but Menard spins his tires a bit. Edwards clearly beats Menard to the start finish line by half a car length. I still can't understand NASCAR not calling him on it. Especially since they got Johnson 2 times this year.

So Edwards wins the race and the conspiracies begin.

Top 15 finishers - Edwards - Kurt B - Newman - McMurray - Menard - Kenseth - Truex - Gordon - Martin - Stenhouse - Harvick - Biffle - Dale Jr - Kahne

​Kurt B's 2nd place finish brings him home 8th in the top 10. No W's but history abounds. He's the first driver in Chase history to come from a single car team. Also the first team based outside of Charlotte to qualify for the Chase. Furniture Row is based in Colorado. Congrats and Good Luck Kurt. 

Right after the race Bowyer is interviewed about his spin and asked if it was deliberate. He says no he thinks something broke or a tires going down. Dale Jr is interviewed and he's saying it's the damndest thing he's ever watched. He was right behind Bowyer and saw him swerving and then go for a lazy spin. All is well till Sunday when the rumors start and the conspiracy theories kick into over drive with the Twittersphere ablaze. By Monday the first accusations come in.

NASCAR finds that they can't prove without a doubt that he spun on purpose, but they can through radio chatter prove that his team mate Vickers came in for tires when he didn't need to. In fact Bowyer came in 2 times before the restart. Once to get tires and once more for a look see on possible damage. Then when the green flag was about to wave for the last 4 laps both were called to pit road. Vickers response was telling. You talking to me? I have a flat? His crew chief said yes and that we need that point. The point he was talking about was for 3rd team mate Truex. With that 1 point Truex has a Wild Card.

Also in those closing laps Logano who had fallen back to 25th and 3 laps down was in need of some help in the form of a spot and a wave around to gain on Gordon. Bowyers spin gave him the wave around. The deal Penske Racing made with Front Row Motorsports for #38 David Gilliland to let Logano pass him gave him that point he needed.

Again radio chatter gave the deal away. Gillilands spotter said that Penske was asking for that spot. Frank Kerr, crew chief for Gilliland asked who asked. The reply was that the big dog and his cronies are all here. So Gilliland let Logano pass him on the last restart and slowed his lap times to keep Logano there. After the race the spotter told them good job and we might get what we're after now. Front Row Motorsports obviously asked for something previously and now expected to get it. Both teams are Fords and they're considered partners.

So Newman was knocked out of the Chase because he and Truex were tied for one of the Wild Cards. NASCAR had to go to 2nd place wins for the tie breaker. Gordon is bumped out by 1 point. Bowyer, Dale Jr & Kurt B make it in with no wins. Keselowski, last years champ is out.

So after all the interviews and radio chatter reviewing NASCAR passes down a huge fine to Michael Waltrip Racing. It's the biggest ever. A $300,000, General Manager Ty Norris who was Vickers spotter and made the call is suspended indefinitely, all 3 teams are docked 50 points and all 3 crew chiefs are on probation till Dec 31st. The 50 points knocks Truex out of the Chase and puts Newman in.

So lots more whining, interviewing and audio reviewing goes on and NASCAR announces penalties again. Both Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports are on probation till Dec 31st. No fines? Yup. No fines. 

On Friday it is announced that Gordon has been added as the 13th driver in the Chase. 

I personally wasn't upset about the deal Penske & Front Row made. It's unspoken and well known that the manufacturers and the teams make deals all the time for track position or other favors. Case in point. When at a super speedway in the old cars Gordon asked for Trevor Bayne to tandem draft with him on the restart. Trevor replied through the spotter that he would but at the last second it was conveyed to him that Kenseth needed a drafting partner and Trevor had to go. Why? Gordon drove a Chevy. Trevor and Kenseth were in Fords. Both Ford and Roush denied team orders after the race and Trevor looked like a shmuck. But we all know the truth. And so does NASCAR and I think that probation till Dec 31st was a slap on the wrist to get their attention. 

New rules have been passed down via a 20 minute meeting. Notables are that only one spotter per team may be on the roof from now on. Mr Penske and his buddies are no longer allowed up there. Only 2 analog style radios per spotter allowed. No digital radios. Cameras will be installed to watch for deal making. All drivers must race to 100% of their ability. Team orders are now banned. New clarifying restart rules to be announced Sunday in the drivers meeting.

Pretty much it's mind your own business and drive. I didn't read the transcript but that's what I'm getting out of it. I'm still mad at Johnson, Vickers and Bowyer. I say Johnson drove his car with the intent of bringing out the caution but was smart enough to get his tire to pop. Bowyer spun on purpose. Vickers for his part resisted but I guess those team orders win out. Mark Martin said he was glad he was out of that mess and over at SHR. Me too. I hope this explains everything. Still pisses me off.

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY GEICO 400

This would be our first stop in the Chase. Logano has the pole. Kyle B is going for the 3 Sweep again. He took the truck race and dominated the Nationwide race. So that's 1, 2 and could it be 3? Logano got 2nd, Dale Jr 5th, Vickers 6th, Kenseth 7th and Harvick 9th in the Nationwide race. Now these are different cars and you can't read too much into their finishes against inferior drivers but seat time is seat time. There is something to be gained by running companion races.

Last years top 15 finishers were Keselowski - Johnson - Kahne - Kyle B - Newman - Stewart - Logano - Dale Jr - Truex - Bowyer - Hornish - Harvick - Biffle - Martin - Menard

So as usual I'm going to say take Gordon or Kahne at your own risk. Hamlin is so distracted from his back pain and the world caving in on his racing career that I'd say skip him too. As far as the MWR guys. That would be Bowyer, Vickers and Truex, they're awesome picks but maybe not this week. NASCAR might be playing with them. Doing things like drawing out pre race inspection so they almost miss the start of the race like they did to Logano and Keselowski towards the beginning of the season. So this situation may light a fire under their asses or it may bring them down. The fans can be tough at driver intros.

All your Chasers except for Bowyer qualified in the top 20. Some lower tier guys to look at would be Montoya starts 3rd and McMurray starts 27th. These 2 have been showing up lately. Almirola, Menard, Stenhouse, Burton, David Ragan, Mears, Gilliland and Allmendinger have been giving the fantasy players some bang for their buck too. The Danica qualified 23rd. She finished 25th here last year. May be worth a look if you want to pick 4 power house guys and have her as the fifth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Rankings - Chicagoland
Category: Racing
Tags: Chicagoland Motor Speedway NASCAR Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards

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   The first race of the Chase is Sunday at Chicagoland for a 400 miler sure to expect the unexpected.

I say this because of what happened last week at Richmond with Michael Waltrup, the owner of Michael Waltrup Racing giving there drivers orders to take a dive reminiscent of the Black Sox scandal back in the day to get there drivers into NASCAR'S version of the playoffs, The Chase.

I want to make something perfectly clear, Clint Bowyer isn't the bad guy here, its Michael Waltrup for giving the orders, I had my scanner on and listened to what was said to Bowyer over the radio and he repeatedly asked "are you sure" a number of times as to say he didn't want to do it.

There might be a bulls-eye placed on the #15 race car of Clint Bowyer for taking a dive and altering the finish of last weeks race. Will it happen? I don't know and I'm sick and tired of it by this time so lets move on and concentrate at what is a stake with your fantasy team.

Last week for the most part we fantasy managers took a big time hit to end the second segment, it cost me from first to fourth on my Yahoo cash league that sent me into the devil's vocabulary of fine grammar.

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Stick with the big names that are in The Chase this week and forget about Jimmie's woes the past three weeks because it was nothing more than a cover up to run experimental parts and trying to get his teammate into The Chase. Yes, I think he was sandbagging and I can guarantee that he will have a top five finish with no problems what so ever.

The same for all the other big names that should be running better than they have lately and with that said here are the ten best average finish at Chicagoland over the last five years:

10 Martin Truex Jr- solid on mile and half tracks. 1 top ten.

9 Dale Earnhardt Jr- could have a solid run if he keeps his composure. 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 2 top 10's.

8 Jimmie Johnson- a must have this time of the year. 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 3 top 10's.

7 Ryan Newman- should have won last week but we all know how that turned out. 0 win, 1 top 5 and 3 top 10's.

6 Brian Vickers- might be getting out of the way for the most part. 1 top 10.

5 Mark Martin- should have a good run for Stewart on Sunday. 1 win, 1 top 5 and 2 top 10's.

4 Carl Edwards will show up Sunday due to one man, his crew chief Jimmy Fenig. 0 wins, 2 top 5's and 2 top 10's

3 Clint Bowyer-??????? 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 4 top 10's

2 Kasey Kahne- gets it done and my pick to win The Chase! 0 wins, 2 wins and 3 top 10's

1 Tony Stewart- won't race but Mark Martin has good stats at Chicago.

Chase Predictions: I'm picking Kasey Kahne to win The Chase with Matt Kenseth close behind followed by Carl Edwards. Who do you like?

Streakers: BonBon took the second segment and the winner of the Red Momo steering wheel. One Red Momo Momo steering left to give away and the Gold Momo for winning the overall league at seasons end. 3BonBon leads the league with 2Qulindo in second and17 Varoom Varoom in third. This is the start of the last segment and a chance to win the Red Momo steering wheel trophy, Good Luck!

Crosspost: Sunday Musings #106
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While laughing at this radio song about traveling to Cape Cod during the summer...(Believe me, if you live in Massachusetts you will totally understand this song.)

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston Red Sox - As I type this a bit in advance and schedule it for posting, I'm watching Jake Peavy make his first start for the Red Sox. The trade was rumored for days before it finally happened. And while I think he will make a good contribution to the team, especially in light of the continued frailties of Clay Buchholz, I have to wonder why everyone in the media seemed to be losing their minds over the trade as if the Red Sox had just gotten Roger Clemens in his prime.

While Peavy won the Cy Young in 2007, he hasn't really been the same pitcher since. He had injuries and ineffectiveness. Again, I think he's going to be a serviceable member of the rotation but I just don't get acting like he's the second coming or something.

And late last week I learned something that I didn't know about Peavy. I was reading the Red Sox Notebook article in the Boston Herald and it had a story about how Peavy is legally blind!

Yes, the Red Sox traded for the one pitcher in the majors least likely to argue balls and strikes with the umpire. Can you imagine that conversation?

Peavy: "What? How could you call that a ball? Did you not see where it was located?"

Ump: "Did you?"

Apparently Peavy has 20/300 vision and is not a candidate for laser surgery. With glasses/lenses, he can improve to 20/40 vision.

See what you learn when you read the daily beat coverage of the team?

And of course, what does Peavy do in his first start for the Red Sox last night? How about 7 innings with with 4 hits, 2 walks, 7 K's and 2 earned runs. Not bad, not bad at all.

Marlins - The lost season of the Florida Marlins got a bit worse last week when rookie hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned his position after complaints of verbal and, in at least one case, physical abuse (really more of a grab than FULL ON abuse) of a player.

Apparently he had offered to resign earlier, but idiot owner Jeffrey Loria wanted him to stay on. But when the story became public, Martinez resigned.

My question is the player that was grabbed, why did he not knock Martinez on his ass? Martinez is going to be the poster child for NOT hiring people as coaches that haven't had any previous experience.

You can read the story here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/tino-martinez-resigns-marlins-hitting-202750669--mlb.html

Yankees - Reports are circulating that the long in coming suspension for Alex Rodriguez is going to be for at least 214 games. That would cover the rest of this season as well as the entire 2014 season. And of course, Rodriguez is taking the news as you would expect from someone who lacks any sense of reality. He's promising to fight to the end while apparently also trying to negotiate a contract settlement with the Yankees ahead of the looming suspension. The Yankees have reportedly declined that offer.

And Major League Baseball is not in the mood to do any negotiations with poor deprived abused and maligned Alex either after he made comments about MLB and the Yankees "conspiring" to keep him off the field.

As if he had nothing to do with his current predicament.

It's time for everyone to acknowledge Rodriguez as what he is. No, not a former superstar, or a drug cheat. Between his actions on the field and his lack of ability to accept responsibility for his own actions, everyone should see and refer to him as what he truly is...a scumbag loser.

BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Eagles will have yet another transfer finally hitting the court for them this fall. After sitting out a year after arriving from Depaul, 6-2 forward Karima Gabriel is now eligible. You can check out an interview with her here: http://www.bceagles.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/073113aab.html

BOSTON CELTICS

Just a quick note that the Celtics have released Shavlik Randolph. If they'd kept him on the roster they would've had a 1.1 million dollar contract guarantee, and they didn't want to be tied into that with this team coming up next season.

WNBA

Chicago Sky - With the loss of Carolyn Swords for the season with a knee injury, I have to admit my fandom for the Sky has gone down a tiny bit. She was the reason I was following the team. But last night they did improve to 13-5 with their 85-78 win over the Mystics. Sylvia Fowles led the team with 32 points (season high) and 15 rebounds.

Unfortunately for the Sky, the good times didn't keep on coming last night when they lost to the Fever 79-58 and fell to 13-6. Courtney Vandersloot (11) and Fowles (10) were the only players to hit double figures for the Sky, who are still without Elena Delle Donne due to her concussion.

New York Liberty - The Liberty started off the week with a nice win over the Mystics, 88-78. Kara Braxton was the leading scorer for the team with 22 points and 8 boards. Cappie Pondexter added 19 points and 9 assists. Plenette Pierson had 16 points and 7 boards and Kelsey Bone finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Katie Smith played 30:11 in the game and had 3 points. The team improved to 8-11 with the victory.

But as has been the case with the Liberty all season, they couldn't keep the momentum continuing. They lost Saturday night to the Connecticut Sun (one of the few teams in the league with a worse record than the Liberty). New York had a one point lead at halftime but fell apart in the second half and lost 88-66. There record is now 8-12.

Braxton had another big night with 18 points while Pierson and Pondexter scored 17 points apiece. Bone had a team high 9 rebounds. While she played more than 29 minutes in the game, Katie Smith (pictured below) didn't score.

 

Oh, and there was a nice write up about Smith in this week's New York Post. You can check out that article here: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/liberty/liberty_smith_has_career_packed_DGNsaxB39rXyNmhlDS7H4H

OLYMPICS

I hope that you are ready for a little bit of anger now.

Despite the notion that countries are supposed to conform to that mythical "Olympic Ideal" during the time they are hosting the Olympics, it seems Russia didn't get the message. After passing a hugely restrictive anti-gay law, the Russian president announced that they will indeed enforce that law during the Olympics. The law prohibits "spreading propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors, and even proposing penalties for those who express these views online or in the news media. Gay pride rallies also are banned.

According to the articles I read online, despite assurances to the contrary by the International Olympic Committee, the Russians could arrest gay or lesbian athletes for simply kissing each other and being seen by a child!

And I really don't believe any assurances coming from a country whose president is only a high body count away from being a new version of Josef Stalin. They can't keep the Russian Mafia under control, have a problem with rebels in the mountains overlooking where the Olympics will be held but let's worry if two people of the same gender want to give each other a kiss.

I really am beginning to just despise most of the world. I would think murderous thugs and rebel forces bent on overthrowing the government would be more of a priority these days but no, gay people are still seen as more of a destructive force.

I can't be the only one left in the world who judges people by their actions and not what sexual genitalia they prefer to play with, right? I mean seriously, when I despise someone, it's because THEY are an asshole (like, say the president of Russia?) not because they might happen to prefer screwing one.

And all this is coming from a president who lets pictures of himself be taken as if he's the poster child for a homoerotic tourist guide to Russia?

Here's one article about the story: http://news.yahoo.com/russia-enforce-anti-gay-law-during-olympics-114212670.html

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Football - If you have read my postings for any length of time, you likely know of my disdain for all things religious. And if you needed further proof of why I think religion in sports is a corrupting force more powerful than the entire nuclear arsenal, look no further than the story of Scott Phillips: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/alabama-state-champion-coach-ad-fired-being-member-102348634.html

Did you read it? Can you believe it? The guy, who was a successful football coach that got his school to playoffs for the first time in years and coached the boys basketball team to the school's first state title in any sport and then was asked to be and hired as the school's AD, was fired because he didn't attend the "right" church.

It wasn't like he attended services at the Church of Satan or something, he simply attended a different church than the one that the school supported. And while there was no contractual requirement to do so, the school expected him to force his family to attend the church as well.

The more I hear about these so called good moral upstanding church based schools and such, the more I realize they are cornering the market on being the most intolerant SOBs out there.

The guy should sue to get his job back seeing how he truly did nothing wrong.

Basketball - The girls high school summer league has playoffs starting this Monday night (August 5th). The ORR team has a game at 8:30pm that night. My player on that team is Jillian and she sent me a message via Facebook to let me know the time. I'll be going to that game.

Meanwhile, I learned that the Wareham team will only have 6 players for the playoffs as the rest of the girls on the team don't take it seriously enough and haven't shown up when they were supposed to be there. Now they aren't being allowed to take part in the playoffs.

Of course it is hard to take things seriously when their "coach" (really just a former player who is free) hardly ever shows up for games. I know the two games I saw for Wareham, she wasn't at one game and strolled in late for the other one. And there are no practices either.

It's a joke and the actual coaches should be embarrassed to see their players putting in such little effort. It's also why they should get a REAL coach to run the team during the summer. And no, I'm not suggesting me, I'm retired. But the ex-coach in me is just flat out embarrassed to see such a laissez-faire attitude towards the summer league. If you aren't going to put forth the effort, why bother having a team.

NFL

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was last night and that means Bill Parcells is now officially a Hall of Famer. There's been a number of articles written about The Big Tuna this week and I've read a lot of them. I'm a fan of Parcells so I was pretty happy to watch his speech:

There was a pretty good interview with Parcells by Peter King on SI.com: http://mmqb.si.com/2013/08/02/bill-parcells-hall-of-fame/

The Cleveland Browns were part of a feel good story last night. You can check out that story here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130803/browns-camp-cancer-survivor-touchdown.ap/

SURFING

During my usual surfing around the Net this past week, I came across this article on surfing itself. Not the Net surfing, but the big board on the water kind of surfing. And while I love to see the photos of surfing, I'm not one for dreaming about catching a big wave myself.

But this story about the trash filled spot in Indonesia was just disgusting to me. You can check out the article and more photos here: http://www.grindtv.com/action-sports/surf/post/surfing-paradise-has-a-serious-trash-problem/

But here's the photo that struck me the most:

MISCELLANEOUS

TV - As I prepare for the season finales of The Killing and Fallen Skies tonight, the biggest type of TV news for me was two commercials.

The first is the promo for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week. It was simply hilarious.

The other ad is actually for a website. It is a real ad as near as I can determine. It should probably be considered NSFW for most people. It is both uproariously funny and jaw dropping at the same time. I'll let you judge for yourself because there are just no words to describe the video that really do it justice.

Books - This week was a good week for me in BookLand. I finished reading three books and bought two more.

The first of the finished books was Daniel Silva's The English Girl.  Despite me seeing the alleged shock twist towards the end of the story coming a mile away, it was another great read in the Gabriel Allon series. The second book was the "Richard Castle" thriller Storm Front. This book is one of those tie ins to the TV series Castle, but it was actually quite a good read. The third book was the Janet Evanovich / Lee Goldberg humorous adventure caper The Heist. It's the first in a new series teaming a female FBI agent with a charming con man. I liked the book, though I think Evanovich series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is better.

    

The two books I picked up were the 2nd and 3rd entries in the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box. I had tried out the first book, Open Season, after reading an interview with the author and loved it. So now I've picked up both Savage Run and Winterkill. I'm looking forward to reading those and getting more into the adventures of Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.

 

OTHER WRITING

I write for Pop-topia.com and while I didn't write the following articles, I thought they were interesting enough to share with anyone who enjoys food articles.

Eating in Detroit: http://www.pop-topia.com/food-tour-weekend-in-detroit/

Alternative Oreos: http://www.pop-topia.com/oreo-madness-do-non-traditional-oreo-offerings-make-the-grade/

Monday Moaning 7-22-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Golf Soccer Baseball Chicago Cubs Mike Pouncey Douchebags Nate Silver Dead Ghosts ESPN Pearl Jam Ernie Banks Politics

      Now that's how a Cubs fan should say happy Monday!

Yes, once you get past all that ass, you can see she's rocking a Cubs jersey...So why am I starting this week talking Cubs? I'm not...Just look at that ass! There was some excitement at Wrigley Field this past weekend...Pearl Jam played the old ballpark...A few friends of mine went...It would have been cool to be there, especially when Mr. Cub Ernie Banks walked out onstage!

If you were there and are a baseball fan, let alone a Cubs fan, that had to be pretty damn sweet...Hearing Ernie say lets play two was great....Sadly, it's rare that playing two happens these days....I often wish I could have lived to see so many of baseball's greats...I think of Baseball in the 40's-50's-60's, I'll even give ya the 70's, and in my head, that's really Baseball...That's what it's all about...Then I read THIS_POST from our guy Radatz....He nailed it...It wasn't just Baseball that was Special, the character of our country was special...

I wrote THIS Wednesday, and I think it shows my frustration with where our country seems to be, especially from a media standpoint...Don't get me started on our government, that hasn't done any governing for couple years now, because all those DC dolts do is yell and whine at each other and say no to whatever the other guy says....There have been a couple movies about our Nation's Capitol/power structure being attacked, which lead to multiple news stories, and blogs about "What's our fascination with blowing up DC?"

Do you really need to ask that question? People are sick of the knob gobblers screwing things up, and screwing us over...The best we've got in reality is elections, which more and more people feel are rigged...Plus the two years of media covering the election shit, which mean politicians aren't doing their jobs, because they are busy campaigning...So we turn to fantasy...Movies, where that whole damn corrupt town get torched...Not hard to figure out....

Speaking of politics, douchebags, shitty media, and sports....Did you see ESPN signed Nate Silver...Silver, a statistician, who was the top guy at Baseball Prospectus, before starting his Five Thirty Eight column at the New York Times, predicting election bullshit...By the way, he of every election result nation wide 2012, he only got 1 wrong...ESPN plans to make him their Uber-stat man, and he'll do election shit for ABC...He will also be a major contributor to Keith Olbermann's new ESPN talk show that will launch in late August....

Ahhh, another reason not to watch the so-called World Wide Leader!

-Okay, random sports shit that you never thought I would cover...The U.S. beat El Salvador 2-1 in Soccer...Now you know and I know, that I don't give a shit about Soccer...I didn't even know this game was happening...But when I saw the score on my phone, I smiled...The U.S. beat El Salvador in Soccer....My old Fish House friends know why this makes me smile! Our old boss was a Soccer nut from El Salavador, who loved to talk shit...Eat it Chalupa!

-Phil Mickelson won the British Open...I don't care about golf, but when they play the British Open I watch here and there, just because the courses and weather can be so tough...Sunday morning I only watched a bit before I had to start getting on with my day, so I missed what happened...Again, just heard about it via my iphone while Molly and I were kicking it at the park....

-Dolphins Center Mike Pouncey says he won't apologize for pictures he and his brother took with some douchebag, wearing "Free Hernandez" hats in support of their former teammate, Aaron Hernandez...

Okay, anyone who takes a picture with that douche should apologize...As for the hats...They're stupid...But if they want to support their boy, that's up to them...Dude plays for the Dolphins...It's not the first or last time he's gonna be on the losing side!

That's all I have for now...

Oh, except this week's musical selection...I found these guys last week...They're from Canada...Vancouver I believe...They're called Dead Ghosts...Their style...Old school, 60's Surf rock...It's like listening to a flashback...

 

Have a week!

The Beeze.

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