Hey, Howdy, Good morning and Good day. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR update and other fast stuff. Guess what we're talking about today. I'll give you 3 guesses but the first 2 don't count. It's Danica Danica Danica. Danica all last year, Danica all this week, Danica all weekend and Danica all day today. Even if she wrecks out it will be Danica theorationalizationings abundant. Talking heads pontificating, prognosticating, projecting, ejecting, rejecting, folding spindling and mutilating every possible angle she will play a part in from now to beyonder and beyonder. Like tomorrow even. And I exit...Stage left even.
So if you haven't heard yet, Danica has won the pole position at the Daytona 500. That's the preferred starting spot. How many laps does she keep it? I'm guessing about 2 or 3 before she gets sucked down the middle to the back. I should be waxing poetic about a fellow female making such a huge contribution to my sport. I applaud her accomplishment. I condemn the spectacle she created of herself before her arrival. She besmirched the legacy of those before her. Shirley Muldowney brought it. They feared her when she showed up because she was a threat to win not a threat to take her clothes off.
Last driver to win from the pole at the Daytona 500 was Dale Jarrett in 2000. Show me something girl. Drive like hell, turn left and keep it on the track. Impress me.
So in other qualifying news. Jeff Gordon got 2nd. Through winning Budweiser Duel #1 Kevin Harvick got 3rd. Through winning Budweiser Duel #2 Kyle Busch got 4th. Biffle, Kahne, Montoya, Dillon, Johnson, Bowyer Kurt Busch and Kenseth round out your top 12. Any names familiar? Take note if your in the NASCAR fantasy league.
Montoya is driving HMS engines. Looks like he likes them. Maybe he'll be racing the other drivers instead of into a jet dryer. Biffle, Kenseth, Kahne, Bowyer, Kyle B, Kurt B, Dale Jr, Gordon and Stewart are your usual suspects at this race. Jeff Burton, Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose, Trevor Bayne (2011 D500 winner) and Paul Menard are some other surprises to look for. Choose accordingly.
Did I mention Danica got the pole?
DANICA'S WEIGHTY PROBLEM
Seems there are those that feel she's too light. She came to Daytona at 110 lbs. Her boss Stewart and other team mate Ryan weigh in around 180lbs.
NASCAR's rule? Drivers who weigh less than 180lbs must add 10lbs in the car for every 10 lbs down to 140lbs. So she'll be assessed a 40lb penalty.
Does it matter? Depends who you ask. Some say the heavier guys compress the springs better pulling the car down out of the air. Others say lighter is faster. There are some wild stories of the past where drivers and crews used some crazy schemes to lighten the cars after the race got started ot after they got through inspection.
So what would her advantage be? The 40lbs will be added to the frame and can be positioned at a lower center of gravity than the driver but must be added to the left side. We'll let the engineers figure that out. I'm sure they have.
In 2005 Robby Gordon complained to the IRL about Danicas weight. He said he wouldn't participate in the Indianapolis 500 again till they fixed the 100lb difference. He sighted that if he or Stewart got in an IndyCar they'd be 100lbs more.
At that time IndyCars weighed 1525lbs before fuel and driver. In 2008 IRL ruled it to include the driver.
NASCAR rules their car to be 3,300lbs including a 180lb driver.
Most drivers don't care. We have Mark Martin weighing in @ 125lbs and then there's Joey "I disappear when I turn sideways" Logano. So pretty much the point is moot.
OOPSY, BRAD DID IT AGAIN
Brad Keselowski got an audience with Brian France this week due to comments made in an article that showed up in USA Today. No fines. Just a quick get together. Brian wanted Brad to be more careful about what he said and to be more informed before commenting. No word on the exact comment but this might be an idea.
Brad mentioned that Brian and his sister some where in the lines of the sponsors, teams and tracks don't always work together with NASCAR.
He said,"And until all three of those can unite, we're a house divided and we're making bad decisions that are effecting how to generate revenue foe the sport."
So Brad was a little too candid but Brian loves his candidness. Just try to be more informed.
He refused to comment but did get on his Twitter account....."Spent some time with Lisa and Brian from the NASCAR team after yesterdays article, the passion we all share for our sport is amazing."
HUGE NATIONWIDE WRECK ON LAST LAP
By now I'm positive you've all seen the video over and over and over again. I even got to see fan videos. Damn tire landed on a guy and then the seat in front of him. Incredible. The last update I read was around 9pm. There were 14 fans treated and released at the track. There were 14 fans transported to hospitals for treatment with 2 critical. One went to surgery immediately. I'm sure he was the one hit by the tire.
Driver Michael Annett was sent to the hospital and given a CT scan for chest bruising after he drove head on into the wall. Safer barrier no less but still bad news at those speeds. He will be kept over night.
Regan Smith #7 was leading with Brad Keselowski #22 behind. He knew Brad would make a move to win and he blocked that move which turned him around and started the wreck. It gave the win to my man Stewart but that's a crappy way to win. There was no celebration in victory lane. Stewart was upset for the fans. He said we as drivers sign up for this and know and except the dangers but it's bad when fans get hurt. He sent well wishes out to the fans.
This is the sport I love. I dread but look forward to Daytona every year. It's freakin' awesome. I love it. Every lap. It's beautiful. Scares the hell out of me too. I hope every one that was hurt makes speedy recovery through to good health.
DAYTONA 500 STUFF
RAY RAY just won't go away. He gets to be the honorary starter. Yup. He's a waving that green flag to start my Super Bowl. Seems he's from Florida. Perfect fit? Not in my book.
Last years winner was Matt Kenseth. Can he do it again? Now wait, let me get my Magic 8 Ball......Mmmmmm......Hazy. Stupid ball.
Will this guy finally win one? Came in 2nd last year. Had some motor issues during practice and qualified 19th but that really doesn't matter at this race. He might just drop to the back where it's safe and make a run to the front with 20 laps to go. That seems to be a trend in recent years. Go Dale Jr. Make daddy proud.
Carl Edwards continues his down streak. He's wrecked at least 3 cars already. Him and Newman wrecked in practice Wednesday. Neither one could explain what happened. Edwards wrecked in the Sprint Unlimited and the Budweiser Duel #1. Stay away from him on your fantasy league. He starts 36th. Hearing the Twilight Zone theme? I do.
So any way, for those of you who haven't joined the NASCAR Fantasy league yet, here's the info. ESPN.com....make up your account and entry.....join a group....Checkered Past....Password : Gabbers. It's easy. I swear.
So I hope you're all doing well. Enjoy your Sunday doing what you love. Me? It's off to breakfast and then to my parents to watch the Daytona 500. They have cable.
The past is history. The future is a mystery. GO TONY STEWART!!!!
So just like one of my cartoon favorites from the past. It's time to exit, stage left AND....
I'm outta here..Even.....