Howdy, Good Morning and Good Day. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR update and other fast stuff. Besides all the Super Bowl stuff like Jell-O serving chocolate pudding to the loosing teams fans and Ray Ray possibly sprouting antlers by game time there are some other things going on. I am crossing my fingers for Ray Ray and those antlers.
It was the day for PA's prognosticating rodents to go toe to toe on their predictions. Punxsutawney Phil and Octorara Orphie did their duty early Saturday morning and in the frozen 12 degree air. Gus the Pennsylvania Lottery scratch off groundhog was no where to be found. Most likely he was still sleeping hugging his scratch off winning tickets and under a nice warm and cozy blanket.
Phil decided it was going to be an early spring. Orphie said 6 more weeks of winter. They were opposites last year too. But it's not the prediction that counts. It's the festivities surrounding the prediction. Each lodge has groundhog jigs, cannon firings, parades, breakfast and just a big get together for everyone filled with all sorts of shenanigans. Phil had 30,000 show up the first Groundhog day after the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray came out.
Phil is a live animal where Orphie has been taxidermied. Both have been around prognosticating for over 100 years. Phil started in 1887 and Orphie in 1908. Phil's lodge members wear top hats and tux's. Orphie's wear top hats and lab coats. Supposedly Phil has lived so long because they give him a shot of magic elixir that gives him long life. Apparently they didn't share it with Orphie.
The legend goes that if the groundhog pops up out of his den and sees his shadow it's 6 more weeks of winter. If he sees no shadow then spring is right around the corner. I believe everything I read on the internet.....Bon jour...
FASTNACHT DAY OR FAT TUESDAY
Fastnacht is German and means fast night. Fastnachts are yeast donuts that are usually made with potatoes. The idea behind Fastnacht Day is to rid your pantry of all the things you will be abstaining from for Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. So we use up all the sugar, lard, butter, yeast and fats so that we can start fresh and new after Lent is over.
When making these donuts they've heavy. You don't even have to turn them over in the deep fryer because the doughy side is heavier than the side that's done. They flip themselves.
Traditionally they're served plain, powered or regular sugared. You dip them in molasses. But in this day and age people take traditions and twist them up. They're now made with creme fillings, jelly fillings, icing on top and glazed.
I'm a traditionalist. Gimme the plain with some molasses for dipping. AND of course a cup of coffee. New Orleans has Mardi Gras, beads and Kings Cake. Central PA has Fat Tuesday, fastnachts and Groundhog Day. So on Feb 5th I'll dunk one for all of you.
DAYTONA IS COMING!!!!!!!!
Yup. On February 16th will be the Sprint Unlimited. A Saturday race where the fans can go to NASCAR.com and vote. They'll be voting on number of laps per segment, pit stop requirements, number of cars to be eliminated after the 2nd segment and what fire suit Miss Sprint Cup will wear in Victory Lane. So if you care what she wears or.....doesn't wear, you best go vote.
On Thursday afternoon when I'M AT WORK, the Budweiser duels will take place. These 2 races are short but help to seal up the starting positions for the Daytona 500. I'm still confused on the new qualifying rules. It's qualify or go home this year. No top 35 in points gets a guaranteed spot any more. But Daytona is always different in qualifying and I'm just not sure what is going on with that this year.
On February 22nd @ 8:30 pm it's the truck race. I plan on watching that on race buddy if NASCAR.com still has that going on. If not I can always keep my parents awake by going over there to scream at the TV. WOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!
On Sunday February 24th @ 1 pm is the DAYTONA 500. The Zac Brown Band will be the pre race entertainment. Well, one of the many pre race spectacles. Hope they don't have to delay the race this year like they did for Kevin Harvick when the parachute dude landed way too close to his car and the weight on the line with the American flag hit the car. Big aerodynamic sapping dent in the side of the car had to be fixed. What they won't do to entertain the fans.
Daytona has been working on replacing some of the seats that have been there since the place opened. They want to add more seats on the front stretch, add more guest suites, modernize the concessions and redesign the exterior and interior. Couldn't find any pictures or detailed explanations on what's been done so far. You'd think their official web site would be bragging about it.
So the question remains....Should Daytona or should I say the owners of the Daytona track get a tax break? The Dolphin owners are already included on the legislative proposal. What say you Gabbers? Don't even ask me cause I'll go into my gimme a discounted ticket because my tax dollars bought your stadium rant. And we don't want that.
EX NASCAR DRIVER ARRESTED IN 3 STATE HIGH SPEED CAR CHASE
Tyler Walker and his girlfriend were arrested in Utah on Wednesday Jon 30th after a high speed chase across 3 states. He started out in Nevada when an officer tried to pull him over for speeding. He drove on into Arizona and was finally stopped in 6 miles into Utah when they threw out nail strips to blow out his tires.
After they arrested Tyler and his girlfriend they of course searched the car finding alcohol, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Apparently we aren't so good at road course racing? Just an observation. Another thing. If your in a high speed chase (and you know the cops will get you)....why aren't you throwing the illegals out the window? Just a thought.
Any way, these 2 will be charged in all 3 states for the hot pursuit, drugs, drug paraphernalia, DUI and a whole laundry list of other charges....TIMES 3!!!!! I hope it was worth the ride.
Tyler had a promising career in NASCAR. PROMISING and HAD being the key words. He drove 19 Nationwide races and 9 truck races for Bill Davis Racing. Things were going great till he failed his drug test. He now or should I say was driving winged sprint cars. I'm not sure about recently.
Last year there was an ugly incident at Maple Grove when in a qualifying heat he fouled out and went into a verbal tirade in the pits. You can see that one on You Tube along with another one where he flips out leaving a night club. I tried to post his NASCAR photo and his now photo but they just wouldn't. Dude looks like a dead man walking. Sad to see another young life going down the tubes.
How do you not appreciate and try to grow an opportunity like that? How do you throw it away? We have this guy snorting his opportunity up his nose. We have Titus Young acting like a child and being disruptive. He's daring them to dump him. What is up with our kids?
So any way, I've rambled enough. It's Sunday. SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. Can't say whether I'll be watching or not. I know I won't be rooting for any one. I have 2 guys left in my fantasy league. Gore and Crabtree. I'm still working on my NHL fantasy league. So much to ponder.
You all have a great game. Hope your snacks are all lined up and ready to go. Those of you in the north east, just don't go out. I don't need one of those V8 snow blowers you guys up north of me have but it's fffffffffffffff- ricking cold right now and just enough snow to make a mess. I'm off to breakfast. Enjoy your day and......
I'm outta here.....