HO HEY HO - HO HEY HO - What's the use of worrying? That's what Paul McCartney just asked me. Very hard to concentrate with my iTunes on. BUT...Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Had the last 2 days off because of physical inventory and I really needed the down time to recoup from all the OT I've been doing. Got messages in my email and answering machine telling me the building is back up and functional and that there is plenty more OT available. I'm ignoring that.
Played on You Tube all day watching concerts. Found a great Alice Cooper one from recent times. He sang a song called Brutal Planet. Never heard it before but DAMN he was awesome. Maybe I should try and get tickets for the Motley Crue / Alice Cooper show in August. Then I found some old footage of Little Feat that must've just been posted. Love that song Fat Man in a Bath Tub.
Funny how things change. Record companies used to send cease and desist orders to You Tubers that posted music videos. Now they love it. I'm seeing stuff I knew there had to be more of. Saw a sound check for Stevie Ray Vaughn in 1986. He had just rolled out of bed and looked like it too. Man I wish I'd gotten to see him. How do your fingers move that fast & well that early in the morning?
9 RACE TEAMS FORM THE RTA
So what is the RTA? It's short for Race Team Alliance. They swear it's not a union and they aren't going to pick on NASCAR (but me thinks this will happen eventually). The 9 teams are Chip Gnassi Racing - Team Penske - Hendrick Motor Sports - Roush Fenway Racing - Michael Waltrip Racing - Joe Gibbs Racing - Richard Childress Racing - Richard Petty Motor Sports - Stewart Haas Racing
Rob Kauffman co-owner of MWR was voted chairman of the RTA.
Mission? To create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and collaborate on initiatives to help preserve, promote & grow the sport of stock car racing. They will work as a positive force to sustain business. Looking for ways to engage NASCAR to cut expenses on travel, parts & testing.
It will consist of full time teams that will pay dues to offset costs incurred by the not for profits initiatives. Part time teams would not have the same issues as a full time team. It is estimated that the Sprint Cup teams combined spent an estimated $50 Million on travel last year.
NASCAR says it will be business as usual and they hold no animosity towards the newly formed group. Bruton Smith has said he will stand shoulder to shoulder with NASCAR against this group. He's not happy with them. Bruton is an owner of 3 tracks and business man who in Kauffman's opinion is quite colorful. That in my opinion is a nice way of putting it.
What could possibly be worrying Bruton Smith? Well, Roger Penske, the Captian as he is also know is a member of another group too. It's called CART - Championship Auto Racing Teams which is for Indy Car teams. They formed and wrestled control of Indy Car from the USAC. Cue the Jaws theme.
NASCAR has increacingly pushed the stars forward in their advertising. Back in 1969 the drivers formed the Professional Drivers Association when they feared the conditions of the new Talladega track. The track was chewing up the tires. The race went on without them and the association fell by the wayside. I'm not so sure that NASCAR could pull that off again.
With social media in it's glory at this moment it would be tough to carry on without the stars of the day on the track. Or...maybe not. There was a meeting on Bill France Sr's yacht with Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Sr many years ago which ended in Bill pointing his finger in Rick's face telling him that NASCAR doesn't need you. Bill is gone now and his son Brian now runs the sand box.
Have the tables turned? NASCAR has been saying for the past 10 years or so that they wanted to cut costs but I haven't seen it. They made them switch to the new Gen 6 car and then to fuel injection with all it's computer soft ware. I haven't seen any cost savings. Jimmie Johnson has said he'd love a 25 race schedule. Will the races be cut down? What tracks do you eliminate? There's going to be some very upset track owners if the schedule gets cut.
Racing is an extremely expensive sport. I guess the owners feel it's time to get proactive with the purse strings. Sponsorship dollars only stretch so far. Another worry seems to be that the teams will go after the $8.2 Billion tv money for the 2015 season. They recieve 25% right now. This is definitely a wait and see cat & mouse game about to start here. Stay tuned.......
EDWARDS STILL NO ANNOUNCEMENT
Still no word on where Edwards will go next year. No word on if he stays in the #99 at RFR either. It was reported that he did talk to Richard Childress Racing in March. They were very interested saying he is a franchise driver and worth courting. But Carl said no. So we are left to wonder. Is it off to JGR in 2015 or does he stay at RFR?
KIDS CHOICE AWARDS ON NICK.COM UP FOR VOTES
Dale Jr and The Danica are up for votes on Nick.com for Best Male Athlete and Best Female Athlete. So I guess you should get your kids and grandkids to vote. Maybe Josh Wise's fan on Reddit will commandeer that award for him too.
KURT BUSCH DOCKED POINTS FOR DAYTONA POST RACE INFRACTION
The diference between 2 parts on the right rear sub frame mounting bracket was more than 3 inches after the rain shortened Daytona race on Ku Bu's car. It's located in the back where they stick the crooked wrench during the race.....track bar adjustment. That means minus 10 point for Ku Bu, minus 10 owners points for Gene Haas and a $10,000 fine for crew chief Daniel Knost. So Ku Bu is still mired back in 26th in points with 1 win. He'd still be in the Chase in 10th with that win if the Chase were to begin today but it ain't so he needs to get his horse up there into another win.
What a freaking nightmare for fantasy owners. Except the 1st place guy I play with in my salary cap league. Dude has a crystal ball or he's damn lucky.
20 laps in was supposed to be a competition caution but Stenhouse loses control of his car, saves it and Gordon hits him in the rear starting a 14 car wreck. There goes 5 of my drivers in my leagues.
Lap 30 - The Danica makes it back out there in the 20's. Amazing. right? Dale Jr is 1 lap down in 35th. Your top 5 is Sorenson - Cassill - Ragan - McMurray - Biffle. Cars in the garage? Stewart - Harvick - Johnson - Bayne - Edwards - Larson - Allmendinger - Stenhouse.
By lap 50 Biffle takes the lead.
Lap 60 Ku Bu leads. Edwards returns his fixed car to the track followed by Larson and Stewart.
Pit stops on lap 87 and The Danica is in the top 10 but over shoots her pit box and now she's watching the lead pack driving away. Is that cursing on the radio I hear?
Lap 98 Almirola takes the lead and HOLY CRAP IT'S A 27 CAR WRECK!!!!!! Ky Bu is upside down. Harvicks wife tweets - "Rock paper scissors for the win"
So now there are about 17 cars on the track. It's blocked. Red flag comes out. A huge black cloud is in the distance and before it's all said and done the sprinkles begin to fall and the new track drying Air Titans can't keep up. They try to get more racing in but by lap 109 the caution flag comes out for good and the race is called when it begins to pour. Biffle's 89 Did Not Finish streak ends with 50 laps to go being stuck in the garage for repairs and Almirola driving the iconic #43 wins on the 30th anniversary of Richard Petty's 200th win.
Top 15 Finishers - Almirola - Vickers - Ku Bu - Mears - Dillon - McDowell - Danica - Bowyer - Ambrose - Terry Labonte - Gordon - Bowman - Dale Jr - Truex Jr
NEW HAMPSHIRE PREVIEW
This week we're in New Hampshire. A very flat track with very little banking that you need to be able to keep the car flat on the track. No hopping. It slows you down. Tire management and track position are key here.
Ky Bu has the pole with a lap of 138.130 mph. Mark Martin got the first pole here back in 1993 with a lap of 126.871 mph. Ky Bu fought hard for the win in the Nationwide Series on Saturday but Keselowski just had it going on and took it. If bad luck don't strike it should be a top 10 IF HE DON"T SELF DESTRUCT.
Stewart needs to get hot. No W's yet. Wonder if the leg of his is giving him issues. He'll never admit it. He has 17 top 10's here. Was leading in the end last year but it turned into a fuel mileage affair and with 5 laps to go he had to get fuel. He starts 4th today. Top 10
Gordon is 1st in the points, has 5 - 2nd places here and 22 top 10's Gotta give him a top 10
Johnson starts 2nd here today. Mr Threat to Win it is a top 10 in my book.
Hamlin is awesome at this track with an average finish of 9.0. He starts 3rd today but his season so far leaves me guessing on whether I should trust him. Out of 18 races not including the All Star he has 6 top 10's and 1 of them was his W to get into the Chase. Consult your favorite tarot card reader on him.
Dale Jr has been Mr Consistancy. Only 4 bad races. Everything else is top 10's.
Bowyer 11th here last year. He has 10 top 10's this season so far. Top 15
Harvick starts 12th today and was 5th fastest in Happy Hour practice Saturday. Top 10.
Edwards had a 3rd place here last year. Top 10
Keselowski has been on fire. He dominated and won Kentucky. He dominated the Nationwide race Saturday with 152 laps. Definitely a threat to win.
Logano wrecked his car in practice. Went to the back up and had his left wrist wrapped. He says it won't bother him and he has a fast car. Top 10
Vickers won here last year. He's on and off again all season so far. Top 15
Kahne is another hit or miss. Only 8 top 10's so far this year. Top 15
Kenseth starts 15th but not to worry. Only 4 bad races. Top 10
Ku Bu led the most laps last year with 102 but a late run in with Newman on a restart put him out. Top 10 IF HE DON"T SELF DESTRUCT.
Newman had a top 3 here last year. Top 15
McMurray starts 5th today. Top 15
Larson is definitely your rookie to watch. Top 15 or better.
Morgan Shepherd makes another appearance in the #33 at 72 years, 9 months & 1 day. VVVVRRRRRRRRR-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM-MMM-MMM-MMM
Jeff Burton will be in the #66 for MWR. Worth a pick up in your salary cap league as he will be cheap.
Another cheapie would be a guy named Eddie MacDonald from the K&N Series. Has 3 W's there at this track in that Series.
Well it's 10:30 Saturday night and I'm needing to go to bed. So to all you Gabbers and others I say safe travels, enjoy your Sunday, try to avoid LeBron Mania best you can and take care.
And I'm outta here....