Hidee Ho there neighbors. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. That picture up there is my most Handsome Knight of the Mobile 1. Now THAT'S a Dark Knight. I need that die-cast. Not really. I have way too many Mark Martin die-cast cars. I have my red Pixar #95 here at my desk. Speed. I am speed.....we don't need to start that movie. We do however have to start this blog. First up?
THE DANICA WON"T POSE NUDE?
Lets get this party started with The Danica who was asked to pose nude for ESPN's body issue which features athletes in artistic poses totally nude. She said she wasn't in a place in her career at this point that she feels comfy enough to do that.
She also turned down Sports Illustrated when they asked her to pose in body paint only. She posed in the 2008 & 2009 editions of the SI swimsuit editions but had on bikini's both times.
She doesn't want them to stop asking though. She's just not interested now. Wonder if Kyle Petty hit a nerve or 2? Stung a little? Maybe we need to start paying more attention to our job? Riding around in the back every week in top notch equipment with those in under funded equipment looks bad. Even with her firesuit on.
NO PENALTIES FOR ROOF FLAPGATE....WHAT?!?!?
That's correct boys and girls. No penalties.
NASCAR SAID,"Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted. Moving forward we will work with the roof flap manufacturer and the race teams to evaluate and optimize the associated installation hardware, review the process in it's totality and communicate in a timely manner to the garage area any revisions that we determine to be made."
A lot of words to say that we didn't communicate our directive correctively. I'm still amazed at this. NASCAR never gives up a chance to penalize a team. Especially 16 of them. Moving on.
JIMMIE STILL UPSET WITH THE RESTART SHINANIGANS
Jimmie and his boss Hendrick both have been complaining about the restarts and wanting a clarification on the rule. At Kentucky Kenseth laid back and Jimmie spun his tires and then himself effectively giving the race to Kenseth. He got tires and made his way up to 9th before running out of time.
At Dover it was Montoya playing games with the restart and Jimmie was black flagged for going before Montoya and not giving the spot back which is the rule if you beat the leader to the line.
So they want a resolution and I believe NASCAR needs to step up and clarify it. I thought it was cut and dry but apparently it's not. Now NASCAR is letting things play out on the restarts that could have Chase implications as well as hurt wallets. Those cars aren't cheap and if the drivers don't know when to get on the gas or brakes it could get ugly. The ones in the back have no idea what's going on up front.
The rule states all cars must be bunched up almost bumper to bumper coming to the start box where the leader of the race sets the pace for the restart. If you beat the leader to the line you must give it back or you'll be black flagged. You may not advance your position till you get to the line. Also must give it back if you do.
Seems cut & dry to me. Jimmie and his boss have a point. I'm thinking we may see a leader get booted or shoved to the line if he chooses to screw around on any more restarts.
WHICH SEAT IS HE IN FOR 2014?
* Kevin Harvick will be moving to SHR in 2014 and will bring Budwieser with him. He is slated to use the #4. Not sure if sponsors Jimmy Johns or Rheem are coming too.
* Newman will not be returning to SHR in 2014 due to lack of sponsorship. He wants to go where his driving abilities are wanted and he has a chance at a championship. He feels he has a lot to offer sponsors too and doesn't want to go just any where there's a vacancy.
PLACES HE MAY END UP
-------------> RCR has an opening in the #29 that Harvick is vacating. Burton and Menard will return. Childress has also expressed interest in putting his grandson Austin Dillon in the #3. There will definitely be 3 teams next year. It remains to be seen if Newman gets it.
---------> RFR is a possible destination. Jack said if sponsorship is avalable he'd love to get a 4th team back up again. Jack and Newman are both engineers.
---------> Penske has talked to a Detroit based company about adding a 3rd team.
Then there's Matt Borland who was Newman's crew chief back when he was with Penske. Does he go with Newman or stay at SHR?
* Kurt Busch didn't sign the contract at FRR last year when it was offered and now the owner is holding off. Kurt sits in 9th for the points right now. He says it's good to be there and he's just concentrating on getting to the Chase. Childress has a gentleman's agreement with Visser not to go after Kurt for the #29 vacancy.
So there you have it. Who's on first. What's on 2nd and I'm not sure who is going to have a ride next year. There may be some disappointment coming .
MORE DAYTONA RECAP
Ok, so Jimmie won. He was very dominant leading 94 laps. Stewart and Harvick were in hot pursuit but the cautions fell at just the right places and the green/white checker finish just wasn't enough to get by him.
Notables.....1. On Twitter, somebody named NASCARCASM said," The stay dry plume was frightening. White powder every where. Like pointing a fan at Lindsey Lohan's coffee table."
That tweet came after the restart on lap 29. Paul Menard's motor didn't just go poooooof. It erupted in flames. Stay dry had to be put on the track for the oil.
2. Logano lost a right front tire and his rotor pieces flying every where on lap 69. Hit the wall and then back for repairs in the garage.
3. Truex crashes off Hamlin's bumper. Klye with right front damage. Hamlin sends apologies.
4. 34 to go and Biffle wrecks along with Almirola & others.
5. With 12 to go Hamlin, Gordon, Kenseth, & others wreck. Hamlin drives nose first into the wall & then he's t-boned by Allmendinger.
6. With 5 to go Kahne goes for a spin into the inside wall off of Ambrose.
So then it's green/white checker time. On the last lap 2 wrecks occur but NASCAR does not throw a caution. Edwards & Ambrose are in the first one. Then it's Danica, Kyle, Stenhouse, Burton, Mears and others.
Top 15 finishers - Johnson - Stewart - Harvick - Bowyer - Waltrip - Kurt B - McMurray -Dale Jr - Mears - Newman - Stenhouse - Kyle B - Yeley - Danica - Gilliland
NEW HAMPSHIRE PREVIEW
That would be Mr Keselowski. We haven't talked about him in a few weeks. Seems he's found himself on the pole for this weeks race. Jimmie had 2nd but he failed post qualifying inspection due to the front end being too low so it's to the back for Jimmie.
Morgan Shepherd will be the oldest driver to start a Sprint Cup race at 71 years old. He'll be driving the #52 of Brian Keselowski racing. Brad's dad owns it. Very under funded and no sponsor for this weeks race but lets give a shout out to Morgan. I hope he can make some good laps before he retires the car.
Driver rating for this track says Stewart is #1 followed by Gordon, Johnson, Hamlin, Bowyer, Dale Jr & Newman.
-----> Newman has the most poles at 6
-----> Stewart & Gordon tied for 2nd place finishes at 5 each
-----> Top 5's...Gordon 16 & Stewart 14
-----> Top 10's Gordon 21 & Stewart 17
-----> Burton has 4 W's here and the only driver to win 3 consecutive July races here ('97, '98 & '99)
-----> Danica will be the first female to start a Cup race here.
LAST YEARS TOP 15 - Kahne - Hamlin - Bowyer - Dale Jr - Keselowski - Gordon - Johnson - Harvick - Biffle - Newman - Truex - Stewart - Kenseth - Logano - Vickers
This should've been Hamlin's race but at the last pit stop Hamlin & Grubb had a miss communication. Grubb asked what do you need? Hamlin says grip. Hamlin got 4 tires, losing 1st place and comes out 11th for the restart. OUCH!!!!
Kyle B had his issues. Too fast exiting his pit after a dropped lugnut slowed the stop. His CC encouraged him to stay calm as it was only 74 laps in.....BUT on lap 232 he over shoots his pit box and must be pushed back. ARRRRRRGGGGHHH!!!! Ends his day in 16th.
Stewart even fell down a lap at one point.
So my hints for this week. Stewart is a go. Including Newman. Top 10 or a win for Stewart.
Johnson & Co at Hendrick Motorsports should all do good here. Gordon & Kahne do have that issue we've been discussing with the MoJo thingy out of whack but this may be a good finish for all 4.
Vickers will be driving the #55 this week for Martin. He did last year too. He should be good for a top 15. Team mates Bowyer & Truex top 10.
Hamlin is having a MoJo thingy issue too. He's good for a win or top 10 if he can hide from the wrecks. Team mates Kyle B & Kenseth are good for a top 10.
Da Roush boys Edwards, Biffle & Stenhouse should be good but have had their issues this year. I'd put Edwards in the top 10 before the others.
Montoya & McMurray are breaking out or breaking in. Not sure which but look for a top 15 at least. Qualified 10th & 11th.
Kes has the pole. Things looking up? Looks like it. Team mate Logano qualified in 25th. Top 15.
C lister help. Stenhouse, Gilliland, Mears and Allmendinger are Good choices.
So it's Sunday. I got weeds, grass to mow, a mulberry bush to whack, 2 loads of wash and of course you know I'm waiting till Monday for all of that. Today is breakfast with my grandkids. Then it's race day. Dad didn't stay up for the Daytona race. Past his bed time. Mine too but I did manage to stay awake. Dark chocolate covered coffee beans did the trick. Love them.
And I'm outta here........