Happy Easter and welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Just imagine being able to handle a bird as majestic and powerful as an eagle like this young Mongolian boy is. Right now he's being trained to hunt with the eagle. Puts your falcon to shame. If that eagle is anything like my sisters macaw, I'll pass. Bugger pulls my barrettes out of my hair or tries to pull my earrings out every time it sees me. He makes me his personal jungle gym.
Not a whole lot of news from NASCAR this week. Swann Racing laid off employees this week. Seems they can't get sponsorship so Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman are out of rides. Supposedly Whitt could have a ride at BK Racing. I'm betting Ryan Truex gets the boot. Not sure if Swann is keeping Kligerman or folding completely. Last I read they don't have the money to go to Richmond coming up on the 26th. I guess every thing is in the air. Sad. Another low budget team goes down.
I told you last week that Haas got his green light F1 ownership and speculation has started for who gets the seat. Haas assured every one that no way could any of his drivers go from a NASCAR race to an F1 race every weekend. Just no physically possible. Pretty much I think one look at both schedules and we could all figure that out. That's why doing the double (Indy 500 & Coca Cola 500 ) is so special and only a few drivers have done it. I'm sure there are drivers handing in their business cards as we speak. He'll have choices.
Mr Joby Ogwyn is set to jump off Mt Everst LIVE on May 11th on Discovery Channel....Weather permitting of course. May is that time of year that mountain climbers go to climb Everest. They have one month to do it. I'm wondering how Discovery Channel is going to finagle that one? Literally hundreds of climbers, guides and Sherpa's fight and jockey for position on that trail to the top. Joby plans to climb to the top, jump off that summit and fly down to base camp more than 10,000 ft down @ speeds of 150 mph. Still wondering if it will be the same trail as every one else or if some how Discovery Channel paid for that day some how. Any way, look for it. Reality TV at it's finest.
I want those goggles. This young man is Jamie Barrow. He's 21 years old and holding the future of extreme sports. At least that's what Adam Contoret of Dreamscience Propulsion based in the UK thinks. He designed this battery powered hand held electric jet engine. Jamie took it out on a frozen lake with his snowboard and did runs with it. His best speed was a little over 80 Kilometers Per Hour. Don't know how close that is to 80 mph but I bet it's fast. Adam says that with some tweaking he bets this device will be used by extreme sports enthusiasts for example if they needed power to wind surf and there was no wind that day. Some types of this engine is already being used in paragliders. So there you have it. All you Gabbers on the verge of a mid life crisis can fore go the little red sports car and get one of these. I want to see how it does with a skate board......down hill..... Yeah buddy.
This month marks Fender Stratocaster's 60th birthday. Not bad for a guitar born in a small workshop in Fullerton, CA. I bought my son a cherry red one back when he was in high school. Cue Jimi Hendrix and his version of The Star Spangled Banner, please.
So no race this weekend. The drivers need time with their families just like us. Sure does make for a really boring weekend sports wise for me. Love my racing.
Last year at this time, Harvick came from 7th place on the restart of the GWC to take the win. He won the race that Kenseth led the most laps in with 140. Sux to lead that many and have a caution come out at the end and rip the W from you but that's exactly what happened. I'm betting it will happen again on Saturday too. It's been a crazy season so far. New rules have left the crew chief's with way more options in their set ups and they are taking those options to the edge with catastrophic results in the tire malfunction direction. They best get that figured out.
Richmond is a D shaped track that is a .75 mile lap. That's 400 laps of tight quarters and short tempers that will rule the day or I mean night. So the D shape says hitting that sweet spot where the car is good enough the whole way around the track will be tough on the crew chief to figure out. And the tempers will flair up on the track in the mean time.
So out of the last 4 races there, 2 in spring and 2 in the fall of the last 2 years we have a hand full of drivers that do well here. Kenseth with an average finish of 7.25 is the highest on that list. Top 10 for sure. Stewart, Edwards, Bowyer, Dale Jr, Harvick, Newman, Gordon and Hamlin would be your others on that list.
Hamlin was really good here in the past but I chose the last 4 races because they're the ones in the Gen 6 car. He's led 202 laps in those 4 races though but no W. Top 10.
Harvick only led 18 laps at this track but has a W, 1 top 5 and 2 top 10's. He's been fast but he's blown 2 motors and burned up a hub. Can he keep up the momentum after his win at Darlington? Maybe.
Stewart has a 8.37 average finish in 4 races. 2 top 5's & 2 top 10's. I think he's making a come back. Info from team mates Harvick & Ku Bu can only help.
Ku Bu finished 9th here last spring. He's not so good with the temper thing but he's good at short tracks.
Bowyer led 113 laps here in the spring race. Damn late race restarts. He did come in 2nd. Lucks not so good this year.Only has 2 top 10's so far. Really needs cautions to fall his way and to stay out of the wall.
Newman ended in 5th last year and I expect another top 10 out of him.
Edwards should be top 10 too.
Biffle and Stenhouse...top 15
Gordon used to own this track. I'll say top 10
Keselowski leads laps but has issues and falls back. Last year he was 30th minus 8 laps. Had a right front go down and he hit the wall on lap 157. Never recovered. I'll say top 20.
Logano was 3rd last year. I give him a top 10. He's had some solid runs so far this year.
Dale Jr gets a top 10. He's focused and ready this year for that championship.
Johnson...not one of his better tracks. Top 15.
Menard has been struggling but showing flashes of what could be. Top 10.
Ky Bu is either brilliant or epic failure here. He's got 1 W. Top 15.
Rookie to look out for would be Larson. Kids a quick learner and I would not rule out a top 10. Dillon would be the other to look out for and I bet a top 15.
Nemechek has been driving the #66 for MWR Racing and I'm wondering when Mikie is going to pull the plug. They may be using that car as experimental but he should be doing way way better than 35th or worse every week. I'm hoping they borrow Hornish from Gibbs Racing. I need a cheap driver that's good to pick up in my NASCAR Live salary cap league. He would be awesome. One can only hope. Reality is more like they might pick up Kligerman if Swann Racing lets him go.
The entry list doesn't come out till Monday or Tuesday so I have to wait and see how my line up will change if at all. Right now it's Kenseth $28.25 - Stewart 423.25 - Keselowski $25.75 - Allmendinger $17.25 - Sorenson $5.00 and that adds up to $99.50. My salary cap is too tight. Lets hope I hit pay dirt on Saturday.
Still trying to cut back on the sugar and up my water intake. I walk around with a cup of ice water all the time. It's helping. What's not helping is they had a candyfest at work. I avoided the back break room like the plague but damn it if some body didn't track me down and hand me a box of marshmallow peeps. They just knew I'd want them. I smiled and thanked him. Somebody else gave me a dyed Easter egg. with my name on it. Haven't decided if I'm sacrificing the peeps on the grill or slicing the cello open to let them get stale. Choices choices choices. So how do you like your peeps?
Have a blessed Easter. Hope everyone enjoys their dinner & family time or whatever the tradition is in your life. Have a good one. Have a safe one. Just make sure you have one.
And I'm outta here.....