Hey Ho. Lets Go. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Lots of silly season stuff happening. It started as a trickle right before Stewart broke his leg and has become a non stop stream of ever changing updates ever since. That picture up there is of Joey Logano. He won the Michigan race last week. It was a motor eating tire popping gas mileage affair as usual but we'll get to that after the updates and fast stuff.
JOHNSON EXPECTING BABY GIRL #2
Jimmie says baby girl #2 will be arriving some time around Sept 13-15. That makes it the Chicagoland race weekend. Drivers James Buescher and Regan Smith will be on standby if she decides to arrive during race activities. Jimmie is hoping that she's not afraid of Mondays or Tuesdays. Good luck with that Jimmie and congrats on the new addition.
MONOPOLY GAME CHALLENGE UPDATE
I spoke of a site called Bargaineering.com where 2 guys were going head to head to see who would get the most from their game pieces. One guy bought 200 hash browns and the other sent in 500 envelopes requesting game pieces. The 4th blog with their findings is now up. Interesting note. The guy who sent in for game pieces made out better than the one who bought food. Neither won a big prize. According to the rules you had to buy a big mac to get the game piece for the car. Very interesting risk vs reward experiment.
STEWART MARTIN KURT NEWMAN MERRY-GO-ROUND UPDATE
Ok now. Stewart was asked this week if he was going to race the winged sprint cars any more. He said that this reporter was to tell the winged nation that he'd be back as son as he was able to. Wondering what his business partner and sponsors think. Probably cringing right now.
Martin says he's humbled and honored to be asked to drive the #14 for Stewart. Says he'll do his best.
Newman says he's not bitter about being served his walking papers. Still no contract for next year though.
Kurt Busch has been offered a contract extension from Furniture Row and Stewart Haas racing has offered to come up with a contract. Who'd have thought after Kurt's huge melt down that he'd actually have choices? But he does. No word on the sponsor for SHR or if the contract has been finalized yet.
SHR was said to be making a play for Rodney Childers at MWR. They want him as Harvick's crew chief for next year and they've won. Rodney gave MWR his notice that he'll be done at the end of the season. He said it was a tough choice. He's been there 5 years and says the guys he worked with are a great bunch. He said he doesn't know if he'll be allowed to stay till the end of the season but will do whatever he's asked and that he wants to leave the team in championship form. He also said that working with Harvick is a huge opportunity that doesn't come around often and he'd regret it if he didn't take it. Vickers will be upset. He really wanted to work with Rodney.
So that leaves Montoya still up in the air. Mario Andretti has said "HELL YEAH" when Montoya asked about an open wheel ride. Mario is looking for sponsors. Montoya said he's open to any ride as long as it's a winning ride.
And then there's Austin Dillon. He just may be coming to Cup next year and dusting off the #3 for his RCR car driving for grandpa Richard. Which leaves room in his Nationwide car for brother Ty. Nobody knows if it will be 3 or 4 cars for RCR next year. Sponsorship is a tough sell these days.
So to wrap this all up....all in all Zipadelli said that the deal to have Martin in the #14 car went extremely smooth. That level of cooperation between teams (or manufacturers for that matter) is something that just doesn't happen. He chalks it up to the respect for Stewart in the garage being very high.
PURE MICHIGAN 400 RECAP
Logano won and he's old enough to drink the bubbly coming out of the bottle. Our winner had the pole for the race and led the most laps too. Bonus points day with 48 going to his Chase hopes. He's now 13th with 1 W.
It was hoped that Jimmie would come from the back in his back up car and he did and he led 3 laps. AND he blew his motor up around lap 55. Pooooooooooooooof.
Dale Jr sccccccccccccccrapes the wall on lap 135. Crew can't get the jack under the car. He spends time in the garage. Comes back but ends his day 36th and minus 29 laps
With about 45 laps to go Kyle spins and messes up his rear. Got to have your body in as aerodynamic & cosmetically pleasing as possible for Michigan.....31st and minus 3 laps. Ouch.
Bowyer spun out on lap 1 but managed to not hit anything which is key to digging your way out. Reward? A 5th place finish.
Gordon was quiet all day and never cracked the top 10. I guess no news is good news. He came home with 17th and all his fenders as well as the motor.
With 33 to go Keselowski assumed the lead but was told he wouldn't make it to the end on fuel. He didn't want to come in but his CC Wolfe said we're points racing. You can come in for a splash or end up 28th. Then Mr Penske came on the radio and told him he needed to make his way down pit road. He ended up in 12th. Those points are better than 28th place points.
I thought my other man Mark Martin was coming home with the win but fuel mileage bit him. He was 2 laps short. Gave up the lead with 2 to go for a splash. 27th and minus 1 lap. Bummer. He said the team was going for it.
Austin Dillon's subbing day for Stewart's #14 car went great. He spun trying to avoid a spinning Yeley on lap 14 but gathered himself up and ralleyed for a 14th place finish. Good job.
Top 15 finishers - Logano - Harvick - Kurt B - Menard - Bowyer - Ambrose - Kahne - Burton - Biffle - Edwards - Montoya - Keselowski - Newman - Dillon - Kenseth
BRISTOL - IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE RECAP
Hamlin on the pole. Must be feeling better. After watching the race tonight I raced back here to finish my blog. I tanked in 4 of my fantasy leagues but Kahne finished 2nd so in the Streak I got 2nd place finish. Must be the powers that be punishing me for my psychic comment. Yeah. Psychics are people too.
This was one action packed race as per the usual. The 2 Bristol races on the schedule are night and day. Literally as well as for real man. I think the night race with all those cameras going off must create a strobe light atmosphere that brings out the animal in the drivers. The pack at the front changed often. It ain't over till every car is dented and the fat lady sings Sweet Home Alabama.
So Hamlin had the pole and the lead for about 27 laps. Then Kurt took it till about lap 77 when he started dropping back. His crew didn't get the lugnuts tight so the tire was loose and ruined his hub. Back to the garage for a new one and he would finish his day in 31st minus 24 laps.
Edwards now leads. Then Dale Jr leads.
Lap 101 sees Kyle & Logano make contact. Kyle has rear damage. Logano needs a new right front. Dale Jr keeps leading till lap 134. Bowyer on point.
Until lap 176 when Bowyer gets stuck behind Kyle who is about to go a lap down but Kvapil drifts up and there goes Boyer for a spin. Caution.
Edwards takes lead. A few laps later Johnson hits #33 Tony Raines but keeps going. Gordon is complaining of high water & oil temps.
Edwards leads till Vickers hits the wall. Kenseth gets pit road speeding penalty and to the back he goes. Menard & Kyle don't pit. They're now 1 & 2. On lap 272 it's Menard - Kyle - Edwards - Dale Jr - Montoya.
Lap 323 sees Edwards catch and pass Menard.
Caution for Johnson, Reutimann, Vickers & Almirola all getting together. Vickers is racking up friendship points this evening. A bad night for Jimmie just got worse. Off to the garage he goes.
At this point it's Edwards - Kenseth - Truex - Gordon - Bowyer as your top 5. At lap 381 Kenseth takes the lead and Edwards starts dropping back saying he thinks his motor is going. And it does.
So a couple cautions later Mr Vickers causes a wreck that pretty much does in my fantasy hopes. On the restart he moves up on Hamlin and it cuts his tire. Hamlin's tire goes and he then shoots up the track into Harvick and it's on. Truex, Hamlin, Harvick, Keselowski, Mears, Schrader, & Newman are now in pieces.
Harvick is parked in Hamlin's pit box so he moves his car out of the way to the crowd roaring it's approval. Harvick gets out of his car for a chat with Hamlin. 4 NASCAR officials block him and he assures them he won't hit Hamlin. They talked and that was that. I'm sure when he sees the replay he'll be Vickers best buddy.
So now with 40 to go it's Kenseth - Montoya - Kahne - Bowyer - Ambrose.
With 14 to go Kenseth & Kahne are banging door numbers. This went on till the end of the race off & on. Scared me because these 2 were the last in 2 of my fantasy leagues still in it for some good points. Great finish.
Top 15 finishers - Kenseth - Kahne - Montoya - Vickers - Logano - Menard - Gordon - Ambrose - Biffle - Dale Jr - Kyle B - Ragan - Burton - Bowyer - Almirola
So what did your fantasy league look like after all that sheet metal damage? There's no race next week but I'm sure silly season is still going strong and there'll be plenty to write home about. Untill then all you Gabbers and others have safe happy travels, get a couple more grilling opportunities in, and take a moment to stop and enjoy the last of the summer. AND.......
I'm outta here......