Burn 'em up. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. NASCAR racing is moving to the front burner in 22 days. The D 500 is coming at ya. The driver, crew chief and sponsor movement is now at a fever pitch. New announcements every day. Really hard to keep up with and unlike Mr Lynch, everybody is talking to the media and anybody else that will listen. So lets get to it.
NO TALK OF RETIRING THE #24 AFTER GORDON'S EXIT
Gordon discussed it with Hendrick and said he has faith in Chase Elliott who has just been named his official replacement in 2016. He says Chase will do great things. NASCAR says they don't plan on retiring the number either.
Bill Elliott drove the #9 and it was believed that so would his son Chase. Richard Petty owns that number right now and says if the kid wants it he can have it because he has no attachment to it. So far nobody has asked. Gordon says if Chase would rather have a different number than the #24 than he'd be open to it.
At this writing, Chase will be driving the #24 in 2016 for HMS. He'll also be in the #25 for about 5 races in the Cup Series this year and still in his ride with JR Motorsports seeking a 2nd Xfinity Series championship (formerly known as the Nationwide Series).
BILL ELLIOTT ORIGINALLY SPOKE TO FORD FOR A RIDE FOR CHASE
During the Hall of Fame ceremonies, Bill let it be known that he approached Ford about getting a deal together for his son to be in a Ford just like he was for his career. Bill says they saw things differently than he did. Then Hendrick stepped up with an opportunity that really wasn't much of one but was the only one talking to him and his son. He praised Hendrick for his integrity and is grateful for the deal that finally came through for his son.
Funny story...Jeff Gordon almost ended up at Roush but when Jeff's step dad called him and said Evernham and Gordon were a package deal. Roush said he picked the crew chief / driver combo not the driver. So dad hung up on Roush. Twice.
GENE HAAS WORKING ON RESIGNING THE DANICA
Danica's contract is up at the end of this year and Gene wants her to stay at SHR. He says a lot of changes have been made to help her including giving her a new crew chief. Daniel Knost is more technical and can explain the car to her better. He believes she is close to getting better.
The question of the contract closure seems to be with GoDaddy and how committed they want to be. You know, the purse string thing.
Danica says,"Of course I want GoDaddy to come back. We've been talking about it for quite a while. They want to, we just have to make sure we keep giving each other value. They give me value, it's about me giving back to them."
To be continued......
GODADDY YANKS SUPER BOWL AD AFTER BACK LASH
This past week GoDaddy put their ad on the TODAY Show and there was immediate back lash from dog lovers every where.
The ad featured a puppy falling out of the bed of a pick up truck and it's long rainy trip home on foot only to have his owner exclaim that she was glad he got home because she just sold him on the website she built with GoDaddy. It ends with the puppy being put in a van and her saying "Ship 'em out."
GoDaddy tried damage control on Twitter but a 42,000 signature petition said they were having none of it and by the end of the day GoDaddy had no choice but to yank the ad.
My question...Since when do we watch Super Bowl ads before the Super Bowl? My guess is that GoDaddy wasn't so confident their Budweiser spoof was going to fly.
CHIP GNASSI RACING WINS ROLEX 24
A 24 hour race called the Rolex 24 was held this week at Daytona. It runs 24 hours and each team has 4 drivers that tag out. CGR's team was last years rookie with the mostest Kyle Larson, team mate Jamie McMurray, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon who is the driver to bring the W home. Being the last one to drive he needed to save fuel and not make any mistakes. This is CGR's 6th W in 12 tries.
McMurray now joins AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win a Daytona 500 and a Rolex 24. Congrats to everyone.
2015 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTIES
Bill Elliott.....Fred Lorenzen.....Wendall Scott.....Joe Weatherly.....Rex White
Congrats to the winners
---Dale Jr says he'd love to drive at least one truck race this year. He's expanded his team, JR Motorsports into the truck Series part time with a 17 year old driver named Cole Custer. Because of his age he's only allowed to drive short tracks. Dale Jr really wanted Martinsville but decided the new kid needs the seat time at that track.
---David Pearson had a mild stroke on Dec 9th. The family says it was his left side that was effected but he should be back to normal soon. The 80 year old has 105 wins and 3 championships in NASCAR. A speedy recovery to you David.
---No changes to the Chase format. NASCAR says last years Chase was the most exciting yet. Not going to mess with a good thing.
---Teams no longer allowed to pull the side skirts out. The proper name being the vertical rocker panel extension. This panel is located at ground level between the front and back wheels. The teams would pull out the corner from the back wheel to increase down force to get that aerodynamic advantage. NASCAR says no more. I guess funs over. Look for something else.
---Jeff Gordon will get his chance in the broadcast booth early. FOX Sports is rotating Jeff with Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick to be race analysts during the Xfinity Series races (formerly known as Nationwide Series). Opportunity knocks.
---So like, what's in the water in Michigan? Somebody from Michigan posted this on Twitter. Is this considered redneck or just F'd up?
---Bill Sarris, a PA candy maker 15 miles south of Pittsburgh decided to get in on the Deflate-a-gate going on by creating a chocolate football with a dent in it. He called his creation the Bradie Ball. It was auctioned of for charity on KDKA radio Friday for $5000. Sarris matched it and added 2 more footballs and 2 hemets.
One final note....I normally don't get too awefully upset over celebrity stuff but there's a young lady that needs prayers and healing thoughts sent her way. It was reported that Bobbi Christina Brown was found unresposive in her tub. When I think of what a train wreck her mother and fathers relationship was and what they put her through, I just can't help but pity her. All the money her mom left her can not undo all that wreckage. My heart goes out to her.
All you Gabbers and others enjoy the Super Bowl tonight or what ever you're planning on doing. Watch out for those ice patches for those of you up north.
And I'm outta here....