Hey Gabbers and others!!!! What up? How ya all doing? Welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. That sign is words to live by. How many times have you heard some body yell that followed by a crash or thud ? So lets all think safety folks. Summer safety that is.
Slow news week in NASCAR. But if it don't rain we could watch the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. Some body will be kissing the bricks. There's a strip of bricks along the start / finish line which is all that's left of the Brickyard of old. Dale Jarrett started the tradition of the team lining up at that start / finish line and kissing those bricks. When Johnson won his young daughter looked at him like he was nuts. She wasn't having any of it.
So lets see here. What's up.....or going round the track.
RACE TEAM ALLIANCE UPDATE
Seems Brian France is really trying to smooth things over and convince everyone that one voice representing all the voices just isn't a good thing. He kept stressing at the news conference that all voices need to be heard. He said that he will continue his walking around the garage area to talk to all the voices to see what's going on.
Richard Petty said that the RTA is like a farmers Co-op. He feels that NASCAR gets some things right but could work on getting better deals for parts, insurance & travel. The newer teams expect it. He's hoping that NASCAR will be working harder to that end from now on.
I'm looking forward to more exciting exchanges between the RTA and NASCAR. I need something to write about if you know what I mean.
MARCOS AMBROSE IN THE RUMOR MILL
Our Aussie is said to be possibly signing a deal to get back into Super V8 racing in his home Australia. That's the car racing series he came from. It's their version of NASCAR.
Rumor has it that Roger Penske has become interested in Super V8 and wants to team up with Dick Johnson and Marcos Ambrose would be the driver.
When Ambrose was asked about this he said if he had anything to report he'd have said it. When his boss Richard Petty was asked he said he didn't know what Ambrose was up to. Not sure if he was going home for good or just to run a few races and that it was up to him.
STEWART WANTS A DOME OVER ELDORA SPEEDWAY
Yup. That's what he said. Fresh off another wildly successful NASCAR Truck Series race at Eldora this past Wednesday, Stewart went to the media center to say if he could raise $25 Million, he'd put a dome over the speedway. He said he'd like to host Cup or Nationwide races too.
He also said he's quite content with just a truck race but more NASCAR would be great. He knows that selling hotdogs at $1.50 isn't going to get him there. So right now this would be a dream.
In the mean time a new infield building is going up as part of the ongoing process of improvements at the track. The building would house the media center, hospitality suite, infield care center and concession stand. Construction starts in October.
In my experience with monster trucks, motocross, tractor pulls etc inside an arena it's pretty damn loud & exhaust filled by the end of the event. Dover can give you a head ache on over cast lowceiling days. I hope if he does it that he puts in one hell of an exhaust fan...or 2.
MOST POPULAR DRIVER FAN VOTE
Don't forget now. Get your votes in for your favorite driver. Contest is still going on. I'd like to see somebody beside Dale Jr or The Danica get it.
You can vote at....www.MostPopularDriver.com
THE BRICKYARD 400 PREVIEW
Last years race saw Ryan Newman on the pole AND he became the winner too. I think he was driving that Smurf car. I'd have to check my blogs from last year. It was a pretty event free race. Newman and Johnson led 108 laps between them but some how Newman had the car to get the win. The last car was minus 50 laps but there were no cars out of the race at the end of the race.
Top 15 finishers in 2013: Newman - Johnson - Kahne - Stewart - Kenseth - Dale Jr - Gordon - Logano - Montoya - Ky Bu - Truex - Menard - Edwards - Ku Bu - McMurray
So this track is one that track position is a big deal. There were 6 drivers that started & ended in the top 10. So that's how important track position is. In fact Newman & Johnson were 1 & 2 at the start & end.
Gordon: Won the first Brickyard 400 due to the wreck caused by the Bodine Brothers who were 1 & 2 at the end of the race. Brett wrecked Geoff and the other Jeff became the youngest driver to win that race at 23 years & 2 days. He still owns that record. He has 4 wins here too as well as 11 top 5's. So it's Top 10 for Mr Gordon
Harvick : He's got the pole today. I expect a top 10 but he's just all over the place as far as consistancy goes. Only 3 top 10's in the last 8 races. He'll be in the Chase by virtue of 2 W's but pick him at your own risk.
Newman : Last years winner and he starts 4th today. Repeat? No but a top 10, yes
Keselowski : Starts 3rd & he's hot. He has 6 top 10's out of last 8 races and 2 of them W's. Hot enough for another top 10
Stewart : Just 2 top 10's in 8 races. He's not hot but he starts 6th today. He NEEDS a W. No W No Chase. Top 10
Johnson : He's ended up 42nd 2 races in a row. Self Destructoman is either experimenting with set ups or he's in trouble. With 6 top 10's in the last 8 races AND 3 of them are W's I got to say that evil genius Knaus is playing with the car. Top 10
Dale Jr : Starts 23rd today. It concerns me but 6 top 10's out of the last 8 races says he's still Mr Consistancy. Top 10
The Danica : Started out 33rd last year and ended up 30th minus 2 laps. This year she starts in 14th. Dare I hope for a top 20 this year? Or even 15? It's your fantasy league. You decide.
Larson : The rookie with the mostest starts 15th today. Got a 3rd at New Hampshire the other week. You can't ignore this kid any more. He's solid. I'm saying....top 10.
Bowyer : Has 6 top 10's out of 8 races. He starts 16th. Should be a top 10.
Logano : Last 8 races have not been kind to our boy wonder. He had a run in with a car 12 laps down at New Hampshire and oopsy. He's in the garage. Only 2 top 10's in the last 8 races. He's not hot but I'll give him a top 10 this week.
Kenseth : Top 10. He's the stealth bomber. Almost always sneaking up on a win or top 10. He needs one too. No W's yet but he's 4th in the points.
Hamlin - Kahne - Ku Bu - Edwards - Biffle seem to run into some kind of trouble every week. Pick these guys at your own risk
Montoya : He's back for a limited time driving the #12 for Penske. Worth a pick up. Starts 8th today. Top 15 at the very least.
Bobby Labonte : He's in the #37 Tommy Baldwin entry. Starts in the back but he's a cheap date in your salary cap league.
Bayne : He's back in the Wood Brothers #21. Also a cheap date for your salary cap league.
So there you have it. I made my salary cap picks and noticed every one of them has a #2 in their #. Gordon #24 - Larson #42 - Keselowski #2 - Montoya #12 - Bayne #12
I didn't plan it that way. I was just determined to get some good points this week for my money.
Hope all your picks are good this week. Happy Birthday Harry, Happy safe travels to everyone else and of course get that grill fired up. It's Sunday.
And I'm outta here....