GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING!!!!! Happy Mothers Day. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Moms like stuff from Lowes and Home Depot just like dads. So that picture would be your reminder to run off after breakfast if you forgot about Mothers Day.
GIBBS PENALTIES UPDATE
As you all might remember Kenseth got penalized for one of his connecting rods being 2 tads too light. JGR didn't like the fines and penalties so they appealed.
The stock car panel reduced the penalties.
----> Car owner Joe Gibbs had his points loss reduced to 12 instead of 50. He will be getting his ability to get points for the owners points race as well.
----> Crew chief Jason Ratcliff will still pay his $200,000 fine but his suspension was lowered to 1 race and probation for the next 3 points races.
----> Driver Matt Kenseth had his points loss lowered from 50 to 12.
----> Toyota's manufacturers points race loss went from 5 to 7 points.
So I guess the appeals panel felt Toyota was at fault for Matts engine issue. Toyota also recalled engine from Bowyer at MWR just to check them out. They promise going forward that attention to detail and quality control will be an even bigger priority.
KURT BUSCH BUCKET LIST GETS A CHECK
This week our fiery tempered stock car driver Kurt got to put a check mark on his bucket list beside the Indy Car rookie test line. Driving a lap of 218 mph and keeping his car under control at Indianapolis Speedway gave him the honor of the being the first driver to pass his rookie test at that track. Now of course it fueled rumors that he's be driving the double on May 26th. That would be driving the Indianapolis 500 and then hopping a plane to Charlotte for the Coca Cola 600.
Kurt says he's not physically ready for that challenge this year. He wants to log in more laps in the Indy Car first. Tony Stewart says he has not doubt that Kurt could qualify and race in Indy Car. He said he plans to call Kurt and offer to help if he can.
Kurt loves motor sports in general and has done some quarter mile runs too. So his bucket list is a long one.
JAMES FINCH IS QUITTING AGAIN
The owner of Phoenix Racing is calling it quits again. Sponsorship is just not showing up and he can't keep running the race team out of his pocket. He says he still has a few cars that aren't torn up so they can race for a while yet but he's not building any more.
His plan is to not enter any more races after the Brickyard 400 in July. He will try to help his employees find jobs in NASCAR as he raps up operations by the end of August.
MENARD PLANS TO STAY WITH RCR
Crew chief Slugger Labbe has already reupped with RCR and Menard says he too is close to getting his deal signed. The past 3 seasons with RCR have seen major improvements in Menards career stats. He's in the top 10 since the beginning of the season. That is a vast improvement from when he first showed up on the NASCAR scene.
The Cinco De Mayo race was almost washed away before it got started. Drivers were complaining of rain drops before the drop of the green flag. But wave it they did. Ewards had the pole but Truex took the first lap. By lap 6 Kenseth took the lead. Hamlin dropped to the back for safety reasons. On lap 23 Blayne's motor went poof and out came the first caution where Hamlin went into the pits to switch with Brian Vickers.
Off we go again with Kenseth still leading and Kyle taps Kahnes rear and it's caution #2 on lap 43. There were 16 cars in that one. Biffle finished 36th & minus 51, Kyle 37th & minus 54, Kahne 42nd, Harvick 40th and Vickers limped to a 34th & minus 44 laps because of that wreck. Because of NASCAR pushing the start & park teams to finish the teams had REALLY bad days. No cushion.
Hamlin thanked Stewart for riding in the back with him. Stewart said no problem. I ride back here every Sunday. He has been horrid lately but summer is coming.
So Kenseth keeps the lead for the most part till with about 64 laps to go and big black clouds rolling in Stenhouse Jr takes the lead. Then with 66 to go Edwards gets his nose just ahead of Stenhouse Jr at the scoring loop right as the caution comes out for rain. And then the red flag. All cars to pit road as it begins to pour.
It was a short one but as track drying was taking place a 2nd storm rolled through with hail. It was a long red flag.
But things got back up and after pit stops Bobby Labonte who did not pit led them to the green flag. Was nice to see Bobby lead a few laps.
Gordon is still struggling along from the lap 43 wreck. He even goes down a lap at one point. But he fights back. With 15 to go he's in the free pass (lucky dog) spot when McDowell scrapes the wall and brings out a caution. Gordon will restart 25th and on the lead lap.
With 9 to go Johnson is on point with Kenseth in 2nd. They're off. Regan Smith finds himself in first a lap later. Johnson and Kenseth make a sandwich out of him. Stenhouse Jr comes up beside the wall making it 4 wide and it just didn't stick. He bumps Yeley who comes down on Kurt Busch who rolls on top of Newman. This one ended Danica's day. She was in and around the top 10.
So now it's getting dark. NASCAR says 1 green/white checker only. Kenseth who sits in 1st says it's way too dark. Green flag. Edwards in 2nd gets a push from Almirola. Gilliland pushes Ragan. It's a drag race to the finish. David Ragan wins. David Gilliland is 2nd. A 1,2 finish for Front Row Motorsports. An under funded team takes 1st and 2nd at Dega. 2 Davids beat Galiath. See I told you ANYONE can win the crap shoot at Dega and that these 2 Davids are usually there to take advantage after the big wrecks.
Brad Keselowski got on Twitter and blasted David for getting an advantage on the restart by lining up incorrectly. The Twitter folks all told him to grow up and act like a champion. The next day he issued an apology and his congrats to David and FRM for their win. He had found out NASCAR told David to line up there and he had missed the message in all the commotion.
Top 15 finishers - David Ragan - Gilliland - Edwards - Waltrip - Johnson - Smith - Truex - Kenseth - Speed - Almirola - Gordon - Stremme - Stenhouse Jr - Ambrose - Keselowski
Tonight was Darlington. A very tough track and I'll tell you next week what crazy stuff happened. Next week is our All Star race. Lots of pageantry and $1 million, a trophy and a ring to the winner. No points are involved so the guys will just go for it. Not sure if I'll watch it. It's a cool race though. Fans vote drivers in and they have a show down race to get other drivers to the main event.
So any who, it's Sunday. I worked lots of OT this week and I still was able to stay up for the race. I'm beat right now though. Hope the weather is breaking for every one. Happy Mothers day to all the mothers out there in Gabland and beyond our fair cyber world. Hug your mom and make her a sandwich. Enjoy your day and take care. And...
I'm outta here.....