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NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 8-31-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Atlanta Tony Stewart Aaran

                        

Hi ya hi ya hi ya!!!! Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. It's midnight as usual as I start yet another blog I should've been working on during the week. Kind of reminds me of a Judas Priest song, Living After Midnight. Yup, I'm rockin' through the dawn....here at the Gab.

Actually I was with my family today for most of the day. A beloved uncle passed on Monday and Saturday we payed our respects. Being a Korean War vet he has to wait for internment at Indiantown Gap Millitary Cemetery till Wednesday because there are so many vets being buried there right now that as you know aren't going to get a long life like my Uncle Bud. 

            Aaran "Bud" Dissinger 1929 - 2014....Korean War vet, husband, father, uncle, biker, hell raiser, photographer, played the mandolin, harmonica and banjo, wicked sense of humor, quick witted, fiercely independentand full of life. 

He was a truck driver that in his words got to see all the States that were connected. His CB handle was Brand X. Any truckers out there who met him, sure won't forget him. 

He died of lung cancer and even though there's a lot of controversy surrounding VA Haspitals, the one in Lebanon, PA is not one of them. They treated him with respect and everytime he left from one of his treatments the staff always said thank you for your service Mr Dissinger. And that fierce independence? He always refused a wheel chair. His lungs were cancer ridden but he walked through the hospital and to the exit. They took his drivers license but he said they won't be taking my legs too.

It was a tough funeral. We've lost 3 elder statesmen of our family in 8 months. My childhood is drifting farther and farther away at an excellerated pace. 

So this Memorial Day, if you will, I ask my Gab family and others, please raise your drink of whatever it is and toast my Uncle Bud for his service to our country and for the fun loving  person that he was. I know he'll love that. Thanks.

TONY STEWART RETURNS

So I guess we're off to NASCARland. Home of left turns, crazy speeds, temper tantrums, bump drafting, side drafting and calculated risky decisions. My most handsome Knight of the Mobile 1 returns to the seat of the #14 this weekend. He held a press conference which he read a statement telling everyone he was back. He said he missed his racing family and that he prays for the Ward family every day. He did not answer questions because the investigation is not closed and he was told not to until it is. He promises to answer any and all questions in the future when he is able. 

Johhny Morris - Bass Pro Shops founder released a statement saying he supported Stewart and his return to racing. He said that Stewart is part of the Bass Pro Shops family and a friend. He's seen Stewart's generocity to up and coming drivers, to track owners and other childrens charities. He talked of Stewart's passion for investing in dirt track racing and that he's a racers racer. 

All that I've read from those that know Stewart personally leads me to believe what I said before. Kevin Ward should've viewed Stewart as an opportunity to prove he could run with the best and deserving of some sponsorship money and better ride. Unfortunately he didn't see Stewart as anything but some interloping big shot that was in his way. I'm still hoping some thing good comes from all this.

For NASCAR's part they have decided that if he should win Atlanta tonight of Richmond next Saturday that he will be eligible for the Chase due to extenuatingly unusual circummstances beyond his control. 

ATLANTA PREVIEW

Long green flag runs, tire management, low grip level but lots of speed. Who ever is up front at the drop of the green flag is not likely to be there in the end. This track is not like any others on the circuit. It's a 1.54 quad oval shaped track. Harvick won the Nationwide race on Saturday night followed by Logano, Larson, Ky B, and Chase Elliott. So the first 4 guys were Cup interlopers. So they'll have a leg up on the competition so to speak.

Last years top 15 finishers - Ky Bu - Logano - Truex Jr - Ku Bu - Newman - Gordon - Montoya - Dale Jr - Harvick - Vickers - McMurray - Kenseth - Ambrose - Allmendinger - Biffle

Gordon & Dale Jr are 1 & 2 in the points and extremely consistant. Top 10 for both

Larson is the rookie with the mostest I keep raving about. Quick learner too. Top 10

Ky Bu & Hamlin are excellent at this track but both have bad mojo issues. Wrecks, blown motors, bad communication and just crappy luck. Choose at your own risk

Johnson is the man at every track but not so much this year. Testing for the Chase? Maybe. But I'm not picking him this weekend

Logano is hot right now. Got his 3 W's and he's on to a top 5

Harvick has the pole and I'm betting top 10 if something stupid doesn't happen

Ku Bu is having a rough season but he's talented at this track. Top 10 if he doesn't self destruct

Kenseth is the only one at JGR I can see getting a top 10

Edwards & Biffle are in Fords which are fast during cooler weather which is what is expected tonight. Still Top 15's

McMurray is doing his best in the new Hendrick equipment this year. Team mate Larson is doing better but I expect a top 10

Menard starts 33rd but he's got a great pit crew. He'll be up in that top 10 in the end.

Vickers is another I expect a top 10 from

Need some cheaper talent on your salary cap league? Austin Dillon's brother Ty will be in the #33. A nice $5 value pick. Moffitt will be in the #66 MWR car. Also around $5. I picked up Allmendinger for $17.50. Annett is around $9.50. The Danica came in 21st and -2 laps last year. I think she's like $15. 

So there you have it Gabbers. Richmond is next Saturday night. So that's 2 races till the Chase starts.

So the Gab NFL draft was Saturday night. I'm not so sure on some of my picks but it was hard to concentrate or read the screen through teary eyes and family around. I got an email telling me I have a 3rd place team and a 50/50 shot at the title. They also told me to pick up Wes Welker. REALLY? Not thinking he'll be back any time soon. So any ways, to all the Gabbers and others I say, have a safe one, a happy one 

And I'm outta here.....

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 8-23-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Michigan Bristol Dale Jr Gordon Logano

                         

Good morning. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. So you got to wonder. If that picture isn't photo shopped, what the hell is that bear thinking?

So this is what it's like to be human....When is the waitress gonna take my order?....I've been stood up once again....All I did was sit down and everybody runs away. 

I'm sure some of you could think of some cool captions for this picture.

                    

So Dale Jr says his Dale Call will be available during the Chase. People actually were asking for them. I do love that commercial but I want the one that works just like in the commercial. Fire out the tailpipes, shaking air cleaner and race motor rev sound. He showed this on Twitter but didn't say if it actually works or even makes a sound. Cute though. Wonder if it comes with a 6 pack of Mountain Dew?

CARL EDWARDS TO JGR IN 2015

Ok, so they finally announced that Edwards is going to be in the Joe Gibbs Racing stable next year driving car #19. He promises to be a much better team mate too. I'm wondering if Matt Kenseth is buying that line. He just came from RFR. Everybody was smiling in the pictures though. Ky Bu and Hamlin have had nothing but issue after issue. I wonder if it's these 2 guys or if there's something deeper going on at JGR. For Edwards sake I hope it isn't catching. He may be leaving one sinking ship for another.

MICHIGAN RECAP

               

This guy here would be the winner of the Michigan race. Logano led the most laps but some how Gordon beat him on the last restart for the win. Ky Bu was in the garage early after smacking the wall on lap 4. Dale Jr had contact with Larson on pit road but managed a 5th place finish after lots of damage control. The Danica took out 2 of my drivers during a spin but managed to get an 18th place finish on the lead lap. Fantasy owners that took her were rewarded.

The guys were hitting their marks. Johnson was clocked at 214 mph at one point. Fast. Then his shifter handle broke off. During pit stops they hand him a pair of vise grips which were a no go. Finally about 50 laps later Larson wrecks, brings out the caution and now he gets his shifter fixed.

Burton was subbing for Stewart. The bad luck keeps piling on. On lap 82 Burton goes to the garage for electrical issues that turn out to be a broken tail pipe. The heat shield started smoking so he thought there was an electrical fire.

Top 15 finishers : Gordon - Harvick - Logano - Menard - Dale Jr - Bowyer - Hamlin - Keselowski - Johnson - Biffle - Newman - Ambrose - Allmendinger - McMurray - Stenhouse

BRISTOL RECAP

So Bristol was Saturday night. Atlanta is next Saturday night and Richmond the Saturday after. 

Bristol is known as that last great colosseum. It didn't disappoint either. Hamlin got bumped from behind by Harvick and as he spun he peeled off Dale Jr's drivers door. Messy. 

Ky Bu got nailed for speeding on pit road and had to start near the back of the field. Which makes him in harms way when the next wreck happens. He never really recovers.

Johnson got 2 speeding penalties on pit road but some how manages to finish with a top 10. Last weeks winner Mr Gordon didn't fair so well. Contact with Ku Bu ruined his day.

Top 15 finishers : Logano - Keselowski - Kenseth - Johnson - Ku Bu - Stenhouse - Edwards - McMurray - Menard - Biffle - Harvick - Newman - Allmendinger - Burton

So we're getting down to the wire. If Kenseth can keep showing up in the top 10 for the next 2 races, he'll be in the Chase without a win. He will however be seeded near the bottom so chances of being booted out in the first round of cuts is high. I still maintain that Gordon or Dale Jr are the 2 main guys for the title. They've been the most consistant.

So that ALS challenge is off the hook. At work there are 3 people with challenge areas set up in their yards. I've let everyone know I'm not interested and don't bug me. It's become a gimmick. Right up there with Pink-tober.

I don't know who the actor is but he did a Bullet Bucket challenge. His message is one of trying to be a better person, to love more and not judge. He's hoping to strike up a change in gun violence. I saw this on CNN at lunch time. We'll see how far it gets but I guess it has to start some where. 

I hope all our Gab travelers are safe and everyone has their NFL draft list set. I'll have mine set after I read the arrest records around the country one more time. SERIOUSLY!!!!! GET A MAN CAVE!!!!! You can roll dollar bills or fat ones to your hearts content and nobody will see you. Have a bucket by the door for cell phones. That way nobody can photograph you. DUH!!!!!!!! Ok then...

I'm outta here.....

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 8-17-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Watkins Glen Michigan Tony Stewart ALS Bucket Challenge

                        

GET R DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNE GABBERS!!!!!! Yep. It's me again welcoming all you Gabbers and others to another one of my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. I love tractors. Would love to have one but I don't have a farm.  I haven't been down to The Buck to watch tractor sled pulls in a couple years. 

This sure has been a dark and miserable week. I'm still bummed about Robin Williams. There's been so much speculation on why he did it from depression to Parkison's diagnosis to money troubles. To me all these things are nothing to lose hope over. You deal with them. One at a time. It's life. But then again you have those nasty trolls on Twitter attacking his daughter Zelda. What did she ever do to deserve that? She suspended her social media accounts because of the trolls. Twitter has promised to look into troll controls and has suspended a few accounts over this.

We have some really mean ugly black souls spewing their blackness upon the world these days via the web. I watch a lot of You Tube videos and the one thing I hear a lot is the video makers complaining of those troubled individuals and how they go through and delete the negative comments so they don't overwhelm the page. Has the push to be so politically correct caused this negative back lash?

I know I'm sick of being sent to sensitivity, respect, peer to peer coaching and integrity classes at work. I think those classes inflame the situations further. I'm afraid to speak or show any emotions at work any more. Everyone is on hyper sensitive alert. It's almost like the end of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original movie) where everyone is pointing and screaming at the last remaining human. I feel just like that most of the time. 

ALS BUCKET CHALLENGE

One bright spot this week has been the ALS bucket Challenge. Not sure where it started but it's been fun watching the videos. Dale Jr is a Redskins fan. After practice this week linebacker Ryan Kerrigen and WR Pierre Garcon took their ice baths and challenged Dale Jr to do the same. So at Michigan he made a video in the garage area of him getting a bucket of ice dumped on him. He threw down the gauntlet to his crew chief Steve Letarte, Jimmie Johnson and Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Jimmie passed but said he'd write the check. Kevin Harvick made a video of him getting a bucket of ice water dumped on him by his wife. He issued challenges too. Sounds like a fun time.

KURT BUSCH SAYS HE"S INTERESTED IN THE DOUBLE AGAIN

This week he said he'd love to go through it all again next year. AND Michael Andretti has said repeatedly he'd love to have him come back to drive again. He feels that Kurt would become a favorite. A 6th place finish in a car you rarely drive is pretty awesome if you ask me. It will be great to see if Montoya can get his double set up for next year too. I would love to see both do it. It would be a first in history to have multiple drivers doing the Double at the same time.

STEWART FIASCO REVISITED

So like I said it's been a black week. Young Kevin Ward Jr was laid to rest Thursday and this Saturday the track where he died held a memorial for him and went racing per Ward Sr's wishes. He said his son would've wanted it that way. 

As for Stewart? He's not racing again this weekend. Jeff Burton will be stepping in. And there again it's been truely amazing the hatefulness and spewing of dark uneducated tweets and comments about Stewart and what happened. I know he's cultivated a tough guy image but he's not a homicidal maniac. I've read a lot. Some of those comments almost made me cry. A lot of the comments were from people who race or were there and gave good comments on what happened or how the cars react.

I know that these cars are set up to rock n roll as soon as you touch the throttle. They're light and go 90 to 120 mph. You steer by using your break and throttle together a long with the steering wheel. Most racers love these cars because they're so much zip, bang and drifting wow factor for the money. 

A comment from Cory Sparks a driver a couple cars behind Stewart said," From what I saw, Tony did everything in his power to turn down away from Kevin to avoid him. People say they heard the engine rev up and he gassed it. In a sprint car the only way to steer is with the rear wheel as much as you do the steering wheel. In my opinion what he did was he gassed it to turn down away from him."

I knew this is what I saw when I tried to explain the video. I thought he was using a combonation of the brake and gas but apparently only the gas. In another video it was put in slow mo and you can see the kid grab the wing of the car. This was just a really unfortunate turn of events. A young kid with hormones a blazing thought he was going to show everyone he wasn't taking crap from that NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

In reality he should've been looking to Stewart as an opportunity to show case his abilities to race with the big dawgs. After all he wanted to make it to the World of Outlaws. In that series as in NASCAR Nationwide, if you want better sponsorship or a better ride or to move up to Cup you get noticed by running up front and or beating the Sprint Cup interlopers on race day. Too bad this young man didn't see it that way.

Going forward I hope the parents find peace and understanding. I hope Stewart finds peace as well. I know he's deeply effected. Maybe something good could come from all this.

Dirt tracks around the Nation are instituting no getting out of the car rules. NASCAR has re-instated theirs. You may not exit the car unless it's on fire, smoke in the cockpit or fuel is leaking before the emergency crew gets there. It's a start.

                     

WATKINS GLEN RECAP

The Dinger wins. And what a trip it's been from a great ride at Penske to a drug test failure to a new ride on a lesser team. The single car team under dogs won. It was a battle between the Aussie Ambrose and the Dinger. Several restarts almost ruined his win. He even led 30 laps. The most of any one. The last time the #47 car saw a victory was back on March16, 1986. Jack Beebe owned the Buick that Morgan Shepherd drove to victory in Atlanta. 

Gordon was dominating the race when electrical troubles shut his car off and he ended his day 4 laps down. The Dinger got lucky.

7 laps in Harvick was in the pits because a bag full of bean bags used to bring the car up to weight came out from under the seat and got lodges under his pedals. This resulted in a $25,000 to crew chief Rodney Childers for not securing them properly. I thought only The Danica needed extra weight because of her small stature. If you picked her for your fantasy league last week you were rewarded with a 21st place finish. 

Lap 56 saw Newman go hard into the railing taking #95 McDowell with him. Both cars destroyed. Dale Jr claimed that car for his race car graveyard in his woods. This resulted in a 2 hour red flag while they fixed the railing.

With 9 to go Johnson goes around that makes it 3 weeks in a row the Danica finishes better than him. Scary.

All in all, a good race. Ambrose and the dinger gave us a great show. Congrats to the Dinger.

Top 15 finishers - Allmendinger - Ambrose - Ku Bu - Larson - Edwards - Logano - Harvick - Biffle - Kenseth - Vickers - Dale Jr - Kahne - Truex Jr - McMurray - Mears

MICHIGAN PREVIEW

Ok. Lots happening here. Ryan Truex who races in the #83 BK Racing Toyota wrecked big in practice. He was sent to the hospital and declared unfit to drive due to a concussion. JJ Yeley will sub for him.

Brother Martin Truex Jr was with his long time girlfriend Sherry Pollex while she recieved treatments for her ovarian cancer. He missed qualifying and practice. Matt Crafton of the truck series helped with practicing the car.

Michigan is a 2 mile track but it's fast. Usually long green flag runs that turn it into a fuel mileage race. They can go 5 wide at spots and they do. This track eats motors too. Last year Jimmie and Gilliland lost motors. 

Last years top 15 finishers - Logano - Harvick - Ku Bu - Menard - Bowyer - Ambrose - Kahne - Burton - Biffle - Edwards - Montoya - Keselowski - Newman - Stewart - Kenseth

Gordon - Has the pole again this week with a speed of 206.558 mph. Hendrick power. Top 10

Biffle - One of the fastest in practice. Top 10

Logano - Last years winner. He starts 2nd today. Barring any catastrophies...top 10

Ambrose - Is good at this track and usually finds himself in the top 10 at the end. I say yet again.

Larson - The rookie with the mostest. Top 10.

Ku Bu - Last practice speeds of 203.109 and 16th starting spot. If he don't self destruct...Top 10

Harvick - If the crew don't screw up, if he don't wreck and the levee don't break...top 10

Dale Jr - Starts 25th. That's a tall order to ask for a top 10 here but he's been extremely consistent this year. Gotta give it to him.

Keselowski - Starts 5th. Top 10

Edwards - Starts 3rd today. He's on a mission. Top 10

The Danica - Starts 14th today. Last year she was 21st and on the lead lap. Pretty good pick for this week.

Burton - Subbing for Stewart in the 314 if you need a semi cheap pick in your salary cap league. 

Johnson - Starts 30th today. Don't know what's going on with Jimmie but he's scaring me. 

Kenseth - Hamlin & Ky Bu are mired in 18th 21st & 24th. Ooo yuck

So it's to Michigan we go. Wishing all the Gabbers safe travels and happy grillin'. Did you here football is back? Not a rumor. It's true. Got to get my draft picks organized. Take care all.

And I'm outta here.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 8-10-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Watkins Glen Pocono Dale Jr Sprint

                        

OMG!!!!!! It's raining men. That damn song is stuck in my head but I must welcome all you Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. I certainly hope that song goes away soon. Why not Iron Maiden? After I write this I'm gonna run to the hills.

So there really wasn't much going on in NASCAR this week. Actually I was sick for the last 2 weeks and was too blurry eyed to read. Apparently that sinus infection was the flu. On a good note... I lost 10lbs. Too miserable and sick to eat. Sore throats really restrict food intake. So I made lots of juice in my juicer. I'm feeling sparkley now. So onward and around the track we go.

SPRINT T-MOBILE MERGER A NO GO

Apparently Sprint has decided to forgo buying T-Mobile because of the challenging regulatory hurdles they have to deal with. I guess it's the PC way of saying it's too much of a pain in the ass.

They've appointed Marcelo Claure as CEO and president. He replaces Dan Hesse. I kind of liked Dan. He seemed down to earth and nice. I'm sure his parachute it quite golden so I won't cry for Dan's lost job.

Some French company has put in a $15 Billion for T-Mobile now. 

LAWSUIT AGAINST NASCAR & POCONO RACEWAY

On August 5th 2012 Brian Zimmerman was struck by lightning in the Pocono Raceway parking lot and died. His family is suing because they say NASCAR knew at 4:12 pm when the National Weather Service issued a severe weather warning and didn't end the race till 4:54 pm. Even though NASCAR did issue weather alerts via social media, Brian didn't have access.

GIBBS TO RESCIND APPEAL & OTHER PENALTY NEWS

Joe Gibbs Racing has decided not to appeal the huge fines and points loss after the Brickyard race due to the firewall not being sealed. I would take that as a guilty as charged admittal. 

In other penalty news, 2 truck teams got penalties this past week. One for....Improper use of a battery powered impact wrench. Seriously? What connotation does that fall under? 

NATIONAL GUARD PULLING SPONSORSHIP OUT OF RACING

Dale Jr has had NG sponsorship for 7 years now and is hoping they get to keep the next year of their contract. They're supposed to sponsor him till the end of 2015. He says he's been honored to represent them and that he'll let his boss Rick Hendrick work out the contract negotiations.

It's no secret that there's been lots of discussions about the Guard wasting money sponsoring race teams. I guess it was only a matter of time till they pulled out. We shall see about next year.

POCONO RECAP

So last week our rookie with the mostest Mr Larson had the pole and it was supposed to be a rematch between Dale Jr and Keselowski except Keselowski didn't show. He didn't even lead a lap. Not sure what was up with that guy but how do you kick ass at the same race track just 2 months before and fade off into the sunset like you forgot how to drive or did somebody steal his notebook from the race before? Larson got lost too.

And Mr Johnson. What the heck is up with you and your Goodyears this year? Lap 9 and he has right rear go down and there's wall scrapes on his car. Did you forget how to drive? It's that damn white car. GET RID OF IT.

Gordon celebrated another mile stone. He became the first driver to lead 1000 laps at Pocono. 

And then there's the Danica. No I mean there goes the Danica....a lap down or make that like 4. BUT she's doing better than Johnson who on lap 112 had a flat tire, hit the wall and called it a day. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? Damn Goodyear tires.

Lap 117 Hamlin gets squirrelly and takes out 12 cars. My most handsome Knight of the Mobile 1 was one of them. 

Dale Jr only led 14 laps but the last one was the one. Winner. Gordon led 60 laps but not the last one.

Top 15 finishers : Dale Jr - Harvick - Logano - Bowyer - Biffle - Gordon - McMurray - Newman - Hamlin - Kahne - Larson - Mears - Ku Bu - Ambrose - Dillon

WATKINS GLEN PREVIEW

Road course racing this weekend. It's a backwards kind of race. The crew chief figures out the pit stops from the last lap to the first lap. They try to make it on 2 or 3 stops. Just like the Brickyard & Pocono races there's a lot of strategy going on. So who our are stars at this track?

Ambrose - That Aussie still hasn't given an answer of where he'll be next year but this weekend he'll start 2nd. He's won the Nationwide race already. I expect a win or top 5 

Stewart - He's got 5 W's here but ever since his accident in the winged sprint cars last August, he's been MIA. It's supposed to be in the 80's, hot & slick on Sunday. Stewart favors these conditions and he needs a win. He starts13th. I'll give him a top 10

Gordon has the pole but I'm not confident in his back. Still he's got that trophy in his sights. Top 10

Edwards - Winner of the Sonoma race. Not the same track but the same type. Top 10

Johnson - I'm wondering if he can over come the tire issues he's been having? Starts 3rd today. Top 10

Truex Jr - He's a road racer. Top 10

McMurray - Did a top 5 at Sonoma. Top 10

Dale Jr - He's on a roll. Starts 7th...top 10

Keselowski - Should be a top 10 if not a win

Allmendinger - Top 15

Harvick top 15

Menard top 15

Kenseth - Starts 8th. Came in 5th in the Nationwide race. Top 10

Ky Bu & Ku Bu - Great racers on road courses but these 2 are wreckering more than checkering this year. Where has all the talent gone? Pick these 2 at your own risk.

Nelson Piquet from Brazil makes his Cup debut in the #77. Cheap pick in your salary cap league. Boris said will be making an appearance as well. Also a cheap date.

Allgaier is the highest qualifying rookie at 15th. He won't stay there long. Toast be thy name. 

The Danica - Blew a motor because of a bad shift Then blew a tire and now they're in a back up car starting in the back. Pick a place.

Larson our rookie with the mostest starts 23rd. Top 20

So I hope all is well in Gabland. I'm excited to get my draft list prioritized now that my head is clearing up. Football is back, the summer is waning but fruits & vegies are still plentiful and grillable time never really goes away. Safe travels to all you Gabbers out and about. 

And I'm outta here.....

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 8-3-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Pocono Brickyard Jeff Gordon Denny Hamlin Mark Martin Juan Montoya Greg Ives

                       

A how how how how....Whoa whoa whoa whoa...OOOOOOhhhhhhh yeah. So does Buddy Guy go with that picture? I hope so. Welcome Gabbers and others to my Nascar updates & other fast stuff. I'm a bit on the stuffy side right now. Breathing is a bit hard. Been fighting a sinus infection for 4 days now. I think I saw flames coming out of my eye balls a while ago. They feel like toast. But onward and around the track we go. I'm going to be hanging on the apron of the track though for safety purposes.

MARK MARTIN TO RETURN TO ROUSH

He's back but no, he won't be behind the wheel. The 55 year old Martin has been hired as a developmental driver coach which suits him just fine. He feels he can do a lot of good for the up and coming drivers in Nationwide before they make it to Cup. Try to give them the advise they need to be able to get what they need to be successful. He said he wishes some one as old as himself would've given him advise when he first started out. 

Martin was Jack Roush's first driver in 1988. Martin won 35 Cup races, 47 Nationwide races, 5 runner ups in the point standings and 5 IROC Championships. He's had 882 starts and doesn't really care if he gets 883. Good luck on your new stage in life Mark.

GORDON BACK UPDATE

Update is not so good. The flare up at Charlotte hasn't gotten much better. He's extremely careful in day to day activities, and still doing his stretching, ice & stim. Makes me wonder if this is Gordon's last season? Chase Elliott is looking up to Cup for a ride. 

MONTOYA WANTS TO DO THE DOUBLE

Since Montoya already has an Indy Car ride driving for Roger Penske and Roger has a Cup team in NASCAR he says he will be trying to get Roger to give him a chance to do the double next year. He says he doesn't see any problems doing 1100 miles between the 2 races in one day. He feels the Cup cars are easy to drive if you can get them set up. To be continued.....

BIFFLE RE-UPS WITH ROUSH FENWAY RACING

Biffle's contract talks have been long and hard this season. With the announcement that Edwards is moving on in 2015, it has kept the door open for Biffle to stay as the senior member of the RFR stable. He feels they can still turn things around for the team. Ricky Stenhouse will be coming back for his 3rd season with RFR and Trevor Bayne will be coming in for his first full time season in Cup. The Biff got a 3 year contract. I hope he made the right decision because RFR hasn't been doing so well these past couple years.

GREG IVES NAMED DALE JR'S NEW CREW CHIEF

Since Letarte announced that 2013 would be his last season to crew chief for Dale Jr the hunt for a new CC has been on. Dale Jr didn't want to pick all by himself but they didn't have to look far. Greg Ives is already working on his JR Motorsports Nationwide team as crew chief for Chase Elliott. 

Greg has been part of HMS since 2004 where he started out as a mechanic. Helped out on the #48 team during their 5 year Championship run. He's a graduate of Michigan Technology University. Expecting big things from this guy as Jr's CC.

NASCAR WANT ADS

Looking for a job in NASCAR? SHR is holding try outs fot pit crew members of all levels past & present. August 12th @ 3pm. Good luck.

HAMLIN PENALIZED & CAR CONFISCATED

After the Brickyard race during post race inspection it was discovered that issues were found in the drivers compartment. Covers in the rear fire wall loose or missing can create down force and thus creating an advantage. GASP!!! Does that mean cheating? Guess so. NASCAR Fined Darien Grubb $125,000 and suspended him for the next 6 races affective immediately. Car chief Wesley Sherrill is also suspended 6 races. Denny Hamlin was docked 75 points putting him 21st in the points standings. Joe Gibbs was docked 75 owners points. Of course Joe Gibbs will be appealing the fines and penalties.

              

BRICKYARD RECAP

So last week was the Brickyard and Jeff Gordon got his 5th win there which makes him tied with Michael Schumacher for wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As you can see Gordon's son was having none of it when it came time to kiss the bricks. 

Gordon almost didn't get to kiss those bricks. It was a very strange race to watch. This track is one of the few tracks you can pit under green flag racing and not lose a lap. The strategy was a flying. EVERYONE was on their own pit strategy. It took over 30 laps for everyone to pit during a long green flag run.

You just couldn't tell what was going to work. These teams were commited to whatever plan they worked out before the race. At one point there wasa caution and since Hamlin the leader at the time did not pit no wave arounds were permitted. That trapped Keselowski & Kurt Busch down a lap.

The Danica had a great day going until during a pit stop the jack was dropped and there went her rear axle. She might've finished in 15th like I'd hoped but....sigh.

Top 15 finishers : Gordon - Ky Bu - Hamlin - Kenseth - Logano - Kahne - Larson - Harvick - Dale Jr - Dillon - Newman - Keselowski - Biffle - Johnson - Edwards

POCONO PREVIEW

So we're back at the tricky triangle. Crew chief's need to get out those notebooks. Not sure what the weather will be like. It's a tad bit humid and cloudy with chances of showers all weekend in PA. Just when those showers will appear is any ones guess.

In June the top 15 finishers were - Dale Jr - Keselowski - Ku Bu - Hamlin - Larson - Johnson - Newman - Gordon - Truex Jr - McMurray - Bowyer - Ky Bu - Stewart - Harvick - Stenhouse

Larson - The rookie was the mostest. He has passed the test for me. A top 5 at Pocono & the Brickyard is a sure sign this kid is a quick learner. He's got the pole and a Top 10

Dale Jr - He won here in June because Keselowski had trash on his grill and had to give up the lead to get it off. He's a solid Top 10

Keselowski - Led the most laps with 95. A threat to win it or at least a top 10 Starts 3rd.

Logano - Blew a motor while in the top 10 in June. Starts 2nd today. Top 10

Ku Bu starts 4th today. If he don't self destruct...Top 10

Kahne - Was running well and had a mishap with the wall and then another car and oops. The story of this guys season. He got a 6th place at the Brickyard last week but the rest of his year so far hasn't been so bright and full of cherries. Consult your local psychic.

Hamlin - Like Kahne he's been off or fabulous. Off mostly. Losing Darien Grubb for the next 6 races is a crippler. Nope.

The Danica - Starts 10th today. She blew a right front tire and ruined her day in June. Pick a number folks.

Gordon & Johnson are supposed to be fabulous at this track. Gordon has 19 Top 5's and Johnson's average finish is 8.7 Top 10 for both.

Newman - Starts 20th but he knows his way around the tricky triangle. I expect a Top 10

Ky Bu - Has been hot and cold this year. I'll give him a Top 15

Harvick - Starts 6th today. Notebook should be better for this race. Top 10

McMurray - Starts 8th today. Don't expect fire works but he should stay up there for a Top 10.

Edwards & Biffle are kind of out to prove themselves. Edwards has 2 wins but I don't expect much from him in the Chase. Top 20 for these 2.

Kenseth was MIA in June. I don't expect to see him today either. Top 20

Good luck to everyone playing NASCAR fantasy leagues.

And I'm outta here.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

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