BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP YEAH!!!!!!! Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and others fast stuff. Baby you can drive my car edition. It is now 91 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes and an eternity till the February 22, 2015 Daytona 500 as I start to write this last 2013 season entry.
Crazy stuff has been happeneing. Buffalo got buried in 100 feet of snow and actually had to move their football team to another stadium. I wonder if we'll ever see a NASCAR race get snowed out. Actually I'd love to see a race in the snow. Get those studded tires out boys.
Did you know Manson has a girlfriend? Actually she's his fiance and she says they'll be getting married soon. They have their marriage license and once a month the prison allows marrages. Says she's working hard at getting him a retrial and getting him out. Bet everybody is just looking forward to that party. Don't think there's going to be a going home party any time soon.
HARVICK VISITS LETTERMAN ON HIS VICTORY TOUR
So Kevin Harvick stopped at the Letterman Show to talk to Dave and give his Top 10 Tips For Becoming An Auto Racing Champion. And here we go....
10: Hands at 10 & 2 while driving - 11 & 1 when celebrating.
9 : Reduce weight of the car - Take out Brakes
8 : During the race, save your energy for the post race brawl
7 : There's no rule about slashing your opponents tires.
6 : No sex the night before the race - Or during the race
5 : Don't waste time learning to parallel park.
4 : A pit stop should only be long enough to lick the windshield.
3 : Resist the temptation to take a mid race selfie
2 : Remember : If you lose you don't have to do Letterman
1 : Accept the fact that your ass will never stop vibrating.
Letterman was just one of many stops for the NASCAR Champion Victory Tour. I hope Kevin's little boy Keelan gets to see daddy real soon. Kevin says he's not happy right now because daddy has been gone too long.
CHASE ELLIOTT TO GET A HANDFULL OF CUP RACES IN 2015
The plan is that Chase will do another year full time in Nationwide for JR Motorsports and get a handful of Cup races driving for HMS to get experience.
He's only 18 years old, just graduated high school and won a championship in a top NASCAR series. How cool is that?
Kasey Kahne just re-upped for 3 more years. Jimmie Johnson is signed till the end of 2015 and is looking for his new contract. Jeff Gordon has a life time contract. Dale Jr isn't going any where any time soon. My guess is that 2015 will be Gordon's last season to drive. His back could go out for good with any race. He'll be a boss or part owner at HMS. Hendrick lost his son, Ricky and heir 10 years ago in the plane wreck. So Chase Elliott will have a ride in the HMS stables come 2016.
Congrats again to Chase for his Nationwide Championship.
HOMESTEAD RACE RECAP
Very eventful race. Gordon was on the pole and he led 161 laps but a decision late in the race to pit by crew chief Gustafson mired Gordon too far back in the pack to get back up for the win. He took full responsibility for that decision.
For most of the race Hamlin, Logano, Harvick and Newman were up in or around the top 10. Hamlin led 50 laps and Harvick led 54.
With 19 to go there's a caution. Hamlin, Gordon and Vickers stay out. Logano's jackman drops hid car off the jack with no tires on it. A very lengthy and costly pit stop takes Logano out of contention. He never recovers. Top 5 is Hamlin - Gordon - Newman - McMurray - Keselowski
Hamlin takes the lead for a brief time. With 13 to go there's another caution and this time Gordon goes in for tires. BUT Hamlin stays out. Top 5 is Hamlin - Newman - McMurray - Keselowski - Harvick
Harvick goes up the middle on the restart from 5th to 2nd behind Hamlin and with 8 to go he takes the lead.
With 6 to go another caution. Top 5 is Harvick - Newman - Hamlin - Keselowski - Menard......remember my dark horse top 10 favorite?
With 3 to go we restart. Hamlin spins his tires and Harvick takes the lead with Newman in hot persuit.
Your Top 15 Finishers - Harvick - Newman - Keselowski - Menard - McMurray - Kenseth - Bowyer - Johnson - Gordon - Ku Bu - Kahne - Larson - Dale Jr - Allgaier
Congrats to Kevin Harvick for your 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championsip.
TOP 8 DRIVERS IN THE POINTS STANDINGS AFTER HOMESTEAD
Harvick----5 W's----20 Top 10's----2 DNF's (Did not finish)
Newman---0 W's----16 Top 10's-----1 DNF's
Hamlin-----1 W-------18 Top 10's----2 DNF's---Missed 1 race for eye issue
Logano-----5 W's----22 Top 10's----4 DNF's
Keselowski--6 W's---20 Top 10's----1 DNF
Gordon-----4 W's----23 Top 10's----0 DNF's
Kenseth----0 W's----22 Top 10's----2 DNF's
Dale Jr-----4 W's----20 Top 10's----2 DNF's
OTHER RACE NOTABLES
1 : Knaus and other HMS personnell were called to the NASCAR hauler after the race. During the race Jimmie had come in with a loose wheel. This had created a problem tightening down the next wheel so Knaus called for a wheel spacer so that they could get the lugnuts tight on better threads further up on the studs. A NASCAR official said they couldn't do it and Knaus went ahead and had it done any way. Thus the need for a chit chat with NASCAR after the race which turned out to be a misunderstanding. No penalties.
2 : The #17 team (- Driver Ricky Stenhouse) had rear suspension parts confiscated during prequalifying for the Homestead race. Crew chief Mike Kelley got a $50,000 fine and probation from 1-1-15 thru 6-30-14. Car Chief Patrick Magee got the same probation.
3 : Gordon hit a mile stone during the race. He took 2nd place from Mark Martin for the most Top 10's with 454. Who's first? Richard Petty with 712. Don't think any body is going to get that record.
NASCAR is now over for this year. I'm over for the night too. Got a big day tomorrow. Taking #2 grandson to a Day Out With Thomas The Tank Engine. Living so close to the Strasburg Railroad has it's perks. They have an awesome railroad museum and they built life size Thomas and Percy locomotives. Hollywood also comes calling to borrow the trains too. We'll be doing crafts, pictures with the trains & Sir Topemhat AND A TRAIN RIDE. #2 grandson will be thrilled. He loves choo choo's.
Hang in there Gabber's and others. It looks like a scary winter coming up. Be safe and I'll see you around.
And I'm outta here.....