Happy 47 days till Christmas. Lets just concentrate on the 19 days till Thanksgiving and Welcome Gabbers & others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. The PC police would have a field day with this cartoon. Right now they'tre fussing over some Rob Lowe cable vs Direct TV commercials that features a guy with shy bladder syndrome. You can just call me Tim and the PC crowd is #1. Isn't that what Tim is saying?
I think my brains are frozen. I'm on my annual "Don't turn the heat on till Thanksgiving cause I got to save the oil" mission. So far mission accomplished. As long as the temps don't go to 32 degrees and stay there I can make it. Ahhhhh... sigh...the crazy things we have to do to save a buck.
The world of Left Turns is going crazy. Lets check in on it......
KURT BUCSH ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
According to ex girlfriend Patricia Driscoll (they were split for a week before incident) on the weekend of the September Dover race Kurt was distraught over qualifying poorly. On the bus he was verbally abusive towards her, said if he had a gun he'd shoot himself and accused her of having spies and cameras watching him. He then pushed her head into the wall 3 times. She left for ice for her head & neck.
Patricia wants him to go for a psychiatric evaluation and be evaluated by a domestic violence treatment agency.
Kurt's attorney, Rusty Hardin released a statement saying that Mr Busch plans to cooperate fully with the investigation and expects to be vinicated after everything is disclosed and that all this is coming from a women who doesn't want to accept the end of a relationship.
Meanwhile, The Armed Forces Foundation has cut ties with Kurt because of the serious nature of the allegations.
SHR says they are investigating the matter and can not comment at this time.
CHASE ELLIOTT WINS NATIONWIDE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Bill Elliott's son has become the 1st rookie to win the Nationwide Series championship and he did it a week early. He was 48 pointsahead of Regan Smith and going into the Phoenix race he couldn't lose any of those points to maintain the lead. Turns out he finished 5th and Regan finished 10th. This gave Chase 52 points over 2nd place in the points and the championship. Next weeks race at Homestead will be a 300 mile victory lap.
Congrats to Elliott.
PHOENIX TRUCK RACE LOSES POWER AND LAPS
Due to a local power grid outage the Phoenix International Raceway had to shorten the race by 24 laps. The first tiome the power went off it lasted an hour. The 2nd time it went down it was 24 laps before the end of the race. In the interest of safety for the fans and drivers the race ended with Erik Jones as the winner.
BRIAN FRANCE WINS CHARITY AUCTION SPRINGSTEEN PACKAGE
Thursday night the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Fundraiser held in NYC Madison Square Garden to benefit 9/11 injured service members was held. There was music, comedy and auctions.
Brian France pledged $300,000 for a Springsteen package. Bruce Springsteen that is. The package included a signed guitar by Springsteen, a 1 hour guitar lesson with The Boss, a lasagna dinner prepared by The Boss and a ride in a sidecar with Springsteen driving.
Wonder if he'll be serving martini's with that ride?
And the winner is...Jimmie Johnson. I honestly didn't see that coming the way he's been running but the winner he became. Got to put another winner sticker over the drivers door, a cowboy hat and some neato guns as a trophy. So how'd we get there?
Matt Kenseth had the pole and was doing well. The Danica pits on lap 42 for a tire issue. That's parr for the course here at Texas. She sends out a warning to team mate Harvick to watch out for his right front tire.
Lap 54 Jimmie to the lead and still leading on lap 205 when Ky Bu loses his right rear tire carcass. Harvick has a trash issue on his grill and Kenseth lets Harvick get up close enough to get the trash off. I guess they're buds again.
Kenseth has a bad pit stop. Drops to 18th. Crew member drops a lugnut. Keselowski is out front now.
Kahne continues his issues from last week. Has 2 cautions for spins. Kenseth's & Newman's cars get damaged on the restart from Kahne's 2nd accident. Both are back in the 20's now. All the cautions have put a lot of cars back on the lead lap. Good for them but bad for Kenseth & Newman.
Gordon now leads. BUT another cautioncomes out for Bowyers spin. GWC #1 is now on. Gordon leads with Jimmie beside him. Gordon unwisely chooses the top lane. For a 2nd there's a small hole enough for a car to get thru and Keselowski goes for it. Problem is everyone is turning left except Keselowski. He's going straight and uses Gordon as a guard rail. Gordon's tire goes down and he spins.
GWC#2...Jimmie is in the lead with Keselowski beside him. Harvick gets on Keselowski's bumper just enough to get him loose so he can't make a charge on Jimmie and Jimmie gets away for the win.
So now Gordon decides he needs to talk to Keselowski and Keselowski is totally ignoring him. Won't even acknowledge his presence. Keselowski's crwmen are standing in the way till Harvick sneaks up and pushes Keselowski into Gordon who thinks Keselowski is jumping at him and it's on. Fists are flying and crwmen are rolling.
NASCAR dished out fines and suspensions to 4 of Kahne and Gordon crewmen as well as both crew chiefs. Crew chief's are responsible for their teams actions. Hendrick says he's paying the $185,000 in fines.
I say why bother? You set this whole thing up and you got what you wanted.
HE SAID SHE SAID
KESELOWSKI - Not worried about what others think. He doesn't think he did anything wrong. His boss supports him and he's not backing down.
GORDON - Said he just wanted to have a face to face with Keselowski and he ignored him. You can't get a conversation going with that guy. He says that Keselowski can drive aggressive but you know you have to have a conversation about stuff when it happens. He just wanted to know his thought process behind that move. He will be racing Keselowski accordingly from now on.
HARVICK - Has no problem either with Keselowski's aggressive driving but like Gordon believes that you need to have conversations about happenings on the track which Keselowski refuses to do which frustrates and infuriates the drivers. He sighted his issue with Kenseth at Martinsville saying that Kenseth was willing to talk about it and even if they didn't agree they talked. Keselowski walks off which is not the proper way to handle a situation.
So there you have some driver perspective on the .Keselowski situation.
Top 15 At Texas - Johnson - Harvick - Keselowski - Ky Bu - McMurray - Dale Jr - Larson - Ku Bu - Edwards - Hamlin - Stewart - Logano - Biffle - Allmendinger - Newman
A 1 mile track that's tough to dial your car in for. Harvick won the March race. So everybody has their notebooks and should be ready for race #2 at Phoenix. So we add in the difficulty getting your car just right, this is the last race in the 3rd round so 4 guys will be left, there's been fighting for several races and the drivers expect things to be just as crazy or crazier.
KESELOWSKI - He starts 2nd. Top 5 in March so if he can make it through the gauntlet it will be more of the same. Has to win to advance. Top 10
LOGANO - He starts 4th. He too was in the top 5 in March. Swears he'll back his team mate up. Could get interesting. Top 10
HARVICK - Starts 3rd. Interesting isn't it? Won here in March and has to do it again to advance, so if there's no flat tire or other bad luck or a run in with a Kes...Top 10
GORDON - Starts 7th. He's hungry for the championship. Will he knock out Keselowski to get it? He sits 1 point above Kenseth. Win or else...Top 10
LARSON - Got to give this rookie his due kudos. Fabulous season. Especially the 2nd half. Top 10
KY BUSCH - Top 10 if he don't self destruct or something reaches out to grab him.
KENSETH - Absolute bad luck last week. Bad pit stops and a late race restart run in ruined his day. He starts 5th and has to have this win to get in. Top 10
NEWMAN - Starts 20th. If he can have a top 10 finish he could be there for the championship run. Top 10
HAMLIN - Has the pole and he's 2nd in the points. I'm not seeing a top 10 in his future.
EDWARDS - Roush drivers have not been doing so good this year. I don't see a top 10 or a championship run for him either
JOHNSON - Top 10 in March. He's coming off a win at Texas and no pressure. Top 10
McMURRAY - Fastest in practice. Top 10
Let the craziest driver win. I really don't know what to expect but I fully expect my Top 10 predictions to be blown out of the water. Especially if they start plowing into each other for that championship spot at Homestead next week. So I leave you with a thought.
So if they really put you could have this if you quit smoking on the cigarette packages instead of you could die, would people really take notice? Interesting approach though.
Take care now
And I'm outta here.....