Are the stars out tonight? I don't know if it's cloudy or bright.... Love that song and I love to welcome all you Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. IT"S MARCH 1st!!!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!! Are we there yet? Any birdies a singing, frogs a leaping, tulips a bloomin' or chocolate bunnies and marshmellow peeps cringing? Oh Spring. Where art thou? Joey Logano doesn't care. He has his Daytona baby safely strapped into the back seat. I certainly hope he doesn't have to stop quick because that trophy is heavy. So what else is happening in the world of Left Turns?
TRAVIS KVAPIL CAN'T QUALIFY FOR ATLANTA RACE
That's right. He lost his ride but not how you'd think. Friday mourning surveillance cameras caught the Ford F250 pulling the unmarked white trailer from a Georgia hotel parking lot. Only it wasn't the crew driving it. The #44 car was in the trailer along with $17,500 worth of tools and race equipment, and a $100,000 race engine.
Crew members tweeted pictures of the truck and trailer. Police have persons of interest. Finally someone called the police to report a car sitting on a back road in Loganville, GA. They soon found the pick up with the drivers door broke and the ignition tore out. No word on the trailer but owner John Cohen says he's more worried about the car. We'll get it ready for Las Vegas next weekend. His Team Xtreme is a low budget team. That car is worth a mint to them. The cars discovery came too late for Travis to get it to the track and into qualifying. There's next week.
JEFF GORDON FAREWELL TOUR UPDATE
Atlanta Motor Speedway had a gift for Gordon. A maroon w/ yellow #24 bandolero car for his kids to drive. Gordon said his son Leo will probably want to sleep in it so it will be in his bedroom for the next year or 2 till he can drive it.....For real?
Gordon talked of the Atlanta race being his first race and Richard Petty's last race. Richard walked around the garage handing all the drivers money clips with their starting position on it. He says he still has his but wasn't too proud of starting 21st.
DALE JR TWEET
"Left sunny Daytona. Came home to no heat and busted pipes. I'm ready for spring. Don't know how the north manages with minus temps up there."
I'm not sure either Dale. Any body else?
ANYBODY SEEN 2 FEET OF SNOW OUTSIDE THEIR HOUSE LATELY? >>>>
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIO ANDRETTI.....YEAH!!!!!
KYLE BUSCH RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Lets see here, Klye left the Daytona hospital on Tuesday to go to a hospital in Charlotte, NC. His leg surgery was at Daytona and they operated on his foot in NC. So Saturday he was released. He's not scheduled for any more surgeries. A return date is not known either.
David Ragan got a call from JGR to drive the #18 car for the next 9 races. David drives for Front Row Motorsports and didn't have a fulltime schedule for this year due to lack of sponsorship. All parties talked it over and it was agreed he would drive the #18 for 9 races and come back to Front Row. This could be a windfall for Front Row. If David were to win a race in that car his win would qualify him for the Chase.
David is aware of his good fortune and says that he will take every opportunity to make the best of the top ride. He owes Kenseth and Edwards a big thank you for vouching for him and bringing his name up as a replacement driver. They all worked together at Roush Fenway Racing at one time. Good Luck David.
Erik Jones from the Camping World Truck Series is scheduled to take over the #18 ride after David goes back to Front Row.
OTHER NOTE WORTHY SUBS
Brett Moffitt will be subbing for Brian Vickers in the #55 Aarons Dream Machine Toyota for MWR.
Regan Smith will be subbing for Kurt Busch in the #41 Haas Automation Chevy for SHR.
NEW RULE FOR NASCAR MEMBERS
Section 2.11 Required Notice. Under the Membership section of the rule book. Da rules has changed.
"Any NASCAR member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR prior to the next event or within 72 hors of being charged whichever is earlier."
NASCAR members are now expected to maintain a certain standard of professional behavior. This new rule is another mechanism to that end. NASCAR has made it clear that any actions of abuse will not be tolerated in the industry.
I call it the Kurt Busch rule. Me thinks he'll be gone for a long while. Can't say he didn't have it coming but I'm still sorry for him. But then again this just may be the thing that finally sets him straight.
AC/DC LEAD SINGER BUYS AN AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR
Brian Johnson has bought his first American car. Not just any car. He's buying a limited edition 627 HP Mustang GT. Ford is teaming up with Richard Petty's Garage to bring out this car. Starting price of $92,000. You want one? Go to your nearest Ford Dealership and order it.
I had no idea Richard has a garage that fixes up collecters cars. He moved his race team out of the shop and left the mechanics stay that didn't want to move to North Carolina with the race team. They do all the modification and fabrications. I really want to see this car. Must be special. Well yeah, it'a a Mustang...
TIME FOR A SELFIE
DAYTONA 500 UPDATE
Gordon was the pole sitter and he managed to lead the most laps with 87. Bonus points. My most handsome Knight of the Mobile 1 managed to take himself out early on lap 42 he bounced off the wall and took a few with him. I hope he can get his head in the game soon.
Dale Jr lead 32 laps AND THE CROWD WENT WILD!!!!! Yeah they did.
On lap 161 Keselowski went to the garage for "oil containment issue"which he said caused his early departure. That's only the 2nd DNF in his Cup career.
Lots of high speed rolling parking lot sit on the edge of your seat drama through out this race. Got to say, I was really enjoying it. No big one to speak of which was ok by me. The last caution set things up for Logano to be out front. Harvick was on his tale with Dale Jr in hot pursuit but Gordon spun as they came through the white flag and NASCAR called the race. I HATE when a race ends under caution.
Top 15 Finishers - Logano - Harvick - Dale Jr - Hamlin - Johnson - Mears - Bowyer - Truex Jr - Kahne - Biffle - Gilliland - Hornish Jr - Annett - A Dillon - Almirola
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY PREVIEW
Atlanta has made the announcement that they will add a tire barrier along the inside wall of turn #4 and the protective wall at the exit of pit road near turn #1 will be extended. Other NASCAR tracks like Dega are also making safer barrier improvements after what happened to Kyle Busch last week. I'm glad to see it. These guys risk their lives for my entertainment. I want to see them walk away.
That being said I'm not too happy with what they call qualifying now. The group thing is BS. Not very transparent to me. Very open to, I don't know, to maybe cheating? Show me that guy was the best. I want to see the stop watch.
There were 13 cars that didn't even get out to qualify due to inspection failure. NASCAR says it's the teams fault for stretching their adjustments to the limit. They're just there to make sure the cars are within speck.
Gordon was one of those that had to use his past champions provisional to get in because his car failed. The line at tech inspection was so long that Stewart, Johnson and Kenseth failed to get out there too. They have past champions provisionals they can use. Regan Smith, Jeb Burton, Cole Whitt, Alex Bowman and Landon Cassill got in on 2014 owners points. There were 4 others that didn't get out to even try to qualify as well.
Both Gordon and Kenseth were embarassed and grateful for their provisionals but were sorry for those that don't have them. Gordon thinks there's an issue with the process if that many cars are unable to get inspected and out to qualify. I tend to agree with him.
France is working so hard towards the SHOW and not the RACING that he's forgotten about what IS racing. FUCK THE NOT SO INTERESTED CASUAL FAN TOO BUSY HANGING ON HIS SMART PHONE TO EVEN WATCH!!!! WHAT ABOUT ME!!!!?????!!!??? I ACTUALLY WATCH THE RACES!!!!
TOP 15 QUALIFYERS
Logano - Harvick - McMurray - Hamlin - Edwards - Larson - Newman - hornish Jr - Dale Jr - Kahne - Allmendinger - keselowski - Menard - Truex Jr - Dillon
Last year this race was near the fall or in the fall. I forget but I do know Kasey Kahne won it.
LOGANO - Has the pole and a Daytona 500 trophy. So he's hot right out of the gate. Last year at this race he was 14th. I'll say Top 10.
HARVICK - 2nd place last week and a 2nd place in qualifying this week but he'll go to the back to start the race due to an engine change. Says it's easy to pass here. Top 10.
KENSETH - Got caught up in Stewarts oopsy last week. Caught up in the qualifying/failed inspection crap this week. Starts from the back but I can see a Top 10.
JOHNSON - Coming off a 5th place finish. He'll start from the back due to that nasty issue but I see a Top 10.
HAMLIN - Coming off a 4th place start. Did he shake that gremlin off his spoiler from last year? He was 3rd here last year and he starts 4th today. I say Top 10.
EDWARDS - Starts 5th today. Not so good start at Daytona. Can he repeat a 5th place finish like last year. Maybe. Top 10.
LARSON - Last years rookie with the mostest. He was fast this week in practice. Had an 8th here last year. I got to give it to him. Top 10.
McMURRAY - Larson's team mate. He was fast in practice too. This is not his track but I'll give him a Top 15.
NEWMAN - A 7th place here last year and he's just bull in a china closet tough. Top 10.
DALE JR - Coming off a 3rd at Daytona. Starts 9th today. Bodes well for a Top 10.
THE DANICA - She actually had a 6th place finish here last year. She starts 18th. Dare I say it? Can I say it? Nope. Top 15.
GORDON - A late race wreck made him last car on the lead lap in 33rd place last week. BOOOOOOOO!!!! He's on his farewell tour. And now he didn't qualify so he starts from the back with a champions provisional. Top 10.
Looking to round out your salary cap fantasy league with some cheaper drivers? David Ragan is $9 and driving the #18 for 9 races. Regan Smith is $7.50 and in the #41 for when ever NASCAR lets Kurt back in. Brett Moffitt is $6 and he's driving the #55 this week. Allgaier is $10, Mears is $13 Gilliland is $9.50. Good luck.
So I having some pressing issues to take care of. You know, race stuff, breakfast, feed the cats, look to see if it snowed, and generally just hang out. It's Sunday. Lets do this thing.
PS. Thanks for getting it done Sully. Way 2 go....
And I'm outta here....