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NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 7-27-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Brickyard 400 Tony Stewart Race Team Alliance Marcos Ambrose

                          

Hey Gabbers and others!!!! What up? How ya all doing? Welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. That sign is words to live by. How many times have you heard some body yell that followed by a crash or thud ? So lets all think safety folks. Summer safety that is.

Slow news week in NASCAR. But if it don't rain we could watch the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. Some body will be kissing the bricks. There's a strip of bricks along the start / finish line which is all that's left of the Brickyard of old. Dale Jarrett started the tradition of the team lining up at that start / finish line and kissing those bricks. When Johnson won his young daughter looked at him like he was nuts. She wasn't having any of it. 

So lets see here. What's up.....or going round the track.

RACE TEAM ALLIANCE UPDATE

Seems Brian France is really trying to smooth things over and convince everyone that one voice representing all the voices just isn't a good thing. He kept stressing at the news conference that all voices need to be heard. He said that he will continue his walking around the garage area to talk to all the voices to see what's going on.

Richard Petty said that the RTA is like a farmers Co-op. He feels that NASCAR gets some things right but could work on getting better deals for parts, insurance & travel. The newer teams expect it. He's hoping that NASCAR will be working harder to that end from now on.

I'm looking forward to more exciting exchanges between the RTA and NASCAR. I need something to write about if you know what I mean.

MARCOS AMBROSE IN THE RUMOR MILL

Our Aussie is said to be possibly signing a deal to get back into Super V8 racing in his home Australia. That's the car racing series he came from. It's their version of NASCAR.

Rumor has it that Roger Penske has become interested in Super V8 and wants to team up with Dick Johnson and Marcos Ambrose would be the driver.

When Ambrose was asked about this he said if he had anything to report he'd have said it. When his boss Richard Petty was asked he said he didn't know what Ambrose was up to. Not sure if he was going home for good or just to run a few races and that it was up to him.

STEWART WANTS A DOME OVER ELDORA SPEEDWAY

Yup. That's what he said. Fresh off another wildly successful NASCAR Truck Series race at Eldora this past Wednesday, Stewart went to the media center to say if he could raise $25 Million, he'd put a dome over the speedway. He said he'd like to host Cup or Nationwide races too. 

He also said he's quite content with just a truck race but more NASCAR would be great. He knows that selling hotdogs at $1.50 isn't going to get him there. So right now this would be a dream.

In the mean time a new infield building is going up as part of the ongoing process of improvements at the track. The building would house the media center, hospitality suite, infield care center and concession stand. Construction starts in October.

In my experience with monster trucks, motocross, tractor pulls etc inside an arena it's pretty damn loud & exhaust filled by the end of the event. Dover can give you a head ache on over cast lowceiling days. I hope if he does it that he puts in one hell of an exhaust fan...or 2.

MOST POPULAR DRIVER FAN VOTE

Don't forget now. Get your votes in for your favorite driver. Contest is still going on. I'd like to see somebody beside Dale Jr or The Danica get it. 

You can vote at....www.MostPopularDriver.com

                  

THE BRICKYARD 400 PREVIEW

Last years race saw Ryan Newman on the pole AND he became the winner too. I think he was driving that Smurf car. I'd have to check my blogs from last year. It was a pretty event free race. Newman and Johnson led 108 laps between them but some how Newman had the car to get the win. The last car was minus 50 laps but there were no cars out of the race at the end of the race. 

Top 15 finishers in 2013: Newman - Johnson - Kahne - Stewart - Kenseth - Dale Jr - Gordon - Logano - Montoya - Ky Bu - Truex - Menard - Edwards - Ku Bu - McMurray

So this track is one that track position is a big deal. There were 6 drivers that started & ended in the top 10. So that's how important track position is. In fact Newman & Johnson were 1 & 2 at the start & end. 

Gordon: Won the first Brickyard 400 due to the wreck caused by the Bodine Brothers who were 1 & 2 at the end of the race. Brett wrecked Geoff and the other Jeff became the youngest driver to win that race at 23 years & 2 days. He still owns that record. He has 4 wins here too as well as 11 top 5's. So it's Top 10 for Mr Gordon

Harvick : He's got the pole today. I expect a top 10 but he's just all over the place as far as consistancy goes. Only 3 top 10's in the last 8 races. He'll be in the Chase by virtue of 2 W's but pick him at your own risk.

Newman : Last years winner and he starts 4th today. Repeat? No but a top 10, yes

Keselowski : Starts 3rd & he's hot. He has 6 top 10's out of last 8 races and 2 of them W's. Hot enough for another top 10

Stewart : Just 2 top 10's in 8 races. He's not hot but he starts 6th today. He NEEDS a W. No W No Chase. Top 10

Johnson : He's ended up 42nd 2 races in a row. Self Destructoman is either experimenting with set ups or he's in trouble. With 6 top 10's in the last 8 races AND 3 of them are W's I got to say that evil genius Knaus is playing with the car. Top 10

Dale Jr : Starts 23rd today. It concerns me but 6 top 10's out of the last 8 races says he's still Mr Consistancy. Top 10

The Danica : Started out 33rd last year and ended up 30th minus 2 laps. This year she starts in 14th. Dare I hope for a top 20 this year? Or even 15? It's your fantasy league. You decide.

Larson : The rookie with the mostest starts 15th today. Got a 3rd at New Hampshire the other week. You can't ignore this kid any more. He's solid. I'm saying....top 10. 

Bowyer : Has 6 top 10's out of 8 races. He starts 16th. Should be a top 10.

Logano : Last 8 races have not been kind to our boy wonder. He had a run in with a car 12 laps down at New Hampshire and oopsy. He's in the garage. Only 2 top 10's in the last 8 races. He's not hot but I'll give him a top 10 this week. 

Kenseth : Top 10. He's the stealth bomber. Almost always sneaking up on a win or top 10. He needs one too. No W's yet but he's 4th in the points. 

Hamlin - Kahne - Ku Bu - Edwards - Biffle seem to run into some kind of trouble every week. Pick these guys at your own risk

Montoya : He's back for a limited time driving the #12 for Penske. Worth a pick up. Starts 8th today. Top 15 at the very least.

Bobby Labonte : He's in the #37 Tommy Baldwin entry. Starts in the back but he's a cheap date in your salary cap league.

Bayne : He's back in the Wood Brothers #21. Also a cheap date for your salary cap league.

So there you have it. I made my salary cap picks and noticed every one of them has a #2 in their #. Gordon #24 - Larson #42 - Keselowski #2 - Montoya #12 - Bayne #12

I didn't plan it that way. I was just determined to get some good points this week for my money. 

Hope all your picks are good this week. Happy Birthday Harry, Happy safe travels to everyone else and of course get that grill fired up. It's Sunday.

                  

And I'm outta here....

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 7-20-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: New Hampshire Tony Stewart 10 worst in customer satisfaction NASCAR Chase Stuff

                          

Hey hey hey neighbors, friends, Gabbers and others. Welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. This week is an off week. No Cup race. Nationwide drivers were at Chicagoland. Bill Elliot's son Chase won again & has taken over the points lead. 

I just got back from Maryland. Took my son & #1 grandson to see the Monster Truck Jam. Red neck heaven. Was an awesome show. Grave Digger Legend did a jump into a wheelie and held the wheelie going down the front stretch over the bumps. He was so vertical there was mud on his rear bumper. He got the prize for the free style part of the competition hands down. The free style is my favorite because these guys get some wicked air going over the bumps. There were only like 7 trucks there. Really expected to see at least 10. Both Grave Diggers were there, Hot Wheels, Monster Energy, Strait Jacket and 2 others that I can't remember the names of. Great show. Worth the drive. Grandson was happy and thanked me for taking him. 

STEWART BACK IN THE WINGED SPRINT CAR SADDLE

This week Stewart did just what he said he would. He snuck into the Crystal Motor Speedway in Michigan and got into a winged sprint car. Not only did he race but he won it too. 

On Wednesday, July 23rd Stewart will host the 2nd NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at his track Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Last years winner Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson plan to return.  You can watch it on FOX Sports 1 @ 9pm.

RACE TEAM ALLIANCE UPDATE

NASCAR says they will communicate with the newly formed RTA through lawyers. Now that's starting things out on the right foot. NASCAR still says they hold no animosity towards this group. They're just covering their butts.

Scared much?

SPECIAL CHASE PAINT FEATURES INTRODUCED

When the Chase starts besides the winner decals above the drivers door for every win they'll be some more Chase type markings. The front splitter, roof number, windshield viser where the driver name is and a Chase decal on the drivers door all will be in yellow. As the drivers get eliminated from the Chase they will lose the yellow markings. I wonder if they get a horn too. Get out of my way. I'm a Chase contender.

TOP 10 COMPANIES WITH THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE

In light of the recent Comcast scandal where a customer tried to cancel their Comcast cable and the customer service rep drag the poor guy through the wringer, I found an article on customer service.

1. Bank Of America

2. Comcast

3. Sprint Corporation

4. Dish Network

5. Direct TV

6. Time Warner Cable

7. AOL

8. AT&T

9. Wells Fargo

10. Citigroup

So Comcast is 2nd. They're planning to merge with Time Warner Cable. Charlie Ergen, CEO of Dish Network went to the FCC to tell them his thoughts on that merger which pretty much added up to things are gonna suck if you let those 2 monopolies merge. The FCC says that they're taking all comments on this merger till August 25th. So if you're not happy and want to comment on it then you best get your comments into the FCC before the decision is made.

I find it interesting that all these entities are banks, phone companies & tv service providers. They all can make up their rules as they go along and not much we can do about it.

NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP

So last week was Ky Bu on the pole to start the race. Off we go and 7 laps in Johnson is in the pits with a flat left rear. Then lap 13 Caution is out because Johnson is in the wall. Done

Lots of Twitter back & forth between the #48 team and Goodyear about who's fault it is. Team #48 saying it's bad tires and Goodyear saying it's too low air pressure.

Ky Bu leads till lap 63 when Hamlin takes over. Gordon has fallen to 26th. Says car is undrivable.

Lap 90 sees Keselowski to the lead. Top 5 : Keselowski - Hamlin - Ky Bu - Kenseth - Harvick

Lap 127 Kenseth takes the lead but has trash on his grill. On lap 139 Keselowski takes it back and Kenseth uses him to get the trash off the grill.

Pretty much Keselowski is dominating this race. On lap 212 Morgan Shepherd loses control of his car and drifts up into Logano as he's passing by. Logano's day is done.

With 4 to go Allgaier is in the wall. We're going into a green/white checker. Gordon is on the apron. He needs fuel. Hamlin pits for fuel. And Harvick tries to restart but his car runs out. 

Top 15 Finish - Keselowski - Ky Bu - Larson - Kenseth - Newman - Bowyer - Stewart - Hamlin - Stenhouse - Dale Jr - Kahne - Edwards - Dillon - Biffle 

Next week is The Brickyard at Indianapolis. I'll post a review next Sunday.

                  

So I leave you with this gem. Have an awesome and safe weekend. 

And I'm outta here.....

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 7-13-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: New Hampshire Daytona Race Team Alliance Carl Edwards Kurt Busch

                        

HO HEY HO - HO HEY HO - What's the use of worrying? That's what Paul McCartney just asked me. Very hard to concentrate with my iTunes on. BUT...Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Had the last 2 days off because of physical inventory and I really needed the down time to recoup from all the OT I've been doing. Got messages in my email and answering machine telling me the building is back up and functional and that there is plenty more OT available. I'm ignoring that. 

Played on You Tube all day watching concerts. Found a great Alice Cooper one from recent times. He sang a song called Brutal Planet. Never heard it before but DAMN he was awesome. Maybe I should try and get tickets for the Motley Crue / Alice Cooper show in August. Then I found some old footage of Little Feat that must've just been posted. Love that song Fat Man in a Bath Tub.

Funny how things change. Record companies used to send cease and desist orders to You Tubers that posted music videos. Now they love it. I'm seeing stuff I knew there had to be more of. Saw a sound check for Stevie Ray Vaughn in 1986. He had just rolled out of bed and looked like it too. Man I wish I'd gotten to see him. How do your fingers move that fast & well that early in the morning?

9 RACE TEAMS FORM THE RTA

So what is the RTA? It's short for Race Team Alliance. They swear it's not a union and they aren't going to pick on NASCAR (but me thinks this will happen eventually). The 9 teams are Chip Gnassi Racing - Team Penske - Hendrick Motor Sports - Roush Fenway Racing - Michael Waltrip Racing - Joe Gibbs Racing - Richard Childress Racing - Richard Petty Motor Sports - Stewart Haas Racing

Rob Kauffman co-owner of MWR was voted chairman of the RTA.

Mission? To create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and collaborate on initiatives to help preserve, promote & grow the sport of stock car racing. They will work as a positive force to sustain business. Looking for ways to engage NASCAR to cut expenses on travel, parts & testing.

It will consist of full time teams that will pay dues to offset costs incurred by the not for profits initiatives. Part time teams would not have the same issues as a full time team. It is estimated that the Sprint Cup teams combined spent an estimated $50 Million on travel last year. 

NASCAR says it will be business as usual and they hold no animosity towards the newly formed group. Bruton Smith has said he will stand shoulder to shoulder with NASCAR against this group. He's not happy with them. Bruton is an owner of 3 tracks and business man who in Kauffman's opinion is quite colorful. That in my opinion is a nice way of putting it.

What could possibly be worrying Bruton Smith? Well, Roger Penske, the Captian as he is also know is a member of another group too. It's called CART - Championship Auto Racing Teams which is for Indy Car teams. They formed and wrestled control of Indy Car from the USAC. Cue the Jaws theme.

NASCAR has increacingly pushed the stars forward in their advertising. Back in 1969 the drivers formed the Professional Drivers Association when they feared the conditions of the new Talladega track. The track was chewing up the tires. The race went on without them and the association fell by the wayside. I'm not so sure that NASCAR could pull that off again.

With social media in it's glory at this moment it would be tough to carry on without the stars of the day on the track. Or...maybe not. There was a meeting on Bill France Sr's yacht with Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Sr many years ago which ended in Bill pointing his finger in Rick's face telling him that NASCAR doesn't need you. Bill is gone now and his son Brian now runs the sand box. 

Have the tables turned? NASCAR has been saying for the past 10 years or so that they wanted to cut costs but I haven't seen it. They made them switch to the new Gen 6 car and then to fuel injection with all it's computer soft ware. I haven't seen any cost savings. Jimmie Johnson has said he'd love a 25 race schedule. Will the races be cut down? What tracks do you eliminate? There's going to be some very upset track owners if the schedule gets cut.

Racing is an extremely expensive sport. I guess the owners feel it's time to get proactive with the purse strings. Sponsorship dollars only stretch so far. Another worry seems to be that the teams will go after the $8.2 Billion tv money for the 2015 season. They recieve 25% right now. This is definitely a wait and see cat & mouse game about to start here. Stay tuned.......

EDWARDS STILL NO ANNOUNCEMENT

Still no word on where Edwards will go next year. No word on if he stays in the #99 at RFR either. It was reported that he did talk to Richard Childress Racing in March. They were very interested saying he is a franchise driver and worth courting. But Carl said no. So we are left to wonder. Is it off to JGR in 2015 or does he stay at RFR? 

KIDS CHOICE AWARDS ON NICK.COM UP FOR VOTES

Dale Jr and The Danica are up for votes on Nick.com for Best Male Athlete and Best Female Athlete. So I guess you should get your kids and grandkids to vote. Maybe Josh Wise's fan on Reddit will commandeer that award for him too. 

KURT BUSCH DOCKED POINTS FOR DAYTONA POST RACE INFRACTION

The diference between 2 parts on the right rear sub frame mounting bracket was more than 3 inches after the rain shortened Daytona race on Ku Bu's car. It's located in the back where they stick the crooked wrench during the race.....track bar adjustment. That means minus 10 point for Ku Bu, minus 10 owners points for Gene Haas and a $10,000 fine for crew chief Daniel Knost. So Ku Bu is still mired back in 26th in points with 1 win. He'd still be in the Chase in 10th with that win if the Chase were to begin today but it ain't so he needs to get his horse up there into another win.

DAYTONA RECAP

What a freaking nightmare for fantasy owners. Except the 1st place guy I play with in my salary cap league. Dude has a crystal ball or he's damn lucky. 

20 laps in was supposed to be a competition caution but Stenhouse loses control of his car, saves it and Gordon hits him in the rear starting a 14 car wreck. There goes 5 of my drivers in my leagues.

Lap 30 - The Danica makes it back out there in the 20's. Amazing. right? Dale Jr is 1 lap down in 35th. Your top 5 is Sorenson - Cassill - Ragan - McMurray - Biffle. Cars in the garage? Stewart - Harvick - Johnson - Bayne - Edwards - Larson - Allmendinger - Stenhouse.

By lap 50 Biffle takes the lead. 

Lap 60 Ku Bu leads. Edwards returns his fixed car to the track followed by Larson and Stewart.

Pit stops on lap 87 and The Danica is in the top 10 but over shoots her pit box and now she's watching the lead pack driving away. Is that cursing on the radio I hear?

Lap 98 Almirola takes the lead and HOLY CRAP IT'S A 27 CAR WRECK!!!!!! Ky Bu is upside down. Harvicks wife tweets - "Rock paper scissors for the win"

So now there are about 17 cars on the track. It's blocked. Red flag comes out. A huge black cloud is in the distance and before it's all said and done the sprinkles begin to fall and the new track drying Air Titans can't keep up. They try to get more racing in but by lap 109 the caution flag comes out for good and the race is called when it begins to pour. Biffle's 89 Did Not Finish streak ends with 50 laps to go being stuck in the garage for repairs and Almirola driving the iconic #43 wins on the 30th anniversary of Richard Petty's 200th win. 

Top 15 Finishers - Almirola - Vickers - Ku Bu - Mears - Dillon - McDowell - Danica - Bowyer - Ambrose - Terry Labonte - Gordon - Bowman - Dale Jr - Truex Jr

NEW HAMPSHIRE PREVIEW

This week we're in New Hampshire. A very flat track with very little banking that you need to be able to keep the car flat on the track. No hopping. It slows you down. Tire management and track position are key here. 

Ky Bu has the pole with a lap of 138.130 mph. Mark Martin got the first pole here back in 1993 with a lap of 126.871 mph. Ky Bu fought hard for the win in the Nationwide Series on Saturday but Keselowski just had it going on and took it. If bad luck don't strike it should be a top 10 IF HE DON"T SELF DESTRUCT.

Stewart needs to get hot. No W's yet. Wonder if the leg of his is giving him issues. He'll never admit it. He has 17 top 10's here. Was leading in the end last year but it turned into a fuel mileage affair and with 5 laps to go he had to get fuel. He starts 4th today. Top 10

Gordon is 1st in the points, has 5 - 2nd places here and 22 top 10's Gotta give him a top 10

Johnson starts 2nd here today. Mr Threat to Win it is a top 10 in my book.

Hamlin is awesome at this track with an average finish of 9.0. He starts 3rd today but his season so far leaves me guessing on whether I should trust him. Out of 18 races not including the All Star he has 6 top 10's and 1 of them was his W to get into the Chase. Consult your favorite tarot card reader on him.

Dale Jr has been Mr Consistancy. Only 4 bad races. Everything else is top 10's.

Bowyer 11th here last year. He has 10 top 10's this season so far. Top 15

Harvick starts 12th today and was 5th fastest in Happy Hour practice Saturday. Top 10.

Edwards had a 3rd place here last year. Top 10

Keselowski has been on fire. He dominated and won Kentucky. He dominated the Nationwide race Saturday with 152 laps. Definitely a threat to win.

Logano wrecked his car in practice. Went to the back up and had his left wrist wrapped. He says it won't bother him and he has a fast car. Top 10

Vickers won here last year. He's on and off again all season so far. Top 15

Kahne is another hit or miss. Only 8 top 10's so far this year. Top 15

Kenseth starts 15th but not to worry. Only 4 bad races. Top 10

Ku Bu led the most laps last year with 102 but a late run in with Newman on a restart put him out. Top 10 IF HE DON"T SELF DESTRUCT.

Newman had a top 3 here last year. Top 15

McMurray starts 5th today. Top 15

Larson is definitely your rookie to watch. Top 15 or better.

Morgan Shepherd makes another appearance in the #33 at 72 years, 9 months & 1 day. VVVVRRRRRRRRR-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM-MMM-MMM-MMM

Jeff Burton will be in the #66 for MWR. Worth a pick up in your salary cap league as he will be cheap. 

Another cheapie would be a guy named Eddie MacDonald from the K&N Series. Has 3 W's there at this track in that Series.

Well it's 10:30 Saturday night and I'm needing to go to bed. So to all you Gabbers and others I say safe travels, enjoy your Sunday, try to avoid LeBron Mania best you can and take care.

And I'm outta here....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 7-6-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Kentucky. Daytona Barney Hall And other fast stuff

                                  

WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Hey there and welcome all you Gabbers & others to my NASCAR updates & other fast stuff. It was awesome to find out we had some others checking in on us here in our Gabtopia. Check out the Thank you blog on the front page for a big thanks to all the hard work we Gabbers put into our writing. I just want to say thank you to any one who peeks in on us and reads or comments. It makes it all worth while. Great to know you're there and of course welcome to The Gab.

I was supposed to watch the Daytona Coke Zero 400 but it got water logged. Rain spoiled a lot of the Daytona weekend. Lots of crazy occurances went on too. Full Buck Moon isn't due till Saturday the 12th of this month. What is a Full Buck Moon any way? And shouldn't that be in the Fall? 

Listening to my iPod with my new ear buds. Bought some for a $1 at the Dollar Tree. Then I spent $19 for Sony ear buds and guess what? No difference. Wish I had my ear buds with the volume control back. They sounded way better and I really liked that volume control on the wire. Gardening accidents suck. Best be using a safety mind set when snipping away at herbs from now on.

BARNEY HALL TO CALL IT ONE LAST TIME

The Daytona race will be Barney's last play by play race he'll be calling for MRN Radio. For 50 years we heard him calling the race. He could paint a picture with words like no other. I often said he could make a dozen snails sliming their way around Daytona sound exciting. He has that certain something I think all broadcast journalists should have or cultivate. Don't just take the lazy mans way out and show a picture. Describe what you're seeing. For many years I would turn the sound down on the tv and listen to Barney call the race. He was way better then the tv booth guys. Now at 82 years old I guess it's time to move on and enjoy life a bit. Good luck Barney in the next phase of your life.

MOST POPULAR DRIVER VOTING HAS STARTED

Time to cast your vote for the most popular NASCAR Cup driver. You have till 8pm on Nov 17th to cast your vote. Rules?

----> 1 vote per person per email address per day

----> Candidate to vote for is a Sprint Cup driver entered in every points race from Jan 1 2014 to July 5, 2014. 

Those crazy cats at Reddit.com are at it again. They're planning on making Josh Wise the most popular driver and unseating Dale Jr. They got him sponsorship for a few races and they got him voted into the All Star race beating out The Danica. So it will be interesting to see if they can do it again. I'd like to see it. This has been interesting to watch. Good luck Josh.

NASCAR RE-EVALUATING SOUVENIR ROW

If you've been to a NASCAR race you've walked past the souvenir haulers. Some times drivers actually hang out in them helping to sell stuff or sign autographs. Business has dropped off though. Track attendance is down. Revenue went from $2 Billion to $1 Billion. 

NASCAR is taking suggestions on how to set up for souvenir sales. Their thinking of a tent store. The NHRA teams do that. I like that better. Easier to see stuff that way. Right now it's 20 plus trucks going to 36 races. That's a lot of diesel fuel and truck driver salary. I think a lot of fans are getting their stuff on line too. I know I do. Much easier. 

DAYTONA UPGRADES

More safer barriers were installed along with crossover gates just in time for the race this weekend. Due to some freak accidents where drivers hit interior walls , almost all the interior walls have safer barriers on them. They also added the barrier starting at turn #3 to the exit of turn #2. Thats 2400 feet of safer barrier. Now we'll send out Jeff Gordon and see if he can find another spot that needs some. 

They also added 6 crossover gates for fans to get from the grandstands to the football field (tri-oval grass) faster.They used to have removeable staircases. 

So it sounds like the upgrades are moving right along at Daytona.

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS

No it's not a Neil Diamond album. It's a car event in Reno, Nevada. The Barrett Jackson Cup is up for grabs once again. How do you get it? Well you fix up a car and enter it. So if you have a custome car you've been itching to show off to the world then this is your chance to win $30,000. AND you'll be on an episode of the Barrett Jackson Auction. There will be 4 runners up winning various prizes including money. 

DAYTONA PREVIEW

I had this last week but I'll talk about it again. Pretty much it's a high speed rolling chess match more like crap shoot. Doesn't even matter where you qualify. Drivers drop to the back and then make their way to the front all race long. Till the end. You know when they start doing stupid stuff that creates wrecks. 

Kasey Kahne won the Nationwide race this weekend. Been a long time for Kasey. Nice picture of him with his trophy and car owner Dale Jr up top there. During practice one of the turns on the 2.5 mile track got a pop up shower. Before any one could warn the drivers they were in it and a lot of them wrecked. The race was just as crazy.

The rain played havoc on practice as well as qualifying for the Cup guys too. The race was post poned till today at 11am and that's maybe they can get it in before more rain comes. David Guilliland is on the pole. Only the 3rd pole in the guys career. So that should tell you just what a crap shoot it is. I picked 3 Hendrick boys (Jimmie, Jeffy & Dale Jr), Terry Labomte and Landon Cassill for my salary cap league. Picked Dale Jr for my Streak. A wreck could take out 1 or all my guys. Most likely will too. Good luck to you and your fantasy picks.

KENTUCKY RECAP & POINTS LOOK SEE

That Keselowski dominated & won the race last week. He even ended up with 4 stitches in his hand from a champagne bottle when the celebration in victory lane got too wild. He got his stitches out on Friday and doesn't expect any complications from it. He's ready to race. 

Keselowski got most laps led with 199, Logano got 37 & Ky Bu got 31 laps led. They're the only drivers to lead laps. THAT'S how dominant Keselowski was. I still can't believe his car passed inspection after the race.

So this leads me to points as of now. We're 18 races gone and after Daytona is in the books, it's 8 races till the Chase. Some boys need to gitty up or shut up. Time is about to stomp on a few of them.

Top 10 in points : Gordon 1W - Johnson 3W's - Dale Jr 2W's - Keselowski 2W's - Kenseth - Edwards 2W's - Logano 2W's - Newman - Harvick 2W's - Ky Bu 1W

Menard - Larson - Biffle - Bowyer - Kahne - Stewart are 11th thru 15th. 

Hamlin is 16th with 1W.......Ku Bu is 25th with 1W. These 2 would be in because of their win. Kahne & Stewart would be knocked out. 

Larson is the highest placing rookie at 12th. Dillon is next at 17th. Congrats to these 2 guys. Great showing in your rookie year.

Where's The Danica? 27th. Lets go girl. Time to gitty up.

So I hope everyone had a nice safe holiday. I'll be celebrating today....right after the race....if there is a race.

And I'm outta here..... 

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 6-28-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Kentucky Sonoma Daytona & Stuff

                        

It's midnight as I write this Gabbers & others. Welcome to my NASCAR updates & other fast stuff. Was watching the Kentucky race this evening. No, not horses. It was cars. Keep seeing this McDonalds commercial and I don't get it. Actually I think I do but it's stupid. I'm sure you've seen it. There's a lady sitting at a bus stop and 4 guys make like a shield so a truck driving through the puddles doesn't splash her. That damn soccer stuff is every where. No motors. Not interested.

OBAMA HONORS JOHNSON & TEAM @ WHITE HOUSE

This week Jimmie, owner Rick Hendrick & The #48 team were at the White House. Obama honored Jimmie for his 6 championships and charitable contributions. His foundation has donated nearlt $7 million to schools and other charities.

Obama made a crack about Jimmie winning so much that he should have his own parking space but not his and don't be doing burn outs. He compared Jimmie to Michael Jordon. Because of his 6 championships in 8 years it made him the Michael Jordan of NASCAR.

MATT KENSETH RENEWS CONTRACT WITH JGR

Home Depot has announced that they'll be leaving NASCAR & will not be Kenseth's paint scheme at the end of the season. Not to worry, Dollar General has stepped up to 30 races next year. So JGR has to find sponsorship for 6 regular races and the All Star race.

Still no word on M&M's renewing with Ky Bu. After the Sonoma race last weekend Ky Bu was heard on the radio asking if M&M had signed the contract yet. The answer was no but you ran a good race.

So I'm sure he'll be Kenseth's team mate next season but sponsorship stuff is hard to nail down. I just can't see Carl Edwards becoming the face of M&M's if he were to join JGR next year. 

                    

Speaking of Kenseth, this was his tire at Kentucky this evening. He said he felt it going on the track. Gave up 6th place but fought back from 26th to finish 4th.

SONOMA RECAP

Last Sunday was the road rage road course. It was definitely that. Cars bouncing off each other and tires and jumping over the curbing into each other. Allmendinger led the most laps with 35 but no W for him. Harvick's pit crew screwed up again and got Harvick mired in traffic on a restart. Result? Bowyer's tire was going down so McMurray booted him out of the way and right into Harvick. Vickers spun out Stenhouse. Stewart got a speeding penalty. What a rookie mistake. Despite a hard charging Gordon, Edwards took the lead with 20 to go and that was it.

Top 15 Finishers : Edwards - Gordon - Dale Jr - McMurray - Menard - Kahne - Johnson - Ambrose - Biffle - Bowyer - Newman - Ku Bu - Mears - Vickers - Truex Jr

                  

KENTUCKY RECAP

Mr Keselowski had the pole and led a race high 199 laps in a dominating win. I certainly didn't expect it. He and his team mate Logano took turns leading the race. Ky Bu was the only other to lead a few laps at the end of the race. He thought he got away but Keselowski reeled him in. I'm interested to see if he passes post race inspection. Nobody could touch Keselowski all night. He passed every one with ease. Too much ease if you ask me.

Other high lights? Hamlin cut a tire down and slammed the wall on lap 29. Done. On lap 77 rookie Larson did the same thing. Done. Harvicks crew screwed up on pit road again. I thought he was going to explode. He did rally back to a 7th place finish. Wonder if the crew guys walked home? Gordon's crew had issues with an air wrench. He too battled back to a 6th place finish. Logano lost a cylinder in the last 25 laps but held on for a top 10.

Top 15 Finishers : Keselowski - Ky Bu - Newman - Kenseth - Dale Jr - Gordon - Harvick - Kahne - Logano - Johnson - Stewart - Ku Bu - Ambrose - Biffle - Menard

DAYTONA PREVIEW

Next Saturday night is the Daytona Coke Zero 400. Mr Johnson won last year. Of course this is a high speed crap shoot just like Dega. It's any bodies race. Even The Danica could pull this one out of her helmet. I expect HMS power to be up front. Seven of the top 15 finishers at Kentucky were HMS motors. 

I'm sure Hamlin will continue his destructive ways. Not picking him. Harvicks pit crew needs a revamp. Not picking him. Bowyer & Vickers aren't driving up to expectations this year. Not picking them.Kahne is cursed. Was last year too. He's either brilliant or wrecking. Not picking him. Ku Bu is usually self destructing. So has his brother Ky Bu lately too. Not picking either of them. These are the top dawgs that are under performing or have an issue to over come. Every body else is good to go in my opinion. 

Good luck with your picks.

I'll be working on July 4th. My employer said they expect high volumes but we can put ourselves on the waitlist. They'll visit it the day before to see if they can let people off. What ever. It'll be double time for me. Not like I can't use that. 

Any way, Happy 4th of July coming up. Thanks for all those that have served, and are serving this great country. I do love my ordinary existance. I went to the Dollar Tree and bought red, white & blue pin wheels and flags for my yard.....

Everybody stay safe. Enjoy your weekend.

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

 

 

 

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