Got to get you into my life. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR Updates & Other Fast Stuff. Really wanted to see Sir Paul McCartney when he came to Hershey Park but alas, $200 is TOO MUCH money for a ticket to see anyone. Even my most favorite artist. I’m on a money diet after all. Just paid my Fall taxes. Ouch.
One of my sisters moved into a house at the end of my street. With the high school, jr high and elementary schools all right within walking distance her son will have what my son had. It’s a nice neighborhood. She’s a Marilyn fan too….( =
Got me 12 vacation days starting today. Boy do I need them. Lots of yard work to do. Want to can some peaches and corn for the winter.
So what of the land of Left Turns?
DALE JR STILL OUT
Jeff Gordon is getting an extended stay in the #88. He’ll be in the car for this weeks Watkins Glen road course race and most likely Bristol on the 20th. He says he improving every day and waiting for the doctors ok.
Gordon would be happy if Dale Jr would get better sooner than later. He said that when Hendrick calls you to do something that you find the time to do it. Even if your calender is already full.
Tony Stewart must’ve rethought his response to whether he’d get back in if similar circumstances were to happen at SHR. He got real short with reporters this week asking about it. He said he’d do it in a pinch but doesn’t expect it to be a 6 race stint. He has other plans for his racing ideas. Cup is no longer in those plans.
Last week was the first time in NASCAR history that 3 rookies won in all three NASCAR top series. Chris Buescher took the Pocono Cup race. He’s 23 years old. Erik Jones took the Xfinity Iowa race. He’s 20 years old. William Byron took the Pocono truck race. He’s 18 years old.
NEW DRIVER FOR THE FURNITURE ROW RACING TEAM
In 2017 Martin Truex will have a team mate. Erik Jones will be in the #77 Toyota with 5 Hour Energy as primary sponsor for 22 races. More sponsorship will have to be found but for now 22 races are covered.
Erik is currently full time in the Xfinity Series and is 4th in the standings. He also has a truck series championship on his resume.
AUSTIN DILLON THROWS OUT THE FIRST PITCH
On Tuesday the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted the Washington Nationals at Chase Field. Austin Dillon showed up to promote the November Can Am 500 weekend at Phoenix Raceway.
He chatted with fans, talked with players, had batting practice with the players and swapped t- shirts.
TIME TO ORDER YOUR NASCAR TRADING CARDS
Panini was at the National Sports Collectors in Atlantic City, NJ this week to unveil their NASCAR trading cards. Chase Elliott driver of the #24 Hendrick Chevy dropped by.
At this point you can get the Panini Prizam card sets now. Panini Torque will be out in September, Panini Certified out in October and Panini National Treasures in November. So if you’re a trading card fanatic then get your orders in.
POCONO 400 RECAP
Our Sunday race turned into a Monday race due to the rain. The track is a 2.5 mile triangle which takes a long time to dry. Even with the greatly improved Air Titan System, efforts to get the race in Sunday failed. Fast forward to Monday at 11 am. The track was still wet due to rain all morning so racing didn’t get started till 12:10 pm.
Mr Truex was on the pole and he led the first 16 laps easily. A competition caution was called on lap 16 for drivers to change tires. Remember last week when I said that if God willing, the levee don’t break and a piano don’t fall on him that he’d be in the top 10. Well, it wasn’t a piano but bad luck did fall upon him. The valve steam broke on his right front tire and into the wall he went on the restart. He never could recover.
Biffle takes the lead for a bit until he had to pit. He stayed out when everyone else pitted during the last caution so Logano assumes the lead.
Gordon pits under green and gets a pit road speeding penalty. Everyone else is taking turns coming in the pits under green. Logano pits on lap 54 and Keselowski assumes the lead.
Harvick passes Keselowski for the lead. There’s a caution on lap 66 for Almirola hitting the wall after fighting over realestate. Heavy damage sends him to the garage. Everyone pits except Larson and Dillon. Sprinkles are reported.
On the lap 73 restart Larson takes the lead but Dillon won’t let him get away. By lap 77 Dillon is now on Larson’s rear deck trying to steal the lead. On lap 81 Dillon gets up door to door with Larson. But here comes Logano on the low side. He steals the lead from Larson and Dillon.
On lap 85 a caution comes out for rain and fog. Logano still leads. They go back to green on lap 92.
On lap 99 Truex causes a caution. His car is still damaged and not doing so well. Only some pit. Larson now leads and Logano is in 16th due to so many not pitting.
On lap 105 Chase Elliott slides up the track and into Logano. Both wreck into the wall and off to the garage they go.
On the restart Gordon has a safety harness malfunction and has to back off and let others pass him while he gets them reconnected. Larson is leading.
On lap 122 green flag pit stops start. All are taking their turn on pit road but Chris Buescher’s crew chief Bob Osborn is telling him to stay out. At 34 to go he is now leading. Fog is now on the edge of the race track and creeping in. Osborn tells Buescher to stay out.
With 29 laps to go a caution is called because spotters can not see their drivers in certain parts of the track. They drive around under caution until with 22 to go they are brought down pit road to park under red flag conditions.
The fog continues to get worse. Pocono sends out warnings on Twitter of lightning in the area and possible high winds coming. Fans leave the grandstands. About an hour and 20 minutes later NASCAR calls the race. Chris Buescher is your winner. It’s Bob Osborns 19th win as a crew chief. Interesting note……Bob was Carl Edwards crew chief and now Carl drives the #19.
Ku Bu got 138 more laps added to hisrecord of running all the laps in the regular season. He now has 5811 laps.
Buescher is on a low budget team. Had the race started back up and finished the 22 laps he most definitely wouldn’t have won. He’s in 31st this week in the points and needs to step it up from here on out to get in and stay in the top 30 in points. He has his golden Chase ticket but needs to be in the top 30 to remain eligible to use it.
Top 15 finishers – Buescher – Keseloswki – Smith – Harvick – Stewart – Larson – Hamlin – Edwards – Ky Bu – Ku Bu – Blaney – Newman – Dillon – Allmendinger – Kahne
WATKINS GLEN CHEEZ IT 355 PREVIEW
Road course this week. It’s been repaved too. Saw lots of spins in practice. Landon Cassill didn’t even get out to qualify due to a fuel pressure issue. Such is the problems of the low budget team. I’m thinking it will be the usual suspects up there in the top 10 in the end.
LOGANO – Won the Xfinity race on Saturday. Had a 3rd at Sonoma’s road course in June. Won last year Watkins Glen race. Top 10
STEWART – Won Sonoma. Starts 3rd today. Top 10
HARVICK – Bloomin’ Onion last week. I’m bettin’ Bloomin Onion this week too. Top 10
KU BU – The new and improved Kurt shall prevail. Top 10
EDWARDS – POLE. Top 10 at Sonoma and at last years Glen. Top 10 today too.
KY BU – Wrecked in the Xfinity race. Not a good sign. A top 10 at Sonoma and last year at The Glen. Top 10
NEWMAN – Starts 8th today. Still fighting for his job. Top 10
ALLMENDINGER – He’s starting 9th. He’s on a low budget team. Road courses are his thing and a drivers track is where a low budget team can steal a win. Top 10
TRUEX – He can’t have bad luck every week. Can he? Top 10
LARSON – This guy is getting hotter as the Summer goes on. He was fighting for a win at Pocono last week. Only a matter of time. Top 10
Well, this heat & humidity has taken it’s toll on me this week again. Vacation time is here. I’ll probably go help my sister unpack…..in the AC. Yep. Sounds like a sweet idea.
You all take care now. Get your hydration on.
And I’m outta here……=^!^=