Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR Updates & Other Fast Stuff. Late again. Life is just too fast for me right now. Santa is on hyper drive to get things in order for Christmas and so is my employer. The NFL jackets have slowed down quite a bit but we’re still packing them out along with all the other items. I feel like I’ve been running a non stop marathon.
The other week I mentioned that for 3 days we had some really high winds. During that time the 200 foot oak try in my neighbors yard held onto it’s leaves but this past weekend decided it would drop them now. So it’s rain gutter cleaning time. Jerk.
So what of the land of Left Turns?
I watched the lap through Vegas and the lap after Vegas program on NASCAR.com. I understand now why they cut programs down. Lot’s of tedious in between stuff but all in all, it was good. Hamlin, and Logano had the best burnouts during the Vegas Strip lap. It really looked good. Love seeing that stuff on the regular streets. Evidently so did the fans and others that lined the street to watch.
During the After the Lap stage show there way lots of back and forth banter between the drivers. They brought out AJ Foyt to tell stories with Tony Stewart. Stewart said that no matter what, if any of the drivers get hurt he will not be jumping in their cars. He learnt from Jeff Gordon. He’s been getting lots of interesting emails and phone calls from car owners. It’s possible he could drive a car in the 55th Rolex 24 next month at Daytona or even at Le Mans. All kinds of opportunities that he didn’t have to race in other Series are being offered now. It’s a racing candy store for Stewart right now. Fun times ahead for Stewart in his retirement.
Jeff Gordon will have a ride in the 55th Rolex 24 next month. His book, Jeff Gordon : His Dream, Drive And Destiny came out. So there’s a Christmas gift idea.
Rusty Wallace has been racing this weekend in the Trofeo Pirelli Class. He hasn’t raced in years but was asked to get into a Ferrari for the Ferrari Finali Mondiali on the 3.56 mile road course at Daytona International Raceway. He had to head off to Texas for practice last week and to get used to the pit crew. On Friday at Daytona, despite starting out 25th he scored a 15th place. Saturday he had brake issues but was one of the top fastest cars. He’ll try to capitalize on that today and maybe get a top 5. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t raced in years.
Awards were handed out this week at the banquet. Dale Jr got his 14th Most Popular Driver in a row. He’s running off to get married at an undisclosed location on New Years Eve. Jimmie’s pit crew got the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award. Chase Elliott got the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.
Jimmie made a memorable acceptance speech. Besides thanking Stewart for being himself he thanked all his sponsors, his crew, and wife. He said he looked up Dale Earnhardt Sr’s 7th time speech and drew inspiration from that.
“Dale said this in ’94 after winning his 7th, I might’ve won as many championships as Richard Petty but he will always be the King. I completely agree and must say, I might’ve won as many championships as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt but…I will never be the King or the Intimadator. I’m just a guy from California who always wanted to race.”
Jimmie went on to say that it still hasn’t sank in yet that he has 7 championships. He only wanted to win at least one race. He and Knaus are already scheming to go after #8.
Jimmie and crew have done something unique in NASCAR. For 15 years and 7 championships it has been…1 driver – 1 team – 1 owner – 1 crew chief – 1 car chief – 1 sponsor – 1 manufacturer. Pretty unusual to have all that for 15 years.
So it’s Monster Energy time in NASCAR. They’ve become the sponsor for the NASCAR’s top series now that Sprint has waved good bye. Now it’s time to figure out what to call it. There already is a Monster Energy Cup Series in another racing series.
And what will be done about other energy drink sponsors since Monster will be the official energy drink of NASCAR? Monster says they will still sponsor Kurt Busch’s #41 car next year. But there’s the 5 Hour Energy issue to deal with. Supposedly they are grandfathered in and Erik Jones at Furniture Row Racing will still have them next year. Technically Monster is a drink and 5 Hour is a shot.
So in other driver news, Kurt Busch is spending the Christmas holiday with his fiancees family in Virginia. Then he and Ashley will be flying off to the Caribbean to get married.
Greg Biffle has announced he’s leaving Roush Fenway Racing. He doesn’t know what he’ll be doing but he just can’t keep racing in 25th every week any more. Zest is leaving RFR as well. So they’ll have to find a sponsor for Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s #17 car. Things are crumbling for this once power house organization. We’ll be looking in in the next coming weeks to see what they do to survive.
Austin Dillon’s brother Ty Dillon will be driving the #13 GEICO Chevy for Germaine Racing next year. That was Casey Mears ride for many years. No word on where Mears will be heading. Germaine Racing has a technical alliance with RCR. They get their cars and other equipment from them. Ty is Richard Childress’s grandson. So I’m sure he’ll be getting everything he needs to run well next year.
Newman enjoying a coke with Santa. Wonder what he asked for. A championship?
It’s now 83 days till the Daytona 500 on February 26th…..( =
And I guess that’s where I gotta leave you all.
And I’m outta here…..( =