I will be a rainbow….Robert Plant brings us in. Looks like Brittany is about to go to work. So am I. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR Updates & Other Fast Stuff. It’s a glorious day outside. Great for a race or whatever you’re planning.
John Force posted his I’m gonna win another championship prediction on Twitter. He said that 7 times he has won Gainsville and 7 times he went on to a championship afterwards. He won Gainesville last week along with his 2500 stage win record. Sounds like he’s on to a record breaking year.
So what of the land of Left Turns?
Hamlin posted on Twitter that his Daytona winning car from last year finally made it home. Literally. JGR left him have the car for himself. Imagine having the trophy AND the car to go with it in your livingroom.
Me personally? I’ll take the highly scaled down model. It doesn’t leak oil on the floor.
NEW CREW CHIEF FOR SUAREZ
Daniel Suarez has lost his crew chief Dave Roger’s effective immediately. Dave will be going on an indefinite leave of absence. Not to worry. Scott Graves will be stepping up from Xfinity to be Suarez’s crew chief. They won a championship together last year in Xfinity.
T-SHIRT FOR CHARITY
When Kyle Busch had his run in with Joey Logano at Las Vegas the last thing on anyones mind was selling t-shirts but that’s exactly what happened afterwards. It’s a standing joke that when Kyle is interviewed in recent times after a dust up with another driver he tries to avoid talking about that dust up by starting his interview with Everything is great.
So in an effort to make something positive out of the latest dust up with Logano Kyle’s wife Samantha thought it would be a great idea to sell t-shirts with the phrase “Everything Is Great” on them. And the kicker is that she picked the price of $22 which is Logano’s car number with proceeds benefiting the Kyle Busch Foundation.
Kyle went on Twitter last night with a video thanking everybody who bought a shirt and that so far they’ve made $30,000 for the foundation. I was one of those that bought a t-shirt. Couldn’t help myself.
TONY STEWART GETTING BUSY WITH HIS WINGED SPRINT CAR
There’s another trophy sitting on Stewart’s mantel or wherever he keeps them. He may be part owner of SHR in NASCAR Cup racing but his passion is still racing on dirt. Congratulations to Tony Stewart.
AUTO CLUB RECAP
So Larson had the pole for last weeks race and he led 110 laps of that race on his way to his first win of the season. He now holds the top spot in the points too.
He led them to the green and right away there was a spin 4 laps into it. There went Keselowski off the nose of Johnson. Harvick, Newman, Johnson and Keselowski all had nose and or rear damage to fight through for the rest of the race.
And Larson drove on to win the first stage with Truex, Elliott, McMurray and Ky Bu as your top 5
After pit stops Truex took the lead. Was an uneventful second stage and Truex takes this one with Larson, Elliott, Bowyer, Jones rounding out your top 5.
Stage 3 begins with Truex out front. But Larson grabs the lead.Keselowski has fought back to the top 10. Harvick, Johnson and Newman have not faired so well. They aren’t last but all 3 are down laps to the leader.
With 16 to go Kenseth loses it in a restart and he slams the inside wall (with safer barriers) head first. He gets out unhurt but he’s done for the day.
Larson still leading when LaJoie spins and brings out another caution. Hamlin, Truex and McMurray do not pit so they’re out front of those that did. Hamlin leads them to the green flag but Larson powers to the lead on the bottom of the track just as Stenhouse wrecks to bring out another caution.
Larson brings them to the green with Hamlin right beside him and in true albatross form Hamlin self destructs. Larson goes on to win.
Top 15 Finishers – Larson – Keselowski – Bowyer – Truex – Logano – McMurray – Suarez – Ky Bu – Blaney – Elliott – A Dillon – Jones – Harvick – Hamlin – Newman
Johnson, Harvick and Newman all recovered enough to get back on the lead lap but were never a factor in a win. Keselowski managed a 2nd place even though his car was still a bit damaged.
So we’re at a half mile paper clip shaped track with a nasty curb that cars bounce over once in a while. This is racing in close quarters. Tempers will fly and cars will be eliminated through that 5 minute clock. Maintaining speed will not be so much of a problem if you wreck here. It’s that 5 minute clock that might do you in. Not sure how that will play out here. Cars have been know to drive around without the quarter panels or even the nose of the car but to get that nose off they have to beat that 5 minute clock. Cars will wreck. How it all pans out is to be seen.
KY BU led the most laps with 352 last year. Harvick had 72 and Kenseth had 45. I am at a loss as to who to pick this year. Qualifying was washed out so the starting order is by the owners points. That means Larson is pole sitter this week too. This is not however one of his better tracks.
KY BU – Leading that many laps last year leads me to say he’ll be….Top 10
LOGANO – Really hot this year. Manages to work through all adversity to get great finishes. Top 10
KESELOWSKI -He too is hot. Came back from a spin with damage to get a 2nd place last week. Top 10
ALLMENDINGER – Top 5 in both Martinsville races last year. Betting on a Top 10 this year. Sleeper pick.
HARVICK – Still believe in this guy. Top 10
TRUEX – A late race speeding penalty ruined his chances of a good finish last year. Top 10
KENSETH – Not so hot this year. He’s 25th in the points. Ouch. He should turn it around this week. Top 10
HAMLIN – Last week I said he should get a top 10 but consult your local psychic first. True to form he had a win coming to him and blew it on the restart. Again I say consult your local psychic if you plan on picking him in your fantasy this week. With a 9.2 average finish here, 5 W’s and 17 Top 10’s you’d think but……
JOHNSON – Not hot at all this year. He’s 17th in the points. Whaaaaaaaaaaaa-t?!? Yup. He has 9 W’s here with a 7.3 average finish. I’m going out on a limb here and say he turns it around this week. Top 10
So there you have it folks. Hope your day is awesome.
And I’m outta here……=^!^=