Hey there Gabbers and others. Welcome to my NASCAR Updates & Other Fast Stuff. Hope nobody got a belly ache from too much Easter candy. I tried to stay away from that stuff. Keeping the weight off so I can keep up with the grandkids is important. They’re fast and I have to be just as fast.
So lets dive right in. What’s happening in the land of Left Turns?
Even in retirement Tony Stewart is busy being a boss and co-owner at SHR. He also races winged sprints and here he is at his ranch. He caught a beauty that’s for sure. Wonder if he catches and releases or throws that fish on the grill?
SAM BASS IN NEED OF NEW ORGANS
Artist for NASCAR Sam Bass has diabetes and due to this disease he now needs new kidneys and a pancreas. He has opened a GoFundMe account to try and get the $350,000 he’ll need to have the transplant.
Meanwhile in the NASCAR camp drivers Dale Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have decided to come together and donate $50,000 to the fund. Motor Racing Outreach has set up an account to help out too. (www.go2mro.com)
Good luck Mr Bass.
BIG MOTORCYCLE JUMP PLANNED FOR TALLADEGA
Professional motorcross athlete Alex Harvill will being making a jump for the Guinness World Book of Records on May 7th at Talladega Speedway before the GEICO 500 NASCAR race. He wants to beat the record held by Robbie Maddison on March 29, 2008 when he jumped 351 feet.
Alex is planning on a jump of 426 feet or more. This is all part of Monster Energy’s attempt at bringing more excitement to NASCAR events. I think this qualifys.
Good luck on that one Alex.
KYLE LARSON PLAYING IN THE DIRT
So last week was Easter break for the NASCAR drivers. Some go on vacation to exotic places. Jimmie Johnson went to Mexico for Margaritas. But Kyle Larson went to play in the dirt. He went to Placerville Speedway to be exact to run in the Sprint Car Challenge Tour Saturday night on April 15th. And he won. He said he threw the wing from his car in the trunk. Maybe the trophy wasn’t enough. I don’t know.
Congrats to Kyle Larson.
So Mr Harvick started at the pole for a day of racing that saw 6 of it’s biggest stars starting in the back. Watching them all pick their way to the front was a good show.
Blaney who drives for the Wood Brothers in the #21 absolutely dominated this race. Nobody saw that coming. Least of all me. By lap 16 he had grabbed the top spot from Harvick. Blaney held on to win the first stage. Top 10 Blaney – Truex – McMurray – Harvick – Keselowski – Larson – Bowyer – Stenhouse – Logano – Ky Bu
Stage 2 began with Truex off pit road first but Blaney took the lead. The Twittersphere was discussing the side skirts of the Blaney and Dale Jr cars. So on lap 122 when a caution came out for debris NASCAR checked out those cars during pit stops and made sure things got fixed. Blaney still made it off of pit road first by a smidge.
The next caution comes out just before the end of stage 2. Blaney opts not to come to pit road along with Johnson, McMurray, Elliott, Larson, Kahne and Ku Bu. On the restart Blaney is able to hold off Johnson and wins Stage 2. Top 10 is Blaney – Johnson – McMurray – Larson – Elliott – Ku Bu – Harvick – Keselowski – Dale Jr – Truex
Now Blaney pits and has to work his way up from 20th. Harvick will lead Keselowski and the rest of the drivers to the green flag. He keeps the lead till a caution with 35 laps to go. Logano decides not to pit and now has the lead.
With 16 laps to go Johnson grabs the lead. Larson is working on getting up there too but runs out of laps. A visibly tired looking Jimmie wins. Before he can make it to the media center for his manditory post race Q&A session he has to make a stop at the infield care center for some much needed IV fluids. His hydration system failed during the race.
Top 15 finishers – Johnson – Larson – Logano – Harvick – Dale Jr – Keselowski – McMurray – Truex – Elliott – KuBu – Bowyer – Bayne – Stenhouse – KyBu
Before we get started Bristol has been postponed due to rain. New time is Monday @ 1 pm on FOX.
Bristol is a half mile track. For many years there was one groove around this track and it was the bottom. Lots of ugly fights and helmet throwing were involved when things got heated up. Then Bruton Smith decided to add progressive banking and when that put the groove to the top only they tried to fix it by grinding down the track a bit to get a 2 grooves. This kind of worked. Now they’re putting a sticky substance on the bottom again to help that groove. The track is banked 24 to 30 degrees in the corners. That’s almost impossible to walk up. Now with the rain washing away all the rubber build up from the Xfinity race on Saturday it’s going to be what looks like a bottom groove race. Larson our points leader and one who loves riding the wall during races scraped the wall in practice. He’s disappointed. So we’ll see.
HARVICK – I still belive in Bloomin’ Onions and his abilities to get a Top 10
KY BU – Leads lots of laps here. Top 10
ELLIOTT – Seems to be bullet proof. Top 10
BOWYER – Despite having a low budget car last year he managed a Top 10 here. Now he’s driving Stewart’s old ride. Top 10
KU BU – He was on the track after practice with a heat gun and checking the bottom groove out. Top 10
LOGANO – Always seems to find a way. Top 10
LARSON – Point leader and on a hot streak. Top 10
NEWMAN – Bull in a china closet style driver. If the car don’t break, Top 10
BLANEY – Wood Brothers have a great chance with this kid. Top 10
JOHNSON – Broke the drought at Texas with a win. Top 10
So I’m off to mow the hay field. Not sure what happened this week but the grass went from dormant to 8 inches in 5 days. Of course it rained all week and there were zero chances to mow. Now it’s going to be a challenge. Tomorrow and Tuesday they’re calling for rain. So I guess I’m off to the shed. Hope all is well in Gabland. Sorry I didn’t answer you guys these past weeks. Lots of required hours and Grammie time.
And I’m outta here….=^!^=