• NASCAR Birthdays

    Born in APRIL

    18 Geoff Bodine, Tyler Labonte, Kale Kahne, Melanie Self

    19 Robert Yates, Richard Yates, Jack Roush, Greg Erwin, Kevin Grubb, Al Unser Jr., Aaron Keuhn

    20 Frank Stoddard, James Barnwell, Ron Barfield, Adrian Fernandez, Dustin Skinner, James Barnwell

    21 Bruce Silver, Bill Ingle, Greg Zipadelli, Bob Varsha

    22 Raygan Swan, Stella Paysor, Wesley Gantt

    23 Brian Whitesell, Jason Keller, Phil Gould, Joe Keller, Skip Manning, Terry Glotzbach, P.J. Jones, Tommy Croft, Charles Gafrarar, William Shakespeare, Jacob Meetze

    24 Hermie Sadler, Harrill Hamrick, Stephanie Hillin, Amanda Lorenzen

    25 Alkie Cunningham

    26 Martha Oliver, Jimmy Kitchens, Eva Busch

    27 Shelly Bose, Jason Haynes, Jason Sheets

    28 Tyler Hmiel, Jeff Neuendorf

    29 Dale Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Angie Skinner, Chad Little, Jerry Schweitz, Alexandria Fennig

    30 Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Millikan, Amelia Joy Smith, Chris Browning, Ashton Glover, Frank Kimmel

    Born in MAY

    1 Randy Dorton, Johnny Sauter, Jimmy Parrott

    2 Ed "Uncle Bud" Adamczyk, Kyle Busch

    3 Greg Ely

    4 Randy Tolsma, Bobby Burrell, Jennifer Eolin

    5 Larry Pollard, Bob Welborn

    6 Mike Borkowski, Tammy Jo Kirk, Jeff Hancock, Dean Mozingo

    7 Dave Steele, Danny O'Quinn Jr.

    8 Bobby Labonte, Nathan Buttke, Don Hume, Jay Stewart, Judy Childress

    9 Tim Fedewa, Scott Page

    10 Amelia Andretti, Andy Rueger

    11 Glenn Bobo, Tim Flock, NASCAR Hall of Fame

    12 Jabe Thomas, Debra Adamczyk

    13 Rich Bickle, Scott Eggleston, Bob Kennedy, Jim Spencer, Linda McReynolds, Kirk Almquist, Maggie Feeney Rossi

    14 Steve Letarte, Bill Brooks, Dave Munari, Danielle Del Corio, Scott Lynch

    15 Shane Hmiel, John Hubner

    16 Josh Walker

    17 Mike Shiplett, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Pennell

    18 Mike Motil

    19 Dario Franchitti, Jody Ridley, Danny Culler

    20 Tony Stewart, Steve Portenga, Dave Despain, Eric Norris

Times are a Changin….

I’ve always directed my support to the underdog, the guy that didn’t have a chance. I think in part because the reward is so great when they pull off the win and there is very little dis-appointment when they don’t run well. Believe it or not there was a time when Jimmie Johnson didn’t win, that’s when I was a Jimmie Johnson fan. Once Jimmie started to win I moved on. It’s not that I just pick a loser, I pick a driver or team that is capable of winning but just hasn’t got it together enough to put one in the win column.  I can’t stand to see the same group of guys fighting for the win every week. I love a close finish, I know this is going to sound crazy but I would rather see a close finish with my driver losing than my driver winning by 5 car lengths. What I love about racing is the “race”, the battle, the bumping and banging.

This season is starting to take shape and it looks like NASCAR’s efforts over the last couple of years to level the playing field is starting to pay off. At least judging by the point standings it is. Judging by the point standings it looks like it’s going to be an awesome season, we’ll see some first time winners, we’ll see some guys who haven’t won in a while, and the fans will get to witness some great finishes.

1. TONY STEWART 113

2. KURT BUSCH 113

3. CARL EDWARDS 106 

4. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA 106

5. RYAN NEWMAN 103 

6. PAUL MENARD 96 

7. MARTIN TRUEX JR. 95 

8. DENNY HAMLIN 95 

9. A J ALLMENDINGER 94 

10. DALE EARNHARDT JR. 91

Just take a look at the points, look at Menard, Truex ,Allmendinger and even Earnhardt these guys are getting it done. Now I smart enough to know this doesn’t  mean they’ll finish the season in these positions. But it may be an indication that the playing field is becoming more level and that these drivers and teams have stepped up their game.

So for me it looks like it’s going to be a great season. Publically I’m behind Allmendinger but just between you and me I’d love to see Menard and Vickers in Victory Lane this season.

I’m not sure if it’s time to eat my words yet, because as some of you may know I’ve been very critical of the decisions NASCAR has made over the last couple of years but it would appear the steps they have taken has leveled the playing field a little.

The Dale and Tony Show…..?

    I think the rumors of Dale Jr and Tony Stewart becoming partners are going to stay just that, rumors. I don’t beleive the planets are in correct alignment for that to happen now. Maybe in 5 to 10 years but not in 2009/2010.

    I can’t see Dale Jr. and Tony Stewart creating a partnership their both too big in popularity and egos.  It would be the greatest maketing package in the business. But I just can’t see Dale jr. running in top notch equipment, with some of the best engineers in NASCAR, and a fulltime research and developement team constantly feeding him info at Henedrick Motorsports with Tony Driving for the new Dale and Tony Show Race Team stuggling their butts off to make races. I think that would create anything but a partnership both partners must struggle for it to be a 50/50 deal and I don’t think either would except less than a 50/50 deal.  Dale and Tony are in different stages of their careers Tony has won 2 championships, Dale ZERO so I don’t think Dale would even entertain the idea of leaving Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick Motorsports is Dale jr.s only chance at winning a championship.  But Stewart has been there done that, he’s ready to do something different start enjoying more of the sport.  But even with that said I still don’t beleive he could sit back and watch his partner have success. 

  Now what could happen is the new Dale and Tony show could lease everyhing I mean everything even staff from Hendricks thus being a arm of Hendrick getting around the four cars per owner thing. On paper it would be the Dale and Tony show. They could share info or even be some sort of full function competitive development team for Hendrick. The dale and Tony Show could bring up new drivers, crew cheifs and crew members. But I don’t even think thats what either of them would want to do.

    I really thought Dale would concentrate more on his driving career. I would have thought when  he was asked the question about moving his Nationwide Team to Cup Dale would have said “NO WAY  I’ve got to concentrate on driving right now”. I don’t think it would be something that would interest Tony either because I think Tony wants control he wants to bring up a driver and win on his own he wants to build up his own Hendrick type organization. Build his own Brand.

Most Hated Driver…….(?)

Kyle Busch is NASCAR’s most hated driver. And he loves it. Viciously booed during pre-race introductions, Busch soaked up the venom by encouraging Saturday night’s crowd at Darlington Raceway to keep it coming. And when he heard a member of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew jeer him as he passed by on the parade lap, Busch smugly flipped him the bird.

The (Associated Press/ESPN.com), folks have asked if NASCAR will fine Busch. I watched and re-wathed the beginning of the race and all the pre-race ceramonies and didn’t see it, it must not have made it on TV because if it did we would have heard a ton more about it and I’m sure heavy fines would have followed. From what I understand the only ones to see it was an Associated Press Reporter and the crew member it was aimed at.

I hope Kyle keeps it up and jams it up their you know what on Sunday. Kyle’s an excellent driver maybe a little too wild but this is racing, what do people expect. Many of Dale Jr.’s fans have made Kyle the “most hated driver” because Kyle raced Dale a little too hard in Martinsville. Too Bad, So Sad…That’s all I’ve got to say. It’s racing and that was a racing deal. It was the end of the race you should be racing your guts out Kyle was Dale wasn’t.

This season Kyle is kicking ass and taking names, you can’t give Kyle a break on the track or he’ll beat you. Kyle will win a lot of races this year but could have a few DNF’s by the time its done. That could be what cost him a championship. Dale Jr. running great probably this is the best start of a season he’s had, he’s running smart. He’s not been overly agressive and that might cost him a win or two but his consistantcy is what going to put him in position to win championships.

Dale jr’s fan should be happy now he’s running smart and consistant. The best thing for him is for his fans to not cause a distraction trying to read something into his and Kyles relationship. When his fans do the media takes over distract jr. and that is the last thing he needs. There’s 41 other out on the track focusing on one will only hurt his chances to be a championship contender.

I hate to say it, I hope I’m wrong but Kyle just might self destruct.