• 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

Blocking

For the last two weeks there has been a lot of talk about blocking, because Joey Logano blocked Tony Stewart on the final restart of the Sprint Cup race in Fontana California.

Give me a break, first of all Tony is the last one that should be complaining. Does anybody really believe that Stewart won his 3 championships by playing nice ? Does anyone really believe he hasn’t thrown a block or two in his career ? Come on….What about Tony’s block at Talladega, ohh but as Tony says “it’s a little different deal” yeah it is when it benefits you, huh Tony.

O.K. here’s the deal. Joey did nothing wrong, absolutely nothing wrong. Let’s say were running a 300 lap race, lap 200 you don’t throw a block but lap 280 and I’m running for the lead you better bet your ass I’m blocking. Your going to have to go over top of my car to get in front of me, I’ve drove for many years so I speak from experience. I’m not going to let you drive by me your going to have to work for it and I mean really work for it. Tony knows that, this is racing millions of dollars are on the line.  Tony has a short memory, his thinking has changed since he left Gibbs to partner with Haas. Think back to Tony ignorant years. 

It’s Official

  Ryan Newman finally made it official. Newman has signed a multi-year contract with Stewart Haas Racing to drive the #4 Chevy Impala SS, no sponsor was named nor the details of the multi-year contract.
   Many see this as a great combination that will be successful. I just don’t see it. You put 2 drivers together both with crappy personalities and huge egos is the ingredients for one hell of a bomb.

  Tony would have done fine with a younger driver someone he could mentor, Ryan would be better off on single car team or a team like Penske that lets him operate like a single car team. They are both good drivers but together I don’t see it happening Ryan has never been a team player even back in his USAC days. Even at Penske where Rusty was co-owner of his car he wouldn’t share info. Tony has said he has learned alot from Joe and J.D. Gibbs about running a successful team and he’ll model his team from what he’s learned, which is a very smart way of thinking but a driver like Ryan would never make it at Gibbs. I think Tony has made his first mistake, I believe he and Ryan better enjoy this time because by the time the Chase starts next season they will be two very miserable drivers. Making Ryan the big story of the 2009 Silly Season.

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.

NASCAR Drivers Upset Over Lack of Drug Testing

Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne say they never have undergone a drug test as NASCAR competitors. “In the 10 years that I’ve raced, I’ve never been drug-tested,” Harvick said. “To me, that’s not a proper drug policy for a professional sport. We haven’t made any headway whatsoever on the drug-testing policy.” Harvick and Stewart were reacting to an ESPN The Magazine story this week in which former driver Aaron Fike said he competed in Craftsman Truck Series races while he was on heroin. “I have been in a race with him and I know for a fact that he’s not the only one,” Harvick said. “There’s another driver that was suspended that I can almost guarantee you was in the race car while he was under the influence, and that pisses me off. I’m sure I’ll be blasted for saying what I feel, but I don’t want to be on a race track with people like that. It’s irresponsible more than anything.” All four Cup drivers said they are in favor of regular testing.
“I would love it,” Stewart said. “I’ve never been asked to take one yet. I think it should be mandatory to have random drug testing. I think it’s a great idea. The Fike situation shows that as an organization, we’re not doing a good job of seeing this before it happens.” NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy includes the right to test any driver at any time, but officials only do so if they believe a competitor might have a problem. “The responsibility here rests across the board — with the drivers and competitors, owners, teams and NASCAR,” said Kerry Tharp, NASCAR’s director of communication. “We test an individual when we have reasonable suspicion. A positive test results in severe consequences and is a career-changing moment for that person. NASCAR’s policy is also supported by the various policies that the teams have in place that are required under the driver/owner agreements. No system is flawless, but we believe our zero tolerant policy that is in place has served the sport well.”
Fike was arrested last year in Ohio for possession of heroin.
“I had a long talk with NASCAR about this last year,” Harvick said. “It almost seems like it fell on deaf ears. They were more mad that I had a reaction to the situation than they were about trying to move forward. They heard what I said, but my name’s not Jeff Gordon. I’m disappointed that we have to react and answer all these questions again.”
Tharp said NASCAR officials always take it seriously when drivers come to them with questions or complaints. “Let me assure you that no issue or conversation that we have with a driver, owner or team member ever falls on deaf ears,” Tharp said. “Now, they might not always come out of the meeting with the answer they’re looking for, but we listen.” Harvick wants to see NASCAR test drivers and crew members several times a year. “I’m sure I’ll have to do it for speaking my mind,” Harvick said. “But if I have to pee in a cup 15 times a year, I’m happy to do it. The bad part is it isn’t fair to the 95 percent of his garage that is clean. But I want everybody in the world to know our sport is clean. I want fans and sponsors to know this garage is clean.” Harvick and his wife, DeLana, own truck series and Nationwide Series teams at Kevin Harvick Inc. Harvick does not conduct drug tests for his employees. “I don’t right now and maybe we need to change the way we look at it, too,” he said. “But in the end, it’s the responsibility of [NASCAR] to make sure all the drivers are clean.” Harvick said Fike drove a couple of races for KHI several years ago. “There was no reason to think something was wrong,” Harvick said. “I don’t know about drugs, to tell you the truth. But I want to know about the guy racing next to me and not have to wonder if he was out the night before and isn’t clean.”
Kahne said he had suspicions about Fike. “I definitely wondered about Aaron, so I’m sure others did,” Kahne said. “When he said he did heroin before a race, that’s incredible that no one knew. As much money as there is in this sport, I think we should take a little more effort to make sure every driver is clean.” Harvick believes NASCAR should have changed its substance-abuse policy long ago. “You can tell I’m a little bit frustrated about the situation,” he said. “As someone who respects the sport and respects my sponsors, I’m upset that I have to answer questions about Aaron Fike. It really ticks me off, because every driver in this garage should be taking random drug tests.” Harvick believes NASCAR needs to do a better job of staying ahead of the curve. “It’s just like the safety thing back in 2001,” he said. “We didn’t react until that situation happened [with Dale Earnhardt’s death]. With drug-testing, there’s no reason in the world today not to be proactive. “This is about forward thinking about how the drivers are perceived from a public standpoint. If I’m a fan, I don’t want to think, ‘Are they really clean?’ This always has been perceived as a clean sport. Let’s not let that change now, because it is. But let’s prove it.”

Tony Stewarts an A$$

Tony Stewart’s a bigger cry baby than Darrell Waltrip ever was when he was driving and Darrell as great a guy as he is now he was a cry baby back then but nothing like Stewart. Stewarts upset because at a test session during the off-season Goodyear reps didn’t kiss his ass, they didn’t hang on his every word, he got mad because they treated him the way they treat all humans and he didn’t like that. The things he said about Goodyear were uncalled for you could clearly tell he has a personal issue with the Goodyear people. Goodyear is not only the company that supplies tires to NASCAR they are also sponsors of NASCAR. Every driver gets contingincy money just for showing up at the track, all of those little stickers you see on the cars pay into a fund that pays the contingincy money each week so not only is Goodyear a NASCAR Sanctioning body sponsor, a tire supplier , they are a contingincy sponsor as well. So a little piece of Stewarts paycheck comes from Goodyear. With that said NASCAR should fine or at the very least publically reprimand him. If Goodyear had any sense they would scale back on the check they write to NASCAR and put in the memo line “Tony Stewart”. For the record Goodyear left most of the series’ that Stewart spoke of for financial reasons not tire performance. What’s so sad is he’s a good driver.  Me personally I can’t stand the site of his fat ass. I’m sure I’ve alrewady pissed off the Stewart fans so I might as well delivery the knockout Blow. Is he gay(Homo) or what, I’ve never seen him with a girl, I did see him once off track with a small poodle like dog sitting on his lap in his SUV but no women, in all the years as a NASCAR driver in the spotlight never with a girl, whats up with that…but with that said doesn’t he looks like the type that in 20 years he’ll come out of the closet with a book and surprise everyone but me.