• 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

You’ve Gone TOO Far Carl….

I’m speaking of the incident at the end of the Nationwide race in St. Louis Saturday. Carl seems to be having a hard time distingushing the difference between an intentional bump and just a racing deal. This is the second time Carl has decided to retalliate on the track, Saturday Keslowski got loose and bumped Carl, so Carl gathered it back up and caught Keslowski(leader) and used his bumper to not only spin Keslowski out and take the win but also took out about 8 cars who had nothing to do with the feud ruining the cars and their days.

We all know that NASCAR wants the driver to mix it up and show their true emotions but Carl has gone to far. NASCAR needs to suspend Carl, Period. It’s clear that Carl will go to whatever lengths to retaliate and that’s going to get someone hurt or even worse get someone killed.

I used to be a huge fan of Carl not because of his driving skills but because of how he handles himself. But after the Keslowski deal Carl has lost me as a fan. I never seen a driver retaliate the way Carl has, he clearly is not worried about NASCAR. The sanctioning body NASCAR is becoming more an more a joke, drivers aren’t afraid of breaking the rules they know that all NASCAR will do is impose a fine, lose some points, and put them on probation. The only thing the drivers are worried about is the points. So if a driver isn’t going to make the chase he really has nothing to lose because the loss of points won’t matter and they know NASCAR won’t suspend them. Kyle Petty said it best Sunday before the Brickyard, “Lindsey Lohan wishes NASCAR were judging her case because she’d only get probation no matter how much she screws up.”

That Sucked!!!!!!!!!

I couldn’t get to my computer fast enough. Kevin James and Adam Sandler just did the  mocking the Command, were they trying to be funny ? I don’t get it, it was embarrassing to watch one of those I feel sorry for them I can’t watch. Then, I don’t know who she is but the female commentator for TNT come on afterwards to insult my intelligence and says “that might be the best command I’ve ever seen”. Does she think children are her audience ? I believe the tracks is responsible for the Command so it may be time for NASCAR to handle that and have a little higher standard.

I’m all for having a little fun an tweaking the command to fit the person but the Adam Sandler, Kevin James show was just embarrassing.

What do you think about……

the Kyle and Deny show ? I’m bias because I’m a KB fan, but I think most of you will agree, I don’t think Deny should have held up Kyle especially with that type of block. It’s a little different kind of block when you see a guy gaining on you and you purposely run his line to get in his way and the when he goes up or down to change lines you do the same. Deny’s block looked like he had his hands full and didn’t see Kyle coming and threw the block at the last second thus pinching Kyle against the wall which ultimately was the beginning of the end for Kyle. It’s one thing to block when you can compete against the car your blocking but when the car comes up on you and is a truly faster car whether your the leader or not you don’t hold the up the guy unless you see checkers. In my opinion Kyle truly had a better car, Deny had no business holding Kyle up. Deny in my opinion cost Kyle the win($1,000,000).

Again I bias I’m not a fan of Deny at all, and I am a Kyle Busch fan. But with that said I think my opinion is dead on. Just because I’m a fan of someone doesn’t mean I won’t throw them under the bus if needed. I call them as I see’em.

Otherwise a great All Star Race.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Carl went too far……

I was a big fan of Carl Edwards not because of his talent on the track, as many of you already know I root for the underdog, the longshot  and Carl is usually not the underdog anyway I was a fan of Carl because of the way he handled himself, his personality, his appreciation to be a Cup driver. I guess I’m still a fan because I know everyone makes mistakes, I just didn’t expect it from Carl there are alot of other drivers that I’d expect it from. What am I talking about ??? If you watched the Cup race Sunday you know, if you didn’t watch then what you missed was Carl purposely wrecked Brad Keslowski, what made it so bad was Brad was traveling at about 190 mph when Carl basically gave him the pit maneuver (like the Cops do) turning Brad around and as most of you know when these new cars are going wide open and then get turned backwards the wing actually causes the car to take flight and that’s exactly what happened to Brad. I really hated to see it for Brad, he was running a solid 6th with not many laps to go. NASCAR did park Carl after the accident which was the right thing to do, we’ll find out tomorrow(Tuesday) if NASCAR is going to levy any additional penalties against Carl and the #99 team. I’m not sure what Carl deserves over this one, what do you think……??????

How easily they forget…..

Yesterday (Thurs. Dec. 3rd) was the NASCAR Partners Awards Day. It’s where NASCAR sponsor and partners hand out various performance based awards.  Sometimes I think it’s more about their favorite drivers than performance.

Here’s the List of Thursdays Award Winners

* Buddy Shuman Award Dale Inman
* NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award Michigan International Speedway
* NMPA Myers Brothers Award Barney Hall
* Chex Cereals Most Popular Driver Award Dale Earnhardt Jr.
* Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award Joey Logano
* DirecTV Crew Chief of the Year Award Darian Grubb
* Dow Automotive Strategic Call of the Race Award Jimmie Johnson
* Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Year Award Drew Blickensderfer
* MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award Hendrick Motorsports
* Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Award #42 team
* Mobil 1 Command Performance Award Juan Pablo Montoya
* O’Reilly Parts People, Services and Performance Award Denny Hamlin
* Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award Jimmie Johnson
* Tissot Pit Road Precision Award #16 team
* WIX Filters Lap Leader Award Tony Stewart
* Coors Light Pole Award Mark Martin
* Sunoco Diamond Performance Award Jimmie Johnson
* Goodyear Award Jimmie Johnson
* Championship Sponsor Award Lowe’s
* Champion Crew Chief Award Chad Knaus

There’s a few here that I think they missed the mark on or they have very short memories. Here’s the mistakes I think they made, I really think most of you will agree.

* Dow Automotive Strategic Call of the Race Award Jimmie Johnson
This one to me is a No Brainer-Should have Been  David Ruetimann I beleive it was the Coke 600 the call was to stay out instead of pit then the race was called for rain and David got his 1st Cup Victory.

* Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Year Award Drew Blickensderfer
Again this ones a No Brainer, I’d have to say Frank Kerr of the #83 Red Bull Team deserved this one. Remember during the Pep Boys 500 in Atlanta when Brian Vickers broke an axle, 99%of the time teams don’t even pull a wheel off on pit road they just take it to the garage to replace the axle but Kerr had the team do it there on Pit Road and luckily they were able to fish out both pieces on the axle and slide a new one in that decision allowed Vickers to make the Chase. That’s solving a Problem!!!!

* Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Award #42 team
This one should go to the #83 Team for the broken axle repair at Atlanta’s Pep Boys 500. That repair allowed Vickers to make the Chase. (Explanation under the above Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Year Award)

* Tissot Pit Road Precision Award #16 team
This one Again should go to the #83 Team for the broken axle repair at Atlanta’s Pep Boys 500. That repair allowed Vickers to make the Chase. (Explanation under the above Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Year Award)
This is an amazing repair to be done on Pit Road, Luck has to be on your side because first of all when the axle breaks it usually breaks into a few pieces because of that usually you have to remove the gears from the rear end to get all the pieces.  So o.k. you get lucky and it’s only 2 pieces, you still have to get those 2 out and then slide the axle in place and get it to seat right but really where all the difficulty comes in is because your on pit road with the pace car coming around in about 30 seconds, so hurry get it in and tires back on to get him back out so he can come around and get 4 fresh tires , fuel and any other adjustments. Tough call to attempt on pit road and even tougher to get it done!!!!

Who to Thank….

I’m not sure which driver to thank David Reutimann or Sam Hornish maybe I should thank both. Thanks to them the Chase is back on. It was just a miracle that Jimmy Johnson wrecks on LAP 3  and it took his team over a hundred laps to get the car back on the track. The #48 team rebuilt the front and back half of the car in under an hour and a half a tremendous amount of work. But because of that crash we still have a contest Mark and Jeff have a chance. This weeks Phoenix race is going to be a nail biter for the #5 and #24 teams because Jimmy historically runs well at Phoenix but as we watched last weekend anything can happen. But again thanks to David and Sam we still don’t know who the Champ is going to be.

Take a Guess…..

Who do you think will be in EGR’s #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy next season ? The seat of #1 Chevy that’s been piloted by Martin Truex jr. for the past 7 or 8 years is up for grabs and an announcement could be coming this week on who will replace Truex.  A few names have circulated the garage area the past few months and the conversation always end with Jamie McMurray getting the nod, which coincidently is where McMurray started his Cup career subbing for the injured Sterling Marlin.

My personal opinion is it won’t be Mac daddy(Jamie McMurray) in the drivers seat, I hope I don’t ruin his chances because I’m always wrong but I think Bobby Labonte will be the pilot of the EGR #1 Chevy. He seems like a better fit past champion, team leader, huge fan base, and a bit of an outdoorsmen which is something Bass Pro Shops wants. That might be the key because Bass Pro contract ends at the end of the 2010 and they have an eye on sponsoring #39 Ryan Newman who is an outdoorsmen and would be a great fit for Bass Pro unlike McMurray who is not an outdoorsmen, so if EGR does go with McMurray then it pretty much sends Bass Pro to the #39 if EGR goes with Labonte they have a chance of re-signing Bass Pro at the end of 2010. Really it all depends on how confident EGR is about sponsorship in 2011, Bass Pro has only purchased 23 races in 2010 so EGR will have to find a Primary sponsor for the #1 for the remaining 13 races, they have a slew of associate sponsors maybe they can convert one of them to the primary spot.

DAM !!!!!

UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
[after Talladega, Chase race 7 of 10; Season race 33 of 36]:

pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins]

1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6248,
2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 6064, -184
3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 6056, -192
4) #42-Juan Montoya, 6009, -239
5) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 5969, -279
6) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5936, -312
7) #16-Greg Biffle, 5908, -340
8} #39-Ryan Newman, 5846, -402
9) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5834, -414
10) #99-Carl Edwards, 5811, -437
11) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 5800, -448
12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5692, –556

It looks like Johnson’s going to get his 4th Sprint Cup Championship, it’ s not a lock yet but it’s gone from drivers needing to consistently perform well to beat him to Johnson has to have some bad luck. If Johnson has a DNF and Martin wins then there’s a chance Martin could win the Championship but it would be a slim chance because let’s say Johnson does have a DNF the #48 team usually rebounds well and he’ll probably win the next one. Johnson needs a DNF then a 20th place finish followed up by a 15th place finish while Martin posts top 5 in the next three events. But back to reality because one thing that won’t happen is for Johnson to run poorly in the last 3 races. Just not gonna happen.

This is from Jayskis

If #5-Martin wins the final three Sprint Cup races [Texas, Phoenix & Homestead] and leads the most laps, he would score 585 points [195×3] for a total of 6649 points. #48-Johnson has 6248, so Johnson needs to score 402 points in the final three race, IF Martin were to win all three. Which is an average of 134 points a race for the three remaining races. Finishing 10th is 134 points. So Johnson needs to finish 10th or better in the three remaining races [or total 402 points], and nothing Martin or any other driver can do to overtake Johnson.

The Right Call…..

At the end of this past weekends Sprint Cup with 1 lap to go #34 John Andretti wreck causing his car to end up against the inside wall at the start finish line when John tried to move the car he only moved about 8 feet towards the racing line and couldn’t move any further, so NASCAR to preserve competition during these Chase races didn’t throw the cautions until the winner Deny Hamlin crossed the finished line which at that time the majority of the drivers were just coming out of turn 4. Although John was a sitting duck out there he does agree with NASCAR’s call as does most of the other drivers. Really the only ones that are complaining are the ones that would have complained had NASCAR thrown the caution.

It’s my opinion NASCAR did make the right call, it’s really simple drivers have spotters to let them know what’s happening on the track ahead of them, NASCAR knew John wasn’t injured. These are Chase races there aren’t any do over, there isn’t  any “we’ll get’em next week” this is it. I’m not saying throw caution to the wind but for the sake of the Championship NASCAR must try and let the race be decided by the drivers. Had this been earlier in the race or a non-chase race then I believe NASCAR would have thrown the caution. I think NASCAR used common sense and good judgment, the biggest problem I see is in February when we get to Daytona the same situation will happen except this time NASCAR will throw the caution and people will be bringing up Martinsville not understanding that there is a huge difference between Race #1 and Race #31.

I’m the first one to cry foul when NASCAR gets it wrong but NASCAR got it right this time.

My Lowes Picks

Tonight’s (Saturday Oct 17th) Sprint Cup Race at

Lowe’s Motor Speedway,  Charlotte, N.C.

The NASCAR Banking 500,  Presented by Bank of America

 

The Green Flag drops at approx. 7:41 pm EST

 

1.  Mark Martin

2. Tony Stewart

3. Jimmie Johnson

4. Brian Vickers

5. Ryan Newman

 

6th thru 10th

Jeff Gordon

David Gilliland

Brad Keselowski

Kyle Busch

Kasey Kahne