• 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

The Grapevine….

Hearing that Denny Hamlin will miss at least the next 4 races after a hard crash into the inside retaining wall at California’s Fontana Speedway. The speculation from insiders at JGR is that former Sprint Cup Series driver Elliot Sadler will take over driving duties for Deny Hamlin in Deny’s #11 Fed Ex Toyota.

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.”

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……??????

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.

Top and Bottom of Drivers Points Chart after the Glen

Sprint Cup Standings after Sunday Race at

Watkins Glen International Raceway

Driver Standings 1st thru 14th

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Watkins race 22 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 3254 [8 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 3012 -242 [4 wins]
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3010 -244 [2 wins]
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2985 -269 [1 win]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 2945 -309 [1 win]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2754 -500
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 2744 -510
    8) #9-Kasey Kahne 2713 -541 [+107 pts ahead of 13th]
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 2689 -565 [+87]
    10) #16-Greg Biffle 2689 -565 [+83]
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 2670 -584 [+64]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 2628 -626 [+22]
    CHASE contenders
    13) #07-Clint Bowyer 2606 -648 [1 win] [22 pts out of 12th]
    14) #6-David Ragan 2539 -715 [-89]

    Driver Standings 31st thru 38th

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    #84-Allmendinger is in top 35 first time ever; #66-Riggs falls back out and down to 37th
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1770 +109
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 1767, +106
    33) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1682 +21
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1674 +13
    35) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1669 8 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1661 8 points out of 35th
    37) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1616 -53
    38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1469 -200
  • Starting Line-up for the Centurion Boats at the Glen Sprint Cup Race

    Qualifing for todays Sprint Cup Race “Centurion Boats at the Glen” at Watkins Glen International Raceway was Cancelled Due to Rain. The Starting Line-up was set by the NASCAR Rule Book, the starting order was determined by Owners Points and Race Attempts.

     

    1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1st in Owners Pts
    2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 2nd
    3 99 Carl Edwards Ford 3rd
    4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 4th
    5 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 5th
    6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 6th
    7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 7th
    8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 8th
    9 20 Tony Stewart Toyota 9th
    10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 10th
    11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 11th
    12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 12th
    13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 13th
    14 6 David Ragan Ford 14th
    15 8 Aric Almirola Chevy 15th
    16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 16th
    17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 17th
    18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 18th
    19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 19th
    20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 20th
    21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 21st
    22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 22nd
    23 28 Travis Kvapil Ford 23rd
    24 5 Casey Mears Chevy 24th
    25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 25th
    26 38 David Gilliland Ford 26th
    27 15 Paul Menard Chevy 27th
    28 44 David Reutimann Toyota 28th
    29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 29th
    30 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 30th
    31 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 31st
    32 01 Ron Fellows Chevy 32nd
    33 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 33rd
    34 77 Sam Hornish Jr. # Dodge 34th
    35 66 Scott Riggs Chevy 35th
    36 00 Michael McDowell # Toyota 21 attempts, 36th owners pts
    37 84 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 21,37th
    38 96 P.J. Jones Toyota 21,38th
    39 10 Patrick Carpentier # Dodge 21,39th
    40 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 21,40th
    41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 21,41st
    42 70 Max Papis Chevy 21,42nd
    43 21 Marcos Ambrose Ford 21,43rd
    DNQ 34 Brian Simo Ford 19,45th
    DNQ 60 Boris Said Ford 3/50th

    Courtesy Jayski.com

    Lifelock 400 Starting Line-up

    Qualifying Cancelled Due to Rain

     

     Rain washed out qualifying for the Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, so the field was set by the NASCAR Rules books and by owners points [top-35], two past champs and the remaining by race attempts with ties broken by owners points standings. So #18-Busch starts 1st followed by #31-Burton, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #9-Kahne and #29-Harvick. Two drivers will miss the race: #34-Raines and #70-Leffler.

     

    STARTING LINEUP

    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Reason
    1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1st in Owners Pts
    2 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 2nd
    3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 3rd
    4 99 Carl Edwards Ford 4th
    5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 5th
    6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 6th
    7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 7th
    8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 8th
    9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 9th
    10 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 10th
    11 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 11th
    12 20 Tony Stewart Toyota 12th
    13 6 David Ragan Ford 13th
    14 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 14th
    15 8 Mark Martin Chevy 15th
    16 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 16th
    17 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 17th
    18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 18th
    19 28 Travis Kvapil Ford 19th
    20 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 20th
    21 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 21st
    22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 22nd
    23 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 23rd
    24 38 David Gilliland Ford 24th
    25 5 Casey Mears Chevy 25th
    26 15 Paul Menard Chevy 26th
    27 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 27th
    28 44 David Reutimann Toyota 28th
    29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 29th
    30 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 30th
    31 01 Regan Smith # Chevy 31st
    32 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 32nd
    33 00 Michael McDowell # Toyota 33rd
    34 66 Scott Riggs Chevy 34th
    35 77 Sam Hornish Jr. # Dodge 35th
    36 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Past Champ 1996
    37 21 Bill Elliott Ford Past Champ 1988
    38 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 14 attempts, 36th owners pts
    39 84 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 14,37th
    40 96 JJ Yeley Toyota 14,38th
    41 40 Dario Franchitti # Dodge 14,39th
    42 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 14,40th
    43 10 Patrick Carpentier # Dodge 14,41st
    DNQ 70 Jason Leffler Chevy 14,44th
    DNQ 34 Tony Raines Chevy 13,45th

    Qualifying Results / Starting Order

    STARTING LINEUP

    Starting Line Up by Row
    Pocono Raceway
    POCONO 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Sat, June 07, 2008 @ 08:11 AM CST

    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Sponsor/Manu Qual
    Speed
    Qual
    Time
    1 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge 170.219 52.873
    2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevy 169.856 52.986
    3 8 Mark Martin Steak-umm Burgers Chevy 168.897 53.287
    4 01 Regan Smith # Principal Financial Group/DEI Chevy 168.745 53.335
    5 78 Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Racing Chevy 168.723 53.342
    6 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 168.517 53.407
    7 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. National Guard/AMP Energy Chevy 168.505 53.411
    8 84 AJ Allmendinger Red Bull Toyota 168.479 53.419
    9 66 Scott Riggs State Water Heaters Chevy 168.391 53.447
    10 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 168.139 53.527
    11 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 168.124 53.532
    12 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Toyota 168.055 53.554
    13 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 167.970 53.581
    14 40 Dario Franchitti # Target Dodge 167.939 53.591
    15 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 167.904 53.602
    16 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 167.895 53.605
    17 15 Paul Menard Menards/Pittsburgh Paints Chevy 167.838 53.623
    18 19 Elliott Sadler Stanley Dodge 167.785 53.640
    19 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Toyota 167.738 53.655
    20 31 Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility Chevy 167.735 53.656
    21 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco/Havoline Dodge 167.467 53.742
    22 26 Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford 167.436 53.752
    23 28 Travis Kvapil Dish Network Ford 167.367 53.774
    24 10 Patrick Carpentier # Charter Dodge 167.345 53.781
    25 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops Chevy 167.327 53.787
    26 70 Jason Leffler Haas Automation Chevy 167.258 53.809
    27 12 Ryan Newman Kodak Dodge 167.255 53.810
    28 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 167.029 53.883
    29 21 Bill Elliott Air Force Ford 166.759 53.970
    30 6 David Ragan AAA Insurance Ford 166.710 53.986
    31 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge 166.688 53.993
    32 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota 166.648 54.006
    33 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 166.645 54.007
    34 5 Casey Mears Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevy 166.605 54.020
    35 07 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel’s Chevy 166.593 54.024
    36 44 David Reutimann UPS Toyota 166.590 54.025
    37 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge 166.568 54.032
    38 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 166.454 54.069
    39 00 Michael McDowell # Champion Mortgage Toyota 166.276 54.127
    40 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 165.871 54.259
    41-OP 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. # Mobil 1 Dodge 165.071 54.522
    42-OP 38 David Gilliland freecreditreport.com Ford 164.971 54.555
    43-PC 45 Terry Labonte PVA Dodge 166.276 54.127
    DNQ 96 JJ Yeley DLP Toyota 166.349 54.103

    Qualifying Results / Starting Line-up

    STARTING LINEUP

    Starting Line Up by Row
    Lowe’s Motor Speedway at Charlotte
    COCA-COLA 600
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics & Jayskis.com

    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Sponsor/Manu Qual
    Speed
    Qual
    Time
    1 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 185.433 29.121
    2 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge 185.300 29.142
    3 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 185.249 29.150
    4 16 Greg Biffle Dish Network Ford 184.970 29.194
    5 6 David Ragan AAA Insurance Ford 184.470 29.273
    6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/AMP Energy Chevy 184.439 29.278
    7 8 Mark Martin U.S. Army Chevy 184.181 29.319
    8 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 184.106 29.331
    9 19 Elliott Sadler Best Buy Dodge 183.974 29.352
    10 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevy 183.924 29.360
    11 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota 183.842 29.373
    12 17 Matt Kenseth R&L Carriers Ford 183.780 29.383
    13 66 Scott Riggs Haas Automation Chevy 183.673 29.400
    14 31 Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility Chevy 183.617 29.409
    15 26 Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford 183.580 29.415
    16 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 183.455 29.435
    17 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge 183.443 29.437
    18 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 183.436 29.438
    19 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 183.430 29.439
    20 77 Sam Hornish Jr. # Mobil 1 Dodge 183.349 29.452
    21 5 Casey Mears CARQUEST/Kellogg’s Chevy 183.275 29.464
    22 7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Dodge 183.212 29.474
    23 43 Bobby Labonte Honey Nut Cheerios/Trix, Lucky Charms & 183.200 29.476
    24 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy 183.169 29.481
    25 15 Paul Menard Menards/Johns Manville Chevy 183.132 29.487
    26 40 Sterling Marlin Wii Fit Dodge 183.057 29.499
    27 84 AJ Allmendinger Red Bull Toyota 182.852 29.532
    28 44 David Reutimann UPS Toyota 182.729 29.552
    29 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 182.692 29.558
    30 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 182.168 29.643
    31 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Toyota 182.113 29.652
    32 38 David Gilliland freecreditreport.com Ford 182.020 29.667
    33 33 Ken Schrader Camping World Chevy 181.984 29.673
    34 10 Patrick Carpentier # LifeLock Dodge 181.867 29.692
    35 96 J.J. Yeley DLP HDTV Toyota 181.726 29.715
    36 45 Kyle Petty Coca-Cola Dodge 181.714 29.717
    37 01 Regan Smith # Principal Financial Grp/DEI Chevy 181.702 29.719
    38 12 Ryan Newman alltel Dodge 181.531 29.747
    39 07 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel’s/USO Toast to the Troops 181.482 29.755
    41 00 Michael McDowell # Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 181.464 29.758
    41-OP 28 Travis Kvapil Lumber Liquidators Ford 180.156 29.974
    42-OP 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco/Havoline Dodge 179.521 30.080
    43 70 Johnny Sauter Haas Automation Chevy 181.446 29.761
    DNQ 34 Jeff Green Chevy 181.366 29.774
    DNQ 50 Stanton Barrett NOS Chevy 180.108 29.982
    DNQ 21 Jon Wood Air Force Ford 180.054 29.991
    DNQ 78 Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Chevy 179.635 30.061
    DNQ 08 Tony Raines FUBAR Dodge 175.673 30.739

    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.