• 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

Time for Danica to GO……

   It’s time for Danica Patrick to hang up her helmet. She just hasn’t shown any sign of improvement in the last 4 years driving a NASCAR. Let’s be honest she’s only in NASCAR because of her Gender. Say what you want but that’s the reason there are a lot better NASCAR drivers in the 2 lower NASCAR series. It made sense 4 years ago to put a female in the drivers seat to open up NASCAR a little more to women and potential sponsors. She looks great in a driver suit. Many fans like to look at her, but that’s it.

                             Danica

 

   But you’ve got to show some potential once you arrive in NASCAR’s Top Series, by Stewart Haas continuing to employ her as a driver past this point is hurting the series. Eventually she’s going to get hurt or sadly hurt someone else. No other driver would get the free pass that she’s getting today. She just doesn’t have the talent to drive in NASCAR for a top team. Many other drivers deserve that opportunity. Maybe a start and park team is the best place for her, she’ll bring a sponsor to a struggling team. NASCAR will still have a female driver and nobody gets hurt. Who knows maybe then she can grow as a driver.

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

Montoya’s Mulligan

Is this week going to be the week when Montoya uses his mulligan ?? I hope so because I’m not a fan of Montoya. To be quite honest I’m surprised he’s even in the chase and that he’s keeping the momentum going. 8 weeks ago I would have bet good money that he won’t make the chase, 4 weeks ago I would have bet that he’d be out of picture by the time we got to the 4th chase race I just didn’t think the team had it in them and didn’t think Montoya had the talent to be the champion. I still don’t think he’ll be the Champion and again I’m not a Montoya fan or even a Chip Gnassi fan but I am a Theresa Earnhardt and Felix Sabates fan so I’m torn because I would so much like to see Theresa and Felix be in the class of champion car owners.

Montoya has never really run well at Lowes except for his last race there which was earlier this season where he finished with his first top 10 at Lowes, in his five career starts at Lowes he’s finished 28th, 37th, 30th, 34th, and this seasons spring race he finished 8th so he’s not usually a threat at Lowes. To be honest we could really question the strength of his top 10 that day last May because if you remember right the leaders had just pitted and then the race was called due to rain so really if the race wasn’t shortened Montoya would have probably had a 20th place finish. Tonight will tell if the 8th place finish in this seasons spring race was a fluke due to rain or a sign that he’s figuring Lowes out. To my dismay he’s been running fantastic, true champion form but usually every driver has at least one mulligan during the chase and if I’m picking which one will be Montoya’s it this one tonight.

Logano’s Dad

I’m not sure why I missed this one, I forgot all about it but I would still be interested in hearing other opinions. During last Saturdays Nationwide race Greg Biffle ran Joey Logano up the track forcing Logano to scrape the wall. Biffle was paying Logano back for an earlier incident where Logano slid up the track pinching Biffle. It was racing crappola. I don’t think Logano pinched Biffle intentionally but I know Biffle pinched Logano on purpose. But either way nothing serious just racing crappola that goes on between drivers every race sometimes we know about it sometimes we don’t. 

Anyway after the race Logano’s dad was running down pit road on his way to Victory Lane when he saw Biffles car coming down pit road so he veered in front of Biffles car and gave him a sarcastic thumbs up letting Biffle know he wasn’t happy with his ontrack behavior. It was really nothing he didn’t jump out in front of a speeding car, there was nothing unsafe about it, there was no other confrontation it was really nothing a non-incident. But when NASCAR saw it they thought differently, NASCAR takes a very dim view of family members interacting with team member negatively in other words, family members can’t screw with anyone when they are holding Hot Pass so NASCAR yanked his NASCAR Credentials but they did issue him a one day pass so he could attend the next days Cup Race. NASCAR was to decide what type of sanctions to put on Loganos dad this week. What’s your thought on family members interacting with competitors and the punishments they should get when they cross the line??