The Storylines are:
1. “Kylie” Busch wins his 5th race of the season. www.nascar.com
2. Marcus Ambrose qualifies the #21 Wood Bros. Ford into the show. www.jayski.com
3. Bonzai moves takes out many contenders! www.captainblowdri.com
4. Tony Stewart is extremely eloquent in post-race interview! www.espntv.com
5. David Gilliland finish second. www.jayski.com
6. DEI pegs Aric Almirola to drive the #8 full time in 2009. www.espn.com
7. Mark Martin is rumored to the #5 Hendrick Chevy in 2009. www.jayski.com
8. DEI possibly down to three teams in 2009. www.jayski.com
9. Army possibly to Bill Davis Racing #22 in 2009. www.jayski.com
Well folks, that little Weasel from Las Vegas, aka LVW and Wild Thang, did it again!!! How does he get himself in a position to win week after week???? (Only when I picked him, did he see the need to give me a 43!!) He took the lead shortly before the halfway point and never surrendered it to anyone after that. Much to my chagrin, it looks like he is turning into the odds on favorite for the championship. But remember last year, Jeff Gordon looked like he would be the favorite to win and he didn’t!!!!
Marcos Ambrose was quite a surprise Sunday. First off he qualifies the Wood Bros. #21 Ford up near the front in his very first attempt in Sprint Cup racining! In fact, he was contending for the lead for the first half of the race. He was the first to attempt the BONZAI MOVE!!! He drove DEEP into turn 11 and took out Juan Pablo Montoya!! He was later taken out at the same point by another BONZAI MOVE!! But I do believe the CLASSIC BONZAI MOVE of the race goes to # 29 Kevin Harvick!!! Kevin got almost 1/3 of the field with his move up near the top of the track!!! When the “SMOKE’ cleared, “THE SMOKER” was taken out of the race, aka Tony Stewart!!!!!! His post race interview was classic “Tony”, and I might add very eloquent!!!!
Another highlight of the race was the finish of the #38 Yates Ford driven by David Gilliland. David has been in victory circle many times at Infineon Raceway, as a crew chief for his dad Butch Gilliland, as well as a driver himself in the Winston West Series and Southwest Featherlite Tour. He pumps up the Yates Racing with a very good finish.
DEI and Mark Martin are noteworthy today. DEI has decided to put Aric Almirola in the #8 full time in 2009. But where does that leave Mark Martin?? Rumors out of the garge area having Mark Martin possibly going to the #5 Hendrick Chevy in 2009. What happened to Casey Mears? It appears that Casey will be released from his contract at the end of 2008. I am sure there is more to come on these issues!!
Finally another note on DEI. It appears that they are having sponsorship problems for the #01 car. If no sponsors can be found, then they may shut down the #01 team. IS THE “EVIL STEPMOTHER” GETTING HER JUST REWARD?????? There is also some rumors floating around the garage area that Martin Truax may be in line for the Childress fourth team. Very Interesting!!!!!
Finally, there is some very sad news to report. On Saturday NHRA lost one of its champions, Scott Kalitta. Scott lost his life in a firey crash at the end of the fourth round of qualifying for Funny Cars at Englishtown, NJ. Scott comes from one the premier families of drag racing. His Dad is Conrad “Connie” Kalitta who drove the “THE KALITTA FLYING SERVICE” top fuel dragster in the 60′ and 70’s. Scott was the NASCAR Top Fuel Champion back in the mid 90’s. GOD BLESS THE KALITTA FAMILY OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU!
Still one more sad piece of news that I must report. Just before I went to press, I was notified that my most favorite comedian of all times passed away from a massive heart attack today, George Carlin. I remember him from the 60’s being on The Ed Sullivan Show. His characters were, “the hippy-dippy weatherman“, Biff Burns’ Spotlight on Sports, and more. From those early days he rocketed on the scene! He had such a way with words! I am really going to miss you, George, may you rest in peace!!