TLVW once again is involved in wild finish at Daytona. He also was involved in the “photo finish” in 2007, when Jamie McMurray squeaked out a victory over Busch in the July Pepsi 400 by .005 of a second! That is close!
Well, there was more than just one “Big One” Saturday night! Many of our picks got collected up in various forms in those high speed gatherings of drivers!
It is such a “handling ” track versus a speed track, that the drivers are on the edge continuously. there is one song that fits this race, ” Stuck in the Middle with You”. The lyrics from that old Stealers Wheel song rang true! “Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you”!!!
Only Karen and Carolyn earned single digits from the race! The rest of us ate double digits for our choices for the Coke Zero 400!! Yours truly gobbled up 39 points sending me right to the cellar!
With those big numbers that I ate, I am now in last place, and leading the race for the “BOUDREAUAX’S BUTT PASTE AWARD”! Somebody help me!
What did you think about the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night? Exciting or not? Was there anyone person to blame for that “Big Crash” at the end of the race? Sound off!
This is the second time in as many years, that the Busch Brothers, ol Kylie aka TLVW and Kurt aka EARS LAID BACK (ELB), have won successive races at the Cup level. To say that the “Blue Duece” was thoroughly dominating at Atlanta Sunday, was a huge understatement! Kurt Busch led 235 of the 330 laps of the race!!
In the off season, NASCAR granted Dodge a new engine and some modifications on their nose cone. It appears that the new nose and the new Dodge engine are paying dividends for Penske Racing. FYI, Penske is the only Dodge team currently using the new Dodge engine, Richard Petty Motorsports is still using the old engine.
The #24 National Guard Chevy of Jeff Gordon ran up front all afternoon, as well. But in the end neither he, nor Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, and Brian Vickers had anything for “The Blue Duece”!
Kurt (ELB) was even more dominating in the Cup race, than ol Kylie (TLVW) was in Saturday’s Truck race. TLVW showed those boys the fastest way around AMS on Saturday. On the last restart, TLVW was leading them to the green, but only had two gears 1st and 4th left in the trannie. So he dropped back as far as 9th with 8 laps to go. But he roared back to the lead with 3 laps remaining and won the race!!
This just in from the definition of tough! Saturday evening Martin Truex, Jr. was taken to the hospital with lower back and abdominal pains. Around 10pm Saturday evening, he passed a kidney stone, and by 1pm Sunday he was sitting in his race car ready to go 500 miles!! He was not allowed to take any pain medication and race. Now that is TOUGH!!!!
NASCAR has finally come up with a policy for the restart zone at all the race tracks. They have been toying with the idea for the first four races of the season. Now they are going to double the speed on pit road,convert that to feet, and that is the restart zone. For instance, if the pit road speed is 55 MPH, then the restart zone would be 110 feet prior to the start/finish line.
What is wrong with what has worked for 60 years?? The leader sets the pace and GASSES WHEN HE IS READY!!
Lastly, NASCAR is looking closely at “start and park”. This reporter is holding out on judgement on this subject pending further evidence and discussions. However, your opinion is invited!
AGAIN, I LOOKED IT UP SO THAT YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO!!
Here is another poll that I encourage you all to weigh in on.
7. ROCKINGHAM RACEWAY BUILDS A “LITTLE ROCK” ON PREMISES:
8. AMBROSE IN #47 (WAS #44 MWR) REST OF YEAR:(MWR PR)
Well folks, it happened again! The #48 Lowes Chevy dominated the race. Jimmie Johnson led over 330 laps of the 500 lap race, a true sign of domination. The Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) Chevys all had a good day at the track. Just to let you know how the HMS teams have done over the years at Martinsville, here are some facts. Prior to Sunday, HMS had posted 11 victories and 78 top 10’s there!! Now make that 12 victories and 82 top 10’s!! They have completed over 96% of all laps entered. Jeff Gordon has posted 7 victories there alone! They have now won 9 out of the last 12 races at Martinsville!! HMS now have a total of 174 wins and 7 Sprint Cup Championships in NASCAR!!!! These numbers are staggering!
The merger rumors are running rampant in the garage area this week. There are talks rumored between Petty and DEI. There are rumors of talks between Petty and Ganassi. There are rumors that Gilette-Evernham (GEM) are leaving Dodge and heading to Toyota. It is truely “The Silly Season”!!! IT APPEARS THAT NOT ONLY IS “JOE THE PLUMBER” HAVING TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES, THE CUP TEAMS ARE EQUALLY FINDING THE TIME A ROUGH GO!!!! There appears to be a changing of ownership coming to the garage area. Financial partners and mergers seems to be the key to suviorship here in NASCAR!
Remember the first 26 races of this season??????? Ol Kylie Busch, aka TLVW, was truly dominating the entire field each and every Sunday. What happened?????? Everyone was singing the praises of TLVW, how he was running away with the championship lead! Well, did everyone forget how the #48 Lowes Chevy came from the cellar last year to put the BIG WHOOP on the other 11 contenders in the Chase?????? DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT HE IS ABOUT DO REPEAT THAT SAME FEAT THIS YEAR!!!!!!!
This reporter was one of the naysayers this year. I repeatedly said that the #48 Lowes Chevy team could not possibly win 3 championships in a row! After all, it had only happened once in the history of NASCAR, so that by itself shows the difficulty of that feat. By the way, that one feat was accompolished by one William Caleb (Cale) Yorborough from 1976-1978. But don’t look now, it is about to happen again!!!!
SO THE ANSWER TO THE TITLE OF THIS BLOG WOULD BE A RESOUNDING NO!!!!!
ONCE AGAIN I LOOKED IT UP SO THAT YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO!!!!!