#33 General Mills Team

2009 Daytona 500 118 


This off season Richard Childress Racing started up a fourth Cup team.  It was decided that Clint Bowyer would move over from the #07 Jack Daniels team to drive  for the new team.  Part of that transformation was at the behest of General Mills.  You see RCR had just signed young Casey Mears to be part of that new team, however having been sponsored by Kelloggs at Hendrick Motorsports, General Mills thought that Mears would be kind of a conflict of interest as a driver. 


So Richard Childress had the chore of assembling this new team in a short amount of time.  Fortunately with the economy failing and mergers in the NASCAR world leaving a few unemployed, Childress had the opportunity to hire some quality people to start this project off on the right foot!  So his first step was to find a good experienced crew chief to head up this #33 General Mills Chevy, fortunately Shane Wilson was available!  Shane has worked for several NASCAR teams over the past few years, most notable Petty Enterprises


Needless to say, Clint Bowyer was reluctant to buy into this new deal.  Afterall, he was just getting comfortable with the #07 Jack Daniels team, wininng a couple of races, and being a top 10 team in 2008.  Now he was being asked by his boss to leave the comforts of his present team and be a part of a start up team, not a warm and fuzzy feeling!!  But, nonetheless he agreed to become part of the #33 General Mills?Cheerios/Hambuarger Helper Chevy team.


So in eight weeks this teams is put together.  This year there was no preseason testing to try to get all the pieces of this team to gel together before Daytona.  So you would expect a brand new team to have some  “growing pains”.  But if you look at the standings, you will see just where this new team sits so far in 2009, no apparent growing pains with this team!!  That is right the #33 General Mills Chevy sits in the second place in the Cup standings after 6 races.  That is a really an accomplishment!!!!


So where did he come from so quickly???????????????????


The Coliseum of Collision!



1. “Cousin Carl” wins two in a row:

2.  NASCAR announces 2009 schedule:


3.  Logano Cup debut at Richmond in #02:


4.  It’s official, Logano pilots #20 in ’09:

5.  Hall of Fame Racing looking at options:


6.  Mears to RCR #07- Bowyer to #33:


7.  Kylie could be penalized:

8.  Sorenson possibly to GEM:


9.  Red Bull exploring 3rd team:



Just when everyone was thinkin’ that TLVW (aka ol Kylie Busch) was gonna run away with the championship, Carl Edwards gets hot again!  But I may add, not as hot as ol Kylie was after the race!!!!  See it appears that TLVW can run deep into the turn and bump you out of the way, get into your door and crash you, get into your quarter panel and spin you, but he really doesn’t like someone to race him in the same fashion!!!  It appears that ol Kylie is gonna have to write a check and loose a few points for his shenanigans after the checkerd flag fell.  I guess NASCAR doesn’t take lightly to bumpin’ and bangin’ after the race is over!!  This reporter suggests that ol Kylie purchase some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and keep it in his race car!!!   That will help to heal his “CHAPPED BUTTOCKS” when he looses a race!!!!


Now that Bristol has been reconfigured to a progressive banking, and the running of the COT, there is more side-by-side racing and less beating and banging. It is still a very fast paced race, with laps turning in the low 16 seconds.  But it is a race, not a destuction derby!!!  The tempers still flare and the feelings still get hurt!  As Larry Mc and DW say, “you need to leave your feelings and your temper at the front gate”!! 


With just two races left til the Chase begins, the race teams are feeling the heat.  With positions 6-14 separated by just a few points, those teams really have to step up their game a few notches to secure a spot in the Chase!!  It is time to throw caution to the wind!  If you got something for ’em, it is time to let the big dog eat!!!!