Wednesday, December 28, 2005

So, Did You Miss Me?

Christmas isover kids.  In fact, first thing my mom did on the 26th was removethe hint that Christmas even existed as far as decorations, the tree,lights outside, etc.  I thought that was just lovely. Anywho, I've had a good break thus far.  I've read 2 books that Iwould endorse anyone that reads this blog to read, the first beingPatriot Reign by Michael Holly where he follows the Patriots and thecoaching staff through the 2002 and 2003 seasons.  Great insightinto what makes the Pats a dynasty and how Belichick, no matter thegray sweatshirt, is a true genius.  One of the funny things in thebook is how the Pats director of player personnel, Scott Pioli, ismarried to Bill Parcells' daughter Dallas.  Pioli is alsoBelichick's best friend.  So imagine what Christmas dinner is likeat that house each year.  I'm facsinated by Belichick, the way heapproaches football, and how he does it better than anyone else. John Fox is my favorite coach, but Belichick is definitely number2.  Just look at the job Belichick does year after year while histeam is decimated by injuries.  Just absolutely amazing.  Thesecond book I read was Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn MichaelsStory.  First, I will say that there are way too many wrestlingmemoir books out there, but this one is one of the best.  Iliterally couldn't put it down and finished it in 4 days.  Inshort, its a story of a man who grows up age-wise to become a Championbut didn't grow up in maturity until he became a father and eventuallybecame a born-again Christian.  Great read and very honest. 

I don't think Imissed too much on the racing front.  The Tennessee Pig BobbyHamilton Jr. was fired from PPI and Travis Kvapil will drive the32.  OK.  I'm no Kvapil fan but I would expect the team dosomewhat better.  Larry Carter will move to Bill Davis in amanagement role, which seems to be a growing trend for great crewchiefs to move to.  The best story, however, is the possiblereemergance of Morgan-McClure Racing.  They're getting a soliddriver in Scott Wimmer, Chevy is bringing some support, and they have 3sponsors lined up to cover the season.  After the 77 disbanded andgiving them a top 35 slot, This team won't be a race winner but willhave a better season than their previous ones have been. 

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Last Post Until....

Honestly,not sure.  I'm going home tomorrow, well right now its later ontoday.  I got talked in to coming now, and silly me was too busygoofing around with my roommates tonight so I haven't packed athing.  Ah well, it'll be fun tomorrow anyway I guess.  So,why won't I be posting?  Since I left for school, I took thecomputer.  My mom used it maybe once a week, and my dad can't properlyturn one on (sorry dad).  But I'm not going to go through thetrouble of picking this thing up and removing everything I have set up,so I gues we'll wait and see if we get one by the 25th. Hopefully, we'll get one this weekend. 

At the risk of being a lazy ass and just writing a witty Christmas wishlist, I'll just say this:  I hope everyone gets what they want forChristmas.  I just want finances.  The big gift, a PlayStation 3,doesn't come out until the Spring.  I'm looking forward to seeingmy friends again.  Some more great times are to be had.

In closing, I just want to tell everyone Merry Christmas.  May the season be kind to you and yours.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Roush Busch News Part 2

Just cameacross some news that Roush will be running a 3rd full-time team forDanny O'Quinn, who has been very close to winning the Gong Show for thelast 2 years now.  No word on a number or sponsor yet, my opinionis that one of the sponsors from the Discovery Channel show liked himso much that they ponied up to bring this deal together.  You canfind out more about Danny here and here.  All I have to say is, welcome to the team Danny.  This young man has a lot of talent.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I Spit In The Face Of Winter Weather

As of rightnow, we're getting freezing rain here in Charlotte.  I can hear itfalling, and now it's starting to collect on the trees a bit.  Itwould suck if it turned major, as I have an exam on Friday that I mighthave to walk a few miles to get to.  Of course if we are stuckhere for a day or two, we would be drunk by noon.  Supposedlythere is another one coming in Saturday, we shall see.  Makes wantto head the hell home after the exam Friday.  This is just a newexperience for me in coming home for the holidays.  According tothe songs, there is no place like home for the holidays.  I hopethat's right.  I'm ready for a break, even though every time I gohome I miss Charlotte so much. 

Oh, you wanted racing stuff?  My bad.  The best cause I canthink of right now is for everyone reading this to finish up and then click this link. They've gotten some attention back, after Bruton Smith and Bob Bahrehave asked for $12 million to buy it.  Just think, if we can get12 million true NASCAR fans to contribute one dollar, we can doit!  And what a great Christmas gift that would be to the ravagedregion there, and to the loyal NASCAR fans that appreciate great shorttrack racing.  Alas, probably won't happen.  But if there isever a time to hope, what better than Christmas?

I also have to say this: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!  Even thoughshe doesn't read this I have to say it anyway.  I wish I could bethere in person tomorrow, but I will be home for Christmas.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The Dog Days of December

Anyone else besides me having a tendency to flip the channel to NBC at 1 on Sundays?

After such a long season, its only a week or two and we want the racesto be back on again.  Us true fans miss it too damn much and wantto get back to Daytona as soon as possible.  2005 was special in afew ways to me personally.  Seeing Roush Racing having anincredible year, so many wins, there were many a happy Sunday (andSaturday night) at my house.  To see the 8 and the 24 having somuch trouble?  More than I could have hoped for.  Now if onlythe 48 would be like that too...  Anyway, being at the Cup race atMartinsville was just awesome.  If anyone wonders why racing is anaddiction, just go to a race.  Immerse yourself in theatmosphere.  Then you'll know.  The sights, sounds, andsmells simply cannot be accurately described by reading it. Racing is an experience, not simply something you go to.  Tounderstand why so many people love it, you have to feel it.  Andwhen you're tired, sunburned, with your ears still buzzing and you'releaving the track, you notice on thing: a huge smile on yourface.  It simply doesn't get any better than that.

Friday, December 9, 2005

New Colors, New TV Deal

I did thisblog survey and it told me that my best blog color is green.  So Ifigure I'd give it a try.  When it gets closer to Christmas timeI'll have a special Christmas color scheme.  That's right, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.  I don't use that happy holiday mess.

NASCAR announced that we'll be getting ABC/ESPN back for the coveragestarting in 2007.  Hey, great, I love what they did in thepast.  And if it means NBC will stop interrupting theircommercials with races every week, I'm all for it.  The numbersfor this thing are staggering:  4.4 billion dollars for 8years.  Since TNT wanted a few races, they got a nice little 6race deal.  And given that TNT and ABC/ESPN share their NBAcoverage and work well together, I wouldn't be surprised at all if theyshare on-air talent and several other personnel.  Hopefully thismeans a return of Dr. Jerry Punch to NASCAR week-to-week.  MaybeBill Weber can rediscover his magic that he had for so many years withESPN before NBC brainwashed him.  I don't mind what GeoffreyBodine did with the ESPNEWS deal, but I really hope he isn't going toin the booth.  Please, put Rusty there.  I would love aPunch/Rusty booth.  It probably isn't realisitc to expect the oldgang back, with Bob Jenkins, BP, and Ned Jarrett in the booth with Dr.Jerry, John Kernan, and Bill Weber in the pits.  But if they canget a group to perform at that level, it will be the best for theracing itself and every fan that tunes in.  Now what do Iabsolutely hate?  Why the hell is the All-Star race on SPEEDnow?  What?  Was FX too big of an audience for it?  Whatthe hell are they thinking with that?  I'm pissed.  Even lesspeople get SPEED than FX, and hello, FX is getting picked up more andmore.  If its ratings and viewers they're concerned about, thenwhy isn't this race on network TV?  You know how many millions youcould get with that?  I don't get it.  Brian France tripsover his own feet while moving forward, and he never getsanywhere.  Kudos to the Busch Series for being exclusively onABC/ESPN/ESPN2 though.  That's great to have thatcontinuity.  The Busch Series needs its own identity and needs itbadly.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Comedy Night



A picture is worth a 1000 words.

Yeah... CJ loves it too.

For the second tidbit of fun:



Ashton Lewis Jr: solid Buschdriver, but not a Marine... it seems Mr. Lewis was with a few otherdrivers, including teammate Regan Smith at Parris Island a few daysago.  Well, Ashton slipped on a rope while repelling down a poleand suffered a broken talus bone.  He had successful surgery andwill recover at home.  The quote by Smith pretty much sums it up: "Driving 180 mph, not a problem, but walking 2 mph is difficult."

Yeah.....

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Kluever's Ride




Petty Math

Take the famous Petty 43 car...


Add a former Champion as driver...


Add two former Champion Crew Chiefs....




And a snazzy new paint scheme...


Well, what do you get?

Answer: A return to prominance for the Pettys.  I'm very impressedwith what they have done, and I expect the team to win next year... andget surprisingly close to the Chase.

Saturday, December 3, 2005

Taylor - Hopkins II



I'm no expert, but I do enjoy great boxing.  Which may be thereason why I never watch the heavyweights.  But this is beinghyped as the fight of the year, and if it is better than the first,then it will be a helluva show.  Their first fight was July 16with Taylor stunning Hopkins by winning (narrowly) the UndisputedMiddleweight titles.  The fight itself was great, Taylor jumpedout early and led 7-2 before Hopkins came back ferociously and almosttook it, but Taylor won a split decision.  Since then, the rematchhas been hyped to no end.  Taylor has made fun of Hopkins, I'msure everyone has seen the "crybaby Hopkins" routine by now. Hopkins feels he was robbed, Taylor feels he is getting norespect.  This a dream situation, because these guys may be theonly way boxing can matter in the least... the heavyweights don't fightanymore, they hug each other for 12 rounds.

My analysis of the second fight is pretty basic.  I expect Hopkinsto assert himself earlier this time, and I expect Taylor to pace himselfbetter.  But as the Taylor supporters say, he is bigger, stronger,faster, and I would add that he now has championship experience to that list.  Taylor isgoing to be more confident and he still possesses that underdogmentality because of how Hopkins has handled the situation.  Iexpect this one to go the distance as well.  Winner by unanimous decision: Jermain Taylor.

Friday, December 2, 2005

More 26 Jamie McMurray Pictures

I got a bitof free time, and in the absence of anything really to post about, Imanaged to find some more pictures of the new 26.






Jayski has the diecast versions on his paint scheme page.

So, the banquet is tonight... who's going to be bored?  Answer: everyone there.

I'd love to see what Scott Wimmer and Bootie Barker could do with the 4 team....

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Out Of The Office

I thoughtI'd explain real quick why I won't be blogging for the next fewdays.  Well, let's just say I have two massive essays and fourtests to study for, all within the next week.  So wish me luck andI'll be back when I have a life again.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Roush Busch Update And A Few Other Things

Hey, forgive a guy for being a Roush fan :)

I'm giddy about seeingGreg, Matt, and Carl running over half the Buschschedule.  Glad to see Roush running 5 teams (take that BrianFrance!).  I just don't like the # that Todd Kluever will have,06.  That just seems like an ugly number, you know.  Notfitting that of a well-funded, full-time effort.  If they're gonnahave 06, they might as well put a plain white paint job on it withblack numbers and have a volunteer pit crew.  Personally I wouldhave liked to seen 26 or 50.  Or tell Mikey to give it up afterhis horrendous year in Busch and have 99.  I also saw that RoushCup car chief Mike Kelley would be the new crew chief for the 16team.  I recognize the name from the 97 team, he served there forthe last couple of years.  That makes sense to take pieces off ofthat team, as everyone else is coming back intact.  For those thatmay nothave seen the paint schemes, the AmeriQuest website has a page here.  

Spotter Newsom posted today that Dan Wheldon has jumped to Chip GanassiRacing.  Without knowing the specifics, that's a step down Ithink.  AGR has dominated the IRL for the last two years, but thenagain maybe no one knows that better than Dan.  But so much hasbeen made of the team chemistry that the AGR drivers shared, so it isstrange that he is leaving, unless Ganassi promised him other venturesin the near future.  Is it too early to say Michael is getting thecar ready for his son Marco?

Finally, banquet stuff is going on this week.  Not really a fan ofseeing NASCAR being broken down into baby food for the New York media,but I'm sure I'll be checking to see what Tony is up to.


11:49 Edit: Just read online that 3 coaches have been added tothe US Men's Olympic Basketball team to join Coach K.  Jim Boeheimof Syracuse, Mike D'Antoni of the Phoenix Suns, and Nate McMillan ofthe Portland TrailBlazers.  I love this coaching staff. After the 2004 debacle, we need to realize that NBA ball won't win theOlympics anymore.  The other countries have caught up to us. But we're still the United States and we still have greater depth oftalent than any other country in the world.  With K leading theway, we'll be sure to be more competitive.  Larry Brown is a greatcoach but is way too inflexible.  And another benefit?  we'regetting this layed out now instead of the year before the Games. These international teams spend years playing and trainingtogether.  I know that isn't a realistic goal with a team of NBAand possibly college guys, but the previous way of throwing guys outthere and calling it a team damn sure better be over.  Each coachbrings a lot of experience to the team.  Boeheim is a master ofzones, which we need because I don't think anybody in the NBA knew therules of the international game, which brings me to D'Antoni. Mike D'Antoni coached in Italy for several years and is familiar withthe facets of the international game.  Just look at what his edgebrought to the Suns.  Each one of these coaches serves a purpose,and McMillan is there because he is a defensive guy and will really getafter guys.  I'm pleased thus far with the direction of team.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Linkage

To avoidtyping and retyping team charts for the 2006 season, here are the linksto the team charts as posted at DSP Motorsports.

2006 NEXTEL Cup Team Chart

2006 Busch Series Team Chart

Again, sorry about the random post yesterday lol.  It was after a sugar rush triggered by some delicious ice cream.

It has also come to my attention that some readers are wrestling fansalso (as I am).  So, we have a section at DSP to suit your needs here.

It just seems that its weird without a race this weekend.  It'salways funny how about May/June we wish the season would hurry up, thenby November we're sad to see it end.  I'm also amazed at thealready fired up talk about the 2006 Chase.  You won't see any ofthat at The Catfish Show, though.  I like to reflect on the seasonthat just ended and acknowledge everything before jumping to2006.  Some places, you would think its already Richmond and race26.  I like uncovering the details about who is going where, newsponsors, new paint schemes, but predictions are another thing. It is impossible to predict anything at this juncture, yet everyone isjumping head first into it like its a competition to see who can makethe most far-fetched guesses before we even get to suffer through the2005 banquet.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Random Ramblings

I'm feelingvery disjointed at the moment... not exactly feeling like I can puttogether a thoughtful post, so I'll just ramble about randomthings.  Hold on to yer hats.

- Being on the road this Thanksgiving gave me an excellent chance tocheck out what I feel is a great show on ESPN Radio, The Herd withColin Cowherd.  Back home I never got to listen to it, well partof that is because we didn't get ESPN Radio until this year, but Idigress.  Anyway, I really enjoy this show.  I don't knowmuch about the host, but he is pretty funny, very opinionated, and hasgreat interaction with the callers.  More fun to listen to thanregular radio nowadays, where I can listen to pointless commercials andor shake my laffy taffy... how about I throw up in my mouth instead ofshaking my laffy taffy.  I also got to catch Mike and Mike in theMorning, which they also broadcast on ESPNEWS.  But a definitemust listen to is this show.  Beats Jim Rome by a mile.

- Who decided tonight was movie night?  Star Wars, Scarface, Twister, Jurassic Park III, Catwoman, Spanglish, etc.

- I've come to the realization that I will never be one of theirrational sports fans.  You know, the guy that calls in to ColinCowherd raves incoherently about why the team stinks and how much Ihate the coach and blah blah blah.  That's not me.  I'm guythat thinks like the head coach and takes things a week at a time, notoveranalyzing the small things.  Note, I'm glad I'm not one ofthose guys.  I just don't like the impression that it gives off tosome people when I'm standing there with my arms crossed when we'reabout to score, and when we're giving up yards.

- ITS TIME!  ITS TIME!  ITS MADDEN TIME!!!  I'm off to play some Madden, be good everyone.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Rusty's Last Call

How do you say goodbye to a legend?

Rusty Wallace we will never forget the fire you brought to the trackevery weekend.  We will never forget the manner in which youconducted yourself, from your brash, youthful days to your days at theend as a classy veteran respected and loved.  My earliest memoriesof you are in the Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac, tearing up the trackand winning races.  You and Mark were my two favorite drivers whenI was young, and my first cat was named Rusty, because of its blondemane.  And throughout the years my man, you have been as tenaciousand gracious, as hard a driver and as nice a guy as can be.  AtMartinsville this year I was at Trackside when you were the specialguest, and it was deafening to hear the "Rusty! Rusty!" chants from thecrowd.  And after the final race at Homestead, I teared upwatching as you did your best to keep from breaking down oncamera.  Rusty Wallace, you truly are one of a kind.  We'llmiss you out there.




Tuesday, November 22, 2005

This Isn't A Story

For everyonewho thinks Evernham is revolutionary for breaking up his crew chiefduties for his teams, it's not.  Evernham has been doing thissince 2002.

From Jayski:

Changes at the #19 team:Evernham Motorsports today named Sammy Johns to the position of TestTeam and Research and Development Coordinator for the organization'sDodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts. Johns, previously the crew chief forJeremy Mayfield in the #19 Dodge Dealers Dodge, will oversee theorganization's ongoing commitment to delivering excellence on the trackby preparing for the future. He will focus on the day-to-day managementof Evernham Motorsports test teams and race track activities as well asresearch and development project coordination including chassis,aerodynamics, suspension, engine and future driver developmentprograms. Johns, who was originally hired for this position in 2001,will work closely with Dodge Motorsports engineering as well as theEvernham Motorsports in-house engineering team headed by Dr. EricWarren. Evernham Motorsports also announced that the organization isimplementing a new management system for the #19 team under which ateam manager, a chief mechanic and a rotating team of engineers willrun the crew. Dave Skog assumes the role of team manager. Skog formerlyserved as car chief on the #19 Dodge Intrepid. Mike Kelley was servingas a mechanic as well the front tire carrier on race day for the #19Dew Crew. Kelley now assumes the role of chief mechanic. He willcontinue as the team's front tire carrier as well. Ray Evernham, Dr.Eric Warren and Josh Brown will work with team engineers Derek Jonesand Kenny Francis on all engineering aspects for the #19 team as wellas the #9 team. Dr. Warren and Brown will assume more of an at-trackrole in order to work more closely with Evernham, Jones and Francis.These changes are effective immediately.(Evernham Motorsports PR), crewchief duties will be handled by a new management system, with a teammanager, chief mechanic and a team of engineers..(7-11-2002)

Evernham Motorsports Changes:Evernham Motorsports announced that several key personnel have assumednew duties within the organization. Effective immediately, KennyFrancis assumes the role of team director. Prior to accepting thisposition, Francis was race engineer for the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodgedriven by Bill Elliott. Derek Jones assumes Francis' former duties inaddition to his duties as senior engineer for Evernham Motorsports. Dr.Eric Warren, technical director, continues to oversee all engineeringaspects related to the Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepids. MikeShiplett assumes the role of lead mechanic for the #19 DodgeDealers/UAW Dodge. Shiplett comes to Evernham Motorsports from the #7Dodge Winston Cup team. Josh Browne assumes the role of race engineer.His responsibilities include supervision of all engineering aspectsspecific to the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. "We have a lot ofknowledgeable people working at Evernham Motorsports, and we decided todistribute that knowledge a little differently," said Ray Evernham,President and CEO of Evernham Motorsports. "These changes reflect ourcommitment to bringing the best possible product to the race track forthe Dodge Dealers and all of our valued partners. Kenny has been anintegral part of the success of our organization, and I know he willcontinue to do so in his new role. The addition of Mike Shiplett andthe transition of Josh to the #19 team solidifies Evernham Motorsports'commitment to using technological based decisions to enhance ouron-track performance. We have restructured a little differently thanthe traditional Winston Cup operation, but this sport is growing insuch monumental ways that sometimes traditional ways need to beupdated." In 2002, Evernham Motorsports announced that the #19 Dodgeteam would run under a new management system consisting of a teamdirector, a lead mechanic and a race engineer. The #9 Dodge teamassumes this structure as well and remains intact with Mike Ford as thedirector of operations, Bobby Foley as the lead mechanic with Jones asrace engineer for the team.(Golin Harris PR)(1-14-2003)

So you see, Evernham has been doing this committee thing for severalyears now, the only announcement is that the teams are moving to newdrivers.  TV has kept calling them Team Director the Crew Chief,thus, the committee doesn't get the recognition for being unique. Just thought I'd pass this along to show that it's not a"revolutionary" idea Ray just came up with this year.


Monday, November 21, 2005

Congratulations to the 2005 Champions

2005 NEXTEL Cup Champion
#20 - Tony Stewart


2005 Busch Series Champion
#8 - Martin Truex Jr.


2005 Craftsman Truck Series Champion
#1 - Ted Musgrave



This week will be busy for my part, as I have threeseries to recap and two tributes to legends to post.  Yall comeback and visit!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Ford 400



In the beginning of this 10 race chase, there were 10 drivers with achance to win the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship.  As eachrace came and went, the number of contenders going from contender topretender grew.  And entering today's Ford 400, 4 men have achance at NASCAR immortality.


Tony Stewart
This year, it became sane to cheer for Tony Stewart.  Aided bya fresh outlook on racing and life, Tony has been someone that appearsto have gotten past his demons and is enjoying a career year, includinghis dominating summer stretch of 5 wins in 7 races.  Tonycertainly enters today as the Champion unless things out of his controlderail him.


Jimmie Johnson
Another year, another bridesmaid dress Jimmie looks to be sizinghimself up for.  In 2003 he had no shot at the title, 2004 hisamazing four wins in the last six races wasn't enough, and this yearJimmie finds himself 52 points behind a guy he hasn't been able to beatthe entire year.  Tough shit kid!  (Sorry, but if Jimmie winsthis title, I'm gonna be sick)


Carl Edwards
What else can you say that hasn't already been said?  CarlEdwards is the feel-good story of 2005, call him what you want: RichieCunningham with a killer instinct, future Colgate spokesman, but nomatter what you call him, winner must be one of those words.  Hereis a guy that was racing USAC and 7 Truck races in 2002 and in hisfirst full season in NEXTEL Cup he wins 4 races and stands 87 pointsbehind two veterans and in front of everyone else.  The breath offresh air he brought to Jeff Burton's 99 team cannot be statedenough.  Carl will win this race.


Greg Biffle
Some say Greg Biffle came out of nowhere this year.  Those"some" apparently don't know racing all that well.  Anyone can seeGreg's immense talent, just by looking at what the man has accomplishedin the Trucks and Busch.  It was only a matter of time before hebrought that same level of drive and intensity to NEXTEL Cup victorylanes.  From the latter part of 2004 up to right now, the 16 teamwith Greg behind the wheel is one of the best in NASCAR, barnone.  Greg's early season performance hasn't lasted throughoutthe year, but the lessons learned from this year must make Greg afavorite for the 2006 crown.

When it is all said and done tomorrow, we will all watch as one ofthese four men raises the NEXTEL Cup in triumph.  Enjoy the raceeveryone.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Ford 300

Final racethis year for the NASCAR Busch Series.  Martin Truex Jr. looks todo just like Dale Jr. and win back-to-back Busch titles before jumpingto the Cup series next year.  Just behind Truex is Clint Bowyer,the Matt Kenseth to Truex's Dale Jr.  Bowyer sits 64 points behindTruex heading in to today.  Maybe Clint will qualify at the frontand make it interesting today.  As was the case with Ted vs.Dennis, I think Clint will get close, but it won't be enough. Your 2005 Busch Series Champion, Martin Truex Jr.

I think this is the first time I've seen a ROTY battle that encompasses3rd through 5th in the point standings with Edwards, Sorenson, andHamlin.  Of course, we know what Carl's done in Cup also. Carl could finish in the top 3 in the Nextel Cup and Busch SeriesChampionship standings, that is one of the most amazing feats that Ithink any driver could do.

Greg Biffle has a hold on the 10th position in the points, and willcompete in only 27 of the 35 races this year.  But I think thatsays more for the lack of quality drivers in Busch than the seasonGreg's had there.  J.J. Yeley and David Stremme will look toovercome a manageable deficit and get a trip to the banquet before theyboth jump to Cup next year.

And congratuations to Ted Musgrave, the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman TruckSeries Champion.  My full-season breakdowns will be posted nextweek.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Ford 200

Final racethis year for the Truck Series, which I've actually got to see a fewraces this year.  Damn cable company here doesn't carry it. Before the year started, my pick to win the title was RickyCraven.  Of course, that hasn't really gone to plan.  But itwas a good idea at the time, Edwards scored a top 5 points finish withthe team and Ricky brought legit Cup experience, but it just didn'twork, especially when the 99 crew was switched to the 50 and ToddKluever.  This year one of the long-time Truck stalwarts will wintheir first major Championship.

Ted Musgrave vs. Dennis Setzer
Musgrave comes into this final race with a 58 point cushion overSetzer.  Ted has always run well at Homestead and right now, Idon't see him losing it.  Ted's been thisclose before, andI'd really hate to be around him if he loses this one.  That said,I think Dennis will get close, but it won't be enough.

"Oh, what might have been..." is probably what Todd Bodine is thinkingright now.  After leaving the 30 team over money issues and goingto the ill-faded Fiddleback 66 team, Todd got really behind over thefirst part of the year, until Fiddleback closed and Todd came back tothe 30 and promptly won 4 races.  Even now, Todd is 157 pointsback.  Too much to overcome for this race, but next year he has tobe the favorite if he stays there.  This is also the finalrace for guys like David Starr, Matt Crafton, Jimmy Spencer, ToddKluever, and Johnny Benson to go to victory lane for the year. The race is intense for that 10th spot and a trip to the banquet, withSpencer holding it but Kluever is 1 point behind, Reutimann 10 behindand Benson, Craven, and Terry Cook also in striking distance.

Mark Martin is also competing tonight in the Truck Series for the firsttime since 1996 in the #33, preparing for his team next year he willdrive for with David Ragan.

Race goes at 8 tonight.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Test post from Instant Messenger. If this works, that will something really cool to have available.

I thought I'd mess around with this post some.  It appears thatI'm being "sponsored" by Bank of America at the moment.  Wellhowdy there, BoA.  You know I'm 10 minutes from your CharlotteHQ.  Can I come by and get a share of the money?  No? Ah well, screw you.

w00t!  Now I got Kodak above me, with a picture of big E.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

All The News You Want

So, what's happened this week?

- Mike Wallace won't be in the 4 at Homestead, which is a damnshame.  Mike should be there so he can race against Rusty inRusty's final race.  Todd "I love Toyota" Bodine will pilot the 4.

- BAM racing: idiots.  I mean, sure Sherman's bringing a sponsor,but he does not need to be in Cup when he can't qualify for Busch races.

- And the bigger news, at least to me anyway:  the 97 team becomes 26, which is great news.



And, AmeriQuest will sponsor a new Busch team for Roush, to be#16.  I guess it'll be the car for Biffle and Jamie, since I don'tthink Jamie will run Rusty's Dodges next year.

Monday, November 14, 2005

By The Way, There Was A Race Yesterday

Shrub getshis second win of the year, and helps big brother's cause along with it(although I won't be helping it).  Biffle pretty much dominatedthe entire race, but Kyle had better pit strategy and Biff's car felloff at the end.  Stewart has this thing in his own hands forsure.  I would be shocked if he doesn't win it now.  Iactually didn't get to see as much of the race as I had wanted to, butthe Panthers were playing and I couldn't miss that.  This team isreally rolling right now, let's hope it continues.

Chase points?

1. Stewart 6415
2. Johnson -52
3. Edwards -87
4. Biffle -102
5. Martin -162
6. Newman -207
7. Kenseth -228
8. Wallace -399
9. Busch -441
10. Mayfield -476

Mathematically, Johnson, Edwards, and Biffle have a shot...realistically, Stewart will have to struggle or be involved in anincident to lose it.  Back in '02, he struggled to an 18th placefinish and still won it with some breathing room.  Interestinglyenough, the 97 remains 8th in the owners standings.

Race for 11th:
11. Gordon 4031
12. McMurray -10
13. Sadler -41
14. Harvick -106

I hope McMurray wins this again, because I don't want to see Gordon onstage in New York.  Just let him sit there and look at everyoneelse.

And on that note, who can wait for the banquet now?  Kurt Buschwill be there, but will he be seated with the 97 team?  Will heblow up and trash Roush Racing?  Will Jack Roush refuse to let himspeak?  Can anyone else feel the tension this will provide toactually make the thing interesting?  (Am I the only one who hasthought of this?)

Also interesting to note who will be locked in for the first 4 races in'06 by finishing 35th in the owners standings.  The position won'tchange, but the 10 team is there!  And Scott Riggs deserves anEvernham ride?  Next year, the 4, 32, and 7 will be in the sameboat they were in this year.

And in some sad news, R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero.  Yes, I do watch theWWE and I was completely shocked and stunned to see that Eddie didyesterday... it just doesn't seem right, a guy fights his demons, getshis life on track, and when he seems to be the happiest he has been...he dies.  That isn't fair.  I honestly don't know what tosay about it, you can go here and view a tribute video.


Eddie Guerrero
1967-2005

My Kurt Busch Fanship: 2000-2005

I don't evenknow where to start. Saturday I was going along, until my dadcalls me and tells me about it. I honestly did not believehim. He is a prankster, so I doubted the validity of it, he likesto pull my chain... until I went to my Fox Sports Mobile on my phoneand read it myself. I was in shock. How could Kurt be thatdamn stupid? That was incredibly dumb, and to me, that'ssomething I don't condone nor will I support anyone who drivesdrunk. I was pissed. Then today out for lunch, I decided tolook on the Mobile again to see the latest on the situation. Well, I had the strangest feeling that I would see he was suspended...and by god, I was RIGHT. The language of the article made me thatmuch more comfortable with what has happened, and it made everythingeasy for me from there. I'm retiring as a Kurt Busch fan, I'mdone with him. Have fun at Penske. It's been a great rideman, but honestly, you have too many things wrong with you if thats thekind of person you are. I'm still keeping my 97 gear, although Idon't know if I'll ever wear it again. And I will still beRoush-exclusive, so next year I'll be cheering for Jamie in the CrownRoyal Ford. Hopefully Jamie won't partake of the product thendrive around at night.

Kurt, I'm sorry it ends this way, but damn you man, you gave me no choice.

My Kurt Busch Fanship: 2000-2005

I don't evenknow where to start. Saturday I was going along, until my dadcalls me and tells me about it. I honestly did not believehim. He is a prankster, so I doubted the validity of it, he likesto pull my chain... until I went to my Fox Sports Mobile on my phoneand read it myself. I was in shock. How could Kurt be thatdamn stupid? That was incredibly dumb, and to me, that'ssomething I don't condone nor will I support anyone who drivesdrunk. I was pissed. Then today out for lunch, I decided tolook on the Mobile again to see the latest on the situation. Well, I had the strangest feeling that I would see he was suspended...and by god, I was RIGHT. The language of the article made me thatmuch more comfortable with what has happened, and it made everythingeasy for me from there. I'm retiring as a Kurt Busch fan, I'mdone with him. Have fun at Penske. It's been a great rideman, but honestly, you have too many things wrong with you if thats thekind of person you are. I'm still keeping my 97 gear, although Idon't know if I'll ever wear it again. And I will still beRoush-exclusive, so next year I'll be cheering for Jamie in the CrownRoyal Ford. Hopefully Jamie won't partake of the product thendrive around at night.

Kurt, I'm sorry it ends this way, but damn you man, you gave me no choice.

My Kurt Busch Fanship: 2000-2005

I don't evenknow where to start. Saturday I was going along, until my dadcalls me and tells me about it. I honestly did not believehim. He is a prankster, so I doubted the validity of it, he likesto pull my chain... until I went to my Fox Sports Mobile on my phoneand read it myself. I was in shock. How could Kurt be thatdamn stupid? That was incredibly dumb, and to me, that'ssomething I don't condone nor will I support anyone who drivesdrunk. I was pissed. Then today out for lunch, I decided tolook on the Mobile again to see the latest on the situation. Well, I had the strangest feeling that I would see he was suspended...and by god, I was RIGHT. The language of the article made me thatmuch more comfortable with what has happened, and it made everythingeasy for me from there. I'm retiring as a Kurt Busch fan, I'mdone with him. Have fun at Penske. It's been a great rideman, but honestly, you have too many things wrong with you if thats thekind of person you are. I'm still keeping my 97 gear, although Idon't know if I'll ever wear it again. And I will still beRoush-exclusive, so next year I'll be cheering for Jamie in the CrownRoyal Ford. Hopefully Jamie won't partake of the product thendrive around at night.

Kurt, I'm sorry it ends this way, but damn you man, you gave me no choice.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Carolina's My Home

Everyone,have fun talking about Phoenix.  I've got entirely too much onmind, like how I'm going to make my to Daytona Beach to egg the NASCARoffices... or worse....

So anyway, I'm going back home this weekend.  My birthday isSaturday (gifts are welcome) and I feel like I'm on a Presidentialcampaign with all the people I'm going to see.

I'll be without computer so it'll probably be Monday the earliestyou'll hear from me, that is if I manage to avoid getting arrested....

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Tired Of It

I think I'mpretty much in the minority on this, but the minority needs a voice too(just ask Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc. but that's another issue foranother time).  Silly season: 2005.  Jayski's getting morehits than Shane Hmiel's bong.  And writers by the thousandswhining about how much they're tired of it.  Hell, everybody istired of it.  But for the most part, we've known whats going tohappen, just a matter of making everything official.  But do wereally need to hear about how much we're tired of it?  I mean,yeah, its dumb how the press won't stop, Jayski making up things whenthe story starts to fade, etc.  But seeing everyone complain aboutbeing tired of it makes me tired.  Instead of hating the partiesinvolved for playing coy, I wish more people would sit back and enjoythe racing and not worry about it until we see the press releases fromthese teams, which mercifully came yesterday.  But, thequestion  now I have, is will some of the crewmembers from the 97and 42 jump?  Since I don't see Jimmy Fennig wanting to leaveRoush, I just wonder how he and McMurray would get along, especiallysince I've seen that 2006 was supposed to have been his last yearbefore retiring.  I think McMurray and Wingo work pretty welltogether... we'll see I guess.  It's going to be very strange nothaving Bobby Labonte in the 18.  I remember Dale Jarrett in the18, but Bobby Labonte made the 18 what it is, DJ's 500 win aside. I really hope that J.J. Yeley can hold up the tradition that car has ofbeing a frontrunner, although the last few years have been tough. I guess the change is needed as a fresh start for both teams.  AndI'm glad Mark is coming back, even under these circumstances... as afan of Mark since as long as I can remember, I feel like it was beingshared with Rusty this year... and next year I will be sure to revel init because it will be the end of an era.  With Rudd retiring atthe end of this year, to have had three guys gone, that would have beentoo much.  I hope Ricky gets some due these next two weeks, hedamn sure deserves it.

Today confirmed that Diageo would be the majority primary sponsor onMcMurray's car.  Cool.  Hopefully, the Crown Royal car willbe black next year.  I hate wearing purple shirts.

To Be Continued....

I won't get a chance to post my latest thoughts on what transpiredyesterday until I'm finished with this poly sci test today... wish meluck!

Sunday, November 6, 2005

How Good Is This Kid?

Carl goesout and doubles up by winning at Texas, just... wow.  Hell, he hada great car at Phoenix, don't count him out there either...

I really enjoyed the race today, the racing at Texas is gettingbetter.  Guys can run that high line there now, I think the trackhas proved that it can host two dates a year and host them well. Poor Biffle, that's about as bad a day as you can have and stillsalvage a top 20 finish... but he will not win the championship thisyear.  I think it's gonna be too late for the Roush Army to win atitle this year... too much bad luck for everyone and only if Edwardscould have finished a little better the first three races.  But itis still great to see his unbridled enthusiasm out there and the teamstill believes they can win the championship, and I want to believe butthe way I see it happening is if Stewart and Johnson have some sort oftrouble.  This is why I stopped making predictions... you startrooting for yourself to be right no matter what and don't get to takein everything that happens and makes this sport worth watching.

Chase Points:

1. Stewart 6255
2. Johnson -38
3. Edwards -77
4. Biffle -122
5. Martin -123
6. Kenseth -135
7. Newman -174
8. Busch -281
9. Wallace -315
10. Mayfield -407

- Mayfield should be thrown out of the Chase.  He doesn't make the 400 point cutoff anymore.  Hahahahaha.....

- Rusty and Kurt continue their battle to see who gets the bragging rights when Kurt takes over the 2 next year.

The Race For 11th:

11. McMurray 3912
      Gordon -51
      Sadler -52
      Harvick -81
      Nemechek -167

Jamie has the inside track on the million-dollar bonus for not beingone of the top 10 this year, for his sake, he better make it next yearin the 97/28.

- So, it's off to Phoenix!

Saturday, November 5, 2005

Why Am I Not Surprised?

Hendrick cheating rules

So, Jimmie Johnson drives the 25 at Phoenix for the 25 team?  Whyam I not surprised Hendrick would do something like that?  Hell,it's been Rick Hendrick's motto throughout his business career. Lie, cheat, steal, bribe, etc.  I don't think I could ever workfor that team... I have morals.

Friday, November 4, 2005

Nextel Direct From...



Last year during the Chase, I'm not sure how many people noticed, butthere was a really cool feature on NASCAR.com called Nextel DirectFrom... .

One of the writers from NASCAR.com would have a few minutes on an audiobroadcast, usually after qualifying day, happy hour, pre-race driversmeeting, and the post-race press conference.  To me, it was veryinformative, it gave a lot of information that I found to be usefulwhen following the race weekend.  Dave Rodman and Marty Smith werethe best at describing the events and delivering the information in acrisp manner.  I was a little surprised that they didn't stickwith it, I mean, what a better way to promote the series sponsor? Anyway, I thought that it was cool and if I got paid to write, it wouldcertainly be something I would enjoy doing.

Friday Notes

- Do Ireally need to say who's on the pole?  But, on the second lap,Newman puts it in the wall and will go to his backup car and start atthe back.  This moves Kenseth to start 1st (qualifed 3rd) withGordon, Mayfield, Nemechek, and Biffle finishing out the top 5.

- Does anyone find my Mr. Insignificant funny?  Ah, don'tmatter... I'm gonna do it anyway.  This week?  Carl Long.

- Couple of surprises missing the race, Reed Sorenson and Robby Gordon don't get in. 

- So, where do the Chase contenders line up?  Glad you asked.

Stewart - 16th
Johnson - 11th
Biffle - 7th
Edwards - 30th
Newman - 1st (will start at back)
Martin - 8th
Kenseth - 3rd
Wallace - 26th
Busch - 18th
Mayfield - 5th

- CTS race goes off tonight, I got a feeling... Kluever will get his first career win.

- Busch qualifying just wrapped up, top 5: Newman (WHAT A SHOCKER!), Stremme, Harvick, Wood, Biffle.

- It's hard to believe the season is this close to being over....

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Blah...

Ever have one of those "blah" days?  Yeah, I'm having one.

Pretty cool to know we'll be seeing Terry Labonte out on the track forat least a few more races.  Terry's a first class driver and afirst class human being and its good to see him still contribute to thegrowth of the sport.  Tony Raines is a decent driver also, but Idon't see him as doing anything more than filling a seat until HOF canget a young guy in there in a year or two.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Torture.

Yes, torture.

Like getting 4 hours of sleep then going to class and struggling to stay awake.

Like just missing the light and waiting for 5 minutes.

Something like that describes pretty much any racing interview I'veseen on ESPN.  I was watching ESPNEWS today and Ryan Newman wasone of the guests on The Hot List.  Naturally any interview withNewman is guarenteed to test your patience with the monotone (if Alltelwasn't his sponsor, he would have been the robot commercial), but I cansee why these anchors are on ESPNEWS... they suck.  ESPN's weekendSportsCenter blows them out of the water.  This guy had no cluewhat he was talking about, I don't think he even prepared for it. At least Brian Kenny wasn't there today.  I guess that's what Ideserve for watching it though.  But watching it is so damnaddictive.  The BottomLine stays on throughout thecommercials.  I don't know how well I could function withoutESPN.  I try to watch real news but I don't do it everyday. But I love to, especially the awkward moments when Bob Schieffer askssomething way out of left field to his reporters.

I've got a big project coming up, details will be provided soon....

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

When Old Things Become New Again




If the rumors are true, the 97 will become the 28 for nextseason.  The 28 car hasn't been on the track since 2002 with RickyRudd.  It will be cool to see it back out there, and in aFord.  Some numbers just scream manufacturers, you know, how the 3and 24 shouldn't ever be anything but Chevys, the 6, 21, and 28shouldn't be anything but Fords. 

Saw some photos of the COT (car of tomorrow), they're on Jayski. Those things look horrible.  I'm all for improved safety, but froma design and eye-catching appeal standpoint, they are horrible. What is up with the front grill?  It's like there is a spacebetween the front with the top extending way out.  Like the carhas an overbite.

I was watching Driver X last night, looks like the few people that werein the stands were pretty much edited out.  Damn.  I washoping to make a TV cameo.  The show was better this week with theon-track action.  Martinsville is most certainly a challenge, andwhen you have Ricky Craven setting a time like that, good luck tryingto get close to it.  Jason Boyd definitely stole the show lastnight from the 5 drivers.  Man, he is fiery.  The graphicdemonstrations that DC used were also really cool, like when theyexplained the HANS after Boyd didn't have one.  Things like thatmake the show worth watching, you get to learn something every week.

So what's on everyone's mind this week?

Monday, October 31, 2005

Edwards Is Feelin' Hoppy



Carl does the Atlanta sweep to give himself another week as a Chase contender.

I was happy with the race, not too crazy, but had enough good racing tomake it worth watching.  This race looked like a 2004 race in someways, with Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr. actually running at thefront.  It's good to see a guy run the high line all day and haveit pay off.  Surprisingly strong effort from Jamie McMurraytoday.  He just got better and better as the raceprogressed.  Need to get used to talking about him too, what is upwith this 97 to 28 rumor?  This week will be interesting.  Iheard that the reason Kurt Busch didn't co-host Wind Tunnel is becausehe was going to Michigan... hmm... Roush HQ is in Michigan.  I saysomething goes down this week. 

Smoke opens up the point lead a little more, up 43 on Johnson:

1. Stewart 6100
2. Johnson -43
3. Biffle -75
4. Edwards -107
    Newman -107
6. Martin -143
7. Kenseth -155
8. Wallace -257
9. Busch -260
10. Mayfield -310

Top 5 have a chance, bottom 5 are eliminated.  Biffle has to winat Texas to keep his chances alive, no other way around that.  Hewill certainly give it his best effort, no doubt about that.  Butwill it be enough....

- Very quietly, Brian Vickers has snuck up to 16th in the points. Busch is getting more hype, but Vickers pounds out top 15's every racewhen Busch will either get a top 5 or crash out trying.  To me,Vickers seems to be the new Terry Labonte in terms of the consistentfinishes.  I had my doubts about him, but he will get better andbetter each year.

- Am I the only person wondering why Kasey Kahne is 22nd in points?

Off to Texas next week for the inaugural Dickies 500.  This may bethe best possible way to race a mile and a half track, daylight intodark.  Make teams work for the W.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

No Subject

So as I'mhaving a perfectly good time today seeing the Panthers destroy theVikings, and the Roush Show at Atlanta, I get a call from a nice younglady that I like.  But come on... you really think I'm payingattention to what she says she did yesterday?  So I thought I wasbeing fair by saying "hey, let me call you when the game is over" Ireally fucked up.  Same problem I usually have I guess, I'm toohonest with people.  Sad thing is, I don't view it as aproblem.  I tell ya what's on my mind, how I feel, and if youdon't like it, tough.  If that makes me an asshole or a jackass,I'm sorry. 

I'll talk about the race later on tonight, I just don't feel like it right now.

New Year, Same Old Jack Sprague

ThrillingCTS race today (when isn't it thrilling at Atlanta?).  I'm puzzledby some people saying Sprague was protecting his line when he cutsright up the track to wreck Kyle Busch.  That's not protecting aline, that's trying to crash out the competition because you knowthey're better.  BIG difference.  And the ensuing 8-truckmassacre was completely ridiculous.  Great job by PrincessJack.  If protecting your line means cutting hard right directlytoward the competition, I didn't get the memo. 

Friday, October 28, 2005

Friday Notes

- Do I evenneed to say who won the pole?  Newman wins his 57286th pole inNextel Cup, but pretty damn impressive to win 6 in a row at one trackis dominant.  But Newman still doesn't turn them into racewins.  He won't win a championship until he does more ofthat.  Top 5 runs Edwards, Sadler, Martin, Blaney.

- Mr. Insignificant: Morgan Shephard.

- Chase drivers qualifying results:
Stewart: 10th
Johnson: 12th
Newman: 1st
Biffle: 16th (ding ding ding!  he matches his car number!)
Edwards: 2nd
Wallace: 35th
Martin: 4th
Busch: 30th
Kenseth: 23rd
Mayfield: 18th

- Why don't we run one of these Atlanta races at night?  Fix thisschedule, wouldn't it be much more fun to run a race during the day anda race at night at these tracks?  Instead of 2 Charlotte nightraces, return the UAW-GM 500 to the day and put one of the Atlantaraces at night.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Special Paint Schemes

You know you're obsessed with NASCAR when you make special paint schemes for your blog.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Woo!

Yay forBrian Cashman staying with the Yankees.  I really would have hatedto see him go, Cash is a great GM.  Larry Bowa as third-base coachis a good move I guess, but finding a good pitching coach and benchcoach.  I'm torn about the thought of Lou Pinella as benchcoach... Lou's a great manager and is a great mind, but I don't knowhow well he would mix with Torre.

Anyway, I was pretty shocked to see that Wimmer got the boot fromBDR.  I really think that Skinner will be there, that's theearliest reaction I have.  We'll see what comes out in the nextfew days.

BREAKING NEWS

This is why I do what I do.

AAA to sponsor Mark Martin in 2006

The AAA SBC and Board of Directors have approved an agreement withRoush Racing to become the primary sponsor of Roush's No. 6 Ford Fusioncar, which will be driven by Mark Martin during NASCAR's 2006 Nextel Cupracing series.


NASCAR, the commonly used name of the National Association of Stock CarRacing, is the governing body of one of the fastest growing and mostpopular professional sports in America with NASCAR races having becomea staple of network television sports coverage. In 2002, Fox, NBC andTurner Broadcasting signed a six-year agreement with NASCAR worth $2.8billion for rights to broadcast races. Beside the fact that NASCARNextel Cup Series races continually draw higher television ratings thanthe PGA, NBA, MLB and the NHL, NASCAR fans represent a sizable andinfluential demographic group. Annual sales of NASCAR-licensedmerchandise top $1.13 billion, and more than 900 sponsors now spendmore than $400 million annually on motorsports.


The national office is currently coordinating with Roush Racing and GMRMarketing, a marketing firm retained by AAA to develop and execute apromotion strategy for AAAs involvement in motorsports, to make apublic announcement of the partnership on Thursday, October 27 prior tothe October 30 race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition toissuing a news release and a rendering of the No. 6 car, Roush isseeking to arrange several-visibility interviews about the partnership.Roush and GMR have primary responsibility for day-to-day publicrelations activities involving the sponsorship and will coordinatetheir activities with the national office Public Relations department.

- from an AAA memo

here is a computer image of the car:


Looks I was right (again) as someone from the 99 comes aboard the6.  I like the paint scheme, but it kinda looks like the Kraftpaint schemes in the Bud Shootout.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

2006 Paint Schemes

The Sunday Hauler is where I get my new paint scheme info, they have some of the 2006 schemes on their site right now:

#16 Greg Biffle:
http://www.thesundayhauler.com/store/greg_biffle_national_guard2006.html

#17 Matt Kenseth:
http://www.thesundayhauler.com/store/matt_kenseth_dewalt2006.html

#22 Scott Wimmer:
http://www.thesundayhauler.com/store/scott_wimmer_caterpillar2006.html

#48 Jimmie Johnson (ran at Charlotte):
http://www.thesundayhauler.com/store/jimmie_johnson_lowes2006.html

#99 Carl Edwards:
http://www.thesundayhauler.com/store/carl_edwards_office_depot2006.html

What To Do With My Stuff?

I've neverreally had to deal with buying a whole new set of stuff when a driverswitches teams.  I had some Exide stuff for Burton, but it wasstill 99 and I wore it through the CITGO years and the unsponsoredseason.  Mark Martin had Valvoline for so long, but it wasn't likeI was about to buy something with Viagra on it when I way 15 yearsold.  But my 17 and 97 stuff hasn't changed at all, neither has my16 gear.  The big question, though, is what to do with my 97stuff?  Kurt will be in the 2 next year and I will get that gear,but is my 97 stuff still any good with McMurray coming?  Theshirts, probably not.  But like I've done before, I can cover upthe Kurt Busch on the hats, provided they're still the same sponsors,which by all indications it will be, and I've been hearing that CrownRoyal will be stepping up for more races.  I saved myself a ton ofmoney on a Pennzoil Busch hat by getting an old Steve Park hat andcovering up the 1 with an American flag and getting a 9 from the craftstore.  Total cost? $6.

I'm surprised that more teams don't do special Halloween paintschemes.  The only team that does each year is the 38, andM&M's are a popular item at Halloween.


I think the Dude would appreciate the diecast pic.

My latest purchase:

Team Caliber 1:24 Platinum car, $10 at the Team Caliber Tent Sale.

This weekend marks the end of the 2005 IROC weekend, and all MarkMartin has to do to clinch the championship is start the race, accoringto everything I've seen about the IROC point system.  It will beMartin's 5th IROC championship, but because of the Earnhardt fans hewon't be voted the best all-time driver, which is a damn shame. Mark will have more championships and race wins than anyone else inIROC history.  So, here is a salute to Mark's IROC career.





Monday, October 24, 2005

Driver X Show Review

I made it apoint to really pay attention to the show tonight, and I must say, Iwas very impressed.  When I first heard about the idea of the GongShow being a reality show, I knew it would be something very cool tosee.  I was doubly excited to know that Discovery Channel would beproducing it.  I went to the session at Martinsville and got tosee the drivers on the track for myself.  So naturally I'm curiousto see how it comes out on the show.

One thing I always love to see in a show is a great opening. Driver X delivers on this front, hey, Roush is the dominant team inNASCAR.  The presentation was also something I thought was verycool, better than that crap NBC uses that makes the drivers look likethey're in a toilet seat.  It was nice getting the back story onJack, his plane crash, and how it changed him.  I had no idea thatthe drivers both working for Roush and the potentials would be interviewed to that extent.  I didn'tknow the potential guys would be profiled like that either.

- Was it just me, or does Michael Pickens look like a vampire or something?  It made me uncomfortable to see him on the TV.

- Very sad to hear what happened to Bud Kaeding, you just can't everimagine something like that happening when you're going for the jobinterview of a lifetime.

- Something seemed fishy about the guys getting a call when the cameras just so happen to be there talking to them.

- Christi Passmore, are you kidding me?  Was she filling some sortof quota?  She doesn't deserve to be there.  Top 10 inARCA... woo... there are about 3 cars that actually run well every weekin the series.  I would be interested to see if the Cup teamdevelopment drivers were in those races she finished well.

Overall, it's nice to see a side of the racing business that normallyisn't talked about or even known about.  Look out for theMartinsville footage, if you see a guy wearing a black Roush Racing hatand a black shirt in the stands, that would be me.

Roush Racing: Driver X

Don't miss the debut of Roush Racing: Driver X tonight at 8 EST on Discovery Channel!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Eh, Even If Gordon Wins... I Love Martinsville



Jeff sweeps Martinsville, good for him... it's been great having himout of victory lane for this long.  Stewart leads the majority ofthe laps, but didn't seem to be as fast on the last run as the rest ofthe day.  Same thing happened to him in the spring.  Thesecautions are out of control, I nearly fell asleep today... seemed likethe teams could never get a good run in.  Roush needs better shorttrack cars.  It was downright sad to watch today having to use pitstrategy to make up for sorry setups.  I believe Denny Hamlincould have very well won the race if he didn't have the flat tireearlier in the day.  I'll go to the driver change stuff in aminute, but let's discuss the post-race festivities.  Smoke callsBiffle an idiot... hahahaha... being a Biffle fan, it did tick me off abit, but I like Smoke and he's just saying what's on his mind. Once again, you put a microphone in front of them 5 minutes after therace is over, you're gonna get stuff like that.  But on top ofthat, I'm pretty sure it will be a topic of discussion all week. I promise you, it won't mean anything at Atlanta.  It would bebetter for everyone if they brush it off and keep on going instead oftrying to make something out of nothing. 

Denny is doing so well with the 11 team, that if Bobby were to leavethe 18, I think Yeley should go there.  I've always liked JJ, it'sjust taking him a long time to get used to the stock cars.  Factof the matter is, you don't win the USAC Triple Crown without having aton of talent.  Last time I checked, the only other guy to do itwas Stewart.  Interesting about Rudd going to the 42, I think thatcertainly seems more plausible than most of the other scenarios I'veheard that send McMurray and Busch to their new homes.  Snack onthis one a bit... Bobby Labonte to HOF Racing... Texas driver, Texasowners, Texas-based sponsor, and they'll be using Gibbs equipment......

So, we have four races left in the 2nd annual Chase for the Nextel Cup.  Points look like this:

1. Stewart 5957
2. Johnson -15
3. Newman -63
4. Biffle -83
5. Edwards -149
6. Wallace -166
7. Martin -170
8. Busch -172
    Kenseth -172
10. Mayfield -216

So, looks like I was right about Mayfield faltering, look at CarlEdwards staying tough there.  If he gets a top 3 finish at Atlanta(his average finish in 2 races there is 2nd) that could be quite astory going to Texas.  Way I see it, there are the top 4 guys witha legitimate chance, then 5th-8th need a miracle (I've eliminatedMayfield)... but look how close it is between those guys.  Newmanneeds to make up about 16 points a race, Biffle needs to make up about21.  We'll see what Halloween hijinx Atlanta has in store nextSunday.

And just because I liked it... more Hooters girls:

 

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Decisions, Decisions....

So... today,I figured I'd go somewhere to watch the Truck race because out of the88 channels I have, NTC doesn't want SPEED to be one of them.  So, where doI go?  There were only two choices on this:

Quaker Steak & Lube, where I know one of the waitresses,

or


Hooters, where, well... I don't think I need to say why...

I went to Hooters, got a good table positioned directly in front of a TV with the race on.

So, what was I watching?  Would it be:


Ricky Craven dominate,

or


Yeah... the scenery is always nice.

I did watch the race when it was on, but seemed like there were a lotof cautions.  I'm glad Ricky finally got a Truck win, but overallthis season has been a downer for Ricky and the 99 team.  TeammateTodd Kluever was 2nd, a 1-2 sweep just like Jon Wood and Carl Edwardsback in '03, which I personally saw and got to enjoy.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Friday Notes

Making this one brief, big night ahead.

- Smoke on the pole - top 5 run Rudd, Rusty, Newman, and an impressiveDenny Hamlin.  Denny's definitely drove himself into the 11 nextyear.

- Mr. Insignificant is: Wayne Anderson.

- Bobby Labonte now has Ganassi rumored to be his new team, just showsthat having a bad reason will make rumors crop up, no matter howunlikely.

- Ryan Moore was released from his DEI contract stemming from thealtercation that ocurred at Lime Rock Speedway in the Busch NorthSeries.  This kid is too talented for someone not to give him ashot next year.

- Good for DW getting in the Truck race, which will be his final(again) race in NASCAR.  He'll have to put on a show if he is toget a good finish... qualified 30th.

- That's all I have time for!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Something Else I'm Mad About

NASCAR nowhas a monopoly on the merchandise from each of the teams, which reallyworries me.  Together with SMI, "ISC" has purchased not onlyAction, but Team Caliber as well.  This is going to bring abouthuge changes in the way fans buy their hats, shirts, die-casts,etc.  Soon to be gone are the merchandise trailers that travelfrom track-to-track every week.  To me, that was always one of thebest parts of the race weekend, going to the trailers and walkingaround between them, because there were so many and every major driverwas represented in some fashion.  Now with this MotorsportsAuthentics deal, these trailers will be gone.  From what I've seenon the subject, there will be shops of some sort opening up at eachtrack instead.  This is great, if you happen to be a Jeff Gordonor Dale Jr. fan, but any other driver?  Psshh.  Good luckgetting your hands on a Kurt Busch hat or Robby Gordon diecast or aJeremy Mayfield shirt.  This hurts all fans except those that likeGordo or Dale Jesus.  The company will cut production on everyother drivers' stuff so they can sell a Jeff Gordon boxer briefcollection.  Outside of Jimmie Johnson, who's gonna buythat?  The one good thing I like about the deal is that it shouldbring more NASCAR merchandise into more retail stores.  Hopefully,it will put them on par with the number of NFL jerseys and MLB hatsthat are sold in many stores.  If done right, this could be agreat deal, but how often does NASCAR do something that benefits thefans?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Wish You Were Here

As of rightnow, it's not looking good for me to attend the Martinsville raceSunday.  As much as I'd love to be there, I don't think I can takea weekend off from school and things going on around here to go. It really makes me sad I can't go, because I just love the place somuch.  However, I'm already putting together plans for nextspring's race.  There are so many things I love aboutMartinsville: the buildup to the race all week, it was always the talkof the school "you goin to the race Sunday?".  Qualifying day toget all your shopping done, Saturday's happy hour and the Truck race(which has grown exponentially... from the stand being barely full in1998 to being completely filled by 2004), and nothing is like raceday.  The people, the hot dogs, the beer, and everyone therehaving a genuine great time.  Time to stop typing before I get tomisty-eyed....

Monday, October 17, 2005

The Silliest Season

I'mbeginning to think NASCAR should just declare every driver a free agentright now.  Green to 0?  Labonte to the 43?  Newsom tothe 8? (heh).  Mike Bliss should to back and make a statement inthe Trucks, and it looks like he will by rejoining the Xpressteam.  So Haas CNC wants Jeff Green, for reasons unknown.  Jayski pops up today and says the Bobby Labonte could begoing to the 43 (!) and the two Gibbs Busch drivers might both make itto Cup next year.  This is borderline ridiculous.  Beyondridiculous.  I really do think Labonte is looking for a change,I've even heard to talks junk about Stewart.  I think he would bea good fit in the 43, but certainly it is an unknown situation. Maybe Labonte is due some good luck and bringing the 43 and the Pettysback to respectability is something that would appeal to a lot ofdrivers.  We know Sterling Marlin is headed to MB2 nextyear.  Casey Mears is certainly running better, right when he isgoing to be shuffled to the new 39 team at Ganassi to do some R&Dwork for the other three cars next year.

Martinsville is Sunday, for the Subway 500.  I have a certainaffinity for the place, I lived 20 minutes away from the place for mostof my life.  Martinsville is so crowded, but the people are sonice, it's one of the last remaining tracks where you get true Southernhospitality when you're there.  Heck I've seen so many laps at theplace, I could coach guys on how to get around the place.  I wantto hold on to this track as long as I can, and every true race fanshould feel the same.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Glad That's Over

Everyonecame out of Charlotte with all their limbs attached, and we haveourselves a points race now.  Whats-his-name won at Charlotteagain which doesn't really surprise me.  I'm just curious as towhy they decided to use Brian Vicker's paint scheme on the car for therace and for next year.  Roush puts 4 cars in the top 10 (nice jobguys) and Mark has a puncher's chance for the Championship.

Top 10 unofficial
1. Stewart 5777
    Johnson 5777
3. Biffle -11
4. Newman -17
5. Martin -51
6. Edwards -54
7. Wallace -92
8. Mayfield -115
9. Kenseth -124
10. Busch -142

And Kurt makes up 80 points, even better.  The race was just sadto watch.  It was just a game of who would blow their tires beforeeveryone else and then everyone pits and we play again.  I heardthem say tonight they're talking about variable banking at thetrack?  Why not just make it the way it was before they did thatlevigating shit to it.  I don't know why everyone that has even alittle bit of power in NASCAR is so obsessed with fixing things thataren't broke.  Instead of making a mockery of a great track andforcing the best teams in the sport to reduce the number of teams theyown, why not do something beneficial?  NASCAR is too concernedwith making money to line their own pockets, and this greed will bitethem in the ass.  It won't be anytime soon, but this sport willnot survive with Brian France at the helm.  Please, go run a LosAngeles NFL team.

Anyway....

- Clint Bowyer officially became the new driver of the 07 for nextyear.  Anyone wanna bet he drives the car before the year is out?

- Chip Ganassi now may be willing to release McMurray to Roush nextyear as long as he has someone to drive the 42.  Please let himmake the mistake of signing Blaney so we don't have these lame-ducksituations.  It's been bad enough this year and I hate to imaginewhat would be like next year.  That's a year of two drivers'careers that will be pretty much wasted, along with the crews.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Friday Was Quite A Day

I don't evenknow where to start Friday.  I went to the 2nd annual Six PfamilyPfling for Mark Martin at the Roush Museum in Concord.  My guesswould be about 60-70 of us there, and we talked for a while and got tomeet the faces behind the message board names.  I noticed therewere people camped outside the place, and I wasn't sure why.  Thatwill come into play a little later.  So after a while, Mark comesin and we're all so excited and yelling.  Then Mark tells us "howabout we make it 2 in a row tomorrow?"  As you can imagine, wescream even louder.  Then come to find out there are 20 tickets tohis autograph session that will be given away... the same tickets thepeople outside have been camped out for... and we're gonna get thefirst 20.  And I got lucky!  Yours truly was 1 of the 20lucky people that got the tickets.  I got to meet Mark, get somestuff signed, and it was right at the beginning of the session so hewas in a great mood.  It was just unreal because I had no idea hewould be there.  I'm glad I got to do this before he retires fromCup.

I think Ryan Newman should run in the Busch Series full-time next yearand try to win all 35 races.  It was depressing watching the Buschrace, and I didn't even watch the whole thing.  Tomorrow: biggerscars + less spoiler = bigger messes.  If the Cup race follows theBusch race pattern we're gonna have 10 cars on the lead lap andeveryone else will be wrecked.  They'll end up showing the footageof the crashes on Fox News and CNN becauses it will look like a planecrash by the end of the night.  I wish I was joking....

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Thursday Notes

Guess it's Thursday notes this week with the race on Saturday night :)

- Elliott Sadler wins his 2nd pole in 3 races at Charlotte, I canfaintly hear the cars at the apartment, which is awesome. Tomorrow should be my day to get in trouble.  Top 5 goes Sadler,Newman, Johnson, Stewart, Labonte.

- Mr. Insignificant for the day would be Stanton Barrett, who didn't even post a qualifying time, along with P.J. Jones.

- Kinda sad to see Boris not make it in the race, I'm sure he wouldhave made some great saves after spinning out Saturday night.

- Congrats to David Reutimann, who makes his Cup debut driving the 00 State Fair Chevy for Michael Waltrip Racing.

- Anyone besides me wish Casey Mears would be forced to wear a pink drivers' suit to go along with his pink car?

- Latest in the garage is that Clint Bowyer will replace Dave Blaney inthe 07 next year.  Hopefully, if true, this will shut up thesection of fans who think Dave Blaney will ever do something inNASCAR.  Also see that if true, Clint will continue to drive the#2 AC-Delco Chevy in Busch and do double duty.  That would make 3guys doing it, along with Reed Sorenson and Carl Edwards.

- The 2006 Rookie class is shaping up to be a monster.  MartinTruex in the 1, Clint Bowyer in the 07, Reed Sorenson in the 41, andeither J.J. Yeley or Denny Hamlin in the 11.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Almost Mobbed By Busch Haulers

So as I wasdriving up 85 to get on Speedway Blvd. today to get some yummy TacoBell I encountered seeing several Busch Series haulers on the way tothe track today.  The closest I got to one would be the 11 of PaulMenard, which went right past me as I was stopped at the redlight.  I wish I was wearing my sunglasses, that sucker isBRIGHT.  I don't see the need them to put headlights on thatthing.  After I left the Bell I saw the 12 and 40 haulers fromFitzBradshaw.  Part of me wast just expecting them to wreck, giventhe propensity of the cars inside to do the same.  Until you seethem up close and in person, it is hard to really appreciate the sizeof a team hauler.  They are truly a rolling garage and billboardrolled together.  In fact, the haulers' design is surpassed onlyby its functionality.  I've had inside access to a hauler before,albeit it was several years ago.  For those that can remember, BobBrevak was a driver that bounced from the Truck Series to ARCA and Ibelieve the Winston West Series.  As is true now, the Truck Serieshaulers had to park somewhere outside the track to make run for the Cuphaulers.  I'm not sure how his team ended up 20 miles south of thetrack, but they landed at a motel a one-minute drive from myhouse.  My dad took me over there and we got to meet Bob and theteam.  They were first-class people through and through.  Igot to see the backup Truck inside the hauler, toured the cab, and hungout in the lounge inside just talking to him.  I got a fewautographs and left that day a Bob Brevak fan.  I'm not sure whatBob is up to now, I've seen the team make occaisional starts in theTrucks.  I was awestruck by them then, I can only imagine whatthey are like today.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Sad But True


Haven't Got In Trouble.... Yet

I hope yallforgive me for not being in the best of moods, but I'm still mad overthe ALDS Game 5 last night.  Yanks got screwed out of it forsure.  What makes me more worried is knowing Steinbrenner maycompletely destruct the team, when there only has to be some changes tomake it a contender again.  Better defense at 1B and the OF wouldbe big, so would signing pitchers in their prime or a little before,and not in their 40's.  Hopefully next year RJ will be dominantafter having a year to adjust to pitching in New York.  Time topull for the underdog Astros to do something, they have Clemens andPettitte, who I still love watching.

So it looks like Ricky Rudd will hang it up after this year.  It'sreally too bad he didn't announce sooner (if its true) because I thinkeveryone would love to see a Rudd retirement tour.  But the greatthing about Ricky is that he is too humble to toot his own horn. More vets are being rumored for the 21 next year, Andretti (GULP) andKen Schrader.  Part of me loves to think what Ken could dothere.  Either way, they would keep the seat warm for the heir tothe family car Jon Wood to take the wheel in '07.

I swear if I saw Brian France in person, I'd hit him in the mouth andsteal his wallet.  This bullshit about limiting teams, changingpoint systems, all aimed at screwing Roush Racing.  I fail to seehow limiting the number of teams improves competition.  So what ifRoush can have a 5-car comglomerate that runs well every week?  Heshould be credited for building such an outstanding organization, notpenalized because he has built something so great.  Same goes toRick Hendrick and his 4-car team.  Next year, Ganassi will go to 4cars.  Personally, seeing more teams like this makes for bettercompetition than seeing a bunch of teams like the 4 and the 32 outthere.  If a new owner wants to come in, tell him to pony up the$$$ to make it happen.  I can tell you right now exactly what willhappen: Roush "sells" two of his teams, presumably to the WoodBrothers, or possibly one to WB and one to Yates.  Then, they havea 9-car alliance representing Ford Racing.  Everyone else will setup teams or make alliances with teams, and you'll have two three-carteams working as one sharing information.  Does that sound anybetter?  Would that make it more advantageous for new owners tocome in?  No, and furthermore, HELL no.  It would be evenharder for someone to come in under that system and compete, becausesingle-car teams will still struggle under that format.  Teams aresmarter than NASCAR and will always find a way around the rules they'regiven.

Sunday, October 9, 2005

Score One For Mark!

Rememberthose Roush guys?  How sudden everyone forgets they're thedominant organization in NASCAR, and today reaffirmed it.  Markand the 6 crew took a gamble for track position and it paid off, asMark got out front and then never left, even through pit stops. Kenseth led early but had a vibration, I was listening on the radio andthe tire specialist said nothing was wrong with the tires.  In anyevent, Kenseth never reclaimed the lead and never got higher than5th.  The Biff finishes 2nd again for the weekend, I'm stillpuzzled as to how he "whines" in an interview.  Go look at JeffGordon for Whining 101.  Anyway, Stewart put distance betweeneveryone since Newman didn't have a good day at all.

Top 10 in points looks like this:
1. Stewart 5684
2. Newman -75
3. Biffle -88
4. Wallace -90
5. Johnson -92
6. Edwards -95
7. Martin -113
8. Kenseth -116
9. Mayfield -157
10. Busch -224

Not really surprised to see Mayfield in 9th, I don't see how that teamhas made the Chase for 2 years.  When you think of top 10 teams,do you think of the 19?  Neither do I.

Charlotte next week, and I'm downright giddy to see what kind of trouble I can get in to.

Developing Story

Per Jayski,the 12 of Ryan Newman still hasn't passed pre-race inspection... theleft rear quarter panel is too high, team has failed twice and will goto the back of the line so they can have more time to get itfixed.  Newman is already going to the back of the field forchanging transmissions.  Well, they might not even be in the fieldtoday.

Saturday, October 8, 2005

Saturday Roundup

Matt Kensethcontinues to do his Ryan Newman impersonation on qualifying day,snagging his 2nd pole of the year and setting a new Kansas trackrecord.  Now, this is a whopping 3rd career pole for Matt, and thelast time he won the pole he turned the Sharpie 500 into the race forsecond place 500.  Filling out the top 5 are Elliott Sadler, JeffGordon, Scott Wimmer, and Carl Edwards.  I'd look for Kenseth tohave a dominant car, seeing how he blistered the field at Chicago, butwatch for Carl Edwards too.  He was charging hard until hesuffered a flat tire and smacked the wall.

Great Busch race today, Kansas is really starting to come into its ownas far as being a track with action and passing.  Biffle made anabsolute sick save on the white flag lap, he is one of the few guysthat could have done that.  But congrats to that team, it wastheir first win.  They've only had about 15 drivers in that carsince it began last year.

Updating a bit on the news about Roush Racing, Jamie McMurray shouldmove to the 97 in 2007.  So next year, it will be a looong yearfor him and Kurt Busch as well.  Expect both of them to get thelast pick as far as equipment goes.  But from what I've heard, theprimary reason Jamie goes to the 97 is because of sponsorship. Busch is a high-profile driver, and Newell/Diageo don't want to startfrom scratch with someone like Todd Kluever.  My prediction isthat World Financial Group steps up to the plate for Todd and the6.  I think WFG will be his full-time Busch sponsor next year, butdon't hold me to it if it doesn't happen.

Yet again, NASCAR is out to screw Roush Racing with this "limiting" ofteams that can be owned.  If a new guy wants in and is willing topay to play, that's what will happen.  Contrary to what BrianFrance thinks, more teams like PPI dilutes competition.

Carolina travels to Arizona to play the Cardinals at 4, should be awin, but this team is too inconsistent right now.  With ChrisGamble out, I'm not sure what we'll do with Boldin andFitzgerald.  Well, this year the cardiac cats are back.... thegame is never over until 00:00.

Friday, October 7, 2005

Friday Notes

- As I writethis, Martin Truex Jr. leads Busch Pole qualifying.  Looking atwho is left, I'll be shocked if he loses it.  Look for Truex tostart first, and some great runs by Jon Wood and Regan Smith, who arecurrently 2nd and 3rd respectively.

- Roush Racing looks like they're back to their dominating ways basedoff of their practice runs today.  I believe every driver took aturn being near the top.  Top 5 from Happy Hour are ElliottSadler, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, and Kurt Busch.

- Mr. Insignificant for the day is Eric McClure, who comes in 49th fastest.

- Jack Sprague and Xpress (#16 CTS team) are parting ways, effectiveimmediately.  This combo hasn't worked as well as everyone wouldhave believed, a team that won back-to-back championships in 2002-03and a 3-time series champion.  Xpress will put Bobby Labonte inthe truck for Martinsville, Sprague is rumored to be taking over the#60 Toyota.  If that happens, what a raw deal for ChadChaffin.  First he is the odd man out at BHR because he didn'thave someone paying his way, then he gets replaced by Todd Bodine inthe #30 truck.  Chad's a very good Truck driver and deserves astable team.

Major Update: Haveheard that Jack Roush announced Todd Kluever will drive the #6 in 2007,succeeding Mark Martin, who will return in 2006.  Hmm, does thismean Jamie McMurray will get out of his deal to drive the 97 in2006?  That's the only thing I can come up with.

Text Messaging Practice Speeds

One of theneat things about having Alltel is you can sign up to receive textmessages on race weekend that show top 5 practice speeds, top 5qualifying speeds, and instant race results.  This comes in handyin case a busy college guy like me is out somewhere and can't catcheverything.  Like today, I get to see practice times before I evenget back to the apartment for the day.  Maybe I won't switch toNextel when my contract is up after all.

Cool shirt I saw today

Newshirt from Team Caliber, I'll have to see if it's just an online thingor if they have it at their store.  It combines two things Ienjoy, Roush Racing and poker.  I happen to have a picture of it.  Only $12, I'm so getting that shirt.

Thursday, October 6, 2005

The Case Against Jimmie Johnson

I'm notgoing to hide the fact I don't like Jimmie Johnson, that's all there isto it. Quite frankly, the guy has not proven much to me besidesthe fact he can drive Jeff Gordon's cars and he benefits from a topthree team and top three pit crew. His Busch Series days wereless than stellar. And don't use the Tony Stewart arguement,Stewart was running the IRL schedule at the same time he ran inBusch. Anyway, Johnson had a stellar ONE win. And that wasa fuel mileage win. The team? The #92 Herzog-Jackson team,which began winning more than once every other year once Todd Bodinestepped in the car. According to Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon "saw"something. Maybe it was his unibrow. But Johnson has hadthe privilege of being side by side with the 24 team since day one, andwe all know how much effort Hendrick has put into that team. Soit wasn't surprising to see him win races early. Johnson becamean instant championship contender back in 2002. So, what has hedone since? He has been beat by Roush drivers the next two years,and it may very happen this year, either by Roush, Stewart, or Penske(sorry Jeremy). Johnson has also shown an increased penchant fortrying his best to demolish his competition, specifically atTalladega. Last Sunday's race was his third consecutive racethere he was the instigator for a major crash that took out top 5 carsand this year Championship-contending cars. And the way Jimmiepresents himself? I can't see anything but someone who feelsentitled to being great instead of earning it. Let's hope karmacomes around by Homestead and he falls short once again.

The Case Against Jimmie Johnson

I'm notgoing to hide the fact I don't like Jimmie Johnson, that's all there isto it. Quite frankly, the guy has not proven much to me besidesthe fact he can drive Jeff Gordon's cars and he benefits from a topthree team and top three pit crew. His Busch Series days wereless than stellar. And don't use the Tony Stewart arguement,Stewart was running the IRL schedule at the same time he ran inBusch. Anyway, Johnson had a stellar ONE win. And that wasa fuel mileage win. The team? The #92 Herzog-Jackson team,which began winning more than once every other year once Todd Bodinestepped in the car. According to Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon "saw"something. Maybe it was his unibrow. But Johnson has hadthe privilege of being side by side with the 24 team since day one, andwe all know how much effort Hendrick has put into that team. Soit wasn't surprising to see him win races early. Johnson becamean instant championship contender back in 2002. So, what has hedone since? He has been beat by Roush drivers the next two years,and it may very happen this year, either by Roush, Stewart, or Penske(sorry Jeremy). Johnson has also shown an increased penchant fortrying his best to demolish his competition, specifically atTalladega. Last Sunday's race was his third consecutive racethere he was the instigator for a major crash that took out top 5 carsand this year Championship-contending cars. And the way Jimmiepresents himself? I can't see anything but someone who feelsentitled to being great instead of earning it. Let's hope karmacomes around by Homestead and he falls short once again.

The Case Against Jimmie Johnson

I'm notgoing to hide the fact I don't like Jimmie Johnson, that's all there isto it. Quite frankly, the guy has not proven much to me besidesthe fact he can drive Jeff Gordon's cars and he benefits from a topthree team and top three pit crew. His Busch Series days wereless than stellar. And don't use the Tony Stewart arguement,Stewart was running the IRL schedule at the same time he ran inBusch. Anyway, Johnson had a stellar ONE win. And that wasa fuel mileage win. The team? The #92 Herzog-Jackson team,which began winning more than once every other year once Todd Bodinestepped in the car. According to Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon "saw"something. Maybe it was his unibrow. But Johnson has hadthe privilege of being side by side with the 24 team since day one, andwe all know how much effort Hendrick has put into that team. Soit wasn't surprising to see him win races early. Johnson becamean instant championship contender back in 2002. So, what has hedone since? He has been beat by Roush drivers the next two years,and it may very happen this year, either by Roush, Stewart, or Penske(sorry Jeremy). Johnson has also shown an increased penchant fortrying his best to demolish his competition, specifically atTalladega. Last Sunday's race was his third consecutive racethere he was the instigator for a major crash that took out top 5 carsand this year Championship-contending cars. And the way Jimmiepresents himself? I can't see anything but someone who feelsentitled to being great instead of earning it. Let's hope karmacomes around by Homestead and he falls short once again.