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?