Friday, August 11, 2006

Friday Notes

Welcome one and all, the YouTube video of the week is another movie trailer, this time for a movie I've heard a lot of hype about and I'm looking forward to seeing if it delivers.  The movie, you ask?  Snakes On A Plane.

Now time for the Friday tradition:

- Who says you can’t go home again?  Todd Parrott sure doesn’t.  Yet again he will return to Robert YatesRacing.  Jesus, this is about as bad asTommy Lee and Pam Anderson used to be. Greg Steadman will fill in (capably) as Crew Chief on the 43. 

- Updating the status of the #19, Bill Elliott won’t be ableto use his champions provisional to qualify for the race this weekend.  It shouldn’t hurt him though; he’ll more thanlikely put the car in the field on time and in a decent spot.  It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if we don’tsee Jeremy in the 19 again. 

-  Time for myobligatory Roush updates: 

Poor Mark may be back in the 6 car again next season.  I really hope it isn’t true not because Iwant him to leave, but he has already been called back to duty when he wantedto leave Nextel Cup full-time.  As muchas I still believe in Todd Kluever he could really use another year in Buschwith another slate of 7 races.  He stillhas 6 more this season however and plans, as they say, could change.

The National Guard is on their way out of the 16 car andsupposedly they’re headed to the 25 next year with Casey Mears.  In will be AmeriQuest according to Jayski andmore importantly, common sense.  At leastI hope so.  36 races with the Subway carwill have Greg leading 11,000 miles with 23 DNF’s.

- Dale Jr. fired Mark McFarland from the 88 Navy Busch carin a move made to keep the Navy from abandoning ship.  Looks like Martin Truex will get to add tohis career win total this year after all. 

- The Marines have announced they’re done with the 25 teamat the end of the season.  I can’t sayI’m shocked or surprised with that.  Forall the hype that was given to this team with Ashton Lewis taking over, they’vereally fell flat on their face.  It alsoleaves the door open for the Marine sponsorship to head somewhere else,possibly Yates or Roush. 

- I was a bit disappointed when I read that ESPN plans onusing the same crew to call the Busch and Cup races next year.  Well, so much for giving the Busch Series itsown identity.  Ah, there are things Iwould love to see happen in this sport I feel could really help. 

- The Trucks are in Nashvillethis week for a race at an odd start time. I’m going out on a limb and saying Erik Darnell gets first career win ata track he knows quite well. 

----- Watkins Glen Preview -----
Now in bigger font! 

The Busch races at road courses are like all-starevents.  This one is no different, as theringers and some international drivers pepper the entry list.  Among the entries are defending race winnerRyan Newman in the #02 as Kurt Busch will be in the #39, Robby Gordon willenter in the #55, Max Papis in the #36, Ron Fellows in the #33, Boris Said inthe #9, and Scott Pruett in the #1. 

WINNER – Denny Hamlin 

I can’t help but keep picking the guy.  He hasn’t disappointed me yet and should be ashoe-in for a top 5. 

Sears Point showed that theusual suspects usually win races at road courses.  Watkins Glen is my favorite road course onthe schedule because of the speed, light blue walls, the first turn, and thechicane.  I always look forward to theraces here more than SearsPoint or more recently, Mexico City. Sunday we’ll see the usual stuff, except more exciting than itsounds.  Pit strategy is always a joy towatch and seeing which drivers make the mental mistakes and end up costingthemselves by running off course into the sand traps.  Mix in the Chase prospects of several driversand you’d be missing out by missing this race. The entry list is here

WINNER – Robby Gordon 

If you don’t think Robby will be trying his hardest to getthe win here, you’re kidding yourselves. I’m straying from the duo of Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon and hoping itsRobby. 

TOP RINGER – Boris Said 

Same as Sears Point, except this teamnow has three races and two top 10’s under its belt.  Scott Pruett typically fares better thanBoris here but I like Boris more. 

DARKHORSE – Greg Biffle 

Biffle?  Yes,Biffle.  As Newsom was so kind to pointout, he hasn’t finished better than 30th at The Glen.  I expect that to change because it has to ifhe has designs of making the Chase.

Here is your channel surfing schedule:

Nextel Cup qualifying at 3:00 on SPEED

Busch: Zippo 200 at 2:00 on NBC
Truck: ToyotaTundra 200 at 5:00 on SPEED

Nextel Cup: AMD at The Glen at 1:00 on NBC

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