Thursday, March 29, 2007

Martinsville This Week

I guess the world didn't end after the first COT race at Bristol.

That said, I don't expect things to be peaches and cream at Martinsville Sunday either. If drivers were having trouble with their car being tight and not turning at Thunder Valley, woe be unto them when they hit the track for 500 laps Sunday. Track position and brakes will be the two things to keep your eyes on, with the performance of the splitter in the front and how it holds up in its second race a close third. Kyle Busch said the car "sucked" in victory lane last week and I laughed for a good 10 minutes afterward. On the other hand, it is kinda funny hearing professional race car drivers complain about a car being "too hard" to drive. In reality the Gibbs duo of Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin arguably had the top cars during the race, and I'd look for them to be just as strong this week as they were last week. Some teams that had trouble, especially those with the bigger budgets should be noticeably better with a week to evaluate their operation and to see what worked for everyone else. As for a winner, I'm inclined to say that Tony Stewart will finish the job and take his first win of 2007.


We also have Craftsman Truck Series racing at Martinsville this weekend. This one could get quite interesting, as it will be the first short track race of 2007 after running Daytona, California, and Atlanta to start the year. FOX will be carrying the broadcast of this race, the first network TV Truck race since God knows when. Venturing to guess a winner, I'll pick the #75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy with Dennis Setzer to get on track at a track both team and driver know well.


The Busch Series has the weekend off before heading to Nashville for their annual Easter weekend race. Meanwhile, the IRL journeys to St. Petersburg for a race in the streets on Sunday.

Monday, March 26, 2007

AT&T Wants Their Logo On The #31 NOW

AT&T filed a motion in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta today to have their logo on the car immediately, perhaps even as soon as this week at Martinsville. Good for AT&T: maybe with enough public pressure, Nextel and NASCAR will relent and do the right thing. I would like to ask Ramsey Poston something - since when has NASCAR tried to keep teams from helping their sponsors? When the hard liquor issue came up, NASCAR did the right thing - albeit and the end of the 2004 season. I just find Nextel and NASCAR's position incredibly irresponsible towards the owners, teams, and the future sponsors that may be turned off by this entire situation.

OK... now time for a lighter moment...

AT&T wants the scheme to look like this:



Let's all hope it doesn't end up looking like this:

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Kyle Busch Takes Win In First COT Race @ Bristol


Kyle Busch used lessons learned from his brother to hold off Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon to win the Food City 500.

The first race was, well, interesting. Sure didn't seem like the drivers were overly concerned about laying the bumper to someone. It looked like most of them would use the right corner more than the front if they wanted to knock someone out of the way.

For the actual racing, I'll relent and say it wasn't that different, nor did I expect it to be. It wasn't any more or less of a show than usual. My favorite part of the race may very well have been Kyle in victory lane saying he still hates the car and it still sucks.

We'll see what everyone says about it tomorrow.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

More From Bristol...

Nextel Cup: So our first taste of the COT has gone relatively without incident thus far. A sign of things to come with Toyotas earning 5 spots in the field, the highest thus far of the season. Missing the race, surprisingly, were the #70 of Johnny Sauter and the #13 of Joe Nemecheck. Both those teams had qualified for every race thus far. Tomorrow will mark the first starts of the year for two teams I thought would do better than they have, the #36 of Jeremy Mayfield and the #84 of A.J. Allmendinger. I hesitate to even say what will happen tomorrow except 43 cars will take the green flag and the first one to complete 500 laps will be the winner. Anyway, I think the guys that have said they don't mind the car will do better initially than those who have been openly against it. I'm going to go with Denny Hamlin to capture his first win of 2007.

Busch Series: The Busch race ended not too long ago, with Carl Edwards holding off Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch for the win. The race was typical Bristol with a lot of wrecks and maybe 15 or so cars on the lead lap at the end. Certainly nothing extraordinary about it, as Edwards builds on his points lead.


In non-NASCAR results today, the GrandAm matinée before the IRL race tonight was won by the Crown Royal Special Reserve team of Bill Auberlen and Matthew Alhadeff.

The season debut of the IRL in Homestead goes at 8 tonight on ESPN2.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Eric Medlen, R.I.P.

Eric Medlen was taken off life support and died today.

ESPN story

R.I.P., Eric. You will be missed.

I'm Just Getting Started w/ The COT

This weekend, I'll be paying very close attention to Bristol as we ready for the first COT race. I've gotten many a comment (but not on the site! Comment the post here!) about me being too hard on the COT. I will admit, that may very well be true. I like the theory, but dislike the reality of this thing. Surfing around different sites today I stumbled upon an AP interactive guide via Sportsline that is certainly interesting. It presents a flash diagram with information about the new aspects of the car. Go ahead and give it a look and tell me what you think. For me, the farther back you go from the nose to the wing, but more uneasy I am about the car. However, I really want to know what you think. I'll respond, as I always do.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

2007 IRL Predictions

Allow me to go on record with some more "brilliant" predictions in the 2007 racing season. If you decide to visit my NASCAR predictions, you'll see I have little to no idea how things will play out. But hell, I'll play anyway.

Champion: Dan Wheldon
Chip Ganassi Racing had a renaissance last year in the IRL, with Wheldon and Dixon posing a formidable team throughout the year. In Nextel Cup this season, their program has really come on strong (which I did predict) with the addition of Montoya. To boot, the team won the Rolex 24 at Daytona. As much as I'd love to say Kanaan or Marco, I think TK is past his championship-level driving and Marco is another year or so away from being a threat week-to-week.

Biggest Surprise: Vision Racing
Nepotism aside, I really like what Vision Racing has done from 2006 to 2007. I've always believed in the talent Tomas Scheckter possesses and Ed Carpenter seemed to improve last season. Don't get me wrong AJ Foyt IV is still a no-talent driver who will be a backmarker, the #2 and #20 will steadily progress up the ladder with Scheckter a contender for some wins.

Biggest Disappointment: Rahal Letterman Racing
Amazing how a few years can change everything for a race team. In 2004 Buddy Rice piloted a RLR car to victory in the Indy 500 and team looked even stronger in 2005 with Danica Patrick and Vitor Meira driving the other two cars. Patrick and Meira scored numerous top 10 finishes and the team looked to be moving in the right direction, competing on a weekly basis with the best of the best. Then, 2006 happened: the team didn't keep up with the changes on the cars, Meira was let go, and his replacement, Paul Dana, died in a practice crash before the season finale. The team never seemed to recover from that devastation. Now, Patrick is gone and the team has brought in Scott Sharp to try and turn the team around somewhat. Alas, I just don't see that happening.

First-time Winners: Danica Patrick, Vitor Meira
I honestly would have predicted this last year as well. Danica is now with Andretti Green and she has big expectations in a car that Bryan Herta did record a victory in 2 years ago. No question she has the talent and AGR has the equipment. Mentally, she has to put it together now. As for Meira, he ran surprisingly well with the Panther team last year that was on life support and rallied to finish in the top 5 in the points standings. Meira could very well claim the title of Best Driver Without A Win in the series, and here is hoping both of these talented drivers earn their first career IRL wins.


Finally, I'll go ahead and tell ya who will win the race Saturday night. Last year, the answer to that question was basically H, C, W, or D. You could pretty much count on Sam Hornish, Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon, or Scott Dixon. Occasionally, someone like Kanaan or Meira would challenge... but those other guys were simply better. This year, though, could be different. I think some other teams have either caught up or nearly caught up to that level. Certainly AGR will be contending and Meira will carry the torch for Panther. My surprise pick Vision Racing could contend at some of these places, especially with Scheckter. But I'm going to be gutless and pick Sam Hornish. Just seems like this is a race he'll win.

2007 IRL Season Opener

The 2007 Indy Racing League season will start at Homestead this year, the 11th year of open wheel racing insignificance in the United States. Don't get me wrong, though - I love the IRL and it puts on great shows most of the time. Over time, the IRL has won the war with the former CART series. Last season marked the return to dominance by the Penske and Ganassi teams after Andretti Green had won the previous two championships with two different drivers. The circuit will feature 12 oval and 5 road/street course races in its 2007 edition. Here is the entry list for the race in Homestead Saturday night:

Car Driver Hometown Car Name C/E/T Entrant Race Strategist

2 Tomas Scheckter Cape Town, South Africa Vision Racing D/H/F Vision Racing Larry Curry

3 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil Team Penske D/H/F Team Penske Tim Cindric

4 Vitor Meira Brasilia, Brazil Delphi Panther D/H/F Delphi Panther Racing John Barnes

5 Sarah Fisher Commercial Point, Ohio Dreyer & Reinbold Racing D/H/F Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chris Finch

6 Sam Hornish Jr. Defiance, Ohio Team Penske D/H/F Team Penske Roger Penske

7 Danica Patrick Roscoe, Ill. Motorola D/H/F Andretti Green Racing Kim Green

8 Scott Sharp Norwalk, Conn. Patron Sharp Rahal-Letterman Racing D/H/F Rahal Letterman Racing TBA

9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing D/H/F Target Chip Ganassi Racing Mike Hull

10 Dan Wheldon Emberton, England Target Chip Ganassi Racing D/H/F Target Chip Ganassi Racing Barry Wanser

11 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Team 7-Eleven D/H/F Andretti Green Racing George Klotz

14 Darren Manning North Yorkshire, England ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Racing D/H/F A.J. Foyt Enterprises A.J. Foyt

15 Buddy Rice Phoenix Dreyer & Reinbold Racing D/H/F Dreyer & Reinbold Racing John Dick

17 Jeff Simmons Hartford, Conn. Rahal Letterman Racing Team Ethanol D/H/F Rahal Letterman Racing TBA

20 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis Vision Racing D/H/F Vision Racing David Cripps

22 A.J. Foyt IV Hockley, Texas Vision Racing D/H/F Vision Racing Tony George

25 Marty Roth Toronto Roth Racing D/H/F Roth Racing Jason Lucas/Mark Weida

26 Marco Andretti (R) Nazareth, Pa. NYSE Group D/H/F Andretti Green Racing Kyle Moyer

27 Dario Franchitti Edinburgh, Scotland Canadian Club D/H/F Andretti Green Racing John Anderson

55 Kosuke Matsuura Aichi, Japan Panasonic Panther D/H/F Super Aguri Panther Racing Doug Boles

98 TBA TBA CURB Records D/H/F CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Greg Beck


Legend: Chassis: D=Dallara. Engine: H=Honda. Tire: F=Firestone. (R)=Rookie.


My extended analysis and prognostications will be up before the end of the week.



Eric Medlen update: MEDLEN HAS CRANIOTOMY; REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT SHANDS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Injured NHRA Funny Car driver Eric Medlen survived a delicate, three-hour craniotomy procedure to relive pressure and hemorrhaging Tuesday evening but remained in critical condition Wednesday at Shands at the University of Florida medical center.

Over the next two weeks, the 33-year-old will remain in a drug-induced coma designed to promote healing.

“We consider ourselves fortunate that Eric is in one of the top hospitals in the world for this type of injury and is getting absolutely the best treatment possible,” said John Medlen, Eric’s father and crew chief. “We want to thank Eric’s friends, fans, sponsors and the entire NHRA drag racing community for their support in this very difficult time for our family,” he said. “We would ask that they continue to remember Eric in their prayers. He’s a fighter, but he has a long battle ahead of him.”

The elder Medlen also asked, for Eric’s sake and the sake of the family, that fans refrain from speculation, especially on the internet, where erroneous information already has been a source of considerable anguish.

- From Backstretch Motorsports

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Update On Eric Medlen

Link

To summarize, Medlen has a severe closed head injury and doctor's are continuing to try and reduce pressure and swelling. Man, this doesn't sound good at all. The John Force Racing PR says that the website will update his condition daily.

Retire, Mikey, Retire

Reading the latest article by Jenna Fryer today was, I suppose, an effort to garner sympathy for Michael Waltrip and the struggles he has had thus far in 2007. Struggle would be an understatement. Since Daytona, the #55 he drives hasn't made a race. The #44 of Dale Jarrett has already used up 4 of the 6 past champion provisionals he is alloted for the year. Lastly, David Reutimann is 43rd in the standings with a grand total of 150 points. He is still behind Mike Wallace, who has made a grand total of 1 start.

Things over at MWR don't look so great, do they? Given that Toyota appears to be mailing it in with the cars that will be used in 22 races this and are being phased out in favor of that other one that will debut this week, perhaps things could still improve. But there needs to be one major change in operations: Michael Waltrip should stop driving the #55 as soon as possible. At the very least, this should be the final year he competes. I'm not saying this out of my dislike for him (although I do admit I do) but he is the owner a 3-car team on the Nextel Cup level, owns a Busch car, and does commentary for numerous Craftsman Truck Series races. The first part of that list would be enough for most people, let alone adding the others and trying to compete in one of his own cars. It is time for him to become an owner first and foremost with no driving responsibilities. He should follow what Richard Childress and Junior Johnson have done, converting their operations into powerhouses after retiring. Personally, I think he could do it. He has 4 major corporate sponsors on the Nextel Cup level and also Aarons in Busch. I don't care who you support, recruiting those sponsors says something about Mikey's strengths. I just think it's time for them to be his primary focus because driving race cars isn't much of one anymore.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Eric Medlen Critically Injured In Crash @ Gainesville Raceway

Story from USA Today via the AP:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — NHRA driver Eric Medlen was critically injured Monday in an accident at Gainesville Raceway, his team said.

Medlen, who drives for John Force Racing, was injured when his Funny Car crashed into the right guardrail during a test session. The 33-year-old was transported by helicopter to the University of Florida medical center, where he was being treated in the intensive care unit, the team said on its website.

His injuries were not disclosed.

"Eric's extended family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers," said Kelly Antonelli, spokesperson for the team. "At the same time, we would ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time and allow the medical staff to do its work."

Medlen, a six-time NHRA winner, participated in the Gatornationals on Sunday.

Medlen, a former crewman on Force's championship-winning Funny Cars, began his own driving career in 2004. He has six career victories.


Just terrible news... it seems to happen every other year or so that a driver in the NHRA is badly injured. Prayers to his family, hopefully there will be an update on his condition soon.

Warning - Stay Away From NASCAR.COM & ESPN.COM This Week

This warning is brought to you by The Catfish Show NASCAR Blog:

These websites and their writers such as David Newton, Marty Smith, and whoever replaced them on NASCAR.COM are very likely to lie to you for the next week. Their jobs as cheerleaders for NASCAR and, recently, the Car Of Tomorrow will hit a zenith as the car rolls onto the track this week at Bristol. No matter what happens during the race, no matter how good or bad the racing is, these writers will tell you how great the COT is. Let me hit you with some truth - it doesn't make a bit of difference what a car at Bristol looks like. You can race anything there because of the high banks and the fact that it is .533 of mile big. I actually give some credit to NASCAR for choosing Bristol to be the first race, they can get away with using an underdeveloped car there with little hassle. Not the cars are underdeveloped though. The inspections could prove to be the biggest headache since the introduction of tequila to the US. Mainly, though, beware of these sites and the writers that right for them. The chances you aren't going to get the truth are very good.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Seriously, NASCAR Has Their Heads Up Their Asses

I hadn't planned on ranting about anything this week until I saw today how the sanctioning body is behaving like the elitist assholes their critics have charged they are. Two counts on this matter:

AT&T to sue NASCAR over #31 car

I applaud AT&T for taking this step to get their product on the car. At the time of the Nextel deal, they said any company that was currently in the sport would be grandfathered in. Cingular was in. Now that Cingular has been sold and will be renamed they're out? Excuse me, it is still the same company doing the same things except they will have a different name. You can look at this from any angle and I still fail to see the logic. I wish NASCAR would just go ahead and say this more about Sprint vs. AT&T than any sort of "exclusivity" that I already disproved. I wholeheartedly support AT&T in this matter and it would be great if they won. However, because NASCAR is privately owned and operated, I doubt they'll win. I think that is crap, but I don't see the suit being successful. On the other hand, the negative attention could pressure the Frances, Mike Helton, and all the other puppets to let AT&T have their name on the car they sponsor.

NASCAR tells Gordon to move Motorola logo

This one is even more ridiculous... they can be an associate, but not a primary? What genius this displays. Someone find me a phone with the Motorola service plans. I'll spoil it for you, THERE ISN'T ANY. Motorola makes the damn phones. Like Robby said, Motorola makes NEXTEL phones. I swear Brian France isn't much more than an alcoholic in a famous family with little business running the sport. I've tried to remain optimistic about the future of NASCAR but he makes it damn hard to do so. Now I don't profess to have the answers to everything, but someone should remind France he doesn't either.

Ready For Atlanta? Not So Much....

This entire week, I planned on writing something. Something, anything, because you know... it's what I do. But I realized something: I'm just not excited for the season yet. Daytona, great. California, ok (and Kenseth swept). I really, really enjoyed the Mexico City race. But Vegas? The new track was awful. I watched maybe a third of the Cup race. This week at Atlanta, I'm just not excited for it. Sure, the track usually produces great races, but I'm not feeling it. I think it may have something to do with the looming COT at Bristol. I am fearful of seeing this thing on the track. There is always the possibility of me being wrong, but since I've heard what I've heard from people inside the sport I will still be firmly in the "against" category.

As for the races, Jeff Burton will be very strong on Saturday and Sunday. If you want a darkhorse, Clint Bowyer in the #07 wouldn't be a bad place to look. Mark Martin is enjoying himself and he likes Atlanta, so keep an eye on the #01 as well.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tie A String Around Your Finger

Everyone currently reading this "fine" blog, I need a favor. Update your bookmarks to www.thecatfishshow.blogspot.com as I will be posting from there for now on. I'll keep this place up for the archives, but no new posts shall emerge from this location.

Tie A String Around Your Finger

Everyone currently reading this "fine" blog, I need a favor. Update your bookmarks to www.thecatfishshow.blogspot.com as I will be posting from there for now on. I'll keep this place up for the archives, but no new posts shall emerge from this location.

Tie A String Around Your Finger

Everyone currently reading this "fine" blog, I need a favor. Update your bookmarks to www.thecatfishshow.blogspot.com as I will be posting from there for now on. I'll keep this place up for the archives, but no new posts shall emerge from this location.

Still Trying...

OK, so the transition to Blogger hasn't exactly gone smoothly. Give me a minute to explain why:

first, I finally decided to move here when AOL kept resetting my hit counter to 0. So after consideration, I'm moving here for a little while. So while I'm the process of doing so, my recent activities have kept me away from working on it. I attended CPAC 2007 in Washington last week in what I can describe as a fun, entertaining, and enlightening experience that I hope to enjoy for years to come. Secondly, I drove. There and back. 7 hours on the interstate. When I came back to town a week ago, I got to relax for about 36 hours before I was on the road again headed home for a week of relaxation - sans computer. But, I'm back now and ready to get this thing moving again.

Vegas was more or less a CF. Half the field was driving scared during the race today, and I only watched half. Atlanta is up next and I'll be back to my old self, hopefully. I appreciate everyone sticking with me despite my absence. It means a lot, I really mean that. Thank you.

Monday, March 5, 2007

The Juan Pablo Montoya Show



This afternoon, Juan Pablo Montoya earned a new fan.

I didn't expect much from the TelCel 200 today. ESPN sure gave it the star treatment with the full circle coverage, but I admit I was skeptical. I quickly changed my mind watching the domination, then determination of Montoya. Lap 52 would have crushed the chances for most drivers. Restarting in 19th on a road course with 28 to go is a tall, tall order even with 4 new tires. But he would not be denied.

Watching Montoya drive through the field was something special and it made for a great storyline. Montoya, the international rock star that has won in CART, IRL, and F1, and has been so impressive in NASCAR driving through the field in the race in Mexico City. NASCAR has to be enjoying this right now. Juan Pablo winning in Mexico City is huge.

The controversy with Scott Pruett has been blown way, way out of proportion. I wish everyone would watch the replays and see as clearly as I do that Scott Pruett came down on Montoya and Montoya did not spin Pruett out. It was a bold move for sure, but it wasn't intentional. This was Racing 101: guy with the faster car makes a move, person in front doesn't back off, the cars make contact. It didn't work out for Pruett but he needed to see what really happened before he made his comments that will be replayed for the next month.

After the running of this race, I'm now confident enough to say it needs to stay on the schedule. Keeping Nextel Cup in the states for now works, and having the Busch Series go international to see the market is going well. The race today was the best thus far because of the quality of the drivers. The names that finished in the top 10 are really an eclectic mix: Montoya, Said, Edwards, Pruett, Goeters, Ambrose, Fernandez. If you want international, Australian-born Marcos Ambrose impressed me with a solid run for Wood Brothers/JTG and Adrian Fernandez finally finished where he ran most of the day. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the race. Juan Pablo has a new fan (that being myself) and I cannot wait to see him the rest of the year in both Nextel Cup and Busch.

Full results, point standings, and another link to the new location I'm slowly migrating to. See yall later in the week.

The Juan Pablo Montoya Show



This afternoon, Juan Pablo Montoya earned a new fan.

I didn't expect much from the TelCel 200 today. ESPN sure gave it the star treatment with the full circle coverage, but I admit I was skeptical. I quickly changed my mind watching the domination, then determination of Montoya. Lap 52 would have crushed the chances for most drivers. Restarting in 19th on a road course with 28 to go is a tall, tall order even with 4 new tires. But he would not be denied.

Watching Montoya drive through the field was something special and it made for a great storyline. Montoya, the international rock star that has won in CART, IRL, and F1, and has been so impressive in NASCAR driving through the field in the race in Mexico City. NASCAR has to be enjoying this right now. Juan Pablo winning in Mexico City is huge.

The controversy with Scott Pruett has been blown way, way out of proportion. I wish everyone would watch the replays and see as clearly as I do that Scott Pruett came down on Montoya and Montoya did not spin Pruett out. It was a bold move for sure, but it wasn't intentional. This was Racing 101: guy with the faster car makes a move, person in front doesn't back off, the cars make contact. It didn't work out for Pruett but he needed to see what really happened before he made his comments that will be replayed for the next month.

After the running of this race, I'm now confident enough to say it needs to stay on the schedule. Keeping Nextel Cup in the states for now works, and having the Busch Series go international to see the market is going well. The race today was the best thus far because of the quality of the drivers. The names that finished in the top 10 are really an eclectic mix: Montoya, Said, Edwards, Pruett, Goeters, Ambrose, Fernandez. If you want international, Australian-born Marcos Ambrose impressed me with a solid run for Wood Brothers/JTG and Adrian Fernandez finally finished where he ran most of the day. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the race. Juan Pablo has a new fan (that being myself) and I cannot wait to see him the rest of the year in both Nextel Cup and Busch.

Full results, point standings, and another link to the new location I'm slowly migrating to. See yall later in the week.

The Juan Pablo Montoya Show



This afternoon, Juan Pablo Montoya earned a new fan.

I didn't expect much from the TelCel 200 today. ESPN sure gave it the star treatment with the full circle coverage, but I admit I was skeptical. I quickly changed my mind watching the domination, then determination of Montoya. Lap 52 would have crushed the chances for most drivers. Restarting in 19th on a road course with 28 to go is a tall, tall order even with 4 new tires. But he would not be denied.

Watching Montoya drive through the field was something special and it made for a great storyline. Montoya, the international rock star that has won in CART, IRL, and F1, and has been so impressive in NASCAR driving through the field in the race in Mexico City. NASCAR has to be enjoying this right now. Juan Pablo winning in Mexico City is huge.

The controversy with Scott Pruett has been blown way, way out of proportion. I wish everyone would watch the replays and see as clearly as I do that Scott Pruett came down on Montoya and Montoya did not spin Pruett out. It was a bold move for sure, but it wasn't intentional. This was Racing 101: guy with the faster car makes a move, person in front doesn't back off, the cars make contact. It didn't work out for Pruett but he needed to see what really happened before he made his comments that will be replayed for the next month.

After the running of this race, I'm now confident enough to say it needs to stay on the schedule. Keeping Nextel Cup in the states for now works, and having the Busch Series go international to see the market is going well. The race today was the best thus far because of the quality of the drivers. The names that finished in the top 10 are really an eclectic mix: Montoya, Said, Edwards, Pruett, Goeters, Ambrose, Fernandez. If you want international, Australian-born Marcos Ambrose impressed me with a solid run for Wood Brothers/JTG and Adrian Fernandez finally finished where he ran most of the day. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the race. Juan Pablo has a new fan (that being myself) and I cannot wait to see him the rest of the year in both Nextel Cup and Busch.

Full results, point standings, and another link to the new location I'm slowly migrating to. See yall later in the week.