Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas Race Fans

Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family everyone.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Roush Releases Danny O'Quinn

Well, I can't say I didn't see this coming...

“We enjoyed having Danny as part of our Roush Fenway Racing team,” said team owner Jack Roush. “He is a very talented driver. We will always consider him part of the family. We wish him well on his future endeavors.”

“I want to thank Jack Roush, and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to show what I could do in 2006,” said O’Quinn. “I wish we could have put a program together this past year, but I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue my career. I hope to find a full-time ride in the Craftsman Truck or Nationwide Series in 2008.”

Yeah, yeah... I find it disappointing they couldn't put Danny in a quality ride. The guy was the ROTY in Busch in 2006, and goes on to what can't even be called part-time effort in the #56 while running 3 races for Roush. The guy is talented, folks. I've been pushing him for months because the actions speak for themselves. He improved every time he got in a car and turned laps on the track. Look at the Bristol truck race this year, he ran in the top 10 the whole freaking race! Here's hoping that Danny finds a ride for 2008 so he can show everyone what he can do. The link to his personal website is here.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

So, Umm... How Ya Been?

Hello, and greetings to my fellow bloggers and readers. My name is Matt, aka Catfish, and I write a blog about NASCAR...

Sorry, felt the need for a re-introduction. I guess it's been a while.

I realize my absence has been long, and I do apologize. Life gets in the way, school gets in the way, and trying to participate in multiple activities along a full courseload forces some things to be given up, and TCS went on a break. Alas, I am here today to re-affirm my commitment to blogging here, even in the off-season. I will make the effort to post something every week from now until February, when the schedule begins again with the running of the 50th annual Daytona 500. There are some newsworthy items I would like to mention:

Craftsman leaving after 2008 season
I must say, this is tough news. On the one hand, Craftsman has been a loyal sponsor that stuck around through the years of halftimes in the series up until now. Although on the other hand, it would be nice to find a sponsor that actually pays a good race purse. Ever take a look at the purses for these events? They're pathetic. No wonder we have teams shutting down...

- I may start a body count of teams closing for 2008 in the Trucks: of the top 36 teams from lst year, only 21 are confirmed to be returning and the rest are either closed or in danger of closing. The notable changes are just a handful, with Sprague joining Hornaday at KHI, Colin Braun and Joey Clanton replacing Travis Kvapil and T.J. Bell, David Starr back to Red Horse, and the merger of Wyler-Gaughan fallling through and now Gaughan sits on the sidelines. Jeez.

Yates Racing resurrecting #28 for 2008
Yours truly said this would happen months ago, but still cool to see it made official. I think Kvapil will end up running better than Rudd did in '07, and the close alliance with Roush will improve the team as well.

Petty donates 'twisted sisters' to engineering schools
I guess if you can't sell one of the old model cars, might as well give them away, get some good publicity, and build connections to possible future employees.

NASCAR, Kentucky Speedway in litigation that will never end
I don't even know what to say...

Aaron Fike is "clean" and wants to race again
Here we go again with the dog-and-pony show. Didn't we hear the same things from Shane Hmiel and Kevin Grubb? I believe they're both in a trailer right now wearing wifebeaters, drinking beer and making drug deals in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

I guess I missed champion's week, thanks to ESPN I didn't even know when it was.