Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Few Items


First, my second post over at Bench Racing is up, and it's a good one.

Second, yours truly is headed to Rockingham for the ARCA race, and the return of competition to the track after years of absence. It's shaping up to be a good field, and they're running 50 cars for the race. That's a throwback. Among the names to watch in the race will be Joey Logano in the Venturini Chevy, Austin Dillon in RCR equipment (unfortunately, he isn't driving the 3), and veteran drivers Ken Schrader and Bobby Hamilton Jr. I'm absolutely looking forward to the event, Sunday at noon is the scheduled start time.

Third, Talladega is in the rear view, and the season is already a fourrth of the way over. That's almost hard to believe. Many big names haven't entered victory lane, including Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jr., Kurt Busch, and Tony Stewart. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch are the top two winners, with 3 and 2 respectively. Jeff Burton leads the points and Juan Pablo Montoya is in 12th, and the top 35 rule has bitten the open-wheel rookies, save for Hornish, who remains in the top 35 by the skin of his teeth.

That's all I got for now, I'll try to be back in a few days before The Rock... man, it feels good saying that.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

If You Live In North Carolina, Please Read This Post


I know I promised not to mix racing with politics often, but I feel this is too important to not talk about.

If you're a North Carolina resident planning to vote next Tuesday in the Republican primary, please make sure your choice for Governor is Pat McCrory. McCrory, the Mayor of Charlotte for the past 13 years, was re-elected to a record seventh term in 2007. Yet he decided he would run for Governor and made it official in January, a year after some began to campaign for the job. As a NASCAR fan, I witnessed first-hand how hard McCrory worked to bring the NASCAR Hall of Fame to Charlotte. As Governor, I feel that Pat McCrory will do an excellent job at balancing the focus of the state, cut taxes, tackle illegal immigration and crime problems, and bring more jobs to the state. So, for everyone reading in our great state, please vote for Pat McCrory on May 6.

For more information, feel free to visit his website, PatMcCrory.com.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Red Flag At Talladega, Kevin Lepage Should Be Banned From Competition

Kevin Lepage caused a massive wreck this afternoon at Talladega in the Nationwide race, and as a result we're still sitting here under the red flag. Lepage came off pit road and didn't obey NASCAR's blend rules, but Lepage hasn't driven competitively in years, so I guess he should be entitled to driving like someone who didn't belong. Hell, Robert Richardson and Morgan Shephard are driving better than Lepage. The result of his idiocy was a 16-car wreck taking out many competitive cars, including Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, and Reed Sorenson. I'm expecting this race will take quite a while to finish.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Shameless Promotion

Yous truly has begun a stint of guest blogging at Bench Racing, joining the talk-show hosts Steve and Charlie to provide even more opinions and perspectives to the sport we spend our time with. You can see my first post here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Danica Does It, Kyle Triples It, Power Ends It

In my vain attempt for a witty title, there you go.

This weekend was momentous for numerous reasons. We have Danica Patrick winning at Twin Ring Motegi, getting the monkey off her back about not winning. Kyle Busch put his Toyota in victory lane for the 3rd consecutive time in the Nationwide Series, while Will Power wrote the final chapter in Champ Car by winning the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix. You know, I still find irony about Champ Car being the only series that competed in the US this weekend, as Nationwide and IndyCar were in Mexico and Japan, respectively. The fact that Danica won in Japan, on fuel mileage, without the new Champ Car threats was almost cruel, giving her doubters ample ammuntion about not having anyone left to race against. Fact is, she still beat Helio, Dixon, Wheldon, Kanaan, and many others. Strategy counts, folks. You have to put yourself into a position to win, and she did just that.

This was the last weekend off for Sprint Cup for a while, and I hope everyone is excited about Talladega this weekend.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Colin Braun On Pole For Corona 200

Roush Truck Series rookie Colin Braun won the pole for the Corona 200 in Mexico City today, giving him a pole in just his third career Nationwide Series start. Braun has been on the track in previous competition, so calling him a darkhorse may be a bit of an understatement of his abilities. Sitting on the outside front row is perennial road course bridesmaid Scott Pruett, who looks to finally take the checkers in a NASCAR road race. Rounding out the top 5 are Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose, and Boris Said. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow, if nothing else it's interesting to watch and see how NASCAR is treated as this race has become a staple on the schedule. Full lineup is here, the race starts at 1:30 tomorrow on ESPN.

Friday, April 18, 2008

OK Folks, Time For Another DVD Giveaway!


Yes, yours truly has been chosen once again by the fine folks at A&E Home Video to give a reader of The Catfish Show a free copy of a NASCAR DVD. Read the press release below, followed by my trivia and rules for the contest:

THIS APRIL, EXPERIENCE ALL THE ACTION AND GLORY

OF NASCAR®'S MILESTONE RACE WITH A GROUNDBREAKING, INTERACTIVE 2-DVD SET

DAYTONA® 500: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The $24.95srp DVD Features an Innovative “My Race” Interactive Format, Offering

All the Action from Six Different Driver Perspectives and a Variety of Audio Feeds,

Over Two Hours of Exclusive Content Including Bonus Programs Featuring

Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon, PC Wallpaper and More!

NEW YORK, NY -- The 50th running of the Daytona 500 is one of NASCAR®’s most unforgettable and highly-anticipated milestone events. Already the most prestigious race in motorsports, this landmark running is sure to be remembered and cherished by millions of race fans. On April 15, join A&E Home Video and NASCAR® Collections to celebrate the golden anniversary of “The Great American Race™” with DAYTONA 500: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY, a highly-collectible 2-DVD set that puts fans in the driver’s seat like never before! Available just weeks after the 50th Daytona® 500 (February 17), this is THE official NASCAR® collectible of this historic race.

As part of DAYTONA® 500: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY, the 2008 Daytona 500 will be presented in the ground-breaking “My Race” Interactive DVD format. This innovative user experience allows fans to choose the view of the race from six different driver perspectives plus the main broadcast feed, along with driver and announcer audio feeds -- putting them right in the middle of the action. The second disc features the great stories and heroes that have defined the Daytona 500 through two exclusive NASCAR® programs: “A Sports Century” features a dynamic roundtable discussion of the moments and personalities that defined Daytona with a host and panel of NASCAR® experts including Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon, while “The Top 50 Daytona® 500 Moments” is the definitive telling of the story of NASCAR®’s Greatest single greatest event. Additional DVD extras include official NASCAR® PC wallpapers and time-lapse screensavers.

With a history of legend-defining and myth-making spectaculars, the Daytona® 500 winners circle has embraced NASCAR® heroes including: Richard Petty, Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Senior and Junior. And DAYTONA® 500: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY, an unprecedented and revolutionary DVD release, only adds to the legend of NASCAR®’s biggest race of the year.

-more-

DAYTONA® 500: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

A&Eâ Home Video, part of the Consumer Products Division of A&E Television Networks (AETN) is a video distributor of non-theatrical programming, featuring collectible VHS and DVD editions of the high quality programming from A&Eâ Network and The History Channelâ, as well as acquired classic programming. A&Eâ Home Video brings the best of critically acclaimed entertainment presented in award-winning packaging to the special interest category. For more information about ordering these and other titles from the A&E Home Video Collection, call (212) 206-8600 (TRADE ONLY). Consumers please call 1-800-423-1212 (A&E). In addition to placing orders by phone, A&E Home Video products may be purchased over the World Wide Web at ShopAETV.com.


Alright, so with that settled, here is where I come in:


The trivia:

I have but one question for you to answer: How many times has Dodge entered Victory Lane in the Daytona 500? Remember kids, this is for all 50 years of The Great American Race.


The rules:

Email your entries to thecatfishshow@gmail.com no later than next Friday, April 25. Late entries will NOT be accepted. You can click on the link provided below my profile on the right to email me.


That said, a big thanks once again to A&E Home Video. You can purchase the DVD right now by clicking here or if you don't win. Good luck!




Sunday, April 13, 2008

Reader Response: Fill Me In

Time to do something a little different for this blog posting... I missed the Phoenix Cup race this weekend. I spent four days in Raleigh at a conference, and was mostly removed from this blog and pretty much all forms of communication. So, here is my challenge to you: tell me, in the comments below, was the most important story to come from the Phoenix weekend. With an off-week this week before Talladega, we'll have some time to evaluate the 2008 season to this point.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Some Deeply Disturbing News Today

Aaron Fike admitted in a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine, he admitted he used heroin... on race days. This is worse than Shane Hmiel or Kevin Grubb IMO, as we have the first driver to admit being on drugs while competing. The scarier part is that I'm sure Fike isn't the only one who has done this, or is doing so. A bevy of links on the story below:

ESPN story
ESPN Magazine article
Terry Blount
David Newton

More Fun Stuff: Kyle Busch Snickers Videos

Snickers Racing (www.snickers.com/racing) has a neat little mini-site, complete with videos featuring Rowdy himself, Kyle Busch. Enjoy here, and get ready for Phoenix, the short track that thinks its a speedway.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Carl Edwards Dominates, Wins At Texas

Carl Edwards drove the #99 Aflac Ford to his third victory of the 2008 season, and the second on a 1.5 mile track. Yes, the oil tank lid was firmly in place. And yes, this team will dangerous throughout the year.

I think it's time for another slide show, so enjoy:

Graham Rahal Wins In IRL Debut

Graham Rahal, after not competing after a crash in Homestead, came to St. Petersburg's street course and pulled a stunning win, giving Newman-Haas a familiar feeling - winning - this time in a new series. Former Champ Car drivers took 6 of the top 10 positions in the race. Running down the laps in Texas, those results later.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

BAM Racing Doing Toyota A Favor?

Is BAM Racing taking a few weeks off to give other Toyota teams a better chance to make the races? There is definite cause to believe so, as the team suddenly switched to Toyota, ran one race, then decided to pull out of the next few weeks. Oh, and it just so happens Toyota teams of David Reutimann, Dave Blaney, and A.J. Allmendinger/Mike Skinner are out of the top 35. Anywho, I just personally found that interesting.

A few other things:
- Denny Hamlin wins at Martinsville, his first win at a Virginia track. I found it funny near the end of the race, the announcers kept mentioning Denny being from Virginia and wanting to win his home state... while Jeff Burton, native of South Boston, Virginia, ran in 2nd. Don't they both want to win in their home state? Given, Burton has before, but I'm sure he wouldn't have minded.

- Speaking of Mr. Burton, he currently leads the Sprint Cup points while teammate Kevin Harvick runs in 2nd. Not to be outdone, Clint Bowyer maintains his top-12 position. Did everyone forget about RCR being a powerhouse? Now, we have news that General Mills will be sponsoring a 4th team next year, presumably the #33. The driver for the car is expected to be Bobby Labonte. I think Labonte could have a few good years if the team maintains its current level of performance. Labonte has a nose for victory lane when he has the equipment.

- Michael McDowell ran a solid race for most of his debut, but his team should have done a much better job than they did at the end while McDowell potentially cost Jeff Burton an opportunity to make a run at Hamlin. Still, given the rest of the meandering ROTY field, McDowell having a guaranteed spot could allow him to catch up to and pass the rest of the field. Hornish, Franchitti, Smith, and Carpentier are all presently outside of the top 35 in owners points.

- Chrissy Wallace completed her first race also last weekend, finishing a respectable 18th. Speaking of that race, good to see Dennis Setzer make his annual "how did he win?" trip to victory lane.

- We're headed for Texas this weekend, no surprises on the Cup entry list. On the Nationwide side, Mike Bliss takes over the #1 James Finch ride and Robby Gordon steps into the #22 Fitz Dodge. I'm going to go out on a limb right now and say David Ragan claims his first career Nationwide win Saturday.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Breaking News: Danica Patrick To NASCAR

After the Homstead IRL race, one could easily see the frustration on Danica Patrick's face. She was none too happy after yet again not having the car to win, and the team making huge noise this year, Joe Gibbs Racing, is taking a massive risk by signing Danica Patrick to a multi-year deal to drive in the Sprint Cup Series. This year, Patrick will run a similar schedule to Tony Stewart's when he broke in, a smattering of Nationwide races alongside Joey Logano. No word on what this deal means for Logano, who many considered to be groomed for the 4th Gibbs car. He could possibly replace Tony Stewart on the Cup side. This is huge news, and more details will be forthcoming. Check out the full report here.