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.

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