Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sweet Scheme For David Ragan This Weekend

I approve.

Also, after over 2 years of driving double duty in both series, Ragan will step out of the #6 Nationwide Ford and fellow Roush driver Erik Darnell will make his first start of 2009 with Northern Tool + Equipment serving as primary sponsor.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

David Poole, R.I.P.

I'm sitting here in the computer lab of UNC Charlotte, still stunned to see the words on my screen: David Poole 1959-2009

For my money, I would say there was no better NASCAR writer than David Poole. He was his own man and he would question what needed to questioned. I didn't agree with him on every issue in this sport, but he was damn smart and he will unquestionably be missed. This one will hurt the sport.

Godspeed, David.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Carl Edwards Is Right

We will absolutely kill someone continuing to race this way.

The events of today easily trace back to the October finish in which Regan Smith dipped below the yellow line to pass Tony Stewart, and was subsequently ruled an illegal pass and sent him back to the end of the lead lap cars.  People complained, NASCAR stood firm, and many fans wondered what would happen in this situation the next time it happened.  

We found out today.

Brad Keselowski did what he had to do and likely thought about what would happen if he got under Edwards: would he hold his spot and damn the consequences, or do what Regan did?  Brad held his line and the ensuing result proved to be one of the scariest moments in NASCAR in a very long time.  Unbelievably, this was worse than Kenseth's flip yesterday.  I had immediate thoughts of Bobby Allison when I saw Edwards' car slinging into the fence.  Thankfully, the fence held, and Edwards climbed out of the car within seconds.  10, 15 years ago I might be writing Edwards' obituary at this moment.  

So, NASCAR, where do we go from here?  Quite simply, stop making these guys risk injuring a fellow driver by following the rules.  The cars have changed since the rule was put into place and I don't think the yellow line is as much of a factor as it was when it was instituted.  These cars are bigger and in most situations, wouldn't go completely below the line at any point on the track.  In the tri-oval, they're safe to drive below where the present line is.  Guys did it in qualifying to improve their time.  France and the rest of the bobbleheads in Daytona need to re-evaluate their rules and stop being reactionary.  I don't want to see a repeat of this at Daytona in July or the October race in Talladega.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

On Pit Row's Greatest Driver Tourney

Greetings to all, blogging will continue to be light until I see some racing worth talking about.

If you haven't been to On Pit Row lately, I highly recommend you do so to participate in a little driver vs. driver tournament.  We're in the second round to narrow down the field to the Sweet 16 and there have been some killer matchups with more to come.  Who's the best of the best?  That's for the NASCAR blogosphere to figure out.  Go here and vote.  It's your duty as a race fan.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Best News In A While

The Sprint Cup awards banquet looks to finally be moving to Las Vegas.  Bravo to everyone involved in this decision.