Monday, June 29, 2009

JOEY!


How sweet it is, no matter how you get it.

I said Joey Logano would win a race this year. Predicted it before he made his Cup debut. You can't deny the force this kid will be, even if he didn't outrun the field for this one... he and the #20 team outsmarted them. The statbooks won't care and the trophy won't care. The detractors can go back to their holes and be jealous.

Joey Logano is a Sprint Cup winner and I'm happy about it.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Groundhog Day

Kasey Kahne wins at Infineon today, and it doesn't really matter.

Seriously, I'm already sick of seeing headlines from people saying Kahne will be in the Chase, this is the first of many, etc. It's not, OK people??? Kahne is good for a win or two every year, just like he did last year. He faded as the year went on and wasn't a factor anywhere else.

He's going to do the same thing this year so let it go. As long as he races for that team he won't be a factor. Count on that.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2010 Rumor Mill: Never Too Early

Through the grapevine I've stumbled upon a few juicy rumors that could send a 3rd driver to Stewart Haas Racing for the 2010 season. Simply, there are two candidates: Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne.

For Keselowski, it would present a move to the Sprint Cup level while Mark Martin is putting the #5 in victory lane every month. The story goes that Hendrick will pay Keselowski's way on this 3rd car and increase the partnership between the two teams.

For Kahne, it rests on his contract and the willingness of Budweiser to go with him. Kahne doesn't look happy with Richard Petty Motorsports. Reports have him being frustrated on the radio nearly every week. Kahne is also an open-wheel driver, same as both Stewart and Newman. It's not hard to imagine him fitting in with what they're doing. My guess is that Budweiser would move with Kahne in such a case. Kahne is under contract through 2010 though, so something would need to happen on RPM's and SHR's end to make it happen. I imagine a buyout would be rather costly.

Again, these are just rumors... but they've been making the rounds for a reason.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Read & Learn: Mayfield Case

From the Meck Deck's Jeff Taylor.

I can't say I disagree with anything in this post.

Now NASCAR is trying to discredit a witness on Mayfield's side. Unbelieveable. They're hoping to bleed Mayfield so that he'll stop his lawsuit. I knew this was going to happen. It's the Tim Richmond saga for a new generation of fans.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pony Cars In The Nationwide Series

Hopefully this means the cars will look different that the one pictured above.

Lee Spencer of Fox Sports is reporting that "pony cars" are coming to Nationwide in the form of the new Nationwide COT. She also reports that design flaws in the current COT will be changed and that NASCAR won't admit their mistake. Hah, you're damn right they won't.

I actually do have some hopes for this car but NASCAR had a nasty habit of letting you down. It remains to be seen if they'll actually fix the real problems of the car, the ones going on inside where you can't see and where most people don't know. That's the challenge. Adding the spoiler back instead of the wing is probably on the list. Hopefully getting rid of the splitter too. That thing needs to go out with the trash.

Seeing a Ford Mustang as a race car will be cool. It brings more to the table than the Fusion did. Same with the model Dodge uses, if they're still around at this time next year. These changes can't come soon enough. Racing could be revitalized after all.

NASCAR Driver Dies: R.I.P. Carlos Pardo

Story.

NASCAR Mexico driver killed in crash

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Driver Carlos Pardo has been killed in a crash during the final laps of a NASCAR Mexico race, organizers said.

Pardo was leading the race in the 97th lap when his car was nudged by a competitor from behind and slid sideways into a wall at the entrance to the pit lane at about 120 mph on Sunday. The car disintegrated as a result of the impact.

Pardo was removed from the wreckage and sent by helicopter to a hospital. The NASCAR Mexico Web site reported that he died 45 minutes later.

Pardo was later declared winner of the race in Pueblo, east of Mexico City.

He won the series championship in 2004 and had 10 career victories in 74 races.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Off Track With Tony" - Armor All Contest!

Attention readers: time to win some prizes!

Thanks to the good folks at Armor All, I've been given 2 Armor All prize packs to give away however I want to do so.  First, I want everyone watch the exclusive video at the end of this post from the "Off Track With Tony" series.  The series is updating each week and has some really cool stuff.  You can check it out here.

Now for the contest.  Include, with photo evidence, the biggest, baddest, best car to ever win a NASCAR race.  Old school, recent, I don't care.  I want to see what you think is the best stock car we've ever seen.  I can tell you my personal favorite, but I'll wait and see what you think.  Get these entries to me by June 24 at 11:59 PM.  You can do this by either commenting on this post or emailing me, thecatfishshow@gmail.com.  I'll pick my favorites and notify the winners.  Good luck and impress me!

Also, be sure to look at the Armor All Sweepstakes to win a VIP Race Weekend with Tony.  That contest ends on August 31.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Blogging The Blogosphere

3 stories I saw today that I feel like I'll comment on:

Examiner: How vital is a Nationwide Series team to the success of a Sprint Cup organization?

Interesting read here, and it pretty much tells you all you need to know about why Sprint Cup teams have Nationwide teams.  It doesn't hurt when your drivers last year won half the races in the series, either, as was the case for Joe Gibbs Racing.  No matter what you do to the series, Cup teams and their Cup drivers will still compete, win races, and make money.

Racin' Today: Smashed Guitar Strikes Sour Chord in Music City

Oh boy, we get some more self-rightous tongue-lashing of Kyle Busch for his smashing of the guitar in the Nationwide race at Nashville.  After reading enough of it Sunday, Monday, and today, I'm going to defend Kyle: he won the race and the trophy and can do what he damn well pleases with it.  Would I smash it into pieces myself?  Probably not.  But I'm also not going to jump on another Kyle Busch bandwagon bash either because I didn't "like" what he did or how it could possibly "offend" someone.  We still live in America, you don't have a right to not be offended.  Kyle Busch is a different kind of guy and what he did added some spice to victory lane that we haven't seen in a while.  I miss that sort of thing.  Tim Richmond was a very different guy when he came to NASCAR and surprise, a lot of people didn't like him either at first.  Even after his death, fans still miss him and people still talk about him and how good he was - and how good he was for the sport.  Kyle Busch will be talked about in a similar sense.

NASCAR Insiders: Is MWR The Best Place For Truex?

I view the possible move for Martin Truex Jr. in a more favorable light than many, mainly because MWR is on the way up.  The Toyota connection simply cannot be overstated, especially given the uncertainty with Chrysler and Government (oops, General) Motors.  As I've been saying, having Mikey wearing the owner's hat full-time will be a plus since his team has come a long way in an awful short amount of time.  From trying too much too soon to decelerating the pace to, finally, a win and success, MWR is a team that will firmly establish itself on the second-tier with potential to go higher.  Should Truex land in the #55, I would expect to see Mikey take a 3rd car for a 2010 limited schedule retirement tour if he won't mercifully leave after this year.  The success has been undeniable when you factor in the surprising success of JTG and Marcos Ambrose.

Richard Petty Motorsports Gets A Foot In The Door Of Toyota

Don't count on RPM staying with the Dodge nameplate much longer.  They're already feeling out Toyota, a move nearly made in the offseason last year.

Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne will team up to drive a Braun Racing Toyota in some Nationwide events.  Kahne will do the heavy lifting, running a car at Daytona, Bristol, Atlanta, and Charlotte starting in July.  Sadler will drive in a few weeks at New Hampshire.

Friday, June 5, 2009

On Pit Row's NASCAR 64 Greatest Drivers Tournament

If you haven't voted already in the tournament, this is your last chance.

We're down to the finals, Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson.

I voted for David Pearson and encourage you to do the same.

Oh yeah, it's rained for 40 days and 40 nights on the east coast so no Pocono qualifying today.  Good thing, my pick for the weekend in the One and Done game (at On Pit Row too) is Kurt Busch.  He'll start at the front.  There's still time to get in on the fun there.  Think you can beat me?  Prove it.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Double-File Restarts

Looks like NASCAR is going to move ahead with double-file restarts for every race.  The format produces interesting and exciting restarts in the All-Star races, but doing them at every event makes me nervous.

I do think it would make a better show for the fans, but I am worried about the unintended consequences that it may produce.  I think seeing it in action will be the biggest difference.  I used to be against it, but I may be coming around.  It will put all the lap down cars behind the lead lap cars racing for the Lucky Dog, which if it's still around, is a worthy enough prize for them.  The other thing is eliminating cars on the tail end of the lead lap from restarting in front of the leaders.  If they stay out, the theory goes, they'll go to the back of the lead lap cars and in front of the lap down cars.  Is that a better system?  Seems so, on the surface, but that's still something to be ironed out.  If it does change at Pocono this week we'll get to see if it's a great move or a horrible idea.