Friday, July 31, 2009

Qualifying Rained Out @ Pocono, Stewart Has Pole

Qualifying was rained out at Pocono today so Tony Stewart will be starting on the pole, with Jimmy Johnson starting right next to him. I told my buddy Tom today that my choice for the weekend is Denny Hamlin since he won both events last year but my real hope is that Tony can lead from start to finish. We'll see.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Juan Pablo Montoya--No Whining in NASCAR

Okay, Juan Pablo, you screwed up. Your team gave you a great pit stop when you needed it. You didn't need to speed into and out of the pits. You lead all day by 5 seconds or more. You just screwed up, so own up to it and shut up. You are a great race car driver, but whining is unbecoming. When you are a winner, and a consistent leader, you don't make these mistakes. Practice going up and down pit road a bit more so you don't make this mistake again.

Jimmy Johnson Wins The Brickyard 400

Jimmie Johnson won The Brickyard 400 yesterday in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cream rises to the top and Jimmie is certainly the cream of NASCAR racing. And, the Hendrick team is the best by so far it isn't even funny. Mark Martin was second, Tony Stewart was third (using a lot of Hendrick equipment), and Jeff Gordon was 9th. Add in Ryan Newman (again, Stewart's second car, and another quasi Hendrick car), in 14th, and you have 5 of 6 Hendrick cars in the top 15. In the season-long standings, Tony the Tiger is first, "Superman" Jimmie Johnson (what Mark Martin called him after Johnson won yesterday) is second, Jeff Gordon is third, Ryan Newman is seventh, and Markie Mark Martin is ninth. The only one missing is Jr. and he is mired back in the pack. Pretty amazing performance for Hendrick and Chevrolet.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Carl Edwards wins Kroger 200 Nationwide Race

Carl Edwards started 42nd, raced through the field, and won the Kroger 200 Saturday night in Indianapolis. After the race he said he thinks the fields should be inverted with the fastest cars starting in the back. That is the way most short tracks start their fields for the feature races, with the season-long points leaders in the back. Most often, barring some misfortune, the cream rises to the top, and the fastest cars/drivers make it to the front by the end of the 30 lap feature. Interesting idea.

Kyle Busch finished second, after starting 41st.

Brickyard 400 tomorrow.

Mark Martin Wins Pole for Brickyard 400!

Mark Martin won the pole today for tomorrow's Brickyard 400. What a season he is having! Jr. will start 3rd, one of his best qualifying rounds in a long time, despite him having a bad stomach virus. And, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville will start 4th. Would be amazing to see him win a big race one more time. He can certainly still wheel it around a track. Hopefully the race will be exciting tomorrow.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Kenseth Loses Sponsor Dewalt Tools

Matt Kenseth and Roush/Fenwick racing will be losing Dewalt Tools as their primary sponsor at the end of this season.

Will probably be a pattern. We will probably see more cars next year with no major sponsorship, and local sponsorship for a race or two, think "Dave's Lawn Care" on one fender and "Bob's BP Service Station on another!

Also see Brickyard attendance is going to be way down this year. So, if you are in the Indy area, go over and buy a ticket.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mark Martin Wins for 4th Time in 2009

Opps, said last night Mark won for the 3rd time in 2009. Actually, Mark has one 4 times this year, the most of any Sprint Cup driver. Great for Mark and his Hendrick team.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mark Martin Wins at Chicagoland

Just caught the end of the race, restart with 3 laps to go. Mark Martin wins after leading 95 laps. Pretty good for the 50 year old. Hendrick looks like a genious for signing Mark, think this is his third win this year and he is eleventh in points. Waiting to watch the victory lane celebration in just a minute. Very cook for Mark.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Logano Wins Nationwide Race at Chicago Land

19 year old Joey Logano wins another Nationwide Series race at Chicago Land Friday night by not taking tires. Kyle Busch finished second. The Gibb's team finishes 1-2 for the sixth time this season in the Nationwide Series. Pretty amazing. What were you doing at 19? Probably not driving a race car around a track at 150-175 miles an hour. Joey is certainly a star already and should be one for many years to come.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Another Win for Tony the Tiger!

Tony the Tiger Stewart won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Saturday night. Nice win for Tony, and it continues his great 1st season as an owner/driver. And Kyle Busch, as great a driver as he is, and will be, made a costly mistake, but really didn't have much of a choice. He was a sitting duck, as most leaders are in restrictor plate races. Usually the worst place to be is up front with less than a lap to go. Good for Tony, the second half of the season will be exciting.