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I have seen two schools of thought regarding the actions on the last lap of the race on Sunday at Martinsville:

1. Joey Logano was racing for the win, for his chance at the championship.

2. Logano is a dirty driver and punted Martin for the win. (more…)

When I saw that Dale Earnhardt Jr had a book out, I one-clicked it on my Kindle without even reading the description. I figured if NOTHING else I could use Racing To The Finish: My Story as another book review for ye old racing blog. I will say that while the book was not what I expected, it was good and some of it hit a little close to home for me- someone who hasn’t suffered a concussion in her life, But I am getting a bit ahead of myself here.  Since I didn’t read the description, I had expected the book to be a general memoir.  It is not.

This book does detail  Dale’s life story but only referentially. The focus on this book is his experiences with concussions in NASCAR. The book starts with a Forward by Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins, the Director of UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program before Dale dives into anything. In the Forward, Micky, as he’s referred to throughout the book, talks about his experiences working with Dale throughout many years with his concussions.

As a clinician in charge of his car, I never really worrkied about the return-to-racing issue; I was much more focused on his living his life without the burden of and hypervigilance about his debilitating symptoms.   – Dr. Michael Collins, Racing To The Finish.

As you will find out as you read the book these symptoms varied both in manifestation and severity depending on the concussion. (more…)

Image borrowed from the Stewart-Haas Racing Facebook Page

I mentioned in my last post about the dominance of Ford this season, specifically the SHR Fords. While yes a few of the SHR drivers only made it into the round of 8 by the skin of the teeth the point is they made it.  That is an impressive feat.

Think about this little factoid: Stewart-Haas Racing drivers now make up HALF of the playoff field.  HALF!!!  I think that might be considered a fairly impressive showing. I hope that any detractors who were vocal about the team switching manufacturers are eating their words right now.  I do not deny that there wasn’t a money factor involved- but the fact that under the bowtie SHR would have never likely gotten the resources or opportunity to be the powerhouse team for that manufacturer- those claims have always gone to HMS.  I think you could pretty much say that right now SHR is the powerhouse team for the blue oval right?  For those keeping track of manufacturers in the round of eight, there are five Fords  (all of the SHR drivers and Joey Logano), two Toyotas (Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr) and one lone Chevy (Chase Elliott).  Stewart-Haas Racing has every reason to proud as heck of their hard work right now.

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Back when SHR announced that they would be moving to Ford as their manufacturer there was a huge segment of the community that balked at the switch in manufacturer. I have long said that I could understand the reason- with FORD SHR had the opportunity to be the top team for their manufacturer. They would never get that support from Chevy- who puts all of their support over to Hendrick Motorsports. With Ford as their manufacturer, Stewart-Haas Racing has the change of becoming more of a rival to Hendrick Motor Sports. With Stewart-Haas Racing’s impressive performance all season, it has become clear to me that they are indeed working on becoming a real rival of HMS/Chevy. (more…)

I have owned a total of four cars in my life thus far. Three Chevys and a Toyota.  My first car was a 1990 Chevy Lumina sedan – yes the Days of Thunder car, that use to belong to my parents. My next vehicle was a 2000 Toyota Rav4. I then went back to Chevy in 2008 and got an HHR. My current car is a 2014 Chevy Equinox.

I have been growing more and more disenfranchised with Chevy though as I have owned the Equinox. (more…)

I’ve always felt that Jimmie Johnson gets a bad wrap as a driver among non-Jimmie fans. The team’s 7 championships don’t seem to be taken seriously and many fans seem to have a “yeah but” when talking about them. “Yeah but they cheated” or “yeah but that was all Chad, not Jimmie.” You get the idea. I follow Jimmie on social media and I love his sense of humor.  Case in point: (more…)

The Roval

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I took to my Facebook account after the ROVAL and didn’t come here to talk about it…because I have gotten out of the habit of blogging sadly.

Here is precisely what I wrote: (more…)

Last year, I gave a glowing review to Christopher Hinchcliffe’s debut novel Chasing Checkers, a book I had stumbled across in my social media and decided to give a read. I had closed my review with the hope that we would hear more from young racer Teddy. I was giddy last week when I found out that the next novel chronicling Teddy Clark’s journey as a racer was not only available but that I was offered a copy for review.   Of course, I jumped on the opportunity and dove right into reading it when it arrived in my inbox on Saturday morning.  It’s now Sunday afternoon, just a little more than 24 hours later, and I finished. And you know that I watched every single lap of the Bristol race yesterday afternoon which of course meant a bunch of time watching racing instead of reading about it. A good measure of my enjoyment of a book is measured by the length of time it takes me to finish the book (the faster I read through it, the more I am enjoying it). That said, really enjoyed the section installment of young Teddy’s adventures in Hinchcliffe’s Chasing Checkers: Acceleration. (more…)