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Chase Race 3: Kansas

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Just for the record- I am officially STOPPING going with my gut instinct for picking my fantasy racing league drivers.  I picked Tony as my A driver this race and he ended up 40th.  My fantasy racing league chase  season is going about as good as Team Home Depot’s.  I don’t remember who I picked for my B and C drivers but I can’t imagine that I ended up doing very good this week. Arg.

Enough fantasy crap- now onto the race. Before the race starts Tony tells his spotter that he’s planning on running around the top of the track and to make sure to tell him what’s going on in front of him.  The most ironic thing he says is for his crew guys to “Be careful and have fun out there” which is pretty much what he tells the team every race. This ends up being ironic because Team Home Depot ends up getting screwed in the pits three times by my count…but that will come in good time. Race starts out with Stewart moving up through the pack fairly well despite his reports of the car being way too loose (I know the pit reporter said tight…but she was wrong- he never once complained about the car being too tight that I heard) from his forty first starting postion.  It seems that Stewart’s proclamation before the race that “It wouldn’t take them too long to work their way to the front” might just be right on the money as he was all the way up to 26th before I knew it.

However- it would ultimately be three rounds of pit stop debauchery that would end up pushing Stewart past his frustration level. Pit stop one, Brian Vickers ends up clipping Carl Edwards and pushing him into Vickers pit stall- nearly taking out some home depot pit crew in the process. It was close. This means there are three cars where only two should be. Carl Edwards, through no fault of his own ends up blocking Stewart into his pit stall. The next pitstop Vickers stops short in his pit stall and thus blocks Stewart in again.  Stewart backs up but does end up nudging Vickers off the jack as he makes his way out of his pit stall.   Third pit stop has vickers again stopping short in his pit box.  Blocking Stewart in his again. However this time well after Vickers has left his pit box, Vickers gas man lingers standing in front of Stewarts car (now my mom and I differ in opinion here…I say the gas man sat on his hood…my mom thinks Tony rolled forward and tripped him onto his hood). Either way – what seemed like most of Vickers over-the-wall crew ends up kicking at Tony’s car as he leaves. This is a major delay in the pits. Not to mention that team Home Depot garnered a pit road speeding penalty entering pit road so we had to take a pass through penalty. By this time Stewart was fed up with Vickers and went to give him a little nudge (now the race announcers disagreed on this one some thought that Stewart just got loose in to Vickers- I think Tony just wanted to tap Vickers to let him know he and his crew were being jerks.  At this point Tony Stewart ended up mowing the lawn in quite the slide across the lawn.  This caused damage to the front splitter and Team Home Depot ended up 7 laps down in 40th position after taking the time to try to fix the broken front splitter. This dropped them down to 11th in points for the chase to the Sprint Cup.

Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag after an amazing effort by Carl Edwards to over take him. Carl decided he just had to go for and went into turn three too fast- solely with the intention of passing Jimmie Johnson.  Carl took the lead- however ended up grazing the outside wall because he went into the turn too hot and Johnson was able to retake the lead for the win.  I will say that I didn’t think Carl could catch Jimmie…that was a hell of an exciting move at the end!

More Notes on Kansas:

  • My favorite announcer quote of the race: “Let’s see who hits Carl Edwards during this round of pit stops.”  Despite being in multiple altercations on pit road Carl Edwards was able to finish an amazing 2nd.
  • This race was cool for the pit crew geek in me. I loved watching Jeff Burton’s team replacing the tachometer before rolling out for the warmup laps. Its not often you will see a Cup driver not roll of the grid…let alone a chase driver. I was amazed at how fast that new tach went in. It was cool to watch.  Despite the fact that I knew it meant my driver Tony Stewart was going to have a really long pit stop that would basically take away his chances for any sort of decent finish- I was fascinated by watching Team Home Depot build a front splitter patch behind the wall. I was glad the broadcast stayed with that for the most part…as well as with when the team came in to finally patch up the splitter. These are the kind of on-the-spot repairs that fascinate me.
  • Joey Logano again had a lackluster performance in this race- even running the DLP sponsored Hall of Fame racing car into the wall at one point. My thoughts are that this is going to be a little harder than he thought.
  • Despite his prerace announcement that this was the “sickest he has ever been climbing into a race car” Jeff Gordon had an amazing run- finishing fourth.
  • Kyle Busch had another terrible run again. I bet he is hating the chase format this year.

Next Week: Talladega

Cuz I have had a nasty headache for two days now. First up is Paddy’s Fall Time MI-5:

1. Describe your single fondest childhood memory of the fall season.
I can’t think of a single memory…I always liked the halloween parade at school.

2. What are your two favorite things to eat that are specific to this time of year?
Apple pie/apple crisp and Spaghetti Squash.

3. Name three items that you dig out of the closet and wear now that the weather is turning.

I wear the same wardrobe summer winter spring or fall. Its pretty much that we don’t have true seasons here. I just might add my favorite Harley sweatshirt my brother gave to me a couple years ago for Christmas…or a jacket…but I hate jackets in general. Actually not a big fan of layering. Drives people nuts….that I will go out in winter with no jacket.

4. Tell us your four favorite activities that you enjoy between the Autumnal Equinox and Halloween (November AIN’T Fall here in Maine folks!).

Well I usually like to go to the Ren Faire…but with gas being so much and tickets being so much and no one to go with…The corn maze freaks me out because I am always afraid I will never find my way out before dark and then the scary people come out and I really don’t like scary mazes…got ruined on those at Universal Studios- being chased by men in pigman masks with real chainsaws (they didn’t have the chains on them) was bad enough- took me 40 minutes just to make it in past the entrance…then there was the buffy the vampire slayer maze where someone grabbed me by the leg in the grave yard which caused me yelp and run up and stand like two inches from the people in front of me cuz I was that freaked out. Then the MASTER scared me by kinda jumping out at me and I buried my head into the back of BFM’s sweatshirt hoodie and when I looked up again he was like two inches from my face saying DON’T YOU LIKE MY MAKEUP I PUT IT ON JUST FOR YOU. Yeah they invaded my personal space a little too much. I basically ended up running through the Rob Zombie maze…and then leaving I was so freaked out.

5. Finally, what are the top five things that you need to get done before the winter hits?

Get my oil changed and tires rotated (not because it’s winter but because it’s just time to rotate). Dig out my stupid coat. Put my bigger blanket on my bed (but not yet…too hot still)- I can’t really think of too much else I do?

And now…Friday Fill-in #91:

1. Visiting BFM in Vegas and my nephew’s first Halloween are some of the things I’m most looking forward to in October.

2. Sometimes I just drive when I need to calm down (when upset about something or am having a bad day) because I do my best thinking while driving.

3. They dog figured out how to open the treat cabinent and that’s why there is a saying, “never say never”!

4. When I’m down, I just wanna lay in bed and get lost in a book.

5. At work is where you’ll find me most often.

6. A rainy day is good for curling up with a beagle and reading a book.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to left over cold stone, tomorrow my plans include cleaning and Sunday, I want to have a headache free day!

I have just some general stuff today. First order of business are badgroove items:

  • See that link up at the very tip top of the page that says ABOUT AMY’S BADGROOVE.  Yeah I need to actually finish that page. What kind of stuff would you like to see on it? What would be fun and interesting? I am totally open to ideas because right now the page sucks on ice.
  • Now see the right hand column…there is the HELP/GIVE section…I have this grand idea…let me know what you think of it:  I am really wanting to take part in NATIONAL BLOG POSTING MONTH again this year (it’s November right?).  I am thinking of doing it and trying to raise money for a worthy cause at the same time.  What I am thinking is something along the lines of setting up an account with FirstGiving (so that I don’t have to be personally responsible for the money raised)– kind of like what is already there- only the page will be for me. I will pick the charity- it will most likely be a children’s charity.  I want it to be interactive so I thought what I could do is if you donate any amount- I will write a blog post on any topic you want. I would also be giving away random prizes for updating. Would this be something you guys could help me with??? I know times are hard right now but I am just curious..let me know before I do the work of setting it up!!

Now just some random bullets:

  • I was going to tell you all how ABBA’s Dancing Queen was all stuck in my head thanks to my mom’s incessant listening of the Mama Mia! Soundtrack…but thanks to Chrissy’s Twitter I now have the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore show stuck in my head. AHHH MAKE IT STOP.
  • Speaking of music…XM is really trying to woo me into keeping it. First there was the whole merger with Sirius so there is the possiblity of getting Tony Stewart Live (maybe). Then there was my beloved METALLICA CHANNEL…and now in addition there is an ACDC CHANNEL. I am in HEAVEN.
  • I have decided there is a little anti-social rebel in me. I DO NOT like being FORCED to do things…like socialize with people I don’t want to socialize with. It makes me uber grumpy.
  • I have been sleeping like total crap lately again. Look what time of the year it is. Usually we would be changing over to PST about now…and my internal clock hates this time change (don’t argue with me over getting an hour back…explain that to my brain- it doesn’t understand why we can’t just stay on Daylight Savings Time).  Everybody around me are always saying something like “I LOVE THIS TIME CHANGE I FINALLY GET MY HOUR BACK!” I want to knock them upside the freaking head. Is there anyone else out there like me when it comes to this time change or am I the only one who feels this way??

Well I guess that’s it for today.

Remember back when you were in school? And you use to have a question but didn’t want to ask it because you were afraid all the kids in the class would laugh at you because they all knew the answer and you were the only one who didn’t??  Or was that just me?

Anyway I have been a NASCAR fan for years (as in since childhood)…and I have a couple of questions that I can’t find an answer to…and I don’t really know anyone who would know the answer that I feel comfortable asking.  I mean my dad is a NASCAR fan but not as much as me…because how many times do I have to explain to the man what the “lucky dog” is (probably the same number of times he has to explain to me what a saftey is in football)? Yeah anyway- I have stupid NASCAR questions that bug me.  REALLY bug me. But who the heck am I gonna ask? You! I am asking YOU because its hard for you to laugh at me over the internet…or anyway it’s hard for me to hear you laugh.

  1. Ok…you know on the front and back of the cars- where they have the decals of headlights and taillights? Why do the right side lights have the car number in them and not the left sides? Why do they put a number in the fake lights anyway???
  2. How does a driver eat with a full face helmet on? I know they do it…Chad Knaus told Jimme to make sure he got a drink and ate his candy at Dover.  And BFM told me she has heard Jimmie ask for a banana.  So how the heck do you stick food in your mouth with a helmet like that on your head? I am assuming that because of the hans device they don’t actually unhook it to tip it up a bit for consumption reasons so how?
  3. Where is a good place to sit at INFINEON? I am considering going to the race there next year and I am curious.

Ok…so maybe that’s two stupid questions and one not so stupid question.  Got answers? Leave me a comment or email me.

Got stupid questions of your own? Feel free to ask them…who knows…you might just get your answer. I am hoping I do.

So…I lost my atm card. Again. The one I just lost was about 1 week old…if that. It’s my own damn fault- I have gotten into the really bad habit of shoving it in my pocket instead of back into my wallet which is usually secured in my purse.  It was rather embarassing when I called to have to say “Yeah I got that card…and I just lost it again.”

It was actually returned to me (returning party was thanked immensely by me)…but I felt better having a new number issued to me- just in case before he returned it he wrote down the number and all that stuff.

It’s my embarrassing confession for the day. What’s yours?

So I have been promising you all a post comparing my experiences at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway.  This is based solely on my experiences at both tracks this year. I was at the Vegas race and the September Fontana race.

I have to say that between the two tracks- although I had a great time at both- I think I perfer Las Vegas.  I like Las Vegas because it seems to be much more fan friendly.  I spoke with people at the box office with each speedway- and had a far better experience with Las Vegas.  I felt that the ticketing agent at Las Vegas (each time I called) had making sure my best interest and experience at heart at all times and was very helpful when it came to purchasing up my tickets for the race.  At Autoclub speedway I felt a little dissuaded. I called and asked about the Jimmie Johnson foundation package because BFM is a Jimmie Johnson fan (her second favorite driver)…and they had no record of it and told me to wait a month before ordering to see if they would go onsale.  They never did and I bought my regular tickets when just a few weeks later the Jimmie Johnson Foundation package went on sale…so while the internal extensive planner in me was pleased to have my tickets, I was dissapointed. I was a little disappointed too because I thought we were sitting closer to the Start/Finish line then we were.

By the way- if you are a fan going to a track you have never been to before? I highly suggest calling to get your tickets instead of using the online ordering…they are more then willing to help you with selecting a good seat in the price range you are looking at.  That’s just my thought.

The facilities at Las Vegas seemed just overall better cared for…the chairs and tables at Autoclub were generally filthy. I think my friend said it best: Have they not heard of a hose? My experience with the bathroom facilities were that the ones at Las Vegas were nicer and the lines were shorter (although that could just be the difference between a well timed potty break and not).  The food was good at both facilities.  I will give Auto Club the A+ for delivering beverages in the stand. There was always someone walking around selling beverages…that was nice.

Auto Club offered Pit Passes where Las Vegas offered garage tickets.  I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Neon GARAGE passes for the Vegas race.  They totally rocked. I loved being able to look in on the the garage stalls. I am pretty sure that for the teams it must be like hanging out in a fish bowl with all these people looking in on them. I spent nearly all of Friday in the Neon Garage….and had a total ball.  The pit passes at Auto Club were ok on friday.  It wasn’t well marked where you could and couldn’t go…and frankly I spent most of my time parked on a pedestrian bridge over by the exit of pit road taking pictures of the cars practicing. It definitely wasn’t as interactive.  At least on Friday.  Now I can’t tell you what Neon Garage was like on Sunday because I didn’t have sunday Neon Garage access, but I did have Sunday pit passes at California Speedway and that time rocked. We walked around on the track. We signed the start / finish line. We walked behind the pit boxes on pit row…watching them set up. BFM had her picture taken in Victory Lane. I took a couples picture in Victory Lane as well. It was just a fun time. I still think I preferred Neon Garage though.

The area that I call the Midway at each track was full of fun stuff. I liked that there was a big home depot facility at the California Speedway. I didn’t see one of those at Las Vegas- but then again- I didn’t walk through the whole area either.

My main complaint about my seats in California (I was sitting three sections to the right of the start/ finish line if you were facing the grandstands) is that I wasn’t high enough up to see the backstretch (I was probably just a bit shy of half way up).  So once the cars went zooming off of corner two? I was lost and just waiting for them to come back into view in turn three. I have heard, however, this counts true for most of the seating at California.  In Vegas I was sitting in the section between turns three and four…our seats favored turn four turn three (for those who saw Tony Stewart wreck in the spring race? Yeah that was right in front of me…he smacked the wall right in front of us and followed the curve all the through 4) I could see the entire track from my seats. I was third row from the top.My main complaint about these seats where that I couldn’t see much of the prerace activities except for the lap where the drivers stand in the beds of the pickups.

Parking is ample and free at both facilities. I will say that it took us over an hour to get out of the parking lot at Las Vegas. Lets just say we had time to watch some guys set up a table, grill their entire dinner, watch them sit at the table ad eat said dinner, then pack up…all while waiting to get out. At California we were out of the lot far quicker and probably sitting down to dinner at a diner in the same amount of time that it took us just to leave the parking lot at Las Vegas.

Overall I really did like both tracks and had a great time but I think I liked Las Vegas better.

Ahh Dover.  I don’t know what it is about Dover but I usually like watching it.  I have no real comments in my notes about the prerace because frankly I missed most of the pre-race because i went out to breakfast with my parents and my dad chose THE SLOWEST PLACE IN TOWN…I am like damn I hope I see the flag drop! I actually got home just in time to realize that Tony was a hotpass driver again. So I got to see Tony’s HOTPass pre-race interview…complete with his little ziplock bag of Chrissy Newman cookies (try explaining to someone the signifigance of the “lucky cookies” and then try to have them take you seriously…yeah that’s me).

Anyway Stewart and Team Home Depot has a lackluster qualifying effort and started 33rd in the field.  Early in the race they were fighting a really tight race car and at the first caution were already taking airpressure to out to help balance the car.   By lap 116 Team Home Depot had moved all the way up to a hard fought 15th place by passing Juan Pablo Montoya.   Judging by my notes (135- Still too tight need more overall grip, 208 tight, 263 Still too tight, 60 laps to go need sitebite and to be tighted up) they never really got the car at a great place.  Tony was able to get up to about 13th and just seemed stuck there.  After the pitstop at 46 laps to go crew chief Zipadelli told his driver Stewart that he “Appreciates your patience here” to which Stewart responged with “We’re not done yet.” And he kept digging and was able to pull off an 11th place finish.  It could have been better- but it could have been a heck of a lot worse (case in point- teammate Kyle Busch who finished 43rd due to engine problems).

Team Home Depot remains in 7th place in the Chase to the Cup, 113 points out of the lead.  There is still time this season to make that up and take the lead for the Cup.

Other Notes About Dover:

  • Best radio communication of the day between Tony and his crew was when Tony stated that he was trying to move up through the field but there were “6 SCUD Missles” he’s “trying to avoid right now.” That made me giggle.
  • Jamie McMurray was having an awesome run! I did appreciate the little tift he got into with Robby Gordon for spinning him.
  • I find it incredibly annoying during the broadcasts when they displace the POINTS AS THEY ARE RIGHT NOW list. That means NOTHING because its how they finish…now where they are at any given point in the race. Please stop doing that. Thanks.

As I said in my last post- the next race is KANSAS…and I have a good feeling about Kansas.

So my fantasy racing league is still at 27% and I didn’t do much better points wise this week than I did last week.  This last weekend my picks were: A. Jeff Gordon B. Vickers and Gilliland C. Kyle Petty.  This week I have a really good feeling about Tony and Kansas…so I am telling you all right now I have already picked Tony for this week as my A driver.  Wish me and Tony luck!

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I know I have mentioned the football pool I am part of every year. You pick a team each weekend following these rules:

1. You can’t pick the same team twice.

2. You pick wrong twice and you are out.

Guess what people? I am already out. Three weeks (three picks in).  The Seahawks gave me my first ding…and the Patriots my second.  I KNEW I should have picked someone else. Oh well…so I am out already. Bah.