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Over at ON PIT ROW, the discussion was “What are your Five Favorite Bits of NASCAR?” Of course I thought this would make a great post so I am going to post my fave five bits o’ NASCAR loving:

  1. The Carl Edwards kamakazi move to over take Johnson at Kansas- I was sitting back thinking Jimmie Johnson had it made. I looked over at my mom and said “There’s no way Carl will catch him…its too late” and as soon as those words poured out of my mouth Carl goes sliding into the corner past Jimmie. I mean drivers just don’t drive into the corner too hot like that (on purpose anyway). Yeah he knew he was gonna hit the wall…but how many times did we see Kyle Busch use the outside wall as a bumper this season and still win? It can be done. Carl gave it a valient effort…that exhilarated me and I was rooting for Jimmie (well to win…I always root for Tony…but he was too far back to make a bid for the lead way too far back).
  2. Actually attending races this year- I have been a fan since I was in single digits but only managed to wrangle myself out to a NASCAR race for the first time THIS YEAR. Sad but true. However I LOVED it and am totally hooked on that experience. I already have tickets for the Vegas race next year (FYI I also found my way to Fontana later in the year).
  3. Converting my best friend into a NASCAR fan- We have been friends since junior high. Seriously. She moved away to socal to go to college and we remained best friends…then she moved away to Las Vegas to live and we are still best friends. She recently admitted that she always thought my obsession with NASCAR was odd. During the summer last year I was visiting her in Vegas and looked at her and said- “Hey will go to the races with me here?” She just kinda looked at me and said “I guess.” I bought her ticket and we went to the March race in Vegas. However- by the time this season began she was already well into fledgling race fandom. She started watching races and read some books on NASCAR because she “wanted to understand what she was watching” and now she is hard core just like me. She can even do the points spread in her head after most races for her driver. (She picked Jeff Gordon as her driver).
  4. The CHASE format- If we didn’t have the chase format- Kyle Busch would probably still be way way out in the lead. With this chase format at this point anyway- it’s still anyone’s game. Of course I am sure Kyle Busch doesn’t feel this way…and if Kyle were Tony…I probably wouldn’t feel this way- but I am loving it this season.
  5. The SD Channel on DirectTV HotPass- I am probably way in the minority here- but I would much rather watch the SD channel on HotPass than my driver’s channel- because I can here my crew’s team chatter while watching the national broadcast.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tony Stewart and The Home Depot Crew- Tony and the Home Depot boys have had a craptacular season. Their luck absolutely stinks this season. It started bad (On probation, then Tony hitting the wall in Vegas) and has not gotten better yet! There have been speeding penalties, pit road problems (Like running into Vicker’s gas man), illness and more thrown gloves, helmets and towels than you can shake a stick at. Oh and not to mention that whole little “What Will Tony Do” debacle…and then the Tony’s leaving revelation. Yet they still show up every week, dig their heels in and try.

So what are your five things you are loving about NASCAR or about anything…

I had to go to the eye doctor yesterday afternoon to get my new contacts prescription adjusted slightly because the astigmatism in my left eye always tests worse then what it actually is. It’s not a big deal…it took my doctor like 5 minutes.  And he didn’t really do anything but tell me that its not a big deal and write a new prescription.  While we were discussing what was going on in my eyeballs he told me to sit in the exam chair- which gives me a perfect view of his computer screen so I can see my chart and what he’s typing in it. That’s when I saw what he was typing in my chart:

The 34-year old female states that the….

I mean he might as well as slapped me with a wet noodle, or maybe a fun noodle, either way. I am sitting in my optometrist’s chair when it hits me: Crap! I am THIRTY-FREAKING-FOUR years old!!!! When the hell did that happen???  I certainly don’t feel 34 maybe 24 definitely not 34.  Of course when I was 24 I still got carded for liquor…so I must look 34- or at least old enough to buy the hooch!  And by the time my mother was my age she had two children and the youngest was 7! It definitely kinda freaked me out a bit.

It’s great having a best friend though…because when I called her on the way home she said…just be glad you didn’t see him typing that next year. Awww…thanks. That did help…a little.

Friday Fill-in #92

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It’s time for Fill-in #92:

1. October comes before November.
2. A place without music scare me!
3. Leaves are falling all around, it’s time to find a rake.
4. My favorite horror movie is a movie I don’t know the name of but it is OLD and has a hearse in it because it scared the crap out of me when I was in junior high. I just which I could find the name of this movie.
5. Going to the races with BFM = good memories.
6. It was will be a dark and stormy night tonight when the storm rolls in.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to vacuuming, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and Sunday, I want to watch ‘dega through my fingers (and hope Tony doesn’t get caught in “the big one”)!

Thank you oh so much for making my semi-crappy day even more craptacular by attempting to run me off into the sand dune on the highway during my lunch hour trek back to the office from Starbucks. Hurray for you.  You may not have cared that you nearly ran someone (ME!) off the freaking highway and into the sand but by golly, stores will get their delivery of your icky stale tasting oroweat bread on time. I know you have the bigger vehicle so you win. Be glad I don’t drive Grave Digger or I would have run your ass into the dunes or maybe just ran you over so all you would be able to carry in your truck would be flat bread. Anyway. Hope you have a super day.

Thanks- AMY

As always click on the photo to go to the mosaic in Flickr and check out these amazing photographers. Also- two of them are pictures my dad took. Can you find them?

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Ok- I would love to meet the person or persons who write the post-race press releases for Joe Gibbs Racing. I almost always find something humorous in them.  This weeks was no different:

The unscheduled soil aeration courtesy of The Home Depot damaged the splitter on the No. 20 car’s nose.–Stewart Forced To Run with the Bulls in Kansas/ JGR

The emphasis is mine…I wish the statement was too because it’s damn funny.

By the way if you are looking for my Kansas post-race it’s right here.


** My funny- not Joe Gibbs. My friend calls Vickers the Leprechaun…so it’s what we call him now.

FRIDAY: I had a headache of the most wicked proportions…so I didn’t really do much but laze about and watch TV.  I wanted to read. I have a huge stack of books waiting for me but I ended up watching mostly crummy tv…and whining to the dog about said headache and about the crummy TV. She said she could care less about either the headache or the TV and wanted to know if I had a banana cookie in my pocket. Unfortunately for her the answer was no I didn’t.

SATURDAY: Its the loudest fastest weekend here as both the Air Show AND the AMA Superbikes are in town. I spent a good portion of my day with a camera around my neck. Unfortunately for both of us…it wasn’t my camera. My dad was out with the camera he has his telephoto lens on trying to catch the Thunderbirds zipping around our airspace- and told me to grab his other camera with his new wide-angle lens. I ended up testing his new lens on flowers, Roxy and my dad because its not the right lens for taking jet pictures. I will try to talk him into sending me a couple of Miss Roxy and the flower that I took. Playing with his Rebel makes me wish I had a DSLR camera.  I was also able to crank out not one but TWO amazon.com Vine product reviews. Evil headache still lingers.

SUNDAY: At 10:00 my mom asks me when the race starts. I tell her not for about an hour so she asks if I want to run to the store with her. I do because Roxy was out of banana cookies.  I get home just in time to watch invocation for the race…talk about cutting it close. I ingest massive (for me) amounts of caffeine and my headache finally starts to dissipate. Of course it could be me getting all ramped up during the race that makes me forget about the headache…when I watch I get fairly animated.  I have been known to jump of the couch at times…and quiet little me because very vocal. Let’s just say that between me and the airshow poor Roxy was hiding in her “safe spot” most of the day.  That evening I ended up in my “writing” zone and worked on some stuff there. Then it was Desperate Housewives (which I didn’t like the 5 year jump), some reading and then off to bed.

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