Before I start on this weekend…I have one final say about Talledega. Something I meant to mention and it completely slipped my mind for some reason only to be jogged back into my memory this evening as I found myself looking at some photos from a Talladega photo gallery. I forgot to mention that as much as I am NOT a fan of black cars…I loved Jeff Gordon’s flat black paint scheme. LOVED it. Ok. There. Got that out of my system. On to this weekend:
I started my Saturday baking a pineapple upside down cake. Why?? Because I have never had pineapple upside down cake. So I made one just to try it:
It was actually quite easy to make and delicious…even though in the picture it kind of looks like a ham.
Then it was the race at Richmond. Luckily Tony was a Hotpass driver so I spent about 70 percent of my time on the Hotpass channel. I sat down and was just getting comfortable when unexpected company dropped by. Didn’t really stop me from watching the race- because the only thing that does that is a power outage…hell I even watched a race the first time I baby sat my nephew (who was like 10 days old at the time). So I was slightly distracted while watching the first part of the race. After the guests left though I settled in to watch the rest of the race:
(by the way if you are curious…I recommend bud lite lime…way better than miller chill).
I guess the flash made the room look way darker than it was because it was still very light outside. And that IS the Richmond racing playing in the background there. So my thoughts about Richmond:
- I must say I was very impressed with Team Home Depot’s 4th place finish considering that they were fighting not only an ill handling car, but a car with a problem with low battery voltage. I know that Tony ended up having to shut off all his fans (including brake fans) for the last 100 laps or so to keep the volts to up to an acceptable range for the car- not to mention having to have turned off his driver/cooling fan many laps in. I think Greg Zipadelli did a great job keeping Tony calm considering all he was dealing with…including Reed Sorenson who short pitted and thus blocked Tony in not once but twice and thus causing Tony to hit jackman Jason Lee after which Tony nudged Sorenson off his own jack and out of his way so he could exit his pit. I bet Jason Lee was sore the next day!
- Somehow (I think this may be because I was watching the Tony Stewart HotPass channel with the TEAM AUDIO only on) I completely missed Michael Waltrip getting parked during the race by NASCAR for hitting Casey Mears. I just want to know why no monetary fines were levied or probation given?
- I also have to throw some props out to Jeff Gordon’s crew. I think you can call it a good day when you come from the back of the pack to a top ten finish.
- All I will say about the Dale/Kyle incident at the end of the race is that, it looked to me, that it was caused by two drivers both wanting a victory. Um, could be just me but isn’t that called racing??? Seriously, Dale isn’t upset about it, so lets all put our big boy pants on and get on to Darlington ok?
- Speaking of Darlington…I hope Denny Hamlin’s basketball injury doesn’t prevent him from racing…or impact his performance.
For some twisted reason I prefer my races to be on Sunday. I don’t know why but I do. Doesn’t stop me from watching the Saturday evening races, but I don’t like my rhythm upset and Saturday night races upset my rhythm. I guess its all about that rhythm. Anyway since I had nothing better to do I also watched a majority of the Arca Remax Carolina 500 race. The best part of the race was when Tony Stewart waved the green flag at the start of the race:
(Picture taken by Jimmy McDonald, who kindly gave me permission to use his photo. Click on his name to be taken to his Flickr…seriously do it..he’s got some great pictures in there).
I think waving the green flag at any race would be kind of fun! The announcers poked a little fun at his technique…but frankly Tony needs to worry more about driving then green flag waving- come on give the guy a break. From reports I have read, Greg Zipadelli was suppose to be driving the pace car during the pace laps- and I am going to assume he was but that wasn’t mentioned on the broadcast. Youngster Joey Logano won the race- which I think is awesome. Show them what you got kid!