I tweeted something to this effect on Sunday morning before the race but I want to expound on it in more than 140 characters. When thinking about the NASCAR season as a whole- I automatically consider any restrictor plate race a wild card, meaning anything at all can happen to any driver at any point so I can’t count on that track being good to my driver(s) points wise. This year- because of the repave I considered Pocono grouped in there- forgetting totally about Michigan’s repave.
A short list this week…as we are looking forward to attending the race at Sonoma!
Fans Still Adore Dale Earnhardt Jr., Last Of The Good Old Boys- Nate Ryan for USAToday
Tests Show Repaved Michigan Could Set Records- Mark Aumann for NASCAR.com
At Michigan NASCAR Drivers Unfazed By Record Speeds- Jeff Gluck for Yahoo! Sports
Kurt Busch Keeps Ride With Phoenix Racing- Jenna Fryer AP Writer/Sports Illustrated
Gratuitous (and Humorous) Tony Stewart picture of the week:
It was the best of races, it was the worst of races. Okay….for those not familiar, I am taking liberties with Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities. My problem is, never being a huge Dicken’s fan, that is about as far as I got in A Tale of Two Cities (scary considering my degree concentration is in literature).
The big bustle about Pocono last weekend was the record number of pit road speeding penalties. And when I say record number, I mean- as in EVER in any NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series race. That is not a record to be proud of. It seems that from everything I have read NASCAR added a timing segment to pit road increasing it from 9 to 10 segments or something like that. NASCAR claim they released a new map of the timing lines, they even showed the new map on TV and said that they went up and down pit road distributing the map- of course after a majority of teams had been dinged with speeding on pit road. I mean they said on TV that the majority of the penalties were within the same timing segment. Was this the “new” segment at the end? Did it extend the overall length of what is considered “pit road?” That was my thought during the race on Sunday. It doesn’t seem really fair to ding the drivers if they extended the line and weren’t proactive about making sure the drivers/crew chiefs/spotters knew about this.
The speeding debacle made me this about last season when I mentioned that I thought it was dumb to actually post where the speed traps on pitroad actually are. My thinking is this: the pit road speed limit came into being to protect the crew members. Crew members are out there dodging around cars with helmets and carrying things like huge racing tires. They are thinking about one thing and one thing only. Getting their job done fast and correctly. They dont’ want to be worried about being hit by a competitor who decides to slide into his pit stall. That was the reason a pit road speed limit was instituted. Good. Okay then if that is the case what sense does it make to tell drivers that “Hey we are going to check your speed on pit road here, here, here and down there” which gives them the opportunity to speed inbetween the lines and thus defeats the whole purpose of the pit road speed limit. My position has always been that NASCAR shouldn’t tell the drivers where they are checking the speed. They should pick 5 or 6 places to check speed and maybe even rotate the spots within the race. That way the drivers/teams are always guessing. That way the drivers will be forced to maintain a consistent pit road speed. It seems to be the “fairest” way of doing the speeding thing. But that is just my personal two cents right there.
To me the new scoring system isn’t logical when Tony has a CRAPPY race in Dover, finishes 25th (69 laps down) and goes UP in the points standings and then has a pretty darn good finish in Pocono (3rd!!!) yet stays the same in the points. It frustrates me. Tony is still 8th in the points and is currently 75 points out of the lead.
Next race? Michigan!
Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About The 39 Hauler- Quicken Loans Racing
History’s “American Restoration” Helps NASCAR Star Greg Biffle With Project- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com
Addington Looking For Consistency With Stewart- Dan Gelston AP Writer for San Jose Mercury News
Recent Hall Of Fame Selection Owens Passes at 88- David Caraviello for NASCAR.COM
Many Pieces to Stewart’s Perfect Night At Prelude- Tony Stewart for NASCAR.COM
12 Questions with Matt Kenseth- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com
VIDEO: The Charlotte Nc Ask Tony Stewart (and Ryan Newman) Live video from OfficeDepotRacing.com
Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:
AND A SPECIAL LOL Made Just For BG:
I don’t know why but I was kind of “eh” about The Prelude To The Dream this year. It doesn’t make ANY sense because I usually count down the days and blog about it incessantly in the preceding months weeks and days. I don’t think I even mentioned it except for putting the details under WE SUPPORT in the navigation bar over there on the left. I even (prepare yourself- this is shocking) almost considered not ordering/watching it.
Miles the monster reached up and bit Tony Stewart square on the left front and left rear of his car. Stewart was caught up in the “Monster” lap nine melee at Dover. It isn’t a surprise really. After all, he qualified his car 29th in the field of 43 cars. I so wasn’t thrilled when I saw the results of qualifying on my cell phone- that is back in the danger zone. The zone where if someone screws up you can be innocently caught up in their mistake because of Dover’s “self cleaning” feature. I made sure that I put on my checker flag socks this morning- just in case. I just had a feeling that starting that far back would not.
Can Motor Oil Really Make A Difference In NASCAR?- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com
Dick Berggren Says Farewell At Dover- Amanda Ebersole for SkirtsandScuffs.com
NASCAR At Dover 2012: Drivers Theorize on Lack Of Caution Flags- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com
Improve Racing? Harder Cars!- Terry Blount for ESPN.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dreads Upcoming Pocono Test- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com
Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:
I don’t know who’s expression humors me more- Jr’s or Steve Addington’s. Anyone have a great caption?
When it comes to collecting NASCAR stuff I do not have a large collection- mostly because I don’t have a place to store or display a large collection. What I do collect, therefore, are usually special and have a place of honor on my shelves. These will be up there next to my bottle of Jeff Gordon Wine that is for certain:
These Jeff Gordon PepsiMax bottles are freaking AWESOME! The bottles feature three different Jeff Gordon designs- including two of Jeff’s likeness and one of the PepsiMax 24 car. They are coming to stores in the next week or so but will only be out for a limited time- so be sure to snap some up for your collection before they are GONE!