If you are anywhere near the Stewart-Haas Racing shop on October 12th – this might be something you might want to show up to- whether you have a hot rod to enter or just (like me) like to appreciate other’s hot rods. Click the flyer to go to the webpage!
I am going to start this post by apologizing right now- obviously my picking Jeff Gordon for the Championship has thwarted him somewhat. Forgive me Jeff Gordon, team 24 and all your fans. I promise from this point forward to root for Joey Logano (ok not really) as 2014 Sprint Cup champion.
Okay now back to business. Between knowing that Tony had qualified 28th and that he had spun out during the last five minutes of final practice I admit I didn’t think this would be our breakout race of the season. What I didn’t bargain for was the fact that I was ready to throw Tony’s crew chief under the (proverbial- for some reason I feel that I need to clarify this) bus by the midway point of the race. As you may know, my beloved readers, I am an eternal optimist when it comes to team 14. I am the one always saying, “Well, we’ll get ‘em next week.” (more…)
With qualifying rained out Tony started the race with his first practice speed which meant he started 22nd at Chicagoland. Unfortunately the car’s handling would prove to be an issue throughout the race. It started too tight and through the first part of the race- large swings to adjust the car during pitstops made the worse and then it was far too loose. At one point Chad Johnston called for them to put a spring rubber in during one of the cautions, and that is when the handling really went away on the car. (more…)
The 16 Chase grid drivers were each set to a specific market in North America to promote the Chase and NASCAR in fun often times fan friendly events. Two drivers were even sent to other countries- Jeff Gordon to Canada and Carl Edwards to Mexico. Here are some fun pictures from several events:
What exactly constitutes a breakfast of champions at a taco house? Only Denny and Tom Sneva know for sure:
I think Aric is trying to give us subliminal messages that he’s hot: (more…)
Misty texted me a picture earlier in the week that sums up her 2014 Chase Driver conundrum in a single photo:
It’s actually kind of a cool, yet slightly creepy picture. But it describes Misty’s chase conundrum perfectly. See Misty has been a Jeff Gordon fan longer than she’s be a NASCAR fan (yeah I know that sounds weird but it’s true-I can completely vouch for that). However, she has lately (within the last couple of years) been pulling for Jimmie as her number two with a catch: While Jeff Gordon is Misty’s number 1 driver, Chad Knaus is her number 1 crew chief. I know Misty would be OVER THE MOON if Jeff Gordon won the championship, but I really don’t think she’d cry in her soup if Jimmie won. So she is being pulled in two different directions but at least it is within the same organization.
Me? I am extremely singular in my fandom. (more…)
So- the CHASE for the Sprint Cup Championship starts this weekend at Chicagoland. There will likely be a lot of banter about it- since it’s the first year for the newly implemented grid style Chase that mimics more of a March Madness type of playoff (I am assuming- I am not a big Basketball person so you are lucky I even know what March Madness is). I am still not quite convinced that this is the format for my NASCAR but then again- I am old school.
So since everyone is doing it- I sat down on Sunday and picked my Chase Grid: (more…)
There is always going to be that buzz about whether or not NASCAR drivers are athletes. This issue is nearly as old as the sport itself. I think that perhaps hearing on Sports Center that Jimmie Johnson missed is own triathon on Sunday after becoming incredibly dehydrated during the race may change some non-believer’s minds. I have posted videos of NASCAR drivers and crew members working out…and here is another one. Landon Cassill’s workout at his local SNAP Fitness, who just happen to be one of Landon’s sponsors and his sponsor for this week’s race at Chicagoland this weekend.
Just more proof to prove “the NASCAR drivers are not athletes” foolios so very wrong- his personal trainer goes through the exercises Landon does and WHY they are important to his skills as a driver: (more…)
Well it was the last race before the new chase. I, and I am sure all other Smoke fans, were hoping that there would be a win so that Tony could indeed compete in the chase. For Tony Richmond was a MUST win if he was going to compete in the chase- and a little tiny part of me hoped against hope that they would pull that out. Tony qualified for the race 19th. When the green flag flew he was able to move up a little bit but was stymied by a loose loose car. Tony had to hang on until the competition caution at lap 50. (more…)