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According to a nascar.com article posted today, drivers and owners were called into a last minute meeting before Friday’s first practice. The meeting preempting normal media events, leaving media to speculate what the gathering was about, most assuming it was about the impending multi-million dollar lawsuit against NASCAR by a former official, only to later be told by drivers that it was about quieting complaints about the COT:

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota owned by Joe Gibbs Racing, agreed that in his view the meeting was all about quieting public criticism of the new car. “It was just about the car and I think Mike [Helton] wanted to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Hamlin said. “This is early in the building process and we don’t need to rush to conclusions that this car is junk and it’s never going to be any good — because that’s not going to be the case.’“ 

NASCAR officials however claim that the meeting wasn’t about stifling driver complaints but about fans:

“I think it’s good from time to time to remind them what we do, and that’s put on the races for the fans. The fans are the reason we’re all here.” Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications.

My thoughts are NASCAR probably DID tell the drivers to quit complaining about the COTs in public.  I don’t think that is right though. It would be like the NBA telling players not to talk about the new basketballs they were playing with or like the NFL telling players they were gonna switch to a plastic ball and they can’t talk about the difference or the problems they are having adjusting to the new ball.   However the fans are going to notice that the player are having a harder time throwing, catching, kicking or carrying the ball.  So its not like NASCAR fans aren’t going to notice drivers driving differently. It’s natural to want to talk about it and the fans want to hear about it…from their drivers. Or at least I do. I want to know:   Is the COT too hot with the extra protection added to the doors? Is the CO2 level in the cars more than it use to be? How can teams compensate for a car that has been described by some drivers not to be named “like a dump truck.”  Putting a gag order on the drivers goes against what NASCAR claimed to be trying to get back to at the beginning of the season. They were wanting to get back to the “core” fanbase. Well you aren’t going to do that by telling drivers what they can and can not talk about. It makes the drivers too “cookiecutter” if they have certain taboo topics, like the cars they are driving. Maybe NASCAR did not get the memo…but isn’t racing about cars and people? That would mean the people couldn’t talk about the cars.  Not a very bright idea.

**Shuttie is something my bff and I use. Its harsher than SSH! but less harsh that SHUT UP.

I haven’t gotten the MI-5 for the week (it seems to be missing in action so far)  but there is the Friday Fill-in:

Fill-in 76:

1. Writing a book is high up on my bucket list.
2. My favorite quote is This above all: To Thine Own Self Be True.; it’s from Shakespeare.
3. ETS inspired me to start blogging.
4. Strawberries are best when in strawberry shortcake.
5. I tend to have these crazy vivid dreams where I end up waking up more tired then when I went to bed.  I hate that. The last one I had I was in a hotel trying to find BFM because we were staying on different floors but we were suppose to meet in the lobby so we could go the race at Infineon…except the hotel was set up just like the Hilton in San Bernardino in the last dream I remember having.
6. The most enjoyable time to go for a walk is in the evening.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to pizza for dinner (I have been craving me some), tomorrow my plans include washing the HHR and Sunday, I want to watch the race (but its on really early :( !

Just out of curiousity, am I the only one that thinks that Bobby Labonte would not have re-signed with Petty Enterprises if it has not been for Boston Ventures taking majority control over the company?

Crossposted on NASCAR Bloggers Full Throttle.

Just two quick little NASCAR tidbits:

  1. Valli over at The Fast and The Fabulous is giving away three copies of the new NASCAR DVD set Full Throttle Adrenaline over at her blog. You have until July 4th to enter to win! How come no body gives me cool stuff to review and give away? Huh?
  2. If you are in New York on Wednesday and a Jimmie Johnson fan you may want to stop by Military Island in Times Square. You can try your luck at beating other competitors at the Gatorade Tiger Moonshot challenge- where in a simulator you can attempt to hit the longest drive and the male and female simulator champs of the day will have the opportunity to create their own “out of this world” vacation experience worth up to $125,000. NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson is set to make an appearance there as well. Event is to happen from 10:00am -7:00pm.

Also…the other day I was sorting my laundry into wash piles (you know…whites in one pile, darks in another kind of thing) and Roxy decided she would help. How? By laying on my piles:

What? You don’t like me laying in your piles?

Too bad…because these piles? They are mine. Really. Mine. Don’t even think about moving this pile.

Ahhh clothes piles make the best pillows.

I ordered the Prelude To The Dream on PPV and watched most of it. When I say most of it I watched all but the first hour and 20 minutes or so because it started at 4 my time and I didn’t get off work until five. I also DVR’d it but I didn’t have time to watch the part I missed. I was just glad they were able to fit it in because I had been watching the weather via the internet and it wasn’t looking good…but yey it happened. And it was great that Tony won at his own track AND guarenteed the Victory Junction Gang Camp $1,000,000 to go to VJGC 2: Kansas City. So it was a win win situation there. Robby Gordon blew me away coming in second considering he had never driven that type of car before or on a dirt oval before. He was an apt pupil though- he even said he watched Tony during his heat race so he would know how to work traffic and the track. Also congratulations are in order to Dave Blaney who set a new record for speed during his qualifying run at Eldora for the Prelude.

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There are some tracks NASCAR fans love and some they don’t. I, for instance, LOVE watching Bristol and Darlington. My friend…she hates watching Bristol and Texas. Me? I am not a big fan of Pocono. I have no reason…I think maybe its the shape or the fact that the race just seems so long…but I am not a Pocono girl. That isn’t to say that I didn’t watch it because I most certainly did. I watched every lap…(luckily there was a short red flag due to a thunder shower so I could have a potty break just like Jimmie Johnson. Yes seriously it was mentioned that he grabbed a bite and used the facilities).

Unfortunately it was a difficult race for team Home Depot. Driver Tony Stewart was feeling under the weather so you know that has to suck being stuck in a hot race car when you don’t feel so great (during the red flag Tony’s crew chief offered him up some aspirin and water…both of which Tony agreed would be a good thing at the time). Based on the radio communications I heard on the team audio on hot pass (again hotpass please don’t edit the communication PLEASE), Tony’s car seemed to be loose in some areas of the track and tight in others…leaving the crew to make changes to track bar and tire pressure during the pit. However due to some excellent pit strategy the team worked themselves up to be in the top five for a good part of the race- even at some point leading some laps. Then after a pit stop, Tony finds that there is something wrong with the one set of tires he got and has to come back in to get more tires…and gets nailed at 35 laps to go with a pit road speeding penalty under green (during the pass through on pit road a frustrated Stewart could be heard saying “Ask NASCAR if I was too fast that time?” Because of the speeding penalty- team Home Depot ended up way in the back- finishing 35th for the day and being knocked down to 12th in the standings. Yes 12th. That means Tony is now officially the bubble boy when it comes to the race for the Chase. Ahhh. Ok I feel better now.

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Also- congratulations are in order for Team Home Depot crew chief Greg Zipadelli and his wife Nan who welcomed their third child, a son, into their family on Wednesday. Different sources have the boy named either Tucker (hot pass) or Giani Gregory (various print media sources).  Whatever his name I am sure he is a little cutie.

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I have decided that I would love to go to the race in Infineon in a couple weeks but unfortunately I can’t afford both tickets AND gas- which really sucks.

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Funny but true thing my BFF emailed me when we were talking back and forth about something NASCAR (I don’t remember exactly the context…maybe something about having someone take our picture together at the track or something): “Nascar peeps are like family: loud and obnoxious but mostly have your back.” Oh how true it is…and I love em for it!

It’s funny how a sassy new haircut can give a girl a new attitude. I have one of those (both the new haircut and the attitude)…and it shows let me tell you. For those asking about pics of my new ‘do I will try to have my mom or my coworker snap some shots…because it is darn near impossible to take a picture of your own head. I know. I have been trying for a couple of days now- and ran my little camera out of battery trying! The funny thing is that I am so normally a wash and wear kind of girl and this one has me not only blow drying the hair but flat ironing it (because my hair is naturally wavy).

Anyway, as you can probably see I have a new layout too. Actually its a reworking of an older layout….thanks to the artistic stylings of Karah from DOATB, who did all the hard work (ie the wicked cool new Tony banner and changed the colors slightly from the original) while all I did was ask stupid questions like “uh what’s a style sheet and where do I find it?” I hope you like it…cuz I LOVE it!

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go strangle my dog before I go get my geek on by playing some FLATOUT2 (I play that instead of NASCAR08 because at least in that game you are suppose to hit the other cars).  And I am kidding about strangling my dog…but she is having a barking fit at the dog next door through the fence…and I have to shut her up before the other neighbor pitches a fit again.

 

First Friday Fill-In #75

1. Idle hands are the devil’s playground.
2. I love to sing in the shower. (Hey I said I love to…I didn’t say I was good at it).
3. My favorite time of the day is when I am done with what I have to do and can do what I want to do.
4. The last tea I drank was a venti iced black tea.
5. I like to go blonder in the Summer.
6. My mother always said if it’s not chocolate why bother.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to just relaxing and maybe some reading, tomorrow my plans include seeing my nephew and Sunday, I want to watch the race at Pocono (through my fingers at this rate)!

Now..the MI-5:

Lisa Sez: I actually got the idea for this week’s MI-5 from Question 5 from last week. It’s probably not too original, and maybe we’ve even done it before, but—let me see your bucket list!! Tell me 5 things you want to see, do, complete, or accomplish before you leave this world. On second thought, give me 2 Bucket Lists—one list of 5 things that you are reasonably certain you WILL be able to cross off your list, and another list of 5 things that may be much more unlikely for you to accomplish. 

Reasonably Certain

  1. Write a book. (Notice I said write not publish).
  2. Go to a race at Indianapolis.
  3. Go back to school for my M.F.A
  4. Win a blue ribbon for photography at the fair
  5. Get flames painted on the HHR.

Reasonably Uncertain:

  1. Go to Ireland
  2. Drive a real race car
  3. Figure out how to play Nascar 08 and not crash
  4. Get Married
  5. Publish a book


So have I mentioned the construction going on in my building at work? Yeah they are working on the ventilation system here…and good because frankly it needs it. However sitting in an office where the “construction” actually sounds like a dentist is drilling your teeth only for hours on end? Not pleasant.  I am not sure what my deal is but when I am in a certain frame of mind or mood certain sounds drive me to the brink of insanity and this happens to be one of those noises. As a matter of fact…I WOULD RATHER be sitting in my dentist’s chair for 9 hours because at least my dentist is hot.  Yes the ONLY reason I got to the dentist with any regularity is because he is hot. Yeah he is married and he actually has the most adorable little boy judging by the pictures that are in all the exam rooms…but he is so NOT hard on the eyes and that makes laying there with your mouth craned open as far as it will go tolerable.

How did I get on the topic of my dentist when really I was telling you about the evil but necessary construction? Who knows. Anyway- nobody else in the building seems to remember that we were told this would all be over by May 31st…however someone lied there because I am still hearing that evil noise.