As I lay here in my hospital bed awaiting on my nurse to put in place the first of several different toxic chemicals that will make up my fourth and final round of chemo, several things about this past weekend’s racing are dancing like sugarplums ’round my head…
And while it won’t help him keep his ride at Stewart-Haas Racing, Ryan Newman’s win at the Brickyard should help him be a much more saleable property with the RCR sales staff than Kurt Busch was ever going to be. Newman isn’t championship material, at least not at the Cup level, but he is still good for another win or two before he hangs up his driving gloves in a few more years. Then, he starts an open wheel team that will give young drivers an opportunity to move up the ladder. Isn’t that what drivers of his caliber do?
Sunday’s NASCAR race was spectacularly boring, won’t you agree? No amount of passing was going to make it any better. The Speedway was designed more than 100 years ago, for cars that went 60 mph. Over the past century, it’s narrow straights and measly 8 degrees of banking have rarely failed to put on an entertaining open wheel show, even during those early years of Tony George’s temper tantrum – often referred to as the IRL. When driver/owner Stewart was asked about the lack of passing, his answer, given while under the influence of Daytona Beach Kool Aid, tried to get us all to believe that it is about the racing and NOT the passing. Stupid me! And here I thought passing WAS a part of racing. When Formula One got so bad a few years ago and literally became a bi-weekly beauty parade of million dollar techno-cars led by the bright red Ferrari of Michael Schumacher, F1 officials made major changes to the rule book. Despite the screams of empassioned purists, the sport remains hugely popular today, with more passing, more excitement and with not the same three cars leading every week. So, while Stewart tried his best to BS his way through dealing with the media once again (even after his teammate wins the race), no one else addressed the elephant in the room – the race track. Once the novelty of stock cars racing at The Speedway wore off, say around 2006 or so, NASCAR should have started giving serious thought to first, moving the race to the opening round of The Chase and then…running it on the infield road course, for goodness sakes!
Earlier in the day, in a land far, far away, F1 contested another of its entertaining races with plenty of passing, a questionable outcome until the checkered flag flew and a black driver was standing at the top of the podium. Yes, Virginia, they can drive a race car and this Hamilton fellow is pretty damn good at it.
Did anyone see the NHRA event from Sonoma? Neither did I. I was too busy doing something else which apparently was far more important to me on Sunday night. However I did see that John Force lost to Ron Capps in the final round of Fuel Coupe. I like it when Force loses. He’s won too many races!
I’m convinced that there is a correlation between Brad Keselowski’s candor earlier this season and his terrible performance. Don’t ask me to explain, but you know what I’m talking about, don’t you?
I wonder if Michael Andretti now regrets pointing out to fellow IndyCar team owner Chip Ganassi’s team exactly where it’s butt was? Prior to the series’ return to Pocono earlier in the month, the Target squad couldn’t find it with both hands. And now that they have found it, will there be any stopping the Dixon/Franchitti/Kimball juggernaut?
Even when she has absolutely no way in Hell of winning or even finishing in the top-10, ESPN television producers are still making Danica Patrick a bigger story than she deserves. I’ll bet the television production group has one guy whose job it is every week is to come up with a Danica angle and that one of the first things said during the weekly pre-production meeting is “What’s the Danica angle this week?”
is getting has gotten old, fellas. Ask around. She’s a turn-off for older fans and her lack of on-track performance every week has worn out the patience of the very few younger demos you would like to hang around. In fact, the ONLY reason the younger demos find Danica attractive is so that they can invent a new drinking game every couple of weeks.
OK, gotta go. The toxic chemicals being pumped into my body are starting to kick in.
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