Good morning. Hope your all having a super day. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. This is your pole sitter for the rain delayed Kentucky race. Was supposed to be Saturday night but it's noon time Sunday. HOOOOOORAY!!!! After working all week I'm just too beat to stay up for these night races. Used to love them and I still do but they've added way too many this year. I just can't hang like I used too. Maybe I need some Nos or RedBull. Ok, lets kick it.
KURT BUSCH LOOKS GREAT WITH FOOT IN MOUTH.....DOH!!!!
Boy just don't know when to shut up. He was asked which driver would you like to have dinner with and why.
KURT SAID" Maybe Newman and I need to have a sit down because we're both out there charging hard and trying to get into the Chase and we're both looking for rides."
OOOOOPS!!!! That wasn't supposed to be out there. It's been no secret that SHR has been having a hard time getting sponsorship for Newman's car. In fact last year Stewart even told Newman flat out he could look for another ride. Some how sponsorship pulled through for this year.
Newman has talked to Barney Visser of Furniture Row Racing which is Kurt's car owner and team to see if he'll be putting out a second team in 2014. He's talked to Richard Childress to see about the #29 which Harvick is vacating to go to SHR in 2014. Richard says Newman is at the top of his list for the #29 seat. Newman has also talked to Earnhardt Gnassi Racing. Although I don't see McMurray or Montoya leaving. And Michael Waltrip says that Brian Vickers is our guy for the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine next year.
So I guess that Kurt should shut up and ask where do I sign because it looks like he's stuck at Furniture Row Racing till something opens up. That is if Barney is still interested in signing Kurt. His big mouth may have gotten him booted.........again.
PHOENIX RACING MAY BE SOLD
James Finch owner of Phoenix Racing made the announcement that The Brickyard at Indy would be the last race. No sponsorship means out of pocket and he can't do it any more. He announced this week that a buyer who fits the criteria (One who has lots of money) has come forward. Tentative sale is for July 15th.
James has 18 employees and was trying to find jobs for all if a buyer couldn't be found. No word if the buyer has his own idea of who will drive and no word on who this mystery buyer is. AJ Allmendinger is slotted for this weekends race at Kentucky, Daytona, New Hampshire and Indianapolis.
TRIBUTE DIE-CAST TO BENEFIT CHARLIE DEAN LEFFLER RELEASED
Lionel Racing (official die-cast of NASCAR) and Joe Gibbs Racing are teaming up to bring a special sie-cast car of the FedEx #11 with LefTurn on the door. All profits will go to the Charlie Dean Trust Fund set up for Jason's son.
BURN RUBBER PRODUCTIONS PRODUCING DALE JR'S NEW T-SHIRTS
A first of it's kind. A patented process. Used racing tires from Dale's car will be ground up and used to print on t-shirts. It's a process that makes it look like Dale Jr did a burn out on your shirt.
I'm wondering just how authentic it will look. Will it have tiny stones embedded in the rubber? I want to see pictures. Sounds cool though.
KYLE PETTY VS THE DANICA
Kyle was talking about Danica this week saying she will never be a race car driver. He explained further by saying there's a difference in driving fast and racing. She's a marketing machine.
Danica says.....You'll always have detractors. I do the best I can every week and Go Daddy is happy so far.
Verdict? Kyle knows he wasn't the greatest driver himself and he can take the slings and arrows. But you know The Danica wins. She has Go Daddy and Tony Stewart in her corner. Kyle has a microphone in a broadcast booth and a pony tail. He has a nice motorcycle and that cool Victory Junction Camp too. Best to just let The Danica alone.
Martin Truex wins. WOO HOO!!!! Finally. Glad to see it. Very happening race before the race even got started. Bobby Labonte losses his oil cooler and dumps a few gallons of oil in front of Harvicks pit. He's pushed back to the garage for a new radiator and oil cooler. Also when the cars were moving off pit road Reutimann stopped but the cars behind him didn't. No brake lights means you have to pay attention. Paulie Harrake #52 hit Alex Kennedy #19. Heavy front end damage to the #52. Then Jacque Villeneuve ##51 has gear issues. All this before the race gets started.
It was a slugfest from the drop of the green flag. Cars bumping each other and spins a plenty. Ambrose leads the first 15 laps. Then it's Kurt. Danica around in turn #7. Rain is threatening. Gordon tries to sneak to pit road but a caution comes out and he gets nailed by the red light at the entrance to the pits. To the back.
Kurt stays out and keeps the lead. Kurt - Ambrose - Bowyer - McMurray - Montoya
Caution #3. Kyle and Hamlin too fast entering pit road. To the back. Kurt keeps lead.
Lap 35 new leader...Truex. Kurt decides to pit. Too fast entering. He must do a pass thru penalty. Holy sheet, too fast again!!!! Now he's a lap down in 38th. Truex still leads.
Some how 11 laps later Kurt has made his way to the front and passed Truex to get his lead back. What a car. What a driver. I don't know.
Caution #5 Stewart taps Hamlin. Around they go. Stewart says he didn't wreck Hamlin. Replay didn't look good. Logano takes lead.
Lap 75 McMurray has spun off course. Dude needs a lucky charm. Top 5 is Logano - Dale Jr - Gordon - Kenseth - Kahne
Caution #7 Edwards taps Kyle and off he goes into the tire pile. Heavy damage and a tad bit pissed.
Truex back on point. Cars are still spinning. Kyle then Burton then Stewart and Stremme and I'm getting dizzy. Kurt has marched to 9th.
10 to go it's Truex - Montoya - Edwards - Gordon - Ambrose.
Last lap. Truex still leads. Montoya runs out of fuel coming to the flag. He was in 2nd place. Truex wins and Montoya coasts in on fumes. His back tires get over the finish line and he comes to a halt in 34th but still on the lead lap.
Top 15 finishers - Truex - Gordon - Edwards - Kurt B - Bowyer - Kahne - Ambrose - Biffle - Johnson - Harvick - Logano - Dale Jr - Vickers - Menard - Newman
Dale Jr is on point. Can he keep it? Another tough track. The drivers say lots of character. It's bumpy. It only has 2 real grooves. It's been raining in Kentucky and that track holds water. Even when it's dry it will have weepers all over the track oozing water. Lots to contend with. Kyle says the cars have to be built stronger to withstand the constant bumps.
Last year Stewart had EFI issues (fuel injection) and was 36 laps down at the end of the race. Newman lost a motor. Kyle had shock issues. Actually a broken shock mount and was bouncing his way around the track. Cool to watch but I bet it was a be-otch to drive. Edwards had to pit very late for a splash of fuel.
Top 15 finishers - Keselowski - Kahne - Hamlin - Dale Jr - Gordon - Johnson - Kenseth - Truex - Allmendinger - Kyle B - Harvick - Menard - Ambrose - Montoya - McMurray
So here we go. I checked my Yahoo and you can still change your drivers around. Not so with the ESPN one. That is as of Saturday night at 10 pm. I don't know about now.
Hamlin. is pretty much done for the Chase unless he wins. He's in 25th and coming in 23rd, 30th and 34th have done him some serious damage to his chances. He knows what it takes here but can he is the question.
The Hendrick team came in 2-4-5-6 last year. Dale Jr has pole and Jimmie starts 3rd this Sunday. Do you trust Gordon or Kahne? They should do it again.
Edwards was in 3rd till a couple laps to go and had to pit for a splash & go. Top 10.
Bowyer got a raw deal when Newman got into Logano who got into him. Damage ruined his finish but not his team mate Truex. Both guys...top 10.
RCR tested here. They have some what of an advantage. Maybe. Harvick could sneak in for a top 10. Menard and Burton for top 15.
Kenseth and Kyle are top 10 guys.
Stewart and Newman have issues. Stewart is distracted by his winged sprint car racing and sponsorship woes. Newman is looking for a ride. The Danica is.....well, Danica. Off on cloud 9 hanging out with Go Daddy. They all should be up there but will they is the question. Put them with Gordon and Kahne.
C list picks. You have a bunch to pick from. Austin Dillon drives the #51 this week. He has 2 wins in Nationwide. Does it translate to Cup level? Can't say but he's an option. AJ Allmendinger is in the #47. Bobby Labonte's consecutive race start streak is now broken at 704. Brian Vickers will be in the #55. Other good picks would be Ricky Stenhouse #17, Casey Mears #13, travis Kvapil #93, David Gilliland #38 and David Ragan $34.
Happy fantasy league picking. As always, I hope this helps and it's time for some grillin' & chillin' with the ones you love, or by yourself. I'm off to breakfast with my grandkids as usual. Don't forget to trade in your Hernandez shirt. Wish I had one. I'd trade for a Tony Stewart shirt. Think they'd go for it? Hey, take care folks and.....
I'm outta here.......