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Musings From The Hoodwood 5-6
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NBA NFL NHL Boxing Kentucky Derby

Hey Tronna, thanks for softening up the Nets for us...oh you forgot we were still in the playoffs?

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood where we laugh at the number of idiots that have been coming out of the woodwork.

NBA: A Yahtzee of 7th Games

This past weekend was the NBA’s time to really shine. The first round of the 2014 playoffs were probably the most intense games I’ve seen in the postseason for a long time. You are used to seeing the kind of intense battles come late May or early June but in no fewer than 6 of the 8 first round matchups, you had all the drama of conference finals. Only the Heat who barely broke a sweat sweeping out the Bobcats cum Hornets 2.0 and the Wizards who shockingly steamrolled a punchless Bulls squad were not pushed hard.

Item: The Blazers and Rockets played for a six game series some of the most drama filled basketball, and with the Rockets hanging on to a 2 point lead near the end of game 6 Friday most figured that a seventh game would be on tap in Houston Sunday night. But Damon Lillard got loose on a double screen and furiously clapping for the ball got the inbounds and in all one motion caught squared up and shot.

The bucket went down, and so did the Rockets. Lillard for his part didn’t jump on a table or run wildly about. He turned like he expected the ball and expected the shot to go down. It was the Blazers first playoff series win since 2000! It was bitter coda for a Rockets team that many had as a dark horse to legitimately challenge the Spurs or Thunder for Western supremacy. Unfortunately Dwight Howard and the Rockets will have to watch the other 7 teams battle it out and wonder what might have been.

Item: The Raptors and Nets might have a built a real rivalry

I watched the 7th game of the Nets –Raptors first round matchup and was genuinely intrigued by their legitimately rowdy fan base. I mean I’ve known that the Raptors have been in the NBA close to 20 years but their rowdy crowds in and out of the Air Canada Centre where the 20,457 for the game inside were almost as loud as the equally large crowd outside.  The Nets were trailing 3-2 after losing 115-113 on Wednesday but the Nets routed the Raptors in the Barclays Center in Game 6 and raced out to a huge lead in game 7, but the Raptors fought their way back into the game and whittled the lead down to a single point, but couldn’t get over the hump. Kyle Lowry had the last shot but was denied by Paul Pierce and that was that, probably the best series you didn’t see. The Air Canada Centre crowd saluted their team with a standing O but it was the Nets who would be moving on to face the Heat. Pierce was effusive in his praise for the vanquished Raptors along with his teammates looked like they wanted no more of the Canadian club. This might be one of the better rivalries taking shape in the NBA…

Item: Spurs/Mavs end on an ill coda

By all right it was supposed to be a walkover the 62 win Spurs were supposed to brush aside the Mavs who just got in the playoffs on the next to last day of the season. The experts were saying 5 games tops most were saying sweep. But the cagey Mavs kept counterpunching and keeping the Spurs off guard. Vince Carter tossed in a buzzer beater in game 3 to give the Mavs a 2-1 lead, the Spurs won game 4 and 5 and the Mavs were down for the count seemingly but they staved off elimination with a thrilling game 6 win on Friday Night and pushed the Spurs to a 7th game where many said now the series was a tossup. Problem was the Spurs had one more punch in them and they hit the Mavs hard from the get go charging out to a 12 point first quarter lead and never letting off the gas. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker went for the kill shot early and the Mavs had no answers. Dirk Nowitzki gave it a go, but he was basicially on his own his 22 points wasn’t nearly enough as the Spurs sent the Mavs out the door with a 119-96 rout that wasn’t even that close. I thought it was a flat way for a great series to end.

 

Item Pacers survive scare to move on but are they vulnerable

It looked sure as shooting that they would go down, the Pacers were down 3-2 to a spunky Hawks squad playing with house money. The Pacers defied the naysayers and routed the Hawks in both game 6 in the ATL and in game 7 before a roaring house in Indy. OMG, we had a Roy Hibbert sighting! The much maligned Pacer big man finally came out of his shell in game 7 and played a solid game. Paul George dodged a serious bullet when he almost caught a suspension for going on the court during a game 6 melee but he did play and led the Pacers with 30 and the Pacers rolled to the series clinching win. But the questions lingered if the Pacers supposedly the East’s top team had trouble with a 38 win Hawk squad, how much trouble would they have with a Wizards team that brushed aside the Bulls like so much an afterthought. The questions get louder after the Wizards took the Game 1 by a 102-96 score that wasn’t as close as the 6 point final margin. Are the Pacers worn out from their 7 game battle in the first round will we see a mammoth upset by the playoff neophyte Wiz?

Clippers and the Sterling aftermath

Much has been said and written about the sorry mess that is the Donald Sterling affair and I will not rehash it here other than saluting Adam Silver and his quick and decisive stance on the matter. One had to wonder if the Clippers as a team worn and battered by the unneeded attention and scrutiny would understandably wilt. To the high credit of the coaching of Doc Rivers and the steady hand of Chris Paul’ the Clippers instead were buoyed by the surprising support of the LA basketball community who rallied around the players and coaches of the squad and held them blameless for the stupid actions and comments of their disgraced soon to be former team owner. The Clippers battled a very good Warriors and won games 5 and 7 on their home court, the latter in a thrilling 126-121 battle. So for only the third time in their mostly forgettable history, the Clippers are moving on to the 2nd round, where facing a rowdy Chesapeake Energy Center crowd in OKC routed the Thunder 126-105 to take a 1-0 series lead. Watch out folks this team might be coming together at a time that no one in the West might be ready for.

More stupidity on the airwaves

I’ve never been a fan of Chris “Mad Dog” Russo cut from the know it all New York broadcasting cloth, Russo has that snarky, smarmy, I’m always right and you’re always wrong attitude of sports talk show hosts. Unlike Jim Rome or Scotty Ferrell who can be abrasive but are willing to listen to other points of view if you come correct, Russo has always been the loud braying voice. He was asked why there weren’t any black talk show hosts on his Sirius radio network Russo replied that there might not be any “black talent worthy of a national talk show” Russo backed off some of his strong statements saying that he wasn’t “overwhelmed with resumes” I worked in radio for nine years and as a black man know all too well that radio was an old boys club that eventually I wasn’t welcome in. Was Russo right in his comments, it’s not like the job field was that thin to begin with. I remember at 28 being told I was too old and wanted too much to just be a producer and I didn’t have the “experience” enough to be in front of the microphone though I was producing for a talk show host who was only few months younger than me and who’s day job was in the legal department of the area’s Jewish Chamber of Commerce. I knew what I was up against and pursued my dream of being an on-air personality till I was basically told that there were no positions that I could have at my asking price (with a young daughter to support at the time, I sure as hell wasn’t going to take minimum wage and free concert tickets) So I reluctantly left radio and the broadcast arts, but I hear morons like Russo bray that there aren’t any good talent out there. It’s apparent that they climbed the ladder and made sure that it couldn’t be followed.

NFL: Caught in the draft

I can’t take it anymore…will someone please start the fuckin’ NFL draft already? I’m tired of hearing every so-called expert say who they think will be picked and where Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Jimmy Garapollo and Derek Carr will go. I like Todd McShay of ESPN, I’ve always liked the astute observations of John Clayton (the man likes old school funk too as well as Slayer) he’s got to be an alright dude, yeah? Mel Kiper annoys me as well as the knuckleheads on FS1 who are so much Johnny come latelys, NFL network has basically oversaturated the football landscape. Don’t get me wrong, I love football. I write on it often but there comes a point where it’s too much. The 3 months between the Super Bowl and the draft has dragged on to the point where the speculation has turned into overkill.

Phat Dap/Head Slap

Phat Dap

I don’t know (or much care) where former Alabama QB AJ McCarron will go in the aforementioned draft but he’s got a big fan in the Hoodwood after I peeped out the story of how he befriended a young cancer patient by the name of Starla Chapman. Chapman was battle acute myeloid leukemia a rare disorder that starts in the bone marrow and affects the blood the chemo that little Starla was receiving was weakening her heart so bad that it was just functioning at a mere 6% capacity. McCarron met Chapman who gave her an Alabama cheerleading uniform, while Chapman gave McCarron a bracelet with the phrase “Just Trust” something that she said to her very worried parents before she started chemo. McCarron vowed to wear it constantly and did so as the Tide won the national title in 2012, little Starla has gotten better, with her cancer in full remission and her heart returning to full health. She and McCarron have grown close and McCarron is her godfather now. You have to tip your cap to the simple act McCarron did that meant a lot to a little girl.

 

Head Slap

To the idiot Bruins fans who took to twitter last week to crudely slur Canadians defenseman PK Subban after his rocket blast shot in overtime found the back of the net and handed the Habs a stunning game 1 over the Bruins in the Eastern Semis. Now I know that the Bruins and Habs have had a long, bitter acrimonious rivalry that has spanned decades but the level of vitriol was vicious and nasty. Subban is black and the tweets that were focused on him were the vilest of racial hatred that one could think of. These taunts coming from some fans who forget that the Bruins drafted and have his younger brother in their minor league system. But all these chuckleheads saw was that Subban had beaten their teams and they were going apeshit about deriding him. One idiot went so far as to post a picture of a noose. Now I love my teams and support them win or lose. I hate when they are beaten but would never go as far as to post slurs of any kind and to do something racially motivated is below the belt. This is a nasty blot to the populace of a proud fanbase. The Bruins themselves were quick to repudiate the actions of the tweeters and quickly denounce and distance themselves from it, which I applaud. Do the games mean that much to some that they have to reduce themselves to the lowest common denominator? I for one am rooting for Subban to have a great series, just to spite the asshats that are using that LCD to justify and intimidate.

Quick Musings

I had Money Mayweather 117-112 on my card and each of the last 7 rounds

The greatest of all time Muhammad Ali, wants to see a fight between Money and Pac...why cant this happen?

I picked California Chrome to win the Kentucky Derby, but I cant get on the hype for him winning the triple crown, if he win at Plimlico then we'll talk.

Durant will win the MVP, and he came up big against the Grizz but he should be a more dynamic leader.

I think Manziel doesnt get past Cleveland at #4 and Im hoping that my beloved Vikes take Blake Bortles

​Until Next Post Fellow Sports fans!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Kentucky Derby Odds...and My Shitty Picks
Category: User Showcase
Tags: Horse Racing Kentucky Derby Gambling The Beeze Odds Post Positions


 


Derby Day is almost here...Get out your stupid hats ladies...Drink up another Mint Julep...And don't forget to place your bet...

Here are the horses and their odds, listed by post position...

1. Vicar's in Trouble (22-1)

2. Harry's Holiday (41-1)

3. Uncle Sigh (21-1)

4. Danza (10-1)


5. California Chrome (5-2)

6. Samraat (16-1)

7. We Miss Artie (25-1)

8. General a Rod (27-1)

9. Vinceremos (42-1)

10. Wildcat Red (14-1)

11. Hoppertunity (scratched)

12. Dance With Fate (16-1)


13. Chitu (26-1)

14. Medal Count (16-1)

15. Tapiture (29-1)

16. Intense Holiday (10-1)

17. Commanding Curve (23-1)

18. Candy Boy (16-1)

19. Ride On Curlin (13-1)

20. Wicked Strong (9-1)


21. Pablo Del Monte (scratched)

Now every year the wife, kids, and I pick horses, and have a family bet...But I like to place a couple real bets as well...That said, I'm out of the loop this year...So this year I'm going solely off of the studying I did over the last couple hours...No science here...Just some old fashioned reading, and guess work...


Clearly, California Chrome is the favorite...Favorites suck...No money to make there...Screw that horse...I'm taking 6. Samraat (16-1) to win...A couple people in the know really like this horse...And there's good money to be made...I'm all in...20. Wicked Strong (9-1) to place...Good horse...Good name...Moves into the 19th post position with 11. Hoppertunity scratching...A lot of people liked that horse, but a possible foot injury has taken him out...to show, I'm going with 12. Dance With Fate (16-1)...hey, when you're guessing at horse racing, how can you not take a horse with that name...He should run well, I just hope he'll hold off 5.California Chrome (5-2)....

For a longshot...I like 15. Tapiture (29-1)...I'll probably throw a couple bucks on 17. Commanding Curve (23-1) as well...

Good luck!

The Beeze.

LSU-Arkansas Rivalry-Week Series Ends
Category: NCAA
Tags: Arkansas Auburn NCAA Football Florida Kentucky Louisville LSU Mississippi St. Missouri Ole Miss Tennessee Texas A&M Tulane Vandy
LSU players with the Golden Boot, I believe after last year's game.

LSU players with the Golden Boot, I believe after last year’s game.

I updated the records in my LSU/Arkansas blog and added a brief game summary for the game yesterday (this was originally published on 11/30).

I didn’t realize it until after the game was played (although I knew changes were coming), but this was sort of a bittersweet ending for the LSU-Arkansas “black Friday” tradition. Granted, it’s not much of a tradition as compared to Ohio St.-Michigan and so forth, but with LSU playing Arkansas at the end of the year (the day after Thanksgiving the vast majority of the time) the last 2/3 of my life is meaningful to me. I remember LSU playing Tulane annually, but I don’t remember that game being one to get excited about. (I was a toddler the last time Tulane beat LSU and barely a teenager when the annual series was canceled.)

Of course, I’m glad LSU won this last game, but I’m also glad Arkansas represented themselves well. It wasn’t good for my nerves, but it just wouldn’t have felt proper for this to be an easy win. I mention in my blog how often in the last 13 years it’s been a close game, so this was fitting. I wouldn’t mind if Arkansas got a good team again, but sometimes there are too many good teams in the SEC, especially as long as LSU has to play Florida every year along with the SEC West slate. The Gators will be back too.

I also liked that LSU usually played Arkansas in Little Rock since the campus was less lively with it being Thanksgiving weekend. I imagine LSU people who traveled to the games liked them being closer as well. The late great George Carlin did a bit about football vocabulary versus baseball. Baseball is played at a park. Football is played on the gridiron in places like Soldier Field and War Memorial Stadium (which is what they call the one in Little Rock). I went to my first game at the L.A. Colliseum last year. There is just something special about stadiums like that. “War”, as I understand the locals call it, was built around 20 years later, but it’s a similar type of severe concrete architecture. I think the Arkansas fans treated it as something special as well.

If I had my druthers, the last four SEC opponents would be Ole Miss (on or around Halloween), Alabama, Mississippi St., and Arkansas, but no such luck. Whether I like it or not (it has its good points, to be honest), Texas A&M and Missouri have joined the SEC, so now there is that to contend with. Before last year, when LSU played Texas A&M (back in the mid-1990s and before), it was in early September; but that doesn’t work now, especially now that we’ve often been playing one of the neutral-site kickoff games. (Next year, LSU will start the season against Wisconsin in Houston.)

I can understand it, and it will probably work out though. We’ve played Auburn (often in September, but Mississippi St. and the non-conference slate will bump them to the first week of October next season) and Florida (usually in the second week of October) early on in recent years, and we don’t need another big game so early in the year. Also, Texas A&M lost their traditional Thanksgiving game with Texas, so they have to play somebody. Missouri should be a good game today; but it’s not a bordering state, and there isn’t a meaningful history between the two schools.

As for Missouri, they’re really out of place being forced into the same division with Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in particular, so giving them and Arkansas a close geographic annual rival makes a good bit of sense. Arkansas isn’t the most natural fit in the SEC West either. Their closest divisional opponent is Ole Miss, a six-hour drive away from the Arkansas campus. (Not that LSU is situated that much better in reference to other schools.) Also, interestingly enough, Tom Dienhart, who wrote to argue for Arkansas to join the Big XII seven years ago (he wanted them to kick out Baylor), got one of the match-ups he wanted after all.

Sometimes when I talk about realignment, I’m an advocate for disturbing certain traditions; but I don’t deny that it doesn’t always feel right immediately afterward even if the changes eventually work and the new reality can become an improvement. I mentioned Auburn, for instance. They didn’t have a rivalry with LSU to speak of before 1992 either, but it’s been a fun series too, and it will continue as far as I can tell. (Although to be honest, they might make more sense in the East.)

Arkansas was sort of a replacement for Tulane (even though they overlapped a few years) anyway, and LSU wouldn’t have been playing the Razorbacks every year if it weren’t for the previous SEC expansion. It became a fun, back-and-forth, competitive series like many of the more long-term and consistent rivalries seem to be. I’ll miss that, along with the other quirks I mentioned.

Maybe something similar will develop from the Texas A&M series. The one this year was better as an LSU fan, but maybe there will be some more like last year to entertain the more neutral fans. I hope they make it at night after all the NFL games end. One thing I didn’t like about the Arkansas series was when it was played at home for LSU, it was often one fewer night game. I also wasn’t thrilled that this season’s game against Texas A&M was during the day, not that I wasn’t satisfied with how that one went.

Also, it’s not like LSU will stop playing Arkansas. That game is set for November 15 next year, apparently in Fayetteville. It could still be an important part of the schedule for either team. Not really relevant to LSU, but I also thought it was interesting that the Hogs will play the Aggies in Jerry World in late September.

So I guess this will be the new Thanksgiving week alignment for the SEC teams; I hope it will stick:
LSU-Texas A&M (Thanksgiving Day)
Arkansas-Missouri
Mississippi St.-Ole Miss
Alabama-Auburn
Tennessee-Vanderbilt
Kentucky-Louisville*
Georgia-Georgia Tech*
Florida-Florida St.*
Clemson-South Carolina*
(* = non-conference game)

Many of you probably know where to find my other blogs (such as more detailed rankings discussion) by now, but if you need specific directions, let me know.   Everything is published there first.

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 7-6-13
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Kentucky Daytona Roof Flap Debacle Kenseth Hamlin McMurray Mears

 

                           

Good morning and welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Hope everyone had a safe and grillin' 4th of July. I know it's been a tad on the warm side lately for some. Me too. Had to wait till like 7:30 for the sun to go down a bit so I could mow my lawn Friday. Just too damn hot till then. Will have to tackle the weeds on Monday. They seem to be invincible.

PHOENIX RACING FOR SALE UPDATE

Seems there are 3 buyers inquiring now. Still the mystery buyer hasn't identified themselves yet. Then there's Terry Labonte. You know, big brother of Bobby and you might know him as the Iceman. Maybe you saw his backward spin & win off the bumper of one Dale Sr at Bristol back in the day? Brother Bobby is happy for Terry.

Then we have Harry Scott who is co-owner of a Nationwide team (Turner Scott Motorsports) that is expressing his interest for the purchase. I certainly hope someone comes forward with the money and can keep it going. The more teams the merrier I say.

ROOF FLAP SPACER DEBACLE

NASCAR inspectors caught 16 Cup teams with illegal roof flap spacers at Daytona and made all the teams switch out and hand over the illegal ones. Then they went to the Nationwide cars and found 15 more. There were 31 teams total that were caught. 

The spacers support the hinge bar on the roof flap. The flaps deploy during a spin to help keep the car from going airborne. The spacers were machined down to make them lighter which saved 3 oz of weight on the roof. This by itself isn't going to give you a whole lot of advantage but if you can shave off a tad here and a tad there , well you know it will add up to an advantage at some point. 

The rule book states......"the hinged air deflectors must be installed as specified in the instruction sheet supplied with the hinged air deflector kit".

Now this is a specific kit supplied to the teams that NASCAR has mandated they use. AND it's a safety feature on the car. Safety being something NASCAR has become very adamant about working on. I would say penalties are coming and they will be of the monetary, points and suspension kind. Some of the drivers may lose their crew chief for the rest of the season because some are already on probation. 

The teams in Cup involved are, McMurray, Keselowski, Logano, Ambrose, Almirola, Mears, Hamlin, Kyle B, Kenseth, Edwards, Biffle, Stenhouse, Bowyer, Waltrip, Truex & Bayne. 

Now this involves everybody but the Hendrick and Stewart Haas guys. The officials aren't saying how they knew to look at the spacers either . That isn't something that is looked at in detail. Hhhhhhhmmmmmmm.....I wonder who told? I know where my money would go for that bet.

                        

KENTUCKY RECAP

Mr Kenseth was your winner for Kentucky. Don't know if the roof flap discrepancy had anything to do with his win but he did come in first. It was supposed to be a Saturday night race but rain ruined any chance of that. So Sunday it was.

Dale Jr had the pole and was trucking along when Hamlin had a flat tire. He got to the access road but the oter shell came off and went out onto the track and Dale Jr hit it. Cracked his splitter and caused other handling damage. He was able to get some fixed but a win was out of the question.

Lap 48 saw a red flag. Kurt B tapped Keselowski who bounced off Kvapil, Biffle, Menard, Cassill and the wall. He did get back out later after repairs many laps down but no DNF (did not finish).

On the restart it's Johnson, Kenseth, Edwards, Gordon & Harvick for your top 5.

Caution #6 on lap 107 for debris gets Kyle and Johnson almost penalized. They played chicken. Pretending they were going into the pits and right at the commitment cone they swerved back onto the track. The problem? They were in front of the pace car. That's a no no. Johnson runs off with the lead again.

Lap 132 it's Johnson, Logano, Bowyer, Hamlin, Kenseth. The danica is complaining that Mears is not playing nice. Her crew chief says that she'll find a way around him.

Lap 148 is a caution for Hamlin hard into the wall. The styrofoam pieces in the middle of the safer barrier wall had to be replaced where he hit. Edwards beats Johnson off pit road but can't keep the lead.

Caution #9 on lap 240 for Vickers scraping the wall. Danica gets the Lucky Dog. She's now on the lead lap  in 26th. Kahne & Stremme are caught speeding on pit road. Now sent to 22nd & 23rd. Kenseth did not pit. Says he believes he can maintain the lead if it's just 1 restart.

Kenseth some how takes the lead and Johnson spins the tires and gets sucked back and spins. There's a caution due to Johnson spinning on that restart. He needs tires now & he starts in 22nd. Ouch.

 Kenseth keeps the lead to the end and some how Johnson makes up ground for a 9th place finish. Should've taken 4 tires on caution #9 and he would've won I bet.

Top 15  finishers - Kenseth - McMurray - Bowyer - Logano - Kyle B - Kurt B - Truex - Gordon - Johnson - Harvick - Kahne - Dale Jr - Ambrose Newman - Almirola

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DAYTONA COKE ZERO 400

Saturday night race again. It was just what I thought it would be. That #48 was your winner. Nine of the top 10 were veterans.

The unofficial top 15 was Johnson - Stewart - Harvick -Bowyer - Waltrip - Kurt B - McMurray - Dale Jr - Mears - Newman - Stenhouse - Kyle B - The Danica - Yeley - Gilliland.

Hamlin wrecked big again. He hit the wall head on then got T boned. Dude needs to get out of the car. He says he's finishing the season. 

Kahne and Gordon both had wrecks. Hope you're all staying away from these 2 in your fantasy leagues. 

Did anybody notice that McMurray was 2nd at Kentucky and 6th this week? Yeah!!!! 

                      

Here's another guy on the move. A 9th this week. Was in and around the top 10 a lot during the race. More on Daytona next week.

It's now 1:30 am and I'm ready for my pillows. Happy Sunday. Try to stay cool best you can. After my snooze it's breakfast with my grandkids and if it's not too hot I'll be grillin' some chicken. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Hey now. Take care, be safe, stay cool, hydrate and......

I'm outta here.......

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 6-30-13
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Sonoma Kentucky Truex Dale Jr Kurt Busch Newman Phoenix Racing

                             

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.

                         

SONOMA RECAP

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

                            

KENTUCKY PREVIEW

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.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

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