HAPPY SUNDAY!!!! Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. We need to say a big Happy Birthday to Grumpy Cat. She's 2 now. She looks like she must've went through the winter in the northeast. Actually I look just like that right now. My ears aren't quite as pointy but that expression is mine. Here's hoping for better weather.
So David Letterman has announced his retirement some where off in the distance. I think he said 2015 and no date. A place for Conan? That would be cool.
I've been browsing You Tube a lot lately. Love the concerts and documentaries. Found some cool stuff to share but I still haven't learnt the moving of a video to here but I think they're worth taking a look see. There's a guy named Kyle Myers AKA FPS Russia. Fake Russian accent but that's not a big deal. Don't know where this dude gets all the money but he buys everything from tanks to hand guns to AK-47's to everything in between. I love wailing guitars and screaming motors and things that go BAAAAAAAA-WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!! This guy does that. If you have the time, go to You Tube and type in FPS Russia Almost Dies. Just 8 inches standing to the right would've killed this guy. Shrapnel flies. He's also young and dumb. Good videos though.
Ever have some dumbass doing his road rage thing, cut you off and you wish God would strike them? The next video is just that. It's called Redneck Road Rage/ instant karma. After the video was taken police arrested the guy for no seat belt, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Righteous.
Schumacher is experiencing moments of consciousness and awakening since his skiing accident 3 months ago. The longer this goes the more I think he's just not going to wake up and be anything near his former self. Here's hoping against hope.
It's week #2 of my cut back on sugar and eat more vegies & fruits and drink more water. It's a work in progress as I have more than one sweet tooth. Reining them in is going to be tough but I am feeling slightly better. Didn't eat any snacks at work out of the machines, drank lots of water and ate my celery, grapes and pretzels. Didn't buy any Oreos or Chips Ahoy cookies either. Another reason I look like Grumpy Cat.
Well, I said there'd be tire issues and there were. Lots and lots of them. The tires just weren't lasting past 20 laps before they got slippery. Didn't help that the guys weren't very patient. Kligerman was over the curb and in the grass with a crunched in front end in just the first lap. So when I said they should change the call to the starting of the engines to Drivers, start your tempers, It really does fit.
During the competition caution on lap 40 the pits were crazy. Kahne was hit in the rear by Keselowski who was hit by KuBu. They took the nose of Keselowski's car right off. Aerodynamics isn't important here. The paint swapping and door slamming on the track between Ku Bu & Keselowski was a good show. Of course there was verbal sparring after the race with comments like punk ass move and such. Showing the love.
Kenseth slid up into the wall trying to pass these 2 while they were sparring.. Nobody wants to get caught up in others messes but he couldn't get away. And Johnson leads.
Logano and Biffle challenge and get the lead for a bit as does Ambrose. Hello Ambrose. Good to see ya.
Then Dale Jr sort of put McMurray in the wall. I'm sure he didn't try it. Drivers took turns spinning by themselves and off others bumpers. It's a common theme at Martinsville.
So Johnson is back out front near the end of the race and here comes the outlaw KuBu. That's Mr Busch and he's hungry for a win. With 27 laps to go he steals the lead and the win from Johnson.
Top 15 Finishers - Ku Bu - Johnson - Dale Jr - Logano - Ambrose - Kenseth - Harvick - Almirola - Bowyer - Menard - Allmendinger - Gordon - Edwards - Ky Bu - Dillon
Johnson led the most laps with 296.....Bonus point
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY PREVIEW
We're at a 1.5 mile track that eats motors and tires. Now that NASCAR said there's no ride height, rear camber adjustments are allowed and gave them higher rear spoilers that means there will be even more tire issues. Kurt wrecked his car and had to go to a back up when he lost a right rear tire during practice and slammed the wall head on right where the safer barrier starts. Said he was trying to get through 20 laps to then get his tires checked and gauge wear issues but never made it to 20 laps before it blew.
NASCAR says there will be no more blaming Goodyear for the tires being bad. They sighted teams not using the recommended air pressures in the tires and using aggressive set ups that caused the tires to blow out due to excessive speeds and loads on those tires. What's a crew chief to do? NASCAR says they expect the drivers to give it their all and they are.
Last year Kurt had fuel pressure issues, Edwards had his belts jump off, Stewart had adjustment issues, Bowyer told his crew chief that you killed my car, and Dale Jr had battery issues. Truex Jr led 142 laps but Ky Bu led 171 and the last lap.
So with all the changes to the cars, the rules and the tires being compromised because of the changes to the rules, I'm having even more issues this year trying to predict who's on first. I mean who will be first. It's 6 races in and Johnson hasn't won yet. Unpredictability has been worked into the races. But I'll give it a go.
Johnson has 13 Top 5's & 16 Top 10's for a 8.3 finishing average. I gotta say top 10
Kenseth is next best at this track with 10 Top 5's & 16 Top 10's for a finishing average of 8.7.......Top 10
Biffle starts 4th on the grid and finished 4th here last year. He was 4th fastest in practice too. Gotta say Top 10
Stewarts on the pole but no consistency. Last year he was screaming that he didn't care how many times he came down pit road just fix it. Just can't give him a Top 10 rating.
Ky Bu won here last year, led the most laps and came in 2nd in the Nationwide race this Friday night. Top 10.
Edwards starts 5th. He managed to come back from having his belts fall off during the restart to finish 3rd. Not sure how your seat belts undo themselves but he recovered. Top 10.
Keselowski has outside pole. He's been on the front row to start 6 times out of 7 races now. Top 10.
Dale Jr has been Steady Eddie of late. He's #1 in the points and a battery issue can't hit twice. Right? Top 10.
Gordon and Kahne are both doing better this year then last. Top 15 for these 2.
Logano is solid right now. Starts 10th and gets a Top 10.
Harvick has a W and a few of failed equipment finishes. He starts 3rd and if his equipment holds up he should get a Top 10. He has the new track qualifying record.
Hamlin...Top 10...if his luck holds out.
Larson would be my rookie pick to get into the top 10. Dillon is ill this week. His brother Ty is on stand by. Two good C listers. Along with Allgaier and maybe The Danica.....or not.
Ambrose and Almirola have been having flashes of power and brilliance on the track. Both had Top 10's last week. I could see one of these 2 in the Top 10 or at least a Top 15.
Menard has had 2 Top 10's in a row. I'm thinking Top 15 or better.
Newman is a Top 15.
Bayne is in this week. Good C lister to grab. He starts 7th. Top 20.
So we're off to the races. Well I am any way. If it don't rain it starts at 3 pm. Does it rain in Texas? Last week was my youngest brothers birthday. Another raucously loud celebration. Those grandkids, nieces and nephews can be SO loud. Am secretly hoping not as many show up this week or it's nice out. Gosh it would be nice to have a warm day. Here's hoping all of you have a great day, enjoying your sport of choice or the company of good folks. Be safe in your travels....
And I'm outta here......