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Jimmie Johnson won his 8th race at Martinsville yesterday, his 62nd overall, in another dominating performance from a Hendrick machine at the track. Had that one caution not came when it did, he would’ve had his hands full with Jeff Gordon gaining on him by 3 tenths of a second a lap, but it wasn’t to be. Chad mad some adjustments and on the next restart, Johnson, Bowyer and Gordon all ran their fasteest laps with Jimmie pulling away for good.
If a victory at a short track can ever be called a walk in the park, Johnson enjoyed a Sunday stroll from start to finish. At no point in the race did he run below fifth.
“I think the fact that we had just such a calm weekend was the biggest part,” Johnson said. “It’s easy to start chasing things here and get yourself off track. We always race well, and fortunately here you pit a lot and you can make big changes to your race car to get you in the ball game.
“We’ve won races where we were just terrible to start the race, having no fun. (Crew chief) Chad (Knaus) is throwing spring rubbers in the car and the track bar is coming up or down, wedge in and out, all those huge, huge changes, and we get ourselves in contention.
“I don’t know where we were — someone said the worst I was on the track today was fourth [actually, fifth]. We just executed from the first laps in practice to where we were at the end of the race, and that was fun. We weren’t chasing a setup or track conditions or a variety of things that we’ve done in the past.” Source: Nascar.com
Kurt Busch had an interesting ride, landing in the wall with his car on fire and bringing out the red flag, check the video below.
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Former Nascar driver Tyler Walker, who was suspended in 2007 for violating Nascar’s substance abuse policy, was arrested Wednesday after a high speed chase with police across three states. He was caught speeding in Nevada and he and his passenger, Raelie McDonald, were chased into Arizona and Utah, where police deployed spike strips to stop his car. He took off on foot and was apprehended by police, who discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol in his vehicle, a BMW 750 Li.
Tyler and his passenger were found to be under the influence and are facing drug related charges with Tyler also facing a charge of evading law enforcement and they could be facing charges in all three states. Tyler’s bail was set to $18,000 and he was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Walker WAS a rising star at one time, currently racing sprint cars, he was suspended while a Nascar Truck series driver and he had raced in the Nationwide series, 19 Nationwide races and 9 in the truck series. Walker was also in the news last year after an altercation at a sprint race; video is below and is definitely not safe for work or young ears.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced in a press conference this week that he will miss the next two chase races because he has suffered two concussions, one during a test at Kansas and one last week in the final lap wreck at Talladega. Looks like Dale will have plenty of time on his hands, maybe he should try playing some online bingo at www.partybingo.com.
“I felt pretty good after a week or two. Definitely 80 or 90 percent by the time the Chase [for the Sprint Cup] started [on Sept. 16], and by Talladega I felt like I was 100 percent. But, at the end of that race, I was hit in the right-rear quarterpanel. It was sort of an odd kind of a collision where the car spun around really quick and sort of just disoriented me. And I knew then that I had sort of regressed and had a setback. Again, you know your body and you know when something is not quite right. And I knew as soon as it happened that I had re-injured myself, for lack of a better way to describe it.” Source: Nascar.com
The real question is, will it be safe for Dale and the other drivers if he gets back in the car at Martinsville? The data is piling up on how devastating concussions can be, so, it might be a good idea for Dale to take the rest of the year off, he’s knocked himself out of the Chase for the Cup already, so why take anymore chances on something happening to him or someone else? I’m no doctor, but, in this case, I think it’s better safe than sorry. But, I know of at least one driver, my favorite driver, that says if he is leading the Chase, no way he admits he has a concussion, he’d go for the championship and not say a word.
”Honestly, I hate to say this, but no, I wouldn’t,” four-time champion Jeff Gordon said. ”If I have a shot at the championship, there’s two races to go, my head is hurting, and I just came through a wreck, and I am feeling signs of it, but I’m still leading the points, or second in the points, I’m not going to say anything. I’m sorry. Source: Yahoo
It’s what athletes have been doing for years, that’s why sports like the NFL have rules about checking for concussions when someone is shaken up by a hard hit to the head. It’s also probably going to be why I believe Nascar will institute similar rules in the future, maybe a mandatory check after every wreck or something, as driver safety is the number one priority, well, maybe number two for the more competitive.
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It can be a shame for true car enthusiasts to see an otherwise impressive sports car driving down the highway, only to notice one lagging area that ruins the car’s initial given impression. One area that continually lags in many people’s cars, even when all other areas are superior to average car settings in their vehicles, is lighting. Poor lighting doesn’t only make a driver less safe on the road; it also detracts from the appearance of the car. If you’re still relying on all of your car’s stock lighting components, you may be hurting your car’s looks without even knowing it.
For performance car drivers, lighting should be bright to the point of overcompensating (just don’t go too overboard). One lighting technology that really illuminates the roadways well is HID lighting. High Intensity Discharge headlights come in a variety of customized colors, so you can pick out headlights in blue, purple, or even white. HIDs can last up to ten times longer than stock halogens, and they shine nearly 3x as brightly. If you hook up your sports car with some bold purple headlights that illuminate half the highway, it will be hard not to notice your car as it blazes down the road.
Tail lights shouldn’t be forgotten either, however. Many drivers are now turning to LED lights for their tail light needs, thanks to LED technology’s longevity and the light’s incredible brightness. If you’ve seen incredibly bright red tail lights on a recent car that look very modern, chances are you’ve witnessed LED tail lights in action, and they make an easy, powerful first impression.
Interior lighting is important to remember too, because you do spend quite a bit of time inside of your car as well. You can stay classy and simple with interior lights if you want, but this approach often works better on luxury passenger cars than it does on sportier vehicle types. For a sports car lighting upgrade in the interior cabin, consider flashy dash gauges with digital displays that utilize LED lights, and strip lighting that runs along either the windows or the doors. LEDs are also great for larger lighting needs, as they’re efficient but also can light most of the interior cabin without much effort (compared to the poor lighting job most stock interior car lights do).
With the use of new lighting technologies and a bit of innovative design choice, you can make your performance car have performance lighting that’s a perfect match.
Finally, it seems Gordon is gelling with a crew chief, he and Alan Gustafson have put three wins together so far this year, but, more importantly, they broke the three way tie and have taken sole possession of third place in all time wins with 85. They could’ve easily won a couple more races this year and look to be strong in tonight’s race in Richmond. This is a great time to get on a streak of good runs as these last ten races are really the only ones that count nowadays, of course you have to get in those 12 spots to compete in the Chase, but that is a lot easier than winning the Chase.
The end of the race in Atlanta was certainly exciting, Gordon had led a bunch of laps already and was looking to close it out, when Jimmie Johnson showed up and tried to ruin his party. In the final laps Johnson had five or six good attempts at passing Gordon and said he was glad he grew up racing on dirt or he could’ve spun out on every attempt. Gordon was able to hold him off, winning by just .598ths of a second.
“Hell yeah! That’s what I’m talking about boys!” an elated Gordon yelled after crossing the finish line .598 second ahead of Johnson.
Gordon was strong early, leading 100 of the first 164 laps. And after two brief stops for rain — one that brought a halt to the action for nearly 25 minutes — he slowly worked his way back into the lead on Lap 276, passing Johnson, and then held his advantage through a final round of green-flag pit stops on Lap 284.
He had nearly a 2-second lead with 22 laps remaining in the 325-lap race, but Johnson closed the gap and the two battled furiously through the closing moments.
“That was fun. I was slipping, he was slipping,” Gordon said. “There were a couple of times I thought he had me.
“This team is on a roll.”
Just call them butter, and let’s hope they keep on rolling.
The top eight drivers are set for the Chase, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, with Brad Keselowski clinching at least a wild card berth and is still eligible for a top ten spot, where his three victories will give him extra points to start the Chase. 12 more drivers have a chance to make it, some need to win and need help with other people having bad days, but, Earnhardt Jr and Tony Stewart have the best chance, as they just need to finish in the top 20 to clinch.
Here is how they finished:
1 24 Jeff Gordon
2 48 Jimmie Johnson
3 14 Tony Stewart
4 22 Kurt Busch
5 99 Carl Edwards
6 2 Brad Keselowski
7 29 Kevin Harvick
8 11 Denny Hamlin
9 17 Matt Kenseth
10 43 A.J. Allmendinger
11 83 Brian Vickers
12 16 Greg Biffle
13 31 Jeff Burton
14 56 Martin Truex Jr.
15 42 Juan Montoya
16 1 Jamie McMurray
17 5 Mark Martin
18 27 Paul Menard
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20 39 Ryan Newman
21 9 Marcos Ambrose
22 51 Landon Cassill
23 18 Kyle Busch
24 20 Joey Logano
25 38 J.J. Yeley
26 32 Mike Bliss
27 36 Mike Skinner
28 13 Casey Mears
29 195 David Starr
30 71 Andy Lally
31 00 David Reutimann
32 46 Scott Speed
33 78 Regan Smith
34 4 Kasey Kahne
35 6 David Ragan
36 33 Clint Bowyer
37 34 David Gilliland
38 47 Bobby Labonte
39 7 Robby Gordon
40 87 Joe Nemechek
41 66 Michael McDowell
42 55 Travis Kvapil
43 60 Dave Blaney
Talk about a penalty, Kyle Busch has lost his license for 45 days after the May 24th speeding ticket when he was caught driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone. Kyle was also fined $1,000, sentenced to 30 hours of community service and put on one year of unsupervised probation.
Not sure how often this happens, but Kyle was definitely not shown any favoritism as most celebrities are nowadays. His lawyer said that Kyle was not treated like a normal citizen.
Busch attorney Cliff Homesley argued that his client wasn’t being treated the same as other people in similar circumstances, citing a July case of a 21-year-old convicted felon who was caught doing 128 mph and received a $300 fine and no loss of license.
“In 25 years of practicing law I’ve never seen someone not being offered better than this,” Homesley argued before the court. “All I am asking is to treat Kyle Busch like any other citizen that appears before the court.”
Homesley, calling Busch one of the best drivers in the world, said: “He had full control of that vehicle at all times.
“That automobile in his hands was like a scalpel in the hands of a surgeon. Not a knife in the hands of a 5-year-old.” Source: Fox Sports
While I am sure Kyle’s lawyer thinks that Kyle had complete control of his vehicle, he most assuredly did not have full control of everything around him. What if a kid had wandered into the road, or, more likely, an animal? Would he have been able to avoid it? Would he have crashed and killed himself and his wife, who was in the car with him? There are so many what if’s that it is hard to tell what could have happened had he not passed those three police cars. Here’s hoping he keeps the speed down on the highways and other roads and stays on the track with those kinds of speeds. And, here’s hoping they put that judge in the courtroom when other celebrities get caught doing stuff, if this judge had handled the first Lindsay Lohan troubles, she might have already straightened up by now.
Here is the auto-tuned version of Pastor Joe Nelm’s prayer from the Nationwide race in Nashville.
No, this isn’t for the speeding incident that Kyle Busch had a few weeks ago, Nascar has penalized crew chief Dave Rogers $25,000, Kyle Busch 6 driver points and Joe Gibbs six owner points because of rule infractions discovered in a post race inspection this past Sunday.
The No. 18 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (body height requirements — car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. Source:NASCAR penalizes No. 18 team for Pocono issues
Anybody know why they chose six championship points?