Jun 13 2011

Jeff Gordon Wins Again in Pocono

Maybe I wasn’t paying as much attention, maybe the tv coverage was different, or it could’ve been the fact that Jeff Gordon won at Pocono again, but yesterday’s race was better than the previous several Pocono races I remember watching. This was his fifth win all time at Pocono and 84th victory, tying him for third all time with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison. Gordon told his crew this victory was theirs;

As Nascar’s elder statesman and four-time champion later pointed out, the race was won on pit road. The No. 24 Chevrolet crew got Gordon out ahead of Busch on a stop under caution for debris on Lap 156 of 200, enabling Gordon to streak away from eventual seventh-place finisher Juan Montoya after a restart on Lap 160.
During a green-flag stop on Lap 177, the No. 24 crew again performed flawlessly, increasing the cushion Gordon held over Busch. “If we can just get out front, I think we’ll be OK,” Gordon had told crew chief Alan Gustafson before the Lap 156 pit stop — and that’s exactly what happened. “You guys won that one in the pits — way to go,” Gordon radioed to his crew after crossing the finish line. Source: Gordon claims 84th win to tie for third all time

Kevin Harvick messing with Kyle Busch was pretty funny, I’m assuming that Nascar hasn’t said anything about it, but I’ve been wrong before.

Here is how they finished:
1 24 Jeff Gordon
2 22 Kurt Busch
3 18 Kyle Busch
4 48 Jimmie Johnson
5 29 Kevin Harvick
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7 42 Juan Montoya
8 17 Matt Kenseth
9 39 Ryan Newman
10 56 Martin Truex Jr.
11 20 Joey Logano
12 4 Kasey Kahne
13 00 David Reutimann
14 27 Paul Menard
15 78 Regan Smith
16 33 Clint Bowyer
17 6 David Ragan
18 10 5 Mark Martin
19 11 Denny Hamlin
20 31 Jeff Burton
21 14 Tony Stewart
22 83 Brian Vickers
23 2 Brad Keselowski
24 51 Landon Cassill
25 43 A.J. Allmendinger
26 36 Dave Blaney
27 16 Greg Biffle
28 47 Bobby Labonte
29 34 David Gilliland
30 13 Casey Mears
31 32 Mike Bliss
32 71 Andy Lally
33 13 1 Jamie McMurray
34 9 Marcos Ambrose
35 38 Sam Hornish Jr.
36 38 37 Tony Raines
37 99 Carl Edwards
38 7 Scott Wimmer
39 150 T.J. Bell
40 87 Joe Nemechek
41 66 Michael McDowell
42 46 J.J. Yeley
43 181 Scott Riggs

May 25 2011

Busch Busted, But Not by NASCAR

Kyle Busch was pulled over for doing 128 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour area in North Carolina in a yellow Lexus sports car. He was cited for careless and reckless driving and speeding. Who wants to bet he was going faster than that right before they got him, 128 in a sports car? Come on…

Busch was cited for careless and reckless driving; deputies observed and clocked him running at 128 mph in a 45-mph zone on Tuesday afternoon.

Busch was driving on Perth Road between Troutman and Mooresville, N.C. The road, which runs parallel to Interstate 77, is rural, closely lined with trees and has few residences in the area. Source: From the Marbles

Kyle released this statement the same day:

“Today I received a traffic citation in Iredell County. I was test driving a new sports car and I got carried away. I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road. I apologize to the public, my fans, sponsors, and race teams for my lack of judgment. I take responsibility for my actions and I can assure you that something like this will never happen again. I thank the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department and all law enforcement for the hard work they do every day to protect the public and to enforce the laws in a fair and equitable manner.”

May 11 2011

Busch and Harvick Fined and Put on Probation

After their little “incidents” at Darlington this past weekend, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have both been fined 25,000 and put on probation for the next four “points paying” races. I have heard that Kevin Harvick has decided to run this weekend’s truck race, so he could give some payback then and not violate his probation, will certainly make me more likely to watch the truck race.

Busch, driver of the No. 18 car, and Harvick, driver of the No. 29 car, have each been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four Sprint Cup Series championship points events until June 15 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing — involved in an altercation on pit road after the conclusion of the race).

“These penalties are a result of what occurred on pit road after the race was over,” said Kerry Tharp, senior director for communications, competition. “They are about maintaining a safe environment on pit road.” Source: Harvick, Busch put on probation, fined $25,000

If you ask me, and no one has, Busch should have been penalized a lot more than Harvick, now I know Harvick stopped and jumped out of his car to discuss it with Busch, but Kyle pushed Harvick’s racecar and caused it to slam into the pit road wall. An action that could’ve seriously hurt someone or worse had they been standing where the car struck the wall. Dangerous.

I say Nascar should make a squared circle inside the oval, race track, and let these guys get their frustrations out in the ring, that will keep them from doing stuff like this more than any old fine would. Do you think Kyle would wreck Harvick on purpose if he knew he’d have to fight him after the race? I know that his older brother Kurt would’ve never gotten into it with Jimmy Spencer if he knew he’d have to fight him after the race. Think about it. Ratings would sky rocket. Heck, I’d pay extra money for that.

May 11 2011

Regan Smith Wins the Southern 500

Regan Smith wins his first race at the track too tough to tame. It was a wild finish, but Regan Smith finally gets his first win, even though his crossed the finish line first once before…

The driver whose apparent victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2008 was nullified because NASCAR judged he crossed below the yellow line to advance his position, whose strong run in this year’s Daytona 500 was scuttled by a crash late in the event, who has the best qualifying average but perhaps the worst racing luck of any competitor on the sport’s premier series, survived a wall-banging final two laps to record a long-awaited win at a track where typically only current or future legends reach Victory Lane.

“I can’t believe it, you guys,” Smith said over the radio. “This is the Southern 500. We’re not supposed to win this thing.” Source: At Darlington, Smith finally finds his breakthrough

The most interesting part of the race was the end, with the little incidents on the track and pit road between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, for which I’m sure both will suffer penalties.

Here is how they finished:
1 78 Regan Smith
2 99 Carl Edwards
3 2 Brad Keselowski
4 4 Kasey Kahne
5 39 Ryan Newman
6 11 Denny Hamlin
7 14 Tony Stewart
8 16 Greg Biffle
9 1 Jamie McMurray
10 56 Martin Truex Jr.
11 18 Kyle Busch
12 24 Jeff Gordon
13 9 Marcos Ambrose
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15 48 Jimmie Johnson
16 00 David Reutimann
17 29 Kevin Harvick
18 47 Bobby Labonte
19 5 Mark Martin
20 43 A.J. Allmendinger
21 6 David Ragan
22 27 Paul Menard
23 42 Juan Montoya
24 36 Dave Blaney
25 17 Matt Kenseth
26 38 Travis Kvapil
27 22 Kurt Busch
28 32 Ken Schrader
29 09 Landon Cassill
30 13 Casey Mears
31 33 Clint Bowyer
32 34 David Gilliland
33 31 Jeff Burton
34 83 Brian Vickers
35 20 Joey Logano
36 37 Tony Raines
37 7 Robby Gordon
38 150 T.J. Bell
39 46 J.J. Yeley
40 60 Mike Skinner
41 30 David Stremme
42 87 Joe Nemechek
43 66 Michael McDowell

Apr 25 2011

Johnson Wins at Talladega

Jimmie Johnson wins at Talladega.

It was an exciting race at the end, I really don’t like the two car racing but it did make for a good ending, and if Jeff Gordon had waited about a half a lap to start his run to the front, he’d have won another Talladega race. At least he’ll have good notes for the next one.

Here’s how they finished:
1 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
2 10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T
3 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger
4 4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
5 38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser
6 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
7 17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch-Blue Painter’s Tape
8 3 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com
9 39 34 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell
10 36 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
11 16 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy
12 5 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Schrock Cabinetry / Menards
13 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
14 14 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
15 18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies
16 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Cat Financial
17 30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1
18 8 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil-AAA
19 37 71 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services
20 42 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Fast Five / Speed Energy
21 21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
22 40 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO
23 29 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office
24 15 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans
25 23 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation
26 43 46 Bill Elliott Chevrolet Red Line Oil
27 35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral
28 12 115 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s / Auburn National Champions
29 28 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s / TMone
30 13 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
31 6 09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit
32 24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt
33 19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite
34 41 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy
35 34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Pretzel
36 25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black
37 31 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull
38 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
39 7 6 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics”
40 11 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World
41 22 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
42 33 135 Steve Park Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
43 32 97 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze

Feb 28 2011

Jeff Gordon Wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

Finally, the drought is over, Jeff Gordon won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. When Carl Edwards about took him out, it was looking to be the normal race for Gordon, something happening to take him out, and the announcers didn’t help us any, no one was talking about him that I could tell. Then he drove it to the front and only looked back a couple times, and the ending was great as you could see him coming and you just knew he was going to pass shrub and go on to win. Here’s hoping the new crew chief and him can keep it up and with the help of their team, knock out championship number five this year. I know it’s a little too early to talk about it, but one can only hope.

I didn’t post anything about Daytona last week, still not too sure whether I enjoyed it or not, the two by two racing just doesn’t seem natural, so I guess we’ll see Talladega and the next trip to Daytona how they run.

Here’s how they finished at Phoenix:
1 24 Jeff Gordon
2 18 Kyle Busch
3 48 Jimmie Johnson
4 29 Kevin Harvick
5 39 Ryan Newman
6 4 Kasey Kahne
7 14 Tony Stewart
8 22 Kurt Busch
9 43 A.J. Allmendinger
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
11 11 Denny Hamlin
12 17 Matt Kenseth
13 5 Mark Martin
14 56 Martin Truex Jr.
15 2 Brad Keselowski
16 9 Marcos Ambrose
17 27 Paul Menard
18 13 Casey Mears
19 42 Juan Montoya
20 16 Greg Biffle
21 47 Bobby Labonte
22 34 David Gilliland
23 09 Bill Elliott
24 32 Mike Skinner
25 37 Tony Raines
26 31 Jeff Burton
27 33 Clint Bowyer
28 99 Carl Edwards
29 00 David Reutimann
30 83 Brian Vickers
31 71 Andy Lally
32 7 Robby Gordon
33 20 Joey Logano
34 78 Regan Smith
35 1 Jamie McMurray
36 6 David Ragan
37 46 J.J. Yeley
38 60 Landon Cassill
39 38 Travis Kvapil
40 21 Trevor Bayne
41 66 Michael McDowell
42 36 Dave Blaney
43 87 Joe Nemechek

Feb 18 2011

2011 Daytona 500 Qualifying

Its official, after the completion of the two qualifying races today; here is the starting lineup for the 53rd running of the super bowl of racing, the Daytona 500:
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2 24 Jeff Gordon
3 22 Kurt Busch
4 31 Jeff Burton
5 78 Regan Smith
6 33 Clint Bowyer
7 29 Kevin Harvick
8 115 Michael Waltrip
9 17 Matt Kenseth
10 18 Kyle Busch
11 4 Kasey Kahne
12 192 Brian Keselowski
13 42 Juan Montoya
14 1 Jamie McMurray
15 43 A.J. Allmendinger
16 2 Brad Keselowski
17 5 Mark Martin
18 11 Denny Hamlin
19 27 Paul Menard
20 56 Martin Truex Jr.
21 39 Ryan Newman
22 99 Carl Edwards
23 48 Jimmie Johnson
24 00 David Reutimann
25 14 Tony Stewart
26 16 Greg Biffle
27 83 Brian Vickers
28 37 Robert Richardson Jr.
29 09 Bill Elliott
30 7 Robby Gordon
31 47 Bobby Labonte
32 21 Trevor Bayne
33 46 J.J. Yeley
34 6 David Ragan
35 9 Marcos Ambrose
36 77 Steve Wallace
37 71 Andy Lally
38 20 Joey Logano
39 34 David Gilliland
40 38 Travis Kvapil
41 87 Joe Nemechek
42 36 Dave Blaney
43 32 Terry Labonte

Now, Dale Earnhardt will not be starting the Daytona 500 in the first position, he has to go to the back because he wrecked his car and has to use a backup car. Jeff Gordon MAY have to go to the back as well if they can’t get the damage fixed from his wreck/incident in the second Gatorade duel today. Speaking of the duels here is how they finished in the first duel: Read more »

Feb 18 2011

Best Abdominal Training Belt

A few months ago I started lifting weights and working out again, to try to cut down on my size and reduce my drag. Now I’m looking at buying an abdominal training belt to help strengthen my core, as it is crucial to have a strong core to support you on almost every exercise. I’m trying to decide between the Flex Belt and Slendertone System abs both made by slender tone, both look like a good solution, but I think I will purchase the Flex Belt as you can adjust the intensity higher on it and it comes with 10 training programs. It also comes with these bonus materials: Online Access to the Meal Planning Technology for advanced nutrition and weight loss, a $50 value, a box of Slim 10 Weight Loss Supplements, that contains 10 different patented and clinically proven weight loss ingredients, a $90 value, and a free 1-year subscription to either: Fitness, Elle, or Maxim Magazines, a $50 value.

With the increase in intensity, I can use this belt longer and continue to make gains, which is important as it is easy to plateau in any workout, more so in one that stays the same all the time. Combine the increased intensity with the extra programs and you’ll have the potential to go a lot longer with this belt than you could with the Slendertone System abs belt. Combine all this again with the free Nuphedrine weight loss pills, which contain Patented Advantra-Z & REAL South African Hoodia, and I am hoping to really be able to target and train my abs and to sculpt something out of all this extra weight I’ve been carrying. The bonus Flex Belt Meal Planner Technology will help me track my gains and progress very nicely as it has artificial intelligence to allow you to see the weaknesses in your nutrition, and learn how to correct them to be healthier and/or lose weight depending on what you are wanting to do. Sounds like a winner.

Feb 13 2011

Kurt Busch Wins 33rd Bud Shootout

There I was, laying on the couch, enjoying the 33rd running of the Bud Shootout at Daytona, Earnhardt Jr was wrecked by Regan Smith or Carl Edwards and they had a couple long commercials and I feel alseep. Daggonit. I missed the rest of the race, but, apparently, Kurt Busch was ruled the winner after Denny Hamlin passed by crossing the yellow line.

Here is how they finished:
1 – 22 Kurt Busch
2 – 1 Jamie McMurray
3 – 39 Ryan Newman
4 – 48 Jimmie Johnson
5 – 16 Greg Biffle
6 – 24 Jeff Gordon
7 – 29 Kevin Harvick
8 – 31 Jeff Burton
9 – 33 Clint Bowyer
10 – 47 Bobby Labonte
11 – 14 Tony Stewart
12 – 11 Denny Hamlin
13 – 17 Matt Kenseth
14 – 64 Derrike Cope
15 – 115 Michael Waltrip
16 – 18 Kyle Busch
17 – 5 Mark Martin
18 – 20 Joey Logano
19 – 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20 – 42 Juan Montoya
21 – 99 Carl Edwards
22 – 78 Regan Smith
23 – 97 Kevin Conway
24 – 4 Kasey Kahne

Jan 27 2011

New Points System, No Catch-can Man, Chase Change

Along with the pick a series rule change we posted about the other day, Nascar has announced some more changes, including the rumored new points system.

First off, they are making a change to the Chase for the Cup, the top ten drivers by points after the 26th race will continue to be in the chase, but position 11 and 12 will now go to the top two race winners in the top 20 points positions, so actually, the ones who win the most races in points positions 11-20. The top 10 chase drivers will still be seeded according to wins, while the 11th and 12th place chasers will stay in those positions. I think this is a good change; it will make it possible for someone who gets hot late to win several races and make the chase even if they were not in the top 12 in points.

They have simplified the points system for all of us loyal idiots I guess. Cup race winners will earn 43 points for the win, three bonus points for the victory and will earn at least 1 point for leading a lap. You can also get 1 point for leading the most laps, bringing the total possible maximum for a win to 48 points. All of the other drivers in finishing order will be separated by one-point increments, thus, the second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, up to the last place finisher who will earn 1 point. This will certainly make it easier to figure out, it will be interesting to see how it really affects the championship points this next season, and I am sure many will apply the previous rules to see if their driver would have fared differently under the older systems.

The qualifying order will now be set based upon slowest-to-fastest practice speeds. If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book.

Cup teams now are allowed only five sets of tires for practice and qualifying instead of the six they were allowed to have and they must return four of those sets to Goodyear in order to get their race tires, and they may keep only one set of practice/qualifying tires.

The Cup series will be using the Closed Loop Fueling System that was introduced in the Truck Series, it combines a more efficient fueling system with the elimination of the catch-can man, teams will now use six, rather than seven, over-the-wall pit-crew members.

They are also continuing to change the look of the COT, trying to make it more appealing to the fans that think it should look like the actual manufacturer vehicle.

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