Posts tagged: Jimmie Johnson

Nov 25 2008

Jimmie Johnson Wins Third Straight Title

But you all knew that right? Yay, hurray…

Oct 19 2008

Jimmie Johnson Wins, Again, in Martinsville

Can the #48 freight train be stopped? Does anyone have a chance to keep them from winning their third cup title? Well, sure, someone could, but what are the chances?

Not too good!

Jeff Gordon looked like he may have something for him at the start of the race today, and a couple other times, but, for the most part, it was another banner day for Johnson and his race team. They lead 339 laps and won the race, exactly what they needed to do to sew this thing up early like they did last year. One of the writers at Nascar.com seems to think they have it locked up

As Jimmie Johnson launched into yet another burnout, followed by yet another Victory Lane celebration, his closest pursuers in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship insisted this isn’t over.

History says otherwise. In the wake of Sunday’s victory at Martinsville Speedway, history says that Johnson is certain to make NASCAR history while reducing the rest of the season to little more than a Jimmie Watch.

As in Watch Jimmie Make Laps … Watch Jimmie to make sure his No. 48 Chevrolet doesn’t blow up … And Watch Jimmie methodically work his way to a third consecutive championship when the No. 48 doesn’t. Source: Anyone who says Johnson hasn’t locked it up is crazy

I think it’s way too early to call this thing over, but, I’m also realistic, it will take a really bad day, or four really mediocre finishes, for anyone else to even get a chance, but it is certainly possible. Heck, Jeff Gordon could still win it if the rights things happen, but just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it will.

Oh well, there’s always next year for Gordon, myself I would rather see Jeff Burton or Biffle win the title rather than Johnson. I am still hoping for Gordon to win a race this year. [crosses fingers]

Here is how they finished:

1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 195/10 504 Running
2 10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 170/0 504 Running
3 4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 165/0 504 Running
4 8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 165/5 504 Running
5 12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 155/0 504 Running
6 23 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 150/0 504 Running
7 6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 146/0 504 Running
8 11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers 147/5 504 Running
9 18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 138/0 504 Running
10 5 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 134/0 504 Running
11 17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 130/0 504 Running
12 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network Turbo HD 132/5 504 Running
13 13 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 124/0 504 Running
14 24 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Big Red Slim Pack 121/0 502 Running
15 39 10 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Tow Truck in a Box 118/0 502 Running
16 37 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 115/0 502 Running
17 2 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 112/0 502 Running
18 31 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 109/0 502 Running
19 25 28 Travis Kvapil Ford All Sport 106/0 501 Running
20 15 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 108/5 501 Running
21 32 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation 105/5 501 Running
22 33 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 97/0 501 Running
23 16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 94/0 500 Running
24 26 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 91/0 500 Running
25 41 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 88/0 500 Running
26 7 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 85/0 499 Running
27 27 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards 82/0 499 Running
28 40 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV 79/0 499 Running
29 9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 76/0 496 Running
30 35 84 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 73/0 496 Running
31 43 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 70/0 495 Running
32 28 38 David Gilliland Ford Digital TV Transition 67/0 483 Running
33 14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 64/0 475 Running
34 36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 61/0 472 Running
35 29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 58/0 472 Running
36 19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 55/0 469 Running
37 21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 52/0 469 Running
38 20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 54/5 465 Running
39 38 00 Mike Bliss Toyota Champion Mortgage 46/0 455 Running
40 34 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards 43/0 452 Running
41 22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 40/0 436 Running
42 30 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 37/0 416 Running
43 42 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 34/0 115 Running

Oct 19 2008

9th Rainout at Martinsville

Guess what? Yep, another rainout during qualifying means Jimmie Johnson is on the pole in Martinsville for the TUMS QuikPak 500. This also gets him the best pit spot on pit lane, the last one as you exit pit row, about the biggest perk you get in Martinsville. Johnson has won three of the last four races in Martinsville, another of the tracks that Jeff Gordon used to dominate, and probably his next best shot at winning a race during the 2008 season.

There is a funny article on Nascar.com of the reporters talking to the drivers and getting some great comments, here is one of them.

“Well, both my children had friends spend the night at the house [on Thursday],” Burton explained. “My mother was there, my wife’s mother and her father were there — and between the four of them they’ll drink enough wine to kill a small animal. So the only way for me to get any sleep was to leave. That was at the heart of my decision. That’s why I made my decision to come early, because it was probably loud at my house [Thursday] night.”

Yeah, but man, what about that drive up from North Carolina through the beautiful Virginia countryside? Coming up early, driving all by yourself, wasn’t that sort of a sacrifice?

“I bummed a helicopter ride so it’s 40 minutes for me. It wasn’t exactly a hardship tour,” Burton admitted. Source:

Here is how they will start Sunday:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
2 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network Turbo HD
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot
5 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
7 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight
13 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance
14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
15 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army
16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel
17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal
21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker
22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin
23 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST
24 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Big Red Slim Pack
25 28 Travis Kvapil Ford All Sport
26 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS
27 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards
28 38 David Gilliland Ford Digital TV Transition
29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target
30 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group
31 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS
32 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation
33 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar
34 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards
35 84 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull
36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1
37 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force
38 00 Mike Bliss Toyota Champion Mortgage
39 10 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Tow Truck in a Box
40 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV
41 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil
42 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com
43 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation

Did Not Qualify
44 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Derrike Cope Inc.
45 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming

Sep 27 2008

Johnson on the Pole in Kansas

Looks like Johnson is continuing his run toward the Cup title, putting the 48 car on the pole for this week’s race in Kansas, well, actually he qualified second, but Montoya’s pole time as disqualified after his right rear shock was found to have to much air in it. With Kenseth qualifying third, the rest of the chasers did not qualify so well.

With track position the end-all, be-all of today’s Sprint Cup race strategy, there will be some crew chiefs burning the midnight oil trying to get some on Sunday.

Chief among them will be Greg Zipadelli, who will have to guide driver Tony Stewart from the back of the field after the No. 20 Toyota posted the 42nd-fastest lap of 45 cars for Sunday’s Camping World RV 400.

It’s not like the 20 bunch won’t have company back in the lineup, as seven of the 12 Chase drivers occupy starting spots of 25th or worse, including points leader Carl Edwards. They’ll be joined by initial pole winner Juan Montoya, whose quick time was disallowed after his right-rear shock was found to have too much pressure in it. That moves everyone up a spot and Montoya starts 42nd.

Just two of the Chasers made the top 10 in qualifying, Jimmie Johnson and a surprising Matt Kenseth.

It’s not like the 20 bunch won’t have company back in the lineup, as seven of the 12 Chase drivers occupy starting spots of 25th or worse, including points leader Carl Edwards. They’ll be joined by initial pole winner Juan Montoya, whose quick time was disallowed after his right-rear shock was found to have too much pressure in it. That moves everyone up a spot and Montoya starts 42nd.

Just two of the Chasers made the top 10 in qualifying, Jimmie Johnson and a surprising Matt Kenseth. Source: Chasers slow in qualifying for Sunday’s Kansas race

Here are some interesting statistics concerning the Chase for the Cup contenders and how they finish at Kansas:
1. Carl Edwards 34 4 0 1 2 1 17.0
2. Jimmie Johnson 1 6 0 1 4 1 12.0
3. Greg Biffle 18 6 1 3 3 1 11.0
4. Jeff Burton 37 7 0 1 1 1 19.6
5. Kevin Harvick 36 7 0 0 2 1 16.1
6. Clint Bowyer 24 2 0 1 2 0 5.5
7. Tony Stewart 41 7 1 3 5 1 11.1
8. Jeff Gordon 13 7 2 4 5 1 10.6
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11 7 0 0 4 1 17.1
10. Matt Kenseth 3 7 0 1 2 1 22.1
11. Denny Hamlin 30 3 0 0 0 0 26.3
12. Kyle Busch 27 4 0 0 1 1 26.5

Here is how they qualified:
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 172.007 31.394 Leader
2 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 171.767 31.438 -0.044
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 171.668 31.456 -0.062
4 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Garmin 171.527 31.482 -0.088
5 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 171.331 31.518 -0.124
6 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards 171.162 31.549 -0.155
7 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 170.989 31.581 -0.187
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170.762 31.623 -0.229
9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 170.762 31.623 -0.229
10 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 170.751 31.625 -0.231
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 170.735 31.628 -0.234
12 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 170.616 31.650 -0.256
13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 170.508 31.670 -0.276
14 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 170.498 31.672 -0.278
15 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 170.374 31.695 -0.301
16 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 170.256 31.717 -0.323
17 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 170.250 31.718 -0.324
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Sherwin Williams / 3M 170.186 31.730 -0.336
19 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge LifeLock 170.057 31.754 -0.360
20 147 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie 170.052 31.755 -0.361
21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 169.705 31.820 -0.426
22 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 169.523 31.854 -0.460
23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Truck Rental 169.481 31.862 -0.468
24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 169.337 31.889 -0.495
25 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 169.337 31.889 -0.495
26 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 169.322 31.892 -0.498
27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 169.253 31.905 -0.511
28 96 Joey Logano Toyota DLP HDTV 169.226 31.910 -0.516
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 169.157 31.923 -0.529
30 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 169.141 31.926 -0.532
31 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 169.088 31.936 -0.542
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Ford. Drive one. 168.908 31.970 -0.576
33 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Hitachi Power Tools 168.855 31.980 -0.586
34 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 168.808 31.989 -0.595
35 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 168.798 31.991 -0.597
36 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 168.750 32.000 -0.606
37 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 168.455 32.056 -0.662
38 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 168.303 32.085 -0.691
39 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards 168.104 32.123 -0.729
40 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 167.937 32.155 -0.761
41 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 167.281 32.281 -0.887
42 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – - -
43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 168.277 32.090 -0.696

Did Not Qualify
44 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 168.245 32.096 -0.702
45 08 Johnny Sauter Dodge FUBAR All Natural Drink 162.906 33.148 -1.754

Sep 17 2008

This is Why the Chase Sucks

I was reading an article on Nascar.com about how Kyle Busch is now facing a big deficit instead of the big lead he had after the Chase was set, to quote:

Kyle Busch took off his helmet, climbed out of his crumpled and bandaged racecar, and walked down the long corridor between team transporters without saying a word. Then he vanished, just like his lead in the Sprint Cup standings. One race, and suddenly Busch is facing big deficit

That is exactly why the Chase sucks, one bad race at the beginning and Kyle is in eight place in the standings, so, ALL the work, all the races he won end up just keeping him from being deeper in a hole. He was over 200 points ahead of Carl Edwards after Richmond, all that was wiped out for the Chase, the 30 point lead he had because of winning those races, gone. All that work by Kyle and the no. 18 team flushed down the drain by a part that everyone says never breaks, a part that Joe Gibbs said he has never heard of breaking in his 17 years in the sport.

One small part, a broken heim joint, wiped out the lead they had built. In the past, the Cup champions were always those guys who had the best year overall. That’s how it should be. Johnson didn’t deserve to be champion last year, he was over 400 points behind Gordon when the Chase started, and Jimmie only beat Gordon by 77 points at the end, for the year, Gordon would’ve won the Chase by over 350 points. Without the Chase, that would’ve been his sixth cup title and he would be looking to tie Earnhardt and Petty this year, not that he will, as he seems to have my luck this year.

Yes, I am biased because I am a Gordon fan, but it looks like Kyle Busch could end up with the same fate. Sure, Kyle can come back and win this thing just like Johnson did last year, he finished 39th in New Hampshire last year and then went on to win the Chase, but Johnson and Gnaus have the formula down and can win the Chase again easily. It’s just too bad that a broken joint, bolt, or flat tire could be the deciding factor after a long 36 race season.

With that said:
Go, go, Gordon, Gordon, go, go, go!

Sep 07 2008

Chase for the 2008 Sprint Cup Now Set

I was worried about Nascar being able to get this race off after the delay due to Tropical Storm Hanna, but the weather was great and the racing was good, if someone besides Jimmie Johnson had won this race it would’ve been a lot better, the one thing no one needs, unless you are a Johnson fan, is for Jimmie to get hot right now. Too bad it is already happening.

Jimmie Johnson held off an aggravated Tony Stewart to win the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in Richmond and his second in a row to come roaring into the Chase at the exact time they need too, starting the last ten races with big momentum, something they know is crucial after winning the last two championships. If they can win their third championship in a row, tying Cale Yarborough, the only other driver to ever win three championships in a row, it would certainly help cement the fact that this is the Jimmie Johnson era, all he would need to do would be win ten races in one year.

Clint Bowyer was in the Chase, then out, then back again to finally come in 12th, 69 points ahead of Kasey Kahne.

Bowyer clinched his spot in the Chase with a 12th-place finish — but not without his share of anxious moments along the way. After a slow pit stop left him mired in race traffic — and behind David Ragan, his closest pursuer for the final Chase berth entering the race — Bowyer recovered as Ragan faded (watch video).

Bowyer, who finished third in last year’s championship standings, claimed the last Chase position by 69 points over Kasey Kahne (19th on Sunday) and 77 over Ragan, who survived an early spin in Turn 2 to finish 32nd.

“We knew it was going to be a roller-coaster all day,” Bowyer said. “We lost track position when we had a couple of bad pit stops, but it worked out pretty good. We’ve got a lot of work to do here. We’ve got to prove we’re in this thing for a reason.” Source:

Here is how the 12 in the Chase will start, points wise:

1. Kyle Busch 5,080
2. Carl Edwards 5,050
3. Jimmie Johnson 5,040
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5,010
5. Clint Bowyer 5,010
6. Denny Hamlin 5,010
7. Jeff Burton 5,010
8. Tony Stewart 5,000
9. Greg Biffle 5,000
10. Jeff Gordon 5,000
11. Kevin Harvick 5,000
12. Matt Kenseth 5,000

That 80 point lead could turn into a huge lead from Kyle Busch, or it could be wiped out in one race, one thing is for sure, it gets a lot more interesting from here on out. Here’s hoping Jeff Gordon and the number 24 team can take off strong and win his first Chase championship to go with the 4 other championships he already has.

Here is how they finished the race:

1 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 190/5 400 Running
2 8 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 175/5 400 Running
3 11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 170/5 400 Running
4 4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 165/5 400 Running
5 17 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 155/0 400 Running
6 5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 150/0 400 Running
7 7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 151/5 400 Running
8 10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 147/5 400 Running
9 27 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 148/10 400 Running
10 20 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 134/0 400 Running
11 25 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 130/0 400 Running
12 12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 127/0 400 Running
13 2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 124/0 400 Running
14 6 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 121/0 400 Running
15 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 123/5 400 Running
16 18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 120/5 400 Running
17 24 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Hitachi Power Tools 112/0 400 Running
18 26 38 David Gilliland Ford CitiFinancial 109/0 400 Running
19 14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 106/0 400 Running
20 38 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 103/0 400 Running
21 23 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 100/0 400 Running
22 32 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 97/0 400 Running
23 29 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 94/0 400 Running
24 41 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 91/0 400 Running
25 39 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Valvoline 88/0 400 Running
26 30 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 85/0 400 Running
27 40 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV 82/0 400 Running
28 34 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 79/0 400 Running
29 19 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 76/0 400 Running
30 22 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Juicy Fruit Slim Pack 73/0 400 Running
31 33 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 70/0 400 Running
32 13 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 67/0 400 Running
33 16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 64/0 399 Running
34 28 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Energizer / Menards 61/0 399 Running
35 37 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 58/0 399 Running
36 15 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 55/0 398 Running
37 21 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 52/0 398 Running
38 36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 54/5 398 Running
39 9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 51/5 398 Running
40 42 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 43/0 398 Running
41 43 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 40/0 397 Running
42 35 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam / Operation Homefront 37/0 392 Running
43 31 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 34/0 335 Running

Jul 30 2008

Brickyard: Second Slowest Race in 15 Years

Yes, I’m talking about last weeks race at the brickyard, the one where they threw a caution every 10 or 12 laps because the tires were blowing out. I believe one Nascar story said the longest run was 13 laps. 13 laps! It was like watching some of the sprint car races, where you have race after race until you get to the final feature, only this was Nascar and the drivers did not change any.

I never did get to see what Tony Stewart thought of the tires, I need to go check out Nascar.com I guess and see if he ran his mouth about it.

“It’s obvious that we didn’t go there with the right car-slash-tire combination,” Pemberton conceded.

Can you say duh huh.

“The race didn’t come off like we had hoped, the fans didn’t get what they exactly wanted and we’ll do everything in our power — it won’t happen again, I can tell you that much.”

I have no doubt that they won’t let this happen again as it was easily the most boring race I have ever watched, in recent memory at least, I may be able to come up with another if I think about it very hard. Nascar did say they are working on a new testing policy, one in which they will allow more testing dates and the freedom to choose which tracks they test at. They did not test at Indy this year as the crew chiefs did not select it when polled where they would like to test.

Oh, and here is how they finished:

1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 195/10 160 Running 509,236
2 9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 175/5 160 Running 366,700
3 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 170/5 160 Running 331,516
4 6 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley 165/5 160 Running 290,745
5 5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 160/5 160 Running 275,111
6 8 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 150/0 160 Running 206,850
7 4 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser / LifeLock 146/0 160 Running 225,491
8 12 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs 142/0 160 Running 196,225
9 32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Prilosec OTC 143/5 160 Running 233,783
10 26 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 139/5 160 Running 178,775
11 2 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 130/0 160 Running 210,383
12 11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 132/5 160 Running 180,950
13 3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 124/0 160 Running 207,975
14 16 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 121/0 160 Running 170,000
15 19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 123/5 160 Running 180,700
16 27 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Totino’s Pizza Rolls 115/0 160 Running 195,536
17 22 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 112/0 160 Running 184,689
18 15 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Sears Auto Center / Valvoline 109/0 160 Running 154,375
19 40 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 106/0 160 Running 169,875
20 20 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 103/0 160 Running 175,183
21 38 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 100/0 160 Running 195,400
22 24 147 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie 97/0 160 Running 148,825
23 14 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 94/0 160 Running 197,461
24 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Cub Cadet 96/5 160 Running 182,408
25 35 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 93/5 160 Running 166,133
26 31 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 85/0 160 Running 162,725
27 43 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 82/0 160 Running 161,083
28 39 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 79/0 160 Running 153,825
29 36 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 76/0 160 Running 142,225
30 33 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 73/0 160 Running 145,200
31 42 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 75/5 160 Running 152,600
32 21 70 Jason Leffler Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 67/0 160 Running 140,700
33 29 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Johns Manville / Menards 64/0 160 Running 163,558
34 30 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 66/5 160 Running 150,097
35 41 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 63/5 160 Running 140,300
36 28 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Hitachi Power Tools 60/5 160 Running 168,214
37 18 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 52/0 148 Running 186,661
38 10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 49/0 144 Running 187,241
39 13 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Big Red Slim Pack 46/0 124 Accident 167,408
40 7 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 43/0 119 Running 139,425
41 37 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 40/0 118 Running 147,300
42 17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 42/5 93 Engine 147,600
43 34 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 34/0 91 Running 139,494

Apr 19 2008

Jimmie Johnson Wins Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix

The race in Phoenix was pretty good overall, ended up being Jimmie Johnsons and Hendrick Motorsports first win in 2008 and they won it on gas mileage, everyone else pitted and they used the big cushion they had to stay ahead of the ones who pitted for gas and tires. Denny Hamlin’s team made a good move, pitting before everyone else and taking four tires to finish third.

Johnson led the most laps, 120, and only three other drivers led laps in this race, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who led 87, Mark Martin leading 68 laps and pole sitter Ryan Newman who led 37 before a blown seal ended his day. Newman’s teammate, Elliot Sadler also had a blown motor. Jeff Gordon had a better finish than he has had of late, finishing 13th after going a lap down when he was in the pits and the caution came out, and it also put him 13th in points, just 8 points back of 12th position.

Sometimes the slowest car wins the race.

With crew chief Chad Knaus beseeching driver Jimmie Johnson to save fuel in the final seven laps of Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the two-time defending Cup champion nursed the No. 48 Chevrolet across the finish line 7.002 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer, who also gambled on fuel.

The victory returned Hendrick Motorsports to Victory Lane after an eight-race hiatus and gave the two-time defending Cup champion the 34th win of his career — and second consecutive at Phoenix. Denny Hamlin ran third, followed by Carl Edwards, who rallied from a pit road penalty to claim the fourth spot.

Mark Martin, who surrendered the lead to Johnson when he came to the pits for two tires and fuel on Lap 302, finished fifth, followed by points leader Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch. Source: Fuel gamble helps Johnson to first victory of season

I have often thought Gordon stays out too long when fuel mileage is involved, if you pit early and grab four tires, as Hamlin did, you can make up extra time because you will be faster on newer tires. But, there are reasons for everything these guys do, and past experiences play a big part in these races, I just wish they would try something different occasionally instead of staying out and hoping for a caution, etc.

Polesitter Newman had a seal in his engine fail on Lap 133, and the resulting explosion caused all kinds of havoc for all kinds of people. Burton was running behind the No. 12 car when it let go, and spun out in the fluid dropped on the racetrack. But he kept the car off the wall, and continued his march from his 39th-place starting position to his eventual sixth-place finish. He also kept the points lead for a third consecutive week, improving to 80 ahead of Kyle Busch.

“We were going to run 11th, 12th or something like that, but [crew chief] Scott [Miller] made a great call and got us a sixth. We will certainly take it,” Burton said. “I am disappointed in how we ran, I am disappointed in myself. We are just missing something. We had no damage to the car when we spun in the oil from the 12 when it blew up. We were probably pretty lucky there was no damage, we got a little dirt track racing in, but it worked out for us. There was a little bit of luck involved there.”

Gordon had no such luck. Like Edwards, he was sitting on pit road when Nemechek crashed, and fell a lap down. He received a free pass, took two tires during a pit stop to pick up track position, and was up to seventh place before having to make a late stop for fuel. His eventual 13th-place finish helped him improve one spot to 13th in series points.

“I was very proud of the fact that we were able to fight back and get our lap back and then battle with two tires up there,” said Gordon, the defending champion of the Phoenix spring race. “We were flirting with a top-10. And then of course we didn’t have the fuel mileage that some of those other guys did and so, you know, we didn’t stay out.” Source: Edwards among those to dodge trouble at Phoenix

Here’s how they finished:

1 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 195/10 312 Running 262,111
2 24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 170/0 312 Running 170,350
3 16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota March of Dimes / FedEx Kinko’s 165/0 312 Running 164,516
4 3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 160/0 312 Running 158,585
5 4 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet Army Reserve 100th Anniv. / U.S. Army 160/5 312 Running 150,258
6 39 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 150/0 312 Running 140,008
7 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 151/5 312 Running 99,125
8 9 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 142/0 312 Running 113,008
9 18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 138/0 312 Running 89,475
10 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 134/0 312 Running 95,925
11 30 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 130/0 311 Running 90,875
12 34 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 127/0 311 Running 112,511
13 11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 124/0 311 Running 119,961
14 12 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Subway / Home Depot 121/0 311 Running 117,611
15 36 38 David Gilliland Ford Yates Racing 118/0 311 Running 91,658
16 15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red 115/0 311 Running 98,933
17 8 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 112/0 311 Running 79,125
18 26 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 109/0 311 Running 75,300
19 17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese’s 106/0 311 Running 113,336
20 31 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 103/0 311 Running 114,250
21 14 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 100/0 311 Running 78,225
22 32 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Ford. Drive one. 97/0 310 Running 98,314
23 40 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 94/0 310 Running 65,875
24 28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 91/0 310 Running 82,833
25 33 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 88/0 310 Running 69,000
26 10 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation 85/0 310 Running 83,433
27 23 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 82/0 310 Running 76,550
28 25 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 79/0 310 Running 65,225
29 35 7 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / Menards 76/0 310 Running 87,858
30 19 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 73/0 309 Running 77,997
31 43 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 70/0 309 Running 86,155
32 21 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit 67/0 309 Running 75,125
33 37 10 Patrick Carpentier * Dodge LifeLock 64/0 308 Running 65,450
34 29 00 Michael McDowell * Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 61/0 307 Running 64,375
35 38 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 58/0 298 Running 72,250
36 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 55/0 273 Running 94,091
37 42 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 52/0 271 Running 63,975
38 27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT NANO Technology 49/0 269 Running 111,466
39 22 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 46/0 224 Running 71,700
40 41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row / DenverMattress.com 43/0 208 Running 63,550
41 2 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 40/0 161 Engine 90,250
42 20 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Glad 37/0 144 Accident 90,494
43 1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 39/5 134 Engine 110,718

Here are the top 12 in points after Phoenix:

1 — Jeff Burton 1215 Leader 8 0 1 3 6 1,464,500
2 +1 Kyle Busch 1135 -80 8 1 1 4 5 1,668,660
3 +1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1129 -86 8 1 0 3 6 1,494,270
4 +2 Jimmie Johnson 1116 -99 8 1 1 4 4 1,819,660
5 -3 Kevin Harvick 1112 -103 8 0 0 2 4 1,266,430
6 +1 Denny Hamlin 1078 -137 8 0 1 3 5 1,461,180
7 -2 Tony Stewart 1078 -137 8 0 0 3 5 2,008,830
8 +3 Clint Bowyer 1044 -171 8 0 0 2 5 1,179,990
9 — Carl Edwards 1041 -174 8 0 3 4 5 2,202,720
10 -2 Greg Biffle 1039 -176 8 0 0 3 5 1,152,960
11 +1 Kasey Kahne 929 -286 8 0 0 0 4 1,285,670
12 -2 Ryan Newman 915 -300 8 1 1 2 3 2,536,310

Feb 14 2008

How About Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Talk about a strong start for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and an even stronger start for Hendrick Motorsports, Dale wins the shootout and then wins the first Gatorade Duel race today, and Jimmie Johnson has the pole for the Daytona 500. I wonder if all those people who said they would not root for Dale Jr. because he went to Hendrick Motorsports are regretting that decision now? Probably not, I bet they are already back on the bandwagon.

Denny Hamlin wins the first race for Toyota; you just knew it would be a Gibbs car, I mean, what has Waltrip and his bunch done with a year under their belts? I especially liked his little comment about Jeff Gordon hanging back on the restart, but it was fine for him to go to the back and block and weave in front of his teammates competitors to help them get in the 500. I bet Michael gets on your nerves when he’s drunk.

With a push from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin won the second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race for Sunday’s Daytona 500 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event four laps beyond its posted distance. The victory for Toyota was the second for a foreign manufacturer in NASCAR’s top series. Jaguar driver Al Keller won a road-course race in Linden, N.J., in 1954.

In the first Duel 150, Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Ryan Newman for the lead on Lap 51 of 60 and held on for the win — his second in two races for Hendrick Motorsports.

But the story of Thursday was the success of three veteran drivers — Dale Jarrett, Kenny Wallace and John Andretti — who persevered to make the field. Source: Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin win qualifying races at Daytona

A total of ten cars changed engines before the duel races, including all four Hendrick cars, so I was not too excited about Gordon’s chances, but only Dave Blaney had engine trouble during the races. This will be the first time the Daytona 500 has been run without a car from the Wood Bros.

I did not know you could do this though:

“It’s too early to diagnose the problem,” said Busch, who gave up the owner points on his No. 2 Dodge to guarantee rookie teammate Sam Hornish Jr. starting spots in the first five races of 2008.

I wonder why you don’t hear about it happening more often on teams with the really good drivers who make every race on speed, but it is only for the first five races.

Gatorade Duel 1 Unofficial Results
Gatorade Duel 2 Unofficial Results

Here’s how they will start for the Daytona 500:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.075 48.109 Leader
2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 186.734 48.197 -0.088
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard – - -
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express – - -
5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target – - -
6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot – - -
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL – - -
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont – - -
9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST – - -
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser – - -
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot – - -
12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army – - -
13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker – - -
14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA – - -
15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – - -
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil – - -
17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com – - -
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M – - -
19 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 – - -
20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS – - -
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards – - -
22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto – - -
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull – - -
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s – - -
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker – - -
26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam – - -
27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters – - -
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT – - -
29 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet Principal Financial Group – - -
30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters – - -
31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s – - -
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com – - -
33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon – - -
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar – - -
35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy – - -
36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility – - -
37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV – - -
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 – - -
39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo – - -
40 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Dodge Journey – - -
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing – - -
42 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine – - -
43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite Champion’s Provisional

Did Not Qualify
44 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull – - -
45 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie – - -
46 49 Ken Schrader Dodge HealthLife.com – - -
47 160 Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee / No Fear – - -
48 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline – - -
49 137 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty – - -
50 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming – - -
51 27 Jacques Villeneuve* Toyota Bill Davis Racing – - -
52 150 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink / SKI / SBM – - -
53 08 Carl Long Dodge MILLSTAR Tools / Rhino’s Energy Drink

Nov 10 2007

The King Says the Chase Would be Better with Different Drivers

I just finished reading this article on Nascar.com called Petty: ’07 Chase would be better with different duel where Richard Petty says this years Chase would be better if it were different drivers, since Johnson and Gordon are from the same organization, there is no one for the fans who don’t like Hendrick cars to root for. He said if it was Earnhardt Jr with one of them, or Bowyer still had a shot, they could root for them against the Hendrick driver.

“It’s not good for the sport, no,” Petty said. “It’s too cut-and-dried. You’ve got no [real] competition. You’ve got competition between two teams within the same team. That don’t get it done as far as the general public.

“If one of these drivers happened to be [Dale] Earnhardt [Jr.], it might be a little different. When you get Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, they’re the same. They’ve just got different names.”

But Petty, who is tied with the late Dale Earnhardt for the all-time lead with seven driving championships and owns a record 200 wins at the equivalent of the Cup level, said the closeness of the current Chase race isn’t compelling enough. He insisted that it is so because Johnson and Gordon have similar personalities and drive for the same owner, Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports, making it difficult for the average fan to get very excited. Source: Petty: ’07 Chase would be better with different duel

I guess it just depends on who you are. I am a Jeff Gordon fan, so if you ask me, the race is too damn close, especially considering that Gordon would be 400 points ahead when using the old points system. I think it has been very exciting, and I am certainly happy that Gordon has a shot to win his fifth championship, and, while I don’t hate Jimmie Johnson, I know plenty of Gordon fans who do, and plenty of them root for him to crash and have trouble every week, lol. He is probably right about Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans, etc, they have no one to root for, but I bet they still watch every week, just like they probably did when he won by 722 points in 1975. Okay, I know, 1975′s Nascar is a lot different than today’s, but I think you know what I mean.

I am sure the championship he won in 1979 was a lot more exciting because he only won it by 11 points, when compared to the 1975 championship, and under the old points system, Gordon would be winning by over 400 points, I think, compared to being behind by 30 points under the new system. The King does say at the end that there will always be cycles, one guy always winning or another and that there will be other people to challenge these two, because that’s life, just the way it is.

I wonder if he realizes that Gordon would be knocking on his door a lot sooner under the old system than today’s, as Jeff would’ve already locked up his sixth championship at last weeks race in Texas and would be looking for number seven next year…

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