Blog entries from March 2010:|
- "Nationwide: Who can break through in Nashville?" posted by Talon64 on March 31, 2010 (3 comments)
Without any Cup action this weekend (next race is at Phoenix in two weeks), the focus of NASCAR fans will be at Nashville for the Nationwide and Truck Series races.
Probably the most interesting part about the Nationwide Series's two visits to Nashville Speedway each season is how likely it is that there's going to be a first time winner. 7 .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Monday Morning Roundup (3/30 - Tuesday Edition)" posted by martin-n-rusty on March 30, 2010 (0 comments)
Because the NASCAR race went to Monday, and I play hockey on those days, I did not watch until after halfway through the race, that being said, my one comment on the NASCAR race...
- Wow... what a finish!
What a finish. Probably one of the best in the last few years. I will have to slam on Denny Hamlin on the pit stop late in the .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Ridgeway Ruse" posted by The Vicar on March 30, 2010 (0 comments)
Another great race is in the can.
Now that?s racin?.
So who?s got the horseshoe now? Doesn?t matter. The 11 earned the win. Home Cookin? remains the best.
Nascar?s seemingly arbitrary cautions even befuddled DW. A continuing saga with no end in sight. Anyway, the best car won with or without Nascar?s meddling.
3.27.88: .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Martinsville Madness" posted by Joey2448 on March 29, 2010 (0 comments)
As great as the finish was today at Martinsville, I am still fuming over the fact that NASCAR created that last GWC restart. My driver, Jeff Gordon, was the beneficiary of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch pitting under ten laps to go. He was leading on the restart with four to go, and was pulling away for the win with bumpin', bangin', and three-wide racing .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Hamlin Wins Martinsville, DVR Loses My Trust" posted by G14 on March 29, 2010 (0 comments)
Denny Hamlin picked up his 3rd career Martinsville finish in what I hear was a great race. Unfortunately my DVR decided to take a day off and not record the race for me. I have said it all along, don't worry about the Gibbs team yet. This 1-2 finish proves there is nothing wrong with Gibbs racing.
Other thoughts after the race:
Im .... Read the rest of this blog
- "A King Wins at Kingsport!" posted by drewh on March 29, 2010 (2 comments)
Have you ever heard of Clint King before? Well, unless you were watching Bandolero races at Concord Motor Speedway in 2005 or Pro Challenge Series races in 2007 and 2008, or the Late Model Trucks Series in races all over North and South Carolina you wouldn?t have.
But if you were at Kingsport Speedway in Northeast Tennessee last Saturday .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Tabs On Danica Patrick" posted by Number1NASCARFan on March 27, 2010 (3 comments)
Danica Patrick is currently taking a break from NASCAR. Not from the IZOD Indy Car Series though. She continues to go through the less grueling than NASCAR season, in hopes of winning the Indy 500.
The start of here season has gone just as bad as her Nationwide season. At least it seems like it.
Now, I don't pay attention to this .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Looking Back - 1985: Crouch, LaJoie Go To Court" posted by The NASCAT on March 27, 2010 (2 comments)
I have seen a number of readers on this site reference the old NASCAR North Tour - also known at various points as the Stroh's Tour, Molson Tour, and Coors Tour. GOOOOO Beer! - while looking through some of the K & N Pro Series statistics and various other driver pages. Quickly, for those of you that don't know, NASCAR had a predecessor to the K & .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Spoiling the Spoiler" posted by Uptight Motorsports Nerd on March 26, 2010 (0 comments)
After a couple of years under the mantra, don?t change anything, NASCAR is changing things because it finally realized that it doesn?t pay to stop changing after you?ve become something people hate. I am talking about one thing in particular: booty.
NASCAR is going to do away with the wing and everyone but me says good riddance. I for one .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Fans: Who Are Your Picks For This Weekend At Martinsville?" posted by Number1NASCARFan on March 26, 2010 (2 comments)
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Martinsville for the 6th race of the season. We are now at the point where we will see what drivers will rise to the top as the season prgresses. So, who do you like at Martinsville? Will we see a new winner? A familiar one? A surprise one? Who will leave the track as the points leader? These are all questions .... Read the rest of this blog
- "The Open Wheel Weekend" posted by James W. on March 26, 2010 (0 comments)
While most American motorsports fans will have their attention on Martinsville this weekend (and likely socialized healthcare, but let's avoid that here, shall we?), I thought I'd take a look at the open wheel races going on. The Izod IndyCar Series is back in the US on the streets of St. Pete, and Formula 1 is down under at Albert Park in Melbourne, .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Bristol Wrap and Martinsville Preview" posted by smith4js on March 26, 2010 (1 comment)
Surprise, surprise, Johnson ended up in victory lane. The debate has gone on for the past week on the website on whether Johnson is the ?best ever?. Here?s my view on it. He seems to be the best closer in the sport. I cannot offer too much insight into this though because I have only been following the sport since 1998, but Johnson always finds .... Read the rest of this blog
- "NASCAR Cup: Goodys Fast Pain Relief 500 Preview" posted by Talon64 on March 25, 2010 (0 comments)
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be hitting this 0.526 mile paved short track for the 123rd time in series history for the 6th race of the 2010 season and 2nd short track race.
Jimmie Johnson's won 3 of the first 5 races of the season and will be the favorite to win this weekend and make it 4 of 6. Johnson has 15 straight top tens at Martinsville .... Read the rest of this blog
- "There is no such thing as best ever" posted by G14 on March 25, 2010 (13 comments)
You simply cannot compare a driver from the 70?s to a driver of today. I like to believe David Pearson was the greatest; highest win percentage, 3 championships in 4 full time seasons, all the epic battles he and Petty had. I never drove a race car, but from what I am led to believe, it was more difficult to drive a stock car back in the day.
.... Read the rest of this blog
- "Martinsville Predictions" posted by G14 on March 25, 2010 (0 comments)
Winner - Johnson, unless Hamlin gets his sh*t straight. As a matter of fact, I really should bet on these two guys this weekend to make some quick cash. Anyone know of a good sports betting website?
Darkhorse - Ryan Newman, if he has been demoted to a darkhorse driver. .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Martinsville Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on March 24, 2010 (4 comments)
As I said, there was no Monday Morning Roundup, due to my girlfriend being in for surgery (and everything went ok), and the hockey game I had Sunday. It will resume as normal Monday, unless unforeseen circumstances occur.
Well, Kyle Busch was able to .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Project Camel" posted by Uptight Motorsports Nerd on March 22, 2010 (3 comments)
The IRL Izod IndyCar Series wants to replace its fleet by 2012 and is searching for the next lucky car. It is an unfortunate reality of the current economic situation that the intention is to keep IndyCar as a single-chassis series. Before you complain about this, I?d like to remind you that the only multiple-chassis open-wheel series in the world .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Eastbound And Up" posted by The Vicar on March 22, 2010 (0 comments)
Another good race is in the can.
It?s catch-up time. A week off, but the song remains the same. It?s still tough for the best car to beat the best team. Some things never change ? especially Nascar?s blatant (and arbitrary) use of the yellow.
Good news/bad news: on Saturday, Morgan Shepherd was penalized for ?too many men over the .... Read the rest of this blog
- "K & N Pro Series - 2010 Preview" posted by The NASCAT on March 22, 2010 (7 comments)
After the bite the economy took out of NASCAR?s premier developmental series, the K & N Pro Series (last year known as the Camping World Series), in 2009, 2010 will be a year of great change for both the East and West divisions. The story of this year overall will be the new faces we are going to see in 2010 ? some raw young talents you?ve likely never .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Is Jimmie Johnson The Best Ever?" posted by drewh on March 22, 2010 (24 comments)
Just how good is Jimmie Johnson? His win Sunday at Bristol was number 50 and ties him with no less than Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett on NASCAR?s all time win list. There are now only nine drivers in the entire history of NASCAR racing that have more wins than Johnson. And of those nine, only David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, and Jeff Gordon reached .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Bristol Recap" posted by G14 on March 21, 2010 (1 comment)
I am officially worried about attendance and ratings now. Not only was Bristol unable to sell out for the first time in over 50 races, the stands looked similar to Atlanta and Fontana. This was on my mind the entire race and it took away some enjoyment in what was a really great race.
Did this finish remind you of last springs Dover race? .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Thunder Valley: A Weekend Preview" posted by smith4js on March 19, 2010 (1 comment)
With one of the few off-weekends behind us, the Cup and Nationwide series both pull into Bristol for the Spring event. For some reason, I am not really a fan of Bristol, although I feel the racing here has much improved since the repaving where cars can actually pass one another without the use of the bumper. I do still enjoy Richmond more than Bristol .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Bristol â?? Release the Hounds!" posted by G14 on March 18, 2010 (0 comments)
First off, my picks for this weekend.
Winner ? Denny Hamlin
Darkhorse- Marcos Ambrose
Winner ? Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse ? Steve Wallace
My top ten picks will be up this weekend at puttyracing.com
I, like many others, are over excited about seeing Brad and Carl on the track this .... Read the rest of this blog
- "If the Chase Was More Like March Madness" posted by G14 on March 18, 2010 (7 comments)
I was doing this in the spirit of the NCAA tourney coming up (I am not a college basketball fan, though I did fill out a bracket) but after I was done, I realized this is much more exciting than how the Chase is now. I always thought elimination style would be cool; however too many people criticize this saying it?s not fair to have one race dictate .... Read the rest of this blog
- "New Spoiler Looks......Interesting" posted by Number1NASCARFan on March 16, 2010 (3 comments)
Okay, when I first heard about NASCAR going back to the old "traditional looking spoiler," I though it would look similar to that of the one with the old car. However, after looking at a few pictures from Tuesday's spoiler test at Talladega, I noticed that that was the case. At first glance, I wasn't quite sure what I thought about it. But after observing .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Bristol Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on March 16, 2010 (6 comments)
Note: I have plans over the weekend (Going to a hockey game Sunday, and my girlfriend will possibly be going in for surgery around that time, probably monday), so if I give no Monday Morning roundup, that is the reason why.
Starter: Kyle Busch
Reserve: Jeff Gordon
If .... Read the rest of this blog
- "If WWE Stars were NASCAR drivers" posted by G14 on March 15, 2010 (10 comments)
Before reading this (if anyone actually reads this) keep in mind this is all in good fun. I did not spend to much time thinking about this. Its all for chuckles. There was no Cup race yesterday so I am looking for something funny.
Stone Cold ? Dale Earhhardt
John Cena ? Carl Edwards
Triple H ? Tony Stewart
Randy Orton ? .... Read the rest of this blog
- "F1: 2010 Bahrain Review" posted by Talon64 on March 15, 2010 (6 comments)
If not for a broken exhaust Sebastien Vettel would've cruised to a dominant flag-to-flag win from pole. Instead Fernando Alonso joined fellow former F1 champions Juan Manuel Fangio, Nigel Mansell, and Kimi Raikkonen as drivers who've won in their first race for Ferrari. Felipe Massa finished 2nd to complete the Ferrari 1-2 while Vettel managed to salvage .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Reasons for Optimism for Mears and Cook" posted by Mile501 on March 15, 2010 (8 comments)
Casey Mears and Terry Cook have both failed to qualify for all four races so far this season, and their fate at Bristol remains uncertain for a few more days. However, once we get past Bristol, both teams should stand a much better chance of consistently making races. Why is that? Mears' newly acquired Earnhardt-Childress engines should help, but that .... Read the rest of this blog
- "A Weekend Off is a Drag for one NASCAR Racer" posted by drewh on March 15, 2010 (0 comments)
What does one do with a rare weekend off from the high pressure world of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing? Some go to a tropical clime while others go skiing. Some just lay around the house for a change. But a few go racing.
This past weekend was one of those ?off? weekends for all three of NASCAR?s top series and most everybody from the star drivers .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Monday Morning Roundup (3/15)" posted by martin-n-rusty on March 14, 2010 (1 comment)
- Ferrari is looking good again, but...
Dominant performance by Ferrari, however, in order to sweep the top 2 spots, Sebastian Vettel's motor had to start going south. It sure looks like Ferrari is back to its powerful self, but I do think that at the very least, Red Bull can challenge them, as long as their engines can hold up.
- .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Spring And Short Track Racing Are Right Around The Corner" posted by ajcrdstr24 on March 13, 2010 (0 comments)
There's been a hint of warmth in the air and it's making me look even more forward to the Spring, Summer and the start of the short track racing season! The first month of the NASCAR season has been interesting to say the least. My opinion of the Edwards/Keselowski wreck is that there is a difference between retaliation and purposely wrecking someone .... Read the rest of this blog
- "This simple personal swap would make JGR a stronger team." posted by The Hidden Groove on March 13, 2010 (7 comments)
Greg Zipadelli should become the crew chief of the 18 team, and Dave Rogers should become the crew chief of the 20.
Greg Zipadelli has been considered, for the last ten years, as one of the best crew chiefs in the NASCAR Sprint cup series. The combo of himself and Tony Stewart was considered the best driver ?crew chief .... Read the rest of this blog
- "A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS" posted by PaulD on March 11, 2010 (6 comments)
By Paul Denton
Please excuse me I'm far from being professional .I thought I would just write for my first time some of my thoughts so everyone will get where i stand.Here goes:
Talk about Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski has and will take up this off week and will for awhile after ,Just like the Taladega wreck did .Being a off week .... Read the rest of this blog
- "F1: 2010 FIA Formula 1 Preview" posted by Talon64 on March 11, 2010 (0 comments)
With the return of Michael Schumacher, no more refueling, 3 new teams and only 6 drivers staying with their 2009 rides, the 2010 Formula 1 season's been touted as the most anticipated in series history, a season that'll kick off tomorrow with the first two practice sessions.
With no clear favorite after pre-season testing, the title is wide .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Take On The Controversial Topics In NASCAR" posted by G14 on March 11, 2010 (24 comments)
With an off weekend upon us, I figured I would let the readers get to know my stances on several controversial issues in NASCAR today.
Toyota- This one is a bit outdated but still important. Like many others, I resented the fact Toyota would be coming over. But with today?s economy, we need all the support from manufacturers we can get. .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Race Weekend in Atlanta" posted by Nascar Stats Man on March 10, 2010 (3 comments)
This Sunday?s race at Atlanta Motorspeedway was by far the greatest race experience I have ever had. I have been to about 20 cup races and 35 or 40 total races in my life.
I was fortunate enough to purchase tickets for Atlanta the day after the Daytona 500. I did not get the $1 tickets but I did get ?Buy 1 get 1 for $1.? My total cost for 2 .... Read the rest of this blog
- "The 3 Point Play" posted by The Vicar on March 9, 2010 (1 comment)
So Nascar threw the ?pamphlet? at Carl. I still don?t want to blame the incident on ?have at it?, but in a roundabout way, Nascar has succumbed to the dictum as has the mainstream media.
The secret-double-wrist-slapping-probation my be the result of some guilt on Nascar?s part for 1: not having nipped this feud in the bud long ago and 2: failure .... Read the rest of this blog
- "A Look back at Everything that was Atlanta and Carl Edwards" posted by smith4js on March 9, 2010 (0 comments)
Okay I?ll cover the racing action before I get into the whole Edwards ordeal. Kurt Busch found victory lane after the dust settled and it seems one thing is clear. Both the 9 car of Kahne and the 2 car of Busch have that place figured out. Montoya looked good as well as Kenseth but when the 9 and 2 were on they were untouchable it seemed. The race .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Prediction for Edwards Penalty" posted by G14 on March 9, 2010 (6 comments)
50 points and $50,000. And of course, probation till the end of the season .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Formula One Predictions" posted by martin-n-rusty on March 9, 2010 (5 comments)
Here is a look at how I think the 2010 Formula One season will go. As I said with my predictions, they really don't mean jack (and really, who would of called Brawn GP and Jenson Button as champions, Red Bull running extremely well, and Ferrari having a poor season by its standards), but here we go
24. Karun Chandhok (Hispania) - Granted, .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Chaos In Atlanta" posted by G14 on March 8, 2010 (2 comments)
I suppose I will start off with the weekend?s biggest story, which unfortunately overshadows Kurt Busch?s 21st career win. Yes, I do believe Carl Edwards should be suspended one race. That has always been my opinion on over aggressive driving. Given how NASCAR wanted the drivers to have at it, I was shocked when Edwards got parked. I expect him .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Roll Models" posted by The Vicar on March 8, 2010 (0 comments)
Apparently not all the new fathers/drivers are telling the truth when they say they have a new perspective on life and priorities.
Given all the circumstances, the 99?s action was the epitome of selfishness. I believe it?s wrong to blame Robin Pemberton?s ?have at it? statement. It in no way should be considered contributory. Carl was simply .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Atlanta Race Weekend" posted by G14 on March 8, 2010 (0 comments)
Atlanta is the fourth track I have been to, and is my second consecutive trip out there.
Of the four (Talladega, Charlotte and Bristol being the others) I have quickly concluded AMS is the worst when it comes to traffic. It makes me wonder if this hurts attendance. Speaking of which?.
I hear that TV didn?t hide the fact there were .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Two Overachieving Underdogs" posted by Mile501 on March 8, 2010 (1 comment)
Somewhat lost among the much bigger headlines coming out of Atlanta is the story of two drivers who have far surpassed anyone's expectations so far this season. Those two drivers are Paul Menard and Scott Speed. Both were mired back in the 30s in points throughout all of 2009; Scott Speed even failed to qualify on three occasions and finished outside .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Monday Morning Roundup (3/8)" posted by martin-n-rusty on March 8, 2010 (0 comments)
- Carl... you idiot!
Yes, I am all for letting the gloves drop, and having the fists fly, to use a hockey analogy, but what Carl did was way out of line. First off, you don't go crashing someone at a high speed racetrack by nailing them on the fastest part of the speedway, and second off, unless its the Scott Speed-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. style .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Payback!" posted by drewh on March 8, 2010 (6 comments)
You know what they say about payback. In the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway yesterday Carl Edwards paid Brad Keselowski back for previous grievances. His intention was to merely spin Keselowski out and send a message. The result was something else entirely.
Once Keselowski?s car turned around backwards it lifted off the ground .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Atlanta Observations" posted by Fast Lane on March 7, 2010 (0 comments)
Atlanta produces the highest speeds on the circuit for a non-restricter plate race. Sunday?s event had it all--Earnhardt Jr. on the pole, lots of leader swaps, Brad Keselowski?s wild ride near the end, and a green-white-checker finish. But for me, seeing three Petty cars in the top 10 gave me a good feeling--Kasey Kahne (#9) finished fourth, Paul Menard .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Racing Heritage" posted by MOliscous on March 6, 2010 (0 comments)
I am a collector / trader of motor racing videos. I have a large collection of older races on DVD. If you have a collection and are interested in doing some trading or just want to see my list, please take a look at my blog. It is constantly being updated. I have NASCAR, CART, F-1, Sportscars, etc.
.... Read the rest of this blog
- "Hotlanta: A Weekend Preview" posted by smith4js on March 6, 2010 (2 comments)
Going into Atlanta, the Nationwide series is taking a break and the trucks are back in action for the first time since Daytona. Atlanta is personally one of my most favorite tracks on the circuit. Between tire strategy, speed and multiple grooves the track has so much to offer. I find it very difficult to think that anyone outside of Johnson will .... Read the rest of this blog
- "NASCAR: Viva Las Jimmie, Hotlanta and Trucks!" posted by Talon64 on March 4, 2010 (0 comments)
Jimmie Johnson won the Cup race at Las Vegas, his 4th in the last 6 years, thanks to a bad call by the 24 team to take 2 tires on the last pit stop. They ignored how many cars were still on the lead lap and how much of a lead they had over those few cars coming onto pit road in making the call which cost Jeff Gordon a dominating win.
Normally .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Shorter Races, Life Without Johnson, Atlanta" posted by G14 on March 4, 2010 (13 comments)
I have read how some people loved that this past weekend?s race was under three hours, and that more races need to be that short. To that, I say if you think cup races are too long, watch the Nationwide or truck series. Nationwide pretty much has all the cup guys anyway. In my opinion, I think 500 miles are perfect. I admit, I really don?t have .... Read the rest of this blog
- "For the Love of JJ" posted by RR on March 4, 2010 (1 comment)
I haven?t posted a blog in about two weeks, so I figured I should say something. My recent absence in the blog section can be attributed to a number of factors, but perhaps the primary reason is that, frankly, I don?t feel as though I really have had much to contribute. NASCAR?s season opener has been analyzed, critiqued, and dissected in every imaginable .... Read the rest of this blog
- ""Go Daddy!" or "Go, Danni."?" posted by The Rooster on March 3, 2010 (4 comments)
The world of NASCAR heads into its fourth week of competition in Atlanta this weekend, and through the mostly plain and uneventful first three weeks, one headline has dominated the sport.
?Danica Nation Heads to NASCAR.?
Let me start this long and overdue rant by saying that I initially was a fan of the young, up and coming .... Read the rest of this blog
- "A Look Back at Everything that was Vegas" posted by smith4js on March 3, 2010 (0 comments)
Three races into this season, one thing is evident; Jimmie Johnson has not lost his stride. In typical Johnson fashion, he did not have the best car throughout the whole day, but by the end of the race the car was just right. His teammate Gordon dominated the race leading a race-record 219 of the 267 laps and came home third after the team decided .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Caution By Computer" posted by The Vicar on March 2, 2010 (0 comments)
Nascar appears to be developing a programmable caution system. It?s obviously in the early stages. This had to be the first time their was a caution due to an inadvertent caution.
Like the 24 of years ago, the more yellows the better for the 48. Unfortunately it works just the opposite now for the 24.
Did we catch Mike Joy watching .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Atlanta Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on March 2, 2010 (0 comments)
A-List (1 Starter, 1 Reserve)
Starter - Jimmie Johnson
Reserve - Mark Martin
I haven't used Jimmie yet, and right how, Jimmie is white hot. It also helps that Jimmie's history at Atlanta for his past 10 races is just as white hot (7 Top 10's, 2 wins, average finish .... Read the rest of this blog
- "(Mostly) What was reaffirmed at Las Vegas" posted by Start-and-Parker on March 1, 2010 (0 comments)
What we learned from Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for the most part, confirms most of our suspicions after Auto Club Speedway so there will be few things we have learned. We will call this week mostly what was reaffirmed instead.
1. Daytona 500 wins have next to no bearing on how your season will go. Jamie McMurray .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Vegas Recap, Jr. and Slowica" posted by G14 on March 1, 2010 (9 comments)
I am already thinking this year?s championship is over. Let?s give the title to Jimmie and start on 2011, with some changes in the schedule.
Johnson could easily win 15 races this year. I really think he might do it. He could 10 or eleven before the chase, giving him over 100 bonus points for the playoffs. This would definitely cover any .... Read the rest of this blog
- "For The Lack of Two Tires, A Race Was Lost!" posted by drewh on March 1, 2010 (1 comment)
The difference in the Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway yesterday was two tires. Jeff Gordon dominated the day leading all but 48 of the 267 laps and didn?t win. During a late race pit stop Gordon took on only two right side tires, while Jimmy Johnson got four new Goodyears. After the restart, Johnson ran Gordon down and passed him with 17 .... Read the rest of this blog