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My thoughts on NASCAR

Posted on: February 8, 2008 8:40 am

Feb. 8 2008

  I had a dream last night, no, not that kind, but I wanted to take my blog in a new direction. Since the season is upon us, I just thought I would blog about what my feelings and thoughts on the current activities and weekly races bring. That being said, I'm starting out with what I witnessed last night at the Bud Shootout Selection Show, or the BSSS.

  The first thing I have to say is if you saw last years BSSS, you saw this years BSSS. It had the same format, with the same bartender. Kenny Wallace was behind the bar, and the bar was filled with tall tables and bar stools. There were 23 Aluminum Bud bottles standing on the bar, with mini flags with the starting position on each flag. The 23 Bud Shootout drivers were seated and talked amongst themselves as the show went on. Not that I dislike Kenny Wallace, but didn't I see this last year? I was going to turn over to 'Lost', but the kids wanted to see who 'won'. Who am I to deny a six and four year old? The Bud girls were cute, but I did notice that the dark headed Bud girl was cast off to the side while the blonde headed Bud girl was front and center with Kenny Wallace. I don't know what to read into this, but just wanted to give the guys who don't have the speed channel a visual.

   Now before I get too involved in this, I must say that the baby was crying and I had to make him a bottle, plus it was cheapy pizza nite for me and the boys, so some of the drivers comments I missed. One of the first thing I noticed was how much weight Denny Hamlin has lost. Kenny Wallace questioned him about it, as he talked to all the drivers as they came to the bar. Denny replied that he had lost thirty pounds as he pulled the number 12 from his Bud bottle. Maybe with the new body styles, he is looking for any advantage. Michael Waltrip took pictures of everyone as they went to the bar, which was kinda cool. He ends up starting third in Saturday nights race. The old timers were good as always. Bill Elloitt, who drew the 14 flag, doesn't seem to age, and I'm glad he's still racing. Mark Martin drew the number 2 from his bottle and commented that he wasn't surprised, and was actually dissapointed as he likes passing all the other drivers. Dale Jarrett acknowledged that this was his last Shootout as he pulled the number 15 flag from his bottle, and his last race will be the All-Star race at Lowes Motor Speedway. Kenny Wallace asked him how he would like retirement, and he replied that he didn't know if it would actually be a real retirement since he had two jobs now. I'm guessing he means driver and announcer.

    As I said earlier, I was in and out of range due to the kids, so I only got to see Kurt Busch hold up the Pole flag that he pulled from his bottle. When they called Casey Mears name, I was surprised to see that he didn't even look like the same guy. He wasn't. It was Caseys crew chief, Alan Gustafson. I guess Casey has what Mrs Plaid has and was unable to make it. He ended up with the 16th starting position. Tony Stewart was an interesting interview. As he pulled the number 10 from his bottle, he talked about the length of his hair and that his regular hair dresser lived in North Carolia and he wasn't able to see her due to his hectic schedule. Now bwfore anyone calls BS on that, I am the same way. My ex wife still cuts my hair, when I get it cut, as it's been quite awhile since I have had my greying locks cut also.

  Like I said, I missed alot of the show, but other highlights include Jamie McMurray 'snapping' bottle caps into the crowd, Carl Edwards talking about his new pilots license, and land that he bought in Mid Missouri, and Kenny Wallace autographing the bottle opener, giving it to Jimmie Johnson, who also autographed it, and gave it to a young fan.

   Thats going to wrap it up for now, and I would like to thank for some information and the starting line-up.

1st) #2-Kurt Busch (1 pole)
2nd) #8-Mark Martin (won in 1999)
3rd) #55-Michael Waltrip (1 pole)
4th) #26-Jamie McMurray (1 pole)
5th) #38-David Gilliland (1 pole)
6th) #41-Reed Sorenson (1 pole)
7th #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (1 pole)
8th) #9-Kasey Kahne (2 poles)
9th) #1-Martin Truex Jr. (1 pole)
10th) #20-Tony Stewart (won in 2001, 2002, 2007)
11th) #96-J.J. Yeley (1 pole)
12th) #11-Denny Hamlin (1 pole)
13th) #49-Ken Schrader (won in 1989,1990)
14th) #21-Bill Elliott (won in 1987)
15th) #44-Dale Jarrett (won in 1996, 2000, 2004)
16th) #5-Casey Mears (1 pole)
17th) #16-Greg Biffle (1 pole)
18th) #48-Jimmie Johnson (4 poles)
19th) #22-Dave Blaney (1 pole)
20th) #99-Carl Edwards (1 pole)
21st) #07-Clint Bowyer (2 poles)
22nd) #24-Jeff Gordon (7 poles)
23rd) #12-Ryan Newman (5 poles)

Category: Auto Racing

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 5:20 am

My thoughts on NASCAR

   It's early on Tuesday morning and I am up with the flu. He never sleeps. At least baby Plaid is catching some z's. Poor kid. First he gets a dad like me and then the flu. We were all s'pose to go out for my birthday dinner last night, but half the family that was to go is sick. Heck, maybe thats an excuse. Nah, who turns down great BBQ? Anyway, I tossed a couple of huge ribeyes on the grill along with some cheesy brats for the kids. That and some potatos sprinkled with seasoned and garlic salt, slathered in butter wrapped in foil, nestled on the side of the coals made for a great birthday dinner. The best part was it was snowing, and I had my shorts on.

   On to my thoughts. I know it's only Tuesday, and the Gatorade Duals are two days away, but I really need to get a couple of things done. Mrs. Plaid is getting the windows in the Tahoe tinted for me, so thats a couple of hours out of my day. I might as well get my taxes done too. That shouldn't take too long as I didn't work for four moths last year. It does make for a nice return though. Thank you baby Plaid. You are really paying off now. If you could just grow some teeth, I could give you some table scraps and I wouldn't have to pay for that incredibly expensive formula. Heck, he could even afford to lose a couple of pounds. He's already half the size of his oldest brother and he's almost six.

  On to the Duels!!  As I look over the line-ups, there are a few observations that I would like to share. The first is in race two. This to me is the much tougher of the two duels. Toyotas make up the front row and four of the top five. Mikey and Reutiman make up that front row and I really want to see how they work together. Not far behind is Jeff Gordon. You know he will be strong, but who will he work with? His teammates are in the other race. The Rousch gang (except Edwards) is also in this race so they should be ok working together. The Gibbs guys are also in this race, so we know Kyle Busch could shake things up. This race, to me, is the one to watch. That being said, race number one will probably be the exciting one.

   There are 53 cars total, and there are really only two spots remaining, so who won't make it? I will start out with the obvious. (These are only my opinions) Carl Long, Sterling Marlin, Stanton Barrett, and John Andretti, will not make the race. Thats four out of the ten, so only six drivers to go. Lets add Eric McClure, and AJ Allmindinger to that list. Now we have the remaining drivers that I believe have a shot at making the race. Boris Said, Brian Vickers, Patrick Carpentier, Jacques Villeneuve, (yes I had to look it up) can make the race on speed, depending on what happens, Ken Schrader, and Kenny Wallace. While I would like to see Schrader make it in, it won't happen. Kenny Wallace won't make it because, well, he's Kenny Wallace.

  So out of four remaining drivers.......Boris Said, Brian Vickers, Patrick Carpentier, Jacques Villeneuve, here's who I see getting the two remaining spots........

   Brian Vickers. He always drives well in the races, especially restrictor plate events. Now for the final spot, I think that Patrick Carpentier makes the race. I am hoping that Boris said gets in, because I just like the guy, but I feel in that race there will be trouble and Boris will be caught up in it. Of course, I am far from a prognosticator, and who knows what could happen.

  So Patrick Carpentier is my upset pick to make the Daytona 500.  Of course you know it is only Tuesday, and I did drink alot of Nyquil.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2008 9:51 pm

My thoughts on NASCAR

  It's Friday night.........

 OK. Friday practice is over, and I'm just as excited as ever for tomorrow night. A crash in practice, and controversy featuring Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. I missed out on Tony and Kurts get together, because I went out to eat with my family. ....Wait.......alright, I just saw the replay, and I will agree with Kyle Petty. It looked like they were racing and it wasn't anything that was intentional. Until Kyle decided to bash into Tony. YEE-HAA!!!  I'm so ready for this!!! Who thought it would be boring until the Chase??

    There are so many questions to be answered concerning the Toyotas. I don't believe they will be answered in eight days. A Toyota may win the Bud Shootout. A Toyota may win one of the Gatorade Duels, but they won't be believed until they do well in a non restrictor plate race. With the way that the draft works and with the speeds they are showing in practice, it could be anyones race. I may have to adjust my pick and pick Tony to win it. I really don't like to pick him because of the jinx factor.

  On a sad note, a bad thread was posted on the Auto Boards today. It made me ashamed to be a white guy. I know it still exists, but I really like to think that people aren't that bad. I really don't have to tell anyone here on these boards that nothing like that should ever be said. I, along with other friends here, have tolerated strange, and obnoxious rants from the guy, but I always wrote it off to the guy being an old codger. These are different times. There is no place in this society for that nonsense. People are people and we all bleed red. I am still amazed that he actually posted that. I believe it was Rock who was the first to respond to that garbage, and he removed the guy from his favorites. I was not too far behind Edwardsfan in doing the same. I hope that everyone has the decency to completely forget what was posted along with the poster. I hope to never see his words of hate on the Auto Boards again. I just hope that he can find peace in himself before dying, which ironically is what I believe is the reason he posted it.

   On a much lighter note, Monster Jam is tomorrow, and I think I am just as excited as the boys are to see the Monster trucks again. I hope to post again before we leave, but it may be when we get home tomorrow evening. You guys don't think I would miss the Shootout, do you?? LOL


Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2008 9:31 pm

My thoughts on NASCAR

Thank You for the time it took you to write this. I learned a little more about NASCAR as a result. I'm sure your kids know more than I do about NASCAR and it makes me feel just a trifle "inadequate" (about NASCAR, not the other type). Thanks again.

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2008 5:31 pm

My thoughts on NASCAR

Great blog today Plaid... lots of excitement....

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2008 1:03 pm

My thoughts on NASCAR

Tony's barber from North Carolina?

Great blog Plaid. Unfortunately I was not able to watch the show because of how I was feeling at the time, but now I don't think I will need to warm up the DVR either..your synopsis captured the moment well.  

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2008 11:49 am

My thoughts on NASCAR

Plaid, it was a good show. Don't know if you caught it or not but when it was Mikey's turn he stated he was thrilled that he got to pick his qualifying position out of a bottle.  Referring how hard it was for him to qualify last year.  Also, Kenny got onto Kasey Cane for drawing the number 8 position.  Refering to the long time sponsoship on the 8 car.  That had to tear the Junior fans up.

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