Posted on: February 18, 2008 5:15 am

I am a member of 'I cant stand DW' fan club

I am also the President of the 'I can't stand DW' fan club.

   I don't know if anyone noticed or not, at the end of the Daytona 500, when the drivers were going into turn three, and it was getting clear that the winner was not coming from the Gibbs camp, our ol buddy DW got extra excited. Why is that? Does he not like Tony Stewart? Kurt Busch? Maybe he's just a big fan of Newman, or Penske.

   I can understand an announcer getting excited when his brother or son is coming to the checkered, and I have been touched especially by Ned Jarretts call to the checkered for his son. I was even smiling when DW announced his brother Mikey to his first Daytona 500 victory.

   I for one will admit I have really never been a fan of DW. It really stems from his early days, when he wouldn't/couldn't keep his mouth shut. Then came DW's win at Daytona. What did we get in victory lane? A poor imitation of the 'Icky Shuffle', made popular from Cincinnati's running back. You see, 'ol DW, (I don't use his name, because his initials stand for Dim-Wit) can't come up with anything original. From his Crystal Gayle refrences,......... "He done 'Blue Bayou'." , to his inane chatter about how "this cat has a fast hot-rod" and how he wants his spotter to tell him where the leaders at......."the leaders at the line ........now."  If you want to know where the leader is, just look in your rear-view mirror DW, because in the last third of your driving career, thats where they could be found. You went from being a brash, hot shot that could back it up, to a spineless wimp who took up space on the track. Your best during that time was your commercials with your sponsor Western Auto, and look where that lead. No more Western Auto.

  Now you land a spot as a commentator with the new boys on the block when it comes to broadcasting NASCAR. You swipe some goofy catch phrase from somebody, because we know by now, that you can't come up with anything on your own, and it sticks with people who don't know any better. You are a trickster, DW. You almost had me reeled back in before the 50th running of the Great American Race. Choking back the tears, remembering how great it once was. You almost had me. Then the ol DW that I know and despise shows himself. Last Lap. Turn three. Cheering against my driver. You didn't cheer for Newman. You didn't cheer for Penske. You cheered against Tony Stewart. Don't like his hair? Don't like him because he is what you once were?  I really can't say that because Tony Stewart is a race car driver. I'm not sure if you really had the balls to do it.

  So, once again, we have to suffer through your 'newest' catch phrase, although you have no idea where it came from, but you once heard someone say it, so you steal it, and use it on TV, "Hello Newman". Maybe thats why you didn't want to see Tony win. You haven't stolen anything to say about Tony.

  I'm sure that this may ruffle a few feathers of the DW fans out there, but I don't care. If you don't want to see this type of thing said about your guy, then let him know that people are on to him. I myself am not going to stand for it. DW must be stopped!! Doesn't NASCAR and FOX know that little children are watching?

   So, for the good of NASCAR nation, for the good of future mankind, please, please, join me in the 'I can't stand DW' fan club. Together, we can fight to get guys like this removed from the broadcast booth, and the general public.

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 8, 2008 8:40 am

My thoughts on NASCAR

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 Jayski.com 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
Posted on: January 23, 2008 3:22 pm

Toyotas presence in Cup

It seems that everyone I know has a blog now, and of course I don't want to be left out.

I'm just wondering how Toyota has managed to pass Ford on the owners list. Is it money? Does Toyota have that much money that they can have more entries in Sprint Cup racing after only one year in the sport than Ford, who has been here since the beginning? Sure they got out of Cup a long time ago, but who remembers that?

This year, the team that my driver drives for, has made the switch to Toyota. Joe Gibbs Racing has, in my opinion, been one of the pioneers when it comes to taking chances. Never mind the money aspect, I believe that when Joe Gibbs sees an opportunity, he will take advantage of it. I don't think that he made the decision to switch from the most popular manufacturer, and the manufacturer that has the most Championships in Cup history, to Toyota on a whim. He has got to see that Toyota is committed to winning in the Sprint series, and maybe he has noticed what they have done in the truck series.

My friends have given me a hard time for being a fan of a driver whose team has made the switch to Toyota. But in my opinion, the bottom line is this.........Joe Gibbs Racing has a Two time Cup Champion in Tony Stewart, and two of the best  young drivers on the circuit in Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch. Look for wins from his team this year, along with other teams that have made the switch to Toyota.

Category: General
Tags: gibbs, nascar, toyota
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