Friday, May 1, 2009

Right Sides Only

The Cup caravan comes cruising through the Capital of the Confederacy this weekend. Richmond International Raceway will host the Sprint Cuppers on Saturday night, and the Nationwide Series on Friday night.

Short trackin', at night, will be a welcome relief after last week's Talladega debacle. Charlie Daniels sings the national anthem to kick off the Crown Royal 400 on Saturday.

Last week at Talladega, the action got a little too close to the crowd as Carl Edwards' car sailed into the catch fence along the front stretch. The fence repelled his car, but a shower of debris still shot into the stands.

A high school senior spent several days in the hospital earlier this week having her lower jaw restructured. Her jaw will be wired shut for several weeks, and many other fans suffered minor injuries.

Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson are all three-time winners at RIR. While Mike Waltrip has two top-10s to show for his 43 starts at the .75, D shaped oval.

Mikey was also debuting on NBC's 'My Name is Earl' this week. Do NOT let him have the keys to the El Camino, Earl!

Mark Martin won at PIR, then came home dead last the next time out, at Dega. We'll see if a pattern develops this week at RIR. Brian Vickers holds the RIR track record that he set in 2004, in a Chevy.

Kyle Busch celebrates his 24th birthday during the race on Saturday. He has 6 top-5s in his 8 RIR starts, and his #18 will be sporting the Combos sponsorship this week.

Marcos Ambrose will be gassing and going with Bush's Baked Beans on his #47 at RIR. The #33 of Clint Bowyer will be banking on BB&T. Doubt that the Force will be with him, but David Stremme's #12 will feature the new Star Trek movie.

AJ Allmendinger's wife and dog were wearing tee shirts last week at Talladega asking for AJ to be fan voted into the All-Star race later this month at LMS. AJ also gave away 250 pizzas to the rowdy Dega fans as part of his food-for-votes platform. Vote for AJ!

Four time national motorsports writer of the year, David Poole, suffered a fatal heart attack earlier this week. The 50 year old Poole wrote for the 'Charlotte Observer', that', and co-hosted a racing program on Sirius radio.

Poole seemed like a gruff, no nonsense type of guy, but he had a heart of gold. After writing a story about the little girl who gave Dale Earnhardt Sr a lucky penny, David started a charity for her family. Check it out....

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