This weekend, NASCAR will be putting Right Sides Only on in "that same old place, sweet home, Chicago." Nationwide series on Friday night, and Sprint Cup on Saturday night.
A Jack Roush car has never won a Cup event at Chicagoland Speedway. Along with Indy, these are the only two tracks that he hasn't won a race at. I knew I liked these two tracks for some reason.
His current Cup lineup, featuring David Ragan, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, and Matt Kenseth, have made 26 starts here, and have 8 top-10 finishes to show for themselves. Kenseth has four of those eight top-10s himself.
In the month since Dale Earnhardt Jr got his new crew chief, he's really turned his season around.....not for the better! No top-10s. And, while, pre-switch, he once was on the fringe of making the Chase, now even his Nation of die-hards are clamming up about the chances of Jr chasing anything.
AJ Allmendinger will be cooking Hunt Bros Pizza in the #44 Saturday night. Chicago style? Will Bobby Labonte have the remote to go along with DLP on his #96? Matt Kenseth will be skimming along with USG Sheetrock finishing his #17 Ford.
The #34 of John Andretti and #37 of Tony Raines will feature Long John Silvers, Baja Fish Tacos this weekend as part of a promotion to give the fish tacos away on Tuesday, July, 14. Ahh, fish tacos.....
NASCAR called Jeremy Mayfield on Monday at 1:18 and gave him a lab to report to within two hours to give a drug screen sample. Mayfield 'got lost', finally called NASCAR and was told of another lab to go to. He, instead went to his own lab and gave a sample. NASCAR reps showed up at his home that night, and after another hour of delays, got a sample. What a tangled web we weave...
CNBC has a special report concerning the economic state of NASCAR. "Inside Track: The Business of NASCAR" airs Thursday, July, 9 at 9pm, 10pm, and 1am. It reairs on July, 12 and 13. I doubt this will be too warm and fuzzy. Tune in to, hopefully, see Brian France get hammered like a co-ed at a keg stand party.
The #47 Toyota in the NNS series has run out of sponsorship while sitting in 11th place in the point standings. Michael McDowwel is out, and Kelly Bires will be starting and parking it in Chicago.
On the other hand, 18 year old, Trevor Bayne, driver of the MWR #99 in NNS, has had his schedule increased from 8 to 12 races, including Friday night at Chicago.
Kyle Busch has finished in the top two in the last five NNS races.
Congrats to Theresa Earnhardt for finally getting rid of the last reminder of Dale Sr's legacy at DEI when Martin Truex Jr moved on. Truex will be in the NAPA #56 next year for MWR. Sad.