Brian's Traveling Road and Medicine (OTC only) Show swindles into Indiana this weekend. Yes, much like an unwanted Cousin Eddie, Indy turns up once a year. We all know the history. Too bad for NASCAR all that history is in open wheelers. Who knows *wink* maybe the double file restarts (following the mystery debris cautions) will add a smidgen of excitement to this annual 400 mile parade.
This race starts yet another TV network down the path of certain viewer ire. ESPN returns without making any major changes to it's on-air "talent". "Is Rusty still in the Navy?" Unfortunately, no.
We've seen 11 different winners in the 19 Cup races so far this season. Who will be number 12? Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Denny Hamlin, or Greg Biffle? Paul Menard is offering his daddy's sponsorship money to any team that will take it. Even though he has no top-10s this year, he will get multiple offers.
David Ragan is reportedly the odd man out at RFR. That's what happens when you don't have a top-10 since February, or a Fortune 500 father. Kasey Kahne makes his 200th consecutive Cup start this week. 81 year old Herschell McGriff made a start last Sunday in the CWW series race in Portland. Not just a gimmick, McGriff finished 13th.
Four drivers have started all 15 Brickyard 400s, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, and Mark Martin. Burton is the only driver to be running at the end of each of the 15 races. His #31 Chevy will be sporting the purple Prilosec flair this Sunday.
Juan Montoya has one top-5 in his two Brickyard starts. Of course, he won the Indy 500 in 2000. This year, his #41 will have the same Target paint scheme as his Indy winning racer did. Viva la Retro!
Terry Labonte brings his past champion's exemption to the #08 this week. Kyle Busch will be talking Snacklish in the #18 Snickers Toyota. Robby Gordon hooks up with Johns Manfield at Indy again. Martin Truex Jr tries to rock out with Guitar Hero on his #1.
Bill Elliott has 14 starts here with one win and nine top-10s. Kevin Harvick has eight starts with a win, three top-5s, and five top-10s. Kurt Busch has three top-10s in his eight starts.
Tyler Hansbrough, the NBA Pacer's first round pick, will be the Grand Marshall. Infineon's Grand Marshall, that ever irritating tool bag, Guy Fieri has his mug on the hood of Mike Skinner's #36 at Indy. This car has been a start-and-park all season. Here's hoping that nothing changes.
One slice that tells all we need to know about the state of NASCAR: There are still tickets available for next month's night race at Bristol!