This week's RSO finds the Cup series in Western Pennsylvania for the second time in less than two months. In this day and age of GPS systems and the like, who goes to West Pa twice period? NASCAR's brilliant schedule makers, that's who.
Last time here, way back in June of 2009, Tony Stewart won his first race as a car owner. Gas mileage, yeah. Maybe NASCAR figures this is the way to make the Brickyard seem exciting....follow it with Pocono.
Only 43 cars are entered for Pocono. Even the start and parkers won't take the easy money just to show up here. Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond both won three consecutive races at Pocono. Hendrick Motorsports has 11 total wins here, including one by Richmond.
Drivers still looking for a breakout at Pocono (or, maybe just to get out of Pocono) are Juan Montoya with five starts here and one top-10 finish. Paul Menard has five starts, and no top-10s. David Stremme also has five starts and no top 10s. Reed Sorenson has seven starts, and, you guessed it, no top-10s.
Penske Racing celebrates, sponsor, PPG's 25th year with the team with a special PPG paint job on Sam Hornish's #77 on Sunday. Marcos Ambrose steps his game up with iracing.com on his #47. Tony Stewart gets his swag on with Old Spice Swagger on the SHR #14 this weekend.
Mustang will be the COT for Ford in the NNS next season. Can Challengers and Camaros be far behind? Jeremy Mayfield's step mother, Lisa Mayfield, filed a defamation lawsuit against Jeremy this week. Claiming that she "suffered damage to her reputation." I think I speak for all men when I ask, "Just what does this golddigger look like?"
Jamie McMurray is out at RFR. Roush claims that if a sponsor can be found, J Mac's 26 team will be moved, intact, to Yates Racing. McMurray's old sponsor, Crown Royal has moved to the #17 of Matt Kenseth. Kenseth's current sponsor, DeWalt, has pulled out of NASCAR. McMurray is also on a short list to go drive EGR's #1 after Martin Truex gets out of it to go to MWR.
Yates is saying that Paul Menard, and more importantly Daddy's funding, is not leaving after the season. Reed Sorenson is in danger of losing the seat in the famous #43 sooner, rather than later. AJ Allmendinger will be in that car in a matter of weeks.
Big get well wishes to my favorite F-1 driver,Felipe Massa. Dude suffered multiple skull fractures after being hit in the helmet by debris during practice last week. Consiga bien pronto, hermano.