The NASCAR schedule is winding down, tick, tock. Only four races left until the Chase begins. This week's race at Watkins Glen will probably be the last race with any action for a couple of months.
The Chase has the drivers walking on eggshells. Those in it are points racing. Trying to be conservative and consistent instead of racing for the win. Those not in it are driving conservative thanks to NASCAR ordering them not to harm any Chase contestants.
As usual, a road race in NASCAR brings in the hired guns. The road race 'specialists'. Let me know when one of these 'aces' finishes in the top five. It's been awhile.
PJ Jones is back in Robby Gordon's version of a start and park. Jones will be in the Jim Beam #04. don't worry he'll be parked before the ice melts in his drink back at the motorcoach.
Jacques Villeneuve was called to take over for Reed Sorenson in the RPM #43 at the Glen. That deal has went away now that Sorenson is better. Seems that Reed got a dose of carbon monoxide Monday at Pocono. Carbon monoxide? Are you listening Jeremy?
Patrick Carpentier takes over in the #55 Toyota for Mike Waltrip this week. Baby steps, Mikey. You can do it. Break that habit.
Boris Said is slated to drive the #08 US Chrome Ford at the Glen. But, with four of the last five qualifying sessions there rained out, look for, past champion, Terry Labonte to attempt to qualify the car.
Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart lead all drivers with four wins apiece at Watkins Glen. Mark Martin won three consecutive poles and races here from 1993-1995. Wow! Buck Baker won the first NASCAR race here in 1957. He won the pole too, Mark.
Looking back at Pocono from this past Monday..... the last half of the race was interesting.... for a change. Amazing the drama that NASCAR can build with some well timed mystery debris cautions, and double file restarts.
Pocono winner, Denny Hamlin apologized for taking out David Reutimann, then accused the Beak of 'brake checking' him to start the accident. Think about that, Denny actually thinks that someone would tap the brakes..... while racing three wide..... with 30 cars right behind him. JGR teammates, WTH? Kyle doesn't know how to act when he loses, and Denny doesn't know how to act when he wins!
Did anyone see the results of Brad Coleman's race car meeting a coyote head on, while testing in Arizona? Send me an email addy if you want to check it out. Not pretty!