Bristol is in the books and we have just two more regular season races left to field our 12 Chase contestants. The boys are catching their breath this week before marching into Atlanta; then some will make their final stand in Richmond, the last battle before the Chase starts.
The Nationwide Series is in Montreal this weekend. Maybe those you that like to watch heavy ass stock cars try to race in the rain will get your wish. The CW Trucks are at Chicagoland as an IRL support series this week.
The first six drivers in the point standings seem safely in the Chase. Ryan Newman in 7th is only 50 p0ints ahead of Matt Kenseth in 12th. Kenseth is then only 34 ahead of Kyle Busch in 13th, and only 39 points ahead of Brian Vickers in 14th. One blown tire, wreck, mechanical failure, anything, and any driver in those final six transfer spots could find his playoff hopes dashed.
Mark Martin finished second at Bristol last week. It was his 250th top-5 finish in his 1,000th start. Pretty amazing.
Ray Evernham and Erin Crocker were married in Vegas recently. Anything to keep her out of a racecar, huh Ray? Bootie Barker was replaced by Gene Nead as Mike Waltrip's crew chief recently. The worst thing about working for Mikey is when you get blamed for his shortcomings as a driver.
Get well wishes to JJ Yeley who suffered three broken vertebrae in a sprint car flip on a Kansas dirt track last Saturday.
Last week's RSO reported that a Dale Earnhardt themed roller coaster, the Intimidator 305, was opening at Kings Dominion next spring. I thought it was kind of neat and newsworthy. Of course I didn't know they were going to go full tilt on these things. Now, Carowinds amusement park outside of Charlotte will introduce their Dale Earnhardt Intimidator roller coaster next spring as well. WTH?
This coaster claims to be the Southeast's tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster. Even though it is 70 feet lower and 12mph slower than the one in Richmond.
Here's the link for another virtual ride....http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/
Tune in next week to see if Atlanta gets their Intimidator coaster before Tampa does.