This week we go from NASCAR's smallest track at Matinsville to it's largest one in Talladega. See, this is the kind of Wildcard they throw into the Chase to make it more exciting. Right? Goosebumps, yet?
Look for NASCAR to realy shake up the Chase format during the offseason. Their TV ratings have went Tango Uniform this year. Jimmie Johnson's dominance is only hurting as several long time fans have said, "Enough!"
Since it seems as no one can work hard enough, or spend enough, to beat the 48 team, look for NASCAR to bring some kind of 'luck of the draw' element to the Chase or the Race for the Chase. Something that will allow something totaly random to factor into the competition.
He hasn't driven one lately.
Elliott Sadler will be in the #19 Stanley Tools Ford this weekend. RPM will be getting a head start on their merger with Yates by putting E Sad in a Ford for this restrictor plate race. Evidently this is just a test session to collect data for next year's Daytona where RPM will have four Fords entered.
Was that his name?
Steve Addington is out as Kyle Busch's crew chief after the race Sunday in Talladega. Addington was paid a lot of money to listen to Busch complain. In return he got to call himself a crew chief. A title that he will never hold again in the Cup series. Did he ever make a pit call that won a race for Kyle? Magic 8-Ball says, NO!
While it would have been interesting for Busch to take one of Dale Jr's old crew chiefs and turn him into a winner, JGR has already announced the new chief. Dave Rogers comes over from the JGR #20 NNS car where he won the Owner's Championship last year while using four different drivers. About the same amount of personalities that Kyle has, so Rogers should be perfect.
Bobby Labonte has met with Robby Gordon Motorsports. I would like to say that it wasn't concerning a ride for Labonte next season, but I can't. It's bad enough that Robby Gordon is out there running 36th every week, but why would a champion like Bobby want to become a ham and egger also? RGM would like to have a second car next year, and Bobby has a past champion's provisional that they could use.
Labonte left a sweet ride at JGR a few years back and began a shamefull slide into pity and obscurity when he went to Petty Enterprises. From there he dug farther down until he found himself at Hall of Fame Racing. Now RGM? Bobby, you are the only thing Hall of Fame worthy at HOF Racing. If you can't get a ride with a team that has won a race in the last three years....retire. Please!