With just two races to go, the Chase continues with this week's stop in Phoenix. Jimmie Johnson lost over half of his points lead to Mark Martin last week in Texas after an early wreck....thanks Reutimann!
Is it Drama Yet?
It may seem exciting now that Martin appears to be within striking distance of Johnson's points lead. Yeah, sure, you betcha, just be prepared for Jerry Punch to give the point totals----if the race ended now----at least once every three minutes.
I don't know anyone who likes to hear that over and over, so maybe ABC could put a small graphic in a corner of the screen showing their, and Jeff Gordon's, points totals....as they race. Other sports have been using it for years......it's called a scoreboard! That way the fans know who is leading. Or, even who would win.....if the contest ended now....it won't, though.
The Kevfecta? WTH!
Kyle Busch came within 2 laps of winning all three NASCAR races at Texas last weekend, and he's geared up to try it again in Phoenix. This week, Kevin Harvick will also give it a go, as he's entered in all three national series races at the one-mile track. Harvick and Busch have both won Cup races at Phoenix. Busch (2005) joins Tony Stewart (1999) as the only rookie winners there.
A Patriot Missle
After winning last week at Texas in the "Operation Homefront" Dodge, Kurt Busch and the Miller Lite team have decided to name that winning car "Patriot". Go here and check them out, or to make a donation. http://www.operationhomefront.net/
EGR in the News
Turns out that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will not be switching to Toyota next year after all. They are sticking with Chevy, and using RCR engines again in 2010. Meanwhile Aric Amirola has filed a breach-of-contract suit against EGR in a N.C. Superior Court.
Coffee and Rain-X
Too bad we're not racing in Seattle this week. Martin Truex Jr's #1 EGR Chevy will be sponsored by Rain-X and Starbucks. Starbucks makes it NASCAR debut by featuring a new instant coffee called 'VIA Ready Brew'.
I can't imagine buying Starbucks instant. As it is, I'm not a fan of their shops with the pretentious, pony tailed, poly-sci majors schlepping coffeee anyway. Oh! Maybe that will make folks buy the instant at the grocery store. Speaking of coffee....what is the deal with Dunkin Donuts coffee? Is it supposed to taste that bitter? All the time?
ABC vs NASCAR
After the Talladega race one of NASCAR 's suited flunkies said that ABC was disparaging the 'action' on the track. Brian France jumped in and said that maybe ABC doesn't know how to telecast a non-stick and ball sport. While admitting that he did not watch the race on ABC, BF still had opinions on what ABC should be doing to increase ratings.
What a laugh! NASCAR's top execs are so clueless that they think it's the network's job to make their product exciting!