Friday, April 23, 2010

Right Sides Only

Deep in the heart of Dixie is where we find the boys bringing the noise, in Talladega. The wings are clipped, and the rear spoilers are back where they belong, as we hit the highbanks of Alabama.

Family Feuds

We had several teammate on teammate disagreements last week at Texas. Jeff Gordon ran over HMS partner, Jimmie Johnson, in route to the front. Gordon mocked JJ via radio afterwards, calling Johnson "Four Time". JJ also whined a little on the radio, but neither really threw down once they were out of their 3,500 pound cages.

In the NNS race we had Kevin Harvick making it three-wide way too early, and causing fellow RCR chum, Clint Bowyer to eventually blow a tire and wreck out. Bowyer had a few unkind words for Harvick after getting out of his car. Later in the same race, Colin Braun and Ricky Stenhouse Jr had a go-around that ended badly.


Kasey Kahne said goodbye to RPM last week when he signed a deal with HMS. Strange, that he wanted to leave so bad that he signed without even knowing what he'll be driving next year. He takes over the HMS #5 in 2012.

Kevin Harvick seems to be a dead man walking at RCR since his sponsor, Shell-Pennzoil, has bolted for Penske and Kurt Busch. Miller Lite moves from Busch to teammate, Brad Keselowski.

He Ain't Guilty, He's My Cousin

Brian France's cousin, JC France had his DUI and coke possession charges thrown out of a Daytona Beach court this week. JC drives in the NASCAR owned, Grand Am series. All charges were dropped due to a "technicality". Maybe Jeremy Mayfield should just change his last name to France.

Talladega Talk

The #00, driven by David Reutimann, will feature the BCS Football National Champion University of Alabama courtesy of regular sponsor, Aaron's.

Tony Stewart's #14 Chevy will have mountain scenery down the sides thanks to Matterhorn, a new scent by Old Spice.

This is the first race here since over half the grandstand seats have been replaced by new wider, roomier perches. Second speedway this year. Are they trying to say we're fat?

Jamie McMurray goes for his third plate race win in a row here on Sunday.

Mr Four Time makes his 300th Cup start this weekend. JJ has only won 50 races in his 299 starts. Oh, and four championships.


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  1. Gene, if what is saying is true, Harvick has burned ALL his bridges at RCR. If it's true, he's burned them to ashes, with NO chance of returning to RCR next season. I can see Harvick in a third SHR car next season, possibly with Budweiser as his sponsor. (Could Jack Daniel's be returning to NASCAR with Harvick? Food for thought.)

  2. Maybe Harvick was repaying Bowyer in kind for Atlanta last summer, when Bowyer spun out, costing Harvick a sure win in the Cup race.

  3. Jon...Harvick says he has a great relationship with Richard Childress. Maybe, maybe not. He is a very prickly individual, and his best bet down the road may be to secure sponsorship for his own team, and expand that team to Cup.

  4. Nice RSO. That stat says JJ wins roughly 17% of all races he runs in, wow. Looks like we may end up getting another Monday race...

  5. I'm 11th out of 25 in my NASCAR Fantasy League.

    I may be coming to you for some help soon.

  6. According to the National Weather Service, there is a wind advisory for Talladega from noon til 5 p.m., with gusts up to 30 mph, making driving difficult. Will it help or hinder cars already going 200 mph?lol