Will the hard feelings and high temperatures left over from NoCal subside before the gang gets to New England? Let's hope not. NASCAR said, "boys, have at it." Usually, a week is long enough for the wronged party to get over it, but after Jeff Gordon's one man wrecking crew in Sonoma, payback(s) may still be coming his way.
Hold on Loosely
Past Champion, Bobby Labonte quit the TRG team this week and will drive the #7 for RGM in Loudon Sunday. After a much needed 2nd place run last week, Robby Gordon will be in South America meeting with a potential sponsor. So Labonte is in for a one week deal while Robby wines and dines the Escobars.
Labonte has also signed to drive the two races immediately following Loudon with Phoenix Racing. Labonte has always been one of the truly good guys in NASCAR. So, why is he dragging out his farewell tour for about six years too long? There are actually fans today that are too young to remember when Bobby was a threat to win every week.
Smoking in the Boy's Room
Past NNS Champion, Randy LaJoie failed a NASCAR drug test and is now suspended indefinitely. LaJoie copped to the charge as soon as the suspension went public. He claims to have used marijuana one time, in May. He says he gave some fans a golf cart ride in a parking lot after the 600, and ended up hitting the hippie lettuce at a party they happened upon.
If NASCAR really was fan friendly they'd give the Champ a pass on this one. They should be glad that LaJoie is such a great ambassador for the sport. Who really got hurt in this instance? LaJoie was licensed to work on the #18 NNS crew. That's the first I've heard of it. Wonder what his job title was?
Big Boss Man
NASCAR's first multi car owner, Raymond Parks passed away last Sunday on Father's Day. Parks was a self-made millionaire from Atlanta, Georgia. Red Byron won the very first Cup championship, driving for Parks, in 1949.
Louden Low Down
There have been 30 Cup races in New Hampshire, all at NHMS.
2007 winner, Clint Bowyer will be sponsored by Zaxbys Chicken on Sunday.
'Slow Ride' at the superspeedway? Foghat does the US National Anthem. I guess the State Fair shows aren't booked for another month or so.
Last year, right here, Joe Logano became NASCAR's youngest Cup winner at a shade over 19.
In a great show of appreciation, Lenox Tools gave the entire town of Lenox, Mass free tickets to Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 race at Louden.