Saturday, December 8, 2012

2012 From the Flagstand

As usual, we skip January and lead off with February, when racing roared back to life at Daytona. After three long, cold, months of waiting for the boys to bring back the noise, it took all of three laps of DW and Larry Mac to douse those flames of anticipation. Luckily JPM had earned his fire-starting badge and reignited them. Matt Kenseth finally won 2012’s Daytona 500, three or four days after it was scheduled to end, barely keeping the 500 in the month of February. Kurt meltdowns: 1.

Which left only a couple of days before our four March races. Smoke won two of them, way out west. Four races into the year and each of NASCAR’s four manufacturers (Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, and Dodge) had a race win. Kurt meltdowns: 2

The first day of April found Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon slamming fenders with each other at Martinsville. Meh, they both seem pretty level-headed, I’m sure they won’t carry a grudge. Sniffles the Hamster scored his second win of the young year. Teammate, Kyle Busch, secured the first of what is sure to be many wins this year. Kurt meltdowns: 2.

At Talladega in May we saw Smoke lecturing fellow drivers on his special ‘no blocking allowed’ rule that he would begin enforcing immediately. Maybe we can get a demonstration of exactly what you’re talking about, Tone? Tone? It took eleven races before JJ won his first this season. Uh oh, could be a long year for the multi-timer. Kurt meltdowns: 3

In June five different drivers found victory lane. Joey Logano somehow followed the sliced bread crumbs to the winner’s circle at Pocono. Even more surprising was Dale Jr winning for the first time since 2008. Every time Jr wins a race, Obama wins an election. Thanks, Junebug. Kurt meltdowns: 1.

During July’s 1,118 miles of racing we somehow had 63 laps of cautions. So… my daily commute has a higher accident to miles driven ratio? And, it’s interactive… and free. JJ and Smoke won their third races of the year, and Kasey Kahne earned his second of the season. Kurt meltdowns: 2.

August found Jeff Gordon winning a race, finally. Did he really need his GPS to find victory lane? “Turn left. Turn left. Go five tenths of a mile and your destination is on the left.” Marcos Ambrose also made his yearly visit to VL at a non-oval track. Kurt meltdowns:1

 September saw the Hamster and Kez winning four of its five races. Oh yeah, the Chase started…. In Chicago? Kyle “points raced” himself right out of the Chase at Richmond. Strangely, he still has the same crew chief. Kurt meltdowns: 0.

We returned to Talladega in October and Smoke showed everyone what happens to blockers. Twenty-two other cars suffered collateral damage, but everyone agreed his demonstration was spot on. As the month wound down it looked like JJ might sail on to his sixth championship, as his lone challenger turned out to be, Keselowski, the new kid on the block (with the haircut to prove it). Kurt meltdowns: 1.

November signaled the end of Hendrick’s title reign of terror (yes that includes Tony) as Keselowski gave Dodge its first championship since Lee Iacocca was running the show. Google him, kids. I’m old. In other news, the title clinching race will be Dodge’s last one for the foreseeable future. Kurt meltdowns:0… but he can’t be happy that his old team just won the title, can he?

With appologies to Dave Barry


  1. Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions
    on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thank you

    My website - beauty salon games

  2. This article presents clear idea in support of the
    new users of blogging, that truly how to do blogging.

    Feel free to surf to my homepage;

  3. Your means of describing the whole thing in this post is truly nice, every one
    be capable of effortlessly understand it, Thanks a lot.

    Feel free to surf to my site;

  4. If you complete your two years and realize you want to continue learning even more,
    this program is flexible and gives you the option to continue
    into a third year, where you. It happens when our body cannot excrete sufficient insulin or when cells cannot react with insulin and subsequently glucose inside our
    blood is being accumulated and excreted from urine. This film has many familiar faces
    such as John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) but again we
    are shown just how advanced CGI is now -especially when combined with the acting talents of Andy Serkis- and it's easy to forget that Caesar isn't real.

    Feel free to visit my web blog: 1

  5. In fact, these types of pictures are daily posted and shared a lot.
    They are no different than us, as people who are loved and cherished by thier
    families. However, for the next several miles until we got to our hotel, he
    smelled pretty dog-gone good, not.

    Here is my blog :: very funny pictures and quotes

  6. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find
    It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others
    like you helped me.

    Also visit my site ... Biotechnology

  7. They aim at miming various good qualities of
    the counterparts of the assumed celebrity. I have more
    stuffings in me from yesterday than I care to think about.
    All kinds of sports news today are offered live through the television.

    Also visit my website - Latest Daily News

  8. You will find the most updated news being uploaded or published
    in blogs and celeb news sites. Aamir Khan
    and Amitabh Bachchan had a rough battle, when the movies related to them
    were released at the same time. Celebritynewsapp
    has developed a celebrity app which is getting popular day by day.

    Also visit my blog post

  9. Ι ԁo not еνen knoω how I ended up
    here, but I thought thіs post ωаs greаt.
    I ԁo not knοw whо you are but ԁefinіtеly yоu aгe going tο
    a famous blogger if уou aгe not alreаԁy ;) Chеeгs!

    My blog pоst :: hcg injections vs drops

  10. your outdoor yard tasks now. There is no better way to get prepared than by getting organized.

    Arrow storage sheds will be the perfect answer to all of your clutter issues
    in your

    Here is my blog post buy arrow sheds

  11. I don't consider you really need to have any supplements, a complex carbohydrate diet ought to aid. Tips: flavoured beans and rice, pasta with steamed broccoli and a small mayo, lentil curry, chick pea dip ( hummus) with bread, reduce potatoes fried in 1 or two (max) tbsps oil, served with eggs, cereal blender drinks (blended with fruit, as being a food replacement). Minimize your dairy processed meals and meat consumption, consume significantly less than 40 grams of body fat a day. I am sorry, other than should you eat fruits, salads and bagels, a lot of what I suggest above will involve a bit of cooking, nevertheless it will definitely be easier on your pocketbook.

    Also visit my weblog :: precision nutrition v3 reviews

  12. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and also the rest of
    the website is also really good.

    Also visit my weblog; expert appliance repair Lutz area

  13. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.

    Maybe you could space it out better?

    Feel free to surf to my web-site :: sameday service appliance repair Safety Harbor FL

  14. I'm curious to find out what blog system you are utilizing? I'm having some minor
    security problems with my latest website and I'd like to find something more secure. Do you have any recommendations?

    Feel free to surf to my web blog ... recipes For Juicers

  15. Please let me know if you're looking for a author for your site. You have some really good posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I'd really like to write some
    material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.

    Please blast me an e-mail if interested. Thanks!

    My weblog: faraday flashlights

  16. How come you consider some females look for out associations with guys in jail, a lot of them imprisoned for existence?
    Brutal serial killers just like the Night
    Stalker have had women seek him out for any relationship and attainable marriage.

    How come some females do that? Can it be due to the
    fact they believe they will be necessary within a drastic way by an imprisoned guy, more than the usual free man?

    Look into my website: attracting women

  17. It sold out!!! The organization informed me that far more will be
    in stock next month. many thanks

    Here is my blog :: six pack shortcuts free youtube

  18. I'm not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? I'll
    check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

    Also visit my homepage :: goodwill online store

  19. I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer
    to create your theme? Fantastic work!

    Look at my web site magnetized flashlights

  20. Treatments 1 and 4 are absolutely my preferred ones. Who knew that eating
    some of my favorite foods could actually help
    my tooth as very good as any toothbrush or mouthwash?

    Also visit my web site: teeth whitening for tanning beds

  21. I just decided to start with Herbalife use for my overweight and minimal energy
    .I am genuinely interested if there is a time
    limit of the goods I will want for consumation.
    I'm 56 many years previous,so is it supposed to make use of it, let say 10 many years or much more or I've to stop after a particular time?
    (I'm specially interested in Shake Formula one) . Thanks!

    Also visit my page; good weight loss blogs tumblr

  22. Russian females have identified Australian men e-mail addresses.
    They may be trying to obtain out of Russia anyway they're able to. I hear Australian wives shedding their husbands to Russian women. Also poor if Russia will not have gullible men to provide them a lazy daily life design and funds on desire.

    Here is my site :: female mind mastery by kirsten price