Blog entries from April 2010:|
- "Show vs. Go Part Two" posted by Uptight Motorsports Nerd on April 29, 2010 (0 comments)
Previously I covered the entertainment aspect of sports and the responsibilities of track owners and promoters, but now I will focus on the sanctioning body.
The phantom yellow has become such a nuisance that I feel it is time to call the Ghostbusters. I understand that racecar drivers do risk their lives. I do not want to see someone crash .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Happy Birthday Dale!" posted by G14 on April 29, 2010 (0 comments)
Today, April 29th, would have been Dale Earnhardt?s 59th birthday. It is really hard to believe when you think about it. You wonder how different the sport would be today had he not died in that last lap wreck during the 2001 Daytona 500. I know I have numerous questions and assumptions run through my head when I reflect on his passing. How would safety .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My picks for Richmond" posted by martin-n-rusty on April 28, 2010 (12 comments)
Going over my picks last week...
The switch to Juan Pablo Montoya was a good one, and I thank Start-and-Parker for that. Of course though, when well over half the field gets to lead at least one lap, those bonuses are not as special. 96 Points from JPM.
Not .... Read the rest of this blog
- "What If...Jimmie Johnson" posted by Canadianfan on April 27, 2010 (6 comments)
Hi to all
Before I start I would just like to say I hope to all who read this you enjoy reading this as much as I have writing it.
We have all asked ourselves at one point or another what would happen if our favorite or least favorite driver had made different moves in their career. Where would they be who would they be driving for .... Read the rest of this blog
- "BAM!" posted by The Vicar on April 26, 2010 (0 comments)
Another great race is in the can.
Back to the future again for Nascar. Tinkering ad infinitum returns us to the little old spoiler and great racing from yesteryear.
All of the numbers (except attendance and probably TV ratings) plus a unique ending and doubleheader, point to the best ever day at Talladega. Are there any objections? .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Should Cup races be run on Saturday?" posted by G14 on April 26, 2010 (2 comments)
These past two weekends, race fans have been treated to a Cup-Nationwide doubleheader. While it was due to weather delays, doing this is on a more weekly basis could be very beneficial to everyone involved. No one likes a Sunday race getting postponed to Monday and NASCAR has contemplated in the past having more two day race weekends. Having said .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Bad Weekend for the NASCAR Haters." posted by drewh on April 26, 2010 (10 comments)
This was a bad weekend for the NASCAR haters. We all know who they are, they fill up the blogs, populate the forums, and generally complain about anything and everything NASCAR anywhere they can find an audience.
They complain that there isn?t enough passing in NASCAR races anymore, that the races are mere parades. The Cup race at Talladega .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Fast Lane Trivia Question-Who Knows the Answer?" posted by Fast Lane on April 24, 2010 (9 comments)
Why do 43 cars start a NASCAR race--not 42 or 44? .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Show vs. Go, Part One" posted by Uptight Motorsports Nerd on April 23, 2010 (2 comments)
It is an unfortunate reality that sports are an entertainment. It is not only professional sports, but also amateur sports as well. Entertainment is a business like any other; management needs to innovate to draw new customers while satisfying the existing customers (that?s us fans). Thanks to television, we no longer need to exchange money for entertainment .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Nascar Collections" posted by Floridaman1985 on April 22, 2010 (11 comments)
I?ve always found the Nascar collectors market to be an interesting enterprise. People are willing to spend hundreds of dollars in order to collect each one of a certain drivers die cast cars, sheet metal, etc. Personally, my dad and I share a substantial collection of cards, die cast cars, autographs, and other memorabilia that we have collected .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Talladega Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on April 22, 2010 (10 comments)
I do not have much time, as with overtime where I work at, other issues (gotta house-sit for my parents while they vacation in the Caribbean, doctors appointment, etc.), I do not have much time to go over my picks from last week (which sucked), or this week, so I will just list down who I am .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Elizabeth Barrett Browning 500" posted by The Vicar on April 21, 2010 (0 comments)
Another great race is in the can.
How does thee lose a race? Let the 24 count the ways. At least he got a taste of what it?s like to be faster than the 48 ? for a while.
Shout out to Charley Pride. Nice, simple, compact anthem performance. No hype no frills.
Listening to the Fox crew the last couple weeks, you?d think Denny .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Denny Hamlin, the next Ricky Rudd?" posted by G14 on April 20, 2010 (11 comments)
When Denny Hamlin won Texas on Monday, the first thing that came to my mind was Ricky Rudd winning Martinsville in 1998. Before I go further, let me give a little history lesson for those who are new to racing. Ricky Rudd was NASCAR?s ironman, the Cal Ripken Jr. of the sport. He holds the record for most consecutive starts, with 788 (spanning from 1981-2005). .... Read the rest of this blog
- "What if NASCAR had a draft?" posted by G14 on April 20, 2010 (10 comments)
With the NFL draft just several days away, I pondered what a NASCAR draft would be like. Unfortunately with the number of Cup regulars tearing it up in the ?minor leagues? it is difficult for the average fan to find talent these days. And do you really see the worst team (Front Row Motorsports) getting the best prospect? That doesn?t seem fair to the .... Read the rest of this blog
- "TMI - Too Much Information" posted by wood_brothers21 on April 19, 2010 (3 comments)
Was it even appropriate for the media to announce that Kasey Kahne. had accepted an offer by Hendrick Motorsports & had given Richard Petty Motorsports notification that he would be leaving after the 2010 season? Aren't these entities three private contractors who have no legal obligation to make any information known to the general public? I find .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Victory at Last in the Poker World and Recent Weeks in the R" posted by ajcrdstr24 on April 17, 2010 (0 comments)
I can finally say that I won a fairly major poker tournament "freeroll," with the help of a friend of mine. We competed in a "Tag-Team" Texas Hold'em tournament where I would play the first blind level and then he would take over the next level with the same chip stack and so on until the tournament was over. We came back several times from near death .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Kahne is going to Hendrick, so now what?" posted by G14 on April 15, 2010 (24 comments)
Now that we have all had a day to soak in the shock of Kasey Kahne going to Hendrick Motorsports, it is time to speculate on everything else. With Hendrick already having the maximum of a four car team, who is the odd man out? Many seem to think Kahne will go to Stewart Haas for 2011 and wait for Mark Martin to retire after the season. This is a good .... Read the rest of this blog
- "How will Kasey Kahne do at HMS?" posted by Talon64 on April 14, 2010 (3 comments)
With all the speculation and conspiracy swirling around Kasey Kahne's plans for 2011, the fact everyone already knows for sure is that he'll be in an HMS car in 2012. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have carried all of HMS's significant success over the past decade while their teammates' success has varied wildly.
Kasey Kahne brings one of the .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Late Race Excitement may be causing Early Race Boredom" posted by Mile501 on April 13, 2010 (2 comments)
The combination of double-file restarts and multiple attempts at a Green-White-Checkered finish have certainly added a new element of excitement to the end of NASCAR races. But is there a price for that excitement at the end? I believe there is.
Consider the race at Phoenix. Ryan Newman had a decent car throughout the race, but it certainly .... Read the rest of this blog
- "What Defines an Exciting Race?" posted by G14 on April 13, 2010 (13 comments)
Trivia: Who won the last Cup race before the tragic events of 9/11?
After each NASCAR race I go on many message boards to see what other fans thought about it. No matter how exciting the race was, there are always plenty of people who found it boring. I know everyone has their own opinion, but lately it seems that this .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Texas Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on April 13, 2010 (0 comments)
No Monday Morning Round up this week, or next. Been extremely busy lately (some things out of my control), so watching races have not exactly been top priority. I will still do my best to make my fantasy NASCAR picks
A-List - Jimmie Johnson did not fail me. .... Read the rest of this blog
- "A-Racin In The Sun" posted by The Vicar on April 12, 2010 (2 comments)
Another great race is in the can.
What have we learned? Besides Carl?s favorite Subway sandwich, we were reminded of the old Nascar adages: To finish first, you must first finish and get yourself in position to win. Mix in a little luck, and you?ve got yourself in victory lane.
Now to the Busch League.That may have been the most .... Read the rest of this blog
- "No More 4-Wide, Newman Wins, and a Master Passes." posted by drewh on April 12, 2010 (2 comments)
A couple of weeks ago the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series ran at Bruton Smith?s Z-Max Dragway near Charlotte, North Carolina. What made the event significant was that it was the first time a championship drag race was run using four lanes instead of two. They dubbed it the ?4-Wide Nationals?
In each of the three rounds of eliminations, .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Too long to wait for Truck Series action" posted by wood_brothers21 on April 10, 2010 (4 comments)
I thought the weekend at Phoenix was a triple header for Truck, Nationwide & Cup but as usual I was wrong and disappointed.
A couple of weeks ago, the better half & I watched great battles within the field as Kevin Harvick ran away, it was no contest for the win at Martinsville but we witnessed great racing nonetheless.
As usual I .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Tracking the Chasers at Phoenix" posted by G14 on April 7, 2010 (0 comments)
This weekend's race in Phoenix will feature 63 extra laps - in hopes of more strategy coming in to play. I am always for longer races, but it seemed that there was enough strategy in the past. Anyway, I have decided my new way of previewing the upcoming races is to show how the current chasers have fared at the upcoming track. The first driver we will .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Will Joey Logano Make the Chase?" posted by G14 on April 7, 2010 (13 comments)
When I made my preseason chase predictions, I wanted to go out on a limb and pick a surprise driver. After all, there always seems to be one guy that unexpectedly has a great year. My pick, Brad Keselowski, appears to be the wrong choice (however, I am still convinced he is going to have a better season than most would expect).
After six .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Phoenix Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on April 7, 2010 (1 comment)
Starter: Jimmie Johnson
Reserve: Jeff Gordon
Same as last race. Jimmie Johnson has been nothing short of amazing here at Phoenix (4.3 avg finish), and I will pick him as my starter. Jeff Gordon gets the reserve spot for his good qualifying record here (7.1 avg .... Read the rest of this blog
- "The 10 Best Cup Finishes Over the Past 10 Seasons" posted by G14 on April 1, 2010 (9 comments)
During Sunday's rain delay, FOX showed their list of the ten best finishes during their ten year's of broadcasting cup racing. I certainly agree with the list - however, these were only finishes televised by FOX. I decided to show NBC/TNT and ESPN some love too and come up with my list for ten best Sprint Cup finishes over the past ten seasons.
Barely .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Johnson Wins #5" posted by The Dark Knight on April 1, 2010 (15 comments)
Barring a tragic event or a plague of locusts destroying the #48 team's fleet of cars, Jimmie Johnson will win his 5th 'championship' this year.
When you get down to number crunching, there's no other driver you should bet the rent money on unless you think you'd enjoy living under a bridge.
Let's look at it.
I took the top 3 active .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Nashville Double Header" posted by HossBlake on April 1, 2010 (0 comments)
I?ve always enjoyed the first Nashville Nationwide race. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that there are fewer Sprint Cup drivers entered and therefore it gives the regulars a chance to show their stuff. I?m not a big fan of the Cup guys in Nationwide, but I also understand the economics of it in terms of drawing folks to the track and the .... Read the rest of this blog