Blog entries from August 2010:|
- "How Young is Too Young? 13 Y.O. at Indy" posted by Gene Haddock on August 31, 2010 (14 comments)
At age 13, Peter Lenz became the youngest competitor to die at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. He fell off his motorcycle during a warmup lap and was ran over by a 12 year old boy.
The outcry from those that would protect us from ourselves has already begun, even though Peter's father has stated that Peter died doing what he loved.
Some .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Top 10 Predictions - Atlanta" posted by G14 on August 31, 2010 (13 comments)
For an update on Montreal, you can check out the comments from my previous blog.
Kasey Kahne (winner)
Mark Martin .... Read the rest of this blog
- "2011 Schedule Analysis and Other Exciting Happenings" posted by ajcrdstr24 on August 30, 2010 (0 comments)
I don't have much to gripe about regarding the last few weeks' happenings, but one thing I wanted to talk about is some of the schedule changes for the three major NASCAR series in 2011. Here's my summary of wins and fails:
- Kansas 2nd date: I'm torn between whether this is a WIN or FAIL. I don't really think they or any other 1.5 mile .... Read the rest of this blog
- ""Finally!" Boris Said Wins in Montreal!" posted by drewh on August 30, 2010 (2 comments)
For 12 years Boris Said has been trying to become a full time NASCAR driver. In all that time has run in only 41 Cup races, 22 Nationwide races, and 65 Camping World truck races. His irregular participation has been mostly due to lack of sponsorship, certainly not lack of talent.
As evidence of the respect the rest of the garage area has for .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Why You should Love Eric McClure" posted by NASCARgirl01 on August 26, 2010 (8 comments)
When you first read that, you probably had one of two reactions: ?How could I ever do that?? or ?Who?? I will answer both of those questions and give you some reasons as to why this not-so-well known Nationwide driver should have your favor.
A statement he made on Twitter, a place where he is fairly active, about someone giving him a ?hate .... Read the rest of this blog
- "OH how a year changes everything !" posted by Mik Maq racer83 on August 24, 2010 (3 comments)
Saturday night's race at Bristol provided it's share of NASCAR history, but that race also put Clint Bowyer in the driver's seat in his quest to lock up that final Chase spot(12th). Boy how a year changes everything less than 2 weeks ago Mark Martin looked to have the edge over Bowyer. Both are extremly talented racers,but after Martin's 2009 dream .... Read the rest of this blog
- "BONUS Week - Montreal" posted by G14 on August 24, 2010 (13 comments)
It looks like I will do a bonus for this Saturday. As I discussed earlier, I have decided to do a three point bonus for anyone the correctly guesses the winner. You will also have the chance to guess the top 3 as well. One point for any three you guess correctly plus the 3 bonus points for the guessing winner. Here is an added twist. If you guess .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Predictor Standings After Bristol/NOTES" posted by G14 on August 24, 2010 (4 comments)
1. Josh - 50
2. Fun Gus - 48
3. G14 - 48
4. Seize - 42
5. Smoke - 39
6. Roushfan - 32
7. JGF - 29
8. Riverside - 27
9. Matt1986 - 26
10. Mike - 23
11. Jerry Punch - 23
12. Millertime - 21
13. Bronco - 18
14. 12345Dude - 10
15. Sheamus - 9
16. Yak - 8
17. New14/88Fan - 8
18. Smiff 99 .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Bristling!" posted by The Vicar on August 23, 2010 (2 comments)
Another great race is in the can.
Before we go on ? was that the shortest concrete Bristol race ever? (2:41:24). Let us know.
Next, let?s have some truth in advertising. Bristol is many or all things racing, but it is .033 miles from being the ?world?s fastest half mile?. For sure it?s the fastest ? if not the only ? .533 mile track, .... Read the rest of this blog
- "The Driver Everyone Loves to Hate!" posted by drewh on August 23, 2010 (6 comments)
By: Drew Hierwarter
Let me give you four names that should mean a great deal to any NASCAR fan; Harry Gant, Curtis Turner, Donnie Allison, and Alan Kulwicki. All four of these men deserve to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame and most likely will be eventually. And besides being famous and successful drivers in NASCAR?s top series, all four of these .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Little Things or the Questions You Didn't Ask" posted by Uptight Motorsports Nerd on August 22, 2010 (8 comments)
In my years of watching racing, I have noticed a few small quirks that are seldom questioned and have so investigated their origins. This blog will ask and answer those questions at the risk of being compared to pretentious people who speak by answering their own questions.
Why are ovals always run counter-clockwise?
This is something .... Read the rest of this blog
- "View From the Flagstand: The Kylefecta!" posted by Gene Haddock on August 22, 2010 (11 comments)
The View from Bristol was definitely clouded by towering, smokey, victory donuts. Mmmm, victory donuts. History was finally made as Kyle Busch pulled the hat trick,and won all three races in one weekend. He's been close before, yet never nailed it down until now.
Do you think that, maybe, Kyle Busch has Bristol figured .... Read the rest of this blog
- "And Brad gets spun again?!?" posted by RealFastFan24 on August 21, 2010 (6 comments)
After watching last night's Food City 250 at Bristol, a few thoughts came to mind.
First, I would like to congratulate Goodyear for bringing an amazing tire to Bristol?one that lays rubber down into the track and allowed for every lane the track had to offer to be used last night. While there were some tire problems early (a melted bead caused .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Can Kyle Busch pull on the Bristol 3 race sweep?" posted by Mik Maq racer83 on August 21, 2010 (1 comment)
Like him or hate him Kyle Busch just maybe NASCAR best driver. If he can pull off another victory in tonight's race at Bristol he will once again cement his name in NASCAR's history book. I know what you are all thinking it's not that big of a deal for Busch to dominate Camping world Truck races and those hapless Nationwide races.
In Busch's .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Bristol Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on August 20, 2010 (0 comments)
First, a review of my Michigan picks
Tony Stewart started 4th, finished 6th, led some laps. A good way to get some points. Also helps my reserve pick, Jimmie Johnson started 2nd. 91 points from Stewart, 5 points from Johnson
Kasey Kahne started .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Sound Off: What Would Your Ideal Schedule Look Like?" posted by Smiff_99 on August 19, 2010 (24 comments)
So I was sitting here last night, thinking about how lame NASCAR's "impactful" schedule changes were, and thought I'd make my own schedule. So here's what I would've done.
What stays the same: Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Bristol, Richmond (one race will switch to daytime, Martinsville and New Hampshire retain their 2 races (sorry, but Loudon's .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Mosport Preview" posted by The Dark Canuck on August 19, 2010 (0 comments)
During the dog days of summer the days arent the only thing getting shorter, the battle for the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship is down to just 5 events, 4 of which will take place on ovals begining with this weekends Dickies 200 from the half mile Mosport Speedway in Bowmanville, Ontario. If you were to ask what DJ Kennington what he .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Just The Carfax, Maam" posted by The Vicar on August 17, 2010 (0 comments)
Another good race is in the can.
Michigan has been an enigmatic track for me. It?s been a love-hate-curious venue for me over these many years. My early opinion may have been influenced by the fact that I saw my first Cup race there. Like that first kiss that holds a special place in your mind, your first race, with the brilliant colors, sounds .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Top Ten Predictions - Bristol" posted by G14 on August 17, 2010 (18 comments)
Jeff Gordon (winner)
Marcos Ambrose .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Predictor Standings After Michigan" posted by G14 on August 17, 2010 (3 comments)
Wow! We have a really close 5 way battle for the lead. And no Chase needed to spice it up. Maybe NASCAR should look at my points system!
1. Fun Gus - 44
2. G14 - 43
3. Josh C - 41
4. Smoke - 37
5. Seize - 36
6. Roushfan - 28
7. JGF - 25
8. Riverside - 24
9. Matt1986 - 23
10. Millertime - 21
11. Dr. .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Motorsports: 2010 Rookie Update" posted by Talon64 on August 16, 2010 (1 comment)
Before the start of the season I did a preview blog on the 2010 rookie class in NASCAR for the Truck, Nationwide and Cup Series. I think my expectations of some of the rookies, mostly the ones in Nationwide, were a bit too high as the 4 drivers who started off the year have only combined for 2 top fives so far. And Justin Lofton has probably been the .... Read the rest of this blog
- "So exactly what is the issue for the 88 team?" posted by Number1NASCARFan on August 15, 2010 (11 comments)
Three years. 2 crew chiefs. 1 win. Those would be the expected stats of an average driver.
And that driver just might be average, at least that's what some people think.
As far as my opinion goes, I'm not buying it. At least not yet.
Those stats belong to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Who would've thought that about three .... Read the rest of this blog
- "The Problem with Pace Cars" posted by Uptight Motorsports Nerd on August 15, 2010 (6 comments)
Let it be known that the greatest threat to green flag racing is the pace car. This may seem like the most obvious statement ever uttered, but I am more interested in how great a threat that is.
I should start by addressing a nomenclatural problem: the difference between a ?pace car? and a ?safety car.? The term ?pace car? is more appropriate .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Simulated Fantasy League?" posted by The Dark Knight on August 14, 2010 (8 comments)
Since my days of sitting in front of the computer screen and spending countless hours racing online and off, my old racing simulator isn?t getting much use these days. Instead I have found it more enjoyable to create a ?fantasy? racing series and seeing what comes of it.
Now it?s your turn.
Could you do it? Do you think you could .... Read the rest of this blog
- "What is wrong with Danica Patrick?" posted by Riverside on August 13, 2010 (31 comments)
We could be asking ourselves different questions in the world of motorsport. Like where?s Michael Schumacher, where?s Mark Martin, why is Ryan Hunter-Reay the highest scoring Andretti driver, why has Taku Sato been so disappointing and why aren?t talented drivers like Rahal, Carpenter and Tracy getting more regular drives (especially Rahal)?
So .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Right Sides Only: Michigan" posted by Gene Haddock on August 12, 2010 (0 comments)
Michigan? Again? Come on, it may be exciting. Dale Jarrett won his first Cup race there in a paint swapping duel to the checkered flag against Davey Allison. That was almost 20 years ago, so they're due for a close finish. Right?
After announcing, four months ago, that he would be in a HMS ride in 2012, Kasey Kahne .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Michigan Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on August 12, 2010 (0 comments)
Picked Tony Stewart, which wasnt too bad a pick, but he didn't lead laps, and an A-Lister owned a race (Juan Pablo Montoya). 78 points from Stewart
Marcos Ambrose did well, Matt Kenesth had a reasonable finish. Not too dissapointed by it. 96 points .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Top 10 Predictions - Michigan" posted by G14 on August 11, 2010 (16 comments)
Carl Edwards (winner)
Brad Keselowski (he has got to get a top 10 at some point, right?)
Jeff Gordon .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Predictor Standings After The Glen" posted by G14 on August 11, 2010 (0 comments)
G14 - 40
Fun Gus - 39
Josh C - 36
Smoke - 34
Seize - 32
Roushfan - 23
JGF - 19
Millertime - 19
Riverside - 18
Matt1986 - 18
Bronco - 15
Dr. Jerry Punch - 14
Gavo - 10
Mike - 7
Yak - 5
New 14/88 Fan - 4
Sheamus - 3
Horace - 2
Michigan predictions will be up hopefully by today. .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Really Long Race Title At The Glen" posted by The Vicar on August 10, 2010 (0 comments)
Another good race is in the can.
Congratulations to the road course aces on their road course wins.
Well, it?s apparent Nascar has the ability to manage a race well. Hopefully they can find a way to better apply that skill to ovals.
I?ve always had trouble understanding the business side of Nascar, so I?m puzzled by the .... Read the rest of this blog
- "What is Up with Red Bull Racing?" posted by NASCARgirl01 on August 10, 2010 (3 comments)
2007: 38th and 43rd in owner points, missing 31 races (including the Daytona 500) between the two teams in what Brian Vickers refers to as a ?painful? year where neither he nor A.J. Allmendinger came close to being locked in.
2008: Raced into the Daytona 500 with Brian Vickers and catapulted to 20th in points while the #84 missed only 3 races, .... Read the rest of this blog
- "View From the Flagstand: Watkins Glen" posted by Gene Haddock on August 10, 2010 (0 comments)
This week's View comes from the new and improved Watkins Glen. Management made a lot of much needed safety improvements here, and we seemed to have a lot less cautions this year. There are still plenty of 1962ish steel guard rails to be seen at the track, though.
Juan Montoya calmed down enough to dominate on Sunday .... Read the rest of this blog
- "NASCAR Notes and Observations..." posted by Joey2448 on August 10, 2010 (1 comment)
After Watkins Glen on Sunday, these are some of the things running through my mind...
But first, check out my blog!
Marcos ran with Montoya all day long, lead eight laps, but missed the setup slightly at the end, which allowed Juan to pull away. Poor guy, he'll get his win soon! And perhaps .... Read the rest of this blog
- "What I Learned From......Watkins Glen" posted by Smiff_99 on August 9, 2010 (3 comments)
--More can be done. Despite the rave reviews that The Glen received for all it's saftey improvements, I'm not completely sold on it. Yes, the paving of the gravel traps was awesome. Yes, they put up safer barriers. But why is it that these track operators don't see to understand that you can't have walls angled back towards the racing surface? If anybody .... Read the rest of this blog
- ""Heluva Good" Weekend at the Glen and More." posted by drewh on August 9, 2010 (0 comments)
Once again the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made its annual trek up to the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York for a race on the road course at Watkins Glen.
Once again you have to wonder why NASCAR?s Sprint Cup team owners bother to hire those ?road course ringers?, i.e. drivers who are brought in from other series that race mostly .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Reading Carl Edwardsâ?? Mindâ?¦" posted by NASCARgirl01 on August 5, 2010 (8 comments)
Who knew that the driver who exploded onto the NASCAR scene in 2005 and quickly became known as the ?nice guy? could turn into NASCAR?s proverbial bad boy 5 years later. Ironically his emergence into each character began in the March race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Few could forget the back to back wins that marked his .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Right Sides Only: Watkins Glen" posted by Gene Haddock on August 4, 2010 (0 comments)
After a wet and wild weekend in Pocono, the racers stay up yonder way when they shake it down at Watkins Glen. If Pocono's backstretch seemed dangerous, get a load of the crash barriers at the Glen. Piles of old tires are considered state of art impact absorption at this road course. Same thing we used on the go-kart tracks decades ago.
Wrecking .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Should We Start Keeping Track of Crew Chief Victories?" posted by ajcrdstr24 on August 4, 2010 (2 comments)
*If you would like to see the tables below in a more organized format, please go to http://ajcrdstr24.blogspot.com.
Ok...so the title is a little sarcastic, but seriously! Has anyone else noticed that the winners of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2010 have been decided by mixed pit strategies in the end much more often than in the past? .... Read the rest of this blog
- "My Watkins Glen Picks" posted by martin-n-rusty on August 4, 2010 (2 comments)
First, my Pocono Picks
Well, at least Denny Hamlin was able to keep up his end of the deal. 95 points from Hamlin
Decent finishes by Reutimann and Hamlin (17th and 12th), but no laps led. Like that helps me. 58 from Reutimann, 68 from Hamlin.
Thanks .... Read the rest of this blog
- "More of the same: RPM & Silly Season" posted by RealFastFan24 on August 4, 2010 (1 comment)
How is it that Richard Petty Motorsports is always heavily involved in Silly Season? Let's face it, there is so much uncertainty, even now, associated with the organization. Even after mergers among once great teams Evernham Motorsports, Petty Enterprises, and Yates Racing, the team still lacks ample sponsorship. It lacks quality development drivers. .... Read the rest of this blog
- "For your own safety, and the safety of others..." posted by Riverside on August 3, 2010 (1 comment)
?don?t talk about safety! Because you?re likely to provoke fate, which is what happened on Sunday. In three different racing series we saw safety, or lack of it, come into play, and I?ll start with the obvious one.
NASCAR had been doing it all week, and unfortunately, if we need any more proof that Pocono maybe unsafe, .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Top 10 Predictions - Watkins Glen" posted by G14 on August 3, 2010 (11 comments)
Mark Martin .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Boatman on pole, McKinney wins at Newport Speedway" posted by Thunder Legends on August 3, 2010 (0 comments)
Adam Boatman is a fast learner. He has only sat in his Legends car for 3 races and he took the pole in his 3rd race. With a qualifying time of 14.826 seconds on the 4/10 mile Newport Speedway, he has showed some others how to handle the track when it is hot and slippery. He still has some lessons to learn from Chris McKinney, though. Chris took .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Predictor Standings After Pocono" posted by G14 on August 3, 2010 (0 comments)
Wow, we have got a good race for the top spot, maybe NASCAR should use this points system!
Congrats to Dr. Jerry Punch on his debut, he correctly guessed 8 out of the 10, which is the most since I started doing this. Anyway, here are the standings.
Fun Gus - 36
G14 - 36
Josh C 29
Smoke - 29
Seize - 29
Millertime - 19
Roushfan .... Read the rest of this blog
- "View From the Flagstand: Pocono" posted by Gene Haddock on August 3, 2010 (4 comments)
Thankfully we did not have the View this week that Elliott Sadler had. Instead, we had our usual wet time on the Flagstand in Pocono. The rains stayed away long to insure that we would not have a surprise winner, and the final top-10 looked like a Chase preview.
Greg Biffle seems to be returning to form, as he persevered .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Secretariat 500" posted by The Vicar on August 2, 2010 (3 comments)
Another good race is in the can.
Pocono is one of the few places it doesn?t seem so nettling when they get strung out. You know there are going to be many interesting moments ? even if the end looks like that famous photo by Bob Coglianese of the 1973 Belmont Stakes.
It appeared the rain gods were about to do evil, but alas, they proved .... Read the rest of this blog
- "What I Learned From.......Pocono" posted by Smiff_99 on August 2, 2010 (6 comments)
Starting today, I will offer my unsolicited thoughts following each Cup series event from here 'til the end of the season.
So here we go with: Pocono.
--There's slight hope that we may crown a different champion this year. For the umpteenth time this year, JJ, Chad and the 48 team showed the rest of the garage that they are anything .... Read the rest of this blog
- "Sadler Knows Good and Bad at Pocono!" posted by drewh on August 2, 2010 (0 comments)
Elliot Sadler knows, perhaps better than most, that racing at the top professional level is a tough business. His family started racing around the short tracks of his native Virginia before he was born. He grew up in the sport watching his dad, uncle, and older brothers until, eventually, it was his turn.
He started racing go karts when he .... Read the rest of this blog