This is my first blog entry on Racing-Reference, and I am excited to bring you guys all of the news about the sport as well as my opinions about the news. I live in New England, and in addition to following NASCAR's top three tiered series, I enjoy watching Whelen Modified Races at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway when I can. (All of the news that is compiled is from Jayski.com, my favorite website for anything NASCAR).
After the debacle at Talladega, this week has been much less dramatic and for once, I am looking forward to a race at a 1.5 mile "cookie-cutter" track. Why? Well, the fastest guy usually wins, which is something the sport should embrace, instead of broadening the competition. Teams should be rewarded for doing the right things and not rewarded for taking two tires on a pit stop, getting the lead, and staying there. But anyway...
Donnie Wingo, crew chief for Jamie McMurray, is staying at Roush Fenway Racing next year and quite possibly could be David Ragan's new crew chief for 2010. Though, I doubt that combination will work as effectively as Roush intends, a change is needed for the #6 to be as competitve as it was two years ago.
There is a new design for track dryers which instead of "drying the track", sucks the water like a Shop-Vac. Considering the amount of rain-outs we've had in recent years, any thing that makes the process of drying the track faster is something racefans should endorse.
There are several drivers without rides in 2010 who are rumored to James Finch's #09 next year. Honestly, that is something that no driver should limit themselves to, especially if it continues to be a "stark-and-park" operation. Travis Kvapil is rumored to return to the #37, which again, is questionable, since Kvapil has done adequately in Nationwide and Truck operations.
Apparently there is a new publisher for the annual NASCAR Yearbook. Honestly, I started purchasing the yearbooks in 2002 and every year I received one until 2007. But I honestly have never actually picked one up to read one. Sure, they're great souvenirs, but if you really want to remember a recent season, watch one of the races on youtube.com or something. It's a lot less expensive.
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston blogged about how ESPN/ABC was at fault for making the race seem less exciting than it actually was. I support him and here's why. The responsbility for a network covering NASCAR is to show the fans the racing on the track, whether it's for 1st place or 31st place along with several features that enhance the race's entertainment value (i.e. in-car audio). It isn't their responsbility to tell us (the fans) what to think about the race. That's why I don't understand the roles of Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty who have no right criticizing the race on national television. Dale Jarrett should know better than to suggest a "conspiracy" against NASCAR by the drivers. Sure, the race wasn't what we expected when we went to Talladega, but not every race can be as exciting as the Aaron's 499 earlier this year.
And finally...Congratulations to Bobby Labonte on receiving his 199th Top 10 finish. It seems like it's been awhile since Bobby has been in a competitive car and running well. But his career isn't over yet, and when that #71 isn't a "stark-and-park" operation, it's run pretty well. Good luck trying to get your #200 in your home state today, Bobby!
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