After another dominating performance at Phoenix, I'm sure most fans (including me) are wondering if Jimmie Johnson will continue to run like this indefinitely. Not only does the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet make it seem quite easy but they make everyone else seem to run horribly. Hopefully next year will be different, even though fans have been trying to say that for the past 3 years.
ESPN angered me once again this weekend. They constantly focus on the championship race instead of the actual race at hand. I listened to MRN instead for a segment of around fifty laps, and found it to be more enjoyable even though imagining what the commentators are explaining takes some creativity. But it is a better alternative.
Before I start rambling about last weekend's news, I would like to almost pity Dale Earnhardt Jr. We fans have watched him struggle so much this season, and even when he runs adequately, something turns terribly wrong (i.e. getting spun @ Loudon, running out of fuel @ Texas) and ESPN is left trying to keep Dale Jr. fans tuned into the race.
But I digress...
Sunday was the last race of Robby Gordon's partnership with Jim Beam, which has been quite loyal to Robby even through his struggles and adversity. Though Robby rarely contends for even top 10's, if his team doesn't have enough sponsorship and has to run part-time, then the Cup Series will have one less full time team and one more stark-and-park operation.
Rick Hendrick denied talking to Danica Patrick about a Nationwide Series seat next year. Honestly, this has become a very old and ongoing news story that needs to end sometime soon. I don't have any problems with Danica moving to NASCAR, but she needs to do it the right way and I will be disgusted by all of the hype that she brings the sport.
NASCAR met with Brad Keselowski about spinning Denny Hamlin during the Nationwide Series race. I didn't see anything that Denny did wrong to Kesolowski on the restart and, though I used to root for Brad, his aggressive driving and moving to Penske Racing have swayed me to dislike him.
Bobby Labonte is driving for TRG Motorsports next year. It's unfortunate that a quality champion such as Labonte has struggled of late in every car that he has driven. After a top five at Las Vegas, it seemed like he would finally have a decent year. Alas, it never occurred. TRG can't be any worse than the #96, as long as there is no start-and-parking in their future (yes, start-and-parking is a verb and should be added to the Merriam Webster dictionary).
U.S. Army is returning to Ryan Newman's team in 2010 for 18 races. That is refreshing to hear and hopefully Newman will start running like he did in 2003 (and finally give the #48 some competition). He has faded since early summer and except for the Talladega wreck, no one has really heard much from or about him.
Next week is Homestead and afterwards NASCAR withdrawal will start setting in and most of us will have to fill four hour voids in our Sundays.
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