It Was Only a Matter of Time for #48

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comSix times, that is. Also known as Jimmie Johnson. Everyone that follows NASCAR, including myself, knew the #48 would find himself in Victory Lane. The drought is over. Coming into this week, Johnson was sitting in 7th place, with no wins. However, people were acting like he was NASCAR’s equivalent of the Cleveland Browns. No way. Not this guy. Not his crew chief Chad Knaus, either. These guys are now going into a summer stretch, where they run VERY well. People maybe now will act like he is the equivalent of the Seattle Seahawks, last year’s Super Bowl Champion, instead of the Browns. Folks, it was only a matter of time.

 Kurt’s Day

Kurt Busch ran all the laps in one of the races he ran in on Sunday. Not the one we are most familiar with, however. Busch drove his car to a better than respectable finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing in 6th place, in his first ever attempt at the Indy 500. Things didn’t work out so well for him that night in Charlotte, though. Kurt finished in 40th position after blowing an engine in the Coca Cola 600. Wonder if he’ll try it again?

Out of place track

Don’t get me wrong. I really like Dover, where the Sprint Cup Series drivers will be racing this week. However, this track seems out of place to me. The one mile concrete oval, also known as the Monster Mile, is a fun race to watch. But, Delaware for a NASCAR race? Could you imagine seeing all the “typical Southern” type things in Delaware? I have never been there, but I just assume it wouldn’t have that same feel as a good ol’ NASCAR race in the South. I couldn’t imagine seeing blue jean cutoff shorts with the white pockets hanging out the bottom (worn by men, of course) in Dover. And, what would a NASCAR race be without seeing every other car with a Confederate flag or sticker on it? It just seems weird to me. Dover does have a cool mascot. ”Miles the Monster” is a much cooler mascot than Charlotte’s “Lugnut.”  Anyhow, I like Jimmie Johnson as the repeat winner this week. His career average finish at Dover is less than 9, and he has 8 wins out of 24 races there. So, statistically speaking, he wins one out of every three races he runs at this track. Don’t bet against him.

About Jason Hildebrand

Jason Hildebrand was born in Cleveland, Tenn. and has lived his entire life in Bradley County. Jason started playing baseball at a very early age and went on to play at Cleveland High School where he graduated from in 1992. After graduation, Jason attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville before graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
An avid sports fan, Jason’s is a season ticket holder at the The University of Alabama. He has been fortunate enough to be a part of the last two Crimson Tide National Championships (’09 BCS game in Pasadena, CA and ’11 BCS game in New Orleans, LA). Though he primarily cheers, “Roll Tide Roll!,” he keeps up with all Collegiate football, regionally and nationally.
He is currently a co-host on the Sports Drive and the sideline reporter for Cleveland High School. He has been blogging for since 2014.
In Jason’s spare time he enjoys playing golf and cooking (outdoors). Jason is the son of Terry and Diane Hildebrand, from Cleveland, TN. His birthday is October 3rd , and he is also the husband of Emily Beaty.

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