Atlanta Race Recap: Here We Go Again

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comIn only the 2nd race of the season, ol’ Jimmie Johnson is already back at his old ways….winning.

Considering the season, the 6 time Sprint Cup Series champion missed the final segment of the 2014 Championship at Homestead and didn’t pick up his first win until he won the Coca Cola 600 in May of last year.

That is scary for the rest of the drivers on the circuit.  Just honestly, the dude is that good.  Expect him to win more, and more, and more, this year.  Now he can just roll the dice and take chances out on the track, since he already has a spot in the Chase for the Championship locked up with the win.

The win was super impressive, considering Johnson had to start at the rear of the pack, due to not being able to qualify, because he couldn’t get through inspection quick enough to turn a qualifying lap.  This same issue plagued many drivers, including Johnson, Matt  Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, and a few others.

All is not good in the Hendrick Motorsports stable, though. Jeff Gordon, in his final year in the Sprint Cup Series, is 2 for 2.  Not 2 wins, not 2 top 10 finishes, but 2 wrecks.  First, on the last lap at Daytona 2 weeks ago, then last week at Atlanta.

Expect him to get it turned around, though.  This won’t last long.  I will say this about last week’s race, though.  It was one of the more entertaining races at Atlanta that I have seen recently.  There was lots of action, interesting restarts, and some twisted metal on the track.

Your top 3 from Atlanta….Johnson, Kevin Harvick (who started dead last), and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Now let’s go roll the dice in Vegas.  This week the drivers will take their left turn talents to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where I fully predict 3 time Vegas champ will hit the jackpot and come away with another.

All-Star Racin’ and Other Ramblings

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comWell, it was upset city this past Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not the fact that Jamie McMurray came away with over $1 million, but the simple fact that NASCAR’s 2nd most popular driver (behind Dale Earnhardt, Jr) did not receive the fan vote to be one of the final 3 drivers into the All Star Race. Miss Danica Patrick, was beaten out by Josh Wise for that spot. C’mon people!!!! How can you not vote her in????? It was rumored that some individual voted for him 84,000 times. However, it was found that this wasn’t the case. But, the guy did say he voted a lot of times. Josh Wise must have some kind of cult following similar to Ron Paul. We’re not going to get all political, but Ron Paul has a devoted following, and evidently, so does Wise. Anyhow, to the race. It was a cool night in Charlotte, with Jamie McMurray taking the checkered flag and the big paycheck. Kevin Harvick finished second, and won about $800,000 less.

Back to Points Racin’

Now that the festivities have ended in Charlotte, let’s head back to Charlotte this Sunday for some points racin’ and the Coca Cola 600. This is a race track that has been dominated in the past by the stable of Hendrick cars. Of all drivers, the top 3 average finishers are Hendrick drivers; Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Kasey Kahne. After saying this, I am going against it for my winner Sunday night. I am predicting Kevin Harvick will end up in Victory Lane.

Drivers aren’t Athletes?

Please tell Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch this. Prior to last weekend’s All Star Race, Jimmie Johnson ran a triathlon, and won. He won his division, made up of 35-39 year olds, went home, then raced that night. Once again, who said drivers aren’t athletes. This weekend, Kurt Busch will be doing the double. Running in the Indianapolis 500 then jetting down to Charlotte to run in the Coca Cola 600. He is scheduled to run 1100 miles this Sunday, in the heat, in 2 different race cars. But drivers aren’t athletes.

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