Well, Kiss My Bricks (For the Fifth Time)

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comWell, we now have a 5-time winner of The Brickyard 400, run annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jeff Gordon, has won 5 of the 20 races at the famed Indiana track.  That means, Gordon has a better shot of winning a race there than Dan Uggla had getting a simple hit as an Atlanta Brave.

So, every time Gordon runs a race at this track, there is a 25 percent chance he will win.  Great job this past Sunday for Gordon, who absolutely had the best car and benefited from a late caution while Kasey Kahne had the lead.

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It was unfortunate for Kahne, who was looking to earn his first victory of the year and secure a spot in the Chase.  Kahne led a race high 70 laps. If it weren’t for the late caution and an absolutely great restart by Gordon, it looked as if Hendrick Motorsports would have all 4 cars in the Chase.  It seems to be Kahne’s luck this year that the caution flag waved and he subsequently finished 6th.  Following Gordon in place of finish was Kyle Busch in 2nd, then Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, then Austin Dillon, rounding out the top 10.

Overall, to the average fan watching the race at home, it was pretty much a snoozer.  No big wrecks, not many cautions.  Gordon has proven to everyone this year, that his career is not over just yet.

Back to Long Pond

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will attempt to defend his earlier Pocono win this weekend, as the boys (and girl) will once again, be racing in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  Look for Brad Keselowski to attempt to redeem himself, as he got debris stuck on the grill of his car in the last race, causing some overheating issues.  This allowed Dale, Jr., to pass him with a couple of laps remaining at the 2.5 mile track and cruise to victory.  With that being said, I’m taking Keselowski in the #2 this Sunday.

 

NASCAR, 2014: Bad Weather and Controversy (What’s New?)

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comEaster weekend seems a perfect time to sit back and reflect on what has come to fruition the first 8 weeks of this very early NASCAR season. A lot of storylines have evolved, so far. First, the number 29 of Kevin Harvick is good for 2 things, a non finish or a win. Heading into Richmond, he is the only driver on the circuit with 2 coveted victories. Aside from the 2 wins, his other races have the NASCAR Gods turning over in their graves. Next, the old man (oldest regular on the circuit), is off to his best start in many years. He is currently the point leader heading into the 9th race of the 2014 season. With the exception of the grass jumping up and tearing up his car at Texas Speedway, Dale Earnhardt, Jr is doing his best impression of his father, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Junior has been consistently running and finishing in the top 5, way more than other drivers. The only thing more consistent than Jr finishing in the top 5, has been the bad weather, so far (I’ll get to that later). Carl Edwards has been another good one, this year, winning at Bristol Motor Speedway (I was there, and it was freakin’ cold!). Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski aka I wanna fight Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch are your other winners, so far, in this 2014 season.

What would NASCAR be without controversy? First was the tire issue at Fontana at the Auto Club 400. Multiple cars tore up tires, and many tore up cars. The Survivor was Kyle Busch, who benefited from dominant driver Jimmie Johnson cutting a tire very late in the race. Kyle went on to win and secure his spot in The Chase. A week later, Brad Keselowski wanted to fight Kyle’s brother Kurt at Martinsville, over Brad’s screw up. BTW, Kurt was in the right, and Brad was in the wrong. Also, Kurt would have stomped a mudhole in Brad.

I sure hope the weather here on out is better than what we have seen, so far. The weather, for racing, has absolutely sucked. First, Daytona was delayed. I’m not complaining about night racing, but it was a long Sunday night that day. Bristol. I froze my rear end off, along with about 50,000 other brave (or stupid) souls in the mountains of upper east Tennessee that morning/day/evening. Then the Texas soaker that had to be delayed until the next day.

This week is the first of two Richmond night races this 2014 season. It is hard to bet against any Joe Gibbs Racing driver at Richmond, or Jeff Gordon. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Gordon have all been money at this track. If you were to pick a few others to win this week, Tony Stewart, Dale Jr, and Kevin Harvick all have 3 wins at this track (money says if Harvick doesn’t crash/blow up, he will win).

Foolish move of the year, was Dale Jr at Texas. 12 laps into the race, he dips down the track and clips the grass, sending him up the track and into the wall. This resulted in an inexplicable 43rd place finish for the 88 team and injured the 48 car, who by the way is his teammate Jimmie Johnson, in the process. Dale Jr admitted it was a boneheaded move.

Racing stripe of the year belongs to Danica Patrick. Why? Because she can’t finish races on the lead lap and can’t stop hitting everything on the track.

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