Talladega, ‘Bama’s Finest & Skid Mark of the Week

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comWhat a weekend.  I am still worn out from all the action taking place in a small town in Alabama with a big race track.  First, my day started out great.  When I got to the track, I accidentally went the wrong way in (was in the outside of 2 turn lanes).  This took me to a place where I had never parked.  I now know why I have never parked there.  Next, some guys I was meeting up with called me to meet them.  Normally, they meet up at the area around the Miller Lite flag between turns 3 and 4.  This year, my friend tells me they are directly under the big American flag, at turn 4.  I walk the hike to the big American flag.  No one is around it.  I mosey on around for a while to try to find them, to no avail.  To make a long story short, I walked over the crosswalk at Flag Drive a total of 4 times trying to find him.  Finally, after about 3 miles on my feet and 30 minutes, I found him.

The Race

It was Talladega.  Last week I heard it described as “The great equalizer.”  That is definitely a perfect description of the track/race.  Much to my surprise, the crowd was very appreciative of the #10 of Danica Patrick leading some laps in the race.  I thought the best 2 cars of the day were the #16 of Greg Biffle and the #88 of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Neither one of them won, though.  The winner would be the #11 car, driven by Denny Hamlin, who has never won at a Superspeedway.  Good race by Hamlin, and by Biffle, who finished 2nd.  It was pack racing from the start, and many drivers couldn’t find their mojo in the lines they were running, but it was still Talladega and a good race.  We didn’t see the 2/3 car tandems we have been accustomed to in the past few years, but we saw groups more than that running together.  Congrats to Denny Hamlin on the victory.

There’s no place like home

KANSAS.  There are a few different drivers to keep your eyes on this week, in Kansas’ first night race ever.  Those cars would be the #48 driven by Jimmie Johnson, the #24 driven by Jeff Gordon, the #16 driven by Greg Biffle, and the #20 driven by Matt Kenseth.  These drivers are vying for their first win of the season, and statistically, these guys are great at Kansas.

Skid Mark of the week

Once again, Brad Keselowski.  First, Brad wrecked himself, when he cut down on Danica Patrick in a corner trying to cut her off and get the lead.  Then, while being 6 laps down, he was pack racing, wrecked, and took out a good number of cars, including the #24 of Jeff Gordon and the #20 of Matt Kenseth, among others.

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 BeaverDamUSA.com 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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