Twice is Nice for the #48

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comAs we talked about last week, lots of folks were writing Jimmie Johnson off this year. He has gone out the past 2 weekends and proven that he isn’t chopped liver, as some had suggested. There were 2 pretty darn dominant cars at The Monster Mile this past Sunday, and JJ was one of them. The other, was none other than the number 18 of Kyle Busch, who was attempting to sweep all three (Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series) races this past weekend. However, those dreams were dashed when Busch tangled with Clint Bowyer and wrecked 125 laps into the contest. Evidently, Bowyer, driver of the #15 car and his spotter had a little bit of miscommunication and left Busch no room underneath him, causing the #18 to wreck. Bowyer said “sorry,” but Busch was ticked, and left the track without comment. As I predicted last week, Jimmie Johnson was the outright winner at Dover, and I am afraid his run is about to start. So are the other drivers.  JJ usually runs great in the summer, and summer is here.

What Pothole?

In a strange twist of events, part of the concrete at Dover actually came up and caused a driver to hit it, then hit the wall. The race was then red-flagged, so track crews could repair the track where the chunk of concrete had come up. The result of this was Jamie McMurray going multiple laps down, due to repairs that had to be made to his car, after hitting the wall. Therefore, NASCAR picks up the Skid Mark of the week. By no fault of his own, McMurray’s day was essentially ended when the concrete hit his car. As a matter of fact, the concrete piece hit the splitter on the front of his car and exploded into air. The announcers on Fox initially thought it was a can of fluid that was flying in the air that hit McMurray’s car and exploded. When a race is red flagged, crews cannot work on cars on pit road. This is where the rule is wrong. The pit crew for McMurray should have been able to work on his car. Totally unbelievable, in my opinion. Hence, the Skid Mark of the Week.

The Poconos

Here we go to another Northern track this week. Pennsylvania to be specific. Pocono Raceway is a 2.5 mile tri-oval where cars will run at very high rates of speed. I enjoy watching races at Pocono, and if you don’t get to watch this one, don’t fret. NASCAR will return to Pocono in a couple of months for their 2nd race at this track. Kind of strange, huh? Anyhow, my pick for this week. I think I’m gonna ride the #48 horse until he proves me wrong. He has 3 wins at Pocono, and an average finish of around 8th. Another pretty good bet would be the #24 of Jeff Gordon or the #11 of Denny Hamlin.  Gordon has won at Pocono 6 times while Hamlin has won 4 times. Let’s just hope for a non-snoozer. Big tracks with long green flag runs spell NAP. Until next week, happy racin’ and keep it clean.

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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