It all comes down to one race [NASCAR Live Race Thread]

Will it be Jimmie for six? Or Matt for two? Maybe Kevin gets his first? Let's find out at Homestead

11/17/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - It all comes down to one race [NASCAR Live Race Thread]Today marks the last race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and only three drivers have a chance at the Cup.  Jimmie Johnson is the favorite, and only needs to finish 23rd or better to win, even though he has finished 25th or worse in five of the twelve races he has run at Homestead.  

Matt Kenseth is hoping he and his team will do everything they need to do be in the position to win, both the race and the Championship.  He's also hoping for a little bad luck for JJ, make no mistakes.

Then there is Kevin.  He's in third, and still has a remote chance to win the Championship.  This could be the day we really say "where did HE come from?"

Are you following the "not an athlete" business from Donovan McNabb?  We all know how our fellow featured writer, Pat, feels about this.  In case you missed it, Donovan believes that Jimmie Johnson, or any NASCAR driver, cannot be classified as an athlete.  As Darrell Waltrip put it, NASCAR drivers travel the length of a football field every second on the track pulling "G's" a football player can only imagine.  No one has ever pulled Jimmie Johnson out of his game because he couldn't complete the 30 second drill.  And besides, using McNabb's criteria, is a quarterback really an athlete?  All he does is get handed a ball, pass or throw it to someone else, and they do all the work.  Kyle Petty's response to that?  "BOOM goes the dynamite".

Enough said.
Blog Photo - It all comes down to one race [NASCAR Live Race Thread]
Today we say good-bye to a few drivers.  Juan Pablo Montoya will run his final NASCAR race, returning to the Indycar series full time next year.  Ken Schrader starts and ends his final race in the Sprint Cup Series.  No doubt we will still see Kenny in open wheel cars on the dirt track, but he will finish up a very successful and lengthy career.  Mark Martin will also take on a different role in NASCAR, working in an advisory capacity for Stewart Haas Racing in the coming years.  Will he ever climb in the car again? Who knows, but if not, it has been a great run. Bobby Labonte will also hang up the shoes, and step out of the car, although if he is anything like his brother, Terry, we could still see him driving a car sometime.  And finally, Jeff Burton announce earlier this year that he would step out of the 31 car at Richard Childress Racing a year earlier than planned, in order to allow Ryan Newman to take his seat.  No announcement has been made by Burton as to where he will be next year.  It is going to be a very emotional day.

And to close today, I send best wishes to Eric McLure and Trevor Bayne.  Bayne has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and while he appears to be mostly symptom free at this point, it wil no doubt impact how far he is able to take his racing career.  Eric was out of the car yesterday once again, and after he has missed a number of races due to illness this year, it seems there is more going on with this young man than we are aware of.  I wish them both well.

We are a short while away from racing, just enough time to make your final picks in the Gamecenter.  If you are watching, cheering, jeering or swearing at your TV, join in.  In about five hours, we crown our 2013 Sprint Cup Champion.
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11/17/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84382 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Sorry Faye, I know you love him.  I just can't 

it's ok, not everyone has the same favorite driver .. :)

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
Congratulations to Denny Hamlin !
Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson ! , yes he has a name

Sorry Faye, I know you love him.  I just can't 

11/17/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84382 respect

JenX63 wrote:
You know I love you Faye, but it was all I could do to congratulate him the way that I did. :)

I know Jen .. :)

11/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32748 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
Congratulations to Denny Hamlin !
Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson ! , yes he has a name

You know I love you Faye, but it was all I could do to congratulate him the way that I did. :)

11/17/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84382 respect

Congratulations to Denny Hamlin !
Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson ! , yes he has a name

11/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32748 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I wish I could say it has been a great season.  I can't.

and, february seems so far away, I am hoping that this bad taste in my mouth goes away.
I am looking forward to Tony being back, and seeing how he Kurt and Kevin mesh. They are all very strong personalities who have no problem speaking their minds. That team by itself should be very exciting! I wish Ryan good luck, he will need it to survive another mediocre year.

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Congrats to Denny
(and to the Nascar Champion) ugh

LMAO ummm yeah, like you said.  

Watch out for Matt next year!

11/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

So, this year in racing we have a 6 time champion, a 4 time champion, a 3 time champion, and a 16 time champion. Not a lot of new blood except the 20 year old who won MotoGP.

11/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32748 respect

Congrats to Denny
(and to the Nascar Champion) ugh

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I wish I could say it has been a great season.  I can't.

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Well, I thought I'd seen everything in NASCAR, but that explosion on the 27 car of Paul Menard took my breath away.

And I don't have my breath back yet, as Dale Jr. is leading with 25 to go.  Could he actually win this thing?

11/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Safe to say I've never seen a wheel explode like that.

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Boy has Dale Jr ever got a good car!

BTW JJ and Kenseth both got a little damage on a restart.  JJ's a little more serious.Kenseth running 4th, JJ in 10th

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Sunset and 3 of the HMS cars in the top 6.  Jr and Gordo are ahead of JJ

Denny Hamlin leads
 

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

A bit to go before we hit half way.  Matt is definitely the strong car out there, but JJ is running second.  Kevin's car isn't running the best right now, but as the sun sets, that will likely change.

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JJ jumps to 3rd - the only car to take four tires.  Jr's car not working for him at all.

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Happy Harvick to the lead! Kenseth fighting though.  Jr in 3rd after restart, 

And Kenseth takes the lead back

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Yellow is out for Travis Kvapil who got into the wall.  Matt had led all laps so far.  Dale Jr gained THIRTEEN spots, comes out fourth :)

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Is it wrong that I'd love to see Mark, Jeff, Ken or Juan up front at the end?  Unlikely that Kenny Schrader will, but any of the other three could.

I'm still rooting for Kevin or Matt, though

11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

DVR'ing as well.  But watching as well....between conference finals in the CFL...and the Redskins...

11/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32748 respect

I'm dvr the race. Watching the Skins right now. I think Jimmie is heading for his 6th. Seems inevitable. Not a great year of racing imo, but a crazy one still.