NASCAR, Brad Keselowski

Let's give them something to talk about

3/13/10 in NASCAR   |   18packabs   |   8136 respect

Has everyone heard enough about Brad and Carl?? I have for sure. Let’s take a look at how the season has started off and talk about some of the possibilities of what will/can be.
 
                After 4 Races there have been many issues that have already surfaced.  NASCAR has changes in the works and some of the changes they have made have not impressed me. The Wing being removed and replaced with a Spoiler especially a month before Talladega, where it has been the biggest issue seems to be the first smart move Mr. France has made in quite some time.  The 3 restarts is a total joke to me, If the leader makes it back to the line and receives the White Flag the Race is done, so why 3 shots at a Green Flag Finish, when technically you can win under yellow? The wave around is just plain old stupid.  A driver mired 2-3 laps down for say 100+ laps can get back on the Lead Lap during any late Race Cautions by not pitting. Even worse, half the field can come from multiple laps down. Even better, a guy who has been in the top 10 all day could finish behind these guys if there is a late Race pileup.  Sorry guys and girls, I see no need to reward poor performance and allow more than one driver a Lucky Dog.
 
                I guess I could ramble on about the debacle at Daytona, but that horse has been dead for some time, along with the issue that has me writing this blog. I do suggest Mr. France makes the SUPERBOWL of NASCAR , SUPER before it loses all of its luster.  I will focus on what has happened and what may unfold as the Season continues.
 
Many teams are trying to work things out as they either have new drivers, Crew Chiefs, or pit crew members. The Top 12 have many of the usual suspects, or at least most of the guys many fans and experts alike expect to vie for those coveted  spots. The other drivers considered contenders are hovering just outside those spots, most notably Dale Jr., Kasey Kahne,  and Kyle Busch. There are two major surprises as far as I think. They would be Paul Menard and Scott Speed. I don’t think many folks saw that coming. Another surprise is JGR Driver and reigning ROTY Joey Logano right in the mix, ahead of both of his teammates.
 
                The resurgence of RCR has Kevin “Happy” Harvick in the points lead,  with top 10’s in all four races. His teammates Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton, are 5th and 6th respectively, just 106 points out of the top spot. Also with Dale Jr. lurking, we may just be looking at 1/3 of the Chase spots going to HMS. The 6 drivers who were Chase Drivers last year that are currently not in any of those spots are Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Juan Pablo Montoya, Brian Vickers, Ryan Newman, and Carl Edwards. I really don’t expect Newman and Vickers to repeat as Chase Drivers but anything can happen. The ones that are currently in that were not Chase Drivers including the 5 I have mentioned above is Matt Kenseth, who by just missing the Chase last year leaves Jimmie Johnson as the only NASCAR Driver to make every single Chase.  I see Menard and Speed dropping and Dale Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Busch fighting for those 2 spots. Just don’t count out Denny Hamlin and Juan Pablo Montoya, and some of the others in the top 25 currently.  I am sure we all have an opinion of who those Drivers are.
 
                This week being an off week everybody has time to catch their breath and relax a little. Come back fresh and focus on what they need to do to push their teams to make that Chase. With Bristol and Martinsville, two short tracks coming up and 4 guys within 5 points of each other for that Top 35 position which, as we know will guarantee a starting spot to those cars for the rest of the season, I am expecting some serious beating and banging these next two weeks.  Wwith Spring (Easter) Break right after those track, and add in the Spoiler , a West to East swing , and Talladega a little over a Month away, It looks like we have and will have plenty to talk about.
 
                This Season will surely get more interesting as it goes on. The cars that normally end the Season in the top 20 are so close that any minor mistakes can cause you to miss out on the championship hunt.  The heat of the Summer and no more off weeks after Easter until mid July should have the tempers flaring. It may just kick off the Silly Season early again. I am feeling excited that we may see some of the old racing again.  Well I can DREAM can’t I?
 
                What do you guys think?
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3/16/10   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

wrote:
He is my 2ND favorite driver.  Me and Kevin have met a few times in Atlanta by mistake!  Seriously, he is a doll and I really think he is going to do really good this season.  I'm just glad that he found it entertaining when I got caught in the drivers garage during a rain delay and as the guard was escorting me out we walked by him and I asked him "Kevin, have you saw JR?" and he started laughing!

OMG..your my hero....LMAO.....that is to funny....

3/16/10   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

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I watched a special on Kevin Harvick.  He is really determined this year to be a serious contender.  I might pick him for Bristol.

He is determined. Not sure what RCR did, but they finally got something right. If he continues with his current streak, he might make Top Dog this year...

3/15/10   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

I hope my guy, Kyle Busch, and his team, regroup,  and start getting some top 10, top 5 finishes, and hopefully some wins.

3/15/10   |   Alpha_Dawg   |   1258 respect

Wave around should not be allowed with in 20 laps of the finish. Most pitting should of happenned before 20 to go. If they get caught a lap down after that they  should stay a lap down and be behind the leaders at every restart.

3/14/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

JenX63 wrote:
the "odd" one..oh lord you  haven't met everyone yet have you?  

Not many people here, but then again I don't often have much time to get on.  Most everyone I know here I knew before coming to this site at other sites and they can vouch I'm often odd with my way of thinking... maybe even more than that. LOL

3/14/10   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

LoriDbl18fan wrote:
Thank you Jen.  I try to be the odd one that sees the other side of things. LOL

the "odd" one..oh lord you  haven't met everyone yet have you?  

3/14/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

JenX63 wrote:
 Good Reading Ed...You covered everything that I can see. Of course like everyone else I am surprised at the Top 10 as it stands, but as we all know that can change in a race or two. I am in agreement with the wave around, not sure if I like it or not, but as Lori pointed out sometimes its a good thing. Thumbs Up...

Thank you Jen.  I try to be the odd one that sees the other side of things. LOL

3/14/10   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

 Good Reading Ed...You covered everything that I can see. Of course like everyone else I am surprised at the Top 10 as it stands, but as we all know that can change in a race or two. I am in agreement with the wave around, not sure if I like it or not, but as Lori pointed out sometimes its a good thing. Thumbs Up...

3/14/10   |   cuddles127017   |   8133 respect

Great reading and you summed it up about right.  It's good to see  some new names in the top 10 but give it a few more races to see if this is for real.  

3/13/10   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

Nice article. The wave around is a sticking point. I don't like the way it is, but it's a hard rule to make equitable. I also love the variety at the top. As much as I think the COT is a "flying brick", it seems to have brought some parity back to the track, which makes for more exciting races.

3/13/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

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I actually see your point and clearly remember Atlants last Spring when half the Field went a lap down very early in the Race. I actually like your point in that instance, but as we know from the last 2-3 years of NASCAR most of the cautiona are in the last 30 laps. If they could make it work where you could not get more than one wave around lap back in the Final 30 I would be good with it. But anybody 2-3 laps down for tons of laps and getting them all back at the end of the Race, is just plain silly.

See I can get you to think. LOL

Yeah, I just can't find something I'm happy with when I think of the good points to the wave around rule.  Maybe make it only a factor for teams caught by a caution during green flag pit stops.  Of course though, as with most odd rules like that, it then becomes a NASCAR judgement call and I'm sure by now we all know how little faith I have in judgement calls coming for the ruling body. LOL

3/13/10   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

I'm actually quite shocked at the look of the top ten this many races in.  Paul Menard? Scott Speed?  WOW guys, who knew you had it in you!  I can't remember being as excited about a season, the early on.  Maybe it's because there are a bunch of teams we never expected to be up front, all whom have a chance at taking domination away from HMS and especially Jimmie.  Most shocking? For me it's that Mark Martin isn't up front vying for top spot.  Least surprising?  The resurgence of RCR. 
Dammit all, let's get to Bristol!

3/13/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

Guess you're as sick of the Brad/Carl stuff as I am.  Seems you covered most stuff well, which is really no suprise. 

You also know I'm not for sure my feelings on the wave around rule, but though you've got huge points that I agree with, I'll tell you the one things holding me back from being on one side or the other.  See if I can get you to think? LOL I think back to races where there is hardly anyone on the lead lap because of one of those odd moments where a caution coming out during green flag pit stops end up putting cars down that should have never been down.  In those cases, it's not a matter of poor performance at all for any of those teams.  Now you've got a almost nothing race between very few cars because a bunch of teams got screwed and only one at a time can get lucky enough to earn back a chance to join the race and still only if cautions come out. 

When this wave around rule came to be, that's the first thing I thought of and why I'm still not sure how to feel about it.  I see that as the good point to that rule and besides even if you take the wave around to get back on the lead lap, unless you get a quick caution or just had a pit before the caution came out... you won't be able to keep the gain of the free pass when you have to pit during green flag while all the leaders won't since they've already pitted.  At most tracks that puts you at least a lap down.

3/13/10   |   Smokesfan   |   3433 respect

Seems you pretty well covered all the bases there.