NASCAR Bristol Bull Ring [Live Thread]

St. Patrick's Day and Racing in the Bull Ring

3/17/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Bristol Bull Ring [Live Thread]Some of my good NASCAR fans are at Bristol today, tailgating and watching the race.  It is the one time of year that many of them get together.  Ed (18packabs) often does the cooking, and many of the Q's former members will be there.  When I talk to my "sister", Bethanne, just prior to a race, the name Alan Kulwicki always comes up.  She lives very close to where Alan's plane went down twenty years ago, and never does a race day come that she doesn't remember.  I'm sure that the race executive will have some kind of remembrance ceremony today, but I just watched the one on Raceday, one I hadn't seen before, and I couldn't help but wonder, what could have been.

Alan won just five races in his career, but with those he also won the 1992 championship.  No matter how many years go by, Alan is missed, by his fans, his crew, his family and the entire racing family.

It's St. Patrick's Day today, and green is the color to be worn, bad luck or not.  Kyle Busch pulled off the fast lap to grab the pole position, but I haven't heard if M&M's has special green candies for the day.  Kasey Kahne will start alongside.  Denny Hamlin, who has apparently now decided to actually pay the $25,000 fine levied against him, starts right behind Kyle.  With a disappointing run, Dale Jr. starts back in the 16th row.  
Blog Photo - NASCAR Bristol Bull Ring [Live Thread]
Speaking of Dale Jr., Forbes has released it's top ten list of earnings for 2012, and with no surprise, Jr. again tops the list.

The Forbes.com list of estimated earnings last year:
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – $25.9 million
2. Jimmie Johnson – $23 million
3. Tony Stewart – $18.7 million
4. Jeff Gordon – $18.1 million
5. Carl Edwards – $13.7 million
6. Kevin Harvick – $13 million
7. Danica Patrick – $12.9 million
8. Kyle Busch – $12.5 million
9. Kasey Kahne – $12 million
10. Brad Keselowski – $11.4 million

Nine out of ten of those belong on that list, in my opinion.

And finally, just before we get to racing, my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the two people killed in California in a pit road accident.  Young racer, Chase Johnson, had a mechanical problem on his car yesterday, and the car caromed out of control into the pits, killing a 14 year old boy and a 68 year old man.  The accident brings to mind the people injured at Daytona when Kyle Larson's car disintegrated.  Already in this young season we have seen tragedies.  Please, let us hope they are the only ones we see this year.

Kyle Larson finished second yesterday, right beside Kyle Busch.  No more is it the Dale and Dale show, instead, I predict we will be calling the Kyle and Kyle show for years to come.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Let's go Racing!
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3/18/13   |   JenX63   |   32904 respect

all i'm going to say, is, if Logano had been driving like this for the past 2 years, he would already have a championship (maybe)
not saying Denny was right, just saying it is good to see the fire in logano

3/18/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Good race...lots of banging and almost punching.. need more of this in Nascar..

3/17/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

"It's frustrating," Logano said. "We've got a freaking genius behind the wheel of the 11 car. Probably the worst teammate I've ever had. So I learn that now. He chose to run into the back of me. So whatever. I have a scorecard. I ain't putting up with that." Read more here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2013/03/17/joey-logano-denny-hamlin-feud-twitter-bristol/1994959/

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Points Standings through 4 Races:

1. Brad Keselowski 166
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -9
3. Jimmie Johnson -15
4. Clint Bowyer -38
5. Greg Biffle -40
6. Denny Hamlin -41
7. Kasey Kahne -42
8. Carl Edwards -42
9. Paul Menard -48
10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -51
11. Kyle Busch -51
12. Joey Logano -62
13. Matt Kenseth -63 (would be 2nd Chase Wild Card at this moment)

Kurt Busch is 16th, Harvick 17th, Gordon 21st, Newman 23rd, Stewart 24th

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Unofficial Results:

1. Kasey Kahne
2. Kyle Busch
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Kurt Busch
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Ryan Newman
8. Brian Vickers
9. Paul Menard
10. Jamie McMurray
11. Greg Biffle
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. AJ Allmendinger
14. Kevin Harvick
15. Casey Mears
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17. Joey Logano
18. Carl Edwards -1 lap
19. Marcos Ambrose -1 lap
20. David Stremme -2 laps
21. David Ragan -2 laps
22. Jimmie Johnson -2 laps
23. Denny Hamlin -2 laps
24. David Gilliland -4 laps
25. Terry Labonte -4 laps
26. Josh Wise -4 laps
27. J.J. Yeley -5 laps
28. Danica Patrick -5 laps
29. Joe Nemechek -10 laps
30. Juan Pablo Montoya -13 laps
31. Tony Stewart -36 laps
32. Jeff Burton -42 laps
33. Landon Cassill -90 laps
34. Jeff Gordon -110 laps
35. Matt Kenseth -110 laps
36. Dave Blaney -179 laps
37. Aric Almirola -255 laps
38. Travis Kvapil -266 laps
39. David Reutimann -316 laps
40. Scott Speed -316 laps
41. Bobby Labonte -341 laps
42. Michael McDowell -474 laps
43. Mike Bliss -497 laps

3/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32904 respect

Yeah for Kasey! I thought there would be more there at the end, but to much traffic or no one wanting to wreck.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

kramer wrote:
Is it me or did anyone else hear Dale Sr. in that interview from Hamlin?  A la "I didn't want to wreck him, I just wanted to rattle his cage."

Nope, not even close.

3/17/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Is it me or did anyone else hear Dale Sr. in that interview from Hamlin?  A la "I didn't want to wreck him, I just wanted to rattle his cage."

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Denny Hamlin is an ass

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Kasey Kahne gets the win at Bristol.  Beats Kyle, Brad and Kurt Busch.  Great finish for Furniture Row racing and exactly what they need.  

Bowyer 5th, Jr in sixth, then Newman and Menard.  Great race.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Denny Hamlin just riding around the wall.....he drives like I do on the NASCAR game............

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I believe this race will come down to Checkers or Wreckers.....

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

All that action...during a commercial of course.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Pit strategy just might win this race.

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

And once again a blown tire changes everything. Seriously, why do blown tires happen a few times almost every race?

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

DAMN! Poor Matt and Jeff!  It really sucks to go out like that, leading the race.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Nevermind Debi, lol, I kept clicking and reached my 5 votes allowed today.

Thanks, Jen! I know he appreciates it!

And I am worried about Smoke.  He is one of my favs and I hate that he has started out this way!  I'll blame Danica! devil

3/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32904 respect

I wonder if I should be worried about Smoke. These first few races have really been ugly.

3/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32904 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Peak Driver Challenge - Matt Poole

Hey guys, remember that article I wrote a few years ago about Matt Poole?? Well, he's still chasing his dream, still trying to drive a race car, and he's entered the Peak Antifreeze challenge.  If you are so inclined, he would appreciate the votes!

Here's his Entry Video, too.
(Edited by JenX63)

Nevermind Debi, lol, I kept clicking and reached my 5 votes allowed today.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Peak Driver Challenge - Matt Poole

Hey guys, remember that article I wrote a few years ago about Matt Poole?? Well, he's still chasing his dream, still trying to drive a race car, and he's entered the Peak Antifreeze challenge.  If you are so inclined, he would appreciate the votes!

Here's his Entry Video, too.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Is there a problem? It's not exactly a secret where my racing passion lies.

Nope, no problem at all.  Just wondered.

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Really? Hmmm

Is there a problem? It's not exactly a secret where my racing passion lies.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
In terms of stock car racing, yes.

Really? Hmmm

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
So, I'm curious.  Do you not follow any driver unless he is a former open wheel driver?

In terms of stock car racing, yes.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Kasey Kahne goes to the lead over Denny, and pulls Jeff Gordon with him into second.  

Caution for Gilliland who gets into the wall.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Well, Ganassi's day went to crap pretty quickly. I was afraid something would go wrong with Montoya's car after that whack from Burton, and unfortunately it did. That's 2 of 4 races so far where something went wrong for him just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ugh.

So, I'm curious.  Do you not follow any driver unless he is a former open wheel driver?

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Well, Ganassi's day went to crap pretty quickly. I was afraid something would go wrong with Montoya's car after that whack from Burton, and unfortunately it did. That's 2 of 4 races so far where something went wrong for him just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ugh.

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

WOW! WOW!

Are there really going to be lots of cautions today?  Jamie McMurray gets into the marbles and goes into the wall and around.  Everyone gets by and most stop for tires and fuel.

BTW, Kyle continues to beat himself, getting caught for speeding on pit road in three sections.  Too bad and I hope he can get the positions back, because he really has the car to beat.

3/17/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

ah man.. Looks like Stewart Haas are not getting care ready good enough this year... they buy the engines so whats the problem... too many cars to prepare this year...

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Tony O'Stewart, as some of my tailgating friends have called him needs to get some luck of the good kind.  Someone must have stolen his four leaf clover 

3/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32904 respect

I watched some of the pre race show....smh.......Let's Go Racing!

3/17/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Hope they do some door to door handle banging today...Go Kyle..

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

National Anthem is beautiful.  Heart felt, as it should be!!!!! WOW!!

3/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I watched the season ender in '92, cheering and screaming for Alan.  I was living on Haida Gwaii and pregnant with my son, and it was right around that time he kicked for the first time.  By March, I'd been told it was a high risk pregnancy, and had been to the doctor a number of times for ultrasounds.  I remember when I head he'd been killed we were in Vancouver for one of those appointments, and I was staying at the in-laws.  They weren't NASCAR fans and I NEEDED to see the news, but they rarely had the TV on.  I finally went downstairs to the suite another son occupied with his wife and begged them to let me see the news.  When I went to the doctor a couple of days later, they were upset with me, because of the stress, and told me I needed to relax more. I didn't know how to tell them the stress was due to the news. 

Sorry for sharing those memories.  I've told my son that story many times over the years.

And Eric, it's about effing time your RNG got a decent driver.

3/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The RNG drew number 10, which equates to Joey Logano for today.

3/17/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I remember the day that crash happened, I was only 7 years old at the time.  Kulwicki was the first driver I considered a "favorite" when I started watching NASCAR.  I got up in the morning to go to school, and my mom told me "there was a plane crash last night, a NASCAR driver was killed."  I said "please tell me it wasn't Alan Kulwicki."  She told me it was, and I cried for a half hour.  He will never be forgotten.