NASCAR Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega [Live Thread]

Throw the Die - The Crap Shoot Begins

10/7/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega [Live Thread]Kasey Kahne has the pole position for the race today at Talladega, but just about anyone could lead the first lap.  Wrecking on the first lap is also a distinct possibility, as past races have shown.  

Honestly, I have to say the starting lineup is absolutely no surprise to me.  Most of the drivers you would expect to be up front, are up front.

(Dayum,. I'm watching the end of NASCAR Raceday on SPEED and Tony Stewart just told Rutledge Wood he can get him an athletic cup sponsorship for next year.  Rutledge's response?  "There you have it, Tony Stewart has just said he will looking for athletic support for next year")

They have been asking drivers what their strategy will be for the race.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. has said he intends to try to run up front all day, to be there at the end.  Other drivers have said they will drop back and hang out in the back to be safe, then move up at the end of the race.  Clint Bowyer has said all that strategy will go right out the window when the green flag drops. I'm with Clint, except when it comes to Jr.  He has shown time and time again that he can run up front and stay reasonably safe.  Okay, so he hasn't won a restrictor plate race in a while, but he hadn't won any races in four years until Michigan, earlier this year.

Blog Photo - NASCAR Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega [Live Thread]I predicted earlier that Kevin Harvick would be the eventual winner, and my only hope is that Jr. might thwart that win.  I'm still sticking with that prediction.  Kevin won't lead the most laps, but I believe he  ill be there at the end and he will win this race, getting his first win of the season.

By the way, in case you missed it, Kevin Harvick tweeted a pic of himself dressed in his Hallowe'en costume.....as Tony Stewart.  I'll let you judge for yourself.


Feel free to join in if you are watching the race.  We will no doubt have twitter updates and pictures from the track, and it is bound to be exciting.  Let's go Racing, boys!
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10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The race results.  They sure don't agree with the video :(

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And courtesy of SPEED, here is a link to the video

The Big One at Talladega

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Here are a couple of views of the 'Dega wreck



10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Reports are circulating that Dale Jr may have hit his head pretty hard.  He's been holding and rubbing his head, but says he's okay, although he took some hard hits

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

"We didn't win, but we did build one strong race car"

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Clean up on aisle 'Dega .... 

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Here's Smoke's car - his wheel was inside the window net of Clint Bowyer's car.

10/7/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Kudos to Tony Stewart for admitting he started that massive wrecked, that cost a lot of people a good day.

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

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When asked if he is okay, Tony says "I'm a finely tuned athlete with a strict workout regimen!...."

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Huge wreck on the last lap, Matt Kenseth wins

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Bower, Harvick, Stewart, Mikey and a few others stayed out.  

Goin' for a Green White Checker finish.

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

well, the skill of all of the other drivers is the only reason we did not have a big one.

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jamie Mac will cause the Big One...........


On muh feet now, back after the finish

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Scratch that, Tony, Kevin and Jr are all up at the front

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The cars I expect to be at the front at the end are all running around 15th to 20th.

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jr still in 30th, but now on lead lap....how long will he be back there?

and where is the Big One? It's bound to happen, and I will be on m feet from here on in.

Check that, Jr up to 15th...

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Can't believe I'm saying this, but why can't NASCAR suddenly find some of that phantom debris....


Oh wait, I guess they just did........blush

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Phoenix Racing crew chief Nick Harrison says Regan Smith will behind the wheel of the No. 51 next week at Charlotte.

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Well, Kurt Busch was leading and ran out of gas.  He got turned by Jamie McMurray in the 1 car, who was just trying to give him a push.  Kurt didn't give anyone any hand signals that I could see, yet he has a hissy fit and when the safety crew comes to attend to him (he hit the inside wall) he miraculously gets the car, which is out of fuel, restarted.  Then he takes off, taking the safety crews bag and various other parts with him.  

The 51 is parked for the day.  Adios Kurt, the Phoenix Racing crew will likely be glad to see the arse end of you.  

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

ARGGGGHHHH!!! A great pit stop for Jr completely negated by speeding on the exit - Jr serves a drive through penalty, ends up all by himself, no draft, and 28 seconds back.

10/7/12   |   DolphinLuver   |   2884 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Kasey Kahne takes the early lead, but Trevor Bane is right there - is anyone surprised?

Great race so far Debi, Although Dale Jr is my Favorite, Kasey is a good driver too:)... Have a Great-Day!

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Carl Edwards and Cole Whitt are the first casualties of Talladega, with Joey Logano also affected.

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Kasey Kahne takes the early lead, but Trevor Bane is right there - is anyone surprised?

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Green flag! Who will lead the first lap?

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Tony Stewart apparently locked Clint Bowyer in the outhouse - seems that's the only way he figured he could beat him???

10/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Is it just me, or does it seem really windy there?  Certainly it is cooler than it has been, how will it affect the set up on the cars??