NASCAR Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 [Live Race Thread]

Can Harvick sweep the weekend at Martinsville?

3/28/10 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

One thing about short track racing, there is always beating and banging, and there are always tempers involved.  Someone always gets insulted and voices their feelings before they have time to cool down.

Last week it was Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano and so far this week, Kevin Harvick Inc. driver, Ron Hornaday and Johnny Sauter have shown the rest how to go about it.  There is no doubt tempers will flare again today, but who will be involved this time?

Last week Jimmie Johnson won his 50th race.  He sat down this week with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson, two others who have also won 50 races.  Speculation continues as to how many races Johnson will eventually win, but Kyle Petty said it best - there's no way to tell.  Darrell Waltrip would have won more if Dale Sr hadn't come along.  Dale Sr would have won more if Jeff Gordon hadn't come along, and Jeff would have won more if Jimmie hadn't come along.  Who will be the one to dethrone Jimmie?  No one knows yet, but that's what makes if fun to watch.

Racing at the paperclip gets underway shortly and because of the rain, Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for this race, after dominating yesterday in the Truck race.  After a dismal 2009 season, the teams at Richard Childress Racing are rebounding and again showing the strength of years past.  Jimmie Johnson, however, is the favorite to win the race.  Denny Hamlin is the only driver to beat him at the track in .....well, it seems like forever.  Denny, however, has that torn ACL that he thought wasn't going to affect his racing at all.  Yesterday it was announced that Denny would undergo the surgery to repair the ACL tomorrow.  If necessary, he will start the upcoming races, but have a relief driver standing by to take over.  His focus today has to be on winning the race, something he did last year, and rejuvenate his season. 

Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray all showed strength in practices, so any one of the could also be in contention today.  The biggest question will be the rain.  Showers are predicted all day long, with a small window of opportunity to race right around scheduled green flag time.

It's the first race with the return of the spoiler, and damn that car looks fine.  Will it have any effect on the racing? We're about to find out.

I'm excited to watch racing, after missing last week's Bristol race, what about you?  Who are your picks? Dark horses? Anybody but?  Chat it up here, and don't forget your Playbook bets! I'm out of Q bucks - not even enough left for one single bet with only 40 remaining, but I have around 90 active bets, all in NASCAR I believe.  What about you?
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3/30/10   |   mjjayaraj

gud

3/30/10   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

I watched about an hour of this race between classes, and saw the Denny and Jeff (Burton show) during that time.  I saw the replay of the finish, that was nuts, but classic Martinsville.

3/29/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

 Just saw the finish of the race - Wow.. that was crazy.

3/29/10   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

My hubby tells me this was one of the best races he's seen in awhile (he did sleep in the middle of it - working nights) and I missed it :(

3/29/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

So I can't watch this, but is Jeff actually going to steal this race?

3/29/10   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

FOX is showing the race live, and will go on the air at noon ET, with the green scheduled to drop at 12:14 ET, exactly the time I have to leave for work - that makes two races in a row I will miss.

I'll be on the Blackberry checking in, so if anyone is watching, PLEASE post updates in here?  Thanks guys, enjoy the race, and GO JUNIOR

(had to throw that last one in)

3/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Well, racing tomorrow  - guess I'll have to depend on the lap by lap on NASCAR.com

maybe it will rain until about now tomorrow,then the race will start just as I get home

3/28/10   |   Irishrdhd1   |   119 respect

 Racing doesn't look good today :(

3/28/10   |   PJ88Fan   |   468 respect

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He is much more likable now! More than I can say for his team mate.

He really is...even I'll admit I like him now. It's amazing, never thought I'd see the day I'd be sayin that. Lol You are so right about his tem mate too...yuck!

3/28/10   |   PJ88Fan   |   468 respect

CRAZY_LADY wrote:
well its pouring rain here and as the crow flys guys it will at paperclip in 2 hrs .  but i am praying the mnts slows it down so we can go racing

Dang...sure hope they get the race in even if it's later...

3/28/10   |   PJ88Fan   |   468 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Track driers on the track, looks like the rain has stopped for a bit.......I wanna go racing

Pit road is soaking wet too. Hope it stops soon...
You got my last respects Deb...now I have to wait till midnight...

3/28/10   |   PJ88Fan   |   468 respect

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That was a good interview with Gordon.

Yes it was Gina...he's come a long way since his daughter was born and now he has a son on the way. His whole attitude has changed. I enjoyed that. 

3/28/10   |   PJ88Fan   |   468 respect

Great article Deb! I'm with ya on the looks of the cars...they look awesome! I'm excited to see what difference it makes. As long as it helps the cars from flipping, I'll be happy. My Pick is Kevin Hatvick and my Dark Horse is Junior!! Let's hope for the best with the rain situation. Good luck to everyone and your drivers. GO JUNIOR!!

3/28/10   |   CRAZY_LADY   |   355 respect

well its pouring rain here and as the crow flys guys it will at paperclip in 2 hrs .  but i am praying the mnts slows it down so we can go racing

3/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Track driers on the track, looks like the rain has stopped for a bit.......I wanna go racing