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Clint Bowyer's Home Track - Can he win two in a row?

10/21/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 [Live Thread]Last week Clint Bowyer pulled out all the stops to grab the win and inject some momentum into the Michael Waltrip Racing team.  Today Clint is at home in Kansas - he's from Emporia, Kansas - and he would like nothing better than to win on his home track.  It is a distinct possibility.

There will be 42 other drivers out to prevent that from happening, most notably Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin.

Any one of those mentioned could win today, and Denny Hamlin could be named the favorite, having won here in the Spring.  However, the track was torn up after the race in April and reconfigured and repaved.  The banking was not only increased, but graduated.  

All notes from past races are out the window.

However, the teams have had the opportunity to test here, and the testing has been beneficial, if not critical, to the teams.  

Today all depends on who got it right, who took the best notes and who made the best set up on their car.   If you are watching and want to yell at Rusty Wallace (like I do) join in!!

By the way, after last week's comments and criticism about Dale Earnhardt Jr's injuries (yes, that same Rusty Wallace, yet again with the mouth) and statements that he shouldn't have climbed out of the car, other media members have come forward and said that his health MUST come first, and if he isn't completely, unequivocally 100% to race next weekend, he has nothing to lose if he stays out of the car for the rest of the 2012 season.
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Yes, it may affect attendance at the race tracks, and yes, it may lessen television viewers - for a few short weeks.  Isn't it better to lose a little for a short period of time than to make people happy now, at the risk of his health in the future?  As more investigation is undertaken about Dale Jr's injuries, NASCAR is considering changes to the physical evaluation they conduct of each driver at the beginning of the season.  They are considering creating a baseline number after conducting brain scans of each driver competing in the NASCAR series.  I think it is an excellent idea.

Isn't it interesting that it took Dale Earnhardt Sr's death for NASCAR to implement top notch safety features, like the HANS device and closed face helmets, and it has taken the concussion of Dale Earnhardt Jr for NASCAR to consider further safety to ensure the protection of the driver.  The Earnhardt  name is, indeed, a powerful one.
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10/27/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

great race

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

That slippery little bar of soap just slid into Victory Lane! wink

Congrats to Matt Kenseth and the rest of the 17 team, glad to see him continuing his winning ways, even though he is leaving the team at the end of the season.

10/21/12   |   JenX63   |   33167 respect

Congrats to Matt! 

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
What an awesome race today at Daytona I mean Kansas.

What a wreck fest the drivers have going on.

I was just thinking that the Talladega wreck took out 25? cars in one multicar many cars are out of this race in single car+ wrecks today??

One thing, everyone has walked away, and the lead changes have been exciting, I just don't like seeing all these cars wrecked, and drivers lives put at risk.

10/21/12   |   JenX63   |   33167 respect

Mother of god, if Tony can't do better than a top 15, he needs to pull in and let someone else take the wheel. 

10/21/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

What an awesome race today at Daytona I mean Kansas.

What a wreck fest the drivers have going on.

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

And that is exactly what has been said.

Dale Jr will participate in a closed testing session on Monday, and a second one on Tuesday before he will be cleared to race at Martinsville.  

Rick Hendrick also said he would "shocked" if Jr isn't in the car at Martinsville.

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Rick Hendrick is again in the NASCAR Media Center at Kansas Speedway.  It seems he wishes to clarify his earlier comments about Dale Jr returning to the 88 at Martinsville.  

I believe the earlier reports we had that Earnhardt would test a car this week first, and if all went well he would be cleared will be the actual situation.  Methinks Rick's comments were not as well thought out as they might have been, leading to a false announcement.  

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Damn, I should just STFU :(

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Well, will you look at that!! AJ Allmendinger in the 51 car is in 5th while Kurt Busch in the 78 is back around 15th?? Hmmmmm seems like the 51 equipment is just fine right now :)

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

This is AWESOME for Aric Almirola in the Richard Petty Motorsports #43!! I think he has now let more laps than his total laps led in his Sprint Cup Career????

checking stats......

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Aaaand Kasey Kahne leads them to the starting line, we are GREEN at Kansas!

10/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Rick Hendrick just made it official, Dale Earnhardt Jr. WILL be in the 88 next week at Martinsville - his examinations this week were all clear!