NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500 [Live Thread]

Dale Jr leads them to the Green Flag, but can he lead them to the Checkers?

3/7/10 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

It was 192.761 miles per hour that got Dale Earnhardt Jr the pole position for the race, over 5mph faster than last year's pole speed.  This is his first pole position in 68 races.  He beat out Kyle Busch who will start alongside and we all know that Kyle will be doing everything he can to lead the first lap.  That, of course, is just fine - it's the last lap that really counts!

Kevin Harvick leads the standings after two races, with his teammate Clint Bowyer right behind him, 47 points back.  He won in the Truck race Saturday, so with a few more laps on the track, even in a different vehicle, he may be a force to reckon with.  His consistency so far this year, two second place finishes in the last two races, is the kind of performance Richard Childress Racing was looking for last year.  Jeff Burton, however, is said to be the strongest RCR car at Atlanta this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson has already shown his strength, early in the season for this team, but so has his teammate, Jeff Gordon.  Mark Martin isn't a slump either, quietly biding his time, racking up points.

New dad, Carl Edwards, was predicted to be a winner last week, but fell short.  So far this year, the Roush cars haven't been as strong as predicted, although Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle have been running in the top ten and Carl certainly couldn't be called a slouch.  His past performances at Atlanta show he can do it, so this just might be the week.

The one to watch, however, could be Kasey Kahne, the crew of NASCAR Raceday's number one pick.   Martin Truex Jr has Pat Tryson as his crew chief, and Pat has won here before, so he could also be a contender.  Mark Martin has won here, with Pat Tryson, so he could be the HMS car to dominate this week.

It could be any one of them.  It could be a first time winner.  It could be any one of 43 drivers on the track.

Then again, it could be Jimmie Johnson.

Who's your pick?  Who's going to win it? This is your chance to talk trash, cheer, jeer or catch up if you are away from your TV.  Join in and enjoy the race!
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3/9/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

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This is Carl Edward post from his FaceBook Page:

My options: Considering that Brad wrecks me with no regard for anyones safety or hard work, should I: A-Keep letting him wreck me? B-Confront him after the race? C-Wait til bristol and collect other cars? or D-Take care of it now? I want to be clear that I was surprised at his flight and very relieved when he walked away. Every person has to decide what code they want to live by and hopefully this explains mine.

 He's a moron.  That's all I can really say. Obviously NASCAR needs to park him again if he's unrepentant. Maybe the seething chewing out he'd receive from Aflac for that would finally get to him.

3/8/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

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Dont EVER speak for me.
I dont wish harm on anyone. I was glad Carl put it to him, and I am sure he had no intention of it ending the way it did. Brad has been up Carls ass for the past year. Tempers flare on the track, things occur. Has it been ok with you when Brad has intentionally taken others out, because I can show you quite a few clips where this has occurred, and it has been the talk of Nascar in case you haven't noticed.

What needs to be done, and should have been done a long time ago, is for that wing to be gone. Wing-= flight, and we have seen this since the two other hurrendous crashes of who, CARL, and Ryan last year.

You cant have it both ways, you either let em race and take a chance, or you put the rules so strenuously , you bore the crap out of all of us, and have a season like last year.

Thank you Andi.  I was beginning to think I was about the only one out there (unless you count the other NASCAR site/blogs I sometimes go to) who seen this stuff out of him.  It's not just his driving though as he always has some stupid excuse for his actions... most of which a real fan of racing would be able to see through.  I'm glad the punk is getting what he deserves and maybe now that he's playing with the big boys and they're starting to teach him that stuff doesn't go... he'll get better about his respect for other drivers.  The kid can drive, but he needs a few lessons about how these boys treat each other.  I will say a lot of the interviews with him both on TV and in print this year sound like he's starting to come around, but only time will really tell and there are still a lot of drivers who owe him one. 

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Joe_L wrote:
As much as I would love to see Brad pay Carl back, I hope that NASCAR makes a example out of Carl and puts a stop to the intentional sh!@ before it cost someone there life driver, pit crew or a spectator.

again....at least an hour to go, so   

And I'm not a lover or a hater of any driver (shhhhhh) but although some seem to think Brad has intentionally caused wrecks or taken out other drivers, I don't agree.  I've seen agressive moves by Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon, and yes, Brad Keselowski, but I do not think Ive witnessed a driver - any one of them - intentionally turn into another car at these high speeds.  There have been turns on pit road, under caution or under lesser speeds, but maybe I have a selective memory and so be it.  I DON'T REALLY CARE.  Carl turned his car into Brad at a high rate of speed on the fastest track in NASCAR.  He as much as admitted he turned into him, whether he meant for him to flip or not, it was intentional.  Punish the hell out of him and stop this kind of crap.  If they want to get into it on pit road mano e mano after the race, GREAT!!! I'll cheer on whoever I choose, but just as using a vehicle to attack another vehicle or a human is considered "Assault with a deadly weapon" so should it be in NASCAR.

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Joe_L wrote:
Oh I see. Sorry, missed that next time I should read the whole DAMN thing.

i was being sarcastic when i said i would cheer my guts out for Brad to take him out,kinda poking fun at Andilee..

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Diablorain wrote:
oh believe me i dont want anyone to get killed,but i also dont say WTG for idiots that intentionally take people out like Andilee does..

Oh I see. Sorry, missed that next time I should read the whole DAMN thing.

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Joe_L wrote:
As much as I would love to see Brad pay Carl back, I hope that NASCAR makes a example out of Carl and puts a stop to the intentional sh!@ before it cost someone there life driver, pit crew or a spectator.

oh believe me i dont want anyone to get killed,but i also dont say WTG for idiots that intentionally take people out like Andilee does..

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Diablorain wrote:
why would you support what Carl did?....if Brad had been killed would you still being saying way to go? There was NO reason for Carl to do what he did,Brad was holding his line earlier in the race when Edwards got into the wall....i hope Brad takes out Carl at Bristol...i will be cheering my guts out!

As much as I would love to see Brad pay Carl back, I hope that NASCAR makes a example out of Carl and puts a stop to the intentional sh!@ before it cost someone there life driver, pit crew or a spectator.

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

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Before the haters get started let me just point out, today was not a Junyah issue. Every HMS car, Smoke and Rocketman included, had the exact same issues.

But, thank you Nascar Gods for JJ not winning, a big WTG to Flipper, payback's a biotch, and Congrats to Paulie for his first top 5

why would you support what Carl did?....if Brad had been killed would you still being saying way to go? There was NO reason for Carl to do what he did,Brad was holding his line earlier in the race when Edwards got into the wall....i hope Brad takes out Carl at Bristol...i will be cheering my guts out!

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

glad  the Older Busch won :) and Junior finished 15th...WTG

3/7/10   |   MarineDawg_Mom   |   72 respect

WAY TO GO BUSCH!

3/7/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 Damn.. crappy restart. Congrats to Busch.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Does anyone thinkg Havick can pull a where'd he come from?

3/7/10   |   MarineDawg_Mom   |   72 respect

Well, i don't think his team mates are being shorted on good quality, he is just that good a driver.
I hope Edwards gets a big fine, that was so out of line and dangerous, not just childish.
And the punk caused Mark to be out too! I hope Montoya doesn't win tho..................

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

DAYUM!!!!!!

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i hope Busch wins then that way i have picked the winner 2 weeks in a row

3/7/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 Well, back to go JPM! Get that first oval win. Or Kahne.. that way I can say I picked the winner 3 weeks in a row.

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

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I am not gonna disagree, but I felt that way before today. I actually think my opinion of him has improved.....LMAO!!!!!!!!!

Mine has just got worse, hell I was making up words (ran out of four letter ones) after that interview.

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

this has been a good race

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

damn another wreck!

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Big one!!!!!!!!!

3/7/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 Well, Paul Menard is from about 2 hours north of me so go Paul!

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

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LOL Debi, you can't be serious, attempted Murder??? Have you watched Brad drive the last 2 years???

well your the fan of the "King" of dumb driving so of course you wouldnt think it was that bad

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Edwards is a douchebag.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

My respect for Carl Edwards had diminished greatly over the past year or so, but that respect is completely gone.  I hope they park him for another race.  They did it to Kevin Harvick, so they can do it to Carl. 

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Debi_L wrote:
WOW.  NASCAR lets the drivers police themselves, and Carl Edwards basically commits attempted murder by car.

NASCAR did the right thing by stepping in this time....it was VERY uncalled for,give him a bump or whatever...dont try to kill him

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Well after Edwards ended Brad's day, now it's time to see JPM drive right past Kurt Busch.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

WOW.  NASCAR lets the drivers police themselves, and Carl Edwards basically commits attempted murder by car.

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

What race are you watching?

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Good NASCAR is parking Edwards.

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

WOOHOO....99 is PARKED!

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i hope they park the 99

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Edwards was trying to wreck him for 2 laps...I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR EDWARDS

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Carl Edwards is a B*tch

3/7/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 Carl Edwards absolutely must be suspended for Bristol by NASCAR for that b***s***.

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

DAMN!!!!!!POOR BRAD!

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

DAMN that sucks Brad was having a good day.

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

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Mark Martin gets 2 laps back.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

MarineDawg_Mom wrote:
If he is getting premium equipment, isn't that what his owner is suppose to provide him with and his crew maintain?, but if he wasn't good then it wouldn't matter how good his equipment is, and even tho he isn't my number one driver, he is very good. people used to say the same things about Jeff Gordon back in his hey days as well.

I think the point is that ALL the HMS cars should be getting the same equipment, no one team should be getting better equipment than the others, and the speculation making the rounds is that JJ is getting better equipment than Jeff, Mark or Jr.  I'm not so sure, because the mesh between Chad and Jimmie is just that much better than the others.  It reminds me of Jeff and Ray Evernham when Jeff was so dominant. 

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Denny blows a tire.  Ahhhh Geeee I'm heartbroken

3/7/10   |   MarineDawg_Mom   |   72 respect

If he is getting premium equipment, isn't that what his owner is suppose to provide him with and his crew maintain?, but if he wasn't good then it wouldn't matter how good his equipment is, and even tho he isn't my number one driver, he is very good. people used to say the same things about Jeff Gordon back in his hey days as well.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

He said he thought he felt a vibration, just as Tony, Jeff, Jr. did, but he didn't pit while the others did.  Now Mark Martin, he just blew his tire.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

By the way, remember when I said earlier that I really don't HATE Jimmie Johnson (an earlier thread)?

I think I might change that....

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

I hate debris cautions, usually, but today I'm glad to see this one. 

3/7/10   |   MarineDawg_Mom   |   72 respect

i THINK THE TIRE SITUATION SUCKS TOO! And as long as they aren't trashing them, the drivers should be able to give their opinion of the tires they are running on!

3/7/10   |   MarineDawg_Mom   |   72 respect

GO MARK GO - YOU CAN DO IT!

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

This is some pretty good racing!

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

JPM leading :) GO CHEVY!

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i am glad the one JGR driver i like is up front :)

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i hope Junior can make a comeback...DAMN tires!!!!

3/7/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

the 24 is going backwards

3/7/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

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wonder what the Drivers think about Goodyears now.....Oh wait, they can't say without getting fined by NASCAR.

They can say how they feel, they just can't insult NASCAR for using one company. LOL

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Kurt Bush showing domination right now, but I'm betting Kasey is going to be there at the end, provided he doesn't have an "incident".

3/7/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

(Edited by LoriDbl18fan)

Kyle back up to 20th after this pit stops. =)

3/7/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 Well.. Junior is in rough shape. We'll see if he can recover from this. His car is certainly good enough to still get a top 10 finish.

3/7/10   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

Just happen to be on, so thought I'd stop by for a second.  Around here everyone picked Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon for the win.  Kasey Khane and Denny Hamlin as dark horses.

3/7/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Mark's car blows the left rear tire. $%!#

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

I can't believe Smoke! Still got some work to do, but from the back to the front and running in top ten!

3/7/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 Denny Hamlin's car is wicked fast right now.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

I hate being a mom on raceday  back from making lunch....catching up again....

3/7/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 Late, but my pick was Kasey Kahne (you can even check CMB's fantasy game if you doubt me). Dark horse probably would've been Joey Lagano but he's now out.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Shrub saying his car setup isn't right either - I predict LOTS of adjustments for a few drivers on the first pitstops.

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Boogity boogity boogity!!! Let's go racing boys! And as expected, Kyle Busch took off to lead the first lap!

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

After considerable thought, I'm going to take Jeff Burton with Dale Jr as my dark horse - the pole sitter has only won once in like 25 starts
But what the hell, break some records - GO DALE JR!

3/7/10   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

LOL @ Kevin Harvick. http://twitpic.com/176weh

3/7/10   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

X2

3/7/10   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

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It didn't, I just think about all the awesome Junior Fans  like MissA, JrCanuckFan, Andielee, PJ and yourself,  It kind of feels good to wish all of you Lovely Ladies well.

Damn but you are the smoooooothest Chocolate.............