NASCAR Las Vegas Weekend Preview

Viva Las Vegas - NASCAR Visits the desert

2/26/10 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

Kenny Wallace calls it  "Lost Wages"
 
The third weekend of the NASCAR season brings us to Las Vegas for both Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. Yes, Danica is still in the number 7 car for JR Motorsports and not only that, but she drew first qualifying spot for the Nationwide cars, so will be first out of the drivers trying to qualify for the race.
 
Jimmie Johnson was the first car out for qualifying, underway as I finish this. Dale Jr. went out second and grabbed the pole positon, which he still held .as this went to post. ....well, Jeff Gordon JUST took it away.
 
While Las Vegas is technically a “cookie-cutter” track, being 1.5 miles and a D-shaped oval, it is the only track that features progressive banking. The transition from the relatively flat banking of the straight stretches transitions into the corners, differently than at any other track on the circuit. For this reason, drivers who have trouble at other cookie cutter tracks often excel at Las Vegas.
 
Of the current drivers, Jeff Gordon is a favorite. The Busch brothers are also favorites, given that this is their home town track. Oddly, although Jimmie Johnson seems to have figured out all the cookie cutter tracks, Las Vegas isn’t a great track for him. 
 
In addition to the racing, however, Las Vegas is, of course, a lot of fun for the fans and the drivers, if they like the night life. Every year, the Dale Earnhardt Foundation also sponsors the Celebrity Poker Tournament, with Kerry Earnhardt hosting the event which took place Thursday evening. Kenny Wallace, always hilarious at these things, served as Master of Ceremonies.
 
This week, a few drivers may have a new lease on life at the track. Carl Edwards is a new dad, with wife Kate having given birth to Anne on Wednesday, a week later than expected. However, her arrival means Carl doesn’t have to worry about things at home and can concentrate on racing to win. Matt Kenseth has a new Crew Chief in Todd Parrott. Todd is one of my all time favorite Crew Chiefs and I am ecstatic to see him working with Matt, one of my favorite drivers. It has been one full year this week since Matt last won a Sprint Cup Race, having followed up his Daytona 500 win in 2009 with the win at Fontana. Las Vegas saw the beginning of his downhill slide that resulted in him missing the Chase for the first time since its inception. Hopefully, the partnering of Matt and Todd will be the start of Matt’s climb back to domination.
 
Richard Childress Racing has seen improvement so far this season, although it is early, and Jeff Burton is a consistent top ten finisher here. The rest of RCR ain’t too shabby at LVMS either. Added to that is Kevin’s current lead in the point standings, followed very closely by his two teammates and any one in the operation could come out of Las Vegas with the win.
 
On the Nationwide side of racing, Danica will race again, as she continues to learn more about running in a stock car. Her progress so far is about what we should expect. She did well at Daytona, before getting caught up in a wreck. The race at California was a definite trial for her, and a person could be critical, but in reality, it is going to take her some time to acclimate herself to all the styles of tracks and figure out how to drive the very different kind of car the right way.
 
So who’s your pick? I’m going to go with my favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Already the detracters are claiming he is heading for another mediocre season and I just don’t buy that. 
 
My dark horse is Martin Truex Jr. Don’t ask me why, he just is. 
 
So Viva Las Vegas. Give us your picks and favorites, and trash talk if you will.  
 
 
 
 
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3/1/10   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

Diablorain wrote:
at first i didnt like JPM but he has showed that he can drive and win,and i dont see that from Danica

Of course you don't see it yet with Danica. It's only been 3 races! How long did you give JPM before you decided he was DESERVING of his ride? He was a menace on the track his first two seasons. But you will never see it with Danica because you don't want to see it. 

3/1/10   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

kramer wrote:
She has the media presence and she's going to get the hype, but answer this question for me.  Do you have a problem with any of the drivers who have come from open wheel to try their hand at NASCAR?  If the answer is no, you're proving yourself to be sexist and simply hating her because she's the female version of your own driver, Dale Jr., when it comes to popularity.

Kramer, a big wet kiss of that one! You're awesome!

2/28/10   |   CRAZY_LADY   |   355 respect

Debi_L wrote:
 You know it, OOR!

well they had to do something FANS ARE SO SICK OF JOHNSON AND BUSHIE  heck she is a good driver she has seen its going to take little longer to learn but on that part  i watched her interviews on speed and other shows and liked her answers and but best one was when she said she does not jump out of car and go powered her faces or brush her hair  to the track side boys that when i gave her high five great smart ass remark lol lol she will show in time that she is more the a pretty faces on a man arm  loved that attitude remind me of myself when i was driving over the road had to all ways had to have that attitude she will make it !!!

2/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

wrote:
Good grief..I am not a huge Danica fan, but the girl has raced 3 races..It has taken JPM 3 years. I will bet you it doesnt take her that long!

As for deserving, it isnt a question of deserving in this day and age, it is a question of marketability , what and who are gonna bring in the money and fans, and who may actually have enough want to, to pull it off. Seems to me the girl meets every one of those qualifications.

 You know it, OOR!

2/28/10   |   24fan   |   31 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i am not crying about it...just pointing out the obvious,you said it the only reason she is in NASCAR is cause she brings in money thats very true and when she keeps finishing in the 30's and the hype dies and the sponsors get tired of it  then she will leave and i will be there saying "i told you so"

THE SPONCER IS GODADDY THEY WILL NEVER GET TIRED OF HER DID YOU FORGET WHO HER SPONCER IN IRL IS? YOU JUST HATE A WOMAN IN NASCAR GET USE TO IT SHE WILL BE HERE FOR A LONG TIME

2/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

Diablorain wrote:




i am not gonna just list people that arent in cars but also ones that are in start and park cars that should be racing every weekend and not starting and parking


John Andretti
Dario Franchetti
Johnny Benson
Casey Mears
Dave Blaney
Boris Said
JJ Yeley
Mike Bliss
Ward Burton
Sterling Marlin

In my opinion, this is the most ridiculous list you could have come up with.  These drivers have ALL - every single one of them - had their opportunity, and many succeeded.  Johnny Benson and Sterling Marlin were Cup drivers and I'm sure if you asked either one of them, they wouldn't want the type of schedule a Nationwide run would require.  John Andretti, Dario Franchitti, Casey Mears, Dave Blaney, JJ Yeley and Ward Burton all had their chances and likely could find Nationwide rides if they pursued them.  Casey is racing in Cup because that's where he wants to be and he managed to find a ride.
If you had named some "Up and comers" like Alli Owens, Blake Koch, and others from the ARCA series I could give you some props, but Danica far deserves this ride over any has-been racer.

2/28/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Diablorain wrote:
I never said it was the only reason you stated just said you did state that

This is YOUR post you sent in reply to my first post:
i am not crying about it...just pointing out the obvious,you said it the only reason she is in NASCAR is cause she brings in money thats very true and when she keeps finishing in the 30's and the hype dies and the sponsors get tired of it  then she will leave and i will be there saying "i told you so"

Yes you did. "I told you so" LMAO

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Joe_L wrote:
Where did I say that's the only reason? Really show me! What I said was it will take time for her to feel comfortable in the car, she brings a spark back to NASCAR for some, she also brings money to NASCAR, but last I check isn't that what every drivers/ team is. Hence no money no sport. I never said that's the only reason.

I never said it was the only reason you stated just said you did state that

2/28/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i am not crying about it...just pointing out the obvious,you said it the only reason she is in NASCAR is cause she brings in money thats very true and when she keeps finishing in the 30's and the hype dies and the sponsors get tired of it  then she will leave and i will be there saying "i told you so"

Where did I say that's the only reason? Really show me! What I said was it will take time for her to feel comfortable in the car, she brings a spark back to NASCAR for some, she also brings money to NASCAR, but last I check isn't that what every drivers/ team is. Hence no money no sport. I never said that's the only reason.

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

but i am tired of talking about Danica,i am ready for the race today :) GO 88!!!!!!!!

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

(Edited by Diablorain)

i am not crying about it...just pointing out the obvious,you said it the only reason she is in NASCAR is cause she brings in money thats very true and when she keeps finishing in the 30's and the hype dies and the sponsors get tired of it  then she will leave and i will be there saying "i told you so"

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

kramer wrote:
She has the media presence and she's going to get the hype, but answer this question for me.  Do you have a problem with any of the drivers who have come from open wheel to try their hand at NASCAR?  If the answer is no, you're proving yourself to be sexist and simply hating her because she's the female version of your own driver, Dale Jr., when it comes to popularity.

at first i didnt like JPM but he has showed that he can drive and win,and i dont see that from Danica

2/28/10   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Diablorain wrote:
these are  the people that deserve to be in NASCAR more then Danica does,regardless if they have already been in NASCAR or not

I love how people think the word DESERVE belongs in sports! Danica has the ability to drive, yes she hasn't been in the top ten or thirty for that matter. It will take time she brings money, interest to new fans, and a spark back to NASCAR. Welcome to a free county where you can do anything you want.
DESERVE truly a ignorant word, nobody deserves anything you want then go get don't cry about it and make excesses.

2/28/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i just dont think its fair,there are other drivers that deserve a ride more then she does...she may run up front in IRL  that is fine and dandy but what makes her think and everyone else think she will excel in NASCAR?its a whole different monster and plus i am just tired of the hype that surrounds her,when or better yet IF she gets a top 5 anytime this year i will give her props for it but until then i will not praise her for her finishing 35th every weekend

She has the media presence and she's going to get the hype, but answer this question for me.  Do you have a problem with any of the drivers who have come from open wheel to try their hand at NASCAR?  If the answer is no, you're proving yourself to be sexist and simply hating her because she's the female version of your own driver, Dale Jr., when it comes to popularity.

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i dont remember that?but yes i do agree that Gibbs getting rid of Labonte was dumb,i hope Bobby doesnt fade away :(

2/28/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Also, those drivers you mentioned all had their chances long before Danica came in.  Marlin shouldn't be on that list, he was a proven star, but his career is done.  John Andretti won 2 races and hasn't come close since his last win in 1999.

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

kramer wrote:
I gotta address this one because it's just a case of hate clouding your judgment.  Remind me how many drivers have come over from IRL in the past 2 decades and been successful in NASCAR right off the bat.  The answer is ONE, Tony Stewart.  She's popular, she brings in money, but she's more than just a marketing tool.  Yes, she's only won 1 IRL race, but consistently running in the top 5 in that series and finishing top 5 in points isn't too shabby.  You must be one of the people who expects lightning in a bottle from her like we saw with Tony Stewart, and I don't think anyone should expect that from open wheel drivers.  Yesterday she was much better than at California.  I know she went a lap down, but so did more than half the field to Harvick while he was out front.  She was moving forward instead of backwards.  Also, it's very closed-minded to say someone should go back to IRL after just 3 races.

i just dont think its fair,there are other drivers that deserve a ride more then she does...she may run up front in IRL  that is fine and dandy but what makes her think and everyone else think she will excel in NASCAR?its a whole different monster and plus i am just tired of the hype that surrounds her,when or better yet IF she gets a top 5 anytime this year i will give her props for it but until then i will not praise her for her finishing 35th every weekend

2/28/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Diablorain wrote:
JJ never drove the 11,that was Jason Leffler

They both did.  If you remember, Joe Gibbs had that "audition" time if you will in 2005 after he kicked Leffler out of the car.  Hamlin did great in that car while both Leffler and Yeley stunk up the show.  Yeley then drove the 18 after JGR parted ways with Bobby Labonte (retarded move) and sucked for 2 years, and Kyle Busch drove the same car the very next year and won 8 races, again proving it was Yeley who was crappy and not the car.

2/28/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Diablorain wrote:
She may of improved a teeny bit over the last 3 weeks but even when she didnt have a crash she finished 3 laps down in California,i just dislike her like i have said,majority of the others you mentioned have won more races then just 1...and 3 of them arent even in NASCAR any longer,i hope next year she will be a afterthought.

I gotta address this one because it's just a case of hate clouding your judgment.  Remind me how many drivers have come over from IRL in the past 2 decades and been successful in NASCAR right off the bat.  The answer is ONE, Tony Stewart.  She's popular, she brings in money, but she's more than just a marketing tool.  Yes, she's only won 1 IRL race, but consistently running in the top 5 in that series and finishing top 5 in points isn't too shabby.  You must be one of the people who expects lightning in a bottle from her like we saw with Tony Stewart, and I don't think anyone should expect that from open wheel drivers.  Yesterday she was much better than at California.  I know she went a lap down, but so did more than half the field to Harvick while he was out front.  She was moving forward instead of backwards.  Also, it's very closed-minded to say someone should go back to IRL after just 3 races.

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

kramer wrote:
John Andretti = has been
Dario Franchitti = better in IRL
Johnny Benson = proven success in trucks, has been in Cup
Casey Mears = couldn't even win with Rick Hendrick
Dave Blaney = shafted by everyone
Boris Said = still a road racing specialist
JJ Yeley = Denny Hamlin proved the problems with the 11 car were JJ and not the car
Mike Bliss = belongs in the truck series
Ward Burton = Daytona 500 champion, but nowhere near the success of his brother Jeff
Sterling Marlin = never the same after he broke his neck at Kansas

these are  the people that deserve to be in NASCAR more then Danica does,regardless if they have already been in NASCAR or not

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

kramer wrote:
John Andretti = has been
Dario Franchitti = better in IRL
Johnny Benson = proven success in trucks, has been in Cup
Casey Mears = couldn't even win with Rick Hendrick
Dave Blaney = shafted by everyone
Boris Said = still a road racing specialist
JJ Yeley = Denny Hamlin proved the problems with the 11 car were JJ and not the car
Mike Bliss = belongs in the truck series
Ward Burton = Daytona 500 champion, but nowhere near the success of his brother Jeff
Sterling Marlin = never the same after he broke his neck at Kansas

JJ never drove the 11,that was Jason Leffler

2/28/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Diablorain wrote:




i am not gonna just list people that arent in cars but also ones that are in start and park cars that should be racing every weekend and not starting and parking


John Andretti
Dario Franchetti
Johnny Benson
Casey Mears
Dave Blaney
Boris Said
JJ Yeley
Mike Bliss
Ward Burton
Sterling Marlin

John Andretti = has been
Dario Franchitti = better in IRL
Johnny Benson = proven success in trucks, has been in Cup
Casey Mears = couldn't even win with Rick Hendrick
Dave Blaney = shafted by everyone
Boris Said = still a road racing specialist
JJ Yeley = Denny Hamlin proved the problems with the 11 car were JJ and not the car
Mike Bliss = belongs in the truck series
Ward Burton = Daytona 500 champion, but nowhere near the success of his brother Jeff
Sterling Marlin = never the same after he broke his neck at Kansas

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

24fan wrote:

Who are you to say she cant driver ok can have a ride? Jr. thinks she ok so be it if you dont like it dont watch her race

i turn the channel or mute it whenever she is on the TV.so tired of her hype when she hasnt done a damn thing to deserve the hype

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Okay, I understand you just hate her, regardless of her performance.  Yes, she struggled at Fontana, not every driver can excel at every track, especially in only their second race.  So I get that you hate her.
You still haven't answered, however, who the 1500 other drivers are that deserve the ride over her.  I'm not asking for the full 1500 even, ten would do. 





i am not gonna just list people that arent in cars but also ones that are in start and park cars that should be racing every weekend and not starting and parking


John Andretti
Dario Franchetti
Johnny Benson
Casey Mears
Dave Blaney
Boris Said
JJ Yeley
Mike Bliss
Ward Burton
Sterling Marlin

2/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

Diablorain wrote:
She may of improved a teeny bit over the last 3 weeks but even when she didnt have a crash she finished 3 laps down in California,i just dislike her like i have said,majority of the others you mentioned have won more races then just 1...and 3 of them arent even in NASCAR any longer,i hope next year she will be a afterthought.

Okay, I understand you just hate her, regardless of her performance.  Yes, she struggled at Fontana, not every driver can excel at every track, especially in only their second race.  So I get that you hate her.
You still haven't answered, however, who the 1500 other drivers are that deserve the ride over her.  I'm not asking for the full 1500 even, ten would do. 

2/28/10   |   24fan   |   31 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i am just against her in general,What exactly has she done to deserve a ride in NASCAR?she has won 1 IRL race and thats it,never won a championship or any other races....NASCAR pushed her on everyone because she is popular and thats all...they need ratings

Who are you to say she cant driver ok can have a ride? Jr. thinks she ok so be it if you dont like it dont watch her race

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Okay, she has an IRL race win.  That's something very few can claim.  Who are the 1500 people who deserve the ride over her? Again, just curious why you hate her so much.  She's done extremely well in NASCAR so far.  She's been taken out, something that happens to all drivers, not her fault.  She has proven, in my opinion, that she deserves the opportunity.  I can't wait to see her run again.  I also will be watching how she does in Izod IRL.  Her performance there may determine where she decides to settle in a couple of years.
Also, again, just curious, but do you hate Tony Stewart, Max Papis, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti, Nelson Piquet Jr., Elio Castraneves, Patrick Carpentier and the other open wheelers who have tried NASCAR? Or is it just Danica.

She may of improved a teeny bit over the last 3 weeks but even when she didnt have a crash she finished 3 laps down in California,i just dislike her like i have said,majority of the others you mentioned have won more races then just 1...and 3 of them arent even in NASCAR any longer,i hope next year she will be a afterthought.

2/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i am just against her in general,What exactly has she done to deserve a ride in NASCAR?she has won 1 IRL race and thats it,never won a championship or any other races....NASCAR pushed her on everyone because she is popular and thats all...they need ratings

Okay, she has an IRL race win.  That's something very few can claim.  Who are the 1500 people who deserve the ride over her? Again, just curious why you hate her so much.  She's done extremely well in NASCAR so far.  She's been taken out, something that happens to all drivers, not her fault.  She has proven, in my opinion, that she deserves the opportunity.  I can't wait to see her run again.  I also will be watching how she does in Izod IRL.  Her performance there may determine where she decides to settle in a couple of years.
Also, again, just curious, but do you hate Tony Stewart, Max Papis, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti, Nelson Piquet Jr., Elio Castraneves, Patrick Carpentier and the other open wheelers who have tried NASCAR? Or is it just Danica.

2/28/10   |   cuddles127017   |   8133 respect

My picks will be the Busch brothers.

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Just curious.  Are you against women in general driving in NASCAR? Or is just Danica because she has a very successful marketing campaign, just, I might add, as Dale Jr does.  And who, in your opinion of course, deserves the ride more than Danica does?

i am just against her in general,What exactly has she done to deserve a ride in NASCAR?she has won 1 IRL race and thats it,never won a championship or any other races....NASCAR pushed her on everyone because she is popular and thats all...they need ratings

2/28/10   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

Diablorain wrote:
Danica is a joke,pis*es me off that she gets a ride and there are 1500 other people that are better and are looking for a ride and she gets it,and people say she isnt there for just hype and attendance,i beg to differ.

Just curious.  Are you against women in general driving in NASCAR? Or is just Danica because she has a very successful marketing campaign, just, I might add, as Dale Jr does.  And who, in your opinion of course, deserves the ride more than Danica does?

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

my picks are:
1.Kurt Busch

Dark Horse:Joey Logano

2/28/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

Danica is a joke,pis*es me off that she gets a ride and there are 1500 other people that are better and are looking for a ride and she gets it,and people say she isnt there for just hype and attendance,i beg to differ.

2/27/10   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

wrote:
Smart Lady  

I dont bet on him, cos if he loses, I feel like I jinxed him..LOL

I know exactly how you feel - how often do you yell at the TV "Quit talking about him! You're gonna JINX IT!!"

2/27/10   |   GeneCowboy4life   |   23 respect

(Edited by GeneCowboy4life)

I am pulling for Dale Jr. 4 sure but Mark Martin or Toney Stewart will win the race. I can't stand Kyle Bush but he could be a sure win as well. My Dark Horse is Jeff Gordon. (HENDRICK POWER)

2/27/10   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

I'm picking Mark Martin and Kyle Busch. I am unable to decide between the two. Of course I will be rooting for Jr, but I never bet with my heart!

2/27/10   |   nortonsfury   |   130 respect

Edwards takes the checkerd flag this week

2/27/10   |   Pack_Attack   |   9 respect

I pick Danica Patrick 







 just kidding

1 Gordon, 2 Logano,3  Stewart

2/26/10   |   Debi_L   |   11773 respect

Gee, and nobody is picking Jimmie?

2/26/10   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

Tony Stewart for my pick - but my Dark Horse is his teammate Ryan Newman - he is due for a win, and his last 2 runs werent bad - he was killer fast in CA till his engine popped, and got caught in the Daytona wreck.

2/26/10   |   rhracer   |   987 respect

wrote:
Junior is starting in 4th!  I feel at the least a top ten coming for him!    I picked Gordon to win with Brad K. for my dark horse.

I think that is a great prediction. Gordon to win!!!

2/26/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I'm not a huge fan of all the cookie cutter tracks, but ever since they put the progressive banking in, this track has been MUCH better to watch races on!

2/26/10   |   PJ88Fan   |   468 respect

(Edited by PJ88Fan)

Junior or Kevin Harvick
My dark horse ~ Martin Truex
I'm out of respects already, so here's one for everyone!

2/26/10   |   24fan   |   31 respect

   JEFF          J UNBUG, AND MARK THE KID MARTIN

2/26/10   |   24fan   |   31 respect

1 JEFF GOREEON 2 DALE JR 3 MARK MARTIN