NASCAR Sprint Cup [Live Race Thread]

Once the "Big One" strikes, who will emerge on the other side?

10/20/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Sprint Cup [Live Race Thread]We know there will be a "Big One", it's inevetible.  The question is, who comes out the other side of it, and makes it into Victory Lane?

Kevin "Where did he come from" Harvick has done exactly that a number of times.  Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards play the "safe" game and ride around in the back, not even trying to lead the race, or gain points, waiting until the last moments of the race to make their way to the front and attempt to take the checkers.  

To me, as you may well know, this isn't "racing".  NASCAR implemented the 100% rule after the Chase standing were shaken up by team orders, yet clarified that, at restrictor plate races, the hanging back is a strategy to win the race, and therefore allowable.

I call BS.
Blog Photo - NASCAR Sprint Cup [Live Race Thread]
This is a race, just like every other race on the circuit.  If you are to be crowned Champion, in my opinion, you race.  You do your very best to win every race, not sandbag waiting for a moment to strike.  I think the strategy is one of the reasons I have not been a fan of either Jimmie or Carl.

Okay, the strategy has nothing to do with it, but it does add to the dislike.

Racing at a restrictor plate track calls for quick reflexes, a car set up to make the most of the draft, and the ability to calculate, on the fly, where you can fit your car in the next ten seconds.  We've seen some incredible moves over the years, but to learn how to win at Talladega or Daytona, one really needs to watch Dale Earnhardt Sr.  The cars have changed over the years, but the ability and the skill needed to  Blog Photo - NASCAR Sprint Cup [Live Race Thread] race successfully here have not.  Dale Sr. won 10 times at Talladega.  Dale Jr. won four races in a row here, and won a total of five.  Jeff Gordon has won 6 races at 'Dega.  Could they be the two to watch today?  Or should we be watching Matt Kenseth?  He led the most laps at the spring race, but wound up 8th at the end.  

The point here is, no one knows.  It really doesn't matter how good your car is, how quick your reflexes are, or how fast your pit stops are.  In the end, it's all just a crap shoot.
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10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

So, the Reskins won 45-41, and Jamie McMurray won the race, with Jr. second.  Austin Dillon had a scary, scary crash, but did he actually drive the car away after that??

Matt loses the lead in the Chase Championship, moving to second 4 points back.

10/20/13   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Oh yeah, and 31-24 after three for the Redskins :)

heart yes

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Marcos Ambrose spins, and JPM is collected when Ambrose comes back down the track.  Everyone else gets thru, but we get a caution, which should benefit some of those who had poor pit stops or got shuffled back.  

Oh and he took out the orange cone.....

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Oh yeah, and 31-24 after three for the Redskins :)

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

The more these races go on, the more it become apparent that Jimmie johnson simply does not want to race with Dale Jr.  Jr drops in to pick up JJ, then JJ just doesn't follow him, or even work with him at all.  Jr., ditch him, he is not your friend.

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

JenX63 wrote:
yes you are a better commentator....:D

ROFLMAO!!!!

Dale Jr to the lead, and Kyle Busch (missed pit had to come around again) and Brad Keselowski lost the draft.  Yes, that's right.  They sit 39th and 40th and Kyle is considering dropping back to draft with Kes, but he'd lose about 4 seconds.....

I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone.........

10/20/13   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Have fun, Jen!  Race is just settling in for the long haul.  Kasey has lost the draft, but hasn't said anything on the radio (just in case you aren't able to get updates??)

yes you are a better commentator....:D

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I'm here, kinda..checking in, have a Boy Scout thingy til 4, so will miss everything...Go Happy and Kasey...Go Skins! 

Have fun, Jen!  Race is just settling in for the long haul.  Kasey has lost the draft, but hasn't said anything on the radio (just in case you aren't able to get updates??)

10/20/13   |   JenX63   |   32446 respect

I'm here, kinda..checking in, have a Boy Scout thingy til 4, so will miss everything...Go Happy and Kasey...Go Skins! 

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Tony Raines in the 40 loses his engine, and brings out the first caution.  Really tough break for an unsponsored car.

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Qualifying was rained out, so the starting lineup was set by first practice speeds, meaning "Parrott-less" Aric Almirola will lead them to the green flag, NOW!

10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Start Your Engines!

Feeling a little lonely today, there is a lot of football on TV.....