NASCAR This Week [April 12th edition]

Everything's bigger in Texas - Even NASCAR

4/12/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR This Week [April 12th edition]After a week off for Easter, NASCAR heads to the Lone Star State for some anxiously awaited racing.  Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams will race at the Texas oval on Friday night and Saturday night respectively, while the Trucks return to Rockingham for the first time in years to race on Sunday.  Three days of racing and I get to see it all!

NASCAR has presented the group of people it feels worthy of nomination for the next induction into the Hall of Fame.  The list also includes Anne France, wife of the legendary Bill France Sr., and although many of our newer fans may not have a clue about her contributions to the sport, she is a worthy nominee.  The list also includes Rusty Wallace, Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress.  I am of the opinion that these gentleman can wait.  We have Buck Baker, Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Leonard Wood and Wendell Roberts who need to be considered sooner rather than later.  In any case, has a full list of the nominees and bios and videos to go along with their presentation.  You can vote there for your choice for the five as well.

The return to Rockingham has been a dream of Andy Hillenburg's for a long time.  The last Sprint Cup race to run there was in 2004, with Matt Kenseth narrowly edging out Kasey Kahne for the win.  For a while the track sat almost empty, and it wasn't until Hillenburg purchased the track and started on an effort fueled by extreme desire, that NASCAR considered returning.  That first step is a truck race.  It will be one truck race many of the old time fans will definitely tune in to, including yours truly.  The Rock, as it is know, is one of my favorite tracks and it's great to see it back on the circuit.  I only hope that they are able to put on a great show for us fans, and encourage the top tier series to also return.  Another short track is definitely needed to take the place of one of the cookie cutter tracks.

Texas Motor Speedway was the site of Dale Earnhardt Jr's first win.  He has gone 135 races without a win, yet seems poised to win again, any weekend.  He has said he feels ready to win again, that he feels capable of winning again.  His fans are definitely ready to see him win again, in fact have been ready for that for a long time.  Finally, it seems he might be able to do just that.  Jr races in the Nationwide series on Friday night, and follows that up with a push for the big win on Saturday night in the Sprint Cup series.  It has been established that he can win in the Nationwide Series, and with his former crew chief, Tony "Pops" Eury Sr., on the pit box for Friday's race, that win is very achievable.  He and Steve Letarte seem to have established a great working relationship, so a win on Saturday night is just as achievable.  My biggest worry is their trouble in getting the car as strong at the end of any given race as it is in the beginning.  However, Dale Jr. should definitely be one of the strong favorites for this weekend.

In fact, he is my only favorite for the weekend.  Greg Biffle may be the points leader, but he has been consistent, not stellar this year.  He hasn't won a race, he hasn't given us any excitement, and he hasn't really contended for a win at any track.  He has just been there.  I don't think he will be the points leader after this weekend.

Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile D oval, with 24 degree banking.  Sure, it can be classed as a cookie cutter track, but the racing there is actually exciting.  Eddie Gossage, the owner of the track, does everything in his power to ensure the fan experience there is the best it can possibly be.  That is something other tracks should pay attention to.  We will have a great, exciting, suspense filled weekend.

So, obviously you know my pick for the weekend, both races, is Dale Earnhardt Jr..  My pick for the truck race is Ty Dillon.  Dark horses?  Well, I'll have to wait to see how qualifying goes.  

What about you?
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4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

You could very well be right with Stewart or Kenseth.  Matt qualified second, while Stewart is in a back up car that he says is better than his primary car.  

4/13/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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Three  names in my opinion that should be in the hall already, Red Bryon (up for nomination these year, but I think he gets into the hall these year,), Ken Squier (the voice of TV for many years), and Burton Smith (you can agree or disagree with me but Burton has had a major impact on these sport with all the tracks he has bought).

Greg Biffle will be there at the end and likely have the points lead heading to Kansas which might be his best track out there. After a 39th place finish in the spring of 08, he has finishes of 5th, 3th, 8th, 10th, 5th, 4th, and 5th.

As for my pick I like to wait to qualifying, however Matt Kenseth or Tony Stewart could be my pick for these weekend. These might be Matt's best track out there, as for Smoke he could or should have won @ Texas last spring, not too mention he has won the last handful of races on these type of tracks. I forget he won @ Texas last November too.