Denny Hamlin has the pole at Auto Club Speedway
Racing here is notoriously boring. There really is no other way to say it. Fortunately, there will be Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to keep fans entertained. While Denny starts on the pole, Joey is only a few lanes back, and with engine changes for Brad Keselowski and Greg Biggle moving them to the back, he is going to be very close to Denny when the green flag drops.
The media reported that Denny has somewhat softened his take on Joey, but in reading his comments, he seems to have only acknowledged that his "we usually aren't close to each other on the track, so his coming for me isn't really an issue" comment is the only thing he is sorry for. He continues to discount Joey as a non-threat. Personally, I think Denny just needs to learn to keep his mouth shut.
The two have not spoken.
News in the sport revealed that some charges against Jeremy Mayfield have been dropped. That saga, it seems, will never end. The most recent driver to be parked for substance abuse, AJ Allmendinger, has truly turned his life around. He is now driving for James Finch in the number 51 and is in the top 35 in points. AJ is proceeding somewhat cautiously, it seems, but is happy to be back in the sport. With the possibility of driving in the Indianapolis 500 for Roger Penske ahead of him, it seems the time away from the track may have made AJ a better man.
Racing gets underway at 1pm California time, so f you are an IndyCar fan, you should have time to watch the season opener, before racing even starts in NASCAR. Clint Bowyer was fastest during first practice, while his teammate, Mark Martin, led the charge during second practice. The Michael Waltrip Racing cars are definitely ones to watch this season. However, with all the drama following Denny Hamlin around, I would have my eye on his newest teammate, Matt Kenseth, who has already showed he can win with his new team.
Let's go racing!