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Denny Hamlin has the pole at Auto Club Speedway

3/24/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR This Week In NASCAR [Sonoma]Pre-race at Fontana, California's Auto Club Speedway is about to get underway shortly, so you know this article is very late.  Unfortunately work and other personal things got in the way of my Q time this week, and I won't be here for the race, due to a promise to my kids, but it is California.

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.
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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!
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3/27/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Racing may be taking the week off, but here at the Q, there is stuff to talk about...:)

of course....

3/27/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Have a nice week off from Nascar everyone...

Racing may be taking the week off, but here at the Q, there is stuff to talk about...:)

3/27/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Have a nice week off from Nascar everyone...

3/25/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

The Auto Club Speedway I attended was located in Fontana, CA.. More like LA style...

3/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Wow.  I am home now and saw a portion of the race in the mall.  Eric texted me that there had been an accident and Denny was on his way to the hospital and that Smoke and Joey had had a fight after the race.  

Going to go catch up now.

3/24/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

I have to laugh at these comments Smoke made. Little girl? Says the guy who threw his helmet like a girl at Bristol last summer. Blocking? Again says the guy who does it all the time and took out the field at Dega last fall. Are you pissed because someone did it better than you this time? Here is the full comments:

WHAT DID YOU TAKE ISSUE WITH AT THE END OF THE RACE?
“Well, Joey (Logano) spun the tires on the restart. Everybody had trouble with that so, but it’s not my fault that he spun the tires. For a guy that has been complaining about how everybody else is driving here and then (for) him to do that it’s a double standard. He makes the choice. He makes the decision to run us down there and when you run a driver down there then you take responsibility for what happens after that. He is a tough guy on pit road as soon as one of his crew guys gets in the middle of it. Until then he’s a scared little kid. Then he wants to sit there and throw a water bottle at me. He is going to learn a lesson. He can run his mouth on Twitter and stuff all he wants tonight. I’ve got plenty of people that are going to watch for that. It’s time he learns a lesson. He’s run his mouth long enough. He has sat there and done this double standard and he’s nothing but a little rich kid that has never had to work in his life. He’s going to learn with us working guys that had to work our way up how it works.”

INAUDIBLE QUESTION REGARDING JOEY LOGANO AND BLOCKING
“He still takes the responsibility on himself. He has that right. He has the choice to do that. He’s in control of his car. But if he ever turns down across in front of me again, I don’t care what lap it is, he won’t make it through the other end of it. If I didn’t hit the chip, he wouldn’t have made it through Turn 1 to begin with. I’m tired of these guys doing that stuff; especially out of a kid that’s been griping about everybody else, and then he does that the next week. I mean he’s sent Denny (Hamlin) to the hospital and screwed our day up. He’s talked the talk, but he hasn’t walked the walk yet. He’s always got his crew guys walking the walk for him.”

HE SAYS HE WANTS TO CALL YOU THIS WEEK. WILL YOU ACCEPT HIS CALL?
“Hell no. If he wants to talk about it, we’ll talk about it. After he threw the water bottle at me like a little girl, we’ll go at it now.”

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

Scott wrote:
Me thinks Tony Stewart wasn't all that fond about Joey Logano replacing him at Joe Gibbs racing.  Smoke is laying the verbal smack down on Speed channel right now

I don't think that has anything to do with it. Tony was in talks for two years before leaving Gibbs, it really was his decision. He didn't like the "block" that got laid on him. Like I said, I understand he is mad, but Joey did what any other driver would of done to protect his line. As for Hamlin, I don't think he knew Hamlin was hurt that bad. I really don't see Logano as a callous guy.

3/24/13   |   Scott   |   51942 respect

Me thinks Tony Stewart wasn't all that fond about Joey Logano replacing him at Joe Gibbs racing.  Smoke is laying the verbal smack down on Speed channel right now

3/24/13   |   Jesse8   |   24 respect

Kasey Kahne tweeted this:

Just listened to an awesome interview by Tony Stewart. I think he said it all!

Denny Hamlin's mom tweeted this:

Prayers Please!

3/24/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Stewart was mad.. so the drivers don't get along with each other,,,all that racing and money this all makes sense...scripted...

3/24/13   |   Scott   |   51942 respect

Don't mind seeing Logano starting to stick up for himself but boy, he could've chosen his words a bit better in the post race interview.  Not sure how wise it was to say "that's what he gets" when a guy is being taken off the track on a backboard.

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

You think Stewart is going to get fined for cussing at that dude with the microphone asking stupid questions?
I understand he is mad, but honestly, Joey didn't do anything wrong.
Hope Hamlin is ok.

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

Dang it, to much...Kyle stole it from both of them..Congrats Kyle and it's about time dude!

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

Logano/Hamlin, one lap to go!

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

Logano stole the lead and is running away with it. Can his car hold on for 5 more laps?

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

Clint Bowyer blew his engine, 15 to go.

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

Caution, who would of thought it possible a wreck this late in the race (smirk)

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

WoW! I chose JJ to win this week...(wonder if I jinxed him)

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

30 laps to go, can Kyle get a win today? Harvick is on his tail.

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

It's been a pretty uneventful race. Cars seem to have the normal problems at the beginning of the race, adjustments made. Cars seem fine racing side by side.

3/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32442 respect

Read an interesting take on California drivers. Something about it must be "the food or sunshine". There are more Cali drivers in Nascar then ever before. Jimmie, Jeff, Kevin,  Ron Hornaday, Kyle Larson of the Nationwide series being the newest member of that club. Seven of the 43 car field are Cali natives. Was interesting. Looking forward to a long non eventful race.