NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 [Live Thread]

Can Jeff Gordon join the winning crowd at HMS? I say he can!

6/24/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 [Live Thread]Jeff Gordon.  

He was fastest in all three practices on the road course at Sonoma, and he barely missed the pole position, losing it to Marcos Ambrose by about 1/10 of a second.  So, can he win today?  I think he can.

Not only is he the only one of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers to not have a win this season, but he has had a string of bad luck that makes me think of Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s efforts to win the Daytona 500.  That's why I keep saying, "has anyone seen a seagull?"  It seems that's about the only thing left to hinder a good finish, or even a win for the four time champion.

He seems more determined than ever to overcome whatever demons are riding with him this season, and win another one for Rick Hendrick.  And he can.

In his way are, of course, Marcos Ambrose, who loves the road courses and does very well at them.  Additionally, Jimmie Johnson starts right behind Marcos, in row two, and he will be trying for another win.  One has to wonder if Jeff ever regrets the day he suggested to Rick Hendrick that they sign the then little known Johnson.  After all, Johnson has more than lived up to expectations, somewhat overshadowing Jeff in the process.

Surprisingly, a lot of the so-called ringers are start
Blog Photo - NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 [Live Thread]ing near the back.  It may be that they set up their cars for racing, rather than qualifying, and didn't worry about where they started, but then again, it may just show that the ringers really aren't necessary any longer.  Truthfully, if a driver is to win the championship, he needs to be good on every track.  That includes the road courses.  And this fan has changed her mind about a road course in the Chase.  I believe it is a way to test the true talent of a Champion driver.  To be champion, he needs to prove himself on all types of track.  Yes, you read that right.

I had picked Dale Earnhardt Jr earlier this week, bases on the momentum he gained from last week's win.  
Blog Photo - NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 [Live Thread]
However, although I believe he and Steve Letarte will find the right set up, and he will finish near the front, I no longer have that naive belief that he can win here, 
just because he won last week.  
Yes, reality got in the way of my fantasy.  Plus, it seems he is growing the beard again.  Although some like it, and some may say it brings him luck or some such thing, I am not among those who think it adds anything.  Then again, I rarely prefer any man with a beard.  I could try to justify that with the "wind resistance" logic, but given that these guys are in a car with full face helmets, that one won't fly. 

It's time for me to go to work at the golf course, but I will have the race on in the clubhouse - one of the perks of agreeing to work Sundays.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to comment, unless the rain starts up again and I get sent home, so you'll have to do that for me.  I'll be back later tonight for some thoughts on the race, though, so strap in and enjoy the show.
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6/25/12   |   Debi_L   |   11846 respect

Every time I looked at the TV, Clint seemed to be in the lead, with either Martin Truex Jr or Jeff Gordon close behind.  Disappointed, too, that Marcos wasn't more of a factor, but it looked to be decent racing!  So, are we all in favor of a road course in the Chase??

6/24/12   |   Scott   |   52653 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Kurt  was on the verge of tears in his post race interview on TNT and in the media center today.
Seeing emotion like that from Kurt to me shows the guy cares, he drove a helluva race too as had a broken panhard bar. Other drivers, crew guys came and congratulated him after the race. Even the media clapped when he left the media center.
Marty Smith asked Kurt why he was so emotional about today, "To run on a third of the budget... And come that close... It's hard..."

So the Truex clan is pissed off at Joey Logano for spinning out Martin late in the race after he and Clint Bowyer dominated the race as Martin finished 22nd. Joey's teammate Ryan called him a "tool" on twitter and Martin kinda grabbed him and said "c'mon" and they talked for a moment and then he left after the race.

Not surprising.  Logano is the same guy that spun out his teammate Hamlin earlier in the race as well

6/24/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Kurt  was on the verge of tears in his post race interview on TNT and in the media center today.
Seeing emotion like that from Kurt to me shows the guy cares, he drove a helluva race too as had a broken panhard bar. Other drivers, crew guys came and congratulated him after the race. Even the media clapped when he left the media center.
Marty Smith asked Kurt why he was so emotional about today, "To run on a third of the budget... And come that close... It's hard..."

So the Truex clan is pissed off at Joey Logano for spinning out Martin late in the race after he and Clint Bowyer dominated the race as Martin finished 22nd. Joey's teammate Ryan called him a "tool" on twitter and Martin kinda grabbed him and said "c'mon" and they talked for a moment and then he left after the race.

6/24/12   |   texas_tornado4261   |   83808 respect

Scott wrote:
Disappointed that Marcos Ambrose wasn't more of a factor but I'm glad to see Clint Bowyer hold off the whiny Kurt Busch to take the win

AMEN!

6/24/12   |   Scott   |   52653 respect

Disappointed that Marcos Ambrose wasn't more of a factor but I'm glad to see Clint Bowyer hold off the whiny Kurt Busch to take the win

6/24/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Clint Bowyer was dominant car all day this afternoon and fitting that he scores the first win for MWR in 2012!

Smoke, Kurt, Vickers, Johnson, Gordon, Biffle, Ambrose, Dinger, and Joey round out the top ten.

6/24/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

It's just been that kinda of season for Jeff Gordon. Running 2nd after running out of fuel and coasting down pit road to make his stop. He is now running 15th with a very slim chance to now win.

6/24/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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I think the majority of people are saying the man with hottest wife in NASCAR is the man to beat this afternoon after how bad ass fast his car was in the practice sessions.  Jeff Gordon is my pick to win for the 6th time in Wine Country too.


Clint Bowyer is my dark horse. Most people don't realize how good this guy is here with 3 4th's, 8th, and then two other finishes outside the top ten in six career races here.