NASCAR at MArtinsville [Live Thread]

Johnson-ville, Harvick-ville, Earnhardt-ville or Hamlin-ville - who's poised to "rename" the track?

4/1/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Kasey Kahne has grabbed the second pole position of his brief career at Hendrick Motorsports, but so far his performance during the race hasn't kept up with his starting position.  Kahne admits freely that he has been overly excited about the opportunity being provided to him, and agrees that those emotions may very well have caused him to overreact in race conditions.  It is an emotion I recall having seen in Dale Jr.  These young men are so honored to have a position as driver for Rick Hendrick that they push too hard.  

I think they are afraid that if they don't perform up to expectations immediately it will all be taken away.

Hendrick Motorsports is one win away from 200 team wins and all four drivers in his stable are anxious to be the one to provide that win.  It would be a huge honor to give Rick that milestone marker.  

Fortunately, any one of the four could do so today.  Jimmie Johnson, however, is struggling so far this year and starts further back in the field than he ever has at Martinsville.  Jeff Gordon knows exactly how to get around the paperclip as well, but has had a rough start to his season, just as Johnson has.  

That leaves Dale Jr and Kasey Kahne.  Dale Jr almost got it done here last year, only being edged out by Kevin Harvick with a handful of laps remaining.  Kasey has the pole position and the number 1 pit stall.  That pit stall could very well make all the difference. This is one of the toughest pit roads in all of NASCAR.  Trying to get to a pit stall without running over another car is a challenge almost as severe as driving the track.  

Kevin Harvick won the truck race in dominating fashion yesterday, leading all but 2 laps.  As the returning race winner, he is a definite favorite to win again today.  But is he your favorite?

I'm picking him.  How about you?  
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4/2/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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I still can't wrap my head around WTF happened  @ Martinsville yesterday, as it seemed so fitting that these place would have been the 200th win for Rick should they have won,  hes had the highest of highs of his first win in 1984 with  Geoffrey Bodine winning in which was know as All -Star Racing back then.  Too the lowest of lows of the plane crash in 2004. As much I don't care for Jimmie Johnson it only seemed fitting that Jeff Gordon and him were going to/likely battling for the win, they have over 70% of the wins and have made HMS into the powerhouse it is today.  I guess that's the way racing has always gone and will always go.

4/2/12   |   Jesse8   |   24 respect

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4/2/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

kramer wrote:
He had something wrong 3 laps before that though.  It's still a mistake on his part.  I feel bad that the car broke like it did, but you had the chance to get to pit road the lap after the cars passed you, and you just passed it on by.

And Kasey Kahne had an engine going south for many more than 3 laps. His engine finally blew big time spewing oil all over the track closing pit lane. No one got upset with him. And yes, I get that his issue was earlier in the race and Reut's was in the closing laps but they are being asses about it,or at least they were yesterday. Maybe today cooler heads will prevail. Reut's says it was not intentional. Everyone needs to let it go and move on.

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Everybody is talking about the crappy start to the season for Kasey Kahne, sitting 31st in points with a bunch of very underfunded teams just behind. Yet, nobody is talking about these dude named Martin Truex, Jr who is in a  4 way tie in points for 3rd.  He has finishes of 12th, 7th, 17th, 3th, 8th, and 5th.  That 17th place finish at Las Vegas should have been another top ten finish. Be interesting to see if Martin can keep these hot streak going.

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Newman-ville has a nice ring to it.........

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Dale Jr second in points, JJ tenth, Jeff in 21st and Kahne in 31st.  The bad luck Kasey and Jeff have had is really showing.  

4/1/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Reutimann feeling awful, says it was not intentional.  So his car broke.  I'm glad he talked to the media and let his side known.  

Just one of them racing deals!

He had something wrong 3 laps before that though.  It's still a mistake on his part.  I feel bad that the car broke like it did, but you had the chance to get to pit road the lap after the cars passed you, and you just passed it on by.

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Reutimann feeling awful, says it was not intentional.  So his car broke.  I'm glad he talked to the media and let his side known.  

Just one of them racing deals!

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Jeff Gordon is pissed off at Clint Bowyer called him a fuc*er and a jerk.

Yeah. then they talked and he's not pissed at him any more.  That's what happens on restarts

4/1/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Jeff Gordon is pissed off at Clint Bowyer called him a fuc*er and a jerk.

For once I have to agree with Gordon.  That was a stupid move.  I remember Hamlin doing that to purposely cause a caution at Richmond a few years ago.

4/1/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Reutimann is dumb as rocks for that move, he had time to get to the bottom and he just stopped right there on the track.  I'd be pissed too.  On that restart though, as Duncan just pointed out, Bowyer was the idiot.  Lesson #1, Martinsville is too narrow for 3-wide racing into the corner!  I'm happy with the top 3, but had hoped Junior was able to get that win.  He keeps up the top 10 finishes though and he'll get back to victory lane at some point this year.

4/1/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Carl Edwards to Bob  "transmission is broke" CC - "what did you say" Carl - "April fools"

That was a good prank, but probably gave Dial Tone Bob a heart attack.

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Jeff Gluck:

Hendrick drivers all pissed at Reutimann

Should be pissed off at Bowyer too.

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Ryan Newman takes the checkered flag.

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Wow, what an ending to a great race!  

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Jeff Gordon is pissed off at Clint Bowyer called him a fuc*er and a jerk.

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

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Newman and Dinger, with Jr in 3rd.  Truex 4th
JJ 12th, Jeff 6th

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Another attempt at a GWC coming up now

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Oh well, JJ took Bowyer out.  Top five is now Newman, Dinger, BK and Jr.

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Thanks you damn idiot David for wrecking someone awesome racing.......

AMEN!! Glad they are calling them to the hauler.  That was the most ridiculous restart.  WTH was Bowyer thinking?

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Thanks you damn idiot David for wrecking someone awesome racing.......

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jr gets by Bowyer for third with around 40 to go

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

50 to go.  Jimmie, Jeff, Bowyer, Jr and Brad K are the top five

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Really, really surprised at Harvick being back in 21st.  Stoked that Jr is back up to 5th.  Good run for Keselowski

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

100 laps to go.  JJ and Gordo up front, Hamlin in 3rd.  Of the three, I'd rather see Gordo

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And I'm hating even more that Hamlin is in front.  This looked to be such a promising race ;) 

120 to  go..............

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And I'm hating that JJ is up front.  Do not want him to get the 200th win for HMS.  

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Sucks that after being so very strong at the beginning of the race, Dale Jr is again falling back.  Running in 9th and again they have failed to adjust for the track.  

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Carl Edwards to Bob  "transmission is broke" CC - "what did you say" Carl - "April fools"

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Karma is SUCH a bitch.  Both Busch brothers off the track, finishing further back than 30th....

I hate it for Kasey, but somehow it seems fitting if Gordon does get the win for HMS - I mean he has been there the longest.  

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'm loving the front of this race.........

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Kasey Kahne won't be giving HMS their 200th win.  But yep, I think they will get it today, whether it be Jr or Jeff.  Both look good!

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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Kasey Kahne has no luck at all these season. He is about to go up in smoke with an engine problem.

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

You know that song "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas......... with lyrics "tonights be a good night" the same can be said for Rick Hendrick......

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

DW: Roush boys still trying out figure out these place.

Ok idiot, Kenseth is sitting there in 9th.

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Jeff Gluck:

CAUTION. First one of the day, lap 97.

Kyle Busch hit the wall, straight to the garage.

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

This is one helluva race! Cars passing and being passed all over the place!!!

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And Jeff to the front, followed clsoely by Harvick and Bowyer.  Stewart and Johnson 12th and 13th.  Jr has moved up 7 spots and just got around Hamlin (YAY!!)

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Just as I though Jeff Gordon is moving forward.......

Now is something gonna to happen later in the race were something happens to a solid finish, if he is still up there?

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And Harvick jumps to an early lead, but Jeff is moving on up...........

4/1/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Some really great, well thought out picks, Duncan.  This is such a hard track to predict because of the chances for disaster.  I just have to go with Harvick.  He is so comfortable at this track and although it won't be as easy as yesterday, I still think he can get it done!

Have to agree with you for the dark horse though....

4/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

I could go with Tony Stewart who has won 7 of the last 15 races, who also won here in October.
However I'm not even sure what to think of Smoke these weekend as he has been a hit or miss for results since 2008 here.

Winner: Jeff Gordon, Car was bad fast in practice on Friday, he screwed up his qualifying run yesterday I expect to be be in top 5 in about 15 laps.

Dark Horse: Ryan Newman, one of the best short track racers and flat track racers out there.