NASCAR at Talladega [Live Thread]

Two races and two bad wrecks so far, what will Talladega throw at us today?

5/6/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR at Talladega [Live Thread]I'm not sure how I lucked out and got to see some of both the ARCA race on Friday and the Nationwide race Saturday, but in both situations, I had to leave to go back to work before the checkers flew.

I didn't know Brandon had won the race until I got home from work and the replay of the race was on, so I got to see the last few laps I'd missed earlier.  Considering I've been telling you all for months now that you needed to keep your eyes on Brandon McReynolds, you can imagine the happy dance that went on in my living room.  Brandon should have won the season opener ARCA race at Daytona, and ran out of gas on the last lap.  Friday, he and the Turner Motorsports/Win-Tron Racing team made no mistakes and he was right where he needed to be at the end.  

Yesterday the Nationwide cars took to the superspeedway with many of the Cup regulars who love the big track also in a car.  The Cup regulars were up front for most of the race, with Kyle Busch leading almost every lap I was able to see.  Danica Patrick showed her temper, yet again, and finished furthest back of the JR Motorsports entries, which included 4th place Cole Whitt and Dale Jr who finished in 5th.  Dale Jr was also up front for a good part of the race.  NASCAR is apparently "speaking with" Danica about her "frustrations" with her best friend, Sam Hornish Jr.

As I posted in the thread title, we've had a couple of really scary wrecks already this weekend.  In the ARCA race, Mike Affarano was on a Midway ride when his car rolled 6 times and everyone held their breath.  He emerged from the totalled car and walked to the waiting ambulance.  When the crews cleared the debris the engine of the car was completely freed from the engine compartment, yet imbedded in the hood of the car.



In the Nationwide Race yesterday, Eric McClure did not walk away, but was airlifted to hospital.  The wreck started and Eric became involved, getting turned into the infield area and slamming into the safer barrier.  He was alert and awake heading to hospital, but has injuries to his side.



Today the cars will be faster, but the drivers are the top of their field.  Hopefully, when we see the big one, which we will, it will not result in injuries.  Jeff Gordon has the pole, and almost everyone is calling for Hendrick Motorsports to get their 200th win today.  It rained at the track earlier, so track drying is underway and the race start has been pushed back to 2:05pm ET.    Of course, not everyone is calling for an HMS win today, as there are definitely other favorites, including Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin and yes, even Michael Waltrip.  

Dale Jr would like nothing better than a win today, but a change in focus may help him do just that.  He really wants to take over the points lead.  Crew Chief, Steve Letarte said today in an interview that the team, as a whole, simply want to get the 200th win over with, so they can move on.  I'm sure he feels the same way about getting a win for Jr.  I've said before that I believe once Jr gets that elusive win he will continue to win, and win a lot more.  So, with that said, I am picking Jr. today.  My dark horse?  Paul Menard.  He is showing the kind of driver he really is, now that he has a quality team to race with.  

So there you have it.  Again, congratulations to Brandon McReynolds - a win 20 years after his dad did exactly the same with Davey Allison at Talladega.  In the meantime, let's hope we get a good race today.  
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5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

LMFAO @ Clint Bowyer:

"I'll be Damned if I don't have blisters on my feet...And matching 2 1/2 inch blisters on "BOTH" ass cheeks. Can't help but laugh! "

5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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Tony Stewart with perhaps one of the most bizarre/weird interviews ever after the race today.

"The racing was awesome," Stewart said. "It's fun to be able to race and have to watch the (overheating) gauges at the same time. It just adds that much more. Being able to make yourself run on the apron and everything to try to get clean air, it makes it fun."

"I'm just sorry we couldn't crash more cars today," he added. "We didn't fill the quota for Talladega and NASCAR."

"When a reporter asked about what NASCAR should do to alleviate the overheating concerns, Stewart took the opposite approach and said in apparent sincerity they should "close (the grille opening) down" and run the engines until they blow up "to make it more exciting for fans."

Check more out here from Jeff Gluck because it gets more bizarre/weird,  http://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2012/5/6/3003513/tony-stewart-nascar-talladega-interview-2012/in/2762971

Methinks Tony Stewart will be fined for some of the stuff he said.

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Brad gets the win, convincingly, as Kyle couldn't catch him.  At least there wasn't a wreck at the very end of the race!!! 

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Wrong. The dumbass there was AJ Allmendinger who tried to block there.

you have your dumbasses, I have mine.  Hamlin is the biggest one in my book, and yes, I acknowledge that the dinger blocked.  

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jr gets thru it without a scratch, RCR cars not so lucky.  Mkey gets minor damage, as does Bowyer.  

And Hamlin goes back out of the track with a shredding tire and takes out his fender, spewing more debris all around the track.  That's why he would never make a good champion.  He has too much of a spoiled 5 year old attitude.  "I'm taking MY ball and going home"

5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Well, the restart with 4 to go and we get the big one, thank God they weren't up to speed, enough damage as it is.  Dumbass Hamlin tries to change lanes, the dinger moves down as well, and calamity

Wrong. The dumbass there was AJ Allmendinger who tried to block there.

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Well, the restart with 4 to go and we get the big one, thank God they weren't up to speed, enough damage as it is.  Dumbass Hamlin tries to change lanes, the dinger moves down as well, and calamity

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

DAmn, that had to suck for Trevor Bayne, who waited and waited and waited, then got caught

Mikey JUST missed it, Kasey caught the tire

5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

I can feel it there is gonna to be a huge wreck soon....

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Carl Edwards out??? Wow, didn't think he was seriously involved in that wreck, thought he had minor contact.

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Have to wonder if Jr will work with Kahne or Mikey????

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Jeff Gordon: "This is one of the most bizarre years this team has ever gone through. It's almost comical at this point."

Sadly, I agree.

The issue about the overheating that he raises needs to be addressed.  Maybe if Tony says the same thing NASCAR will take it seriously.  It seems the two of them are the ones NASCAR listens to.

5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Jeff Gordon: "This is one of the most bizarre years this team has ever gone through. It's almost comical at this point."

Sadly, I agree.

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jeff got turned by Truex and hit HARD into the Safer Barrier, but manages to drive to pit road.  That's the two Sr. drivers at HMS with problems today.  Only Jr and Kahne left in it.  They both got thru, Kahne in front of the wreck, Jr behind it

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

A semi big one. Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr, Dave Blaney, Gilliland, Landon Cassill, Almirola.....not sure, have to wait for more replays to see who else

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Burton just about caused a wreck, but everyone avoids and Jeff gets to pit road

Harvick having issues as well.....this isn't looking good for RCR 

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

CRANK IT UP!!!


(BTW, a caution usually follows a crank it up almost immediately)

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Half way point, and two HMS engines have expired.  Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne leads.  

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

 I know Larry McReynolds is now on NASCAR RaceDay so let me guess he picked Clint Bowyer because of how much he loves his Alabama football since I didn't watch these morning as a fat guy can't miss out on breakfast?


Not sure who you were calling the "fat guy" but it sounded hateful LOL

And sorry, I didn't mention Clint.  

5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Wow, I feel the hate today!!!!

Huh? I just like bringing up stats.

5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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Come check twitter and it says Jimmie Johnson just blew up during a commercial break.

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

My friends at Talladega are having a blast today:

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

WTG Mikey!!!

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Looks like Regan Smith done blowed up 

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Really glad to see Mikey up front for a bit!!

5/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
No Clint Bowyer? I know he is no longer with RCR where he has had great results here but MWR has one finish outside the top 15 since 2010. Clint has been money here of late, 1st, 2nd, and another 1st at Dega
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We can take that further too, after finishes of 40th and 35th in his rookie season. Clint followed that up with another 35th place finish in 2007 and has only finished outside the top 15 once since then with a 39th place finish in 2009.  He's my pick to win these afternoon in Dega with his Alabama National Champion football paint scheme. I know Larry McReynolds is now on NASCAR RaceDay so let me guess he picked Clint Bowyer because of how much he loves his Alabama football since I didn't watch these morning as a fat guy can't miss out on breakfast?

Dark Horse: Agreed with Paul Menard, read or heard on TV that he finished with the most points on restrictor plates amongst everybody last year.

Wow, I feel the hate today!!!!

5/6/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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No Clint Bowyer? I know he is no longer with RCR where he has had great results here but MWR has one finish outside the top 15 since 2010. Clint has been money here of late, 1st, 2nd, and another 1st at Dega
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We can take that further too, after finishes of 40th and 35th in his rookie season. Clint followed that up with another 35th place finish in 2007 and has only finished outside the top 15 once since then with a 39th place finish in 2009.  He's my pick to win these afternoon in Dega with his Alabama National Champion football paint scheme. I know Larry McReynolds is now on NASCAR RaceDay so let me guess he picked Clint Bowyer because of how much he loves his Alabama football since I didn't watch these morning as a fat guy can't miss out on breakfast?

Dark Horse: Agreed with Paul Menard, read or heard on TV that he finished with the most points on restrictor plates amongst everybody last year.