Can Dale Jr win one lucky fan a hundred grand? If he wins at Pocono he can
Quite the attention grabber, isn't it? After going winless for four years, Dale Earnhardt Jr won at Michigan just a few short weeks ago, and he wants to win again....and again...and again. Not only does he want to win, he wants to win in a dominant fashion. And it seems the folks at Pocono want that to happen as well. If Dale Jr wins this weekend's Cup race, they will draw for one lucky fan to win $100,000.
It seems everyone is happy Jr is the points leader. Texas Motor Speedway is offering two front stretch tickets for $88 as long as he stays in front of the rest of the drivers.
Everywhere you look it seems there is something to commemorate Jr's lead.
And Jr himself? Well, he just wants to win more races.
This week wasn't all good news. Penske announced earlier this week that they were releasing AJ Allmendinger as the driver of the 22 car. Sam Hornish Jr will continue driving the car for now, but you can bet Roger's phone is ringing off the hook with calls from drivers wanting to fill that seat. Here's hoping the Penske operation finds a quality driver who will bring good news to the team. I'm sure the sponsors are tired of seeing their names in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
As the teams get ready to race tomorrow at Pocono, we find Juan Pablo Montoya on the pole. Given that Pocono is a "Roval" - part road course, part oval - no one should really be surprised to see him there. Does he have a chance to win the race? Of course, and now would be a great time for him to show that he is still a quality driver. He is talented and only a couple of years ago was battling for the top spot in the points. Lately though, JPM has mostly been a field filler - in the race, but not a factor. A good race here could rejuvenate a lagging career.
I have to run off to work at the golf course now - it has been a rough week, but I'll be around tomorrow and hopefully have some time to both watch the race and to comment on what I see. For now, give us your picks and your ideas on who would be best in the 22 car for Penske.