This Week in NASCAR [Bristol Saturday Night]

Heating up at Bristol with three races until the Chase

8/22/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Bristol Saturday Night]It seems the closer we get to the "playoffs" of NASCAR, if you will, the more things heat up.  Rumors abound, trash talking intensifies, rivalries heat up and Silly Season brings on speculation in abundance.  For every positive story, there is still a negative side, and we see that ever present even here on our own FanIQ.

Juan Pablo Montoya is out of the Ganassi Earnhardt ride after this season, and while Juan has raced successfully in almost every form of racing there is, NASCAR has not seen his best finishes.  Yes, he has wins, but he is likely more remembered for running into the Jet Drier at Daytona than for his victories.  Given that, it might be the opportune time for Juan to return to IndyCar racing, as has been rumored.  He has certainly talked to Michael Andretti, and says he won't confirm how many or who he has talked to from open wheel racing.  Stock car racing was not the high point of JPM's career, and as he seems to have more offers from open wheel, a return there seems hardly out of the question.

Kurt Busch's name is all over the news.  He has had success with Furniture Row Racing this year and currently sits ninth in points, without a win.  Fortunately, he is far from the only driver without a win, and will make the Chase, provided he is able to bring the cars home with a decent finish over the next three races.  He has been named as, perhaps, the top runner to fill the 39 seat when Ryan Newman leaves at the end of the 2013 season.  If you read FoxSports.com, they are calling it "Three Bad Boys and a Little Lady".  While I wouldn't necessarily call Danica a little "lady", certainly Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch have all been called bad boys during the course of their careers.  Ryan Newman, not so much.  Kurt, ever the epitome of decorum, has only said he does not have a deal in place with Furniture Row Racing to continue with them in 2014.  Is he the front runner for the 39 seat?  With Kevin Harvick already singing his praises for the suggestions he has given the RCR garage, it seems likely.  
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Then what about Ryan Newman?  After heating up the interwebs after his release from SHR was announced, news on Ryan has been mostly absent.  He has been talked about as Kevin Harvick's temporary replacement, but does Ryan want a temporary ride?  After all, Richard Childress has made i clear that Austin Dillon will move into RCR's Cup garage in the very near future.  So where is Ryan Newman going?

Mark Martin continues to race, in his 50's.  As we discussed last night in last week's TWIN, Mark has been named to fill Tony Stewart's seat for the balance of the 2013 season, as Tony recuperates from his broken leg.  Mark was sharing the 55 seat over at Michael Waltrip Racing, but with the announcement that Brian Vickers would fill that seat full time in 2014, everything just fell into place.  Mark is likely to bring the car home in one piece, and may even get a few top ten finishes.  Will he win?  No one knows for sure, of course, but I have to think his days of winning are over.  My son would like nothing better than for me to be proven wrong.
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And what of Brian Vickers?  I've always thought his arrogance far outweighed his talent, but perhaps his time out of a full time seat has humbled him a little?  We don't seem to hear as much yapping about how someone else causes all his problems, but that could be because he hasn't been on the track as much.  I'm thinking it won't take long to find out.  

The Race to the Chase is definitely heating up, and what better place to ignite it than Bristol.  Racing under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway has long been an entry on my "bucket list".  The bull ring is hugely popular with fans, but in recent years many of those seats have been empty.  It used to be there was a two year waiting list just to get tickets, but unfortunately, businesses in area apparently jack up their prices for race weekends, and although seat prices may have dropped, expenses surrounding attendance at the race have increased.  Since repaving the track, the racing is reportedly not as exciting, but I'm not sure I'd say that.  Bristol is an entity unto itseld.  Cars have changed, drivers have changed, safety features have changed, so definitely the racing has changed.  I don't believe it can all be attributed to the repaving of the track.

As we saw last night, Kyle Busch likes it just fine.




Who is your pick for the race win?  I'm holding my pick until I see some practice.
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8/25/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I am getting so sick of these wussy drivers...you cause a wreck, own it, apologize and move on....it's ridonkulous....

Yup. There are some drivers who accept responsibility, and there are drivers who ALWAYS blame someone else. And it isn't unique to each situation - you can almost always predict what a driver will say, in a situation.

8/25/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Yeah, I've looked and looked at that replay.....still don't see the ghost car.....

Was on my phone and it died, so just got back home and online to say WTG MATTY!!!!! FIVE WINS! Wahooooooooooooo

Yup, I'm happy.

I am getting so sick of these wussy drivers...you cause a wreck, own it, apologize and move on....it's ridonkulous....

8/25/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

I'll not be playing Nascar polls any longer.. pick the wrong losers and are called a dunce on my profile... not fun anyways...if i want hate I';ll go read cnn or fox news... and not sports...

8/25/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

I can't believe Kahne didn't do what he needed to do to win that race after issues between him and JGR. Shows how squeaky clean that guy really is, he even admitted that is not his style. No wonder that guy is so respected among his peers, but on the downside it can make you an easy target.

More signs Kurt has changed after going behind the wall, he told his team (about Chase chances): "We ain't done. We ain't done yet." He's was very, very calm.

Is Logano the hottest driver nobody knows about? He has ten top tens in his last 13 races. I could care less for him, though I'll admit I thought him going over to Penkse was a great move for his career.

8/25/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

JenX63 wrote:
oh my bad, wasn't denny's fault at all: that ghost car cut in front of him and cut his tire down causing him to run up the track and wreck all them guys he is so very sorry about.

Yeah, I've looked and looked at that replay.....still don't see the ghost car.....

Was on my phone and it died, so just got back home and online to say WTG MATTY!!!!! FIVE WINS! Wahooooooooooooo

Yup, I'm happy.

8/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

oh my bad, wasn't denny's fault at all: that ghost car cut in front of him and cut his tire down causing him to run up the track and wreck all them guys he is so very sorry about.

8/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

Congrats to Matt!


lol Debi, Hamlin never has anywhere to go when he wrecks people. This wasn''t just one car he took out, he took out 6 plus himself. 

8/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

JenX63 wrote:
oh and he said he missed the old Bristol, it was a funner track to race before they "fixed" it.

I read the d Btistol comment on Twitter. Also the JGR official comment that Hsmlin had nowhere to go 

8/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

oh and he said he missed the old Bristol, it was a funner track to race before they "fixed" it.

8/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Oh dear, Happy not Happy!  Oh I really eish I could hear this

Well, I'll write what I can: Happy said "the s*** 11 was looking for track position, and caused a wreck. He hated it for his jimmy Johns guys and all the work they had done!
 

8/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Oh dear, Happy not Happy!  Oh I really eish I could hear this

8/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

Carl had a bad engine...and JPM grew a tail...smh..this race is pretty entertaining

8/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Dale Jr shutting car off to save fuefuel what's going on with Cousin Carl????

8/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

No it wasn't Jr but he and Jeff are still going strong for HMS. Awwwwwww too bad for JJ 

im really enjoying this race!!

8/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

Bad luck continues for JPM...
Wow, another week of bad luck for JJ, wth?
no, i don't think it was Jr Debi (sorry)

 

8/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Wait!!  Was that Dale Jr off of pit lane first?????

breath Debi, breath!! I'm sure u saw it wrong.......

8/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

No sound, no way to tell who is pissef at who for what, BUT I would have loooooooved to have heard Clint Bowyer.....
some dude just came in and made th chsngr channels.  I about came unglued.   

Oh yeah and they are tuned to TSN instead of ABC.Ridiculous 

8/24/13   |   JenX63   |   32434 respect

Trouble on Pit Road..as much excitement on track as off!

8/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Heading to Boston Pizza to watch the rest of the race......I'll post when I can!

Enjoy!

8/24/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect



I used hate Kurt, for some odd reason I find myself cheering for him this year, would hate to see him leave FRR since they have come along way with him as their driver. I just don't see him being at SHR as a good fit either, he needs to be the lead dog of a team. I get why a team like SHR though is offering him a ride because he in my IMO is one of  the top five most talented guys around.

I truly believe Kurt has changed, which leads me to my next point I remember watching some special on Kurt on SPEED back in July which was taped last year between September and October (maybe November as well I can't remember) where  Kurt admitted he hated having cameras shoved in his face but he wanted to do this because he wanted to let it all out. It seems to be working for Kurt.

Though Sunday at Michigan is the only time I can remember him having a meltdown on the radio this year, I wouldn't say it was as bad as people were making it out to be because more then anything it was the competitor in Kurt that came out. I would have been just as pissed as Kurt if my pit crew guys lost 5-10 spots on pit road and seeing guys your battling to making the chase with come out ahead of you. How do Kurt respond to that? He just shut his damn mouth after that and brought the car home for a top 5 finish. In his Penske days he would went off the deep end until the race is over.

 

8/23/13   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race tonight.  His quote:  "to win three, first you have to win two".  Unfortunately, I don't agree with him even being IN the race.  He starts 43rd for tomorrow night's race.  Denny Hamlin has the pole position.

Kurt Busch has now been offered a contract extension by Furniture Row Racing.  He says he is considering his options very carefully, but because he is focused on making the Chase, the decision will likely be made after that.  He acknowledges that his success has been a TEAM effort, and that FRR has given him excellent equipment and a stellar crew to allow him to get where he is.

8/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This Montoya to Andretti thing is fascinating, because Andretti right now has a space issue. RHR, Marco, and Viso look pretty set for 2014. The team is trying to retain Hinch and GoDaddy at the same time (Hinch is considered the lynchpin in the free agent market, as he chooses between Andretti and the 4th car at Ganassi). Andretti's also said he's close to a deal that signs Carlos Munoz full-time next year. Now Montoya. Plus, Kurt Busch at Indy is still at least being talked about*. 6 cars full-time, 7 at Indy? No way that can happen. It'll be fascinating to see how all the dominoes fall.

* There was talk about Busch running the IndyCar finale at Fontana, but that's looking less and less likely, and if Busch makes the Chase than it's definitely not happening.