This Week in NASCAR [Chase continues at "The Magic Mile"]

It's all about the Racing, we hope

9/22/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Chase continues at "The Magic Mile"]Who is that guy who missed the Chase, then was in the Chase?  Well, there are a couple of them, and both are showing they deserve to be there.  Ryan Newman, however, has set out to prove that he will do absolutely everything in his power to win that championship.  He grabbed the pole position for today's race, and did so breaking the track record.

Given that it is difficult, to say the least, to pass at New Hampshire, first is a great place to start.  The rest of the top ten looks like the Chase, while Clint Bowyer, the cause of Michael Waltrip Racing's punishment, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., disgusted with his car, start the furthest back, in 16th and 17th respectively.  The fallout from team orders at MWR have been far reaching.  This week NAPA announced that they would not continue as sponsor on the 56 car next year, punishing the innocent Martin Truex Jr., yet again.  Truex Jr may not have a ride next year, if no sponsor is found.  I don't agree with NAPA's decision, as Michael Waltrip and MWR have done more for NAPA than any other advertising campaign.  Opinions are that NAPA will find a way to stay with Martin, but with another team.  However, today is about the racing, so I'll shut up.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a devastating engine failure last weekend at Chicagoland, and sits at 13th in the standings, 53 points out of first.  That's a full race worth of points.  It seems almost insurmountable for Jr., and starting so far back in the pack, it seems unlikely he will be a factor in today's race.  It seems Jr. has been plagued with the same type of performance that Jeff Gordon experienced with Steve Letarte as his crew chief.  He has an abillity to run up front, to lead laps and get good finishes, but winning just doesn't happen.
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Jeff, on the other hand, was awarded a place in the Chase when "As the Wheel Turns" played out in Richmond.  He had a great finish last week, and starts third today.  His teammate, Kasey Kahne, starts second, with Jimmie Johnson starting 11th.  Kurt Busch, finishing out the season with Furniture Row Racing before a move to Stewart Haas Racing, starts 4th.  Kurt jumped four spots in the standings after Chicagoland.

But what can we expect today?  As I've said, it is difficult to pass at Loudon.  Rain passed through the area earlier, but has now passed, leaving officials and teams to continue race preparations.  The Sylvania 300 gets underway shortly, with two of the top five drivers in the stats starting in the top ten.  Who would those two be?  Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson sit second and third on the best finishes list, but it is non-Chase driver, Denny Hamlin who leads that list.  Tony Stewart, out for the season, sits fourth, while his replacement driver, Mark Martin, is fifth.  Who do you think will get the win?

i'm thinking Matt Kenseth is still the guy to watch.  Let's go racing!!
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9/23/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

What a race!!! I just got home from the golf course, and couldn't believe what I was seeing.  Well, except for Matt Kenseth.  That man wants to win the championship desparately.  Kevin Harvick was not there at the end, as I thought he would be, and who woulda thunk Kasey would end up in the inside wall.  So proud of Jr for finishing top ten, and kudos to Greg Biffle.  They both must have heard the "stick a fork in 'em" piece and decided that was NOT the case.

On to another short track - Dover

9/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Matt has 8 more to win and the everything is fixed...?????

9/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Kenseth wins again. Kyle Busch is 2nd again. Rest of the top 5: Biffle, Johnson, McMurray. Jr. was 6th. Kahne had something happen and finished 37th, which presumably takes him out of it.

9/22/13   |   JenX63   |   33141 respect

Congrats to Matt Kenseth! Looks like he is serious about that Championship this year.

9/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I don't know what the context was, but I enjoyed this tweet from nascarcasm:

nascarcasm@nascarcasm 14m
Ganassi yelling at Montoya on the radio. Montoya responds by discussing how nicely starched his dress shirts will be. #nascar #penske

9/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Off to work at Golf course.  Enjoy the rest of the race


9/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Lots of cautions so far this race, and we all know, cautions breed cautions......

9/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Competition caution to be called at Lap 30

9/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Yep, thinking the race will come down to Matt or Kevin.  Not thinking Denny will be as much of a factor as some think, but what do I know!!

Keelan yelling "GoDadGo"

9/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Oh yeah, and Joey Logano and Greg Biffle as well.

9/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

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OUCH!! Clint Bowyer and Dale Jr deemed "done" by the so-called experts.  That hurts (the Dale Jr part, not Clint Bowyer)