This Week in NASCAR [Dover Chase Edition]

Miles the Monster welcomes NASCAR for Race #3 of the Chase

9/27/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Dover Chase Edition]Dover has long been known as the Monster Mile, and a few years ago Miles the Monster was unveiled at the track.  He's a huge, concrete behemoth featured holding a car.  He welcomes the visitors and countless pictures have been snapped as momentos of visits to the track. 

For the drivers though, Miles might make them catch a breath, heave a sigh, or bring a flutter to a stomach or two.  Dover is a fast concrete track, requiring constant attention by the driver.  It goes up and down, is uneven and bumpy.  Drivers have to be on alert at all times.  It isn't a track where anyone can look around, watching the TV broadcast on a jumbotron.  

Practice is underway and the top of the chart has changed constantly as teams adjust their cars.  The weather is currently cool and overcast, and the track is fast, but so far we haven't seen them set any speed records.  

This week, possibly the biggest news was that coming from 5-Hour Energy.  The brand has announced they will be back as sponsor of the 15 car for next year, deciding that the controversy after Richmond and the Race to the Chase wasn't enough to chase them out of the Michael Waltrip Racing fold.  Perhaps they saw some of the comments on social media after NAPA announced they would be leaving. In any case, Clint Bowyer still has his sponsor for 2014.
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Dover Chase Edition]
Also this week, Quicken Loans announced they will move over to Richard Childress Racing in 2014, following Ryan Newman, rather than staying with Stewart Haas Racing.  This is great news for Newman, who is in the Chase this year and fighting tooth and nail for the best finishing spot he can get.  Kevin Harvick, who is basically swapping teams with Newman, is also in the Chase, but had a less than stellar finish last week (20th) and sits 6th in points, 39 points back.  Kevin and Budweiser have already announced that they will continue their partnership at Stewart Haas Racing.

Jeff Gordon was granted a 13th place in the Chase after Penske team radio transmissions were analyzed.  Jeff, too, has shown he deserves to be in the Chase, and currently sits 8th in points.  Positions will likely jump around a lot in these first few races, and have, but after the first practice, all four Hendrick cars were running top ten.  Kasey Kahne wrecked out at Loudon while fighting Brian Vickers for a position.  After his post-wreck interview, social media erupted with concerns over Kasey's health, but the driver was just fine, only angry at himself for not giving up the position so early in the race.  His interview reflected his frustrations with himself, and Dale Earnhardt Jr confirmed that Kasey actually sounded pretty normal, after having that kind of issue.

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Dover Chase Edition]The Nationwide cars are also at Dover this weekend, with the trucks at Las Vegas.  Up here in Canuckland, we still have "SPEED", not FoxSports1 or whatever they are calling it.  This means I have all the NASCAR coverage the US gets, but still get the annoying other shows, such as "Are You Faster than a Redneck?"  For those of you complaining about the content on that channel, trust me, what is left sucks.
Matt Kenseth won the first two races of the Chase, and seems poised to make a run for the third.  As the first practice ended, Matt had jumped to the top of the charts.  Could this be the year Matt grabs his second Championship?  It's probably too early to tell, but he certainly seems to be peaking at the right time.
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9/30/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Just a little reminder, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth & Kyle Busch have combined to win 16 of 29 Cup races this year.  Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch have combined to win 5 of the last 6 Cup races And first time top 10 has been all Chase drivers. Previous high was 9 at Kansas on 10/4/09.

9/29/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I was glued to the TV (no sound) for the last 20 laps, after getting to see glimpses here and there while working.  With 5 to go I had to walk away for a minute.  Came back with two to go, only to see JJ get the win.  Heartbroken for Jr., as he looked stronger today than I remember in a long time.  

Hate that Jimmie won, but what I saw of the race was great.

Dover is always a great place to run... but the race turned conservative in the late laps... but that place is fast,,, shows how good the drivers are...

9/29/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Nascar is not well promoted at all

Um, what????

its promoted on every breath every one says... but the sport is not properly promoted.. you see this by sponsors leaving .. changing... empty seats and ratings????

9/29/13   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

I was glued to the TV (no sound) for the last 20 laps, after getting to see glimpses here and there while working.  With 5 to go I had to walk away for a minute.  Came back with two to go, only to see JJ get the win.  Heartbroken for Jr., as he looked stronger today than I remember in a long time.  

Hate that Jimmie won, but what I saw of the race was great.

9/29/13   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

Congrats to Jimmie!

9/29/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Looks like good race.... but espn has commercials then racing.... empty stands to boot....Nascar is not well promoted at all...

Nascar is not well promoted at all

Um, what????

9/29/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Looks like good race.... but espn has commercials then racing.... empty stands to boot....Nascar is not well promoted at all...

9/28/13   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

WoW 97! that's almost a hundred.....i want to know his secret (so i do the opposite)
Good for Junior!
I'm team Matt all the way. Go Matt!

9/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

Can't post from my phone, which is extremely frustrating!! Dale Jr on the pole for Sunday's race, and I think he, too, is making a bit of a statement.  He had a disasterous finish at Chicagoland, and everyone counted him completely out of the Championship run.  He came from way behind last week and managed a 6th place finish.  A pole position isn't a win by any means, but I'm proud to see them pulling themselves back together and makng a run for the very best finish they can possibly manage.  Matt will probably get past him on the first lap, but I'm proud.

9/27/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Actual NASCAR news and opinion to keep this comment relevant:

Jr. won the pole. Kenseth 2nd. Newman and Edwards are the 2nd row. Almirola somehow 5th.

Go Hornish tomorrow. I've heard he doesn't have an offer anywhere next year. What's up with that?

IndyCar news I put here because it has nowhere else to go:

Sucky but not surprising, Izod is out at the end of the year.

Reports are TK is about to sign with Ganassi, but he also has an offer to stay at KV Racing, and Kanaan denies that he's decided anything.

In sad news, legendary chief mechanic George Bignotti died today at 97. Bignotti won 7 Indy 500s, most of any chief mechanic. The drivers he won it with: Al Unser, AJ Foyt, Graham Hill, Gordon Johncock, Tom Sneva.

9/27/13   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

Awesome!

Yep, I do believe Matt is making a statement. That is : I want to win this thing! Like you said, nothing is set in stone yet, but a couple more wins for Matt and he will be sitting pretty. I am glad the fervor of the mess has settled down and we can once again concentrate on racing and CHEER on our favorites!