This Week in NASCAR [July 7th Edition]

It's Daytona Baby!

7/6/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [July 7th Edition]It has been one of those weeks.  One of my favorite weekends in racing this weekend at Daytona started off with a few glitches, but now the Nationwide race is done, and Kurt Busch is the winner.  The season hasn't been a stellar one for the elder Busch brother, to say the least, but he is a talented driver on the restrictor place tracks, and tonight he showed that he can still drive a race car.  And if he can keep the wheels under the Sprint Cup car, he just might be one of the ones to watch tomorrow night.

Of course, there are a lot of drivers who run well at Daytona, and chances are all of them will be at the front at some point during the race.  The two car tango has been mostly eliminated by changes to the front of the car, and as a fan, I can say that makes me very happy.  I didn't enjoy the technique, but honestly, racing on the big super speedways can be boring at times.  No one wants the "Big One" but sometimes a caution is needed to mix things up a bit.  Certainly no one wants to see anyone hurt, and cautions where one car spins and collects himself enough to continue can provide a little change in the action.  

All too often though, we see the "hang in the back and wait: strategy employed.  Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and others have been known to employ that strategy, but the king of that is probably Kevin Harvick.  All too often we hear the announcers call "Where'd he come from?" and when you hear that, there can be no doubt it is Kevin they are talking about.
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [July 7th Edition]
So who can win tomorrow night?  As I've said, any one of a number of driver could easily be the one to take the checkered flag first.  Tony Stewart, Carl, Kevin, Jimmie, Jeff, and Dale Jr are all excellent at Daytona.  Brad Keselowski could be an early favorite, coming off the win from last week.  Kurt Busch is a definite one to watch.  But many are calling for Matt Kenseth to win this one.  He still hasn't announced where he will be in 2013, but now that Jack Roush and all the crew members are aware of the coming change, Matt could be trying to give Jack another championship, and trying harder than he has in a long time.  He may feel he has something to prove.  He may just want to leave on a high.  Whatever his reasons, Matt may just be the driver in Victory Lane tomorrow evening when the race is over. 
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7/8/12   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

Eric_ wrote:
"Everyone got their money's worth." Really, play by play guy? A boring 2 1/2 hours, followed by a half hour of wrecking? This is why I can't deal with NASCAR commentators.

Unfortunately that is what they are paid to say, but I agree wholeheartedly that they shouldn't try to sugar coat a bad race.  Congrats to Tony though

7/8/12   |   Scott   |   49403 respect

There is absolutely nothing appealing about a race where 98% of the laps are spent with boring tandem racing.  Nascar has turned racing at Daytona and Talladega into a snooze fest

7/7/12   |   JenX63   |   31544 respect

That was god-awful! Should of known when the Star Spangled was sung off key (smh). I don't know where to begin, the whole thing was just awful. I never wanted that wrecking, that is for sure, but something, has to change.  This new car is not working for me. Glad everyone made it out alright, Congrats to Smoke.....

7/7/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

"Everyone got their money's worth." Really, play by play guy? A boring 2 1/2 hours, followed by a half hour of wrecking? This is why I can't deal with NASCAR commentators.

7/7/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

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I wish Smoke could trade one of his  summer wins at Daytona for the big one on Sunday.

7/7/12   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Boooo... kicks rocks

7/7/12   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Eric_ wrote:
The big wreck everyone on Twitter was predicting happened. I'm sorry guys, but this isn't racing. It's just ridiculous.

Amen, brother

7/7/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The big wreck everyone on Twitter was predicting happened. I'm sorry guys, but this isn't racing. It's just ridiculous.

7/7/12   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

hmmm... hope the pack lovers are happy now :-|

7/7/12   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Under 20 to go... the best parrt of this race is watching the 17 & 16 charge back to the front

7/7/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

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Jimmie Johnson doing what he does best crying like a big ass baby.

Jimmie Johnson on radio: "I mean I can only wave down the entire back straightaway. I don't know how he didn't see my damn glove."

Jimmie Johnson tells MRN: "Someone didn't get the message behind me and ran through me as I checked up to get on pit road."

7/7/12   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

This pack racing is awful.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

7/7/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I was going to say that between NASCAR being in Daytona, IndyCar being in Toronto, and the deluge at the British Grand Prix, that this could be racing's biggest DERP weekend of the year. That apparently hasn't been the case here.

7/7/12   |   JenX63   |   31544 respect

This race is zzzzzzz.....besides the Dinger news, quite uneventful. 

7/7/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

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AJ Allmendinger has been suspended temporarily for failing a drug test, Sam Hornish Jr will be in the #22 tonight as he is flying from Charlotte as I type this.



I was just browsing through Jenna Fryer's twitter timeline and came across, "Key wording from OD was "temporary" suspension. Should the B sample also fail, or Dinger refuse to have B tested, it would be "indefinite".

7/7/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dario Franchitti takes the pole away from Will Power at the last minute, winning it by a mere .0247 seconds! The rest of the top 6 are Wilson, Bourdais, Dixon, and Tagliani (who will start 16th due to his engine penalty).

7/7/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I was just looking for an IndyCar preview - those guys are racing at Toronto this weekend, and it is HOT!  Wow.  Eric?? Looking for an update ;)

The Firestone Fast Six are Wilson, Dixon, Power, Bourdais, Tagliani, and Franchitti. Hinch ended up 9th, but has a 10 grid engine penalty to serve. As does Tags actually.

7/7/12   |   JenX63   |   31544 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Matt Kenseth becomes the first since Bobby Allison to sweep both races which was last done in 82 . Believe or not Matt who sucked bad earlier in his career at restrictor plates is starting to figure out this type of racing, in his last ten Daytona races he has 3 finishes outside the top ten.

Dark Horse: Paul Menard is seriously underrated at this type of racing,  9th,8th, and 6th are his last three finishes here. I heard somewhere/read that Paul scored more points on  restrictor plates in 2011 than anybody else.

I agree Paul finishes well here, I'm just thinking this particular weekend something is going to happen. I've been wrong before so maybe not...just a feeling .

7/7/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I was informed I should watch Danica's wreck last night, and it looks like NASCAR has found its latest safety problem to solve: How to stop the steering column from moving up and in towards the drivers on certain crashes.

7/7/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Matt Kenseth becomes the first since Bobby Allison to sweep both races which was last done in 82 . Believe or not Matt who sucked bad earlier in his career at restrictor plates is starting to figure out this type of racing, in his last ten Daytona races he has 3 finishes outside the top ten.

Dark Horse: Paul Menard is seriously underrated at this type of racing,  9th,8th, and 6th are his last three finishes here. I heard somewhere/read that Paul scored more points on  restrictor plates in 2011 than anybody else.

7/7/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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Are you giving me homework? wink

Qualifying going on right now. I'll come with something when that's over, or at least combine a preview with tomorrow's live thread. I've got Olympics polls to make.

7/7/12   |   JenX63   |   31544 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I know what you mean, Jen.   Kevin is ALWAYS a fav pick of mine at the Super Speedways.  But so are Kes, Jeff, Jimmie, and Jr.  Matt has just done really well this year, starting with the Daytona 500 win.  I am probably wrong, I just feel something about him.  Kevin just went through a bunch of crew adjustments, so he could be stepping out of the box, so to speak.  A little friendly side wager, my friend?

He has, (Matt), and he will probably do well here. Wager away, (lol) I don't mind taking your money! ;P

7/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

I was just looking for an IndyCar preview - those guys are racing at Toronto this weekend, and it is HOT!  Wow.  Eric?? Looking for an update ;)

7/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Whoa, I took Kevin for this race. Not sure why, besides the fact I like him, but there is something...I can't put my finger on it. Irritating myself. Kyle is my dark horse for this race. These drivers really need to get it in gear if they expect to be racing for the championship. The year has been very surprising for me personally. (and I lost my train of thought. If I remember I'll come back and edit this)

I know what you mean, Jen.   Kevin is ALWAYS a fav pick of mine at the Super Speedways.  But so are Kes, Jeff, Jimmie, and Jr.  Matt has just done really well this year, starting with the Daytona 500 win.  I am probably wrong, I just feel something about him.  Kevin just went through a bunch of crew adjustments, so he could be stepping out of the box, so to speak.  A little friendly side wager, my friend?

7/7/12   |   JenX63   |   31544 respect

Whoa, I took Kevin for this race. Not sure why, besides the fact I like him, but there is something...I can't put my finger on it. Irritating myself. Kyle is my dark horse for this race. These drivers really need to get it in gear if they expect to be racing for the championship. The year has been very surprising for me personally. (and I lost my train of thought. If I remember I'll come back and edit this)