This Week in NASCAR [June 1st Edition]

Miles the Monster beckons - NASCAR teams heat up Dover

6/1/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [June 1st Edition]The newswires are all abuzz with claims that Kasey Kahne, coming off his win in the Coca-cola 600 at Charlotte, is the most important driver at Hendrick Motorsports.

HMS is a very successful operation, with two of the drivers sharing 9 championships.  Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have proved their status, and Dale Earnhardt Jr is so consistent lately, he is the only driver this season to have completed every lap run in every race.  Kasey's win last week was important for HMS, according to NASCAR.com, Because this is less about the present than it is the future, and Kahne putting himself in position to one day emerge as the on-track leader of NASCAR's best organization.

I understand that thinking.  HMS wants to be top dog.  They want all their drivers to win the championship.  Obviously that can't happen, so a 1-4 finish in the points would be just fine, thank you very much.  Will it happen? Unlikely, but the potential is now there.

This week the teams go back to short track racing.  The one mile concrete track features 24 degree banking in the corners, and has been the site of more than a few skirmishes and "disagreements".  Miles the Monster was erected during the "Monster Makeover" between 2006 and 2009 and now he is seen on all tickets, posters, trophies and memorabilia at the track.  

Kyle Busch, winless this season, has been successful at the track, as has Matt Kenseth.  In fact, the Roush cars seem to do very well at Dover.  Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards have both won here as well.  However, they aren't the only drivers with success.  Jimmie Johnson has won here numerous times, as has Mark Martin, and even Dale Jr won here in 2001.

What does that mean for this Sunday's race? Well, any driver with the proper setup and a good qualifying position has a great chance to move to the front and stay there.  That is, if he can get in and out of the pits in a timely fashion.  The pits at Dover are a challenge.  Crews are required to be in absolute top form, particularly with tire changes, as the concrete surface is tough on tires.

With this abbreviated This Week in NASCAR, I must sign off, as work and dentist appointments beckon.  My pick?? Well, it will be Matt Kenseth.  As usual, Matt's quiet, methodical, under the radar personality quietly goes about just getting the job done.  

My dark horse?  Well, Martin Truex Jr isn't really a dark horse, as successful as Michael Waltrip Racing has been this year, but he likely won't be one of the drivers in the bright spotlights, and that just might be what helps him grab the checkers first.
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6/4/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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Kurt Busch suspended for the Pocono race these weekend for threatening to kick Bob Pockrass ass. Seriously its so damn laughable at these point NASCAR does something about Kurt. Kurt is somebody who never  learns from his stupid past mistakes and will never learn from past mistakes.

6/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Had to work at the Golf Course today, but I got to put the race on the big screen TV, without sound.  Luckily, the race is being re-aired right now, in expedited fashion.  

6/3/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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Kurt Busch is taking being a doorknob to a new level if you ask me, I had to check twitter after he blew up today and Kurt said does anybody on the #51 team want to drive my car. That was before he blew up and was running like something 6 laps down in the 20s. Seriously shut the eff up and drive the damn car. I thought Kurt said that racing was supposed to be about having fun these year and not complaining like you did at Penske how the cars were junk at times? My bold prediction now is Kurt will be outta of a ride on the Cup side in the next two months.

6/3/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Aaaarrrggghhnh, that race sucked.......

6/3/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

I believe that Burger King car distracted Smoke today and collected him into the 13 car pileup on lap 9. Too soon?

He sure looked really down with that FOX interview.

6/2/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
What a damn shame that two effing morons in cars who are 20 some laps down pinned Ryan Truex who likely who had the race won at his home track. Ryan showed a lot of class with that interview on TV. JGR with a 1,2, 3 finish. What's with Joey Logano in Cup he dominated another Nationwide but has been pretty much junk in the top series?


Kurt Busch after the race on Justin Allgaier who was beating and banging with Kurt Busch all day : "I'm on probation so, I can't even pick my nose the right way.". There is reports they had an heated exchanged on pit road after the race.

Yeah, I've wondered about Joey myself. Maybe they moved him up to quick? With Tony leaving, Gibbs had to fill a seat, but I wonder if it was best for Joey.

6/2/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

So much for being a changed man there Kurt Busch, still the same old moron you were back in November.

Jeff Gluck:

SPEED just aired footage of Kurt Busch telling @bobpockrass: "(Probation) refrains me from not beating the shit out of you right now."

6/2/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

(Edited by Canadianhick)

What a damn shame that two effing morons in cars who are 20 some laps down pinned Ryan Truex who likely who had the race won at his home track. Ryan showed a lot of class with that interview on TV. JGR with a 1,2, 3 finish. What's with Joey Logano in Cup he dominated another Nationwide but has been pretty much junk in the top series?


Kurt Busch after the race on Justin Allgaier who was beating and banging with Kurt Busch all day : "I'm on probation so, I can't even pick my nose the right way.". There is reports they had an heated exchanged on pit road after the race.

6/2/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

DallasFan55 wrote:
I could go easily, It's only 1 hour and 20 mins from where I live. But I'd probably go into the casino instead...lol...LOVE SLOTS!!!

I would watch ya, after the race, not much of a gambler...;)

6/2/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I so wish I didn't have to work this weekend.......

(sad face) I wish you didn't have to either.

6/2/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I am, how cool Linda...a dream of mine to get their sometime...

I could go easily, It's only 1 hour and 20 mins from where I live. But I'd probably go into the casino instead...lol...LOVE SLOTS!!!

6/2/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

I so wish I didn't have to work this weekend.......

6/2/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

DallasFan55 wrote:
Hey Jen! If your talking Dover Downs track I have been there.. But it's been a lot of years.

I am, how cool Linda...a dream of mine to get their sometime...

6/1/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Thanks Debi, I am a bit behind as usual. I haven't read a whole lot about Kasey, but I am not surprised. A win for him is bound to make some noise, considering all of Hendricks drivers have been performing, well, not up to what we are used to.  I'm taking Kyle Busch and Joey Logano as my dark horse. That kid burst onto the scene and has kinda faded, but  a win would rejuvenate  him and my belief he's got it.  I agree, Dover pitts are always a challenge. Good Luck to all the drivers!

Hey Jen! If your talking Dover Downs track I have been there.. But it's been a lot of years.

6/1/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Thanks Debi, I am a bit behind as usual. I haven't read a whole lot about Kasey, but I am not surprised. A win for him is bound to make some noise, considering all of Hendricks drivers have been performing, well, not up to what we are used to.  I'm taking Kyle Busch and Joey Logano as my dark horse. That kid burst onto the scene and has kinda faded, but  a win would rejuvenate  him and my belief he's got it.  I agree, Dover pitts are always a challenge. Good Luck to all the drivers!

6/1/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Kyle Busch, winless this season, has been successful at the track, as has Matt Kenseth.

I want to bang my head on the wall for reading that Kyle is winless, he won at track that he usually owns in the spring back at Richmond.