This Week in NASCAR [Loudon Ediiton]

Kes wins the pole, Johnson starts last at Loudon ..Wait... What?

7/14/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Loudon Ediiton]It turns out that Jimmie Johnson isn't immune to NASCAR's heavy hammer.  The 48 failed pre and post qualifying inspection, being found too low, and the golden boy of NASCAR will start dead last in the Sprint Cup race.  Brad Keselowski, on the other hand, will start from the first position.  Kes is no stranger to that heavy hammer of NASCAR this year, but it is the first time in recent history that the 48 has been in trouble.

Unfortunately, that is bad news for the rest of the crowd.  Usually, if the 48 gets into trouble with NASCAR, the team pulls together with a vengeance and grab the checkered flag before anyone else.

Keselowski hopes that isn't the case.  The 2 team has been in trouble ever since NASCAR found the rear end in his car to be illegal at Texas and confiscated the parts.  Toyota has had no end of troubles this year, but it seems things might be turning around for Keseleowski, at least.  He doesn't have a win yet this year and needs one desperately if he wants to even make the Chase, let alone defend his championship.  Last year's five wins are a memory and a win has appeared elusive so far this year.  Perhaps Loudon will be the track to turn things around for the 2 team.
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If you have watched racing for any length of time, you've heard the name Morgan Shepherd.   Morgan is one of those rare men who doesn't worry so much about winning, or breaking records, rather driving the car and racing.  This week, however, Morgan will break a record.  At 71 years of age, starting 42nd, Morgan will be the oldest driver ever to drive in the Winston/Nextel/Sprint Cup Series.  That is a true testament to Morgan's will to continue what he loves to do.  Are the other drivers worried about Morgan's ability to perform safely on the track?  It seems not.  For one, he has to pass the physical, and it isn't as easy as passing a driving physical just to drive on the highway.  Secondly, it is really unlikely he will be up front in the mix of the leaders racing.  

I'm sure he would love to be, and perhaps in his mind he feels like a young man.  I know plenty of seniors who don't feel their age.  Mark Martin has already shown us, time and time again, that 50 doesn't mean incapable.  Kudos to Morgan Shepherd for showing that 71 doesn't either.

This week as well, the folks at Stewart-Haas Racing were all smiles.  Their newest team member, Kevin Harvick, was also all smiles.  It was an announcement we have been waiting for, confirmation that Kevin will be at SHR next year, with Budweiser on the car, which will display the number 4.  A move like this one takes time.  There are a lot of "i's" to dot, and "t's" to cross.  Finally, however, the deal is done.  
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Look out NASCAR.  Kevin Harvick needed this change, the same way Matt Kenseth needed his.  Expect greatness right out of the box from Happy next year.

Finally, NASCAR announced that they would not penalize the 31 cars, from both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series, for the "modified" roof flaps at Daytona.  The reasons are all just too much gobbledy gook, but essentially boil down to the fact that they are manufactured by Roush.  In this case, it seems like a smart move on the behalf of NASCAR.  Fans are getting tired of NASCAR - just read our blogs and comments for the evidence of that.

The top five starting positions are Keselowski, of course, then Kurt Busch takes over the front row along with Kes, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon.  

I have no idea who will win this race, but I know that every one of the drivers in the top five starting positions is desperate for a win.  They just have to look out for JJ.  I have no doubt he will be in the top ten within a hundred laps.
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7/16/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Ryan Newman responds to Kyle Busch comments on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio:

“I’m just afraid if I re-arranged his face I might fix it. (laughs) He’s frustrated finishing third or wherever he was after hitting me first and then getting a little rub down the straightaway, then just imagine how I feel. It is what it is. We know that he’s not very bright. He’s a heck of a talent but he’s not very bright. And I’ll leave it at that.”

7/15/13   |   JenX63   |   33138 respect

1) Danica wrecked her boyfriend???? Is she a blonde in disguise? (no offence to blondes - I am one, but that has the makings of  a joke)  As Scott said, a looooooooooong quiet ride home...

I believe this is what we call "payback" for his wrecking her. What a great rivalry this is turning into! Can't wait to see what is next for these two young guns! (YES! that is dripping with sarcasm!!!)

7/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect


1) Danica wrecked her boyfriend???? Is she a blonde in disguise? (no offence to blondes - I am one, but that has the makings of  a joke)  As Scott said, a looooooooooong quiet ride home...

2) Ryan Newman is class, pure class.  I'm not happy about him being dropped by SHR, not one bit.  As Jen said, kick Danica to the curb.  Who cares about the bimbo - who is about to pose naked I read on the interwebs?!?!  GAK!!! HUGE mistake there.

3) NOT a Brian Vickers' fan, never have been, but I sure offer him a sincere congratulations.  Great job for him and MWR.  

3) Kyle Busch continues to show, over and over again, how big his mouth is, and how easily his foot fits in it.  He needs to STFU and concentrate on racing.

4) Denny Hamlin and the pit just before the GWC = Bonehead move of the year.

6)  Jimmie who??

7/14/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Nice to see Kyle Busch is all class as usual, as he called Ryan Newman an idiot (ever look in the mirror dumbass?), a big ogre, and the fact he is outta of a job for 2014 after the race today. Here is the full extent of what he said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio:

“Ryan Newman is the biggest stupid idiot out here. He’s a big ogre and can do whatever he wants because he can probably kick anybody’s butt. So no sense getting in a fight with him. Glad he’s out of a job.’’

If there is anything I know you shouldn't be starting a feud Ryan Newman.

7/14/13   |   Scott   |   54576 respect

My thoughts..

1) Congrats to Vickers.  I have to think he just put himself full time behind the wheel of the #55 next season.

2) It's going to be another very uncomfortable plane ride home for Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

3) Good to see Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton be competitive.  Once Labonte ran out of gas, I knew Tony Stewart was going to be screwed.

4) To piggyback off Jen's post about Stewart making some knucklehead moves, what the hell was Denny Hamlin doing pitting right before the green/white/checkered.  He gave up running in the top ten to drop back to 25th before finishing 21st.  That moved killed my fantasy team and my pick in CMB's poll

7/14/13   |   JenX63   |   33138 respect

Have to admit I teared up there when Vickers crossed the finish line. It's been a long hard road for him and it was really good to see him win. Congratulations to Brian and Michael Waltrip racing....

on a side note ( tony made some knucklehead moves and quite frankly i am just a bit ticked off at him and his decision to release Ryan over Patrick) can't wait for the musical chairs again next year!

7/14/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84529 respect

Congratulations Vickers !!!

7/14/13   |   JenX63   |   33138 respect

With no one really dominating this season, cept maybe Jimmie and Matt, I am surprised the 48 weren't spot on. The way they roll the championship now, you can't make many mistakes and stay in the top. Was it an "honest" mistake...with any other team I might say yeah, but, I think Jimmie is feeling the crunch and that 48 team is willing to do pretty much anything to stay on top.

7/14/13   |   Jesse8   |   24 respect

TNT is having a jerk fest with that douche/crybaby Johnson. I don't how many damn times I have heard his name today but its way too damn much. We get it the douche/crybaby started in the back. Now shut the f up since he isn't the only one in the damn race.

7/14/13   |   JenX63   |   33138 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Kevin HHarvick's ride for 2014!!

that is sooo very awesome. Seems my pedictions are coming true. I sincerely hope it is Ms Patrick moving on and not Ryan. As smart a businessman as Tony is, he has to know sticking with her is not so "smart".

7/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Kevin HHarvick's ride for 2014!!

7/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Scott wrote:
The way Johnson has been driving the last month or so, I don't know why the 48 team would even take the chance of trying something that could get them into trouble.  

Perhaps the arrogance we see all too often?? They lead the rest of the field by 49 points in the standings, not an insurmountable lead, but enough that maybe Knaus feels he can "play around" with the rule book a little.  

I'm just reading the comments Elliott Sadler made to Regan Smith and Smith's response.  Elliott has twice "lost" the championship in the Nationwide series because of a bonehead move.  Regan Smith showed class in owning up to being the cause of the incident.  Sadler just looked like an idiot.

Wondering if Ryan Newman will end up at RCR.....or maybe back down in Nationwide, instead of Cup?  As I read more and more of what transpired this week, it seems there could be a lot more seat juggling than I initially thought.....

7/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Jimmie Johnson had troubles in pre-race inspection for not clearing the problems NASCAR Tech found yesterday....

After another trip through inspection, he was cleared, but if he wins, they might want to be telling him no burn-outs!! I'm sure if he wins, Knaus will be on the radio yelling "wreck the rear end!'

7/14/13   |   Scott   |   54576 respect

The way Johnson has been driving the last month or so, I don't know why the 48 team would even take the chance of trying something that could get them into trouble.  

7/14/13   |   JenX63   |   33138 respect

First LOL.....poor Jimmie indeed (i don't think so) I have no doubt he will not be in the back for long...Good for you Morgan..and Yeah Yeah Yeah, it's about time Kevin...I do believe this is a change for the better. You know with all the stuff that has been going on in Nascar, with the new car and all the scrambling to "get it right" I have actually looked forward to the races, I honestly have no clue who will win and it is exciting again.