This Week in NASCAR [Martinsville Chase Edition]

The last short track of the season could decide it all

10/26/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Martinsville Chase Edition]Maybe it is the Gen6 car, maybe not, but eighteen cars bettered the qualifying speed record for Martinsville, with Denny Hamlin the best of the best.  Although Hamlin missed the spring race, he is back on track and taking names.  He's also racing in the truck race here this weekend.  Although Jimmie Johnson is considered "the guy to win" at Martinsville, Hamlin isn't ready to lie down and just let that happen.  He has his own success at Martinsville, and while he isn't competing for the championship, he is competing for wins.

Much is made by the "experts" spouting their statistics about the guy who wins at Martinsville going on to win the Championship.  It will definitely be an entertaining race, with Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson all starting right up near the front with Hamlin.  Any one of those contenders could be in Victory Lane at race end tomorrow.

This week NASCAR announced the implementatio of baseline concussion testing at the beginning of 2014.  Most drivers are in favor of the move, especially Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was involved in a wreck at Talladega last year that took him out of the car for the rest of the season.  Brad Keselowski, however, is adamantly against the move.  My question is why?  He claims doctors don't understand the sport, or the risks drivers choose to take.  But honestly, what does that have to do with a driver having a baseline concussion test at the beginning of the season?  The baseline concussion tests are exactly that, baseline.  They are a guideline for a doctor to follow, should a driver be involved in a wreck affecting their head at some point during the season.  If a driver is medically unable to participate in a race, I say the doctor should have the right to prohibit that driver from participating.  No one wants to see another driver or crew member injured because a driver who is medically unsafe to participate insists on putting himself and others in danger.  
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I've had my say on this, what do you think?

Also this week, NASCAR indicated they may look at changes to the qualifying procedure to make it more exciting.  Few fans actually show up to the racetrack for qualifying, and few tune in to watch on TV.  Will a different style make a difference?  Who knows, but it is certainly worth trying.  if it doesn't work, further change is always an option.  

And finally, although there are happenings in the US Government that I don't pretend to understand, I gather one of those happenings involves the sponsorship in sports being provided by government agencies.  Apparently they are trying to prohibit that.  Also apparently, the National Guard didn't get the memo.  They have signed on to continue sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr's 88 car through to the end of the 2014 season.  In the minds of the people of the National Guard, this sponsorship has helped recruit members, and increase support, and the bottom line is that is a good thing.  Kudos to them!

UPDATE!
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Martinsville Chase Edition]
The truck race just concluded with Darryl Wallace Jr winning.  I couldn't be happier for "Bubba" Wallace, who has worked hard for this win, and deserves the win.  He drove the wheels off that truck!  Oh, and Ty Dillon got into the back of Kevin Harvick and spun him out of the race.  Apparently, the TV crew thought the 88 got into Dillon, but Ty's interview did not indicate that at all.  He took responsibility for dumping Kevin and said that he tried to give him a tap to let him know he wanted by.  Kevin retaliated on pit road, making this fan wonder if there will be further consequences.  

The post race interviews were definitely "fighting words".

Could we expect to see more of the same tomorrow in the Sprint Cup race?? Most definitely.
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10/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Congrats to Jeff Gordon.  Although I was cheering for Matty to continue his run for another Championship, I couldn't be happier for Jeff getting his 8th win at Martinsville.  He deservved that more than I can say.

10/27/13   |   JenX63   |   32646 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I agree! When he said obnoxious, I was shocked.  The sarcastic I got.  And I thought he almost let his alias slip for a minute there.  I should contact him.  I have tons of those racing magazines from the '70's and '80's.

Give it a try! 

10/27/13   |   JenX63   |   32646 respect

Did Gordon win? If so WTG dude!

10/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Aww, I really don't think he can say he is obnoxious. I imagine he has a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor...

I agree! When he said obnoxious, I was shocked.  The sarcastic I got.  And I thought he almost let his alias slip for a minute there.  I should contact him.  I have tons of those racing magazines from the '70's and '80's.

10/27/13   |   JenX63   |   32646 respect

Debi_L wrote:
BAHAHAHAHAHA I love you  heart

My first thought when Kevin said his engine sounded like it wasn't running properly was "Uh oh, which one of the grandson's minions sabotaged the 29 car?"

This interview Wendy Venturini did with Dale Jr. made me  crying

Aww, I really don't think he can say he is obnoxious. I imagine he has a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor...

10/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

JenX63 wrote:
This is another one of the things I called before the season began. When I heard the "grandsons" would be given preferential treatment, I knew all was not well. Don't be sorry Kevin. Childress is an a**.

BAHAHAHAHAHA I love you  heart

My first thought when Kevin said his engine sounded like it wasn't running properly was "Uh oh, which one of the grandson's minions sabotaged the 29 car?"

This interview Wendy Venturini did with Dale Jr. made me  crying

10/27/13   |   JenX63   |   32646 respect

This is another one of the things I called before the season began. When I heard the "grandsons" would be given preferential treatment, I knew all was not well. Don't be sorry Kevin. Childress is an a**.

10/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Kevin Harvick has said that he is sorry for speaking while emotional.  He apologized to his crew and said they are still fighting for the championship.  He and Ty Dillon have not spoken, as Kevin says they need to let things cool down.  I'm feeling things are not all apple pie and rainbows.