This Week in NASCAR [Martinsville Edition]

Can we talk racing now?

4/5/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Martinsville Edition]If you haven't been under a pile of snow for the last two weeks, you have heard endless media coverage regarding Denny Hamlin's injury, Joey Logano's lack of remorse, feuds, rivalries and crashes. 

But what about the racing?

C'mon folks, we are at Martinsville!  This is the epitome of short tracks, and no doubt there will be more rivalries, more feuds and more beating and banging that will have the media giggling.

Martinsville is an emotional track for all of the Hendrick Motorsports teams to visit.  In 2004 during the fall race, a HMS plane crashed, killing members of the Hendrick family, most notably, perhaps, Ricky Hendrick.  There after, a win here by any HMS teammate has resulted in backwards hats, and special celebrations.  Of course, Jimmie Johnson leads the way with 6 wins for HMS, but Jeff Gordon also has a couple of wins at the track.  Coincidentally, after the practice this morning, Jimmie Johnson led, with Jeff having the fourth fastest time, Kasey Kahne in 7th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. running ninth.  HMS is once again showing the teeth at the track.  

With Denny Hamlin out with a compression fracture in his spine, one of the biggest threats is removed from the lineup.  Mark Martin will drive the 11 this weekend, before relinquishing the ride to Brian Vickers for the duration of Denny's rehabilitation.  Denny hopes that won't be the six to twelve weeks the doctors say are possible, but he is also mindful of the risk of more damage should he return too early.
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Martinsville Edition]
Martinsville is a narrow track, just over a half mile around.  It has two 800 foot long straightaways, with these little 12 degree banked corners.  Fifty-five thousand people can cram into the stands here, and the stands are often filled to capacity.  Beat up fenders, chrome horns and hurt feelings abound.  Tempers flare.  Teammates sometimes even go after teammates.  And the racing is almost always intense and entertaining.  What could be better?

Both the trucks and the Sprint Cup cars will race at Martinsville.  Again some of the Cup regulars will do double duty, driving in the Truck race, including Kevin Harvick.  Whether he will grab a win, here in the trucks remains to be seen, but Happy will most definitely be a factor.  His old employee, Ron Hornaday Jr. is also in the field.  Will they work together?

My question to you all today is what do you expect from Martinsville?  Do we get more more drama? Or more great racing?  Who is your favorite to win?  Will Joey Logano get paid back?  What new will we see out of the Gen6 car, if anything?  And finally, will HMS dominate?
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4/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

JenX63 wrote:
He was in "owner" mode..have to be professional......it looked to me like he was weighing each sentence before actually speaking them...I love him no matter what....

"Sorry, you've already given JenX63 the 10 Respect you can give to one person in a day"

I love Mikey as well!! I really hate that for him - he truly was trying to be the "announcer" not the team owner. and show bias.  He's a professional.

4/7/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I love how they interviewed him right after all of his MWR cars had been involved in the wreck.  I kept listening for him to come a little unglued, but he was controlled, almost too controlled.

He was in "owner" mode..have to be professional......it looked to me like he was weighing each sentence before actually speaking them...I love him no matter what....

4/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

I love how they interviewed him right after all of his MWR cars had been involved in the wreck.  I kept listening for him to come a little unglued, but he was controlled, almost too controlled.

4/7/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

on a side note...Michael Waltrip gives me the giggles sometimes when he is announcing. You hear everything in his voice and when there is about to be a wreck he must think the drivers can hear him, cause he goes into a spiel and then says dang it or something.......

4/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

That was a hugely entertaining race. I feel really bad for Jeb Burton though, he had an excellent truck and dominated most of the race.  I'm not a fan of Johnny Sauter.  Ever since I saw him and his whining on NASCAR Driver's 360, he has rubbed me the wrong way.  He had a good car so I guess he deserved the win. I just like my drivers a little more humble LOL

4/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

It looked like Dixon or a Penske would be the polesitter, but it ended up being our defending series champ, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Power was 2nd, followed by the rookie Vautier, who only get in the Firestone Fast Six after Sato was penalized for blocking in Q2. Dixon, Kimball, and Castroneves round out the Fast Six.

4/6/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Although Martinsville isn't one of my favorite tracks, I am interested to see if any of the shiotz Denny talked will rear it's head this weekend. Hendricks is a favorite here? Hmmm, I think I will go out on a limb and pick a Busch to win (either one) and taking Matt as my dark horse.
I don't know if it is just me, but I feel electricity in the air.

4/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Qualifying has started at Barber, and they are flying. Three seconds have been taken off the track record in just the first group of round one.

This is how nuts it was. Dario had a lap that broke the track record during the session...and still wasn't quick enough to advance to round two.

4/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

Camping World Truck Series race is live on Speed in just under 2 1/2 hours.  I have to say this is so much better than searching around trying to find a network that carries the Nationwide races.  I rarely get to see them, even when they are televised live.  Jeb Burton - yep, that's Ward's son - starts on the pole.  Darrell Wallace Jr. starts alongside.  Kevin Harvick, who won the race last year, starts way back in 16th, and he is the only Sprint Cup driver to jump into a truck this weekend, as opposed to my claim above that others were joining him.  I was under the impression that both of the Busch brothers were in this race.  I'm actually really glad to see this, and I'm sure it will be a great race!

4/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Expect a Hendrick car to win Sunday!!!!