This Week in NASCAR [November 2nd Edition]

Everything is Bigger in Texas, except Hurricane Sandy

11/2/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [November 2nd Edition]Texans are famous for saying "Everything's Bigger in Texas" but even as the teams race here this weekend, we all realize that the results of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast are so much bigger than a race.

Martin Truex Jr's family is from New Jersey.  His thoughts have been with his family and friends affected by the storm, and not necessarily focused 100% on the race.  Luckily, Martin's family was spared any serious damage, with his jeep being the only casualty.  His neighbors and friends were not as lucky, but no one lost their life.

No doubt Martin and many of the other drivers will be utilizing their foundations to provide relief to those affected so close to home.

But on to racing.  Is this going to be a pivotal race?  Are Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin effectively out of the hunt, leaving Jimmie and Bad Brad as the only two with a chance at the Championship?  

My feeling is that Denny is too far behind, -49 points, to have a chance with only three races to go.  However, Clint, at -26 and Kasey at -29 still could have a chance at the championship, IF Brad and/or Jimmie have a bad day.  
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The likelihood that Jimmie Johnson will have that kind of bad day seems remote.  Jimmie and Chad Knaus have been down many times, looking like finishing a race was doubtful, only to come back and get a top ten finish or even a win.  Brad and Paul Wolfe may not have the years of experience together like Jimmie and Chad, but the two are like a finely tuned machine.  They wouldn't have gotten this far if they weren't.

In other news, both Landon Cassill and Danica Patrick will be racing this weekend, and the temperatures are expected to be in the 90's.  Will the hot temperatures make for even hotter tempers?  Will Landon try some payback?
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In the Nationwide Series, AdvoCare has announced that they will continue as the primary sponsor of Austin Dillon's number 3 Nationwide Series car in 2013.  The company had been affiliated with Richard Childress Racing since 2011 and with Austin competing for the series Championship, they are getting their sponsorship monies worth.  While I was once one of those who felt the number 3 should be retired, my opinion has changed.  Richard Childress and his grandsons are doing nothing but respecting and honoring the 3 by driving the car.  Austin is an extremely talented driver, as is his brother Ty, driving in the truck series.  Both young men are doing what Dale Sr. would have wanted, in my opinion.  Succeeding.  They aren't trying to BE Dale Sr.  They weren't racing when Dale Sr was racing.  No, these young men are respecting the Intimidator the best way they can.  

Practice is underway at Texas as I wrap this up and the three Michael Waltrip Racing cars are in the top 5.  Kes and Tony Stewart are the other two cars in the top fivce.  Jimmie Johnson is 18th fastest as this publishes.

So, who are your picks for the race?  Will it be one of the contenders, or will another driver quietly sneak in and grab the checkers first?  Will the expected lack of cautions be a factor?  Let us know your thoughts and picks for the race, and the Championship.
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11/4/12   |   JenX63   |   32648 respect

Well, hmmmm, interesting to say the least......Danica needs to watch herself, "boys will be boys" may come around to bite her in the ass....Top 10 for Tony....geesh

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

NINE laps to go on the restart and Kes got a little loose and bumped Jimmie, but gets the lead.  Kyle got by Jimmie, but Mark Martin has spun and again brought out the caution.

Look for payback from Jimmie, because you can be DAMN SURE he will not believe Bad Brad just got a little loose.......

By the time they clean up the mess from Mark, it may will be a GWC

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

OMG!!! Jimmie is going to whine now because the leader of the race actually started in the start zone, exactly the way he is supposed to?????

GO BAD BRAD!!!

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

A late caution and a pit stop for 2 tires and fuel has put Brad Kes out in front again with 18 laps to go. Kyle is second with JJ third.  Jr is 5th

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Danica had Bad Brad blocked in in the last pit stop (orders from Hendrick??? Black helicopters anyone?) and that put Brad back in the pack.  He has moved up right off the last green flag start, but Kyle Busch and Jimmie are still up front

Dale Jr is in 5th and fighting!!! and he's good on fuel :)

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Have to admit, I am quite surprised at how many cautions we have seen, only 3, but that's one more than the whole race in April, and we aren't even half way thru the race!

JJ (ugh) has been dominant so far, but Brad is showing he is in it to win it, as are Clint and Kasey who have been up near the front all day.

Jr is in 19th, but as the track cools off, hopefully the set up on the car will mean his position will improve as it cools off.

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Truex Jr has vowed to donate all his winnings to the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund, should he win.  He's currently running 4th and could do it - I hope he does.  

Danica is falling back, while Cassill is moving up - only 4 spots between them.........devil

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I am sick to death of Jimmie Johnson, too.  

Can't believe Harvick's car got hit by the sand bag from the parachuter.  Ridonkulous!!

And good thing Danica qualified well ahead of Landon Cassill, maybe he won't be able to catch up to her, but who knows, might see payback yet!!

Helll Yeah!!!!

11/4/12   |   JenX63   |   32648 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I am sick to death of Jimmie Johnson, too.  

Can't believe Harvick's car got hit by the sand bag from the parachuter.  Ridonkulous!!

And good thing Danica qualified well ahead of Landon Cassill, maybe he won't be able to catch up to her, but who knows, might see payback yet!!

I'm tailgating cause I'm lazy. Agree about Johnson. Can we give a "hell yeah" to Kasey and Clint?!

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

I am sick to death of Jimmie Johnson, too.  

Can't believe Harvick's car got hit by the sand bag from the parachuter.  Ridonkulous!!

And good thing Danica qualified well ahead of Landon Cassill, maybe he won't be able to catch up to her, but who knows, might see payback yet!!

11/4/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Jesse8 wrote:
Denny Hamlin is awesome for speaking the truth about Austin Dillon tonight after they had run ins in the race and after the race. He said he is only racing because of his last name, if he wants keep wrecking he needs to take his little ass over there and fix the cars. Awesome!

And one final thought if these ass hats of the Dillon boys want to have fights, then stand up and being damn man and don't have someone else do it for you. It’s the second time this season I have seen somebody step in for these ass hats. The other being Ty where his loser of a Grandpa stepped in for him.  Tonight it was Danny Stockman.

Wow, applauding Denny Hamlin over one of the Dillon boys?? Denny has proved himself a complete ass all through his career, and that's the major reason I will never be a Denny Hamlin fan.  He would make the absolute worst champion ever, as his ego would completely take over. 

I didn't see the incident you are referring to, but I am confident my take on it would be the complete opposite of yours.  

11/3/12   |   Jesse8   |   24 respect

(Edited by Jesse8)

Denny Hamlin is awesome for speaking the truth about Austin Dillon tonight after they had run ins in the race and after the race. He said he is only racing because of his last name, if he wants keep wrecking he needs to take his little ass over there and fix the cars. Awesome!

And one final thought if these ass hats of the Dillon boys want to have fights, then stand up and being damn man and don't have someone else do it for you. It’s the second time this season I have seen somebody step in for these ass hats. The other being Ty where his loser of a Grandpa stepped in for him.  Tonight it was Danny Stockman.

11/3/12   |   richjames41   |   29 respect

Great article!!!