Everything is Bigger in Texas, except Hurricane Sandy
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.
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?
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.