This Week in NASCAR [October 12th Edition]

NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway without Dale Jr. Will people still watch?

10/12/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [October 12th Edition]Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Austin Dillon are the clear front runners in the Nationwide Series, which has five races left in the season.  Ricky won the Championship last year, with Elliott finishing second, and this year it looks to be another close finish.  Ricky is currently only 9 points back of Elliott, with Austin Dillon 25 out of the lead. It has been an incredible season for Austin, making the move from the Truck Series last year after winning the Championship there.  His younger brother, Ty Austin, is taking over where Austin left off in the Truck Series, and it is clear that grandpa, Richard Childress, has big plans for his young grandsons.  Elliott Sadler has said he is pretty certain he will not be in his RCR ride next year, but just who will be has not yet been announced. 

In the meantime, Elliott is doing all he can to give RCR that Nationwide Championship.  He does not want to hand it over to either Ricky or Austin, or to anyone else for that matter.  Sam Hornish Jr is doing a respectable job, sitting in 4th, but at 60 points out of the lead, it seems unlikely he can make a serious run for the championship.  

JR Motorsports has made all kinds of changes in recent weeks, first releasing Tony Eury Sr., then Tony Jr.  Cole Whitt is sitting 7th in points, with Danica Patrick in 11th.  Neither of those two drivers is living up to the expectations at JRM, and it seems the next move will be a driver.  Danica is moving up to Sprint Cup (not even close to ready for that move, in my opinion) for Stewart-Haas Racing.  I hope JRM is able to find a quality driver, because all the crew changes in the world won't give a driver more talent.

The Nationwide race runs in just a few short hours.  Qualifying will run just prior to the race, and my gut feeling is that the top three in points will be the cars to beat.  

So there you have it, an extended version of NASCAR This Week, given how close we are to the end.  We won't have a live thread tonight, but feel free to chime in with your thoughts and picks if you are watching (like me).
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10/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Clint didn't get to do a burnout, and had to walk to Victory Lane, but here he is!

10/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Clint Bowyer gets the win at Charlotte, with coughdennycough finishing second.  BK and his crew didn't make all the right moves and came home 11th.

10/13/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Jr was PISSED that they had wrecked. We all agree we don't want to see the "Big One" but it is a part of SuperSpeedway racing. We had the two car tango that was boring. We made it through 497 miles before Stewart, by his own admission, caused a wreck that took out more than half the field. If Tony had maintained his line, instead of trying to jump down in front of Mikey, who knows? Talladega HAS had a caution free race before - it wasn't exciting, but it was caution free. Do racers say things in the heat of the moment?? hell yeah. Do I really think Jr hates plate racing? not a chance in hell.

I don't know what to tell you. You know what I think about plate/pack racing. It's overly dangerous, fenders and closed cockpits or not. A year ago we saw what can happen with that kind of racing. I hope NASCAR realizes this is rolling the dice and does something about it before it's too late. Like I said though, I suspect they won't, and that there isn't much fervor from their fanbase for them to do anything.

10/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Debi_L wrote:
The hit for Jr was relatively minor and everyone else involved walked away.  Dale Jr's problem was that he had a concussion at Kansas that he didn't deal with.  If he had gone to the doctor after that wreck, there might have been treatment.  He may not have made the Chase, so I understand why he didn't seek treatment or diagnosis, but the pack racing did not cause Dale Jr's concussion.

Jr was PISSED that they had wrecked. We all agree we don't want to see the "Big One" but it is a part of SuperSpeedway racing. We had the two car tango that was boring. We made it through 497 miles before Stewart, by his own admission, caused a wreck that took out more than half the field. If Tony had maintained his line, instead of trying to jump down in front of Mikey, who knows? Talladega HAS had a caution free race before - it wasn't exciting, but it was caution free. Do racers say things in the heat of the moment?? hell yeah. Do I really think Jr hates plate racing? not a chance in hell.

10/13/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
The hit for Jr was relatively minor and everyone else involved walked away.  Dale Jr's problem was that he had a concussion at Kansas that he didn't deal with.  If he had gone to the doctor after that wreck, there might have been treatment.  He may not have made the Chase, so I understand why he didn't seek treatment or diagnosis, but the pack racing did not cause Dale Jr's concussion.

I was talking about his comments after the race about how if they did that (meaning pack racing) every week, he'd fine another job, and how it was "bloodthirsty." I've railed against pack racing before.This time, Stewart in particular could've easily been seriously hurt. It's truly playing with fire.

10/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

The hit for Jr was relatively minor and everyone else involved walked away.  Dale Jr's problem was that he had a concussion at Kansas that he didn't deal with.  If he had gone to the doctor after that wreck, there might have been treatment.  He may not have made the Chase, so I understand why he didn't seek treatment or diagnosis, but the pack racing did not cause Dale Jr's concussion.

10/13/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

My question is will NASCAR listen to Dale, and other drivers, regarding the idiocy and unnecessary danger of pack racing? Not going to lie, I highly doubt it.

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Yeah, Brad didn't get enough fuel.  Joey Logano wins.  *sigh* 

I really wanted Elliott to win, and I know you wanted Ricky.  Wish it could have been an N'wide regular....

I agree that is where he belongs, but he isn't one of those drivers I cheer for ;)

10/12/12   |   JenX63   |   31553 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Yeah, Brad didn't get enough fuel.  Joey Logano wins.  *sigh* 

I really wanted Elliott to win, and I know you wanted Ricky.  Wish it could have been an N'wide regular....

Agree, but I really consider Joey a Nationwide driver, since that is where he belongs. Congrats to him! It was a great race!

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Lol....oops Brad out.

Yeah, Brad didn't get enough fuel.  Joey Logano wins.  *sigh* 

I really wanted Elliott to win, and I know you wanted Ricky.  Wish it could have been an N'wide regular....

10/12/12   |   JenX63   |   31553 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Some people in this household need to keep their cheers for *ahemdanicaahem* to themselves!!!!

Lol....oops Brad out.

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Looks like everyone is laps shy on the fuel.  Some appear to be shorter than others. 

Denny Hamlin has pitted.

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Some people in this household need to keep their cheers for *ahemdanicaahem* to themselves!!!!

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Come on Ricky! Would really like to see a Nationwide Driver win the Nationwide race. I'm quirky like that....

I want a N'wide driver to win as well, but I want Elliott to win it!

10/12/12   |   JenX63   |   31553 respect

Come on Ricky! Would really like to see a Nationwide Driver win the Nationwide race. I'm quirky like that....

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

I really love the Nationwide Series.  Ricky Stenhouse is leading, with Elliott and Kevin Harvick fighting for the second spot.  It IS a race.

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Also broke the oil cooler, so the caution will be a little longer than expected.  Cleanup continues.

Dayum I hate feeling like I'm talking to myself :(

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

EDIT, no, she rearended someone and busted her rad.

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Well that sux!! Angela Cope gets into the race and loses her engine on the first lap!!

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Well, can't say I thought too much of that rendition of the National Anthem.......

So what d'ya think?? Cup regular to win?? Or one of our N'wide regulars fighting for a championship?

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Breast Cancer survivors week this week, and damn near everyone is dressed in pink.  SO AWESOME!!!

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Nationwide Starting Lineup is....

Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Sam Hornish Jr., and so on down the line.......

race gets underway in two hours or so.....

10/12/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Even though Nationwide qualifying is far from over, Jeffrey Earnhardt, who has only competed a few times this year, has qualified well above a lot of the series regulars. An Earnhardt WILL race this weekend, just not in the Sprint Cup series.