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