This Week in NASCAR [Pocono Spring Edition]

Pocono and Silly Season half way through "Regular Season"

6/7/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Pocono Spring Edition]We are just half way through the Race to the Chase, and already speculations are rampant about where Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will end up at the end of the year.  

The teams are set to race at Pocono this weekend, the "Roval" or Road Course/Oval, and while many hate the course, I have always loved it.  I was never a fan of road courses, although I have come to enjoy those races more in recent years.  I was never a fan of the "Road Course Ringers", the drivers who would jump into the driver's seat to run the road course.  Those ringers were often open wheel drivers who excelled on the road courses, who knew how and where to cut corners, when to brake and when to accelerate.  In more recent years, however, we have seen less of those ringers.  At Pocono drivers get a bit of both worlds.  The huge triangular track features three uniquely different corners.  The long straight-away can see speeds up to 200 mph, but the banking is only 14 degrees, 9 degrees and 6 degrees in the three corners, so although speeds get up there, the driver needs to slow drastically to make those turns.  

Perhaps you are in Pennsylvania and thinking of visiting the track?  Well one of the most common complaints fans might have at any track is the lack of bathroom facilities.  Not at Pocono.  They have "Long John".  It is a 1000 service facility encompassing 1,500 feet in length.  You might have to walk a bit to find an empty one, but find one you will.

Pocono also boasts being the one and only racing faclity completely powered by the sun.  The solar plant produces enough power to completely run everything at the track, and even has enough left over to contribute to the power grid around the track, effectively powering an additional 1,000 homes.  The facility is run by the Mattioli family, and has been for years (they are somehow related to my mother's mother, but as she has long passed on, I can't ask her how)
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Pocono Spring Edition]
Jeff Gordon has six wins at the track, includng 2011 and 2012.  He also has led the most laps.  Joey Logano has the most recent win, but Denny Hamlin also has several wins, the most recent being in 2010.  The track is one that a driver either loves or hates.  There doesn't seem to be any of the "it's an okay track" when talking about Pocono.  

Fast forward to Saturday morning (I actually completed this yesterday, but the site logged me out and it ended up in cyberspace).  This morning's practice has completed, and teams are making modifications and tweeking things in preparation for the last practice. Kevin Harvick was fastest in practice - and that's a good thing as it is crew chief Rodney Childers' birthday.  The best birthday present would be a win!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was not happy wit this car, and the team changed the transmission to try to give him a car he could be happier with.  It must have worked, as he was sixth fastest in the last practice.  Jr. was conducting an interview with Dustin Long earlier and the two took a shortcut through the inspection area, at Dale Jr's suggestion.  Unfortunately, Long fell off one of the scales and broke his ankle.  He is currently in his hotel room, with his ankle elevated, trying to write much as I do, without that hands on, person to person feel.  I can relate.  Although my ankle is not broken, my calf has a wicked bruise, and I am also on elevation orders.  In any case, Dustin, I hope you heal soon!

Yesterday in the completed article that was lost, I commented on the fact that the media tend to focus on certain drivers.  I won't go into as much detail as I did there, but I will say that it is disappointing that while they are talking about one driver (today it was Kevin Harvick) they are showing another driver on-sreen (in this case Jimmie Johnson).  Once again, the media focuses on who they want us to see, rather than who we want to see.  I know Faye is quite happy to see JJ, but I would love to see more of Martin Truex Jr.  His so-far horrible season seems to be making a bit of a turn, but there has been no real coverage of him.  

The ARCA race is about to get underway, but I'll jump back to Carl Edwards for just a moment.  Carl has been followed relentlessly in recent weeks, given the suppositions about his future.  In a recent interview he might have given a hint.  He assured the media that he is proud to be a Ford man, a Blue Oval supporter.  That leaves only two options, if he wasn't just playing with the media.  He will either stay with Roush, or he will move to Penske.  Those are the only two teams fielding Fords in NASCAR.

I'll leave it to you for today, and we'll get underway with racing tomorrow.  Don't forget to make your bets in the Game Center.  

So, who ya got?
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6/9/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

WAHOOOOOOOOO!!!! Just got home from work at the golf course and I knew that Jr had won just after the race ended, but I couldn't text, tweet or Q about it at all!! 

Two wins, and a guarantee now into the Chase.  *happydancehappydancehappydance*

6/8/14   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84428 respect

Congratulations Dale Jr.

6/8/14   |   JenX63   |   32793 respect

Congrats to Jr!
 

6/8/14   |   JenX63   |   32793 respect

Seriously being impressed by Kyle Larson....

6/8/14   |   JenX63   |   32793 respect

wow, Jr making his move and caution comes out

6/8/14   |   JenX63   |   32793 respect

annd I jinxed Harvick *&*%$#@*(*&^&

6/8/14   |   JenX63   |   32793 respect

What a showing Stewart-Haas is making today! 

6/8/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Interesting point there about picking a driver "because" of the car he drives. I know quite of few people that dissed Tony when he drove the toyota and then came back when he switched back to Chevy. I am not a fan of Ford myself, but Dale Jarrett is my heart and soul and he drove one. I lean towards Chevy's {even though I don't drive one at the moment} I have owned a few and loved them. Like you, I have a hard time wishing bad luck, but occassionally I ask for a blown engine or a pit road infraction so the ones I like less are pushed back.

Exactly.  I never wish for that guy to crash or this guy to hit the wall, but mechanical issues have been requested from time to time  angel
I only really realized that I don't root for Ford drivers today, while responding to you, oddly enough, so I don't think it is a conscious decision.  I have been a Matt Kenseth fan since he was in Nationwide, sooooooo
And I, too, was a long long time Dale Jarrett fan. I still miss him in NASCAR

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Ed Carpenter wins the Texas race.  I really like him :)

6/7/14   |   JenX63   |   32793 respect

Debi_L wrote:
While I am a Dale Jr fan, I follow a lot of drivers.  For so many of them, I just can't wish them bad luck.  However, other than Matt Kenseth, I have honestly not been a fan of the Ford drivers.  I have owned two Fords in my life (my first car was a Ford Fairlane my dad gave me for Grad) and had awful luck with the one I owned most recently, even though I loved t.  Does that affect who i cheer for?  I don't think it does, but anything's possible.  
After Carl's tie with Tony Stewart he seemed, to me, to just step back and almost give up.  He had almost no emotion when interviewed after the end of the race.  I just don't see that extreme drive to win in him, I see more political intellectual awareness.  I am with you, Jen, I don't really know why they still have rides.  

Interesting point there about picking a driver "because" of the car he drives. I know quite of few people that dissed Tony when he drove the toyota and then came back when he switched back to Chevy. I am not a fan of Ford myself, but Dale Jarrett is my heart and soul and he drove one. I lean towards Chevy's {even though I don't drive one at the moment} I have owned a few and loved them. Like you, I have a hard time wishing bad luck, but occassionally I ask for a blown engine or a pit road infraction so the ones I like less are pushed back.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Indy 500 winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay has gone to the pits with some kind of mechanical issue.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

No IndyCar threads this week, so I'll just post in here.  Will Power is leading at Texas and Marco Andretti is already our of the race.  His car caught on fire.

6/7/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

While I am a Dale Jr fan, I follow a lot of drivers.  For so many of them, I just can't wish them bad luck.  However, other than Matt Kenseth, I have honestly not been a fan of the Ford drivers.  I have owned two Fords in my life (my first car was a Ford Fairlane my dad gave me for Grad) and had awful luck with the one I owned most recently, even though I loved t.  Does that affect who i cheer for?  I don't think it does, but anything's possible.  
After Carl's tie with Tony Stewart he seemed, to me, to just step back and almost give up.  He had almost no emotion when interviewed after the end of the race.  I just don't see that extreme drive to win in him, I see more political intellectual awareness.  I am with you, Jen, I don't really know why they still have rides.  

6/7/14   |   JenX63   |   32793 respect

Honestly, while I feel neither dislike or love for Biffle and Edwards, I am shocked they still have rides. I thought 2 years ago would of seen the end, but, I think, not wanting to move the youngsters up to fast, has made owners more likely to hold on to what they have. Will be interesting to see where folks end up and the announcers trying to get it together next year. I still hear mistakes now and then. Of course, I would love to see Harvick win the Championship! (that's all I'm saying about that for now) Yeah, agree with you on the talking about/showing pics of thing. Come on, we know who you lean towards. I will say, last week, I did not hear Darrell falling all over himself about a certain driver. I think, sometimes the announcers are at a loss and start repeating themselves when not much is going on and the same ol same ol are leading.
Good Luck to all the drivers, but Harvick to win and Truex Jr for a good show this weekend.