This Week in NASCAR [September 14th Edition]

The Chase begins at Chicagoland

9/14/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11786 respect

The Chase hasn't even begun and already there are opinion polls asking you to choose which of the "top four" you think will be the 2012 Champion.

I'm sorry, but if that is what the Chase is all about, it is wrong.

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [September 14th Edition]Twelve drivers raced their hearts out during the regular season trying to gain a spot in the Chase, and they should not be counted out of the running before the very first "playoff game" is played.

After all, look a the Los Angeles Kings.

Yes, the top ten was reconfigured, based on wins and position during the regular season, but I don't believe we can count any driver out of the running - at least not yet.

In fact, look at the leaderboard for the first practice at Chicagoland.  Right now the cars are on the track, and Martin Truex Jr, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski are leading the field.  Yes, Brad is one of the top four in the standings, and yes, Denny Hamlin isn't far behind, but a point is a point, and as long as you have 43 cars in the field, we can't declare Denny, Jimmie, Brad or Tony to be the only ones with a chance at the 2012 Championship.

The Chase is on!

Other than the Chase, news was sparse in the racing world, this week, with the exception being Dale Jr's denial of rumors that he and girlfriend, Amy Reimann, would wed in the off-season.  The two have been together for a couple of years now, with Amy slowly venturing out into the limelight with her man a time or two.  She attended the awards banquet with him last year, and was at Michigan for his win earlier this year.  One has to wonder if she is there all the time, just content to stay in the background in silent support of her man.  

Whether they wed or not, it will be a sad day for thousands, perhaps millions, of single women everywhere.

I'm off to work, but hope to be around for the race on Sunday.  Post your picks and thoughts on the Chase should you want and we'll see what all shakes out when we go racing on Sunday.
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9/20/12   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

Debi_L wrote:
LOL not a fan here either.  I hate to see the Eurys leaving.  Money over family??? Over that *ahem* *((^%%$ who can driver better than some, but definitely isn't a top tier driver???

Damn, you got me started..........
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angel (hehehehe)


they will always be family, I actually think in one way it is good,  Jr standing on his own feet, making the decisions. He is a businessman, and that is money coming and going out of his pocket. The cousins will be fine, and if previous leavings are an indicator, they will be back in some capacity.

9/20/12   |   Debi_L   |   11786 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I must remain mum, everyone knows how I feel about Ms. Patrick.


On the other hand, change is good and I am always willing to admit when I am wrong about someone. She brought dollars in, but not much else.

LOL not a fan here either.  I hate to see the Eurys leaving.  Money over family??? Over that *ahem* *((^%%$ who can driver better than some, but definitely isn't a top tier driver???

Damn, you got me started..........

9/19/12   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

Debi_L wrote:
This afternoon JR Motorsports and Tony Eury Jr parted ways.  This comes only a few weeks after Tony Eury Sr. was fired.  The team is not happy with the way things are going, and Tony Jr and the rest of the team have different opinions on how to fix it.  Tony Jr. feels Danica Patrick just isn't a good enough driver  - he says they need to hire a Cup driver if they want to be consistently in the top 5 week after week.  JR Motorsports is committed to Danica and Cole Whitt, so they have parted ways.

Unfortunately, it seems that this is one of those situations where the team is blinded by the spotlight surrounding Danica and she really isn't good enough.  

I must remain mum, everyone knows how I feel about Ms. Patrick.


On the other hand, change is good and I am always willing to admit when I am wrong about someone. She brought dollars in, but not much else.

9/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11786 respect

This afternoon JR Motorsports and Tony Eury Jr parted ways.  This comes only a few weeks after Tony Eury Sr. was fired.  The team is not happy with the way things are going, and Tony Jr and the rest of the team have different opinions on how to fix it.  Tony Jr. feels Danica Patrick just isn't a good enough driver  - he says they need to hire a Cup driver if they want to be consistently in the top 5 week after week.  JR Motorsports is committed to Danica and Cole Whitt, so they have parted ways.

Unfortunately, it seems that this is one of those situations where the team is blinded by the spotlight surrounding Danica and she really isn't good enough.  

9/15/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

This has nothing to do with the Chase but this still pretty cool and really bleeping awesome! Ryan Blaney is now the youngest winner in Truck series history at 18 years of age after winning tonight at Iowa. It is also the first ever win for Brad Keselowski Racing.

9/15/12   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

Of course I would love to see Tony in the winner circle every week. It's possible, just not probable. Really anyone in the top 5 can win, some in the lower reaches could, but it would take spotless races and we all know that rarely happens.  I'm going to watch the first 5 races and then really a better picture will emerge. I'm pulling for Tony!