This Week in NASCAR [September 28th Edition]

Miles the Monster Welcomes the Chase

9/28/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [September 28th Edition]If you have been a race fan for more than a handful of years, you have undoubtedly heard the name Chris Economaki.  He was in the broadcast booth for many high profile races in the years when I first started following racing.  Chris had a distinctive voice and like myself, loved racing, pure and simple.  He was first a journalist, but once he became respected as a knowledgeable person in the sport, he moved to broadcasting, and was the voice we heard at IndyCar, NASCAR and Formula 1 races.  The Wild World of Sports wouldn't have been the same without hearing Chris give his take on what we were all seeing.  The "Dean of American Motorsports" was 91.

This week Furniture Row Racing announced that they have made  a one year deal to put Kurt Busch in the 78 car for 2013.  FRF has an engine affiliation with Richard Childress Racing, so it seems Kurt has hit lucky sevens in the racing lottery.  He will be in a quality ride, but with a smaller company, meaning the spotlight will not be as bright. 

Furniture Row Racing has undergone changes in the past few months, first bringing Todd Berrier on board to lead the team.  That move has been a smart one, as Regan's finishes have jumped significantly.  Regan brought FRF their first win, back in 2010 at Darlington,  As the team continues to invest more in their efforts to become a team contending for a Championship, hiring a driver who has experienced Victory Lane often makes sense.  The concern, of course, is that Kurt Busch is too much of a wild card to bring the team the kind of success they strive for.  One can only hope the combination works.

Teaser:  Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing have said they will have a major announcement on Tuesday.  We will have that announcement for you.

As I type this, the Sprint Cup cars have just finished up their first practice at Dover.  There are 5 extra teams vying for a starting position this week, meaning we should actually have some competition, come qualifying.  Unfortunately, weather may be a contributing factor, as there have been showers over the track throughout the week.  Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the first practice, followed by Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin, but there is another practice this afternoon, with qualifying set to run tomorrow.  Anything could happen between now and then.
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So, we are two races into the Chase and so far we have Chasers in Victory Lane.  Both Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski have notched wins, yet Jimmie Johnson leads the points......again.  Denny had a bit of bad luck at Chicago and ran out of gas, giving Brad Keselowski the win.  At Loudon there was no stopping Denny and he drove to the victory.  Tony Stewart sits behind the battling threesome in fourth, with Kasey Kahne in fifth.  Kasey is the Hendrick Motorsports rookie this year, yet he seems to be the only one from HMS who might have a chance of giving teammate Jimmie a run for his money.  Dale Jr sits in 7th, and although consistency has been his method to the Chase, he still wants those wins.  He wants those wins.  He needs to get those wins if he truly wants a championship.

Kevin Harvick is right behind Jr., struggling this year, much as Carl Edwards has done.  The two battled up front last year, with Carl tying Tony for points at the end of the season,  But, like Dale Jr., Carl needed more wins, wins that did not come.  Kevin is another who needed wins and didn't get them. 

As much as I hate to admit it, it really does seem that the championship will boil down to Jimmie, Denny and Brad.  Here's to you Brad.  Git 'er done!

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9/29/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Between Scott Roembke (long-time strategist extraordinaire for Rahal Letterman Racing), Bob Newton (founder of Hoosier Tire), and now Mr. Economaki, it's been a tough couple of weeks for the racing world.

9/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Nelson Piquet Jr. gets the win at Las Vegas!!! WOW! Last lap pass and he made it look easy! :)

9/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
I don't disagree with that the the championship likely boils down to Jimmie, Denny and Brad. But I believe there is another Hendrick driver who is seriously getting overlooked by everyone  for how well he has ran since finishing 2nd at Kentucky at the end June, he only has really bad race in that stretch that sticks out which was Atlanta. He has a 3rd and a 5th place finish to start the Chase too. 

Also, it should be noted four of his five  worst tracks are in the Chase though, but looking at some of his recent results there he has either won, finished with a top five, or a top ten, or had something happen that resulted in a bad finish but it should been decent finish. With that being said, I wouldn't be shocked if Kasey Kahne won it all, or came damn to close to winning it all with how good he has been since the end of June.

I have no doubts whatsoever that Kasey can win a Championship.  He just IS that talented.  Will it be this year?  I'm not so sure.  I think he will come pretty close this year, but next year should be Kasey's year, and I'll be damn glad to see it.

I think this year the Championship is, as much as I hate to admit it, Denny Hamlin's.  I just hope he loses it, and Brad prevails at the end.  As I've said before, I don't know when I have disliked a driver as much as I dislike Hamlin.  

9/29/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

I don't disagree with that the the championship likely boils down to Jimmie, Denny and Brad. But I believe there is another Hendrick driver who is seriously getting overlooked by everyone  for how well he has ran since finishing 2nd at Kentucky at the end June, he only has really bad race in that stretch that sticks out which was Atlanta. He has a 3rd and a 5th place finish to start the Chase too. 

Also, it should be noted four of his five  worst tracks are in the Chase though, but looking at some of his recent results there he has either won, finished with a top five, or a top ten, or had something happen that resulted in a bad finish but it should been decent finish. With that being said, I wouldn't be shocked if Kasey Kahne won it all, or came damn to close to winning it all with how good he has been since the end of June.

9/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

The Camping World Truck Series is at Las Vegas now, on SPEED!!

Ty Dillon is poised to win his first Championship - can he do it? Or will James Buescher thwart his plans?? Should be a great race!

9/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Joey Logano took the Nationwide race checkers first, leading over 90% of the laps.

Denny Hamlin has the pole for tomorrow's race.

9/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Nationwide Qualifying on now, so far the "Go or Go Homers" are on....

9/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

The second practice session looked much different than the first session, with Jeff Gordon leading the way.  Neither Clint Bowyer nor Denny Hamlin were in the top ten in speed, but Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski were.  Tomorrow's qualifying should be interesting!! Danica goes out first......