This Week in NASCAR [Short track Martinsville Edition]

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3/29/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Short track Martinsville Edition]As you undoubtedly have heard, NASCAR's First Lady, Lynda Petty, passed away earlier this week.  Sadly, media guy, John Roberts, lost his father last Saturday, while in the midst of a broadcast.  He missed Sunday's show to fly home.  Then as the Waltrip brothers, Darrell and Michael, both on air personalities themselves, offered their condolensces, came the word that their middle brother, Bobby Waltrip, had also passed away.  

Bobby Waltrip wasn't famous like Darrell and Michael, but he was well known in the racing community.  He was a team owner, of the lesser known American Karting Association and World Karting Association series and an announcer in those series (all those Waltrips know how to talk).  He died of natural causes on Sunday.  

The cars of Michael Waltrip Racing will feature a decal honoring Bobby on their cars this weekend, as they race on Darrell's favorite track.  
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And Martinsville it is.  The paper clip.  If you are a NASCAR fan, you know the story behind the odd shaped track, and if not, it's because of a set of train tracks belonging to Norfolk Southern Railway.  The tracks were actually moved in 2005, but no adjustments to the track, other than extending pit road around turns 2 and 3, have been made.  The track features long straightaways, with sharp corners but at only .526 mile, it remains the shortest track in the Sprint Cup Series.

And short track racing means tempers flare.  Oh boy do they flare.  Phoenix and Bristol got nothing on Martinsville.  Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon?  That, of course, is the most current altercation, and the one everyone no doubt remembers best.  But there have been others throughout the years, and no doubt 2014 will have one of its own.

Kyle Busch claimed the pole position for the Sprint Cup race, after a win at Auto Club Speedway in California.  His teammate, Denny Hamlin, doesn't have his first win of the season, and will be hunting down that win from outside row one.  And Denny is reportedly healthy this week.  Last week he sat out the race, due to a severe sinus infection that affected his eyesight.  There has been a lot of criticism regarding this, and NASCAR's ruling that it will not affect his position in the Chase, should he qualify.  Dale Jr. asked for clarification from NASCAR regarding the ruling, and he was not alone.  But I can tell you, as one who has suffered from a severe sinus infection - the first one I ever had convinced me I was suffering a stroke, the pain and inability to see was so severe - I applaud NASCAR for recognizing the importance of health issues before racing.  I'm not a fan of Denny, as many of you know - I can't stand whining - but his health has to come before being in the car.
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The watch is on for rain for the Truck race, scheduled to start in about half an hour.  There is a lot of rain to the south of the track, but only scattered showers expected at the track, so the race should be completed without difficulty.  Bubba Wallace Jr., winner of last year's race, will lead the trucks to the starting line.  If you want to see some great racing with some of the legends of the sport, along with some up and comers, tune into the race on FoxSports 1, or SPEED in Canada.  Guaranteed you will see sparks fly.
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3/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Wow.  That's an incredible win for Kurt.  Two of SHR's cars have a win this year, Gene Haas has his name on a winning car in Victory Lane, and I bet they are all crying.  Wouldn't blame them if they were.  JJ gets second, and Jr gets third, so I think he'll be back on top of the standings with Kes having such a bad day.

3/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

Congrats to Kurt! long time coming for him.

3/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

On a side note: Faye?! You would quite enjoy the folks I am sharing race viewing with. A fan here of Jimmie's made a swimsuit of his shirts. It's a bit risque' for the Q, but the love for him and Kurt (which surprised me) is abundant today!

3/30/14   |   Scott   |   51962 respect

If Kurt Busch wins, I want to see Brad Keselowski crash the post race celebration WWE style

3/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

lol, wtg Kurt...dude wants a win...real baaad!

3/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

Scott wrote:
Sounds like this race is going to come down to which team saves their last set of fresh tires the longest.  The new set ups of the cars have done a number on the tires this season

Yeah, I really didn't notice the tire issues til this race.

3/30/14   |   Scott   |   51962 respect

JenX63 wrote:
One of the tamest  paperclip races I have seen in a long while. Loving the Brad & Kurt show!

Sounds like this race is going to come down to which team saves their last set of fresh tires the longest.  The new set ups of the cars have done a number on the tires this season

3/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32447 respect

One of the tamest  paperclip races I have seen in a long while. Loving the Brad & Kurt show!

3/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Scott wrote:
Short tracks bring out short tempers and I'm getting a case of the giggles watching Brad Keselowski harass Kurt Busch around the whole track

I had to run out to pick up my daughter, but I'm with you on the giggles.  I thought these were grown men!!

Jamie said "I thought the 88 would be more patient" and Jr said "Tell him I'm sorry, I just touched him and it popped!!" talking about the tire, I'm thinking.

This is an entertaining race, for sure!

3/30/14   |   Scott   |   51962 respect

Short tracks bring out short tempers and I'm getting a case of the giggles watching Brad Keselowski harass Kurt Busch around the whole track

3/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Martinsville looks clear today, with fluffy, white clouds instead of rainy, grey ones.  Mikey and Darrell are paying respects to their brother Bobby.  All the announcers are wearing a blue ribbon this weekend to honor Lynda Petty.  

3/29/14   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Truck race at Martinsville has been postponed until tomorrow, due to heavy rains.  There are no lights at Martinsville so they can't get the track dried and complete the race, with heavy rains falling once again.

3/29/14   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Both Sprint Cup practice sessions scheduled for today have been cancelled due to rain.....

Still waiting on the Truck race, while watching "The 10"