This Week in NASCAR [Talladega Wild Card Edition]

She's a Real Wild One.....

10/18/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Talladega Wild Card Edition]A couple of weeks ago, the "experts" in NASCAR declared that the race was already down to Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch.  The declared Greg Biffle out of it completely, and most everyone else discounted.  In one race, that changed.  In one more, it changed again.  While the top two have remained constant, the positions three back and changed, sometimes drastically.  Kevin Harvick is now in third place, having by-passed Kyle, and Greg Biffle?  Well he's up in sixth.  Jeff Gordon, the last minute addition to the Chase, has fought his way to fourth in the points, also surpassing Kyle.

But now it is time for Talladega. ( I have a lot of friends camping out there, by the way.  Sme have been there for days already, and I'm sure their livers are suffering.)  Because of the speeds, the restrictor plates and the close racing and drafting, anything can happen here, and usually does.  All too often we see things at 'Dega we never thought we'd see.  Unfortunately, like Daytona, the accidents have sometimes involved the fans in the stands,and my sincere hope is that we have a safe race, with no serious injuries.

The news out of the NASCAR garage has been somewhat surprising.  Todd Parrett, long time crew chief, currently working in Aric Almirola's pit for Richard Petty Motorsports, has been suspended indefinitely for substance abuse.  What the substance is has not been released,  Todd is the highest ranking member of any team, other than AJ Allmendinger, to fail the parameters set by NASCAR.  Todd is third among active crew chiefs for wins, having crewed for the likes of Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, and Bobby Labonte.  He will be required to complete NASCAR's Road to Recovery Program before returning to the NASCAR garage.  RPM has not issued a statement regarding Parrott's continued employment with their team.

Yesterday word leaked out that Martin Truex Jr. was moving the Furniture Row Racing.  Apparently, not every detail has been ironed out, but the deal is all but signed.  I have no doubt that the success Kurt Busch brought to the team in 2013 will continue into 2014.  Martin has proven himself to be an excellent driver, and only the actions of his team, Michael Waltrip Racing, eliminated him from the 2013 Chase.  NAPA announced they would not stay with MWR going forward, but what hasn't been said is whether they may continue sponsorship of Martin, at least for a partial program in 2014.
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Now that Kevin Harvick is leaving Richard Childress Racing, and moving to Stewart Haas Racing for 2014, a partnership that started back when Dale Earnhardt Jr and his sister Kelley were still involved in the family racing team will be renewed.  Dale Jr and Kelley started JR Motorsports and have had success in the Nationwide Series.  Kevin drove in that series for them, in seasons when he was not running for the Nationwide Championship.  He will re-unite with JR Motorsports, and run 12 races in the number 5 car, rumored to be sponsored by Hunt Brothers Pizza.  The exact schedule is yet to be ironed out.  Given the association between SHR, JRM and Hendrick Motor Sports, it seems old friends are getting together once again.
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And finally, this week brought the sad news that Brian Vickers has once again been diagnosed with a blood clot and will be out of the MWR car for the rest of the season.  This is the second time Vickers has been sidelined by the same condition.  Elliott Sadler has been tapped to fill the seat for the last four races of the season.  Although I am not a huge Vickers' fan, I wish him well as he recovers.

So.  Talladega SUPERspeedway.  The name fits.  Bill Elliott set the non-restrictor place speed record at  212.809 MPH.  Speeds have definitely approached that record, even with the restrictor plates, but the record stands from 1986.  It is likely that record will stand 50 years from now.  

Do you have a prediction for the race?  If so, join in here.  Any comments on the news of the week?  Let's hear them.  In the meantime, we'll get ready for some fast action.
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10/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

Sooooo quallifying was rained out.  Gonna be an interestng start.  Wonder who will go back and stay back and who will surge to the front?

Wishing Justin Lofton the very best.  He was injured on the last lap crash of the truck race today and was taken to hospital.  Here's hoping the Sprint Cup race is much safer.

10/19/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

ironhead_mike wrote:
20-30 overall, mostly with Jarrett.

31 wins overall, 3rd most wining of active crew chiefs (of which he is no longer)

10/19/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

Reading this 100% rule and how drivers are enterpreting it is giving me a headache.

10/19/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
She???? This is a prison town....guess she is a good name????

You don't know the song?  cheeky

10/18/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

She???? This is a prison town....guess she is a good name????

10/18/13   |   JenX63   |   32615 respect

ironhead_mike wrote:
Well.. undoubtedly Parrott either set this car up weeks ago or they have his notes for doing so. If there's anything he can do well, it's set-up a car to be fast at Daytona or Talladega.

10/18/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Yes, Todd is definitely one of the best crew chiefs around - I think he has 30 or more wins?

20-30 overall, mostly with Jarrett.

10/18/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

ironhead_mike wrote:
Well.. undoubtedly Parrott either set this car up weeks ago or they have his notes for doing so. If there's anything he can do well, it's set-up a car to be fast at Daytona or Talladega.

Yes, Todd is definitely one of the best crew chiefs around - I think he has 30 or more wins?

10/18/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Debi_L wrote:
hmmm and Aric Almirola tops the speed chart after first Cup practice......

Well.. undoubtedly Parrott either set this car up weeks ago or they have his notes for doing so. If there's anything he can do well, it's set-up a car to be fast at Daytona or Talladega.

10/18/13   |   JenX63   |   32615 respect

Debi_L wrote:
hmmm and Aric Almirola tops the speed chart after first Cup practice......

mmhmm indeed

10/18/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

hmmm and Aric Almirola tops the speed chart after first Cup practice......

10/18/13   |   JenX63   |   32615 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I was going to include the Tony Stewart news, but honestly, I thought I had already written too much and no one would read it anyway LOL.  I also wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is able to stay on track for Daytona in Feburary. 

Oh yeah, and Danica got a news sponsor.  There were three stories on the same damn thing on FoxSports.com.

I chose to ignore that, cuz then I was certain no one would read anything I wrote.   blush  angel

oh! ell oh ell, i always read your stuff and i know a few others that do, but don't comment....but you know me, blah blah blah when it comes to nascar....

10/18/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Todd Parrot? (i am shocked) not really. If you are like me and sometimes you are, you pay attention to the goings on behind the race. I do a lot of people watching even on tv and the man has changed. I do hope he gets the help he needs. Vickers is a little surprising. i wonder if he is as athletic as he purports himself to be and if he got off the "red bull". Tony Stewart was also in the news, he had to have a piece/chunk of leg cut out. It never healed properly and was infected. This has set his recovery back. He was already in PT and was able to walk without crutches for a bit. He was upset to say the least, but better this than a whole leg having to go.
I of course wish him speedy recovery as well. As for the race... Kevin Harvick is my pick and for some reson I got Kasey Kahne stuck in my head so he is my dark horse. Like you, Debi, I wish for a great SAFE race for all.

I was going to include the Tony Stewart news, but honestly, I thought I had already written too much and no one would read it anyway LOL.  I also wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is able to stay on track for Daytona in Feburary. 

Oh yeah, and Danica got a news sponsor.  There were three stories on the same damn thing on FoxSports.com.

I chose to ignore that, cuz then I was certain no one would read anything I wrote.   blush  angel

10/18/13   |   JenX63   |   32615 respect

Todd Parrot? (i am shocked) not really. If you are like me and sometimes you are, you pay attention to the goings on behind the race. I do a lot of people watching even on tv and the man has changed. I do hope he gets the help he needs. Vickers is a little surprising. i wonder if he is as athletic as he purports himself to be and if he got off the "red bull". Tony Stewart was also in the news, he had to have a piece/chunk of leg cut out. It never healed properly and was infected. This has set his recovery back. He was already in PT and was able to walk without crutches for a bit. He was upset to say the least, but better this than a whole leg having to go.
I of course wish him speedy recovery as well. As for the race... Kevin Harvick is my pick and for some reson I got Kasey Kahne stuck in my head so he is my dark horse. Like you, Debi, I wish for a great SAFE race for all.