NASCAR, Uncategorized

Why I Am Rooting For Furniture Row Racing

I contemplated telling this story for some time this week.  In light of all the negative things we are seeing in the world around us I have decided that I would because every now and again we need to be reminded that there are good people out there doing good things for people just because it is the right thing to do.

In 2011 I owned a company that sold Uniforms and Customized apparel to Sports Teams, Clubs, and Organizations.  I spent a good deal of my time sending out solicitations to as many of these entities that I could.  Since I am a NASCAR fan I focused on a lot of the NASCAR teams.

Apparently I sent a few too many (or maybe just the right amount) to Furniture Row Racing.  I received a call, a very nice call, from Joe Garone who is the General Manager of Furniture Row Racing.  Joe asked me to please stop sending the solicitations and that perhaps he would purchase some items in the future.  Interestingly this opened a relationship in which I would text Joe on occasion wishing he and the team luck.  Joe is a very nice guy.

What Joe didn’t know was that the company I owned was not my primary occupation, he still doesn’t unless he reads this post.  On 9/11/11, the 10 year anniversary of the attacks, my career as a Federal Air Marshal was winding down.  In fact that day I would fly my last ever mission.

On that flight I sat next to another very nice man, Tom Hoog.  Tom and I struck up a conversation during which he told me his 17 year old Grandson Tyler had been paralyzed just the month before in an off road jeep accident in Colorado.  At the end of the flight I gave Tom my information and told him that I would help in any way I could.

Not long after Tom told me they would be holding an event, which would include an auction, in Denver to raise money for Tyler in order to help with the incredible cost of caring for a person who was paralyzed.  That was when I contacted Joe Garone and asked if they might have any items to donate for the auction.  Not only did Joe and the great people at Furniture Row donate a hood from one of their cars but they hand delivered it to Tom.  It brought a good price at auction and helped Tyler and his family a lot when they really needed it.

I don’t believe in coincidence.  There would have to be too many of them for these events to play out the way they did.  Me sending too many envelopes to Joe, him calling me to say so, me keeping in touch with him, me meeting Tom on my last ever mission, his grandson living in Colorado where Furniture Row is based (the only team outside of NC).

No, I don’t believe in coincidence but I certainly believe in kindness.  Joe and the folks at Furniture Row Racing didn’t need to donatte that hood but they did.  They did so without any fanfare or need for recognition.  They did it because it was the right, kind thing to do.

I will always pull for Furniture Row and so will Tom and Tyler Hoog.  Tyler is a Sophmore now at UNC Chapel Hill and doing great.  I told Tom just the other day, for the first time, why I was really on that flight.

Thanks Furniture Row Racing for letting me be able to tell something really, really good!!   Go get em tomorrow!!

Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, the chase, Uncategorized

Championship Weekend

I have listened all week on both television and radio about what will happen this weekend in Homestead.  I really like the current format for the Chase.  I think Kyle Busch, Gordon, Truex Jr, and Harvick would probably been the guys in the running regardless of the format.  However, I really like that they reset the points and run straight up against each other.

I also think that qualifying is really, really important for this race.  We all know with the current package that NASCAR runs it is very hard to pass.  This means that if a team doesn’t qualify well they will need to make up those positions with Pit Strategy, something that rarely works out.

So here we go:

4th  Jeff Gordon

I want Jeff to win, I really want Jeff to win.  Who wouldn’t like to see him ride off to the Fox Booth with a fifth championship.  However, I think he will qualify poorly, starting 15th and spend the day trying to get to the front.

3rd Martin Truex Jr.

Truex will have a good piece this weekend but just not quite good enough.  Lacking the support from a teammate his set up will be a little off.  He will run top 10 but not high enough.

2nd Kyle Busch

Kyle will qualify well.  I’m guessing in the top five.  He will race our eventual champion most of the day but just won’t have quite enough speed to stay with him.

1st Kevin Harvick

He has been fast all year and that won’t change this weekend.  Harvick will get the pole, take the lead early and not relinquish it most of the afternoon.

Talk to you Monday!


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Let me know how you write.  Talk to you soon!

Jeff Gordon, matt kenseth, NASCAR, Sports, the chase

Drama at Martinsville

In my race predictions last week, I had Jeff Gordon winning the race.  That was about the only thing I got right for the weekend.  I was happy to see Jeff win and move on to the Championship round.  What a story that would be for him to win his fifth Championship in his retirement year.  I will be rooting for that.

If he is going to do the he will still have to beat Joey Logano.  That brings me to something I got very, very wrong.  I said Matt was a pro and he wouldn’t do anything to tarnish the Chase or the great sport of NASCAR.  Matt, nine laps down, stuffed Joey into the wall and took away Joey’s fourth straight win and his spot in the Championship round.  It is a sad day for NASCAR.

What Matt did was the reason why a lot of people don’t like NASCAR and why they don’t have as many fans as they should.  This is the second week in a row when a competitor did something (see cheated) to alter the outcome of the race.  Last week it was Kevin Harvick and this week Kenseth.  Matt took out the best car and maybe the best racer in the Sport right now.

NASCAR this is your chance.  This is your chance to make a stand.  It is your chance to establish a rule and subsequent punishment that will ensure nothing like this happens ever again.  No Super Secret Probation, no irrelevant points penalty, no inconsequential fine.  I mean a real rule with real teeth to it.  How about a 10 race suspension?  How about a Million dollar fine?  That would be a good place to start.  You think Dollar General is interested in paying 20 million dollars and there car is parked for 10 weeks?  Me either.

Some people may be thinking, how will we know that something ,like what Matt did was not an accident?  How do we know his right front really didn’t lock up?  Because I’m not an idiot and neither are you.  Be honest with yourself, there is no possibility that what happened yesterday was an accident.

I hope Joey wins at Texas next week or Phoenix the week after.  He didn’t deserve what happened yesterday.  I also hope Matt gets parked for a long time.  I hope Joe Gibbs gets fined a huge amount of money.  Mostly I hope nothing like this ever happens again.

NASCAR its slipping away from you.  Grab ahold and pull it back in before its too late.

Thanks for your time, talk to you soon.