NASCAR, Sports, Talladega

Evolving

I want to agree with the people who I heard this week who said what we saw at Talladega this past Sunday was ok.  I want to because some of them are well respected NASCAR drivers, owners, crew chiefs, and well informed media members.  I respect all of them. But I totally disagree.  It’s not ok for me to see human beings flying through the air in 4 thousand pound cars toward other humans.  It’s not ok for me to see drivers hit the safer barrier so hard they are nearly knocked out.

I am entertained and sometimes thrilled by what I see on the track.  The skill and the daring it takes to drive in this sport is amazing.  I know there is risk involved and that plays into, to some extent, the excitement.  However, I am not entertained by the crashes at Talladega.  They scare me and that’s not entertaining.  NASCAR has worked hard to make the sport safer and that is good for everyone involved.

Its time for the Sport to continue to evolve and make the racing better and safer.  My suggestion?  No more Super Speedway racing until they figure out how to keep the cars on the ground!  That’s right no more.  I’m willing to bet that NASCAR can do several things, slow the cars down for one, at speedways to keep them on the ground.  Until then, no more.  Put another race somewhere else.  How about another Road race or two?  That would be entertaining.  I wrote last week about changes and whether you like it or not changes, some of them big, need to keep happening to keep the sport popular and relevant.

I’m sure a lot of you wont agree, I’m fine with that.

Thanks for reading!!

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NASCAR, Talladega, the chase, Tony Stewart

Relief Driver

Sometime this week, at least as I understand it, NASCAR will make a determination on what will happen should Ty Dillon win the cup race at Talladega this Sunday.  Ty, as I am sure you have heard by now, will relieve Tony Stewart in the 14 at the first caution.  It is my understanding that as it stands now that should that happen Tony will get the credit for the win making him eligible for the Chase if he finishes in the top 30.  I have some real problems with all of this.

First, I don’t think Tony should have received the waiver for not having started all of the races.  He hurt himself away from the track and while engaged in an activity that maybe he should not have been doing if he wanted to be responsible to his team, fans, and sponsors.  Second, is he cleared to race or not?  I say don’t get in the car at any track if you can’t be in the car at every track.  Lastly, and maybe most importantly, what kind of rule allows you to begin a race then have someone take over for you and you get the credit for how they did.  What???  Just take a minute to think about that should NASCAR allow it to happen.  We would have a driver in the chase who didn’t start all of the races, didn’t finish in the top 16, and unless he wins somewhere else never pulled into victory lane.   A lot of people don’t think NASCAR is a legitimate sport.  Please don’t give anyone more reason to think that.

Now I like to think I’m not dumb.  I know why Tony is receiving all these allowances and so do you.  This is Tony’s last year and NASCAR needs him.  The sport draws more attention when Tony is involved and more importantly they make more money when he is competing.  I get it but c’mon.  Please NASCAR, we can appreciate Tony for being one of the greatest racers of all time, a great champion, and a polarizing figure in the sport without making a mockery of the process to let him compete in the playoffs.

 

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NASCAR, prediction, Talladega, the chase

Talladega Top Ten

So here we go, the much anticipated Talladega elimination race.  After Sunday we will have only 8 drivers remaining who can win the Sprint Cup Championship.  A couple Fan favorites, JR and Kenseth pretty much need to win to move on.

Here is an interesting fact.  The Talladega Chase Race, since 2004, has been won by chasers only 6 of 11 times.  So there is a good chance a driver outside the chase can win it, but they won’t.

This is only the 2nd year of this Chase format and last year Brad Keselowski won, he had to, and moved on.  I’m predicting a similar situation Sunday.  However I’m also predicting some major disappointment.

So here we go:

10 Kurt Bush

Kurt has been Mr Steady and that won’t change Sunday.  He doesn’t need to win and so won’t put himself in a position to wreck trying to at the end of the race.

9 Kevin Harvick

Kevin will be spending the last few laps with Kurt.  He moves in from this position.

8 Austin Dillon

Have you noticed the RCR cars have been getting faster?  Austin is good at plate tracks.  Look for him to keep the 3 up front most of the day spoiling some chase hopes.

7 Denny Hamlin

Denny will work with a Teammate to help him get a win but in the end this is as close to the front as he will get.

6 Matt Kenseth

Sorry Matt, Denny gave it a shot, you had fast cars but just not fast enough.

5 Jeff Gordon

Jeff isn’t ready to quit just yet.  He won’t have the fastest car all day but Hendrick power will be strong.

4 Joey Logano

The winner of the last two races helps make sure his teammate gets to the round of 8.  Penske cars will be a factor through Homestead.

3 Brad Keselowski

He and Joey will stay up front all day.  Joey will help again this year.  It won’t be a win but it will be enough.

2 Jimmie Johnson

Remember 2011?  He doesn’t owe him one anymore.

1 Dale Earnhardt Jr

Nobody drives Dega like Jr.  He will be in 4th coming into the Tri Oval.  Jimmie finds him and pushes him past the 2 and 22.  Jr Stays alive.

Hard luck in the chase will continue for Kyle Bush and Carl Edwards. They get turned around late in the race when Carl tries to push Kyle on a restart and stacks up the field.  Hamlin is lone remaining JGR car.

Ryan Newman’s engine blows up early in the race.

Gordon, Jr, Hamlin, Harvick, Kurt Bush, Brad, Joey all move on as does Truex Jr who finishes 12th.

Thanks for your time.  We will see how close I am on Monday

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