Race 5: Charlotte

I don’t know if it was my excitement from Tech beating the Aggies of Texas A&M, but I really wasn’t interested in the race Saturday night.  I guess I get tired of the Jimmie Johnson lovefest every time the circuit is in Charlotte.  I get it.  Jimmie loves the track and he has dominated the races at Lowe’s since coming into the Cup series, but enough already. 

As usual there was the #48 heading to the front and staying there.  Once again the lovefest continued with the race announcers.  I can’t tell you how excited I was when I heard (was on my way to grab some food for dinner) that Jimmie spun his car out.  I thought wow someone else may have a chance to win this here race.  But lo and behold there was Jimmie back up to the front like nothing had happened.  Seriously folks, Jimmie can fall into a pile of doggie doo and come out smelling like a rose.  I would have taken anybody to win except Jimmie.  Because we all know if Jimmie, it would have been so much overkill.  Have a mentioned that I NOT a Jimmie fan.  I just wanted to mention it just in case you are new to the Park.  Maybe I should have sneezed or coughed on Jimmie…you know how germs can travel from one person to another.  I guess my wishing and hoping paid off.  Jimmie didn’t win the race, in fact he didn’t even finish in the top 10.  Congratulations to Jeff Gordon for securing his 2nd win in a row and perhaps his spot to win a 5th championship. 

I believe this is the second time this year Jeff has been low on fuel and come away with a victory.  I thought on the last restart when Ryan just blew the doors off everyone, he was finally going to back up his pole sitting abilities, but I guess it wasn’t in the cards.  Because the next thing Ryan knows he is in the wall because of a blown tire.  I wonder if some rabid Jeff Gordon fan shot out the tire or perhaps some phantom debris appeared out of nowhere?   It was all a weird kind of night for the NASCAR boys. 

Even though there is still plenty of racing left, I believe it is a three man race–Jeff, Jimmie, Clint.  As much as I want and hope Tony runs the table, it is going to be an uphill battle.  Tony is 198 points out.  He is going to need the top 3 to have bad runs and I just don’t see that happening.  This isn’t Jeff or Jimmie’s first rodeo.  If I had to pick the winner of this thing I would have to go with Jeff and he to be honest I think he deserves it.  He is having a phenomenal year. 

I am not surprised by the announcement that Dale Jarrett will be racing his last race at the All-Star race next year.  The last couple of years for Dale have been tough especially this year.  I do hope he goes into the broadcast booth.  I like him as a broadcaster.  I am still not sure about Rusty.  He’s bearable and better than some of the alternatives. 

I would like to give props to the Red Raiders for beating the Aggies this weekend in Raiderland.  The first drive by the Aggies looked good and I thought our defense was in trouble, but alas they proved me wrong.  After a cheap shot by the A&M defense on Graham Harrell, the Aggies couldn’t keep up.  Harrell launched his air attack on the Ags and we came away with a 35-7 victory.  We have dominated the Ags in Lubbock.  The Ags have not won a game in Lubbock since 1993.  We have pretty much owned A&M over the years.  I would like to see this mentality against Texas and Oklahoma.  The Red Raiders are finally in the Top 25 for the first time this year.  I believe they would have been in earlier if it wasn’t for that loss to Oklahoma State several weeks ago.

Congrats to Kentucky for taking LSU to 3 OTs for the win as well as Oregon State for defeating Cal.  This propelled the Ohio State Buckeyes to #1 in the first BCS rankings this week.  Who knew college football would be so exciting this year?  I hope Ohio State can stay atop the rankings, but it doesn’t bode well for the #1’s this season.  First USC, then LSU.  But you never can tell…it ain’t over till it’s over.

The big game in the NFL yesterday turned into a snooze fest.  Too much hype in my opinion.  I really wanted and hoped the Cowboys would pull one out over the Patriots, but the Cowboys defeated themselves once again.  At times the Boys looked like a high caliber championship team and at other times like crap.  I have to give a Guns Up to TTU Red Raider Wes Welker.  He played lights out against the Cowboys.  He scored 2 TDs and had his first 100+ game of his career.  He was awesome.  Way to represent Wes! 

This is only Monday, but I am ready for the weekend.  It is going to be a long, long week.

2 thoughts on “Race 5: Charlotte

  1. I’m still optimistic about Tony, and Jeff Gordon, bless his heart seems to be as well. I don’t think Gordon’s lead will survive Texas and Phoenix. He’s had a lot of bad luck at those two tracks in the past. It is probably too much to hope that the #24 and the #48 get too competitive with each other at Martinsville and take each other out.
    I agree, that if Gordon wins the Cup, he deserves it, but what does he do next? What catchy phrase is there that rhymes with “six?”
    Chad Knaus is a genius, there is no doubt about that. Jimmie is good, maybe even Denny Hamlin good, but what would his record be with a different Crew Chief?
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  2. Queen Jimmie is like the cockroach, can’t ever get rid of them. Well maybe with the use of chemicals… the roaches thatg is. What up girrrrl???

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