As I lay in my recliner trying to beat this sinus cold that has taken over my body, I flipped on to Speed TV to see a replay of the 2007 Aaron’s 499. I must say it was kind of exciting to watch even though I knew who the winner was going to be. I like Talladega. I have made no bones about this fact here in The Park before. It’s a chess game of sorts. One little move can make or break the race. One wrong misstep could take out a gaggle of cars and change the race in a second, but I still love it. This race could change the face of the standings as well. I don’t know how it would effect them this soon in the season, but when the boys come back in the fall it could change the face of The Chase.
I do have a little dilemma this week. Dale Jr. tends to race well at this track, but he hasn’t had the best luck this season. Even though this little tidbit has not escaped me this week, I am still thinking of choosing Dale Jr. as my driver for this week over at On Pit Row’s “One and Done” Fantasy Racing contest. I have a slight lead and sitting a top the standings, but like anything else it could all fall apart of this weekend. But sometimes it’s about points racing and maintaining that lead.
I am hoping this is the weekend Tony Stewart gets over that hump and get his first win in the #14. He won last fall’s race after a discussion regarding the yellow line, but I think he will be one of several drivers to watch this weekend. I have to admit I think Dale Jr. will also be one of the drivers to watch this week as well. All his teammates have each won a race this week and to some there may be some pressure on him to win on for HMS. But Talladega is one of the those tracks where he runs well. So maybe he will come through for me…but of course it needs to be behind Tony. Come on now…let’s don’t all go drinking that crazy kool-aid.