Slip Slidin’ Away

In case you missed the Bristol Craftsman Truck race was on last night.  I know, it’s weird to watch racing on a Wednesday night, but I did catch most of the race.  If you are a reader and/or lurker of The Park, you know that I am not a big fan of Jimmie Johnson.  However, I wanted to see how he would perform in his first truck race of his career.  Jimmie drove teh #81 for Randy Moss Motorsports last night.  Jimmie qualified 9th and was doing pretty good.  He was at one time leading laps in the race until Kyle Busch over took him.  Unfortunately Jimmie finished 34th last night.  I am sure he would have finished higher if not for this little action move.

Whether you like Jimmie or not, I have to give him major props for trying to save the truck. That was some damn fine driving Mr. Johnson.

I do have to say I was a little creeped out when they kept saying Jim Johnson. I guess we are so used to Jimmie and not Jim that it just unnerved me. That would be like the announcers calling Tony, Anthony. It’s just wrong.

Congratulations to Kyle Busch on another win. What does that make now across all three series? Eight million? Seriously, though, he has 17 wins across the three series (8-Cup, 6-NWS, 3-Truck). Say what you want, that boy can drive.

Bristol Baby!

Once again I am upset with the outcome of the race. Tony had the car to beat on Sunday. He once again lead the most laps at Bristol and once again didn’t win the race. I don’t blame Kevin for the spin out. It was just racing. All bets are off when it comes to the last few laps in a race. I have to admit it was a little boring…just a little. It was pretty cool to have the RCR drivers finish 1 (Burton), 2(Harvick), 3(Bowyer).

Congratulations to Jeff Burton. I really like Jeff Burton. He’s one of those drivers you can’t dislike. I am sure there are people out there who don’t like him. There are even those who don’t like Mark Martin. That’s right, there was a caller to the NASCAR channel who stated he didn’t like Martin. Thought he was whiner. I don’t know what kind of wacky weed he had been smoking, but as I say everyone is entitled to their opinion. Burton is one of the drivers who will race you clean and if you jack him up is not afraid to confront you about it…just ask Clint Bowyer, his own teammate.

I didn’t get a chance to listen to Smoke’s show on Sirius tonight. He is having his back waxed as part of fundraiser for Victory Junction. This has been a year in the making. Donations were collected on KHI website from fans and I believe Kevin Harvick chipped in the rest of it. This is definitely one time Tony is taking one for the team. His back should be all nice and smooth now. Now what can we do to get his hair chopped?

Bristol was the last points race for Dale Jarrett. He will race one last time at the All-Star race in May, but as of Sunday he is retired. He can now focus on his broadcasting duties for ESPN. It is a driver who has the respect from his fellow drivers and fans alike. I for one will miss seeing him on the track. I will also miss his UPS commercials. My favorite…the one where the little boy is with his father and they are watching the cars on the track. The truck zooms by and he goes flying in the air albeit holding his father’s hand. Also, the last one where he gets to “race”. Thanks Dale!

The boys are off this weekend to enjoy the Easter weekend, but will soon be back short trackin’ it at Martinsville.Hope everyone had a Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

Rain once again affected the racing this weekend.  I didn’t get to watch the race because I couldn’t find it on its usual channel.  I guess college basketball overrides NASCAR.  Oh well…I finally find it over on ESPN classic just as it is over.  Congrats to Clint Bowyer for his win at the rain shortened race today.I hope the mother nature will be a little bit friendly tomorrow.  Even if they have to call the race tomorrow because of weather and move it to Monday, I will for once get to watch it.  I am taking the next week off for Spring Break!  WOO HOO!!!It has been somewhat interesting watching Tirewatch 2008.  I am sure this will not be the end of it all.  The season is still early.  If this is something that will kick start things by all means discuss amongst yourselves.  To be honest, I think everyone is still collecting data on the new car.  I am sure the type of tire needed for this car is going to be different from the previous model.  We are at Bristol  this weekend, a place where the COT debuted so the teams have some data as opposed to last weekend.  I don’t think this will be the last we will hear about the tires.