The Bullet List

Sorry about not posting in awhile–this is my busiest time at work and I am lucky to get out with some kind of damage like at Talladega. So with that being said here is my bullet list for the past couple of weeks.

  • I was ok with the result of the Richmond race.  I was hoping for a Denny Hamlin victory or at least closer to the front so it would have given me a bigger lead in my fantasy league, but I came out leading the points after that race.  Not too shabby I must say.  Congratatulations to Kyle Busch for yet another win this year.  Say what you want, but this boy can drive that car.  With the win at Richmond that gave him 4 wins so far on the season.
  • How ’bout that race at Darlington?  That’s the second win for Mr. Mark Martin this year.  It’s 2 wins in the last four races.  He is now up to the 11th spot in the standings with 20 bonus points.  He has one more win than teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.  And 2 more than Junior.   I believe I heard this was his first multiple race win season since 2000, but I am not sure on that stat.  I was half listening at times and I think it was on the radio and not tv. 
  • Thanks Jeff Burton for a decent finish for me.  You allowed me to keep my lead in my fantasy league.  Granted it’s a small one, but a lead nonetheless.
  • I listen to quite a bit of NASCAR on Sirius.  No matter what the topic somehow, someway, talk will turn about Juniors’s performance or lack there of this season.  Normally when the talk turns to Junior I usually switch channels because frankly I really don’t care about it, but the other day one of the callers made a decent point.  He said perhaps Junior doesn’t know how to communciate to Eury Jr. about how this new car reacts or what needs to be done.  This is a different car than the old one.  I mean all you have to do is look at how Jeff has struggled with the car.  I have watched Junior drive the wheels of the Nationwide car.  However this car is similar to the old car.   I just think Mr. Hendrick is going to have some tough choices ahead of him.  I mean think abou this…Mark Martin just joined HMS this year and he already has more wins with HMS than Junior has with HMS.
  • I am excited about the results Stewart Haas has been putting up lately.  Tony and Ryan finished 3rd and 4th respectively at Darlington.  Both drivers are in the top 12 with Tony sitting 2nd just 29 points right behind Jeff Gordon.  While Ryan is sitting 8th in the points.   I am excited about the rest of the season.  Both drivers are so close to that first win for Stewart Haas.  I would love for Tony to get the first win for his team, but I would take a Newman too.
  • How ’bout them rookies?  Brad K finished 7th and Joey Lagano finished 9th. 
  • I have to say I was a little disappointed about the suspension of Jeremy Mayfield from NASCAR especially since he was tryign to make a go of it with his own team this year.  This is a no-tolerance policy.  I can’t say I blame NASCAR for having such stringent policies.  Does a driver want to be out on the track driving 150 plus mph with another driver who may be under the influence.  Will Jeremy be able to come back into NASCAR at some point?  I can’t answer that.  But it is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.  Jeremy has named his wife Shana as the owner and tagged JJ Yeley to drive his #41 car.
  • It’s all-star week in NASCAR.  One of my favorite events takes place tomorrow–the pit crew challenge.  I love to watch this event.  This is the time these guys get to show what makes them best out there.  Many times these guys get no recognition unless they  make a huge mistake, but if it wasn’t for these guys doing what they do best soem of these drivers would be able to do what they do best.
  • Have you voted for your favorite driver?  I have a couple of times, but that’s about it.  I will go and vote a couple of more before the deadline.  So if haven’t voted…go vote!
  • Don’t forget about NASCAR Day on Friday May 15.  Wear your favorite NASCAR gear to work, home, or whereevery to let everyone know what NASCAR means to you.  Of course, for those who are friends and family memebers of a NASCAR fan, you already know what NASCAR means to them.

One More Time

Mark Martin will return in 2010 to run another full year for Hendrick Motorsports. Initially when Mark decided to come out of semi-retirement, he was going to run a full season in 2009 and a partial season in 2010. Looks like Mark may be having a good time and signed up for the full season next year. Of course this news didn’t surprise me in the least. Mark seems to have a renewed desire and energy it didn’t have after he left Roush. I mean look at this year so far…one win, 3 poles, and 5 top tens in 10 races. And who knows what the rest of the season holds for Mr. Martin. There is quite a bit more racing left. Watch out boys….Mark Martin is back.

Racing in the Desert

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Wow! That was some fine racing last night in the desert by one Mark Martin. First he decides to come out of semi-retirement to drive the #5 for Hendrick Motorsports. He then goes on to win 3 poles (Atlanta, Bristol, Phoenix). He started off the season after Daytona 15th in the standings. He fell near the danger zone in 34th after Atlanta, but after Bristol, he has steadily moved up in the standings and now sits in 13th just 9 points behind former Roush teammate Matt Kenseth. Even though I wanted Tony to capture his first win under Stewart Haas Racing, I was excited about Mark Martin’s victory.

I do have to say there was quite a bit of respect for Mr. Martin last night from teammates, fellow competitors, but most of all his former boss Mr. Jack Roush when they all came over to congratulate Mark in Victory Lane. I hadn’t seen something like that since Dale Sr. won his only Daytona 500. I like Mark Martin. He is always the first to say thank to his crew, thank to the fans, and he appreciates everything he has with regards to NASCAR.

I was excited to see Tony having a good night. His first victory of the year is so close we can all feel it. At Texas, Jeff Gordon broke his winless streak, last night Mark Martin broke his, perhaps next week at Talladega the #14 can get that first victory with SHR. He finished 3rd at Martinsville, 4th at Texas, and 2nd last night. It looks good for Talladega. I know Tony wanted to win last night, but I don’t think he minded that he was 2nd to Mark Martin. And like Mark Martin mentioned in Victory Lane, “Tony would have raced me clean, but he would have raced him crazy.” That about sums it from Phoenix folks.

Bristol Baby!

I have been watching quite a bit of March Madness yesterday and today. My brackets have taken a big hit today. But as long as I beat Postman at the end of it all I am ok with everything. I did take some chances with a few of my picks and one of them I am worried that it will come back to bite me back in the butt. But here’s hoping—UPDATE–WTF–I KNEW IT! OUCH!!!! UGH!!! Next time I will NOT, I repeat NOT pick Ohio State.

Now back to regular programming…this week the boys are in Bristol for a little short track racing. Congratulations to Mark Martin for his second pole in a row. Now if he can just get that bad racing karma away from him I think he could make a good run on Sunday. I am looking forward to getting back to racing.

I must now head off to bed…my brackets have been destroyed! I need some adult beverage to ease the pain.

The Week from H-E-double hockey sticks

I have a been a bad blogger this week.  It’s not for lacking of trying to post something or lack of blog worthy items, it’s just been one of those weeks.  I can pinpoint it to the time change, full moon, and the cold front now hovering over my part of Texas. 

I don’t understand this whole spring forward-fall back thing.  Why do we still do it?  Does it really save money or enrgry, etc?  I just think it’s some of conspriacy, but I am still working on finding out what that conspriacy is all about.  If you know please let me in on the secret.  Also I actually same the loss of the hour on Sunday morning.  I was up because I was watching a M*A*S*H marathon.  It was 1:59 am on my cable box and then poof it read 3:00 am.  Yep…I saw the one hour disappear like that and I have been suffereing for it every since.

I have a few things about Atlanta.  I did  not really enojoy the race.  Well…I was up until the tire incident.  All I have to say is “DOH”!  I know he thought he was trying to do his job and was tryign to the right thing, but he wasn’t.  His actions greatly affected, in my opinion, the outcome of the race.  The drivers had almost cycled through the green flag pitstops.  But as well know almost doesn’t count except in horseshoes and hand grenades.  His actions put most of the field on the tail end of the lead lap and others down a lap.  It took several of these drivers majority of the race to make up ground.  Would NASCAR have thrown the yellow flag if he hadn’t go out there?  NASCAR has always been adamant about safety.  It’s there nuymber one priority.  If he hadn’t run out there would NASCAR have thrown the yellow after cycling through the green flags?  It looked like the tire was going to stop in the infield.  But we can play the “what if” game.  NASCAR had no choice.  You need to keep your head in the game when it comes to things like this.  On the bright side, this pit crew guy may end with a Trixie at the end of the year.

With the tire incident aside, I don’t know who was going to be able to stop Kurt Busch.  The #2 had it going on at Atlanta.  It looked it was going to be a close finish with Jeff Gordon and Kurt, but Kurt’s car was just that much faster.  I think if there had been maybe two more laps Jeff  could have passed him.  Either way kudos to the older Busch brother.  I saw a little bit of the victory lane celebration.  Did Kyle come over and congratulate his older brother like Kurt did to Kyle in Vegas?  Just curious, if he didn’t then that was not a classy move, but if he did woo hoo!  And man if mark Martin didn’t have bad luch he wouldn’t have any luck at all.  He gets the pole for the race and looks like he was going to make up some ground and the BAM another race in the toilet.  He is hovering near that 35 thing, but I am not counting out Mark.  All he needs to do is get into the Top 12 to make a run at the championship.  Of course, he is going to have to race his tail off until then to make up for all this bad luck.  I feel bad for Mark because I would liek to see him challenge for the championship.  But sometimes very good athletes never reach that championship milestone, just ask Dan Marino.  It doesn’t make Mark nay less worthy for the Hall of Fame, but I know it would be something he could notch on his belt.

I really don’t know what I am going to do this weekend without my racing.  I may just get rested for all the March Madness that will begin with the selction show on Sunday and continue of the next three weeks.  I love this time of year.  I mean just look at yesterday. It took 6 overtimes for Syracuse to beat Conneticut last night.  The #1, #2, & #4 seeds in the Big 12 tourney went down yesterday.  My beloved Red Raiders somehow managed to come back from a 22 point deficit against A&M to win on Wednesday.  Unfortunately that wasn’t the case last night against Missouri.  They were tied at halftime, but Missouri took it to them in the 2nd half. 

One more thing…I am a very capable woman.  I know how to change a flat without any assitance from a man (thanks Daddy).  I can change out a battery.  I am not afraid to grease on my hands or under the fingernails.  So when I went to get into my car yesterday after work, I noticed my left back tire was low.  It wasn’t flat, but it was low enough to where I need to pull out the can of “fix-a-flat”.  That stuff is wonderful.  It’s easy to use because they put the dirctions right on the can along with illustrations so I pretty much was able to take care of this little problem.  That’s not what got me a little riled up.  Two co-workers—count them two—were in the same parking lot standing there and visiting with each other.  Neither one of them acknowledge the fact that I was have car issues.  Nothing.  I know there wasn’t much they could have done, but at least they could have asked if I needed assistance.  I would have politley told them “No, I have everything under control, but thanks for asking”.  Am I wrong to feel this way?  I guess I come from a different generation.  Oh well…I will remember this little incident and next time they may need assistance I won’t be so quick to help.

Have a great week off from racing because we head to Bristol and Martinsville and I just love me some short track racing!

Pole Day

pole665Looks like it is was the Martin and Martin show today at Daytona.  Congrats to Martin Truex Jr for out qualifying the rest of field today to capture the pole for the 2009 Daytona 500.  And not to be outdone, Mr. Mark Martin.  It looked like that Martin had the pole until the other Martin came along.  If today was any indication of how Mark is going to run this year…I think we all better watch out.  Tony will start 6th in this dual race on Thursday.  I won’t get to watch the duals this year, but Postman will be home and I am sure he will keep me up to date on things.

Bud Shootout Lineup

I didn’t get to watch the Bud Shootout Pole draw show last night on Speed.  I was having dinner with some good friends of mine at Carino’s.  Unfortunately, the only good thing about the evening was good company and the dessert.  But that’s another post…let’s get to the racing.

Congratulations to Paul Menard for getting the pole.  With the Shootout, it’s pretty much the luck of the draw when it comes to getting the pole, but nonetheless, he will be sitting with the best spot on the track come Saturday night.  I truly wish I could be there today to watch practice.  Yea, it’s practice, but it has been a very long off season for this NASCAR.  I am ready to go racing!

In fact, I just purchased two more Stewart shirts and a decal for my car.  And…I will be getting two new Tony cars–OOPS MAKE THAT THREE, including a #14 diecast.  These were my Christmas presents from Postman.  Damn he sure does know how to treat this NASCAR fan!  You rock Postman!

I did get to listen to quite a bit of the media day stuff yesterday on NASCAR.com.   It was difficult for me because I was trying to work and get my NASCAR on at the same time.  For me it’s like trying to chew gum and walk at the same time.  However, I did get to hear Mark Martin and Tony Stewart.  I think everyone better watch our for Mr. Martin.  He is defintely renergized and he will be a force to reckon with during the 2009 season.  And don’t forget he will have that Hendrick power behind him.  As for Tony, he is excited about this year too.  Like Mark Martin I am pumped and very excited about this year.  I think Tony is reenergized and will be in the winner’s circle this year.  Watch out Jimmie!

So…here’s your lineup for the 2009 Budshoot.

  1. Paul Menard
  2. Elliott Sadler
  3. Reed Sorenson
  4. Scott Speed
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Tony Stewart (Watch out Boys!!!  Here Kitty Kitty!!!)
  7. Brian Vickers
  8. Bobby Labonte
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Kyl Busch
  11. Carl Edwards
  12. Kurt Busch
  13. Robby Gordon
  14. Kasey Kahne
  15. Jamie McMurray
  16. David Ragan
  17. Michael Waltrip
  18. A.J. Allmendinger
  19. Joey Logano
  20. David Stremme
  21. Jimmie Johnson
  22. David Reutimann
  23. Jeff Burton
  24. Casey Mears
  25. Matt Kenseth
  26. Greg Biffle
  27. Kevin Harvick
  28. Jeff Gordon