Posted in NASCAR 2010

Seriously????

As they say on Sirius’ Morning Driver, “I’m Standing Up!”.

NASCAR has laid the hammer down to Carl Edwards today for his actions on the track Sunday. There was great outcry for suspension, fines, probation, removal of points, etc., but I never saw this one coming. Carl Edwards received a 3-race probation for his actions. That’s it my fellow NASCAR fans. No loss of points, no loss of money, no suspension–just probation for three little bitty races.

I don’t know what to say about the “punishment” handed down today. I am utterly speechless (and that doesn’t happen) very often. When the season started NASCAR decided to let the drivers take care of things or “have at it”. It was just a matter of time before this new philosophy by NASCAR would be tested. I thought it would be sooner than race 4, but here we all are today pondering the decision by NASCAR.   On one hand we fans have been asking NASCAR to allow the drivers to take care of their business between themselves instead of NASCAR stepping in at every little turn.  NASCAR listened and changed things.  Flash forward Sunday when Brad tags Carl and sends him up the track and into the #20.  Carl is upset and decides to take care of things between him and Brad.  Brad ends up spinning and flipping to the surprise of us all.  This is where everything gets a little muddy. 

I for one was expecting a little more punishment from NASCAR–perhaps a fine and loss of points.  But just probation?  I wanted to see what others around NASCAR thought of the punishment so I headed on over to Twitter to see some of the people I follow.  I have to say they are very interesting and some are quite funny.  It’s a mix bag.  I even found myself responding to fellow Tweeters as well as on Facebook and as always here in The Park. 

I am not a fan of Carl Edwards.  I would have liked to have seen Carl get more than just a three race probation.  Carl was several laps down when he decided to turn his #99 car into Brad K. to get back for the earlier race incident.  The race was almost over and Brad was on track to have a finish in the top 10.  I guess in Carl’s mind since Brad messed up his day, Carl should mess up his.  Sounds like a plan to me.  If I can’t have a good day, why should you.  Maybe that is what he was telling himself as he was logging laps around the track all day.  The more he circled Atlanta Motor Speedway, the more time he thought about it, the more angrier he got and well…here we are.   Carl intentionally wrecked Brad–plain and simple.  If you have seen the video, you know this is true and besides I knew the minute he got into Brad, I felt it was payback.  It’s one thing if Carl’s car was actually loose and it was a racing deal, but it wasn’t.  It was intentional.  I don’t think the early incident was intentional.  Should Brad haven’t given a little bit of room early in the race, yes.  Did Brad try to give Edwards room and by the time Carl was there, he couldn’t lift?  Maybe.  I wasn’t in the car with Brad to know exactly what he was doing at the time.  I was at home in my recliner.  

I am not as angry as I would have thought (probably because it doesn’t involve any of my favorite drivers).  Maybe I am becoming a more objective race fan–at least that’s what I would like to think.  When the whole “have at it” mantra was issued I wondered where the line was going to be drawn before NASCAR said that’s enough boys.  I guess we now have our answer race fans.

Posted in NASCAR 2009, Tony Stewart

Just stuff

It’s that time of the year…NASCAR and Football!!

I have been watching quite a bit of NASCAR lately trying to get pumped up for The Chase here in a few weeks.  Congrats to Tony for his win at Watkins Glen.  That makes three wins this year and 30 bonus points and he is securely in The Chase.  I was a little upset that Mark’s crew chief tried to play the gas mileage game last week at Michigan.  Mark was not in a position to go for the win last week unlike Jimmie Johnson.  It was not worth the gamble and well..Mark is now 12th in the standings.  Congrats to Brian Vickers last week for his first win in the #83 and his Red Bull team.  Plus his stock went up with me because frankly, Kyle needs his ass kicked.  He is a good driver don’t get me wrong, but enough already.  I agree with Brian Vickers…I didn’t get the memo stating either that it was the Kyle Busch show.  It’s called racing Kyle did you get THAT memo?  It’s great Kyle is passionate about his racing, but you aren’t going to win every single race.  Sometimes the mark of a good racer is the way you behave when you lose. 

I have my fantasy football set for this year.  This will be first time I have ever attempted fantasy football.  I didn’t go to the draft part because I was dealing with a cranky infant.  However I sent Postman with my game plan and budget and to be honest he did pretty good.  I really, really wanted Peyton Manning as my other quarterback, but he just went for too much money and to be honest that was not where I needed to put my money.  Besides I do have his brother Eli as my main QB so I am pretty OK with the team.  I would rather have a team with several good players than a team with one star and crappy players.  We shall see how things go for me—stay tuned.

Work has been somewhat interesting and stressful of late.  But hopefully things have turned the corner…as they say hope springs eternal

I am excited about how the Texas Rangers are challenging for the playoffs this year.  I have actually enjoyed watching them.  And now that Pudge is back it’s going to be interesting to watch that Wild Card race with Boston and Tampa Bay.  Go Rangers!  Hopefully the Cowboys are somewhat better than last year.  I think with TO leaving and Romo able to get focused on things on the field instead of what’s going on in the tabloids etc.  It’s going to be interesting as well for my Red Raiders.   I am excited though.  I don’t know if it will be as thrilling as last year, but I am sure the Red Raiders will have some surprises this year.

Little Smoke starts first grade on Monday!  Woo Hoo! We still have some issues we all have to work through, but he is improving and I think things will settle down once he gets into his school routine.  He is playing flag football this year and Postman will be his coach.   Postman may have to ban me from his games because I can get a little passionate about football and no I am NOT one of those moms either.  I respect what the coaches do and let them do their job.

Posted in NASCAR 2009

Bump and Run

It’s been a crazy week.  I haven’t had time to even think about things or even stop long enough to take things in.  But I am still here plugging away as I always do.  So this post is basically a bump and run, so hang on folks.

  • What an ending today in Michigan, fuel mileage?  Who knew?  That’s three for Mr. Martin.  Who would have thought at the beginning of the season Mark would have three wins and Tony would be leading the standings?
  • Had an awesome fantasy racing day.  THANK YOU MARK MARTIN!
  • NBA and NHL champions have been decided congrats to the Lakers and Penguins.
  • Best wishes to Johnny Benson on a speedy recovery.
  • I turn 39 tomorrow.  That means the Big 40 is next year…yuck.
  • WTF—enough with the hail people.  Rain is fine…hail?  Hell no.
  • Recovered from last week’s vacation, by actually being productive at work.
  • Freshmen entering college this fall were born in 1990.  I already had two years of college under my belt.
  • Back problems suck.  No matter what you do sit, stand, walk, lay down I hurt.  Going to doctor this week maybe he will give me some good medications to ease this pain.
  • Dealing with foster parent stuff…may have some good news in the next few weeks, but you never can tell…more to come.
  • Signed up Little Smoke for flag football.   That’s right…I said football.  He is from Texas.  Enough said.

Celebrating my 39th birthday tomorrow on June 15.  I haven’t had time to really think about it.  Spent the day with Postman and Little Smoke who were trying to find me a birthday present.  I love my husband and my son.  They just know what to do to make my day special.  Sometimes it isn’t about the big production, it’s about the simple things.  Sometimes I forget about those things but today is just one of those days where you realize how the crap you go through isn’t worth worrying about.  Because in the end that’s just what it is…crap.

Posted in NASCAR 2009

Week in Review

I have been somewhat flying under the radar these days. I have beent rying to get back to what I do here in The Park and that is write more meaningful posts about NASCAR. I have had several drafts of posts ready for posting, but by the time I think about posting them it’s too late. I am working on a post that may ruffle some feathers, but sometimes you have to step back and take a look at the bigger picture. I have been thinking about NASCAR lately among other things so without further interruptions…here are some little nibblets to keep you wanting more.

1.  What the heck is the deal with the weather here in Raiderland? Did some decide to shake of the snow globe that encases my reality? Yesterday we were sunny and gorgeous and now…we have hit our high for the day and it is only 8:15 am in the morning. Expected precipitation…snow. That’s what I said S-N-O-W! Luckily I work indoors and will be nice and toasty…Postman, well, he will be outside most of the day. But as I always tell him he knew the oath when he signed up for his gig.

2.  Can I just say I DON’T LOOK GOOD IN BURNT ORANGE!!!  For those of you who frequent The Park know I am an alum of Texas Tech University.  Our colors are Red and Black.  So you are thinking where does the burnt orange come into play?  It doesn’t.  I don’t own any kind of burnt orange object.  The only time you would EVER see any burnt orange in my household would be if I put an orange on the grill and left it there to burn.  But, I am NOT one who backs down from a bet.  Postman and I did out NCAA tournament brackets to see who could out play each other.  We wavered on what the loser of the challenge would have to do.  The “prize” I wanted to use was the following…if I won, he would have to wear a Pittsburgh Steelers shirt to his birthday party next month.  Please note, Postman is and will always be a Dallas Cowboys fan, HATES THE STEELERS.  But if he won, I would wear a #88 shirt on raceday and to his birthday party.  I am not a #88 fan.  I thought it was a fair trade.  But he wasn’t man enough to put his brackets against mine with that bet.  So, we decided the loser of the challenge would have to wear a University of Texas shirt to his birthday party next month.  Why the party?  Well, we are both alums of Tech, several of our friends are alums, and it needed to be in public were ridiculing could take place.  I am screwed.  Memphis lost last night.  If you know about the brackets, I had Memphis all the way through the final 4.   I am going to need some serious help or I will be donning that shirt.

3.  Little Smoke starts his first season of t-ball this Saturday.  I am excited about all of this.  I think he is doing ok considering he just started palying this game about a month ago.  His team name–Diamondbacks.  Whew–we dodged a bullet there…don’t know if I could get behind his team if it had been Y-A-N-K-E-E-S.  As it is deemed in the state of Texas, every little boy will play some sort of football in his life.  Little Smoke will be old enough come fall and he WILL be playing football.  Let’s just hope his team isn’t Steelers.

4.  Work–same old stuff…different day.

5.  What’s up with moving to the TTU vs Baylor football game to the DFW area?  Are you freakin’ kidding me?  Apparently, TTU and Baylor have agreed to play the next two football games in Dallas.  In 2009, we will play at Jerry World aka New Dallas Cowboys stadium and then in 2010 at the Cotton Bowl.  If you know Red Raider football, you know every single time we have been to the Cotton Bowl we lost.  Of course, they were all bowl games.  Perhaps we might win since this will be a regular football game.  But you never can tell with our REd Raiders.  I don’t like this idea.  So we might get a little bit more money swung this way and we might have more people at the game, but seriously folks, I am not going to travel 6 hours to watch TTU play.  Can’t afford it.  I might look into the 2009 game just because the game will be played at Jerry World, but then again with the cost of things probably not.  Even though I love football, I would rather pay money to go to a NASCAR race at TMS.  I would get more bang for my buck.

5. I would like to say THANK YOU to Kurt Busch.  With his 11th place finish and Kevin Harvick’s bad day at Bristol, I jumped into the lead one of the fantasy leagues I am in.  But as you know that could all change this weekend.  I am going with Jeff Gordon as my pick this week.  I think it is a good pick.  Even if he doesn’t win, I know he will give me a good points day and to be honest that’s what it is all about.  Getting a lead and maintaining that lead until the finish line.

6.  Can you believe Chevrolet has not won a race so far this season?  That’s right…Ford has two wins, Toyota has two wins, and Dodge has one…Kenseth, ,Kenseth, Kyle B., Kurt B., Kyle B.  Maybe the Chevrolets can pull one out this week at Martinsville.

7.  I am not an #88 fan.  I make no bones about it.  I am working on a post about #88, but I am still doing a little research and hopefully I will have posted next week.  I have some opinions about #88 and that’s what they are OPINIONS, but as with anything dealing wtih the #88 you tread very little and very respectfully and that’s what I plan to attempt.

8.  I would love to be headed to TMS next week.  I miss going to TMS.  I love the roar of the engines as they come off Turn 4 towards the green flag.  I miss all the interesting people down in the pits, but times are tough and well, race tickets aren’t in the budget this year.

I think that is about it for the week.  Nothing all that exciting on this end of the world.  Have a great week!

Posted in NASCAR 2008

No Racing

It was weird today without racing.  In fact there was no racing this weekend.  I am sort of glad though.  I needed to catch up on a few things that have needed my attention.  I don’t know how you enjoyed your weekend, but here was my day.

  • Watched the movie “Australia”.  I just have to say I love Hugh Jackman.  He definitely earned his Sexiest Man Award.  I am glad I didn’t see the movie in the theatres.  It was a tad bit long, but I liked it.  Of course I like those kind of movies.
  • Cleaned house.  I really didn’t want to do this today, but why  not nothing was really on television.
  • Watched this past week’s ER episode with George Clooney and a few other ER veterans that have come and gone.  I can’t believe there are only 3 episodes left.  Even though I haven’t regularly watched ER over the last couple of years, I will miss the show.
  • Saw Purdue beat Ohio State to win the Big 10 tourney
  • Watched the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selection show.  I now have to print my brackets and make my picks.  There were some matchups that are going to be difficult to pick.
  • Watched the new tv show “Kings” on NBC.  It’s rather an interesting show.
  • Made Magic Cookie Bars for Postman and Little Smoke
  • Made dinner…frito pie!  Yummo!

I am now watching the USA play the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.  I used to watch baseball on a regular basis.  I was almost as rabid about my baseball as I am with my NASCAR…of course I said almost.

Well, I hope everyone had a productive weekend.  As you can tell I didn’t, but I had a restful one.  I had to get some rest because March Madness is upon us as well as that short track racing.

Have a great week.

Posted in NASCAR 2009

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
Posted in NASCAR 2009

Fantasy Racing

I am really not one to get all involved in this fantasy sports thing, but this year I think I will give it go.  I am going to try Stock Car Challenge over at ESPN.com. I had to pick 5 drivers with a 100 million dollar salary cap. You have to do this each week for each race. Here is who I chose for the Daytona 500.

1. Tony Stewart
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Jeff Burton
4. Mark Martin
5. Elliott Sadler

I think it is a decent team. I have some proven winners and some that tend to perform fairly decent at this particularly track. You can change your line up right up until race day. I don’t think I will unless I just have second thoughts about a driver. Remember you only have $100 million to spend. I actually had a tiny bit left over. Of course you can pick different drivers for each race. So if you think you can do a better job stop on by ESPN.com and give it a go. I am in the following groups: Lubbock Racing Fans, Texas Tech Fans, and TEXAS THUNDER.