Bristol Baby

Bristol started out great.  I was ready to watch an exciting short track race with the Gen-6 car.  I was anxious to see how it would perform on this type of track.  The top qualifiers had a qualifying speed of under 15 seconds.  But alas, Bristol is always unpredictable.  And for this Tony Stewart fan, Bristol was just a long day of watching other drivers contend for the win.  Tony had a left rear going flat.  He was trying to nurse it around and get to the bottom.  Unfortunately he was not able to do so and BOOM, tire let go and into the wall he went.  All I could think of was that Geico commercial, “Someone help me, I have a flat tttiirrreee!!”

  And that was pretty much it for Tony for the day.  All he could do was log laps around Bristol.  I have to say, that has to be the most boring thing to do for a racer.  He finished 31st.

I have to say there was some good racing going on at Bristol.  As mentioned in my previous post about Bristol, Kyle Busch is a monster when it comes to this track.  Sunday was no different.  When he received a speeding penalty during his pit stop under the 2nd caution of the day, he started 32nd.  For most drivers, they would spend most of the day mired in the pack.  However, this is Kyle Busch.  He managed to move his way up through the field and to make a long story short, he finished 2nd.  I am telling you, if you have to place a bet with some of your hard-earned money, I would put it on Kyle at Bristol.  I think I would also like to put my money on Kasey Kahne as well.  He ran up front all day long. Speaking of Kasey, he has been moving up the power rankings of late. He finished with a 36th place finish at Daytona and then a 19th place finish at Phoenix. Last week he finished 2nd at Vegas and this week, he finished 1st.  Congratulations to Kasey!

Now back to Tony…

It has been a rough start for Tony this 2013.  He is in 24th spot, 85 points behind points leader Brad Keselowski.  He has had only one top 10 finish and that was at Phoenix.  This is the 2nd race of season where he was out of it early.  Daytona was just a disaster and he finished 41st.  Vegas was a struggle all day for him and he did finish 11th.  And now his latest race…a 31st place finish.  I am not worried though.  Tony has a history of starting off slow, catching fire in the summer and finishing strong.  I mean just take a look at his 2011 campaign.  He had not won a race in the first 26 races and was on the verge of not making the Chase.  And well, we all know he caught fire and scorched the Chase to win his 3rd championship.  So for now, I am not on the ledge or drinking the crazy kool-aid.  Maybe his luck will turn around this week at Auto Club.  He is the defending race champion.

Speaking of Auto Club Speedway, you can purchase a Walmart Family Track Pack for only $99!  You can purchase the pack online via Walmart.com.  If you are headed out to Auto Club this weekend, you might want to checkout some of the Walmart stores in the area.  You can experience Race Time at Walmart which brings NASCAR to life for race fans.  You can see real show cars, experience racing simulations, sample products, and perhaps meet some NASCAR drivers.  There are several WalMarts hosting this experience this weekend in and around Auto Club.  I am not familiar with the area, but here is what I found out for you guys–enjoy!

  1. 3/21/13     10:00-4:00 @ Walmart on 4001 Hallmark Pkwy, San Bernardino CA
  2. 3/21/13     11:30-5:30 @ Walmart on 2050 W Redlands Blvd, Redlands CA
  3. 3/22/13     10:00-4:00 @ Walmart on 3943 Grand Ave, Chino CA
  4. 3/22/13     11:30-5:30 @ Walmart on 17251 Foothill Blvd, Fontana CA
  5. 3/23/13      8:00-2:00 @ Walmart on 1610 S Riverside Ave, Rialto CA
  6. 3/23/13      9:30-3:30 @ Walmart on 12549 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga CA

Some final thoughts both NASCAR-related and Non-NASCAR-related…

  • Joey vs Denny–The feud between these two has escalated again after Bristol.  Denny took issue with Joey cutting him off on the race track.  And well, Denny clipped him and spun him out.  From this fan’s point of view, I thought it was just a racing deal.  From what I could remember (I have slept since Sunday), Joey just got out of the groove and ended up in front of Denny.  That’s it.  After the race, Joey went to confront Denny about the incident and well, pushing and shoving ensued with the crews.  As always the media was RIGHT there to capture the events.  I did like one of Denny’s quotes after being asked what Joey said to him in the car window, “He (Joey) said he was coming for me.  I usually don’t see him, so it’s usually not a factor”.  I chuckled a bit on this statement.  With that being said, I am not a fan of Denny Hamlin.  Never have been.  I think he lets the distractions get to the best of him.  A couple of years ago, he had the car to beat in the championship and well, I think all the distractions that come with it, got the better of him and he lost the championship to Jimmie. He can drive the car, don’t get me wrong, I just think he is not the kind of driver I can get behind.  I am anxious to see if Joey will get back at Denny later on in the season.  If it were me, I would wait and then strike!  I’m just sayin’!
  • Commercials–There have been a couple of commercials this year that have made me chuckle.  I like the one where some of the drivers are campaigning for themselves to put them on your fantasy team.  My favorite in this commercial, Kyle Busch.  Just too funny!  Also the Coca Cola road trip commercial with Tony Stewart.  Best part:  Joey giving directions to Tony!  And at the very end, you here that typically statement on a long road trip, “Are We There Yet?” uttered by Greg Biffle (I think).    Don’t get me wrong I have always like the commercials from Budweiser, but the I am played out with the one where the guy raises the horse and then sees him years later pulling the Budweiser wagon.  I swear, they show this commercial on every single commercial break!  Fox–I would prefer more racing than commercials.  I know you have to pay the bills and all that, but sometimes I feel like I get ten laps of racing and ten minutes of commercials.
  • Duck Dynasty–if you haven’t heard of this show or let alone seen it, you have been just living in a cave in my opinion.  This has got to be the funniest show on television at the moment.  These guys take redneck living to a whole new level!  I mean you might be a redneck if you use an old camping trailer to build a new duck blind!
  • Bon Jovi–I was lucky enough to attend the Bon Jovi concert here in Raiderland.  I have been a fan of them since I could remember.  They put on an AWESOME concert!  And I have to admit this was only the 2nd rock concert I have attended.  I am more of country concert person.  Rock concerts are definitely different than your country ones with the exception of Garth Brooks.  He is able to combine both the aspects of a rock concert and a country concert into one.
  • Karate Kid–I love this movie.  I saw it in a movie theatre back in the day with my junior high Spanish club.  I have been a fan of Ralph Macchio ever since.  Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi ROCKS!  But come on CMT, how many times a week do you need to show this movie?  My hubby told me I didn’t have to stop and watch, but…how can you not?  Oh well, as long as you continue to show the movie, I will be there watching!  Wax On, Wax Off!!

Don’t forget…voting is still open through April 8 for you to choose the name of the Pocono 500.  You can head on over at walmarturl.com/FanDriven to cast your vote.  You can only vote once day, every day until April 8.  Looks like “Party in the Poconos 400” has taken the early lead, followed by “Race More. Live Better 400” and “Pocono for the People 400”.  Better hurry, not much time to cast your vote!

The Bullring and Pocono

I have to say I love short track racing. This year it will be a little different new car and somewhat a “new” track.  Remember, Bristol was revamped last year prior to the fall race.

Bristol…where you can seat 160,000 fans, house 43 cars into a track that is 0.533 miles. How can you not expect action in this bull ring?  If you hear the phrase three wide at Bristol, someone is going to get be the odd man out.

So who is the best bet for Bristol?  Of course I always pick Tony to win, but if I had to lay some cash down, I would pick Kyle Busch.  He is sitting on the pole for this weekend’s race.  He laid a lap of 14.813 (129.535) yesterday which broke the previous record held by Ryan Newman (14.908 set in 2003).  In fact, 8 others (including Tony Stewart) laid down a qualifying lap under 15 seconds.  Joey Lagano who qualified 10th had a qualifying time of 15.005.  It safe to say the Gen-6 seems to be fast on this half-mile track.  Of course, that may change once all 43 cars are out on the track.  Still, despite these fast times, I would still place my hard-earned dollars on Kyle Busch to win the race.  He has won the 4 times in the last 8 races.  In total he has 12 wins at the track–5 in Cup, 4 in Nationwide, and 3 in Trucks.  This man knows how to get around Bristol!  Oh by the way, he is racing in the Nationwide race today! And he was atop the leaderboard in the last Cup practice of the day!

race driven

VOTE IS STILL OPEN! HAVE YOU VOTED??? Head on over to walmarturl.com/FanDriven and vote for the name you think should be given to the Pocono 400!  Here are the three names up for consideration for the Pocono 400.

  1. Race More. Live Better 400–submitted by Carrie Conway Wilson
  2. Pocono for the People 400–submitted by Diane Martin Carroll
  3. Party in the Poconos 400–submitted by Shawn McMillan

Looks like Party in the Poconos 400 has taken the early lead, followed by Race More. Live Better 400 and in third, Pocono for the People 400.  If you want your favorite to win, you need to race on over and VOTE!

You can vote once day, every day until April 8 to vote for your favorite!  Also just a reminder you can attend the Pocono race on June 9, 2012 for JUST $25!  That’s a FABULOUS deal!  You better get on these tickets fast, because there are only a limited amount available at the price!  You can purchase your tickets on-line at Walmart or Pocono Raceway.

Headed to Auto Club Speedway next weekend and don’t have a lot of cash to spend?  You and three other people can attend the race for just a cool $99!  That’s right, you can purchase a Walmart Family Track Pack which includes 4 tickets to the Cup race, 4 hot dogs, and 4 Coke Sodas.  So head on over and take advantage of this deal at Walmart!  This isn’t the only race of the season you can get a Walmart Family Track Pack.  So if you don’t live in and around Auto Club Speedway, you can still take advantage of this special ticket deal!

Other tidbits…

  • Head on over to Bad Groove and read about her adventures in Vegas!  I am glad some of what happened in Vegas escaped Vegas.  I have to live vicariously through her and her friend Misty’s adventures!  Very good read! Thanks for sharing!
  • I don’t know if you have seen it or not, but if have, the Jeff Gordon test drive was interesting.  I saw it all over Facebook.  If not check it out.  I am sure you can find on You Tube or Facebook, or somewhere.
  • Jeremy Clements has been reinstated by NASCAR after serving a two-race suspension for disparaging remarks he made several weeks ago.  He seems remorseful for his racial slur he made during the Daytona race weekend.  He is back on track this weekend.

Attention this is has nothing to do with NASCAR, but wanted to share!  I am headed to the Bon Jovi concert tomorrow night in Raiderland!  I have been a fan of them since I can remember!  I have always wanted to see them in concert.  But for whatever reason have not had the finances or do not live close to a concert venue…until now!  My hubby made a comment a couple of years ago about Bon Jovi.  He told me if they were to ever come to Lubbock he would get me tickets and go with me!  Well, right after I bought tickets for the George Strait concert, it was announced Bon Jovi was coming to Raiderland!  OMG!  So, my hubby had to eat his words so to speak.  I did manage to get tickets to the concert, but he is not going with me.  Instead one of my fellow Bon Jovi buddies is going with me!  Thanks hubby for sitting with our two boys and letting me have a girls night out with Bon Jovi!