Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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2014 Budweiser Duels Post Race Quotes
posted by Matt Stallknecht
Friday February 21, 2014
BUDWEISER DUELS POST-RACE QUOTES
They’re saying the wheel bearing burned up in it. I don’t know what caused it, they’re taking it all apart to figure out what the heck happened. Something abnormal that’s for sure I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen at all. Hopefully, we made the race and hopefully we can fix the problem before Sunday.
WHAT WAS THAT LOUD BOOM ONCE YOU TURNED INTO THE GARAGE?
Loud pop was a tire… thankfully, it popped, hopefully it didn’t hurt anybody. All the heat created in the left front that popped was pretty weird.
REALLY GOOD RUN. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Yeah, it was good. We have a car we can work with for the 500. Got a good starting spot, so we’re going to rest easy, fluff and buff our car for a couple of days and get ready for Sunday.
ANY DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER THE TOP OR BOTTOM LANE WORKED?
Yeah, I was just moving around, trying to stay with the flow. For me, this car works on all parts of the racetrack. So I’m pretty happy with it.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.
GOT SHUFFLED BACK, AFTER PIT STOPS AND THEN COULDN’T GET BACK UP TO THE FRONT. WHY?
Nah, we were just sitting there waiting until the last few laps to make a move. You didn’t want to pull down and get sent to the back. Seen a couple of guys get sent to the back really quick so we were just kind of waiting for the end. I felt like we had a good situation there with Ambrose behind us — we had a good run off Turn 2 and I went. It was the last lap, time to go do something, nobody went with us but hopefully Sunday is a different story.
We got a great car. We don’t have to work hard. We learned, we got a good race car. Got a car in one piece, ready to go so we’ll try and get through the next couple of practices, deliver it to the starting group this Sunday and we’ll be real happy.
YOU’RE IN THE DAYTONA 500!
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. This Whitetail Chevrolet was so fast that I knew all I had to do was stick it behind smart, intelligent drafters and we could have a good finish. That’s what we did in the Duels and I’m excited. I’m excited to go do some stuff with the Nationwide car and have some more practice with this. But to know that we’re locked in the Daytona 500’s pretty cool.
YOU WERE OBVIOUSLY IN FRONT OF THAT MELEE AT THE END. WHEN YOU WERE UP FRONT THERE IN THE BEGINNING, WERE YOU HOPING TO JUST STAY IN LINE AND LET YOU FINISH TOP 5?
I was pretty content to ride and luckily I knew a lot of people around us were. It was nice to have a little calm and not really have to be racing hard the whole time. I knew that the pit stop was going to shake everything up and that’s exactly what happened. Fell back a little bit there but made the right moves at the end to get a good finish.
HOW STRONG ARE THESE RCR CARS?
They’re very strong! They definitely have the capabilities to be winning one of these races.
YOU’RE IN THE TOP 5 FOR YOUR HEAT IN THE DAYTONA 500. YOUR PRIMARY CAR IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE GARAGE, KIND OF WADDED UP. DID YOU THINK THIS ONE HAD IT IN IT?
Yeah, it’s a brand new car also. It’s just not quite as good as the primary but still a damned good car. I’m just proud of everybody at RCR for building such fast race cars. All of our cars have been fast, ECR motor’s been strong, even our affiliate teams have been qualifying really good and racing good. So… excited about 2014! It’s going to be a good year.
WELL MAN, YOU STARTED IN THE BACK BUT WORKED YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT WHEN IT COUNTED MOST. WERE YOU JUST BIDING YOUR TIME THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
Eh, you never know if you’re going to get back up there or not. We had to start at the back, we had to make a run early and see what we could do. We drove right to 10th, or something like that and then it got stagnant. We tried to make something happen, and went to the back again. Drove back up to the front. Again, just really proud of my guys. Matt Kruder did a hell of a job on that pit stop getting just enough gas in to gain some spots there.
RCR CARS SEEM PRETTY DARNED STRONG. DO YOU THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THEM ON SUNDAY — ESPECIALLY THE THREE JOE GIBBS RACING CARS THAT SEEM TO BE THE CLASS OF THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?
Oh yeah. The 20 car was extremely fast. The 11 didn’t qualify that good, but he’s a good drafter. I think he won. We definitely have something for him.
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday March 20, 2008
Well folks, it's that time of year again! It's time to get creative and dye those Easter eggs! For all you hardcore NASCAR fans, I hope this week’s column will give you a few ideas on where to hide all those eggs that you actually put race car numbers on. (Don't be ashamed, everyone does it. It’s just that no one talks that much about it!) Plus, it's a great way to familiarize all the young'uns with the current drivers and their sponsors. Going a step further, if you get those little tykes (and the grownups, too) reasoning out where they’re most likely to find, say, the No. 26 Crown Royal egg, you're creating not only a fan, but a more intelligent fan at that!
Before we get started, though, I want to add one thing. Longtime readers may remember that I have done this sort of column before, about three years ago. Back then, times were different — men were real men, women were real women, and sponsors were real sponsors… only more prolific and loyal. In today's trying economic times, however, many teams have multiple sponsors signed throughout the year. In order to keep things a bit more simple — a condition my mind is more suited for — I am going to go by those companies that were on the cars in last Sunday's race at Bristol. So, without further mumbling, lets get startedâ€¦
No. 00 David Reutimann - Aaron’s Dream Machine: While a driver change is happening for the next race and beyond (Reutimann to the No. 44 and Michael McDowell to the No. 00), this egg, depending on the financial situation of your particular family, could be hidden dang-near any appliance in the house — especially if there is one that you happen to be renting. If you do not rent any, well, just skip this one; tell the kids that Mikey's brother Darrell must have snuck in the house and taken it!
No. 01 Regan Smith - Principal Financial: Hide this one on any cluttered desk under a large stack of papers, or tucked away in a desk drawer. If, like most important financial papers, you forget where you put this one, ask your secretaryâ€¦ I mean, your significant other where it is.
No. 07 Clint Bowyer - Jack Daniel’s: OK, this is one for the grown ups, and one of my favorites! Obviously black and white, put this one in a tumbler in the liquor cabinet. This is often one of the first to be found, and lately, has been going over with the crowd very well!
No. 1 Martin Truex, Jr. – Bass Pro Shops / Tracker: This one can be adorned with a bunch of cute little fishes and hidden outside in the family boat. If your neck of the woods is still unsuitable for outdoor Easter egg hunts, hide it in your tackle box. But if hidden in the tackle box and it is never found, don't despair! You can always use it for stink bait when you do happen to go fishing for the first time this year.
No. 2 Kurt Busch – Miller Lite: Obviously blue and white, this is another one for the Big Boys, and is best kept in the fridge. This one may also be found with several others, which we will mention later. (Here’s a hint: They’re sometimes found in the fridge in the garage, usually after noon). If you happen to make more than one of these, it’s alright; their consumption won't ruin your dinner, as they are reportedly less filling.
No. 5 Casey Mears – Kellogg’s: This colorful egg is best put inside a box of Frosted Flakes. In the past, this egg was one of the goofiest looking of the bunch; but since a 2008 change of drivers, its looks have improved 100%!
No. 6 David Ragan - AAA Insurance: Here’s another one that you may or may not have. If you do decide to make this one, hide it in a file cabinet drawer … but be warned! If you do own it, other eggs may hound you, insisting you can save hundreds by favoring them instead.
No. 7 Robby Gordon - RVs.com: This one should obviously be hidden in the family RV or camper. Be extremely careful to put the proper decals on this one from the start, though, so you don't have Brian France knocking on your door trying to fine you!
No. 8 Aric Almirola et al - U. S. Army: With all the troops serving valiantly overseas, this egg needs to be light tan with a few darker patches. Don't actually hide this one; but rather, send it to a service person overseas and let them know we are thinking of them.
No. 9 Kasey Kahne - Budweiser: Again, this one may be found in the kitchen or the garage, often beside the No. 2. For best results, feel free to make as many as 6 or even 12 of this simple red and white design.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin - Fed Ex: This egg could be anywhere between here and there at any given time; it will usually show up near the front door just as you get in the shower. When found, a signature may be required.
No. 12 Ryan Newman - Alltel: Especially after a hard Saturday night, this egg could be hidden practically anywhere. Sometimes, it may help if you call it. Once found — following the wishes of Ryan's father — this egg is strictly forbidden to be shared with anyone who has attended Purdue University.
No. 15 Paul Menard - Menards: Following Menards’ favorite practice, cut this egg in half and only hide part of it. Attach a small coupon informing the kids that they may may get the other half if they mail in the attached rebate form.
No. 16 Greg Biffle - Jackson Hewitt: Depending on if you are scheduled to get a refund, this egg may not be found until April 15th. And if you did get a refund… well, you've probably made, hid, found, and consumed this egg already.
No. 17 Matt Kenseth - Dish Network: This egg is best hidden on the roof or a small post on the side of the house. Be sure it is pointing south just right!
No. 18 Kyle Busch - M&M’s: While this egg is very colorful, it has, as of this year, become the goofiest looking of the bunch and lost most of its followers. At any rate, the best place to hide this one is still in the “secret candy drawer!”
No. 19 Elliott Sadler - Stanley: This egg is usually forgotten in the junk drawer, right next to the tape measure which you can never find when you need it.
No. 20 Tony Stewart - Home Depot: Warning! This egg may be very temperamental and outspoken. Wives will often hide this one near a project they have been nagging you about; they are usually found “when you get around to it.” However, this one will feel extremely smooth this year, and may have a waxy residue still attached.
No. 22 Dave Blaney - Caterpillar: This one is bright yellow and usually easy to spot. It should be hidden at the nearest construction site to your home. Do not fret about the distance — you will have plenty of time to find it on your way to work Monday morning, during the traffic jam the said construction site usually produces.
No. 24 Jeff Gordon - DuPont: This egg has traditionally been extremely colorful, and is one of the most recognizable of all. In years past, this one was usually found right away, but this year it seems to like to be found midway through the hunt.
No. 26 Jamie McMurray - Crown Royal: As mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is a special egg that may be hidden in your liquor cabinet (in the back). Be sure to hide it as far behind the No. 07 egg as the depth of your cabinet will allow.
No. 28 Travis Kvapil - Yates Racing: Unfortunately, this egg will have no color on it whatsoever this year. But since a regular white egg would stand out like a sore thumb, if you really want to mess with the kids' minds, put this one back in the egg carton in the fridge.
No. 29 Kevin Harvick - Shell / Pennzoil: This egg is best hidden at your local gas station… preferably a Shell station. Folks East of the Ohio River, should they possess a sarcastic mean streak, should hide it at a Sunoco station. Wherever it’s hidden, make sure your kids know to repeatedly ask the station manager if he / she has seen it. Just do not hide this egg near the No. 20 egg, as it may cause it (the No. 20) to spin.
No. 31 Jeff Burton - AT&T Mobility: This egg may be hidden anywhere, and it will work equally well — unlike the Sprint egg that you will not be making anyway! And remember, it should be found first!
No. 38 David Gilliland - freecreditreport.com: This egg, no matter where it is hidden, is easily found. Simply listen for the stupid little ditties it will be singing about how its life was ruined by bad credit.
No. 40 Dario Franchitti - The Hartford: A relative newcomer and unknown in our NASCAR eggdom, it is probably best to put this one next to the No. 6 egg so they can fight it out amongst themselves as to who is going to save whom how much. If the investment angle is what you are going for here, make it a nice little nest and hide it in your safe deposit box.
No. 41 Reed Sorenson - Target: With that “bulls-eye” on the side, hide this one in the rec room / den and affix it (with double sided tape) to the center of the dartboard. Just remember to remove your boss's and/or spouse's picture first!
No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya - Texaco / Havoline: This egg may be hidden in the garage; or, if you don't change your own oil, take it to your local Wal Mart and let someone else find it.
No. 43 Bobby Labonte - Cheerios / Betty Crocker: This one should be hidden in a kitchen cupboard, and will be found either at breakfast time or dinner time, depending on who is hungry for what or what your cholesterol level is.
No. 44 Dale Jarrett - UPS: This one is best hidden in a plain brown wrapper between the screen door and the front door; or, if you can catch it, in that big brown blur that just sped past with some gray haired, grinning guy driving it. As with the No. 11, a signature may be required.
No. 45 Kyle Petty - Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil: If you can fit all that on an egg, more power to ya! I'd just slap some glasses, a hat, and a ponytail on it and call it good. It will probably be about the 40th egg found.
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson – Lowe's Home Improvement: Although this egg may be hidden near that project you've been meaning to do, it will be easy to find, as it will be begging to be found first again for the third year in a row. Easily identified by its unibrow.
No. 49 Ken Schrader - Qtrax.com: I didn't know either, so I Googled it! Qtrax is the first free, legal peer-to-peer (P2P) digital music site. Having just given them more advertising than they got the whole race, I'd say hide this one right next to your iPod! If your iPod is suddenly full, don't worry — it's legal and more importantly, free!
No. 55 Michael Waltrip - NAPA: This simple blue and yellow egg is always easy to find; it says "I'm the NAPA egg" over and over and over. Usually has a nice head of hair.
No. 66 Scott Riggs - Haas Automation: This one should be hidden in something that resembles a small jail cell — say a cat or pet carrier — in honor of the team owner. Remember to remove the pet first.
No. 70 Jeremy Mayfield - Haas Automation: Well I guess this is a two-fer! At least these two eggs will not get lonely. If needed, one of the two may be nicknamed Ben Dover.
No. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. - Mobil 1: Like the No. 42, take this one somewhere else and let someone else find it. It's just easier, and I'm running out of imagination!
No. 78 Joe Nemechek - Furniture Row Racing: This one may be hidden behind the couch or the La-Z-Boy. Do not hide it in them, as you may find it prematurely.
Nos. 83 and 84 Brian Vickers and Mike Skinner - Red Bull: Like the No. 66 and the No. 70, you might as well keep these two together; but in the fridge, not the pet carrier. (If not seen right away, look behind the bottle of Jagermeister that's in there, too!)
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - National Guard / Mt. Dew / AMP Energy Drink: This is by far the most popular egg! Don't believe me? Take a poll and find out! Doesn't matter where you hide this one; especially this year, as it will be one of the first found. (Much to the consternation of eggs No. 24 and 48, I might add!)
No. 96 J.J. Yeley - DLP HDTV: This one may be especially hard to find. Supposedly, it should be crystal clear… but they claim that it is all done with mirrors. Best to hide it near your present TV to remind you to get a new one!
No. 99 Carl Edwards - Office Depot: The way things have been going, you will probably find this egg very fast and grinning ear-to-ear. But once found, carry it very carefully! It may flip out of your hand — especially if found first!
Well, there you have it everyone — 43 ideas on how to spend your upcoming Saturday night and Sunday. As always, feel free to share your great egg ideas with the rest of us who also “got it bad!”
Have a wonderful and joyous Easter!
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I’d like to see a pic of you so I can make fun of how goofy looking you are. I need something for my dart board after I find the #41 egg. And no I’m not a Kyle Busch fan, but that’s just wrong. Same with your #66 and #70, that’s just low-class.
(And thanks for your input too!)
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