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Matt McLaughlin's Thinkin' Out Loud: Texas (Spring) Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin · Monday April 11, 2011

 

The Key Moment – Clint Bowyer was leading, but with 87 laps left tangled with Brian Vickers while trying to lap him. The 33 got this S

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and though Bowyer saved it, by that point Matt Kenseth was back in front to stay.

Leading 169 of 334 laps at Texas, Matt Kenseth was in rare form, fending off a late-charge turned near-spinout by Clint Bowyer to surge to a comfortable, 8.3-second victory Saturday night.

In a Nutshell – A Roush romp at one of the team’s favorite stomping grounds.

Dramatic Moment – There were damn few of them as Kenseth took the rest of the field to school most of the race.

What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week

Why in this day and age are there still concrete walls surrounding race tracks not protected by SAFER barriers? You’d have thought Elliott Sadler’s wreck last year at Pocono would have been the final straw.

OK, if Texas is going to be a night race how about shortening it to 400 miles?

Jimmie Johnson apologized this week for accusing NASCAR of wrongly penalizing him for speeding in the pits last weekend at Martinsville. It makes me wonder if NASCAR has just issued another one of their “secret” $50,000 fines for questioning the Daytona politburo’s wisdom. Of course, keep in mind Johnson’s contention originally is that he was just “managing” the timing lines a bit aggressively. I tried the same logic with a State Trooper one time, when I got pulled over for speeding in a Stage One Buick on the way to Carlisle, PA. I pointed out due to a construction delay, I had been on the Turnpike two hours and had traveled just over 90 miles, so I was averaging well under the then-55 MPH speed limit. The trooper congratulated me for a novel excuse and excellent math skills… then awarded me with a big buck speeding ticket anyway.

How can a team leave the same position tire loose more than once? Easily. When a wheel is left loose, it tends to bugger up the bottom threads of the wheel stud where it protrudes through the rotor. On subsequent stops, the tire changer tries running the lug on with the gun but when it gets to the damaged threads, while it feels tight it is, in fact still loose. Run that nut on too hard with the gun, and the next stop you risk breaking the stud which is going to cost the team several laps while repairs are made.

Kurt Busch was angry and frustrated during the race, complaining every week he has to drive his guts out just to keep up and wondering why. Well I’ve got a simple answer for ya, Kurt: because that’s your job, Dude. You think the other drivers are feasting on KFC and trying to tune their radios to an easy-listening ’70s rock station during the race?

For more on Kurt Busch’s Saturday struggles, click here.

It’s now official: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s winless drought is 100 races long. Hmmm. Doesn’t that roughly coincide with the time TV ratings went into the crapper for NASCAR?

Both Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were in the news this week, accused of bad judgment for different reasons; but both ended Saturday night on the right foot, scoring solid, top-10 finishes they can build on.

I haven’t bitched about this one in awhile, but why is it Jeff Gordon got paid more at Texas to finish 23rd than Earnhardt did to finish ninth? Yes, I know how the purse system works. I just don’t understand why they haven’t fixed it.

Maybe it’s time for Joe Gibbs to swap the Nos. 11 and 18 teams’ pit crews and crew chiefs? They both seem pretty displeased with their current situations already, so why wait until the Chase? Do it now and beat the rush.

I loved listening to my former boss, spotter Mike Calinoff going off on his young Nationwide driver, Ricky Stenhouse Friday night. Stenhouse was complaining bitterly about his car most of the evening, which caused this Calinoff retort: “Don’t drive pissed off and wreck the car. Hold onto it and we‘ll work on it. You’re tight. We heard you the thirtieth time you said it.”

One of the weekend’s more bizarre incidents involved a lap 89 wreck in Friday night’s Nationwide race. Carl Edwards was leading Kyle Busch, who was in dogged pursuit of the top spot when they came up to lap Tim Schendel. As is expected and polite, Schendel went to the bottom of the track to give the leaders room to race without impeding their progress. But right then, he blew a right front tire and his car hooked a hard right towards the wall and into the leaders’ path. Schendel made only incidental conduct with the No. 99 car of Edwards, who survived to win the race but his rival… wasn’t so lucky. Busch, who must have thought that errant car had been dropped by a helicopter into his path, ran hard into the back of Schendel’s Chevy, leaving the No. 18 damaged heavily enough his night was over on the spot. It seems the sport has been enduring an awful lot of unexpected right front tire failures in all three series at most tracks this season, but rarely does the problem manifest itself so spectacularly. Goodyear needs to fix this one before somebody gets hurt. (Oh, and kudos to Schendel for going over to Edwards after the race to offer apologies for the near miss, though the tire problem clearly wasn’t his fault.)

It’s a common trait for a TV color analyst these days; sometimes, what someone like Darrell Waltrip (right) thinks he did right in his career and the truth are two completely different things.

Of all Darrell Waltrip’s loathsome defects as a race broadcaster, perhaps one of the most annoying is when he decides to pontificate about the importance of clean driving and sportsmanship in stock car racing. Oh, no, it would have been terrible if Dale Jr. had laid a bumper to Harvick to get back around him at Martinsville. Well since old DW’s selective memory is suffering from some degree of “Sometimers” syndrome, let me remind him of a race at Martinsville of all places held on September 20th, 1987. A caution there led to a restart with three laps left to go; Terry Labonte was leading, but Dale Earnhardt was coming after him hard and Waltrip was in third. Going into the first corner on the final lap, ol’ DW decided that 12 tires corner better than four and he divebombed the entry to force some contact. He hit Labonte, who then hit Earnhardt and Waltrip took the lead ahead of them both. Or, as a clearly unrepentant DW explained: “I shot into Terry, Terry shot into Dale and I shot into the lead.” An incensed Labonte saw it differently, of course, claiming, “I guess it’s one of those deals where you win any way you can.” Oddly enough, during that race Waltrip was trying to break a winless streak that started when he began driving for… who else? Rick Hendrick. What are the odds? Seriously, someday I’ll write a column about all the races Waltrip won in a car he knew was cheated up but there may not be enough time to complete it this season.

Maybe someone should explain to Carl Edwards Pepto Bismol is a product of Proctor and Gamble, a rival company to the makers of Claritin. Whoops!

A rare (well, somewhat rare) off topic discussion. Motorcycle Awareness Month isn’t until May, but Saturday in these parts was seasonably warm – despite overcast skies – and the bikes were out in force. (Mine remained parked due to the job.) Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for tragedy to strike; two bikers were killed within twenty miles of here, one within three miles and I had the misfortune of driving by the post-accident cleanup. In both instances, the bikers had the right of way but a car turned left in front of them. So to all our friends in cages (cars)… we’re back. Keep an eye open for us. We’d appreciate it. And to all my biking buddies, if you assume everyone in a car is about to do something monumentally stupid directly in front of you… you’ll rarely be disappointed! Right of way doesn’t mean anything compared to Rites of Passage. Oh, and check your tire pressures. At the local filling station this week, I was gassing up and noted a bike on the other side of the pumps looked to have under-inflated tires. I talked to the rider and broke out my trusty tire gauge. She was fifteen pounds low on the front tire which makes these things handle badly. When a bike sits all winter, it’s going to lose a lot of tire pressure. The excitement to get out there again on a nice spring afternoon is no excuse not to do a thorough safety check of the machine before saddling up. And either wear a helmet or sign an organ donor’s card: your choice.

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

It’s not often you’ll see Jeff Gordon running that badly in a car with no damage and no mechanical issues, but he looked downright terrible on Saturday night. Running out of gas on the last lap was just a final insult en route to 23rd, two laps off the pace.

Admittedly still sore from that savage Martinsville wreck, Martin Truex, Jr. taking another hard hit at Texas was like tossing a man in the river who don’t need to be swimming. He wound up 35th with a second straight DNF.

Kyle Busch had to make two unscheduled stops to get loose left rear wheels tightened; that was enough to cost him a top-5 finish (16th). Combined with the incident Friday night, it wasn’t a great weekend for him or JGR (no cars inside the top 10).

What didn’t happen to Tony Stewart Saturday night? He got involved in a pit row collision, got nailed for speeding entering the pits, and ran out of gas on the last lap while running third (he dropped nine spots to 12th by the checkered flag).

Joey Logano (24th) was another victim of a pit road collision. Remember when “No Fear” used to sponsor race cars? If there’s a boutique operation out there called “Diminished Expectations” there’s plenty of decal space left on the No. 20 car.

Kevin Harvick never could think of the right combination to get extra speed out of his No. 29 car at Texas. The team was simply uncompetitive all weekend, never threatening for three straight victories while dropping two laps off the pace of winner Kenseth.

Kevin Harvick (20th) never had the slightest chance to make it three wins a row. He was pinned in his pits twice and in one instance, also got a penalty for a tire issue while making his stop.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

It looked like winner Kenseth was in trouble when his team failed to get his tank full on a green flag stop. But as fast as the No. 17 was, as soon as he pitted most of the lead lap cars followed him in like the Pied Piper of Hamlin (no relation) even if it was eight laps early. Why? The other teams just couldn’t afford to give up the time Kenseth made up on fresh rubber. Earlier in the race, Kenseth also had trash clog the grille of his car and thought maybe he’d damaged the engine, causing overheating but it held together for 500 miles; in fact, no car lost a motor during this race.

Bowyer, Saturday night’s runner-up was lucky to finish at all after that contact with Vickers and his subsequent slide through the tri-oval.

Edwards rallied back from a stomach ailment during the race to run third. I’m not sure how blaming his mom’s cooking for a bout of food poisoning is going to work out, though. Next month on Mother’s Day, maybe he ought to order a pizza.

Worth Noting

  • Kenseth’s win snapped a 76-race winless drought that dated back to the second race of 2009. Oddly enough, Kenseth opened that season with two consecutive wins: the Daytona 500 and Fontana.
  • The top-10 finishers at Texas drove five Fords, four Chevys and a Dodge while the top finishing Toyota pilot was Denny Hamlin in fifteenth. Saturday night was probably the best showing for Ford at a NASCAR race since almost back to the era when they had brass radiator shells…
  • Saturday night was Roush Fenway’s third win in the last seven Sprint Cup races at Texas. Fords have now won ten of 21 Cup races held there, far and away more than any other manufacturer.

*For more on Ford’s 2011 resurgence at the Cup level, click here.

  • After a horrid start to the season, Bowyer has scored three straight top-10 finishes.
  • Greg Biffle’s fourth-place finish was easily his best of the season. Although my guess is a trained monkey could drive a Roush Ford to a top 10 at Texas; after all, David Ragan came home seventh.
  • Paul Menard (fifth) equaled his best finish of 2011. He was also fifth at Bristol.
  • Dale Jr. (ninth) hasn’t finished worse than twelfth in the last six races. He was neither obnoxious nor a bad guy at Texas, always a plus.
  • After a two-week absence from the top 10, Kurt Busch (tenth) scored his fifth top-10 result in seven races this year. That had to make it easier for the team to mop up the tears in his driver’s side footwell after the race…
  • Jeff Burton (11th) drove to his best finish of the 2011 Cup season.
  • Tony Stewart’s average finish this season matches his car number, 14.
  • It’s been four races since Denny Hamlin (15th) managed a top-10 finish. Maybe it’s time to have surgery on the other knee?
  • Mark Martin’s 36th-place DNF was his worst result since the Firecracker 400 of 2009.

What’s the Points?

Carl Edwards resumed the points lead. (I am a bit confused by the FOX folks claiming a different driver has led the points after every race this year. Edwards also led the points after Fontana and Daytona.) Former leader Kyle Busch fell a spot to second, nine points behind Edwards.

Saturday’s win propelled Kenseth up six spots to third in the standings, thirteen points behind his Roush Fenway teammate. Technically, he is tied with Jimmie Johnson, but based on the win Kenseth gets the nod and the position. Kurt Busch rounds out the top 5, sixteen points in arrears of Edwards.

Earnhardt advanced two spots to sixth in the standings, followed by Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya. Harvick fell four spots to ninth in the standings so despite those back-to-back wins, he’s making a further mockery of the new points system. Tony Stewart now holds the final Chase spot behind him, up by four points on Paul Menard in 11th.

Further back, Clint Bowyer’s second-place finish propelled him forward four spots to 12th. On the flip side, along with having the breath knocked out of him a wicked wreck knocked some wind out of the sails of Martin’s title chase. He fell five spots to 15th, joining Greg Biffle (18th) and Denny Hamlin (20th) among those drivers on the outside looking in.

However, seven races deep into 2011 it is still way too early to panic about points or even pay them much mind. As an example, Matt Kenseth has advanced 28 spots in the standings since Daytona and any other driver could do the same over the next six weeks. Get back to me after the World 600 and we’ll start really crunching the numbers. After all, you know next weekend’s wreck-o-rama at Talladega is really going to shake things up…

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) — Another McRace at another McTrack. We’ll give it two cans. You want fries with those?

Next Up – It’s off to Talladega. Don’t forget to pack the body bags.

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Bad Wolf
04/11/2011 01:38 AM
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Thanks for the recap Matt. I was all set to catch the Casual Fan 50 laps at the end of the race, but severe weather in the area (I’m sure you saw the headlines from Iowa today) pre empted the race broadcast. Sounds like I didn’t miss much.

On a brighter note I fired up the ’71 Chevy and brought her out of the winter slumber. I met many a biker on my weekend cruise of the backroads. Yes, spring is here.

Buzz
04/11/2011 06:54 AM
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Ford should be careful. NASCAR only sees “parity” when Chevy and Toyota win everything. If Fords keep winning, NASCAR will add a boat anchor to the Fusion. Or change the rules on carb spacing right as the Roush cars go through inspection and fine them points and money. Wait, NASCAR has already done that.

Stephen HOOD
04/11/2011 07:01 AM
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Its a bad idea to switch crew chiefs between the 11 and 20. I like Hamlin right where he is: eating humble pie. Skippy might get him back up front.

Bill B
04/11/2011 07:10 AM
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That was a snoozer of a race but I’m not complaining, just calling it like I see it. Glad Kenseth won, he deserved it since he had the best car.
Not much more to say, it was a race.

Oldsmo-Bill
04/11/2011 07:36 AM
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Another good column, Matt. However, you failed to mention what seemed to be the most important statistic of the race (at least it must have been, considering that the FOX crew repeated it at least 2 dozen times!): DENNY HAMLIN WON BOTH RACES AT TEXAS LAST YEAR!!!!!!!!!! At first, this comment was accompanied by “Harvick has won the last two races in a row”, but that died out about a quarter of the way through the race. But I noticed that Every last one of the FOX crew had to bring it up several times. What’s with that? Also on the subject of FOX coverage, did you notice that there was actually some good racing there at the end, althought you never would have guessed it by watching the tube. All that was shown by the FOX cameras was (as is OH-so typical of their broadcasts) the race leader circling the track for the last 10+ laps, while some serious jockeying for position was going on behind it. I can understand it if the 2nd place car is closeby and/or putting on the pressure; but an eight second lead?!? The only way anyone can get any info on the other cars in the race is to either watch the leaderboard or turn on MRN. OK, enough ranting. Gotta go clean off the Beezer and charge up the battery. Oh, by the way, did you know that Denny Hamlin had won both races at Texas last year?

Gary
04/11/2011 08:52 AM
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Who’s Denny Hamlin?

Carl D.
04/11/2011 09:00 AM
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Like Bill B. said, the best car won the race, and there’s really not much more to be said. What we’ll all be talking about around the water cooler is whether next week’s race at Talladega will be a replay of the two-car tandem racing we saw at Daytona. The Texas race, while not the worst race of the year, was certainly forgettable.

MilChad
04/11/2011 09:06 AM
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Talk about a snoozefest! We gave up North Wilkesboro for this crap?

Walt B
04/11/2011 09:23 AM
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I was sitting in the infield at the Miller Genuine Draft 500 on July 19, 1992 at Pocono at the 2nd turn. Davey Allison had the field covered that day with Ol’DW the second fastest car. After a restart and before Davey could get away Ol’DW hooked Davey coming out of turn two and sent him airborne with the car disintegrating,pieces of the rear suspension flying over our heads. They put a blue tarp over Davey’s car until they got him out with a couple of broken bones. Ol’DW went on to win the race and said “Thank God for a safe race”.

Laidback Racing
04/11/2011 09:41 AM
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to MilChad
..AMEN BROTHER…bring back Wilkes and the Rock!

Matt when you said “someday I’ll write a column about all the races Waltrip won in a car he knew was cheated up but there may not be enough time to complete it this season.”

You would have to make it a book! Cheating & driving dirty was about all he had and that was fine because when he was mouthy he backed it up BUT his holier than thou attitude as an announcer makes me sick to even listen to him…he runs his mouth even more than his non-driving brother which is hard!

GinaV24
04/11/2011 09:54 AM
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I tried watching the race on TV for as long as I could stand it, but after I fell asleep the 3rd time, I gave up and went to bed.

If they are going to bother to have the race on TV, how about showing it to the fans at home? We got to see the usually ADD direction by switching cameras every 5 seconds. That allows for no perspective on the racing action. Also what idiot decided to use the LIVE in car camera WHILE Mark Martin was wrecking into a hard wall? Terribly insensitive and stupid choice.

I’m pretty disappointed with the way the 24 car is running too. Bad at Bristol, Fontana and now again at Texas. All places they usually run well —

Matt, love the comments about DW — yeah, he’s become all “holier than thou” since he’s a broadcaster. He whined about the way Dale Sr drove, but DW was easily as guilty of driving the same way. Funny how he has such selective memory these days.

katie3
04/11/2011 10:12 AM
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Ho-hum race. Watched on TIVO while surfing on computer, fast forwarding through commercials and some of DW’s incessant dribble and Larry Mac’s “ain’t not gonna never” double negatives. I’m a true Southern girl and sometimes it even takes me a minute to translate what he says.

I believe DW has been abducted by aliens (and their leader Brian France) and brainwashed to fit the NASCAR template. Either that or he just doesn’t care that he’s a hypocritical chatterbox.

CincyLady
04/11/2011 10:46 AM
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Loved the column as almost always, and agree about the race. Its nice to see RFR up front again and being a threat each and every race, but I tend to disagree with logic behind the statement of Dale Jr’s winless streak and the downturn of Nascar numbers. There are a great many of us who are not and never have been fans of Jr and think Jr. Nation is about the most disillusioned bunch out there aside from the Danica minions.

While I tend to think the sport would see an upturn if Jr would win, I don’t think the malaise of the sport is attributable to Jr’s sad state of affairs, (being winless now for 100 races). It was a matter of time with Jr just as I have seen in Joey Logano, David Ragan, Reed Sorensen a few years ago, and Casey Atwood before that, the killer competition gene is missing from these drivers. They will not risk all to win, (or lose in spectacular fashion), and seem to want to just finish well. To me, its neither a long lasting or entertaining formula. I like Dale Jr, who doesn’t? He is affable and reminds long timers of a different era but I think his time is past and even he realizes he will never win a cup championship and it shows in more and more of his post race comments.

No, to me the downturn of Nascar is wanting it to be the equal of the NFL and I lay that at BF’s feet. He wants all the perks of super sportsdom without growing the sport to sustain it. I gave up a decade of season’s tickets at my track this year, because the cost of attending a race that featured little excitement any longer was prohibitive.

Add a 5 time champion who shows no sign of not attaining his 6th and 7th in a row, and people who love instant success and the underdog, no matter how severe, are tuning out in droves. There is nothing wrong with Jimmie Johnson but he garners no excitement in long time fans and the manipulation of the racing system every year is just not cutting it. Can anyone say the racing is actually better? That the rivalries are what make you come every week. Nope.

I just do not see the history books writing on this era as the time Nascar came back, whether or not Jr does anything….

Kevin in SoCal
04/11/2011 12:55 PM
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Matt said: “And either wear a helmet or sign an organ donor’s card: your choice.”

Wow. As old-school and old-fashioned as you are, I never would have guessed you as a supportor of wearing helmets.

Brian France Sucks
04/11/2011 01:06 PM
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While you guys were suffering through a Texas Lobotomy, I attended the Indiana Icebreaker at the historic Brownston Speedway. Imagine this: 30 of the best drivers in the nation, with 20 solid regional and local drivers, competing for 24 spots on a racy, 1/4 mile track. Non-stop action, multiple grooves, more passes on the first two laps than the entire NA$CAR show. Plus, one of the best 5 drivers in the nation (Scott Bloomquist) took the checkers.

You guys missed out. I missed nothing, as I caught the last 30 laps of the NA$CAR snoozer on the radio, driving back from a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Roush better slow their roll or Daytona will come up with creative ways to ensure a Chevy wins the Cup. I’m sure some rule changes are coming soon.

Dyno
04/11/2011 01:26 PM
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You know its another bad race when the only decision afterwards is rather the broadcast or the race is more boring, just add texas to MIS & fontana, never gonna see a good race at any of these tracks with these cars or this chase.

Bob C.
04/11/2011 01:54 PM
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I was at TMS for Saturday night’s race and the long green runs took their toll on the fans as well. Plenty of time to hit the restrooms and not miss a damn thing on the track. Passing was minimal and other than 17’s dominance, it seemed like more happened in the pits to affect the outcome than happened on track. On a different note, maybe it’s because it was the first night race at TMS for the Cup cars, but there were actually butts in the seats all the way across the frontstretch, even in the nosebleeds where we were sitting. Wonder how much it cost NA$CAR to rent those fans. Just sayin’.

banzaibonnie
04/11/2011 03:14 PM
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All you DW haters need to listen closely to the fools at espn and count your blessings while fox is on. Unless you really like scripted chatter from guys in ties ,some of whom wouldnt know a trackbar from a lugnut.

Bill B
04/11/2011 03:24 PM
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What’s the difference if it’s scripted or total BS. Either way the viewer feels like someone is pissing on their head and telling them it’s raining.
DW is so full of it I can’t believe he can hear anything his ears are packed so tight. You are right, ESPN sucks too but I can’t buy into DW winning by default just because ESPN sucks a little bit worse.
The only person more annoying than DW is his less successful twice as annoying brother.

Bill B
04/11/2011 03:27 PM
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Actually the best thing all three television networks could do is just use the MRN feed, save the money they pay to the talking heads in the booth, and use those savings to lower the number of commercials they need to beat us over the head with in order to make a profit.

At least with the MRN feed we would know what is happening in the race. Too many times the camera only focuses on the leader and the commentators don’t/won’t pick up the slack to let us know what is going on that we don’t get to see.

tim
04/11/2011 03:31 PM
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another good column Matt

damn Brian FRance sucks my friends and I was looking for something sat night I looked all over ohio and ky forgot all about brownston never been there we have planned to go a couple of times and things didnt work out i think we are going to make it there sometime this year a good dirt show would have been alot better than what i watched sat night

td90
04/11/2011 03:35 PM
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I need every ones help here. I was snoozing off and on Saturday night also. During a lucid moment there was a caution out, I believe for the M.Martin, M Truex wreck.During the yellow flag after pit stops and the cars were lining up to go green again the Faux Camera showed Jimmy Johnson throw what appeared to me to be a water bottle out his window onto the track.Faux Cameras cut away immediately. So the help I need here is this..Is there something in the rules that state Jimmy Johnson should have been penalized for this??…Your Thoughts

Blachley
04/11/2011 03:39 PM
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CincyLady its call getting a pay check

Bill B
04/11/2011 03:39 PM
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td90,
I see guys throw stuff like that out the window all the time. Actually they showed Jr throwing a tinted tear-away from his helmet’s face shield during one of the cautions. Granted, that won’t cause a wreck but it could ruin someone’s day if it got caught on their grill and blocked the air.
IMO a water bottle is even worse but I see that happen quite frequently.
I don’t understand it myself. There should be a zero tollerance for throwing anything out on the race track.

Brian France Sucks
04/11/2011 11:09 PM
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Go to the Jackson 100 in September Tim. You’ll see some of the most talented drivers in the Nation on a 1/4 mile action track. Too bad some of them don’t look good enough to hawk product for sponsors, because they’re better drivers than most in the NA$CAR tours. Both of Bowyer’s cars were at the Icebreker, by the way.

Michael Pittenger
04/12/2011 07:57 AM
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There was a hockey game and baseball game on Saturday night.
I never even thought about watching the race.
And I use to devote my Sundays to racing back when the cars looked somewhat like the real cars.
Ah, those were the days.

Bill B
04/12/2011 03:24 PM
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Isn’t Tim Brewer ESPN’s guy?
I think Hammond does the Fox cutaway car technical explanations during the Cup races .

Gary
04/13/2011 08:18 AM
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Susan I need a new dominatrix. I think you’d be the best one ever. Meet me at the brat stop on hwy 50 at 9pm on Friday. I’ll be wearing the AK t-shirt.

Gary
04/14/2011 08:28 AM
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yes they rebuilt it many years ago after the fire

see you there?

Gary
04/15/2011 12:23 AM
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ok 7:30pm is better since I have to drive from downtown chgo, u game girl?