The Frontstretch: Bob's Corner Racing Game by Bob Henry -- Monday March 27, 2006

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Bob's Corner Racing Game

Bob Henry · Monday March 27, 2006

 

Editor’s Note: If you have any comments for Bob, feel free to email them to Bob rather than posting them to our usual comments section below"¦

Regardless of who was right, and who was in the wrong, you can’t deny it was some great racing once again in Bristol. I don’t know a single race fan who doesn’t like a race held at Bristol Motor Speedway.

All the bumping and grinding, the donuts on the sides of the cars, and crushed fenders brings most of us back to those local short tracks, the ones that got us interested in the sport to begin with. That is the reason the Bristol races sell out so quickly.

I just knew with Kurt’s record at Bristol, coupled with that No. 2 Miller Genuine Draft car on short tracks, would equal out to a win, or close to it.

The #48 Lowe’s team and Jimmie Johnson’s luck seemed to dwindle away at Bristol, though. That didn’t stop the comments from flying, like “Guess you can’t cheat at short tracks when there’s no aerodynamics to consider.”

I guess we will see if the team can get their act together next week in Martinsville, another great old short track on the circuit.

In other news, tire problems seemed to plague the race once again this week. The announcers said it wasn’t the tire, but perhaps the track. They made reference to the re barb that holds the concrete together as the culprit of the cut tires.

I have been to Darlington Raceway, and seen first hand how much track maintenance goes over every square inch of these tracks prior to race day. I don’t know what the cause of the tire problem was, but I doubt it was re barb coming through the concrete surface.

On to the Game"¦

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2nd Place gets a $50.00 Supercertificate
3rd Place gets a $25.00 Supercertificate

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Bob’s Corner Racing Game Rules

1. All picks must be placed PRIOR to qualifying.
Email all picks to: Bobscornerracing@aol.com.

2. Ties will be broken by the number of correct winner picks. Should two people have the same amount of correct winners, then the winner will be decided by who sent in picks more often.

3. Correctly predicting the polesitter earns 10 points.

5. Correctly predicting the Top 5:

1st place earns 10 points.
2nd place earns 12 points.
3rd place earns 13 points.
4th place earns 14 points.
5th place earns 15 points.

6. Any three or more of the Top 5 correct in any order gives you an additional 5 points each.

7 All 5 of the Top 5 correct in any order gives you 20 extra points.

8. All 5 of the Top 5 correct in exact order gives you 50 points.
(This has proven to be all but impossible)

9. Pick who will be last from this list:

Tony Stewart
Greg Biffle
Carl Edwards
Mark Martin
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Newman
Matt Kenseth
Jeremy Mayfield
Kurt Busch
Jeff Gordon

A correct pick will get you 10 points.

10. Pick the Top Finishing Rookie of the Race:

Denny Hamlin
J. J. Yeley
David Stremme
Reed Sorenson
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex, Jr.
Brent Sherman
Chad Chaffin

11. Once in a while, I will put in a bonus trivia question.

Here is an example of the picks I’ll need this week.

Pole Winner: Kirk Shelmerdine

1st Kyle Petty
2nd Morgan Shepherd
3rd Mike Wallace
4th Mike Skinner
5th Kenny Wallace

The following driver will finish last from the list above: Kurt Busch

Top Finishing Rookie: Denny Hamlin

TRIVIA TRIVIA TRIVIA"¦..

With all the tire issues over the last couple of weeks, I figured why not have a bit of trivia about tires and the Cup Series.

Goodyear has not always been the official tire of the Cup Series.
What tire company was the major tire manufacturer used in Cup Racing before Goodyear became the sole provider of tires to the series?

Game Update After Bristol

Pole: Tony Stewart "" With the rainout of qualifying, they lined up by 2005 car owner points this week.

1st Kurt Busch
Fifteen of you picked him to win.

2nd Kevin Harvick
One of you picked him for second.

3rd Matt Kenseth
One of you picked him for third.

4th Carl Edwards
None of you picked him for fourth.

5th Bobby Labonte – Driving that 43 car, it was great to see the 43 back in the top five. He seems to be doing wonders for Petty Enterprises…even Kyle Petty seems to be finishing better.
No one picked him for fifth.

*Last Place Finisher From the List*"¦ Jimmie Johnson
None of you picked him for last.

Top Finishing Rookie of the Race: Denny Hamlin
Twenty of you picked him for top finishing rookie this week.

Three Pick Rule
Four of you earned points for this at Bristol.

Trivia answer from last week…

Last week I asked, “Who was the first black driver to enter a Cup Series race, and in what year?”

Many of you said Wendell Scott… however, there was another Scott, of no relation to Wendell, that drove in what we now refer to as NASCAR Nextel Cup series earlier than Wendell. Charlie Scott was the first black driver to drive in the series, way back in 1956.

Some of you referred to a Joie Ray. While he was the first black person to obtain a license to drive in a NASCAR sanctioned event, it wasn’t the Cup Series as referred to in the question. The reason I just refer to it as the Cup Series is so that I don’t confuse anyone as to whether it is Grand National, Winston Cup, or Nextel Cup.

Top 5 in Points After Bristol

1. Fourby stretches his/her lead out and now has 135 points.

2. Demelza888 slowed it down a bit this week…I hope he/she don’t have a tire going down. He/she still remains in second, though, with 100 points.

3. BradnSC takes back the third spot this week, moving up to third with 98 points.

4. Wnewcomb may have a rub in their picks, dropping back to fourth with 96 points.

5. Kahneluvr picks up speed this week, moving into the fifth spot with 85 points.

Don’t think you are out of it, folks…lots of racing to go in this session of Bob’s Corner Racing Game. Kahneluvr comes from behind into the top five this week.

Don’t forget to answer trivia this week"¦see above.

One other thing that needs mentioning as the season begins to progress. I am human, and I occasionally make mistakes. I have to manually go through each and every email to tally the points, and it is always easy to miss one or two. If you happen to see I missed something, simply drop me a NICE email and I will check it out and correct any errors I may have made.

Good Luck, everyone!

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