10. (Upon the removal of Tony’s shirt): “Gasp! Oh my gawd! We’re definitely gonna need more wax!” – All in attendance
After Tony Stewart’s verbal assault on Goodyear gained support amongst a number of high-profile fellow drivers (albeit not quite as aggressively as Stewart), some journalists suggested that the time just may be ripe for the formation of a drivers’ union. Unions are great! I come from a long-line of union guys that have walked the lines in hopes of gaining a livable wage, safer work conditions or medical insurance. There’s no bigger supporter of labor unions than me. However, the odds of NASCAR drivers answering the call of solidarity and organizing themselves in unity to defend themselves against the “man,” under the union banner are next to none; and for any number of reasons.
From SPEED’s pre-race show, I appreciated the explanation of bump stops on the shock absorbers, as well as the various shims that could be used. Also, the debate between Kyle Petty and Bootie Barker about bumpstops on “Trading Paint” was pretty interesting; giving technical expertise in terms the general public can understand is never a bad thing. The funniest moment in the TV coverage at Bristol came in Friday evening’s “Trackside” program on Speed. DW asked Juan Pablo Montoya how you say “boogity” in Spanish, and Montoya replied, “I don’t even know how to say it in English.”
As fate would have it, the same driver who raced clean and accepted a second-place finish to Kyle Busch at Bristol one year ago had the race fall into his lap when leader Denny Hamlin fell off the pace with a fuel pickup problem a lap and a half from the finish. Now armed with 20 career wins, Burton has emerged as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit, off to the same solid start that propelled him to a spot in the Chase last year. To see who is left scrounging around for eggs this Easter weekend — as well as which drivers are best positioned to compete with the streaky Burton — check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.
1) Can’t Get Much Simpler – Last Friday’s rainout of qualifying for the Food City 500 required NASCAR to fall back to its rulebook for determining the lineup. It’s one of the more complex plans ever created, so let’s see if we can work through it together…
Five teams and drivers worked their way into the Top 35 after the first five races of 2008 to displace those struggling organizations. Who were they, and which cars are now on the outside looking in? Let’s take a look as we switch from the 2007 to 2008 owner points while looking back on Bristol.
It all started when UPS signed the deal to sponsor Dale Jarrett in Robert Yates’ No. 88 car before the start of the 2001 season. In one of their first commercials, UPS immediately begins to try to persuade Jarrett to race in a standard UPS delivery truck, assuring him, “If you cross the finish line in the big brown truck, there won’t be a dry eye in the place!” Dale refuses, and keeps refusing, despite the pressure from UPS people, kids in the mall, Jackie Stewart, and apparently, everyone else in the known universe.
We ended last time by starting at Daytona. We were ready to go racing. Daytona Speedweeks is always exciting. It’s always great to be at the world center of racing. Leading up to the race, the Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 was running great with Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International. We got ready to qualify, and qualified a little bit better than we expected because the truck that we took to Daytona is really good in race trim, and we knew how good it was. At the beginning of the race, I sort of got boxed in and there was no where to go. The inside line I was in sort of pushed me toward the back, so we hung around there for a little while. At Daytona, with the intake reducer on it, the racing is really close there for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series so at the beginning of the race we just kind of let the ranks get sorted out. That’s not necessarily my style, but we did.
One of the biggest things that made NASCAR better “back in the day”, say, over the last 30 yrs, is ONE MAN. Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Q: Glad to see that the drivers are speaking up about the Carl Edwards infraction. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler and others were vocal in their opinions that Jack Roush and Edwards were not being forthright concerning their knowledge of intent about the oil box lid. Maybe NASCAR telling the guys that they could show more personality is actually working. In the past, drivers merely gave canned answers so as not to rock the boat. This infraction has brought about a much more decisive reaction and pointed comments out of some.