By the numbers with 4 wins and 9 top 10’s Jeff Gordon looks like a shoe in for Sundays Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips race at Watkins Glen.
However the man that could be the spoiler (if your a Gordon fan), and who you may want to include as one of your fantasy picks is, veteran driver Mark Martin. With 3 wins and 16 top 10’s at the Glen, Mark Martin knows how to get it done at this joint.
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets through this week with a decent finish, he has a line up of tracks that he typically runs well at that may keep him in the chase. He has to overcome a stretch of 4-5 bad runs that he’s had over the past two months though.
Will Juan Pablo Montoya finish this week with a strong finish ? We’ll have to wait and see. Kasey Kayne and a few others may be looking for a little payback to cash in on from prior races where feathers were ruffled.
Montoya runs very well on road courses in general, all he has to do is keep his cool in the drivers seat and charge toward the front. If he can manage to do that, I wouldn’t be suprised to see the 42 with the top 10 finish on Sunday.
The rest of the drivers and team owners can now take a deep breath and figure out what changes they’ll make (if any) during silly season.
Carl Edwards has signed a multi-year agreement with Roush Fenway Racing beginning in 2012. Team owner Jack Roush said that he was happy to keep Carl Edwards on board. They had a great season last year, and are also having a great season this year.
Edwards negotiated his own contract and took some time before reaching his ultimate decision. Jack Roush said that he has a lot invested into Carl and the 99 race team and is really looking forward to more success with Carl Edwards on board as a driver.
Carl Edwards is also very marketable and a great spokes person for the AFLAC team. The fans always seem to enjoy his signature back flip off of the driver side door, and his new run up the grandstands maneuver to thank the fans for coming to the race.
I think that we’re going to see more of the 99 in victory lane.
Travis Pastrana is a man of many things, he’s more of a modern-day daredevil if you will. Mr. Pastrana has been very successful in a variety of goals that he has set out to achieve in life.
You may have seen him jump out of a plane without a parachute (yes you’ve read that right), only to obtain one from a friend in mid-air while plummeting towards the earth, or was it when he smashed the 12-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road Record by 20 seconds!
Hmmm… Well There’s this Pastrana guy in the X Games that has won 16 medals (11 of which are gold), yes this is the same Travis Pastrana. The guy is simply amazing at pretty much anything he sets his mind to.
Travis has stated that he would love to become involved in Nascar. He has run three Nascar K&N series races in an effort to prepare for his driving debut in the Nationwide series this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Travis has struggled a bit in the K&N series. With a 6Th, 22ND and 25Th place finish, he realizes there’s quite a bit to learn behind the wheel of a stock car.
Travis Pastrana has signed a three-year agreement with Michael Waltrip, forming Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. Pastrana said that he realizes that there is alot to learn, and that he doesn’t expect to have instant success right away in the Nationwide Series. Most of his success in racing has come from non asphalt forms of racing, but he wanted to try his hand in Nascar to see what happens.
Michael Waltrip also said that he was excited to work with Pastrana, and that it’s going to take a little while for him to learn how to drive a cup car and communicate with a crew chief, but seemed very excited about the partnership.
The boys had the weekend off last week in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series, some of them took the weekend off and others found different things to do.
Kasey Kahne ran a race in Pennsylvania on Friday night in his sprint car at Williams Cove Speedway. World of Outlaw driver Craig Dollansky went to pass Kasey on the inside coming out of turn four when their cars touched on the backstretch sending the 49 machine of Kahne through the air end-over-end, over a guard rail and ultimately came to a rest about 30 feet from the track. It was a pretty scary wreck. Kahne however emerged unharmed.
Driver Jeff Gordon boarded a plane right after the Lenox Tools 301 in Louden NH, and headed straight for the Congo to help out in a refugee camp for a couple of days, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative that he is part of.
This week the Nascar circuit is off to Indianapolis Motor Speedway where driver Jeff Gordon won the inaugural race back in 1994, passing Ernie Irvan who had the car to beat but ended up cutting down a tire handing the win to Gordon.
If you’re looking for a driver to pick for your fantasy league for this weeks Brickyard 400, Jeff Gordon has 4 wins at Indy, while teammate Jimmie Johnson has 3. However Tony Stewart has 2 wins at indy, he came in second at Louden two weeks ago and typically starts to pour it on at this point in the season.
Another guy to keep and eye on is Clint Boywer. He also knows how to get around Indianapolis Motor Speedway very well and could be a factor during Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
Here’s a really cool 1930 Ford model A coupe Rat Rod with a suicide shifter outside of the car. It has a gas tank inside the car and a pretty cool gas cap located on the roof to fill-er-up. There’s a lot of really nice custom work done on this one.
Ryan Newman had a great pay day last weekend or so he thought. Newman won the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday and also the Lenox Tool 301 on Sunday.
Sitting in the grandstands on Saturday I had the perfect view of the modified race in which for the third straight year in a row Ryan Newman won the pole. Newman’s car was pretty fast during the race, so fast in fact that it failed Nascar’s post race inspection.
On Wednesday Nascar announced that Newman would be stripped of his win in the modified series, due to an illegal motor. The modified cars run a restrictor plate and Newmans crew decided to make a weep hole in the carburetor gasket that would allow more air to be sucked into the intake creating more horsepower.
Nascar has announced Todd Szegedy as the winner of the F.W. Webb 100. All of the other drivers will move up a spot in the finishing order.
As a result of the infraction, car owner Kevin Manion and also crew chief Mike LaRochelle have both been suspended from all NASCAR regional touring series for the remainder of the year due to the severity of the issue.