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.
It’s always refreshing to see creativity used to the fullest advantages on a hot rod. This evil looking hotrod pickup is slightly extended in the nose region due to the front mounted roots type blower! WUT!? Yes, settle down now. While I can’t confirm exactly what goes on within the walls of those silver intake tubes, I have to assume that they aren’t the only thing holding the boost inside. How does it work you say? Well… The crankshaft has a …well… shaft coming off the front of it. That shaft passes through some bearings, and has a dual pulley on the front side. That dual pulley spins the supercharger, which begins moving air. The air then flows up the duct work to the blow-thru carb, and voila, “Bob’s your uncle.” Like it, Love it, Lust it. The choice is yours and yours alone.
Recently a friend of mine was at a car show with his ’63 Thunderbird. It’s a really nice driving car, has a perfect interior, and has very few flaws in the paint. The chrome is beginning to show it’s age, but it’s far from rusty. That day at the car show, a guy came over to my friend and voiced his amazement at how a car that appears to be falling apart (while pointing to my friends T-bird), can actually still be driven. Needless to say, the conversation ended somewhat abruptly.
Fast forward several weeks, I’m at a different car show, and I see this Chevy panel truck-shaped beauty. From a distance I thought it was quite cool because you don’t see many of this body style out there in the wild. I walked up to it, and meandered around to the drivers side to find something truly spectacular. On the side of this truck, in some kind of chalk or wax pencil, it read:
“Hey thanks for telling me how nice this will look with paint and that it’d be a shame not too!”
I instantly began to wonder if the owner of this truck had met the same courteous individual that commented on my friends t-bird weeks earlier! They do say it’s a small world ya know…
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.
2011 must be the year of the hotrod tow truck or something, because everywhere I go, I find myself surrounded by them. They must see what I drive and just assume that I need help anytime I stop. Anywho… As promised last night, I have more pictures from the ungodly awesome Milltown show. Tonight’s display of hotness is a hot rod wrecker of epic proportion. It’s low. It’s menacing. It’s basically everything I have ever wanted. After spending about 15-20 minutes staring at this truck from every angle, I can assure you that it is bigger and badder in person than it is in the photos. Keep that in mind.
Also worth noting: Notice how all the people in the above picture are staring in different directions. A strange moment in time no doubt!
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out with an absolutely fantastic group of car and motorcycle enthusiasts. It was known as the “Return To The Milltown Hot Rod N’ Kustom Rock N Roll Weekend” in Sturbridge Massachusetts. If I may be so bold, I’d say it was the most amazingly creative / awesome selection of old rolling metal that I have ever seen in one place. Not only were the cars great, but the people were too. Throughout this week, I’m going to be posting up pictures of some automotive eye candy that I spotted while I was there.
To start off the week, I’ll post up one of my favorites. It’s a 1953 Dodge B Series Truck that I had originally spotted (pre-roof chop) over on killbillet.com several months ago. Back then I was thoroughly impressed at how little money he spent building it. His truck’s ratio of greatness to dollars spent was completely off the charts. Sure enough, he had made the trek all the way from New York to the depths of Massachusetts to be part of this amazing event. Simply fantastic.
At the recent monthly swap meet I spotted a derelict looking, rusty wrecker. It instantly reminded me of the steampunk zombie apocalypse survival vehicle that we had talked about a couple of weeks ago, and it easily sucked me in for a closer look. From every angle this thing was an absolute monster. It had enough leaf springs to haul the heaviest of loads, enough steel to thwart off that nastiest zombies, a single headlight for creeping around, and perfect patina to keep things ugly. If I didn’t have so many projects, I would have loved to have taken on a new toy like this. No, I wouldn’t clean off any of the rust. I would just get the truck mechanically sound, and ride crusty. Literally. Who doesn’t need a classic wrecker in their driveway? “You want to take the wrecker today?” ”You’re darn right I do.”