Since we lost Earnhardt Senior, there has been more or less a gentleman’s agreement between NASCAR drivers about the rules of civilized racing. Lately, however, there is one driver who seems to be gaming those rules. He seems to have his own set of rules on booting that driver out of his way. That driver is Joey Logano.
So in that spirit I have drafted the unsaid rules for his class in Booting Drivers:
1. I do not need to look, I know they are flipping me off.
2. Never admit that you wrecked the car in front of you.
3. Never admit that you made contact with the car in front of you.
4. Never acknowledge that you noticed the wreck at all.
5. Do not apologize for the wreck, even after you’ve seen the video.
6. Do not be involved in the wreck. It is bump AND run, run being the important part.
7. If he had the faster car, then he couldn’t have been bumped. Q.E.D.
8. If he wants to chat with you in the infield, stay in your car.
9. If you are already out of your car when he comes to chat, keep your helmet on.
10. Never go anywhere without your Dad.
11. If the news guy asks if you are a genius, the answer is “Yes.”
12. If the air can make you wreck, there was really no way you were going to be able to deal with me.
13. When you are not admitting fault for the wreck you didn’t see, always mention your sponsors.
14. If it ain’t broke, fixing it makes it your fault when it don’t work.
15. Yes, I blocked you.
16. If you’re complaining about me blocking you, then it obviously worked.
I”m positive that I don’t have all the rules enumerated here. I think I need to go watch some old races with Senior in them.
And as of today: There’s 43 days till the Shootout. 44 days till Qualifying. 48 days till the Duels & 51 days till Daytona 500!!
Where Smoke Will Rise!! and There are 201 days till we go dirt racing back at Smoke’s Place in Ohio, Eldora Speedway!
Truck Champion Matt Crafton, 6-Time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, Nationwide Champion Austin Dillon
Racing Comes To A Close – For This Year
The year comes to a close for Nascar’s 2013 racing season. Despite the grumbling and hysterics on Twitter, I think it was an interesting and exciting year. But then I’m a race fan, not a fair weather fan.
I’m not so quick to blame Nascar for the poor attendance and lower TV ratings. People who do this don’t understand how much the Great Recession has hit this country. Many of us are still struggling to recover and we can’t afford our season race tickets. And for many of the races, require cable/dish to view. That too costs money many don’t have. But that’s a different story.
You can’t write about the end of the season without first saying a big Congratulations to the champions of the season. Continue reading →
After Sunday’s Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin; driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, expressed his frustration on Twitter. Evidently Denny was upset with his 14th place finish. (2013 Daytona 500 Results @ SBNation).
After the race he tweeted to Brad Keselowski: @dennyhamlin keselowski sorry I couldn’t get close to you cuz your genius teammate was too busy messing up the inside line 1 move at a time
A little while later Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Penzoil Ford for Penske Racing; tweeted a response. But if you check Joey’s Twitter page, you may not find that response. Continue reading →
Danica Patrick and Boss Tony Stewart Celebrating Her 1st Historical Sprint Cup Pole Win
Another Glass Ceiling Broken
We want to recognize a day in history and the power of female energy by saying Congratulations to Danica Patrick for becoming the first woman to secure a pole position in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series and the Daytona 500!
Another glass ceiling has been broken! Yes!!
And congratulations to her Boss Tony Stewart for having the courage to hire her for his Stewart-Haas Racing Team!! He really is a pretty smart man.
Tony Stewart took a lot of criticism for bringing Danica into the Sprint Cup Series for 2013. Well let’s face it, he took a lot of criticism for helping her from day 1 to come into Nascar. Some of that criticism even came from me and I love the guy. (Why Nascar Fans Don’t Like Danica). Continue reading →
This year she will be driving the GoDaddy #10 Chevy full time in the Sprint Cup series for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Now as a major Tony Stewart fan, I’ve been conflicted about Danica from the beginning. I want to support him as both a driver and an owner. But it’s been hard where she’s concerned. Even knowing how much Tony likes her and believes in her abilities. (Danica and Tony are Fast Friendsby Nate Ryan – USA Today)
Make no mistake, I think bringing her on board at Stewart-Haas Racing is a great business decision. She’s immensely popular. She garners a great deal of attention no matter what she does or where she goes.
As the Marketing reps say…there’s no such thing as bad publicity. You merely need to look at the response to this years Superbowl GoDaddy commercial to see that concept working in reality. As soon at that supermodel/nerd kiss commercial aired, Twitter lit up with comments. With each and every one of them mentioning “Go Daddy” in their disgust. But that gross commercial, pulled in record business for the Dot.com and that’s what it’s all about. Sales!
So yeah it’s a great business decision having her on the team. But business decisions don’t play out on the track with fans hoping for a win from their favorite driver. Continue reading →
Last month Washington DC was in its usual fight over money, budgets and bills when it finally agreed on several little deals to create what’s being called on the street as the Fiscal Cliff Bill. Along with being a sports fan, an author and teacher, I’m also a political junkie. And one thing that irritates me more than the stupidity in Washington, is the B.S. and spin that the average American buys into at the hands of sloppy reporting and sensationalize journalism.
When that mis-information touches on something I care about, I tend to speak up. Such is the case of a recent story published in the Washington Post this week. An opinion piece, which I guess means the opinionated author doesn’t need to check their facts before publication. The article entitled “From NASCAR to rum, the 10 weirdest parts of the ‘fiscal cliff’ bill” was posted by Brad Plumer on January 2, 2013.
3-Time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart “The People’s Champion”
Tony Stewart Announces: No Double for 2013
Smoke fans were excited at the proposition that their favorite driver might run the infamous racing “Double” in 2013. What’s the Double? Well it’s only one of the most arduous days in racing, requiring a race car driver to participate in the Indianapolis 500 AND the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. Yep, two of the longest races of the season for both Indy and Nascar series racing.
Tony Stewart has run the Double before. He ran both races in 1999, his Nascar Rookie year. He finished 9th in the Indy 500 and 4th in the Coke 600. He completed 1,090 miles of the 1,100 miles of the combined races. Pretty fantastic finishes in both races.
In 2001, Smoke made the attempt at the Double again. This time running all of the 1,100 miles even with a brief 17 minute rain delay in Indy. In addition he proved his talent and ability as a race car driver by improving his previous effort finishes in both races. Crossing the finish line at Indy in 6th and 3rd at the Coke 600.
So when Roger Penske made the public offer for Tony to run the Double again next year, fans were excited! During the final Awards ceremony in Vegas for Nascar’s Championship Week, Standing at the microphone for his speech as owner of this years Nascar Championship team, Penske announces “Where’s Stewart? How about doing the double at Indy this year? You available?” And while the banquet hall erupted in laugher, Mr. Penske was serious. Explaining his offer was in earnest at a later after awards ceremony interview. Continue reading →