The anti-bullying book is the first in a series of “Matt Kenseth Race” books for children ages 4-7. Next up will be a “Race For Nutrition” book. The books will be sold in Dollar General Stores.
Apparently Kenseth is also somewhat of a reader and enjoys books by Vince Flynn and David Balducci. Me too. Whenever I fly somewhere I try to stop at an airport newsstand and buy a Vince Flynn or W.E.B. Griffin paperback. Reading at the gate and on the plane I can usually finish the book by the time I arrive at my destination.
Sunday night’s Oral-B 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be Jeff Gordon’s 750th start in the series. 40 of those races have been at the Atlanta Speedway. If the Hendrick stalwart should win the race, it will certainly be exciting for his family, but likely will be only the second most exciting event of their week. While Air Force One was stopped at the Charlotte airport, Gordon’s wife, children, and parents were able to tour the plane. They had not expected a Presidential greeting, but they also met President Obama during the tour.
Gordon was not along for the tour. He was testing at Martinsville. And the way my mind works, I was picturing the President in a two-seater race car being driven around a track like Martinsville by a driver like Gordon. I am talking of cars like the Richard Petty Experience uses. I wonder if the Secret Service would let the President do that. He could vacation in the mountains of Virginia instead of Cape Cod, do a little racing, do some golfing, hike the Appalachian Trail. I wouldn’t mind hiking the Appalachian Trail with the President-you certainly would not have to worry about snakes or bears.
Of course my mind did not quit with President Obama speeding around an asphalt oval. Others I would like to see riding in a two seater at a NASCAR track:
-Larry the Cable Guy
-NU football Coach Bo Pelini
-NASCAR writer Bob Pockrass
-my friend Tony Anville
-my son Matt
About the Atlanta race. You have to brush your teeth before watching. Seriously. I think. Maybe. Well, you should. Jeff Gordon will brush his teeth before the race. I don’t know if Dale Earnhardt Jr. will or not. Probably. Kyle Busch probably won’t.
Atlanta is one of the fastest tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit. Last year’s pole sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced around the track at 189.688 miles per hour during qualifying. The race should feature-hallelujah and amen brothers and sisters-multiple groove racing. You know the kind where cars race side by side (and side by side by side), something you don’t see at every NASCAR track. Keep your fingers crossed that a race might actually break out at a redneck Labor Day party.
Next year’s Atlanta race will be the week after the Daytona 500. This will push back most other early season races, though the Bristol race will go from a chilly mid-March date to a warmer mid-April date. The biggest hurrah on the new schedule is switching the Darlington race to its traditional Labor Day Weekend date. I’ll be happy if I can even find the races on Fox 1 and NBCSN. By my definition these are not major changes, rather a shuffling of dates. Apparently “robust discussions” could bring about nothing more than shuffling-no mid-week dates, no Iowa, etc.
My mind is wandering. What about Sunday’s race? Las Vegas sports books have Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick as 6-1 favorites. Joey Logano is shown as 8-1, while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth are listed at 10-1. Danica Patrick and her boy friend are listed at 100-1 odds.
Who do I want to jinx with my pick this week? How about Keselowski? That isn’t who I want to win, but I do not want to jinx that driver.
As far as drivers winning their way into The Chase, perhaps Kenseth, but I do not see any of the others doing so. I believe there will be at least three winless drivers make the post-season play-offs on points alone.
Here is an interesting business plan. If attendance is down at your events, don’t try to make the product more appealing-OK, NASCAR has tried in a lot of ineffective ways-rather tear down seats, reducing capacity by 25-50% (Talladega went from 143,000 to 78,000 seats), and then start raising prices ticket prices again. Check out this link:
Children’s books, suspense novels, tooth brushes, Air Force One, Larry the Cable Guy, Lady Gaga, Las Vegas bookies, price rip-offs AND racing too. Tell me one other NASCAR blog that gives you all that Caution for Debris does.
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