Duno has three Indy 500 starts, eight victories in IMSA sanctioned events, and finished 7th in the 2013 ARCA Racing Series point standings. You can check various reports as to her on track record, but one of the most memorable moments of her career was captured on this link:
NASCAR has a ranking system they call Driver Rating. I don’t pretend to understand a formula that rates Clint Bowyer ahead of Jeff Gordon at Watkins Glen when:
-Gordon has 4 wins at the track, Bowyer has none.
-Gordon has 6 Top Fives, Bowyer just 1.
-Gordon has 9 Top Tens to Bowyer’s 3.
-Gordon has 2 Poles at Watkins Glen, while Bowyer has none.
-Gordon has led 233 laps at the upstate New York track, while Bowyer has led 1.
AND, though the series has not raced at Watkins Glen yet this year, Gordon does have two wins in 2014, while according to the Twitter parody Drunken Brian France, Bowyer has not won a NASCAR race in 662 days. That would factor into my Driver Rating system. If they drove a Chevy instead of a Ford, that would factor into my system. If they did back flips off their car after winning a race, that would be a major point reduction in my system. If their last name was Busch, they could not be ranked in my Top 20 even if they won more races in a season than Richard Petty after did. I would also change the system more often than NASCAR changes rules so no one but me knew exactly what was happening.
Although Brad Keselowski has not won at Watkins Glen he does have 3 Top Five finishes. Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose, and Tony Stewart are the three active drivers with the best average finish on this road course. Keselowski is in the race while Ambrose and Stewart desperately need a win to qualify for The Chase. Without a victory, both are realistically too far behind to make it to NASCAR’s play-offs on points alone. Ambrose needs 50 points more than Biffle in the next five races to garner a Chase spot on points, while Stewart needs 54 more points than Biffle.
Yes, Biffle could break, Biffle could wreck, and he could fall out of the last qualifying spot. I said realistically, not mathematically. Anyway, while I would like to see Stewart qualify-and Biffle not qualify, I don’t think we are gong to see a win by the #14 car this week. I doubt that Ambrose will cross the finish line first either, though I think he will finish ahead of Stewart. I am using the Sears Point race for my thinking on Ambrose,‘re he put too much pressure on himself to succeed. I see Keselowski winning, enabling all the NASCAR pundits who jumped on the Gordon bandwagon after the Brickyard 400 and moved to the Earnhardt Jr. for champion bandwagon after the BoBowling.com 400 to return to the Keselowski band wagon where they were after the Kentucky race in June.
And yes, my predictions suck. Usually they are a jinx for the driver I choose. Mainly because they are logical and nothing about automobile racing is logical.
OK, I got Keselowski winning, check that off my ‘to do’ list. Since I say Keselowski will win, I will also state he will start the race no further back than 20th, as no one has won the race from the 21st starting spot on back.
Morgan Shepherd was the oldest driver to ever win a pole position for a NASCAR race at WGI. He was 47 years, 10 months, 1 day old when he accomplished this feat on 8/13/89. I mention this because Shepherd will be racing at Watkins Glen, though in the Nationwide Series.
In researching for this post, I discovered that NASCAR has raced in New York 66 times, including 6 times at Islip Speedway. Does anyone else remember the .2 mile oval? I remember it because of the Figure 8 World Championship races there, not NASCAR. These races were shown on the old ABC Wide World of Sports. OK, does anyone else remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? The last NASCAR race was run as Islip in 1971 and was won by?? Richard Petty, of course. That was easy.
I am hoping for some real racing on Sunday. I don’t want to see 43 different pit strategies coming into play. I would love to see some paint swapping, and a few hurt feelings would be OK too. That isn’t too much to ask for is it?
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