Despite several tire failures last year because of the surface, drivers like it because it is not a slippery, one groove, follow the leader track. My definition of racing is not a long line of cars going fast and turning left. It is cars going fast, but doing so side by side and even being able to pass another car on the track instead of in the pits. Hey, if the drivers don’t mind the bumps in the track, and if it is not a safety issue, don’t repave it.
Random thoughts about Kentucky Speedway and the Quaker State 400:
-while 4th, 11th, and 13th is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings is far from mediocre, 2014 has not been a great season for Joe Gibbs Racing. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin do have wins, but Matt Kenseth does not. Perhaps Kentucky Speedway will ease the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns-sorry; I know it was the lyrics from another Bob Dylan song that just sold for $2,000,000. Anyway, Busch and Kenseth have Sprint Cup victories at the track, and all three JGR drivers are ranked in the top six there.
-Kasey Kahne is still looking for the win needed to get him into the Chase, and like JGR drivers, he has to be happy to see Kentucky next on the Sprint Cup schedule. Kahne has an average finish of 6.5 at the track.
-no driver has come from further back than 16th to win this race. Kenseth started 16th in 2013. Instead of naming a name to win the Saturday night race, I am picking whoever starts 12th.
-there has never been a green-white-checkers finish in this race.
-can Carl Edwards back up last week’s Sonoma win with a good performance in Kentucky? Maybe the 99’s rival drivers should get a Jimmy Fennig voodoo doll and start sticking pins in it. Fennig is every bit as important to Edwards as Chad Knaus is to Jimmie Johnson.
-Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are 1-2-3 in NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. Why? After 16 races, the trio has combined for 6 wins, 20 Top Fives, and 34 Top Tens-AND, only 1 DNF.
-banking in turns 1-4 is 14 degrees and in the tri-oval, 10 degrees.
-according to track specs, there are 7,375 spots reserved for RV parking. Wow, that is almost as many as for high school football games in Texas.
-don’t look for a Stewart-Haas team in Victory Lane on Saturday. Average finish for the four team drivers is Kevin Harvick-10.5, Kurt Busch-12.5, Danica Patrick-23, and Tony Stewart-26.
-Las Vegas odds have Jimmie Johnson at 6 to 1, Kevin Harvick at 6 to 1, Brad Keselowski at 8 to 1, Joey Logano at 8 to 1, and Jeff Gordon at 8 to 1.
My odds? Ha, I have visited Las Vegas four times for the New Media Expo since I started my blog The Rest of the Dirt in 2008. I have never won much, never lost much, and never gambled much. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce begs me not to tell what I did in Sin City-you know, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” not because it is so decadent, rather because it is so boring. So, the only odds I will give is that the odds are good this will be a race to watch, one with minimal nap time, one that will be won on the track, not in the pits.
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