Part of the evidence collected was a forensic enhanced video produced by the New York State Police Laboratory. If you ever watch C.S.I. or NCIS you know about forensic enhancement. I am not sure what more this would show, but I would not want to be the DA who would prosecute a criminal case against Stewart, even on some lesser charge. I think it would be a waste of taxpayer money to take this to a criminal court. Let the matter be settled outside the court system.
In my 16 Nations post I mentioned that Aric Almirola was Lithuania to me, even though he is Cuban-American. My reasoning was that Lithuania is a nice country that rarely gets any publicity, like Almirola does not get much attention when talking of potential Sprint Cup champions. I also pointed out that the Lithuanian men’s basketball team was in the FIBA World Cup championship and that as long as the team had a chance of being the world champion, Almirola had a chance of winning The Chase. Well, Lithuania lost yesterday to the U.S.
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It is a chilly, damp day in the Midwest. My plans for this evening do not include watching Kyle Busch win yet another NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, rather I am going to a race at Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota, just north of Sioux City, Iowa. My attire will include long johns, a sweatshirt, a hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and a stocking cap. I am also taking along a blanket and hand warmers. Will this allow me to be comfortable? I doubt it. I have been going to races since I was five years old and have sat through some miserable conditions, probably worse than what tonight will bring. Still, in the immortal words of Sgt. Hulka in ‘Stripes,’ “I’m getting to old for this sh-t.” I hope you will check out my other blog ‘The Rest of the Dirt’ at www.therestofthedirt.com.
The weather forecast for the Chicago area shows a 70% chance of rain tonight, but just partly cloudy conditions on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s high should be in the mid-60’s, not just a good day for NFL football to be played, but a good day for racing as well. Hopefully the weather man will be right this time.
Who has more motivation to take home the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship?
-Brad Keselowski wants to show that not making The Chase in 2013 was a fluke and that competitors can expect him to run like it was 2012, the year he became a Sprint Cup champion.
-Jeff Gordon is 43. Obviously he is still a great racer. However, he has not won a championship under any of The Chase formats. Can he expect to run as good in 2015 as he did in 2014? Will he have another shot at a fifth championship?
-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Steve Letarte have just 10 more races together. Earnhardt would like Letarte to go out on top, and get the monkey of no championship off his back.
-Jimmie Johnson. Does matching Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with seven championships give Johnson more motivation that other Chase drivers?
-Joey Logano. I don’t think Logano is the greatest thing since sliced bread, a tag that came with him when he started racing in the Sprint Cup series, but he definitely has found a home at Penske Racing. A lot of people still question if he is of championship caliber, which could mean he is running with a chip on his shoulder.
-Kevin Harvick has never won a Sprint Cup championship. He has had one of the fastest cars all season long, and SHR showed it wants him to get one when they switched Tony Stewart’s crew to Harvick. The move puts more pressure on Harvick to win, but Harvick wants to win not only for himself but for his friend and boss as well.
-Carl Edwards. It seems to me that the team simply wants to get the season over with. Edwards is moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, Jimmy Fennig is going to retire, at least as a crew chief, and crew can’t be enthused with the results it has been getting of late. I would not be surprised to see Edwards bow out of The Chase after the first round.
-Kyle Busch did win this year, but he had a slew of bad finishes too. The frustration boiled over in a battle of words with crew chief Dave Rogers at Bristol. He may stink up the show winning in the Camping World Truck series, but I don’t see him winning a Sprint Cup championship this year.
-Denny Hamlin. Another Joe Gibbs Racing driver. I really don’t think Hamlin has overcome the 2010 final race debacle when he led Jimmie Johnson by 15 points entering the Homestead finale and left Florida 39 points behind in second place. No, I do not see Hamlin as champion.
-Matt Kenseth. Does not have a win this season, which is surprising. However, the past champion is always consistent, and a timely win could vault him into the Final Four at Homestead. And that would not be surprising.
-Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, A.J. Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, and Ryan Newman. No, no way, nope, not a chance, never, and not very likely.
-Being a NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion is like being known for winning the Daytona 500. It is something that stays with you forever. And the several million bucks the champion driver receives adds a little motivation too.
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