I hate to see race tracks fall by the wayside. It is like losing a small part of our history. As with many grassroots tracks, this former NASCAR Winston Cup track-I got it right-appears to be worth more not being a track than being one.
Pabst Beer is being sold to a Russian brewer. No, that doesn’t have anything to do with NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. I just happened to see the article when I was doing some research for this blog, and remembered back in 1967 the first “message” sweatshirt I ever owned had the Pabst Blue Ribbon label stamped on it.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton will be available to sub for Clint Bowyer in New Hampshire this weekend. Bowyer is on “baby watch,” and might need someone to drive for him. According to the parody account Drunken Brian France on Twitter, Bowyer has not won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 706 days. How ironic would it be if Crafton subbed for Bowyer and won the race? Yes, I do realize the odds of me winning the big Powerball drawing on Saturday are greater, but still.
An article in Forbes Magazine stated that Michael Waltrip Racing is worth approximately $80,000,000, down about 20% from a year ago, mostly due to the aftermath of the Richmond race outcome manipulation debacle of 2013. What I would like to know is how much the value will drop every week Waltrip remains a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. On Monday, Waltrip stated he was trying to channel Bill Engvall in his dancing, but there is a problem with that. Engvall is actually funny-Waltrip really isn’t. And Engvall was actually a mediocre dancer. Waltrip will have to show vast improvement this week to be called mediocre.
OK, I doubt I could dance as well as Waltrip, though if I could dance with Emma Slater, I would certainly go on a show “Dancing with Bloggers.” I am sure I could not drive a Sprint Cup Car as well as Waltrip either. I could not quarterback an NFL team, not even the Dallas Cowboys. I could never hit a curve ball. I was a fast runner, except I was hindered by running too long in the same spot. Now my left knee mocks me if I even think of the word ‘run.’ I can’t sing, though I do belt out lyrics during Nebraska football games-they can be quite bawdy and can’t be repeated here. I’ll never write the great American novel. Being funny on ‘Caution for Debris’ will have to suffice.
Brad Keselowski was the fastest driver in the opening round of practice for the Sylvania 300 from New Hampshire. Eight of the fastest ten drivers are in The Chase-Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson were second and fifth fastest. Surprisingly, Jimmie Johnson was just 29th fastest. Johnson seems almost ordinary, well at least as ordinary as one of the best drivers in the world can be, but I would not count him out of a 7th championship trophy just yet.
I am not a great Keselowski fan, so unlike many NASCAR writers I am not ready to crown him Sprint Cup champion yet, nor am I jumping on the #2 band wagon. To me the favorite is going to be The Chase finalist who has a five second lead over the other three finalists heading into turn four on the last lap of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Speedway on November 16th. Crown that driver champion.
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