After much thought, I realized that DWTS producers may have a serious problem. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is watching the show and tweeting about his friend. Remember the old commercial “when E.F. Hutton talks, people listen?” Well, when Earnhardt tweets, Junior Nation takes action. If Waltrip is getting the Junior vote he may make the finals.
It isn’t like he has a car in The Chase to worry about. The last race Brian Vickers won was July 14, 2013 at New Hampshire and according to the Twitter parody account of ‘Drunken Brian France,’ Clint Bowyer has not won a Sprint Cup race in 711 days. Dance away Michael.
Lolo Jones was eliminated from competition last week, and last night it was Tavis Smalley getting the ouster. With Waltrip still dancing, Jones and Smalley must feel like Kyle Larson did when Gregg Biffle made The Chase and he didn’t. I like the NASCAR elimination better-instead of sending home someone every week, DWTS should have elimination rounds and only send someone home every three weeks, but get rid of four dancers each time they do. It could all be based on combined points for the three weeks, except if a dancer gets the highest score one week he/she automatically advances to the next round.
No, I don’t have too much time on my hands. There was a thick coat of irony in those first four paragraphs.
If you fall asleep during a Sprint Cup race you now can watch a replay on YouTube. Complete race replays of each Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race broadcast will be available at www.youtube.com/NASCAR each week following the event. Fans may visit the playlist entitled, “Full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Replays – 2014” on the channel’s landing page to access the videos.
I don’t know if that means every lap is shown, or if the TV version which omits countless laps for commercials is what you will get. I don’t think the YouTube version includes four hours of prerace coverage though. If your favorite driver wins, watch the race a second time. If your least favorite driver drops out of a race, play that sequence over and over. I don’t think I could stand “Boogety, boogety, boogety” more than once a week though.
Yesterday I mentioned that every race fan should subscribe to National Speed Sport News. If you subscribe you would know about the Sprint Cup replays and also could read what Ford team engine builder Doug Yates has to say about the big changes in Sprint Cup rules that will take effect in early 2015. The 2014 engine won’t be totally scrapped in 2015, but wholesale changes have been made, and teams that have been dominant this season could struggle next year.
Roush Fenway Racing will probably continue to struggle next year, but that would have been so even without the new rules package. Greg Biffle as the star of the team is a head scratcher. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has shown the thing he is best at on the track is running into girlfriend Danica Patrick. Yes, Trevor Bayne-the replacement for Carl Edwards, is a Daytona 500 winner and will forever be known as such. If Bayne sticks with RFR, the highlight of his career will likely be that Daytona win that came when he was just 20 years old.
Some story lines from the Dover race this weekend:
-Will Penske Racing continue to dominate Chase events?
-Will Jimmie Johnson show he is a Chase contender at a track he has done very well at in the past?
-Will Jeff Gordon rebound from a cut tire that cost him at least 20 positions at the finish of the New Hampshire race?
-Will non-Chase driver Kyle Larson continue to steal attention from Chase drivers with another strong finish?
-Will either RFR driver advance to the second round of The Chase?
-Will mistakes continue to plague Chase drivers as happened in Chicago and New Hampshire?
The 12 drivers remaining in The Chase will have their points reset to 3000. The four drivers who will be eliminated from Chase competition after the Dover race will have their points revert back to the regular point system, meaning that Kyle Larson will now be competing for 13th in Sprint Cup standings, rather than 17th. With his recent performance he is likely to jump over at least several of the former Chase drivers with this reset.
If I read information on the 2014 Chase format correctly, the four drivers eliminated after round two will also see their points revert back to regular scoring. The same holds true for drivers eliminated after the third round. So, in addition to very likely being named Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year, Larson could actually finish as high as 5th in the final point standings.
I did not realize that previously, but re-read Chase information says it is so. That is a good thing. It gives non-Chase drivers more incentive to continue to race hard.
I held off from posting this for breaking news-the Ontario County New York grand jury decided not to file charges against Tony Stewart in the death of Kevin Ward.
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