It was announced on Tuesday that Jim Beam, the primary sponsor on Robby Gordon's #7 won't be back next year. Can't say I am surprised....can you?
It was announced on Tuesday that Jim Beam, the primary sponsor on Robby Gordon's #7 won't be back next year. Can't say I am surprised....can you?
It was announced on Monday that Jack Daniel's won't be returning to the 07 car driven by Richard Childress Racing Driver Casey Mears.
In the official press release a Jack Daniel's spokesman said, "We want to thank the many friends and fans of the Jack Daniel's 07 Racing Team, and we can't say enough about your incredible support over the last five years."
This is just one more blow to the Richard Childress Racing organization. After rumors of discord between Childress and long time driver Kevin Harvick and none of the four drivers making the chase you have to wonder how secure the organization is. You also have to wonder what prompted Jack Daniel's to leave NASCAR. Was it the fact that a driver they were behind 100% and who fit their image is now behind the wheel of a Cheerios/Hamburger Helper sponsored car? Or was it the fact they haven't gotten much publicity this year with Casey Mears behind the wheel?
It also makes me wonder if Childress is regretting his decision to add a fourth team this year or his choice of drivers. I know Mears has a racing name and that he's got a victory (hey we were there for that) in the series, but he's a driver that has struggled all season long to get traction and work his way through the points. He's a driver that only gets publicity when he's involved in a wreck. That probably has a lot to do with the reason they are leaving RCR and NASCAR...but that's just my opinion.
What do you think of this decision?
You may have noticed that the blog is decidedly less Jenn and more Katy-centric right now and I can promise that will change as well. Between races, family stuff, work and other miscellaneous stuff, I haven't had the free time lately that Katy has. I'll try to make some time to post on here more frequently and give you my perspective on things.
Oh and on a personal note, if you're a Harvick fan, soon you'll find me as the official Examiner. Just because he didn't make the Chase doesn't mean I'm ready to give up on him!
Mark Martin fans are rejoicing today because the driver they love so much just signed a deal for 2 more years with Hendrick Motorsports. The deal will put Martin in the #5 through 2011.
Looks like we can expect to see him in victory lane many more times over the next 2 seasons.
Before today I never gave Reed Sorenson much thought. Never really considered him a good driver or a bad driver. At the end of last season and the beginning of this season there was a lot of attention focused on him. People thought the move to Richard Petty Motorsports was going to be a good fit for the young driver from Georgia. They talked about how it was his dream to race for the King and there were pictures of him as a child posing with Petty everywhere you looked. It was destiny.
Now the news comes out that Sorenson has been racing for free for the last half of the season. Are you kidding me? Racing is the guys livelihood and you can't even find the money to pay him to driver your car? Wow that explains a lot considering the recent announcement of a merger between Petty and Yates. Apparently Reed was given the choice to continue racing for free or sit out the rest of the season. Sorenson choose to race for no money and try to earn a ride for 2010.
Bonus points to Reed for sticking it out and proving that he's got racing in his blood, even if he's not getting a paycheck.
A team of 12 NASCAR writers has been assembled to cover the last 10 races of the season. Each week these writers will provide a brief analysis and offer insight into their particular drivers chances of winning the race and the title.
Check out the hub page for the Coverage or visit each of these Examiner pages separately.
- Darren Pope: Kasey Kahne Coverage
- Katy Lindamood: Kurt Busch Coverage
- Josh Lobdell: Juan Pablo Montoya Coverage
- Janelle Jalbert: Jimmie Johnson Coverage
- Kyle Lavigne: Jeff Gordon Coverage
- Laura Thornton: Mark Martin Coverage
- Rosalie Thompson: Tony Stewart Coverage
- David Yeazell: Denny Hamlin Coverage
- Amanda Vincent: Carl Edwards Coverage
- Dwight Drum: Brian Vickers Coverage
- Jeff Norris: Ryan Newman Coverage
- Greg Engle: Greg Biffle Coverage
Can I just say...Ryan Newman should forgo the fire suit and wear that all the time?
Last night a couple of them were on Jimmy Fallon's late night show (still looking for the video) and this morning six of the Chase contenders stopped by Regis and Kelly to take part in a record breaking pie fight.
You need to go about 2 minutes into the video to see a clear shot of Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch.
First of all they look so silly wearing the rain gear. I think JPM is trying to make himself as small as he can so that people won't recognize him. He looks horrified to be part of this. Kasey looks like that little kid whose mom pulled the string on his hoodie a little too thight. Vickers doesn't seem to mind being there at all, though he'd probably rather be sky diving. Kurt, who looks like a science teacher in those safety glasses, looks pretty excited to be there. Denny Hamlin must have been told not to look at the camera and Jimmie's being his regular laid back self.
It's actually none of these guys who get the most publicity. Instead it's Nationwide Series driver Kevin Conway. Seriously, you can't flip through the channels late at night without seeing him in that blue fire suit. The man is everywhere. And yes, he's endorsing ExtenZe is an infomercial that makes me cringe every time I see it.
I counted last night while flipping through the channels and that commercial was on four channels out of 75 at the same time. That boy's getting some hard core TV time. Jeez!
I'm not sure running in both Series is a good idea for Keselowski, especially since it's going to be his rookie year in Cup and his first year with a new team. Maybe he will have a good season in both, but something tells me it might take him a while to adjust....but what do I know? I'm just a blogger right?
Anyway, I'm not all that enthused with Keselowski's move to Penske. I think they should have given Stremme another season to get acclimated but Keselowski has the name and the hype behind him. Some even suggest he's the next big star. I'm going to reserve my jugdment on that one...although, I'm not going to be joining his fan club anytime soon.
It looks like sponsorship for the Penske's second Nationwide effort has been found. It was announced yesterday that Discount Tires would join Keselowski as the primary sponsor for 26 races in 2010. I guess that means Discount Tires won't be sponsoring the #6 Roush-Fenway car anymore. That kind of makes me sad.
I'll admit that I have never bought a tire from Discount Tire and that there isn't one anywhere near where I live. In fact, I have no idea at all where the nearest one is. I've only been to Discount Tires 3 or 4 times in my life and everytime it was because Jenn and I were stalking David Ragan.
Maybe Ragan wasn't a sponsor's dream in terms of popularity, but he's the kind of driver you should want representing your brand. You want someone who is always excited to see a fan show up for an appearance. You want someone who at least pretends to remember you from the 3 times you saw him the previous season in 2 states. You want a driver who will stop and pose for pictures with fans and you want a driver who stays for the entirety of their scheduled appearance regardless of how long or short the line is.
I guess Discount Tires won't have to worry about their logo not getting on TV or people not showing up for store appearances anymore. Not with Keselowski representing them.
If this is your first time here than you might think Jenn and I are huge Biffle fans. While the Biff does hold a special place in our hearts he's not our ultimate driver.
Jenn would probably say her favorite driver is Harvick followed closely by Kurt and Kyle Busch and I of course am also a Kurt and Kyle girl. Sure we like other drivers but these are our favorite...unless Jenn has changed her mind.
Anyway, like I was saying. I spent the evening on the edge of my seat just hoping the drivers I cheer for every week would be in contention for Chase. I wasn't really concerned about Kurt. His spot in the Chase was pretty much secure but Kyle on the other hand had me a nervous wreck.
We all know how it ended. A resigned Kyle Busch standing on pit road wishing luck to his teammate who made it into the Chase, a visibly excited Brian Vickers who just barely made it in, and a sad Matt Kenseth who missed his first ever Chase. Kurt did make it in though so it wasn't a complete loss for me.
Honestly, I don't know how I feel about the Chase. Part of me thinks its a nice idea. Every other sport in the world has a playoff system so why not NASCAR? Then another part of me hates it for the sheer fact that drivers who haven't won are in while a driver that won 4 times isn't. No, I don't know how to fix the problems. I wouldn't even know where to start.
Okay, so I've got one driver in an one driver out. That's not bad. Right?
But what if the only driver you ever cheer for is outside the top 12? What do you do then? I'll tell you what you do.... you go read this.
#1: Tony has finally taken care of the bathroom situation. In previous years the track bathrooms were terrible and by the halfway point of the night, you wanted to avoid it at all costs possible. This year Tony fixed things and the bathrooms were cleaned fairly frequently.
#2: Dirt is everywhere. During the last three races, I ended up with a chunk of dirt the size of a quarter hitting me in the throat. This year it was my boyfriend’s turn, as he got the dirt in the throat. We looked at each other and just started laughing. We had to keep laughing when we got home from Eldora and discovered dirt in our clothes, my purse and anywhere else we had an uncovered part.
#3: Randomness everywhere. This year I stopped by a small table of Kevin Harvick autographed merchandise to pick up a car I’ve coveted, only to discover that the people running the table were actually his neighbors! He offered them a free trip up on his plane and then asked them to run the table. They were incredibly nice and I’d love to talk to them again in the future.
#4: The unexpected. Who would have guessed that AJ Allmendinger of all people would wreck into the wall and break his car? Or that Joey Lagano would not only ruin one car, but get in a backup car and wreck that one?
#5: The home track advantage. Yes seeing Tony win for the third straight year was a little disappointing, but at some point, someone has to get past him and walk out with that trophy. This is the place where Kenny Wallace won, without any experience on a dirt track so you never know what to expect.
#6: The cars. There’s nothing like seeing these late model cars up close and in person. You can’t fully appreciate the awesome gold and black car driven by Clint Bowyer unless you saw it in person. It’s the only place in the world where you can see all the drivers turn up in late model cars decorated just like their real ones.
#7: The drivers. When we took out seats at the track, we had no idea that we were sitting right across from Kyle Busch’s car and hauler, nor did we know that he’d spend the next two hours working on his car and joking around right in front of us. The drivers are incredibly laid back at Eldora and it’s something you don’t usually get to see. Hearing Kyle joke about forgetting what number he was driving was something I’ll never forget.
#8: Closer than ever. Eldora is unique in that you have the chance to sit closer than anywhere else. We sat right on the corner of turn 1, right beside the fence line. I was close enough to grab a visor tear off and stick it in my purse! Try doing that at a NASCAR race…
You can watch the Prelude to the Dream event at Eldora, but why would you? If you’re a NASCAR fan, you have to see this track and event up close and in person. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget.
NASCAR is kinda like Project Runway. One day you're in...and the next day you're out. (I know it's a stretch but I was watching PR while writing this and somehow my wires got crossed.)
I don't know about you but I have a heck of a time keeping all this straight. Seems like every time I turn around someone is switching teams or a two teams are merging. I feel like I need a flow chart to keep up on all the action. This post is going to be devoted to who's going where and doing what for the 2010 season. Look for frequent updates and let me know if I overlook something or get it all wrong. Remember it's a work in progress. Okay let's get started.
Red Indicates Out
Green Indicates In
2009 vs 2010 - Looks like it's all going to be the same over at Hendrick at least for 2010.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AMP/National Guard)
- Jeff Gordon (DuPont)
- Jimmie Johnson (Lowe's)
- Mark Martin (Kelloggs / Carquest) GoDaddy.com (20 races)
2009 vs 2010 - Stewart and Hendrick will continue partnership for 2010 and drivers will remain the same.
- Ryan Newman (US Army)
- Tony Stewart (Office Depot / Old Spice)
2009 vs 2010 - Stremme out Keselowski in #12
- Kurt Busch #2 (Miller Lite) - Crew Chief
- Sam Hornish Jr. (Mobil 1)
David StremmeBrad Keselowski
- Kasey Kahne #9 (Budweiser)
- Elliott Sadler #19
- AJ Allmendinger
Reed SorensenPaul Menard (Menards)
2009 vs 2010 - Jamie McMurray out due to restrictions on number of teams. Crown Royal moves to Kenseth and DeWalt is out. Fate of McMurray unknown
- Matt Kenseth (
- David Ragan (UPS)
- Carl Edwards (Aflac)
- Greg Biffle (3M)
2009 vs 2010: No changes here.
- Brian Vickers (Red Bull)
- Scott Speed (Red Bull)
2009 vs 2010 - No changes here either....looks like a few teams are happy
- Denny Hamlin (FedEx) #11
- Kyle Busch (M&M's) #18
- Joey Logano (Home Depot) #20
2009 vs 2010 - Truex going to Michael Waltrip...fate of #1 unknown
- Juan Pablo Motoya (Target)
Martin Truex Jr.
- Robby Gordon (Jim Beam)
Michael Waltrip Racing
- Michael Waltrip (NAPA) - Only running partial season
- David Reutimann (Aarons)
- Martin Truex Jr. (NAPA) #56 - Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Richard Childress Racing
- Kevin Harvick (Shell/Penzoil)
- Jeff Burton (CAT)
- Casey Mears (Jack Daniels)
- Clint Bowyer (Cheerios Hamburger Helper)
- Marcos Ambrose
These drivers don't have a ride as of yet for 2010
- Jamie McMurray
- Reed Sorenson
- Bobby Labonte
- David Stremme
Richard Petty Motorsports plans to join forces with Yates Racing for the 2010 season...and they will be racing Fords!!!!!! Team to be comprised of AJ Allmendinger, Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, and Paul Menard.
What this means?
- Jamie McMurray is going to be hurting to find a ride now considering that everyone thought he would be in a Yates car next season.
- Reed Sorenson is out of Petty. Wasn't it a huge deal at the beginning of the season that he was going to the team? Guess the love doesn't last if you have a lackluster season.
- Only one major team will run Dodge in 2010. That's going to put a hell of a lot of pressure on those boys over at Penske.
- What's going to happen to Reed and Jamie Mac?
- Why Paul Menard? Is it his sponsorship? We all know it is.
- Good choice to go ford or bad?
What's everyone talking about this week?
- Jeremy Mayfield - frankly I'm tired of hearing about ol' Jeremy. It's becoming a soap opera. This week he decided to file a wrongful death suit against his former step-mother in the death of his father 2 years ago. Here's my question. Did he suddenly just realize that she was to blame or is he just trying to drag her name through the mud? What do you think?
- Kyle Busch knows he's had a rough year and comments on his chances for making the chase, his Nationwide team, Ron Horniday, and fans love/hate relationship with him.
- Tony Stewart wins the 5th Annual Prelude to the Dream. Come on Jenn give us a recap!....on a side note I want the giant razor he had in victory lane. It's not practical, but neither is that giant Sharpie they give you at Bristol, and I really want that.
- Elliott Sadler - Is going to be a daddy. This week he and his wife Amanda announced they are expecting their first child. Congrats Elliott!
This is what I originally wrote on the topic
I might be a talk radio junkie these days but I don't like to blog about politics. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all I know a lot of people won't agree with my views and secondly this isn't a blog about politics. With that being said I think it's time we focus for just a minute on the recent news coming out of the White House. No I'm not taking about health care reform, or the cap in trade bill, or even the fact that GM is now owned by the government.
Nope, I am talking about the announcement that was made yesterday concerning President Obama's invitation to NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson and other past champions to come hang out at the White House. I'm sorry but I have a problem with this. What the heck does Obama hope to accomplish with this? Is the trying to win the NASCAR vote? I think you are a little late for that buddy. Where were you last year when you were running for President? I don't remember seeing your face at any of the races though I clearly remember John McCain being at New Hampshire and wasn't Cindy McCain at Pocono and a few other tracks too? Were you too good for us NASCAR fans back then?
Remember when those guys over at BAM Racing tried to offer Obama a chance to be on a car last fall? What did he say? Oh yeah, Thanks but no thanks. Back then there was speculation that the reason Obama refused was because the car with him on the hood would be a Toyota make and that was just unamerican. What's he gonna do now that the government owns GM? Is he going to refuse to let anyone who drives a car other than the Impala SS into the White House? Are those Toyota guys who made The Chase last year going to be excluded from the guest list?
Okay, that's my political rant.
Katy Lindamood is a freelance writer, blogger, and self-diagnosed NASCAR addict. She is not Greg Biffle, doesn't know Greg Biffle, and is no way affiliated with Roush Fenway Racing or any NASCAR sponsor. Follow Katy on Twitter or email her .
When the race was postponed because of rain the event had to be rescheduled for later in the month.
Now the truth comes out. Why in the world were the top drivers in NASCAR invited to the White House? Let me tell you why! So they could make this completely inappropriate video urging kids to stay in school.
UPDATE: 9/5 - I've gotten several direct messages from my twitter followers who don't agree with my views. That's okay. We are all entitled to our opinion. Let me clarify my point. I'm not against drivers doing a PSA encouraging kids to stay in school. If NASCAR had decided to make a PSA like this independently I would have applauded them for the effort. There are probably thousands of kids out there who watch NASCAR on the weekend but hate school. Who better to tell them to say in school than the top drivers in the sport?
What I have a problem with is the political agenda behind this PSA. It wasn't done by NASCAR but by the White House. It wasn't something these drivers decided to do on their own independent of NASCAR. The President decided that using sports figures would be a great way to grab the attention of kids. I personally belive that it's fine for sports figures or celebrities to support a political figure but I don't agree with them using their faces and voices to promote a political agenda which is exactly what this is. If you watch the video all the way through you see that it's promoting President Obama's much talked about address to all school aged children that's to happen next Tuesday. In my opinion it's inappropriate and I'm surprised more fans aren't throwing a fit about it.
I want to know what you think. Take the poll below and/or leave a comment.
I could resist no longer, besides it was “research”, or at least that's what I told my husband.
Review: Speed Dating by Nancy Warren.
If I needed advice on love would I turn to Carl Edwards? That's what the characters in the book Speed Dating did. Let me explain further.
Two time Cup champion Dylan Hargreave has had some bad luck on the track recently. His team has been finishing poorly and he just can't seem to pull it all together. What Dylan needs is a good luck charm...and a date for his ex-wife's wedding.
Kendall Clarke is an insurance actuary who thinks in terms of statistics. She's used to playing by the rules and knows nothing about NASCAR, yet her chance encounter with driver Dylan Hargreave changes her life forever.
I've read my share of romance novels in the past. Regardless of the story line there are three things you can always expect. 1) Boy meets girl 2)Boy or girl, usually boy, does something stupid causing the couple to break up. 3)Idiot realizes the error of his/her ways and attempts to win back the love of the jilted lover. It's classic romance novel stuff so I wasn't surprised to see the book unfold in this manner. I was prepared for the broad generalizations and fleeting mention of race day activities.
What I wasn't prepared for was the role Carl Edwards plays in the book. Carl's not a huge character in the short book, but when he shows up on the scene he's the love guru. Kendall approaches him for advice on what drivers are looking for in a woman and Dylan turns to him when he finds that Kendall has left. Carl's even the guy who points out the tear stains on the note Kendall leaves Dylan.
All in all this book was pretty much what I expected. It focuses a lot on the relationships of the main characters rather than the sport. There are a few key chapters that show the hero of the story dealing with the media and sponsors. We also get a glimpse into what it's like for this driver when he's behind the wheel. Your not going to learn anything earth shattering about NASCAR by reading this book, but you will find yourself entertained from time to time. I'm not saying it's the best book I have ever read, but it's definitely not the worst either. It's a fun book that fuels our fantasy (you know there are some of you out there right now fantasizing about being the one true love of a driver) that a chance meeting with a driver might change our lives forever.
Kyle Busch makes up for his Nashville spectacle with a donation
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All I can say is: Sorry David Stremme...this really sucks!
What I want to know is why isn't anyone talking about that last lap crash that took out 3/4 of the field? Didn't anyone else notice that Mr. Edwards caused that crash? A lot of cars were already banged up from the craziness that was that race but Carl sure as heck didn't make it any better. Why is it when he does something like that no one really notices? If any other driver had caused a pileup like that we'd be screaming for their head or at least placing the blame on him.
I'm just saying.