Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
- H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler is out as day to day boss at Lowe's Motor Speedway...he reportedly clashed with O. Bruton Smith, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman and uber-boss. The announcement of his retirement was as sudden as any we've seen. Without his vision, competence, wisdom and good humor (you may thank Humpy for unleashing Robosaurus on NASCAR Nation), NASCAR style racing would still be a regional staple and sometime national curiosity. Conventional wisdom has Marcus Smith (Bruton's son) taking up the mantle of Lowe's leadership.
- Kentucky Speedway has been acquired by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. There are implications with the anti trust suit appeal, and the possibility of awarding a Sprint Cup date from some other track in the SMI galaxy (which has been ruled out by Jerry Gappens of New Hampshire, and Ed Clark of Atlanta), or, as garage area wags speculate...from the purchase of an independent track. Indianapolis is not included in that talk...Pocono or Dover come to mind in that scenario.
- Some of the most important attributes of a race driver include the ability to give good feedback to the team so changes to the car can be made quickly enough to go faster, and good judgement in situations. Penske Racing's Tim Cindric says the American LeMans Series brings that out in a driver--that's where Ryan Briscoe ran in 2007...and American Patrick Long runs in the second Porsche Spyder LMP2 car. Cindric confirms my assertion that the ALMS is the most technologically advanced series that runs in North America, even including Formula One.
- Tom Wurtz, Penske Racing's Team Manager for the 14 time Indy 500 winning Penske Racing Squad agrees. The three word explanation for Roger's success in racing: "Attention to Detail".
- The Carb Day final practice started, and was rain delayed...with Dan Wheldon running almost 224 miles an hour before practice was halted. The skies are brightening ever so slightly...the practice still on hold.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Crewchief Steve Addington, Race Winner and Sprint Cup Series Point Leader Kyle Busch and J. D. Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing after Kyle tamed "The lady in black", a/k/a the newly repaved Darlington Raceway. When a driver leads 7 times for 169 of 367 laps (including the one where they pay the money), comes back after a penalty for a loose lug nut, and still crack a joke about the people who throw beer cans at him...then that is old style domination. This is the younger Busch's 3rd win of 2008 (Atlanta and Talledega prior).
As for Tony Stewart...he and Elliott Sadler caused the first of eight cautions when they got together on the second lap. Sadler was well off the pace; Stewart finished 21st, only one lap down.
The Top 10 in Points:
Jeff Burton (-71)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr
Them that has, gots. Childress, Hendrick and Gibbs.
We take a break, and rejoin you from the corner of 16th St. and Georgetown Road in a couple of weeks...to see if Scott Dixon can win the Indianapolis 500 from the pole.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
- Felipe Massa starts the Turkish Grand Prix on the pole...his Ferrari teammate, pointleader Kimi Raikkonen 4th. Heikki Kovaleinen starts 2nd for Mercedes McLaren
- Scott Dixon gets the pole for the 92nd Indianapolis 500 with a speed of 226.366 miles an hour. Teammate Dan Wheldon, a past 500 Champion, starts 2nd (226.110)...followed by Ryan Briscoe and series point leader and two time winner, Helio Castroneves from Team Penske. Danica Patrick starts 5th
- If last night's Nationwide Series race is any indication, Tony Stewart will have something to say about the outcome, and there will be more banging tonight on track, than there is in the quality control room of the Stanley hammer factory.
- We'll have more at the end of the race.
Friday, May 09, 2008
The "Iron Maiden"--The 'claw' in the open air "Room of Doom"
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
We'll post up some snapshots of life at Richmond, and of course of the polesitter of this extravaganza.