Just what Jimmie Johnson needs…..
ANOTHER million dollars.
The only 4 time winner in the history of the All-Star race.
Seriously, it should be illegal to be as good as this dude is.
Kevin Harvick to join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014
Kevin Harvick, driver of the number 29 Budweiser Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, will leave the only team he has ever driven for in NASCAR effective at the start of the 2014 season.
Harvick arrived on the NASCAR scene in 2001 as the replacement to the late, great Dale Earnhardt following his fatal crash at the 2001 Daytona 500.
Harvick won his first career cup race a mere 3 weeks after Earnhardt’s death as he narrowly defeated Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Harvick will be joining what will be a 4 car team at Stewart-Haas in 2014, along with Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, and Danica Patrick.
Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick in the same driver stable?
That is CERTAIN to be must see television on a weekly basis.
Too bad my boy Dale Earnhardt Jr. is pretty much eliminated from title contention because of Tony Stewart’s “mistake…”
Nice of him to be honest and man up to his mistake, though.
There is no “winning” at Talladega….
There is ONLY surviving.
It’s nothing more than a demolition derby.
Anybody else think it’s HILARIOUS that Larry Mac is asking Kyle Petty about what needs to be done to win a race????
He won 8 races in 829 starts in nearly 30 years.
I am nearly as qualified to talk about winning as he is.
He couldn’t win a go kart race at a kiddie park.
GO DALE JR.!!
My boy Dale Earnhardt Jr. is starting 7th and reportedly has a great car for tonight’s NASCAR race in Kentucky.
Can my boy get his 2nd win of the season tonight?
I love NASCAR, but….
Just think about how much more fun it would be to watch if the drivers had had as much to drink as the fans.
Clint Bowyer wins in Sonoma
Just like the 5 hour Energy commercials have failed to convince me that Clint Bowyer is a fun and interesting individual, his road course victory in Sonoma failed to convince me of that, as well.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
Clint nor his fans should take it personal.
It just is what it is.
In every sport, you have the fun and interesting guys that every fan wants to be like and every reporter wants to talk to, and you have the guys that no matter how successful they are, you just can’t identify with or be entertained by them.
NASCAR has it’s share.
Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin to name a few.
All really good drivers, all really boring personalities.
Reporters aren’t jumping over top of one another to get a sound bite from them, girls aren’t talking about how hot they are, and the lines at their merchandise trailers will never be the longest.
Dale Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch…
Those are just a few of the guys that entertain the masses.
The guys who for one reason or another, captivate the stock car racing masses.
Fans love them, and people care what they have to say.
Bowyer is 7th in the points standings.
He won the race at Sonoma in dominant fashion.
And I was bored to tears watching him do so.
That’s just the way it is.
NASCAR road course races are about as entertaining as the thought of another Tyler Perry movie…
Unless of course you LIKE Tyler Perry movies.
And then, what is wrong with you??
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
It had been 143 races since arguably the most popular driver in the history of NASCAR had been to victory lane.
It had been 4 calendar years since auto racing’s premier cash cow had been to victory lane.
And yet, somehow, you have to believe that the final 15 laps of Sunday’s race at Michigan were more nerve racking than ALL of that.
“That was the worst feeling, riding around there with 15 laps to go, wondering what was going to happen — how you were going to lose,” Earnhardt said. “Those laps couldn’t go by fast enough.”
For the past 4 years, anything that could potentially go wrong with Earnhardt and the 88 team, did. And in often spectacular fashion.
Last year at Martinsville, Junior found himself up front, 9 laps from a victroy that had long eluded him. Kevin Harvick put a good ol’ fashioned stock car bump and run on him, and went on to victory.
At last season’s longest race, the Coca Cola 600, Junior found himself a mere turn away from ending his enormous winless streak in his home state, at one of NASCAR’s premier events. He ran out of gas. I don’t even remember WHO went on to win that race. I don’t think that anybody who isn’t a friend, fan, or family member of the driver who went on to Victory Lane that day does either. All that I, the media, Junior, the members of the 88 team, or any other member of Jr. Nation can remember is that Junior was close enough to the checkered flag to smell it. Close enough to Victory Lane to taste the champagne that was certainly waiting on ice. Close enough to removing an elephant sized weight made ever heavier by the pressure put on him by his rabid fans, the media, the sport that needs him to be successful more than any other, and most importantly, himself from his shoulders. And as per usual during the 143 race winless streak, it did NOT happen.
26 different Sprint Cup series drivers had won a race since Junior’s last victory.
Junior’s 143 race winless streak was the 6th longest of any driver in NASCAR history.
8 drivers recorded their very first victory during that 4 year span.
Teammate Jimmie Johnson recorded an astonishing 23 wins in that time.
Junior finished second, 7 times during that 143 race stretch.
That 143 race winless streak came to a defiant END on Sunday afternoon at Michigan, the same track Junior had recorded his last win at.
All of those numbers that I spun off for the handful of you reading this post, no longer matter.
After Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s stunning and more importantly, DOMINANT 19th career victory at Michigan on Sunday in which he lead for 95 laps and defeated 2nd place Tony Stewart by a whopping 5.4 seconds, the only thing that matters to Junior and his nation of adoring fans is the NEXT race. The NEXT dominant performance. The NEXT win. And most importantly that elusive and all important first career Sprint Cup series championship that he suddenly appears closer to than ever.
Jimmie Johnson wins…
I called it.
Now, let’s see if he does the “circus afro” dance in victory lane…
I wonder how much those Dover bridge seats cost??
There certainly isn’t any cooler place to watch a race in all of NASCAR, I wouldn’t think.
I bet that’s a tough fuckin ticket to land, though…
I love how these 5 Hour Energy commercials try to convince us that Clint Bowyer is just this extremely fun and outgoing guy…
Seriously, this dude bores me to SLEEP!
The only thing more boring than racing at Pocono is Clint Bowyer’s personality.
Hell, I even have a nickname for him:
He would need far more than the limit of 3 5 hour energy shots allowed per day to be interesting…
I love how this Pocono Raceway commercial just tried to convince us that the racing there is entertaining…
The racing at Pocono SUCKS, ladies and gentleman.
I would rather learn how to crochet than pay to see this race in person.
Hell, when it’s on TV, I have to be doing something else and almost treat it as if I’m listening to it on the radio, to keep from falling asleep.
NASCAR, PLEASE do us all a favor.
We do NOT need 2 races a year at this boring ass race track.
How about you bring a race back to Rockingham, instead….
Just a suggestion….
It’s hard to believe Jeff Gordon came into today’s race 22nd in points…
I mean, that just doesn’t SOUND right, does it?
4 time champion, 85 career wins, but 22nd in the standings after 12 races.
If it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have none at all this season.
22nd place average finish, 22nd in the points.
Funny how that works out, huh??