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Nobody's 'gonna like this - but that's OK

How does this old man continue to kick butt? Well, you know who I mean - Mark Martin. He is way outside the box: As good as any driver in CUP, and better than a bunch. They should put Mark in THOF next year.

The reality of big-league CUP racing set in for the GoDaddy 'super funded' entry. Who drives that? Oh, yes, Danica Patrick. Gal's 'n guy's, this media-hyped chick kicked butt - qualified 40th, only three cars slower. Is that a good thing?

Yes, this is where the not liking this comes in... Phoenix is a difficult track. Wouldn't look like it by the layout. But, it takes some driver skill to go fast. Cream comes to the top at tracks like Phoenix. Witness; Martin, Kahne, Johnson, KyBusch, Gordon, Stewart the top six.

I am delighted to see 'Dinger put the Phoenix Chevy in the show, and has other rides in the same car to come. Not to mention, Roger Penske has shown how much he believes in AJ by tagging him for at least three IndyCar races including the Indy 500. Great men do great things.

Scott Speed, bless his heart. He keeps showing up. Just wish he could land a 'big pocket' sponsor. I love the guy - he needs a good car - just not sure it's going to happen.

Hey. And Brad putting his Miller Lite Ford at the top of the Ford cars? Not bad. Just behind comes the 'lover boy' Ricky in his Ford. Edwards, Biffle, Almirola and Ambrose had little to show. Wonder Boy Logano had even less to offer - 32nd place.

Certainly, the race itself will provide us with a more true picture of who has the real stuff.

March 2, 2013  04:55 PM ET

Got to like Mark Martin.. you put him in good equipment.. and he'll drive his butt off for you.. heck.. he'd drive his butt off in inferior equipment..
Agree with you on Speed.. just needs for someone with deep pockets to give him a legit shot to run with the big boys

March 3, 2013  05:28 PM ET

To me qualifying has little to do with how a driver finishes in the race anymore. Look at guys like Matt Kensith who qualifies outside of the top 20 yet still is there at the end in the top 5, while other drivers qualify in the top 5 only to end up finishing the race in the back of the field.

March 3, 2013  08:11 PM ET
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Got to like Mark Martin.. you put him in good equipment.. and he'll drive his butt off for you.. heck.. he'd drive his butt off in inferior equipment..Agree with you on Speed.. just needs for someone with deep pockets to give him a legit shot to run with the big boys

Totally agree.....part of MM's success is his fitness level and of course, his skills.......I have great respect for him because he always drives clean and still does well.
Also glad to see Dinger do well......he is working hard to put his "mistake" to rest and is going about it the right way.

March 3, 2013  08:16 PM ET
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To me qualifying has little to do with how a driver finishes in the race anymore. Look at guys like Matt Kensith who qualifies outside of the top 20 yet still is there at the end in the top 5, while other drivers qualify in the top 5 only to end up finishing the race in the back of the field.

Agree with this too. .........Edwards qualified 15th and won the race.........Kyle B. qualified 4th and finished 23rd.

As for Danica....since she was at a non plate "train" track, she drove like I have come to expect of her.......don't get me wrong, I wish her well.......but she is so far away from that....and I could not take much more of the ridiculous hype about her........all through the race, they had commercials saying that her and JJ bring us Nascar.........GAG me with a spoon.......JJ won the Daytona so mentioning him is ok.......but Danica is a rookie and performing at that level.

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March 4, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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As for Danica....since she was at a non plate "train" track, she drove like I have come to expect of her.......don't get me wrong, I wish her well.......but she is so far away from that....and I could not take much more of the ridiculous hype about her........all through the race, they had commercials saying that her and JJ bring us Nascar.........GAG me with a spoon.......JJ won the Daytona so mentioning him is ok.......but Danica is a rookie and performing at that level.

Anymore NASCAR is more about hype than actual racing. Here they are again hyping the fact JJ will will Championship #6, they exact same storyline we have been getting the past 2 years. Granted 2 races in he is in a pretty good position, but how many "regular season" points "champions" have gone on to do well in the Chase let alone actually win the championship? That will be a little tidbit the media overlooks all the way to Homestead.

Danica is racing about as well as you could/should expect for any rookie (especially a former Open-Wheeler), but again it is still extremely early in the season. I pegged her best chances to win being Daytona and Talladega, which she could have won the 500 if she pulled down in front of the charging Jr and used his momentum/draft to take the lead. Even she admits to not knowing what to do at the time.

The best thing I would suggest is listen to MRN while having the race on TV muted. They barely mentioned Danica, and none of the commercials even mentioned drivers by name, or were directly plugging NASCAR (beyond the "Official _____ of NASCAR"). And the cool thing is MRN is broadcasting live meaning they are calling things out on the track ahead of TV. Plus they actually talk about battles through the field, not just talk about how the top 10 are just clicking off laps.

March 4, 2013  07:17 PM ET
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To me qualifying has little to do with how a driver finishes in the race anymore. Look at guys like Matt Kensith who qualifies outside of the top 20 yet still is there at the end in the top 5, while other drivers qualify in the top 5 only to end up finishing the race in the back of the field.

Agree.

March 4, 2013  07:17 PM ET
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Got to like Mark Martin.. you put him in good equipment.. and he'll drive his butt off for you.. heck.. he'd drive his butt off in inferior equipment..Agree with you on Speed.. just needs for someone with deep pockets to give him a legit shot to run with the big boys

He's a classic.

 
March 4, 2013  07:18 PM ET
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Anymore NASCAR is more about hype than actual racing. Here they are again hyping the fact JJ will will Championship #6, they exact same storyline we have been getting the past 2 years. Granted 2 races in he is in a pretty good position, but how many "regular season" points "champions" have gone on to do well in the Chase let alone actually win the championship? That will be a little tidbit the media overlooks all the way to Homestead.Danica is racing about as well as you could/should expect for any rookie (especially a former Open-Wheeler), but again it is still extremely early in the season. I pegged her best chances to win being Daytona and Talladega, which she could have won the 500 if she pulled down in front of the charging Jr and used his momentum/draft to take the lead. Even she admits to not knowing what to do at the time.The best thing I would suggest is listen to MRN while having the race on TV muted. They barely mentioned Danica, and none of the commercials even mentioned drivers by name, or were directly plugging NASCAR (beyond the "Official _____ of NASCAR"). And the cool thing is MRN is broadcasting live meaning they are calling things out on the track ahead of TV. Plus they actually talk about battles through the field, not just talk about how the top 10 are just clicking off laps.

Very true. Thanks for the MRN tip.Will try that.

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