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It's Mind Boggling

Jeff Gordon - 700 Consecutive StartsI find it difficult to get my last two, very old brain cells to comprehend that level of accomplishment. Seven Hundred NASCAR Cup races without missing a single event. And on top of that he has 301 Top 5 finishes. That folks, works out to 43%. I find it extremely difficult how some "fans" can criticize. But then, I realize I criticize Kyb for being a whining little cry-baby - Oh, but he is a whining little cry-baby.

We certainly now understand why 'Coach' Gibbs decided to bring a man to his team to drive the #20 Toyota. Matt currently has three very strong wins for the team. And on top of that, we haven't heard a single bellyaching whine - That's Refreshing!

Really hated to see Kane's race get spoiled by Kyb. Yea, yea. I know. Kyle didn't exactly hit him and put Kasey into the wall. But he damn sure knew exactly what his "move" would produce. Oh, yes, Kyb can certainly drive a race car, we all have to give him that. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a "recardo cabeza" through and through.

Then, while all this is going on, the "queen" of near zero achievement merely sashays around Darlington five laps off the pace. Over 'media' hype can only go so far. There has to be a time when performance is necessary to sustain the charade that is Danica Patrick. With one of the best prepared (mostly Hendrick) and well financed cars on the track little Miss "P" has produced one, yes one, top ten finish. She's been lucky to break into the bottom top 20 category. Hence her 28th position this weekend. Let's get all the Patrick fans to give a big "high-five" for finishing the race. After-all, she was the only woman and there were eight other (male) drivers that didn't make it to the checker. That must count for something. Please. Give me a moment. I'm trying to figure out what it actually counts for. Darn. Couldn't come up with anything - sorry.

SPANISH GRAND PRIX

Very interesting race. Tough to figure out how it would work out with all the different pit-stop and tire change strategies going on but it was perfect for Spain - Alonso put everyone to shame. Fantastico Ferrari. I just wish Pirelli would get their act together - it gets old real quick when every race is about "tire management."

NASCAR Nationwide

No comment. I'm getting sick and tired of Kyb and the other Cup drivers proving just how much better they are and how much better their equipment is than the regular Nationwide teams. Send these Cup guys home and let's watch the up-and-comers duke it out. After-all, isn't that what the series is supposed to be about? Developing new talent - just like what the GP2 series is for - develop new F1 talent.

May 13, 2013  04:36 PM ET

The way I saw the latest Kyle and Kasey incident.. both were racing hard.. Kyle couldn't hold the inside and went up track and took the air off of Kasey's car in the corner.. now whether that was intentional or not.. IDK.. but ALL drivers in one way or another try to get another driver loose when trying to pass.. Kyle ain't the only driver doing it.. never figured Kasey as a whiner..


I don't like the influx of Cup drivers in the NW series either.. but what can NW do??.. I don't think the series could survive without them.. all I know to do is limit the Cup drivers to a handful of races and I think they're doing that already to some extent.. seems to be only the Gibbs Cup drivers that are having an impact in the NW series

May 13, 2013  05:40 PM ET

I look at it this way, Khane has a reason to complain because if the roles were reversed and he had put KyB in the wall in the same way you know the #18 driver would be crying a river. Most drivers with a car as dominate as the 18 would have let the 5 make the pass wait a couple laps then pass him back. But it's all water under the bridge now.

May 13, 2013  05:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't like the influx of Cup drivers in the NW series either.. but what can NW do??.. I don't think the series could survive without them.. all I know to do is limit the Cup drivers to a handful of races and I think they're doing that already to some extent.. seems to be only the Gibbs Cup drivers that are having an impact in the NW series

I think the series would survive. They ran for years with few Cup drivers involved. You might get 1 or 2 but they weren't there for every race. I think NW should go back to its roots, the short tracks. Bring back South Boston, North Wilksboro, and Hickory. Give the series its own identity and not just Cup-lite.

And do the same with the Trucks. Put them on more short tracks and bring back the halfway break. That break is what made the series exciting and economical. It leveled the playing field and many a dominant truck before the break would not be so dominnt after the break because it let everyone catch up.

May 14, 2013  12:10 AM ET

No denying Jeff Gordon has an impressive record and continues to do well.

Also, no denying that while Danica occasionally shows a good move or reaction on the track, she is mainly a disappointment.

I don't understand why Pirelli is having repeated tire probs. Goodyear went through that a few years ago in the cup series.

The more I watch NW, the more I wish the Cup drivers would reduce their running in this series.....Even though they don't get points in the NW regulars, they still take their wins away.....as well as the top monies.

I've previously thought that NW would be hurt by no Cup drivers racing in it......but now, I am not so sure that is true.

May 14, 2013  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No denying Jeff Gordon has an impressive record and continues to do well.

When someone brings up a consecutive record like this whether it be for attendance for a job, school, or sporting event (that might go under jobs) I have to wonder how many times was that person there when he or she shouldn't have been.

Last year Dale Jr ran a couple of races with a concussion, before a second one put him out of the car a couple of weeks. Ricky Rudd ran the Daytona 500 with his eyes taped open. Davey Allison ran most of the 1992 season with something or another broke or injured. Denny Hamlin is racing with a broken back that may or may not need surgery. Yeah consecutive starts sound nice, but how much danger are those driver putting themselves and other in because they just want to race?

May 14, 2013  02:01 PM ET

I sincerely appreciate the comments to my blog - positive or negative I love them all. I don't do race reports, as you know, my blog is strictly about my opinion of a weekend of racing.
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Comments regarding the Nationwide Series are encouraged. Some folks believe the series would "die off" if it were not for the Cup drivers. I disagree. As stated before, I'm for limiting the number of NW races Cup driver's can run - like maybe five or six - and specify at what tracks they can compete. Oh, and about the huge amount of money the Cup drivers steal from the series - as I've said before - don't give them any purse money - either put it back into the NW Series or donate a large portion of their winnings to varying non-profits similar to the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the balance back to the series. That way we can find out exactly why they are 'dropping' down to the development series - is it really just because "They want to race" or something else? $$$?

May 14, 2013  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I sincerely appreciate the comments to my blog - positive or negative I love them all. I don't do race reports, as you know, my blog is strictly about my opinion of a weekend of racing.<p> Comments regarding the Nationwide Series are encouraged. Some folks believe the series would "die off" if it were not for the Cup drivers. I disagree. As stated before, I'm for limiting the number of NW races Cup driver's can run - like maybe five or six - and specify at what tracks they can compete. Oh, and about the huge amount of money the Cup drivers steal from the series - as I've said before - don't give them any purse money - either put it back into the NW Series or donate a large portion of their winnings to varying non-profits similar to the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the balance back to the series. That way we can find out exactly why they are 'dropping' down to the development series - is it really just because "They want to race" or something else? $$$?

While I'm slowly rethinking the value of Cup drivers in NW races, I am not 100% sure their leaving it completely would be a good thing..

Regarding the win money.......I don't think they should not get any.....perhaps a 50~50 split with the highest finishing NW regular driver would benefit both.

Regarding reasons for racing in NW: I think they do it because;
1.they love to race.
2.it gives them an extra long practice for their "real race".
3.it gives them more notches on their win belt.
4.yes, it's the money.
5.it feeds their ego........better chance of winning amongst these inexperienced drivers.
6. it gets them out of the trailer away from wifey and screaming kids (this is for humour purposes only).

I agree with limiting the races.

May 14, 2013  02:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

When someone brings up a consecutive record like this whether it be for attendance for a job, school, or sporting event (that might go under jobs) I have to wonder how many times was that person there when he or she shouldn't have been.

I understand what you are saying here........and maybe there were a few times Jeff drove when he shouldn't have.....but in 700 races that's bound to happen.......and it probably has for any long time driver........but Jeff is a good driver and he has been a menace or danger on the track......except during his first few years when he was trying to beat and copy the Intimidator.

May 14, 2013  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

.but Jeff is a good driver and he has been a menace or danger on the track......

I would like to think you meant that Jeff Gordon "hasn't" been a menace or danger on the track. I'm sure Jeff was always trying to beat Dale Earnhardt - everybody was. However, I don't buy into the, "he (Jeff) was copying the Intimidator" - he just was trying to find ways to out race him - and he did.

It's back to the old story - if you raced like Dale Earnhardt did you were dangerous or a menace. Why is it that Dale never got that title?

May 14, 2013  05:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I would like to think you meant that Jeff Gordon "hasn't" been a menace or danger on the track. I'm sure Jeff was always trying to beat Dale Earnhardt - everybody was. However, I don't buy into the, "he (Jeff) was copying the Intimidator" - he just was trying to find ways to out race him - and he did.

It's back to the old story - if you raced like Dale Earnhardt did you were dangerous or a menace. Why is it that Dale never got that title?

I would argue there were times Jeff did run aggressively and was a menace, mainly at restrictor plate tracks. I would even call it hypocritical of him praising NASCAR for instituting the double yellow lines at those track because o the idiots (my term not his) who would drive guys down into the grass to make a pass. I seem to recall he did that a lot to drivers in his early career. But now that he has "matured" as a driver, or isn't willing to take those risks the move is dangerous and wrong.

May 15, 2013  12:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I would like to think you meant that Jeff Gordon "hasn't" been a menace or danger on the track. I'm sure Jeff was always trying to beat Dale Earnhardt - everybody was. However, I don't buy into the, "he (Jeff) was copying the Intimidator" - he just was trying to find ways to out race him - and he did. It's back to the old story - if you raced like Dale Earnhardt did you were dangerous or a menace. Why is it that Dale never got that title?

yes.....I over edited and took out the word "never"....glad you read it correctly.

May 15, 2013  01:43 PM ET

Clint Bowyer would beg to differ when saying Jeff Gordon isn't a menace out on the race track.. LOL

May 15, 2013  03:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Clint Bowyer would beg to differ when saying Jeff Gordon isn't a menace out on the race track.. LOL

His one lapse of judgement.....LOL

May 19, 2013  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

While I'm slowly rethinking the value of Cup drivers in NW races, I am not 100% sure their leaving it completely would be a good thing..

Haven't heard anyone (including me) say the Cup drivers should not race at all in the NW series. And all the items you've listed are of the Cup driver benefit, not the NW drivers, teams or series. I've been a supporter of 'limiting' the number of races they can run and how the purse figures should be distributed. Some years ago a guy named Mark Martin ran a lot of "Bush" series races - with a Bush Series level team, not a 'Cup' team. And it made for a great measuring stick for the young guys and the Bush teams. Now, many of these young drivers just getting started are stuck behind the "Cup" eight-ball. They're trying to compete with 4-6 Cup drivers with Cup level cars, teams and budgets. Here it is: Limit the number of Cup drivers that can compete in any single NW race; Limit the number of races a Cup driver can run in the NW series; Limit (to excluding entirely) the purse money the Cup driver can steal from the NW Series. Some of these Cup drivers, and you know exactly who they are, fly in to a NW event in their Lear Jet just to so the young guys how great they are and run off with the majority of the purse money. How small can they possibly get?

 
May 19, 2013  08:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Clint Bowyer would beg to differ when saying Jeff Gordon isn't a menace out on the race track.. LOL

Clint Bower is to Jeff Gordon like Mark Sanchez of the Jets is to Joe Namath. - Not in the same league.

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