Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bolt Notes: Week 1 Wrap Up and Week 2 Preview and NFL Picks

Click on the title if you want to check out my new post that covers both last week's Chargers/Raiders game and this week's Chargers/Ravens game, as well as all the picks for week 2 in the NFL! Hope to see you there!

Chase drivers and predictions

I posted on Chase drivers and predictions for this season. Click on the title to read and comment.

Gas and Go--Loudon (Chase race)

The latest Gas and Go is up. Click on the title to read and comment.

Friday, September 18, 2009

My Favorite Twits and other stories....

Oh my gawd, Kristen finally got another blog up! Hope no one was holding their breath.

Chase Question of the Week

Consider the following-

  1. Richard Childress Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing have a partnership agreement for RCR to provide engines for EGR.
  2. None of the RCR drivers made the Chase this year.
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya, who drives for EGR, did make the Chase.

With all that in mind, your thoughts on the following question-

With no RCR drivers in the Chase, will RCR send its best engine to Juan Pablo????

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Right Sides Only

Special RSO. Collector's item. Chase edition.

Twelve drivers.......Twelve guarantees!

Click it, or ticket!

New Hampshire Preview: Green Flag to the Chase

The 12-driver field in the Chase for the Championship has been set and this Sunday in Loudon, New Hampshire, the NASCAR playoffs begin.

It’s important for drivers to get out of the gate quickly, but also play it conservative along the way. Last season was one of the best Chases ever with two drivers, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, battling like a classic 15-round heavyweight title match.

Johnson ended up winning because he stayed consistent throughout and had flashes of dominance during the 10-race stretch that’s saw him three times. His worse finish down the stretch was a 15th.

Edwards was equally dominant winning three times and finishing in the top-4 a total of eight times in the 10 races. His downfall, which ultimately cost him the title was finishing 29th and 33rd in race four and five of the Chase. Any other year, against any other driver, and Edwards would have won.

Last season, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards finished 1-2-3 at New Hampshire. After the 10-race Chase, the final top three in the standings not surprisingly ended up with Johnson, Edwards, and Biffle as the top three finishers.

In 2004, the first year of the Chase format, Kurt Busch kicked it off with a New Hampshire victory. He didn’t win again during the Chase but that Week 1 win proved critical – he edged Jimmie Johnson for the championship by only eight points.

In 2007, Clint Bowyer, who was given little thought to be a real contender, got his first career NASCAR Cup victory to open the Chase – and rode that momentum to an eventual third-place finish in the final standings. ?

This year looks to be much of the same as it’s been the last three seasons, which is more of Jimmie Johnson. The guy is a machine and when it comes down to business, no one is better. He has more wins (14) and top-5 finishes in Chase races than anyone else by a large margin. He gets into a prime-time mode like a Joe Montana or John Elway late in games and it’s almost a given that he will not fail in the crunch.

To see who will do well for this weeks race at New Hampshire, looking back at who did well in both Richmond races, Phoenix, and the first New Hampshire race prior to the rain is helpful. Many of the teams use the same chassis’ from those races if successful and use them on all three tracks because the banking and distances are similar, despite the configuration being vastly different on all three.

Over the years there has been a strong correlation between winners at one doing well on the other two, and sometimes winning multiple times.

We can look back at last week’s race as a quick refresher to who those candidates are because they did well all season on these type of tracks. Denny Hamlin won last week at Richmond after nearly coming close on several occasions in the past. Mark Martin has been stellar on all the tracks and claims a Phoenix win.

In the rain shortened Loudon race won by rookie Joey Logano, the dominant driver was Jimmie Johnson who led the most laps prior to the rain. Look for Johnson to start the Chase in style with a great run and possibly a win this week. He doesn’t want to dig himself a hole by getting too racey and finding trouble, as Kyle Busch did last year, but his car should be good enough to capture his third New Hampshire win overall and propel him to the top of the standings.

Note: Team Chassis selections for this week are now posted on my page.

TOP 5 Finish Prediction:

1) #48 Jimmie Johnson (6/1)
2) #5 Mark Martin (10/1)
3) #11 Denny Hamlin (10/1)
4) #18 Kyle Busch (9/1)
5) #14 Tony Stewart (7/1)

All Filler, No Killer - The Chasing Your Tail Edition

Click the title, read the randomness (which this week includes a few things that Jr. Nation won't agree with)

SYMT Tour- Chase Race #1 and Starting Grid

Point, click, race.

The Trifecta- Let the Chase Begin Edition

The races:
  1. The Camping World Truck Series Race from New Hampshire- green flag at 3:19pm ET, Saturday 9,19
  2. The IRL race from Japan- green flag at 11:00pmET Saturday 9.19
  3. The Sprint Cup race from New Hampshire- green flag at 2:15pmET Sunday 9,20

Look for a new twist to the Trifecta next week.

Good luck and let's go racing!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Speeding Bullets: Chevy Rock & Roll 400

This week's edition of The Speeding Bullets is finally up and running. Just click on the title to read analysis of Saturday night's action and a preview of what's still to come as the 2009 season starts to wind down...

Power Rankings: Chase Edition

Hey everyone, this is Tyler and I'm back sorta, I won't be able to post as much as I have in the past, but I'll post as much as possible. To start, I've posted rankings of the Chasers and my prediction of how each will do in the final ten races. Click here to read.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Name that Film: Anything Goes Edition

Hi Everyone! Blood and I have another edition of Name that Film up and ready to play! This week is simply random films surrounded by Patrick Swayze pics.

Hope to see you there!

SYMT CHASE 2009 Points

Its up for everyone to see where you are starting off. Plus congrads to CR Racing for his All Star Win at Richmond. Speedbeagle is up to host are first Chase race.



Monday, September 14, 2009

View From The Flagstand

Click on the title.

And just who is the one person who voted for Vickers to make the Chase anyway?

Rating the Chevy Rock & Roll 400

An early edition of the Monday Morning Crew Chief rating is up for the Richmond Race. Just click the title.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Who Would You Throw Under The Bus?

Sports fans, it's that time of week again. Time to call out the object of your ire in the sports world by throwing them under the Bus. I have a few objects of ire I'd like to throw under the Bus!


Carolina Panthers: that was PATHETIC. SEVEN turnovers, five of them by Jake Delhomme. I WANTED to believe in Delhomme, many times even sticking up for him. After today, I cannot believe in Delhomme any more. Jeff Garcia, where are you? We NEED you. Garcia's pushing 40, yet he's STILL a better QB than Delhomme. The Panthers get thrown under the Bus for their pitiful effort, and Delhomme gets thrown under for being a turnover machine.

Cincinnati Bengals: the Lions of the AFC find new and inventive ways to lose games. This week, it was the result of a tipped ball that found its way into the hands of Denver WR Brandon Stokley. All the Bungles', er, Bengals' defender had to do was BAT THE BALL OUT OF BOUNDS. Instead, he tried to bat it to himself for an interception. Only problem: Stokley was in the vicinity and got himself an early Christmas gift. Game, set, match, Broncos. Only fitting that the Broncos won their first game without Jay "I Cried My Way Out of Denver When Mike Shanahan Was Fired" Cutler. Even more apropos: Cutler threw FOUR picks against Green Bay. But I digress. The Bengals get thrown under the Bus for their inventive ways of losing.

P.S. It's bad when you're lumped in with the Cincinnati Bengals in this post.


American Men's tennis: for not having an American male contending for the U.S. Open title. Or at the very least, in the semifinals. All I ask for is a QUARTERFINAL appearance. Please, please, a Sweet 16 berth? NONE OF THAT! The last American man to survive was John Isner. John who? Exactly. He lasted until the third round and all its glory. After his appearance in an epic Wimbledon final, Andy Roddick looked like he was a serious contender for his second U.S. Open title (he won in 2003). He was bounced unceremoniously in the second round. Is it that the rest of the world has caught up, or do we not give a rat's @$$ about tennis like we used to? I say both. For lacking in development, the powers that be that rule the USTA get thrown under the Bus.

Serena Williams: she had a bizarre ending of her semifinal against Kim Clijsters. She was given a point penalty. On match point. At 15-30, a line judge called a foot fault on Williams' second serve. That made it 15-40, double match point. Williams began berating the line judge with a profanity-laced tirade. The chair umpire, after consultation with the line judge and tournament referee, then awarded the point to Clijsters. Game, set, and match, Clijsters. For her meltdown at match point, Williams gets thrown under the Bus.

Those are my nominees for the week. Feel free to come in with yours!

California Proves It Knows Chasers Early in Season

New Post is up reviewing how Fontana, California does on predicting Chase Contenders.

The 80/20 Rule

Blogging isn't perfect!

I'm posting what Blue said to me on FOX....

"If i hate this new format 80% of the time and dont see 20% of my old friends 80% of the time anymore and 50% of them left to 10 different new sites wich eats up 45% more time finding them, what time does my train get to Chicago if it's going 52mph?"