Friday, December 30, 2011

And then there were four

Spread the word, gang. Let's do this thing.

Up against a TOUGH Philadelphia Eagles website this time around.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

SportsChump needs your help

Fellow Lugnuts,
I hate to use this venue for this but SportsChump holds the EVER so slimmest of leads in Ballhyped's Blog of the Year award. Voting for this round ends tomorrow.

I know everyone's busy today and some of you have already voted, but if you could take a brief second out of your day to vote for me, it'd be HUGE!!! Spread the word if you could.

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Thanks, all, and Merry Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Kurt Busch finds a ride, but Silly Season still isn't settled

Kurt Busch will see what he can do in the second-rate #51 Phoenix Racing machine, and his move doesn't settle the offseason the way we thought it might have when he left Penske Racing. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Twas the night before Christmas - car style

I found this here and figured I might as well put it up:

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the garage
Not a car was stirring, not even a Dodge
The tyres were hung by the rafters with care
In hopes that Ace Nicholas would fill them with air.

The Volkswagons were parked all snug in their stalls
With visions of winning Indy dreamed by them all.
And Opel in her mag wheels and I in my slicks
Had just zoomed in from a drag in the sticks.

When out on the track, there arose such a roar
I started my engine and yearned to learn more.
Over to the door I zoomed like a flash,
Narrowly missing a Mercedes and avoiding a crash.

The moon over the top of the newly built track
Seemed to be beckoning old race cars back.
When what to my wandering headlights appeared afar
But a souped-up midget and eight other race cars.

With a little old driver so shifty and quick
I knew in a moment it must be "Leadfoot Nick."
Faster than rockets toward us they roared
Recognising them, my timing just soared.

There was Nitro, and Speedy, and Smokey, and Slick
Even Reckless, and Loser, and Pokey, and Brick.
Down through the chute, narrowly missing the wall
Roar away, roar away, now roar away all.

So on through the straight over asphalt they flew
With a midget full of goodies, and Ace Nicholas too.
And then between pingings, I heard in the back
The throaty sound of the whole wild pack.

As I turned down my lights and squeeled around
In came Ace Nicholas wearing a frown.
His jumpsuit was silver with a permanent crease
But lo there were stains from oil and grease.

A string of parts was hung round his waist
The tools he carried showed he had taste.
His boots were black hightops, his gloves of red leather,
And lo and behold he stepped light as a feather.

His gaze was real straight, his arms quite hairy
A scar on his cheek shown red like a berry.
A big ole cigar was clamped tight in his jaw
He just didn't believe in the "No Smoking Law."

A stubble of growth quite covered his chin
But what a man and what a grin.
He was skinny and thin and really quite nice
Yet somehow I knew he could grip like a vice.

He bellowed and cussed but was quick to do work
He tuned all the cars including the "Merc."
Grabbing his creeper and stowing his tools
Boy Oh Boy! Did he look cool!

He honked to his buddies, to the engine gave gas
And away they all peeled each trying to pass.
And I heard him shout as he set the pace
Merry Christmas you all and have a good race!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Allmendinger's move creates even more questions in wild NASCAR offseason

A.J. Allmendinger is the lucky driver to get the #22 ride, but that unexpected turn of events keeps the rest of the offseason as foggy as before. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Joey Logano the big winner in latest crew chief shuffle

Tony Stewart and Greg Zipadelli reunited and Danica Patrick has a Cup crew chief, but Joey Logano might have the most to gain from Zipadelli leaving Gibbs. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

NASCAR starting grid will look much different in 2012

While there still might not be a lot of new blood coming into NASCAR's top series, many already in the sport have been shuffled this offseason, especially crew chiefs. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Darian Grubb exactly what Joe Gibbs Racing needed

Darian Grubb will be the crew chief for Denny Hamlin next year, and after the season the entire JGR group endured, they need him. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Paving the way to a new ride?

Will Kurt Busch's provisional for being a past Cup Champion get him a ride in 2012?




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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Where Will Busch Go?

What Now For Kurt Busch

Sit out a year? Bring a past champion's provisional to a light weight team? Drive KBM's NW car? Start his own team? What does KB1 do now?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Kurt Busch done at Penske, might be done as a regular contender

Roger Penske went ahead and did the unthinkable. Kurt Busch is currently without a ride for 2012. Click on the title for why Monday Morning Crew Chief thinks that might have been Busch's last go-around in a top-flight car.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rating the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: 3.3 Stars

It's time to close the book on the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season. Click on the title for a review of the Monday Morning Crew Chief ratings throughout the season.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Will this be the one?

I missed the intros last night in Lost Wages but when I heard Dale Jr. showed up with a date I immediately figured she had to be a knockout... I think Amy Reimann qualifies...
Getty Images

Understandably, this was the media highlight of the night!
Now do you think Tony won the biggest prize last night?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Now the other Busch might lose his ride

The talk of Busch brothers losing their current jobs won't stop. Now Kurt might not be back in the #22 car for 2012. Click for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wreck-free Racing

What if there was never another wreck in nascar?

click title for more....

Geezers Gone Wild (video)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Trifecta- The 2011 Awards Banquet

Greetings, race fans. Tonight, we will be feasting on roast duck washed down with your choice of Schlitz or Coca Cola while we hand out the annual awards.

First some secondary awards:

The "How Low Can You Go" Award- this award goes to Tez for posting the most pathetic score of the year, 102. Tez's last minute switch to McDowell in the Cup race at Homestead assured him of the triple digit score he was looking for.

The "Absolute Perfection" Award- this award goes to Kristen for posting the only perfect score of the season.

The "Methinks the Lady Doth Protest Too Much" Award- this award goes to Dwindy for complaining how he didn't stand a chance of winning a championship without a NASCAR type points system. He even wrote a blog about it.

And now for the big trophy-

The Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy goes to Dwindy. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Dwindy utterly dominated the stats on his way to 10 wins.

The Final Overall Standings:

1. dwindy 10
2. Hanny 4
3. cr 4
4. SB 4
5. jon 4
6. Tez 3
7. moseby 2
8. kristen 1

That's it for this year. The bar is open, and Dwindy is picking up the tab.
See you next year!!!

Urban has change of heart; Meyer and his move to Columbus

Friday, November 25, 2011

NASCAR's championship finish mirrors Major League Baseball playoffs

Tony Stewart came back to win the NASCAR championship after barely making the Chase, but he wasn't the only champion this fall to barely make the playoffs and eventually raise the big trophy. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Thanksgiving Treat From The Beagle

Enjoy--






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Happy Thanksgiving!

Sometimes we forget all the things we have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all our blessings living in the good old USA. Take some time to remember those in uniform who are insuring our freedoms all over the world... Here's wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hoping you all have your family gathered near...

Monday, November 21, 2011

View From The Flagstand: Stewart is the Man in Miami

Stewart saves nascar the embarrassment of having a champion not win a single race in the Chase.

Click for mo.

LSU, the BCS and some helpful hints to determine our national champion

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rating the Ford 400

That is the championship battle we've all been dreaming of. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating of the final race of the season.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Ford 400

This is the final GBU of the season. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Tony's Tiebreaker!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Great championship battle reaches climax

The last race of the season is usually just a formality to crown a champion, even in the Chase era, but that likely won't be the case this time. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

The Trifecta- It All Comes Down To This Edition

Greetings, race fans and welcome to the final Trifecta of the 2011 season. NASCAR has finally gotten what it wanted when they came up with the Chase; unfortunately for the Trifecta, there's no such drama here. Dwindy seized control of the standings early in the season (despite his protestations that he didn't have a chance) and claimed the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy in mid October.

We still have a three way tie between Tez, Hanny, and Dwindy for the most pathetic score of the season- 68. Again, if you would like to go for that trophy, you may only use ONE start and park (or wreck) driver.

This week's line up: jon moseby Hanny Dwindy SB CR tez kristen

This weeks races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race, Friday November 18; green flag drops at 8:18pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series Race, Saturday November 19; green flag drops at 4:45pm ET (entry list)

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, Sunday November 20; green flag drops at 3:15pm ET.

There you have it. Please check the entry lists for Trucks and Nationwide to make sure that your driver pick IS racing this weekend.

Good luck, and let's go racing!!!

One Race, One Championship, Verbal Sparring

Is the Beagle working overtime on that poor Edwards doll? From the sounds of it, Tony can take care of himself just fine... Who's gonna buckle?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Johnson officially eliminated, but recent performances should be his main concern

Jimmie Johnson will not win this year's championship. Remember the last time we could say that? These blogs didn't even exist yet. Click for thoughts from Monday Morning Crew Chief

How obvious is obvious?

Taken from Jay Hart's article on yahoo and expanded on a bit.

Another Sunday afternoon of texting leads to potential podcast revival

Monday, November 14, 2011

NASCAR re-blurs line for aggressive-driving penalties

NASCAR President Mike Helton said Kyle Busch had crossed a line at Texas that warrented penalties. Brian Vickers did nearly the same thing, albeit under green, and got off free. Where is that line again? Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

View From The Flagstand: Kahne Finally Wins

A tale of two Red Bulls.... It was the best of drivers, it was the worst of drivers.

Click for the next 690 pages....

A tale of two basketballs and a season without: A pictorial

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rating the Kobalt Tools 500

Kasey Kahne broke through to snatch a win for his Red Bull Racing team before it disappears after next week's race at Homestead, while the championship battle remains the same. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating from Phoenix.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Kobalt Tools 500

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Drivers weigh in on new Phoenix track

What do some of the drivers think about Sunday's race on new pavement at Phoenix? Just click on the title.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kyle Busch thought he might lose his ride

Kyle Busch said there was a point during the aftermath of his incident with Ron Hornaday at Texas that he thought Gibbs might fire him. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief and check out the Monday Morning Crew Chief facebook page for photos and updates this weekend from Phoenix International Raceway.

The first three letters of elite spell your New York Giants quarterback

The Trifecta- Duel In The Desert Edition

Greetings race fans! This week finds us in Phoenix for Nationwide and Sprint Cup racing with a side trip to Abu Dhabi for the F1 race.

Last week, it was noted that Hanny and Dwindy had tied Tez for the most pathetic score of the season. Should anyone want to go for sole possession of that title, you may do so BUT YOU CAN ONLY USE ONE START AND PARKER- or start and wrecker in the case of some drivers who shall remain (insert name here) .

This week's lineup: SB jon tez moseby CR kristen Hanny Dwindy

This week's races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Phoenix, Saturday November 12; green flag drops at 3:45pm ET (entry list)

2.) The F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sunday November 13; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race from Phoenix, Sunday November 13; green flag drops at 3:15pm ET.

Have fun, and let's go racing!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Phoenix might not be much of a wild card race

Sure, there are lots of unknowns heading into this weekend's race at Phoenix, but will they really make this race any different than most of what we've seen this season. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

NASCAR's Burning Busch

And The Winner Is...

Why not reward the winners?

What's NASCAR afraid of???

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jimmie Johnson's worst Cup season could start new era in NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson is about to finish what could be the worst season of his career. Could this be more typical of what his future seasons will be like? Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Saturday Night Live spoofs Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries divorce

NASCAR finishes the Kyle Busch situation

Kyle Busch didn't get off easy, but he will race this weekend at Phoenix. And he should be thankful for that. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Cool Down Lap for Kyle Busch

No View this week. Texas just too boring. Instead, my thoughts on Kyle's situation.

Peyton Manning goes trick-or-treating

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rating the AAA Texas 500

Tony Stewart continued his amazing run in the Chase this year with another win Sunday at Texas. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 AAA Texas 500

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reaction to Kyle Busch's penalty

Everybody has an opinion on the latest Kyle Busch situation, and here is Monday Morning Crew Chief's. Just click on the title.

Upon Further Review...

And the beat "down" goes on...

The Kyle Busch / Ron Hornaday / Kevin Harvick debacle...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Trifecta- Three To Go Edition

Ok, folks. It's an all NASCAR weekend this week. Thanks to Tez for posting last week's Trifecta. It was a long weekend, but the Halloween party was a success; the chidren's sermon on Sunday was well received; and the surprise bridal shower Sunday night, well you just had to be there for that one :o) (what happens at the Chinese buffet stays at the Chinese buffet).

This week's starting lineup: Hanny CR SB jon Dwindy tez moseby kristen

The races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Texas, Friday November 4; green flag drops at 8:19pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Texas, Saturday Novemeber 5; green flag drops at 1:11pm ET (entry list)

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Texas, Sunday November 6; green flag drops at 3:16pm ET.

There you have it. Let's go racing!

Ebbs and woes: Tim Tebow, Tony LaRussa, Kim Kardashian, Eagles, Saints, college football realignment and Big Foot

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Anti-VooDoo Beard!

Cousin Carl's view of the Chase...
Now tell me... What's not to like about this guy?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Edwards' consistency, not wins, might win the championship

So Carl Edwards leads the points standings with three races to go and has just one win. Wasn't the Chase supposed to keep this kind of thing from happening? Somewhere Matt Kenseth is smiling. Click the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

The Musical Chairs Of NASCAR

Monday, October 31, 2011

View From The Flagstand: Stewart's Third Chase Win

It's a two man showdown for the championship. The race winner vs the points racer. Who ya got?

Kia Orana!

No this is not a postcard but the view of our beach in the Cook Islands and my home for the last week!



Here is their famous blue starfish...this is a little guy but as you can imagine the ones the size of manhole covers are spectacular as is the rest of the snorkeling/diving. Saw octopus, sea snake (deadly poisonous so glad I saw him from the beach not the water) and a billion tropical fish!


Listened to Dega on our drive to LAX - the wrecks sounded brutal but missed Martinsville entirely as for some reason the DVR didnt tape it. Had no internet access there so no way to get my 'fecta picks in!

Back to the harsh reality of work...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rating the TUMS Fast Relief 500

Tony Stewart won again and is now just eight points out of the Chase lead, but he had to work around a season-high 18 cautions to do so. Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Tums Fast Relief 500

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Missing SB Trifecta....

Well, I figure that since there is three on this weekend and SB hasn't put one up, she must be having some issues preventing her from doing so :/

Trucks - from Martinsville on Saturday (I presume around 2pm EST)

F1 - from India on Sunday morning (probably around 4am EST)

Cup - from Martinsville on Sunday (around 2pm EST)

for some reason, it's not letting me link anything so I'll put the URL's here:
Truck practice 1 - http://www.nascar.com/races/truck/2011/23/data/practice1_speeds.html
Cup entry list - http://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2011/33/data/entry_list.html

Monday, October 24, 2011

View From The Flagstand: Bowyer Best at Talladega

Four men still have a shot at the gold. Who wins it?

Click title for race review....

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rating the Good Sam Club 500

No matter the style of racing, it is always crazy at Talladega, and Sunday was no different. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Good Sam 500

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Monday, October 17, 2011

MILLER: Remembering Wheldon

The best journalist in motorsports shares his thoughts on Dan Wheldon.

"The real tragedy is that he had become complete as a person, reveling in his family, happy with life and excited about the future." ~~~~~ Robin Miller

Click title for the entire story.

Book Review: The Swinger by Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rating the Bank of America 500

The first part of the race at Charlotte wasn't any better than the first four races, worse probably, but things picked up late in the event as Jimmie Johnson might actually be out of championship contention. Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: Kenseth Rolls at Charlotte

Matty Ice is looking forward to more 1.5 mile tracks in the Chase!

Click title.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Bank of America 500

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Trifecta-One Down, Five To Go

Greetings, race fans! It's Trifecta time again, and in the Chase for the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy, it's simple: if anyone other than CR wins, the trophy goes to Dwindy.

This week the NASCAR Nationwide and Cup drivers head home to Charlotte, the Truck series heads to Las Vegas, F1 heads to Korea, and IndyCar also heads to Las Vegas where they will bid a fond farewell to Danica Patrick as that series closes out its 2011 season.

The starting line up: CR Hanny jon tez moseby Dwindy SB kristen

On to the races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Charlotte, Friday October 14; green flag drops at 7:46pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Las Vegas, Saturday October 15; green flag drops at 3:47pm ET (entry list)

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Charlotte, Saturday October 15; green flag drops at 7:46pm ET.

4.) The F1 Korean Grand Prix, Sunday October 16; green flag drops at 2:00am ET.

5.) The IndyCar race from Las Vegas, Sunday October 16; green flag drops at 3:45pm ET.

There you have it. Good luck, and let's go racing!

Saturday Night Live spoofs Moneyball (video)

Monday, October 10, 2011

View From The Flagstand: Johnson Wins Kansas

I'm calling it right now. Six races left, and JJ will win his sixth straight title!

Click title to read more.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rating the Hollywood Casino 400

Jimmie Johnson dominated Kansas and is back to take championship #6. Hooray. Click for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Trifecta- The Last Glimmer of Hope Edition

Greetings, race fans.We're a little later than usual getting this posted due to equipment upgrades(the Beagle got a new laptop, and we've been transferring files all day).

It's Trifecta time again, and time to see if anyone can rain on Dwindy's parade(we've got a 60% chance of severe thunderstorms here throughout the weekend).

Here's the scoop. Right now, Dwindy leads the chase for the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy with 9 wins. In addition to that, he also leads the pack with 25 first place picks.

With 6 races left in the Trifecta season, Hanny, CR, SB, and Tez still have a shot at the title; however, it will take a run on the Trifecta that will make Jimmie's five straight championships look like a walk in the park. One of the aforementioned players will need to sweep the remaining 6 Trifectas, and either surpass Dwindy in first place picks OR win one week with a perfect score.

This week's starting line up:
tez CR Dwindy moseby Hanny SB kristen jon

This week's races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series Race from Kansas, Saturday October 8; green flag drops at 3:46pm ET (entry list)

2.) The F1 Japanese Grand Prix, Sunday October 9; green flag drops at 2:00am ET.

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race from Kansas, Sunday October 9; green flag drops at 2:14pm ET.

There you have it. Good luck and let's go racing.

The courtship of Kobe Bryant: Breaking up is hard to do

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sorry folks, Jimmie Johnson will be a factor in this year's Chase

A lot of fans' hopes and dreams were dashed Sunday when Jimmie Johnson finished second and jumped back up close to the top of the points standings. Here's more bad news for those fans: He's likely to stay up there. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Scenes from Monday Night Football: The freaks come out at night

Monday, October 3, 2011

View From The Flagstand: Kurtster Beats Monster

Cursin' Kurt cruises at Dover Downs.

Click title.

Goodyear's Good Work A Problem?

NASCAR re-ups with Goodyear Tires (that's tyres to you Tez...)

Does Success = Failure?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rating the AAA 400

Kert Busch got himself another win in another sleeper of a race Sunday at Dover. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 AAA 400

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Bud Selig cares not about baseball fans and I have proof

My picks... Trifecta Oct. 1-2

Hey everybody!

For some reason I'm not being allowed to post on the Trifecta site... So I'll try it this way.

NWS - Carl Edwards
CWTS - Todd Bodine
CUP - Kyle Busch

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Trifecta- Happy Birthday, Allie McBeagle Edition

Greetings, race fans! It's Trifecta time again. It's also that time of year when we celebrate the birth of the adorable Allie McBeagle(Katie's sister).


The Dwindy Report: With 7 race weekends left in the season, Dwindy looks to have the coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy solidly in his grasp. Hanny, CR, and the Beagle are still alive; however, one of them will need to sweep all 7 races to claim the title.

The Starting Line Up: SB moseby Hanny jon tez CR Dwindy kristen

This Week's Races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Dover, Saturday October 1; green flag drops at 3:45pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Kentucky, Saturday October 1; green flag drops at 8:18pm ET (entry list)

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Dover, Sunday October 2; green flag drops at 2:14pm ET.

4.) The IndyCar race from Kentucky, Sunday October 2; green flag drops at 2:45pm ET.

There you have it. Good luck and let's go racing.

Rays in, Sox out, miracles never cease

Monday, September 26, 2011

View From The Flagstand: New Hampshire Smoke Storm

Stewart-Haas continues recent dominance at NHMS. Smoke 2 for 2 during Chase. Hamlin first man out.

Click title for more.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rating the Sylvania 300

Tony Stewart continued his early Chase roll with yet another fuel-mileage win. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Sylvania 300

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Trifecta- Can Anyone Stop Vettel or Dwindy Edition

Greetings, race fans! It's a light week this week with races in the trucks, Cup, and F1.

Trivia question: Who has more wins this season- Sebastian Vettel or Dwindy?(no fair looking it up)

The starting line up this week:

1 moseby
2 CR
3 jon
4 kristen
5 tez
6 SB
7 Hanny
8 Dwindy

And now for the races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from New Hampshire, Saturday September 24; green flag drops at 3:19pm ET. (entry list)

2.) The F1 Grand Prix of Singapore, Sunday September 25; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from New Hampshire, Sunday September 25; green flag drops at 2:14pm ET.

Good luck, and let's go racing!!!!


Hendrick Motorsports Pushing The Envelope

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NASCAR Rules Changes For Dega

STOP THE PRESSES!

What are your thoughts on these changes?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rating the GEICO 400

The Chase had to wait an extra day to start, but when it did, Tony Stewart took home his first win of the season. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

Earnhardt Jr. And Letarte Return To Early Season Results

3rd Place Finish At Chicagoland

Over/Under Contest Recap and the first two weeks of the NFL season

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Trifecta- My Kind Of Town Edition

Greetings, race fans! This week, the Trifecta rolls into Chicago with races in all three NASCAR series. There is also an optional side trip to Japan for the IndyCar race.

This week's starting line up:
1 tez
2 dwindy
3 hanny
4 cr
5 jon
6 moseby
7 kristen
8 sb

The races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Chicago, Friday September 16; green flag drops at 8:19pm ET. (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Chicago, Saturday, September 17; green flag drops at 3:46pm ET. (entry list)

3.) The IndyCar race from Japan, Sunday September 18; green flag drops at 12:00am ET.

4.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Chicago, Sunday September 18; green flag drops at 2:14pm ET.


One more thing- the Beagle isn't buying your explanation for calling Tony a beefcake, Kristen(extremely overweight???? I think NOT!!!)



Let's go racing!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

With Just a Little Bit of Luck

The King is dead?

Long live the King!

Click that title!

And here's Smoke going off...




Poor poor Jenna Fryer had a tough week at Richmond with the bad boys of NASCAR beating her up.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Best Presser EVER!

Unfortunately NASCAR.com cut out a few other questions to Smoke, Ryan and Kyle who could barely contain their discomfort...just watching their faces is priceless!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rating the Wonderful Pistachios 400

Kevin Harvick won on a crazy final night of the 2011 regular season and the Chase field is set. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: Harvick Rolls at Richmond

From Zero on Friday, to Hero on Saturday....

Click to cluck.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Quick NASCAR News

10 years ago...

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KHI

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Trifecta- Back So Soon Edition

Greetings, race fans. Thanks to a 2 day delay at Atlanta, we are back. This weekend is a light schedule with races in Nationwide, Sprint Cup, and F1.

The overall standings in the Chase for the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy (otherwise known as the Dwindy report) are as follows:

PLAYER WINS PERFECT 1ST 2ND 3RD
dwindy 9 0 23 8 11
Hanny 3 0 17 11 6
cr 3 0 14 13 5
SB 2 0 12 12 11
moseby 2 0 9 11 4
jon 2 0 7 7 8
kristen 1 1 9 9 4
Tez 1 0 12 9 2

Looks like several players are making gains against Dwindy in the stats but not in wins. There are still 10 more race weekends to work on that.

This week's starting lineup-
1 moseby 2 tez 3 CR 4 SB 5 Dwindy 6 kristen 7 jon 8 Hanny

And finally, the races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Richmond, Friday September 9; green flag drops at 7:43pm ET (entry list).

2.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Richmond, Saturday September 10; green flag drops at 7:43pm ET.

3.) The F1 Italian Grand Prix, Sunday September 11; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

There you have it. Good luck and let's go racing!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Rock finally back on a NASCAR schedule

Rejoice! Rockingham Speedway will host a NASCAR race in 2012. The truck series will visit next April. Man, it is good to have that track back. Click on the title for Monday Morning Crew Chief's thoughts.

About time!

Heck yeah!

SPEED TV will show both the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 races live...not 100% sure if it's starting this year or not but I am excited to be able to watch 'my' Daytona 500 live instead of a week later with the editors cramming six hours worth of race into a two hour time slot *laugh*

A Harbinger of Things to Come?

Looking at the track averages to determine a favorite to win the 2011 Chase.

(Back to using the old, familiar Blog format and I like it a lot better!)

Click that title!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rating the AdvoCare 500

A wet weekend turned into a historic Tuesday as Jeff Gordon knocked down win #85, but he had to beat a guy who has more championships to do it. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

SRM NFL Cup Challenge Week 1

Calling all NFL prognosticators. Come join in on the weekly four-game pick-em contest, as we vie for the coveted SRM Cup!

Click the title to begin.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day letdown at Atlanta

Rain totally ruined the NASCAR weekend at Atlanta, as well as the goodwill the sport had built with Mother Nature at the start of the season. Click on the title for more.

It's The Tires?

I'm having fun with this new Google blog publishing format... Anyway, I hope this works...

An interesting perspective on what's made NASCAR racing so different this year.

I guess we've got to display the link now and click on it? Well, here ya go!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Freedom of Choice?

You have been summoned by the King... sorta.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Trifecta- Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your One-Liners Edition

Greetings, race fans! Time once again for the Trifecta. This week sees all three NASCAR series in action as well as IndyCar.

But first, the Beagle needs your help. Our church's puppet ministry is doing a show September 11. One of our acts is a Carnac the Magnificent type routine called The Great Paulini. Paulini (who is in 5th grade) needs new jokes (Hanny already provided us with several good ones via Facebook). Paulini's sidekick is an 8' anaconda puppet who goes into violent convulsions at the mere mention of Adam & Eve, the Garden of Eden, apples, or St. Patrick (paging Dr. Valus). So this week- along with your driver picks- hit me with your best question and answer type jokes- NO POLITICS PLEASE .

Example: The answer is Joan of Arc. The question is "What was the name of Noah's wife?"

Now back to business:

This week's lineup(along with last week's final points):
Dwindy 8
SB 18
jon 20
moseby 20
tez 22
Hanny 24
CR 27
kristen 36

This week's races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Atlanta, Friday September 2; green flag drops at 8:19pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Atlanta, Saturday September 3; green flag drops at 7:46pm ET (entry list)

3.) The IndyCar Baltimore Grand Prix, Sunday September 4; green flag drops at 2:45pm ET.

4.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Atlanta, Sunday September 4; green flag drops at 7:46pm ET.

There you have it.



Signs that SportsChump is getting old, Vol. 1: Cranberry juice and soda water

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The End of Tradition

College football has lost one of its most hallowed match ups.

Click the title.

For his sake, Clint Bowyer needs to stay at RCR

What seemed like a certainty a month ago has turned into an ever-growing question mark as Clint Bowyer and Richard Childress Racing struggle to finalize a deal for Bowyer to stick around. Click on the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

Monday, August 29, 2011

And the Beat Goes On

Just two races to go before the Chase field is set...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rating the Irwin Tools Night Race

Brad Keselowski added another chapter to his increasingly incredible season Saturday night in another tame race at Bristol. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: Keselowski Best at Bristol

Who does Keselowski remind you of?

Click title for my take.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly -- 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Words of Wisdom from Darrell Waltrip

Darrell does a weekly video on UTube where he expresses his thoughts on all things NASCAR... Here's the latest edition recorded August 23rd. The discussion centers on Kyle Busch and Marcos Ambrose.
"Just a good ol' boy..."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Busch and Sadler truck battle might set up wild Cup race

Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler got into it on the track at Bristol on Wednesday, but it could set up quite a battle between Busch and Kevin Harvick on Saturday. Click on the title for more.

For The NASCAR "Purists"

Got a half hour to walk through NASCAR's beginnings?
Is life really that busy?

Click the title.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The angry golfer caption contest

The Trifecta- Jon Hasn't Had Time To Enjoy His Win Edition

Greetings, race fans. Yep, it's Tuesday, but it's time for another Trifecta. This week is the second (and thankfully last) five race super weekend. The NASCAR gang is off to Bristol; F1 is off to Belgium; and the IndyCar drivers are extremely late showing up for the Lug Nuts get together in Sonoma (did someone forget to send them a memo?).

With 12 races to go (including this weekend), the overall standings look like this:

PLAYER WINS PERFECT 1ST 2ND 3RD
dwindy 8 0 21 8 10
Hanny 3 0 17 11 5
cr 3 0 13 12 4
SB 2 0 10 12 9
jon 2 0 6 6 8
kristen 1 1 9 9 4
Tez 1 0 11 7 2
moseby 1 0 7 9 4

This week's starting line up:

jon CR Dwindy Hanny tez kristen SB moseby

And now to the races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Bristol, Wednesday August 24; green flag drops at 8:16pm ET(entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Bristol, Friday August 26; green flag drops at 7:43pm ET

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Bristol, Saturday August 27; green flag drops at 7:43pm ET

4.) The F1 Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday August 28; green flag drops at 8:00am ET

5.) The IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sunday August 28; green flag drops at 4:45pm ET

There you have it. Let's go racing!

View From The Flagstand: Kyle Busch Muscles Michigan

The View includes the Tweet of the Year!

Click title to see it!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rating the Pure Michigan 400

Kyle Busch restored order to the NASCAR world with his fourth win of the season to clinch a spot in the Chase. Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly -- 2011 Pure Michigan 400

This week's GBU is up after a week hiatus. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Fun with baseball surnames: The night Charlie Furbush came to Tampa

NASCAR And Road Courses

The time is right...

Click the title!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Why's Everybody Always Pickin' On Me?

You guys are plottin' against me!
**************Insert Bobby Green instead of Charlie Brown...************

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Qualifying Key For Earnhardt Jr.

The Trifecta- Will It Go Round In Circles Edition

Greetings, race fans! Time once again for another light week of Trifecta racing. This week it's an all NASCAR week, with the Truck and Cup races at Michigan while the Nationwide drivers dust off their high school French and have another go at road course racing in Montreal.

First off, here is the Dwindy report for this week:

PLAYER WINS PERFECT 1ST 2ND 3RD
dwindy 8 0 21 8 10
Hanny 3 0 15 11 5
cr 3 0 12 12 4
SB 2 0 9 12 9
kristen 1 1 9 9 4
Tez 1 0 10 7 2
moseby 1 0 7 9 4
jon 1 0 4 6 8

There is still plenty of racing left on the Trifecta schedule for someone to catch Dwindy.

This week's starting lineup: Hanny Dwindy jon tez CR moseby SB kristen

And now to the races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan, Saturday August 20; green flag drops at 12:47pm ET (entry list).

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series from Montreal. Saturday August 20; green flag drops at 2:46pm ET (entry list).

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Michigan, Sunday August 21; green flag drops at 1:16pm ET.

There you have it. Good luck and let's go racing.

(A Note from the Commissioner- Next week's Trifecta will be posted on Tuesday to accommodate Wednesday's Camping World Truck Series Race from Bristol.)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Definition of "Good Guy" in NASCAR

I'm sure all five of the first time NASCAR Cup series winners were thrilled to get that monkey off their backs, but here's what they're risking...

Go ahead and click on the title.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Rating the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen: You Rate the Race!!

It's your turn to rate the race from Watkins Glen. Marcos Ambrose finally got his win, but not many others came home happy from this one. What did you think? Put a Monday Morning Crew Chief Star Rating on it.

Same Name creates awkward love triangle between Reggie Bush, SportsChump and Kim Kardashian

View From The Flagstand: Ambrose Ambushes the Glen

Another feel good, first time win!

Click and comment.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Coming Back To Tony Stewart’s Turf

THe Trifecta- New York State Of Mind Edition

Greetings, race fans. Time once again for racing's easiest fantasy game (at least it is for Dwindy), the Trifecta. It's a light schedule this weekend with races in Nationwide, Sprint Cup, and IndyCar.

In the overall standings for the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy, well, do we really need to go there?

The starting lineup for this weekend: SB Hanny CR Dwindy jd moseby jon tez kristen.

And now for the races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Watkins Glen, Saturday August 13; green flag drops at 2:17pm ET (entry list).

2.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Watkins Glen, Sunday August 14; green flag drops at 1:18pm ET.

3.) The IndyCar race from Loudon, Sunday August 14; green flag drops at 4:00pm ET.

Good luck and let's go racing!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pocono decides people can’t handle its 500-mile races

Hooray! Less racing! That's going to be the case now that the Pocono races will be 400-mile events beginning next year. However, Monday Morning Crew Chief isn't so sure it's a good move. Click on the title for more.

This Just In...

No more 500 mile snooze-fests at Pocono

And the Races Dwindle Down To A Precious Few…

So how's your Cup driver doing?

Plus Ricky Stenhouse Jr. News...

SportsChump proudly presents your 2011 NFL Futures Contest

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What Are These People Saying? Thinking?


Several of our favorite drivers and NASCAR personalities... You fill in the blanks!

Monday, August 8, 2011

View From The Flagstand: Keselowski Pounds Pocono

Testing at Road Atlanta pays off for Keselowski...

Bang the title!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rating the Good Sam RV Insurance 500

OK, this is starting to get a little crazy. Guys are winning races with broken ankles? Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating of Keselowski's win at Pocono.

Why The Dislike For Danica?

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- Good Sam RV 500

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Edwards stays put, leaves possible seat open at Gibbs

Carl Edwards made his long-awaited decision to stay at Roush-Fenway Racing on Thursday. What happens next? Could Joe Gibbs Racing still expand with a fourth car next year? Click on the title for the possibilities.

Danica Patrick: The NASCAR World Awaits!

The Trifecta- I Can See For Miles And Miles Edition

Yes, race fans. The Beagle can see again- just in time to sleep through another boring Pocono race.

This week's line up: Dwindy CR kristen SB Hanny moseby jon tez

This week's races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Pocono, Saturday August 6; green flag drops at 1:21pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Iowa, Saturday August 6; green flag drops at 7:49pm ET (entry list) NOTE: Brad Keselowski will not be in the #22 for this race due to injuries from the Atlanta crash.

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Pocono, Sunday August 7; green flag drops at 1:18pm ET.

4.) The IndyCar Honda Indy 200 from Ohio, Sunday August 7; green flag drops at 2:50pm ET.

VBS at our church starts Saturday, so I will be in and out for most of the day. I will try to get the results from Saturday's races up late Saturday night(we're having a pool party, so it may be really late).

Good luck and let's go racing!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Amid 14 different winners, Stewart, Biffle and Bowyer still looking for Victory Lane

Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer are three big guns that haven't had their shot in Victory Lane yet this year. Now is a good time to change that. Just click on the title.

A Very Lucky Young Man...

Scary wreck in Atlanta...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The case for spell check in Major League Baseball

The Dwindy Report...

...otherwise known as the overall standings in the chase for the coveted Triple Lug Nut trophy.

Straight from the spread sheet:

PLAYER WINS PERFECT 1ST 2ND 3RD
dwindy 7 0 19 7 10

cr 3 0 12 10 3

Hanny 2 0 13 10 3

kristen 1 1 8 8 4

Tez 1 0 9 7 1

SB 1 0 7 12 8

moseby 1 0 7 7 4

jon 1 0 3 6 8

There are 14 races left in the Trifecta season, so it's still anybody's game. Dwindy's strength lies not in the number of wins he has racked up- which is impressive- but rather in his total domination of the statistics. Should the Chase for the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy come down to a tie breaker, Dwindy has the upper hand. The only current exception to that would be Kristen. Should she and Dwindy be tied for wins at the end of the season, her perfect score trumps his domination of the statistics.

More Numbers!

So who’s gettin’ it done in the Cup Series through 20 races?

Some different measures...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rating the Brickyard 400

Paul Menard wins? At the Brickyard?? Incredible. Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: Menard Burns Brickyard

Another first time winner in 2011....

Click for the info....

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Brickyard 400

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

NASCAR's Premier Bully

Interest is up this season and a large part of it has to do with the "Boys, have at it" attitude...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Trifecta- The (Dw)Indy Edition

Greetings, race fans. Time once again to make your picks for racing's easiest fantasy game. In the Chase for the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy, Dwindy increased his margin on the rest of the field by picking up his 7th win of the season. The Trifecta commissioner is seriously considering requiring Dwindy to make his picks blindfolded and with one hand tied behind his back.

The Starting line up: Dwindy Hanny kristen tez moseby SB CR jon

The races:

1.) Th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Indianapolis, Friday July 29; green flag drops at 7:48pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR NAtionwide Series race from Indianapolis, Saturday July 30; green flag drops at 7:49pm ET (entry list)

3.) The F1 Hungarian Grand Prix from Budapest, Sunday July 31; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

4.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Indianapolis, Sunday July 31; green flag drops at 1:19pm ET.

Go for it!



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Earnhardt Jr.'s margin for error is gone

What looked to be a great rebound year for Dale Earnhardt Jr. has suddenly turned into a nail-biter as he struggles to hang on to a Chase spot as the playoffs loom. Click the title for Monday Morning Crew Chief's thoughts.

Is Earnhardt Jr. Really "Done"

Brett Favre is back again… for the second time.

James Harrison: Mad man or madman?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Another $1,000,000 Contest!


Click on the title to get to the Speedway Media Contest site... Grudge matches! I like it!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Edwards and Beltran hold keys to moves in NASCAR and MLB

Folks in Major League Baseball are all a buzz about a possible trade involving Carlos Beltran come next week's trading deadline. In NASCAR, everybody is waiting breathlessly for Carl Edwards to make his decision about next season. It must be that time of the year. Click the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

The 2011 'A&W Cruisin' the Dub 300'

A recap of the Saturday night, 300 lap shootout from Vernon, BC. Typical short track racing saw the pace car being the only one without a scratch by the end, we even had a fight after the race (I so hope TSN caught it on their coverage *laugh*).

For Carl Edwards, Silence Feeds the Fire

Carl driving a Toyota? That may not be too far-fetched...

Click on the title to see what I mean.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hear about the Sprint contest?


Ran across this contest today... A cool million wouldn't be too bad to handle. Wonder how much would be left once the Feds got their share? Might buy a tank of gas... Maybe not...

Anyway... Here's the link to enter: http://sports.sprint.com/speed/

Good Luck! (and if you win you've got to share with all your Lug Nut buddies!)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Trifecta- Better Late Than Never Edition

Greetings, race fans. First of all, a big thank you to Tez for posting last week's Trifecta. That has inspired a new rule for the 2012 season- more about that later.

The starting lineup for this week:

CR Hanny SB jon kristen Dwindy moseby tez

The races:

1.) The NASCAR CAmping World Truck Series race from Nashville, Friday July 22: green flag drops at 8:19pm ET (entry list).

2.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Nashville; Saturday July 23; green flag drops at 7:45pm ET (entry list)

3.) The F1 German Grand Prix, Sunday July 24; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

4.) The IndyCar race from Edmonton, Sunday July 24; green flag drops at 2:45pm ET.

There you have it. Good luck and let's go racing.

The 2011 Chase: Who’s Down, Who’s Out?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ESPN finally restores Bestwick to play-by-play role

Allen Bestwick will be back in the play-by-play saddle for the ESPN part of the Cup schedule. Click the title for Monday Morning Crew Chief's thoughts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's Time To Look At Numbers...

We're just over halfway through the 2011 Sprint Cup season... (Time sure does fly!)

Let's crunch some numbers shall we?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rating the Lenox Industrial Tools 301

Ryan Newman got his first win of the season in a one-two finish for Stewart-Haas Racing. How was the race overall? Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: Newman Takes New Hampshire

Did Flyin' Ryan cross the boss?

Click the title for flags of the race.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Lenox Industrial Tools 301

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Temporary Trifecta...unless SB doesn't post one.

Not entirely sure where our resident host is...so I'll have to make up an excuse; she's waiting in line for the new 'Harry Potter' movie so it's up to her whether or not this counts :P

If SB decides to post one, that shall take precedence over this...so check here more than usual!

We've got all three NASCAR series in action, with the Nationwides going first on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Trucks that evening and then, I shall guess based on history, the snoozefest that is a Cup race at Loudon.

And, in case one series doesn't take your fancy this week, the Moto GP guys are in Germany. It goes early Sunday morning (for us on the West Coast at any rate) with, I presume, a delayed broadcast by Speed showing it after lunchtime. I'll put the points standings up for it as well since I doubt any of us are familiar with them...me included.

1 - Nationwide at Loudon; 3:30pm EST Saturday (entry list)

2 - Trucks at Iowa; 8pm EST Saturday (entry list)

3 - Moto GP at Germany; 8am EST Sunday (entry list) (points standings)

4 - Cup at Loudon; 1pm EST Sunday (entry list)

Hmm...looks like the order for any tiebreakers is as follows: Kristen (with the first 'pefecta' this season I believe), CR, Hanny, Moseby, SB, Dwindy, Tez and Jon...with anyone else welcome to give it a bash.

Usual trifecta rules apply of course :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

NASCAR still has no clear championship favorite as second half begins

Already 18 races into the season, six drivers are within 22 points of the lead. Is it parity? Maybe. Just click on the title.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Backed Into A Corner

Rating the Quaker State 400

The Sprint Cup debut at Kentucky turned out to be a flop. Hopefully it was a fluke deal and next year will be better. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: Kyle Busch Tops Kentucky

Car 18 wins this season's 18th race.... and wins the first pole, leads most laps, and wins the first Cup race at KY Speedway.

No need to click the title, that line above pretty much describes it.

The Little Blurb For The "Unofficial" Tool Cart Puller-Arounder

Ok, the idea and the title came from Tez, and I did have to borrow a picture, but here goes:




Kristen Valus- "Unofficial" Tool Cart Puller Arounder
4 years at Penske
Hometown: somewhere, USA
Nickname: “Doc”
First job: Analyzing friends' Barbie dolls
Favorite Track: Sonoma
Memorable Racing Experience: Asking Tony Stewart where he got his rhythm from(Getting her picture taken in VL with Kurt came in a close second; being inches away from Dale Jr came in third)
If You Were a Car Part, What Would You Be? The Computer- because it analyzes all the other parts to make sure they're functioning properly.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Quaker State 400

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title. (But I have a feeling you all know who made the grade.)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Kentucky chat

in case anyone else is around, lol

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sprint Cup Series continues unpredictable races at Kentucky

The Cup series continues a stretch of races that are nearly impossible to predict as it visits Kentucky Speedway for the first time ever Saturday night. Click on the title for why this race is so difficult to predict.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nationwide Series move to Brickyard a bad deal

The Nationwide Series will race along with the Sprint Cup Series during the Brickyard 400 weekend beginning in 2012. Too bad the move has many more negatives than positives. Click the title for more.

The Trifecta= My Old Kentucky Home Edition

Greeetings, race fans. This week, the Trifecta comes to you a day earlier to accommodate the Camping World Truck Series race, but don't worry if you missed it. You still have four other races to choose from. That's right, this week is one of two "Super" weekends this season in which all five series have races on the schedule.

This week's starting line up:
Hanny CR tez kristen Dwindy moseby SB jon

This week's races:
1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Kentucky, Thursday July 7; green flag drops at 8:16pm ET. (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR NAtionwide Series race from Kentucky, Friday July 8; green flag drops at 7:45pm ET. (entry list)

3.)The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Kentucky, Saturday July 9; green flag drops at 7:46pm ET.

4.) The F1 British Grand Prix, Sunday July 10; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

5.) The IndyCar Honda Indy Toronto from Toronto, Sunday July 10: green flag drops at 2:15pm ET.

There you go. Good luck, and let's go racing.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

An Answer For The “Two Car Tango” Conundrum

The Aussies Are Coming...

Done during lunch, waiting for a lull before putting it on here. I'm hoping the deal means live V8 coverage!

It would make for a cool road trip, I know that much :P

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Danica To The Lead, In Silly Season

Rating the Coke Zero 400

David Ragan became the third first-time winner in another big-time event Saturday night at Daytona. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: David Ragan Delivers at Daytona

Ragan finally delivers for UPS.

Click title for the review.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Coke Zero 400

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Got it!!!

now I am all hyper again...!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June races showcased potential Sprint Cup championship contenders

Always an important month on the schedule, June showed us who might be in championship contention for the long haul. Just click on the title.

Victory! Race Report is Up!

When are you guys gonna send the bail money?

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Difficult Third Album...

first one from race day is up...I presume the others shall trickle in eventually. I even changed my avatar on here for the very first time since joining!

View From The Flagstand: Kurt Busch Best in Show

How come TNT didn't play any in-car audio from Kurt's car on Sunday?

Click the title....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rating the Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kurt Busch jumped out to an early lead and strangled the rest of the field as he dominated the race at Sonoma. Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

Nuff Said....


Blog to follow when I sober up!
=)

How Will “Team Earntarte” Handle Adversity Heading To Daytona

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Toyota Save Mart 350

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sonoma Saturday Race report!

Ok, now we might need bail money...

Sonoma Race Report - Friday!

So far we don't need bail money...

And thanks for the call Dwindy! I *almost* called it!! =)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Trifecta- Off On The Road To Morocco Edition

Greetings, race fans. This week's Trifecta is all over the place with races in California, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Spain.

The starting order for this week: Dwindy, SB, Hanny, CR, moseby, jon, kristen, tez

The races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Road America, Saturday June 26; green flag drops at 5:46pm ET. (entry list)

2.) The IRL race from Iowa, Saturday June 26; green flag drops at 9:00pm ET.

3.) The F1 European Grand Prix from Spain, Sunday June 27; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

4.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Sonoma, Sunday June 27; green flag drops at 3:19pm ET.

Good luck, and let's go racing.

Monday, June 20, 2011

High Hopes In Cali

View From The Flagstand: Hamlin Hammers Michigan

JGR rethinks the oil pan..... Perceived nice guy, Mark Martin, roughs up teammate, Junyer.... JPM lives in Miami, drives like they do in Boca..... Kyle Petty, best analyst?

Click the title for more!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Dips 400

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Rating the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400

All Denny Hamlin did was win for the first time this season Sunday at Michigan. Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating of the race.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Trifecta- When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Edition

Greetings race fans. This week, the Trifecta takes us to the Irish Hills of Michigan for Nationwide and Sprint Cup action, while the IndyCar boys and girls are living it up on beer and brats in Milwaukee.

Before we get to the races, the Commissioner of the Trifecta has a message-

There is no truth to the rumor that Dwindy was assessed a secret fine. If that were true, then the Beagle would have had her contacts replaced by now. There is, however, buzz that a copy of Chad Knaus's book, How to Cheat and not Get Caught, is making rounds in the garage area. This is a prohibited book, and anyone caught with a copy will be dealt with severely. If you do have a copy, please leave it on the steps of the black, tan and white hauler and no questions will be asked.

This week's line up: 1 SB 2 tez 3 moseby 4 CR 5 kristen 6 jon 7 Hanny 8 Dwindy

And now for the races:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Michigan, Saturday June 18; green flag drops at 3:46pm ET. (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR Srint Cup Series race from Michigan, Sunday June 19; green flag drops at 1:16pm ET.

3.) The IndyCar race from Milwaukee, Sunday June 19; green flag drops at 4:00pm ET.

Good luck and let's go racing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

NASCAR’s Greatest Crew Chief

View From The Flagstand: Jeff Gordon Wins Pocono

Pocono, four cautions for debris. That is all.

Click title for more thrills.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rating the 5-Hour Energy 500

Everybody needed some 5-Hour Energy to make it through this race. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 5-Hour Energy 500

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Pocono Chatter

No DW.... will we still hear "Roval" umpteen times?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

THe Trifecta- Dancing With The Cars Edition

Greetings, race fans. This week finds us in Texas for a little Texas Two Step with CWTS and IndyCar races, Pocono for a little Pennsylvania Polka with the Sprint Cup race, and Montreal to watch the F1 boys dance around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Some housekeeping befire we get to the races. Trifecta R&D has carefully examined Dwindy's Magic 8 ball and found it to be of standard issue with no modifications. We have also interviewed every Gypsy fortune teller in Dwindy's town and found nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, they envy his success rate for correct predictions. So, unless he is getting his information directly from the race teams, we can find nothing illegal. And Dwindy, if you do have Jimmie's horseshoe, PUT IT DOWN!!! You don't know where it's been.

IndyCar is giving us a real Texas two step this weeki, as they have divided the race into two shorter races. If you decide to choose IndyCAr as one of your races, you will pick ONE driver. You will be credited with that driver's BEST finish (Ex: Kristen picks Helio. He finishes 5th in the first race and 2nd in the second race. Kristen would be credited with the 2nd place finish). YOU MAY NOT CHANGE INDYCAR DRIVERS BETWEEN THE RACES.

Finally, Bev has withdrawn from the Trifecta. She is having trouble keeping up with everything without full internet access.

This week's line up: 1 Dwindy, 2 Hanny, 3 tez, 4 SB, 5 kristen , 6 CR, 7 jon, 8 moseby

Finally the races:

1.) The Camping World Truck Series race from Texas, Friday June 10; green flag drops at 9:19pm ET (entry list)

2.) The IndyCar race from Texas, Saturday June 11; green flag drops at 8:45pm ET.

3.) The F1 race from Montreal, Sunday June 11; green flag drops at 1:00pm ET.

4.) The Sprint Cup race from Pocono, Sunday June 11; green flag drops at 1:18pm ET.

Good luck and let's go racing.

Tickets to the Gun Show

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Beagle's View On Childress v Busch

Trust me. It's not what you're thinking. Click the title.

Keselowski's win could change NASCAR fuel-mileage strategy

Brad Keselowski won the race at Kansas by saving fuel, but in doing so he might have ushered in a new era of fuel-mileage tactics. Click the title for more from Monday Morning Crew Chief.

View From The Flagstand: Keselowski Flattens Kansas

Did anything, or anyone, else get flattened?

Punch the title.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 STP 400

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Rating the STP 400

Brad Keselowski won the fuel-mileage game in a hot one at Kansas. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

Lose, Lose for Kyle

Think people hate Kyle Busch now? Imagine if had hurt a 65 year old grandpa.

*click the title*

Kansas Chat

Okay, nobody punch me but I'll only be around for a few hours...
Anyone else around to chat or is everyone on twitter and FB?!?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Childress/Busch altercation

To read my thoughts, click on the title.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

NASCAR heads to Kansas to begin important stretch of Cup season

After the time at home for the teams at Charlotte, it's time to get back at it in Kansas, which marks the beginning of June, a month where teams must put up or shut up if they want a shot at the Chase. Click on the title for Monday Morning Crew Chief's thoughts.

The Trifecta- Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain Edition

That's right, race fans! We're back in Kansas- with a side trip to Chicago- for this week's all NASCAR edition of the Trifecta. Before we get to this week's lineup, a little fun, Jeopardy style-

The answer is "I'll get you my pretty and your little dog,too!" (There is a correct question for this answer, but not necessarily the one you're thinking of.)

This week's lineup: tez Hanny jon moseby kristen CR Dwindy SB Bev

This week's races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Kansas, Saturday June 4; green flag drops at 2:19pm ET (entry list)

2.) The NASCAR NAtionwide Series race from Chicago, Saturday June 4; green flag drops at 8:16pm ET (entry list)

3.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Kansas, Sunday, June 5; green flag drops at 1:16pm ET.

There you go. Choose your drivers wisely.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ford engines are new leaders in NASCAR

Matt Kenseth won at Dover, Carl Edwards won the All-Star Race and Greg Biffle would've won the Coca-Cola 600 if he could have stretched the fuel mileage just a bit farther. Looks like the Ford guys finally have that new engine up and running well. Click on the title for more.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Dale Jr.’s Improvement On 1.5 Mile Tracks Bodes Well

View From The Flagstand: Dale Jr's Coke 600 Fizzles

The Nation stood as one,
Loudly cheering the favorite son.
But, when all was gone and done,
Twas Happy, again had won.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 Coca-Cola 600

This week's GBU is up. To find out who made the grade, click on the title.

Rating the Coca-Cola 600

Kevin Harvick came out of nowhere as Junior Nation's hopes for a long-awaited win were snatched just feet from the finish line. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating of the longest NASCAR race ever.

Coke 600 Chatter

The pit road speed limit is..... 45 MPH!

Guess who's been practicing?

Chat here for awhile, take a nap, eat dinner, chat, channel surf, nap, chat, wake up for the last 8 laps, chat.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Oh, What A Difference A Year Can Make

2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

A video tribute to the second class of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees. To hear it, you'll need to turn your volume all the way up. Just click on the title.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Trifecta- The One That Started It All Edition

Greetings, race fans! This week the Trifecta returns to its raison d'etre- that one weekend that race fans live for with all three series running marquee events with a Nationwide race thrown in for good measure.

In the chase for the Coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy, dwindy leads with 4 wins. Will he continue to be the Kyle of the Trifecta(as Hanny says) or can someone stop his total domination of this year's series.

The starting lineup for this week:
1 Dwindy, 2 CR, 3 moseby, 4 SB, 5 Hanny, 6 Bev, 7 kristen, 8 tez, 9 jon

This week's races are:

1.) The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Charlotte, Saturday May 28; green flag drops at 2:46pm ET (entry list)

2.) The Formula Grand Prix of Monaco from Monte Carlo, Sunday, May 29; green flag drops at 8:00 am ET.

3.) The Indianapolis 500, Sunday May 29; green flag drops at 12:00pm ET (entry list)

4.) The NASCAR Sprint Cup series race from Charlotte, Sunday May 29; green flag drops at 6:16pm ET.

Good luck, and let's go racing!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mark Martin found unusual path to friendship with Bobby Allison

Hall of Famer Bobby Allison helped a young Mark Martin early in his career despite an interesting first impression. Click on the title for more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

He Always Drives Like His Hair's On Fire?

I guess he's still got a lot to learn...

A slice of NASCAR hits Indycar?

Conway (Mike, not Kevin) out but Ryan will race despite Marco bumping him....I suspect Bruno will be on Andretti's Christmas list this year.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Return To Coke 600 Victory Lane Close For Roush

NASCAR inducts its second Hall of Fame class

Bud Moore, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison and David Pearson received NASCAR's greatest honor Monday night and Monday Morning Crew Chief was there. Click the title for a recap and check back throughout the week for more stories and photos of the night.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rating the All-Star Race

Carl Edwards spanked the field in the All-Star race, and his victory celebration had more action than the actual race. Click the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

View From The Flagstand: Carl Edwards Wins All-Star Race

Justin Timberlake saved SNL on Saturday night, nothing could save the All-Star race preceding it.

Click the duck.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Busting out the STFU Meter for Donovan McNabb and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Trifecta- Happy Birthday, Tony! Edition

Greetings, race fans. This week, the Trifecta celebrates the birth of the one and only Tony Stewart.


This week's races tale us from Charlotte to Iowa with a final stop in Spain. Dwindy leads the Chase for the coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy with three wins. CR is hot on his heels with two.

This week's starting line up:

1 Dwindy
2 CR
3 kristen
4 Hanny
5 moseby
6 jon
7 Bev
8 tez
9 SB

Now on to the races:

1.) The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Charlotte, Friday May 20; green flag drops at 8:18pm ET (entry list)

2.) The F1 Grand Prix of Spain, Sunday May 22; green flag drops at 8:00am ET.

3. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Iowa, Sunday May 22; green flag drops at 2:17pm ET (entry list)

Good luck, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONY!!


A review of Scorecasting: Sports cliches gone wild

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More NASCAR Sprint Cup teams need to gamble to win

Not everybody should follow in the footsteps of Regan Smith and Matt Kenseth, because it won't work every time, but more teams should seriously consider taking the risk and going for the win. Click on the title for more.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride

Kyle Petty's bike ride blew through Charleston last week.

Clicks for pics.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Split Screen Racing

Fox gigs ESPN with split screen commercials.

Click for more.

Racing Into The All-Star Race New Territory For Earnhardt Jr.

2011 NFL Draft Grades

Did your team have a good draft?
How about the teams you love to hate?

Take a look at Dwindy1's grades...

Monday, May 16, 2011

View From The Flagstand: Kenseth Wins 2nd of the Year

Matty Ice gets his second win of the year. He has won the two most boring races of the year so far. I'm picking him at Michigan and Pocono!

Click da title!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rating the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks

Matt Kenseth used some Regan Smith-like strategy to steal a win at Dover. Click on the title for the Monday Morning Crew Chief Rating.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly -- 2011 FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks

This week's GBU is up. To see who made the grade, click on the title. Feel free to comment as well.