Odds and Ends- Hey Old Timer and NASCAR Media on Vacation Edition

Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

And now on with the show…

Hey Old Timer

As soon as they showed the replay of 72-year old Morgan Shepherd crashing into Joey Logano I figured we were about to hear some smart-alecky comments about the old guy. But when Joey Logano lit him up about not being qualified to race any more because of his age I was surprised. The vicious attack by so many NASCAR fans and media members on social media stunned me. This is Morgan Shepherd! This guy has been part of the NASCAR family for over forty years. Morgan is the youngest 72 year old I have ever seen. The guy still has driving skills better than some of the rookies coming into the sport today. “NASCAR Sprint Cup should be about the best 43 drivers in the world,” shrieked some of the critics. NASCAR has never been about the top 43 stockcar drivers in the world it has ALWAYS been about the best 25 stockcar drivers in the world racing with and against 18 other drivers who can find the funding. NASCAR needs to have a rating system in place to prevent drivers who wreck several times every race from being able to continue their careers without suspension. But when was the last time Morgan Shepherd caused a wreck? Every week we hear drivers make the excuse that the air sucked my car around. We hear the experts say how much these cars are on the ragged edge and how if you could reach out the window and give that car next to you a push that driver would go around. We nod our heads and say that makes sense. But when a 72 year old driver or a pretty woman driver causes the wreck then that driver is a terror on the track! Stick a microphone in the face of a driver who just wrecked out and they will find someone to blame. How many other drivers wrecked passing Morgan Shepherd last Sunday?

NASCAR Media on Vacation

The NASCAR brass that wonders why such small crowds show up at Nationwide and Camping World Truck races should be paying attention this week. It is not about Kyle Busch or another Cup guy stinking up the show. It is not that ticket prices are too high. It is because nobody including the media cares about these series any more except for us racing junkies! Look at the NBC Sports Channel and Fox Sports 1 for further proof of this theory. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is the main event this weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway. Wouldn’t this be a great time to put the future stars of NASCAR in the spotlight to generate some buzz and to get a bigger crowd at Chicagoland Speedway and higher ratings on television for this event? Both NASCAR America and NASCAR Race Hub are missing in action this week while the NASCAR Sprint Cup series takes their last week off for the season. Yes I understand that the NASCAR season is a grind from February through late November and that the A-Team at these shows need a week off. But how about bringing in the men and women who cover the NASCAR Nationwide Series every week to let fans know what they will see this weekend? NASCAR is not on vacation! The NASCAR Nationwide Series is heading to Chicagoland Speedway and I will be there to cover the event. But the NASCAR media sure is on vacation this week.

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Odds and Ends- NASCAR Hates the RTA and Farewell to Our Vin Scully Edition

Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

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 NASCAR Hates the RTA

The biggest news about the surprise news that nine of the biggest teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing had formed an alliance called the Race Team Association was that NASCAR seemed surprised by the news. There is no doubt from their press release on the RTA that NASCAR hates the concept of this group! How can I be so bold to make that statement from the carefully worded NASCAR response? NASCAR media members have developed a strange talent of being able to read between the lines of NASCAR press releases to decipher their true meaning. Let me illustrate with this announcement line by line with the translation provided for your convenience.

“We are aware of the alliance concept the team owners have announced, but have very few specifics on its structure or purpose.”

Translation: What in the heck are these guys doing and why didn’t our extensive network of NASCAR spies find this out before the announcement? Did we waste all that money hiring those guys from the NSA and CIA? Is Edward Snowden available for hire?

“It is apparently still in development and we’re still learning about the details so it would be inappropriate to comment right now.”

Translation: Since our spy network failed we are just as puzzled as the media and fans at this point. But I wonder how the teams will like our new technical inspection process this weekend at New Hampshire!

“NASCAR’s mission, as it has always been, is to create a fair playing field where anyone can come and compete. Our job is to support and strengthen all of the teams, large and small, across all of our series and we’ll continue to do that.”

Translation: Our actual mission is to make as much money as possible for NASCAR but that wouldn’t be prudent to be that honest in our PR release. Hey RTA, do you want to know where you can stick your franchising idea? I wonder how many of those independent Nationwide Series teams we have priced out of the sport chuckled at this line in our PR release?

“NASCAR is a unique community with hundreds of stakeholders. They all have a voice and always will.”

Translation: It sure was easier running this sport when everyone was scared to tick off Big Bill France. When NASCAR says “Everyone has a voice” what we really mean to say is that you should hear our choir! Rick, Roger, Jack and Chip can even do a great Barber Shop Quartet with those voices too!

Stay tuned everyone…this new Race Team Alliance and how they get along with NASCAR sure will make for fun reporting this year!

 Farewell to Our Vin Scully

You are more likely to find a real life unicorn or to see President Obama and John Boehner shooting pool together soon than to find ANYONE within NASCAR that doesn’t love MRN’s Barney Hall. This man wasn’t simply a radio guy he was THE VOICE of NASCAR. When Mr. Hall started his career at MRN I was in Mrs. Power’s Fourth Grade class with a crush on Corinna Karpiel and playing Hot Wheels every day with Phil Edwards. (Phil had that cool Snake and Mongoo$e Drag Racing Set) I had the pleasure to meet Barney Hall at one of my first races covering NASCAR as a credentialed media member in 2002. The man was incredibly kind and even gave me a short tour of the MRN broadcast booth. Many years later I would get to call an ARCA race on RaceTalkRadio from that same radio booth. Just saying that Barney Hall is the best announcer to ever cover a NASCAR race doesn’t do justice to this man’s career. Play by play announcers come in different flavors with different styles and it is rare for NASCAR fans to agree on who is best. But there was something magical about the way Barney Hall reported a race. The only other announcer in the world with that same universal appeal is Vin Scully. There is no doubt that Barney Hall is NASCAR’s Vin Scully! Thanks for the memories Mr. Hall and for all you did for the sport behind the scenes for so many years.

Fantasy Insight-New Hampshire 1

Every week I break down the statistics for the upcoming race with my exclusive Pro Power Ratings. Here is this week’s fearless forecast for the Magic Mile.

Driver               Car #   Last 5   CourseType    PRO

Top Tier (92+)

Earnhardt Jr      88        94.0     89.2     96.4     93.04-Solid type of track for Junior

J Gordon          24        93.2     92.4     92.0     92.72- Lock for a top ten

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Second Tier (90-91.99)

Keselowski      2          90.8     94.4     87.0     91.12- Best Horses for Courses rating

J Johnson         48        89.2     92.6     91.2     90.62- Any track, any week, solid choice

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Third Tier (85-89.99)

K Harvick        4          85.4     88.4     95.8     88.38- Pit crew more important here

C Bowyer        15        87.4     87.4     83.2     86.56- MWR still a puzzle to me

R Newman       31        88.0     81.8     89.0     86.34- Low Horses for Courses, avoid

M Kenseth       20        81.4     91.4     90.0     86.12- Should be in the hunt

G Biffle16        82.4     90.4     86.4     85.60- Roush still a puzzle to me

K Kahne          5          84.8     87.6     84.2     85.52- No confidence in Kahne yet

Ku Busch         41        91.4     77.2     82.2     85.30- Low Horses for Courses

B Vickers         55        81.8     92.6     82.8     85.24- MWR puzzle, driver great here

Ky Busch         18        80.6     88.2     92.2     85.20- Should turn around recent bad luck

J Logano          22        83.8     84.0     90.4     85.18- Very good track for Sliced Bread

T Stewart         14        83.2     90.4     81.4     85.00- Smoke is over due, good shot

Win- Brad Keselowski- Betting on the high Horses for Courses rating (7 to 1 Odds)

Place- Dale Earnhardt Jr- Tops the PRO Rating this week (8 to 1 Odds)

Show- Jimmie Johnson- No need to get creative with this pick (5 to 1 Odds)

Longshot- (20 to 1 Odds or More) Ton Stewart- Great value at 20-1 odds.

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Odds and Ends- Well Done Bubba and Bring Back Traditional Race Names Edition

Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

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Well Done Bubba

Earlier this week Darrell Wallace Jr was invited by NASCAR and his sponsor Coke to attend the BET Awards. Fresh off his win at Gateway and one of the rising stars in the sport there is a reason Bubba is a fan favorite in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. As he took to Instagram to bring fans a look at the BET Awards there were the inevitable idiots that felt obligated to make racial slurs. Bubba Wallace handled it with style and class as expected with a great Tweet.

Darrell Wallace Jr @BubbaWallace

The people who are upset over the Instagram takeover w/ NASCAR n BET..are what’s wrong with the world today #ignorance

In this day and age where sports stars are afraid to speak their minds due to one side or the other taking issue with every word they say I applaud Bubba for speaking his mind! I also applaud him for being a class act who is a great representative of how a young sports star should behave.

Bring Back Traditional Race Names

Why can’t NASCAR have respect for more of the traditional race names in the sport? This week is the Coke Zero 400 but when you look at that name on the statistical pages in a few weeks or months you won’t have a clue where the race was held. This race was known for years as the Firecracker 400. Darlington Speedway respects their tradition by still using the name Southern 500 and simply attaching the sponsors name in the race name. Why wouldn’t the Coke Zero Firecracker 400 work? Coke sponsors so many different races across the country with their different brands. Wouldn’t it make sense to identify this race with its traditional name? Maybe it means nothing to the marketing pros or to the newer fans but to us older fans this race will always be the Firecracker 400. I would also like to see the World 600 brought back with the sponsor’s name attached. What other traditional race names would you like to see brought back?

Fantasy Insight-Daytona 2

Every week I break down the statistics for the upcoming race with my exclusive Pro Power Ratings. Here is this week’s fearless forecast for Daytona.

Driver               Last 5   CourseType    PRO

Top Tier 92+

Earnhardt Jr      95        94.4     88.4     93.50: Always a best bet at Daytona

Second Tier 90-91.99

J Johnson         95        86.6     90.6     91.60: Solid pick every week at every track

Third Tier 85-89.99

B Keselowski   94        86.8     80.4     89.12: Injury is not a concern, will be in the hunt

K Harvick        88        84.8     87.0     86.84: Easier to pass if pit crew screws up here

J Gordon          92.6     80.8     80.4     86.62: Solid but has been unlucky at plate races

C Bowyer        88.4     83.0     87.0     86.50: Excellent plate race driver

R Newman       86.8     87.4     82.2     86.06: RCR cars are strong bets at Daytona

G Biffle82.2     89.0     86.4     85.08:  Roush cars continue to be a mystery

Win- Dale Earnhardt Jr- Tops the power ratings and is the obvious choice (10 to 1 Odds)

Place- Kevin Harvick- Driver is hungry for another win (12 to 1 Odds)

Show- Greg Biffle- Roush Yates engines have shown success here (20 to 1 Odds)

Longshot- (20 to 1 Odds or More) Ryan Newman- RCR car is great bet at 30-1 odds

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Wednesday-InsidePASS is the official radio show of the Pro All Star Series- On Demand

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Odds and Ends- We All Fall Down and Hello CBS Sports Channel
Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

And now on with the show…

We All Fall Down
The state of NASCAR reporting really concerns me. Here is how an average week goes nowadays. Writer X publishes an article with a rumor and five more writers publish an article talking about that article. It doesn’t matter how far fetched the rumor might be or whether the original writer did their due diligence of good reporting techniques. The result is a flood of Twitter and Facebook messages that make that original rumor look like it is 100% true. Finally over the weekend a reporter actually does some real reporting and the original rumor is put to rest. Could you ever imagine Tom Higgins writing a story about what Steve Waid wrote back in the day? Over the next few weeks I will be grading the rumor makers to see whose batting average is the best and worst in the NASCAR media. NASCAR has worked hard to control the story lines every week by sending out story ideas and running the NASCAR Web Service and we have all fallen down.

Hello CBS Sports Channel
Last Saturday night the CBS Sports Channel brought us live ARCA racing from Elko Speedway. Over the past decade our ARCA short track races have disappeared leaving this once great series showing off their worst races. ARCA on the speedways might be important from a driver development standpoint but races at Michigan and Pocono are often the worst races of the year in ARCA. Now ARCA has bought time on the CBS Sports Channel and brought Rick Benjamin’s media service in to cover three races from short tracks this season. The Elko broadcast brought back memories of the old ESPN coverage of NASCAR racing where race fans got what they want…great race coverage without the cutesy BS. Rick Benjamin was superb as the play by play man and nobody knows ARCA better than Andy Hillenburg who was Rick’s sidekick in the booth. They also bring us dirt racing with our good friend Dave Rieff calling the action. Hello CBS Sports Channel I never knew you existed until you started bringing us race coverage. I hope we get ALL of the ARCA short track races next season!

Chase Rules Working
It is time for a confession…I was wrong about these Chase rules. OK so I still think 16 drivers making the playoffs is too many but we have not heard many drivers saying those most awful words this season. “We had a great point’s day.” Those words can be banished to some corner of the NASCAR Hall of Fame as an explanation to new fans how the old reliance on points took away the exciting NASCAR action we remembered from the 1970s and 80s. Maybe NASCAR needs to go all in and make winning even more important! Forget limiting the field to 16 drivers leave it wide open ONLY to race winners and the driver leading the points after Richmond. (If that driver hasn’t won a race yet) Let only the race winners from the first six Chase races along with the point’s leader advance to the final four race playoff and then make a win in the last four races worth a 25 point bonus! The Chase rules are working better than I imagined they would.

Fantasy Insight-Kentucky
Every week I break down the statistics for the upcoming race with my exclusive Pro Power Ratings. Here is this week’s fearless forecast for Kentucky.

Top Tier 92+
Driver PRO
J Johnson 93.88- Top dog week in and week out now
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Second Tier 90.00-91.99
J Gordon 91.00- Lowest Horses for Courses in top tiers
K Harvick 90.74- His kind of race track
Keselowski 90.54- Stronger at KY than others in this track type
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Third Tier 85.00-89.99
M Kenseth 89.80 – Consistency Rating low among top tier drivers
Earnhardt Jr 89.54- Another top ten likely
J McMurray 88.86- Another track where driver could win
C Bowyer 88.44- MWR teams a big mystery right now
J Logano 88.00- Highest Horses for Courses rating
K Kahne 87.64- Is he racing for his job?
Ku Busch 87.28- The rougher the track the better Kurt Busch
C Edwards 86.32- Still hard to like Roush at speedways
T Stewart 85.36- Will the real Smoke please show up?
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Win- Joey Logano- Strong at this track and my hunch bet of the week
Place- Jimmie Johnson- Must have this guy in top picks every week
Show- Kevin Harvick- His kind of track despite that #@%& pit crew
Longshot- (20 to 1 Odds or More) Jamie McMurray- Great bet at 40-1 odds

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Odds and Ends- New Candy Man Can and Road Course Rage

Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

And now on with the show…

New Candy Man Can

Obviously Carl Edwards has been paying attention to the latest driver switches in NASCAR. His former teammate and the guy he liked to taunt in his camo shorts Matt Kenseth left Roush and had instant success at Joe Gibbs Racing. Roush Fenway Racing bent over backwards and so did Ford Racing to ante up for Cousin Carl last time around. This time around Roush signaled their intent by announcing the promotion of Trevor Bayne to Cup in 2015. This turned Roush Racing into a virtual game of musical chairs although in this NASCAR version Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards were trying to find a seat with another team! When the music stopped Carl Edwards was the guy able to find a new home over at Joe Gibbs Racing which means Greg Biffle will probably return to struggle at Roush Fenway. Carl as the new Candy Man makes sense to M&M Mars just in case their current driver melts down in their hands again. Of course the health conscious Carl Edwards is hardly the kind of guy you would expect to be popping down the product.

Road Course Rage

NASCAR fans used to hate road course races. The week before each event whether it was in NASCAR Sprint Cup or Nationwide you would hear fans whine. But along came the double file restart. Drivers have shown their road course rage in the last few years and now the fans that claim they do not turn in for the crashes are looking forward to the road races like they used to look forward to the night race at Bristol. As a special bonus we seem to have a rash of slapping incidents on pit road after races lately. Get the cameras ready and let the road course racers rage this week at Sonoma and Road America!

Fantasy Insight-Sonoma

Every week I break down the statistics for the upcoming race with my exclusive Pro Power Ratings. Here is this week’s fearless forecast for Sonoma.

Top Tier 92+

J Johnson         95.24

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Second Tier 90-91.99

J Gordon          91.98

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Third Tier 85-89.99

K Harvick        89.88

C Bowyer        89.54

B Keselowski   89.26

K Kahne          86.64

J Logano          86.62

C Edwards       86.00

M Kenseth       85.78

D Earnhardt Jr  85.46

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Win- Jimmie Johnson- Under rated as a road course racer

Place- Jeff Gordon- Will be in the hunt all weekend

Show- Marcos Ambrose- Dipping below the 85 pt cut off for a great road racer

Longshot- (20 to 1 Odds or More) AJ Allmendinger- Excellent road racer 30 to 1 odds

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Wednesday- At the Apex covers road course racing- On Demand

Wednesday-InsidePASS is the official radio show of the Pro All Star Series- On Demand

Thursday- Track Source Radio covers the business of racing- On Demand

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Odds and Ends- Mayfield Menagerie and NASCAR-less TNT

Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

And now on with the show…

Mayfield Menagerie

On Monday night Jeremy and Shana Mayfield joined Lori Munro and I for a no holds barred interview on a variety of subjects. Wednesday afternoon Jeremy sat down for a one on one interview with Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News. I suggest you listen to both interviews because I guarantee that no matter whether you feel Mayfield is guilty or got screwed you will learn something new from both interviews. I fully admit that I once thought Jeremy Mayfield was not only guilty as sin but had to also be incredibly stupid for thinking we would believe his explanation. After watching the first video produced for his J2Mayfield.com website, interviewing him personally and watching the interview with Bob Pockrass I am not sure what I believe any more. There is no doubt that the original NASCAR testing procedure was a joke. Thankfully changes have been made since the Mayfield case and because of the Mayfield case to improve the process. There is also no doubt that IF you want to race in NASCAR and you sign their waiver that you are subject to their rules no matter how they are administered. Jeremy Mayfield never lost in a court of law based on the drug tests he lost because he signed a waiver agreeing to NASCAR’s rules. Every other sport and most major companies or organizations that do drug testing allow for an independent lab to verify results. That is the whole reason for a B-sample in the first place. Do I believe in a grand conspiracy by NASCAR or someone within NASCAR to get Mayfield out of the sport? No. Do I believe it is possible the drug test was messed up in some way? Yes. There are many unanswered questions from this whole situation and I do believe both sides could have handled it better. I also find it curious that after years of guys failing tests almost every month that not a single NASCAR Crewman has tested positive so far in 2014.

Jeremy and Shane Mayfield interview on Doin’ Donuts

Jeremy Mayfield interview with Bob Pockrass

NASCAR-less TNT Website

Do a Google search for “NASCAR on TNT 2014” and tell me what you get? Don’t worry I will wait for you to do so until I go on. How long does it take you to type in a simple search? Yes, I am still waiting. Pretty remarkable results huh? This simple test shows what happens when a network is a lame duck covering a sport. Last year we had links to Race Buddy and all kinds of information about NASCAR on the TNT website. Now the original TNT website sends you to this new TNT Drama website that is long on schedule information for TNT dramas but short on any kind of information on NASCAR. Miraculously ratings for the first TNT NASCAR broadcast of the year were up from last year but still more than a million less viewers than the worst rated broadcast on Fox Sports this year. NASCAR still lags behind every other sport in having some method for fans to watch a replay of their events too. Hopefully when NASCAR moves over to NBC and the NBC Sports Channel next year that problem will also be solved.

Hot Laps

Nobody has been talking about Michael Waltrip’s comment about a Wednesday night race for Cup at Iowa Speedway next year. Night races when they occur on Saturday night have been traditionally the lowest rated races on television. Asking fans to show up on Wednesday night limits ticket sales to the immediate area. This would not be a good idea at all.

The passing of Junie Donlavey at age 90 seems very fitting since that was the number of his car that he campaigned at NASCAR’s highest level for over 50 years. Mr. Donlavey was old school. One of my thrills covering the sport was getting a chance to take a picture of Junie Donlavey in his usual attire on a warm day at a NASCAR race. He would often take off his team shirt and roll up his pant legs during a race to cool off! Sadly today’s NASCAR has no room for old time owners like Junie Donlavey.

I can’t believe that mister “Go for Broke” Brad Keselowski lost a race last week because of trash on his grill in the closing laps. Bad Brad has been known to run his car into the ground in the closing laps willing to take a risk on overheating to win or break. This time around he made a move to try to remove the trash that cost him the lead and he still didn’t get the trash off his grill. Danica sure looked like she brake checked him though!

Fantasy Insight-Michigan 1

Every week I break down the statistics for the upcoming race with my exclusive Pro Power Ratings. Here is this week’s fearless forecast for the Irish Hills.

Top Tier 92+

NONE

Second Tier 90-91.99

NONE

Third Tier 85-89.99

C Bowyer        89.52- Rates on top but hard to trust MWR

K Harvick        89.40- Much higher Horses for Courses than Track Type, strong pick

B Keselowski   89.10- Third best Horses for Courses rating

J Johnson         87.48- Best Consistency Factor over last five races

T Stewart         87.08- Great Track Type for him to break out for that win

M Kenseth       87.00- Ultra consistent on this Track Type

B Vickers         86.74- Strong Horses for Courses but MWR trust lacking

D Earnhardt Jr  86.70- His kind of track although Horses for Courses rating down recently

R Newman       86.56- Ultra solid ratings but RCR seems a little off for wins in 2014

J Gordon          85.90- Third lowest Horses for Courses rating in this tier of drivers

G Biffle85.84- Second best Horses for Courses in tier but hard to trust Roush

P Menard         85.56- His best kind of Track Type but worried about RCR cars

K Larson          85.24- Would not be shocked to see the kid win here

K Kahne          85.14- Good at snatching defeat from jaws of victory lately

C Edwards       85.14- Still have trust issues with Roush cars for the win

Ky Busch         85.08- Solid if not spectacular in all three ratings

Win- Brad Keselowski: Came close last week, great bet at 9 to 1 odds

Place- Clint Bower: Solid bet at 20 to 1 odds

Show- Kevin Harvick: Good shot to win the Chicken Dinner decal (7 to 1)

Longshot- (20 to 1 Odds or More) Kyle Larson 25 to 1 odds a good bet for first time winner

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Odds and Ends- Sprint Cars Good for Smoke and why Dale Earnhardt Jr Rocks

Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

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Sprint Cars Good for Smoke

Did you see how happy Tony Stewart looked being back in a sprint car? You could almost feel his smile through the helmet all weekend at Dover because Smoke got a chance to dust off his slideways skills in his sprint car. Several weeks ago we told you he is returning to sprint car racing on August 16th at Plymouth Speedway in the Bob Newton Memorial but nobody wanted to believe us! It is NOT a good idea for Tony Stewart to race every week in sprint cars but I do think it is good for his soul to race on dirt on occasion. There is no greater occasion than the Bob Newton Memorial honoring the guru of rubber from Hoosier Tire at a track where Smoke’s best buddy/little brother Eric Saunders drives a 600 sprint car with hand controls. (Eric was paralyzed in a motocross accident but is back to racing thanks to Smoke’s help) Tony Stewart’s shop helped Saunders get back to racing and it is very fitting they will share the same track that night to honor Bob Newton. (A great man who once sponsored my head for the season!) Sprint cars are good for Smoke’s soul and look for a win at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level very soon for Tony Stewart.

Dale Earnhardt Jr and The Dale Guys

NASCAR fans do crazy things all the time so maybe a story like The Dale Guys would go unnoticed most weeks. These crazy Dale Earnhardt Jr fans sported a letter on their bodies as a way to cheer on their favorite driver at Dover last week. But the story behind the story is what makes this so special and so fun. Unlike so many fans who are looking for their moment of glory by being silly these guys stayed in character and only gave their “Letter” when asked for their identity. One photographer pressed them for their names and they identified themselves by using lesser known NASCAR driver names to fool the guy. The story even had a crazy twist when their guy Dale Earnhardt Jr showed up to buy them dinner in person! And you wonder why so many people love Junior…he gets it and rewarded The Dale Guys with a special moment they will never forget.

Hot Laps

Before the last race of the season on Fox Sports Michael Waltrip said he expects a Wednesday night race at Iowa Speedway on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule this season. NASCAR bought the track so I guess it makes sense but I wonder which ISC track might lose a race.

We see charities sponsor cars all the time and we wonder if it is worth the tens of millions spent on the deal. Alex Kennedy is getting a shot at driving the 33 car at Pocono this week and his favorite charity “Dream Factory” is along for the ride FREE! Dream Factory is a wonderful organization that grants wishes for children with chronic of life threatening illnesses. Unlike another well known group doing similar things, Dream Factory involves the entire family in most of their events. I introduced the Kennedy family to Dream Factory when Alex was running late models in the Midwest as a teenager. Alex continued the relationship with the Dream Factory kids he met and the organization!

DreamFactory.org for more information or to make a donation to a great group

As TNN takes over for the Summer Series I do have a confession to make about Fox Sports. Forgive me Dale for I have sinned but I have always loved when DW yells Boogity, Boogity, Boogity before every race. I also beg your forgiveness for loving Michael Waltrip’s pit walk before the races too. I know I feel better having cleansed my soul with this confession.

Fantasy Insight-Pocono 1

The Tricky Triangle is a tough race to handicap because this often turns into a fuel mileage and strategy race rather than who is fastest. That tends to challenge any rating system but since that trend has been going on for a while it does get built into the ratings which team is the best at this style of racing.

Top Tier- 92+

None

Second Tier- 90.00-91.99

None

Third Tier- 85.00-89.99

K Harvick        89.10- Lower Track Type and Horses for Courses Rating

J Logano          88.88- Solid Track Type and Horses for Courses Rating

C Edwards       88.78- Trouble trusting Roush cars for wins

J Gordon          88.44- Very consistent and strong Horses for Courses Rating

B Keselowski   88.32- Best track in this Track Type for Bad Brad

R Newman       87.64- Best Horses for Courses but trust in RCR lacking

J Johnson         87.56- Going for the NASCAR triple

T Stewart         87.50- Rounding into form a win is coming soon

M Kenseth       87.24- Lowest Horses for Courses Rating in this tier

Ky Busch         86.42- An enigma wrapped in a mystery here

Earnhardt Jr      86.38- Will be in the hunt again this week

C Bowyer        86.16- Still unsure about MWR cars this year

K Kahne          85.96- Low Horses for Courses Rating

P Menard         85.34- Trust in RCR lacking

G Biffle              85.10- Trust in Roush lacking

Win- Jimmie Johnson- Looks good for Chicken Dinner sticker (5 to 1 Favorite)

Place- Brad Keselowski- Super solid rating at Pocono (8 to 1 Odds)

Show- Tony Stewart- Rounding into form for a win (15 to 1 Odds)

Sleeper- 20 to 1 Odds on the Vegas Line or Higher- Ryan Newman 30 to 1 Odds

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Alternate Kind of Horsepower- Belmont Stakes Analysis

It is impossible to handicap this race properly because the feel good story that is California Chrome has made my heart overwhelm my brain. Since 1919 when Sir Barton won the Triple Crown for the first time only 10 other horses have been able to win these three races over a five week period and 12 have tried and failed since 1979. Common sense says to pick against a horse from humble breeding that will go off at 2-5 odds in a race that is called the “Test of Champions.” This horse cost $10,000 to breed at a time when so many yearlings are selling for millions of dollars. Instead of one of the big name stakes racing trainers we get a 77 year old who has never had a horse this great before in his career. Art Sherman was the exercise rider on Swaps, which shows he has been around the racing game for a long time. Looking at the breeding of the Chromer though and you see AP Indy, which is one of the best long distance runners ever. This will be a better race to watch than bet and I will be wearing purple of Saturday to show my support for California Chrome as he wins one for all of us that come from modest breeding!

Win- California Chrome- Cinderella story in the making

Place- Commissioner- Great breeding for distance and great jockey/trainer

Show- Wicked Strong- Closed off a horrible trip in the Kentucky Derby

Longshot- Matuszak- Has the breeding to get the distance better than most

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Odds and Ends- Sporting News Article a Farce and Good Guy Finishes First

Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing!

And now on with the show…

 Sporting News Article a Farce

Jeff Owens at the Sporting News is a terrific writer. But even the best can write something so unbelievably dumb that it makes me shake my head. (Happens so often after I re-read this column before publishing, but I digress) Jeff’s article titled, “Danica Patrick Missing All Star Race a Farce” was the farce itself! Danica Patrick didn’t race her way into the show and her fans were out voted by another fan base. The Fan Vote has NOTHING to do with picking a driver who deserves to be there based on talent it is based entirely on whose fan base votes the most. Josh Wise’s car is not capable of winning a race except at the restrictor plate tracks. Who cares? Josh is one heck of a driver and was the youngest driver ever to win a USAC championship. Did you know that Mr. Owens? His team found a unique way to help fund their car and THOSE people were excited enough to vote him into the show. They did so in TRUE NASCAR style by finding the grey areas in the rules! Go ahead and claim the Fan Vote has no place in the All Star event if you want to make that case but to say Danica losing out was a farce is the real farce in my opinion.

Good Guy Finishes First

The late great Leo Durocher was a pain in the behind, which is putting it mildly. (Former Chicago Cubs baseball manager for those who are not fluent in stick and ball sports legends) When asked about his temperament he famously said, “Nice guys finish last.” Leo the Lip might have been right more often than he was wrong as manager of the Chicago Cubs, but he never met Jamie McMurray! (Although since Jamie was born in 1975 and Leo didn’t die until 1991 it is possible they met) McMurray winning the All Star race or any race always makes me smile. This is one of the good guys in the sport! Years ago I wrote an article and said that Jamie McMurray was the 15th best driver in NASCAR and his fans lit me up for having that opinion. Who wouldn’t want to be the 15th best at their profession? The thing Jamie McMurray is best at is thanking his sponsors after a win. Johnny Morris the founder of Bass Pro Shops realizes how great Jamie is as a representative for his company! Thank you Jamie McMurray for reminding us all that good guys can finish first.

 Smokey-Less HOF List

The NASCAR Hall of Fame criteria seem to be missing a section. Obviously ticking off NASCAR is an offense that brings with it a lifetime ban from the nomination list to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The fact the late great Smokey Yunick has not made that list since 2010 when the HOF opened its doors should embarrass the sport. NASCAR writers, television personalities and radio show hosts should demand to know why one of the greatest mechanics, inventors, innovators and car owners the sport ever saw is left off the nomination list every year. While some might think it was the constant playing in the grey areas that got him banned from NASCAR Hall of Fame consideration I think it is something else. After the death of Fireball Roberts Smokey waged a war with NASCAR’s Big Bill France to get safety changes made in the sport. He finally gave up in 1970 and left NASCAR for good. Look at the highlight reels of so many NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers and you see that famous white uniform and unique cowboy hat in the footage. How can someone instrumental on getting so many drivers into the Hall of Fame be left out himself? Smokey had the “Best Damn Garage in Town” and his snub from the Hall of Fame nomination list is a joke.

Fantasy Insight-Charlotte 1

The longest race of the year is no longer about lasting the entire 600 miles but it still presents a unique handicapping challenge because the race starts during the day and ends at night. Some Crew Chiefs are better at keeping up with the changing track.

Ky Busch         91.84- Should be up front battling for the win all night

K Kahne          90.82- Still have a hard time trusting Kasey this year

M Kenseth       90.78- Best Course and Track Type ratings in this tier

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Second Tier 85-89.99

D Hamlin          89.46- Still nervous picking Hamlin for a 600 miler

K Harvick        89.32- Solid shot at getting the “Chicken Dinner” sticker

G Biffle88.26- Still having hard time trusting Roush cars

J Logano          88.02- Great Track Type rating

C Edwards       87.96- Still having hard time trusting Roush cars

R Newman       87.94- Can RCR put a winning effort together for 600 miles?

J Gordon          87.56- Horses for Courses rating lower since COT

B Keselowski   87.16- Best Track Type rating in this tier

C Bowyer        86.70- Has MWR dropped off a little this year?

B Vickers         85.72- Shaky Horses for Courses rating last five races

J Johnson         85.00- This used to be his track!

Earnhardt Jr      85.00- Has been out performing his rating most weeks in 2014

Win-Matt Kenseth- Top dog this week!

Place- Kevin Harvick- All he does is win or finish lousy

Show- Jimmie Johnson- Over due for a win or two or three

Sleeper- 20 to 1 Odds on the Vegas Line or Higher- Clint Bowyer

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Odds and Ends- Mayfield Mania and Sprint Smoke Rising Edition

Mayfield Mania

How in blazes has Jeremy Mayfield been able to stay on top of the constant media barrage and all of those interview requests since the release of his video “The Mayfield Story Part 1” last week? Every website you click on and every interview show has been over run by stories about Mayfield. “Mayfield, Mayfield, Mayfield,” said Jan Brady recently during the Kansas Speedway race. In his video Jeremy Mayfield basically said that people within the sport wanted him out of the sport and conspired to make it happen. Did you miss all of the articles talking about this? The reaction by the NASCAR media has been swift…and SILENT. This is the biggest accusation of wrong doing in this sport since timing and scoring screwed a black driver out of a win in 1963 yet the NASCAR press has stayed silent. I am not here to convince you whether Jeremy Mayfield is telling the truth or that he deserves the Pinocchio Award; that is not the point. The STORY here is that a former driver currently under suspension claims that powers that be within the sport conspired to get rid of him. Where is the investigational journalism to either refute that claim or get to the truth in this case? This is not some tired five year old story this is fresh as can be with a blatant accusation against those currently running the sport. If this happened in the NFL or MLB or even the NHL every sports outlet in the world and every news guy here in the states would be investigating. Maybe the new story is WHY has everyone been so silent?

Sprint Smoke Rising

There has been a lot of speculation on whether Tony Stewart would return to a sprint car this year after his season ending injury last year. The rumor mill has been telling us that Stewart’s sponsors are none too happy about what happened last year. Some speculated that he would not go back to racing sprint cars for a while. Thursday night on the “Slinging Mud” radio show on RaceTalkRadio Irish Saunders broke the news that Tony Stewart is expected to return to a sprint car for the Bob Newton Classic at Plymouth Speedway on August 16th. You can listen to the interview with the breaking news at “Slinging Mud.”

Semper Fi

Marine Sergeant Liam Dwyer impressed me so much at the One Lap of America event that we wanted to do more for the Racing4Vets.org group that helped Liam at One Lap. RaceTalkRadio.com will broadcast the Racing4Vets Veteran Kart Challenge on Monday May 19th. NASCAR stars Matt Crafton, Alex Bowman, Ryan Truex, and Bubba Wallace are among the drivers competing against the veterans including Liam Dwyer. Fans listening to the event on RaceTalkRadio or visiting the http://veterankartchallenge.com website will have an easy way to make a donation to Racing4vets.

Wonderboy Wins

How in the heck can Wonderboy be in his 40s? Back when he earned that nickname he was kicking everyone’s butt on a weekly basis. Over a four season stretch that saw him win three championships he also won forty races! It has taken him almost fifteen seasons to win his last forty races. The rule changes this year made winning more important and Jeff Gordon instead of a winning machine has become a consistency machine. But his win at Kansas Speedway on a night when the cars were racing on a razor’s edge showed that while he has reached his 40s Jeff Gordon is still a threat to win on any given Sunday…or in this case Saturday night. Back in the day he was so dominant you either hated or loved this guy, there was no middle ground. Now Jeff Gordon is easier to root for because Wonderboy has transformed into Underdog in many ways. Maybe Jeff found the fountain of youth playing with race cars with his daughter in the driver’s seat. Wonderboy’s win makes us look at Gor-don as a championship threat again.

Cannonball Run

Everyone has seen the movie “Cannonball Run” but most people do not know this event was and is a real racing event held every year. This began as a protest of the 55mph speed limit by legendary motorsports writer Brock Yates. Mr. Yates suggested that drivers should actually be allowed to drive faster if they have the skill to do so and proposed a cross country race on public roads to prove it could be done safely. The modern day Cannonball Run is known as One Lap of America and it concluded on Saturday at the Tire Rack Headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. This unique event features a great mix of gentlemen drivers, professional drivers, and car enthusiasts that get together every year for this eight day event. People come from as far away as Switzerland to compete not so much against each other but against the challenge of the event. This year featured 18 timed events over eight days with over 3200 transit miles between events. Cars break down along the way and since there are no support vehicles the competitors need to work together to reach their goals. The third place car loaned another car a set of rear brake pads so they could make it to the end and that car ended up beating them for second place! But the third place car got help from another competitor who had to drop out of the event when his co-driver got ill. Whether you are a “Lap Puppy” (The nickname for a first timer) or someone who has been doing this for over twenty years everyone comes together to beat the event first and each other second rain or shine. This is summer camp for adults and an event you need to try just once in your life! Thank you Brock Yates and his son Brock Yates Jr for starting and continuing an event that is truly one of a kind!

https://www.onelapofamerica.com

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Odds and Ends- Hey Jeremy and Why Ain’t You Racing Harder Junior Edition

 by Dennis Michelsen

Hey Jeremy

Hey NASCAR fans, guess who is back? That is right the one and only Jeremy Mayfield has returned. No he will not be racing in NASCAR any time soon since he has been banned from the sport but he has returned to share his side of the story. OK, I heard that groan and you probably heard mine when the first video surfaced at J2Mayfield.com. After watching the video with interviews with Jeremy and Shana Mayfield concerning the failed drug test, I have gone through a bit of a renaissance of sorts with my opinion towards this former NASCAR star. Do I believe his story 100% that someone was out to get him and that NASCAR used him as a poster child for their new tough stance on drugs? I have not gone that far…yet. But after watching the first video at J2Mayfield.com either the Mayfields are the best liars in the world or at least they believe their story. I suggest you watch the first video and I know I am looking forward to the second one in the series. There is much more to this story than we have been told by the NASCAR led media. One thing for sure is whether he was guilty or not I admire his desire to go back racing on the dirt! The other thing you can count on is that most of the NASCAR press will be avoiding this story like the plague.

Why Ain’t You Racing Harder Junior?

This was the first race for the number 3 car at Talladega since that day the older Da-yul Earnhardt won by racing from 17th to 1st in the closing laps. I woulds figure such a monumentous occasion would inspire that young Earnhardt to done his best. In this version of NASCAR chess known as plate racing the young Da-yul Earnhardt was hanging back in the pack with fourteen laps to go when the semi-big one occurred. Surely we would see Junior pit for four fresh tires and storm up through the field just like his Diddy used to done back in the days. But when the green flag flew we dun’t see ole Jun-yer move a lick. That boy kept on back towards the back of them thar pack and finished 26th. Cole Whitt and Danica Patrick out ran the Prince of Plate racing! Can you imagine how many Yahoo Fantasy Racing teams ole June Bug killed off with his lackadaisical effort? (All with profile pictures that include one or more tattoos) After the race Da-yul said, “We already got a win and like I said, I’ve been in too many late-race wrecks. I didn’t want to be no part of it.” Youse an Earnhardt, ya’ll ain’t ‘pposed to be satisfied with 26th! Why ain’t you racing harder at Daygur’ June Bug?

Hey Bubba

Hey Bubba, did you know that shrimp is the fruit of the sea?

You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.

Here is a little free advice to NASCAR’s Bubba. There is nothing wrong with being outspoken about things. Nobody wants an animatronic driver that plays the same sound bites over and over. But if you want to have a long and memorable career in NASCAR it is probably not a good idea to rip plate racing until you win at least one championship. Until you have earned the right to complain you might not want to rip that type of racing because you were only in the seat because it was a plate track!

Random Jabs

Did anyone else snicker when Brian Scott complained about drivers having brain cramps and causing wrecks? It was great to see Josh Wise post a 20th place finish for his new sponsor…but did Phil Parsons get paid in Dogecoins? I know it’s been almost two years since Elliott Sadler won a race but was he having a seizure or celebrating? Could you imagine the post crash tirade if Brad Keselowski got taken out by a car that was already down five laps or more? Does NASCAR have their first challenge to the 100% effort rule with Dale Earnhardt Jr admitting after the race that he settled for his 26th place finish instead of mixing it up for a higher finish? Or did that rule go away like the “Boys Have at It” Thing and I just missed the memo? Did David Ragan’s “KFC Go Cup” spill in that big wreck? Speaking of the big wreck…did anyone else have one of their fantasy racing picks wreck two other fantasy racing picks or am I the only one that unlucky?

Fantasy Insight-Kansas 1

Thank goodness we are back to real racing and not that plate racing stuff that drives us fantasy handicappers crazy! Not only do we return to normal racing but to a track that tends to live up to the statistics on a higher than normal basis compared to other tracks.

Here is my fearless forecast for Kansas Speedway Part One.

Driver               Pro

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Top Tier 90+

M Kenseth       92.26- Clear pick this week

K Harvick        90.72- Solid threat for the win

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Second Tier 85-89.99

J Johnson         89.38- Breakthrough week likely

C Bowyer        88.44- High Track Type rating for home track

K Kahne          87.92- Still do not trust Kahne this year

G Biffle87.44- Still do not trust Roush drivers

J Gordon          86.78- Super consistent will be top 10 here

Ky Busch         86.70 – Low Horses for Courses rating

C Edwards       86.58- Still do not trust Roush drivers

P Menard         85.74- Solid Yahoo B-group pick this week

Earnhardt Jr      85.34- Top five would not be a surprise

B Keselowski   85.26- Another strong run expected

M Ambrose      85.08- Top 15 likely top 5 a long shot

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Third Tier 80-84.99

A Almirola        84.86- Above average Track Type rating

D Hamlin          84.76- Low Track Type rating here

J Logano          84.58- Solid potential for a top 10

M Truex           84.20- Tough to rate with change of teams this year

T Stewart         83.90- Still do not trust Smoke this year

A Dillon            83.70- Solid Yahoo C-group pick

R Newman       83.16- Below average Horses for Courses rating

J McMurray     82.46- Not on a hot streak but a good track for Jamie

Ku Busch         82.00- Win would not be a surprise neither would 25th place

Allmendinger    82.00- Very low Horses for Courses rating

Stenhouse Jr     81.44- Solid Horses for Courses and Track Type ratings

B Vickers         80.74- Not his best track

Win- Matt Kenseth

Place- Jimmie Johnson

Show- Kevin Harvick

Sleeper- Paul Menard

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