Odds and Ends- Rush to Judgment in Stewart Incident and Larson Wins 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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 Rush to Judgment in Stewart Incident

I heard about the Tony Stewart accident with Kevin Ward Jr at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night just as I got back to the hotel after the 54th annual Knoxville Nationals. The first headline said, “Tony Stewart Kills Sprint Car Racer.” Saying I was stunned would be the understatement of a lifetime. What in the hell did Stewart do was my first reaction. After seeing the video for the first time on ESPN’s Sportscenter I could not understand the first headline I saw that was definitive in its proclamation. In my world if someone is accused of killing someone I assume they were definitely at fault otherwise the term doesn’t apply. If I am motoring down the road at the legal limit and someone leaps in front of my car I did not “Kill” that person I hit that person in a horrible accident that led to their death. Media reports after this incident with Stewart and Ward Jr showed that each network seemed to be involved in some sort of limbo contest to see who could lower the bar the most. One network interviewed the boyfriend of Stewart’s ex girlfriend sprint car racer. You know the one, the one in which Stewart said he was “getting rid of dead weight.” Expecting that person to be unbiased is like relying on Baghdad Bob for updates on the Iraq War!

Maybe in today’s world we ALL think we are experts on police investigations, legal proceedings and more. After all I grew up watching Perry Mason, the TV show not the legendary Audi mechanic from Ontario. I have seen investigations solved in less than 60 minutes on CSI, NCIS, and every other letter combination possible. (I am a huge fan of CSI Mooseville Flats that was added to the CSI collection this year. That episode about the mysterious theft of the high school mascot that led to Ethel bashing Doris over the head with her cane was an amazing example of forensic science at its best) Just because you have seen them wrap up a case using the IBM Psycholatronic Video Reenactment Simulator on CSI that doesn’t mean you are an expert at breaking down the video.

I watched that first video of the Stewart/Ward Jr incident many times and I admit I saw different things each time. This week I reached out to sprint car drivers I have interviewed in the past and five of them agreed to an interview “Off the Record” to give me their unfiltered opinions. The consensus was that the worst that Stewart was guilty of was bad judgment because he might have been attempting to “Buzz” the driver and there was also a consensus that Ward Jr was trying to hit Stewart’s wing with his hand. (Buzzing is common at dirt tracks I am told and involves spinning the tires to sling mud and dirt at someone) Thankfully another slow motion video has emerged that seems to conclusively show that Ward Jr grabbed the wing as Stewart’s car passed him and got dragged along. There is almost nothing Stewart could have done to avoid that from happening and due to poor vision out the right side of the car it is unlikely Stewart knew that Ward Jr was holding on to his wing. Don’t let me convince you of anything…let’s all wait for the experts to finish their job and issue their report. It might not be done by the next commercial break but it will be the definitive word on what happened in what now appears to be a tragic accident not a deliberate act.

Fantasy Insight-Michigan 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 the Michigan Sweet Corn Race.

Driver               Last 5   Course Type    PRO

Top Tier 92+

No Drivers

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Second Tier 90-91.99

No Drivers

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Third Tier 85-89.99

Earnhardt Jr      91.0     85.6     94.0     89.98- Tops the rating chart again this week

C Bowyer        87.6     92.8     88.6     89.36- Still not trusting of MWR to win races

K Harvick        84.6     93.6     88.8     88.14- If they remember the bean bags this week…

G Biffle 86.0     93.0     83.2     87.54- Still not trusting of Roush cars to win

M Kenseth       86.6     89.0     84.6     86.92- Should be ready for another win

K Larson          89.0     79.0     93.4     86.88- Discount the low track type and rookie wins

Keselowski      83.2     91.6     86.8     86.44- Should be the favorite to beat

J Logano          87.8     84.2     84.6     86.08- Always in the hunt on speedways

J Gordon          85.0     82.6     93.2     85.92- This is his worst track in this type

K Kahne          86.8     85.0     83.8     85.66- An enigma wrapped in a question mark

R Newman       84.4     86.2     87.8     85.62- RCR seems to be improving

D Hamlin          90.0     76.0     87.0     85.20- Low track type rating here last 5 races

Win- Kyle Larson- Gets his first Cup win this week! (18 to 1 Odds)

Place- Brad Keselowski- Would be my morning line favorite (6 to 1 Odds)

Show- Dale Earnhardt Jr- Could win a few more times (8 to 1 Odds)

Longshot- (20 to 1 or More) Clint Bowyer 30 to 1 Odds worth chance on MWR

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Odds and Ends- Capturing Eldora Magic and Cup Champion Dale Junior 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…

Capturing Eldora Magic

The NASCAR Camping World Truck series race at Eldora excited fans more than any race in recent history not won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. It dawned on me that the love affair with Eldora is not just because the race was on dirt. Oh sure some of the excitement was because it was so unique but I also think the format had a lot to do with the fans love affair with this race. The media keeps telling us that we have turned into a short attention span world, look at the cute kitten. Instead of trying to find a way to get short attention span people to sit still for 500 miles maybe it is time to embrace the biggest change in NASCAR history! Let’s switch to heat races, a last chance qualifying race and then a shorter main event. This will give race fans as many as six different winners in the weekend. It will also build natural breaks for race day for television with the time outs between heat races and the main event. If they need to buy a little time for teams to get ready for the main event you could even add a B-Main sprint race to the mix. Keep the Daytona 500 and some of the other big events the same. But let’s capture the Eldora magic by bringing short attention span racing to NASCAR fans at the other races!

Cup Champion Dale Junior

The first year Dale Earnhardt Jr went over to Hendrick Motorsports I was a Kool-aid sipping believer that this would finally be the year he won the title. After a very disappointing end to a promising beginning I had resigned myself to the concept of Dale Jr being a very good but never great NASCAR racer. I also accepted the fact he would never win the Cup title. But something magical has happened over at the 88 team. Something even more magical has happened with Dale Earnhardt Jr’s level of confidence. This guy is flat out THE BEST in the NASCAR Sprint Cup division right now. Driver and Crew Chief have something to prove before the Crew Chief heads off to his new career as a television announcer. Getting to go behind the scenes at NASCAR races I have gotten to see these guys up close and personal and you really can pick up on their demeanor best when the television cameras are not on. Dale Earnhardt Jr looks like he is having fun again! I am not just talking about when he is winning a race like he did last week I am talking about heading to the car for practice too. Junior Nation has believed in their guy forever but more important this season the driver looks like he believes in himself and that is why he could win the title in 2014.

Fantasy Insight-Watkins Glen

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 Glen.

Driver               Last 5   CourseType    Power

Top Tier 92+

No Drivers

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Second Tier 90-91.99

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No Drivers

Third Tier 85-89.99

B Keselowski   89.0     92.0     88.2     89.74- Very good at the Glen

C Bowyer        88.4     88.0     94.8     89.56- Super consistent road racer

Ky Busch         87.2     95.4     84.0     89.02- So close to winning here

R Newman       89.8     85.2     86.2     87.70- RCR on the improve slow but surely

M Ambrose      82.8     92.6     89.2     87.02- Solid road course racer

J Gordon          89.8     79.2     87.8     86.22- In Glen slump lately

M Kenseth       87.6     85.6     81.4     85.76- Mister Consistency at every track

Ku Busch         85.4     84.4     88.4     85.70- The right temperament to win here

G Biffle84.8     83.8     90.8     85.70- Mystery why he has been better at Sonoma

C Edwards       79.2     92.4     91.4     85.60- Team needs a strong finish to wake up

J Logano          87.2     82.4     85.2     85.36- Continues to improve on road courses

Win- Kyle Busch- Due for better luck at finish here (7 to 1 Odds)

Place- Brad Keselowski- Tops the Power Ratings this week (7 to 1 Odds)

Show- Marco Ambrose- Best road course racer in the field (5 to 1 Odds)

Longshot- (20 to 1 or More) Paul Menard- My sleeper this week (60 to 1 Odds)

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Odds and Ends- Fustatin Times and Paying for Big Poppi 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…

Fustatin’ Times

Sometimes in NASCAR racing when you are slow at the beginning of the week you are tempted to try anything to find speed. Last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it was a bit of a shock when the Fed Ex Toyota of Denny Hamlin was so slow in qualifying. Instead of battling Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon for the pole Hamlin was failing to make it out of first round along with guys like Casey Mears and Michael McDowell. Suddenly on race day Denny Hamlin was much quicker. NASCAR inspection discovered that additional speed was found by tampering with how the rear firewall block-off plates were sealed off. Why is this significant? The simplified answer is that any time you let air flow out of the car like that you can gain rear down force which is very important at a place like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR lowered the boom on the team announcing a P5 penalty which is the NASCAR version of a Red Card. Crew Chief Darian Grubb and Car Chief Wesley Sherill will go on a NASCAR imposed six week vacation from the sport and Joe Gibbs Racing will get the maximum fine allowed along with a 75 point reduction in owner and driver points. Listening to some NASCAR fans you would think this was the first time in the sport’s history that someone dared to cheat and they deserve to be flogged and removed from the sport. It got absurd on the other end of the spectrum too because I even heard a respected expert suggest this tinkering was done by some rogue crew member because Joe Gibbs Racing doesn’t cheat. Shall I take the time here to remind that expert about the infamous magnets under the throttle gambit? Maybe NASCAR should consider a point reduction for the Chase points to add sting to their penalties in this “Win and You’re In” era of the sport but fans need to relax. Racing has been going on since the second car rolled off the assembly line and cheating in racing has been going on since the third car found its way into the garage of a clever mechanic. These are FUSTATIN’ times for the 11 team.

Paying for Big Poppi

A few weeks ago on another radio station I was asked what was going on with Roush Fenway Racing. The rumor mill was chugging along nonstop about Carl Edwards leaving the team for greener pastures and I said it was all about the money. But why would a once large and proud NASCAR team suddenly be in the need to cut their budget is the question that needs answering. Now it is official that Cousin Carl will leave the only team he ever knew to race somewhere else in 2014 with Joe Gibbs Racing being the leader in the rumor clubhouse. Let’s take a moment to think about Carl and his Camo Shorts being reunited with former teammate Matt Kenseth. Now back to today’s subject. Since the big announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made it official on Sunday I think I finally understand why so many changes have been going on at Roush Fenway Racing. Like any huge conglomerate the actions in one wing of the business can often cause changes in another wing of the business. Maybe the penny pinching with their NASCAR drivers was necessary so the Boston Red Sox could afford Big Poppi! Roush Fenway was once the destination to race for a career and now maybe they are changing into the first step a driver will take along the NASCAR Sprint Cup ladder to success.

Fantasy Insight-Pocono 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 the Tricky Triangle.

Driver               Last 5   CourseType    PRO

Top Tier 92+

No Drivers Ranked

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Second Tier 90.00-91.99

J Gordon          90.6     91.6     91.0     90.98- Driver on a mission this season

Earnhardt Jr      91.8     90.6     88.2     90.72- Solid track type for Junior

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Third Tier 85.00-89.99

R Newman       89.2     93.2     86.8     89.92- RCR seems to be improving

B Keselowski   89.2     90.8     89.0     89.64- Team and driver solid everywhere

C Bowyer        87.2     89.2     88.4     88.04- MWR a mystery this season

Ku Busch         85.6     89.6     90.0     87.68- Needs to pick up game to be title threat

T Stewart         83.2     93.2     89.0     87.36- Smoke is not at top of his game yet

Ky Busch         88.2     82.8     85.0     85.94- Not the best track for Kyle

J Logano          84.6     87.8     85.0     85.64- Bad luck last time here

J Johnson         81.8     92.4     85.0     85.62- Should improve this week

K Kahne          88.4     81.6     84.4     85.56- Finds ways to finish lower than car ability

M Kenseth       87.6     79.6     87.6     85.20- Not the best track for Matt

Win- Ryan Newman- Hunch combined with numbers makes Ryan the pick (25 to 1)

Place- Jeff Gordon- Back to back wins would not be a surprise (7 to 1)

Show- Brad Keselowski- Hard to leave off top three any week (4 to 1 Favorite)

Longshot- (20 to 1 or More) Kyle Larson- Young Money impressive last week (20 to 1)

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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!

And now on with the show…

 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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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!

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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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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!

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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!

And now on with the show…

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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