Could Jimmie Johnson Emerge At Martinsville From His Season Long Funk?

Jimmie Johnson

As the haulers roll into the little hamlet of Martinsville, VA, and the race at Martinsville Speedway, the first segment of our fantasy league reaches the halfway point.  Last week the teams were racing on a fast, wide, low banked two-mile track.  This week, however, the NASCAR Cup and Truck series will be racing on the smallest track on the schedule the .526 mile Martinsville Speedway.

Our Martinsville Choices

 

This week we have an equal split in deciding which driver is the favorite for the week.  We have four players riding the bandwagon of Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, and four players riding shotgun with Freaky Fast Kevin Harvick.

The cheering section for Mr. Seven-Time this week includes Kathy The Church Forecloser, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  The HMS drivers need to step up and stake their claim quickly by winning if they want to be competitive.

Those supporting The Freaky Fast Dude this week consists of Carole, aka Rudy, Ol Skid-Marc, A&M Aggie Sue, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher.

Next up on the discussion block are three drivers that have 3 supporters each for “The Paper Clip”.  The first od these three drivers, alphabetically speaking, is Kyle Busch, aka Rowdy.  Those players backing “The Shrub” this week consist of Carlton The Doorman, our points leader, Bobby Blue Crush, and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey.

The players that are backing William Clyde, Jr., better known to all as Chase Elliott, are hoping that he can drive the family No. 9 Chevy into Victory Lane, and join in the celebration of Chase’s first Cup victory include Zee, aka Sissy, Cubic Dollars Don, as well as Jeremy The Coach.  Not only will these three players be happy campers if Chase “burns it down” at Martinsville, but the siren at the Dawsonville Pool Hall will be blaring so loud that it will be heard all the way down in Atlanta!

Lastly Jim, aka Cheify, Snoopy Dawn and Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty are all banking that “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, will be putting a win on their front porch as the Sun sinks in the West Sunday!

Good luck to all!

Now that NASCAR has survived the big high-speed tracks, Martinsville is the first short track of the 2018 season.  Because it is a small half-mile track there is one thing that you can say with confidence; either someone is in your way or you are in someone’s way.  Therein lies the problem with short track racing.  It is the place that cultivates bruised egos, lost tempers and/or some crumpled sheet metal.  My only suggestion is that all crewmembers check their weapons at the pit gate! Additionally, I would strongly suggest that you all keep your hands to yourself!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULLY YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Bobby Blue Crush Hangs On To A Very Slim Lead After Fontana

Martin Truex, Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. drove three things Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway.

First, he drove the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota to a dominating victory in the Auto Club 400, the fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.

Second, he drove a time machine, turning back the clock to 2017 when his mastery of stage racing propelled him to his first series championship.

Truex’s effort in Sunday’s race was every bit as overwhelming as his most convincing triumphs of last season. He started from the pole, then swept the first two stages and the victory, leading 125 of 200 laps and beating runner-up Kyle Larson to the finish line by a whopping 11.685 seconds.

Finally, Truex drove home a point, that those who doubted he could continue the excellent performance that led to the 2017 title just might be wrong!

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week two of our players are “walking on sunshine”!  Both Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Carlton The Doorman picked an excellent day to select Martin Truex, Jr. as their choice to win a race.  Both maximized their scores by racking up 60 points at ACS.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Ol Skid-Marc were rooting loudly for “Rowdy” this week.  Each player received 51 points for Kyle Busch’s third place finish in thw Auto Club 400.

There was a quartet of players, Don The Engine Builder, A&M Aggie Sue, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, as well as Dan The Numbers Cruncher were solidly behind “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski“Bad Brad” delivered 39 points for these four players Sunday.

Meanwhile, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Leon The Retired Airline Captain, Part-Time Strawberry Picker and Elephant Driver, as well as Your Most Humble Sheriff had all of their marbles in the marble sack of Joey Logano at Fontana.  For their support they were rewarded with 45 cool points.

Lastly, the trio of Kathy The Church Forecloser, Jim, aka Chiefy, and Doug The Gandy Candy Man were fully behind “Young Money”, Kyle Larson.  Despite a few bad decisions early in the race “Young Money” fought back to slice through the field and charge up to second place as the green flag flew, and awarded these three with 43 points.

The single largest mover this week is Carole, aka RudyRudy racked up just 10 points this week which facilitated a plunge of nine (9) places putting her squarely sitting in 19th place this week.

With the 60 points scored this week, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle moved up four (4) places to sit in 7th place now.

Next up on the list is a trio that includes Lonna The Quilt Angel, Kathy The Church Forecloser, and Carlton The Doorman.  All three of these players moved three (3) places this week.  Both The Church Forecloser and The Doorman moved up the leaderboard three spots to sit in 15th and 18, respectively.  However, The Quilt Angel stumbled and fell three places to sit in 12th position.

There was a quartet of players, Jerry The Buschwacker, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, Ol Skid-Marc, and Jim, aka Chiefy moved two (2) places.  The Bay Area Bandit, Skid-Marc, and Chiefy all stepped up their game and moved up three positions to reside in 10th, 11th, and 14th respectively.  Whereas The Buschwacker dropped three spots and sits in 9th place.

Lastly, another quartet of players, Dan The Numbers Dude, Jeremy The Coach, Snoopy Dawn, and Linda B. The Cookie Mom, all shifted one place.  The Numbers Dude was the only one of the group who moved up in the standings resting now in 13th place.  The Coach, Snoopy, and The Cookie Mom all slipped down one place to sit in 16th, 20, and 21st, respectively.

Straight From The Crapper

 

This week “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” and “The Outhouse Award” both go to Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty!  It appears that The Lemonade Lefty is having a bad start to this segment!  Nevertheless, it is safe to say that “The Outhouse” is in good hands again this week!

The “NASCAR Goes West” segment of the early season is now in the record books and it is time to migrate back from the warm California Sun to the East Coast.  I will leave you with some very interesting thoughts from the Inglewood, CA philosopher, Brian Wilson.

I’ve been all around this great big world
And I seen all kinds of girls
Yeah, but I couldn’t wait to get back in the states
Back to the cutest girls in the world
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

“Blazingly Bad” Brad Has The Confidence of Most At Auto Club Speedway

Brad Keselowski

This weekend is the last stop on the #NASCARGoesWest tour.  With Las Vegas, Phoenix in the record books, the haulers will be unloading Thursday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontan,CA.  The weather forecast for the three days that the teams will be on the race track is cool temps, overcast skies, and there is a possibility of some rain showers in the area!

 

Our Auto Club Speedway Picks

 

This week, after assessing the choices, we have a wide selection of drivers amongst The Rednecks in the fantasy league.

Garnering the largest support, four players, this week is “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski.  Even though “Bad Brad” is winless in the first four races, that has not put a dent in the enthusiasm of Don The Engine Builder, A&M Aggie Sue, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, as well as Dan The Numbers Cruncher.

This week it is quite interesting in that that we have six (6) drivers with a rooting section of two players each!  Listing the drivers alphabetically seems to be the way to go in this post!

Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Ol Skid-Marc fervently are backing “The Shrub”, “Rowdy”, aka Kyle Busch.  Auto Club Speedway is the site of KyBu’s very first victory when he was driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevy.  So the question begs to be asked; Can KyBu re-visit Victory Lane at Fontana?

The brother-sister duo of Jerry The Buschwacker and Zee, aka Sissy, are teaming up together in hopes that “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, can, on short order, deliver a victory to them at Fontana.

El Cajon, CA native, Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, has support from Lonna The Quilt Angel and our leader, Kilimanjaro Bobby.  Both are hoping that Mr. Seven-Time can drive his HMS Lowes Chevy into Victory Lane, hoist the hardware, and punch his ticket through to The Playoffs early in the season.

Still another CA homeboy, “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, has the support of Jim, aka Chiefy and Doug The Gandy Candy Man.  Both men are hoping that “Young Money” can replay his performance from 2017!

Meanwhile, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff have put all their marbles into the marble sack of “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano.  Could this be the race that ol “Sliced Bread” slaps a little butter on both slices?

Lastly, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Carlton The Doorman are pulling for the 2017 Cup Champ, Martin Truex, Jr.  Truex needs to let the big dog out of the bag soon if he is to mimic his 2017 performance!

Good luck to all!

Referencing the above-mentioned weather forecast for Fontana this weekend, I will leave you with the words of John and Michelle Phillips from 1965:

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk
On a winter’s day
I’d be safe and warm
If I was in L.A.
California dreamin’
On such a winter’s day
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’ GO RACIN’!

Bobby Blue Crush Hangs On To His Lead After Phoenix

Kevin Harvick Pit Stop

As the old aphorism goes, there’s nothing certain except death and taxes.

 After Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway, you can add Kevin Harvick at Phoenix to that list.

 Harvick beat Kyle Busch to the finish line by .774 seconds to win his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series of the season, the first time a driver has strung three victories together since Busch accomplished the feat at Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Indianapolis.

 The victory was a record ninth for Harvick at the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert and the 40th of his career, third-most among active drivers and tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin for 18th on the all-time victory list.

 But the win was more than a statistical triumph for the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Harvick came to Phoenix with a chip on his shoulder, stung by a midweek penalty for issues with the roof braces and right rear side skirt extension after last week’s race-winning car from Las Vegas.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

Six players are obvious students of NASCAR and Phoenix International Speedway, now known as ISM Raceway history.  Those six players include David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Jerry The Buschwacker, Snoopy Dawn, Jim, aka Chiefy, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  This group wisely selected now the 10-time track winner, the hottest driver in 2018 with three victories in the first four races, “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick.  These players racked up a cool 53 points this week.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Don The Engine Builder, A&M Aggie Sue, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher were rooting for “The Shrub“, aka Kyle Busch, at ISM Speedway.  All three players added a very nice score, 52 points, to their 1st segment tally this week.

Meanwhile, four players, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Carole, aka Rudy, as well as Ol Skid-Marc, were riding shotgun with “The Outlaw”, who is now trying to heal his former persona and going by his given name, Kurt Busch.  All four players made out like a bandit scoring 40 points for Phoenix.

William Clyde Elliott, Jr. aka Chase, had a very strong performance in The Valley of The Sun and had the unyielding support of two of our players at Phoenix, Lonna The Quilt Angel and Doug The Gandy Candy Man.  These two players added 39 points to their totals as the Sunset on ISM Raceway.

Rounding out the top five scorers for the week is Zee, aka Sissy.  Sissy was neatly tucked into the copilot’s seat of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 driven by young gun Erik Jones.

Since it is still early in the 1st segment, and there were many different selections this week, suffice it to say that there was massive movement within the ranks of the scoring pylon.  Leading the way this week was A&M Aggie Sue and Jeremy The Coach with the largest scale of movement.  Aggie Sue rocketed up the scoring totem pole six (6) places to now rest in 8th place.  However, Jeremy The Coach did not fare so well this week.  The Coach plummeted six spots to sit in 15th place.

The volatility continued with Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Dan The Numbers Cruncher.  Each of these players moved five (5) places when the checkered flag flew at Phoenix.  Dan The Numbers Dude did the best out this group moving up to now sit in 14th place.  Conversely, The Highly Opinionated One and  The Bay Area Bandit stumbled and fell from grace landing in  11th and 12th, respectively.

Next on the list is a quartet that consists of Jerry The Buschwacker, Jim, aka Chiefy, Zee, aka Sissy, and Linda B. The Cookie Mom, each moving four (4) positions this week.  The Buschwacker and Chiefy are toasting their success as they stepped up on the leaderboard this week to sit in 7th and 16th, respectively.  Whereas Sissy and The Cookie Mom fell down this week landing in 17th and 20th places, respectively.

In a league all by himself, this week rests The Gandy Candy Man who lost three (3) places and resides in 5th place.

Rounding out the top five movers this week is a quartet consisting of Don The Cubic Dollars Dude, Carole, aka Rudy, Ol Skid-Marc, and Snoopy Dawn, all moved up two spots on the totem pole this week to now rest in  6th, 10th, 13th, and 19th, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

The winner of “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award goes to Linda B. The Cookie Mom.  Although The Cookie Mom really did not have a really terrible race, she did score only 15 points, which was the lowest score for this race.

There has been no change in who is holding down “The Outhouse” single-handedly this week.  Once again Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty is all alone, and securing the fort for everyone!  So for the third week in a row, she receives “The Outhouse Award”!

Next week is the last race of “NASCARGoesWest” when the haulers unload in Fontana, CA, about 50 miles East of Hollywood Hills of LA.

I will leave you with the classic philosophical words of Kenny Alphin and John Rich, aka Big and Rich:

It’s a 3 day drive if she drives all night
Says she’s leavin’ at the crack of dawn
Well she might still be lyin’ here with me
But in her heart she’s already gone
Already packed up, the Altima’s gassed up
She’s done put the map up there on the dash
I’m all tore up just tryin’ to man up
Damnin’ these tears up but can’t hold ’em back

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Could Harvick Make It Three In A Row?

Kevin Harvick Burnout

This the race team haulers have a very short work week.  Most of the haulers stayed in the Las Vegas area until Wednesday before the hop, skip and a jump over the ISM Speedway for this week’s race.  The distance between the two racetracks is all of about 300 miles from Las Vegas, NV to Avondale, AZ, a western suburb of Phoenix.

 

Our Phoenix Selections

 

Slightly more than one quarter, 6 players in all, are jumping on “The Freaky Fast” bandwagon of Kevin Harvick this week!  Those six players are made up of David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Jerry The Buschwacker, Snoopy Dawn, Jim, aka Chiefy, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, and are really hoping, that with the performances of the last two races, Harvick can again drive his Ford Fusion into Victory Lane!

Meanwhile, a quartet of players is banding together to support Kurt Busch, formally known as “The Outlaw”.  Those four players include Kathy The Church Forecloser, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Carole, aka Rudy, as well as Ol Skid-Marc.

Almost as many players are backing the younger Busch brother this week.  Don The Engine Builder, A&M Aggie Sue, as well as Dan The Numbers Cruncher have loaded up all their marbles and dropped them into the marble bag of ol Rowdy, aka Kyle Busch.

There are three drivers, this week, that have a rooting section fo two players each.

Alphabetically, the first driver out of the chute this week is Ryan Blaney.  Blaney will have Linda R., The Lemonade Lefty as well as Bernie The Bay Area Bandit hoping to join the Victory Lane celebration at ISM Speedway Sunday.

Bobby Blue Crush and Doug The Gandy Candy Man have pushed all their chips in hoping that Chase Elliott will drive his Napa Chevy into Victory Lane, hoist the trophy and sound the siren at the Dawsonville Pool Room!

Finally, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Bell and Carlton The Doorman are really hoping that Joey Logano can get back on track after his “encumbered win” last year at Richmond.

Good luck to all this week.

Hopefully, you will get lucky this week!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Bobby Blue Crush Maintains His Lead After Vegas

Kevin Harvick

If you thought last Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta was an aberration on old asphalt, think again grasshopper!

Kevin Harvick was every bit as dominant on the newer asphalt at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, racking up impressive numbers in winning Sunday’s Pennzoil 400, the third event of the season.

In winning his second straight race and his second at the 1.5-mile track, Harvick finished 2.906 seconds ahead of runner-up and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch. Third-place finisher Kyle Larson was more than 13 seconds back. Paul Menard in ninth-place was the last driver on the lead lap.

Harvick won for the 39th time in the Monster Energy Series and the 100th time over all three of NASCAR’s national touring series combined. He is tied with Tim Flock and Matt Kenseth for 19th on the all-time Cup victory list and third among active drivers.

The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford also took the series lead by three points over second-place Joey Logano and four over third-place Ryan Blaney, who started from the pole on Sunday and led one lap—the first.

What “Freaky Fast” Harvick did to the other 39 drivers was quite embarassing!  Happy but an old fashioned “blue collar butt whopping” on those boys!

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

Bernie The Bay Area Bandit was the only player that had it right at Las Vegas.  The Bandito was all in with  “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick and let it all ride receiving a very much needed 60 points!

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

The second highest group of scorers this week is a trio of players that consist of Zee, aka Sissy, Jerry The Buschwacker, as well as David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey.  All three players were playing copilot for “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, as he rocketed around LVMS Sunday.  Their bravery was rewarded with a cool 50 points.

Meanwhile, there were five players, Don The Engine Builder, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Bobby Blue Crush, Lonna The Quilt Angel, and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff who were really hoping that Martin Truex, Jr. would go back-to-back with Las Vegas victories.  However, that just wasn’t going to happen at Vegas, given how strong Harivck’s Ford was running all day long.  Notwithstanding the “Freaky Fast” Ford of Harvick, these five players had a very good outcome with 46 points.

Another large group of five players, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Carole, aka Rudy, Jeremy The Coach and A&M Aggie Sue all racked up 43 points.  Four of the five players were solidly behind “ol Rowdy” Kyle Busch on Sunday.  However, A&M Aggie Sue received her points from Joey Logano at Vegas.

Lastly, Jim, aka Chiefy and ol Skid-Marc each racked up 25 points from Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson.

As I drove back to Yuma from being at the track in Las Vegas, and reviewing the race in my head, I just couldn’t help but think about one of my favorite Tom Petty songs.  I am sure that quite a few of the Cup drivers Sunday may have also had this tune running through their heads as they tried, without any success, to catch that “Freaky Fast” Ford of Harvick!

Next week the NASCAR circus rolls about 300 miles to the Southeast to Avondale, AZ and the newly named ISM Speedway, formally known as Phoenix International Speedway.

TILL NEXT TIME, PULL YOU GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Many Think That Truex Could Go Back-To-Back At Vegas

Martin Truex, Jr.

As the team haulers prepare to unload their bounty this week in Vegas it will be the beginning of the a three week West Coast swing for NASCAR.  Unlike the usual or normal weather that occurs during the Las Vegas race weekend, this week the forecast temperatures will be quite cool at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  But do not let that sway you, the racing at Sin City will be white hot.

 

Our Las Vegas Selections

 

Nearly one-quarter of the fantasy league, five players, have obviously reviewed some of the LVMS history.  This cast of characters includes Lonna The Quilt Angel, Bobby Blue Crush, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Snoopy Dawn, as well as  Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  All of these players are all supporting and hoping that Martin Truex, Jr. can go back-to-back with victories at this facility.

However, there are four players, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Carole, aka Rudy, Jeremy The Coach, and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, who disagree and are hoping that one of the homegrown Las Vegas racers, known by many names, “The Shrub”, “Rowdy”, or by his given name of Kyle Busch, can hoist the hardware Sunday evening.

Meanwhile there are three players, Carlton The Doorman, Snoopy Dawn, and Linda R The Lemonade Lefty who think that the elder Busch brother, formally known as “The Outlaw”, who has trying desperately to clean up his reputation lately and is now recognized by his given name of Kurt, will be able to put his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion into Victory Lane at his home race track.

This week “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, has a cadre of three players in his rooting section at Las Vegas.  Those three players consist of Zee, aka Sissy, Jerry The Buschwacker, as well as David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and each player is hoping that Larson will emerge from his early season bad luck that has befuddled him.

Lastly, we have Jim, aka Chiefy, and Ol Skid-Marc who are really hoping that Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, can mount a move, win the race, and rebound from his lackluster 2017 season.

For all the math majors in the fantasy league, if you have done the math so far, that leaves five players who are exercising their prerogative to be independent thinkers, and to be in bidnez for themselves this week!

Good luck to all this week in Las Vegas!  And as a reminder, everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Bobby Blue Crush Hangs Onto His Lead

Kevin Harvick

On Sunday night, after 17 long barren years, Kevin Harvick finally completed the second chapter of his love affair with Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, Harvick delivered a proper thrashing to the rest of the field, leading 181-of-325 laps and beating runner-up Brad Keselowski to the finish line by 2.690 seconds.  That, my fellow Rednecks, was a thorough old fashion butt whipping delivered to 35 other race cars.

Early in 2001, after Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500, Harvick was thrust prematurely into a replacement role that would have cowed most rookies. Three weeks later, he notched his first Cup victory in a photo finish (.006 seconds) over Jeff Gordon.

Harvick’s career victory total reached 38 on Sunday with his relentless performance at the 1.54-mile speedway, ending a frustrating drought that featured blinding speed foiled by ill fortune and inopportune mistakes.

Even though Harvick is not old enough to remember the Dave Clark Five and some of their hits, watching the race made me remember and hum one of their old hits that seemed to apply to old Happy Harvick’s efforts at Atlanta.

Afterwards, in his victory celebration, Harvick gave a “3” salute to Dale Earnhardt, a tribute he had waited 17 long years to perform.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

We have a trio of players who had all their marbles tucked into the marble sack of “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick at Atlanta.  Those three players who were rooting for Harvick include Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Carlton The Doorman, as well as Ol Skid-Marc.  All three racked up a very cool 56 points at Atlanta!

 

The Shakers and Movers

 

Another trio had a very nice point paying race at Atlanta.  Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Bobby Blue Crush, and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff were betting the farm that “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski would be hoisting the hardware as the Sun slithered below the horizon in Hampton, GA.  BK ran with the big dogs all race, rewarded these players with 53 points, but neither Kes nor nobody else had anything for “Happy” Harvick!

Likewise both Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Jeremy The Coach was hoping that “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, could put his FedEx Toyota into the Winner’s Circle at Atlanta.

Meanwhile, another unlikely trio of players racked up a nifty score of 39 points.  Both Dan The Numbers Cruncher and A&M Aggie Sue were riding shotgun with the 2017 Cup champion, Martin Truex, Jr.  But David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey was rooting for “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano.  Nevertheless, all three had an enjoyable 39 points day.

Rounding out the top five scorers this week are Lonna The Quilt Angel and Don The Engine Builder.  Each player was rooting very loudly for “Young Money“, Kyle Larson this week.  In return, Larson gave them a cool 36 points.

Since this is extremely early in the segment, when the checkered flag flew at Atlanta the leaderboard looked like it was dumped into the blender and pressed the supersonic button! In fact, only three players remained in their previous places or conversely speaking nineteen players swapped places this week.

The largest movers this week is tie between two players.  Both Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Ol Skid-Marc rocketed up the totem pole eleven (11) positions to reside now in 6th and 10th, respectively.

Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Jim, aka Chiefy, stumbled, tripped, and plummeted seven (7) places to sit in 15th and 19th, respectively.

Almost not to be outdone by the above-mentioned players are Kathy The Church Forecloser and Zee, aka Sissy.  Both of these ladies are already forgetting the Atlanta race because they slithered down the standings six (6) places this week landing in 11th and 20th spots.

Both A&M Aggie Sue and Jerry The Buschwacker moved five places.  Aggie Sue ascended up five places to sit in 17th place, while The Buschwacker dropped like a rock to sit in 18th place.

Rounding out the biggest movers of the week is a quartet of players that includes Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Carole, aka Rudy, and Linda R The Lemonade Lefty moving four (4) positions.  The Candy Man and Your Most Humble Sheriff stepped up four places to rest in 2nd and 3rd respectively.  However, Rudy and The Lemonade Lefty fell four spots to sit in 19th and 22nd, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

For the second week in a row, the player or players who received “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” also is rewarded with “The Outhouse Award”!  This week both of those illustrious awards go to one of our new players, Linda R The Lemonade Lefty.  You see Lemonade Lefty shared “The Outhouse” last week with Lonna The Quilt Angel, but could only muster up 10 points this week, and that as enough to plunge her deeper into “The Outhouse”!

Next week NASCAR rolls out to the West Coast for the next three weeks and yours truly will be hanging out with the big dogs in the garage, pit road, and the media center at both Las Vegas and Phoenix.

For those that may have been trying to guess which Dave Clark Five tune that I was alluding to early in the post, I will leave you with the video!

TILL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Chase Elliott Is Favored At Atlanta

Chase Elliott

Now that the NASCAR haulers have pulled out of Daytona International Speedway, returned to their shops in the Charlotte area, reloaded for their trip back down to Hampton, GA, the real NASCAR racing season will now begin!  This is not an indictment against restrictor plate racing, no contrare, my friend.  Daytona and Talladega are great spectator races, in my most humble opinion, and animals all unto themselves in NASCAR!

This week the haulers unload their wares at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is about 20 miles Southeast of Atlanta on the West side of Highway 19/41 in Hampton,GA.  This wide and lightning fast 1 1/2 mile high banked speedway has some of the best racing on the NASCAR schedule!  Now that the first plate race is over we can settle into some really good racing over the next month as NASCAR goes through Atlanta and heads out to Vegas, Phoenix, and Fontana during the month of March.

 

Our Atlanta Picks

 

This week we have a lot of choices expressed.  There are seven drivers that have more than one player backing them.

Leading the pack is the hometown boy, “Awesome Bill Jr. from Dawsonville”.  Technically his name is William Clyde Elliott, Jr., but the whole NASCAR world calls him Chase.   Well, Chase is this week’s favorite driver!  There are four players, Snoopy Dawn, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, Carole, aka Rudy, and Jerry The Buschwacker who will be rooting very loudly for ol Chase!  Could this be the week that Chase grabs his first points-paying MENCS victory?

There are two drivers that have three players in their corner for Atlanta.

First up is “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick.  Supporting Harvick this week is a mixed bag of players, Carlton The Doorman, Skid-Marc, and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle.  This trio is hoping to jump-start their Daytona results with a hefty addition to their tallies at Atlanta.

In addition to the above-mentioned trio rooting for their fav at Atlanta, we have another trio, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Bobby Blue Crush, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, backing their favorite driver this week, “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski.

We have four different drivers that have amassed a small cheering section of two players each.

Both Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Jeremy The Coach think that “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, will be successful at hoisting the hardware when the checkered flag falls at Atlanta.

Jim, aka Chiefy and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit have a totally different idea.  Both believe that young gun Erik Jones will grab his first MENCS victory this week in Atlanta.

Similarly, Lonna The Quilt Angel and Don The Engine Builder are joining forces hoping that “Young Money”, aka Kyle Larson can resurrect his 2017 season and rack up a win at Atlanta.

Lastly, A&M Aggie Sue and Dan The Numbers Cruncher think that the 2017 MENCS champ, Martin Truex, Jr. will be just as dominant on the 1 1/2 tracks as he was last year!

After adding up the above players, which totals 18, that would leave four players who are independent thinkers.  Quite honestly these four players are really in bidnez for themselves!

Good luck to all this week!  Here’s to hoping that your driver produces big for you when the lights go out in Georgia.

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Bobby Blue Crush Burst Out Of The Box

Austin Dillon

Twenty years later, the No. 3 is back in Victory Lane at Daytona!

Austin Dillon dropped kicked Aric Almirola took the lead on the last lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, driving Almirola into the fence and out of the way to snag the win 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won his first Great American Race. Dillon stood in Victory Lane with Earnhardt that day, as a 7-year-old.

The victory is Dillon’s second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, and first at the Daytona International Speedway.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

None of the players, this week, had Austin Dillon on their radar scope.  Therefore, this weekly award goes back on the shelf til the next race in Atlanta.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

The highest scoring player this week is Bobby Blue Crush.  Ol Blue Crush was the only player who was riding shotgun with the most dominating driver of the day, third generation driver Ryan Blaney.  Blaney and his new Team Penske No 12 Ford Fusion led 118 laps of the 207 laps raced today.  Blue Crush’s reward was a nifty 48 points to start off the season!

One of our “newbies”, Don The Engine Builder, got his season off to a fabulously flying start, racking up 41 points from a 4th place finish from”Sliced Bread”, aka Joey Logano.

The sisterhood of Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Linda B. The Cookie Mom had all their marbles neatly tucked into the marble sack of the 2017 MENCS champ, Martin Truex, Jr. today. Truex faired well in the stages and finished 18th when the checkered flag flew at Daytona.  Both ladies kick their season off really cool to the tune of 30 points.

Meanwhile, Kathy The Church Forecloser and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey slipped underneath the radar with their choice of Dale Jr’s replacement driver, Alex BowmanBowman ran consistently strong for most of the race til he was collected up in one of the “Big Ones”, nevertheless he delivered 29 points for these two players.

Rounding out the top five scorers for Daytona is Doug The Gandy Candy ManThe Candy Man received 21 points from Kurt Busch’s 26th place.

 

Straight From The Crapper

This week we have two players who were only able to rack up a single point as the season opened up.  A&M Aggie Sue and Ol Skid-Marc each were able only to log one point for their Daytona tally.  Aggie Sue racked up her one point from Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, and  Skid-Marc received the same score form Erik Jones. Each will share “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award.  Since this is the first race of the segment, this duo not only won “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award but also both Aggie Sue and Skid-Marc will be occupying the “side-by-side” version of “The Outhouse Award” this week!

With the advent of stage racing last year the normally hectic plate racing volume is now turned up to 12!  For most of the race many of the drivers probably were thinking to themselves that there are “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you”!

Next week the traveling NASCAR circus heads down to the lightning fast mile and a half track, the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA,

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

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