Jeff Gordon

(WOMR file photo)

This weekend NASCAR makes its final trip out West, just about twenty miles north of San Francisco, to the heart of the wine country, Napa, CA.  The difference in this trip to the West Coast is that they will be competing on the first road course of the season.  Having been to Sonoma twice over the past ten years to watch NASCAR in action, watching a road race with these 3400 lbs. door slammers, is a different animal.  The most interesting difference is the pit strategy that the crew chief employes. In a road course, the pit strategy is such that you work from the end of the race backwards to establish your pit schedules!

That is just totally awkward, and very backwards!  Nevertheless, the last couple of races on the road courses have proven to be very exciting.  Unlike races in the distant past on road course where it was an extremely dull event, with little to no passing during the race!

 

Sonoma Picks

 

This weekend Jeff Gordon has popped up on the road race radar screen.  There are four players, Edie, “A&M Aggie Sue”, “Jeremy The Coach”, and “Bernie The Bay Area Bandit”, who would love to grab 48 points with a Jeff Gordon victory!

Both “Jason The Latent Tie Dye Hippie“, as well as, “Dan The Numbers Cruncher”, are hanging their fortunes on driver of the MWR #15 5Hr Energy Drink Toyota driven by Clint Bowyer this Sunday.

Karen and Dawn are hopping that Carl Edwards rolls into victory lane, after he does his patented victorious back flip for the crowd.

And lastly, Marc and “Leon The Humble Sheriff” are hoping that the little team that could from Colorado, Furniture Row Racing with ol Kurt Busch wheeling the #78 Chevy, can pull off an upset in the heart of the wine country!

The rest of the seven players have individual picks, and once again, are all in “bidnez” for themselves Sunday!

Just a side note:  For those who did not read the email that I sent out a couple of days ago, we now have a perpetual last place plaque, “The Outhouse Award”.  This award will circulate to whomever garners that coveted “celler dweller” position at the end of each segment, and exhibited “the absolute crappiest picks of the segment”!

The first recipient, and it should be no surprise to any of us, is “David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey” for his less than stellar performance last segment!

I will present this plaque to him in the next couple of days.

“If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”

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

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