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Sterling Marlin and the High's and Low's of a NASCAR Career

2020.09.24 18:47 nfulks1996 Sterling Marlin and the High's and Low's of a NASCAR Career

Sterling Marlin was the quintessential "good-ole boy" type of NASCAR driver.
Hard-headed and hard-driving on the track, but a funny and friendly guy off the track who was usually the life of whichever party he found himself at.
While the stories of his off-track antics are somewhat hard to find, Kyle Petty summed it up best after his 1996 Brickyard 400 crash when he said "I thought I was dead so I was hoping I was going to Heaven, until I heard Sterling talking, which I knew wasn't good because if Sterling was dead too and if we were in the same place, that wasn't good because Sterling wasn't exactly on the fast track to Heaven."
Marlin's fun and laid back demeanor made him a driver that large companies saw as worth sponsoring, but also a driver that fans could easily approach.
While Marlin was one of the personalities off the track that made NASCAR popular, on-track success took a little while to come to Marlin.
Marlin made his first start all the way back in 1976 at Nashville where he finished 29th. Marlin made a handful of starts here and there until 1983 when he ran his first full season driving for Roger Hamby, where he finished a respectable 19th in points.
Marlin was also a part of the infamous LD Wright saga at Talladega in 1982, where Marlin sold his car to the now mystery man who hasn't been seen or heard from in nearly 40 years.
Marlin would spend the next three years on a part-time schedule, but would score his first second place finish at the 1986 Firecracker 400 while driving Hoss Ellington's #1 Chevrolet.
Marlin's serious big break in top level equipment would come in 1987 when he would take the vacant #44 Piedmont Airlines Oldsmobile for Billy Hagan.
Over the next four years Marlin would be a consistent driver, never finishing higher than 10th in points, nor lower than 14th, and scored his second, second place finish.
For 1991 Marlin would depart Hagan's team in a similar vain to Terry Labonte, and sign with Junior Johnson for 1991.
Only Marlin was driving Junior's second car, that had been turned down by Alan Kulwicki, the #22 Maxwell House Ford Thunderbird.
And in Marlin's first race with the team he was running in the front group in the 1991 Daytona 500, before Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, and Kyle Petty tangled catapulting Marlin to second, where he would finish after pressuring Ernie Irvan to run out of fuel during the final laps that were ran under caution.
1991 would be Marlin's best season to date, as he would snag two second place finishes, seven top-5's, and 16 top-10's, placing Marlin seventh in the final standings, and also out-pacing teammate Geoff Bodine in points, despite Bodine scoring a win.
Marlin returned to Junior Johnson in 1992, where he would record three second place finishes, but would slide down in points to 10th.
For 1993 Marlin departed Junior Johnson to drive for the Stavola Brothers, where in a forgettable season Marlin took another second place finish, once again happening at Daytona.
Entering the 1994 season Marlin had been competing in NASCAR's highest level for 18 years, and had finished second nine times. Sterling was a good driver, who had to compete with great drivers.
But 1994 was set to give Marlin another shot at getting that first win, and in top equipment no less. Marlin was Ernie Irvan's replacement in the Morgan-McClure Kodak #4, and maybe Marlin could finally earn that first win.
Marlin ran second behind Irvan for much of the 1994 Daytona 500, but when Irvan lost it in turn four with 20 laps to go, Marlin scooted under Irvan, and did it. Sterling Marlin finally did it.
Sterling Marlin had won a race in NASCAR's highest level, and not just any race. Marlin had won the Daytona 500, capping off one of the more miserable Speedweeks with a triumphant first victory.
While the rest of 1994 failed to yield similar results, Marlin returned in 1995 with easily the best car in the field for the 1995 Daytona 500, where Marlin would win again, leading a race high 105 laps, and holding off Dale Earnhardt for the win.
1995 could be argued as the best season of Marlin's career as Sterling won two more times, at Darlington and Talladega, and also finished third in points.
Marlin would add two more wins in 1996, but slide down in points to eighth after a subpar second half of the season, and after a disappointing 1997 season, Marlin departed Morgan-McClure to drive for Felix Sabates in the #40 Coors Chevrolet.
1998-2000 would be forgetable, but consistent seasons for Marlin as he never finished inside the top-10 in points, but never finishing lower than 19th.
2001 however, appeared as if Marlin would return to being one of the big-dogs of NASCAR.
During 2000 then CART series championship owner Chip Ganassi bought into Sabco, and with Dodge's impending return Ganassi and Marlin, along with rookie teammate Jason Leffler, joined the early dodge brigade.
For the 2001 season Marlin also began sporting the Coors Light colors, and the iconic Silver Bullet was born.
Marlin was strong at the Daytona 500 and during the latter stages had a car that could have competed for the win, but Marlin was separated from leaders Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr., by the Black #3.
We all know what happened next, but not many people have talked about it from Marlin's perspective. A driver in one of his best opportunities of his career, racing hard for the win, makes an innocuous looking tap into a bumper that results in the death of the greatest driver NASCAR will ever see.
Not many drivers could have handled the situation as well as Marlin did.
Marlin rebounded from the situation by having his best season since 1996, and ending his five year winless drought by winning a rain shortened race at Michigan, giving Dodge their first win in their return season. Marlin won again at Charlotte, which propelled him to his second third place points finish, after recording two wins, 12 top-5's, and 20 top-10's.
Marlin once again looked as if he was going to win the Daytona 500, until a late race incident with Jeff Gordon damaged Marlin's right front fender. Marlin edged Ward Burton for the race back to the line, and more than like would've won the race as Marlin undoubtedly had the best car, and also Burton had little help from behind as the majority of cars left were Fords, and Ford ran a historically bad engine in the Daytona 500 in 2002, meaning Marlin and Burton's Mopar power would've propelled them far beyond the grips of Elliott Sadler and Geoff Bodine.
Marlin, for some reason, decided to hop out of his car, and attempt to repair his car himself, on the back-straightway, under a red flag.
I have never seen a NASCAR official react as quick as the one who spotted Marlin working on his fender did, and Marlin was penalized, going from a sure win, to eighth.
But, Marlin carried his momentum over from 2001 and stood in Victory Lane twice in the first five races, winning at Las Vegas and Darlington. Marlin also carried a commanding points lead for much of the first 3/4's of 2002, usually in triple digits.
That was until a hard crash at Richmond injured some ribs, before Marlin's season came to an end after Kansas where he cracked some vertebrae in his neck.
While Jamie McMurray lifted the spirits of the team with his upset win at Charlotte a few weeks later, Marlin's best chance at a championship was dashed with that shot into the Kansas concrete.
Marlin returned in 2003 but never really factored in to any wins and was well outside the top-10 in points, and continued his slide in 2004 and 2005.
After 2005 Marlin departed Ganassi to race for MB2 Motorsports, driving the #14 that his recently passed away father Coo Coo drove for so many years.
After MB2 was bought out by Bobby Ginn, Marlin's career could be considered a causality of Ginn's swift rise and fall in the NASCAR world, but Marlin's days were sadly already numbered.
Marlin made a handful of starts for Ganassi and James Finch throughout 2008 and 2009 after the dust settled from Ginn's dismantling of the former MB2 Motorsports, before Marlin called it a career in NASCAR.
Just over two years removed from announcing his retirement, Sterling Marlin announced he was suffering from Parkinson's, however Marlin hasn't let this disease impact his racing as Marlin, at the age of 63 was gearing up for a return to the Nashville Fairgrounds earlier this year after recovering from a broken foot.
There's lessons in the career and life of Sterling Marlin that we can all use that can help us in daily life away from a racetrack. Never quitting even in the face of years of little success, accepting responsibility for accidents, learning to move on from major setbacks, even now while battling a horrible disease, to keep living your life and doing what you love, and doing it all with a grin on your face.
While Marlin may not be a Hall of Famer for his career resume, Sterling Marlin is a racer that I believe everyone enjoyed watching for more than 30 years.
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2020.09.10 18:29 nickyv917 The 2001 NASCAR Cup season played out like a movie

Tin foil hat mode engaged
2001 started out about as terribly as possible with the death of a legend, and while I don’t actually believe that NASCAR can actually script a race (otherwise Danica would won a ton races, and Dale Jr would have as many titles as his dad), if I were to write out a bunch of major set pieces for how I'd make the 2001 season go for maximum feel-good moments, it would look a lot like how it actually turned out.
After the 500 came Rockingham, and in the 1st race back, Steve Park in the 1(!) car (an Earnhardt car) got his only win on an oval. Park had run pretty well at The Rock before, scoring a top ten in both of his starts there in 2000, but still only oval win. Also in this race, Dale Jr was in a crash that looked eerily similar to his dads.
Next week, Las Vegas. Winner: Jeff Gordon, Earnhardt's biggest rival. Not that surprising, but its worth noting that 2001 was his only Las Vegas win, and he only averaged a 15th place finish in Sin City.
Next week, Atlanta. Kevin Harvick's first career win, a photo finish with Jeff Gordon. Not only in his 3(!!!)rd career start, but in a mirror image to Earnhardt's win at Atlanta almost exactly one year ago, where just edged out Bobby Labonte.
EDIT: Andy Petree Racing was another team that was technically under the Earnhardt bubble, as their partnership with DEI and RCR helped them dominate the plate tracks. And sure enough, in the spring Dega race, Bobby Hamilton scored APR's first win in that beautiful Square D #55. Coincidentally, that #55 pushed Dale Sr. to his final win at Dega, albeit with Kenny Wallace behind the wheel. Oh, and APR's other car, Joe Nemechek's #33 would also find Victory Lane at Rockingham's fall date.
EDIT: A race was held on what would've been Dale's 50th birthday at Fontana, and it was won by Dale's close friend, Rusty Wallace.
Dale Jr. struggled through this time, going winless through the first 16 races, and finding himself outside the top 10 in points heading into Daytona. So what better time to score his first win of the season at the track that claimed his father? And the guy who won the 500, Michael Waltrip pushed him to the victory.
EDIT: When 9/11 happened, the country needed a hero. The world needed a hero. And that hero was Dale Earnhardt Jr. The New Hampshire race was postponed, and next week was Dover, and Junior dominated, leading the most laps and winning the first race post 9/11.
Later that year, Junior won the fall Talladega race, one year after Senior's final career win at Dega, and in the process, won the No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus, again a year after his dad did it.
EDIT: Another driver who needed a glimmer of hope was Bill Elliott. His last win came in 1994, and he had a record-setting 226 race winless streak, most of which came in his self-owned #94 car. But at Homestead in October, driving for Ray Evernham's newly formed Dodge brigade, Elliott passed teammate Casey Atwood late to claim his first win in more than seven years.
Finally at the season finale at New Hampshire, the 31 car, Earnhardt's teammate got into victory lane, albeit not with the person who was in the 31 was Dale was around, Mike Skinner. Instead, Robby Gordon would pilot the #31 Lowe's car to victory lane, and like with Steve Park, this was his only win on an oval.
In the end, Jeff Gordon would run away with the title, his fourth in seven years, but by the end of the season, all five full time teams under the DEI or RCR umbrella would score a victory (all seven if you include APR), including some pretty unlikely winners, like Hamilton, Nemechek, Robby Gordon, Ward Burton, Ricky Craven, and Elliott Sadler in the 21.
EDIT: Thanks for all the extra little bits of trivia, this is really expanding what was originally just a couple of tidbits of data.
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2020.08.05 18:06 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 22, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002 7-1-2002 7-8-2002 7-15-2002
  • WWE hit the reset button again with a new storyline assigning general managers to each brand, and it featured the shocking debut of Eric Bischoff. The new storyline will have Bischoff as the heel GM of Raw, while Stephanie McMahon will be the babyface GM of Smackdown, while Vince McMahon will take more of a backseat role and reduce his TV presence. Of course, just 5 weeks ago, Vince panicked and blew up the existing "feuding GMs" storyline between himself and Ric Flair, so now we're re-starting it with new people I guess. It feels like a last-ditch effort to save the brand extension, which has been an utter flop since day one, with no effort to differentiate the shows and only resulting in diluting the talent and falling ratings.
  • Bischoff and McMahon struck a secret deal about 10 days prior to his debut. Bischoff had talks with WWE last year about coming in during the original Invasion angle, except they only wanted him to do a one-off match with Vince for the PPV (which Vince would obviously have won), but Bischoff turned down that offer. But this time, they agreed to a more long-term deal. Bischoff didn't know he was going to debut on Raw until just a day or two prior, when Vince called him and told him to be there. The whole thing was kept secret and almost no one other than Vince himself knew about it. This is believed to be a unique contract, in which it's a short-term deal with the option to renew it for longer-term if the angle gets over. His only role is as a television character, it's strictly a performance contract. Bischoff is not going to be a part of management or creative.
  • When Bischoff walked across the screen in the backstage segment, almost everyone in the company was just as shocked as the viewers at home. Bischoff's debut saw him come out and hug Vince, which Dave thinks about is the dumbest possible way to introduce him. Sure, the Invasion angle is over but WCW's corpse isn't completely cold yet. It's only been a year or so. There is probably still plenty of money to be made in Bischoff as an outsider trying to destroy Vince McMahon and the WWE. But as always, that would involve Vince allowing himself or WWE to look vulnerable against an "outsider" and his utter refusal to do that is a big part of what tanked the Invasion. But that's par for the course. Bischoff cut a promo, giving the fake "WWE version" of the Monday Night Wars history (Dave points out multiple inaccuracies that WWE still clings on today, such as claiming they stole Hulk Hogan from WWF. Of course, Hulk had been in NJPW and hadn't worked for WWF for nearly a year at the time WCW signed him. Things like that.). Dave thinks it became one of those promos full of old stuff or inside references where so much of it is about things that the average fan doesn't know or care about. Dave thinks most of this audience in 2002 isn't familiar with Alundra Blayze, they don't know Raw used to be taped instead of live, and they don't care about 83-week TV ratings streaks (Dave also notes that Bischoff said 84 on this show, which is incorrect). And once again, it became one of those promos talking about how much WWE sucks lately, which is something you don't want to keep pointing out to the fans who are still watching because you just make them feel dumb for supporting something that even the people producing it knows sucks. Shit like that is partly what drove off WCW fans. Bischoff also gloated about almost putting WWE out of business, and to the many guys in the locker room who remember that vividly, it wasn't a joke or a storyline. Those are guys who really were fighting for their job against a guy who really was trying to put them out of business. Bischoff has tremendous heat from the locker room, with a lot of people who worked for him in WCW or who resent him from the WWE side....they don't want Bischoff there.
WATCH: Eric Bischoff debuts in on WWE Raw - 2002
  • This angle was going to take place regardless, but it's thought that the injury to Kevin Nash may have moved things up a couple of weeks because Vince once again panicked when his plans went down in flames. Nash had surgery last week. Because of the location of the tear, it's not quite as serious as the tear Triple H suffered last year. But Nash is also 10 years older. However, he has vowed to return, noting he doesn't want his career to end like that. With his age and his track record of injuries (this is his 22nd surgery, dating back to his collegiate basketball days), Dave isn't sure how much Nash will be able to offer if/when he returns next year. Also, while nobody wanted Nash to get hurt, the mood in the locker room was said to be much happier this week without him around, as the whole Nash/X-Pac/Shawn/Triple H group isn't very well liked these days (the more things change...)
  • Speaking of X-Pac, a weird situation with him this week led to him being suspended by WWE. The day of the Raw when Nash tore his quad, X-Pac missed his flight to the show. Why? Well, he was hospitalized earlier that day in Minneapolis. Again, you ask, why? No idea. Sounds like X-Pac sure would like to know also. He called WWE saying he was in the emergency room and had no idea how he got there. He left the ER and made new travel arrangements and he got to Raw 90 minutes before the show started. And then he went out there that night and worked his match (and Dave says looked more impressive than he had in a long time). However, after the match, he still couldn't explain to WWE officials how or why he was in the hospital earlier that day and so they were naturally suspicious. As a result, X-Pac has been suspended and removed from all upcoming bookings until they get a medical report on what the deal is. Dave says X-Pac has been acting out of control for weeks now and it's been well-documented (threatening to quit if match finishes weren't changed week after week). The feeling backstage was that as long as Nash was around to go to bat for him, he was basically protected, but no longer. With Hall fired, Nash out for probably a year, X-Pac suspended, and Hogan a babyface, the feeling within the company is that the NWO angle is dead. Shawn Michaels is still expected to appear at upcoming house shows and Raws in some new role, since much of the advertising for those shows was based around him appearing, but this is probably the end of the road for the NWO. (This kinda flew under the radar, but yeah, X-Pac never wrestled another match in WWE. The match where Nash tore his quad remains to this day the last time X-Pac ever worked a match in a WWE ring. He gets released soon after this and we all know in retrospect that he was dealing with some drug issues throughout this time).
  • Dave provides some details on Vince Russo's first (and only) creative meeting when he was briefly rehired by WWE last month. Russo apparently proposed a Raw vs. Smackdown feud that would eventually lead to reviving one of them as WCW and reigniting the WCW vs. WWE war. This time, they would have Eric Bischoff leading the WCW side, while Russo suggested Mick Foley as the leader of the WWE side. It was pretty much made clear to Russo during the meeting that if they were to do a Raw vs. Smackdown angle, it would be Stephanie in charge of the WWE side, not Foley, and sure enough, that's what is expected to happen (but without the whole WCW-revival part). Russo's idea was pretty much a combination of the 2001 Invasion angle and the 2000 WCW Bischoff/Russo angle. Dave notes that Russo wanted to essentially start from scratch again, strip everyone of their belts the way they did in 2000, and bring in Bret Hart and Goldberg to be involved as well.
  • A big recap of UFC's debut show in England, which featured rising star Frank Mir getting beat in what should have been an upset, but word is Mir didn't take the fight seriously and barely trained. As a result, he got murked in the first round. Also, while in England, some people in Tito Ortiz's camp got into a big drunken bar brawl with fellow fighter Lee Murray. Chuck Liddell was somewhere involved too. Anyway, long story short, some people tell the story that Murray knocked Ortiz out. Ortiz denies it (to this day, this is a famous MMA story and both men tell different versions, so depending on who you believe I guess).
  • TNA's 4th show ended with a strong angle that actually got them some national publicity. It involved Tennessee Titans players Frank Miller and Zach Piller hopping the rail and attacking Jeff Jarrett and some other wrestlers, resulting in a big brawl to end the show. So how much of it was real or shoot? Well, Russo is involved, so who knows. The official story is that Jarrett and Piller were supposed to shove each other from across the rail, but that's it. From NFL sources, Dave has actually heard the same thing. It was supposed to stop at a shoving confrontation, and then Malice would come pull Jarrett away. That was the story as Russo allegedly wrote it. But reportedly, Piller had been drinking and he ended up hopping the rail and straight up overpowered Jarrett like it was nothing and took him down. Whether this was a shoot or a work is still unknown, but it ended up getting them coverage on SportsCenter and Dave says it's possible it was a work that only a few people were in on. If it was a work, nobody else was in on it. Ron Harris, who works backstage, almost rushed to the ring to save Jarrett and Malice (who wasn't supposed to touch the football players) got involved and broke it up quickly. After the show, the players were backstage laughing and joking with Jarrett and Miller has been openly telling people it was all planned and they were told to make it look as real as possible, but it's still unknown if jumping the rail and tackling Jarrett was part of the plan or not. Several other Titans players were at ringside with them and saw it unfold, but mostly didn't get involved. So now after the publicity, TNA is trying to see if they can make a match out of this. Either way, it's starting to feel like an elaborate work that none of the rest of the roster was clued in on, which is exactly the kind of shit Russo used to do constantly in WCW that soured morale among the locker room, and for this to happen on Russo's first night in, with an angle he wrote, sure feels a little familiar.
WATCH: Tennessee Titans/TNA brawl
  • Puerto Rico's IWA had its most successful show in company history, drawing more than 11,000 fans (without a single WWE name on the card) to see the payoff of an angle with Savio Vega fighting for control of the company. WHO SAID SAVIO AIN'T A DRAW?!
  • On the other side of things, WWC has postponed its anniversary show from August to September in order to give themselves more time to build up big angles and storylines. Seems like something they probably should have been planning earlier? IWA has become the dominant promotion in Puerto Rico and WWC felt they didn't have the build-up necessary to do a big-money show right now. Especially after this IWA show did such big business, anything less would be an embarrassment.
  • Bischoff's debut on Raw was a pretty big hit. How big, you ask? During Bischoff's in-ring promo after his debut, Raw added nearly 1.1 million new viewers from the previous segment. Meaning that as soon as Bischoff walked across the screen backstage, tons of wrestling fans started calling their friends telling them, "Holy shit, Eric Bischoff is on Raw, turn it on!" The bad news is that as soon as Bischoff's promo was over, a lot of them tuned right back out, leading to a huge drop-off for the rest of the show. On the flip side, this week's Smackdown, featuring the heavily-hyped return of The Rock ended up being the 7th lowest rated episode of the show in history (4th if you don't count holidays). Rock's not a draw, bet he won't even be in the business in a couple more years.
  • Kenta Kobashi is finally back in the ring, wrestling undercard prelim tag matches for NOAH. Even though he's in tags and doing limited in-ring work, his knees are said to be already killing him and one of them totally locked up on him after one of his recent matches. But he still hasn't missed any dates.
  • NJPW announced that Kensuke Sasaki will face Pancrase star Minoru Suzuki at the Tokyo Dome in October. This match was actually planned for the big Tokyo Dome show back in May, but negotiations fell apart because Pancrase didn't like the idea of Suzuki doing a worked pro-wrestling match. Suzuki started his career in NJPW back in 1988 and was being groomed to be a big star for the company, but he quit and joined UWF because he preferred to work shoot-style matches. In 1993, he and a few other guys all started Pancrase, which he's been doing ever since. These days, Suzuki's days of fighting for them at a top level are over and he usually only competes against nobodies or in catch wrestling (grappling and submission only, no striking). Anyway, for those curious, this didn't happen. Not sure why yet, I haven't gotten that far, but Suzuki doesn't return to NJPW until 2003.
  • Goldberg is said to be leaning very much against going to WWE anytime soon and is instead eyeing his options of working big shows in Japan. He's contemplating an offer to make an appearance at Toryumon's show in Tokyo in September, but only an appearance. He doesn't plan to wrestle until later in the year (don't think the Toryumon appearance happens, but he does end up working a few matches in Japan here soon).
  • Bret Hart is still hoping to make his scheduled appearance for Jacques Rougeau's upcoming indie show in Montreal. If you recall, Rougeau's big show there last year drew over 11,000 fans and he's got himself another big stadium to fill this year and Bret was expected to be the biggest draw. Whether he'll be healthy enough to make the show, following his recent stroke, remains to be seen but he's determined to try. As of this week, Hart is able to lift his left arm over his head. Just a week ago, he couldn't move it at all. His grip strength is also coming back and he's able to walk short distances. His vocal cords were also damaged but have started strengthening again and he's able to talk again (though he can't cut a wrestling promo yet, Dave says, so he might not be doing much other than coming out and waving to the crowd if he does make it). He's still having some vision problems also, but not too bad all things considered.
  • Dave says that "no matter what you may hear," a lot of people involved in TNA behind the scenes are very unhappy about Vince Russo being brought in. He also says that a lot of people associate Russo and Ed Ferrara together, but they actually had a major falling out awhile back and hadn't been on speaking terms until now. When it became clear Russo was coming back, Ferrara reached out to Russo and the two sides made up. He goes on record saying for sure that neither Mike Tenay or Bill Behrens are happy about Russo's arrival, among others, but says everyone is being professional.
  • Notes from TNA Weekly PPV: Crowd of about 1,500, only about half paid. Dave says it was easily the best of the 4 shows they've had so far. About 85% of it was written and booked by Jerry Jarrett and the original writing team before Russo was hired, but Russo did make some changes. Dave says some people are beginning to get tired of Don West on commentary already and he definitely brings a ton of enthusiasm (but nothing else, Dave adds) to the table. During the Ken Shamrock vs. Omori match, the crowd was distracted by one of the cage dancers near the entrance who was apparently showing her ass to the crowd. Former WCW wrestler Crowbar (real name Chris Ford) worked a tag match under the name Tempest and Dave notes that when Ford worked a try-out match for WWE awhile back, he also signed over the name Crowbar to them when he did (guessing Dave is mistaken about this. He never used the name Crowbar in TNA, but he's been using it everywhere else ever since for the last 18 years). Brian Christopher is now going by his real name, Brian Lawler, and cut a promo on Jerry Lawler about being a bad father. It got a lot of heat but now they've made fans want to see a match that they can't deliver. K-Krush faced NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler and got DQ'd. Dave says Krush was absolutely awesome here, actually carrying Sadler to a watchable match. Sadler was awful of course, but the Gayda/Stratus match from Raw was light years worse, so hey, who cares? TNA tried to bring in Hermie's more famous older brother Elliott Sadler, but that fell through because Elliott has some type of affiliation with WWE, though Dave isn't sure what (I did the research and apparently Elliott drove a Summerslam-themed car during a race around this time, so I assume that's it).
  • More notes from TNA Weekly PPV, since this recap is huge and big, unbroken paragraphs suck: Mark and Jay Brisco worked a brief match until Malice ran in and destroyed everyone (Dave says this was a Russo addition to the show. Dave also says the Briscos will be great some day and notes that on this show, the announcers lied and said both of them are 18, when in fact, Mark Brisco is still 17 and therefore not even allowed to wrestle in many commission states). Former porn star and ECW valet Jasmine St. Claire debuted and gave Jeremy Borash a lap dance, took off her underwear, and was about to strip nude until a big angle stopped it. And yes, in case it wasn't obvious, this was another Russo addition. AJ Styles and Jerry Lynn are the tag team champions and ended up in a big brawl backstage. If you've been paying attention to the show the last 2 weeks, you would have recognized that they were doing a slow build with these two partners having friction, but Russo convinced Jarrett to hurry up and pull the trigger on the split, so here we are. Dave thinks this had no impact at all because it felt completely rushed, the story hadn't progressed far enough yet for these two to already be coming to blows. Another interview with the Dupps saying "shit" repeatedly was, yes, another Russo addition. Try not to cut yourself on all this edginess. Shamrock vs. NOAH star Takao Omori ended in a no contest because of politics. Shamrock was supposed to win clean, but then NOAH decided they didn't want Omori to do a job, so this is what we got. Dave thinks TNA should have said screw them then and just not used Omori because it's not like TNA's fanbase knows who the fuck he is anyway. Omori was said to have been spaced out all day beforehand and looked bad in the match. Crowd didn't care and they pumped in a ton of fake crowd noise for it. Jeff Jarrett ran in and took everyone out with chair shots, including "NWA rep" Harley Race, who ate a brutal unprotected chair shot to the head from Jeff and Dave thinks that's not good for anyone's brain, especially a guy pushing 60. Race was there basically to help Omori since Harley's small promotion in St. Louis has a relationship with NOAH. And finally, the 6-man X-Division #1 contenders match was excellent. Dave thinks WWE really missed the boat on Jerry Lynn and K-Krush. He admits Lynn probably couldn't have ever been a top guy in WWE or anything, but he makes everybody he wrestles look like a million bucks and guys like that are priceless to have on your roster. They also pumped a bunch of crowd noise in for this match, and at one point, the fake crowd noise loop stopped and there was a moment where it went from a loud roaring crowd to dead silence in a blink. Also, a fight in the stands distracted the crowd near the end. But great match otherwise. Show ended with the Titans players angle.
  • In other news, The Shane Twins have been working as the masked penis wrestlers The Johnsons in TNA but the penis aspect of it has been played down to almost nothing. Upcoming plans were for the team to unmask and revert back to the Shane Twins, but when Russo came aboard, that plan got scrapped and they will remain The Johnsons for now. Because dammit, Russo will get to make penis jokes on TV or he's going to die trying.
  • Many of the key names in TNA (Shamrock, AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, Mike Tenay, among others) have now signed 1-year contracts. Scott Hall was rumored to have also signed a 1-year deal, but Hall is telling people it's not true and he's only committed for 4 more dates. Low-Ki is signed through the end of the year.
  • At the recent K-1 vs. PRIDE show, there was a huge upset when PRIDE fighter Quinton Jackson knocked out Cyril Abidi, one of the top kickboxers in the world. The "plan" was for Abidi to win and then go on to a bigger money match with Don Frye, but that's what happens when you try to plan things around a shoot.
  • And I'm sorry, I know this ain't an MMA recap, but this is too good: at the UFC press conference for the UK show this week, Dana White showed up with a bag filled with $250,000 in cash and challenged UK boxing promoter Frank Warren to put up any fighter in his stable and White would find a UFC fighter of the same weight to fight him, winner takes all the money. If you recall, Warren made some statements a few weeks back calling UFC fighters unskilled steroid freaks and claiming that his boxers could beat any of them in a real fight. So Dana showed up with a whole bag of cash, doing Dana things.
  • Notes from Raw: Vince came out to the NWO music and said that's the last time we'll ever hear it and that the NWO is dead, so as expected, that's it for that gimmick. Tommy Dreamer is back to his old ECW gimmick and is already 1000x more over than the jobber-eating-gross-stuff gimmick WWE gave him. There was a Coach/Booker T segment backstage which is when Eric Bischoff walked through the shot, leaving everybody with their mouths hanging open, and then his promo. Another hype video for Rey Mysterio debuting on Smackdown next week. Former WCW wrestler and recent developmental guy Johnny The Bull made his Raw debut winning the hardcore title, and Dave is baffled how he got the call up because he's one of the worst guys they have in developmental and is nowhere near ready. But it's all about how he looks. Undertaker & Lesnar beat RVD & Flair in the main event and afterward, Lesnar turned on Undertaker in a good angle, though Dave doesn't have high hopes for the inevitable match.
WATCH: Rey Mysterio debut vignette
  • Notes from Smackdown: it was a pretty bad show and for a pretty surprising reason. It was all built around Rock and he was awful. Rather than trying to sell a PPV, he came off like he was trying too hard to be a funny, "cool" guy and became a parody of himself. Dave is a huge Rock fan and thinks it was painful. He did a big in-ring promo segment with rapper Busta Rhymes that was just an elaborate plug for his new Halloween: Resurrection movie ("coming out in July?" Dave asks incredulously and, right, wtf?). Even Rock using Angle's own ankle lock against him at the end of the show looked hilariously fake and Dave has no interest in the Rock/Angle match at Vengeance after this show. Edge & Hogan defending the tag titles was a super heated match and Dave can't understand it. The live crowds are still nuclear hot for Hogan, but it's not translating at all into TV ratings or ticket sales. But man, the people who do buy tickets sure do love him. They seem to be slow-burning a Randy Orton heel turn. The Nidia segment at the buffet was great and Dave thinks they may have stumbled across a pretty great gimmick with her.
WATCH: The Rock & Busta Rhymes Smackdown segment
  • The crew got a little backstage pep talk before Raw this week, mostly given by the agents (John Laurinaitis, Arn Anderson, and Fit Finlay) as well as Triple H. In particular, Triple H talked about there being too many people in the locker room who think they deserve a push ahead of the newer guys because they've been there longer. He said too many guys are sitting back waiting for someone to give them a push rather than breaking out from the pack and earning the push. He said he got over on his own when management was trying to hold him down after the MSG curtain call incident. Said too many guys are being lazy, playing cards and playing video games backstage rather than watching the matches and learning. He said just because you've had a few good matches on TV doesn't mean you know how to work or deserve a push, and also said everyone needs to work harder at house shows because attendance is down and it was guys like him who worked hard to re-build the company the last time business was down. Needless to say, for a locker room full of people who feel like they bust their asses only to get their legs cut off and hit a glass ceiling (often at the hands of the same guy giving the speech), this went over just about as well as you'd expect with the rest of the locker room. Not that anything Triple H said is wrong. Dave agrees with most of it. But considering who the messenger was, it was not well-received.
  • Lots of backstage talk about last week's Bradshaw/Trish Stratus vs. Chris Nowinski/Jackie Gayda match, which was among the worst matches anyone has seen in years. Fit Finlay is the usual trainer and agent for the women and usually goes over their matches and spots with them, but in this case, Sgt. Slaughter put together this match. Gayda missed a few spots early in the match and seemed to panic and it all fell apart from there. Backstage, she was fully aware of how bad it was and was said to be extremely upset. There's been talk of sending her down to OVW for more training, but she'll probably still be on TV because she's fresh off winning Tough Enough.
  • Steve Austin hasn't had any contact with anyone in WWE except for Jack Lanza, who was the agent Austin often worked with for his matches. All that's known now is Austin told Lanza he's still training hard and Lanza felt like he's getting antsy sitting at home and may be ready to return already (I think he's got bigger problems at home). But Austin and Vince still have not spoken and there's still a lot of bad feelings there.
  • In light of recent events, Dave digs up the transcript from an old Prodigy online chat from 1996, in which Eric Bischoff was asked if he would ever work for Vince McMahon. His response: "I would rather chew off my fingers."
  • Writer Brian Gewertz reportedly has some heat over Raw's declining ratings. The problem is, no matter who it is (Gewertz, Heyman, Russo, or even Stephanie), the final approval for everything you see on television comes down to Vince McMahon. He deserves the credit when it's good and the blame when it's bad, end of story. It's a common occurrence for Vince to rip up a script and tell the writers to come up with something new, so any bad segment that makes it to TV is on him, and resulting in lots of last minute changes. Some people are even blaming Gewertz for Kevin Nash's recent injury because Gewertz wrote the match into the script the day of the show, so Nash wasn't even aware he was going to be wrestling until a couple hours before they went on the air and I guess he didn't have time to properly stretch and get ready, and ended up tearing his quad 10 seconds in. Same thing with Cena's debut, that was a day-of decision, and luckily Cena was already on the road with the crew working dark matches, so he was available. But again, Dave says you can't blame Gewertz for either of those things because, once again, it's Vince who is constantly changing his mind and forcing last minute rewrites and whatnot every week. How is Gewertz or any other writer supposed to build long-term stories under those conditions? (Man, this sure feels familiar)
  • Latest on DDP, he and wife Kimberly are planning on moving from Atlanta to Los Angeles to try their hand at acting careers. They've both saved a lot of money from their years in wrestling and can afford to take a chance on this kind of thing I guess. (DDP has done a handful of acting roles, mostly in the mid-00s, but obviously nothing of note. And Kimberly Page did a few movies, including a starring role with DDP in a movie called The Scam Artist that I can't find anywhere, and of course, her most famous role as "chick who's tit fell out" in The 40 Year Old Virgin).
  • Randy Orton suffered a concussion in a house show match with Batista. Orton was trying to sell a clothesline by flying in the air and taking a big flat back bump, but hit his head on the mat coming down and was knocked unconscious. He should be back in a week or so though, because it's not like concussions are serious injuries or anything. EMT's helped him out of the ring and he walked to the back under his own power but he was knocked clean the fuck out for a bit there.
  • This week's episode of WWE Confidential featured Big Show and Bradshaw playing a game of HORSE with the winner "getting a shot to sexually harass Linda Miles." So obviously they're out of ideas for this show. (Yeah JBL is on some full-blown Jerry Lawler shit with Miles here).
WATCH: JBL perving on Linda Miles for 5 minutes under the guise of playing basketball
  • John Cena is still finishing up in OVW and working the upcoming big Six Flags show in Louisville. Despite being a big babyface on TV, he's still a heel in OVW and is playing a gimmick where his main roster success is going to his head.
  • The New York Daily News ran a story on the "Sex, Lies & Headlocks" book that is coming out soon about Vince McMahon and noted several revelations in the book, such as Vince being paranoid about his office being bugged in 1993 prior to the steroid trial and how he wouldn't sit or talk near windows because he thought the FBI was listening in. It also talked about how Vince gave a job interview to Matt Lauer to host the WBF Bodystars show but didn't think Lauer had the right look, among other things. When asked for comment, WWE responded "No one in WWE has any interest in reading it. No one cares to." Dave says that's 2002 carny talk for, "Can you get us an advance copy?"
NEXT WEDNESDAY: Raw appears to turn a corner (lol no), WWE making major cutbacks and severing developmental ties, TNA also making major budget cuts, WWE Vengeance fallout, and more...
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2019.12.11 14:33 eventbot What's happening around town (Wed, Dec 11th - Tue, Dec 17th)

Oklahoma City's event list.

Wednesday, Dec 11th

  • 🎓 5th Annual Red Earth Treefest (Red Earth Art Center - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Dec 13th Start Time: 9:00am Red Earth Art Center has partnered with OSU-OKC to celebrate the holiday season with a distinctive Native flair. Purchase beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments.…
  • 2019 Lights from the Heart (Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce - Purcell) Thru Fri, Dec 13th Start Time: 5:30pm Drive around Purcell City Lake and create holiday memories as you see over 190 animated displays featuring over 650,000 lights! There is no admission fee, but…
  • 🍴 Anthem Drown Night! (HiLo Club - Oklahoma City) Our local friends at Anthem Brewing Co. have some great beers! Every Wednesday night from 9pm to close enjoy $8 Drown Night! Their Power Pils will be flowing!
  • Bi-Weekly Meetup (51st st. Speakeasy - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Oklahoma City Blue vs Salt Lake City Stars (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 7:00pm Come see some thrilling professional basketball during the Oklahoma City Blue 2019-20 season. Experience the fast-paced…
  • Breakfast with Santa (Orr Family Farm Event Barn - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Dec 14th Wake up the kids and don't miss Breakfast with Santa this December. Join Orr Family Farm Event Barn in Oklahoma…
  • 🏃 Christmas in the Park 2019 (Yukon City Park - Yukon) Thru Fri, Dec 13th Start Time: 6:00pm It’s time for Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting The Saturday before Thanksgiving, then…
  • 🎓 Clear Captions (Edmond Senior Center - Edmond) Start Time: 10:00am Are you experiencing hearing loss that inhibits your phone use? Todd Brannon will discuss how you may qualify to receive a ClearCaption phone at no cost to you.
  • Edmond Electric's Luminance 2019 (Mitch Park - Edmond) Thru Fri, Dec 13th Start Time: 5:00pm The Second Annual Luminance is the a walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public from November 23 - January 5. This year, there will be 30 three…
  • Oklahoma City Futurity (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Dec 15th Better Barrel Races presents the Oklahoma City Futurity at Oklahoma State Fair Park. This equestrian event will feature…
  • 🎨 Holiday Lights Spectacular (Midwest City) Thru Fri, Dec 13th Start Time: 6:00pm Experience Midwest City's holiday lights display all holiday season long at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park! This display is open each night from Nov. 22 to Dec. 25 to…
  • Ian Moore in Concert (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Texas-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Ian Moore will take the stage at Oklahoma City's The Blue Door to…
  • Ian Moore's Annual Holiday Concert (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎡 Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Thru Fri, Dec 13th Start Time: 8:00pm Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy.
  • 😂 Matt Sadler (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Dec 14th
  • Reading Wednesday (Myriad Botanical Gardens - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Reading Wednesdays Every Wednesday, 10am The South Lobby FREE Best for ages 2 to 5 Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an…
  • Red Earth Treefest (OSU-OKC - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Dec 15th Celebrate the Christmas season during the fun and festive Red Earth Treefest. This holiday attraction, held in a new…
  • Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops featuring FREE photos with Santa (The Shop - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and Oklahoma City-area families are invited to enjoy this…
  • 🎨 Teen Christmas Movies (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 4:00pm We will watch movies and eat popcorn and snackage. Be ready for a jolly fun time! The 4th- “White Christmas & Home Alone. The 11th- It’s a Wonderful Life. The…
  • Territorial Christmas Celebrations (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Dec 14th Guthrie's Territorial Christmas Celebrations are at the heart of Oklahoma's traditional expression of the holidays,…
  • Victorian Walk (Historic Guthrie - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Dec 14th Guthrie has long been a destination for fans of Victorian architecture and with this lovely holiday walking tour, you can…

Thursday, Dec 12th

  • 🎓 5th Annual Red Earth Treefest (Red Earth Art Center - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 9:00am Red Earth Art Center has partnered with OSU-OKC to celebrate the holiday season with a distinctive Native flair. Purchase beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments.…
  • 2019 Lights from the Heart (Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce - Purcell) 1 day left Start Time: 5:30pm Drive around Purcell City Lake and create holiday memories as you see over 190 animated displays featuring over 650,000 lights! There is no admission fee, but…
  • 🎨 The Art Hall Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm The Art Hall is here to help out with your holiday shopping needs! The gallery will host a pop-up shop in conjunction with Uptown23rd’s Holiday Lights party on…
  • Breakfast with Santa (Orr Family Farm Event Barn - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Dec 14th Wake up the kids and don't miss Breakfast with Santa this December. Join Orr Family Farm Event Barn in Oklahoma…
  • 🏃 Christmas in the Park 2019 (Yukon City Park - Yukon) 1 day left Start Time: 6:00pm It’s time for Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting The Saturday before Thanksgiving, then…
  • Dance Senior Project Fall Concert (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Deer Creek Prairie Vale Choir (Edmond Senior Center - Edmond) Start Time: 10:15am Come sing Christmas Carols with Deer Creek Prairie Vale Honor Choir. Director Tricia Cochlin.
  • Edmond Electric's Luminance 2019 (Mitch Park - Edmond) 1 day left Start Time: 5:00pm The Second Annual Luminance is the a walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public from November 23 - January 5. This year, there will be 30 three…
  • 🎭 Elysian: Divinely Inspired - Senior Project Showcase. (University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond) Start Time: 7:30pm UCO Dancers preparing to graduate showcase their senior projects
  • Oklahoma City Futurity (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Dec 15th Better Barrel Races presents the Oklahoma City Futurity at Oklahoma State Fair Park. This equestrian event will feature…
  • 🎨 Holiday Lights Spectacular (Midwest City) 1 day left Start Time: 6:00pm Experience Midwest City's holiday lights display all holiday season long at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park! This display is open each night from Nov. 22 to Dec. 25 to…
  • 🎭 Jipsi & Friends Holiday Bash Live at ACM (ACM @ UCO - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 5:00pm We are excited to partner with our friends at The [email protected] Student Organization to present to you all our very first Jipsi & Friends Holiday Bash on December 12,…
  • 🎓 Lego Club (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 3:30pm Create, Build, Learn, and have Fun! RSVP for this event. All Ages are Welcome. Please keep your Legos at home unless you wish to make a donation to the Guthrie…
  • 🎡 Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00pm Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy.
  • 😂 Matt Sadler (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) Thru Sat, Dec 14th
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Hear one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott performs a…
  • Red Earth Treefest (OSU-OKC - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Dec 15th Celebrate the Christmas season during the fun and festive Red Earth Treefest. This holiday attraction, held in a new…
  • 😂 The Santaland Diaries (Carpenter Square Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Carpenter Square Heads to ‘Santaland’ for the Holidays Carpenter Square Theatre celebrates the holiday season with “The Santaland Diaries” November…
  • Territorial Christmas Celebrations (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Dec 14th Guthrie's Territorial Christmas Celebrations are at the heart of Oklahoma's traditional expression of the holidays,…
  • 🎓 There’s No Business Like Snow Business (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Sure to get you in the holiday spirit, come join in on a festivity-filled evening of your favorite holiday tunes performed by some of Central’s finest Musical…
  • The Truth about Living to be 100 (Francis Tuttle Technology Center North Campus - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 10:00am Living to 100 years and beyond hadn’t really been a possibility (or consideration) for many people…until recently that is. Right now, there are more than 72,000…
  • Uptown Holiday Lights Block Party (Uptown 23rd - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm Uptown 23rd District Association will be debuting artistic holiday lights along N.W. 23rd St. from Harvey Ave. to Lee Ave. Funded by Inasmuch Foundation and…
  • Victorian Walk (Historic Guthrie - Guthrie) Thru Sat, Dec 14th Guthrie has long been a destination for fans of Victorian architecture and with this lovely holiday walking tour, you can…
  • Youth Gingerbread House Decorating Contest (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 5:00pm MUST RSVP BY DECEMBER 10th TO PARTICIPATE**** We'll provide the kits, you provide the creation! Judging of Gingerbread Houses Will Take Place During Our 3rd Annual…

Friday, Dec 13th

  • 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk (Norman Arts District - Norman) The 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman, connects the downtown arts district with…
  • 🎓 5th Annual Red Earth Treefest (Red Earth Art Center - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 9:00am Red Earth Art Center has partnered with OSU-OKC to celebrate the holiday season with a distinctive Native flair. Purchase beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments.…
  • 2019 Lights from the Heart (Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce - Purcell) Last Day Start Time: 5:30pm Drive around Purcell City Lake and create holiday memories as you see over 190 animated displays featuring over 650,000 lights! There is no admission fee, but…
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors (First Baptist Church - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Painted Sky Opera will bring the classic Amahl and the Night Visitors Christmas opera to life at the First Baptist Church of…
  • 🎨 Norman Art Walk (Norman Arts District - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm Date: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is a free celebration of arts & creativity held monthly from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Walker Arts…
  • 🎨 Oklahoma City Blue vs. Salt Lake City Stars (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Thu, 3 Oct 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • Breakfast with Santa (Orr Family Farm Event Barn - Oklahoma City) 1 day left Wake up the kids and don't miss Breakfast with Santa this December. Join Orr Family Farm Event Barn in Oklahoma…
  • Charlie Daniels Band in Concert (Riverwind Casino - Norman) Start Time: 8:00pm Round up the posse and head to Riverwind Casino in Norman for an exciting performance by bluegrass and country legends the…
  • 🏃 Christmas in the Park 2019 (Yukon City Park - Yukon) Last Day Start Time: 6:00pm It’s time for Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting The Saturday before Thanksgiving, then…
  • Christmas With The Crawfords (The Boom - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Edmond Electric's Luminance 2019 (Mitch Park - Edmond) Last Day Start Time: 5:00pm The Second Annual Luminance is the a walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public from November 23 - January 5. This year, there will be 30 three…
  • 🎓 Free Zumba (Guthrie Library - Guthrie) Start Time: 5:00pm Dress to sweat! Free Latin inspired dance fitness class. Space is Limited. RSVP. The City of Guthrie, OK - Municipal Government Guthrie, Oklahoma ChooseGuthrie…
  • Oklahoma City Futurity (Oklahoma State Fair Park - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Dec 15th Better Barrel Races presents the Oklahoma City Futurity at Oklahoma State Fair Park. This equestrian event will feature…
  • 🎨 Gallery Reception - Small Works IX (The Depot - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm One of the most popular exhibits in the Depot Gallery each year, Small Works features the work of 10 artists who have previously shown in the gallery, with each…
  • Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing (Martin Nature Park - Oklahoma City) Head to the Martin Park Nature Center & Trail in Oklahoma City for the Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing. At this special…
  • 🎨 Holiday Lights Spectacular (Midwest City) Last Day Start Time: 6:00pm Experience Midwest City's holiday lights display all holiday season long at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park! This display is open each night from Nov. 22 to Dec. 25 to…
  • 🎨 I, Doppelgänger (Alexis Austin & Mary James Ketch) + Greer Inez (Mainsite - Norman) Start Time: 6:00pm The human form finds itself as the center of two exhibitions opening at MAINSITE this December. I, Doppelgänger — featuring works from artists Alexis Austin and…
  • John Calvin Abney (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Tulsa's own John Calvin Abney takes the stage at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City. Abney is a multi-instrumental…
  • LIVE! on the Plaza: Festivus (Plaza District - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 6:00pm LIVE! on the Plaza is the Plaza District's free & monthly artwalk featuring art shows, live entertainment, great food and local shopping. Join us as we celebrate one…
  • 🎡 Looking For Something? (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Last Day Start Time: 8:00pm Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy.
  • 😂 Matt Sadler (Loony Bin Comedy Club - Oklahoma City) 1 day left
  • 🎓 Oklahoma Hospitality Club (Gaillardia Country Club - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 12:00pm New Members contact: [email protected]
  • Red Earth Treefest (OSU-OKC - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Dec 15th Celebrate the Christmas season during the fun and festive Red Earth Treefest. This holiday attraction, held in a new…
  • 😂 The Santaland Diaries (Carpenter Square Theatre - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Carpenter Square Heads to ‘Santaland’ for the Holidays Carpenter Square Theatre celebrates the holiday season with “The Santaland Diaries” November…
  • Sugar Plum Promenade (Scissortail Park - Oklahoma City) Day 1 of 2 Gather your friends and family to celebrate the holidays in Oklahoma City at Scissortail Park during the Sugar Plum…
  • Territorial Christmas Celebrations (Pollard Theatre - Guthrie) 1 day left Guthrie's Territorial Christmas Celebrations are at the heart of Oklahoma's traditional expression of the holidays,…
  • 🎓 There’s No Business Like Snow Business (UCO Jazz Lab - Edmond) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm Sure to get you in the holiday spirit, come join in on a festivity-filled evening of your favorite holiday tunes performed by some of Central’s finest Musical…
  • 😂 Veterans Christmas Dinner And Toy Drive Comedy Show (The Paramount OKC - Oklahoma City) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Victorian Walk (Historic Guthrie - Guthrie) 1 day left Guthrie has long been a destination for fans of Victorian architecture and with this lovely holiday walking tour, you can…
  • Walk Through Bethlehem (United Methodist Church of the Servant - Oklahoma City) Thru Sun, Dec 15th Head to the Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City for the annual Walk Through Bethlehem. For three nights, the campus will…
  • Yellow House Revisited: Song Swap w/ Jason Boland, Cody Canada & Mike McClure (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Get your tickets for an evening of singesongwriter Red Dirt magic when the Yellow House Revisited Song Swap sets up at…

Saturday, Dec 14th

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors (First Baptist Church - Oklahoma City) Day 2 of 2 Painted Sky Opera will bring the classic Amahl and the Night Visitors Christmas opera to life at the First Baptist Church of…
  • Andy Adams in Concert (The Blue Door - Oklahoma City) Hear a very special tribute to the late Red Dirt icon Jimmy LaFave as Andy Adams takes the stage at The Blue Door in…
  • Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears in Concert (Tower Theatre Studio - Oklahoma City) Hear Austin-based singer and guitarist Black Joe Lewis with his band the Honeybears live at Oklahoma City's Tower…
  • Oklahoma City Blue vs Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Cox Convention Center - Oklahoma City) Come see some thrilling professional basketball during the Oklahoma City Blue 2019-20 season. Experience the fast-paced…
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2019.10.31 02:26 ArmenianWave ArmenianWave's 2011 Mock Season [Pt 2/2]

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Casey Atwood, who had a mediocre 2011 up till this point, was able to snap a small winless streak with a win at New Hampshire to start off the second of the season. Pocono would see a stunning upset unfold with Greg Biffle winning a rain-delayed event, the first victory for the #43 since the 2003 Daytona 500 8 years ago and Biffle's first win since 2003 as well. The streak of first-time winners on the season would continue as Brad Keselowski kissed the bricks for his first win since the 2009 miracle win he had at Atlanta. Carl Edwards would score at Bristol despite Casey Atwood leading 210 laps. Evernham would see a bright stop the following weeek, though, with AJ Allmendinger scoring his first career win at Infineon. Atwood's second-half resurgence would continue by passing Jimmie Johnson on the last lap to win at California. Jimmie Johnson would take the final win of the regular season at Richmond, winning the regular season title in the process by 59 points over Adam Petty. Carl Edwards would finish third, with Jeff Burton and Tony Stewart rounding out the top five. Dale Jr, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Casey Atwood, and Matt Kenseth would round out the top ten. JJ Yeley would score 11th in points with Kyle Busch 12th, but due to the new points format and Yeley's lack of wins, 13th place Kurt Busch would move in the wildcard spot to get the last position of the chase with Yeley being bumped out.
Justin Allagier, despite missing the chase, would get a big first career win at Chicagoland, while Adam Petty's 2nd place points place run gave him the lead. Jimmie Johnson took Dover for the first chase win of 2011 to pick up the points lead. Talladega saw JJ Yeley dominate, leading 87 of 200 laps from the pole, but failing to score the win. Ryan Newman would pass Denny Hamlin on the last lap to put his #33 Earnhardt-Childress Chevy in victory lane, ending a winless streak dating back to September of 2006. Jeff Gordon would take the points lead with a win at Kansas, while Matt Kenseth moved to 4th in points behind Gordon, Johnson, and Petty by winning at Charllote. An uncharacteristic 29th place run at Martinsville gave Johnson the lead again. He'd extend that lead with a 2nd at Atlanta, as teammate Kyle Busch scored his fourth win. Johnson would further increase the lead to 23 over Adam Petty with 3 races left. JJ Yeley would finally get into victory lane at Phoenix, while an Adam Petty 3rd place run put him 9 points behind Johnson with one race left, while Carl Edwards got up to third 30 points back with all other dirvers mathematically eliminated. Hendrick Motorsports would triumphantly go 1-2-3 with Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and champion Jimmie Johnson third. It would be title #3 for #48, the first driver to win three titles since Jeff Burton in 2006. Petty would finish 10th in the race, ending up second 15 points behind Johnson in points despite leading the league in top 10's with 29. Carl Edwards would have his best career run with a third place points run. Jeff Burton would score 4th, his best points run since his 2006 title win, while Kyle Busch also scored a career best 5th in points.
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Kurt Busch, despite making the chase and winning at Michigan, has been released from Penske Racing in a shocker due to behavior problems. He heads to Michael Waltrip Racing's 55 Toyota in a definite downgrade, although it seems like the few top rides that were open this year weren't interested in signing the baggage that came along Busch.
David Stremme heads to the Blue Deuce to replace Kurt Busch following the 40 team shutting down. It's a big opportunity for the 34 year old, who has 2 Cup wins since his debut in 2006.
BK Racing has announced they will field the #83 Burger King Toyota with rookies David Gilliland and Chase Montgomery driving and the #93 Dr Pepper Toyota with Scott Speed Driving. It seems like Elliott Sadler will move back down to the Nationwide Series to compete for a title in the Earnhardt-Childress #8 Chevy instead of finding another Cup ride following Red Bull Racing's implosion.
Marcos Ambrose moves from JTG Daughtry Racing to the famed Wood Bros #21 in a full time effort. His replacement is Reed Sorenson, who will pilot the 47 moving foward in his first full time Cup opportunity since 2010.
2007 ROTY Stephen Leicht returns to the Cup in a full time ride for the first time since 2009, piloting the #36 Golden Corral Chevy for Tommy Baldwin.
The Stewart-Haas #41 will be a full time car in 2010. Aric Almirola gets his biggest Cup opportunity yet as he gets to pilot the car for 29 races, while Danica Patrick will drive for 7 races. The anticipation is that Patrick will take over in 2013 full time.
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2019.10.29 15:54 ArmenianWave ArmenianWave's 2011 Mock Season [Pt 1/2]

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2011 Power Rankings
1) #18 Adam Petty (Scoring 1st and 2nd in the points in his last two seasons, Petty and rival Jimmie Johnson have been neck and neck competing to be not only the Sprint Cup champion but the face of NASCAR. With new rules banning Cup drivers from making more than seven appearances in the Nationwide and Truck series, AP will be able to focus more energy into scoring his second title in three seasons)
2 #48 Jimmie Johnson (Johnson has emerged from Jeff Gordon's shadow to become the top driver at Hendrick Motorsports over the last few seasons. His last five Cup campaigns have seen him score 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in points. "The Juggernaut" is a favorite to win his third title, which would put his name on a short, but talented, list of three-time Cup champions that includes Jeff Burton, Lee Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and Cale Yarbrough)
3 #14 Tony Stewart (Stewart came out of nowhere to upset the "Big Two" and win his second championship, ending a seven year title drought and the first driver to win gold for his own team since Richard Petty. "Smoke" will have tough competition ahead of him and a challenging route to winning his third title, but many people did not expect him to win the championship last season so anything is possible with the 39 year old)
4 #9 Kasey Kahne (The 2005 Daytona 500 champion has made the most out of his two years with Evernham, taking the #9 car from a 15-20th place team to a top 5 team that can compete for wins. With back-to-back 4th place runs in 2009 and 2010, Kahne is right now on the verge of greatness. He's the most likely candidate to become a first-time champion in 2011)
5) #24 Jeff Gordon (Gordon had a bounce-back 2010 with two wins and more importantly leading the league in top 10's with 21. Sadly, a poor chase run led him to score sixth when he really had a top four run most the season. Can Gordon end a championship drought that dates back to 2000?)
6) #39 Matt Kenseth (The inaugural season of the Kenseth and Evernham partnership ended in success, with Kenseth scoring 5th in points and getting two victories in the #39 Charter Communications Dodge. He's got a lot of competition including his own talented batch of teammates, but Kenseth is a dark horse to win it all in 2011)
7) #99 Jeff Burton (The veteran had a solid 2010, but similar to Gordon killed his title hopes due to a bad run in the Chase. A 10th place points finish by the Mayor is his worst since 1996, where he finished 13th. In an age where Burton is no longer considered the top dog, the 44 year old is looking to race not only to his fourth title, but race against time. How long can Burton stay competitive?)
8) #19 Casey Atwood (It is rather impressive that Ray Evernham has three cars ranked in the top 10, but it is a little surprising that Casey Atwood is the worst ranked of those three. The 2005 champ had a down season in 2011, barely missing the Chase for the first time in his career and only scoring one win. A 13th place run is considered good for many teams, but with Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth making top 5 in points this is a bit underwhelming. Atwood is hungry to bounce back this year and prove that last season's run was a fluke)
9) #25 Kyle Busch (The younger Busch brother had a standout 2010, scoring a pair of wins and a career-high 7th in points. Kyle brings aboard new sponsor Mountian Dew this season as well. Can he use this momentum to shock the world and win the title in 2011?)
10) #20 JJ Yeley (The fourth-year driver has really proven his worth at Joe Gibbs Racing. He backtracked slightly from 2009, going from 7th to 8th in points and only scoring 4 top 5's, but did win at the Brickyard for his first Crown Jewel. Yeley is hungry to stand out from the shadow of teammate Adam Petty and perhaps crack top five in points)
11) #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr (Jr had a sluggish return from injury in 2010 with his worst career season. Jr went winless and ended up 15th in points, despite being in the top 12 for a good chunk of the season. Little E has a lot to prove this season, can he end a winless streak that dates back to 2008? It would be a redemption arc for the ages)
12) #6 Carl Edwards (The three time Nationwide champ has had a fine Cup career, but is still looking for that big breakout season. With a couple team adjustments at Roush, Edwards moves to the #6 ride. Can he make magic happen with a new number and sponsor in UPS?)
13) #11 Denny Hamlin (Hamlin has found mild success at Joe Gibbs Racing, and ended up making the 2010 chase with a victory at Michigan but finished 12th. With a fourth JGR car (the #15 Z-Line Designs Toyota for Joey Logano) being added, can Hamlin stand out from his teammates and make the chase again?)
14) #04 Kevin Harvick (In his final season for Earnhardt-Childress Racing that spanned over 10 years and 3 Nationwide Titles, Harvick went winless for the first time since in his career, but made the chase and had a nice 9th place run due to consistency. With a fresh start in the Stewart-Haas #04 Chevy, Happy Harvick has chase hopes on his plate this season)
15) #2 Kurt Busch & #16 David Ragan (This was honestly a tie. Both drivers are in similar positions of finding success at their teams and recording 1-win 2010 seasons, but failing to make the chase. Both Busch and Ragan look to rebound in 2011)
Honorable mentions: #12 Ryan Newman, #1 Brad Keselowski, 17 Jamie McMurray, #42 Juan Pablo Montoya, 5 Brian Vickers, #40 David Stremme
The Daytona 500 would see Joey Logano win the pole in his first race at the Joe Gibbs Racing #15 with Jeff Gordon second. The first accident would take place on lap 118 of 200, that saw Adam Petty, Jeff Burton, Joey Logano, and Paul Menard crash on turn four. The second and final wreck happened on turn four again, this time taking place between Matt Crafton, Jerry Nadeau, and Jason Leffler in the midpack with thirty laps to go. This set up a twenty-five lap shootout between the lead-lap cars, with Jeff Gordon in front. With five to go, Dale Jr would pass Jimmie Johnson for the lead. Jr would use lapped cars to put some distance between him and the rest of the pack, taking the checkered flag for an emotional victory at the same race that his father won ten years ago and the race that he got injured at two years ago. It would be the first win for Dale since June of 2008 and his first '500 victory. Ryan Newman would finish second, giving ECR a 1-2 finish, with Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Bobby Labonte rounding out the top five.
Jr would nearly win again at California the next week, leading 17 of 250 laps and finishing second to Adam Petty. Kyle Busch would pilot his Mountain Dew Chevy to victory lane at Las Vegas for a hometown win, with Hendrick winning again the next two weeks with Jimmie Johnson's victory at Atlanta and Bristol. Darlington would feature a photo-finish, with Matt Kenseth edging out Jimmie Johnson by .07 to give Dodge and Evernham their first wins of 2011. Ford would snap a small winless streak as Carl Edwards led 224 of 334 laps at Texas to score his first win in the #6 car. Kyle Busch would win his second race of the season at Phoenix, outlasting Adam Petty and Jimmie Johnson with a tight battle. Kevin Harvick would score his first win for Stewart-Haas at Talladega with a last lap pass on Jeff Burton, the first win for the team not by Tony Stewart. Burton would recover the next win for a win at the paperclip, Martinsville. After this race, tragic news would hit the air as Brian Vickers announced he was stepping down from racing in 2011 to deal with health issues. He is replaced by Stephen Leicht (8 Races), Landon Cassill (7 Races), David Gilliland (4 Races), Danica Patrick (2 Races), Boris Said (2 Races), Aric Almirola (1 Race), and Travis Kvapil (1 Race).
Hendrick would have a feel-good moment the following race after the sad news, as Vickers' replacement Landon Cassill led 25 laps in his rookie race, while Hendrick went 1-2 with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson taking the top two spots. Adam Petty took the checkered at Richmond, while Jamie McMurray earned a solid victory at Dover in the #17 Roush Ford. Kurt Busch won at Michigan for Penske's first win of 2011, while his brother Kyle would pass Casey Atwood with three laps to go at Pocono to win his third win of the season. It would be the first time since 2005 with Ward and Jeff Burton that two brothers would win back-to-back races in the Cup series. Boris Said qualified on the pole in the #5 GoDaddy Chevy at Watkins Glen and nearly pulled off the shocking win, but Dale Jr would take home the trophy for win #2 on the season. Kasey Kahne would win at Daytona, a race that saw a huge crash. Coming off turn four on lap 39 Joey Logano blew a tire and ignited a massive fifteen car wreck. Kevin Harvick would be hit and flipped over violently, barrel rolling twenty times. Harvick broke a leg as a result of this crash and would be replaced by Reed Sorenson and Danica Patrick for the rest of the season, a dissapointing result for someone who was on the chase bubble. Later in the race, teammates Kurt Busch and Justin Allagiaer would wreck, with Busch giving the finger to his teammate after the race. Stewart-Haas would come back the following race, however, with last year's champion Tony Stewart earning his first victory of the season at the first ever Kentucky Cup race.
After 18 races Jimmie Johnson holds the points lead over Adam Petty, Dale Jr, Carl Edwards, and Kasey Kahne. Dale Jr's Cinderella story continues with a Daytona 500 win and being 58 points behind first. With the new shift in points system, only the top 10 in points are locked in, while the two next winningest drivers between 11th and 20th in points take the last two playoff spots. 9th and 10th in points are currently held by Kyle Busch (3 wins) and Casey Atwood (no wins), with 11th being held by winless JJ Yeley just 3 points behind 10th. Kurt Busch, who has one win, holds twelfth. Other drivers with wins in the "wild card spot" are Jamie McMurray at 15th and Kevin Harvick at 18th (although he won't make the chase due to injury). As it stands, Busch and McMurray would secure the final two spots with Yeley being booted. Who do you think will make the chase, and who will win the 2011 title?
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Big news as Red Bull Racing is shutting down at the end of 2011. Apparently, the team was simply not making enough money or generating enough interest to continue fielding cars. With 0 wins between 2007 and 2011 and none of their drivers cracking top 20 in the points in that timeframe, that makes a lot of sense. The team's assets were recently sold to Burger King franchisee Ron DeVine, who looks to bring his new team "BK Racing" to the scene. No word on Elliott Sadler or Scott Speed's plans for 2012.
Brian Vickers will have a "roll-out return" in 2012 according to him and Hendrick Motorsports in a press release as he recovers. Vickers will pilot a 5th Hendrick Car, the #28 National Guard Chevy, for 12 races in 2012, with truck and nationwide veteran Aric Almirola also landing four races in the part-time ride. Landon Cassill, who has done a decent job backing up Vickers so far, will run for ROTY in 2012 behind the 5 GoDaddy Chevy.
David Stremme is surprisingly out of a ride at the end of 2011. Considered by many to be Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Robert Yates's top driver, the 40 car will be shutting down following 2011 due to a lack of funds. Stremme, with two wins in his five year career is likely the top free agent on the market right now.
Roush Racing will be fielding a fifth full time car in 2012 for the first time since 2010. Ricky Stenhouse will be the driver of the #50 Discount Tire Ford in a ROTY campaign.
BD2 Motorsports will be slimming down in 2012 to a one car organization. The #01 will shut down and Reagan Smith will be let go from his ride. No clue where he goes.
Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have reportedly had disagreements behind the scenes. Busch has reportedly been asking for a release from his ride due to fustrations with the team and lack of chemistry with teammate Justin Allagaier, which were escalated following a wreck caused by Allagaier that took him out of the July Daytona race. Team owner Rodger Penske is reportedly tired with Busch's "diva complex", and Busch could be on the market at the end of the season. With his behavioral problems plaguing his career, would any other teams be interested in the two-time Daytona 500 winner?
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2019.10.20 19:39 ArmenianWave ArmenianWave's 2010 Mock Season [Pt 1/2]

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2010 Power Rankings
1) #18 Adam Petty (After an incredibly dominant 2009, a member of the Petty family is on top of the racing world for the first time since 1979. AP and Joe Gibbs are a money combination and look to continue that run in 2010)
2) #48 Jimmie Johnson (The two-time champion is one of the favorites to win it all in 2010. Looking to score 3 titles in 4 seasons, Johnson is one of the top drivers in NASCAR today)
3) #99 Jeff Burton (One of the top drivers of the 2000's looks to continue that run into the 2010's. Burton had a solid 2009 and is a favorite to take home the gold for the fourth time in his career)
4) #24 Jeff Gordon (Gordon had a decent 2009, but a poor run in the chase slipped him down in the points standings to 8th. Can Gordon snap a 10 year championship-less steak?)
5) #2 Kurt Busch (Busch had a huge breakout season in 2009, scoring 3rd in the points. This is the best run in points he's had since his second place run in 2004. Finally looking like a threat after a few seasons out of the title picture, Busch is likely to give Penske their first championship in the Sprint Cup)
6) #97 Carl Edwards (Edwards had his best season yet with a fifth place points run and two wins. In a competitive field, can he shine in 2010 and score his first Cup title?)
7) #9 Kasey Kahne (Kahne came out of nowhere, defying expectations in his first year at Evernham to snag a pair of wins, 23 top 10's, and a 4th place points run. Kahne is a dark horse to win the gold in 2010)
8) #16 David Ragan (Ragan had a breakout 2009, exploding for three wins and 21 top 10's. Ragan was high as fourth in points at one point, but inconsistency in the chase killed his momentum and he ended up 9th in points. Ragan looks to continue this run and prove that 2009 was no fluke season)
9) #5 Brian Vickers (Vickers had another good season at Hendrick, bouncing back from a weak 2008 where he missed the chase. In Vickers second chase run, he scored only one win despite leading over 1000 laps and ended up 10th in points. Can Vickers make a title run in 2010?)
10) #20 JJ Yeley (Yeley has gotten better each year, and 2009 was his best season yet. Replacing Tony Stewart in the JGR 20 Toyota, Yeley won twice and made the chase, with a career-best 10th place points run. The young gun is looking forward to improving this in 2010)
11) #39 Matt Kenseth (After a few stagnant seasons at Roush, Kenseth made a big splash in the free agency by moving to a fourth Evernham car. Kenseth pilots the #39 Charter Communications Dodge, can he make a strong statement in his first season outside Roush?)
12) #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr (A injury at the Daytona 500 ended Jr's title hopes very early on, but Jr is determined to rebound this season. What a great story it would be if Dale could pick up his second title just a year after being out most the season)
13) #19 Casey Atwood (Atwood made the chase again in 2009, but wasn't much of a factor, scoring just one win and landing 11th in points. The 2005 champion is focused on taking home that second championship in 2010)
14) #14 Tony Stewart (Stewart had a solid first year with his new team. The owner-driver and 2003 champ will have to compete and battle uphill just to make the chase, which would be the new team's first ever chase run)
15) #25 Kyle Busch (While his brother soared in 2009, the younger Busch had a rather disappointing season. He did pick up a victory at Phoenix, but is having difficulty standing out from his more competitive teammates. Kyle is determined to break out in 2010)
Honorable Mentions: #07 Kevin Harvick, #11 Denny Hamlin, #31 Clint Bowyer, #12 Ryan Newman, #1 Martin Truex Jr, #17 Jamie McMurray
The 2010 season started off hot with the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth would score the pole position in his first time driving the Evernham #39 Dodge. Jamie McMurray, new driver for the Roush #17 Ford that Kenseth left, would start alongside him at second. The race would be clean for the first 44 laps, until a caution occured during green flag pitstops. Kevin Harvick would be turned by David Reutimann trying to get down to pit road, igniting a twelve car pileup between the cars behind them. Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Dale Jr, Elliott Sadler, and Jimmie Johnson would be among those involved. The second of the three cautions occured at lap 135 of 200 when Stephen Leicht, Brian Vickers, Ryan Newman, and Jeremy Mayfield went four wide off of turn four, which did not work as planned. Sam Hornish Jr and JJ Yeley would also be forced to retire due to the wreck, with Matt Kenseth taking damage as well. Following this caution, the race would see a wild turn as a lap 191 caution took out Martin Truex Jr and Paul Menard, who both crashed on turn one. This led to a four lap shootout between the 9 lead-lap cars. 2005 Daytona 500 winner Kasey Kahne would start out front, with the rest 8 cars all being winless at the Daytona 500 - Adam Petty, Reagan Smith, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Casey Atwood, Todd Kluever, Jerry Nadeau, and Scott Riggs being the top 9. Following the restart, Petty would move to the lead and hold it, while the cars behind him shuffled around. Petty took the white flag, looking to win his first Daytona 500, with Edwards pushing him. Meanwhile, Todd Kluever in the 41 was getting pushed by Jerry Nadeau in third and fourth. Coming to turn one, Petty went to block the incoming Kluever but Kluever had a nose under. Kluever, Edwards, and Petty would crash with Atwood also getting involved. This put Jerry Nadeau in the lead coming to the backstretch. Scott Riggs and Reagan Smith would run second and third. Riggs would go for a pass off of turn four but Nadeau, driving the #09 Miccouskee Chevy for James Finch, would take the checkered flag in one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history! Riggs, Smith, Kahne, and a heavily damaged Matt Kenseth would round out the top five.
After the miracle run by Jerry Nadeau at the Daytona 500, he was able to quality for the race at California, but finished 30th. Adam Petty would take the white flag and this time also take the checkered. Matt Kenseth would score a victory at Las Vegas, the first time he's won for Evernham Motorsports. Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne would pick up the next two races at Atlanta and Bristol. Jimmie Johnson had a fantastic run at Martinsville, winning from the pole and leading 385 of 500 laps in the process. Kasey Kahne would have a similar run at Texas, leading the most laps from the pole to win again in the #9 McDonald's Dodge. For the second year in a row, Kyle Busch would score the win at Phoenix, this time holding off his brother Kurt in a tight battle. Dale Jr would lead the most laps at Talladega, but a last lap pass by Tony Stewart would give the '03 champ his first win of 2010. Stewart-Haas would continue their success at Richmond as Bobby Labonte led the most laps in the #04 Chevy and finished 6th while Tony Stewart finished 3rd, but Adam Petty would score his second win on the season. The Coca Cola 600 would be a fuel milage race due to an accident during green flag pitstops involving Reed Sorenson, Brad Keselowski, and Matt Kenseth. JJ Yeley would have the lead with three laps to go but was forced to pit. Clint Bowyer would take the lead, and the third year driver would have enough in the tank to score an emotional first career win. Tony Strewart would dominate at Dover, leading 157 of 400 laps and scoring the pole, but settling for third as Jeff Burton snagged the win. Roush's good fortune would continue at Michigan, as Carl Edwards and David Ragan would finish 1-2 and the entire team would finish in the top 15. Brian Vickers and Adam Petty would battle for the lead most the race at Pocono, but the leaders would actually crash with 20 to go while fighting for the lead. This would allow Tony Stewart to score the victory for the seocnd time in the season. Juan Pablo Montoya would shock many by routing the field at Infineon, leading 65 of 84 laps to win his first career Cup race. The Pepsi 400 wasn't too interesting, but had an exciting finish. Mike Bliss in the 34 was in the line for pulling off a major upset as he took the white flag with Jimmie Johnson pushing him. Casey Atwood was running fifth when he took the white flag, but was able to get into third after a turn one pass. As Jimmie Johnson made a move to pass Bliss on the backstretch, Atwood made it three-wide and took the lead. Atwood would hold off the field to score his first win of the season in the #19 Tide Dodge. Bliss would give Front Row racing their best career run with a second place finish, while Johnson finished third and AJ Allmendinger got his best career finish at fourth. Adam Petty would win at Chicagoland, his third on the season, leading 197 of 267 laps. Brad Keselowski would park his #78 Furniture Row Chevy in fourth, the team's best run to date thanks to their alliance with Earnhardt-Childress.
Currently, Adam Petty holds the point lead by just one single point over Jeff Burton. Matt Keneth runs third seven points behind, while Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart round out the top five 23 and 43 points back. Who's your pick to win in this tight points race?
Race Results [Races 1-18] -
Standings [Races 1-18] -
2010-2011 Silly Season
Big news as Kevin Harvick becomes a free agent following the 2010 season. He has been driving full time for Richard Childress Racing/Earnhardt Childress Racing since 2002, and has scored a high points run of 5th in that time, but has stagnated in the last few seasons. He is easily the hottest free agent on the market.
Earnhardt-Childress seems to be cleaning shop as Martin Truex Jr is also gone after the 2010 season. He's had one victory since his full-time debut in 2006, and after five seasons will now have a new ride. This hopefully is what he needs to revitalize his career.
Brian Vickers gets a new sponsor in 2011 as GoDaddy comes aboard to replace Kellogg's as sponsor. GoDaddy will sponsor five races in the 2010 season.
Scott Riggs is out at Roush Racing following three rather disappointing seasons, scoring 23rd and 25th in points in 2008 and 2009 and being the only winless driver at Roush in those two seasons. No word on his plans for 2010.
Andy Houston will be forming his own race team in 2011 with his father Tommy Houston forming Houston Family Ventures. The 2003 Daytona 500 winner will be piloting the #96 State Water Heaters Chevy full time in 2011 with factory support from Earnhardt-Childress, due to Houston's family connections to Richard Childress. The team has low expectations in 2011, but Andy's first foray into an owner-driving begins and hopefully the team can make an impact.
AJ Allemdinger will have a big opportunity in 2011 as he moves to Evernham Motorsports. He will be piloting the #29 Dodge, replacing Patrick Caprentier. Allmendinger has shown flashes in the pan at Red Bull, putting the #84 Toyota into the top 35 in owners points. His replacement is Scott Speed, who will be running for ROTY in the renumbered #82 Toyota.
Bobby Labonte is reportedly on the hot seat at Stewart-Haas. He had an average 2009, finishing 21st in points with no wins, and this season is shaping up to be worse as he currently sits 24th in points with no top fives and 2 top 10's while Tony Stewart is in 5th with two wins.
Braun Racing will be expanding to a two car team in 2011. They will continue to field the #32 Dollar General Toyota, and will now field the #10 Great Clips Toyota as well. No word on if Reed Sorenson will be returning to the #32, but Jason Leffler will be making a ROTY attempt in the 10 car after racing over ten seasons in the Busch/Nationwide series with just a handful of cup series starts in between. At 34 years old, Leffler will be one of the oldest to attempt ROTY in the Cup series.
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2019.09.30 19:28 ArmenianWave ArmenianWave's 2005 Mock Season [Pt 1/2]

2000 - Pt 1
2001 - Pt 1Pt 2
2002 - Pt 1Pt 2
2003 - Pt 1Pt 2
2004 - Pt 1Pt 2
Five years of simulation
2005 Power Rankings
  1. 20 Tony Stewart (The '03 champ had a really impressive 2004 with 4 wins, 962 laps led, and a 4th place points run, barely missing out on the title. He has a lot of momentum coming into 2004 and is probably the favorite to win the title)
  2. 97 Kurt Busch (Busch was just mere points from winning his first championship last year. He is one of the most consistent and hard-nosed drivers. Can the elder Busch brother make it happen in 2005?)
  3. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr (Despite having an amazing championship season, NASCAR's fan favorite has a big obstacle ahead of him in 2005 with a big shakeup in team management. How will Jr adapt to DEI and RCR's merger?)
  4. 99 Jeff Burton (The face of NASCAR and two time champ took a small step back in '04 but still snagged a top five points finish. He's got a lot of newfound competition not only from other drivers, but his teammates. Burton has a realistic chance of being a three time champion and is a safe bet to win the gold in 2005)
  5. 24 Jeff Gordon (Hendrick had a weaker 2004, with Gordon only scoring two wins and finishing 8th in points. A bounce-back season for Gordon is definitely the expectation, with the drive for five not yet out of the question)
  6. 17 Matt Kenseth (Kenseth led the most laps in 2004 with a whopping 1567 laps and 3 wins, but consistency issues kept him away from the gold. Kenseth has all the pieces, can he win his first title?)
  7. 12 Ryan Newman (Arguably the top Dodge driver in NASCAR, Newman did not have the season he was hoping for in 2004. He did finish 7th in points and won two races, but didn't even come close to the championship like many predicted. Newman is hungry to prove his doubters wrong and win it all in 2005)
  8. 48 Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR's newest standout driver has developed himself into a solid wheelman in the last three years. Despite playing second fiddle to Gordon at Hendrick, Jimmie has started to break out of his shadow. Can he continue these strides in 2005?)
  9. 19 Casey Atwood (Casey had his strongest season yet in 2004. He picked up a new primary sponsor in Tide and won three races with a 6th place points finish. A dark horse to win the 2005 Nextel Cup title, can Atwood prove his 2004 season wasn't a fluke?)
  10. 9 Bobby Labonte (Labonte's got a lot to look forward to in 2005. He's got a new team with Evernham Motorsports that has been a proven winner, and he is hungry to end his winless streak and show he's still got it in 2005)
  11. 30 Kevin Harvick (Harvick has really proven himself in what is arguably the 3rd ECR car. He can consistently get a win a year, can he expand on it and possibly get a top five points run this season?)
  12. 38 Kasey Kahne (Kahne shocked many with a really consistent rookie season. He took the struggling 38 team to new heights, doing basically everything besides winning a race. Kahne has high expectations in 2005)
  13. 25 Elliott Sadler (Sadler had a breakout 2004 with a win and a 12th place points run. He's got a lot of competition, can Sadler prove his '04 wasn't a fluke and continue his success in 2005?)
  14. 6 Mark Martin (How long does Mark have left in the tank? Apparently enough to keep a consistent top 15 points run. Time is running out for the eldest Roush driver, can he make magic happen this year?)
  15. 45 Adam Petty (The fourth generation driver took a small step back in 2004, not scoring a win but at least achieving a decent 14th place points run. It's clear Petty's equipment isn't elite or even great (looking at the 43's failures since winning the 2003 Daytona 500), but AP is hungry to return to victory lane and break his winless streak)
Honorable mentions: #5 Brian Vickers, #31 Jeremy Mayfield, #88 Dale Jarrett, #15 Michael Waltrip, #2 Kenny Irwin
The 2005 season kicked off with a great Daytona 500. Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte would start on the front row, and a lap two crash took out Jimmie Johnson and Blaise Alexander. After that, the race was mostly clean with a lot of exciting action towards the front. The finish saw Andy Houston of all people in the lead with three to go, looking to shock the world yet again by claiming his second Daytona 500. Kasey Kahne would be drafted to the front by Jamie McMurray to pass Houston. Kahne was then able to use the #91 of Hank Parker Jr, who was a lap down, as a pick to further the gap between the 38 and the 42. Kahne would hold off his fellow sophomore driver to win his first career race at the Daytona 500. McMurray, Stewart, Houston, and Bobby Labonte would be the top five. Jeff Gordon would score early with a win at California (which replaced Rockingham), and Adam Petty would snap his winless streak at Las Vegas by holding off Jimmie Johnson. Then, Casey Atwood would win back to back races at Atlanta and Bristol. It would be the first time since Tony Stewart did it at Texas and Martinsville in 2004 that a driver won back to back.
Jeff Gordon would return to victory lane, denying Hank Parker Jr of a huge upset by holding him off to take his second victory of the season. Texas would mark Bobby Labonte's first win since 2002 in an emotional victory for Evernham Motorsports. Texas also saw a scary last lap crash where Kurt Busch was turned hard into the wall by teammate Greg Biffle. Busch was airlifted to the hospital, and thankfully was declared safe and able to drive the following week. Jeff Burton would ease the tensions for Roush by scoring the team's first win, at Phoenix.
Talladega would see arguably the biggest upset in this sim to date. In the closest finish in NASCAR history, Ward Burton edged out Michael Waltrip by 0.0001 of a second Initially, Waltrip was scored as the winner, but a closer review saw that Burton barely edged out the 15 for Haas-CNC's first win and Ward’s first since 1995. With Jeff Burton's win the week prior, it would be the first time this century that two brothers won back to back races in NASCAR.
Darlington would be the "back to reality" moment for energetic NASCAR fans as Jeremy Mayfield and Jimmie Johnson combined to lead almost every lap of the race, with Johnson emerging victorious as Ward Burton finished 28th. Ryan Newman snagged Penske's first win of the season at Richmond, Dodge's 5th win of the year. Dodge would continue their success as Casey Atwood took home the Coca-Cola 600 for a big crown jewel win. With this lead, Atwood would take the points lead over Jeff Gordon, marking the first time he'd ever been in the points lead. Earnhardt-Childress Racing would score their first win since the two teams merged with Dale Jr's win at Dover. The Jeff's would win the next two races, as Jeff Burton won Michigan and Jeff Gordon won his third race of 2005 at Pocono. Tony Stewart would end a small winless streak by denying Bobby Labonte a win at Sonoma. Daytona was a wreckfest, as Matt Kenseth would emerge from the carnage to score his first win on the season. Roush would end the first half of the season on a high note with Mark Martin winning at Chicagoland.
After 18 races, Tony Stewart only has one win but holds the points lead. Jeff Gordon is just 9 points away, however, while Casey Atwood sits third 17 points out. Defending champ Dale Jr is in 4th down 151 points, and Bobby Labonte rounds out the top 5 in his comeback season. Who are you rooting for to take home the championship?
2005 Race Results [Races 1-18] -
2005 Standings [Through Race 18] -
2005-2006 Silly Season
Kurt Busch has reportedly had some tensions with Roush Racing and could be out. He's yet to score a win in 2005 and sits 10th in points, and had a scary wreck at Texas caused by one of his teammates. Joe Gibbs Racing, Robert Yates Racing, and Penske Racing have reportedly had talks with the elder Busch brother to drive for them in 2006. With a second place points run in 2004 and 8 career wins in just 4 full time years, Kurt would be a highly desire free agent.
Michael Waltrip has announced that he will be expanding on his own team, Michael Waltrip Racing, in 2006. MWR will be switching from Chevy to Dodge. Waltrip will be leaving Earnhardt-Childress Racing to drive a second car for MWR, the #55 NAPA Dodge, while Kenny Wallace shares driving duties of the #00 Dodge with new driver Dale Jarrett, who heads from Robert Yates Racing as Jarrett enters semi-retirement. Martin Truex Jr will take over the #15 ride in a ROTY attempt for ECR, which will be renumbered to #1 with Bass Pro Shops coming aboard to sponsor.
Who will take over the 88 ride in 2006? Former Daytona 500 winner Andy Houston, who announced his departure from Petty Enterprises following the end of the 2005 season in a 1 year contract. Reportedly, Houston is to keep the seat warm for a year, then Busch series prospect Stephen Leicht will take over in 2007.
Roush Racing has been looking for teams to form alliances with, as they want to get their development drivers Carl Edwards and Todd Kluever in Cup rides ASAP. Both have been splitting time in the #06 Ford so far part time. Edwards attempted two races and qualified for one, with a 20th place finish, while Kluever DNQ'd his only attempt so far.
Joe Gibbs Racing has reportedly expressed interest in starting a third full time team in 2006. FedEx wants to sponsor a full time team with them but there are not a lot of sponsorship opportunities on rookie Mike Bliss or former champ Tony Stewart's car, and Busch series drivers Denny Hamlin, Mike McGlaughin, and JJ Yeley are rumored as the drivers.
Sterling Marlin has announced he is done with full time cup competition after 2005, but wants to drive part time in 2006. The former Daytona 500 winner would be a great addition and provide a lot of expertise to young/underfunded teams that need a week by week driver. Meanwhile, rookie Reed Sorenson gets his shot in a full time cup ride as he takes over the #40 in 2006.
AOL is reportedly looking to dial back their involvement in NASCAR after 2005. Meaning Kevin Harvick is looking for a sponsor for his 30 ride.
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2019.05.10 22:01 ArmenianWave 2004 NASCAR Mock Season - Pt 3

Race 13/36: MBNA 500 @ Dover
Miles the Monster must have been starving as this race saw only 22 of 43 cars finish, and only 2 on the lead lap for this wreckfest. Sterling Marlin and Greg Biffle started on the front row. The first accident occured on lap 36 of 140 when Mike Wallace in the 50 was spun by Jeff Burton in the backstretch. On lap 48, Ryan McGylnn hit the wall coming off of turn 4 and hit Elliott Sadler, taking out Dave Blaney in the process. The big wreck occured on lap 87 when Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemecheck, and Morgan Sheppard went 3 wide off of turn 4 in front of a big pack of cars and caused a huge accident. Mayfield flipped over and collected only two or three cars at first as the cars drifted to the grass, but Ricky Rudd spun trying to avoid the wreck into a big pack of leaders including Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, and Kurt Busch. After this, Tony Stewart would lead and seemingly have his first win on the year locked up but a bad green flag pitstop handed the lead to Jimmie Johnson, who led the last 15 laps to win at Dover. Terry Labonte got his best finish on the year with 2nd. Stanton Barrett in the 94 got his best career run at 22nd, while Joe Ruttman, who has been racing for nearly 50 years in the Cup series, had a small return to glory with an 18th place run in the 09 car.
Top 5 1. 48 Jimmie Johnson 2. 5 Terry Labonte 3. 20 Tony Stewart 4. 29 Kevin Harvick 5. 88 Dale Jarrett
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Race 14/36: Pocono 500 @ Pocono
Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne started 1 and 2 for this 69 (nice) lap event. Unlike last week's race, this event was mostly clean aside from a lap 25 caution involving Ken Schrader and Ricky Craven. Jimmie Johnson dominated and looked like he was going to win, but in a reversal of last week Tony Stewart got a late pass and won his first race on the year.
Top 5 1. 20 Tony Stewart 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson 3. 42 Jamie McMurray 4. 31 Robby Gordon 5. 9 Kasey Kahne
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Race 15/36: DHL 400 @ Michigan
Sadly I forgot to save the race file, so no pictures besides the results here. Not really an eventful race though. Michael Waltrip won the pole and Kasey Kahne would start second. There were 0 cautions, although Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon made hard contact during a green flag pitstop as Newman was leaving his stall and ran right into Gordon, which ended both drivers days. Tony Stewart dominated, leading 45 of 60 laps, but it wasn't enough as Rusty Wallace snuck past him using fuel strategy break a 3 year losing streak and win at Michigan. Stewart got second and Jimmie Johnson scored 3rd. Meanwhile Carl Edwards finished 12th in his first race with Mach 1 Racing, which is the team's best run to date. A very impressive showing.
Top 5 1. 2 Rusty Wallace 2. 20 Tony Stewart 3. 48 Jimmie Johnson 4. 17 Matt Kenseth 5. 29 Kevin Harvick
Race 16/36: Dodge / SaveMart 350 @ Infineon
Kevin Harvick started on the pole for this 30 lap shootout with Casey Mears 2nd. A big surprise this race was Sterling Marlin, who started 36th and worked his way to the front the lead. However, Harvick rallied back and got his first win on the season. This is the 4th week in a row that we've seen a first time winner on the season. Ron Fellows finished 10th with Haas CNC Racing, the team's best finish to date. Following the race, Fellows was announced to be driving the next 3 races with Ward Burton being released from his ride. No word on a full time driver just yet.
Top 5 1. 29 Kevin Harvick 2. 24 Jeff Gordon 3. 31 Robby Gordon 4. 40 Sterling Marlin 5. 38 Elliott Sadler
Race 17/36: Coke 500 @ Daytona
Daytona delivers as usual. This 48 lap event was led off by Michael Waltrip and Greg Biffle. The first chunk of the race was caution free up until lap 25, when Mike Wallace stalled out on track to bring out the first caution. Then, on lap 35 the big one struck when Jamie McMurray got into the quarter fender of Kasey Kahne, sending them into Rusty Wallace and Terry Labonte. This triggered a big 15 car wreck that took out favorites like Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth. After that, only a few cars from the main pack remained. Scott Riggs took advantage of this in the lead and held off Ryan Newman for the last few laps to win his first career race. Newman took second and Jeremy Mayfield finished 3rd. This race saw some upsets, as Ron Fellows finished 5th, Carl Edwards finished 8th in a 1 race gig with a second Mach 1 Team (the 96 car as Bill Elliott was driving the 98) and Kenny Wallace finished 11th.
Top 5 1. 10 Scott Riggs 2. 12 Ryan Newman 3. 19 Jeremy Mayfield 4. 40 Sterling Marlin 5. 0 Ron Fellows
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Race 18/36: Tropicana 400 @ Chicagoland
Ryan Newman, looking for his 3rd win on the year, started on the pole while ROTY leader Kasey Kahne started second. This race saw one caution and it happened right away when Jeremy Mayfield stalled out getting into gear causing a small pileup on lap 1. Newman had a strong running, leading 53 of 81 laps, but it would be Matt Kenseth, breaking a 45 race losing streak, who took the checkered flag. It's the 7th unique winner in the last 7 races, and the 6th time that win has been a drivers first win on the season (Jeff Gordon's race 12 win being the exception as that was his second win)
Top 5 1. 17 Matt Kenseth 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson 3. 88 Dale Jarrett 4. 12 Ryan Newman 5. 20 Tony Stewart
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2005 Silly Season Notes and Rumors
Mark Martin has declared that 2004 will be his final year and he is retiring after this season. Carl Edwards, who has had two impressive top 15 runs with Mach 1 Racing, will take over the 6 car with new sponsorship from DHL and Comcast. It's been a legendary career for Martin, who will likely go down as the greatest driver to never win a Daytona 500 or championship unless he can win here, which is definitely possible.
Ultra Motorsports, which fields the 7 car for Jimmy Spencer and Kevin LePage, has announced they will be shutting down due to lack of funds and sponsorship, ending a legacy for the 7 car.
Ricky Craven has also announced that 2004 will be his last full time year, but he will run a partial schedule in 2005. This means that the 32 team will have a new driver in '05, no word on who it is.
Ron Fellows will drive the 0 Haas Chevy for the rest of the year.
Evernham Motorsports has announced they will not be running a 3rd full time team in 2005, but will be running the 91 team part time. Bill Elliott, Ricky Craven, Casey Atwood will each attempt 5 races and Busch Series prospect Paul Wolfe will attempt 2 races. Elliott will run the 500 with McDonalds sponsorship.
Sterling Marlin has announced he will be joining Richard Childress Racing in 2005 in a big announcement. Marlin will drive the 30 car, which will renumber to #7 with Jack Daniels entering NASCAR as a first time sponsor for all 36 races. Marlin signs a 1 year deal with a 1 year option, and will likely retire after the contract ends. Meanwhile Johnny Sauter will drive the 40 Ganassi car in what seems to be a trade. Sauter signs a 1 year deal and will bring AOL to sponsor 7 races for the 40 car while Coors Light remains on the rest 29.
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2019.05.05 20:06 ArmenianWave 2004 NASCAR Mock Season - Pt 2

Race 7/36: Samsung Radio Shack 500 @ Texas
Kurt Busch won the pole for this 101 lap shootout in Fort Worth. Kurt's brother Kyle would debut as well in this race. The first caution saw Kurt, while in the lead, blow a motor and spill oil on the track on lap 33, bringing out the first caution. On lap 36 the troubles continued for Roush as '03 champ Matt Kenseth stalled out during the caution, ending his day as well. The second and final caution took place on 78 when Jeff Gordon and Jeff Green collided, also involving Jeremy Mayfield. Green would retire while Gordon and Mayfield took minor damage. While on pit road, Elliott Sadler's 38 car hit the 91 of Bill Elliott while Sadler was moving out of his stall. This caused the 38 and 91 to crash into the 40 of Sterling Marlin. All 3 cars suffered decent damage and Sadler and Marlin were forced to retire. Up until this point, Ryan Newman had led 20 straight laps and had a comfortable lead, but a poor pitstop put him last out of all the lead lap cars. Newman was not able to recover and Mark Martin led the rest of the race, holding off Scott Riggs to get his first win on the year. After the rough start for Roush, they were still able to rally and win. Kasey Kahne got 3rd and Newman was forced to settle for 11th.
Top 5 1. 6 Mark Martin 2. 10 Scott Riggs 3. 9 Kasey Kahne 4. 88 Dale Jarrett 5. 2 Rusty Wallace
Race 8/36: Advance Auto Parts 400 @ Martinsville
"Front Row" Joe Nemecheck won the pole while last week's winner Mark Martin started second. The first caution flag was waved on lap 28 of 150 when Scott Wimmer stalled out on the backstretch. Then, on lap 59, Ryan McGlynn in the 00 car was spun by Jeremy Mayfield coming off of turn 4. After that, lap 80 saw the third caution when Ricky Craven stalled on turn 1. This caused a small pileup behind him, ending the days of Greg Biffle and Sterling Marlin while causing several cars to suffer damage. On lap 115, Kevin LePage in the 4 Chevy rubbed tires with Ricky Rudd and both spun out to slow down the race. Finally, lap 126 saw the last caution flag fly and it was a big one. Joe Nemecheck was spun by Terry Labonte coming into turn one and it caused a huge pileup of cars in contention to win behind them wrecking to avoid the two stopped cars. Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Jeremy Mayfield were all in the top 10 and were involved, only Kenseth and Harvick were able to finish the race (both outside the top 20 due to heavy damage). Meanwhile, Ryan Newman was able to avoid the wrecks and win at Martinsville, with Jimmie Johnson coming runner up. Newman becomes the fastest driver to get 10 career wins, doing it in just 80 races. It was a feel good story for Hermie Sadler, who miraculously suffered no damage and used good pit strategy to finish 14th.
Top 5 1. 12 Ryan Newman 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson 3. 6 Mark Martin 4. 97 Kurt Busch 5. 88 Dale Jarrett

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Race 9/36: Aaron's 499 @ Talladega
Brian Vickers won his first career pole and teammate Terry Labonte would start second for this restrictor plate race. This race was mostly clean, with only one caution occuring on lap 22 of 56 for a blown engine and spin from Tony Stewart. In the end, a three car pack of Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman, and Kurt Busch would break away from the pack due to lapped traffic. This race would see the closest finish in NASCAR history when Ryan Newman edged out Mayfield by .001 of a second - closer than the 2003 dual between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch. Newman gets his second win on the year, and 11th career win.
Top 5 1. 12 Ryan Newman 2. 19 Jeremy Mayfield 3. 97 Kurt Busch 4. 6 Mark Martin 5. 45 Kyle Petty
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Race 10/36: Auto Club 500 @ California
Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman would start on the front row for this race. The only caution flag waved on lap 49 of 75 when Robby Gordon spun on turn 1, collecting Mark Martin. This race saw a variety of leaders, between the 24, 48, and 38 cars, but fuel strategy shook things up with some cars running out of fuel towards the end. Dale Jr and crew chief Tony Eury Sr made the right calls and picked up the win. Scott Wimmer nearly pulled off a huge upset by finishing 3rd, while Todd Bodine got Mach 1 Motorsports its best career run to date, finishing 13th in the 98 Lucas Oil Ford.
Top 5 1. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2. 38 Elliott Sadler 3. 22 Scott Wimmer 4. 24 Jeff Gordon 5. 48 Jimmie Johnson
Race 11/36: Chevy American Revolution 400 @ Richmond
Despite the race name, the '04 CAR 400 saw two non-Chevy's in the front row with Kasey Kahne and Elliott Salder 1 and 2. The first caution took place on lap 19 of 119 when Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray got together, sending McMurray into Morgan Sheppard's 89 car. On lap 35, Andy Hillenburg spun out on the backstretch to bring out caution #2. After that, the race stayed clean until the end. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr were battling for the lead with two to go, but the lapped car of Casey Mears was in the way. Jr accidentally spun Mears trying to pass him, bringing out the race ending caution and handing Gordon his second win on the year.
Top 5 1. 24 Jeff Gordon 2. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3. 2 Rusty Wallace 4. 17 Matt Kenseth 5. 20 Tony Stewart
Race 12/36: Coca Cola 600 @ Lowes
This wreckfest would see Dale Jr and Tony Stewart start on the front row. The first 75% of this race was totally clean, bar a Scott Riggs blown engine on lap 77 of 120. On lap 92, Greg Biffle was clipped by Jamie McMurray in a battle for 7th and both spun, taking out Elliott Sadler with them. The restart was mess as a failed 3 wide attempt between Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, and Robby Gordon led to a 20 car pileup on turn 1. Kevin Harvick flipped over and many upper-midpack guys like Rusty Wallace, Michael Waltrip, and Joe Nemechek crashed. Jeff Gordon used this restart to take the lead over Kasey Kahne and held on to win his third race of the season, the most of anyone so far.
Top 5 1. 24 Jeff Gordon 2. 97 Kurt Busch 3. 9 Kasey Kahne 4. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 5. 17 Matt Kenseth
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Standings after 12 races:
2005 Silly Season Notes and Rumors
Roush Racing has just signed an alliance with Mach 1 Motorsports. Mach 1 currently field the 98 Ford for Geoff and Todd Bodine, and they planned for a 1 race deal with Bill Elliott to run the July Daytona race, but this alliance will see new rookie Carl Edwards run 6 races, cutting into the schedule of the Bodine brothers. Rumors in the garage indicate that there could be some huge changes in Roush for 2005, and they want to ready up the Truck series veteran as they feel a slot will be open for him to run full time next year. Mark Martin is considering retirement, Jeff Burton is in a contract year and is rumored not to extend his deal, Kurt Busch has reportedly had attitude problems and disagreements with Jack Roush, and Greg Biffle, despite winning a race, has been running poorly, running 29th in the standings. Edwards' first race will be race 15 in Michigan, giving him 3 weeks to practice running cup cars in the meanwhile.
Ward Burton is reportedly in the hot seat at Haas Racing. Driving the 0 car this year, the former Daytona 500 winner has had a dissapointing season with 0 top 10's or laps led and is sitting 34th in points, almost outside the top 35. Haas also has been rumored to be stepping up their Cup program with a higher budget and they want to target a high level free agent. Rumors say that Jeff Burton, Sterling Marlin, Kenny Wallace could join. Jason Leffler is their Busch series driver at the moment, perhaps he could be called up to the Cup program as well.
Shane Hmiel has been reinstated into NASCAR recently after passing NASCAR's road to recovery program, and he has had a few impressive starts in the Busch and Truck series including a Truck win. He is now scheduled to attempt the July Daytona race with Dale Earnhardt Inc's part time #1 car.
Evernham Motorsports is rumored to be expanding to 3 full time cars in 2005. Sources say that team owner Ray Evernham has been pushing for a 3 car team since his two drivers right now are top 10 in points and Bill Elliott managed a top 10 in one of the two starts the 91 car has had so far, and was running in the top 20 until a crash took him out in the other. Will Bill Elliott come out of retirement to drive the 91 car full time, will they pick up a high level free agent, go with a young Busch driver, or are these rumors all false. Find out next time on Mock Season Z.
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2019.03.22 17:13 aspen222 Preview of the Louisiana Derby and more

The Road to the Kentucky Derby runs through the Fair Grounds in Louisiana this weekend as our highlighted race will be the $1 million Louisiana Derby for three year olds going a mile and a sixteenth.
While at the Fair Grounds, we will also be looking at two other races on the under card including The New Orleans Handicap for four year olds and up and the Muniz Memorial on the turf.
Then on Sunday, we travel to Sunland Park in New Mexico for the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby, also an 8 ½ furlong contest for three year olds, and the Sunland Park Oaks, which will feature an excellent matchup between American Pharoah’s little sister Chasing Yesterday and the super talented and super gorgeous Bellafina.
Before moving forward, just a few notes about last week:
Even after a ridiculously wide trip, Improbable still looked like a winner in mid-stretch of the first division of the Rebel but was run down late by Long Range Toddy. I’m 99% sure he was “short” as it was his first race in almost three months. I know I said otherwise in last week’s breakdown, but the other 1% is the City Zip angle. His next race will be a huge one as it will hold the key to answering that question.
Two Year Old Champion Game Winner did absolutely nothing wrong and was flat unlucky in losing a head bob on the wire in the second division of the Rebel. I’m not worried about him as he will probably get a lot out of that race and seems to be on target to be peaking on the first Saturday in May.
Kudos to the winner Omaha Beach, who signaled a big effort was upcoming with a monster 6F work (1:10.3) several days before the race. This was a big “coming out” party for the very handsome, very talented, beautiful striding colt and he too seems to be peaking at just the right time. I couldn’t be happier for trainer Richard Mandella, who is clearly one of the best trainers in the game today and has an excellent sense of humor as well.
Midnight Bisou was “talking” to us leaving the three eighths pole right through the wire while winning the Azeri Stakes on the Rebel under-card.
I loved the way she was flipping her ears back and forth and the look on her face on the far turn. She was clearly waiting patiently for a cue for jockey Mike Smith and when he gave it, she took off. I also loved how she pricked her ears about 50 or so yards before the wire as if she was saying “ok, I got this….hey look at that over there”
Monomoy Girl or no Monomoy Girl, I expect a big year out of this super talented filly.
As far as Elate goes, she clearly needed the race. I’m still hopefully she can return to her Grade:1 form and hasn’t lost a step due to having “a few physical issues” over the past several months.
Lastly, and I didn’t catch his name, but a big shout out and props to the guy who was the sole survivor in a pick seven, $100,000 tournament at Oaklawn on Saturday. The man went 6 for 6 and had Game Winner in the final leg…..need I say more?
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Fair Grounds
Race: 10 (4:34 PM EST Post)
New Orleans Handicap
Copper Bullet proved he’s more than just a top notch sprinter in the Razorback Handicap in his last which was his first try at route of ground. This good looking son of More Than Ready came with a furious stretch run but just missed catching the talented Coal Front. The combination of that race and back to back very strong, stamina building works in the month of March should set him up perfectly for this………………….…Silver Dust is a $510,000 son of super sire Tapit who is three quarters of a length away from coming into this riding a four race winning streak. Although his speed figure was a little light, I was most impressed with his last (Mineshaft Handicap, Feb. 18) when he overcame a slow early pace, yet took command of the race on the turn and won easy all while coming home the last 2 ½ furlongs in a very good :30.3. …Looms a solid threat here …………………….Although Mr. Buff will be making his first start in 56 days for underrated trainer John Kimmel, he clearly comes into this race razor sharp. The son of Friend or Foe, who stands for $1,000, impressively went “Coast to Coast” in four straight at Aqueduct in NY, registering speed figures that are higher than most in here. I’m not too worried about the time off, as his last two works signal he is most likely holding form……Figures bang up and the one to catch……………….Honorable Mentions: Although Core Beliefs will be making his first start in 181 days, he might go well in this spot. If you draw a line through his last two races last year where he was overmatched against Good Magic then McKinzie, you’ll see he’s hit the board in all six career starts including finishing third to Triple Crown winner Justify in the Santa Anita Derby. I like his work pattern coming into this as well……………………… Lone Sailor had several issues when disappointing as the 2-1 favorite in the aforementioned Razorback. The now four year old was making his first start in 103 days, was hung wide on the first turn and was trapped behind a slow pace. This stretch runner should be tighter for this and should also get a faster pace. Of course, it’s always hard to endorse a horse who is 2 for 16 in his career, 1 for his last 11 and 0 for 4 on this surface. …...A couple of other side notes about this race: After winning two straight at Gulfstream Park, Souper Tapit stumbled at the start of the Razorback and was five wide at the half mile pole…could be a menace with a cleaner start and trip. Noble Indy is not as bad as his last four races indicate. This Todd Pletcher trainee has been beaten by a, no exaggeration, 141 lengths over that span. “Ignore Pletcher, leave the track on a stretcher” angle fits with this horse. (My play: $50 win on Copper Bullet and a .50 triple box using the top 5. Cost $80)
Race: 11 (5:10 PM EST Post)
Muniz Memorial Handicap
Bricks and Mortar was visually impressive coming “over the top” and beating some of the best turf horses in the world while taking down the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf in his last. This now five year old by Giant’s Causeway improved his career record to 6 for 8 that day. This Chad Brown trainee won’t be facing nearly as tough of field here…....hard to go against in this spot…....Logical choice......…….Synchrony is a hard hitting, multiple Graded Stakes winning stretch runner who sports a 12-6-2-3 career record on the turf. This chestnut colt by Tapit’s 2019 debut was very good as he took down the Fair Ground Handicap on Feb. 16. What makes it especially good is he got the last furlong of that race in a smoking :11.4 after being six wide at the quarter pole. Of course, being 4 for 4 on this turf course also merits attention….Should be coming late once again in this spot……………..Although Divisidero has disappointed time and time again (1 for 8 over the last two years) and finished behind Inspector Lynley last time out, I’m going to use him in my exotics once more. The late running, now seven year old son of Kitten’s Joy gave several good accounts of himself vs. Grade: 1 competition last year, so there is a left handed drop in class in this spot………………………….Honorable Mentions: Inspector Lynley, who is consistent (14 of 22 on the board), but doesn’t actually win (5 for 22) as much as you’d like to see but still merits a look regardless………………..Hot Springs will be asked to take on Bricks and Mortar in his first start in over four month, that’s a tall order. With his running style, drawing the rail won’t help his cause either. That said, he is 4 for 7 on the turf and has shown me some talent in watching his replays. ($200 win on Bricks and Mortor & $1.00 triple box using all 5. Cost: $260)

Race: 12 (5:44 PM EST Post)
Fair Grounds Oaks
If you draw a line through Serengeti Empress’ Breeders’ Cup debacle, you see she’s won her last three races by 13, 19 and 4 ½ lengths with each being more impressive than the next. The 13 and 19 lengths wins speak for themselves but note she was basically being pulled up in the last 50 yards of her last race (the Grade: 2 Rachel Alexandra) but still won by plenty of daylight. Still another who is hard to go against…………………Eres Tu has been seriously unlucky in her last two starts yet finished admirably in both. Good looking filly by Malibu Moon just missed in the Silverbulletday Stakes two back after being “assaulted” leaving the five-sixteenths pole and being pushed five wide for the stretch drive. She then came back with a ridiculously wide trip, all the way around, yet still passed five horses in the last 4 ½ furlongs in the Rachel Alexandra while checking in third. That horrid ride probably cost regular jockey Ricardo Santana the mount as Jose Ortiz gets the leg up for the first time…………………Liora probably need the Silverbulletday, her first start of the year, because she ran much better in the Rachel Alexandra last time out. Although this well bred filly (by Candy Ride out of Giant’s Causeway mare) was “no match” for the winner that day, she was making up ground in deep stretch. Third start off the layoff angle figures here too. (My Play: $200 win on Serengeti Empress and $5.00 exacta box using all 3. Cost: $230.00)

Race: 13 (6:13 PM EST Post)
Louisiana Derby
War of Will is unbeaten and, by and large, untested in three starts since switching over to the dirt surface in November. This handsome colt broke his maiden, then took down the LeComte Stakes and the Risen Star Stakes all very impressively. I don’t blame his connection for running him on the turf in his first four races as his pedigree, by War Front out of Sadler’s Wells mare, screams “grass” and “distance”. He will be seeking to be only the third horse (the gorgeous Friesan Fire in 2009 and “little” International Star in 2015) in 100+ years to win all three Fair Ground prep races for the Kentucky Derby. Being 2 for 2 over the track and firing a big work last week both signal he is holding form. With Game Winner and Improbable each tasting defeat for the first time last week, if this very tactical colt wins here, and I suspect he might, I’m sure he’ll catapult to the Kentucky Derby favorite in a lot of people’s minds. So this is a very big race for him……………………. Country House’s maiden breaking win at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 17 still stands out in my mind as one the most impressive races I’ve seen all year. Colt by Lookin’ at Lucky broke slow but executed an eye catching move on the turn, swept by the field and won going away by 3+ lengths. The Bill Mott (who is loaded for bear in the 2019 Kentucky Derby hunt) trainee proved that race was no fluke as he had a rough trip (broke slowly, 5 wide on the turn then lugged in down the lane) in the Risen Star, yet still managed to get second. Figures bang up here; especially with a better trip…………………..The regally bred Spinoff is another who appears to be getting his act together at just the right time. Colt by Hard Spun, who remains one of the best looking horses I’ve ever seen, out of Grade: 1 winner Zaftig, absolutely blitzed a “NW1X other than” at Gulfstream Park in his last. This chestnut took command of that race leaving the half mile pole (in :45.4) and drew away impressively from that point on, winning by a colossal margin and stopping the clock in an excellent 1:40.1 for 8 ½ furlongs. Two sensational works at Palm Beach Downs since only adds to it and he figures prominent throughout……………….Honorable Mentions: I hate to put Sueno this far down, I really do, as he’s done nothing wrong in his last four races dating back to last August. Most recently, he just missed behind Gunmetal Gray in the Sham Stakes then again in the Southwest Stakes behind upset winner Super Steed. His speed figures continue to climb and he posted a big six furlong work (1:12.2) last week………………………..In my article breaking down the Risen Star, I mentioned I wasn’t giving up on Roiland just yet and this colt by Successful Appeal did me proud in finishing third at almost 70-1. He came screaming from last, and some 16 lengths back, to be beaten by less than four lengths in the end including passing an astounding eight horses down the lane. I hate he drew the one hole but perhaps his rider can work out a decent trip………………………I’m probably underrating Hog Street Hustle in this spot. Here’s a colt who was making up ground vs. War of Will late while finishing second in the Lecomte, then had a nightmare trip in the Risen Star (checked early and seven wide on the turn). Through all that, he came from next to last to grab fourth…..long shot possibility right here………………..The same goes for Limonite, (underrating) who probably needed the Risen Star as it was his first start in almost three months. Another stretch runner, he draws a decent post and should be tighter for this……………………..Bankit also possesses a strong late run but fizzled in his last two races. (My play: .50 triple box using the top 5. Cost $30.00)

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Sunland Park
Race: 9 (6:27 PM EST Post)
Bellafina was runner up as Champion Two Year Old Filly last year and has come out running thus far in her 3 year old campaign. This $800,000 filly by Quality Road annihilated the field in the Santa Ynez in January, and then wired her foes in the Las Virgenes in her last in Feb. I’m not worried about the perhaps little kink in the armor we saw in the last 100 yards of the Las Virgenes. She had every right to tire in deep stretch being she ran fast through the first six furlongs, on a track labeled “good” in just her second start of the year. Third start off the layoff and a big work last week are more signs pointing towards a peak performance from this winner of 5 of 7 starts including a pair of Grade:1’s………………………………I can see my moniker of “American Pharaoh’s little sister” Chasing Yesterday is about to be changed to just Chasing Yesterday. Filly by Tapit has won four of five career starts including the Grade: 1 Starlet to end the year last year and seems to still be getting better. Bellafina will clearly have a fitness edge in this spot and that’s one of the main reasons why I’m lining them up this way. That said, I will tell you her 5F work (:57 flat) last week was…well…beyond supersonic. It has been a while since I’ve seen a horse work that fast………………..Victim of Love has speed, the rail and has won three straight including beaten several of these in her last. Filly by Speightstown is 2 for 2 over this surface also………………Honorable Mentions: Backflash made a run at Victim of Love in her last but just wasn’t getting by her. In the end, she was only beaten by less than two lengths…………………Although K P Slickem hasn’t crossed the finish line first yet through five career starts, she hasn’t been off the board yet in any of those five starts. (My Play: Pass...I'm not seeing much value with what figures to be a two horse race)

Race: 11 (7:30 PM EST Post)
Sunland Park Derby
Mucho Gusto is a $625,000 colt by Mucho Macho Man who gets lost in the Bob Baffert barn sometimes thanks to Game Winner and Improbable. This talented chestnut colt, who is 3 for 4 in his career with his only loss coming to Improbable which is nothing to be ashamed of, showed a new weapon in his arsenal when he learned how to rate off the pace like he did in winning his last. He’ll be making his first start in 50 days here but his work pattern coming in is tremendous, topped off by a monster 5 furlong move (:57.4) on March 10. He draws the rail, which is a good thing with his running style and the distance will be no problem whatsoever………………..Anothertwistafate is a synthetics surface running sensation. This $360,000 son of Scat Daddy broke his maiden (by 4 lengths), beat mid level optionals NW1X (by 5 lengths) and was nothing short of dominating in his last while winning the El Camino Real Derby by 7 lengths, with strong speed figures in all three races. I was super impressed with his win in the El Camino. I love the way he was moving from the eighth pole to the wire as he leveled off and was “reaching out” really well. Of course, the elephant in the room is how will he handle the switch back to dirt? Because his one and only try over it says he won’t……………………………….Wicked Indeed closed ground well, late in the Mine That Bird Stakes at 1 1/16th miles in his last and chased War of Will two races back. I like the fact that this gray colt by Tapit’s speed figures have risen through all four career starts. Logical contender with the added distance in this spot……………………….Honorable Mentions: Hustle Up has owned the state of New Mexico for the past 364 days. This speedster is 8 for 10 in his career, including being 4 for 4 on this oval. He draws toward the inside, so that should help his chances as should the back to back big works coming into this. He looms the one to catch in this spot. That said, he’ll be a big step up in class and will have to run longer than he’s ever been before. ….If you are shopping for a longshot, take a gander at “the maiden” Pasamonte Man, who has gotten progressively better through each of his three career races, including just missing two back. Note how he was quietly making up ground late against Wicked Indeed and Hustle Up in the Mine That Bird Stakes. Still another who should relish the stretch out in distance. (My Play: .50 triple box using all 5: Cost: $30)

By: Gerard Apadula
Director of Equine Operations and Development
Knights of the Round Stable Thoroughbred Racing Team
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2019- Record: 16-52 = 31% (My Plays: -$1,652.19)
2018- Record: 107-261= 41%
2017- Record: 92-235 = 39%
2016- Record: 91-229 = 40%
2015- Record: 67-180 = 37%
2014- Record: 29-73 = 40%
2013- Record: 20-59= 34%
2012 -Record: 24-73= 33%
2011 –Record: N/A
2010- Record: 24-74= 33%
Little Bets N’ Pieces
**** WinStar Farm's top stallion Pioneerof the Nile died suddenly Monday, the farm announced. He was only 13.
The impeccably bred son of Empire Maker-Star of Goshen bred a mare in the morning and started acting “strange” once he was back in his stall. He was en route to the clinic when he died.
"We are all extremely saddened by the loss of Pioneerof the Nile," said WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden. "He was a superior physical specimen, a Triple Crown sire (American Pharaoh), and a unique personality. All of us at WinStar are heartbroken."
**** Danthebluegrassman, a 2002 Kentucky Derby contender, was euthanized Monday at Park Equine Hospital in Woodford due to an irreparable small intestinal obstruction that was causing chronic colic.
The 20 year old gelding had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, K.Y., since 2008.
Trailed by Bob Baffert and owner Michael E. Pegram, Danthebluegrassman won the Gold Rush Stakes as a two year old and later convinced his connections he was Kentucky Derby worthy with a win in the Grade: 3 Golden Gate Derby and a close 2nd in the Grade: 3 El Camino Real Derby.
Although being listed at 50-1 on the morning line, he was forced to scratch after he "tied up" following a gallop at Churchill Downs.
“Dan” eventually fell down to the claiming ranks and was retired to Old Friends in the spring of 2008. His final career stats were 47 starts with 8 wins and earnings of $423,794.

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2019.02.04 19:59 nfulks1996 Best Driver by Number in NASCAR

So I posted a breakthrough drivers list a couple days ago, so I thought I would post another list I made!
This a long one, but it's the most iconic driver by car number, in NASCAR history.
Hope you all enjoy it, and if you disagree feel free to respond!
#00. David Reutimann - Car #00 has only two wins in the history of the MENCS, both of which belong to David Reutimann. Reutimann also made the most starts in the car.
#01. Joe Nemechek - Nemechek has the lone win for car #01, which came in 2004 at Kansas when he held off Ricky Rudd. Mark Martin nearly won the 2007 Daytona 500 driving the #01 as well.
#07. Clint Bowyer - Driving the #07 for his first three years Clint Bowyer pulled off two wins and crossed the finish line to the 2007 Daytona 500 upside down.
#09. Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has won 23 of his 24 of his career wins, and the 2012 championship, in Car #2. But driving the #09 Keselowski scored his first win in the 2009 Aarons 499 after he spun Carl Edwards who eventually flipped into the catch fence.
#0. Delma Cowart - Car #0 has won two races, but the man behind #0 has to be Delma Cowart who “never won a race, but never lost a party.”
#1. Donnie Allison - Despite Jamie McMurray having the most starts, along with Steve Park and Martin Truex Jr having won races in the number, Donnie Allison takes the cake as the greatest driver of the #1 car. Allison won 4 times in the car and nearly won the 1979 Daytona 500 before crashing with Cale Yarborough and fighting in the infield.
#2. Rusty Wallace - Both Dale Earnhardt and Brad Keselowski won championships driving car #2, but Rusty Wallace won the most races in the car with 37 of his 55 career wins coming in the car, along with a 1993 series runner up.
#3. Dale Earnhardt Sr. - 6 championships, 67 wins, 1998 Daytona 500, and the greatest of all time. Enough said.
#4. Rex White - The smallest champion ever narrowly edged Kevin Harvick for this car # with wins being the deciding factor. White won 26 races in the car number, with the 1960 championship.
#5 Terry Labonte - Labonte won one of the greatest championship battles in 1996 narrowly edging Jeff Gordon in car #5 and added 12 wins to his time in the car.
#6 Mark Martin - Mark made over 600 starts in car #6 and won 35 races, along with 4 series runner up places in the championship standings.
#7 Alan Kulwicki - All 5 of the underbird’s career wins came in car #7 along with his victory in the greatest championship battle of all time in 1992, one that required no gimmicks, just hard racing.
#8. Dale Jr - Despite having 3 fewer wins than legend Joe Weatherly, there is something just magical about Jr.’s wins in the 2001 pepsi 400 and the 2004 Daytona 500. Add 5 wins at Talladega including 4 in a row, and 17 wins in total, Dale Jr is the greatest driver of car #8.
#9. Bill Elliott - Awesome bill from Dawsonville. Bill Elliott totally earned that nickname with his run of dominance in the late 1980’s. Bill won 38 of his 44 career wins driving car #9, along with the 1985 and 1987 Daytona 500’s, and the 1988 series championship.
#10. Ricky Rudd - this was a tough one. Danica Patrick is a women’s empowerment icon for the sport and I greatly respect that. However she could never find her way to victory lane, nor even the top 5. The winningest driver of car #10 was Ricky Rudd, who won 6 times in car #10, all of which were as an owner-driver in the mid to late 1990’s.
#11. Cale Yarborough - Despite Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip each winning a plethura of championships and races in car #11, along with Denny Hamlin carving out a nice career of his own in the car, the greatest driver of car #11 is Cale Yarborough. Yarborough won 3 consecutive championships from 1976-1978 in the car, and had 55 wins to go along with it. Yarborough was also involved in the famous last lap scuffle of the 1979 Daytona 500.
#12. Bobby Allison - Bobby Allison won 25 times in car #12 with his most iconic being the 1988 Daytona 500 where he held off his son Davey. Allison would almost be killed later that year driving the same car number.
#13. Smokey Yunick - car #13 has had a weird history in NASCAR. The car number has only one win, belonging to Johnny Rutherford. However the man most identified with the car number is it’s longtime owner and mechanic, Smokey Yunick. Yunick also led a safety campaign more than 30 years before NASCAR took a serious stance on safety.
#14. Tony Stewart - It’s hard to not think of AJ Foyt when you think of car #14, but that’s more so in the world of open wheel racing. In NASCAR, the man behind #14 is Tony Stewart. Stewart won 16 times in car #14, including the dominant stretch in the 2011 Chase where he won 5 out of the final 10 races and won his third championship.
#15. Michael Waltrip - While numerous legends such as Dale Earnhardt, Buddy Baker, and Bobby Allison each drove and won in car #15, the greatest driver behind the car number is Michael Waltrip. Waltrip won 4 times in the car, with the fateful 2001 Daytona 500, the 2002 Pepsi 400, the rain shortened 2003 Daytona 500, and another win at Talladega Waltrip tis best remembered as the driver of car #15.
#16. Greg Biffle - In over 500 starts in car #16 Greg Biffle won 19 times, and had a runner up finish in the 2005 chase to Tony Stewart. Biffle’s biggest wins came in the 2003 Pepsi 400, along with the 2005 and 2006 Southern 500’s.
#17. Darrell Waltrip and Matt Kenseth - Another tough one. Kenseth won more races, 24, a championship in 2003, and 2 Daytona 500’s, 2009 and 2012, than DW did in the car number. However there is something about watching DW dancing and crying in victory lane after the 1989 Daytona 500 with the #17 on his Tide ride clearly visible. David Pearson was also very closely considered for this car number.
#18. Kyle Busch - A personally very tough one. Dale Jarrett put Gibbs on the map with the Dale and Dale show in the 1993 Daytona 500. Bobby Labonte won the 2000 championship and 21 races driving car #18. But, Kyle Busch is the greatest driver of car #18. With 47 wins and the 2015 series championship, after recovering from a broken leg and missing over 10 races, and we truly haven't even seen the best of this amazingly talented racer yet.
#19. Carl Edwards - Car #19 is another weird one. Carl Edwards has the most wins for any driver with 5, and nearly won the 2016 championship but was wrecked while blocking for the lead. Edwards walked away from the sport following the accident.
#20. Tony Stewart - Tony Stewart simply lit the racing world on fire when he arrived to NASCAR’s premier series in 1999 with that bright orange Home Depot Pontiac. With 33 wins and two champions in 2002 and 2005 in his time in car #20, Stewart truly left his mark.
#21. David Pearson - When you think of the iconic Wood Brothers #21 Ford the first driver that almost always comes to mind is David Pearson. Pearson won 43 of his 105 career wins in car #21, with the most notable being the 1976 Daytona 500 when he and Richard Petty crashed coming to the finish line, only for pearson to refire his car and win the race.
#22. Fireball Roberts - The first superstar of NASCAR edged Bobby Allison and Joey Logano for a spot with this car number. Roberts won 30 times in car #22 before succumbing to injuries that stemmed from a firey crash at Charlotte in 1964, mere weeks before his retirement.
#23. Jimmy Spencer - Car #23 has only won 3 times in NASCAR, but the driver with the most starts in the car is Jimmy Spencer. Mr. Excitement won’t forget his times driver car #23.
#24. Jeff Gordon - 4 Championships, 93 wins, 1997, 1999, 2005 Daytona 500’s. Once again, enough said.
#25. Tim Richmond - We’ll never know how good Tim Richmond could've been and that is unbelievably tragic, along with the circumstances surrounding his death. In just 37 starts in car #25 Richmond won an unreal 9 races.
#26. Junior Johnson - Junior Johnson’s most iconic car number is not #26. I totally understand that. But Junior Johnson is clear and away the most successful driver of car #26 with 12 wins.
#27. Rusty Wallace - Despite being nearly doubled in races ran in car #27 by Paul Menard, Rusty Wallace easily has the most wins for car #27 with 18 wins. Wallace also won the 1989 series championship and the 1989 all star race along with his scuffle with Darrell Waltrip post race.
#28. Davey Allison - While Fred Lorenzen won more races in car #28, Davey Allison will forever be known as the driver of car #28. Allison won 19 times in his career, including the 1992 Daytona 500 and narrowly lost the 1992 series championship in heartbreaking fashion.
#29. Kevin Harvick - It took a special driver to replace Dale Earnhardt after his death, and Kevin Harvick was that special driver. Three weeks after Earnhardt’s death Harvick drove the renumbered from #3 to #29 to victory lane at Atlanta. Harvick’s biggest win in car #29 was the 2007 Daytona 500 where he edged Mark Martin six years to the date after Earnhardt’s passing.
#30. Michael Waltrip - Car #30 has only one win in MENCS history, but Michael Waltrip far and away has the most success, and starts with the car number.
#31. Jeff Burton - Car #31 has an interesting history. Despite being run continuously by Richard Childress since 1997, the Car has only won 8 races. In that timespan the most successful driver was Jeff Burton with 4 wins and was a championship contender from 2006-2008.
#32. Ricky Craven - Ricky Craven won his only two victories of his journeyman career driving the famous Tide Ride for PPI Motorsports. Craven held off Dale Jarrett to win at Martinsville in 2001, and in the greatest finish of all time beat Kurt Busch to win at Darlington in 2003 by 0.002 seconds.
#33. Harry Gant - “Handsome” Harry Gant won all 18 of his career wins driving a car #33. Gant had a runner up points finish in 1984, and swept the month of September in 1991.
#34. Wendell Scott - The man who essentially broke the race barrier in NASCAR. Scott scored 1 win in nearly 500 starts, but his impact is felt far beyond victory lane as the Jackie Robinson of NASCAR.
#35. Alan Kulwicki - Car #35 has only ran 318 races since 1949, winning none. However Alan Kulwicki, the Underbird, won Rookie of the Year driving car #35 for Terry Motorsports. While Kulwicki’s success came in car #7, his start came in car #35.
#36. Ken Schrader - The image of Dale Earnhardt’s black #3 and Schrader’s colorful #36 crashing into the turn 4 wall at the 2001 Daytona 500 is forever ingrained in the memories of NASCAR fans. Unfortunately Schrader’s #36 will always be remembered as the car that crashed with Earnhardt. That’s a shame as Schrader’s colorful personality is one that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
#37. Bobby Isaac - Car #37 has only 1 victory in the highest level of NASCAR competition, and that belongs to Bobby Isaac. While Isaac would find more success driving a K&K Dodge, he is the only victory of Car #37.
#38. Elliott Sadler - Elliott Sadler had the best years of his Cup career driving an M&M’s Ford for Robert Yates. Sadler won twice in 2004 and was a member of the inaugural Chase for the Championship. Sadler also had two notable flips at Talladega, both of which being in car #38.
#39. Ryan Newman - Ryan Newman won all 4 of car #39 wins during his tenure at Stewart Haas Racing. Newman helped set the ground for the elite team that Stewart Haas would become today.
#40. Sterling Marlin - Nobody had more of an up and down career than Sterling Marlin. He ran the most races before nabbing his first win. Marlin was the man who triggered Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident, and then in a car #40 Marlin appeared to have everything going his way in 2002. Marlin led the points for over 20 races, but cracked vertebrae in his neck ended his season.
#41. Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch’s career seemed over in 2012. Busch was set to drive for low budget owner James Finch, but he proved himself enough to move on to a pre Gibbs partnership Furniture Row team, and then to Stewart-Haas’ #41 in 2014. Since then Busch has won 6 races including the 2017 Daytona 500.
#42. Lee Petty - while Kyle Petty and Kyle Larson each found success driving car #42, the greatest driver to ever drive car #42 was Lee Petty. The Petty Family patriarch was a 3 time Cup Series champion, won the first Daytona 500, and had 54 total wins in his career.
#43. Richard Petty - Come on now. Too easy. 192 wins, The King won in #42 and #41, 7 championships, 7 Daytona 500’s. They call him The King for a reason.
#44. Terry Labonte - when Terry Labonte won the 1984 championship driving for Billy Hagan in car #44 he was a relative unknown, the iceman came into the sport in 1978, won his first race in the 1980 Southern 500, and won the title in 1984 winning only 2 races. Driving car #44 was where Labonte began his run as the Iron man, and the iceman.
#45. Adam Petty - I don't know how Adam Petty’s career would’ve turned out. He could’ve been a superstar, and his death is the greatest tragedy in NASCAR history being that Adam died far too young at only 19 years old. However his legacy lives on as the Victory Junction Gang Camp for children with special needs. At the camp sits a massive racecar done like Adam’s #45 paint scheme.
#46. Cole Trickle - I can put racers from movies on here, right? Cole Trickle was based on Tim Richmond’s life and career, and spent most of Days of Thunder driving a bright green car #46, or a Superflo sponsored car #46.
#47. Ron Bouchard - Ron Bouchard only won 1 race in his career, but it was a memorable finish as his car #47 used the draft to slip past Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte at Talladega in 1981.
#48. Jimmie Johnson - This is another one of those that is far too easy. 7 Championships, 83 wins, 2 Daytona 500’s, and one of the most dominant runs ever seen in sports from 2006-2010. Not just NASCAR, but sports in General.
#49. Bob Wellborn - Bob Wellborn had the most success in car #49, winning 5 races and sat on the pole for the first Daytona 500 in 1959.
#50. Ricky Craven - despite Craven having a memorable run driving Car #32, he has had the most success of any driver who’s driven car #50 as well.
#51. Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch was in self destruct mode in 2011. This led to him losing his competitive ride at Penske and had to move onto drive for James Finch. While there he ran 29 races, but reinvented himself. Yes Busch still had his run-ins with other drivers and members of the media but he was able to put it behind him and he nearly won at Sonoma in an unsponsored car #51.
#52. Jimmy Means - Jimmy Means made nearly 450 starts driving car #52, and despite the fact he never won a race, he was a mainstay in NASCAR for many years.
#53. Bob Burdick - Car #53 has only 1 win in NASCAR history, and that belongs to Bob Burdick after he won at Atlanta in 1961.
#54. Kyle Busch - Rowdy is the most successful driver in Xfinity Series history, and his run of dominance saw him wheel a Monster Energy sponsored #54 Camry from 2012-2015, and he nearly had his career ended following a severe crash at Daytona in 2015 where he broke both his legs.
#55. Phil Parsons - Benny’s little brother won the only race of his career at Talladega in 1988 driving a car #55 for the Jackson Brothers.
#56. Martin Truex Jr - the 2017 Champ drove his family’s number for Michael Waltrip from 2010-2013, and won once at Sonoma in 2013. Truex would be let go at the end of 2013 because of spingate, but would reach new heights with his new ride, Furniture Row.
#57. Jimmy Spencer - car #57 has never really caught on in NASCAR, but Mr. Excitement drove the car in 1990 for Rod Osterlund and had a tumble on the backstrech at Talladega that no cameras caught.
#58. James Hylton - At the age of 72 James Harvey Hylton attempted to make the 2007 Daytona 500 driving car #58. He nearly made it too, losing the transfer spot on the final lap of his duel race.
#59. Tom Pistone - Car #59 has 3 wins in NASCAR history, 2 of which belong to Tom Pistone.
#60. Boris Said - While a master of the road course, Said nearly won the 2006 Pepsi 400 driving a car #60 for Jack Roush but was passed with 2 laps to go.
#61. Richie Evans - Richie Evans was the greatest modified racer of all time. Simply said, he owned the modified scene in his all to brief time racing there. Following his death in 1985, NASCAR retired his number, #61, making it the only number retired in NASCAR.
#62. Ricky Bobby - So that whole part about using racers from movies can be used here too, right? In the climax of Talladega Nights Ricky Bobby drives car #62 with a picture of a cougar on its hood, and has a comically long crash with Jean Girard.
#63. Jocko Maggiocomo - Car #63 has only made 146 starts in the history of NASCAR, and had hardly any success. With that being said Jocko Maggiocomo made the most starts with 22. Maggiocomo was also involved in Bobby Allison’s near fatal accident in 1988.
#64. Elmo Langley - The most famous pace car driver of all time, Elmo Langley won both of car #64 races, and edged Cale Yarborough to win a legends race at Charlotte in 1991.
#65. Carl Adams - Car #65 has only 94 starts in NASCAR history, the most of which belong to Carl Adams.
#66. - Darrell Waltrip - DW only drove car #66 in his last two years driving for Travis Carter. For a guy who was known for being so dominant winning so often, it was rather sad to see him go out like that as a driver for a lower tier team.
#67. Buddy Arrington - Buddy Arrington ran nearly 500 races in car #67 despite never winning. Arrington was also the car thought to have been Richard Petty on the last lap of the 1979 Daytona 500 due to a mix up with the production staff because Arrington and Petty drove similarly painted cars.
#68. Bobby Hamilton - While Bobby Hamilton would hit it big driving for Petty Enterprises, Morgan-McClure, and Andy Petree, Hamilton got his start driving car #68 for TriStar Motorsports.
#69. Johnny Allen - #69, nice. Johnny Allen had the most starts and success driving car #69 despite never winning.
#70. JD McDuffie - A true independent. McDuffie made on 600 starts in car #70. Despite the fact he never found his way to victory lane, McDuffie is fondly remembered as a racer who did it his way.
#71. Bobby Isaac - Despite Dave Marcis driving car #71 for 4 decades, Bobby Isaac is the greatest driver of car #71. Isaac won 35 times in car #71, and the 1970 Championship. Isaac also set land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in his famous #71 K&K Insurance Dodge.
#72. Benny Parsons - BP won the 1973 championship and 1975 Daytona 500 driving for Dewitt Racing and in their car #72. Despite BP being more fondly remembered as a energetic and charismatic announcer, he was after all a championship racer first.
#73. Johnny Beauchamp - Johnny Beauchamp was originally the first winner of the Daytona 500 back in 1959 driving car #73. However after 3 days of deciding it was determined that Lee Petty was the actual winner.
#74. LD Austin - LD Austin ran over 150 races in car #74, and found little success.
#75. Neil Bonnett - Neil Bonnett won the last 4 races of his career driving a car #75 for RahMoc Enterprises. Dale Earnhardt’s best friend would move onto the Wood Brothers before his near fatal accident, and then would die driving for James Finch in 1994.
#76. Ben Arnold - Car #76 has 0 wins in NASCAR history, but Ben Arnold made over 125 starts in the car.
#77. Robert Pressley - despite being ran by numerous teams and drove by numerous racers, car #77 has never won a race. Despite that, Robert Pressley drove the car the longest and made the most starts.
#78. Martin Truex Jr - Since moving over to Furniture Row Racing in 2014, Martin Truex Jr has reached heights he was thought to never reach. In the time he has won 16 races, and ran away with the 2017 series championship.
#79. Frank Warren - Frank Warren made nearly 350 starts in car #79.
#80. Jim Paschal - while Paschal won 25 races in his career, he recorded car #80’s lone victory.
#81. Kenny Wallace - Herman made over 100 starts in Square D Ford Thunderbird for Filmar racing in the mid to late 1990’s. While he never won a race, he won numerous fans due to his magnetic personality.
#82. Scott Speed - Scott Speed was supposed to be great. He had the name, the sponsor, the racing ability, everything. Nothing clicked with him, and very little went right during his full time tenure in car #82 from 2009-2010, with Speed recording 3 top 10 finishes, and 1 top 5.
#83. Brian Vickers - This was a very tough one. Vickers and Lake Speed, no relation to Scott, each won races driving car #83. However Vickers was more competitive, having 11 top 5’s, and 34 top 10’s to go with his victory. Had Vickers blood clot related medical issues not arose, he would’ve easily had more wins.
#84. Dick Trickle - The White Knight. After Bobby Allison’s near fatal accident Trickle was the man labelled to replace him. Trickle won the 1989 Rookie of the Year driving car #84 at the young age of 48.
#85. Emmanuel Zervakis - Zervakis won twice in 1961 driving car #85, finished a career high third in points.
#86. Buck Baker - while the two time champion had much more success in another car #, he did grab car #86’s lone victory.
#87. Buck Baker - Baker’s most successful car #. Baker won 25 races in car #87, and drove the car # during each of his championship seasons in 1956, and in 1957.
#88. Dale Jarrett - one of, if not the toughest decision on this list. While Dale Jr won 9 times including the 2014 Daytona 500, and Darrell Waltrip won 26 times and nearly the 1979 Championship, car #88 belongs to Dale Jarrett. Jarrett won 28 out of his 32 career wins driving car #88, including the 1996 and 2000 Daytona 500, along with the 1999 Championship.
#89. Morgan Shepherd - Morgan Shepherd has been a field filler driving car #89. Simply enough. However his never give up attitude, the fact that he still races at age 76, and is Racing with Jesus sponsorship has helped Shepherd find his way into the hearts of many a race fan.
#90 Jodie Ridley - Junie Donlavey fielded his car #90 from 1950 to the mid 2000’s. In that time his car #90 won 1 race. That race belonged to Jodie Ridley in his rookie campaign of 1980 at Dover.
#91. Tim Flock - The first man to “win a championship upside down” won 16 races in his famous car #91. Flock won two championships in his career, before being banned from NASCAR along with Curtis Turner after trying to start a labor union.
#92. Herb Thomas - In just 200 races driving car #92, Herb Thomas won 42 races. The man who was the inspiration for Doc Hudson in the Disney-Pixar movie Cars was NASCAR’s first two time champion winning his championships in 1951, and 1953. After his death in 2000, Thomas was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013.
#93. Dave Blaney - Ryans dad ran car #93 for Bill Davis in the early 2000’s in honor of Ryan’s year of birth, 1993. Dave Blaney found little success in car #93.
#94. Bill Elliott - Awesome Bill drove car #94 for himself from 1995-2000. His only victory was a non-points ran twin 125 at Daytona that broke Dale Earnhardt’s stranglefold on the event. Depsite never winning a points race Elliott had one of, if not the best run’s, a driver had without winning a race in his famous McDonalds Ford.
#95. Lightning McQueen - Cars is, in my opinion, the greatest racing movie ever put to screen. Lightning McQueen
#96. Richard Childress - Richard Childress was not a very successful racer. In over 108 in car #96 he recorded 3 top 5’s and 20 top 10’s. He would go on to be one of the greatest car owners of all time.
#97. Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch won the 2004 Championship in the first Chase for the Championship holding off Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Busch won 14 races in car #97 for Jack Roush. I do believe now that Busch holds the record for most appearances on this list as well.
#98. John Andretti - One of the lesser successful Andretti’s did score his first win in the 1997 Pepsi 400 driving for Cale Yarborough in a RCA sponsored #98 Ford Thunderbird.
#99. Carl Edwards - I had to finish on a close one. Carl Edwards made 80 more starts than the man he replaced in car #99 for Jack Roush, Jeff Burton, won 6 more races, and had two second place points finishes, 2008 and 2011, compared to Burton’s third place in 2000 giving Carl Edwards the nod for car #99.
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2018.12.02 09:27 harvickfan2018 Iowa speedway

Who else would like to see Iowa speedway finally get a cup date. Harvick has raced there I met a ton of drivers. Elliott Sadler, etc jr motorsports drivers, Mike Helton
Track is great. Racing is great.
Between Knoxville raceway and Iowa speedway it's all so fun
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2018.06.11 00:01 ArmenianWave ArmenianWave's Sprint Cup Mock Season - 2008 Preview [Part 2]

Here are the teams we're looking at today:
Dale Earnhardt Inc (#8, #14), Derrikke Cope Racing (#62), Evernham Motorsports (#9, #10, #19, #91, #98)
Dale Earnhardt Inc
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr - Coca Cola/Bass Pro Shops/Wrangler (2007 Stats: 1 Win, 11 Top 5's, 19 Top 10's, 1 Pole, 347 Laps Led, 8th in points)
14 Tony Stewart - Burger King/Old Spice (2007 Stats: 2 Wins, 10 Top 5's, 22 Top 10's, 5 Poles, 347 Laps Led, 6th in points)
DEI had a solid 2007, but some big silly season moves and changes will result in an interesting 2008. Tony Stewart joins DEI in a power move, while Martin Truex Jr, Paul Menard, and sponsor Budweiser are major departures for the team.
Dale Earnhardt Jr had a good 2007 run, improving on 2006. For the third year in a row, he only had 1 win, but improved on top 5's and top 10's, scoring 11 top 5's and 19 top 10's compared to 10 and 17 in 2006. Jr might see a fall in stats, though, as financial woes have caused DEI to lay off employees and downscale to a two car team.
Tony Stewart is the highest scoring driver in 2007 to leave his team. Stewart came back to earth after an incredible 2006 (5 wins, 15 top 5's) to only 2 wins and 10 top 5's, but cut down on DNF's and improved in points from 11th to 6th. His first time not racing for Gibbs in the cup, it will be hard to predict if Stewart dominates or has a quiet 2008.
Projections for 2008:
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr - 2 Wins, 8 Top 5's, 13 Top 10's, 226 Laps Led
14 Tony Stewart - 3 Wins, 11 Top 5's, 18 Top 10's, 402 Laps Led
Derrike Cope Racing
62 Derrike Cope - DMC Consulting (2007 stats: n/a)
DCR makes its debut in 2008 with the #62 DMC Consulting Dodge with a full time schedule in mind.
Once again, 1990 Daytona 500 champ Derrike Cope returns to the Nextel Cup with another underfunded startup. Cope wants to attempt the full 36 races, but if he makes 12 races his season would be considered a success. In this point in his career, a top 5 would be a larger upset for Cope than his 1990 Daytona 500 victory.
62 Derrike Cope - 0 Wins, 0 Top 5's, 0 Top 10's, 0 Laps Led
Evernham Motorsports
9 Kasey Kahne - BudweiseMopar (2007 stats: 4 Wins, 16 Top 5's, 23 Top 10's, 3 Poles, 255 Laps Led, 2nd in points)
10 Scott Riggs - Valvoline/Stanley Tools/CharteCintas (2007 Stats: 1 Win, 2 Top 5's, 7 Top 10's, 0 Poles, 62 Laps Led, 22nd in Points)
19 Elliott Sadler - McDonalds/Ronald McDonald House/Hunt Bros (2007 Stats: 0 Wins, 0 Top 5's, 5 Top 10's, 1 pole, 12 laps led, 24th in Points)
91 Patrick Carpentier - Ragu/Hellman's (Part Time - 2 races) (2007 stats: 2007 Stats: 0 Wins, 0 Top 5's, 0 Top 10's, 2 Laps Led, 52nd in points, 3/36 Races Run)
91 Chase Miller - Ragu/Hellman's (Part Time - 4 races) (2007 stats: n/a)
98 Erin Crocker - Betty Crocker (Part Time - 2 Races)
(2007 stats: n/a)
Evernham Motorsports established themselves as the A team of the Dodge brand with a Daytona 500 victory and a 2nd place points finish. 2008 will be an interesting year, though, as expansion from 3 to 5 cars (although the two new cars are part time) could muddle up the team.
Many expected Kasey Kahne to fall back to earth after an incredible 6 win season in '06, but Kahne continued to show dominance. He fell from 6 victories to 4, but improved from 4th to 2nd in points and had more top 5's and top 10's (16 and 23) than the year before (12 and 19). Kahne is the face of Evernham and Dodge as a manufacture. He gains Budweiser as a primary sponsor for this year, and is a championship contender in 2008.
Scott Riggs shocked the world in 2007 by passing Jimmie Johnson with 2 laps to go to win the Daytona 500. Riggs had his best year to date with a win and several top 10's, showing consistency despite the surprise win. He might fall back to earth in '07, but Evernham's equipment is too good for Riggs to completely bust. A second career win for Riggs isn't out of the question either, but the 10 team probably won't find victory lane this year more than once.
Elliott Sadler had a pretty quiet 2007, falling from 1 Top 5 and 7 Top 10's to 0 Top 5's and 5 Top 10's. Despite being the 2nd best team of the 3 Evernham teams when the 2007 season started, it definitely did not feel like it by the end. 5 Top 10's isn't bad, but Riggs and Kahne had much better results in the same equipment. If Sadler repeats or worsens his 2007 statline, his future at Evernham might be in danger.
Evernham Motorsports owner Ray Evernham gave a press conference late last year stating he wanted to focus on the future for his team and transforming them into a powerhouse with a group of young, talented drivers. He is fielding two different R&D teams for 2008, the #91 team driven by INDYcar vet Patrick Carpentier and Busch Series driver Chase Miller, and the #98 team driven by Erin Crocker. It is surprising that Evernham is diverting so much attention to his R&D teams, but it could be a long term investment. Don't expect much from either of the three drivers with limited time and equipment in 2007 aside from a possible road course upset by Patrick Carpentier, who led at Sonoma last year in one of his starts.
9 Kasey Kahne - 3 Wins, 14 Top 5's, 22 Top 10's, 307 Laps Led
10 Scott Riggs - 0 Wins, 4 Top 5's, 13 Top 10's, 151 Laps Led
19 Elliott Sadler - 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's, 6 Top 10's, 2 Laps Led
91 Chase Miller - 0 Wins, 0 Top 5's, 0 Top 10's, 0 Laps Led
91 Patrick Carpentier - 0 Wins, 0 Top 5's, 1 Top 10, 0 Laps Led
98 Erin Crocker - 0 Wins, 0 Top 5's, 0 Top 10's, 0 Laps Led
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2018.05.29 05:18 ArmenianWave ArmenianWave's Nextel Cup Mock Season - 2007 [Part 6]

Last week, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer got wins. This week we see races 18-20, including two big races in the Pepsi 400 and Brickyard 500.
Race 18/36: Pepsi 400 @ Daytona
Carl Edwards started on the pole for this 72 lap event with Matt Kenseth second. The first wreck occurred on lap 4 that saw Greg Biffle and Dale Jarrett get together in a battle for second. This triggered a huge crash that saw David Ragan flip over. 12 cars retired following the wreck. The second caution was on lap 24, where Kasey Kahne was turned by teammate Elliott Sadler into Boris Said. Kahne flipped over violently and had minor injuries but nothing serious. The final coccurred on lap 51, which was Johnny Sauter and Tony Stewart get together. Kevin Harvick and Bobby Labonte exchanged the lead several times during the race, but Labonte would come out with the victory in a huge boost to Petty Enterprises and Labonte's first win since 2004. It would be the first time the 43 has been in victory lane since 1999. Dale Jarrett finished 3rd, the best finish for a Toyota to date, and a few other suprise finishes were JJ Yeley at 4th, Jeff Green at 9th, and Michael Waltrip at 11th.
Top 5: 1. #43 Bobby Labonte 2. #29 Kevin Harvick 3. #44 Dale Jarrett 4. #18 JJ Yeley 5. #2 Kurt Busch
Pictures, Race, & Results:
Race 19/36: USG Sheetrock 400 @ Chicago
Kasey Kahne would start on the pole for this event with Dale Earnhardt Jr in 2nd. For this race, I forgot to save the replay so I don't have any pictures. The only wreck in this race was on lap 1 and it saw Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, and Ward Burton involved. Kasey Kahne led most the event but Jimmie Johnson was able to get around him with a few laps left to take the win.
Top 5: 1. #48 Jimmie Johnson 2. #99 Carl Edwards 3. #24 Jeff Gordon 4. #9 Kasey Kahne 5. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr
Pictures, Race, & Results:
Race 20/36: Brickyard 500 presented by Allstate
Once again, Kasey Kahne started on the pole with Dale Jr second for this race. The only crash was on lap 10 with Ward Burton spinning out in a surprisingly uneventful race. The big thing, though, was Dale Earnhardt Jr's domination and victory here. Dale snapped a losing streak since Richmond 2006. He becomes the 13th unique winner this year in 20 events alongside Kenseth, Gordon, Johnson, Stewart, Edwards, Kahne, Harvick, Bowyer, Burton, Kurt Busch, Labonte, & Riggs.
Top 5: 1. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2. #48 Jimmie Johnson 3. #17 Matt Kenseth 4. #29 Kevin Harvick 5. #24 Jeff Gordon
Pictures, Race, & Results:
Chase Watch (6 races left) (asterisk indicates a win)
1) #17 Matt Kenseth ** 2) #24 Jeff Gordon *** 3) #48 Jimmie Johnson ** 4) #20 Tony Stewart ** 5) #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr * 6) #99 Carl Edwards * 7) #9 Kasey Kahne * 8) #29 Kevin Harvick ** 9) #12 Ryan Newman 10) #11 Denny Hamlin 11) #1 Martin Truex Jr 12) #07 Clint Bowyer * CUTOFF 13) #16 Greg Biffle 14) #31 Jeff Burton * 15 ) #2 Kurt Busch ** 16) #43 Bobby Labonte *
Silly Season News
Ginn Racing will be moving to a 2 car team in 2008, running the #01 US Army car for Mark Martin, and the #13 Certanteed Car for Reagan Smith, who will run for ROTY.
In a huge announcement, Dale Earnhardt Inc have revealed their 2008 plans. Tony Stewart, the hottest free agent right now, will sign with the team to drive the #14 Burger King/Old Spice Chevorlet alongside new teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr in the 8 car. Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr will both not be returning, as DEI could reportedly not support a 3 car team after the end of 2007. #14 was chosen as a tribute to Tony Stewart's favorite driver, AJ Foyt, and because DEI ran the #14 in the past. The deal reportedely came about due to Stewart's desire to sign with a Chevy team, and Stewart having experience driving for Jr's Busch Series Teams, Chance 2 Racing and JR Motorsports. With DEI no longer using the #1 or #15 in 2008, Michael Waltrip Racing have agreed to renumber the #44 to #15 in '08.
Indycar Driver Dario Franchitti will join Chip Ganassi Racing in 2008 to drive the 40 Juicy Fruit car. David Stremme, who currently drives the 40 car, will move to the 41 to replace Reed Sorenson. Coors Light will reportedly depart Ganassi after the 2007 season, but nothing is official.
After several months of attempting to get things off the ground, Tim Brown Motorsports will launch in 2008 as new Nextel Cup Team. Owned by Tim Brown, the team will have a technical alliance with Roush Racing as NASCAR has forced Roush to limit the amount of cars they can have to 5. Tim Brown Racing will field the #81 Ford, sponsored by Roush partners Lumber Liquidators and World Financial Group. Danny O' Quinn Jr will run for ROTY in the 81 car.
Another blockbuster deal has been made as Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing have announced Busch to the #18 car in 2008. Also being announced is JJ Yeley's departure from Joe Gibbs Racing. Yeley joins Tony Stewart as drivers leaving JGR and an open spot for the #20 car remains.
Off the heels of a victory in the Pepsi 400, Petty Enterprises have announced an expansion in 2008 to a 3 car team. Bobby Labonte will return to the #43 with Cheerios and STP sponsoring. A new team, the #44, which ran in 2007 as the #49 part time, will be driven by Reed Sorenson. It will be sponsored by Super 8 and Dassault Systemes. The #45 will return with Chad McCumbee and a new sponsor, as Marathon Oil expands from a minor sponsor to a primary sponsor. Petty looks to continue their success in 2008.
Wood Brothers Racing is looking for a new driver in 2008. Ken Schrader was let go due to poor performance and a lack of qualifying for races, and Bill Elliott is currently filling out the rest of the schedule.
Silly Season Indicator
Free Agent Drivers: Martin Truex Jr, JJ Yeley, Paul Menard, Sterling Marlin, Jeff Green, Kenny Wallace, Travis Kvapil, Bill Elliott, Mike Bliss, Ricky Craven, Jack Sprague, Johnny Benson, John Andretti
Signed Drivers: Reagan Smith (13), Tony Stewart (14), Kyle Busch (18), Dario Franchitti (40), Reed Sorenson (44), Chad McCumbee (45), Joe Nemecheck (78), Danny O Quinn Jr (81)
Available Seats: #5, #15, #20, #21, #66
2008 ROTY Candidates: Reagan Smith (13), Dario Franchitti (40), Chad McCumbee (45), Danny O Quinn Jr (81)
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2017.12.13 19:28 stansymash Album of the Year 2017 #26: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound

Welcome back to Album of the Year 2017. Big thanks to OP waffel113 covering this spot with his great writeup for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's new record, The Nashville Sound.
Artist - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Album - The Nashville Sound
Apple Music
Background by waffel113
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit is the main solo project of Green Hill, Alabama singer-songwriter (and former Drive-By Trucker) Jason Isbell. The band currently features, in addition to Isbell, Sadler Vaden on guitar, Jimbo Hart on bass, Derry DeBorja on keyboard and accordion, Chad Gamble on drums, and Amanda Shires, Isbell’s wife, on fiddle.
The band was formed in 2008, shortly after the release of his solo debut Sirens of the Ditch. The 400 Unit’s [self-titled album]() was released in 2009, followed by Here We Rest in 2011. They were released to positive, if uneven, critical notices, with Isbell deep in the throes of alcoholism. In 2012, with the band on hiatus and at the urging of Shires and close friend Ryan Adams, Isbell went to rehab and kicked his alcohol problem for good.
A year later, the resulting writing from that period would become his second solo album Southeastern), widely considered Isbell’s finest album to date. 2015’s Something More Than Free would earn further acclaim, and continued to establish Isbell as arguably the foremost voice in the alt-country/Americana scene. His third album with the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound, came out this June to the best first-week sales of his solo career, as well as more positive press.
Album Review by waffel113
While I don’t recall Jason Isbell mentioning exactly why he’s credited his sixth post-Truckers album to the 400 Unit as well as himself, my hypothesis is that it was to indicate a shift in direction. While The Nashville Sound still contains the introspective songwriting that characterized Southeastern and Something More Than Free, here, Isbell’s lyrical focus ventures outward, addressing the matters that face our country, as well as those that hit close to the small, Southern towns he so carefully depicts in his songs. And yes, it lives up to the standard of excellence he’s set for himself over the last five years. It also happens to rock out loud, which is a nice bonus.
Granted, it doesn’t start that way, but it does, all the same. The way The Nashville Sound starts is with a gentle, wistful number called “Last of My Kind.” And now feels like a good time to make a point I’ll be making a few times here: Jason Isbell is not the people he sings about. It’s easy to make that assumption with him, especially when songs like “Cover Me Up” are more-or-less autobiography, but despite the level of detail in his lyrics, it doesn’t quite apply here. The song itself is a lovely, folksy thing, a story of a small-town Southerner who doesn’t feel at home anywhere he goes, accented by flourishes from the rest of the band here and there. It’s a small-stakes opener for an album that, on first glance, may be coming from somebody with nothing to prove. But it turns out Jason has a lot he still wants to say.
“Cumberland Gap” should make that apparent. In stark contrast to “Last of My Kind,” “Cumberland” is more outwardly aggressive, musically and lyrically, and its narrative touches on a complex topic: working class desperation. The song’s narrator lives in a dying coal town, honor-bound to stay, but unable to find work for any meaningful period of time. Along with a few others here, “Cumberland” is a political song, and an evenhanded one at that. In this climate it’d be easy to mock or demonize this character, but who would better understand, and better empathize with, this plight than the guy who wrote “Outfit”?
The other explicitly political song on The Nashville Sound is “White Man’s World,” and it’s a song I still can’t quite figure out. Not that the song is confusing; it’s the most lyrically and musically direct song on the album, with Isbell doing away with more poetic language to make his point as clearly, almost stridently, as possible. And, make no mistake, an artist the stature of Jason Isbell tackling sexism and white privilege, and acknowledging his complicity in upholding both of these, is to be commended, especially considering the genre he works in. The thing I’m not so sure about is where he takes it. Rather than denounce, he instead advocates for those with privilege to understand and learn, a call to arms more than a broadside. For his part, Jason touched on this in an interview with Steven Hyden, saying that “I don’t think shame does a whole lot of good” in talking about these issues. But, as this year winds to a close, it’s a bit difficult to totally agree with this line of thinking wholesale, to put it lightly. For better or worse, it stands out.
Exhibit B for “Jason Isbell is not the people he sings about”: “Anxiety.” It’s the longest song here, just under seven minutes, and taking the title, vocal performance (pitched at an arena-ready howl on the chorus), and the lyrical content – “Even with my lover sleeping next to me/I’m wide awake and I’m in pain” – it would be very, very easy to assume this is an actual life experience he’s relating. But, as he was careful to point out in an interview with Garden and Gun, “there’s the kind of anxiety that gives you attacks, which I don’t have. And then there’s also the kind associated with neuroses, the constant summation and judgment of every situation you’re in and every reaction you have and analyzing yourself ad nauseam. I think that’s more my issue than anything else.” Even if it isn’t true-to-life (and even if its placement right in the middle of the album sort of screws with the album’s flow), it is still lyrically potent and cathartic in the way his songs can be even when he isn’t on his A-game.
Even the songs here that don’t have grand aspirations have their own charms. “Tupelo” is a character song in the way, say, “Chicago Promenade” is, with a narrator hoping a for a change in fortune to come with a change of scenery, set to a shuffling trad-country backdrop. “Molotov,” admittedly my least favorite song here, still features Isbell riffing effectively on memory and learning to settle down, two of his favorite post-Southeastern topics.
Especially interesting among them, in a tabloid sort of way, is “Chaos and Clothes,” which is about Ryan Adams’ divorce from Mandy Moore (which inspired its own album by Adams, but let’s not talk about that here). It’s the album’s biggest sonic detour for sure, with Jason double-tracking his vocals and singing harmony with himself like Elliott Smith, using some warped-sounding synths on the outro, and shouting out Adams’ Love is Hell in the lyrics. It’s a show of support from one friend to another (which, if Adams’ response in a since-deleted tweet is anything to go by, wasn’t reciprocated) that doubles as one of the strangely catchiest songs on the album.
“Hope the High Road” is another interesting one to talk about, in that it sounds more like the self-titled with The 400 Unit and Here We Rest more than any of Jason’s more recent solo albums. It’s also political in a way, but unlike the character sketch of “Cumberland Gap” or the direct message of “White Man’s World,” it’s a rallying cry more than anything. Whether that’s due to its position as lead single or a kneejerk reaction to 2016’s election or both, it sticks out a bit (jacksoncodfish recently described this kind of songwriting as “extremely vague hopefulness pointed at nothing,” and the merits of that can be debated in another post), and I don’t think it works as well as those other two, but on its own merits, it does what it sets out to do.
But what stands head and shoulders above the rest of the songs on The Nashville Sound is the one I’ve held off on discussing until now, “If We Were Vampires.” It’s just guitar, some barely-there bass and keys, and Jason and Amanda’s vocals, and it may be one of the most heartrending things Isbell has ever written, which is no small statement. It reflects on the inevitability of death and what it means to love someone, even when you know that one of you won’t be there one day, and Amanda’s harmonies make it clear where the inspiration for this song came from. This is The Nashville Sound’s “Cover Me Up,” it’s “24 Frames,” and it lives up to the legacies of those classics. It’s mindboggling how a song of this depth and emotional clarity was written in one afternoon, to hear Isbell tell it, and that he was spurred to write it after Amanda told him to stop watching Hoarders and get back to writing makes it even more absurd. But that context all serves to underline what Isbell’s songs can be at their absolute best. Sometimes, Jason Isbell is the people he sings about, and never more affectingly than on songs like this.
The album comes to a close with what may be its most heartfelt track, “Something to Love.” It’s a song that Jason wrote for his daughter, Mercy, advising her that if she finds a passion in her life and does it well, she’ll always be happy. From an outside view, it’s a neat full-circle moment: we first heard Jason on record recounting his father’s advice on “Outfit,” and now here we are, nearly 15 years later, with Isbell in the fatherly role. The chorus hinges on a line that’s as plainspoken as it gets: “I hope you find something to love.” It might be the simplest thing Jason’s ever written. But a lyricist like him knows that the best message is sometimes the simplest, and this direct, unvarnished honesty is what gives this song, and this album, its power. In such a turbulent year, it’s nice to hear something straight from the heart.
Favorite Lyrics by waffel113
Mama says God won’t give you too much to bear.
That might be true in Arkansas,
But I’m a long, long way from there,
And that whole world’s a lonely, faded picture in my mind.
Am I the last of my kind?
  • Last of My Kind
Mama wants to change that Nashville sound,
But they’re never gonna let her.
  • White Man’s World
Maybe time running out is a gift.
I’ll work hard ‘till the end of my shift,
And give you every second I can find,
And hope it isn’t me who’s left behind.
  • If We Were Vampires
Lovers leave chaos and clothes
In quiet corners where you rarely ever go.
One day, you’ll find proof she was real,
Despite your struggle to forget.
  • Chaos and Clothes
I’ve heard enough of the white man’s blues,
I’ve sang enough about myself,
So if you’re looking for some bad news,
You can find it somewhere else.
Last year was a son of a bitch
For nearly everyone we know,
But I ain’t fighting with you down in a ditch,
I’ll meet you up here on the road.
  • Hope the High Road
Talking Points
  • Song-for-song, if you could only listen to one group or the other, would you take Jason’s three solo albums, or Jason’s three albums with The 400 Unit?
  • How does Isbell fare with the political songs, particularly “White Man’s World”? Do they land, or does he miss his mark?
  • To touch on the recurring motif of this review: does it matter if Jason Isbell is the people he sings about?
  • Am I crazy, or does “Hope the High Road” sound just a tiny bit like “New York, New York”?
  • What other albums in this alt country vein did you enjoy this year? I really liked Tyler Childers’ Purgatory.
  • And finally, is this your album of the year? Where does it rank on your year-end list?
Thanks to everybody who's been reading, or has contributed to the AOTY discussions so far. Hope you stay tuned for more great stuff coming up. Tomorrow we have writeups for a couple of biggies; LuigiEatsPopcorn is covering the huge and polarising Father John Misty release Pure Comedy, and jacksoncodfish is covering the album i should probably get around to listening to, King Krule's The Ooz
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2017.08.24 03:04 Nas160 Up-to-date Imgur album of all of the currently-known Darlington throwback paint schemes (with a list of drivers in the text)

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Last year someone made an imgur album containing an updated list of the throwback cars for the Darlington race. Well, I decided to do the same this year in a visual format that's more consistent and hopefully convenient for you guys. In each pic I have the car, the paint scheme it's based off, the number, and the series it's in. Initially I'll only have the raw pictures of the cars but I'll adjust every car to the template eventually. I will try my best to keep this up to date as fast as I can. Hope you enjoy!
Last update: 8/25
15 Cup 8/31
51 Cup 8/31
72 Cup 8/31
07 Xfinity 8/31
14 Xfinity 8/31
96 Xfinity 9/1
Cup Series paint schemes:
No. Driver Sponsor Inspiration
1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Dave Pearson '80
2 Brad Keselowski Miller Genuine Draft Rusty Wallace MGD '91-'95
3 Austin Dillon E15 American Ethanol Dale Earnhardt Sr. Wrangler '82-'87
4 Kevin Harvick Busch Beer 80's Busch branding
5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Geoff Bodine Levi Garrett '86-'89
6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Mark Martin Stroh Light '87-'89
10 Danica Patrick Ford Credit Dale Jarrett Ford QC/Ford Credit '96-'00
11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Ray Hendrick
13 Ty Dillon Geico Smokey Yunick 60's
14 Clint Bowyer Carolina Ford Dealers Mark Martin CFD '88-'90
15 Reed Sorenson Xchange of America Brett Bodine '89
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Darrell Waltrip Parts America '97
20 Matt Kenseth Circle K Matt Kenseth 1st Xfinity win '98
21 Ryan Blaney Ford/Motorcraft Kyle Petty Citgo '87-'88
22 Joey Logano Shell/Pennzoil Jimmy Vasser '02 IndyCar
23 Corey LaJoie Dr. Pepper Davey Allison Miller '84-'85
24 Chase Elliott NAPA Bill Elliott rookie car '76
31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Dale Earnhardt Sr. Wrangler '82-'87
32 Matt DiBenedetto Keen Parts Bobby Allison Miller High Life '88
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu Dale Earnhardt Sr. Lowe's Foods '89
34 Landon Cassill Love's Vintage Love's branding
37 Chris Buescher Cheerios Patty Moise Crisco '88
38 David Ragan Camping World Vintage Camping World branding
42 Kyle Larson CreditOne Bank Kyle Petty Coors Light '95
43 Aric Almirola STP Richard Petty '84
47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Terry Labonte Piedmont '84-'86
48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Lowe's delivery truck design '86
51 Cody Ware Bubba BurgePray For Texas Cole Trickle/Kyle Petty Mello Yello '90/'91-'94
55 Derrike Cope Mane 'n Tail Derrike Cope Mane 'n Tail '94-'95
66 Carl Long* Unsponsored Darrell Waltrip Route 66 '00 (not running, see below)
72 Cole Whitt Unsponsored Jim Whitt '72-'73
77 Erik Jones 5-Hour Energy "Rookie Class" '84-'89 collage tribute
78 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops Dale Earnhardt Sr. BPS gold '98
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Dale Earnhardt. Jr. ACDelco '98-'02
95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Alan Kulwicki Quinty's '86 rookie car
*Carl Long recently posted on Facebook that he sadly will not run the DW throwback paint scheme on his car due to financial reasons.
Confirmed non-throwbacks:
18 Kyle Busch - M&M's Caramel (Mars did not want to run a throwback)
19 Daniel Suarez - Arris
27 Paul Menard - Menard's/Dutch Boy
41 Kurt Busch - Monster Energy
66 Carl Long - Unsponsored
83 Gray Gaulding - Champion Machinery
Xfinity Series paint schemes:
No. Driver Sponsor Inspiration
00 Cole Custer Haas Sam Ard '82-'84
07 Bobby Dotter Unsponsored Butch Miller '85-'86
1 Elliott Sadler Armour Vienna Sausage Cale Yarborough Hardee's '83-'86
2 Austin Dillon Rheem Dale Earnhardt Sr. '79-'80
4 Ross Chastain South Carolina Education Lottery Mike Duvall modified 80's
5 Michael Annett TMC Transportation Brad Doty '80s sprint car
7 Justin Allgaier Advance Auto Parts Earnhardt family Mom 'n Pops late models
9 William Byron Liberty University Ricky Hendrick 00's
11 Blake Koch Leaf Filter Darrell Waltrip Budweiser '85-'86
14 JJ Yeley Unsponsored AJ Foyt '86-'87
16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes Alan Kulwicki Zerex '89-'90
18 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Ray Hendrick
19 Matt Tifft Ron Jon Surf Shop Dale Earnhardt Sr. '77
20 Erik Jones Main St. Bistro Davey Allison Texaco/Havoline '87-'89
21 Daniel Hemric Blue Gate Bank Jeff Green Rockwell Automation '02
23 Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Airlines Michael Waltrip Hawaiian Punch '86
24 Dylan Lupton Nut-Up Industries Jeff Gordon DuPont '92-'00
28 Dakoda Armstrong Cale Yarborough tribute Cale Yarborough Hardee's '83-'86
39 Ryan Sieg Unsponsored Shane Sieg tribute circa '03
40 Timmy Hill Unsponsored Pete Hamilton Plymouth Superbird '70
41 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brother's Pizza Ken Schrader HBP '08
51 Jeremy Clements Unsponsored AJ Foyt '64
52 Joey Gase Agri Supply Jimmy Means (Tim Richmond) Folgers '87
62 Brendan Gaughan NAPA Brendan Gaughan NAPA '02
74 Mike Harmon TBD Red Farmer 60's-70's
90 Brandon Brown Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers '97
96 Ben Kennedy Hurricane Harvey Relief Dale Earnhardt Sr. '78
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2017.06.29 18:11 ZappaOMatic Battle of Daytona: The 2004 Pepsi 400 (Race Sponsor Spotlight)

This week's Race Sponsor Spotlight is being posted on a Thursday instead of its usual Friday date for a few reasons. One of them is that Coca-Cola is sponsoring both of the upcoming races this weekend, a company that I had already covered in the May Charlotte edition. To avoid redundancy, I decided to write about a specific time in Coca-Cola's NASCAR history that also relates to this Saturday's Cup race (making it more of a TBT or a Storytime than a Sponsor Spotlight).
Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been rivals for a long time (see: /sodawars). Both companies have also been major players in NASCAR for years, sponsoring teams, drivers, and races. On one Saturday night, their rivalry flared up in interesting fashion: the 2004 Pepsi 400.
Entering the race, Pepsi was enjoying a 15-year relationship with the Daytona July race dating back to 1989. For the 2001 race, Pepsi sponsored Jeff Gordon; over the three Pepsi 400s from 2001 to 2003, however, Gordon did not have much success, finishing 37th, 22nd, and 14th.
For the 2004 edition, Pepsi decided to use the opportunity to promote Pepsi Edge, a new brand which contained Splenda as a sweetener, along with half the carbohydrates and sugar of a regular Pepsi. During the race, Fox aired two commercials for the drink featuring Stuart Scott and Rich Eisen. At the track on raceday, Pepsi provided 20,000 samples of Edge, along with 30,000 cans when the race ended.
Meanwhile, Coca-Cola elected to take the soda battle to the superspeedway, preparing to use the event as a means of promoting its own low-carb drink, Coca-Cola C2, which uses sucralose to sweeten it. The company scheduled six Harley-Davidson riders to ride around the surrounding area and pass out free samples of the drink. C2 merchandise sold during the weekend led to proceeds that were donated to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Coke also purchased four full-page ads in NASCAR Scene that were wrapped around the cover of the July 1 issue; Daytona track officials, not wanting to anger Pepsi, removed the ads from the media center.
The Wall Street Journal described the effort of both companies as an attempt to appeal to "male consumers who normally shun existing diet sodas either because of taste or the feminine image of those beverages."
In addition to the riders, Coca-Cola also assembled a fleet of eight cars driving with C2 sponsorship: John Andretti, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Ricky Rudd, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Bill Elliott, and Jeff Burton; all were members of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, though three drivers (Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler, and Bobby Labonte) did not participate. Although he drove with NAPA sponsorship for the race, Michael Waltrip wore a C2 firesuit.
Elliott drove the #98 car owned by himself instead of the #91 Evernham Motorsports car that he was racing on a part-time basis that year, as team owner Ray Evernham had a partnership with (ironically) PepsiCo; PepsiCo-owned Mountain Dew sponsored Evernham's drivers (Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield) during the year, though did not do so for the 400. Larry Gunselman, who typically drove the #98, switched to #96 for the race.
"I'm looking forward to this," Elliott stated. "Coke's from Georgia and so am I, so for me, this is a really neat deal."
Amusingly, Coke spokesman Scott Williamson described the decision to sponsor so many cars at a race that was sponsored by a competing company as being "much more about the high profile of the race" and its status as an Independence Day weekend race, rather than because of the Coke/Pepsi rivalry.
"This weekend alone just really gave us a huge opportunity to bring together something that has never been done before in the sport," Coke sports marketing VP Bea Perez added. "It really had more to do with the bigness of the race. It's one of the highest-rated races, it also has a lot of fan attendance. People come here not only for the race, they come for the weekend."
"I think we respect the other soda, but Pepsi is probably one of the greatest marketing monsters in all of the country," Daytona president Robin Braig commented. "Their marketing muscle, added to the fact that they have been with this track since day one, will smother any opportunity by our friends from Atlanta."
In contrast, Pepsi officials were not thrilled with Coke's answers and described it as "ambush marketing."
Pepsi racing manager Adam Harter retaliated by saying they were "actually flattered" by Coke's actions. "They obviously didn't think the Coke 600 was a big enough race to bring all these cars and they chose to bring their cars to the Pepsi 400, the best race of the summer. We think it's flattering to have them chase us around a little bit."
"We have always felt we are a little bit above that," he remarked, alluding to Pepsi never doing such a thing at the Coca-Cola 600. "To be quite honest with you, to see a company the size of Coke, a brand that size, come to our race, feels a little bit second-rate in our mind."
Unlike the eight-car team of Coke, Pepsi had only one driver racing with their branding: Gordon, whose #24 promoted the Pepsi Play for a Billion Sweepstakes (and DuPont). Gordon acknowledged the battle between Coke and Pepsi, describing them as "two very competitive companies."
Gordon and Pepsi led the way in qualifying, starting on the pole for the third consecutive race; the Coke drivers qualified as follows: Rudd (3rd), Biffle (9th), Harvick (11th), Stewart (17th), Andretti (18th), Burton (26th), Elliott (34th), and Busch (35th).
After a two-hour rain delay, the race was away. Gordon led the first nine laps before being passed by Waltrip. The race saw 21 lead changes and ten different leaders, including just one Coke driver (Stewart). Gordon and Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson dueled with the DEI cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Waltrip for much of the race; with the drafting help of Johnson, Gordon pushed his way past Stewart with seven laps to go and went on to score his 68th career Cup victory and free Pepsi Edge for America.
In Victory Lane, Gordon was quick to knock aside the Coke-owned Powerade bottles on his car's roof to celebrate his win.
"What a big day for Pepsi," he quipped. "There's red cars for some reason, I don't know what they were, but they were in my way, so it was pretty awesome to finish ahead of them!"
Of the C2 cars, Busch and Stewart were the highest finishers at 4th and 5th, respectively. Behind them were Harvick (14th), Rudd (17th), Elliott (18th), Burton (23rd), Biffle (31st), and Andretti (43rd).
Edge and C2 never caught on in the market; the former ended production a year later, while C2 lasted until 2007. Despite lasting two more years, the 70-calorie C2 was quickly overshadowed by the no-calorie Coke Zero. Interestingly, Coke Zero would take over the naming rights of the Daytona July race from Pepsi in 2008, branding it the Coke Zero 400.
Despite the loss in 2004, Coca-Cola redeemed itself in 2005 and 2006 as Stewart drove to victory in both races. After winning the 2006 race, Stewart declared, "They may call this the Pepsi 400, but Coca-Cola still tastes a hell of a lot better."
13 years after the 2004 Pepsi 400, Coca-Cola has kept a steady relationship in NASCAR. The Coca-Cola 600 continues to be the longest-sponsored race in the sport, while it also serves as an associate sponsor of Kyle Larson. For this season, Coca-Cola also took over title sponsorship of Friday's Xfinity race at Daytona, dubbing it the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250. Pepsi has not sponsored a Cup car since Gordon's final season in 2015, though its Mountain Dew brand currently sponsors the HMS cars of Chase Elliott and Earnhardt Jr.
The Soda Wars are pretty interesting, aren't they?
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2017.06.02 18:50 ZappaOMatic Race Sponsor Spotlight: Dover

The Monster Mile is next on the NASCAR schedule, with a tripleheader in store for this weekend.
Today, we have the Truck Series' Bar Harbor 200, followed by the Xfinity Series' OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday, and the Cup Series' AAA 400 Drive for Autism on Sunday.
Cup: AAA 400 Drive for Autism
The American Automobile Association (or AAA) first entered NASCAR in 2005 when they became a sponsor of the #99 Roush Racing Ford of Nextel Cup Series rookie Carl Edwards. Besides serving as an associate sponsor on the #99 for 35 races, it was a primary sponsor for three races (both Michigan races and Indianapolis).
"Sponsorship of a car and driver on the hugely popular NASCAR racing circuit will help raise AAA's profile with the many fans of this major spectator sport. The sponsorship ties very nicely into AAA's century-long commitment to supporting continued improvement in vehicle safety," AAA Minnesota/Iowa President Jeff Ogden stated.
A year later, AAA moved to Roush's #6 car, sponsoring Mark Martin for the full 2006 season. Martin moved to Ginn Racing for the 2007 season as he became a part-time driver, with rookie David Ragan taking over the #6. The partnership lasted through the 2008 season.
In 2009, AAA joined Penske Racing and Sam Hornish Jr.'s #77 Dodge for four races. Brad Keselowski drove the #12 AAA Dodge in 2010. Over the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons, AAA sponsored Penske's #22 car, which cycled drivers each year: Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, and Joey Logano, respectively. Logano eventually became the #22's permanent driver, driving the #22 AAA Ford on sporadic occasions.
For four races in 2014 and 2015 (two races each), AAA also appeared on Michael Waltrip Racing's #15 Toyota, driven by Clint Bowyer. After finishing last in his first race with AAA sponsorship at Richmond, Bowyer recorded top-ten finishes in the next three. MWR shut down after the 2015 season and the association moved its sponsorship to Richard Childress Racing's #3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon. It appeared on Dillon's car for three races in 2016; for the 2017 season so far, it has sponsored the #3 once at Richmond, where he finished 20th.
During the 2016 season, AAA sponsored fellow RCR driver Brandon Jones on two occasions: his #71 Camping World Truck Series vehicle at Dover (though under the Contreras Motorsport banner) and his #33 Xfinity Series car at Kentucky. He finished 20th and 11th, respectively.
As a race sponsor, AAA's involvement began in 2006 with the Truck Series' Dover race, calling it the AAA Insurance 200. In 2009, the Truck Series' stop at Lucas Oil Raceway was also named the AAA Insurance 200, and it became the lone Truck race with the name starting in 2010. The race ran until 2011, when the track was removed from the schedule. In the Cup Series, the 2009 fall Dover race was named the AAA 400. For the fall Texas race in the following year, it was renamed the AAA Texas 500. AAA switched Dover dates in 2016, sponsoring the spring race (though retaining the AAA 400 name) alongside Autism Delaware.
Xfinity: OneMain Financial 200
A personal loan provider, OneMain Financial has enjoyed a close relationship with former brand representative Elliott Sadler since his switch to full-time Xfinity Series racing in 2011, sponsoring his #2 Kevin Harvick Incorporated car for much of the season. Despite not winning a race, he finished second in points to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Harvick also drove a OneMain car, the #4 at Daytona, where he finished 18th. Sadler and fellow KHI driver Ron Hornaday also raced OneMain-sponsored Silverados in the Truck Series, Sadler driving the #2 at Daytona and Hornaday driving the #33 at Texas and Homestead. In his lone Truck start of the 2011 season, Sadler came close to winning, only to be beaten by Michael Waltrip to the finish, while Hornaday's OneMain debut ended with controversy. He finished 13th in his second start with OneMain sponsorship.
KHI shut down at the end of 2011 and its assets were consolidated into Harvick's Cup team, Richard Childress Racing. Sadler and OneMain, which celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2012, remained in the #2. In the second race of the 2012 season at Phoenix, Sadler recorded OneMain's first NASCAR win and his first Nationwide victory since 1998. In the Trucks, RCR's Joey Coulter piloted the #22 OneMain Silverado at Texas to a seventh-place finish. A day later, Harvick drove the #33 OneMain Camaro to victory.
Sadler departed RCR following the 2012 season and moved to Joe Gibbs Racing's #11 Toyota, bringing OneMain with him. After a winless 2013 season, he scored a win at Talladega in 2014 en route to a third-place points finish. The Virginia native continued to cycle between teams in 2015, joining Roush Fenway Racing and the #1 Ford, where he spent one season and finished sixth in the title battle. Since the 2016 season, he has driven the #1 Chevy for JR Motorsports, where he has won three times and was the championship runner-up in his first year with the team. Also in 2016, OneMain sponsored JRM's #00 Silverado of Cole Custer in three races (Eldora, Talladega, Martinsville); he finished in the top-ten at Eldora and Martinsville.
From 2011 to 2012, OneMain also sponsored the fall Nationwide race at Dover, branding it as the OneMain Financial 200. It would not be until 2017 that the company returned to race sponsorship with Dover's June race.
Truck: Bar Harbor 200
Bar Harbor, Maine is a popular tourist destination for those heading to the Northeast. One company, Bar Harbor Foods, hosts its operations in the state, selling products like clam chowder and lobster since its inception in 1917.
During its 100th year, Bar Harbor Foods decided to join the world of NASCAR sponsorship, forming a partnership with Truck Series team Hattori Racing Enterprises. At Atlanta, Bar Harbor – along with Delaware-based clam producer Sea Watch International – appeared on HRE's #16 Tundra, driven by Ryan Truex, where he finished 13th. For the next race at Martinsville, Bar Harbor and Harris Teeter Supermarkets sponsored the #16, in which Truex finished tenth.
Let's go racing.
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2016.10.31 15:02 ZappaOMatic Spooky NASCAR: Races held on Halloween

Ah, Halloween. The day of spookiness and horrors is upon us once again.
Unlike Easter, there's no week-off on Halloween weekend, meaning it's not uncommon to see NASCAR running races the day before or after. As for races held on October 31, there's a number of them.
Just to make things easier, we're going to focus on the top three series.
1965 American 500
Series: Grand National (Cup)
The inaugural race held at the North Carolina International Speedway (better known as Rockingham), it was the first NASCAR premiere series race held on Halloween.
Despite starting on the pole, Richard Petty crashed on lap 58 and instead, Curtis Turner dominated the race. The Virginian led 239 of the 500 laps in the event to record his 17th and final career victory.
The race (along with the 1973 Carolina 500) was featured in the Speed program Back in the Day with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1982 Cardinal 250
Series: Busch Late Model Sportsman (Xfinity)
NASCAR's second-tier series was in its first season in 1982. Then known as the Busch Late Model Sportsman Series, the 1982 season finale took place on October 31 at Martinsville.
Butch Lindley recorded his fourth win of the season. On an interesting note, the race featured seven drivers who have attempted a Cup race before (Lindley, Bosco Lowe, Tommy Ellis, Jimmy Hensley, Jack Ingram, John Utsman and Tommy Houston) as well as a future NASCAR champ in Dale Jarrett. Only three of them (Lindley, Lowe and Utsman) would finish in the top 20. Jarrett failed to finish and was classified in 37th.
1982 Warner W. Hodgdon American 500
Series: Cup
Well, this would explain the lack of Buschwhackers in the Cardinal 250. They're all in Rockingham.
This race featured a number of driver headlines. Randy Baker, Buck's son and Buddy's brother, made his Cup debut in the race, which ended with a 20th-place finish. Meanwhile, inaugural Talladega race winner Richard Brickhouse ran his last Cup race, finishing behind Baker in 21st.
The American 500 winner would be Darrell Waltrip, driving the Mountain Dew car in what would be the last Cup win for MD to date. Neil Bonnett, who finished 3rd, led 108 for the Wood Brothers; since then, the team has not led at least 100 laps. The closest WBR has reached that number was 70, recorded in Elliott Sadler's 2001 win at Bristol.
The namesake, Warner Hodgdon, was an interesting face in the NASCAR garage. Here's a pretty nice article about him for the interested.
Video of the final laps
1993 Slick 50 500
Series: Cup
Held at Phoenix in conjunction with the Winston West Series, it's not surprising to see the Cup drivers dominate the event. Of the seven Winston West drivers, Rick Carelli finished the highest in 21st.
Mark Martin dominated the race while Dale Earnhardt clinched the championship. Speaking of Earnhardt, many know about the rivalry he had with Jeff Gordon in the 90s. The two had their moments even before Gordon was winning races.
Aired on TNN, Neil Bonnett made his final call for the network before joining Richard Childress Racing for the next race at Atlanta in what turned out to be his final career start.
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1999 Sam's Town 250
Series: Busch
Besides being a holiday, October 31 seems to be the date that tracks like to host their inaugural NASCAR races, considering what we saw with the Rock. Memphis Motorsports Park is another track to see its first NASCAR action on the day, hosting a Busch Series race. On a more tragic note, October 31, 1999 was also the day IndyCar driver Greg Moore was killed in a crash at Fontana.
In the Sam's Town 250, Jeff Green recorded his 3rd win of the season from the pole. The late Adam Petty finished 5th, his final top five in the Busch Series. Meanwhile, a young driver by the name of Jimmie Johnson led his first laps of the year, leading 22 of them. He would finish 12th.
Nowadays, people bring up the concern of small entry lists. When looking at the DNQs for this race alone, it adds up to a whopping 59 cars, including the likes of Jimmy Spencer, Ricky Hendrick, Kevin Lepage and Kenny Wallace.
2003 Chevy Silverado 150
Series: Truck
The Truck Series isn't going to be left out of the Halloween races!
Held in Phoenix, there's a reason why we call Kevin Harvick the Cactus King. He led 80 laps en route to his 2nd straight Phoenix Truck win. For the race, he ran a Taz scheme to promote the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Yes, the same one featuring Jeff Gordon.
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2004 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Series: Cup
2004 Atlanta race weekend was a somber one for Hendrick Motorsports. It had been a week since the plane crash that claimed ten team members.
With those ten in their hearts, the 48 team showed poise in Atlanta. Jimmie Johnson held off a charging Mark Martin to win an emotional 3rd straight race.
As he described it: "6 car was coming, but I had ten angels riding on this race car."
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2008 Chevy Silverado 350K
Series: Truck
The Truck Series' next Halloween date took place in Texas.
Most of us may know about Ron Hornaday and Kyle Busch's unamiable relationship at Texas. Three years before that incident, the two were battling it out for the win. Hornaday came out on top as Busch finished 2nd despite leading the most laps. The win moved Hornaday closer to Johnny Benson in their fight for the Truck title with 2 races to go, though Benson would hold him off for the championship.
2009 Fred's 250
Series: Truck
The Truck Series got another Halloween race a year later, this time at the infamous Talladega Superspeedway, a fitting venue considering the so-called Talladega jinx and rumors of it being built on an Indian burial ground.
Kyle Busch and teammate Aric Almirola were able to get past Todd Bodine to record a Billy Ballew Motorsports 1–2 finish. In other news, start-and-parker Justin Hobgood finished 9th, his only career top 10. Also of interesting note is Austin Dillon failing to qualify for the race.
Talk about spooky.
2010 Amp Energy Juice 500
Series: Cup
Talladega in 2010 was crazy. In the spring, there were 88 lead changes. In the fall, 87 on Halloween.
In this race, plenty of drivers sniffed the lead, including Joe Nemechek and Sam Hornish Jr. In the end, Clint Bowyer scored his 4th win under caution as A. J. Allmendinger went for a wild ride entering the final lap.
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2014 WinStar World Casino & Resort 350
Series: Truck
Well, Kyle Busch won this race, his 42nd win in the Trucks. That's really it. Jeb! Burton finished 2nd. Ron Hornaday ran his final Truck race to date, finishing 12th.
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2015 Kroger 200
Series: Truck
Last year's Halloween race weekend was at Martinsville, just like this year. Unlike 2016, however, there was racing on October 31. In this case, it's the Trucks once again.
At Martinsville, one can expect plenty of beating and banging, and the Trucks offered that.... a lot. There were 12 separate cautions for accidents but Matt Crafton was able to survive to take the victory, his 10th career win in the CWTS.
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As one can see, there have been 12 NASCAR national series races, five of which were Cup, two Xfinity and five Truck.
Should be interesting to see what the 13th race would be. It'll certainly be a spooky one.
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2015.02.13 07:06 the_colbeast 9 Days until the Daytona 500!

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #9 car has started 1,508 races and has 53 wins, 71 poles, 229 top 5s, 466 top 10s, and 401 DNFs.
Other notable names in #9
Chase Elliott has driven #9, the same number as his father, in the K&N East Series, ARCA, and in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series winning 3 races on his way to securing Rookie of the Year and The 2014 Championship.
The 1967 Daytona 500 was the 9th running of the event. Mario Andretti, better known for his accomplishments in open-wheel and USAC competition won his first and only NASCAR Grand National event. He ran in a Holman-Moody Ford sponsored by the Bunnell Motor Company. This would be the only time that a person born outside the United States has ever won the Daytona 500. Andretti would consider Nazareth, Pennsylvania to be his "adopted" home town during his NASCAR career as to avoid the scrutiny that foreigners faced in NASCAR at the time.
The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was the 61st season of professional stock car racing in the United States. Rick Hendrick won the Owners' Championship, while Jimmie Johnson won the Drivers' Championship with a fifth finish at the final race of the season. Chevrolet won the Manufacturers' Championship with 248 points.
colegnd has offered a reward of Dogecoins to the first person to correctly answer a daily trivia question related to each number! No Google, Wikipedia, or internet allowed, just your own knowledge! Thanks to colegnd for the idea and dogecoins! If you are declared the winner of the trivia contest and would like to donate you prize money to charity, please let me know in the comments.
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2014.07.15 19:35 RipVanVVinkle In Defense of Kasey Kahne

I frequent this subreddit as well as several other motorsports related ones. One of the things I've always enjoyed reading are occasional posts like this by whatthefat over in /formula1. So while this may not be as good as some of the summaries he has done, here goes.
Kahne often has been linked to under performing especially since joining Hendrick but I'm going to start to with his performances prior to his arrival there.
Evernham Motorsports/Gillette Evernham Motorsports/Richard Petty Motorsports
Mayfield and Kahne 2004-2006
In their two full seasons and then partial season together in 2006 (first 22 races) Kahne had 5 wins, 24 top 5's, 32 top 10's. Mayfield in the same span had 2 wins, 9 top 5's, 22 top 10's. In their partial season together in 2006 Kahne had already picked up 4 wins while Mayfield had yet to even score a top 10 having a best finish of 13th at Talladega. Of course Mayfield was dropped mid-season after accusing Evernham of conspiring against him. Which brings us to the Kahne and Elliott Sadler era.
Sadler and Kahne 2006-2010
Mayfield was dropped after Indianapolis and after Bill Elliott subbed in the #19 at Watkins Glen. Sadler then joined the following week at Michigan. In their tenure together Kahne had 6 wins, 25 top 5's, 64 top 10's to Sadler's 0 wins, 3 Top 5's, 18 top 10's. Sadler and Kahne would both depart Richard Petty Motorsports after 2010 with Kahne heading to Red Bull and Sadler to Nationwide.
Riggs(2006 and 2007), Sorenson(2009) and Allmendinger(2009 and 2010)
Riggs amassed 1 Top 5's and 9 Top 10's in 2006 and 2007 while having some DNQ's for the Daytona 500 in 2006 and for 9 races in 2007. Kahne had 6 wins, 13 Top 5's, 27 top 10's in those two seasons.
In 2009, Sorenson had 1 Top 10 finish running all 36 races to Kahne's 2 wins, 7 Top 5's, 14 Top 10's. Sorenson was dropped after this season by RPM in place of Allmendinger in the #43.
Allmendinger and Kahne were teammates for the 2009 and 2010 Sprint Cup Campaigns. In those two seasons Allmendinger had 0 wins, 3 Top 5's, 14 Top 10's compared to Kahne's 2 Wins, 14 Top 5's, 24 Top 10's.
In 2011 Kahne would move to Red Bull Racing and pair with Brian Vickers after announcing he would join Hendrick in 2012.
Red Bull Racing
Vickers and Kahne 2011
In 2011 at Red Bull Racing Vickers accumulated 0 Wins, 3 Top 5's and 7 Top 10's. Kahne had 1 Win, 8 Top 5's, 15 Top 10's.
Kahne of course then moved to Hendrick.
Hendrick Motorsports
Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt Jr. and Kahne 2012-Current
Of course our ultimate measuring stick at Hendrick is Jimmie Johnson. Since Kahne joined Hendrick, Johnson has 14 Wins, 40 Top 5's, 60 Top 10's with 1 Sprint Cup Championship to the current date. Obviously Kahne hasn't come close to matching those numbers, however neither have Gordon or Junior.
Gordon in this time frame has 4 wins, 25 Top 5's, 48 Top 10's with a best finish of 6th in the points to the current date.
Junior has 3 Wins, 29 Top 5's, 55 Top 10's and a best finish of 5th in the points to the current date.
Since joining Hendrick, Kahne has 4 Wins, 25 Top 5's, 40 Top 10's and a best finish of 4th in the points.
Kahne has more wins than Junior, while being equal to Gordon in that category. Kahne also has equaled Gordon's Top 5's while Junior has beat them both in this category with 4 more Top 5's. Gordon and Junior both have more Top 10's.
However if we just look at the first two full seasons with Hendrick in 2012 and 2013:
Kahne amassed more wins at 4, than Gordon at 3, and Junior at 1.
Kahne also had more Top 5's with 23 coming into 2014, than Gordon with 19, and Junior with 20.
Kahne still trailed in Top 10's with 33, compared to Gordon's 35, and Junior's 42 coming into this year.
Kahne has admittedly had a rough start to the 2014 campaign with some of it coming down to bad luck with the racing god's determination to keep Kahne in their bad graces. With that being said auto racing is always a what have you done for me lately type of sport and the first half of 2014 the #5 team did not show great form. Kahne and Kenny Francis have however shown the ability to go on hot streaks in many prior seasons. But because of their past results I think it would be premature to declare Kahne as a non-chase contender or being on his way out the door already at Hendrick. Like in years past Kahne and Francis have often gotten hot at the right time and secured their placed in the Chase. Kahne also has some tracks upcoming that he has ran well at historically and could potentially pick up a win or more at. Perhaps if they could ever show consistency Kahne could be a championship contender.
Stats were gathered from
(Sorry this was a bit lengthy but I tried my best to summarize my points as best as possible.)
EDIT: Formatting
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