Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Dubbed the ultimate track day car, one would suspect this could, indeed, blow the floss right from any dentist who dares challenge it at a weekend lapping event. To put this into perspective, the reported price of Directv's 'Presenting Sponsor' deal with the IndyCar series is $3 million annually. So, in theory, the IndyCar Series could be brought to you by two Maserati Mc12 Corsa's instead a dish made for people who have no concept that cable works just fine. Think about it.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Has anyone ever been 86'ed from a plane?
No driver or manufacturer have been announced, but hopefully this deal lasts a bit longer than Carmelo Anthony's short-lived Indycar outfit. ('Melo's deal with Hemelgarn Racing lasted about a week.) Reports say Moss Motorsports, LLC should have a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry for later this season and run a full schedule in 2009.
TRUCKS: Randy Moss Forms NASCAR Program
-Report: F1 bosses split on petition asking Mosley to step down
Monday, April 28, 2008
What you missed while reading Ridebuyer's Talladega-preview linked on Deadspin. We have truly hit the big time.
-NASCAR went restrictor-plate racing in the Alabama. Kyle Busch won the Cup race (making RB'ers-Hendrick runaway prediction seem silly and misguided). Results. Quality performances were turned in by Juan Pablo Montoya (2), David Ragan (4), Brian Vickers (5), Travis Kvapil (6), and Robby Gordon (11).
The Nationwide Series saw Tony Stewart take victory for the first time in Bama. The big one was caused by Kevin Lepage. (Yes, he is still racing). Results.
The fun starts at about the 1:05 mark:
Well done, Kevin.
- The IndyCar Series was in Kansas City (Kansas, not Missouri), where Dan Wheldon won. The Brit bested Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon. Results. Marty Roth's weekend ran the gamut of surprising to typical. His pit lane blunder was truly something to behold:
Keep on keeping on, Marty. *We fully expect this video to be removed by the end of the day. Enjoy it while you can.
-The F1 circus invaded Spain, where Ferrari spoiled the show. Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa went one-two. Fernando Alonso gave the crowd a collective hometown hard-on by qualifying p2. He finished 15, 32-laps down (hard-on gone). The second best shunt of the weekend went to Heikki Kovalainen, he had to be airlifted from the circuit, but is alright. Feel free to attempt to Youtube the wreck, but the F1 higher-ups are pretty quick to remove the "protected" video content. Fags.
-Speaking of F1, congratulations to Scott Speed as the Torro Rosso ex-pat won his first ARCA race in Kansas.
-Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas extended their Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series lead with a victory at VIR. Read about it. I didn't watch it. Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis took GT honors in a their Pontiac GXP.R.
- Ashley Force beat her old man to become the first broad to ever win a Funny Car event. She retains the points lead. Antron Brown won Top Fuel. It was Mike Edwards in Pro Stock, and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Bike. Atlanta Results.
-And drumroll... The biggest shunt of the weekend award goes to Stephane Ortelli in Monza during the LSM event. Btw, that is Allan McNish who drives under the airborne ORECA Courage. Ortelli is pretty lucky to have only a broken ankle.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Then came the race.
The highpoint of Roth's open-wheel career was short lived as he managed to hit everything minus the lottery in his first trip down pit lane. Roth did a quarter-spin while attempting to get into his pit stall, where he made contact with a Luczo Dragon Racing crew member. (The nose of Roth's car attempted some rear-entry on the poor crewman, something likely illegal in the state of Kansas). Then, after begin held until service was complete on Tomas Scheckter's car, Roth ran over the foot of another Luczo guy. Roth finished 26th, retiring after 41 laps with the ever ambiguous "handling-issues."
You made me look bad, Marty. Shame on you.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Perhaps Dan Wheldon summed up the Roth performance best when laid the following gem on Racer Magazines' Jeff Olson:
“I’m sure that’s going to piss off Chip (Ganassi), because (Roth) hasn’t spent half of what Chip has,” Wheldon joked. “Why he was that quick, I have no idea, but good for him.”
Cheers to you Marty. Don't take any guff from these bastards.
Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 qualification results
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Each week Ridebuyer delves deep into the misunderstood, oft terrifying, world of American saloon-car racing known as NASCAR.
This week: Talladega. The third most interesting place/event in the state of Alabama... (#1: Space Camp. Why? If you have to ask 'why', you wouldn't understand. And, yes, they do offer programs for adults. #2: The GMAC Bowl. Why? C-USA athletics are the balls, that's why.)
TV: Fox 1:00pm EST (Sunday)
Location: Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega, AL)
Distance: 499 miles/188 laps
2007 winners: J. Gordon (spring race); J. Gordon (fall race).
*A note on scheduling*
The meat of the NASCAR season has commenced. I hope you enjoyed last weekend's little Cup- siesta, because you're not getting another weekend off until the middle of the summer. There are 11 Cup races in the next 12 weeks. The next off-weekend is the weekend of July 18th. July 18th!? It's currently fucking April. What kind of sick sport would device such a schedule? Clearly this is the work of a cruel scheduling-bastard, hell bent on sucking the marrow from reasonable racing fans. To Follow NASCAR at this point in the season is a full time job (granted, one that requires a wifebeater instead of a suit and a Ward Burton mini-cooler instead of briefcase, but a job nonetheless). No man this side of Mike Joy can follow the series with any degree of regularity or depth do to its sheer length.
After the July 18th off-week, the season concludes with 17 consecutive race weekends. That span goes from the end of July until the Homestead finale in mid-November. I'll spare you the burden of addition and tell you that equates to 28 races in 29 weeks. Fuck me.Some sports have pretty crazy schedules. But, the difference between motor racing and, say, the MLB is that baseball is a sport that needs to be played daily. Baseball players need daily games to find rhythm at the plate and to further perfect their Skoal skills. Games need to be played everyday so drunken businessmen have an outlet to imbibe at noon on a Tuesday. Stock car racing is not baseball. While races happen every weekend instead of daily, the effort needed to transport teams, cars, and personnel to any number of tracks across the country makes the task of staging a weekly NASCAR event more daunting than anything the MLB scheduling folks could fathom.
But, enough stick-and-ball comparisons. If you want more on those activities take solace that MLB team's have 130 more games this season, and the NBA Playoffs will continue until sometime in December.
On to racing.
*What to know:
Talladega is big. Like Daytona (only other restrictor-plate track on circuit), Talladega features racing that looks more like a single clump of advertisement-laden drones circulating at something far less than terminal velocity than actual closed-circuit racing. Many people hate this form of racing. Alas, the criticisms of restrictor-plate racing have been discussed ad nauseam and to the point of cliche. There is no point to further trash the institution as NASCAR will never modify their stance on the devices. Just brace for the "big one" and enjoy the ride.
*It was a wreck at Talladega that caused NASCAR to implement restrictor-plates at the Alabama track and Daytona. The thought of a 200+mph stock car traveling into the grandstands was a bit too much for NASCAR. Witness Bobby Allison in 1987:
The most successful team owner in terms of victories at Talladega is Rick Hendrick. The man has 10 victories at the uberspeedway. I would like to say there is a chance for other teams to post a 'w' in Bama, but that would be a lie and it's illegal to lie on the internet. If a car owned by anyone other than Rick Hendrick wins on Sunday I will personally fight a lion. Barehanded. Also, the car that is leading with 10-laps remaining will not win this race. That is really all you need to know. Here, I'll put that information into easy-to-read bullet points:- Hendrick car to win
-Big wreck will happen
-Late race lead change
-Ridebuyer might have to fight a lion
This race is rather straight forward.
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*Who to watch:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: The odds-on favorite to win Sunday and break his winless streak as it approaches two years. Sunday's race is the 300th Cup series start for Junior. His record at restrictor-plate events is pretty damn impressive (five wins, seven top-fives and nine top-tens). His first point-paying win for Hendrick has to come soon, and Talladega seems like a logical choice to bust through the proverbial hymen of victory lane. He is also third in points and is coming off of a P7 in Phoenix.
Jeff Gordon: Like Earnhardt, Gordon is still looking for his first win of season. Like Earnhardt, Gordon is the balls at Talladega. He has the most wins (6) of any active driver in Bama, plus swept last season's 'dega races. His average 'dega finish is inside the top-15 (that is since 1993, mind you). There is no reason why Gordon will not be near the front for the duration of Sunday.
Carl Edwards: Call him the best of the rest. Since Edwards is not in a Hendrick-mount this weekend, he will not win. But, only having two drivers in the 'Who to Watch' portion of the preview is quite homosexual. In the spring race of 2005 Edwards had posted a fifth place finish. That is about the extent of his success at the big track. He finished forth last race and leads this season's win tally with three. If this was Las Vegas, Edwards would be the strongest of the "field" bets. But, if this was Las Vegas, you'd also be getting blown by a hooker you met outside of the Tropicana right now. This is definitely not Las Vegas.
Ryan Newman: The easy pick for a dark horse is Ryan Newman. I like taking the easy way out. He won the only other restrictor-plate race of the season, plus had top-10s in both Talladega races last year. He has been the class of the field this season for Dodge, and sits 12th in points. Enjoy the horse, Ryan.
*For those heading to the track:
Talladega is something of a Mecca for those folks who hold tailgating in a high regard. The 'dega infield is so expansive that the campgrounds therein can accommodate roughly the same number of people that reside in the entire state at any given time. Booze, orgies and novelty beads are all hot commodities. A first hand account of Talladega debauchery can be found here. The campgrounds open on Tuesday of race week and don't close until the next Monday. That is six full days of pregaming. My god, Rick James would be hard-pressed to sustain the party for that duration (you know, if he wasn't already dead). The most shocking (horrifying) aspect of the infield experience is the cost. There is none. If you have a ticket to Sunday's race, you can live at the track for an entire week. This means the mechanism in place to keep grifters, gypsies and other societal-drains out of legitimate sporting events has been removed. God help you. Any race week that occurs without a declared marshal-law is almost unheard of. Further track regulations (if you can call a complete free-for-all 'regulations') are here.
1 JEFF BURTON
2 KYLE BUSCH
3 DALE EARNHARDT, JR
4 JIMMIE JOHNSON
5 KEVIN HARVICK
6 DENNY HAMLIN
7 TONY STEWART
8 CLINT BOWYER
9 CARL EDWARDS
10 GREG BIFFLE
11 KASEY KAHNE
12 RYAN NEWMAN
Next weekend: Richmond International Raceway. Dog fighting theme? I think that's a safe bet.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Danica Patrick's win 'going to be . . . remembered'
Let us play count the Asians. I got 14.
Perhaps the headline should have read, Danica Patrick's win 'going to be... remembered' by a handful of locals and two dozen sad statesiders watching an obscure cable network late at night.
That's probably too lengthy, come to think of it.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
While making daily rounds through the internets to find the latest in motor racing hullabaloo (some broad in Motegi won a race, in case you hadn't heard), RB stumbled upon an updated bio picture for ESPN/NSSN reporter John Oreovicz. Pardon the small size, but Chris Hansen should still be notified. Immediately.
Have a seat... John
Friday, April 18, 2008
IndyCar Series- Motegi: 12:00am-2:00am (L) ESPN 2
Nationwide Qualifying- Mexico City: 11:30am-1:00pm (L) ESPN 2
ARCA Re/Max- Iowa: 1:30pm-4:00pm (L) Speedtv
IndyCar Replay- Motegi: 3:00pm-5:00pm (R) ESPN
Rolex Sports Car Series- Mexico City: 4:00pm-7:00pm (L) Speedtv
American Le Mans Series- Long Beach: 12:30pm-2:30pm (R) ABC
Nationwide Series-Mexico City: 1:30pm-5:30pm (L) ESPN
Champ Car-Long Beach: 5:30pm-7:30pm (L) ESPN2
*All information from tvracer.com
For a silly comparison, note that Ridebuyer's current track mount was less than the cost of two wheels for the Viper. Still wanna go racing?
6 people 12 hrs per day for 7 days that is 504 man hours average 40.00 per hr: $20,160.00
Entire light weight body minus the roof: $15,795.00
Paint and graphics: $3,000
1 set of BBS wheels: $4850.00
Brake components destroyed: $8500.00
Both rear axles: $1450.00
Suspension components destroyed: $6250.00
Chassis Repair: $7150.00
U-Haul for chassis to Dodge repair facility: $1700
1 set of tires: $2300.00
Both headlight assembly: $2250.00
Exhaust 1 side: $1800.00
Rear toe links: $441.00
2 shocks: $7100.00
Steering rack: $852.00
Front sway bar: $1150.00
The only thing cheap in Long Beach? Gin and tonic and chronic.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Here is the latest audio from the Mosley orgy.
Here is an interview with one of the hookers involved.
Looking for pictures of the ladies involved? You're in luck.
For those who haven't seen it, the original video has made its way to YouTube. Enjoy the embedded version.
And more folks are jumping on the "Mosley must resign bandwagon." The latest, Jackie Stewart.
Don't worry, Ridebuyer will stay on top of further Mosley-developments... By "stay on top of" we mean copy and paste images from other sites, of course. Enjoy.
All images obtained from NoW.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
ESPN Pit Reporting: Indy Car Series
USAC Pit Reporting: USAC Thunder on The Outdoor Channel
CBS Sports: The NCAA Final Four-Man on the Street Reporter
ESPN: PBA-segment writer
Panther Racing: Timing and Scoring
Frank N. Magid training
Interview skills (from Grammy nominees, to Indy 500 4-time Champion, to "Joe sports fan" on the street
Knowledge of ENG equipment
Graduated Cum Laude from New York University
BFA in Theater/minor in Journalism
--Charismatic --Good storyteller --Quick learner
--Passionate --Fact finder --Team Player
--Outgoing --Flexible --Personable
--Determined --Multi-tasker --Dedicated
--Hard working --Goal-oriented --Sports enthusiast
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Each week Ridebuyer delves deep into the misunderstood, oft terrifying, world of American saloon-car racing known as NASCAR.
TV: Fox 8:00pm EST (Saturday night)
Apart from dealing with lunar cycles, teams faces with very real possibility of being accosted by traveling bands of Mexican bandits while in the desert. These 'conquistadors' have been known to hijack team transporters, pilfer items from memorabilia trailers, kidnap gringos, and otherwise raise hell when NASCAR goes to the desert. Any team that keeps the brown gypsies at bay will stand an even money shot at finding victory lane come nightfall. Teams with proven bandit-fighting abilities are Hendrick Motorsports, DEI and Roush-Fenway Racing. Other outfits have been not so successful. No one can forget the great heist of 2003 when the Wood Brothers' pitbox was hitched-up to a conquistador mule and carted off of pit road. Glen Wood hasn't been seen since.
Winning races cannot be discounted. Carl Edwards wins races. His consistency this season has been hit or miss, but no one will argue with three wins at this juncture in the year. Edwards has a finishing average of 14.7 this season, with four finishes in the top-10 (four top-10 finishes when three of those finishes come from wins = inconstant). Edwards is sitting tenth in the points, with two career top-fives at PIR. He starts third on Saturday night, and is the best hope for Ford in finding victory lane this weekend.
The old-guy has been quick at PIR this weekend, qualifying forth for DEI. Martin only has one Cup victory at PIR in his centuries of racing (that win came in 1993). But in 22 Cup starts at PIR, Martin has amassed an average finish of 9th. 9th, since 1988... Let that sink in. Martin was running in the top-10 at PIR when people were watching Punky Brewster. That is fucking crazy. Watch for him on Saturday.
*For those heading to the track:
PIR likes to be anal with the whole BYOB thing. They claim that state law prevents people from bringing cerveza into the stands. Nobody believes this. Here is your overtly-lame, blatantly homosexual tailgating info.
|4||Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Apparently this occupation is now open to anyone who can type with his or her knuckles, no education or experience required. No need for a degree or employment, just crown yourself a bloggist, start typing and apply for that credential.
Amazing how that works. If I tried to be a plumber with no experience or training, I’d get stomped by guys with pipe wrenches and exposed butt cracks. But any fool with a computer and a MySpace page can play journalist, and the rules of the business are no longer acknowledged (or even known).
Most blogs (motor racing and otherwise) are shit. This is not deniable. But, the IndyCar Series is not the NBA or MLB. Those leagues have "fans" and mainstream media coverage. As soon as the IndyCar Series gets those two elements (outside of Indy in May) maybe, just maybe, their media-relation folks can be choosy with press passes. Until that happens, credentials should be issued to every man, women and derelict with a MySpace account who shows any interest. Yes, Bums with typewritters need press passes. (Even if only to raid the food line and pen 50 words about the race to post on a YMCA wall.)
As Olson says (in the full article), cheering in the media center is a no-no, but, fuck me, at least people were there. If access was restricted to only traditional print guys, there would be three people reporting on an event. God only knows what Olson, Cavin and Phillips would do in an empty media center. Gross.
Props to Olson though... he seems like an equal opportunity hater of all media center-types, that are not him. Inclusion is important.
Let’s get right to the point. Sportswriters suck. I don’t mean suck as in they have no talent, but suck as in they have no talent and are utter bores. Hell certainly must be a roomful of sportswriters after the free buffet runs dry. They know it all, of course; just ask them. They’ll be happy to tell you, often with the breath of a yak.
If Ridebuyer follows Olson's argument, he hates most people, not just bloggers. We can respect this.
Strange, we went from not really liking Olson, to being confused by Olson, and now enjoying Olson and his rage. Weird.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Needless to say, he had fallen off of the radar since his suspension from NASCAR-sanctioned events. Alas, he has resurfaced in an article appearing in ESPN the Magazine. Pause for dramatic impact. And cue the bombshell. Fike says he shot up on race days. Be forewarned, this will bring many TV commentaries from folks not qualified to report on motor racing, or its drivers. Skip Bayless, this is you.
This "sporting star-romantic interest at game" ploy has been done with varying outcomes in the stick and ball world, but this is a first for motorsports. By Hough merely attending the 500, ripple effects would be felt by Castroneves. But she is preforming. Karma is nothing to be trifled with in the sporting world, and this has the makings of a large, well, trifle. Using two classic stick and ball examples, it's clear that Castroneves will not escape the young lass's song unscathed.
Hough's presence will impact Castroneves in one of two ways:
Tony Romo-Jessica Simpson syndrome will set in, causing Castroneves, distraught at the sight of his quasi-lover, to have a pace lap meltdown similar to this:
The mainstream media creamed over Romo's inability to preform under pressure with his GF in game attendance. Castroneves fans should hope this form of retardation does not befall their dancing inclined racing driver. You may even wish to urge Hough to stay home. We recommend sending her a MySpace message, to deliver your words of angst.
The flip side of the coin leads to sweet success and ultimate triumph.
The Josh Beckett-Danielle Peck syndrome will elevate Castroneves to new levels of performance, all but securing his victory in the Great Race. (This is a more obscure example that stems from the 2007 ALCS when the Cleveland Indians brought an ex-flame of Red Sox's pitcher Josh Beckett to sing the national anthem. The unfazed Beckett threw a gem).
You've got two choices son, the easy way or the Hough way. Hope it works for you Helio.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Since the dust has settled on the biggest (on-track) IndyCar story of the short season, Ridebuyer feels compelled to take a walk down memory lane. Like the elderly incontinent man who feeds pigeons in the park, we will paint you a picture of days gone by. We are taking a trip back to a simpler time. A time when the McRib captured the imagination of both fat and skinny alike, and where the collective hopes of a nation rested with a humble ex-Governor of Massachusetts named Michael Dukakis. Yes, in honor of young-Rahal's accomplishment, we're going back to the time of our 19th year on earth! Think VH1's "I Love the ___ties" series but with less Hal Sparks.
Here-in no particular order- is the Ridebuyer list of things we were doing when 19 years-old. (Notice winning an IndyCar race is not on the list).
* Giving homeless people Arby's coupons in exchange for the purchase of Fosters tallboys.
* Lamenting the fact that the latest expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator was a piece of shit and totally not worth $19.95.
* Thinking South Park was hilarious.
* Reading The Catcher in the Rye and completely relating to the plight of Holden Caulfield.
* Smoking Marlboro reds for a week until our jean jacket (complete with Rage Against the Machine patches) started to stink/we ran out of money.
* Thinking about beer.
* Attempting to buy beer.
* Attempting to speak with girls. (Results? Lacking.)
Cheers to you Graham Rahal, you appear to be much cooler and more successful at 19 than any of us were at that age, or could hope to be in the future. Fuck that. Here is gratuitous Homer Simpson video to make us feel better... Just change the lyrics from 17 to 19.
* The IndyCar Series hit the streets/runways of St. Petersburg. If qualifying was any indication (it was), Champ Car ex-pats were going to be a force. For Sunday, the rains came, Graham Rahal won, and the world was told a riveting tale about Oriol Servia and his passion for Salvador Dali. Plus, someone at ABC/ESPN thought it would be a good idea to let Brienne Pedigo do the victory lane interview. As per norm, she shit the bed. It was awful. Here are your results. Aside from Rahal, a big props to EJ Viso, finishing p4 for HVM.
*NASCAR's top two divisions were in action at the Texas Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards took Sunday's Cup race, besting Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.
*It was Kyle Busch who took his first Nationwide event of the season. Watching either race was one non-stop cowboy related cliche, complete with Jeff Hammond in a cowboy hat. Pretty sweet.
* F1 raced in the Middle-East (presumably in the Green Zone), Max Mosley was not. Felipe Massa won, more impressively Robert Kubica finished third, lofting BMW to the top of the Constructors Championship.
* The ALMS was on the streets of St. Pete. Their race was dry. Results. Thumbs up for ABC/ESPN coverage. I hope you like this race, because it will be around for a while longer.
Friday, April 4, 2008
This week: Texas. Where everything is bigger. (And this guy lives.)
TV: Fox 1:30pm EST
Location: Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX)
Distance: 500 miles/334 laps
2007 Texas winners: J. Burton (spring race); J. Johnson (fall race).
*What to know:
Fast things happen in Texas. Why? you ask. Because Texas is fucking huge. Have you ever driven anywhere Texas? If you need to get somewhere in that God-forsaken state and happen to find yourself not already in the place you need to be, you're in for a trek. Even the simplest of travel activities can become a death march in Texas. Driving from town to town at anything less than triple-digit speeds is likely to suck the life from your day and spoil any time sensitive plans you were stupid enough to make. A quick drive to the grocery store? Four hours. Need to rent a movie? Two hours to your neighborhood Blockbuster. Looking to score some Rx pills or knockoff purses'? Well, Mexico is surprisingly close (Juarez is less than 30-minutes away from every major city in Texas, if I'm reading this map correctly).
Driving fast is a way of life in Texas. Vast expanses of highway (and no laws to speak of) leads to pickup trucks that barrel down the middle of the road, hell bent on bump drafting your family's AreoStar back to Abilene. If the old adage the speed kills is true, than Texas is full of murderers. Maybe that's the cause of the Texans' infatuation with the death penalty. It could also be the reason why 100,000 fans will pack the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday for a stockcar race.
The satellite view of the track fails to give a perspective that shows the corner banking. (Because it's a satellite, dumbass) This track features 24-degrees of slope in the corners, making the course the 1.5 mile circuit equivalent of Bristol. To put is in perspective, the now-defunct Champ Car series attempted to race at this track in 2001 but the event had to be canceled after drivers became dizzy and disorientated after weekend practice sessions. Granted, the Champ Cars were lapping the circuit about 40mph faster than a stockcar could ever dream of going, but the track certainly means business. Case in point: See the remains of Michael McDowell's car after Friday's qualifying wreck. Gross.
*Who to watch:
Tony Stewart: Old Smoke has yet to wheel his Camry (the still sounds incredibly gay) into victory lane. His teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing have all managed a tally a win this season, and Stewart is a is likely feeling the itch to join his mates. Stewart his seven career top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway and one victory (fall race, 2006). It's no secret that fast tracks light Stewart's fire. He has to work his way to the front from mid pack (starting 24th) Sunday, but remains a guy to keep an eye on.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior joins Stewart in the sick group of drivers that seem most adept at racing on fast, high-banked ovals. Atlanta is Earnhardt's favorite track, and that course's similarity to Texas is staggering. He is forth in points going into Sunday's race (the highest of Hendrick Motorsport's four entries), and has a three top five finishes at Texas with one win. Add that to his starting position Sunday-the pole- and we have a clear favorite.
Jeff Burton: The current series' points leader has two career wins at Texas including a 'W' from the last time the Cup guys were in Fort Worth. Burton's lowest finish of the year has been 13th, and he has two straight top five finishes (including a win at Bristol). He starts 35th on Sunday (wait, that's not that too good), but expect him to hook up with Stewart and move from back to front.
Juan Montoya: The foreign-guy starts 11th on Sunday, and has shown speed at Texas in his limited Lone-Star experience. (He has a top-10 in his two career starts and an average finish of 16.5. He qualified third for the fall race last season.) He is, well, a dark horse.
*For those heading to the track:
The Texas Motor Speedway wants you to have fun while at the track. Here is your tailgating information. Pack your cooler and have a gas in the grandstands. For those with hemorrhoid issues, the track does allow ass cushions. George Brett is thankful.Traffic seems to be an issue around the track, so be prepared to wait whilst waiting to get to the parking lots. Also, some Ridebuyer editors (okay, it was me) had their (my) Dodge Neon rental car hit in the TMS parking lot in 2000 during the IRL race. The bastard drove off. Be advised, Texas race fans are criminals.
1. Jeff Burton
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Greg Biffle
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Kyle Busch
6. Tony Stewart
7. Kasey Kahne
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Jeff Gordon
10. Jimmie Johnson
11. Ryan Newman
12. Clint Bowyer
*Next Week, Phoenix. More Mexican jokes? I think so.
From today's qualifying session at Texas:
Ridebuyer is willing to wager McDowell never hit the wall that hard whilst racing in Star Mazda.