Track Trash – Sprint Unlimited ‘13
He has a glib tongue, and seemed more relaxed than blabbermouth Mikey.
He will be destined to the booth once his career is over.
Howdy: I apologize. 2012 was not the best of my reporting efforts, and I’m gonna try hard to get back to ‘normal’. I’m hoping the Gen-6 car will contribute to a turnaround for all of us, cuz NA$CAR was certainly headed in the wrong direction. No more two car tangos at the super speedways, thankyouverymuch., and better racing at all the other tracks, too.
NA$CAR.com: I’m tryin’ real hard to cut ‘em some slack, but their new site kinda sucks. It’s big and splashy (and confusing), but I need to wait until a couple of races have been run to see how they’re gonna handle it. Right now I’m questioning why some big dufus in NA$CAR headquarters said “gee, instead of paying some outsider all that money to run our .com, why don’t we just do it ourselves?”. BECAUSE IT’S GONNA TAKE YOU THREE YEARS TO FIGURE IT OUT, YOU IDIOT.
DennyHambone: Denbone needs to grow up and take a dose of reality. It’s one thing to live with your mate, and it happens all the time, but (in my humble opinion) it’s quite another thing to have a child and continue living like nothing happened. Hey, Bonehead, if you feel so insecure, get her to sign a pre-nup !!! You’re supposed to be setting standards for all the kids sitting in the stands, and watching you in Hi Def. Instead of acting like the village idiot, just do the right thing.
Park it: Sounds like there’s finally some impetus to eliminate the number of Start-N-Parks, and I’m all for it. Reduce their purses so they’ll have to think long and hard before they commit to a few measly laps. If they have to save up to run a handful of real races, then so be it. Or reduce the number of cars from 43 to 35….and make ‘em all qualify on speed. Shake up the status quo and get back to some good hard racing.
Dollar Bill: Wild Bill Elliott finally hanging up his safety belts? His “I’m taking away from somebody else getting in a car” was right on spot. What a breath of fresh air. Now, if we could get Lebonte (yeah, both of ‘em) to join him, it might get more exciting. If NA$CAR would eliminate the ‘past Champion provisional’ spot, it would give drivers like Elliott Sadler a better chance of breaking back into Cup cars. Yeah, it might be a bit too early to push SirMark into his rocking chair, but me thinks he’s about ready to take a step or two in that direction.
Prelude: With the National Anthem, there was a request for everyone to remove their hats. Everyone….except Kyle, who was wearing some kind of dweeb ski cap. Yeah, it was a tad cool, but a ski cap? Before and after the Anthem, the manly type were wearing their regular ball caps, or nothing at all. But leave it to Kyle to make his own kind of statement.
Gen-6: No past notes to dwell upon, so most everyone is going with a clean slate. Racing was good, but this car still lacks one important necessity. Remember years ago when Earnhardt (Sr.) was able to drive up the middle of the pack (in no-man’s land) all by himself? We’ve somehow lost that ability to drive away from the pack. Maybe they can fine-tune it back in, but maybe not. We shall wait and see.
Da Race: Two (2) laps into the first 30 laps, Texas Terry dropped out with a “vibration” (which somehow they failed to pick up in all the practice they did at the track). Two stinkin’ laps, and he again made a statement why we should not allow Start-N-Park cars on the track. They should fine the car(s) that do this, and post news belittling any driver that does it. Yeah, I’m a tad biased on this subject.
Segment 1: Lap 15 was The Big One, caused by none other than Smoke, who tried to drive down to the lower groove, and clipped someone’s nose. Those two cars managed to continue, but the 18, 55, 24, 48, 11, 56 and 78 cars were all caught up via an accordion effect. MattyBoy was strong through most of the segment, but Smoke managed to take it toward the end.
Segment 2: More pack racing. Jr. came down into Smoke, but both continued on. Jr. must’ve had some lingering effects, cuz he never was a factor after that. Happy won the segment.
Segment 3: Not much bump drafting except for the straightaways. The upper line was somewhat competitive, but not like a railroad. Happy drove a smart race at the end by blocking any line that would have gone by him.
From the payout, drivers had to be in either 1st or 2nd place to pick up the real dough. Anything below that was chump money.
Are we happy with the Gen-6 car? Well, it eliminated the ‘two to tango’ issue, but seems to lack the ability to make a strong move on the track. Let’s bite our tongue until we see a few more races at Daytona.
Heaps of 3’s all over yer case of Bud,
Racing Maniac #3
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