A Day at the Races

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Cliff Tanner
Owner & Host
Radio Speed Talk
Cliff Dawg Media
A Day at the Races aka

The Life and Times of Kenny Barr

No I am not talking about the Marx Brothers movie.

A wild night at Anderson Speedway turned to a trip to the hauler for our won Kenny Barr. For those of you who may not know not only is he cohost of Speed Talk but he is the announcer for a traveling series called the Top Speed Modified Series.

With the Top Speed boys making their first appearance at Anderson in a few years it turned into a night to remember for the brave race fans. The weather was already at 40 degree but with the wind it was a lot colder.

Scott Coe and ‘Flying’ Brian Nester was the class of the field. Coe lead took the lead early and was immediately followed by Nester. Both drivers lapped the entire field on the final lap turned out to be the most exciting of the night.

For two laps prior Nester continued to be on the bumper of Coe trying to loosen him up to take the lead. Coe the experienced driver he is kept Nester at bay until the final turns. In the back stretch Nester bumped Coe and got him loose but Coe did a great job of staying in front until turn three.

Coe spent turns three and the middle of four until he lost control and collected four cars including third place racer Jerry Hammond. Nester cruised to the finish line after coming out of his spin in the altercation under caution.

There was some confusion for a few minutes as to what the finishing order would be. After unfolding it Nester won. Chris Jennings got his lap back under the caution to finish second followed by Coe, Chris Jennings and Mark Bott. Hammond on his way to his best career finish in the Top Speed Modified Series to a ninth place finish.

Well as Nester was taking pictures and collecting his trophy while enjoying the minute got a visit. As he was talking to the announcer about his win Coe came from his car in turn three and proceeded to give Coe a piece of his mind. Coe apparently believed that he was wrecked on purpose. As for the fans I believe they may have sided with Coe.

I don’t know about you but I don’t believe it was a discussion over where they would meet for drinks later. No fist flew but it came pretty close. Coe was very upset because it destroyed his car.

During the interview Nester admitted that he got into Coe but backed off. Coe I don’t think believed him.

Well as Kenny and I walked into the pits we ran into a track official who will remain nameless. We told him what had happened about a close fist fight. He smiled and said that is the way it should be. Do it on the rack and not in the pits. Let the fans see it.

Well you would think it would end there. Oh no. As we walked a little further into the pits Kenny was called into the little white hauler. Now we always hear about the Big Red trailer in NASCAR. But with the Top Speed Modifieds it is the little white hauler. Well I walked over with Kenny and stood outside.

As I stood there Nester was called the hauler. As soon as Nester entered everyone was evicted from the trailer except for Kenny, Coe and Nester as well as the series brass. Well I have to tell you this was an experience for me. However our very own Kenny Barr got to stay inside the entire meeting. I assume there was a reason. Yes I know Kenny can’t tell us what happened in there but hell with it was cool a member of Speed Talk got to be part of it.

Congrats Kenny for being where you were. I am proud to call you a Speed Talk brother. Now I just need to see what bribe you would take to tell me what happened. Just kidding Kenny, Congrats.

With all of that there were two other series that ran on the night. The MEP Late Model Series was just as exciting although there was no meeting at the start finish line.

Danny Trent won his 81st career race in the MEP Series. Trent was running in third place for the first half of the race.

Heath Sterkowitz was holding off Josh Cave for the better part of the race. Cove continued to tap his bumper to try and loosen up Sterkowitz. They eventually spun and the caution came out. With the altercation both Sterkowitz and Cove had to start in the back.

Trent took the lead after the caution and checked out from the rest of the field and pretty much guaranteed the win. Sterkowitz and Cove drove through the field quickly but couldn’t catch Trent on their worn out tires from the spin.

Trent said during the interview that he has had some great cars and some not so great cars but he was happy to win. Trent again was followed by Sterkowitz, Cove, Jeff Marcum and Jeff Williams for the top five.

In the front wheel series Jerry Dane used an inside move on Trevor Henson to take the checkered flag. Dane was followed by Chris Jennings, Elliot McKinnley, Henson and Marshal Clark Jr.

All in all it was a great night of racing for Anderson Speedway. Kudos go to the Rick Dawson and the staff. Double Kudos to all of the fans who braved the cold and stuck throughout the whole night. Kenny and I joked and wondered on whether we would finish before the racing ended. In case you wondering we beat it.

Again thank you Rick Dawson for hosting Speed Talk for the night. We got to meet some great people and fans. Denny Adams the track announcer gave us all of the inside dope on the racers. Thank you to all for the wonderful experience.

I am telling you race fans if you have never been to Anderson you need to check it out. Bottom line, you need to support your local and area tracks wherever it may be. If you don’t you are missing a hell of a time,

I’m Outta here!

Blowing ‘Smoke’ Up Your Tail Pipe

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Written by Cliff Tanner

Host of Radio Speedtalk and Balance Contributor

Two weeks of promises. Tow very long weeks of anticipation. All it did was remind me of Heinz Catsup. Really?

Don’t get me wrong it was a great race Sunday at Martinsville. The race wasn’t a total disappointment. It was typical Martinsville short track racing. There was a great amount of beating and banking for sure. New rivalries started I believe. But not like Fontana.

Tony Stewart promised to get Joey Logano back for his blocking of Stewart at Fontana. Now granted I know that it doesn’t necessarily mean it would be the nest race but you can’t tell me you weren’t looking for it too. Hell the whole NASCAR Nation was looking for it. Tell me I’m wrong.

There were a couple of opportunities for it to happen. Logano was very strong early on in the race. He came around Stewart with no issues at all. Now you tell me that you were not thinking alright here we go.

Now I have to believe that there are several reasons for that. One is that being early in the season no one wanted to take the chance and get fined or lose points. Secondly Stewart admitted that it was so last race. Yes there can be some tempers that flare up and they can say they forget.

Yeah right I believe that last one. You see in all the years I have been around racing a driver never forgets. The memory of an elephant they say. There will be repercussions I can promise you that. However it could be weeks, months or even years.

Now that I have said that we find Joey Logano with some more enemies. Yes I know Denny Hamlin said that he is upset and he won’t forget. Believe it or not I am not talking about that. I am not sure how many of you caught the comment made by Kurt Busch earlier in the race. Busch had cut down a tire and had to head to pit road. They played audio later and he said, “You know that was the 22 that caused that.”  Poor Joey.

I will tell you this I am so glad to see Logano start to be the driver I felt he was capable of being. He is out there starting to not take anything from anybody. He is just starting to finally earn the respect of the other drivers. Remember it wasn’t all that long ago that his teammate Brad Keselowski went through the same thing.

Enough about that. Yes there was still a race that went one. What a race it turned out to be. Jimmie Johnson took the pole and dominated the race. He led a total of 376 of 500 laps. It wasn’t without drama though I guarantee you that.

After having a car that just didn’t work right Jeff Gordon and his crew got that 24 car fixed right and he was charging hard. He was picking off drivers like they put a jet engine in his car. He definitely had the car to beat on the long run. However a late caution flag meant he had to finish the race on a less than 20 lap race.

Gordon had driven through the field to second place when Kurt Busch caught tire and crashed into the wall. It was a sight to see. We witnessed what the under the hood fire extinguisher can do. It put out the engine fire out fast.

So with Johnson and first and Gordon in second we were sure to see a great finish. However with Gordon not doing well and Johnson starting on the inside made it a tough task. Johnson immediately ran to the bottom and put some distance on the rest of the field. Jimmie cruised to victory the rest of the way. The win broke a tie for third place on the all time wins list at Martinsville. Johnson took home his eighth grandfather clock.

Clint Bowyer came in second followed by Jeff Gordon. Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. Mark Martin who substituted for Denny Hamlin in the 11 car overcame a horrible day to finish 10th. Marcos Ambrose started second but had some bad racing luck as well but recovered to finish eighth.

However the most impressive drive of the day came from a rookie. Danica Patrick spun out early in the race. Twice she came back from two laps down. She drove a nice clean race and until the final lap she had the best looking car out there. I don’t mean mechanical wise but clean. Hardly a dent or scratch on it. Which as you know is pretty damn good for Martinsville.

Whether you love her or hate Danica she gained a lot of respect from me. She got out there on the track with the feeling of just wanting to get some time and experience on the track. She got it alright. She finished 12th overall. She was also the top finishing rookie in the race.

Now earlier I said two things. One is that a new rivalry started and that Danica had a clean car until the last lap. Now on the last lap Brian Vickers who I would say had the worst looking car out there cosmetically decided to have a drag race with Danica, Kevin Harvick and himself. He banged off of Danica several times which in turn she banged into Harvick. Danica held her own and won the drag race. Harvick finished 14 and Vickers 13.

Well apparently Harvick didn’t like the move and turned Vickers as they crossed the finish line. As we all know Harvick doesn’t like to take stuff off others more than most. It didn’t stop there. As they approached the pits Harvick turned into Vickers a couple of more times to let him know his displeasure. So there you go a new rivalry. Funny thing was it wasn’t covered very heavily by FOX.

Well the bottom line here folks is simply this. If you saw the race you will see why I say we need more short tracks. NASCAR was built on the short tracks and they should remain that way. Kenny Wallace has agreed with me on Speed Talk. He mentioned that we should put some short tracks inside the bigger ones. This was we have one race that is the big race and the second be the short track. I agree Kenny Wallace.

I’m outta here,

 

 

NASCAR Not the Only Controversy Today

F1 carWritten by  Cliff Tanner
Radio Speedtalk

Ok race fans there was a ton of quality racing today. We had the IRL start their season. Earlier in the day F1 ran their race and then NASCAR ran at Fontana.

Yes there was excitement in all three of the race series today. However in this particular article I will be touching on the IRL premier and the F1 race. God knows that NASCAR will need their own page after what happened today. I promise it will come soon.

In the F1 series there was a bit of tempers flaring and controversy. Sad part it was between teammates and didn’t involve a crash or a push. Crazy isn’t it. Oh I suppose you want to know.

As well all know if you are an F1 fan the Red Bull team certainly and tend to dominate the sport. They have two of the best drivers in the series. They have produced some championships.

Yes I am talking about l. With just a couple of laps left Weber was leading the race. Vettel was second as you might well imagine. Well a directive was given to Vettel from team owners to stay behind Weber and let him win.

Well Mr. Vettel took a page from Honest Abe Lincoln’s book today. Now before I go on for you who don’t know how President Lincoln worked it went like this; Lincoln would ask his cabinet for their opinions and what they should do. Now you would think he would listen and sway their way. Well he would ponder then say no.

That’s tight Vettel did the same and passed his teammate Weber on the last lap and won the race. Now here we go immediately the whining started. Yes whining not winning although Vettel did do that.

Well Sebastian apologized to Weber and Red Bull Owners. Come on really?

F1 this is why you have a hard time making fans in the US. Too much team orders and certainly not too much racing. That is the truth.

Now I have to go away from the F1 baby momma drama.

Huge congratulations to James Hinchcliffe. He made a tremendous pass of Helio Castroneves late in the race to hold Castroneves for his first career win. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

Funny how things work out in racing. Yesterday I was on The Balance Sports radio show on Saturday. Tom Marquis asked me who we need to look out for this year. Immediately I mentioned that James Hinchcliffe would have a break out year. He made me look good and I appreciate that.

Hinchcliffe took over the Go Daddy ride when Danica Patrick left. Andretti Motorsports made a huge statement today with the win. I really don’t believe that Hinchcliffe is done.

Another driver I want to point out is Simona De Silverstro. She had a career best finish today. Although she finished sixth she should have been higher. With just a couple of laps left she began to have tire issues. She just had no traction left and went from third to sixth. She ran in the top four most of the day.

Now there were some interesting things that happened to day in St. Petersburg. Dario Franchitti went out of the race early. He had some equipment problems.

Now for the bone head driver of the day Award.  And the trophy goes to J.R. Hildebrand. WOW is all I can say. Now I know this has happened before I am sure. But J.R. apparently was looking at his maps or his gauges or something. By doing this he ran into the wall and ran over the back tires of Will Power. Power ended up in 14 after running in top five most of the day.

Bottom line don’t text and drive. Dang man don’t you watch commercials or read billboards.

Now with here is the bottom bottom line. Great racing. Weird happenings. This is a great start to what I believe will be a great year in IRL. Watch the drama unfold we have the makings of a mad dash to the championship.

Oh yeah. Danica who? Congrats again to James Hinchcliffe. Not only was this his first win but Go Daddy’s first as well. Yeah Danica who?

STOP!!!!! REFLECT!!!

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Written by Cliff Tanner from Radio Speed Talk

STOP!!!!! REFLECT!!!! PRAY!!!!!!

When I reflect on all of the events of the Nationwide race today at Daytona I find myself wondering what is the problem with people. Now I know I may upset some people with my following thoughts but then again I am not afraid to speak my mind.

First I have been watching the Twitter action from fans, media and drivers. For the most part it has been very deep concern and prayers for everyone who may have been affected. It has always been my thoughts that the NASCAR Nation always come together when a horrific crash happens.

However I have seen some that want to fight on who caused the accident. Now I can understand some of that because it is part of the NASCAR fan base. But some of it has been hateful. First I understand that people are upset but damn people stop and think of what you are doing. While you are spewing words of hate there are people who are in serious trouble and pain. I mean both the injured and their families. There is a time and a place for that. Wait not really. But we need to pause the hate and throw out the love and the prayers to all involved.

Secondly believe me when I say this. It is NOT NASCAR’s FAULT. Do you really think they sit around and think of ways to hurt people? REALLY? NASCAR and the NHRA are two racing entities that take their safety seriously. To both it is THE most important thing. This is a once in a lifetime horrific crash and no matter what anyone does you can never stop everything period. Kudos to NASCAR and everyone who works damn hard to ensure the safety not only of the participants but the fans as well.

Whether you believe it or not or it looks like or not the catch fence definitely did it’s job. If you remember the catch fence was built higher after Bodine’s accident in the Camping World Truck Series a few years back. Trust me when I say this; It could have been a hell of a lot worse.

Prayers also need to go out to Michael Annett for his injuries and hope he comes out fine.
Again please people stop and take time to send your thoughts and prayers to all involved.

NASCAR Nationwide – Thoughts and Prayers

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Written by Cliff Tanner from Radio Speed Talk

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

PRAYER TIME RACE FANS. With the horrific crash that ended the Nationwide Series race today at Daytona it is time the racing community comes together. Take some time and turn your thoughts and prayers to all fans that were injured.

If you missed the race here is what happened. On the last lap and dash to the finish line a multi car crash caused Kyle Larson to go airborne into the catch fence. As he went into the fence the front end of his car went through it and injured some fans. One of the tires flew into the upper deck. As this is still fairly new no official word has come from NASCAR or anyone else as to how many or what condition There are reports that at least 15 fans have been taken to the hospital.

Michael Annett also had a wreck a few laps earlier. It was similar to the type of crash that Dale Earnhardt Sr had when he lost his life twelve years ago. Annett was air lifted to Halifax Medical Center. It has been reported that he is awake and alert. Tests are being run on him to ensure he is alright. Prayers to him as well.

Here at radiospeedtalk.com, Speed Talk, and The Balance we all pray for the fans and their families.

WOW What a Finish!!!!!!!!!

Sprint Unlimited

 

WOW What a Finish!!!!!!!!!

Written by Cliff Tanner from Radio Speed Talk

Speed Talk Fans I will eat my words in a big way. Yes earlier I said there was no excitement for me tonight in this Sprint Unlimited race. Yes I almost turned it off as I recorded it but man I am so glad I didn’t. I can tell you this; the Gen6 car is the best thing to happen to NASCAR in awhile. It was a real treat to see the drivers control this race. This car is fast and gives it back to the drivers.

Congrats goes out to Kevin Harvick as he made two awesome blocks to hold off Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart for the win. He led 37 laps tonight. Unlike Obama a lame duck at the end of this term, Harvick wants to leave Richard Childress Racing as a winner. He made a statement tonight and is well on his way. yes I know this race is just a showcase but I saw the driver that Harvick used to be.

Tony Stewart made some people mad at him tonight. Stewart mad a move on lap 15 and brushed across Marcos Ambrose’s car and caused many people to check up and caused a nine car wreck which included two sets of teammates. They included Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin as well as Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. I have to say it was an agressive move by Stewart and a damn good one. IT was just racing.

I have to admit that it appears that if you want to win the Daytona 500 you have to be aggressive. Even Brad Keselowski said that. On a side note funny that the Sprint Cup defending champ didn’t qualify for the race. Clint Bowyer who finished second didn’t make the race either.

I was impressed with the way Matt Kenneseth drove tonight. He appeared he had the fastest car tonight he just couldn’t get any help. Matt who switched JGR this year lost his teammates in the earlier melee. He is also quietly becoming a good restrictor plate racer.

Joey Logano looked good in the 22 tonight ads well. I think the move to Penske will juice him up for the year. Sometimes change will make a huge difference in a driver. He will be a contender to compete in The Chase.

Overall there was some good racing going on. Aggressiveness seems to be the key. I am still not convinced that the fans should vote about the format. But like all sports entities they will continue to do so because the bias media will make sure of it. Or Sprint will pay enough money for it.

Sunday will be interesting. It is Qualifying day and today Danica Patrick had the fastest time in practice. Don’t get excited she still has to race. lol

I’m outta here.

This Week on The Balance – 12/15

 

The Balance
Airdate: December 15, 2012
Host: Tom Marquis

The Balance and Indy Pro Sports
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9:05-9:30: Radio Speed Talk Guys
9:05-9:20: SPECIAL GUEST – Roger Curtis – Michigan International Speedway President
9:30-10:00: College Saturday
10:00-10:02: Elizabeth the Greek
10:00-10:15: SPECIAL GUEST – Jeff CurtsBears Claws
10:15-10:30: A Look Around the NBA
10:30-11:00: Indy Pro Sports Fantasy Football Huddle

You don’t want to miss this week’s show. You can catch it LIVE on Blog Talk Radio on Saturday 9a-11a EST here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance/2012/12/15/the-balance. Also, feel free to call in to discuss racing, college football, college basketball, Elizabeth the Greek, NFL, NBA, and/or Fantasy Football with host Tom Marquis at (917) 889-8516.

Michigan Boy Gone Wild

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Cliff Tanner
Owner & Host
Radio Speed Talk
Cliff Dawg Media

Michigan Boy Gone Wild

2012 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski!!!!!!!!!!!! Roger Penske finally got his first championship in NASCAR Sprint Cup in 40 years.

What a great year for the #2 Miller Lite Dodge. Keselowski went into the final race up by 20 points. All he had to do was finish 15th or better to become the champion. Only problem was he had to do it against one the greatest champions in our time.

Jimmie Johnson was not going to go away quiet;y. He applied pressure throughout most of the race. At one time Johnson actually took the points lead at one point in the race. However a loose lug nut brought him into the pits for a penalty. To make things worse he broke something and never came back onto the track. Johnson showed some huge class as he came up onto the Speed Stage and congratulated Brad on live TV. Class is all I can say.

Congratulations need to go around big time as Clint Bowyer came in second in points. Last year many people thought he was crazy going to Michael Waltrip Racing. Looks to me like he made a great choice. MWR has become a major player in Sprint Cup. He had two in the Chase in Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr.. On top of that they have Mark MArtin and Brian Vickers. Bowyer has to become an early season favorite for next year. At least in the same breath as Keselowski and Johnson.

The rumble last week was definitely the climax of the whole thing. It was actually a pretty boring race otherwise. Jeff Gordon won the race this week one week after crashing Bowyer. I really thought for sure that Bowyer or Joey Logono would try this week. It is over,,,,,,,or is it. Could be the huge carry over to next year to start the season with a bang.

All of us at Speed Talk had predicted that Brad would win the championship this year. HE did with a lot of class. I have always commented on how laid back Brad was during the whole season. He will be a great champion and spokesman for NASCAR for the year. Can’t wait to see if he can do it again next year. There are at 42 other guys who will have something to say about that.

Just three short years ago Roger Penske took a chance on a young gangly from Michigan. They sat down and laid down a plan for Brad to do well. Little did he know that he would finally win his first NASCAR championship.

Also keep in mind Keselowski didn’t start in the Miller Lite Dodge. It wasn’t until Kurt Busch imploded that Penske gave the ride to Keselowski. He has done nothing but execute excellence in that car. He has been the replacement they have been looking for since Rusty Wallace retired.

Keselowski has come from a racing family. His father won the ARCA championship as well. Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave Brad a ride in the Nationwide Navy car. He won the championship there as well. He becomes only the second driver along with Bobby Labonte win both the NNS and Sprint Cup.

Earlier this year Penske had made the decision to run Fords next year. No one really knows or really understands why. Say what you want you are talking about Roger Penske. He does know what he is talking about and knows what he is doing. It is sad to say good bye to Dodge but no one has picked them up for next year. Going to be really interesting to see what happens here. If you ask my opinion Penske will turn Ford into a dominating force again. Just wait and see.

Great year NASCAR. Don’t agree with all of your decisions. Don’t agree with all of your penalties. But none-the-less a great year. Many changes coming in drivers crew chiefs and teams. Going to be exciting.

Only 98 days until Daytona Baby!!!!!!!

I’m outta here!!!!!

Champs Crowned

Written by

Cliff Tanner
Owner & Host
Radio Speed Talk
Cliff Dawg Media

Champs Crowned

What a great finish to another year in Nationwide series. A back to back champion and only the sixth in history to do it.

Congrats goes out to Rickey Stenhouse, Jr. as he won his second trophy in a row. So many times this year he appeared down and out. Somehow the just kept battling back to take over the points lead at 20 coming into Homestead. He got a little cocky at times but he pulled it out.

Stenhouse will be moving into the Sprint Cup Series next year for Roush Racing. He is ready that is for sure. Don’t look now Carl Edwards but here comes your potential replacement as the top dog on your team.

Elliot Sadler tried hard to win his first championship with the farewell tour and Richard Childress racing. Elliot had been pretty much been control of points for most of the year. Unlike Stenhouse Sad;er could not turn his bad fortunes around. Good job Elliot as you finished second.

Austin Dillon who stayed with striking distance all season long. Coming into the Nationwides series as a rookie he drove at times like a veteran, Dillon walks away hands down the Rookie of the Year Award.

Kyle Busch does not succeed in tying Mark Martin’s Nationwide Series record. Coming into 2012 Busch had one at least one race eight years in a row but can’t make it happen. Martin still holds the record of nine straight.

Looking forward to 2013 Regan Smith who will drive full time for JR Motorsports next year comes in with a dominating performance. He wins his first race back. He had not run Nationwide in five years. This was the first win for JR Motorsports since 2010 when Jamie McMurray drove the team to victory lane.

It was a pretty good year for the Nationwide and they have a lot to look forward to next year. They will be racing the road course at Mid Ohio. Trevor Bayne will finally have the full time ride he deserves. He will take over Stenhouse’s crew and car. Great to see Trevor back.

Let us not forget to Congratulate James Beuscher. He held on two win the Camping World Truck Series championship. His cousin Chris had won the ARCA Championship earlier in the year.

Ty Dillon almost pulled the comeback of the year awards. He had actually taken the lead down to one with a couple of laps left but unfortunately like the last few races Dillon met some bad luck. He was taken out of contention as he hit the wall after a little contact. He wins Rookie of The Year. Both Dillon boys won the award in their respective series.

Congrats also go out to Timothy Peters. He was in the points lead for awhile before he ran into some issues to drop him down. He finishes second in points and has his best season of his career. Congrats to Peters and his wife as they have welcomed a new one to the family.

Now what can Sprint Cup do to top all that?

I.m outta here.

We Done Found Us Some New Racing!

Written by

Cliff Tanner
Owner & Host
Radio Speed Talk
Cliff Dawg Media

We Done Found Us Some New Racing!!!!!!

As NASCAR has grown into Mile plus tracks the fans have had some complaining to do. Racing has become more boring than it was in the past. Many races on the bigger tracks have become more a chess game as we have to worry about fuel mileage.

Which brings me to my latest point. Last week with the big fight and commotion that took away from the race, NASCAR has once again goofed up.They call a caution after the Jeff Gordon fiasco which turned into a red flag.

Kevin Harvick was a few feet short from winning under caution but NASCAR said no. Now that means we end up with a Green-White-Checker. Problem is Danica Patrick hits the wall hard and spews liquid all over the track. Should be a caution don’t you think? Hell no let them race.

Now we all know Patrick has had some issues with race cars this year and has an affection for dramatic hits on walls. She apparently couldn’t get down on the apron so it made for a very slippery ride to the finish.

NASCAR decided not to fly the caution flag. Instead they let the race continue which made for some dangerous racing. Hell Ryan Newman finished in the top five backwards over the finish line. Sad part was it also damaged some race cars. Now I don’t know how you feel about seeing the carnage but if you was an owner I am sure you would get ticked off for senseless damage.

Now if you remember this wasn’t the first time this happened this year. We had a situation on a road course in which Kyle Busch lost some fluid and they finished the final two laps which ended up with a very exciting finish. BUT it also caused some serious danger.

It is ridiculous in the inconsistency of caution flags in NASCAR. There is no rhyme or reason as to the protocol for the yellow. There has been many theories about this over the years.

Urban Legend has it that NASCAR will make up cautions to bring the field closer together to make it a more exciting race. Many have said that every network has some back up video to show on broadcasts of debris that is fictional.

Now I am not here to prove this right or wrong. What I am upset about is they way they do it. Why do they call it when they feel like it and not when it needs done. What is it going to take make this safer a death? Hell I hope not. Get with it NASCAR.

Now I have to say my feelings on last week’s cautions or should I say lack of Yellow Flags when it counts are two-fold. One it was a cover up on the earlier call on whether to make it a Green-White-Checker. Secondly they were too busy trying to protect Jeff Gordon to pay attention.

Now my co-hosts tend to disagree with my opinions. Kenny Barr believes that NASCAR didn’t have enough time to make the call. Kenny may be partially right in my mind. Now Tom Wolf agrees with me on the dangers of non-cautions. It is obvious many people are split with the way they feel.

Get it together NASCAR!!! Wake up!!!!! Don’t play with racer’s lives!!!!!

Now with all of that said many things are changing in all NASCAR series. First it is all but done that Camping World Trucks will race on dirt at the famed Eldora Speedway. Nationwide Series is going to Mid-Ohio. Now we all know that NASCAR is trying to find some ways to make more people come out to see more races.

Marketing is key in trying to bring in new fans. So Tom Wolf came up with a great idea. Although he doesn’t like the idea for NASCAR racing on dirt he is a proponent of throwing oil down on the track to make it more interesting. Really? Hell why not it will prove who can drive!!!

What do you think about NASCAR’s eagerness or lack of gumption to fly the YELLOW FLAG?

I’m outta here!