Racing World Mourns Death of Bryan Clauson August 08, 2016 | By IMS

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The following is courtesy of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and should receive all credit for the following article! Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Racing World Mourns Death of Bryan Clauson
August 08, 2016 | By IMS
Bryan Clauson was happiest when he was behind the wheel of a race car. In fact, the happiest day of his life may have been earlier this year on May 29, when he had his best Indianapolis 500 finish in the afternoon and drove a sprint car to the feature victory at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway that night.

Clauson, 27, died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in a crash the night before at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals midget race on the half-mile dirt oval. Clauson was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., but did not survive.

“This is certainly a sad day for the racing community as a whole, and on behalf of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Bryan Clauson,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Anybody who witnessed Bryan behind the wheel of a race car can attest to his elite ability, relentlessness and unbridled willingness to race anything on wheels. While he’ll be remembered most as a legend of short-track racing, his participation in the Indianapolis 500 exemplifies his fearlessness, true versatility as a competitor and the pure depth of his talent as a driver.”

Clauson, a resident of Noblesville, Ind., was considered the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver with four U.S. Auto Club national championships – two in sprint cars and two in midgets – as well as wins in prestigious events the likes of the Chili Bowl, Turkey Night Grand Prix and Belleville Nationals.

In the mold of old-school racers like A.J. Foyt, Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Stewart, eager and willing to race anything anywhere, Clauson set a goal in 2016 of competing in 200 races, including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Driving the No. 88 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Honda for Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Clauson finished a career-best 23rd in this year’s Indy 500 and led his first laps in the historic race.

Saturday’s race at the Belleville Nationals, where Clauson was the defending champion, was the 116th on his trek toward 200. He picked up his 27th feature win this season in the midget race Wednesday night at Beloit, Kan.

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has always been the heart and soul of auto racing in America,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Bryan Clauson combined his passion and enthusiasm for grassroots racing with a God-given talent that made him the favorite to win every time he got in a midget or sprint car. And he proved on the world’s largest racing stage – by leading three laps in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – that he could use that talent in just about anything with wheels.

“More importantly, he possessed a humility and character out of the race car that made him a person that fellow competitors and fans alike enjoyed being around,” Boles added. “His spirit, his positive outlook and his thrilling talent will be missed by the entire racing community. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are with the Clauson family in this difficult time.”

The native Californian earned a USAC-INDYCAR scholarship for winning the 2010 USAC national driver’s title. The scholarship earned Clauson six Indy Lights starts in 2011 in a car shared with current Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Conor Daly at Sam Schmidt Motorsports while Clauson continued to race in USAC’s national series. His best finish in eight career Indy Lights was third at Iowa Speedway in 2011.

Clauson won the scholarship award again in 2012, allowing him to make his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, qualifying 31st and finishing 30th. Clauson returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015, finishing 31st in the Indy 500 for KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.

Clauson also served as a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2007-08, winning an ARCA race in 2007. He made 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2008, finishing second in rookie points where he teamed occasionally with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

Clauson is survived by his parents, Tim and Di, his sister Taylor and fiancée Lauren Stewart. Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial service in his honor will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date soon to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, or to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website at http://usacbf.org/cash-donation/ or checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of Bryan Clauson. The address is 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112.

Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight Brickyard 400

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In the 107 year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway there hasn’t been a more dominant performance then the one Kyle Busch delivered this weekend.

After leading 62 of 63 laps in Saturday’s victory in the Lilly Diabetes 250, Busch saved the best for last on Sunday leading 149 of 170 laps en route to becoming the first driver in history to sweep both poles and races at the Brickyard holding off Matt Kenseth by 2.126 seconds to score the victory.

Busch also became the second driver in history to win back to back Brickyard 400’s joining Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to accomplish the feat.

“I felt pretty good to be up front and obviously you’ve got to do everything in your power to not screw it up,” Busch said.

“I can imagine if I would have … beaten one of those guys with the super fast cars [in the past] how they would have felt because I know how I would have felt here today.”

Busch talked about how important the restarts were today at Indy with track position being at a premium.

“We had the race in our hands that we can manipulate the restarts how I needed to and make sure that I got to the No. 1 spot and Matt [Kenseth] was able to do the same thing last week [at New Hampshire],” Busch said.

“Each and every week, it’s power to the leader. That’s what we’ve all kind of asked for with this bigger restart zone and stuff, too, so when you are the race leader that you’ve earned that right to restart how you want.”

Jimmie Johnson was able to rally to a third place finish after being a lap down late in the going. He was followed by: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.

Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, and Paul Menard rounded out the top ten.

Notables included: Tony Stewart 11th, Jeff Gordon 13th, Chase Elliott 15th, Kurt Busch 16th, Brad Keselowski 17th, Kasey Kahne 18th, Clint Bowyer 21st, Danica Patrick 22nd, Ryan Newman 31st, and Carl Edwards finished 35th after being caught up in a late race incident.

In a race lacking highlights, the highlight of the race came after the checkered flag had fallen when Stewart and Gordon took a ceremonial lap around the 2.5 mile oval side by side in what was likely barring unforeseen circumstances the last Brickyard 400 for both sure fire hall of famers. After coming back on pit road, Stewart and Gordon hugged.

“For us to share that moment together, I mean that’s probably our last lap around here in a professional race, and I’ll cherish that moment,” Stewart said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often.

“It was pretty cool. … We’re never going to get that chance to do that again.”

“Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years, but he and I have become really good friends,” Gordon said. “I was with him when he got hurt this year. … I learned a lot about Tony Stewart. He’s driven. He’s tough.

“To see him in that pain I saw him in and come back and win Sonoma [last month] and be out here driving like this with a chance at a championship when this whole thing is over, that’s impressive.”

Nature’s Bakery Begins NASCAR Journey with Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing

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Nature’s Bakery Begins NASCAR Journey with Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing

Fast-Growing Snacks and Food Brand Becomes Primary Sponsor of Patrick in 2016
Aug. 18, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Nature’s Bakery, a rapidly-growing snacks and food brand headquartered in Reno, Nevada, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to become the primary sponsor of driver Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with the 2016 season.

The multiyear sponsorship agreement will see Nature’s Bakery and its signature tagline, “Energy for Life’s Great Journeys”, adorn Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet SS for 28 races a year.

Nature’s Bakery was founded in 2010 by the father-and-son duo of Dave and Sam Marson with a mission of making delicious, convenient, on-the-go snacks that complement health-conscious living and active, everyday lifestyles. Their lineage in the food industry can be traced back to the 1960s when Dave’s father, Richard Marson, opened a family bakery. Growing up in the bakery, Dave passed his passion and skills along to his son, Sam, whereupon the two combined their knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to form Nature’s Bakery.

“Danica Patrick is one of the most fit and health-conscious drivers in all of racing and she embodies the Nature’s Bakery customer,” said Dave Marson, founder of Nature’s Bakery. “We make great products that complement Danica’s lifestyle and the always on-the-go environment in which she competes. Nature’s Bakery provides ‘Energy for Life’s Great Journeys’ and we’re very proud to embark upon this NASCAR journey with Danica and Stewart-Haas Racing.”

“It’s an honor to represent Nature’s Bakery and also a great deal of responsibility,” Patrick said. “They have ambitious goals and they’re going to rely on me and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing to deliver. I have ambitious goals too. It’s why I came to NASCAR and, specifically, to Stewart-Haas Racing. There’s still a lot I want to achieve in this sport and I’m looking to continue my professional journey with a brand as determined as I am.”

Patrick is motorsports’ most recognizable athlete and the most marketable personality in NASCAR according to Repucom’s 2015 Davie Brown Index. Her success on the racetrack, which includes an IndyCar Series victory and a Daytona 500 pole, transcends her into the mainstream, proven by a 2014 Harris Poll which named Patrick the second-most recognized female athlete in the United States, behind only tennis star Serena Williams.

“All you need to say is ‘Danica’ and people know exactly who you’re talking about,” Dave Marson added. “She has immersed herself and succeeded in a very intense sport and been recognized for her efforts. By offering convenient, easy-to-find and affordable products that people can feel better about eating, we’ve carved a niche for Nature’s Bakery in the fast-growing, packaged snack-food industry. With our partnership with Danica and Stewart-Haas Racing, we’re able to take that niche mainstream.”

“Danica has proven she belongs in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we’re very happy to have her a part of our team for years to come,” said Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. “Nature’s Bakery is a natural fit with Danica. She has played an important role in the growth of all the businesses associated with her and our growth as a race team. Our partnership with Nature’s Bakery is all about growing their business. In Danica, we have the best possible person to help Nature’s Bakery achieve its goals.”

About Nature’s Bakery:
Nature’s Bakery, headquartered in Reno, Nevada, is an on-the-go snacks and food brand that was founded in 2010 by father and son, Dave and Sam Marson. Believing in quality and the use of thoughtful ingredients, the two set out on one simple mission – to create delicious, convenient snack and food products people can enjoy in their everyday lives. Adding to their popular line of stone-ground, whole-wheat fig bars, Nature’s Bakery now offers gluten-free fig bars. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.NaturesBakery.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NaturesBakery, on Twitter @NaturesBakery, on Instagram @NaturesBakery and on Pinterest @NaturesBakery.

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The team fields four entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart, the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Danica Patrick, the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 280 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

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Thoughts from a listener of The Balance

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I don’t usually type listener remarks…..but I am taking exception to this…

I received this email…it shows the passion our listeners have  regarding Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart is known to be a hot head. He’s got out of his car on many occasions. Maybe not on a dirt course? I’ve watched the video multiple times and it sickens me. Sad! Yes, I realize Ward got out of car, but why did Stewart pick up speed coming out of the corner on a YELLOW and hit him? And why did Stewart originally thought it was okay to race at Watkins Glen this afternoon with the caption as “business as usual”? Ugh!

Again, you should never get out of your car during a race with a hot head and extremely frustrated! I think the rules need to be changed as a result of this incident.

Note: I’m confident  Stewart didn’t mean to kill him, but he did. Things need to change as a result of this. Please, please don’t allow this type of incident happen again. Extremely tragic and avoidable!

Thoughts and comments?

 

Tragedy in New York

 

Kevin Ward

I wont be posting the video we talk about in this blog out of respect for The Kevin Ward Family.

I love this quote from Jay Busbee a writer for Yahoo Sports

“After Saturday night, Tony Stewart’s future as a driver is in serious question. But no matter whether Stewart ever drives again, he’s not the most important part of this story. Kevin Ward Jr. is, and always will be.”

Well here is what we do know! NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver who was walking on a track during a dirt-track race in upstate New York, authorities said early Sunday. Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died from injuries suffered in the incident, which occurred Saturday night at the Empire Super Sprints series event at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The track is about a two-hour drive from Watkins Glen International race track, where Stewart had been scheduled to race in a NASCAR event Sunday.

Ok so lets look at both sides.

  • Kevin Ward JR exits his Sprint Car after hitting the outside wall during lap 14 of a 25-lap race, Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero said.
  • Ward is walking toward oncoming race traffic pointing and yelling.
  • Track was on a yellow flag.
  • One car swerves to avoid Ward on the track.
  • Stewart’s car passes close to Ward, and it appears that it’s right rear tire hits him.
  • An ambulance took Ward to a hospital, but he died before arrival.

The questions of the day are

  • Did Tony Stewart intentionally hit Ward?
  • Should the rules be changed so drivers are prohibited to exit car if their life is not in immediate danger?
  • Did Tony Stewart make the right decision to not race in NASCAR race at Watkins Glen?
  • Was this a criminal act on Tony’s part?

Stewart has made no secret of his passion for dirt-track racing and he drives on dirt tracks as often as possible — even to the detriment of his own health. He suffered a badly broken leg in a race a little over a year ago and was involved in a big crash at the same Canandaigua Motorsports Park track last year.

A witness who is a sprint-car driver and friend of Ward’s described what happened to Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News:

“Tony pinched him into the front-stretch wall, a racing thing,” Graves said. “The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.

“I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards.”

Ward is from Port Leyden, N.Y., and, he started racing go-karts when he was 4. He drove the No. 13 car for five years in the Empire Super Sprints circuit and won two 360 Winged Sprint races last year.

“Business as usual”??? Maybe one of the dumbest things ever said in the history of sports.

You can get away with that kind of macho trick in a NASCAR sled, but not in a short-coupled, high power-to-weight “Outlaw” sprint car. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it, even on the checkered flag lap when the driver’s fired up and whacks the gas. The car does an embarrassing 360 loop-the-loop right in front of the main grandstand.

First ol’ Smoke ran the guy into the wall, then he wanted to “teach him a lesson”. Some lesson. And for what? To be Big Dog on a local racetrack? In a race with a winner’s purse of $1500? Nothing to gain, everything to lose if you can’t control your attitude.

The best spin I can put on this: If Stewart can’t handle the differences in driving technique between a NASCAR stocker and an Outlaw sprinter, he shouldn’t be in the cockpit of either one. But what I’m seeing looks more like a case of “I really just meant to scare him, Your Honor!”

What are your thoughts ? We want to hear your comments!

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,

 

 

Could this be the one?

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I am sure by now you have heard that Danica Patrick sits on the 2013 Pole of the Daytona 500. I wonder how many other Poles she has been on? Alright that’s question for another day.  Yes she Danica Patrick laid down the perfect lap on Sunday…Ok I will stop but for the record this is to easy!

Danica did indeed make history on Saturday. She became the first woman in NASCAR’s history to win the Pole position. Could she become the first woman to take the checkered flag this Sunday in Daytona?

Here are some things to think about:

  • She has the best equipment…no I am not starting again, however she will have that as well.This year at Daytona in practice, testing, and qualifying she proved that she could  make the most out of her Chevy engine.
  • She has a great crew chief Tony Gibson who she connects with, has great chemistry with, and this is very important especially when you’re a Rookie.
  • She doesn’t want to be treated any different than her male counter parts in NASCAR
  • Tony Stewart is just that good! He has proven that he has always been ahead of his time and he sees something in Danica that others do not.
  • Ever hear the term “Lady Luck” well she has it and maybe Jesus will take her wheel on Sunday.

So if there ever was a winning combination this is it……However it is Daytona and anything can and does happen. It’s one thing for a car to perform at its maximum potential for two laps (five miles) at Daytona. It’s a whole new challenge for a car to hold up over a 500 mile race. Patience is a virtue but not necessarily one of Patrick’s best traits. Four polesitters have won the July Daytona race since 2004, Dale Jarrett was the last driver to win the Daytona 500 from the pole in 2000. While Sunday is not technically Patrick’s coming out party on the 2.5-mile track, she made just two laps last year in her Daytona 500 debut before getting caught in the first “Big One.”

So we will be on the edge of our seat this Sunday waiting for more history to unfold…Love or hate Danica Patrick she has the ability to have high value to sponsors, and it looks as if she will have high value  to Team Owner Stewart-Haas.

Ok fist bump me and go back to work!

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.