Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Moral of the story... go to the damn dentist bucko!!
In NASCAR... I was in the dark about the Gene Haas investigation, so the recent guilty plea and probable 2 year stint came by surprise. It wasn't long ago I wrote a post about him and his innovative robotic business as well as the state of the art 40 mil wind tunnel he had plans to build... almost the amount he has been charged with. Well, 24 months is short... he'll be back in time for the opening of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte in 2110.
Posted by Racefan57 at Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
After a somewhat restlest sleep, I'm happy it's a day later and one day less that ESPN/ABC will be broadcasting NASCAR. The Sharpie 500 last night, according to NASCAR.com's schedule, was the last for ESPN, but the rest of the season is ABC which has me wondering if we will still be subject to TV ad bombardment. ABC owns ESPN so it's likely things will not be pretty. I'm not a big fan of NBC's broadcasting of the races either, but they are better than these clowns. Why can't we have the Fox Network exclusively?
It was cool to hear Dale Jr's words of defense. Teresa is still family and she owns DEI... period.
The point standings barely changed after last nights race at the coliseum. Amazingly, the 10th - 13th place drivers all had good finishes, which left things pretty much equal as they were going into the race. I was hoping for a mix up... oh well, and with only 2 to go it's looking more and more like the current 12 will be the contenders... but then again, anything can happen.
It was good to see Pretty Boy Kahne have a good weekend. Poppa Ray must be happy having some Canadian money to help his struggling teams. And Bobby Labonte... wow!! The Dodge's are strong.
Mikey was funny in his #55 Toyo fighting with the leaders. One of the commentators stated that he was trying to get TV exposure... like he doesn't get enough! In the next moment came yet another ad and it was one of those stupid NAPA one's with Mikey reading his fan mail... although I like the fan that said his head is you know where... not on his shoulders.
Posted by Racefan57 at Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The lineup for the Sharpie 500 is so different. Seeing the Dodges of Kasey Kahne and Monty on top, especially Monty at Bristol, is bizarre. In fact, there is not a Chevy in sight until 9th where Queeny sits and the naked #31 sits in 10th. And another odd ball, David Ragan in the 4th spot??
I watched some of the practice runs and the Busch race last night, which by the way was not A-Typical of Bristol. The new surface is "tire saving". I almost thought Ryan had the win on tires that should've been down to the wheels. Of course he was overpowered in the final laps by Kahne with some typical Bristol fender banging and tire rubbing which took what little life Newman's tires had right out of them and into the wall he went. Nice try though!! Newman's CORN Dodge is starting 7th tonight and he normally runs well at short tracks. It'll be interesting to see if things can be mixed up a bit for those near the fence line of The Chase.
Back at the Cottage... below is a shot of my next project. Coming off of the gable end of the area where the sliding door is will be a 16'x 20' family room. To the left is the backside of the garage... the addition will have a 12'x5' extension there that will serve as a stairwell leading down to a full finished basement from inside the garage. This was my client's idea. I will post photos of the progress.
Posted by Racefan57 at Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Below is the most recent addition to my growing collection. It is a car that was purchased from Harry Gant. Dale got his 1st win on asphalt with this 1964 Chevelle in 1974. I picked it up at our annual County Fair the other night for $60.00, [which is about 1/2 of it's value], brand new in the box from a collection dealer.
Posted by Racefan57 at Friday, August 24, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Back at the Cottage... It's always nice to complete one of my projects. The guy on the steps is Bob, the home owner, and as you can see he is pleased. The before deck was a mere 6 feet wide by 16 feet long and slowly sinking into the ground because the person who built it did not use footers. I removed that and built the 12 foot by 20 foot one that you could park a truck on. The fellow in the background is my carpenter, Mike, and Bob gave Mike a $25 tip on top of the 5k plus he paid me. I thought that was very cool!!
Posted by Racefan57 at Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Terry Blount of ESPN NASCAR wrote a very slammin' article about the #8 Blount: Get over it, 8 lovers. He certainly tells it like it is.
With Jeffy Boy on the pole, I hope The Biff runs it up the #24's tailpipe!!
Posted by Racefan57 at Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
I've been wondering if from a marketing standpoint will the #8 merchandise fly off the racks now or become stagnant? My buddy Ted who owns a NASCAR retail store feels the items will collect dust. The items have been the biggest sellers and are now in question. I personally will add an '07 #8 diecast to my collection... I just don't know which one. In memory of the #8 and it's final year with Dale Jr. I will probably choose the traditional red Bud car. RIP #8 !!
Posted by Racefan57 at Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I'm not surprised to hear that part of the #18 Interstate Battery car woes are due to lack of cash. They've been a major car sponsor for many years now but their pockets alone are not deep enough. I'm sure JD Gibbs can find a suitable co-sponsor. I have a Bobby Labonte #18 diecast in my collection... but I also have the Ricky Rudd #21 Motorcraft and look at the changes that car has been through... "Little Debbie"... who'd a thunk!!
Back at the Cottage... Pattyjo & I will take ownership of a beautiful blue '95 T-Bird LX today at 5:00. It's in awesome condition with 88k on the odometer with new Firestone's and a 10 changer CD player mounted in the trunk. She needed a different car because the old Neon we bought from a friend in need last year is needing too much work, so we gave it to Pattyjo's brother. Pattyjo is excited.
Posted by Racefan57 at Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I've made the decision to go to Loudon on 9/15 and 9/16 without tickets in hand. Pattyjo loves the idea of buying tickets from someone on the street and although I tend to be a bit more conservative, Ted and a couple of fans in Ted's store convinced me it's the thing to do. It should be fun and knowing me I'll talk to 10 different sellers before making a decision. That's the 1st race for the Cup, so I'm sure the tickets will be pricy.
Posted by Racefan57 at Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Kevin Harvick should know better than to anger an already ired Latino. As a rule they are hot tempered and Monty is no exception. I'm sure things will calm down. Kevin is right in that Montoya is almost always involved in some type of altercation, plus I think he had a big sense of entitlement coming into the race at The Glen. I get a sense that Monty is out to prove to the world that he is the Road Course King, but just because he's used to no fenders doesn't give him the right to tear everyone's off.
Tire hopping... Have a good day!!!
Posted by Racefan57 at Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Back at the Cottage... My amends go out to my fellow blogator's and those who read my blog daily. This time of year is OFF THE HOOK for me. I have 3 jobs going at once and I've never mastered the Juggler's act. My carpenter Mike had a good suggestion... his brother is unemployed and will work cheap... so perhaps I will go against my own policy for a week or two and put on a part-timer. If he falls off a ladder I don't know him!!! It's a good thing I don't drink or I'd be sitting with Marcos... hmmm... never have tried Foster's Lager... I used to be a strict Bud Man... Foster's would probably knock me on my arse Mate.
Posted by Racefan57 at Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Posted by Racefan57 at Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Posted by Racefan57 at Monday, August 06, 2007
Aside from Kurt Busch's domination, the race had some pretty cool racin. Did Jr.'s spin and comeback remind you of anything?? Young Denny at last years race... the only differences were the shock change and Denny did win it. Jr. did an awesome job, but Busch bumped him out of the top 12. The next 5 races will be very intense for the 10th through 14th spots and those Penske cars are on a rampage.
This weeks race is right here in my state at The Glen, but we won't be going. Actually, we live closer to Loudon than we do Watkins Glen and although I've never been there I've heard that The Glen is also horrible as far a seeing a race.
Robby Gordon sat one out... at least he is man enough to stand up for what he believes in and then man enough to take the penalty without whining.
Posted by Racefan57 at Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Fellow Blogater Vroom reminded me that winter is creeping up on us here in the North. The recent heat that most of the eastern half of the Country has suffered has been bittersweet. The bad part is obvious... the good is the lack of clothing we need to wear and it's a good excuse to go in the water. My Golden Retriever is now 13 weeks and because of the heat wave she has been afforded the opportunity to learn to swim and she has become an expert.
Posted by Racefan57 at Sunday, August 05, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Penske boys up front again. They need consistency to break that top 12 barrier. Ryan was a guest on Trackside last night and listening to him talk he always maintains a good attitude, although I noticed he is picking up a bit of the Southern accent, not that that is a bad thing, just an observation. This sort of thing happens... my sister Madeline has lived in Rotterdam, Holland for years and barely speaks English anymore. If anyone hung out with Elliot Sadler for long enough they'd have to pick up the heavy drawl... and Hermie...well I can hardly understand him.
Back at the Cottage... The heat wave is supposed to break today. It was unbearable for most of this week and I shut down the tools early every day. My carpenter, Mike, is grateful, even if he misses a few hours. I did put an extra few dollars in his pay... I told him he sweated out more than that.
Posted by Racefan57 at Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
The Pocono race.... I'm leaning towards another JGR victory with Hamlin being the favorite. Denny plays a lot of EA Sports NASCAR games and has stated it helps his performance. I have these games and the Pocono track selection is the easiest to play. Makes me wonder how realistic these video games are, because I have the Pocono track mastered and end up in victory lane always. Perhaps Joe Gibbs would let me drive the #11 this weekend.
Posted by Racefan57 at Friday, August 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Gotta love Smoke and his on air "Bullshit".
Pocono-no.... well that's because I've been there and putting it kindly, that place sucks!! It's better on TV.
Posted by Racefan57 at Wednesday, August 01, 2007