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Nascar Doing Vegas. Week 3 into The Chase.

#14 Tony Stewart brings it home in Vegas.

Tony Stewart did it last Sunday. He was able to hold off all contenders and grab that checkered flag. After the Sunday before at Phoenix when Stewart ran out of fuel coming into the final lap the Vegas win was revenge. Sweet Revenge,  Sweet 45 wins of revenge.  His first on 1.5 mile track.

What a race! Vegas always has an air of excitement around the track that other tracks just don’t have. Maybe it’s the roulette table, the poker games & possibly the shows. Whatever it is, it put a fire under the hoods of the stock cars and blood thirst in the throats in the drivers on Sunday at The Las Vegas Speedway in the Nascar Sprint Cup Race.  .

The cautions happening one  after another were what helped put Stewart pull out in front of the field. He seemed to excel on restarts where driver Jimmy Johnson #48 could not.

“Every time the caution came out, I’m like, ‘Not again,’ ” Stewart said. “You wonder how many times you’re going to give them a chance at it on a restart there, and when they’re going to be able to capitalize on us.

“But, that was our strong suit [Sunday]. We were really strong on the restarts. Just proud of the Hendrick engine department; making great steam with it. That was the key to our restarts was the power that we had. We could go without spinning the tires, and we could get a really good lead into Turn 1 and just haul butt down the backstretch.”

Tony Stewart

Jimmy Johnson #48 was not as good on restarts. Often flat spotting his tires on a restart just after taking on new ones. Johnson’s season last year had to have been a real downer after coming away from 5 years in a row taking home the championship. This seasons start not faring him any better. In fact, at the beginning of the season with a controversial penalty much like his crew chief Chad Knaus & himself faced in 2005. Their hope is that this year’s appeal will result in the same favorable way.

Chad Knaus, #48 Jimmy Johnson’s Crew Chief goes before the appeal board again Tuesday this year because of a more serious infraction – the illegally modified C-pillars that was confiscated from the #48 race car in initial inspection for the Daytona 500. On March 1, NASCAR fined Knaus $100,000 for the violation, and suspended him and car chief Ron Malec for six Sprint Cup events. Johnson was also docked 25 championship points. Knaus and Malec have worked the past two weeks pending the appeal, although the points deduction went into effect immediately. (and Chad was allowed at the track on Sunday, but could only observe)

The appeal will be held at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. It will be heard by three members pulled from the 44-person National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel, an independent board composed of several track operators, industry leaders, and former competitors. The appeal board has the power to uphold, reduce, or even increase the penalties. Robby Gordon experienced a little of both in 2008, when he had a 100-point penalty for an unapproved front bumper at Daytona overturned on appeal, but his $100,000 fine was increased to $150,000.

Although I personally would like to see anything put a damper on the #48 cat, that’s the bad sportsmanship in me. I’m just getting bored with Jimmy taking the championship one season after another. Five in a row. The Jimmy & Chad show got old real fast! I take no prisoners, and wish them no ill. Best of luck guys.

My driver, the guy I am a fan of no matter where he finishes did not fare well. Although a finish in the #12 spot could be worse it’s so not what Kevin  Happy Harvick is looking for. I’ve not mentioned a non-race issue before that I want to mention here now because as agrandmother I’m excited. This is a family oriented sport like no other.  I believe although Kevin’s head is always in the game he may be just a bit distracted for a bit this season.

Kevin & his wife, his partner in everything including racing are expecting their first child. Delana Harvick & her husband Kevin are the team I adore. And I do mean they are a team. I had no clue when I became a Happy Harvick fan that it would include being a fan of his wife too. But it does.  Who knew? But let me tell you this young woman just speaks to my heart. She is gorgeous whether in a darling smart sporty outfit, or if she’s in a stock car racing firesuit. I’m so happy for them both. I suspected last year when the couple sold their own team to Riichard Childress Racing that something was up.  I told my husband then, “They are either going to have a baby or they are trying. We can expect to hear about them being pregnant soon.  And sure enough, they announced it at the begining of this season.

Congratulations Kevin & Delana Harvick!

 Stewart has just two tracks now that he has not taken on the Sprint Cup’s Series. Two tracks he has left to conquer. Not bad for a guy who years ago was booed every time he stepped out of a winning car. He has yet to win on two tracks in the Cup’s circuit of tracks it visits each and every season; Darlington & Kentucky.

But it’s not Darlington, nor is it Kentucky. Nope.  Instead Smoke,  It’s Bristol Baby!

Bristol MotorSports Speedway 0,533 mile oval track

©TJHELSER 2012

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Kyle Bush~ Hammered Down by Nascar~ Enough?

 
 
Should Kyle Bush, #18 in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series be suspended for the rest of the 2011 Sprint Cup season? Should he lose out on the chance to be crowned the 2011 Champion?
 
[edited by author for clarity 11/1402011

That is the  BIG question for every Nasacar  fan, Nascar official, the media, the #18 team & Coach Joe Gibbs the team owner, the # 18 sponsors such as  M & M’s, and Kyle Bush’s family.  To be sure. With just two races to go to decide who the 2011 Champion will be.

  I am not on the fence about this.  But I am just a fan.  I know,.. he   was  running for the 2011 Nascar Sprint Cup Series Championship.  But so was Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday # 33  running for the championship in the Nascar Truck Series. And I have no problem admitting (albeit being a  # 29 – Kevin Harvick’s  fan) that K Bush is a very talented driver. Extremely so.   But has himself convinced his smoke does not smell.  He has an awful attitude, has from day one.  An attitude Coach Gibbs  has tried to rein  in.  K Bush seemed to being trying.  Though the “Bad Kyle” still rides  shot-gun with him in whichever Nascar Series he is running in.  K Bush runs all three, Sprint Cup, Nationwide, & Truck.  And he’s ran them well.  He’s set so many different records that I can  hardly keep track.  K Bush seemed to have started this 2011 season with a new attitude,  he was a newlywed and everyone near him commented on what a great influence his new bride was for him.  I believe I even heard  Coach Gibbs sigh a great sigh of relief.

But Friday night in the Truck series Kyle  Bush set off into the corner rear fender of  another driver who just happens to be running for yet  another Nascar Series  Championship other than the Cup Series that K Bush was running for. ( A driver can choose only one of the three series to commit to at the beginning of the season,  for which he is running for the championship)  That would be the  Truck Championship that K Bush wrecked himself &  Ron Hornaday Friday night at the Texas  Motor Speedway.  Intentionally!  

Sure wrecks happen all the time, “Boys being Boys” and all.  And stock car racing involves bumping into each other’s cars,  swapping paint,   and not being able to “whoa it up soon enough”,  so they take each other out sometimes.  And deadly wrecks as we/ We all remember  this can happen as it did to the driver who really still has my heart, the late  Dale Earnhardt Sr # 3 – “The intimidator”.   So I get wrecks. I understand it.   I get not being able to whoa your car up soon enough coming into a corner with a 24% embankment that sends cars up into the  walls and thankfully safety barriers.  That’s racing.  I get it.  I’ve been a fan most of my life.

What happened Friday with K Bush wrecking Ron  Hornaday the # 33  in the Truck series was wrong. So extremely wrong!   It was not just racing,  it wasnot just Boys having at it”.  It was revenge.  K Bush has had a long running, not so healthy, need to avenge himself against Kevin Harvick.   Because of so-called infractions that K Bush apparently feels have been lobbied against him by Kevin Harvick, Delana Harvick, ( Kevin’s business partner and wife)  RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING (who Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick race for),  and Harvick’s three separate Nascar racing teams. 

 I may be bias. I definitely do not see eye to eye with K Bush.  There is no denying in my mind that what K Bush did in taking Ron Hornaday out in the 13th lap Friday was cheap, cheeky, cowardly,  and so wrong on so many levels. It was a flagrant foul. He should be black flagged from the rest of the season, not parked for one weekend.  K Bush had been warned by Nascar before about him and Harvick handling things on the track.  You may be asking what does Kevin Harvick have to do with K Bush taking Ron Hornaday out of a race?  Ron Hornday drives for Kevin Harvick Incorporated.  Ron Hornaday was driving the # 33.   K Bush has it out for Kevein Harvick.  He has it out for Delana Harvick too; and because he cannot get to her on the track he tries to use  his wife Samantha to try to do his dirty work off the track. Childish and petty.  And K Bush goes after all of Kevin & Delana Harvick’s driver’s when the mood strikes him. 

  The race Friday at Texas Speedway took out a driver who was doing nothing but racing his race, the track, and  the other drivers.  A driver who was running for the championship of the Truck series.   K Bush was not.   K Bush was racing Kevin Harvick, and only Kevin Harvick…..despite the fact that  Harvick was not even in the #33 truck,  or on the track when this wreck came down.   Crazy? 

 K Bush was parked for the weekend.  He was not allowed to race in the Nationwide Series Saturday, nor the Sprint Cup Series today (Sunday) for which K Bush was running for the championship. He is out of the Chase for the championship now only because he is too far behind in points.

So when you see this, “Are you serious?” look on my face come late Tuesday afternoon if Nascar officials DO NOT take further sanctions against Kyle Bush you’ll know that I believe they made the wrong choice. Kyle Bush needs more than a slap on the wrist this time…..more than being put on probation (warning)……. more than being grounded for one weekend.

I don’t care if it costs him the Chase, the Nascar  Sprint Cup Championship should be held by a driver who is someone who can be looked up too, to have respect for, and to be role  modeled after. A true Champion in all ways.  On the track and off the track.  Champions become ambassadors for the sport. Stock car racing has never been an intentional violent sport. K Bush’s behavior just can not be rewarded. 

But even today my grandson who was a # 18 fan said, “that was just stupid wrong!”

 Apparently my grandson has inherited his passion from me.

Promoting is a Sin.. Unless it’s for your #1 Nascar Driver~And for Passion~

Feeling a bit silly doing this. Could I be a Nascar Groupie at age 56? Would not be the first nor the last. However I am willing to try and promote Kevin Harvick’s name, business and anything else I can to keep Nascar racing a top rated sport country wide. I am hoping to bring more women, especially from the Pacific Northwest into having a passion for this sport. It’s so much more than about just turning left.  Passions are the breath of continued happiness in life. If you don’t have even just one than you are taking your years off your life.

Passions.  As I said the breath of life. Without any at all your brain stops growing. A brain that stops growing is one left susceptible to dementia earlier than would be if there had been even just one passion. Passion costs you little. It’s about something that seems effotless to love, Something that feeds your soul as well as your creative energy. Having something in your life that you are passionate about relies on no one but you and your passion. In fact the costs that may be involved are mostly emotional ones and if you find this is how it is for you then know you’re on the right track. You are ab;e to love your passion without feeling beholding to it. Our passions are not about ” Have To’s” but instead about “Want To’s” This should not feel like work but more like an escape from everyday matters.

I have a few passions. I am passionate about the one sport I adore, Nascar Racing x 3 series. Sprint Cup, Nationwide &   Truck. I am passionate about my papaer arts, creating, memory books, altered arts such as books, collages, 3D Art and my latest passion; creating paper flowers, especially roses.

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