Thursday, March 12, 2015
Phoenix - Fast Cars and Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly!
Well, we're off and running with three races under our belts and so far, we know that Kevin Harvick took up right where he left off last year and so did Joey and Junior. We know that Jimmie seems to have a new lease on life and that Martin Truex, Jr. and A. J. Allmendinger are doing great, both of them in the top ten in points so far. I hope they can keep it up.
Kurt Busch will be back this week. What an ugly mess this has been for him. The experience could make him even more angry and bitter than before or it might have made him realize that he probably won't get any more chances if there's another incident of any kind so he'd better go the extra mile to stay out of trouble.
Tony let us know that he doesn't like this new 2015 rules package that has the Cup cars closer to the Xfinity cars. NASCAR had talked about this for quite a while and I always worried that doing so would give the drivers who often run in the Xfinity series too much of an edge. Of the top five in Cup right now, Kevin and Joey frequently compete in that series. It will be curious to see what happens when Kyle comes back since he also wins a lot in those cars. Maybe we'll see more Cup drivers wanting to race Xfinity for the extra experience.
So far, Ryan Reed was the Xfinity feel-good story at Daytona but since then, the winners have been two cup guys - Kevin Harvick and Austen Dillon. I hate that but I expect to see it continue for the most part.
What in the world is going on at Stewart-Haas? Of course, we didn't expect great performance from the 41 without Kurt and Danica probably isn't going to suddenly start winning multiple races but the 14 car's results have been dismal while Kevin excels. How can that be? Granted, I know different drivers like different set-ups but how can Kevin consistently have one of the fastest cars on the track while Tony languishes in the back? It doesn't compute.
Good to see the tweets from Samantha Busch of a smiling Kyle. He looks to be getting better and maintaining a positive attitude. I think the difference between the Busch brothers results from their choice of women. Kyle chose someone totally supportive who softened his rough edges while Kurt took up with one who aggravated his, something of an outlaw like himself.
It was also heart-warming to see Brian Vickers back on the track after all he's been through health-wise. Sometimes when you're young, you take first chances for granted but when you almost lose your dream, you're more appreciative the second, or in Brian's case, the third time around. Kudos to Michael Waltrip for sticking with him.
I wished for a smooth year for Jeff his last season before retirement but so far, it's been rather a mixed bag. He's still achieving goals - one being a pole in Las Vegas where he'd never won a pole before - but his on-track luck hasn't been so good and once more, he found a part of the track where there was no SAFER barrier. Come on, NASCAR, time to get this taken care of once and for all.
So, next is Phoenix and the weather report is perfect. Sunny skies and the debut of deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches sprinkled with bacon! Somebody let me know how that turns out.