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Championship Hopes Wadded Up At Talladega Superspeedway


Like demolition derbies? Sunday’s race at Talladega Speedway offered up a high speed clash of cars. 36 cars involved in wrecks? Good grief, there should be bonus points for cars with clean sheet metal. Good luck finding one.

Given the pack racing and the playoff implications, one must question (again) the idea of this race sitting right in the middle of the playoffs. This fan isn’t saying trash Talladega Superspeedway. For yours truly, plate tracks offer an on the edge of your seat intrigue and some fascinating finishes. Say what you will, there are certain drivers who have a knack for finishing on top at a restrictor plate race. Ford as a manufacturer seems to have developed the secret sauce for their teams. If it’s all luck, then certain competitors sure seem to get lucky a lot at plate tracks.

With that being said, the cars weren’t the only things wadded up at Talladega Superspeedway. Some championship aspirations took hard hits as well. Jamie McMurray already sees the writing on the wall. After a 37th place finish Sunday, the journeyman has a mountain to climb to make the elite eight at Kansas. A knack for winning big races he has, consistency he has not. Surviving to the next round would be something of an upset for Jamie Mac.

Say what you will, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has proven he belongs. He’s survived the “Ricky Outhouse” derision, and the backhanded notoriety that comes with being Danica Patrick’s boyfriend. Stenhouse is one of those guys who has a knack for contending on super speedways. You can do worse than 26th at Talladega Superspeedway, but this race may have been an opportunity missed for the Mississipian. He presently sits 22 points from the cutoff, so he’s got a lot of ground to make up at Kansas.

To big names are sitting beneath the cut line. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth would miss it if Sunday’s race were the elimination event for the second round. Now, Kyle only trails Jimmie Johnson by seven points, and his soon-to-be former teammate is only one point behind Busch. Johnson’s a wee bit vulnerable, and then there’s the youngsters Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott. Veteran savvy is huge at this point in the season, the teams of the 48, 20 and 18 have it in spades. Elliott gets accused for being too conservative with a win on the line. He wasn’t at Talladega Superspeedway, and it may have cost him. Onne could argue that the son of the World of Outlaws legend is good enough to be considered a top ten driver, but not quite a top eight…..yet. Those drivers sitting sixth through tenth find themselves in an intriguing story heading in to Kansas.

You can give Talladega Superspeedway credit for shaking things up. Three former champions will not lack motivation this Sunday.


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The final day of the Yellowstone Trail Tour – Day 7

Rain, rain go away   Saturday was Day 7 of the Yellowstone Trail Tour and had us dealing with rain all day. The rain was pretty light in Hartford in the morning, got worse in Hales Corners at noon and was pretty heavy in Kenosha late in the day. The 1917 Oakland is going to be a little waterlogged, although that big “convertible” top was doing a pretty good job […]

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Tales from the Yellowstone Trail – Day 6

Trail of Smoke   Friday started at the Comfort Inn in Oshkosh under cloudy skies. For the rest of the day, we would cloud the air a little bit more with white or black or blue exhaust smoke. Dave Sarna said, “That’s patriotic,” but there was no red smoke ever! The day ended at the Super 8 in Hartford, Wis., with a roll of duck tape, some borrowed plastic wrap […]

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Yellowstone Trail Tour day 5

Dave & Bob Get the Oakland Rolling (and yes, she is old enough to smoke) Dave Sarna and I wanted to get to Gunner’s Great Garage by 8:30 so he could work on the Oakland engine. Bob Hansen (sen) starts work at that ungodly hour and would be there to help Dave. Bob Buchman was also meeting us at 8:30, as was Bob Hanson (son) of WPAK Radio 106.9 AM […]

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