Talledega Superspeedway: Last Best Chance For A Junior Win

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Talladega Superspeedway- NASCAR’s home for wild, crazy racing. From it’s inception, the Alabama track has been a source of edge of your seat racing, crazy wrecks, feel good stories and controversy.

Talladega Superspeedway was once Dale Earnhardt Jr’s personal playground. Back in the early 2000s, NASCAR’s favorite son won four races in a row between 2001 and 2003. Between 2001 and 2004, Junior racked up five wins and two runner-up finishes in a seven race span. Now are you going to tell me that plate racing is blind luck? I wouldn’t be so sure.

They once said of Earnhardt’s legendary father that he was a man who could “see air.” In reality, it seems that both Dale Earnhardt and his son had/have an astute understanding of the effects of air on one race and its relation to another car around it. While critics have thrown their lion’s share of shade on Dale Earnhardt Jr. concerning his talent in relation to his popularity, there is ample evidence of his savvy regarding the draft.

Drafting partners are a big part of the equation at Talladega. Of additional assistance to Earnhardt is his popularity within the garage, as well as with the fans. If there’s a driver out there that doesn’t like Earnhardt, you don’t hear about it much. You know you can expect some assistance up to a certain point, and then when it comes time to chase the win, you will be raced hard but clean.

This may all make yours truly sound like an Earnhardt apologist, but it’s not meant to be. Life doesn’t always present the Hollywood ending, but a victory at Talledega during his farewell tour seems like a fitting closure considering a championship is not in the offing. Between the playoff scenarios and this story, there’s plenty of great reasons to tune in Sunday. It it is to be, a Junior victory may just happen here.

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Yellowstone Trail Tour – Day 4

When we woke up it looked like it was going to rain. My 1917 Oakland has no side curtains (as well as no spare tire). So, we prayed for no rain as we continued on to Marshfield. Car collector Guy Carpenter, of Marshfield, called to tell us that he had arranged for us to use the two-post lift at the home of Al Breu, another area car collector. Dave Sarna […]

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Yellowstone Adventure Day 3 – “That’s OK Day!”

  We started the day at the Cobblestone Inn in Chippewa Falls, Wis. We had stayed there instead of in Eau Claire, because Cadillac collector Rick Payton (owner of the ‘50s style Classic Garage restaurant) invited us to keep the 1917 Oakland Model 34 touring car in his shop overnight, in case it rained. Before breakfast we sent emails out to Del Hanson at Del’s Auto Repair in Rice Lake, […]

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Miracle in Hudson

We made it to the arch in Hudson for the start of the Yellowstone Trail tour. Members of both the Lion’s Club and the Yellowstone Trail Association showed up. There were around 20 people, plus a hot rod and a Chevy Advanced-Design pickup truck of the early ’50s. Donuts, coffee and water were served. The Hudson police shooed some picture takers out of the roadway. Our first problem arose when […]

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NASCAR Consistent In Their Inconsistency

48 pitstopThey’ve shot themselves in the foot so many times, it’s a wonder that NASCAR hasn’t needed an amputation. Once again, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing has created the perception of favoring some drivers over others with the no-call on Jimmie Johnson’s pit stop at Charlotte.

If you enforce your own rules, how is the 48 team not penalized for having their front wheels outside the pit box? You’re not supposed to, right? How else am I supposed to read Rule 10.9.7.d? IF there is latitude granted SAY IT!

Now- to be fair- Johnson paid for the sloppy stop. He lost several positions, and really had no prayer going forward to challenge Martin Truex Jr. for the win. While not slumping in the sense we normally think of slumping, the seven-time champion just doesn’t look the part of a serious contender this year. That doesn’t matter. If someone breaks a rule, then they need to pay the consequences. It’s really not complicated.

It wouldn’t be quite so frustrating if there were a culture within the sport of loosely enforcing the rules. For example, in the NBA, it will have to be pretty egregious if traveling is going to be called. Professional soccer has much more clutching and grabbing going on than the rules would seem to allow. In baseball, the strike zone is known to be a bit of a moving target.

The problem with NASCAR is they would have you believe they are drop dead serious about the rules- especially where safety is concerned. Where the rub occurs when you have pit stops like the 48 team had Sunday. According to the letter of the law, that should have resulted in a penalty. Others may disagree, for example Larry McReynolds.

You know what this fan would like to see? Adoption of a set of rules, and having NASCAR stick to them. That’s all. A part of the frustration with this sport is the ever-changing rulebook and what appears to be the selective enforcement of them.

 

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