How very NASCAR

From Jayski:

Brad Keselowski revealed Tuesday he intended to fulfill a promise to buy himself a tank if he won the Chase for the Sprint Cup. After hearing a story from NASCAR TV analyst and former driver Wally Dallenbach Jr. about the joys of owning one, Keselowski began researching tanks over the summer. He hasn’t decided on a seller yet but wants a model “from World War II to the Korean War, something in that ’40s to mid-’50s era.” Keselowski, who lives in a house adjacent to Earnhardt’s 200-acre homestead outside Mooresville, N.C., has been trying to convince NASCAR’s most popular driver to buy his own tank. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’d be awesome,’ ” the Penske Racing driver said. “Obviously living where I do around Dale Jr., I thought it would be cool if we both got a tank and chased each other around in the woods with them. It’s kind of our deal. I promised myself if I won (the title), I would buy one whether Dale does or not. It was kind of a little bit of motivation, I’d say. I’m not one to buy trophies for myself, but I think a tank would be pretty cool. I want to put one together and have some fun with it. When I’m done playing with it, I’ll just park it in the driveway.”

Huntin’, moonshinin’, racin’. Sure, a tank fits right in.

But Wally Dallenbach? Tank owner?

Of all NASCAR drivers past and present, it’s Wally that owns a tank?

Let’s Ride to the Homestead

The Final Finale is over, but the schmak lives on!

Picks for next week… oh wait, not needed. How did our picks do this week? Coach picked Kyle Busch who finished 4th, Rob picked Tony Stewart who finished… 17th. We ended the regular season tied, but the score at the end of the chase is: Coach 6, Rob 4.

A Relative Chase for the Championship

Week 10 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Homestead
It’s no secret, we hate the NASCAR Chase Format. We imagine that in a true playoff system, Chase drivers should be scored relative to each other. The first finishing Chase driver receives 12 points (+1 bonus point for a win) the next Chaser gets 11 poins, etc…, with the last Chaser earning 1 point. Here’s what that would look like:

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   93 3 2 1st Brad Keselowski
2 Jimmie Johnson   81 (-12)   3 2 2nd Clint Bowyer  (-39)
3 Clint Bowyer (+1)   79  (-14) 2 1 3rd Jimmie Johnson  (-40)
4 Kasey Kahne (-1) 74  (-19) 2 0 4th Kasey Kahne  (-55)
5 Matt Kenseth   65  (-28) 2 2 5th Greg Biffle (-68)
6 Denny Hamlin 63 (-30) 4 1 6th Denny Hamlin  (-71)
7 Greg Biffle (+1)   61  (-32) 1 1 7th Matt Kenseth  (-76)
8 Martin Truex Jr. (+2)   60  (-33) 0 0 8th Kevin Harvick (-79)
9 Tony Stewart (-2)   59  (-34) 3 0 9th Tony Stewart  (-89)
10 Kevin Harvick (-1)   59  (-34) 0 1 10th Jeff Gordon (-97)
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr.   46  (-47) 1 0 11th Martin Truex Jr.  (-101)
12 Jeff Gordon   41  (-52) 1 1 12th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-155)

Don’t Call it a Comeback – from Phoenix

Well, that was fun. Phoenix happened, evil Jeff Gordon appeared, Brad Keselowski solidified his championship run, and a few other things happened, all covered by our podcast this week.

Other news – Nationwide to mid-Ohio, Trucks to Eldora, and more…

Picks for next week:

Coach: Kyle Busch
Rob: Tony Stewart

TrachSchmak championship scenarios – if Tony Stewart wins, Rob wins the schmak pool. If Tony Stewart finished ahead of Kyle Busch but doesn’t win, then we tie. If Kyle Busch finishes ahead of Tony Stewart, then Coach wins.

Week 9 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Phoenix

Week 9 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Phoenix
It’s no secret, we hate the NASCAR Chase Format. We imagine that in a true playoff system, Chase drivers should be scored relative to each other. The first finishing Chase driver receives 12 points (+1 bonus point for a win) the next Chaser gets 11 poins, etc…, with the last Chaser earning 1 point. Here’s what that would look like:

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   87 3 2 1st Brad Keselowski
2 Jimmie Johnson   80 (-7)   3 2 2nd Jimmie Johnson  (-20)
3 Kasey Kahne (+1)   71  (-16) 2 0 3rd Kasey Kahne  (-50)
4 Clint Bowyer (-1) 68  (-19) 2 1 4th Clint Bowyer  (-52)
5 Matt Kenseth   61  (-26) 2 2 5th Denny Hamlin (-62)
6 Denny Hamlin 61 (-26) 4 1 6th Matt Kenseth  (-74)
7 Tony Stewart (+2)   54  (-33) 3 0 7th Greg Biffle  (-78)
8 Greg Biffle (+2)   51  (-36) 1 1 8th Kevin Harvick (-86)
9 Kevin Harvick (+2)   51  (-36) 0 1 9th Tony Stewart  (-87)
10 Martin Truex Jr. (-2)   51  (-36) 0 0 10th Martin Truex Jr. (-111)
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1)   39  (-48) 1 0 11th Jeff Gordon  (-115)
12 Jeff Gordon (-5)   28  (-59) 1 0 12th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-160)

Texas Toast

Listen this week as Coach takes every position possible on rating the race, Jimmie Johnson’s consistency, halftime during the truck races, and relative points, where the top 2 contenders are tied. Speaking of ties, the schmak picks are back to tied this week. Can Rob’s pick of Jeff Gordon bring him the lead over Coach’s pick of Kasey Kahne?

We’ll find out after Phoenix.

Week 8 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Texas

Week 8 “Relative” Chase Standings as of Texas
It’s no secret, we hate the NASCAR Chase Format. We imagine that in a true playoff system, Chase drivers should be scored relative to each other. The first finishing Chase driver receives 12 points (+1 bonus point for a win) the next Chaser gets 11 poins, etc…, with the last Chaser earning 1 point. Here’s what that would look like:

Place NASCAR Chase: Relative
Playoff System
Points Regular
Season
Wins
Chase Wins Official NASCAR Points
1 Brad Keselowski   78 3 2 1st Jimmie Johnson
2 Jimmie Johnson   78   3 2 2nd Brad Keselowski  (-7)
3 Clint Bowyer (+1)   64  (-14) 2 1 3rd Clint Bowyer  (-36)
4 Kasey Kahne (-1) 61  (-17) 2 0 4th Kasey Kahne  (-58)
5 Matt Kenseth (+6)   54  (-24) 2 2 5th Matt Kenseth (-72)
6 Denny Hamlin (-1) 50 (-28) 4 1 6th Jeff Gordon  (-72)
7 Jeff Gordon (-1)   50  (-28) 1 0 7th Denny Hamlin  (-73)
8 Martin Truex Jr. (-1)   50  (-28) 0 0 8th Tony Stewart (-80)
9 Tony Stewart   39  (-28) 3 0 9th Martin Truex Jr.  (-80)
10 Greg Biffle   43  (-35) 1 1 10th Greg Biffle (-83)
11 Kevin Harvick   38  (-40) 0 0 11th Kevin Harvick  (-101)
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr.   34  (-44) 1 0 12th Dale Earnhardt Jr.  (-151)