A Glintering Example of Mildly Amusing Meaningless Drivel… at Bristol

This week’s podcast is one of our most immature late night recordings. Or fun, depending on how you look at it.

Picks for next week:

Coach: Kurt Busch
Rob: Kevin Harvick

Note: My apologies for the lateness of this podcast. It was recorded on Tuesday night, but life this week precluded me from editing and posting until now.

Silly Season updates

Vickers to the #55 at MWR
Kurt Busch to the #00 at SHR
Kyle Larson to the #42 at EGR
UPDATE
AJ Allmendinger to the #47 for 2014

Newman to… RCR fourth car? Or the #78

That’s what I’m betting on. He could also take the 78, but I think RCR has wanted to go to 4 cars and Newman would fit in over there.

Austin Dillon I’m guessing will also be driving the #3 at RCR.

Montoya to Andretti racing in IRL.

So that leaves the 78, 51, 47, and a potential 3rd Penske car up for grabs.

Wild Ass Guesses

Sam Hornish to the #12? Probably not. Penkse hasn’t been in the rumor mill about expanding to 3 competitive cars next year.

Mark Martin to the #78? Not sure they want two part time drivers. More likely Newman if he’s willing, and not in an RCR car.

Regan Smith to the #51?

Kyle Larson to EGR

Confirmed – Kyle Larson will take over the 42 car next year. We discussed this on a recent episode of Track Schmak, and the conclusion was that as good as Kyle is, the team owners should have learned a lesson from Joey Logano about moving young hot-shot drivers into cup too soon.

Still, silly season has gotten pretty silly already, no reason it can’t continue. It also could make for a very interesting 2014, with a rumored Austin Dillon move to cup with RCR as well.

They’re breaking left and right

First, Denny Hamlin. Then, Tony Stewart. Then, Martin Truex. Now, Bobby Labonte.

These are all of the drivers who have broken bones this season, 2 while in a Cup car.

From nascar.com

Bobby Labonte will miss Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after suffering three broken ribs in a bicycle accident Wednesday morning near his home in Trinity, N.C.

Labonte, the 2000 series champion in his 21st season of racing at NASCAR’s highest level, suffered no other injuries in the accident, according to a release from his marketing agency. He is being held in a local hospital overnight for observation, the release said.

He will be replaced in the 51 car by Mike Bliss.

Stewart not on board with fourth car expansion

From sbnation.com

“I didn’t have really a chance to talk to Tony about it at all since he wasn’t really talking to anybody,” Haas said. “So I kind of did this on my own, probably overstepped my authority a tick there. I’m not used to having too many authorities to work with; I’ve been pretty much on my own. I did realize that Tony might be a little bit upset about it.”

When finally told of the expansion plans Stewart was a “little upset” said Haas, who also acknowledged that he “bent a few rules” in his quest to sign Busch. Stewart even told his partner that he wasn’t against the idea of adding a fourth car but to wait until the infrastructure was in place at SHR to house four teams.

This is turning into a big mess.

Will they be ready to field 4 competitive cars next year? Maybe. Shop space has to be cleared and setup, teams have to be hired and start training, all sorts of other logistics need to ironed out.

Looks to be an interesting year coming up. And by “interesting”, I mean lots of conflict behind the scenes.

“My main goal here is to win races. I think Tony’s main goal is not only to win races but to run a successful business. I’m more interested in seeing the winning part of it. Maybe Tony is going to be more the businessman now.”

Them’s fightin’ words!

Speaking of a Busch brother

From yahoo sports

SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli said Friday the team is moving forward in its pursuit of 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, who has been offered a seat in a new ride that would expand the organization to four cars next season. The push for Busch is being made by team co-owner Gene Haas, who Zipadelli said only wants Busch for the seat that apparently would be funded and sponsored by Haas’ CNC machine company Haas Automation, Inc.

I guess that answers the question of why Ryan Newman is losing his ride, and yet they’re still expanding the team.

It raises a few more questions, though. Why does Gene Haas really want Kurt Busch so much? And how long will Kurt Busch last at a team with all of those hot-heads? Will he be back to his normal, irritable self?

This is the photo that yahoo sports chose to run of Kurt Busch:

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Finally:

”Obviously, something’s changed,” Zipadelli said. ”Gene Haas is our partner and started this many years ago. He’s always liked Kurt. We talked about Kurt last year, putting him in the 39 (driven by Newman). Things just didn’t work out. It’s nothing Ryan did wrong. He’s done a great job. He’s a great guy, a heck of a driver.

Just not a ‘heck of a driver’ enough.

Speaking of Bristol – no hands burnout by Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch has been practicing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43ap3kylUyE

Top 12 drivers at Bristol

Jayski has an interesting chart of the top 12 drivers at Bristol since 2005. This list is based upon a whole host of factors, not just finishing position. Not surprised to see Kenseth in 3rd, very surprised to see Greg Biffle in 5th.

Top 12 Driver Ratings at Bristol:
#18-Kyle Busch…………………………. 103.0
#24-Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.6
#20-Matt Kenseth………………………… 99.9
#2-Brad Keselowski……………………. 99.0
#16-Greg Biffle……………………………. 95.8
#48-Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 93.8
#78-Kurt Busch…………………………… 92.8
#11-Denny Hamlin……………………….. 90.8
#29-Kevin Harvick……………………….. 90.3
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 87.9
#5-Kasey Kahne………………………… 86.8
#39-Ryan Newman………………………. 86.7

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

Michiganagain (again)

This week, rumors and news take over. What’s happening with the 14 car? Where is Mark Martin going next year? How about Juan Pablo Montoya? And what’s the deal with the Dillon boys? These questions and many more are asked in this week’s podcast, and some are even answered!

Also, our shirt campaign was fulfilled, so the shirts will be making their way out to you all sometime soon.

Picks for next week:

Rob: Kyle Busch
Coach: Brian Vickers

Celebrating the Road Course at Watkins Glen

This week, we celebrate the racing that is always exciting at a road course, talk about Max Papis and his successful subbing, Kyle Busch, and his dangerous celebrating, and a whole lot in between.

Picks for Michigan:
Coach: Dale Jr. (again)
Rob: Martin Truex Jr.

Shattered bone, insults thrown, Pocono is done.

We cover the news of Tony Stewarts broken leg, Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin’s war of words, and the race that was Pocono (again).

Picks for next week:

Rob: Jeff Gordon
Coach: Marcos Ambrose