And He Shall Be Known as Awesome Jones

On this week’s rant laden schmak, we talk about the awful pre-race farcical “human interest” stories, the smattering of news, our fantasy pick results (we did terribly), and picks for the Phoenix race.

Coach: Kevin Harvick

Rob: Carl Edwards

Phoenix raceday update

Roof cams are gone for 2/3rds of the season, starting at Phoenix! An article on nascar.com (shudder) says that removing roof cams will reduce turbulence in the pack, and thus reduce the advantage of clean air. The following quote tends to counter the argument that removing roof cams was beneficial to cars in traffic, but I guess we should assume that John Darby meant the opposite of what he actually said:

“It’s not just about having them all the same, it’s removing stuff like that that gives the leader even more benefit than he used to have.”

Full article here.

In other news, earlier this week on the track schmak podcast, we made picks for Phoenix, so how did they fare?

Rob picked Mark Martin, who is a master of Phoenix, having won poles and races over the years.
He is again on the pole for this race.

My pick, Danica Patrick, is most famous for getting wrecked by Jeff burton and laying down oil
all over the track last year. This year, she “got loose” in qualifying and will start 40th. Her other rookie of the year competition, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., qualified in 12th.

But I have hope. Mark Martin could blow an engine. Or get between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer.

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)