Mark Martin to the 11 – screw you MWR?

Mark Martin will be subbing for Denny Hamlin in the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

He was not scheduled to be in the MWR #55 car at Martinsville, but he was supposed to be in the #55 in the following three events at Texas, Kansas, and Richmond.

Does this mean more seat time for Brian Vickers? More for Michael Waltrip? It’s like a semi-silly season already.

UPDATE: This probably explains it a bit better:

MWR, according to sources, would like to keep Vickers in the 55 for as much as possible because he is the likely replacement for Martin next season.

Fontana Notes – Biffle, Logano, SAFER barriers, Tony Stewart

1) Biffle finished 6th, well ahead of Fontucky Master Jimmie Johnson, who came home 12th.

And it looked like he was having a decent day. I missed the boat on that one, I guess there is a reason the people paid to do pre-race analysis talked about Biffle.

Although he had to cut Matt Kenseth’s tire and pass the Hamlin/Logano wreck to get it.

2) Logano definitely drove it in too hard, and over drove the corner and caused that wreck. However, what sent Denny to the hospital was a LACK OF SAFER BARRIER ON A WALL. Haven’t we learned this lesson before? Vegas w/Jeff Gordon?

As the rule goes, if there is a chance that a car can hit any spot on the race track, it will.

We’ve seen that at Daytona this year, and at Bristol a few times with Michael Waltrip and Mike Harmon.

3) What the heck is Tony Stewart eating? Whatever it is, it’s making him angry and obese.

Also, I guess in his mind, he’s the only one who can throw a block?

EDIT: Just saw this yahoo sports article. Headline says it all:

Tony Stewart, blocking aficionado, is ticked at Joey Logano for blocking.

Hamlin WILL back down

After the big hoo-ha over the fine for “slamming the racing”, Denny Hamlin is doing the NASCAR back-down shuffle, where he decided he didn’t want to appeal the decision.

After a lot of thought I have decided not to appeal the fine NASCAR has issued.

NASCAR told me that if they had to go through the appeals process, they would reveal the true cause of my back injury last year.

Dragging myself, my team and NASCAR through the mud for the next 2 weeks would not be good for anyone.

Appealing would not be good for NASCAR. And they threatened me! With the back story! (get it? yeah, that was bad).

I firmly believe I am in the right on this issue and will stand behind my decision not to pay. I understand NASCAR will do what they feel is necessary based on my decision.

They bullied me, but they also make it possible for me to make money. So I support whatever they need to do to make them feel good about paying me more money.

Thanks to all of my fans and peers who have supported me in this decision. I look forward to putting it to rest.”

Screw you all. I’m going to bed.