Let’s go Chasin’: Round 1 Chicagoland

Wow! This has been quite a season of weirdness and unexpected finishes. Who would have thought after last year’s stellar season Kyle Busch would be on the outside looking in? And how about last year’s “almost guy” Carl Edwards also not making the Chase? Totally weird, yet wonderful.

We may just be on the verge of the era of either The Dark Horse or one of the usual suspects announcing “I bet you didn’t see me coming!” Either way it is going to be a Chase for the records. (Oh, did I mention that Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has been awesome this year?! But I digress …)

Strap yourself in. It should be an interesting ride. Oh, by the way, my fantasy picks for Chicagoland are: Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kayne and  Aric Almirola.

Enjoy the race!

Who will be snakebitten on Phoenix’ slippery track?

Track position and tires may be the key elements for the Sprint Cup race today. In practice we saw lots of cars slipping around especially when their tires weren’t warmed up yet. This is bound to make restarts and exiting pit road particularly treacherous, and eventful!

It was great to see Mark Martin get the pole in his new Michael Waltrip Racing equipment as well as a good run from a much quieter and humbler Jimmie Johnson.

So who is on my fantasy racing team? Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and argg Kasey Kahne (not Ryan Newman). Kasey has a fast, fast car this weekend and he knows his way around this track — having won here last November and finished sixth in this race last year — right behind Ryan Newman. No matter where Kasey and Ryan end up today, this should be a great race. Enjoy!

Night racing at Charlotte; hold on tight!

Should be a great race tonight. Can’t wait to settle in. So here’s my picks for tonight’s stand-outs: Jimmie Johnson; Brad Keselowski; Kasey Kayne; and Regan Smith.

Let’s go racing!

Harvick makes it two in a row!

I didn’t see that one coming! What an exciting race — another one right down to the last lap. In the end Kevin Harvick pulled it out. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had an impressive run. I really thought he was going to win. Juan Pablo was in the hunt there at the end, too. Very cool race.

I know it’s chick thing, but I thought it was classy for Junior to go up to Kyle as soon as he got out of his car. To Kyle’s credit he took it well and congratulated Junior as well even though he must have been tremendously disappointed. Both Dale and Kyle could have tried to spin each other out, but they didn’t. Lots of maturity there.

The crash with Truex and Kayne was pretty scary. With a stuck throttle Truex couldn’t do anything to avoid the crash. Thankfully neither driver was hurt. Another act of class when Truex ran over to Kane’s car to make sure he was okay. Click here for more on the fiery crash.

On to Texas next week for a Saturday race under the lights.

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