Archive for March, 2010

PostHeaderIcon DJ takes cash to change name to TexasMotorSpeedway.com

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Ladies and gentlemen, time to tune in to TexasMotorSpeedway.com in the Morning!

Dallas country-music morning show host Terry Dorsey has accepted Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage’s offer to change his name for a year and get a tattoo. Dorsey will now be known as TexasMotorSpeedway.com, and will get a TMS tattoo, in addition to a fresh $100,000 in his bank account.

"This may seem a bit crazy, but if you think about it Texas Motor Speedway will have a walking, talking billboard that is a well-known personality in the country’s fourth-largest media market," Gossage said in a Tuesday press release. "He also is a race fan that has been broadcasting out at Texas Motor Speedway during our big race weeks since Day 1. Still, our finance guy here nearly had a heart attack when I told him what I did this morning, but I told him to look at it as a one-year ‘promotional investment.’"

Dorsey consulted with his wife to make the call, though there’s no word if he actually negotiated a bit. Maybe $150K? Maybe going by "Terry TexasMotorSpeedway.com"?

Ah, well. Dorsey’s happy, Gossage is happy, everybody’s happy. Well, except for the thousands of commenters on our previous story, almost all of whom were willing to sell out. So what would it take to get you folks to change your names to "Yahoo! Sports’ FromTheMarbles.com"?

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PostHeaderIcon Would you change your name to TexasMotorSpeedway.com?

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You gotta hand it to Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage. (He’s the one in the photo that’s not Carl Edwards.) The man knows how to get press for his track. He’s a modern-day Barnum, wheeling and dealing and doing whatever’s necessary to get the word out.

His latest gig? An offer that makes for a killer "would you do it … ?" On Tuesday morning, Gossage offered the host of a Dallas country music station $100,000 to change his name to TexasMotorSpeedway.com for one year and get a permanent TMS tattoo. Terry Dorsey, a DJ on 96.3 KSCS, has exactly 24 hours to make the decision.

It’s genius, in its own little way. If Dorsey goes through with the stunt, then Dallas listeners will tune in to TexasMotorSpeedway.com in the morning until 2011. And if not, Dorsey will have to explain to his wife why he turned down six figures.

So why not do it? After all, as Shakespeare once said, what’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. (Gossage probably wants those renamed to, say, "TMS Blossoms", but "The Yellow TMS of Texas" sounds more like a disease than a country song.)

All right, so … decision time. Would you do it? Would you change your name to TexasMotorSpeedway.com for a year for $100,000? State your case below, and who knows … you might get a call from Eddie.

Oh, and if you see posts here written by a "TexasMotorSpeedway.com," don’t fret. It’s still me. But you’ll know why.

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PostHeaderIcon Denny Hamlin does more on one knee than the rest of us on two

That Denny Hamlin. Such a friendly fellow. Look at him there, giving a broshake to that Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan! He’s an equal-opportunity driver!

He’s also found his mojo six races in. After being tagged as the 2010 version of Guy Who Will Unseat Jimmie Johnson, Really We Promise, Hamlin vanished into the murky depths of The Field, watching from back in the pack as guys like Paul Menard and Scott Speed ran up front.

Combine that with the fact that Hamlin was driving on a wrecked knee, and you’ve got the makings of a season that could very easily go in the biohazard bag along with the remains of Hamlin’s cartilage.

But then Denny came through, charging to the front and overcoming a, shall we say, controversial decision to pit with what turned out to be four hairpin laps remaining. And as he drove, the Fox team noted that he had to get to Charlotte by 5:30 to get the surgery performed on his knee on Monday. (What, they were going to slam the doors on Denny’s face?)

Anyway, he missed that deadline, and now he’ll have the surgery later this week, with the expectation of being well enough to drive in Phoenix next Saturday. Word is he’ll get cadaver parts implanted into his body … so, suddenly, that photo doesn’t seem so innocent after all, does it? Maybe he’s not greeting fans — maybe Denny is sizing up potential ligament donors! Man, what a scandal that would be! Hide your knee, fella!

So, back to reality — Hamlin jumped up four spots and now sits in 15th. Plus, he’s got 10 bonus points should he make the Chase, and there aren’t many other guys who can say that. So what’s your take? Is Denny back to being a legit challenger, or does he have too far to catch up?

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PostHeaderIcon Coming full circle

It was a day that, for all intents and purposes, belonged to Joe Gibbs Racing.

In the first race with that weird new thing sitting on the back of the car, the team’s trio of Chevrolet Impalas led a mind-boggling 443 of the 500 trips around Bristol Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin accounted for the bulk of those, leading 257 and 177 laps, respectively, but even the flagship #18 car, star-crossedin recent seasons, led nine laps with JJ Yeley at the wheel.

Stewart dominated the first 280 laps and was in front of the field a fuel cable broke under caution, starving his orange #20 of Sunoco gasoline and robbing the two-time Cup champion of what seemed certain to be a most dominant victory.

From there, Hamlin took charge, dueling back and forth with Kyle Busch’s Hendrick Motorsportsentry, and seemed to have the race in hand when a shuffle to avoid Jimmie Johnson, stricken with a flat tire, allowed Busch to take the lead.

Hamlin sat second on a restart soon thereafter, seeming primed to dispatch of Busch and give Coach Gibbs the trip to victory lane he rightfully deserved that afternoon.

Alas, Hamlin’s Chevrolet suffered a fuel-pickup issue of its own, andwhen the checkered flag waved over the first race with the rear wing, part of NASCAR’s new “Car of Tomorrow,” he was scored 14th. Stewart was a miserable 35th, and Yeley took 36th. Kyle Busch won for Hendrick, and Jeff Burton, of Richard ChildressRacing,  finished second. Busch’s Hendrick teammate, Jeff Gordon, was third.

All Joe Gibbs had to show for having easilythe two fastest cars in the state of Tennessee was the distinction of being the first of many car owners that season to dominate a race, see their chances go away anda Hendrick car slip through into victory lane, and have to read all the stories about “Hendrick domination” without strangling the closest writer they could find.

On Monday, everything came full circle, with four of the key players in Bristol taking on a starring role.

In the first race with that new, yet old, thing sitting on the back of the car, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyota Camrys led 172 laps, all courtesy of Hamlin, the only remaining driver from Gibbs’s roster that day in Bristol. His teammates, Busch and Joey Logano, each spent most of the race in the top-10, with Busch hovering amongst the top five.

When Burton’s right front tire finally began to let go after lap after lap of hounding Hamlin, Busch slipped into second place. After Burton drew a caution flag with ten laps to go when the fire finally went flat, sending him into the wall and derailing his hopes of salvaging a good finish, Hamlin seemed set for one last restart before a run for the roses that no one was going to stop.

All of that appeared changed, thrown out the window, when Hamlin’s crew chief, Mike Ford, called him down pit road. Busch’s pit boss, Dave Rogers, did likewise. No crew chief of the other drivers sitting amongst the top nine made the same call, and Busch and Hamlin returned to the track eighth and ninth, with just four laps to go on the final restart.

The leader: Hendrick’s Jeff Gordon.

Driving like a man possessed, like a man who simply would not be denied in his final race before critical surgery on his left knee, Hamlin made a daring three-wide move entering turn one, then picked off one car after another, finally pulling into fourth place on lap 499.

His charge appeared for naught as Gordon rounded turn four and headed for the white flag. But just before Gordon’s Chevrolet reached the start-finish line and eliminated the possibility of a green-white-checkered finish, Busch was bumped into a crash, giving Hamlin the restart he needed to make one last grasp at the win.

In the frenzied first lap of the two-lap overtime, Hamlin watched as Gordon was bumped by Matt Kenseth, then as Gordon bumped Kenseth back in turn three, leaving prime real estate on the inside of the corner for Hamlin to place his black Toyota.

Following him through into second was Logano.

A lap later, when the checkered flag waved over the first race of the return of the rear spoiler, Joe Gibbs Racing’s #11 and #20 cars were in first and second, just as they should have been in Bristol. The team’s third car, driven by the man who had won the race snatched from them by mechanical maladies, was 22nd. Gordon again finished third, and Burton placed 20th.

Three years and one week after the Bristol disaster, Gibbs and the FedEx and Home Depot teams got their revenge.

In a sport based on driving in circles, its funny how things can come full circle.


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PostHeaderIcon In case you missed it, the furious finish at Martinsville

Kind of a shame that the best finish of the season so far had to happen on a Monday afternoon when a fair portion of the population had to, you know, work for a living. But fear not — we’ve got the video for you right here. And on Tuesday morning, we begin the deconstruction. Start preparing your arguments now, fans of Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth

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PostHeaderIcon Just finished watching the Martinsville race

I’d love to write some great discussion generating prose right now but I’m too tired to do it so I’m going to bed.  Look for my awesome observations later in the day.

In the meantime let me leave you with one question that you must answer;

“What do you think was the most significant event/story of the race today?”

I’ll give you my most significant event/story  later today in the next post!


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PostHeaderIcon Running wide open: Your weekday Martinsville race thread

Weekday racing! Is there anything finer? Well, not if you have to work. That kind of sucks. But for those of you who can get to a television (or can sneak open the Yahoo! Sports NASCAR chat on your desktop) today is a fine day indeed.

Everybody’s wondering if Jimmie Johnson is going to win his fourth race of six this season. And let’s be honest, he probably is. But that shouldn’t deter you from watching, chatting, and yapping right here about the race, now should it? Heck no. Look at Kasey Kahne there, all Fred Astaire-like while he sings in the rain. You think he’s going to mail it in just because Jimmie’s going to win? Nope, and neither should you. Get on it in the comments and on the chat, and enjoy the weekday racing!

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PostHeaderIcon NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 | Martinsville Speedway Open Race Thread (Monday Edition)

I just thought I’d throw this up in case any of you are at home sick with the 24 hr flu (cough, cough).

I, myself, won’t be around today to watch the race but I’ll be DVRing it for tonight’s viewing pleasure.

Talk to you later.

Starting line-up is after the jump and like the trucks it was set by Points because qualifying was rained out.

See you on the other side.

 

 

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil N/A N/A N/A
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal N/A N/A N/A
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s N/A N/A N/A
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford U.S. Census N/A N/A N/A
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot N/A N/A N/A
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A N/A
7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar N/A N/A N/A
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy Sugar Free Lightning / National Guard N/A N/A N/A
9 98 Paul Menard Ford NIBCO / Menards N/A N/A N/A
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers N/A N/A N/A
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont N/A N/A N/A
12 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T N/A N/A N/A
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac N/A N/A N/A
14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s N/A N/A N/A
16 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Go
Daddy.com
N/A N/A N/A
17 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot N/A N/A N/A
18 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight N/A N/A N/A
20 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts N/A N/A N/A
21 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Charter Comm. N/A N/A N/A
22 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target N/A N/A N/A
23 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser N/A N/A N/A
24 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums N/A N/A N/A
25 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley N/A N/A N/A
26 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation N/A N/A N/A
27 6 David Ragan Ford UPS N/A N/A N/A
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies N/A N/A N/A
29 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com N/A N/A N/A
30 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Dodge Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
31 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie N/A N/A N/A
32 38 Kevin Conway* Ford Extenze N/A N/A N/A
33 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 N/A N/A N/A
34 34 Travis Kvapil Ford A&W All American Food N/A N/A N/A
35 37 David Gilliland Ford Gander Mountain N/A N/A N/A
36 26 David Stremme Ford Air National Guard N/A N/A N/A
37 09 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Phoenix Racing N/A N/A N/A
38 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Warner Music Nashville / Blake Shelton N/A N/A N/A
39 36 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Wave Energy Drink N/A N/A N/A
40 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO N/A N/A N/A
41 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
42 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com N/A N/A N/A
Did Not Qualify
44 190 Casey Mears Chevrolet Keyed-Up Motorsports - - -
45 46 Terry Cook* Dodge Whitney Motorsports - - -
46 135 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing - - -
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie


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PostHeaderIcon Kevin Harvick wins his second Camping World Truck series race in as many tries!

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – MARCH 27: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #2 Tide Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2010 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

Kevin Harvick led 187 of 250 laps Saturday at Martinsville, and there was no other way to describe his performance as outright dominant!  Harvick started on the pole with his number 2 Chevrolet Silverado for his race team KHI (Kevin Harvick Incorporated).

Harvick will also start on the pole come Monday thanks to Mother Nature raining out the race and qualifying, as Harvick looks to sweep the week!

Ron Hornaday, driver of the number 33 Chevrolet Silverado, finished in 2nd place after managing to get around a late race dustup with Johnny Sauter.

Speaking after the race about the incident, Hornaday would later say, “I don’t know if he got into the curb or checked up or whatever, but I got into him pretty good, It was a tough day. I hate to see that, but Johnny’s all mad, and that’s what truck racing’s all about.” 

Todd Bodine, the Camping World Truck Series point leader coming into Saturday’s race dropped to 3rd in the points after his 30th place finish due to overheating.   

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PostHeaderIcon NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 | Martinsville Speedway Open Race Thread

Hey there.  I’m so looking forward to this race today – I just love short tracks!

Yesterdays truck event was pretty good, but I expect a little more action from the Cup guys today – if it isn’t raining that is, be ready to set your DVR’s tomorrow just in case though.

Starting line-up is after the jump and like the trucks it was set by Points because qualifying was rained out.

See you on the other side.

 

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil N/A N/A N/A
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal N/A N/A N/A
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s N/A N/A N/A
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford U.S. Census N/A N/A N/A
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot N/A N/A N/A
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A N/A
7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar N/A N/A N/A
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy Sugar Free Lightning / National Guard N/A N/A N/A
9 98 Paul Menard Ford NIBCO / Menards N/A N/A N/A
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers N/A N/A N/A
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont N/A N/A N/A
12 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T N/A N/A N/A
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac N/A N/A N/A
14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s N/A N/A N/A
16 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Go
Daddy.com
N/A N/A N/A
17 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot N/A N/A N/A
18 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight N/A N/A N/A
20 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts N/A N/A N/A
21 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Charter Comm. N/A N/A N/A
22 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target N/A N/A N/A
23 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser N/A N/A N/A
24 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums N/A N/A N/A
25 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley N/A N/A N/A
26 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation N/A N/A N/A
27 6 David Ragan Ford UPS N/A N/A N/A
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies N/A N/A N/A
29 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com N/A N/A N/A
30 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Dodge Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
31 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie N/A N/A N/A
32 38 Kevin Conway* Ford Extenze N/A N/A N/A
33 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 N/A N/A N/A
34 34 Travis Kvapil Ford A&W All American Food N/A N/A N/A
35 37 David Gilliland Ford Gander Mountain N/A N/A N/A
36 26 David Stremme Ford Air National Guard N/A N/A N/A
37 09 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Phoenix Racing N/A N/A N/A
38 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Warner Music Nashville / Blake Shelton N/A N/A N/A
39 36 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Wave Energy Drink N/A N/A N/A
40 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO N/A N/A N/A
41 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
42 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports N/A N/A N/A
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com N/A N/A N/A
Did Not Qualify
44 190 Casey Mears Chevrolet Keyed-Up Motorsports - - -
45 46 Terry Cook* Dodge Whitney Motorsports - - -
46 135 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing - - -
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie


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