Hello you kings of lug nuts, you queens of headlights welcome to my unsolicited opinion on the current news and notes in the racing world. So when I sat down to start working on this article at about 5:30 PM last night I got a phone call. “The tension rollers on the front of the motor are shot, and the belt is gone. I also stretched out the air hoses really bad and need to replace them.”
Whom was that quote from? Why the co-owner of BDT Trucking of course. He drives, I run the office. It’s a good agreement. Problem is he’s not just a driver and I’m not just an officer manager. We’re also mechanics, and pick up parts so I spent the evening helping get a truck home while picking up parts along the way.
An hour’s sleep later and I was up and back on the job around 8:30 this morning. After getting the driver back on the road, catching up on paperwork and a bank run I’ve had a full day. And I need some sleep! However, before I crash horribly into my bed I figured I’d update you on what’s going on in the racing world while taking a moment to vent. Thank you for letting me vent if you read any of that. You’re awesome. Any who lets speed into the first left turn of news!
Virginia Tech and Tennessee to play at Bristol Motor Speedway
Wait…what?! Yes you read that right. There are strong rumors that the Virginia Tech Hokies will meet Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016. There is even an announcement scheduled for Monday with several members of each school confirmed to be there.
My first thought was like many of you and even TJR Sports’ own Dan Mount in his Around Campus Oct. 10-12 Edition wondered, “Okay where are they planning on putting the field?” The second thing is the same shared thought between Dan and I that this could be huge exposure and record breaking attendances.
If Bristol is filled up (and I see no reason it wouldn’t be) I could easily see 160,000 screaming Hokies and Vols fan jamming that joint. The current record is held by Michigan (Go Blue) at 115, 109 fans when they played the fighting Irish of Norte Dame in Ann Arbor at The Big House.
Bristol’s seating could not only break that record but put it out of sight. Unless and I’ll use Dan’s quote on this.
“I wonder if this means that Alabama is going to do a game at Talladega.” – Dan Mount
If it did, the state of Alabama would self implode, especially if Dale Earnhardt Jr. had win heading into the game at the event’s Spring Race.
A.J. back in with Penske for Fontana
A.J. Allmendinger will race in the season finale at Auto Club for Penske Racing in the IZOD IndyCar. Even though I try to remain impartial for the most part, I’ll be pulling for the Dinger on the 19th.
Harrison leaves Phoenix Racing for Richard Childress Racing
Nick Harrison the long time crew chief at Phoenix Racing has been released, and he’s moved to Richard Childress Racing’s nationwide program for the 33. Named as Harrison’s replacement is Jimmy Elledge whom was retired in a interim role until the end of the season.
Koch, Larson, and Scott all to make debuts in Charlotte
Blake Koch, Kyle Larson and Brian Scott will all be making Sprint Cup debuts this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Koch will be in the 95, Larson in the 51, and Scott in the 33. I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest to see Larson get a top 12 out of things, and Scott a top 20. Best of luck to Koch though.
Colin Braun breaks Bill Elliot Daytona record
Colin Braun driving a Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype set a new speed record at Daytona International Speedway. Setting a speed of 222.971 mph, he broke Bill Elliot’s 26 year old record of 210.018. Like the idiot I am, I found out the speed Braun ran and I thought “I could go faster.” And I could…then I’d wet myself and probably lose it going off turn 4.
500th start for Dale Jr. at Charlotte
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will try and attempt to do what only “The King” Richard Petty and good friend Matt Kenseth has done in winning on his 500th start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Had the concussion that derailed Junior for two races not occurred last season, the start would have been at Dover. That would have made the numbers at that event even odder than the 88 numbers.
France ends court case
Brian France has been locked in a horrible court battle with ex-wife Megan. Thankfully, this ended this week as the ex Mrs. France will be given $32,000 monthly in alimony, $100,000 for a nanny, a $3.2 million home, and a $9 million dollar payment for keeping their children in the Charlotte area. Can anyone else say cha-ching!
Zest re-ups with Roush
Zest toothpaste will be a six race sponsor in 2014 for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With a toothpaste company as a sponsor, he has no reason to have yellow teeth. Ever.
Franchitti released from hospital, replacement announced
Dario Franchitti after surgery on his broken ankle was released from the hospital. He’s headed home to Indianapolis and he will be in need of a second surgery on his ankle. Driving in the 10 car at Fontana will be Alex Tagliana. Taglina in four starts he has a pole, three top 10s and a third place finish. Sounds like he should be a good fit.
The elephant in the article
Everyone by now has heard about Travis Kvapil’s domestic dispute on Tuesday evening involing his wife. For anyone who may not have, Kvapil is being charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and false imprisonment. BK Racing and NASCAR have held off on removing Kvapil from the car until events unfold.
I wasn’t there, so I can’t comment on what exactly happened. Based off police reports, things of that nature here is what I will say. If this these allegations and charges prove to be true then Kvapil needs to be suspended immediately.
I think I’m going to keep my comments to the suspension until everything is official. Otherwise this turns into a profanity lace tirade against Kvapil. Even though my job is in the trucking industry, my education is in the legal field. Thusly, I believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty. And I’ll leave it at that.
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
Helllloooo pillow and bed sheets!
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So until we meet again just know, I’ll be waiting for you at the next left turn at Charlotte!