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For the record, yes that is Clint Bowyer doing yoga. I’m not letting this go anytime soon.
Brad K can continue to drink Miller until 2017
Brad Keselowski and Miller Lite have signed to stay with Penske Racing through 2017. The real big news coming out of this deal is Miller will only be on the car for 24 races at Penske’s request. Penske believes they can sell those twelve races and open up bigger revenue for the team by attracting new sponsorship. Miller was said to be more than willing to sponsor the full 36 races. I would take a 12 race sponsorship worth of beer if they are offering.
Kahne unveils 2014 paint scheme
Kasey Kahne unveiled his 2014 paint scheme on Tuesday. This will be his third different paint scheme in three years. Of them, this might be my favorite but I dig dark blues.
Indy gets a second IndyCar Race
It was announced Tuesday that on May 10, 2014 the Grand Prix of Indy will be added to the May line up of events that lead to the Indianapolis 500. The drivers will run on a newly resurfaced road course track, and in the opposite direction from the normal direction the Indy 500 will be run. This is being billed as IndyCar’s answer to NASCAR’s Speedweeks in Daytona. Okay, I like the idea I really do but, is this coming off as desperate to anyone else?
Speedway Motorsports Inc. has lawsuit tossed
SMI had a lawsuit tossed this week where they claimed the county that they and Charlotte Motor Speedway are based in backed out on an $80 million dollar tax break from Cabarrus County. Smith threatened to move the operation if he did not receive his tax break in 2007. While having a letter from a couple of government officials promising things, the three judges who heard the case said this was not a legally binding contract. Smith made threats earlier this year to move the events of Charlotte to Las Vegas. Smith later back down because he’s out of his ever loving mind.
Larson to start Charlotte
Kyle Larson will slide into the seat of the 51 Target Chevy at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is just a way to get him some seat time before they give him the full Joey Logano experience of a horrible rookie season.
Germain leaves Ford for Chevy
The number 13 of Germain Racing is leaving their technical alliance with Ford and Roush-Yates engines to Chevrolet with Richard Childress Racing. Casey Mears has experience in the RCR shop as he drove for the team in 2009. This has the chance to elevate Germain Racing’s cup car, but I still see them being two years away from the shape of Furniture Row Racing.
Allgaier to make start number two at Kansas
Justin Allgaier will be in the 51 BRANDT Chevy. He will spin twice, and bring out the first and fifth caution I’m predicting.
Allmendinger back at Kansas
AJ Allmendinger will get back behind the wheel of the 47 JTG-Daugherty Toyota for the race at Kansas on Sunday. Bobby Labonte is said to be riding his bike at a feverish taste with vengeance on his mind.
Leavine Family Racing expands to Nationwide
Leavine Family Racing will be expanding to a Nationwide program full time for 2014. They will also enter two races this season. In additional the Nationwide program they are a full time cup program and will continue to be so. You just never see them because they get passed so fast by the leader when going a lap down.
Racing goes Pink in October
October as many know is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in the tradition of wearing pink, or a pink ribbon many drivers will be running pink cars this month. Some of the known cars slated to go pink are The Force Sisters Brittany and Courtney in NHRA, Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Sweet, Regan Smith, Elliot Sadler, among many to run a pink car at some point or another this month.
Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Finalist announced
Duncan Dobie, Lisa Hall, Don Post, and Richard Johnson have been announced for the prestigious Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. You can vote on the award at nascar.com/awards
Nelson Piquet Jr. fined for slur
Nelson Piquet Jr. was fined $10,000 by NASCAR put on indefinite probation and ordered to attend sensitivity training for using an anti-gay slur in a public Instagram post to a friend. Okay here’s what pisses me off about this. Back in February Jeremy Clements used a racial slur in a conversation with a MTV editor.
I see NO difference between the two slurs. I don’t give a damn if it’s racial, religious, sexual, anti-gay, or whatever. A hurtful and hateful slur is a hurtful and hateful slur! I applauded NASCAR for suspending Jeremy Clements! He went through the channels and he’s racing.
I however am absolutely IRATE over the fact Nelson Piquet Jr. was given a fine, and probation. What in the blue hell is that load of crap?! We want to talk about NASCAR making up things as they go? Well here ya are, NASCAR suspending one driver for a slur and putting another on probation. It’s utter and unbelievable non-sense.
Have we all made mistakes in our lives with the terms we’ve chosen to use? Yes, and I have no doubt that applies to everyone. No one is perfect. And no, I’m not saying Piquet Jr. should be utterly crucified and kicked out of racing. But be consistent! A racial slur is just as hateful as anti-gay slur.
If you feel one offense is offensive enough to be suspended, then all should be handled that way!
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This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Donald Trowbridge.
December 6th 1947 – October 1st 2013
You get the cigars and I’ll bring the beer for when we catch up down the road Uncle.