Sunday, February 22, 2009

Matt Kenseth Wins Auto Club 400 at California

I’m a little ambivalent when it comes to Matt Kenseth. On the one hand I have nothing against him, but on the other hand, I’d rather see one of “my boys” win instead. I’ve met Kenseth a few times in my life and he’s always a nice guy. The first time I met him, I had someone else take a picture of us and he cut me out of the picture. I saw Kenseth a few weeks later and when I told him what happened, he gave me a hug and made sure the picture came out before he let me leave.

I was also lucky enough to see/meet him at Eldora one year and I’ll never forget the drunk race fan behind me. She kept screaming, “go Matty” and calling him Matty repeatedly. Kenseth still remained as nice as ever, smiling at her and promising to do his best. I can’t see him now (even on television) without thinking about that moment.

It’s nice to see Matt Kenseth back in Victory Lane again and see him pick up two back to back wins, especially after last season. He also gave us a good and interesting race, which isn’t something we see a lot in NASCAR anymore.

As for my boys…they didn’t do so good. Harvick crashed out of the race, but Kurt and Kyle walked away with a top 5 finish. Considering how poorly Kurt did last season, it’s definitely good to see him bouncing back again. Plus Stremme finished 13th, which might show that he’s a little better than some think.

1 - Matt Kenseth
2 - Jeff Gordon
3 - Kyle Busch
4 - Greg Biffle
5 - Kurt Busch

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Married NASCAR Drivers

When I first started watching NASCAR, there were dozens of unmarried drivers. That shouldn’t be so surprising, given that it was only a few years ago. Now though it seems like that number is slowly fading away. I was shocked when they announced Carl Edwards was married, not to mention when they casually slipped it in that Elliott Sadler got married during the off season too. Where did all the married drivers come from?

The number of unmarried drivers is quickly dropping lower and it makes me wonder about the women who actually marry these guys. Jeez, can you imagine how hard that would be? I’ve seen the garage and pit areas before, and there are hundreds of pit bunnies circling around. I’d imagine that if you marry a driver, you either have to be really confident…or never let them out of your sight!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Gatorade Duel #2 Race Lineup

1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg's / Carquest
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army
3 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target -
4 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral
5 96 Bobby Labonte Ford
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard
7 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's
9 82 Scott Speed* Toyota Red Bull
10 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine
11 08 Boris Said Ford U.S. Chrome / Scotts Bonus S Max
12 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
14 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
15 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald's
16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley
17 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline
20 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing
21 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport
22 171 Mike Wallace Chevrolet TRG Motorsports
23 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King
24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
25 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Blu Frog Energy Drink
26 51 Kelly Bires Dodge BlackJack Racing
27 64 Geoff Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports
28 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Benning Racing

Gatorade Duel #1 Race Lineup

1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
2 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's
4 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice
7 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
9 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
10 20 Joey Logano* Toyota The Home Depot
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt
12 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal
13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS
14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox
15 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing
16 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA
17 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World
18 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
19 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
20 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam
21 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel's
22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1
24 127 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota Kirk Shelmerdine Racing
25 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver's
26 66 Terry Labonte Toyota Window World
27 123 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors
28 146 Carl Long Dodge Romeo Guest Construction

Sunday, February 8, 2009

First Post

My name is Jenn, or as my friends like to call me “The Official Stalker of NASCAR”. Unfortunately I can’t call myself official since I don’t have a sponsor (yet that is) so I’ll stick with unofficial for right now.

I’m new to the world of NASCAR and have only been following the sport since 2004. My ex was an obsessive Dale Junior fan (the first of many I’d date over the years) and he disliked this driver named Kevin Harvick. Naturally I started supporting him and after we broke up, I realized I was still watching the races and rooting for Harvick all on my own.

Since becoming a fan I’ve been luck enough to see races at MIS, Lowe’s and the Brickyard. I’ve also been to the Prelude to the Dream at Eldora for three of the four years they’ve run it. This year I’m hoping to not only get back to Charlotte for the Coke 600, but also to make it to the All-Star Race, but we’ll see how it goes.

I follow Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch. I also have a habit of rooting for the drivers that no one else seems to really like such as David Ragan, David Stremme and Paul Menard. I’m an obsessive fan, to the point where I run my mouth constantly.

If you’re still reading, just sit back and enjoy the ride and welcome to my world…