Your friendly webmaster is there, watch for me, we are in turn 4 row 28. Me and 150,000 of my closest friends!
Jeff Gordon on the pole.
NHRA drag racing today at Phoenix. I like the instant gratification. Green light comes on, four seconds later you have a winner and a loser.
I forgot about this. Thanks for making my day Chris. Now I have something to do. I gotta go in person one day. I'll watch for you in the stands. Enjoy the race.
Wave so we will know it's you!!Bud.
So your not over at the hospital with your man Busch?
green white checker! here we go!!
Ken in Texas
My 88 car didn't make it...Logano
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Great race and won by a Ford.
Three wide, 8 rows bunched, at 200mph, for more laps than I would ever have believed possible! Took a bit for a "green, white, checker finish, but an unbelievable demonstration of how professional those NASCAR teams and drivers have become!
That 3 wide racing was unbelievable, I thought they were going to finish that way.
I thought so too. I was waiting for the "big one" with about 10 to go.
That "racing" is so simple, even a woman could do it.
Too bad she used 4 cars during the week!
Denny Hamlin surely didn't help Danica any !
Nhra for me as well not realy racing if all the cars ar the same
Ie ford dodge chevy and toyota have to be same profile weight and restrictor
Sash car i mean nascar gone off my radar when petty retired
Sorry i ranted i still go if i had a ticket just cant watch it on tv
NASCAR is not what it used to be. It is starting to resemble politically correct nonsense. It used to be that you qualified for post position by running the best lap time. Now you need to form "bonds" with folks that do not want you to win and somehow run with them in silly little groups in order to qualify. I call bull crap! I watched the race out of the corner of my eye while working on my HO train setup. I used to watch the race from start to finish every weekend. I doubt that I will pay much attention to it this year. That is good as I will have more time to drive a T on Sundays!
Can't be too PC. They're the only sport that still starts every event with a prayer. And televises it!
It'd be a lot cooler if they'd go back to racing actual stock cars. Be pretty sweet to see Ford Mustang GTs square off against similar Camaros and Challengers. I don't know what Toyota would put in the race. It'd be hard to get started but I guarantee you a massive percentage of NASCAR fans would flock to watch real stock cars race. Especially with the comically escalating ticket prices of NASCAR races.
They have a general outline of who they want to win, its not real racing. I don't even bother watching it anymore. Funny thing is my wife likes watching it, even though she knows they control the general outcome.
I wish they would pay for laps led like the Indy 500! I think that alone might make it a real race again?? Bud.PS/BS,I also think the new group qualfing makes them look dumb?? Bud.
Henry Ford was there too, one hundred years ago. In late January 1905 he took his Ford six racer to Daytona/Ormond:
Following warm up trials, Barney Oldfield and Alexander Winton had the following to say about the Ford:
Unfortunately a broken crankshaft put an early end to the meet for Henry Ford.
Sounds like the Ford had better luck 100 years later......
2 miles to the minute! Check my math but that'd be 120 miles per hour. LOL I cannot even begin to imagine going that fast in that thing.
Dan - If your theory was really true, wouldn't it have made cents for Jeff Gordon to win?
How can you explain a relatively non-main stream driver winning?
People should not confuse racing team strategy with the thought that the outcome can be controlled.
Dan B- My theory is based on a few things. The number one is from a friend that was closely involved with the sponsorship of a NASCAR team. As in a lot of things money talks. It's all about money. Over the years GM has paid the most. If you look at the changes in rules through the years, you can see how the rules have changed in a lot of cases to favor a certain manufacturer. As to your Gordon comment, I did expect him to win. I'm sure he was allowed extra horsepower, he did lead the most laps. They can't one hundred percent control the outcome because of mechanical failure, wrecks, or driver error. Probably the most unbelievable upset of the current NASCAR system was when Trevor Bayne won for the Wood Bros. That was a modern day miracle.Certainly not the outcome that NASCAR would have wanted. So they can't control the outcome hundred percent of the time, but are able to for the majority of the time. I am sure that Gordon will have a great year. If NASCAR can pull it off he will get the championship. It will be excellent PR for them.Of course this is all my opinion.
Turn 4, standing at the fence, one of my mental happy places. Last there for Jan 2012 Cup testing and Fan Fest (RIP). Envious of you Chris.
Jeff Gordon did lead a lot of laps, but he also started in the pole position and lead only in the first half of the race.
So, the assertion that NASCAR can control all of the variables affecting who wins and who doesn't win is a fun theory, but it isn't plausible.
I'm not even really a NASCAR fan, but I do have a different point of view on this!
As Steve Jelf has posted before "The problem with conspiracy theories is that they would require a widespread outbreak of competence." or something to that effect.
Those pictures are SWEET Chris! It was pretty wild to me how Logano was able to get out in front of the pack and just stay there towards the end. I don't know enough about the physics involved but it seemed like those guys running three wide in the front were holding each other back, Logano was the only one who could sneak on by that barrier. It wasn't nearly as strong or noticeable with only 2 rows.
Chris, Awesome pics, especially the last one. Thanks for sharing
Dan B- If you reread my post, I stated that they can't control the outcome one hundred percent because of mechanical failure, wrecks, or driver error. Though I'm sure they would love to be able to.
Yea, but the basic premise is the same, so we'll just have to agree to disagree in this instance.
One thing I hope we can all agree on is how amazing it is that they're able to keep their cool and maintain focus, especially in situations like those pictures that Chris took. Amazing. Technology has come a long way too. Hard to believe some of the accidents that they walk away from.
Unless you're the lead dog, the view is always the same.