Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bristol - Release the Hounds!

First off, my picks for this weekend.

Winner – Denny Hamlin
Darkhorse- Marcos Ambrose


Winner – Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse – Steve Wallace

I, like many others, are over excited about seeing Brad and Carl on the track this weekend. In all likelihood nothing will happen between them, but there is also an excellent chance new feuds will begin this weekend.

It is ironic that Bristol - which hosted the first COT race, will be the last race with that stupid wing. I have seen how the car is going to look with the spoiler, and boy howdy I have never been so excited! It wont change the racing that much, but at least the cars are going to look much nicer.

Scott Speed and Paul Menard head into this weekend as Chase contenders. Of the two, I believe Speed has more potential only because Menard has been racing in Cup for four years as opposed to Scott’s second year. This reminds of 2007 when David Stremme went to Bristol being a Chase contender. He wasn’t flashy but had decent top 20 finishes. As we all know, Dave fizzled out and is without a ride in any series (he is subbing for Boris Said this weekend).

For those who think Joe Gibbs racing is struggling, don’t believe it. They are off to rough start sure, but they are running just fine. I am not buying into the theory that they need to focus more on Cup than Nationwide. Joey has shown great improvements over last year – he could very well make the Chase. Kyle has some issues, but he led laps at Atlanta and was running great at Vegas before driver error cost him at top 5. And Denny ran great at Atlanta and Daytona, just no finish to prove it. If these guys were running and poorly and finishing in the 20s, then I would say they are struggling. Tough luck is a better way to describe their season.

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