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tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 11:47 AM
moreso than ever, it seems strong runs in the busch series are translating into strong runs in cup, so i will be watching for mccmurray and hamlin as my darkhorses to have great shots for the win. kenseth, and newman should be able to have great runs too. but if there are long green flag runs expect the leader to be very hard to pass, especially if he has a top pit stall. kahne seems to win everytime he gets the pole, both him and teammate mayfield should be strong.

1. kahne
2. biffle
3. newman
4. hamlin
5. kenseth

gordon, johnson, burton, and stewart historically run well here but with gordons recent struggles and johnson starting deep in the field im not expecting a win from either. it will interresting to see how jr. runs on the heels of a win. does he have things turned around? also watch for harvick and c. edwards to march their way towards the front.

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 05:33 PM
in other nascar news it looks like its official. dale jarrett will be headlining toyotas debut in the cup series. (with michael waltrips team) i guess theyve offered him too much jack to contemplate retirement.

Suitanim
05-13-2006, 05:37 PM
Rumor is that it's a 10 million annual contract...but the drivers are all saying that's ridiculously high, which makes me believe it's true.

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 05:45 PM
Rumor is that it's a 10 million annual contract...but the drivers are all saying that's ridiculously high, which makes me believe it's true. im willing to bet that its all the drivers who have won more than jarrett here recently who are saying its high. for what toyota will be getting (even without the multiple wins) 10 mil seems reasonable. driver contracts seem to be the hardest in all sports to find info on. we see what happened with jeff burton when he found out what kenseth was making. rumor was that penske made kurt bush the highest paid driver. jr and gordon are probably right up there with 15-20 mil apiece (that dont count winnings or endorsements). jarrett sells product and is a former champ so regardless of the fact that he isnt piling up wins, 10 mil makes sense for a start up company who is in a sink or swim situation.

Suitanim
05-13-2006, 05:51 PM
Actually, the whole sport is in a panic because Toyota has a reputation of simply outspending all their competition in whatever type of racing they enter. NOBODY wants to see NASCAR become F-1 where Ferrari outspends everyone 5-1 and wins every race (They have an approximate racing budget of 400 MILLION a year).

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 06:07 PM
(They have an approximate racing budget of 400 MILLION a year).thats a sick figure right there. even if its deemed discrimination or whatever, i bet nascar has something in the works to protect the big 3 manufacturers. but then again we saw what happened to pontiac. as of now it really seems unless your in a chevy or a ford you dont have much of a shot anyways. maybe toyota breaks the stranglehold rousch and hendrick have had for years.

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 06:12 PM
lap 3 and c. edwards already has his darlington stripe.

Suitanim
05-13-2006, 06:14 PM
I doubt it...if NASCAR let's Toyota up the ante, those players have enough juice to stay in and still win the game.

I have Stewart, Kahne, Harvick and Yeley. I should have picked Gordon, Jr., Nemecheck and Riggs.

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 06:26 PM
you have quite a few stewart starts left for late in the game huh? smart move. i got biffle, kahne, hamlin, and schrader. i hate to use up all my kahne starts so early but ive wasted too many on harvick and jr.

Suitanim
05-13-2006, 06:28 PM
I save my Gordon starts for short tracks, restrictor plate tracks and road courses.

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 06:52 PM
i got gordon slotted for atleast 3 more starts. it will help me resist the urge to over use stewart. indy and snoma will probably be the toughest decisions.

Suitanim
05-13-2006, 07:28 PM
Christ...Harvick down 13 laps. I'm just effing cursed this year...

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 07:44 PM
a caution for stewarts spin????? if thats not a gratuitous flag i dont know what it is.

and the cream has risen to the top. kenseth and jimmie out front.

Suitanim
05-13-2006, 08:01 PM
Race-wise, Gordon is in good shape. I'm starting to Jones a little for a real-live race!

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 09:12 PM
bummer for carl edwards.

3 to be 4
05-13-2006, 09:13 PM
The town we just moved from, Florence,SC was the next town over from Darlington.
NASCAR brought in tons of people to the motels and restaurants along I-95 in Florence.

man, im glad we moved. Just how much can you enjoy the Waffle House and Shoneys?

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 09:16 PM
The town we just moved from, Florence,SC was the next town over from Darlington.
NASCAR brought in tons of people to the motels and restaurants along I-95 in Florence.

man, im glad we moved. Just how much can you enjoy the Waffle House and Shoneys?
whatever you do..... NEVER tell the people of shoneys its your birthday. has to be my worst dining experience EVER!

tony hipchest
05-13-2006, 09:28 PM
is "****" bergren the best name for a pit reporter?

"we need more forward bite ****"

"pull a rubber out ****"

"the leader is coming down the backstretch ****"

:chuckle:

daleemnm
05-13-2006, 11:02 PM
Jr had a good run. Cant stand Biffle or Gordon though.