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Post by Swiss Miss on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:35 am

OK enough is enough. I'm beginning to think that this is fixed. Who did San payoff before the season began. This cannot be happening!! She has to be stopped!!




We'll get back to "HER" later. Right now lots to cover.

Let's start with Denny Hamlin. If you have him on your team get him out of there quickly.... He will not be racing for at least the next six weeks. He's optimistic though.

“My goal, if somehow magically my body is strong and tough, personally I’d like to come back at Richmond,” Denny said, referring to the April 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at his hometown race track.

Hamlin won’t be allowed back in the race car until he’s cleared by a team of physicians that includes Indianapolis orthopedist Dr. Terry Trammell and Charlotte-area neurologist and spinal specialist Dr. Jerry Petty. His targeted return date is May 11 at Darlington Raceway, so a Richmond comeback would be two weeks ahead of schedule.

“I haven’t even discussed it with them, because I don’t want to freak out the doctors, trying to rush them, because I know they’ve got my best interests in mind,” Hamlin said at the Joe Gibbs Racing shop. “But ultimately, every doctor I’ve spoken to has left it as a possibility that you could heal quicker than six weeks. It’s possible. It’s absolutely possible. They thought that six weeks was an aggressive comeback. But I think I’m going to be ready to go before that.”

The fact that Hamlin is already walking around without a great deal of discomfort is impressive given where he was two weeks ago, after final-lap contact with Joey Logano on the 2-mile track sent him slamming into an inside wall not protected with the SAFER barrier. Hamlin was strapped to a backboard and airlifted to Southern California’s Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was in “so much pain,” he said. “I thought it was never-ending pain and it would never go away. I thought that maybe I’m done forever.”

Hamlin doesn’t remember much about the impact -- he said he closed his eyes when he hit, and believes his injury occurred not when he struck the wall, but in a vicious recoil that lifted all four of the vehicle’s tires off the ground. Drivers pull down on their belts as a race goes on because they shrink down in the seat, and Hamlin said he can’t remember tightening his belts near the end of the race. Even so, he wondered if his injuries would have occurred had the wall been protected with the SAFER barrier.

You really don’t appreciate the SAFER barriers as much until you don’t hit one,” he said. “I remember thinking as I was heading toward it -- I’m going to hit it. It’s not going to be life-changing or anything, because I didn’t think I was going that fast. But I didn’t recognize that it was a non-SAFER barrier (wall) until watching it on TV, and then you realize, wow, now I know why it hurt so bad. So yeah, it’s definitely a must at every race track. … It would have probably changed my outcome had it been a SAFER barrier there.”

Hamlin said he’ll likely attend Sunday’s event at Martinsville and watch from the pit box as Mark Martin wheels his No. 11 car. After that, Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brian Vickers will pilot the vehicle until Hamlin returns. The hope now is Richmond, given that the track also hosts Hamlin’s annual Short Track Showdown charity race.

Everyone involved understands that target is an ambitious one. And Hamlin -- who also has a hereditary heart murmur, doctors discovered after the accident -- seems content to remain patient, despite his hopes of a hometown comeback. Should he return at Darlington, he’d likely need to average top-10s the rest of the way to have a chance of extending his perfect record of qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. But any expectations of getting back into the championship hunt are on hold until his return.

NASCAR FANTASY PREVIEW: STP GAS BOOSTER 500

Coming off a miserable week in California, Jimmie Johnson was probably happy to take a week off and regroup. He will be equally enthused to return to Martinsville because he has never struggled there. Two of his last four attempts ended outside the top 10, but both of those modest results require explanation. Johnson was stranded a lap off the pace in the spring 2011 race when he pitted under green before a caution waved; he got back on the lead lap late in the going, but only had time to climb to 11th. Last spring, he was wrecked on a late-race restart and finished 12th. Since 2004, however, all but two of his remaining 16 attempts ended in top-fives.

Brad Keselowski scored an equally disappointing finish at Auto Club, but he ran strong overall. Forced to the back of the pack to start the Auto Club 400 because of an engine change and then once more during the race because of a pit road penalty, he passed a lot of cars until he ran out of steam at the end. He does not have the same long history of success at Martinsville as Johnson, but he does have one amazing streak to his credit. On the short, flat tracks of Martinsville, Richmond, Phoenix, and New Hampshire, he enters the weekend with a nine-race streak of top-10s.

Clint Bowyer used a little fuel mileage and a lot of horsepower to win the Capital City 400 last fall on another short track in Richmond. That is part of a current seven-race streak of top-10s that includes a pair of fifths in last fall’s Martinsville race and again at Bristol this spring. His late-race banzai move on the leaders in the spring Martinsville event will be shown several times in pre-race coverage; he could find it difficult to pass Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a result, but he should be a solid pick to finish among the top 10.
During the course of his career, short tracks have not been Vickers’ strongest track type, but when he was given the opportunity to run on those tracks during weeks when the veteran Martin took time off from the series, he capitalized. The spring Martinsville race was his worst outing last year when he finished 18th, but he swept the top 10 in Bristol’s two races and finished eighth in the Tums Fast Relief 500. He is only a dark horse this week, however, because even though he finished eighth two weeks ago in the Food City 500, he did not spend much time with the leaders in that event.

Most of the drivers in the field cut their teeth on short tracks, so Aric Almirola’s eighth-place finish in last year’s Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville was not entirely surprising. Competition at the Cup level is so intense, however, that his fourth-place finish in the fall event was impressive not only because it completed a sweep of the top 10 on this track, but also because it meant that he might have contended for the win with a few changes to the car. Even if he misses the top 10 this week, Almirola should be a good value in the NASCAR Fantasy Live game with his modest salary hit. He has finished 16th or better in eight of his last nine attempts on a variety of tracks dating back to last year’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.

Joey Logano has been running strong everywhere this season, but he has suffered through a series of misfortunes. That intensified his frustration when he was spun out of Hamlin’s way at Bristol and it was a contributory factor in why he raced the No. 11 so hard in the final laps of the Auto Club 400. The conflict that ultimately sidelined Hamlin for as many as five races brings negative attention to Logano when he needs it least and at a track that has not been overly kind in the past. Logano’s best Martinsville finish in the past two years was a 13th scored in spring 2011. Controversy could galvanize the racer and make him a better value than the numbers suggest, but that is not a foregone conclusion and players may wish to take a wait-and-see approach.

It is inevitable that Tony Stewart will turn his season around and fantasy owners who catch him at the right time can ride that wave. ‘Smoke’ won the fall 2011 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville and he finished seventh last spring, but four of his last six attempts on this track ended in results of 24th or worse, which makes this a dangerous place to race without any momentum on his side.







San, we know you're getting old, I just wanted to make sure you could read it. So I made it bigger.
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Post by sangria on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:55 am

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Post by sangria on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:56 am

Oh....and THANK YOU Cocoa, for the nice new blog!!!!!! hail
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Post by StAugustineFL on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:56 am

Thanks for the blog cocoa. Hopefully Hamlin will take his time and return when he's ready, not when he wants to.

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Post by Swiss Miss on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:58 am

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Post by sangria on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:09 am

lmao lmao lmao
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Post by sangria on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:10 am

oh, poor Aug...... tissue
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Post by Swiss Miss on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:16 am

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Post by Swiss Miss on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:40 am

Jimmie Johnson: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Martinsville Preview

The Rolling Stones couldn’t have had Jimmie Johnson in mind when they wrote their 1964 hit, “Time Is On My Side,” as Johnson wouldn’t be born for another 11 years. However, the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion could be the poster boy for the song these days. He is quickly amassing one of the largest collections of time pieces known to man, thanks to his success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where the victory lane trophy is a grandfather clock.

The series visits the paper-clip-shaped track for Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500 where Johnson has seven wins, tying Dover (Del.) International Speedway for his career-best total at a single track on the circuit. He is third on the all-time win list at Martinsville, tied with Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon. Only Richard Petty, with 15, and Darrell Waltrip, with 11, have more. A win Sunday, however, would make him the winningest active driver at the half-mile oval.

Not surprisingly, Johnson holds the series’ best driver rating for the track and has finished outside the top-10 only three times in 22 races. Surprisingly, two of those uncharacteristic finishes outside the top-10 occurred during the past two spring races, when Johnson finished 12th and 11th, respectively. He rebounded during his fall returns to Martinsville, winning in 2012 and finishing second in 2011. Not too shabby for someone who has said he struggled at the circuit’s smallest track early in his career.

Read the entire story here: http://autoracingdaily.com/jimmie-johnson-nascar-sprint-cup-series-martinsville-preview/
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Post by Swiss Miss on Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:39 am

NASCAR Roundup: More history for Danica Patrick

On Sunday, Danica Patrick will become the first woman in Martinsville Speedway’s 64-year history to drive on the half-mile in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“Well, between that and never having a Martinsville hot dog, I guess there is probably going to be lots of firsts there [this] weekend,” she said.

Wait a second. Is the health-conscious Patrick really going to sample one of Martinsville’s famous pink Jesse Jones hot dogs?

“I will at least have half of a hot dog,” she said. “I’m a half person. I have half of a cookie, half of a brownie, half of a hot dog.”

(Nope don't do it Cocoa, too easy)

But when she arrives at the track today, hot dogs and history might be the furthest thing from her mind. Patrick faces her most difficult challenge of the season this weekend: Trying to get up to speed on a track known for making rookies look foolish.

Adapting to a full-time Cup schedule has been a struggle for Patrick so far. Since finishing eighth in the Daytona 500, she hasn’t had a result in the top 25.

Martinsville, where close quarters and short tempers are the name of the game, figures to make her life miserable. Though team owner Tony Stewart selected 10 difficult races for Patrick last season, Martinsville was cut due to a scheduling conflict.

“As an owner, I’m going to be very nervous,” Stewart said.
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Post by Swiss Miss on Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:43 am

TIRE TEMPS WILL BE ON WATCH AT MARTINSVILLE
April 03, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com



Temperatures aren’t expected to be unseasonably warm when NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series visits Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this weekend. That doesn’t mean heat won’t be a concern.

In at least two of this season’s first five Cup races, excessive heat in the right-front wheel area has led to tire failures for several teams.

At Phoenix, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick were involved in single-car incidents that Goodyear officials said were the result of melted tire beads.

Two weeks later at Bristol, five drivers suffered similar fates, including four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate and five-time champ Jimmie Johnson.

Those early-season incidents, and the fact that there are still many unknown variables associated with the new Generation-6 car, have created an air of uncertainty among teams.

With Martinsville up next on the schedule, has that awareness become a full-blown concern?

Greg Stucker, director of race tire sales for Goodyear, said he doesn’t believe the number of melted bead issues this year has escalated significantly, “but it is definitely up.”

Teams continue to learn about the new car, he said, and the trial-and-error process was likely behind the problems encountered at Phoenix and Bristol.

“We’ve had so many conversations with teams and with NASCAR about this particular issue, it’s really down to the teams to try and make sure they are doing everything they can to get air to the front end, to get it to that wheel,” Stucker said.

Martinsville is the smallest track on the Cup series at 0.526 miles and among the flattest with 0-degree banking on the straightaways and turns on both ends of the speedway banked at just 12 degrees. It has long been considered the most punishing on brake components and thus likely to produce soaring temperatures in the wheel area.

Cars reach speeds of approximately 120 mph on the two 800-foot long straightaways before slowing to nearly half that as drivers work their way through the nearly nonexistent banking in the turns.

Toss in stop-and-go, bumper-to-bumper traffic, repeat the whole process 500 times in a roughly three-and-a-half hour period and it’s not unusual for brake rotor temperatures to reach nearly 1,400 degrees during the race.

In most cases, Cup teams go to great lengths to cool that radiant heat and vent it away from the wheel and tire. Hoses pull air in from the front of the car, fans blow air across the brakes and metal shields help direct the flow of the hot air as it is forced away from the rotor.

But when too much heat builds up, “it actually melts the nylon, the fabric that wraps around the bead of the tire,” Stucker said.

“Of course, (the tire) eventually lets go.”

The melting point of the nylon used in the tires is close to 400 degrees.

There are other factors at play as well. At Bristol, for example, increased speeds may have played a part in the increased number of melted beads.

The tires provided to teams were the same compound and construction as those used at the track approximately seven months earlier, however, lap times “were running about three-quarters of a second faster,” Stucker said.

“So the lap times were significantly lower; the speeds were significantly higher than we had raced there in the past. I think that’s a function of the new car, (it’s) lighter. I heard guys talk about how much it got up off the corner that much better. You’re carrying a lot more speed when you do -- obviously that generates more load; they have to get the car slowed down. It seems to be a different animal.”

Stucker said Goodyear officials evaluated the tires that failed at Bristol off-site and later met with Hendrick officials to discuss ­what had happened and what factors might have played a role in the incidents.

In Gordon’s case, the team had made a two-tire stop, changing only left-side tires, prior to his incident. The right-side tires remained on the car for close to 150-160 laps. And during the stop, Stucker said, “that tire is sitting there on that wheel, and the rotor is radiating heat up through that wheel … and it transmits heat to the tire itself.”

Alan Gustafson, Gordon’s crew chief, said he couldn’t totally discount Goodyear’s findings, but that the amount of time spent in the pit box prior to the tire problem was insignificant.

“I know our brake temperatures … when you’re talking Martinsville temperatures where you’ve got 1,300-degree rotors, 300-degree plus calipers, I maybe buy into it a little bit more,” he said. “But I really have a hard time believing that that heat transfer … we were stopped in our pit box; had a 5.40 (second) left side tire change. So we’re in our pit box for five seconds. I have a hard time believing (it was a factor).”

Instead, he said he believed the increased speeds, which didn’t fall off noticeably with a two-tire change, had more of an impact.

“You’re stressing that (right-side) tire to a way higher extent. … If you put on four, obviously the right sides are (out of the equation). If you take no tires, you don’t have the grip to generate that kind of speed,” he said. “So that, in my opinion, is where left-sides … aggravate the situation.”

Running lap times as fast or faster with fresh left-side tires creates “an extreme amount of abuse” for those on the right side, he said.

“Ultimately, is that what blew that tire out?” Gustafson asked. “I don’t know. None of us are going to know.”

Excessive brake heat shouldn’t be a problem at Martinsville, he said, because the team already provides the maximum cooling allowed under NASCAR rules to cool the tire and brakes there.

“You can pound the brakes and pound the brakes and they’re fine,” he said. “They can live at these elevated temperatures and there will be no signs that you’re generating excessive heat. Until you fail the tire.

“That’s why I think you see a lot more blown beads than you had in the past, because the brakes can live at such a high temperature and have zero issue.”

While the brakes have improved to the point that they are nearly bulletproof, can the tire withstand the increased abuse along with the constant 1,300-degree temperatures?

“In the past if you were going to hurt a tire, you’d know it because your brakes would fade or you’d have to pump your pedal, there were a lot of different signs,” Gustafson said. “Well, the brakes don’t have any issues now.”

The heat at Martinsville will be an issue, said Trent Thomasson, on-site representative for Essex Parts Services Inc. Essex is the sole distributor for AP Racing Brake and Clutch Systems, and services approximately 30 Cup teams today. The bigger concern isn’t brake failure, he said, it’s tire management.

“I’ve seen 1,350-, approaching 1,400-degree (rotor) temperatures on a regular basis (at Martinsville) on a Saturday during a long practice run,” Thomasson said. “ … Real time on the track (in race conditions), they get up there, 1,400 to 1,500 degrees in the corners.

“Today, the brake fluids, the pads, everything has been stepped up so what they see now, what they worry about now is the tire beads melting.”

On bigger tracks that feature longer straightaways, the brakes have more time to cool. And because drivers use less brake, different packages, and venting to cool those packages, can be employed. Closing off a portion of the openings in front of the car allows teams to create more front-end downforce, something that’s not worth the tradeoff at Martinsville where aerodynamics isn’t as much of an issue.

Keeping the brakes cool, and extending the life of the tire, is more crucial.

The amount of camber a team chooses to run will also impact the life of the tire. Negative camber, where the top of the tire leans in toward the car, improves grip by providing a greater contact patch between the tire and the race surface and helps the car turn.

However, it also generates additional stress on the tire.

“Let’s face it, race teams’ jobs are to push the envelope on every part of the race car and that’s what they try to do,” Stucker said. “They just have a little bit different package to work with now and I think that’s what they are trying to understand.”


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Post by StAugustineFL on Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:33 am

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Post by sangria on Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:18 pm

voodoo voodoo voodoo voodoo voodoo voodoo voodoo voodoo


oh, and this week, the extra present goes to Rooster..... voodoo
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Post by scouter534 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:13 pm

Yoohoo, you can voodoo all you want, but it won't save you. I'm coming after you. Rooster
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Post by sangria on Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:15 pm

I'm kinda tired, of leading all you Yahoos, every week.......I'm considering relaxing, and kicking back, this week.......
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Post by StAugustineFL on Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:18 pm

lmao If memory serves me correct, you didn't fare too well the last race.
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Post by sangria on Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:43 pm

StAugustineFL wrote: lmao If memory serves me correct, you didn't fare too well the last race.


Your memory may need a little jumpstart.....

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Post by StAugustineFL on Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:04 pm

Umm, that's the overall standings. Do you have the results from last week?
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Post by sangria on Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:46 pm

LOL.....the only thing that matters, is the overall standings!!!!! girl moon
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Post by sangria on Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:25 pm

Can't find last weeks results, but per Nascar, today's "unofficial" fantasy results......... a big Congrats to Cocoa....



oh wait.....I figured out, how to find past race results...... two weeks ago (last race, for the memory impaired....i.e. ....Aug.......)



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Post by sangria on Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:26 pm

Woot!!!! We have a night race, coming up, next weekend!! Don't forget to check your rosters.....race day is Saturday, NOT Sunday!!!!
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Post by sangria on Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:56 pm

JOHNSON, WIFE EXPECTING SECOND CHILD



Driver makes announcement on Twitter

Five-Time is about to become a father for the second time.

Jimmie Johnson announced via Twitter on Tuesday morning that he and his wife Chandra are expecting a second daughter. The Johnsons have one daughter, Genevieve, who will turn 3 in July.

"We are so happy to share the news that we're having another baby in September," the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion wrote in a post. "Genevieve is so excited to be a big sister!"

Johnson announced the family's news two days after winning the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his eighth career victory at the track.
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