Since I never wrote up my thoughts on the Coke Zero 400 last week I’m doing a double-double this weekend and including them with my write up of last night’s LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland.
First the Coke Zero 400, I felt that Tony Stewart did nothing wrong to Kyle Busch in the last lap. Apparently when Kyle ends up wrecked it’s whiney time, but when he does it to someone else he’s just racing. Whatever, dude. I do not understand Kyle’s logic, seriously.
With Tony’s win, Burger King definitely got their money’s worth for their sponsorship of his No. 14 right out of the gate. If they don’t do more next year, I think that would be a mistake. But I still think the BK King is creepy.
Now, I should say that I wasn’t all that thrilled that Tony won. I really wanted Denny Hamlin to win, and this weekend too. I’ve never been a Denny fan but he’s really growing on me. I’m not sure why. Well, maybe it had to do with seeing his episode of Cribs on CMT awhile back. He had this piece of paper in his bathroom that read: “I Can, I Will.” I guess it struck a cord with me that he even thought enough to post an affirmation like that, and then to let it be filmed. So I want the guy to win something, that and I want to hang out on the little beach he has in his backyard. It just seemed so relaxing.
The LifeLock.com 400 was boringville until Denny made that move on Jimmie Johnson towards the end. It was awesomeness, and caused a lot of stuff to happen and frankly that made the race for me.
It was bad enough being sad that I couldn’t make the trip out to Chicagoland for the race like I did last year, but to add insult to injury Jimmy Fallon was the Grand Marshal. Uhm, hello? He’s hilarious and I love him and I would just want him to do his Barry Gibbs impression so I could crack up. *sigh* I guess it just wasn’t meant to be for me and Jimmy. Maybe the powers that be can get Justin Timberlake out to the Pepsi 500 in October so that I could meet him and have him do his Robin Gibbs impression???
I think that the TNT coverage has been outstanding. They made pre-race segments that I actually wanted to watch, and their animated character, RaceBuddy, stayed silent. I loved the stories about the legends of NASCAR’s past and the general off-track interviews with the drivers of today. Seeing Denny play basketball was highly entertaining.
I’m really going to miss Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach doing commentary. I love those guys. They’re funny and very honest. I love that Kyle has embraced Twitter. I think NASCAR really needs to figure out their TV programming situation, switching from network to network is annoying. If it has to be broken up can you at least get it down to just two different networks and two channels? It’s confusing.
Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 77 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy Dodge, shares a smile with daughter Addison while standing on pit road waiting to qualify for the Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Why so serious??
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, stands with his girlfriend Samantha Sarcinella during pre-race activities Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway before the start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400 in Joliet, Ill. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
I loved it when he fell down, that was funny. Great job Jimmy!
One of the season’s most animated command for drivers to start their engines came from actor and NBC “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon who fell onto the Chicagoland Speedway’s start/finish line and screamed the famous words during his night as Grand Marshal of Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Singer Jessie James performs the National Anthem before Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Hotness! And I think they know it too.
Teammates David Ragan (left), driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford, and Carl Edwards (right), driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford, chat during Thursday’s qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday in Joliet, Ill. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Patrick Dempsey, driver for Dempsey Racing, poses for a picture with Tony Stewart fans prior to the start of the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
ADORABLE! I love this photo.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger meets a fan as his mother takes a picture at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Merchandise Hauler on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)