Poor Juan Pablo Montoya, the win was in his sights, it was right there and then he’s caught speeding on pit road by barely anything and it’s all over. No win for you Juan Pablo!
The rule is what it is, there’s nothing to dispute. Although I have to think there’s gotta be a way to make the process that drivers go through to set their pit road speed for each race better than what it is today. Pit road speed varies at each race track and drivers mark the pit road speed in their cars before the start of the race based on the speed the pace car sets. It seems like that leaves everyone open to a lot of room for error. It just seems like technology-wise there’s gotta be a way to make that more precise.
Oooh, what if they could add this feature that my car came with? I can set it to beep anytime I’m in danger of going over a certain speed, a speed that I can set to be whatever (comes in handy when you’re driving down Highway 5 in California and you don’t want to get caught going 90, hehe). So with my handy dandy speed monitor Juan would have been warned well within the 5 mph buffer all drivers get over the specified pit road speed for the race. Obviously it would need to be louder than a beep, maybe it should smack ’em in the head. Something to think about NASCAR!
So, let’s talk about driver introductions shall we. Did they do it like that last year? ‘Cause I don’t remember that. I know that they’ve never shown the whole driver intros before, but I don’t remember even seeing video of it being done like that. Whatever, I loved it. For one, it’s so much faster to introduce drivers two by two and it gets me to my favorite part of pre-race which is the singing of the National Anthem that much quicker.
So, this is how crazy my mind works. I was thinking about Jimmie Johnson, and how he’s friends with Nick Lachey. Nick Lachey who was once married to Jessica Simpson, but divorced her and went on to have a long-term relationship with Vanessa Minnillo, but they broke up recently. So you know what that means? Nick Lachey is single again and he’s a super hottie who was the lead singer (basically) of the pop group 98 Degrees (which I loved with a smidgen of guilt). What I’m getting at is that Nick is hotness and I’m putting it out there in the universe that I wouldn’t mind making his acquaintance.
Ladies, be on the lookout, you never know what race he could be attending. You can’t have Jimmie, but you might be able to pick up Nick. I’m not advocating acting like a skank, I’m just saying be alert.
As I think I have said a million times before, I don’t dislike Jimmie. I just find it incredibly boring when he wins. I don’t begrudge his winning at all. It’s great for him and he deserves all of them. I just want the story to change, that’s all. It’s much more interesting to me when someone wins for the first time, or after an incredibly long losing streak (Dale!). So that’s all I’m saying. It would be just as boring to me if Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept winning races all the time (when can we get that going?!). Yes, it’s a boredom I could live with but still boring overall.
There’s no doubt about the popularity of points leader and Indiana-native Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet. Here the two-time winning driver gives fans a close-up as he heads through the garage for Friday’s practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The field of 43 drivers poses for a photo before the start of the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
These signs are soo funny.
Fans waited out the weather to cheer on their favorite drivers during qualifying and practice for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, scored his best start of the season during Sunday’s Brickyard 400, lining up third for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. (Courtesy Hendrick Motorsports)
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Vitamin Water Ford, celebrates with his trademark backflip after beating Kyle Busch to the checkered flag Saturday after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Team owner Jack Roush had two cars in the top three with a third-place finish by Matt Kenseth. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)