the one where i give drivers girly nicknames

Race polesitter Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, celebrates with his firt trip to Michigan International Speedway's Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)Wasn’t it nice to have a NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday for once? Just kidding. Although, I was this close to losing it when they stopped the race because of rain. I don’t think I could of handled another race being postponed. I’m putting Mother Nature on notice, if she messes up another race this year I’m never speaking to her again.

I was happy for Brian Vickers and his first win of the season. It was nice to see a new face in Victory Lane this year. Leading up to this race it seemed like momentum was on his side for a victory. I would like to thank Jimmie Johnson for pointing out during his post-race interview the fact that Brian’s first career win a few years ago at Talladega, was kinda tarnished since he spun out Jimmie and Dale Jr. in the process. But whatever, this win was clean and totally deserved. :) (I swear I’m turning into a driver because I don’t forget stuff that went down like years ago!)

Do I love the drama between Kyle Busch and Bri Bri? Of course I do, and yes I just called Brian Vickers “Bri Bri,” I usually watch the races alone so I need to do something to entertain myself. I come up with absurd nicknames for drivers that I would never tell them to their face. I call Carl Edwards “Carly” (think about it, Carl E. = Carly) and I call Denny Hamlin “The Denny.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. is “Ralphie” because his first name is actually Ralph and Kyle Busch has become “Kentucky” because when I post photos of him I have to label them KYBUSCH.

So back to Brian and Kentucky, I mean, Kyle. So they had a tussle after the Nationwide race on Saturday, which was awesome. I didn’t get to see it all go down live but the following video gives you all of the details:

Annnnd thennn there was this nugget of video joy from their post-race press conference. They had to sit side-by-side and answer questions together. Brilliance!!!


Race runner-up Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet, congratulates Brian Vickers (right), driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, after the 25-year-old won Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Race runner-up Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet, congratulates Brian Vickers (right), driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, after the 25-year-old won Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Just before qualifying in 9th place, Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Ford, chats with fans as he signs autographs in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

It must be noted that Mr. Elliott is actually talking to these fans and not rushing past them signing stuff at the same time. I know they don’t always have time to do this but it’s cool when they do.

Just before qualifying in 9th place, Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Ford, chats with fans as he signs autographs in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, gets animated while talking with younger brother Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, on pit row during qualifying for the Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kurt Busch will start in 6th place while Kyle Busch struggled in qualifying and will be in the 39th position. (Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, gets animated while talking with younger brother Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, on pit row during qualifying for the Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kurt Busch will start in 6th place while Kyle Busch struggled in qualifying and will be in the 39th position. (Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge, climbs into his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Unfortunately for Kahne, who blew an engine during practice on Friday, will start at the end of the field for Sunday's race. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Really, Kasey? Really?? I mean, too friggin cute! Okay, I’ll stop now. :)

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge, climbs into his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Unfortunately for Kahne, who blew an engine during practice on Friday, will start at the end of the field for Sunday’s race. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

2 Comments

  1. Heather
    August 18, 2009 at 10:57 PM ·

    Great post! I didn’t get to see the press conference with Brian and Kyle until now…all I can say is wow Kyle needs an attitude adjustment. Brian or shall I say “Bri Bri” handled that awkward situation like a pro. Team Vickers for me!!!

  2. Courtney
    August 19, 2009 at 8:33 AM ·

    Oh Valli, please don’t pin the beloved name of my home state on that evil little troll…lol