All posts tagged Joe Gibbs Racing

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"I think if you look at what their organization has accomplished, I think they’ve won three championships over there and just won a ton of races and are really competitive. Denny wins all of the time. Kyle wins all the time. I was just really interested to be a part of that group and go over there and see if I can contribute to that. At the end of the day you want to put yourself in the best position you can to win races and championships and I really felt like, starting next year, that was the place for me to do that."
Matt Kenseth speaking with the media today about why he decided to leave Roush Fenway Racing, after 13 years, for Joe Gibbs Racing

sprint cup media tour madness (aka photos of drivers in long-sleeved shirts)

This week was the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. I wasn’t there (trust me, I’m crying inside) and so all I have to share with you are these photos of drivers sitting in chairs. Enjoy! :)

(Left to right) Richard Childress Racing's Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, owner Richard Childress and Jeff Burton take part in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour Hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday in Concord, N.C. (Credit: Harold Hinson Photography)

(Left to right) Richard Childress Racing’s Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, owner Richard Childress and Jeff Burton take part in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour Hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday in Concord, N.C. (Credit: Harold Hinson Photography)

going with labonte isn’t a ‘no-brainer’

It was announced this morning that David Gilliland will drive the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers Racing, filling in for Bill Elliott who is dealing with back problems, this weekend at Atlanta.

This news is of course awesome! Also, there’s more very cool news that David is “piecing together” his driving schedule for the rest of the season by driving at least one race for Robby Gordon and three races for Joe Gibbs Racing in a 4th car.

When I hear that other teams are up for working with David it just serves as further proof that he’s a good driver, someone you should have on your team.

So when I read the following quote from TRG Motorsports owner Kevin Buckler, I was still kinda miffed:

clint bowyer gets his ring

2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion driver Clint Bowyer shows off his championship ring and trophy. (Photo Credit: Marc Serota/Getty Images for NASCAR)My intention for this post was to talk about the Nationwide Series Champions Week, but I realized that I don’t have much to say ’cause I wasn’t there, but I will say that Clint Bowyer is pretty cute when he’s smiling. Isn’t the photo to the left a great shot of him?

Thanks to ESPN we all get to find out what happened at the awards banquet, all of the important things like who was Joey Logano’s date and other items of that nature. Highlights will be shown on ESPN2 at noon (EST). Check your local listings.

dei is not for sale. oh really?

My favorite saying is “shut up!” It’s the thing I say when someone says or does something that amazes, stupefies or shocks me. It’s interesting, I’m saying, “shut up” when what I really want is for that person to continue and tell me more. Anyway, I was muttering “shut up!!!” to myself all day long as I came across various bits of news.

Let’s review:

– There’s a report out that Teresa Earnhardt has been courting potential investors for Dale Earnhardt Inc. I knew this would throw Dale Earnhardt fans into a tizzy. From a financial standpoint I can understand why the would do this, but at the same time it’s kind of irritating because she wouldn’t give Dale Earnhardt Jr. half of his father’s company. DEI president Max Siegel is saying that they don’t have plans to sell the company at this time. Mmmhmmm.

– The Navy is set to announce (tomorrow) his plans to leave Joe Gibbs Racing and start his own team, taking over at Haas-CNC Racing. I guess this isn’t surprising, since people have been talking about it for a while now. It would be nice if one of these so-called rumors would actually not come true for once.

Actor Brendan Fraser will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, July 12, 2008– Okay, so here’s the best piece of news today. Actor Brendan Fraser will be on hand for the 400 at Chicagoland this weekend. He’ll be there to promote his upcoming movie The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (they’re really wringing the life out of that franchise, aren’t they?). Ryan Newman’s No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger will carry a special paint scheme for the movie and Fraser will also serve as Grand Marshal for the race. He’ll be signing autographs, along with Ryan, at the No. 12 souvenir trailer at 1:30 p.m. CT. on Saturday.

Uhm, okay, I have sort of a small, tiny, wee crush on Mr. Fraser and I’m so disgustingly excited at the prospect of seeing him in person. Dare I ask a question at the press conference on Saturday? I’m not sure of what I should ask, it needs to be clever and smart and fabulous. If you can think of something let me know!

talladega does it again

Tony Stewart celebrates with Britney Brewster in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aarons 312 at Talladega Superspeedway (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race at Talladega on Saturday and I’m starting off with him because this photo is too adorable. Plus Tony has been the subject of a ton of talk and speculation about if he’s going to stay with Joe Gibbs Racing when his contract is up. I for one have no idea anything is possible. I think we should all forget about Silly Season, ’cause Silly Season is all year long these days.

About the race on Sunday: You know I’m not happy, so I’m not even going to pretend. As the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega began, I decided that Talladega couldn’t be my favorite race track. You would think that it would be since Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won there 5 times in his career so far, but that doesn’t seem to help.

The tension, apprehension and anxiety I feel watching it are so overwhelming I can’t stand it. I’m so afraid of something going wrong that it kind of takes the fun out of it for me. The anticipation of “The Big One” happening at any moment is so nerve-racking. Okay, I’m making it sound a little worse than it really is, but not by much. Don’t get me wrong I think the races at Talladega are awesome; they’re some of the best in the schedule. But it’s been two freaking years since Dale won a race and I can’t freaking take it anymore.

So Kyle Busch won the race and at the end I was basically begging for anyone to win the race but him. No such luck. I thought the crowd’s reaction as Kyle crossed the finish line was pretty telling. You could hear a pin drop it was so quiet. During the race when Dale Jr. surged to the front to lead the race for the first time the crowd was cheering like he had already won. People were standing, waving their hats like crazy. Kyle Busch ends up winning and you’d think everybody was waiting for the opening ceremony to start.

Oh and hey Fox Sports don’t think I didn’t notice that you cut to a commercial when there were only 4 laps left in the race. That’s 10 demerits! :)