A lot has happened since my last blog: the two golden boys feud, Old Spice drops out of the Stewart-Haas clan, Kasey Kahne signs a deal for 2012 but leaves 2011 open for negotiations, and blood clots interfere with Brian Vickers’ health bill, to name a few. Wow… that’s intense.
There’s been a lot of surprises this season that no one would have ever imagined. Tony Stewart and his crew are in a completely opposite position than they were this time last year. Horrible finishes have burdened them this entire season, but they’re hoping to turn that around this weekend at Dover. I’m not really sure a 16th place start is going to provide a win, but no one ever knows what’s going to happen there… or at any race, for that matter. Also, Harvick has managed to stay on top of the standings this year. It almost seems like he and Tony have switched places, but I’m sure Kevin is living up to his nickname right about now even though he isn’t too “happy” about his car’s handling at Dover. It also looks like the Roush camp has also begun to get back into their old routine of good finishes. It’s definitely good to see them up front once again.
Add to the craziness, Danica’s worst career start in IRL. I had the opportunity to visit the first IRL race at Barber Motorsports Park a few weeks ago, and her performance really was how she described it: terrible. According to Nascar.com, though, she’s not blaming her part-time schedule in Nascar for the disappointing season. I don’t know that I agree, though – unless you’re Tony Stewart, it’s difficult to go back and forth driving two completely different types of cars with different kinds of technology and different styles of tracks. I guess I’m still sticking by my opinion that she’s not as good of a driver as everyone makes her out to be. Looks don’t equal performance, people.
Anyway, though, we all want to wish Brian Vickers a speedy recovery. There’s no telling when he will be back on the track, but he should take his time considering the seriousness of this condition. His health is much more important than making the Chase (Red Bull even agrees), so many thoughts and prayers are going out to him right now.
‘Til next time,