Shootout

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  1. ccrobinson

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    I was working from home tonight and didn't pay that much attention to the race, so I don't have a lot of notes about the Shootout. But, here's what I do have.

    7:22 PM
    Starting watching the pre-race and then Fox started showing some singer who annoyed me, my wife and my son, so we switched over to USA showing NCIS, the only show I currently set aside time to watch every week.

    Unfortunately, there wasn't as much pre-race as I thought there would be, so I missed the start. We rejoined the race when they were under caution after the first wreck.


    7:51 PM
    I've become convinced that most of what these guys say is just to fill airtime and not actually provide useful information. Whenever Larry McReynolds talks about a driver, like Jeff Gordon, he insists on telling us what car number the driver is in, even though Jeff has never driven anything but the #24 car since he started in the Cup series. It's just more ways to fill up airtime. I think they must get paid by the word.


    8:18 PM
    Larry Mac just said that Jamie McMurray always runs well at Daytona.

    In 2008, McMurray finished 26th and 32nd and didn't lead a single lap. That doesn't seem to fit the definition of running well.


    8:40 PM
    Done with work and I can start picking apart what everybody says with more detail. ;)


    8:53 PM
    DW as they go to commercial: "Who says you can't go 4 wide?"

    I don't know, Darrell, you tell me who said that. As far as I know, nobody said you couldn't. At 180-190, Daytona gets narrow, and while it's not the best idea to go 4-wide, nobody said you couldn't do it.


    9:05 PM
    I'm sure I'll hate it later in the season, but on 1st viewing, I love the Kasey Kahne's GPS commercial.


    9:06 PM
    And the jingle that I liked last year, the Subway 5 dollar foot long song, has become tired, boring, tedious, and annoying and I hate it.


    9:21 PM 2/7/2009
    Some decent racing at the end, but the ending is the perfect example of what I don't like. The race ended at an arbitrary point in the middle of turn 3. I just don't like it.

    And that's it. Ho-hum beginning of the season I guess, but it's hard to make any sort of judgment as I wasn't paying close attention to the race because of work. At least DW wasn't kissing up to any of the drivers.
     
  2. TomVols

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    Larry pointing out the obvious (Jeff's car #) is for the 2 people who are watching a Nascar race for the first time. New edict in verbal communication - always assume your people are aliens who have landed from outer space and are experiencing life for the first time. No kidding.
     
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    Larry Mac doesn't speak English. He's the only commentator on television that could leave Ward Burton asking, "Huh? What did he say?"

    DW as they go to commercial: "Who says you can't go 4 wide?" That is what we call a rhetorical question.... Everybody knows that sooner or later Mikey will try to take the 55 into a hole half the size he needs.... That NAPA car had more wrecker time than any other driver. So to answer DW's question. Nobody said it but they should have!

    Look forward to your race recaps, ccr!
     
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    Also looking forward to the race recaps.

    Watched the Shootout. Thought it was a pretty good race. The guys can definitely pass the leader, at least when they are on fresh tires. On fresh tires they form three lines and it becomes impossible for the leader to block three lines of cars, so he gets passed. Now, in the 500, when they have long green flags, they may be limited to two lines because of fading tire grip which would reduce the ability to pass the leader.

    Watch out for:

    Jamie MacMurray. I think he finally has the crew chief he wants. He was the strongest of the Roush cars; something I've never seen before.

    Bobby Labonte: He has horsepower and he has the crew chief he wants. If that guy (whose name escapes me at the moment) had stayed at the Petty's, Labonte would have won there. That crew chief--oh yeah, Parrott, crewed Dale Jarrett to his last win at Talledega in a Yates Ford.

    A.J. Allmendinger: Seems to be the best driver at RPM. I just hope he can make the field. Kept his car near the front of the Shootout all night.

    Tony Stewart: I knew at the end of the race that Kyle Busch had 0 chance to win because Stewart was behind him. NO WAY Stewart is pushing Kyle to a win. I think Stewart is one of the pettiest individuals I've ever seen. His heyday in NASCAR was short while it lasted and long gone.

    In the 500, I'm rooting for any RPM car, Elliott (I'm just sentimental), Labonte, Jeff Gordon (best restrictor plate driver in history, though now past his prime).

    Don't want to see these guys win: K Busch, J Johnson, T Stewart, Junior. You can see why NASCAR pains me. The guys I don't want to win are the guys who are favorites to do it. Gotta stop rootin' for underdogs.

    I'll see if I can predict the race winner after I see the 125 milers.
     
  5. ccrobinson

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    :laugh:

    That's a great line. I'm going to find a way to get that into the 500 recap, just so I can put it in a season ending award post.


    Junior?! :eek:

    You really know how to hurt a guy, swaim. :laugh:
     
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    Yeah, it's really not fair to Junior because he seems like a good kid. Just wasn't a fan of his dear old dad.
     
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    I hear ya'. And I agree. So we're both petty that way!:tongue3:

    I root for Fords, usually. No reason why. You gotta pick someone!

    However, I would like to see Vickers or one of the Red Bull cars surprise the field.

    I love M Martin, but jeez Louise the guy needs to give it up. He's always the second best ever.
     
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    This reminds me of a joke.

    Q. Why didn't Dale Earnhardt ever hit the pace car?

    A. Because it didn't have a number.

    See, I don't agree that he needs to give it up. I say more power to him if he can still get it done on the track. Dale Jarrett said it best a few years ago about a driver's age. "The car doesn't know how old you are." If Junior doesn't win, I want to see Mark Martin win.
     
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    Mark Martin is still competitive in my book. Some guys hang around too long, but he is still getting the job done.
     

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