Week Nine NASCAR Update! Dat Dere’s Cheatin’… and Happy Birthday to the Late, Great Dale Earnhardt

On February 18th, 2001, in the last turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt was involved in what appeared to be a “routine” accident; getting turned into the Turn 4 wall. I got all fired up when he hit the wall.

I didn’t like the guy! Don’t get me wrong; I respected him as a driver, but he was a huge dick on the track. He’d just knock other cars out of the way en route to victory. He was a racing bully! Thing is, though, he made other drivers tougher and more aggressive so they wouldn’t become victims of his brutal driving style.

Anyway, that crash ended up being anything but routine… as something broke in his seatbelts and he made contact with the steering wheel & lost his life.

If you’re a NASCAR fan or, hell, a fan of people in general and you can make it through the following tribute video without getting even a little emotional; you’re a cold person.

Mr. Earnhardt would’ve been 61 years old today. I doubt he’d still be racing, but I guarantee you we wouldn’t have so many bitchy drivers whining about the slightest on-track contact with another driver. The sport has changed since Earnhardt’s departure; for the worst when I mention the pansy drivers nowadays, but for the best when it comes to numerous safety improvements that have been put in place since that fateful day in Daytona.

Happy Birthday, Intimidator!! NASCAR misses you; and so do all of us fans!

The Nationwide and Sprint Cup series descended upon Richmond International Speedway this weekend; both for night races! Richmond is a unique track in the series. It’s a 3/4 mile oval, so it’s not a short track and it’s not a superspeedway. It’s configured with enough banking to allow a decent amount of speed; and there are a couple racing grooves that allow passing so the races don’t get boring.

To be honest, I fell asleep watching the Nationwide Series race Friday night; not because it was boring, but because I was up ’til 3:00 am Friday morning playing shuffleboard with the guys after the first day of the NFL draft! But I woke up early yesterday and watched it on fast forward on the DVR.

It was a fantastic race and an even better finish. On the last lap, Kurt Busch battled Denny Hamlin for the win. The cars were bangin’ into each other and sideways before the start-finish line. Kurt won! That wouldn’t normally be noteworthy, but Kurt is driving a car this year that is owned by his younger brother Kyle; it was an emotional win for the Busch brothers:

Left to right... Kurt Busch, obligatory can of Monster, trophy, team owner Kyle Busch

I will say this much… Denny Hamlin is one of those pansy drivers of today’s NASCAR. He had a shot at Busch to move him out of the way and win the race, but what did he do?

I could have moved him up and gotten him out of the groove, and it would have been over with, but Kyle’s a teammate (ed. ~ in Sprint Cup… doesn’t matter in Nationwide) and (Kyle Busch Motorsports general manager) Rick Ren and those guys have built a great program, so I wanted it to be fair.

Fair? You’re a pussy for not wrecking Kurt, Denny, to win the race! Dale Earnhardt would say the same!

As for my boy, Austin Dillon? He started well, in third, but struggled in the early portions of the race with an ill handling car. As usual, though, he got it figured out and rolled to a ninth place finish. Austin is currently third in Nationwide Series Championship points, only 23 points out of the lead.

My dear Danica, though, pulled another Danica. She qualified “okay” at sixteenth, but didn’t try to race anyone on Friday night. It seems like, instead of trying to compete and win, she’s doing everything in her power to not crash. That’s just another way of being a pansy driver. Dale Earnhardt would think you’re hot; but then call you a sub par driver. She is currently twelfth in Nationwide Series Championship points, 130 points out of first place.

Holy shit, the Sprint Cup Series race was awesome last night! There was so much unbridled drama! My dude, Carl Edwards, started second and almost immediately took the lead. He led just over half the race and was on his way to potentially winning it until he cheated on a restart. Well, he didn’t really cheat, he just mashed the gas about 20 feet before he was allowed to on that restart. That’s illegal, Carl! He received a penalty for it. And then, after the race, you use the “stupid” card and claim you and your team were confused. C’mon, man! You’re one of the smartest drivers in the sport. You screwed up. Just admit it already. Dale Earnhardt would smack you upside the head!

Tony Stewart complained that NASCAR threw the caution flag because of a water bottle on the track. It’s debris, idiot! You woulda cried if you ran over it and it cut your tire! Shit… the bitchiness in NASCAR needs to go away!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced very well last night! He rolled off tenth and finished second. Another lap or so and he might have caught the winner, Kyle Busch. Yes, it was a big weekend for the Busch brothers in sweeping the weekend.

I just thought this was a cool picture.

If there was a NASCAR driver today who drives like the late Dale Earnhardt, that driver, in my opinion, would be Kyle Busch. He’s always been a dick on the track… and he wins races. I ain’t sayin’ he’s Dale, but he’s as close as we’ve got today..

Numbers after week nine:

Austin…

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Avg. Start Avg. Finish
7 0 4 6 5.3 6.7

Dale…

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Avg. Start Avg. Finish
9 0 4 7 13.0 7.3

Danica…

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Avg. Start Avg. Finish
7 0 0 1 17.7 22.0
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