Week 23 NASCAR Update! Danica Hangs, Dillon Stumbles and Jr. Breaks Shit!

The two major NASCAR series split up this week. The Nationwide Series was at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

Fast fact about Iowa Speedway: the presence of the track since it opened in 2006 has revitalized the city of Newton after the Maytag Corporation shut down it’s headquarters there around the same time.

Danica ran a decent race. She qualified 18th and ended up with an 11th place finish. At least she didn’t crash or take others out of the race.

Austin Dillon, after a third place start, led twice for 53 laps and looked like he had a chance to win this one. But he developed a vibration and had to come in for an unscheduled green flag pitstop that put him a lap down. He finished 15th, the first car one lap down.

Elliott Sadler won the race…

Which is great because NASCAR screwed him over last week at Indy by penalizing him for jumping a restart which he clearly didn’t do. That cost him a win. Last night’s win was his fourth of the season. Good job you silly talkin’ Virginian!

The Sprint Cup Series made their second trip this year to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

This joint:

It was hard for me to get into this race…. there was a 90 minute delay while they dried the track after a line of strong thunderstorms blew through. I watched the start and Dale Jr. looked pretty stout! He powered his way to the lead rather quickly.

Then I took a nap, because who wants to watch Jr. lead and potentially win a race? Certainly not me! Oof… that’s those old NASCAR feelings coming back.

See… I’m not the die hard fan I used to be. There’s just too much going on to dedicate 3-4 hours a week to racing. I watch most of it on fast forward nowadays. I’m a fan of Roush Fenway Racing and Carl Edwards, but I don’t get all emotional like I used to.

Back in the old days I’d pray for everyone else to have problems and for my driver to do well.

Anyway, turns out Jr.’s transmission broke at some point. HA HA, sucks to be you douchebag! It didn’t just break…. you broke it simpleton!

On the final restart, the four leaders got involved in a wreck caused by the ever-douchey Jimmie Johnson and the tiny Jeff Gordon snuck by for the lead. Then another line of nasty thunderstorms came through and the race was called official at lap 98, with Jeff Gordon as the winner.

Jeff and daughter, Ella. Cute picture!

Horrifying Pocono update: It’s been reported that 10 fans were struck by lightning in the parking lot after the race. One has died and one more is in critical condition; I believe the eight others are gonna be fine. This is terrible news… Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected.

Numbers after week twenty three:

Austin…

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Avg. Start Avg. Finish
20 1 11 15 7.8 7.4

Dale…

Yeah…. It’s broke, fellas!

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Avg. Start Avg. Finish
21 1 9 15 14.3 9.2

Danica…

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Avg. Start Avg. Finish
20 0 0 1 14.2 20

Hug your children and love them every day

Related Posts:

Week twenty two
Week twenty one
Week twenty
Week nineteen
Week eighteen
Week seventeen
Week sixteen
Week fifteen
Week fourteen
Week thirteen
Week twelve
Week eleven
Week ten 

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