So, this week, I have a special guest joining me for the race at Michigan. My very good friend, Kristina Majors! So, if you can actually decipher some of the stuff we are saying below, I have a feeling you will enjoy this weeks' edition of my sarcastic yet informational Lap-By-Lap breakdown!
KC: Michigan: One of the few tracks that has a vengeance for Jimmie Johnson.
KM: I will bet you Jimmie will put the “backup car” up front in no time
KM: Aging track? How do we know when it’s aged perfectly like fine wine?
KC: Maybe they should ask their in-house wine expert? Danica, where are you?!
KC: Commercials brought to you by a college student frantically packing boxes.
KM: Frantically packing at 200+ MPH?
KC: I’m slowly gaining speed!
KM: Michigan born & bred...hope BRAD K gets a top 5
KM: Last day for Mike Lingerfelt, front tire changer for Stenhouse Jr on the 17. He’s heading to Edwards car for Chase prep....Sadness has taken over my heart.
KC: Something I didn’t know... :(
KC: I hate to say this but I agree with Nicole. I’m writing off Gordon for the Chase.
KM: Margin for error? I would think at this point there is no room for error. Crunching numbers, speeds, fuel mileage etc. The chase is about to be on, one more week of FUN, it will be BRISTOL Baby next weekend, see ya there!!
KC: Bristol Night Race: The race of endless excitement and anger.
KM: I will be there but not for a repeat of last year, they better get smart & let Danica race without incident!
KC: Too bad Tony won’t be there...no helmet throw :(
KM: Hopefully no EPIC finger pointing, I remember my anger of throwing my fanvision at some lame, rude race fan for negative comments!
KM: Who’s your pick Katie?
KC: I’ve got THE BIFF!!!!
KM: Is brad confused, lost? he is wandering around lol
KC: Maybe he is searching for a race buddy...to the restroom! Remember the 2012
Daytona 500 red flag race between him and Junior?
KM: Haha Indeed, maybe you are right!
KM: Random but I think in a short amount of time we will be cheering on Kyle Larson for the chase!
KC: I agree! He may only be 21 but he has some incredible talent! Can’ wait to see what his career has in store :)
KM: Me either, & meeting him last weekend he is incredibly fan friendly!
KC: Ok...your turn. Who is your pick Kristina!?
KM: BRAD K :)
KC: Marching band...this brings back some memories....
KM: For me too, clarinet :)
KC: Me too! Well, not in the marching band. Color Guard!
KM: Are you ready, have you dropped the red flag on packing?
KC: Dropping the yellow, packing under commercial break!
KM: It should be RED until the race is complete
KC: In-Car Cameras: Junior, Keselowski, Biffle, Johnson, Patrick and Kahne!
KM: How do we choose a camera today? Good thing I have lots of devices, Danica on the computer, Kahne on the phone, & Brad on the ipod i think i have it covered!
KC: I have Danica on the iPad, Johnson on the Phone, and Kahne on the laptop!
KM: “Gentlemen & One Fine Lady, Start Your Engines!!! Best yet!
KC: Better than the Daytona 500 start!
KC: Greg Biffle is the in-race reporter. Starting in the No.16 car from 16th place. That has to be good luck right?
KM: That was my thinking!!!!
KC: One thing I love about listening to Danica’s radio is the pep-talk on the radio between her and Gibson and the crew. Always positive!
KM: I agree it is always so positive & ensuring
KM: Pretty insane to think a track vehicle would be leaving oil hanging around, isn’t their job to clean it up, not drop it here & there?
KC: Maybe they are just practicing for later :)
KC: I’ve got Kurt Busch in my sites for a possible win today. He has been strong all season but hasn’t been able to close the deal. Can he do it today? I think so!
KM: It is very possible, starting up front but he has to be careful of the rugged racing ahead!
KM: HERE WE GO, Pace car left hand turn...WE are green
KC: Lap 1: CAUTION! Bowyer spins early. Just lost the rear of the car. No contact. 3 wide early in.
KM: Oh no not baby blue eyes, maybe a little too much 5 hour energy in the tank today!
KM: RANDOM: Is your computer keyboard green?
KC: ...maybe :)
KM: roof flap apparatus...sounds pretty in depth huh?
KC: I feel like I should know what that means...
KC: here are a lot of apparatuses on the car...actually, I think the entire car should be called an apparatus. “And the apparatus goes 3-wide” Ok...never mind.
KM: Fast & Fiscal
KC: Close call for Junior there. Just missed Bowyer.
KM: EARLY strategy play by Chad K, Jimmie on pit road for a fuel top off :) Might want to keep Jimmie in your sights as well!
KC: Already starting from the back. Pit strategy will pay off big time.
KM: Lap 7: Junior & Keslelowski 5 & 6
KC: Lap 8: CAUTION! Reuttiman spins and hits the wall. Surprised? Got out of the groove. NOT A GOOD IDEA!
KM: Is that a BURGER KING car I spy in the wall? Sure is...Dancing with the Devil early(the wall)
KC: Under Caution: Many teams hit pit road to top off with fuel. Early Pit Strategy.
KM: WHY the commercials when we want to see the run off pit road?
KC: With two cautions in less than 10 laps, I have a feeling this will be a long race...
KM: The longer the race the more sarcasm, the more FUN involved!
KC: Lap 12: Restart: Logano leads from the point. (I was just about to say the same)
KC: Lap 13: CAUTION! JJ Yeley and Austin Dillon.
KM: More laps under yellow than green? What do you think?
KC: This will end up being a long race. Need to get some green flag laps in! Good for fuel strategy though.
KC: Seeing how well Dillon comes back from this will be a huge testament to his future Cup career. But this pit road penalty doesn’t help with that.
KM: doesn’t look like too much damage, but trying to race the pace car down pit road not too wise! Restart from the back for Dillon!
KC: Someone is trying to be like Smoke...BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE! If there were two Tony’s in NASCAR...the world wouldn’t be able to handle it.
KM: LOVE Biffs helmet:)
KM: Lap 18: RESTART: Logano with the lead again. Kurt Busch right on his tail!
KM: Lap 19: Busch and Logano battling HARD for the lead. Junior sneaking up behind them.
KM: Danica sneaking up on Stenhouse Jr’s rear.....
KC: I will refrain from the dirty joke that just popped into my head.
KM: it is safer if you do.
KM: Dale Jr, on the move during lap 19...love his gloves! Can someone get me a pair?
KM: Lap 21: Lot’s of 3 and 4 wide battles for positions early in the race. Look for that to intensify once the groove widens!
KC: Lap 24: Johnson on the move in Michigan. P17 after starting 43rd. Hendrick Motorsports was dominate here in June. Could one of them end up in Victory Lane today?
KM: I think so, I never underestimate the Hendrick team!
KM: David Stremme on the move lap 25, I would love to see him get a top 20 today!
KM: Lap 32: 22 has some steam on the hood, but I am thinking it is just under pressure from the 78! No biggie, playing 3 wide again here comes Junior!
KC: The ever quiet Junior...he attacks when no one is looking!
KC: Lap 33: Kurt Busch surprises Logano and takes the lead. If I see Busch coming up on my arse I would move over too!
KM: Lap 35: 22 struggling entering the corner with Kenseth close on his rear, Kenseth is on the move, racing like earlier in the season!
KC: He is running the engine hard. It wouldn’t surprise me if he blew up before race end unfortunately.
KM: Major air pressure change for Logano coming up, does this mean car air pressure or fuming racetrack rage pressure going for the lead?
KC: Lap 38: Truex on pit road for a pit stop. Starting the green flag stops for those who didn’t pit under the cautions.
KM: Truex Jr in the top 10, I am liking what I see so far, Michael Waltrip is probably pacing the pit box:)
KC: Lap 41: It’s 1PM here in Nebraska and I am still in my pajamas.
KM: Funny thing it is 2pm here in NC & I am still in my pajamas as well!
KC: Lap 44: Junior led a lap. All is right with the world.
KC: Lap 45: Started in the back...now leading the pack. JIMMIE JOHNSON!
KM: Wow 11.9 pit stop for junior & a 13.9 for Brad K wow #2 team needs some extra speed training this week!
KM: Lap 47: Right sides for Jimmie Johnson! 7 second stop for the 48 team! Bet he feels good after getting that bonus point for leading a lap, at least he knows pit road speed even when he is in a hurry!
KM: Lap 48: Bayne getting a lead lap in as well in the Woods Brothers #21, great to see for such a talented kid!
KC: Lap 49: With all of these off cycle pit strategies, we will see a lot of different lead changes during this race.
KC: Lap 50: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE LONELY, AT FARMERS ONLY DOT COM!
KC: Lap 51: Brandon telling Patrick to follow Junior around the track while she is behind him...good idea!
KM: Everything Brandon usually says is a good idea! He is such a PERFECT fit for Danica! We are lucky to have such a great spotter like him on board the 10 team!
KM: What is going on with the 48 machine? Jamie Little getting the 411:)
KC: Lap 57: Johnson not up to speed. His day is done and he is too the garage. Johnson needs to make Michigan happy somehow...this track HATES Mr. 5-time!
KC: Lap 61: Junior continues to lead the field. Could this be his day? Or will disaster plague HMS once again?
KM: Stenhouse Jr just passed Montoya for 10th, Tim Dugger must have been truthful about his gut feeling when he said he has had good feelings about this race for Stenhouse Jr.
KC: Stenhouse has definitely earned his Rookie of the Year points!
KM: No doubt, I am still sad about Lingerfelt leaving the 17 car!
KM: Lap 65: Junior in the lead followed by Bad Brad! Where do things go from here? GREEN all the way I hope:)
KM: Kasey Kahne is welcomed to the Pepsi Max family, how awesome he helped design his paint scheme for todays race!
KM: Lap 72: Stenhouse Jr hit the wall in turn two, Lingerfelt is working fast to get that right flat front changed out! Great work by the 17 team! Plenty of time to pick up the lost ground!
KM: Danica tight off center, but getting beat on entry so will work on that first...looking good out there today and sounding pretty confident.
KC: COMMERCIAL: This break being brought to you by the laundry basket sitting on my bed. Time to fold!
KM: folding, folding, folding oh how I hate laundry!!!
KM: Biffle: car is feeling pretty good, little bit of work cut out for him, working his way through the pack! 16 in the 16th place!!
KM: Lap 76: Hamlin to the lead, Junior got pinned down on the inside, slipping back to 7th
KC: Bonus points for Hamlin. Although I am fairly certain his Chase chances are over.
KM: Lap 77: Busch looking for the lead on Hamlin, oh & I think he found it, wish I had the Busch blood when it comes to competition. It is pretty fierce!
KM: Lap 79: Brad K out of nowhere up to 2nd...Blue Deuce is a snake in the grass & on the move!
KM: Lap 80: Logano back on the move to 3rd this could be a Penske kind of day? Any thoughts Katie?
KC: Penske, Hendrick and Kurt Busch!
KM: Looks good seeing Edwards up to 4th, I am wishing him LUCK as Lingerfelt moves to his team next week! He will have a heck of a front tire changer on board!
KC: Lap 85: Pit stop for Katie! I NEED LUNCH!
KC: Lap 90: Johnson is done for the day...yet his points lead is still untouchable.
KC: Lap 92: Hamlin hits pit road as green flag stops start once again.
KM: Lap 96:Hope BIFF can remain HOT during this race & climb in points he currently sits 9th!
KM: COMMERCIAL: meeting times, lunchtimes, & conference times, but we would rather be making tee times...so let’s play all day PURE MICHIGAN, Golf that is, lets play golf the courses look amazing!!
KC: GoDaddy...I don’t know if I would trust Danica behind the wheel of a plane, Keep her in the car!
KM: It would be pretty sweet at least we would get a n electric fast take off & a smooth landing, but I will pass on the sky waitress!
KC: Let’s make Ricky the Sky Waiter :)
KM: Pretty sweet will he wear his Tony Lama’s & his hat? That is the only way i can accept him! pure country!
KC: Lap 103: Nicole Briscoe, I want your job :)
KM: Indeed you could handle it! Just don't forget me! Little ol me!
KC: Lap 104: Kurt Busch still in the lead. I don’t know why this small team decided to sign him but I am pretty sure it was the best decision they have ever made.
KM: Junior hanging around of course he can hang around its Junior, living the dream! Pepto moment in the Hendrick pit, guys I think everything will be okay, please don’t drink the pink chalk!
KC: Lap 105: CAUTION! Debris. Mark Martin gets caught on pit road. At least this time it isn’t literally.
KM: BIFFLE first off of pit road +8 positions, he is in doubt rolling HOT today with the chase in sight!
KC: Danica’s car is missing 3rd gear. Won’t stick. Could this lead to issues with the race a little past halfway?
KM: Danica is tearing teeth off the gears, she is having the NEED for SPEED!
KC: Enough with the Bristol and Richmond talk... I AM READY FOR KANSAS!!!!! :)
KM: No fair I want to be in Kansas, but I will be in Richmond & Bristol what are you trying to say? Is it because you will be 21?
KC: Maybe :)
KC: Lap 110: RESTART! Kyle Busch and Biffle take the green. Biffle takes the lead!
KM: Bowyer cracking the top 5 on lap 112 after a spin on the first lap! Baby Blue Eyes is on the move once again!
KM: Lap 114: Danica fighting hard with Mcmurray for the LUCKY DOG spot!
KM: I’m ready for this race to tighten back up, I don’t like things when they get all spread out:(
KC: Need a caution! :)
KM: my water bottle won't reach the track...dang it
KC: Need to work on those arm muscles :)
KM: I know but NC to Michigan it is going to take some super muscles, you think wonder woman would help me if I gave her a call?
KC: Never hurts to try!
KC: Lap 124: Danica running in the low 20s but her lap times are consistent with top-10 times.
KC: Lap 127: This lap is brought to you by Jimmie Johnson on Twitter #BlameJJ
KM: Really crazy to watch the replay of the 31 tire hitting a crew member in the knee, I am glad he is ok, but no joking around they think the hit in the bumper helped Burton out lol! Crewman just upset it slowed down the pit time! That is pure dedication right there!
KM: Lap 130: Harvick passes Busch, that is what I am talking about, Harvick digging hard! LOVE it!
KC: Lap 136: CAUTION: Debris on track. Junior blew a tire and into the wall. Danica Patrick is the Lucky Dog.
KM: NO not Dale:( Tire down! I think these Good Year’s need to be built temperature tough! 1000+ degrees Dale to the garage = NO
KM: Brandon to Danica “you can pass the pace car!” you know that felt good!!! she has driven her hiney off for this spot, will pit next time by!
KC: Pit Stops: Under caution, most teams his pit road. Junior takes the car to the garage. Danica starting from the rear thanks to the Lucky Dog. Danica worried about a brake vibration. Teams should have one more stop left before the end of the race. Could more pit strategy be on the way?
KC: The tire that came off of Junior’s car looks like it went through hell and back...then tried it again.
KM: No doubt, crash carts in place, you know in EMS when we go to the Emergency Room they have crash carts too, haha funny except those save lives not cars?
KC: Lap 140: RESTART: Penske cars on the front row. Logano takes the lead. Lots of beating and banging on the restart. WILL THEY MAKE IT?! Keselowski shuffled back to 7th on the restart after starting 2nd.
KM: Bumper cams pretty sweet a whole new perspective to the term “rear view”
KC: Lap 146: Busch Brothers nose to tail! This could get interesting...
KC: Lap 148: Patrick and Kahne both saying turn 3 is slippery. Could something be on the track?
KC: Lap 149: CAUTION: Labonte spinning through the grass. Yellow #7. Will anyone hit pit road?
KM: Good thing that Kingsford isn’t instalight or we would have had a heck of a grass fire a few seconds ago! Flaps definitely played their part well during that spin to the grass!
KM: When Keselowski rolls the dice does he always roll a 2?
KC: Such a question that can only be answered by the man himself... :)
KC: Pit Road: Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and others hit pit road for some interesting pit strategy. Will it pay off? That’s the big question!
KM: Commercial: For every START, an untimely FINISH :) For every Twist there is a TURN! Who’s turn will it be to celebrate in VL today?
KC: Soda Cookies...I can’t even fathom trying that...Oh Tony, how we miss you :)
KM: Hang tight SMOKE will RISE :)
KM: Lap 153: RESTART: Harvick up front hanging out with Logano...what will happen?
KC: 47 to go: Kenseth gets loose! Loses track position.
KC: 45 to go: Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in the Lucky Dog position after hitting the wall many laps ago.
KM: We need a caution, need to see Stenhouse JR on the LEAD lap! he had such a great day ahead of him!
KC: 44 to go: CAUTION: Kyle Busch spins and hits the wall. Looks like his rear end may need a lift. Busch just BARELY missed Labonte, McMurray, Stenhouse and others.
KC: Pit Stops: Lots of cars hit pit road. Should be the last pit stop for most of the field. The big question is going to be fuel. With 40 laps to go, will they have enough!?
KC: ”He is so f*ckin spastic man, the 21, I hope he stays behind me” Dang Danica!
KM: Love how she tells it how it is...
KM: Danica states she is slamming in the back & hopes everything is okay.
KM: RESTART: Fanning out. Keselowski taking the front with Mark Martin. 4-wide into Turn-1
KC: 36 laps to go: Even after hitting the wall, Stenhouse is now ahead of his significant other.
KC: 35 to go: David Gilliland blows a motor, makes it to the apron, race stays green.
KC: 33 to go: Happy Harvick isn’t so happy...he can’t get around Almirola!
KM: 31 laps to go: BRAD IN THE LEAD!!! If my pick wins, Katie owes me a new Danica Tshirt :)
KC: Did I agree to this? haha
KC: 27 to go: CAUTION: Kyle Busch spinning...and we are still in commercial break.
KC: “that 17 has a sh*tload of damage so when you get up to his you should be able to get by him.” Gibson...that’s her MAN!!!
KM: EASY Gibson, easy!
KC: Pit Stops: Brad Keselowski pits from the lead for fuel. Edwards and others follow him as well.
KC: Brandon (Danica's spotter) just called Hamlin a slug... what?
KM: LMAO, slow maybe, wait thats a snail SLUG- slimy mollusk having no shell, or better yet there are so many definitions, one is dealing with the amount of liquor you swallow in one gulp thats the redneck edition!
KC: 23 to go: RESTART: Martin and Harvick take the green but Logano takes it three wide! Martin with the lead.
KC: 21 to go: I hate when the radio cuts out just as a driver starts dropping some nasty...ruins the fun!
KM: CAN we get a CAUTION????? PLEASE? looking like Martin is about 3 miles short!
KM: Laps are trickling down FAST, everyone in search of CLEAN AIR, heck we don’t even breathe clean air!
KC: 16 to go: Will Martin have enough gas? Seeing the No55 in VL with 2 different drivers this season would be awesome!
KM: Ironically enough random fact of today’s race the 17 is pitting in pit stall #10 today in his case it should have been LUCKY!
KM: 14 to go: Danica just ran her fastest lap of the race!
KC: 13 laps to go: I haven’t gotten much packing done during this race...whoops.
KM: I knew that was going to happen:)
KM: 10 laps to go: The question remains, who will have enough gas to pass the line?
KC: 7 laps to go: Who will be the first to run out of gas? Does Martin have enough?
KM: Martin is about 3 laps shy according to calculations, but I am saying the win will be Logano:)
KC: 4 laps to go: Martin runs out of gas. Logano takes the lead.
KM: It would stink to be this close & run out what a heartbreaker!
KM: Will Logano win? Is he a Chase contender?
KC: FINAL LAP: Logano hangs on. Checkers in sight!
KC: Joey Logano becomes the first Penske car this season to see Victory Lane.
KM: 14th for the 14, way to bring the 14 home after such a tough start to the day Dillon! Pole winner to VL, sweet! heck of a burn out! Car is smoked up inside!
KM: Time to wrap up the top 10: Logano, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Menard, Bowyer, Ambrose, Kahne, Burton, Biffle, followed by Edwards!
KM: How awesome this is Roger Penske’s home track! Congratulations on the win!
KC: Logano, sponsored by Shell and Pennzoil takes the No.22 to the Shell and Pennzoil Victory Lane!
BIG THANKS TO KRISTINA MAJORS FOR JOINING ME THIS WEEKEND FOR THE RACE AT MICHIGAN!
Until Next Time Guys!!!!