Katie's Komments: 18th Edition
Katie’s Komments is going to be a little different this week. With everything that has transpired since the race in Richmond, I thought I would dedicate this edition to all of the controversy.
Michael Waltrip Racing: I honestly don’t know what MWR was thinking when they, and by they I mean those who made the decision AND those who decided to go along with it, were thinking when they decided to cheat. I mean, come on, if you are going to cheat, at least don’t make it completely obvious. Even though NASCAR dismissed the claim that Clint Bowyer spun out on purpose, they did call out Brian Vickers for making an unnecessary pit stop to give another driver more points. MRW was handed one of the biggest penalties in NASCAR history and frankly, I think NASCAR only got it half right. Martin Truex Jr was essentially kicked out of the Chase and was replaced by Ryan Newman but I don’t think that was fair. I really don’t think Truex knew what was going on with his teammates until after it was all said and done. He shouldn’t have to pay the price for them, even if he was the beneficiary. I think NASCAR needed to find a way to put both of them in the Chase. They both deserved the position in the end.
Logano and Gilliland: Something that has just come to light in the last 24 hours or so is a claim that Joey Logano’s team made a deal with David Gilliland’s team to get him that one extra point at the end of the race. The one point that got him into the top-10 in points, right ahead of Jeff Gordon. NASCAR is still reviewing the audio from both drivers’ in-car feeds and hasn’t released too much information about the investigation.
They Were Warned: NASCAR made it clear in the driver’s meeting before the race that they were to play fair and race hard. While they surely raced hard, it seems like they entirely missed the first part. Teammates help each other out all the time during the season; moving over to let a teammate pass, pitting earlier to allow a teammate to lead a lap, and various other things. MWR seemed to take that a step further at Richmond. What many are calling “team orders,” MWR stepped over that line and did something that race fans around the world talked about for days. News stories were posted, rumors starting spreading and NASCAR had to act fast and at late Monday Night press conference, MWR’s penalties were handed down, showing other drivers and teams that this kind of behavior, would not be tolerated.
Never has a season had so much controversy and speculation and this past week alone has given the NASCAR community enough drama to last the rest of the season. As the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship officially kicks off on Sunday, 2013 is still full of surprises. Stay tuned.
Katie's Komments: 17th Edition
Welcome to the latest edition of Katie’s Komments! There is a lot to discuss this week!
Kurt Busch to Stewart-Haas Racing: Well, its official, Kurt Busch will be the 4th driver at SHR starting in 2014. He will be joining recently injured driver Tony Stewart, Rookie Danica Patrick and new-to-SHR driver Kevin Harvick which could lead to some interesting happenings in 2014. With four big personalities and very popular drivers under one roof, Busch will definitely fit right in at SHR. The organization receives their equipment, chassis and engines to be exact, from Hendrick Motorsports, which is some of the strongest in the field. Busch has really turned his life and his attitude around this season. Driving for a single-car team has helped him to realize just how talented he is and joining the ranks at SHR will definitely build on that. Look for big things to come from the eldest Busch Brother in the coming seasons because he is just starting to heat back up.
AJ Allmendinger in at JTG Daugherty Racing: After replacing Bobby Labonte for a handful of races this season, Allmendinger has been named the full time driver No.47 car for 2014. After a rough season in 2012, Allmendinger has proven that he deserves a full-time Sprint Cup ride, although a ride like the Penske No.22 is still far away. 2013 has been a heck of a ride for Allmendinger despite his previous troubles. Roger Penske stood behind him and put him in an IndyCar in preparation for his first Indy 500. His impressive seventh place finish in the historic race started him back on the right path. Allmendinger’s continued success proves that one bad choice doesn’t have to ruin a great career.
Kyle Larson to Cup in 2014: When it was announced a few weeks ago that Juan Pablo Montoya would not be returning to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, it was all but confirmed that Nationwide Series Rookie Kyle Larson would be replacing him behind the wheel. Larson, at just 21 years old, is a phenomenon behind the wheel but moving him up to the Sprint Cup Series too soon would be a disaster to his career. Personally, I think Larson needs one more season in Nationwide to hone in his skills before jumping in with the big boys. With no Sprint Cup Series starts, there is no way to judge how Larson will do next season. I guess we will just have to wait and see!
There was a lot that went on in the Sprint Cup Series this last week! That will do it for this edition of Katie’s Komments. I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to leave your own!
Katie's Komments: 16th Edition
Welcome to the 16th edition of Katie’s Komment’s, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Road Course Racing: I was checking out the Twitterverse last weekend, like I do every race weekend, to see what people were talking about and what I found shocked me. NASCAR fans, in general, seem to hate road course racing. I follow a little over 1,300 people on Twitter and a majority of those are race fans of some sort. As I was scrolling through my timeline, I kept coming across tweets of disgust towards the right turns and winding roads that make up the road course races. Personally, I love road course races. The twists and turns leave drivers with new challenges with every passing moment and road course races give drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya and Marcos Ambrose a chance to shine. The finish last season at Watkins Glen was one of the most exciting finishes I have seen in NASCAR in years and this year, although it wasn’t quite as dramatic, was just as good. With only two road course races a year, three if you are the Nationwide Series, fans don’t get to see many right turns or the unique drivers, like Boris Said and Ron Fellows, that the road courses bring out. I am one of those people who would love to see a road course race in the Chase but having two a season is good enough for me. There is one last course on the schedule as the Nationwide Series takes to Mid-Ohio for the first time in years. Will I be tuning in? You bet!
Vickers In at MWR: It was announced this week that Brian Vickers will pilot the No.55 Aaron’s Dream Machine for Michael Waltrip Racing full time next season. The deal, which includes two full seasons with MWR, puts Vickers behind the wheel of the No.55 with full sponsorship from Aaron’s. With sponsorship hard to come by, having all 36 races sponsored by one company for two full seasons is a race team’s dream come true. Now, this announcement wasn’t a shocking one. It had been said for quite some time that Vickers would be piloting the car full time in 2014. Vickers has had quite the ride since 2011, even filling in this season for Denny Hamlin after his back injury. It will be nice to see Vickers in a full time ride next season and I wouldn’t count him out for a run at the championship in the coming years.
Juan Pablo Montoya OUT at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing: Another big announcement was involved Columbian-born racer Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya, who has piloted the No.42 Target Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing since 2007, will be a free agent at the end of 2013. With 2 wins in 239 Sprint Cup Series starts, the last coming in 2010, Montoya hasn’t lived up to EGR standards. With only two appearances in the top-20 in points, including one Chase appearance in 2009, Montoya’s average finish in the standings is 18th. Currently, he sits 22nd in points with 3 top-5 finishes including a second place finish this season at Dover. Montoya’s future in NASCAR is uncertain and whether or not he has been in talks with another race team is still a question. Will someone else pick up Montoya or are his days in NASCAR numbered. That has yet to be determined but some Montoya fans and analysts, including myself, think that a move to the Grand-Am Series might be a possibility.
That will be it for the 16th edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!
Katie's Komments: 15th Edition
Welcome to the 15th edition of Katie’s Komment’s, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Tony Stewart: When news broke yesterday that three-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart had severely broken his leg and would be out of the No.14 Chevy for the foreseeable future, my heart broke. Tony Stewart is one of those racers who has to be in the car and in a race multiple times a week. And when I say has to, I mean that literally because his livelihood feeds on that competition and adrenalin. Stewart races is multiple Sprint Car races a week at dirt tracks all over the country, bringing in fans and keeping the love of dirt track racing alive. Because Stewart, and other NASCAR drivers like Kyle Larson, continue to race on dirt despite having a NASCAR ride, it brings in casual race fans into a new, albeit the original, form of racing. Taking a guy like Stewart and telling he is no longer able to drive his Sprint Car would be like telling Taylor Swift she could no longer sing bad breakup songs. Get well soon T-Stew!
Dirt Racing Unsafe: The big debate as of late has been the level of danger that comes with racing on dirt. There seems to have been an unusual amount of injuries this season that have come from NASCAR drivers going back to their roots. This is all coming on the heels of NASCAR announcing that they were hosting their first dirt track race in more than 40 years when the Camping World Truck Series took to Eldora just a few weeks ago. The fact is, dirt track racing isn’t necessarily as safe as NASCAR’s top series may be but that is because these tracks don’t have safer barriers. They aren’t required to have safer barriers. The big debate is that they should be required but unfortunately, they often can’t afford them. The odd thing is, the wrecks this season than have been because drivers have hit the wall. They have all be on-track incidents. The latest, involving Tony Stewart, is one example. Stewart was passing a lap car when he seemed to clip the tire and went tumbling through the air. Dirt track racing is safer then ever before but because of the added coverage this season, it seems like serious injuries and unfortunately death, are at an all-time high.
Hendrick Dominance: This past weekend at Pocono, it was a Hendrick showdown. Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson, who won the June race, led a large number of laps and looked to be on his way to a Pocono sweep when he blew a tire and hit the wall. After extensive repairs to the No.48, Johnson rallied back to finish 13th. Johnson was the lowest finishing Hendrick driver on Sunday. The other three Hendrick Motorsports drivers made up three of the top five finishers on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr walked away with a nice fifth place finish. Jeff Gordon, who looked like he was going to get his seventh win at the Tricky Triangle when he took the lead with five to go, finished second. Kasey Kahne, for the second time this season, took his No.5 Chevy to Victory Lane after a late race caution allowed him to retake the lead from teammate Gordon. Hendrick Motorsports is stronger than ever this season with Jimmie Johnson leading the point’s standings by 77 points, more than one full race. Can anyone stop them?
That will be it for the 15th edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!
Katie's Komments: 14th Edition
Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Katie’s Komment’s, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Trucks on Dirt: I have one thing to say about the Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora: MORE PLEASE! It was the first time in more than 40 years that one of NASCARs major series took to the dirt and the drivers who were part of this historic race out on a great show. There were dirt track ringers, truck series regulars, past champions and more out on the track on Wednesday night battling for the first NASCAR dirt track win since the King Richard Petty. 2011 Camping World Truck Series Champion Austin Dillon tore through the field and has a gold shovel and a trophy to show for his Victory Wednesday night. There were so many notable drivers and moments throughout the race that if I were to name them all, this article would be four pages long. If you haven’t had the chance to watch this race yet, you definitely need to. It is one you don’t want to miss!
Brickyard 400: It is one of the biggest races of the season; ranking just behind the Daytona 500. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway marks the middle of the 2013 race season and after a weekend off from racing; teams and drivers are ready to get back out on the track. There are a few notable drivers to watch when the series comes to Indy. Jimmie Johnson, last year’s Brickyard 400 winner, has four wins at the track and four wins this season. He could easily make it five and five this weekend so keep an eye on the No.48 team. Jeff Gordon, who won the inaugural event in 1994, also has four wins at Indy, but hasn’t visited Victory Lane since 2004. Could he come back to win this season? Another driver to watch is someone who probably won’t see the front of the pack, but at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, they welcome her with open arms. Danica Patrick makes her first start in the Brickyard 400 at Indy this weekend, the very place that turned her from an unknown in 2005 to motorsports biggest star. The Brickyard 400 is a historical event and one you won’t want to miss.
Who Will Make the Chase?: With just a few races left until the Chase starts, there are a number of drivers on the brink of missing out. With just 47 points separating 8th through 16th in points, one bad race could drop a driver multiple positions in the standings. Drivers like reigning champion Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Gordon sitting on the brink of missing the Chase, it’s do or die time for these drivers. With few points separating the positions, it is going to take wins to secure a spot in the Chase. Currently, Biffle, Keselowski and Kahne round out your top 10 in points with Martin Truex Jr. and Stewart holding the coveted Wild Card spots but with one bad race, that could all change. So who will make it in and who will be looking in from outside? Stay tuned to find out.
That will be it for the fourteenth edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!
Katie's Komments: 13th Edition
Welcome to the thirteenth edition of Katie’s Komments, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Jimmie Johnson: Johnson and the Lowe’s No.48 team have just accomplished something that hasn’t been done in over 30 years; they swept Daytona. Johnson kicked off the 2013 season with a victory in the Great American Race and Saturday night then he took home his fourth win this season with the Coke Zero 400. The last driver to sweep Daytona was Bobby Allison back in 1982; 31 years later, Johnson does the same. It was pretty obvious Saturday night that there are a lot of NASCAR fans who despise Johnson and him dominating and ultimately running away with both Daytona wins didn’t help his cause. This latest history-making feat only builds on the fact that Jimmie Johnson will go down in history as one of the best drivers in NASCAR history, right alongside the likes of Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and more. Can he win his sixth Championship this season? It is looking pretty good so far.
Will The Make It? With eight races left until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship starts, there are a number of drivers outside of the top-10 who just might not make it in. The one driver who is more than likely NOT going to make the Chase is Denny Hamlin. He needs at least two wins and most importantly, needs to get into the top-20 in points with just 8 races left. Looking at how his season has gone so far, the chances of that happening are very slim: he currently sits 26th in points. Another big name that is on the verge of missing the Chase is Kasey Kahne. He sits 12th in points with one win that came early in the season. He is holding on to the second wild card spot but only by the slightest margin. Reigning Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski has dropped out of the top-10 and with no wins this season, his Chase chances are getting smaller and smaller. He sits 13th in points and needs at least one win and a few top-5 finishes in the next eight races to make it into the Chase to defend his title. Another driver who is seeing his Chase hopes slipping away is Jeff Gordon. He raced his way into the Chase in 2012 at the last possible moment and this season, he might have to do it again. He is sitting 14th in points with no wins. The Chase is closing in and the big question is, who will make it, and will be left looking in from afar?
Kurt Busch on the Rise: With his new team in the No.78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, Kurt Busch has secured himself a spot in the Chase; for now. With his sixth-place finish in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, the elder Busch Brother as slid in to the 9th spot in the standings. He has been running consistently this season and has missed out on a few wins but I wouldn’t count him out. Based in Denver, Colorado, Furniture Row Racing is the only full-time organization not based in NASCAR’s epicenter. With 4 top-5s and 8 top-10s, Kurt Busch could easily stay in the top-10 in points and could make a run for the Championship. Keep an eye on him these next eight races; I don’t think a win is out of the question for Kurt Busch.
That will be it for the thirteenth edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!
Katie's Komments: 12th Edition
Welcome to the twelfth edition of Katie’s Komment’s, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Martin Truex Jr: How can I not Komment on this?! I have been watching this man each and every weekend, just WAITING for him to take the checkered flag. He made the Chase last season and was a decent contender throughout the Chase and came back even stronger this season. He has seven top-10 finishes and has led multiple laps throughout the first 13 races, most notably, at Texas. Truex led 134 laps at Texas and many had him pegged at halfway to break his multiple season winless streak. Truex though, finished second. The following week at Kansas, Truex led laps again, 46 to be exact, but went on to finish fourth. Some, including myself, were starting to wonder if he was ever going to catch a break after his third place finish in Michigan. Then came Sonoma. In his eight starts at the road track, he had only one top-10 finish leading into this weekend. Was Truex on my fantasy list? Not even close, but when he took the lead, it was all but over. Truex took that lead and had lead on second place that was over seconds. Truex fought hard for this win and he and his team deserve it! With the momentum from this win, Truex and the No.56 will be hotter than ever going into the summer months.
Dinger Does It: After a rough road last season and losing his seat in the No.22 Penske ride, AJ Allmendinger finally made his comeback. There weren’t too many people who thought the Dinger would get a second chance at a ride, especially with one of the best teams in racing. Almost a year after testing positive for a banned substance, Allmendinger found himself in Victory Lane in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, in a ride given to him by Roger Penske. Even after everything that happened with Allmendinger in the last year, one person was by his side the entire time; Roger Penske. Penske kept his faith in his driver and even put him in an IndyCar ride for the Indy500. Allmendinger has made a few starts in the Sprint Cup Series for other teams but Penske Racing is where his home is. He drove his heart out for his first Nationwide Victory, and his first victory since losing his ride in the No.22 Cup Car. I would love to see Allmendinger get a full time ride, either in NASCAR or IndyCar, and I would love to see him succeed.
Bobby Labonte: Well, his streak of more than 700 straight starts in the Sprint Cup Series will end this week as AJ Allmendinger will pilot the No.47 at Kentucky. The 2000 Cup Champion is a fan favorite no matter where he finishes in the race or the final standing and has been a familiar face around the track since starting his full-time Cup career in 1993. JTG-Daugherty Racing, for which Labonte has piloted their No.47 full-time since 2011, wants to see where their equipment and team is compared to others. Their solution to this is to put another driver, AJ Allmendinger, in the car. The first time this switch occurred was two weeks ago in Michigan. Allmendinger drove the No.47 and Labonte drove the No.51 for James Finch. So if Allmendinger is in the No.47 this weekend then why doesn’t Labonte drive the No.51 again? Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon is scheduled to drive for James Finch this weekend, leaving Labonte without a ride. So, unfortunately, Labonte’s streak of 700+ straight starts in the Cup Series will indeed come to an end at Kentucky.
That will be it for the twelfth edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!
Katie's Komments: 10&11th Edition
Brad Keselowski’s Comments: Earlier in the week, reigning Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski made some comments about Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing that weren’t taken lightly by, well, anyone. Keselowski accused HMS and JGR of stealing Penske Racing’s top employees, which is why the two teams are so much better. His comments drew out statements from all three major organizations, including Roger Penske himself. Keselowski was called out on his misguided and misjudged comments and even fellow drivers were taken aback by his remarks. I only have one thought on this matter; when will Bad Brad learn to keep some of his opinions to himself? They are bound to get him in major trouble someday.
Tony Stewart’s Win: Well, he did it. Tony Stewart broke his early season slump and came out on top at Dover just a few weeks ago. Stewart led only three laps the entire race; the last three. But, that’s all that matters, right? The real question is, what does Stewart’s win mean for his organization and teammates? Ryan Newman has been out-performing his two teammates most of the season but has quite a few DNFs on his plate. Danica Patrick is struggling in her first season in the Sprint Cup Series and has only finished in the top-20 twice. Hopefully this win at Dover is enough to light a fire under the entire Stewart-Haas organization and we can really see some great finishes out of all of their drivers this summer.
5-Time: He won 5 consecutive Sprint Cup Series Championships and it looks like he may just add a sixth title on top of that this season. Jimmie Johnson added a third win at Pocono to his season statistics and is now more than a full race ahead of second place Carl Edwards in points standings. Although the points will reset once the Chase starts, is this all an indicator of what is to come for the last ten races in the season? Can anyone contend with the No.48 team? The only other driver with three wins this season is Matt Kenseth, but with his unreliable Toyota engine, he is more than 100 points behind Johnson with three DNF’s to Johnson’s zero. Mr. 5-Time is looking to complete his six-pack, and he just might do that in 2013.
The Loss of a Racer: Earlier this week, the racing community lost one of their own when Jason Leffler was involved in a horrific crash at a dirt track in New Jersey. Leffler was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Following Twitter and Facebook that night as the event unfolded, I was taken aback by the amount of people sending thoughts and well wishes to Leffler and his family. Racing, no matter what form or level, is one big family and when that family is hurt or loses someone, they band together to make something so strong, nothing can penetrate it. When is was announced that Leffler had to life insurance, leaving his 5-year old boy Charlie with little, two charity funds were set up in Charlie’s name. NASCAR and IndyCar drivers alike came together to start a charity to raise money for Charlie and Leffler’s family, donating items to be auctioned off. Hats and memorial stickers are being made and proudly worn this weekend at Michigan and Milwaukee and fans are even asking where they can purchase them. In light of this awful tragedy, one thing became perfectly clear, the racing community may have its flaws and fights, but we stand as one when it really counts. We will miss you LEFturn.
Katie's Komments: 9th Edition
Welcome to the ninth edition of Katie’s Komment’s, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Danica vs Ricky: I have one word for this… SERIOUSLY? We all knew that it was going to happen eventually. Drivers get into each other on the track, it’s called racing for a reason! The media made this into something bigger than it should have been. Taking it three wide on a restart is always a recipe for disaster. I want to commend Brak Keselowski for taking the fall for the wreck during his interview. I am not the biggest Keselowski fan but my respect for him grew for that. It definitely isn’t something he usually does.
Brad Keselowski: Speeding of the reigning champion, ever since the penalty and suspension of his crew chief, he has been in a major slump. He hasn’t really finished above 30th since the penalty was put in place and the wreck on Sunday just added to his horrible May run. It isn’t like he hasn’t been performing; he has just had rotten luck. His crew chief will be back and you can bet Keselowski will be back to his old self as well. There is just something about him and Paul Wolfe that just click. Look for them to kick it up a notch this summer and try to reclaim the Cup for the second year in a row.
Jimmie Johnson: After the devastation in Oklahoma, Johnson and his wife Chandra, who is from the Sooner State, partnered with sponsor Lowe’s to donate $1 Million and lots of goods to the areas with the most damage. Johnson also donated his race winnings from Sunday’s Coke 600 to the Red Cross as well. It always puts a smile on my face when drivers and teams come together to help those in need. NASCAR wouldn’t be what it is without its fans and when those fans are hurt and in need of help, NASCAR drivers are always right there to offer what they can. Thanks Jimmie, Chandra and Lowe’s for your help in the Oklahoma disaster relief.
Bad Luck Busch: That meme called “Bad Luck Brian” should now be called “Bad Luck Busch” with a picture of the eldest Busch Brother on it. Kurt Busch and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team have been THISCLOSE to Victory Lane this season and the Coke 600 was no different. Busch led laps and ran up front for a majority of the race until a battery issue put a damper in his day. Busch went on to finish 3rd but if it wasn’t for his team having to change the battery in the middle of the race, I really think we would have seen him in Victory Lane. Kurt has really turned his attitude around this season and is the perfect driver for the single car team. I am 100% sure he will visit Victory Lane this season in the No. 78, it’s just a matter of when. When will things finally fall into place for Kurt Busch?
That will be it for the ninth edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!
Katie's Komment's: 8th Edition
Welcome to the eighth edition of Katie’s Komment’s, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Sprint All-Star Race: Well, that didn’t turn out like I thought it would…and I am being completely serious about that statement too. When the Busch Brothers basically dominated each segment, I thought for sure one of them would be standing in Victory Lane at the end of the night but boy was I wrong. Instead, Jimmie Johnson took the checkers for the 4th time making him the first driver to do so in the history of the All-Star Race. He didn’t lead any laps prior to the final 10. His pit crew definitely gave him the chance to win after getting him up front in the final 4-tire pit stop, which they did in just over 11 seconds. On the restart, Johnson quickly got past teammate Kasey Kahne and that was the end; he led the rest of the race and took home the win. In my opinion, this was one win that Johnson really did earn and fight for and his pit crew has a big part to play in that.
Fan Vote: It really wasn’t a surprise when it was announced that Danica Patrick was the Sprint Fan Vote winner last Saturday. With almost 1 Million followers on Twitter and millions of fans around the world, Patrick is no doubt tone of the big faces of NASCAR. What really surprised me about the Fan Vote was the amount of people who claimed that the fan vote was rigged just to get Patrick in the race. Let’s all pause a moment and laugh. Patrick won the fan vote fair and square and every driver, crew, team and media member knows that. So congratulations Danica, you might just give Dale Jr a run for his money at the end of the season for the Most Popular Driver Award.
Memorial Day Weekend: Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest race weekends of the season. With the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 both running on Sunday, the best of the best are out on the track for all to see. Race fans can start off their Sunday by tuning in to ABC and catching the Indy 500 LIVE from Indianapolis, Indiana. After that, replenish the chip dip and hot wings and gear up for the longest NASCAR race of the season, the Coke 600. While there are no drivers who are pulling the double this year, I expect to see one, if not two or three, pull it next season. Could we see Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart or Danica Patrick pull the double next year? It is not out of the question just yet. Stay tuned!
That will be it for the eighth edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!