Welcome to the fifth 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!
Denny Hamlin: Hamlin announced late this week that he was cleared to race at Talladega. As much as I love hearing that Hamlin can get back in the car and race again, I’m a little cautious about him hitting the pavement at a track like this. Talladega is a war zone. It’s rare for a car to get loaded up on the hauler at the end of the weekend without a scratch. I fully understand that Denny wants to get back in the racecar. Being forced to sit out of something you love is tough but in the end, health is more important. Hamlin could get caught up in a wreck at the start of the race and be right back to where he started, benched, or worse. If the doctors have cleared him, NASCAR is allowing him to race, and his team is behind him, then more power to him. I hope he gets out there, plays it smart, and earns the points he needs, and then turns the car over to Brian Vickers to finish out the race. Hopefully he can be back behind the wheel of his No.11 Toyota full time next weekend at Darlington.
Scott vs Piquet Jr: There was some on and off track issues with these two full time Nationwide Series drivers. After an on-track altercation, Neslon Piquet Jr and Brian Scott confronted each other after the race but Piquet didn’t like that much. He kicked Scott and his foot made contact just below the belt. Not cool. After the race, near the driver’s camp, there was yet another argument that arose between members of the RCR and TSM crew that landed two in jail and left one with a shoulder injury. It seems like a misunderstanding on the track escalated very quickly into something much bigger that caused problems for the teams and drivers. Hopefully these two can work past their differences and get back out there and race!
IT’S TALLADEGA!!!!!! This is one of those racetracks that I hope to see in person one day. The sheer size of this speedway is amazing and the racing that goes on here twice each year never leaves you sitting down for long. Talladega leads off into what I like think of as the best 5 weeks in the NASCAR schedule. Talladega produces some of the most exciting racing on the schedule and next weekend, the series heads to Darlington then to Charlotte for two weeks. If you can predict the winner of the Aaron’s 499, then you might just be psychic because this is one of the only races of the year where anyone has a fairly equal chance and taking the checkers. With that said, who do you will come out on top on Sunday? My guess is that we will see an underdog come out victorious. Could a certain driver dressed in green make history again this weekend? It is really quite possible. This is one race that I do not want to miss.
That will be it for the fifth edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!