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Posted on: November 20, 2008 12:16 pm
 

Mailbag: Jimmie vs. Carl

This was one fan's take on Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards]

From: Dan

Johnson and Edwards are equally talented drivers, but until Edwards becomes more like Johnson,patient and calculating,instead of being a ramrod,with all else being equal, he'll always finish second to Johnson.

 

 

 

I think the fact Edwards pulled off two “fuel mileage” victories during the Chase shows he’s not just a mash the gas pedal sort of driver.

 

Now if you’re simply thinking about Talladega, then the real argument is that he needs to improve his restrictor-plate prowess and with that I could not argue.

 

But, in that same token, when it comes to restrictor-plate racing, so much of it is pure dumb luck. Look at Johnson. Since winning the Daytona 500 in 2006 he has followed up with finishes of 32nd, 39th, 10th, 27th and 23rd.

 

So I'm not really going to hold the lack of restrictor-plate sucess against anybody.

 

Thanks for the e-mail, though I’d have to disagree.
Posted on: September 29, 2008 6:00 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2008 6:03 pm
 

Kansas musings

That was quite an interesting line Carl Edwards took over the final laps while trying to run down Jimmie Johnson.

I've seen drivers change their lines (low, middle, high, etc.) attempting to catch someone, but they'd still always stay within what one would describe as a natural running groove. Edwards went outside the norm and nearly stole the show.

He compared it to a move made one would make in a video game. Gotta say, I've been there, done that. In fact, that's about the only way I drive those video games. Pedal to the metal with the walls serving as my brakes. (I never said I was good at the games).

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In my Power Rankings today, I led with Joe Gibbs Racing's Chase struggles. The story, however, doesn't end with Stewart, Hamlin and Busch.

Joey Logano, who will replace Stewart next season, isn't having much luck either. In his two events he has finished 32nd and 39th.

Sure he's racing in Hall of Fame Racing equipment, but I think there were some out there thinking "Sliced Bread" could step right in and instantly make that HOF car a top 20 contender. This Cup gig isn't that easy and I think even when he makes the move to the 20 car he's going to struggle more than most people think.

Posted on: August 25, 2008 11:37 am
 

Bristol musings

A couple of thoughts about some of the weekend happenings at Bristol.

1. Casey Mears to RCR

Now this, of course, had been speculated about since it was announced that Mears would not be returning to Hendrick Motorsports.

This weekend it became official, along with the announcement that he would move into Clint Bowyer's Jack Daniel's sponsored 07 car, while Bowyer would move into the new 33 car. That had also been rumored for quite some time because General Mills, the sponsor of the 33 car, did not want to sponsor Mears considering he's been driving a Kellogg's sponsored car this season.

What did come as a surprise to many was that Bowyer would take his points with him. As of right now, Mears will be the driver guaranteed a starting spot in the first five races next season, while Bowyer will be forced to qualify on speed.

After giving it a little thought, this actually does make sense. My guess is that Jack Daniels did not want to give up Bowyer and one of the concessions to do so was that they would keep the points Bowyer earns, thus not getting penalized by possibly missing a race with a new driver that is not locked in. After all, they're not the new sponsor.

But there's more. Speculation is that RCR could be working on something behind the scenes, perhaps buying an existing team that is locked into the top 35 but that was having trouble finding sponsorship and was unlikely to run next season. I'm sure we'll hear more on that.

The other part of the equation is that it appears Bowyer's current pit crew, including crew chief Gil Martin, will not be moving over with him to the 33. Now that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but it's possible (probable?) that the Nationwide Series team, with whom Bowyer leads the point standings, gets a promotion.

2. The Race

I don't know about you, but I thought the race was a bore again. I mean, thankfully, Edwards and Busch were able to provide some late theatrics, but just like last year, once all the contenders made their way into the top 10 or so, there was no racing.

Everything stabalized once the top cars found their way to the front and shortly after a restart, they all spread out and can't really challenge each other.

Look at what happened once Edwards took the lead. He ran away with the thing. Busch, who dominated nearly all night leading 415 laps, couldn't even mount a charge.

Speaking of Busch and Edwards, I didn't think Edwards did anything wrong. He gave Busch a little nudge. We've all seen far worse things at Bristol. Busch would have done -- and has done -- similar things during a race. That's just short-track racing.

I had the feeling Busch would react the way he did, which was a bit over the top the way he was banging into Edwards on the cool-down lap. I could certainly see why Busch would be upset considering he lost the race after dominating all night, but that was just ridiculous. I'd have preferred he just said "what goes around comes around" and be done with it.

The on-track scuffle and the name calling was just childish.

 

 

 

Posted on: July 25, 2008 2:03 pm
 

Cue the Duck! Carl Edwards' new ride

(Nobody out there wants to talk Batman I guess)

So I got a pic of Carl Edwards' new ride for 2009. I think it looks sharp, though all the black schemes starting to come out are wearing a bit thin. Hopefully, I'll be able to post a nice pic of Stewart's new ride later today or over the weekend.

Carl Edwards' car (Aflac Racing Media)

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: May 13, 2008 10:46 am
 

So what's the deal with Biffle?

NASCAR Silly Season continues to heat up with the rumors and speculation growing more interesting by the day.

On Monday, a report surfaced that Joe Gibbs Racing may be interested in Greg Biffle's services. The same report said Gibbs made a run at Carl Edwards before he resigned with Roush Racing.

Publicly, Biffle has stated he wants to stay with Roush Racing, but he's been pretty tough on the organization at times, including Saturday at Darlington when pit miscues and a parts failure knocked him out.

If it's true that Gibbs is interested, it may not be a bad move. It could be considered a lateral move for Biffle, but if he's upset with the equipment he's getting a Roush, a change of scenery would do him good.

But the interesting aspect of this report is that it sure appears JGR is preparing for Stewart's departure.

So a checklist of the top drivers on the rumor wire include David Ragan, Biffle, Stewart, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex. I know all these drivers say they want to stay right where they're at, but I'd be shocked if everything stays status quo.

Here's my latest guess on where drivers end up:

Ragan -- likely stays with Roush; possibly jumps to RCR

Biffle -- Roush or Gibbs

Stewart -- partnership with Hendrick or RCR

Newman -- Penske or RCR

Truex -- DEI or Hendrick

The RCR ride is the tricky one. While it's a great opportunity with a top organization, it won't begin next season in the top 35 in owner points. So even for a great qualifier like Newman, there's always that possibility rain could cancel qualifying, knocking him out of the race. So drivers currently in a ride that's in the top 35 like Newman, Biffle, Truex and Ragan really have to weigh whether a move to RCR is wise. It's why Bobby Labonte (who has been long rumored for the ride) or Stewart make a bit more sense because they have the champions provisional to fall back on.

Of course, there have been maneuverings before where owner points were transferred, such as the DEI-Ginn deal last year, so RCR may have something up its sleeve yet to make sure the car is top 35 by the start of next season.

I can't wait to see how this turns out. It has gotten to the point where I'm as interested in Silly Season as I am the racing.

Posted on: May 2, 2008 2:59 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2008 3:04 pm
 

Edwards signs extension with Roush-Fenway Racing

Carl Edwards announced Friday at Richmond that he signed an extension with Roush-Fenway Racing. He wouldn't say how many years, only that it was multi-year.

You didn't hear much about him even looking -- his services would certainly have been high demand. But Roush seems like a good place for him. He and crew chief Bob Osborne have proved a potent combo -- and should be in the championship hunt until the bitter end this season.

Next up on the Roush front is getting a deal with Greg Biffle worked out. I'm not sure what the real story is here. One on hand, I've heard he wants to re-sign. But I've also heard that he's frustrated because he thinks Roush focuses too much attention to make sure Edwards and Matt Kenseth's cars are up to par and not enough to improve the No. 16 car.

I'm not sure what to believe, but there's really only one team I could see him jumping to and that would be RCR. Otherwise there aren't many top tier teams looking for drivers. Biffle is a good driver, but not one teams would necessarily go out of their way to make room for like they would Tony Stewart. DEI might have interest, but I don't think it fits Biffle. He wants to win now, and DEI hasn't proven to be consistent winners.

But for Roush, Edwards was the most important piece to the puzzle. He's the one they need to keep happy now and into the future.

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion

WHAT’S YOUR CONTRACT STATUS?  “I signed my contract yesterday, so I’m staying with Roush.  I looked at everything and I talked to everybody and, for me, the number one thing is looking into the future and saying, ‘Where can I win the most races and have the most success?’  I was honored at the people who I got to speak with and I just feel like for me personally this is where I want to be for the near future and we got it done.  It’s good.  I’m real happy about it.  It’s a huge relief.  It really wasn’t that painful.  Geoff Smith and I get along really well and we just pretty much sat down and he’s really easy for me to deal with.  It took us about a week-and-a-half of going back and forth with just little things and I feel like the luckiest guy in the world for the contract I got.” 

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO NEGOTIATE THIS YOURSELF – WITHOUT AN AGENT?  “It’s really neat.  If I was dealing with someone that I didn’t trust or that I felt like I couldn’t just kind of air everything out with, then I’d probably have to have an agent, but dealing with Geoff from day one has been very easy at Roush for me, so it was really pretty simple.  Besides, I feel like I know what I need more than anyone else.  I know what I want to make me happy and this is cool.  I’m very excited about being involved with Ford, too, because from what I understand about their corporate culture right now, they’re on their way up and it’s gonna be good here so I want to be a part of that.  I want to help out.” 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ROUSH THAT’S WHAT YOU WANTED?  “There are a few things.  Robbie Reiser running the place, that’s a big deal for me.  More and more I’m understanding how important that is.  Things we’ve been doing with this car of tomorrow to make it better, I feel like it’s very efficient how everyone is working and it’s making the cars faster, and I feel like our engine program has a lot in the near future that’s gonna be great.  Plus, my pit crew, I’ve struggled since I’ve been here with changing people and having different pit crew guys, and I feel like finally with Robbie managing that I’ve got a group of guys that are going to be really good over the next three years.  I kind of know everything and where it’s headed.  We’re winning right now and I think it’s gonna be better, so that kind of made it easy for me.” 

HOW MANY YEARS? “I’ll just say it’s multi-year.” 

LONG-TERM?  “A week is a long time around here (laughing).  It’s a great contract.  It’s a dream contract for me and I’m really excited about it.” 

 

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