Friday, June 25, 2004

Intermittent NASCAR Qualifying Blogging

So, I'm slightly intoxicated, and watching road course NASCAR qualifying from Sonoma, CA(via Tivo, so it ain't live). I enjoy this for the pure spectacle of seeing established (and skilled) oval racers trying to turn right as well as left...

So far, they have claimed that Jeff Gordon was in fifth place the entire way round the track. But at the finish line, he was in first...

Oops. Brian Vickers spun right after he took the green flag..

Hmm. Kevin Harvick boasts about his charity work and slams another driver for being insufficiently charitable.

Rusty Wallace takes provisional 2nd -- at NASCAR road courses, age definitely beats youth. Why isn't the same true in F1? (OK, I have an opinion on that, but Wallace is in his late 40s, and Panis, the oldest current F1 driver is in his mid-30's...)

Mark Martin -- late 40's again -- just took provisional third. I like road courses in NASCAR, because it really seems to require more than the sheer courage requried in putting the accelerator to the firewall. Right now, the leaderboard is Gordon (middish), Wallace (oldish), and Martin (oldish). Meanwhile the young guys are kicking up dirt and going rather slowly...

Robby Gordon just overbraked, or something, and buggered up his lap royally. Currently 13/18 or so...

Kurt Busch takes 3rd. Puts Rousch 3,4,5 on provisonal grid, which is pretty impressive, really...

In a sad sign of my increasing age, I am looking at cars and coming up with the wrong driver. I feel like my parents, pointing at movies and saying "Isn't that whatisname? Doesn't he look young?"

Darrell Waltip (announcer) thinks Michael Waltrip (driver) should do well, based on his experience driving moonshine in Kentucky, or something. Oops, Michael just started spewing smoke, and won't finish the lap. Oh well...

Jimmy Johnson has just done a beautiful job of demonstrating why if mess up the first of the "esses" you ain't going to be on pole, or even in the first 15 rows...

Kenseth just put another Roush car in the top 10

Ryan Newman just demonstrated quite impressively that if you foul up turn 10, you just can't fix the damage in turn 11...

When the Fox tracker is working it is a really cool little toy. It shows you not only where the current car is losing or gaining time, but where the leader lost time as well. I bet that the race bosses love that...

And just in time, everyone is finshed. Results linked in the next paragraph. But Roush looks good, sort of a surprising result since Roush is known for power, and this is defintely a handling track -- that whole turning right thing just messes up the cars...

final results are at
here