Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Speeding Bullets: 2010 Budweiser Shootout





A new year calls for a new logo and a new look to The Speeding Bullets. Hope you enjoy the read...

  • Congratulations to Kevin Harvick for winning the event a second straight year. It's not a points victory like he has been searching for since the 2007 Daytona 500, but it's a necessary momentum burst that will hopefully help them end the three year drought. Harvick is going to get the chance to rewrite his own record book from last year and additionally end the recent curse of the shootout winner going winless throughout the rest of the season. The question is whether he will be able to capitalize on it...

  • I have to say after watching the race that so far I am pleased with the changes NASCAR has made. The drivers felt comfortable to make daring maneuvers that they wouldn't attempt otherwise because of being rained on with fines and penalties. The race-ending crash started by Jeff Gordon served as a perfect example of this. Now, if they could just allow multiple attempts at a Green-White-Checkered finish to ensure the fans get every penny out of their hard-earned money...

  • Jimmie Johnson, feeling nervous prior to the race??? Not too sure if I'm buying that one. For all of you Johnson haters out there, I think your wish may be granted of him not winning number five since he will be a new father by season end. Just look at how much Jeff Gordon changed when he became one as well. There's a good chance that the distraction will affect Jimmie when it comes Chase time...

  • Mark Martin sure sent Kurt Busch on a wild ride through the infield and up into the outside wall, but it was good to see he manned up about it in the end. I have a feeling that Martin realized over the offseason that his career is starting to tick away by the race, and as a result he has decided to become more aggressive about trying to win as many of them as he can. Sunday will be the best shot other than a few years ago he has ever had at winning the Great American Race. It will be interesting to see if he is able to achieve his lifelong dream...

  • It looks as if FOX might have decided to cover up the gopher hole after all of the criticism received from last season. Maybe they thought that was one of the reasons their ratings have drastically started dropping. Now I did see Digger appear on the sponsor banner right after a commercial break, but for the first time since who knows when there was no mention of him at all...

Very good first race to start out the 2010 season and the new decade of stock car racing. Hopefully, the Daytona 500 will be even better, and NASCAR will start to climb out of the trench they have buried themselves in over the past few seasons...

6 comments:

Gene Haddock said...

Great stuff, Gonger. Nice to see you in mid-season form already.

I was glad not to see, or hear the rodent Saturday night.

I'm gonna post your blog on my FB page, 'Spinout!'

Gonger said...

Gene- Thanks. Really like the Facebook page you have created; always keeps me up to date with the racing world. Looking forward to reading the first RSO of the year!

klvalus said...

Excellent recap Gonger - I gots to get me on Facebook I guess!

The less Digger the better IMO! I am 99% sure JJ was testing and BS'in about being nervous. Have you seen his show on HBO - it is actually pretty darn entertaining.

I think the 500 could be wild when we get the rest of them out on track - if the superstars are wrecking each other I cant imagine what Menard and others will do...

jmayer1843 said...

Nice bullets to start the year.
I'm not sure we will continue to see Martin wrecking people this year. However, everyone has been complaining that drivers aren't aggressive enough, maybe that's not who we expected?

Thanks Kristen for the gratuitous Menard dig. lol

Mocking Jay said...

Good start to another season. Teh racing seemed a little better than it was last season. Hoping for a good year!

Gonger said...

Kristen- Thanks. HBO happens to be one of those channels that doesn't come in my tv package. Menard could be trouble on Sunday, and we can't forget about good ole Robby Gordon.

JMayer- Thanks. I like seeing Martin more aggressive. He let a couple of wins slip away from him last year because he wasn't aggressive enough.

Mocking Jay- Thanks. Hopefully, NASCAR's new philosophy of getting back to the basics will make all of these races more exciting.