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The Nuts and Bolts Floating Around In My Head

I really don’t have a rant tonight. I feel better after venting about my tire yesterday, but that check is still in the mail (errrrrr). I’m sort of looking forward to the racing this weekend. Michigan isn’t as an exciting track as some others but I still like it and I don’t care if you agree with me or not (so there). I’m also looking forward to the 24 hours of Lemans starting at 10:30 am on Speed. I’ve really started to get into that kind of racing within the last 6 or 7 years. Anyway, back to NASCAR.

Here are some odds and ends floating around in my head about NASCAR and the race on Sunday.

Can’t wait to see Jr.’s car and the throwback Father’s Day tribute paint scheme in action.

If you don’t think Jeff Gordon took a lick into the wall this past weekend listen to this: The "black box" (NASCAR sanctioned data collector) recorded the impact that he took as the 3rd hardest ever, since they have had the black boxes in the cars (which has been about 5 years now). His ability to walk away from that hit speaks volumes to the new safety equipment developed in the last 5 years.

Nascar Notes Blog (see my blog links) has an interesting article about how there hasn’t been a GM win at Michigan in 9 races, dating back to 2001 when Jeff Gordon won the August race. Interesting … is there a Ford/Dodge conspiracy here?

Diecast Dude’s interview last night on "Race Talk Radio" was good. I listened to it while I was writing my Tire rant. ‘Dude was good but it seemed to me that the first time the interviewer ever saw ‘Dudes blog was while he was doing the interview, but I could be wrong as I wasn’t in the right frame of mind because of that darn tire episode. I also think I heard a dog barking in the background during the broadcast too, but again I wasn't in the right frame of mind.

My prediction for Michigan is this: A Jeff is going to win this race and it isn’t going to be Gordon, but Burton. I know RCR hasn’t had much luck at this track ever, but they have run fairly good in the past and Burton knows his way around this track. I just hope Burton thinks he’s driving a Ford again instead of a GM because if the current trend of winners not driving a GM continues he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in …. you know.

If a GM is not destined to win the race it will be Mark Martin who does it, especially if it is a long green flag run at the end.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to post anything tomorrow as I have a very busy day planned and a wedding to go to as well (the groom is a Gordon fan – I feel for the bride, I really do). If I can’t post tomorrow be sure to tune in Sunday night as I will definitely have something to say about Jeff Burton winning the race!

Take Care.