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#1 gm914

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 16:29


With all eyes set firmly on the United States for this weekend's F1 Grand Prix, I hope to see a few of our European friends join us regulars in having an All-American weekend. Switch from motor-sports to auto-racing, get into the spirit(s), and enjoy the final races of the NASCAR season with us.

So to get you up to speed and in the mood, I recommend turning up your speakers and opening the following link in a separate window as a musical accompaniment whilst you read through this here OP.
LET'S DO THIS.

Miami Nights: The Ballad of Beavis Kawolski

Here we are then; the culmination of a madcap season. All three series going down to the wire, with incidents in Phoenix affecting all the major players. A season-long battle comes down to this...

Where are we racing?

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It's a 1.5 miler, variable banking of18-20 deg with 1780ft straightaways banked at 4 deg.
Width of 50ft and pit speed at 45mph.

Enough measurements. Music is playing. Where's the beef?!


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"It's a shame and an embarrassment..." -Brad Keselowski.

Does this count? I'm sure Juan will get the beef out at his post-race Miami crib pool-party BBQ.
The real beefs however, we'll have to wait and see. Does everyone play nice after last weekend's WWE style smack-down? Or will someone execute final revenge to right the wrongdoings of a season?
Hey, wrongdunners? Don't f*ck with the leaders please.
Does NASCAR let one have at one? Do they play hide-the-flag? Or will it be I got your cautions right here, boys and throw yellows for every missed gearchange off the re-start and hot-dog wrapper in the joint? Just to show they care and are paying attention.
It all lies ahead.

Let's Talk Cup
The Ford 400. Sunday November 18, approx 3:16pmET
NSCS Qualifying Friday November 16, approx 6:10pmET
Entry List http://www.jayski.co...tead-Entry-List

The More You Know...

#2-Brad Keselowski leads five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #48-Jimmie Johnson by 20 points going into Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski clinches his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a finish of 15th or better; or 16th and at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led, even if Johnson wins and leads the most laps. All other drivers have been eliminated from championship consideration. (courtesy Jayski)


Jimmie's on the back foot. Will Five-Time make it six?

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Or do we want Kawolski to drive into the sunset in one blazing fast last hurrah for Dodge?

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If I had money, it'd be on BK. I believe he'll be a 3 or 4 time Champion by the time his career is over. He's good for NASCAR. Square head and all.


(Are you still rocking out to Europe? Top marks then.)

Let's Talk Nationwide
The Ford EcoBoost 300. Saturday November 17 approx. 4:45pmET
NNS Qualifying Saturday November 17, approx 11:35amET
Entry List: http://www.jayski.co...tead-Entry-List

The More You Know...

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who leads by 20 points over second-place Elliott Sadler, and 25 points over third-place Austin Dillon, will clinch the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship with a finish of 16th or better; or 17th or better with at least one lap led; or 18th or better with most laps led at Homestead. In the owners championship battle, the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota guarantees a clinch of the title with a finish of 28th or better; or 29th or better with at least one lap led; or 30th or better with the most laps led. The #18 currently leads the #6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford by 33 points. (courtesy Jayski)


Hey. Wake up.
It's kinda like that, isn't it? Certainly not the most entertaining of any Stock-Car series this year. The Top 5 has been set since pretty much June, and there's only been small jiggling at the bottom half of the Top 10. Overall, there was disappoint.

Ok, there is a little drama worth watching I guess. Sadler slipped further back after another Phoenix brainfart and is driving for RCR one final time.. Dillon The Elder and very probably Pop-Pop are hoping for a Stenhouse on Sadler disaster. Ask Scott Speed. Ricky ain't above it.
Speaking of Stenhouse, I believe he'll take his second consecutive title, and the crowd will go mild...
Bring on Buescher, Bayne and Pastrana in 2013 I say.

Let's Talk Trucks
The Ford EcoBoost 200. Friday November 16, approx 8:00pmET
NCWTS Qualifying Friday November 16, approx 4:35pmET
Entry List: http://www.jayski.co...homestead-entry

The More You Know...

James Buescher has an 11-point lead over Timothy Peters heading into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale, and a 12-point lead over Ty Dillon. Buescher guarantees himself his first championship with a finish of 7th or better with no laps led; or 8th or better with one lap led; or 9th or better with the most laps led. The clinch scenarios for the NCWTS owners championship is the same, with Buescher's points-leading #31 leading Peters' #17 by 11 points. (courtesy Jayski)

Now we're talking!

For me some of the best racing in NASCAR this year. 15 different race winners in 21 races (how you like them apples, F1?) 8 different first-time series winners. Add to the fact that series' journeymen Hornaday and Bodine have experienced some seriously junk-ass luck, and not as many glory-hunting Cup drivers dominating this year, and we've had what's turned into a proper, focused battle of the young guns.
As it should be.

Only 12 points separates the Top 3 and the Championship lead has changed numerous times over the last 8 weeks. Even Coulter (-29) and Kligerman (-37) are mathematically still in it. I'd be happy to see either one of the top 2 guys take the Title. Dillon The Younger is an obvious exception.

So who are your picks for each series?
Wasn't that a sweet guitar solo?
Got a special hex lined up?
What will you be cooking/munching on/drinking?
And most importantly....pants/no pants?
It's nice to be back.

Discuss.

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#2 Victor_RO

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 17:50

It's about time JJ48 lost two in a row. Unless Gordon or anyone else is up to shenanigans again and manages to catch Kez into the wall. Of course, because I just said these things, Kez is now hexed and everything that can go wrong will go wrong for him. :lol:

This is probably the first season when I've actually followed Nascar more closely and watched more than a single race or two. And I find myself in disagreement with various things... start-and-parkers, "have at it boys", retaliations on track and off track etc. Still, when there's racing, there's racing.

#3 Myrvold

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 17:51

These kind of OP's are reason enough to watch NASCAR!

#4 Watkins74

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 17:53

Please let some disaster occur to Beavis in the #2.

Never thought I would see the day I would cheer for the #48.

#5 Dmitriy_Guller

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 17:54

I just hope that anyone planning a retaliation is aware of where Johnson and Keselowski are. That would be really ****ed up if the championship was decided by one of the knuckleheads trying to even the score.

#6 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 18:01

Though I'd much rather have that instead of 41 cars not racing like last year.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 18:13

Please let some disaster occur to Beavis in the #2.

:down:

#8 gm914

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 18:31

Haha Watkins. At least we can agree on the Silver Spoons I guess. :wave:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 18:33

Haha Watkins. At least we can agree on the Silver Spoons I guess. :wave:

At least Brad doesn't wear a howdy dowdy hat like Austin Dillon.

You have to wonder what the suits at Dodge are thinking right now.

#10 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 18:41

That they got out at the perfect time. Win the championship, run the advertisements, turn out the lights.

#11 Risil

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 19:34

Cool OP man. :up:

I'm gunning for Brad K but these things are always good when there's a championship on the line. You've sold me on watching the Trucks too.

D'you think Roger Penske's thinking, No way is this guy gonna **** it up as badly as the Australian did? Or is he too much of a cool racer bastard for that even to cross his mind?

#12 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 19:40

Well, Power kinda had it in the bag too. He needed to basically DNF and have RHR finish pretty high...

#13 Risil

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 19:59

Well, Power kinda had it in the bag too. He needed to basically DNF and have RHR finish pretty high...


Exactly. I was wondering given the team connection whether lightning-striking-the-same-place-twice would be playing on anyone's minds. If only the gents in the press box.

#14 John B

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 20:14

In addition to Power Alonso/Ferrari a couple years ago is further proof that it's not over. Obviously the big key is to not be too conservative and get stuck back in a situation where something could go wrong in the pack. All the lucky dogs and wavearounds make it that much easier to suddenly drop 25 spots if your problem happens late in the race.

Imagine if BK does have a problem and Bowyer finishes well ahead of Johnson, as the ultimate fallout from last weekend..... :drunk:

There isn't the urgency to get to the front that Edwards and Stewart had last year being practically tied, but there might be a few drivers less willing to give BK a break given some of the past histories (Hamlin, Edwards, etc., also keep in mind some of these drivers are seeing this upstart step in and likely take the title after their own failures to close the deal).





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Posted 15 November 2012 - 20:59

A moment of silence for the best looking Nascar of the last 20 years. This weekend's Jinx was specially reserved for a dark office in Turin.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 21:31

Am I alone in thinking Jimmie still has a fairly good shot? Don't count the 48 out just yet. Everyone that types on a keyboard knows Shift happens.
I see a lot of parallels between the Chad/Jimmie combo and what they have at Penske with the #2.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 22:40

New old school-style scheme for Jr that may be next year's Guard as well

Edited by John B, 15 November 2012 - 22:40.


#18 Dmitriy_Guller

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 23:48

Am I alone in thinking Jimmie still has a fairly good shot? Don't count the 48 out just yet. Everyone that types on a keyboard knows Shift happens.
I see a lot of parallels between the Chad/Jimmie combo and what they have at Penske with the #2.

I think Jimmie definitely has a shot. Brad has a poor record in Homestead, so he may legitimately lose the championship on pace. Then again, Brad has stepped it up this year, so maybe past experience is not a good indicator.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:55

Interesting note: this will be Penske's first NASCAR [Sprint/Winston Cup] title if Keselowski finishes this off. Started in 1972, stopped in 1977, then returned full-time and competitive in 1991 with Rusty Wallace (who came with personal backing from Miller, obviously Miller has stuck around).

New old school-style scheme for Jr that may be next year's Guard as well

That looks like the new Chevy, too.

Edited by Dilla, 16 November 2012 - 02:04.


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#20 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:01

Penske Racing was quite pleased they won the Nationwide title :p

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:44

Before anyone else tries to make fun of drivers making questionable and/or derivative headwear choices early in their careers..

nice hat.

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#22 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:48

I bet he was born with that moustache

#23 teejay

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:57

Is this one the same time as the yeeeeeeeeehah Texas F1?

#24 Lemnpiper

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:34

Is this one the same time as the yeeeeeeeeehah Texas F1?



Being from Virginia i gotta pull for Timothy Peters ( Danville ) in the Trucks and Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide series.




As far as Brad & Jimmy while i favor Brad a bit , it would make my happy if Grag Biffle wins at Homestead and that Brad & Jimmy have poor enough finishes in the race that under ther "classic" points format Greg would have been the champ .



You gotta wonder though if what happened to Will Power isnt in the back of the "Captain's" mind though


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#25 Dilla

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:40

Is this one the same time as the yeeeeeeeeehah Texas F1?

I have the F1 race starting at around 1pm EST and the Homestead Finale starting at approximately 3:15pm EST. Do the time calculations based on where you are located, of course.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:44

I have the F1 race starting at around 1pm EST and the Homestead Finale starting at approximately 3:15pm EST. Do the time calculations based on where you are located, of course.

It's 2:05pm EST

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:51

It's 2:05pm EST


3am Monday Perth Australia time for F1, so means 4am or so for Nascar - does 3.15 mean an hour of parades, anthems and god blessings?

Ive booked the day off work funnily enough so keen to see both.

#28 Dilla

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:54

3am Monday Perth Australia time for F1, so means 4am or so for Nascar - does 3.15 mean an hour of parades, anthems and god blessings?

No, that's that the approximate green flag.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 13:39

Looks like KyBu is running the triple again this weekend.
Almirola in the trucks too, presumably to help out buddy Richie Wauters.

Others on double-duty:
Ryan Blaney
Joey Coulter
Ricky Stenhouse
Joey Logano
Blake Koch
Regan Smith
Sam Hornish Jr

Was mightily impressed with Kyle Larson last week. He straps into the Turner #4 Truck, while Dakota Armstrong is in the Turner #30 N'Wide ride.



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Posted 16 November 2012 - 18:07

Piquet P1 in first/final practice. Qualifying on at 4:35pmET.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 20:41

I really like the 38/Brad Sweet paintjob in Nationwide.

#32 BetaVersion

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 21:40

If there will be no fight this time, it will suck

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 00:06

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#34 Red17

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 00:08

No pole points for JJ. 2 and 48 close to each other.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 00:50

Good Quali for Ambrose. P2.

Reporting in for trucks.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:03

Checking in. Where's Cale Gale qualified?

#37 gm914

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:10

Dear god. :rotfl: :rolleyes: (anthem)
Gale qualified 5th.
Larson and Kligermans Pole time was EQUAL. Klig got the pole from Owners Points.

Edited by gm914, 17 November 2012 - 01:15.


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:20

Contenders:
Dillon starting third
Peters starting 14th
Buescher starting 17th.

Here we go!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:42

go piquet! :clap:

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#40 pingu666

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:43

in pink too :D

#41 pingu666

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:51

piquet needs caster wheels on the right hand side :)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:53

Piquet likes it way up on the high side tonight. Makes me jittery but it's working.

Nice pass from Larson on Klig back there..

#43 Red17

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:29

Not much of a championship race going on so far...

#44 Dilla

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:40

Yeah, maybe Piquet should stay away from that high line.

#45 gm914

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:46

Looking like its Buescher's at this point.

Should be a great battle for the win here.

#46 gm914

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:54

Wohoaah!

#47 Dilla

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:55

Welp, lol.

#48 gm914

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:59

I believe we have just seen the formation of a Ty Dillon Vs Kyle Larson years-long rivalry. Excellent.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:03

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I wonder if Holly Farms is interested in sponsoring a team once more




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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:14

ty came down on him, shame.

funny how kind the commentators are being to ty xD