It's Sprint Cup time!
We are back!
The shoddy Nascar threads are again in full swing just in time to fill up the folks in good spirits!
Well, everyone is in good spirits already, except a few guys around Les Ulis.
Just don't mention the noses... (again)
A few Headlines from Pre-season....
Tony Stewart should be emerging from hibernation anytime soon. I have been told by a reliable source that they are using a discarded stockpile of burgers from Montoya. In order to avoid any shortcomings Tony has already been strapped to the car, final stages of awakening will take place just a few minutes prior to P1.
Meanwhile, a dwarf has stolen the rulebook!
But have no fear! Brian will have a new rulebook ready in no time! (hopefully in time!)
Obviously we want stuff to expeculate about so our certified ninja spy has been sent on field mission to reveal us some of the newest and cool ideas that will make Nascar even more er... Nascar.
First of all, there will be no more Race for the Chase!
Do not panic! It's being replaced by a grid. No! Not the Codemasters game! The Chase Grid!
But to keep it simple we will just call it The Chase Grill!
Interesting bit... this new grid system has a knockout round, so I am assuming this will be a valid method this year:
We have also heard some rumours about the end of drafting, again we will have to wait for the France Oracle to speak up.
If a translator is necessary Eddie Jordan will provide the irish version in the following BBC broadcast. He will also be keeping watch for the new rulebook in case that annoying dwarf returns.
So this is what has been going on outisde the track so far.
Let's get down to trackside! Queue ze music!
Indycar has... Indianapolis, MotoGp has the Dutch TT, F1 has Monaco, Lemans has... erm.... nevermind!
Nascar's big cheese is the Daytona 500, placed right at the start of the... erm.. championship, free of politics and other gremlins to taint it. (If you exclude mad hatters)
Like all classics, this race has a ton of history that goes all the way back to the days when Daytona Beach was the capital of speed before Bonneville took over.
But rather than put it by words, why not have a look at how things were 50 years ago. Coincidentally this year marks the 50th anniversary of Richard Petty's (The King) first Daytona win, so expect a 5 minute special during pre-race cerimonies.
But wait... he is not the king of Daytona! Bobby is!
Yeah yeah, im sure the lot of you will be crying foul Arca. Still he is coming to Daytona to defend his title against a plentora of pretenders.
Not important. What is important is that there will be no venezuelan atraction this time.
But just in case, there is a french canadian and a german hawaian replacements standing by.
Getting back on topic.
On the same day of the Arca race the Polepositers of 2013 will have their first scrap of the season with the Bud Shootout!
Seriously people! Bud Shootout sounds much better than... ugh! Sprint Unlimited. Even the Formula 1 Strategic Group could not come up with such a bad name. Last year they got away because we had the relevant vote for clothing, but no clothing vote this year?! FLAME!
And the facial hair! Why can't we vote for more facial hair! Do I need to jinx Gordon again?
Ah well... better move along to the track presentation before that odd looking mod black flags this thread.
In beggining there was sand...
But then man decided to leave the beach...
56 years later, speed has been plated; stock cars are not stock (tho some may argue they were never stock); drivers are no longer dirty and rough gladiators; champions and championships are questioned at every turn; politics are omnipresent and all tracks are designed by Herman Tilke.
Still, the racing continues. Some may not call it racing anymore, but as another poster mentioned before, "It's still about overtaking the guy in front of you", the soul is still there but buried under the tick layers of glamour and quick entertainment.
With TV coverage these days you hardly miss anything, except if you are Sneaky Raider Montoya.
Ah yes... the much loved Darrel Waltrip.
We have a contention plan for this year. If he gets out of control we call up Jason, just be sure not to feed Darrel before the race.
As if a 500 mile race wasn't enough we get tons of track action from other classes, take note:
trucks, debuting a new bodywork! Followed by the usual month long break, copied by the briliant minds of the ACO.
nationwide (after this year no longer on your side) And since it's Daytona, stay sharp for Cup regulars, will be ironic if KyBu decides to skip it.
All these classes will be filling track time with practicing and qualifying, the smaller ones will be using the Daytona short track on the backstretch.
And just for a bit more of side info here is a layout of track inclination
The Cup cars will have 2 legs of qualifying, an old shool F1 style run-tune-run-tune qualifying with Brad The Kes getting stuck behind a Minardi, followed by a crazy shootout race to decide starting postions behind 1 and 2. Will we have a repeat from last year?
So with no further delay, here is the shedule for the races.
(all times local)
Saturday, February 15
4:15 pm - Lucas Oil 200 (ARCA)
8:15 pm - Bud Shootout
Tuesday, February 18
7 pm - UNOH Battle At The Beach (hopefully will get free youtube coverage again this year)
Thursday, February 20
7 pm - Budweiser Duels
Friday, February 21
7:30 pm - NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Trucks, probably featuring a Bodine)
Saturday, February 22
1:15 pm - DRIVE4COPD 300 (Nationwide, nope. Still not Dillon free)
Sunday, February 23
1 pm - Big Cheese escape-the-bigone-and-you-win 500
Speed er... Fox will be carrying duties for the truck and main race.
ESPN will handle Nationwide Race, Motors TV will probably air the Natiowide race as well.
The nigerian crew has already been shipped by container, be sure to wire the cash to the usual places.
BOGIDITY! BOGIDITY! It's racing season again!
Edited by Red17, 08 February 2014 - 17:25.