Friday, February 17, 2012
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!
The Daly Planet.
Here's the 2012 Bud Shootout Entry List:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Juan Pablo Montoya
Martin Truex Jr.
Honestly, this is anybody's race. It's non-points and there's nothing to lose except pride and money, just like the All Star Race in Charlotte. Here's my prediction of the Top 5 cars to watch, in no particular order:
Jimmie Johnson - Always a threat. He didn't win 5 championships by sheer luck.
Kurt Busch - He's landed a sweet ride with Phoenix Racing and has developmental equipment from Hendrick Racing. He posted smoking fast times during testing last month. He's also got something to prove to himself and his critics. Now's a great time to do it.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr - Jr. Nation fans might just get something to cheer about Saturday night. Unquestionably one of the best restrictor plate drivers in NASCAR, Jr. has a way of winning non-points races and he's due.
Tony Stewart - Smoke was on a hot streak to win The Chase. He has a history of hot streaks. Let's see if this one continues with a new Crew Chief.
Kyle Busch - All he does is win (when he's not screwing up). Honestly, nobody races harder than Kyle Busch. Sometimes, his ego writes checks his driving can't cash, but not often. Love him or hate him, ya gotta respect him on the track.
UPDATE: 3 of my Top 5 wrecked during practice. Kurt Busch got turned around by Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch got collected in the resulting "Big One".
Jimmie Johnson's Daytona 500 car failed Tech Inspection and NASCAR seized illegal body parts. The car is being rebuilt at the track, but expect a heavy fine for the 48 team.