I headed to the International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, last Saturday for the PASS/ACT double-header. I was thinking I’d see about 30 cars in each of the 200-lap races. But, sadly, there were only 25 ACT cars and 19 PASS cars. For the first time in my race-chasing career, after about 15 minutes of being in the pits, it crossed my mind I wished I had gone to the beach.
It was recently announced Buddy Baker has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. “Just before Thanksgiving, I started having horrendous shoulder pain,” he said. He was eventually advised to undergo rotator cuff surgery. “I said, ‘Good, I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.’ Not so.”
And, I quote (from before the 2014 season): “We have arrived at a format that makes every race matter even more, diminishes points racing, puts a premium on winning races and concludes with a best-of-the-best, first-to-the-finish line showdown race – all of which is exactly what fans want,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO.
I’ll turn 58 this August and have pretty much spent my life around racing. My Dad had been driving a race car for eight years when I was born and he drove for another nine years before retiring. I was on my brother’s crew for six years and I drove for five years.
Before you pencil in either Kevin Harvick or Kurt Busch as your 2015 Cup champion, because they seem to be the fastest cars week in and week out, note the last seven finishes for Jimmy Johnson; first, second, third, second, first, 40th and first.
There are a bunch of fans out there who believe NASCAR throws the caution for reasons other than wrecks or harmful debris on the track. Sometimes it appears that way late in a race that’s not real exciting and someone spots a Tic-Tac 20 feet below the racing groove that warrants a yellow.