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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:37 pm

I had a milestone birthday this week, but didnít really feel that old until it was announced that after 23 years of racing, 2015 would be Jeff Gordonís last as a full time driver.

Heís got lots of money and a young family, but it just seems hard to believe that the onetime kid who was the new clean-cut face of racing and helped raise NASCARís image beyond its moonshine roots, is now old enough to stop racing full time.

Gordonís 92 wins trail only Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105), and his fame reaches far beyond the track resonating with non-race fans too. Heís won all the big races, has collected four championships and had 58 victories before his 30th birthday.

I know who Iíll be rooting for this yearÖ.in addition to Danica, of course..

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Post by up7587 on Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:54 pm

Better Jeff Gordon than Jimmy Johnson and Chad Knauss, the Tom Brady and Bill Belichek of racing.
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I've always rooted for Biffle as the local guy, but it was tough last year, as he was rarely competitive. I like Junior's sense of humor, but his over-the-top fandom based on who his father was puts me off. Maybe I'll have to root for Kenseth.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:56 pm

It could have been a magical start (would have said "ferry tail" if this weren't NASCAR) to the 2015 season with retiring Jeff Gordon on the pole for his final Daytona 500, and although he led the most laps, it was 24 year-old Joey Logano who won the race going away in his Ford giving the "Captain," Roger Penske, his 2nd Daytona 500 win as an owner.

Although there were a few tangles and crashes, including one that resulted in a green/white checker flag finish after the race was stopped to clear debris from the track, it was a pretty event free race....and unfortunately there were no lead changes over the final 8 laps to make it a nail biter. †

Looking forward to seeing the boys (and girl) in Las Vegas a week from Sunday....it's a good thing BYU is in the WCC. Razz

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Post by up7587 on Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:36 pm

Interesting developments to the race. No Busch brothers; Kurt suspended and Kyle broke his leg. Stewart out early. I kept waiting for Danica to spin Hamlin. Cool Hendrick cars ran up front all day, but couldn't close the deal. That stretch where they were 3 wide 8 or 9 cars deep was crazy.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:29 am

Hey, NASCAR fan(s), driver Jeff Gordon will be at the Oleans Casino in Las Vegas this evening @ 6. It's either that or watch Rex Walter's team take on UOP!

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Post by up7587 on Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:33 pm

I mentioned that, and dad asked if he should know who Jeff Gordon was!! Embarassed

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:31 am

up7587 wrote:I mentioned that, and dad asked if he should know who Jeff Gordon was!! Embarassed
Haha, it probably won't help, but tell your dad that before arriving at the Orleans yesterday, Gordon won the pole for Sunday's race while setting a new track record of 194.679 mph.

Looks like all the race fans visiting Las Vegas will get their money's worth!

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:50 pm

I have to admit to having a lump in my throat while watching live when Austin Dillon walked away from this frightening crash at the finish line of the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona Speedway late last night (02:41 AM EDT).

Dillon finished 7th to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first, but many, including me, thought he was probably severely injured or dead after hitting the catch fence at approximately 190 MPH.

Dillon is said to have a bruised tailbone and elbow. †Four fans were treated and released at the scene, and one fan went to the hospital for treatment and was released a couple of hours later. †Phew!




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Post by up7587 on Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:32 pm

I hate rain delay races when I have my DVR set!

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Post by up7587 on Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:06 pm

Couple weeks ago, Joey Logano wrecked Matt Kenseth when they were racing for the lead at Kansas.† Joey went on to win 3 races in a row, while Kenseth was knocked out of the race for the championship.†

Logano won the pole and was leading at Martinsville today, while Kenseth got caught up in a wreck.† A few laps later, Logano was passing Kenseth to put him a lap down, and Kenseth pushed him into the wall and took him out.


The crowd loved it.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:31 pm

You're correct, the crowd loved it, but as you said, in Kansas the two were racing for the lead....in this case Kenseth didn't have the slightest prayer of winning and took it upon himself to display the worst kind of sportsmanship and affect the championship....and I've always liked Kenseth.

I'm sure Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing will be fined, but NASCAR should come up with better ways to penalize and elimininate this sort of behavior.

Great and emotional win for Jeff Gordon. his 93rd, in his last race at Martinsville before he retires.....and now Jeff is into the final phase of the Championship.....could it be a story book ending?

I smile every time I see Gordon's 24 car, sponsored by AARP!

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Post by up7587 on Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:16 pm

It really hurt me to root for Jimmy "Cheater" Johnson beat Kesolowski today.† But it kept B.K. out of the Chase for now. Harvick will probably win in Phoenix; not a fan. Not a Gordon fan either, I may end up rooting for Kyle Busch to win it all.† Shocked

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:57 pm

up7587 wrote:It really hurt me to root for Jimmy "Cheater" Johnson beat Kesolowski today.† But it kept B.K. out of the Chase for now. Harvick will probably win in Phoenix; not a fan. Not a Gordon fan either, I may end up rooting for Kyle Busch to win it all.† Shocked
What? †You should be rooting for the #19, Cousin Carl.

I didn't care who finally won as long is was not someone in the final eight besides the #19 who is now in 5th place with at least a hope of advancing, even if he doesn't win the final qualifying race. †


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Post by up7587 on Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:13 pm

Yeah, I thought about Carl.† One of the Gibbs drivers should win; that group has been so dominant all year.

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Post by up7587 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:38 pm

Huh.† Jimmy Johnson/Chad Knauss caught cheating.† Who'd of thunk it.† Twisted Evil

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:14 pm

Not an especially exciting race today (they just kept going 'round and 'round), but an excellent result as #18 Kyle Busch (and Joe Gibbs Racing) win the race and with it the Sprint Cup Championship. Cool

Not only is it Kyle's first championship (Gibbs' fourth), but he won it after sitting out the first 11 races of the season after breaking his leg/foot in an accident at Daytona.

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Post by up7587 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:23 pm

Gibbs Racing deserved the championship this year.

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