Random Thoughts: Slippery Track, Melky and Johnson
Random thoughts while searching for oil on the track.
I don’t do a whole lot of cheering for any particular driver in NASCAR anymore. There are a few that I like more than others, I will admit.
That being said, I was banging on my dashboard and yelling in the car during that last lap at Watkins Glen last week, hoping for Marcos Ambrose to pull off the win. It’s just a much better story than Brad Keselowski getting a fourth win or Kyle Busch putting himself in the driver’s seat for a Chase berth with a second win in the 2012 season.
With the win, Ambrose kept his Chase chances alive. There are four drivers outside of the top 10 in points with one win (Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Busch and Ambrose).
One of them will probably get the second wild card (Kasey Kahne has two wins and is outside of the top 10), and I’d love for it to be the Aussie Ambrose.
Speaking of points, Jimmie Johnson is now the Sprint Cup points leader. Anyone surprised?
Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants is now serving a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.
His 2012 batting average is .60 points higher than his career average, and his slugging percentage was over .500 at the time of his suspension.
It’s sad to say, but a failed test is about as surprising as Jimmie Johnson leading the Sprint Cup points.
NASCAR has been taking a great deal of flak this week for the call to not throw the caution on the final lap for oil on the track.
Kyle Busch ended up spinning in the oil while leading (with a wee bit of help from Brad Keselowski). Kyle would not speak to the media after the race, but crew chief Dave Rogers had some harsh words for NASCAR and Bobby Labonte, who, according to the No. 18 team, laid down the oil.
None of the team spotters reported seeing oil on the track, and Keselowski said that any oil on the track came from Busch’s car.
I’ve never been one to give NASCAR a pass, but the non-call was the right call here. And led to one of the most exciting laps in NASCAR competition in a long time.
Don’t cheat at Scrabble.
A.J. Allmendinger: Just stop talking. David Newton’s story on ESPN.com killed your Adderall excuse. Just be quiet, go through the rehab program, and try to put it all back together.
Someone get Joe Gibbs a dictionary.
I think it is somewhat fitting that Chad Johnson’s firing by the Miami Dolphins ended up on “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Live being a fame whore, die being a fame whore.
If you haven’t seen the video featuring the Summer Shootout drivers and Charlotte Motor Speedway staff (including my buddy Lenny Batycki) dancing and lip-syncing “Call Me Maybe,” I highly recommend finding it on the track’s website.
Even though I hate that song with a fiery passion that consumes my soul, watching those kids (and adults) have that much fun at the race track is well worth the three-minute investment of your time.
I’m still miffed that Dodge is getting out of NASCAR. With Chevrolet bringing the Camaro to the Nationwide Series in 2013, it would have been cool to see all three of the Pony cars competing in NASCAR (plus Toyota).
After more than eight years of writing this column, my last byline in The Pilot will run in the Aug. 31 edition, which means two more columns after this one.
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