Clearing out the notebook:
— I am SO ready for some dirt-track racing, Broadway Bullring style.
The on-again, off-again season — thanks to all of this ridiculous rain — has been bad enough, but couple that with the constant flood threat hanging over our heads, and there is nothing in the world that sounds better than a Sunday night at 8000 Broadway. And gimme one of those Bullring brats. Puh-leeze.
— I see where Michael Long was disqualified last Saturday at Moberly when during postrace inspection his car was found to be too tall by an inch or something. This came after a pretty decisive feature victory, I am told. Is it just me or does this sound a little suspicious?
Long has been dominant all year, but at no track has he been found guilty of anything illegal. And all of a sudden his car is an inch too high? Maybe Moberly simply didn’t want Michael frequenting that track too often. A couple of questions I would like to see answers to:
Were all cars "measured" in the same manner, such as being on the same type of surface? Or were some measured on a harder/softer/more level surface? That could make a huge difference.
Has this kind of disqualification been common at Moberly?
Are height requirements specifically spelled out in the track rules?
At worst, this appears like a situation that could have been handled with a warning. If I am proven wrong I will gladly say so in this space.
— I wonder how many of the Iowa drivers will be able to make it Sunday? The class that could be hurt the most is the stock car division. The majority of the premier drivers are from up north.
UMP SUMMER NATIONALS ROUNDUP
The United Midwestern Promoters Summernationals, which will stop in
Quincy July 8, is under way. Here’s a look at the latest results to date for
the 27-race, 31-day grind:
Wednesday, June 18, Belle Clair Speedway, Belleville, Ill.: 1. Will Vaught, 2. Brent Kreke, 3. Wes Steidinger, 4. Michael Kloos, 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Jason Feger. 7. Randy Korte, 8. Dennis Erb Jr., 9. Ed Dixon, 10. Jeep Van Wormer. Other notables: 13. Steve Sheppard Jr., 17. Mike Hammerle, 19. Darren Miller, 20. Rodney Melvin.
Tuesday, June 17, Highland Speedway, Highland, Ill.:
1. Terry English, 2. Randy Korte, 3. Will Vaught, 4. Jeep Van Wormer, 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Billy Faust, 7. Kevin Cole, 8. Dennis Erb Jr., 9. Rodney Melvin, 10. Tim Manville. Other notables: 12. Wes Steidinger, 13. Steve Sheppard Jr.
TROUBLE IN TURN 3
Now that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has won his first points race under the
Hendrick Racing banner, I will compare his effort with the top
performance from the Dale Earnhardt Inc. foursome.
1. Daytona: Dale Jr. 9th, DEI (Martin Truex, Jr.) 20th
2. California: DEI (Truex) 6th, Dale Jr. 40th
3. Las Vegas: Dale Jr. 2nd, DEI (Mark Martin) 10th
4. Atlanta: Dale Jr. 3rd, DEI (Paul Menard) 19th
5. Bristol: Dale Jr. 5th, DEI (Aric Almirola) 8th
6. Martinsville: Dale Jr. 6th, DEI (Regan Smith) 14th
7. Texas: DEI (Martin) 8th, Dale Jr. 12th
8. Phoenix: DEI (Martin) 5th, Dale Jr. 7th
9. Talladega: Dale Jr. 10th, DEI (Menard) 14th
10. Richmond: DEI (Martin) 3rd, Dale Jr. 15th
11. Darlington: Dale Jr. 4th, DEI (Truex) 14th
12. Lowe’s: Dale Jr. 5th, DEI (Martin) 15th
13. Dover: DEI (Truex) 6th, Dale Jr. 35th
14. Pocono: Dale Jr. 4th, DEI (Martin) 10th
15. Michigan: Dale Jr. 1st, DEI (Menard) 11th
• Dale finished higher than his old team in 10 of the first 15 races this season. Advantage: Jr.
• Dale has an average finish of 10.5 this season. The best DEI finisher has an average finish of 9.9. Advantage: DEI
Dale is 3rd in points with 2129. If you accumulate the points earned by
the top DEI finisher in each race, you get 2012 which is good enough
for 4th. Advantage: Jr.
• Dale has one victory, DEI has none. Advantage: Jr.
if Dale Jr. was the top driver at DEI in 2008, he would surely not be
the best finishing driver on the team in each race so these figures are
a little skewed (albeit in Dale’s favor). It is not hard to see,
however, that young Earnhardt made the correct decision.
Stability. Consistency. Maturity. That not only wins races, it wins titles.
Combined Points Standings
Below is an updated look at the combined point standings for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series:
1. Kyle Busch (5511)
2. Carl Edwards (4118)
3. Clint Bowyer (4100)
4. David Ragan (3795)
5. David Reutimann (3508)
6. Kevin Harvick (3311)
7. Denny Hamlin (3191)
8. Jeff Burton (3091)
9. Greg Biffle (2989)
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (2979)