Thursday, February 13, 2020

NASCAR Doubleheaders Schedule?

With Pocono running a Winston Cup doubleheader in 2020 the concept has no doubt circulated discussion of more tracks perhaps trying the idea.   With that in mind a possible Winston Cup schedule with doubleheaders -


FEBRUARY.

DAYTONA 500
ATLANTA 500 CLASSIC


MARCH.

LAS VEGAS
PHOENIX
CALIFORNIA 500 CLASSIC, Fontana
MIAMI 500 CLASSIC, Homestead


APRIL.
MUSIC CITY CLASSIC, Nashville
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
VIRGINIA 500 CLASSIC, Martinsville



MAY
TALLADEGA
KANSAS
WORLD 600 CLASSIC - two 300 lappers Saturday & Sunday


JUNE
DELAWARE 500 CLASSIC, Dover Downs.
MOSPORT
POCONO SUMMER CLASSIC
WATKINS GLEN


JULY
BRICKYARD CLASSIC (second Xfinity race added at separate date for the road course, presumably during Indy GP week).
CHICAGOLAND CLASSIC
NEW ENGLAND CLASSIC, New Hampshire
GATEWAY


AUGUST.
SEARS POINT
IOWA CLASSIC
MOTOR STATE 500 CLASSIC, Michigan
VOLUNTEER 500 CLASSIC, Bristol


SEPTEMBER.
SOUTHERN 500 CLASSIC, Darlington
CAPITAL CITY 500 CLASSIC, Richmond
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TALLADEGA

OCTOBER
CHARLOTTE ROAD RACE
KANSAS
PHOENIX
LAS VEGAS.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Speedweeks 2020: Busch Bash High/Low-lights First Weekend






Daytona pre-Clash 500 practice


NASCAR begins its 2020 season with Daytona Speedweeks and controversy is already in mid-season form.





The Busch Clash began as "an analytics race," to quote Kurt Busch, as there was some spirited combat but also quite a bit of single file running to pound out laps and potentially stretch fuel.   It turned ugly when Joey Logano threw two blocks on Kyle Busch and it ended in a big wreck.   Yet it wasn't all as a gagged restart led to another crash, then more blockheaded Ernie Irvan-esque swerves among Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson left only six cars to finish - yet they still put on a rip-roaring finish as the battered Toyota of Erik Jones drafted to the win with huge slam-draft help from teammate Denny Hamlin. 

The incidence of wrecks naturally left everyone outside of the race winner livid.   But drivers know who's at fault - themselves.   Drivers know holding their line better is a preferable option.  NASCAR shouldn't want to enforce a no-blocking rule but it may come to that. 

Others try to portray it as "what superspeedway racing has become." This though is an exercise in denial of responsibility.  Claiming "the current package just has the packs too tightly wound together with a (draft) that is just too prominent" is excusing the drivers.  The draft is supposed to be this strong, and the current wicker package has made the racing far better than it had been for a number of years.   If anything the wicker needs to be added to more tracks - all of them truthfully.   The intermediates and lower banked tracks like Pocono, Michigan, Indianapolis, etc. are supposed to be drafting tracks, certainly not to the same "extreme" as Daytona..........





.........but more like with the Modifieds at New Hampshire (here illustrated by the 2018 Eastern Propane 100),  Indeed the history of Atlanta, Charlotte, Pocono, Michigan, and the old Ontario Motor Speedway were long drafting histories.

As for the short tracks, there's no drafting effect to be had but the short tracks also have aero impediment issues and the wicker by all accounts has killed the "beachball" aero impediment effect that has plagued the racing.  I can't help but think having the wicker can help change aero impediment for the better at those places as well.




Matt Weaver's suggestion to run the Busch Clash at New Smyrna is his usual flippant annoyance, especially as short tracks are as prone to bad crashes as superspeedways and aren't that conducive to passing as shown in a pretty anticlimatic finish to the Skips 175, the first race of the revamped Eastern tour of NASCAR integrated into the ARCA division.


So Speedweeks 2020 is underway and we await more competitive excitement.




Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

NFL Games Of 2019

The NFL's 100th season has been as compelling as the league has been for almost all of its existence.   Of course it takes time to build something and the NFL did just that.   Amid controversy over officiating, pace of play, etc. the 2019 season has seen quite a number of stunning games.   A video presentation below:


Lions at Cardinals



A rare tie seemed to bode well for both the Detroit Lions - who now appeared to be buying into coach Matt Patricia after a rough 2018 - and the Cardinals with first year coach Kliff Kingsbury, in his first ever pro game as a head coach, as well as rookie quarterback Kyler Murray.



Bengals at Seahawks



The Seahawks started a spectacular march through 2019 edging a Bengals team with new coach Zac Taylor that looked a lot more promising than it had been the previous three seasons but which fell into failure with a winless rut not ended until December.




Texans at Saints 



In the periodic Bum Phillips Bowl, the Saints started their own spectacular surge through the season as - speaking of Houston Oilers notoriety - they erased a 21-10 Texans lead and surged to a 27-21 lead, but in the final minute the Texans stormed to the lead, then the Saints booted the 58-yard field goal on the last play.



Giants at Bucs



New Bucs coach Bruce Arians got striking improvement out of the erratic Jameis Winston and an early example was this stunner where the Giants nonetheless erased a three-touchdown gap for a one-point squeaker.




Chiefs at Lions 



The game lead tied or changed eight times and combined for 895 yards and five fumbles.   The game lead changed four times in the final seventeen minutes and Darrel Williams' second score of the fourth quarter won it for Kansas City.





Chargers at Titans



While not an especially high-scoring affair it was a turning point in the season as the 2-4 Titans gave up on 2015 first rounder Marcus Mariota and went to ex-Dolphin Ryan Tannehill.  Tannehill responded by delivering the Titans to a tight win, their second over the Chargers in the decade after going winless against San Diego since 1992.  




Bucs at Seahawks



74 combined points, 910 combined yards, a missed Seahawks FGA, and the lead tying or changing eight times wound up meaning one thing - it had to be settled in overtime.   And the Surging Seahawks and Russell Wilson delivered again.



Chiefs at Titans 



For the eighth time in nine meetings the Titans upended a team coached by Andy Reid.  The two teams exceeded 900 yards and the lead tied once and changed five times as the Titans rushed like it was Eddie George.   It was Titans special teams that proved decisive in the final two minutes after a failed Tannehill fourth down conversion; after three straight Chiefs run plays the Chiefs gagged the FGA and it turned into an intentional grounding penalty; from there Tannehill turned into Steve McNair on an eighteen yard rush, a twenty yard completion, then a twenty-three yard touchdown strike.   The Chiefs raced to the Titans 34 but the kick was blocked.




Seahawks at Forty Niners 


The undefeated Niners hosted the surging Seahawks and the battle of NFC powers was a brutally tight affair as the Niners erased a 21-10 Seahawks lead, forced overtime, then the Seahawks stormed to the Niners 4 in nine plays but Russell Wilson was intercepted.   Jimmy Garoppolo clawed the Niners to a FGA that failed.  Two punts followed and the Seahawks finally ended this affair at the end of overtime.




Eagles at Dolphins 


The Dolphins under new coach Brian Flores were supposed to tank the season to draft Tua Tagovailoa; for most of the season they were terrible, but then started to win a few games.  The Eagles were supposed to challenge for the NFC East and a playoff bye; the division proved so weak that 7-9 threatened to be the record needed to win it, and the Eagles fell to 5-7 at Davie, FL in a game where they led 28-14 but the Dolphins stormed back to win.




Colts at Bucs


2003's 21-point meltdown to Indianapolis forever haunts the Bucs and this shootout threatened to add more misery but the Bucs kept firing, despite a hand injury that sidelined Jameis Winston for part of the third quarter.  Winston rallied the Bucs as they trailed almost the whole game and surged to a 38-35 shocker.  



Arguably this is Game Of The Year - Forty Niners at Saints



The NFC as of December is defined by the Niners, Saints, Seahawks, Packers, and Vikings, and two of them exploded in the Superdome in a chaotic affair that stormed past 100 combined points and reinforced the NFC West showdown combined with a shocker loss by the Seahawks later that night. 



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Saturday, November 09, 2019

The Warrencare Scam

Liz Warren presented a healthcare proposal that can only collapse because it claims healthcare is a right - it isn't, it's a service to be acquired by honest exchange, like food is something acquired via honest exchange - and she makes the mistake of using her own private history - which ought to be questionable on its face given her serial dishonesty about her putting the fix into everything in her life rather than actually earn anything - to justify it

Sunday, September 22, 2019

2019 Musket 250

New Hampshire Motor Speedway saw the Musket 250 for the Modified Tour and the result was the most competitive race (37 official lead changes) in the history of the Modified Tour.