With the Nationwide series also starting up this weekend - tomorrow, in fact - it's time to check up on our favourite start-n-parkers, MSRP! They still have no website - websites cost MONEY, PEOPLE - but at least they have Phil Parsons owning up to the fact that what they're doing is exactly what they're doing (scenedaily.com). (2/4 - and if you've read this story already, you owed it to yourself to let me know about it before now!)
In what we'd like to think is karmic retribution (but is really just a whole bunch of extra folks showing up to try to qualify), the two MSRP entries - #90 Chapman (45th) and #91 Cook (47th) - JUST missed out on making the field for Saturday's race. Of course, if they'd tried harder to finish in the Top 35 of owners' points....ahahahahaha what am I saying. Poor Dave Blaney will also serve time for this team this year, from what I've been reading.
Of course, the OTHER side of this story is that Parsons' newly formed Prism Racing (no website yet, go figure) managed to bring Terry Labonte and his champions' provisional out of retirement - which means that finishing dead last in the Cup race will probably net them more money than an entire season of Nationwide races. Hang on and we'll see if they let him run more than one set of tires on Sunday!
If I didn't know better, CRZ, I'd think you were trolling me.
This brings up a bunch of sore points with me when it comes to NASCAR.
- People who complain about the big teams (Hendrick, Roush, Gibbs, Childress) dominating Sprint Cup at the expense of smaller teams. (Hey, news flash - the Nationwide Series has good spots available if you want to suck it up and run for that CHAMPIONSHIP instead of desperately trying to get a single top-ten in Sprint Cup.
- People who complain that the Cup drivers in Nationwide "hold down" the "true" Nationwide drivers. The Sprint Cup drivers aren't stealing spots on the grid from up-and-coming drivers - teams like MSRP are. Johnny Chapman is 41 years old and in 56 Busch/Nationwide starts he has ZERO top-ten finishes. Yet, here he is in a car at Daytona, again. I'd have less of a problem with MSRP and their ilk if they would actually try to develop a driver. (And DON'T get me started on Larry Gunselman, who is an even WORSE driver, and who altered the course of things by slamming into Dario at Talladega, knocking him out for two months.)
- And the fact that they still get owners and drivers points for running/parking those cars. Take Chapman's 2008 "season". He started 23 races - finished no better than 35th in any of them (but he did crack the top-40 18 times). All of those shitty finishes added up to 1073 points. Then take Patrick Carpentier, who in his eight starts had a second, a fifth, and two eighths. Total points on the season? 987. So if you go by NASCAR's thinking - showing up and sucking is better than not showing up at all - Chapman had a BETTER season showing than Carpentier.
At least we're RACIN' again! The truck race was pretty good, although Kyle Busch sort of blew it at the end, there. Nice of them to not mention that Todd Bodine damn near wrecked the whole field while they had him in Victory Lane.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
http://www.nascar.com/2008/news/headlines/cup/09/30/pmenard.dei.yates.official/index.html Normally I don't bring these stories over here but as a recently minted Midwesterner I have a great abiding love for all things Menard (and MENARDS)