July 25, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Well hot damn, we finally get a weekend with some Winston Cup racin’ in it. I know them drivers need some time with their youngins, but every time they skip a week from racin’, my ol’ lady expects me to either get out there and attack that vegetable garden or run the kids up to the mall. Folks, neither of them is nearly as good as kickin’ back in my La-Z-Boy and munchin’ on some Pringles while Big E, Little E and all them other kinds of Es commence to runnin’ their guts out.
Annnnnyyyyyway ...Guess that Jeremy Mayfield feller got what was comin’ to him at Pocono on Sunday. Not that he didn’t have every right in the world to slide the Instigator out of the way a few weeks ago, but this here is a sport of "What goes around, comes around." I reckon he’s got that figured out right about now.
Got an e-mail from a good ol’ boy in Alabama who said, "Everybody oughta know by now that ol’ Ironhead is the only one that can do a 'spin and win' and get away with it." Now, what in tarnation does that mean? Is that inferin’ that somebody (the 3 team, NASCAR, Teresa) had somethin’ to do with Mayfield’s tire going flat? Gimme a big ol’ break, please.
Greg Biffle won the truck race and Jeff Green won the Busch race this weekend ... well I’ll be damned! I tell you what, I like both of them series and both of them drivers, but it’s gettin’ downright borin’ to see those two
dominate just about every week.
Y’all notice that every single time Buddy Baker mentions Jimmy Spencer’s name that he’s unable to stop himself from chucklin’? Maybe it’s cuz Spencer’s backend is wigglin’ just about every second he’s on screen.
Did I just say backend wigglin’ and Spencer in the same sentence? Yikes, somebody change that image in my head -- quick!
You suppose if there was a match race that featured Michael Waltrip and Mike Skinner that somebody would win? Both is real nice fellas and you gotta figure somethin’ good (Like a win!) is gonna happen one of these days don’t ya?
No foolin’, I’m sure I actually heard Mike Bliss -– who drives that Viagra car -– say this: "Everybody wants a sponsor that’s willin’ to grow with ya." Yo, Mike. If Viagra ain’t willin’ to grow with ya, is anybody?
Jeff Burton was runnin’ for the win and not once did I see a shot on the TV of his cute wife, Kim, about ready to cry. I didn’t think that was possible.
That reminds me, with the Wonder Boy not runnin’ up to his usual standards, ain’t seeing much of ol’ Brooky any more. The boys and I were debatin’ whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. The debate ended in a draw.
Can anybody name more than 10 truck drivers? By next year, I’ll be askin’ if anybody can name five.
Seen some TV show on Sunday where Ernie Irvan was out catchin’ some fish. You’d think, since he was picked by NASCAR as one of its 50 greatest drivers of all time, that’d we’d see a bit more of him. Hey NASCAR, for all this feller’s done, you can’t find him a good job in the company anywheres?
If they can get that Saturday Night Live feller Dennis Miller to call Monday Night Football games, couldn’t we get somebody with a stitch of humor to work some racin’? Jeff Foxworthy would be my first choice, but just about anybody could pump a little more life into the oldies but goodies we’re hearin’ now.
Wreck of the Week -– The title goes out to Ricky Rudd. Not cuz his was the best (you could always go to the Busch or Truck series for those), but cuz he showed the most class. He drove that tore up piece of machine all the way around and back to the garage. If I was him, I’d have driven right back to the Goodyear buildin’ and asked them folks if maybe they oughta spend a little more time on development.
Final Thought -– A buddy of mine, a salesman, is on the road a lot. He gets two weeks of vacation a year (only cuz he’s been with the company for a few years). He’s doin’ alright this year, earnin’ around $45,000 for 50 weeks worked.
Now, should I feel sorry for these drivers and their havin’ to "work" nearly 40 weeks a year - for hundreds of thousands of buckaroos? Is a two-hour autograph signing session and an interview afterwards considered a "work" day?
Y’all can feel sorry for those guys all you want, but those bitchin’ about having to run 34 races or 36 races a year, some getting a million bucks or more to do so, ain’t getting’ any tissue from this feller.
See y’all next week ... I reckon.