Visitin The Rock

Howdy Y’all.

Have you a good weekend? I shore did. Got me a chance to spend a coupla days outta the household as me and my four best buddies – cousin Elton, Bildo, Fudd and Henry Lee – all gots together on Fridee and took a trip fer a coupla hours over to North Carolin’r Speedway.

Figgered I’d fill y’all in on what we seen.

*First off… Howdy to the rest of y’all in section 41. Y’all wouldn’t believe I was no famous NASCAR writtin’ feller fer nothin’… whatcha think now? Woo Hoo!!!!

I'm bout as famous as that Jennifer Lopez girly, ain't I? That's right, from now on y'all can call me B-Lo or somethin'.

*Y’all, I was stayin’ with Bildo just outside of Charlotte proper when we left – and truly enjoyed my two-hour drive over to Rockin’ham. I seen deers on the side of the road (one was still standin’ even), a good many country stores, and I swear I seen somethin’ I ain’t never seen before.

Henry Lee was drivin’ his Ford pickup, and while ramblin’ down this little two-lane highway, I coulda sworn it was Hut Stricklin flyin’ past us in one of them SUV monsters. Honest to gosh, I ain’t tellin’ a fib, I swear I actually seen Hut Stricklin pass someone. What are the chances, that fer the first time in his career, the person he passes while drivin’ is me!!! Another big ol’ Woo Hoo fer that.

*Now, down to some racin’ stuff.

Elton seems to think NASCAR’s rulin’ on throwin’ out a red flag so dern late in the Busch race screwed that Jeff Green feller (who was leadin’ and likely to win under caution if’n they didn’t).

My take on it is this… Sure, NASCAR ain’t got no set rules and kinda makes up stuff as it goes along – and that’s pretty screwy – but I’d rather see a finish like I seen than the cars rollin’ under the checkers and caution at the same time.

As often as fans get screwed by stuff like ticket prices, concession prices and NASCAR puttin’ races on stations like CNN/SI and SpeedFX, I reckon Jeff Green gettin’ screwed outta this one race don’t bother me as much as it would normally.

*Big ol’ greazy thumbs up to that Kevin Harvick feller fer winnin’ the Busch championship. I predict – if he quits tappin’ people on the back end, spinnin’ them around and pissin’m off, he’ll have him a pretty nice career.

*I got home last night – and bless her heart – my wife gone and taped the races so I could have the chance to see if’n they ever shown me and my buddies on tv.

They didn’t, but it did give me a chance to hear one of the dumbest questions I ever seen asked.

Bill Weber – you know, the feller with the stone hair whose always squintin’ at the camera and who said Ricky Rudd instead of Ricky Craven in victory lane at Martinsville – came up with this here beauty after the Busch race (I’m paraphrazin’ here to keep it short)…. “Kevin, did ya win this championship and race this season with Dale Earnhardt in your heart?”

Good gosh. Let’s see, Harvick runs Busch fer Richard Childress (Earnhardt’s car owner), he got his chance at Cup drivin’ early because of Earnhardt’s death and moved into the Goodwrench car. Ya reckon he had Dale Earnhardt on his mind and in his heart this season?

And beyond that, every driver that won a race paid tribute to Earnhardt in victory lane, Kenny Wallace didn’t do a burnout at The Rock in honor of Earnhardt (cuz Big E hated them things) and every dern fan in the world didn’t go a weekend without payin’ some sort of tribute in action or thought to the seven-time champion.

Shoot Billy, every dern person in the sport was racin’ this season with Dale Earnhardt in their mind and in their heart… where you been?

Here’s another in-depth question fer you to ask next week… “Jeff Gordon, good to see you little buddy, are you happy to win your fourth championship?” Or how about, “Bobby Labonte, hello my buddy ol’ pal, were you happier last year when you won the championship, or happier this year when you aren’t runnin’ as well?”

*Y’all see that “Kenny the Quote” story on Racin’One this weekend? It was a goodin – just showin’ all the great stuff Kenny Wallace said in some press conference or somethin’ - that you oughta go back and find.

Isn’t it amazin’ how some guys – like Kenny Wallace – can chat with the media and fans, be as honest and open as possible, and have the media and fans walk away feelin’ good?

Then, you got other fellers – Tony Stewart comes to mind – who feel open and honest means bein’ rude.

*To the girl workin’ the walk-up tunnel thingy between Turns 1 and 2 – you know who you are, the one dancin’ to Smash Mouth – please, please, please… work over in section 41 next year, awright?

*It was interestin’ to find out that Jeff Gordon is still gettin’ the loudest cheers and jeers from the crowd as he passed before us – in the back of a pickup after driver introductions – prior to the race startin’.

I kinda figured Little E had surpassed him… but it weren’t even close.

*And while I’m on that subject, the drivers are paraded around the track in front of the fans so the fans can hoot and holler at them, and so they can be seen by their loyal followin’s, right?

So NBC, do us all a big ol’ favor and get yer dern reporters and camera folks outta the backs of them pickup trucks so the folks can actually see the drivers and have them wave back.

You got hours and hours to get interviews, yet the one chance I got to see guys up close and in person, they ain’t even lookin’ towards me (and your camera guy is blockin’ them anyway) cuz you’re doin’ interviews as they roll in front of us.

Once again and just another of many examples… either y’all don’t give a hoot about the fans, or y’all just ain’t aware of how badly you’re missin’ the boat. Really hard to believe y’all are losin’ millions on this tv deal, ain’t it?

*Quote of the Week:
“We beat 42 other cars today, but we couldn’t best NASCAR.”
- Jeff Green after NASCAR ruled to red flag the Busch race (which all but cost him a victory).

I’ll talk at y’all next week… I reckon.
Bubba

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