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How hot is it? The way my air conditioner has been running my electric meter is spinning so fast you can slice salami on it. Thanks, you've been great.

  • It would have been nice to see Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Robby Gordon battle it out for the win Sunday in Sonoma. But Stewart was really the last man standing from the pre-race favorites and did a great job working around Ricky Rudd for the win.

  • I've already stated my case that I'm not a big fan of the Cup cars road racing, but there are always some interesting moments and Sunday was no exception.

  • Paging Teresa Earnhardt. Not sure if you've seen what a shambles your team is in, but it's time to put down the "How to Run a Business 101" manual and get some help to right this sad looking ship. The look on Junior's face as he held back what he really wanted to say in his post-incident television interview was painful.

  • As we talked to Carl Edwards Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, he didn't seem all too thrilled to have to jump on a plane and fly cross country to Sonoma...to road race. "I'm still learning," he said. Class is still in session as Edwards finished 38th.

  • I get letters from Johnny Sauter fans that say I'm hard on him and he doesn't deserve the reputation he's getting as a bad guy. Forget the fact that he gets in more verbal attacks than a college debate team, has been caught for "cheating" at most every level he's competed and his on track rough driving exploits follow him whichever level he competes. Saturday night's latest chapter was his intentional wreck of Tony Raines, which would have put Sauter on the lead lap all by himself. Thankfully NASCAR's eye in the sky figured out it wasn't as "accidental" as Sauter claimed and penalized him, although he by far had the fastest car in Milwaukee and still easily won. Jim Sauter was one of the classiest guys in the business and Johnny's brothers are also very low key drivers. Where Johnny got his demeanor is a mystery, but here's hoping a kid with a great deal of talent can get a handle on his emotions.

  • Was NASCAR really going to restart the Milwaukee Busch race at midnight if the rain stayed away?

  • Tried watching a few minutes of Sunday's Cleveland Champ Car race. Tried the operative word.

  • Kudos to Rockford Speedway in Illinois for offering any fan with a ticket stub from last weekend's United States Grand Prix debacle to attend last Saturday's racing program for free. I want to see the fan who was at Indianapolis for Formula One and then at Saturday night's "School Bus Figure 8" race, or something similar Rockford is famous for, the next weekend.
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