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Timmy Hill Pokes Fun at Self with Beefy T Hood

After running into leader Matt Kenseth at Bristol while slowing for an accident, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Timmy Hill decided to have a little fun and proposed that he drive with this hood on the car at Martinsville on March 30, 2014. [Timmy Hill]

After running into leader Matt Kenseth at Bristol while slowing for an accident, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Timmy Hill decided to have a little fun and proposed that he drive with this hood on the car at Martinsville on March 30, 2014. [Timmy Hill]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Timmy Hill had a rough night at Bristol on Sunday. The car was one of the slower cars on the track, then, while slowing for an accident, Hill ran into the back of leader Matt Kenseth’s car, basically ending Kenseth’s chances at winning. However, instead of mopping around about the accident, Hill took to an online forum and had a little fun with the situation, posting the above picture and saying:

Debating on running this on the hood for Martinsville. Thoughts? Owner likes the idea.

Hill went on to explain exactly what happened that caused him to hit Kenseth:

For those who were wondering. Yes our car was way off pace all weekend. We were just trying to survive the race and the spotter and myself were both trying to watch out back while being lapped. I didn’t get the call about the wreck and the visibility sucks in the cars. I drove most of the way down the front stretch before catching a glance at the wreck and piled in hard.

Photo of the damage to Matt Kenseth's No. 20 car after being hit from behind by Timmy Hill at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014. [NASCAR Media]

Photo of the damage to Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 car after being hit from behind by Timmy Hill at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014. [NASCAR Media]

I thought it showed an interesting side to Hill in that he didn’t just go and hide all week waiting for another driver to make a mistake and take away the spotlight. Besides, I personally thought his accident was a lot more forgivable than the pit road mishap between Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer.

[Timmy Hill]

Fantasy Five – 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500

Daytona 500 - Practice

The Fantasy Five is our look at the top 5 fantasy picks for the Fantasy Live game on NASCAR.com

Fantasy Live on NASCAR.com assigns a money value to each driver, with each team consisting of 5 drivers with a total value of $100 or less. Once you “hire” a driver, their value is locked in for the season. However, since a drivers value can fluctuate, it becomes very hard to add and/or drop drivers each week as values seem to increase faster than they decrease.

Last weeks team was Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Cole Whitt and Michael Waltrip.

This week, due to value increases and decent historical statistical value, we are pretty locked into keeping Kenseth, Hamlin and Earnhardt Jr.

Obviously we need to drop Michael Waltrip since he isn’t even racing this week, and we need to look at limited data and evaluate Cole Whitt versus some other options in the same price range.

Cole Whitt’s value on NASCAR.com is $12.00. Similar drivers in his range are Danica Patrick ($16.00 – up $4.50), Justin Allgaier ($15.00 – up $9.25), David Gilliland ($14.00 – up $5), Ryan Truex ($13.00 – up $8), Joe Nemechek ($11.00 – up $6.25) and Swan Racing teammate Parker Kligerman ($11.00 – up $6.25).

If you look at historical data, and unfortunately you need to compare using some Nationwide data for Kligerman and Whitt, but you come up with about an equal rating for Kligerman, Whitt and Patrick.

However, if you look at Sprint Cup results for Patrick, you see some terrible finishes, so I eliminated her until I see some better consistency. I’d rather take a shot on a newer driver, trying to find a bargain.

Allgaier was a great buy if you got him last week at Daytona, but his increase this week ruled him out for me. Gilliland is consistent, but not worth $14.00. Ryan Truex at $13.00 with that team is insane. The same for Nemechek. That left we between Kligerman and Whitt so I stayed with Whitt.

To replace Waltrip, I had $12 left over, so I went and got David Ragan. Another consistent finisher, with a team that is always going to run the full race distance. I’ll gladly take a 25-30 place finish with my two weakest drivers, I just can afford a 4oth. I feel I get that with Ragan and Whitt.

So, while individually Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano or Brad Keselowski are probably the top drivers to select this week, their increase in value is too much for me to withstand so I’ll go with Kenseth, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Whitt and Ragan.

Last week I finished 7th in our league out of 30 so I think I am on the right path.

For my manufactuer, I selected Ford to cover in case Logano or Keselowski win. I took Denny Hamlin’s crew for my pit crew as they were one of the best last year and were top 5 last week as well.

Daily Door Rub 2-14-14

The Daily Door Rub is a quick look around the web, linking to other good racing stories not written by the Trackside Times staff.

Photo of the day:

No clue who thought this would be idea, but someone over at Richard Childress Racing posted this Valentine's Day photo on their twitter account for Austin Dillon [RCR3ADillon]

No clue who thought this would be idea, but someone over at Richard Childress Racing posted this Valentine’s Day photo on their twitter account for Austin Dillon [RCR3ADillon]

A few good links:

Darrell Waltrip may miss Saturday’s broadcast of the Sprint Unlimited after having gall bladder surgery on Thursday [The Charlotte Observer]

Joseph Wolkin compares Jeff Gordon to Derek Jeter [Motor Racing Scene]

Thanks to Bob Pockrass for this link, fans can buy a pieces of, or who seats, from the Daytona grandstands [Bob Pockrass twitter]

Help pick if Danica Patrick will wear a white or a blue Aspen Dental suit at Las Vegas and you can win the race worn suit [Aspen Dental]

 

Video of the day:

Kevin Harvick in this Goodyear commercial I’m sure you will see 439 times during Speedweeks.

Danica Patrick to Run Drive4COPD for TSM

Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Danica Patrick will drive for them in the Drive4COPD 300 February 22, 2014 [Turner Scott Motorsports]

Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Danica Patrick will drive for them in the Drive4COPD 300 February 22, 2014 [Turner Scott Motorsports]

Danica Patrick will once again race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona for Turner Scott Motorsports. Patrick will drive the #30 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by the Florida Lottery. The crew chief will be Mike Greci.

Patrick is excited to once again run the Daytona Nationwide race, after leading last year before electrical problems ended her day. Patrick said:

I’m really looking forward to competing in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona once again and driving the No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro. Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization and I worked really well with Mike Greci and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year. I know that I’m definitely capable of a win this year working with that group, it just comes down to making it until the end. I have to thank the Florida Lottery for coming on board; they’re giving me the opportunity to run this race and to support education in the State of Florida.

The Florida Lottery also knows when they see a good opportunity, as Secretary Cynthia O’Connell points out:

Danica Patrick’s immense popularity allows the Florida Lottery to increase awareness about our sole reason for existing – which is increasing funding for education in Florida. In our 26 year history, Florida Lottery players have generated more than $26 billion for education programs and more than 650,000 students have attended college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. We are proud to partner with Danica and Turner Scott Motorsports and are hopeful for a successful weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Based on past success at the track for both Turner Scott Motorsports, and Danica Patrick, expect to see Patrick toward the front, especially with the elimination of tandem drafting.

[Turner Scott Motorsports]

Daily Door Rub 2-12-14

The Daily Door Rub is a quick look around the web, linking to other good racing stories not written by the Trackside Times staff.

Photo of the day:

Michael McDowell tweeted this photo of his No. 95 K Love Ford for the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 [Michael McDowell]

Michael McDowell tweeted this photo of his No. 95 K Love Ford for the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 [Michael McDowell]

A few good links:

Bob Pockrass reports that Tony Stewart will not have a backup driver on standby for the Daytona 500 [Sporting News]

Kevin Harvick has joined the Cal Ripken, Sr. foundation board of directors [Kevin Harvick Foundation]

Dustin Long has a great indepth look at the 2014 NASCAR rulebook, which is 16-pages longer than last year and spells out more specifics for the penalty structure [MRN]

Why The King was right on Danica [The Shakedown Session]

Why The King was wrong on Danica [Sledgehammer Blog]

 

Time-lapse video of the Ragu Car being painted and wrapped for Daytona:

NASCAR’s Most-Anticipated Moment of 2013

Credit: Eldora Speedway

Credit: Eldora Speedway

HICKORY N.C. – With the annual appetizer known as the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction & Preview weekend now upon us we find ourselves a mere week week away from the appetizer that is the Sprint Unlimited and a mere Two Sunday’s away from the 55th incarnation of the “Great America Race”, the Daytona 500.

Almost all of the precursors have now come and went, events such as Gen6 testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, tire testing at Darlington, to the 24 hour endurance challenge of the Rolex 24. Nonetheless, as most NASCAR fans will tell you, it does not really get “real” until engines fire just after noon on the 24th of February.

In the interim the numerous storylines looming for 2013 will have to do. The 2013 season promises to be a groundbreaking year for the sport of NASCAR. From the aforementioned Gen6 car which promises to put stockcars that once again showcase manufacturer specific identities back on the track, to the full-time Sprint Cup Series run by Danica Patrick who is attempting to not be outdone by her boyfriend, 2-time defending Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  Stenhouse finds himself stepping up to run with the big boys in the vaunted Roush Fenway Racing #17.

This season will see transcendent sports mega-star Travis Pastrana opting to go all-in on 4-wheels as he challenges the rigors of 33 weeks of NASCAR Nationwide Series racing.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Predictions

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HICKORY, N.C. —  The 2011 Sprint Cup Season must have been viewed as just about perfect in the eyes of Brian France, Mike Helton, and the rest of the NASCAR power hierarchy.  It was a season of ups.

Attendance was up at most of the circuit’s tracks.  TV ratings were consistently up among the plethora of NASCAR broadcasting partners.  Controversy (and the ensuing drama) was certainly up.  The on-track action was competitive and the series received its dream finish.

When setting out to forecast goals for the 2011 season it is difficult to imagine that NASCAR could have set their collective sights more ambitiously than the ensuing reality of the year that would follow.

If you had told those occupying top-floor office suites across from Daytona International Speedway that their 2011 champion would end up being determined by a tie-breaker, because 10 races in the chase were just not enough, I think many of them would have uttered a quick where do I sign.

2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Predictions

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HICKORY, N.C. — The 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season saw the end of the virtual “top-series” lock that Sprint Cup drivers had possessed on the Nationwide championship as of recent.  Granted, many would attribute the passing of this virtual lock’s key to the NASCAR backed edict of “pick-a-series”, but the fact remains that the quality of young talent in the Nationwide Series has increased in recent years.

In 2011 it was not out of the norm to see a Nationwide Series contending driver battling for a win each and every Saturday.  One Saturday that driver might have been eventual series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the next it might have been his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Trevor Bayne.  The same could be said for Turner Motorsport’s Justin Allgaier and Richard Childress Racing’s not-so-young Elliott Sadler.