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Top 10 Moments of 2012

25 Nov

It’s been a long, crazy season (my first following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), capped off with a Brad Keselowski championship last weekend.

Without further ado, here are my Top 10 Most-Memorable Moments of the 2012 season…

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10.

Stephen Leicht (who??) sends a groundhog airborne during practice

June 8, 2012 at Pocono

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9.

Jimmie Johnson rocks colored afro in victory lane

June 3, 2012 at Dover

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8.

Kevin Harvick’s car dented by parachute jumper during pre-race festivities

November 4, 2012 at Texas

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7.

Dale Jr. ends 4-year, 143-race winless streak in the “Batmobile”

June 17, 2012 at Michigan

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6.

Jeff Gordon makes Clint Bowyer angry, prompting priceless YouTube spoofs such as this one:

November 11, 2012 at Phoenix

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5.

Denny Hamlin calls his victory, then delivers

September 23, 2012 at New Hampshire

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4.

After leaving race, (lunatic) Tony Stewart launches his helmet at Matt Kenseth’s car

August 25, 2012 at Bristol

 

[Afterwards, Stewart said: “I learned my lesson there—I’m going to run over him every him every chance I’ve got from now until the end of the year, every chance I’ve got.”]

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3.

Brad Keselowski tweets from inside his car during the Daytona 500 jet dryer incident

February 27, 2012 at Daytona

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2.

Kurt Busch rocks the Ricky Bobby paint job

May 6, 2012 at Talladega

(Here is an article on how he got permission to use it).

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1.

Bad Brad wins championship; gives (awesome) sponsor-fueled interview afterwards

November 18, 2012 at Homestead

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When you think back on the 2012 season, are these the moments that stand out for you, as well?

[Here is a 2012 recap that the folks at the Yahoo! Sports blog “From the Marbles” came up with.]

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Race Recap: Aaron’s 499

6 May

Talladega Superspeedway promises high speeds and therefore the possibility of huge wrecks. It’s a must-watch race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.

In Sunday’s Aaron’s 499, there were plenty of lead changes, as drivers repeatedly went from 1st place to the back of the pack (slowing down and avoiding traffic when their engines ran too hot), and then right back to the front soon after.

After wrecks knocked several big names out of the race, social media wizard Brad Keselowski outwitted, outlasted, and outplayed the rest of the field to take the checkered flag at Talladega. Here is the strange trophy he won:

“Hey Mom, check out this cool trophy of a guy holding a trophy that I won!”

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In case you (somehow) missed it ahead of the race, Kurt Busch didn’t have a sponsor this week, so he had his car painted like Ricky Bobby‘s car in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Here’s a picture of his #51 car:

Kurt Busch: “I Wanna Go Fast!”

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Here’s a bit of new NASCAR knowledge I picked up during the race, thanks to the announcers on FOX and some folks on Twitter:

  • The part of Matt Kenseth‘s car that holds the window net in place broke and almost came off during the race. According to the announcers, if the window net comes off, the driver is required to pit immediately.

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Some questions also came up as I was watched today’s race. If you can answer them, help me out in the comments section below or tweet @NASCARneophyte.

1. Are there more lead changes during races at the larger tracks? (Today it seemed like there were more than there were at Richmond, for example, and Richmond has a lot more laps).

2. Are there stoplights at every NASCAR track? (If so, I’m surprised I just noticed them today).

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If you’re already looking ahead, the Sprint Cup Series will move to Darlington, South Carolina next weekend for the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Race Preview: Aaron’s 499

5 May

There were two hot topics on Twitter ahead of this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega: (1) Kurt Busch’s paint job, and (2) jorts:

It took some effort, but Kurt Busch was finally given permission to use Ricky Bobby’s paint scheme.

Jimmie Johnson says NO to jorts. (You should too).

The Aaron’s 499 is race #10 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. The race will take place at Talladega Superspeedway, which is the largest track on the NASCAR schedule, at 2.66 miles around.

Race coverage tomorrow starts at 12:00 PM EDT on FOX. (The race itself starts at 1:19 PM EDT).

Below the logo, find everything you need to prepare for tomorrow’s race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Aaron’s 499

  • Location: Talladega, Alabama
  • Track name: Talladega Superspeedway
  • Track shape: Tri-oval
  • Banking: 33 degrees
  • Lap length: 2.66 miles
  • Race distance: 188 laps / 500 miles

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I’ll be tweeting my comments and questions about NASCAR during the race from my Twitter account: @NASCARneophyte. If you can answer my questions, please do.

Enjoy the race everyone. (I’ll be cheering for Ricky Bobby).

What I Expect At My First NASCAR Race (a.k.a. “NASCAR Stereotypes”)

26 Apr

Let me start off by saying that I have no idea if the NASCAR stereotypes in popular culture are true. Part of the reason I wanted to go to a NASCAR race in the first place was to see if any (or all) of the stereotypes about the sport and its fans are justified.

To give you an idea of where I’m coming from, I’ve seen Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and I absolutely loved it.

In a nutshell, I expect this weekend to be like I’m living the movie.

In other words, I expect it to be awesome.

Below is what I expect of the crowd at my first NASCAR race on Saturday, and why I expect that (a lot of these are stereotypes demonstrated in the movie):

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I expect that a majority of NASCAR fans I encounter will be…

  • Caucasian… based off the fans I’ve seen on race telecasts so far, and the fact that I have yet to see an African-American driver in the Sprint Cup Series this year;
  • big beer drinkers… based off all the beer commercials during races and some anecdotes I’ve heard;
  • religious and love Jesus Christ… based off the religious invocation before each race and the numerous Bible quotations tweeted by drivers;
  • southerners with sweet accents… based off the announcers on FOX and the track-side reporters I’ve heard;
  • huge country music fans… based off the musical acts I’ve heard sing the national anthem before each race;
  • overweight… because of all the beer, KFC, and Golden Corral consumed (see picture above);
  • sunburned… because of all the time spent outdoors fishing, hunting, etc.; and…
  • crazy… because WHO in their right mind gets a tattoo of Ricky Bobby’s face?

I’ll re-visit these stereotypes after the race and report which ones I found to be largely true, and which ones I found to be largely untrue.

One thing is certain: this is sure to be a real cultural experience.

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If I missed any NASCAR stereotypes, let me know at @NASCARneophyte or add them in the comments section below!

Welcome to NASCAR Neophyte!

11 Feb

Let me start by saying that I’m really excited about the prospect of hearing: “Youuuuu might be a redneck if… you blog about NASCAR” from my friends. If they ever read this, that is.

This is a blog about NASCAR, by someone who knows next to nothing about NASCAR. You could say I learned everything I know about NASCAR from Ricky Bobby, which, in other words, means: not that much.

"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" - highly recommended viewing.

I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible anything about this “sport” (we’ll get to that later) that is regularly broadcasted on major television networks and whose “athletes” (we’ll get to that later) are sometimes interviewed on ESPN (cool!).

Okay, seriously… I know that NASCAR is hugely popular in some areas of the U.S., and I want to see if a complete NASCAR noob like me can develop a basic level of understanding and appreciation for it. (If I can do it, anyone can). To do this, I will delve into the sport as thoroughly as possible:

  • I will attempt to watch a NASCAR race from start to finish.
  • I will follow NASCAR athletes and personalities on Twitter.
  • I will visit NASCAR.com.
  • I will learn about the history of NASCAR.
  • I will shop at Walmart (okay, low blow).

Heck, I might even watch SPEED (the channel, not the movie – Keanu Reeves is a terrible actor. Seriously). And, if I ever manage to convince someone to go with me, I might actually go to a real NASCAR race. It’s on my bucket list.

I’ll be blogging on here as I watch and pick up the intricacies of this sport, and I’ll also be tweeting my thoughts from the Twitter account @NASCARneophyte.

Enjoy!