And one more thing... 
I'd nearly forgotten, until I read this article, which sums it up perfectly.

Ė I know Helio Castroneves has been through a lot in the last while. But if he starts crying on television one more time, I'm going to throw up.


Seriously. Suck it up, Helio. Quit being a whiney bitch. It's really getting annoying.

And while you're at it, you might want to have a word with your sister about PDA's. It's kinda creepy.

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Memorial Day Racing! 
Haven't had much to say lately. I guess I've just been enjoying the steadily improving weather.

I was all pumped about chillin' in my basement and watching racing yesterday, so the postponement of the Coke 600 was a bit of a drag, but it was still a good day.

Start off with breakfast, and then queuing up the Monaco Grand Prix on the PVR. As they went into the first turn, I turned to my wife and said "Well there you have it... another Button, Barricello 1-2 finish". Sure enough... that's exactly how it ended.

I love to see the success they're having, but can't help but fret the fact that it's obviously because they've got a leg up on the competition and has little to do with racing. The latter half of the season is going to be even more boring if nobody else has a shot at the title.

If nothing else, this season should be further proof that the "winner take all" championship format is a stupid idea. Of course, so is the "everyone has to use two types of tires" rule, and nobody seems to be talking about throwing that one out.

The Indy 500 was great fun up until the end. Too bad about the Ganassi cars. I was really excited about the finish until Helio went sailing off into the distance.

Here's hoping today's Coke 600 makes up for it. It's a long race, so having it on the PVR should move things along nicely.


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So much for Atlanta 
Just like the last race there, yesterday's race in Atlanta was, for the most part, just boring.

Instead of Jimmie dominating the end, this time it was Kurt Busch, but the result was the same. A long boring race with a bit of excitement at the end mostly dominated by one guy.

There's short track racing coming up though, so I'll just forget this one and start getting excited about Bristol and Martinsville!!

I'm curious as to which track gives the better race this year. Last year it was Martinsville. Time will tell, but I'm sure both will be great fun as usual!

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Third Time's the Charm! 
After two less than thrilling races to start off the season, things finally got back to normal with the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Speedway. There was plenty of excitement in both the Nationwide race, which was bordering on bizarre, and in the Sprint Cup race, which was exciting from start to finish.

It sucks that all 4 of my fantasy picks missed the top 10, but the race was great fun. Congratulations to Kyle for his first win of the season! I expect many more before Homestead rolls around. Let's just hope some of them can fall during the chase this year.

I'd surely travel to Vegas for one of these. Maybe sooner rather than later...


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No Wonder The Fans Don't Come! 
I hate to say it, but the Auto Club 500 at Fontana was just plain boring. The track is so big and so wide that if anyone has a car to beat the field, they can pretty much check out and nobody can do anything about it.

While I give full credit for Kyle for winning the Truck and Nationwide races (and congrats on the new record!) he didn't seem like he had to do much at all in the way of racing. He just drove away.

Same with the Cup race. First it was Jimmie, then Jeff, then finally Kenseth. At any given time though, there seemed to be one guy with the best car and everyone else just looking all over the track for a little more speed.

Same seemed to go for the rest of the field. How about Kyle just driving around by himself in 3rd?

It's just not exciting.

I suppose it might be different if you're actually there, and I intend to find out for myself when I go to Michigan in June. Here's hoping it's better in person. NASCAR keeps trying to get people to go out to Fontana for their two races there. I can't help but think that it's not that there aren't any fans out there. It's just that the track isn't much fun.


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