The Keselowski and Hot Carl Show! 
With the Sprint Cup series taking the weekend off, the Nationwide race came off as a phenomenal substitute for weekend entertainment!

Y'all know I'm no fan of Hot Carl, but I fully commend him for putting Brad in his place and taking the win he deserved. Their antics made for the best finish in a Nationwide race so far this year.

Make no mistake... I like Brad Keselowski, and I like his take-no-prisoners racing style. NASCAR racing rewards a lot of different driving styles and he's certainly been rewarded for his. He's almost certainly going to win the Nationwide championship. If he chooses to be the aggressor all the time though, he has to expect people aren't just going to move aside and let him have his way.

If there's one person involved that's lost my respect in the whole ordeal, it's his dad. I understand he must have been hot as hell with emotion when giving his interview, but there's just no way he can justify Brad hitting Hot Carl out of his way as just good hard racing and then have a beef with Hot Carl for the retaliation.

It would be one thing if it was all about their ongoing feud, but Brad hit Carl on THE SAME LAP.

I couldn't help but think of the interview with Jimmie Johnson after he did the same thing to Kurt Busch just a couple weeks back. The only difference between the two incidents was that Kurt didn't go into the wall, but Jimmie was very open afterwards that he wasn't just trying to move him out of the way. He was trying to wreck him. It just so happened that he managed to win the race in the process.

One hugely positive sentiment came out of this as well. The fact that Brad walked away without a scratch gives further confidence in NASCAR's efforts at vastly improving the safety for all involved. I love that we can watch a race end the way this one did and only be mildly fearful for the driver's safety. Considering that this wasn't even the newer, even safer car, the future seems very bright for hard-nosed wheel-to-wheel racing without the drivers having to put their careers and even their lives on the line for it. It's about the skill rather than the insanity, and this is a great thing for the sport!

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TNT's Amateur NASCAR Coverage 
I've read some comments over the past few weeks about how bad TNT's NASCAR coverage is through the middle of the season. I didn't think too much of it as it hadn't been particularly memorable in the past, but it made me pay closer attention during yesterday's race.

I hate to say it, but the comments have been pretty spot-on. It's as if they took the FOX commentators as a template, and then hired their mentally-challenged cousins to fill in for them at a fraction of the cost.

I mean, some people don't like Darrel Waltrip, but I think he does a great job of showing enthusiasm and adding both amusing and interesting commentary. When he talks about things like what drivers are thinking and how they're going about trying to win the race, you get the impression he knows what he's talking about. The man knows a thing or two about winning.

Kyle Petty gives the complete opposite impression. When he talks about what he thinks is going through the driver's minds, I can't help but think "Really... what do you know about what it's like to run up front? What do you know about winning Sprint cup races?" For the most part, he's just sort of annoying. Beyond his family name, I have no idea why anyone lets the man on television at all.

Beyond Kyle seeming generally out of place, I was downright amused at how many times the other commentators just couldn't manage to spit out a sentence. I mean... their job is to talk. If they can't talk fluently, they shouldn't be there, no matter what their history with the sport is!

On the bright side, at least Digger's gone.

Here's hoping the coverage gets better as their stint progresses.

As for the race itself... well... it really wasn't worth watching until the final 20 laps or so. For some reason I remembered Pocono being more entertaining than that in the past. I'm sure next week will be more of the same, with Michigan being one of my least favourite races.

Then it's on to Sonoma, Loudon, and Daytona though! Lots of great fun coming right up!!!

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Chris Pizzi is My Hero!!! 
This weekend's "Slice of Pizzi" was an absolute classic! See it here.

I've been calling Carl Edwards "Hot Carl" for years now, but Pizzi had the guts to say it to his face on TV.

That, my friends, was just awesome!

Chris Pizzi: "He's also known as... Hot Carl to the ladies... "
*extends fist for fist bump* "Hot Carl!"
Carl Edwards: *looking a bit put out, fist bumps Chris*
Chris Pizzi: Thanks
Carl Edwards: *mumbling* Hot Carl *looking generally dejected*

I love it!!

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NASCAR Brings Back Bump Drafting! 
Bump-drafting rules will be eliminated at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway. Teams also will use a bigger restrictor plate at Daytona.

Eliminating bump-drafting rules puts responsibility for on-track moves squarely back in drivers' hands. Larger restrictor plates give drivers more horsepower.

I can't wait for the Daytona 500! Over the past couple years, NASCAR has been warning drivers about bump drafting, going so far as to prohibit it anywhere but down the straightaways.

It might sound like a safe thing to do, but it completely kills the racing at the superspeedways.

I applaud this move. Let the drivers figure it out. They've got to know whether they're good enough to do it, and where. If not, they'll wreck. Unfortunately, they'll also wreck others, but none of them want that. They want to win, and now those with the skill to pull it off, will have the better chances of winning.

Bring it on!

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Congrats, Jimmie! 
What more can you say? Jimmie Johnson made history yesterday. Congratulations on 4 championships in a row! Can't say I'd be sad to see it made 5 or 6. What an incredible team!!

Of course, the most entertaining bit of racing this past weekend had to do with people getting pissed and taking each other out.

Thanks goes to Denny, Tony, and Juan Pablo for all the antics! That was just racing gold!

And, of course, F1 is making news with the announcement that Michael Schumacher may be coming back, this time for Mercedes, which will be what was the championship Brawn team. Looks like he really just didn't want to embarass himself by driving this year's inferior Ferrari.

Should definitely be interesting... so far as F1 races get interesting these days.

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