Crap Shoot at Las Vegas
Length: 1.5 milesShape: D-shaped oval
This Sunday's NASCAR race at Las Vegas looks to be a real crap shoot. The drivers are not happy about the changes to the track and the conditions that this redesign and resurfacing will produce. I will let you in on a secret though- Kilo and I are pretty pleased with our drivers!!! Elliot Sadler (19) starts the race in 3rd and Jeff Burton (31) starts in 5th. 6 of the starting 7 cars are Dodges, with Burton the first Chevy. Only Dave Blaney (22) will be driving a Toyota this race- oh, hold the phones- Darrell Jarrett (44 )is starting last place on a champions provisional- those are gonna be running out soon and then he will really have to drive.Tony Stewart (20) who is starting 25th is very critical of the new Goodyear tires. I am willing to bet that he will not stay in the middle of the field but will find a way to get to the front and then maybe he will be a less whiny. I am still thinking he will win the championship, bad tires, slick tracks and wreaks will be tossed aside to take that final run.
Burton had a great quote on how this race will play out: "It's really slick. The track has a tremendous amount of grip, but you can't take advantage of it, because the tires have to be built the way they are so they'll live. That's the problem with new racetracks. You build a new racetrack with this much banking, and you can't build a tire that can fit it. So you've got to come with a tire that can live, which means it's a challenge to get the thing to drive well," Jeff Burton said."You just don't have overall grip. So the first thing you do is try to get it so it won't spin out. Well, then the front won't turn. If the front won't turn, and you've got too much wheel too it, you'll still spin out. Then you try to take that out of it, and it's too loose. It's just hard to hit a balance, and for drivers it's a huge challenge."
I am expecting lots of wrecks especially coming out of turn 4, frustrations with Pit Road which is now visited more frequently with these smaller fuel cells, upset drivers who are whining about this and that, and someone will be smiling at the end while standing in the winners circle and talking about how they love this track and those harder tires. I just have two things to say- Hey Kilo, look who is in third place-hehehe, and boogity boogity boogity- lets go racing boys!