New Guy Over Here

Reno SouthContributor IFebruary 27, 2009

Hi everyone. I write on a couple of other sites, and some friends have told me good things about br. So, here is a copy of my weekly column, 'Right Sides Only'...


NASCAR's Western Swing continues this week from Las Vegas. Didn't get enough single file racing last week in Cali? No worries, NASCAR makes sure that we get over the excitement from the season opening Daytona 500, by next scheduling three cookie cutters in a row. Viva Las Vegas! Viva La France!

Vegas kicks off with NASCAR's version of the elephant walk...40+ race car haulers will parade down the Vegas strip on Thursday morning. LVMS has reduced their beverage prices by one dollar...even beer.

The Cup race has a new sponsor, and is now branded as the Shelby 427. Carroll Shelby is a legend in automotive circles, but why did they have to add 27 more single file miles to this race?

A new American Formula One team is gearing up for the 2010 season. USF1 will be based in Charlotte, and they are currently trying to create a buzz by throwing American driver's names around as possible pilots for their car.

While USF1 admits having no contact with any of these drivers, they still mentioned drivers, Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, and AJ Allmendinger at this week's presser. Busch wants to test an F-1 car, and his JGR contract expires next year.

Italian born, Max Papis, attempts his first of 20 Cup starts this season in the No. 13 Geico Toyota. Did you know that Max is Emerson Fittipaldi's son-in-law?

The No. 8 of Aric Almirola will be finding it's way with Tom Tom on Sunday. Juan Pablo Montoya will keep going, and going with Energizer on his No. 42 at Vegas. And rounding out this United Nations segment....Marcos Ambrose will be cooking with Kingsford Charcoal on his No. 47 Toyota.

In the 61 years of NASCAR Cup racing, no driver has ever started a season by winning the first three races. Matt Kenseth has won the first two this year, and he has two Cup wins at Vegas. Go, Matt! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy... and he's on my fantasy race team untill he loses.

Another NASCAR record, this one only 46 years old, is safe...for now. In 1961-63, Herman Beamcompeted in 84 Cup races without a DNF. Kevin Harvick saw his streak end at 81 last week in Fontana.

Harvick's teammate, Clint Bowyer, has the longest current streak of being on the track at the end of a race... 75. 

Jimmie Johnson has three wins in seven starts at LVMS. In addition to Kenseth, Jeff Burton also has two wins here. Mark Martin has a win and nine top-10s in 11 starts. Tony Stewart has 6 top-10s in his 10 races here.

Would you believe...that Denny Hamlinhas the highest average finish among active drivers at LVMS? He has three top-10s, in three starts, with an average finish of 7.3. He has completed all 804 laps in his three starts, yet has not led a single lap. Now ya know.

It ain't right! Last weeks race in Cali was on TV for 182 minutes. The 'Mole in the Hole' (he reminds me of Jack) was pictured on screen 46 different times! Arrrggghhh! Must...take....meds.