Thursday, June 30, 2005

Big Brother 6 -- Meet the Houseguests

The house guests have been announced and put on the big brother 6 website with photos and bio, there are 14 houseguests (8 women & 6 men including a newlywed, married father and 12 singles), a new house, .....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

"My Take" The Highlight Reel for the Nextel Cup Series.
















Wow, its just about July, where has the first 6 months of this year gone. Well in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, a series a never miss everyweek has just reached its halfway point in the 2005 season and has just 10 races left in the race to make the chase.

Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin are both running there last season in the Nextel Cup series, Rusty Wallace (who I have been a fan of since I started watching NASCAR in 1992-1993) is on his Rusty's Last Ride and Mark Martin in his Salute to your tour are both running stronger than every. Mark Martin won the Nextel All-star challenge and Rusty Wallace is 6th in points just behind Mark Martin in 5th. Go get them.....

Some of the big stories this season has been Kasey Kahne getting his first career nextel cup victory at Richmond, Roush Racing with Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, where Greg Biffle has a series-leading 5 victories so far this season and leads in the points over Jimmie Johnson just 22 points back. Eight different drivers has won this season, but the biggest win this season was at Atlanta Motor Speedway when Carl Edwards won not only his first busch series race, but passing Jimmie Johnson on the highside at the line in the Nextel Cup race to win this first Nextel Cup victory. Carl Edwards has been on a rolls this season while running a full season in both the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup Series, where he has two nextel cup victories and now 9th in points.

In the race to make the chase sees Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr are both outside the top 10, but don't count them out. Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace & Jamie McMurray are in the top 10 now, so who will make the chase and who will not?

The halfway point in the season also marks the changing of the broadcast crews with the NBC & TNT crew taking over starting this week at Daytona with the Pepsi 400.

This was just a couple of highlights from the first half of this season, what with the second half of the season bring, all on NBC & TNT... see yeah at the races...

Monday, June 27, 2005

Today's Motorsports News and Notes:

What an interesting weekend, including yesterday with the Dodge/Save Mart 350 in Somona were Tony Stewart not only picked up his first win of the season, but his 20th career Nextel Cup Victory after a late race pass with Ricky Rudd finishing second. but wasn't just the race, but me trying to watch the races. Yesterday was a bad day in many ways with trying to watch the champ car race were Paul Tracy won from the pole, but I didn't get to see the entire race, my town was one minute with power and the next without power and that happen for a couple of hours each of 3 times and I only got to see the first half of the Champ Car race and the last 42 laps the the Infineon race, but from what I read and watched on TV, both races were good to watch.

Interesting note from yesterday's Champ Car World Series race in Cleveland, any race fan that went to the race with a ticket stub from the Formula 1: US Grand Prix race last week at Indianapolis, got in free of charge, over 1,000 racing fans took advantage of that offer.

Friday & Saturday in Motorsports was simple, Dennis Setzer won the truck race, Johnny Sauter won the busch race in a rough driving type way and Helio Castroneves won the IRL race at Richmond.

Well, that's a wrap, next weekend we go to Daytona for the Pepsi 400 for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race and goodbye to FOX broadcast that put on a good show and hello to NBC & TNT broadcasting team...... enjoy.

Friday, June 24, 2005

FIA answers to the US Grand Prix

Credit: This is a autoblog.com posting, with my comments below.

We feel bad for all those who had tickets to the US Grand Prix and were left with a 6 car race. FIA President Max Mosley has released a question and answer series to share his point of view of the situation. Should US GP ticket holders be refunded? Who was at fault? Was the chicane really necessary for safety? See what he has to say.

Autoblog's question is: It makes you wonder whether the US really needs F1, or if F1 really needs the US. I’m sure those who market F1 licensed goods are envious of NASCAR’s popularity here, or at least their wallets are envious. (Read)
My Comments: I personal love to watch the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and never miss a race. With that said, I also watch the Formula 1 races too, but after the US GP, I don't know, I know that the fans should get there money back or at least get free tickets for next years US GP race. Michelin should have done something on friday or saturday morning and not waited until sunday morning of the race. Its Michelins fault for not speecking up and working with the FIA sooner & the FIA for not coming up with a solution, other than race or else. Safety was in Michelins eyes a problem, but I don't know and either will anyone else. The fans were the only ones who were not at fault and give them a refund or credit. Formula 1 in the US, big question and were? What's Next.....

Thursday, June 23, 2005

NASCAR News & Notes:

Headlines coming from NASCAR

- Nextel officials announced Thursday that NASCAR's top series will continue to be named the Nextel Cup Series through the 2006 season.

- Hmiel out until at least the 2007 season. Hmiel was suspended indefinitely June 3 after failing a substance abuse test. It was Hmiel's second offense. (Read)

- Tommy Baldwin, crew chief for the No. 9 Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne, was fined $10,000 for an unapproved front air dam extension.

This Weekends NASCAR Schedule:

The Craftsmen Truck Series and Busch Series will be racing this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. The Nextel Cup Series will be racing at Infineon Raceway. All races are LIVE.

- Toyota Tundra 200 for NCTS Friday night on Speed at 9pm
- SBC 250 for NBS on Saturday night on FX at 9pm
- Dodge/Save Mart 350 for NNC on Sunday Afternoon on FOX at 2:30pm

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

BMW confirm Sauber takeover

BMW will enter their own Formula One team in the 2006 world championship after buying a majority share in Sauber, it was announced on Wednesday. The German carmaker also wants to continue supplying engines to current partner Williams.

The new BMW team will be presented to the public at the beginning of 2006. (Read)

Sunday, June 19, 2005

"My Take" The 2005 U.S. Grand Prix

I am speechless with what has happened and it is a sad day in racing in Indianapolis with the USGP for formula 1. While watching this huge problem unfold live on Speed Channel at was to be the start of the USGP, but to only see all of the Michelin teams at the end of the warmup lap go onto pit road and into there garages and the Bridgestone teams including Ferrari go to the grid with only six teams ready to go and start the race, all it was, was a Bridgestone tire test. I can only say this, outrages... I can't believe that the FIA and Michelin couldn't come up with a solution so that all of the cars could race. This tire problem happened on both Friday and Saturday and solution... this was a safety problem.

The "race" not.. was Ferrari lapping the entire field and Michael Schumacher winning. But the thing is after the race during the ferrari interviews, the two drivers saying this "it's not my problem..", (WRONG) in my opinion, it is, its everyone's problem, its Michelin's, Bridgestones, Ferrari, every team, driver, The FIA, everyone....... The third biggest crowd of formula one and the only race in the United States, before the race, the talk was will there be a second grand prix in the US, I have to say, do anyone really think next year fans are going to come out.. maybe or maybe not? The fans got screwed period. They paid to see a race and with only six cars, no race. What will fans say? What will the FIA do? What's Next? see you..

WindTunnel Question of the week: If you were in charge, What would you have done to save the United States Grand Prix? I would have had a meeting early saturday morning and setup the chicane in Turn 13 and tested out in morning practice and see what happens. Then go from there...

Today's Motorsports News & Notes:

Father's Day Weekend racing at full throttle..

The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race: In a Roush Racing dominating day with Greg Biffle holding off Tony Stewart to win the Batman Begins 400.

The Champ Car World Series race: With near perfect donuts in turn one, that can only mean one thing, welcome back Cristiano da Matta, winning the G.I. Joe's presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland.

Problems at the United States Grand Prix for Formula 1

The FIA's refusal to put up a chicane on Turn 13 means only Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi are racing at Indianapolis. What a disappointment for everyone, U.S. fans outraged and walking out during the race.. only six drivers racing on Bridgestone tires took the green. (Read article.)

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Friday, June 17, 2005

Spotlight: 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

















Subaru has unveiled the Japanese domestic specification version of its 2006 Impreza WRX STi.

What a look, I like the current 2005 model frontend better. But this design is interesting too, the frontend looks a little in a Alfa Romeo? take a look. I like the subaru impreza, its different, lots of power depending on the model and the current model looks great, Subaru, shouldn't change a thing (2005 Impreza). What's Next...



Borrowed image from RSportsCars.com

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Today's Motorsports News and Notes

Interesting weekend, its Father's Day Weekend and we are racing at full force. The question is, is anyone doing an all nighter on Saturday night for the 24 Hours of Le Mans....... ?

The Major Racing Series in Action....
The 24 Hours of Le Mans - Live on Speed Channel
Saturday Morning at 9:30am - 1:00pm: START
5:30pm - 6:30pm: NIGHT
7:30pm - 10:00pm: NIGHT
Midnight - 6:00am: DAWN
Sunday Morning at 6:00am - 10:30am: THE FINISH

The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race:
(Michigan) Batman Begins 400 on Fox at 1:30pm

Formula One race:
(Indianapolis) The US Grand Prix on SPEED at 1:30pm

The Champ Car World Series race:
(Portland) G.I. Joe’s presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland on CBS Sports at 3:30pm

Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, Brendan Gaughan, co-hosts this sunday night.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Over 50 posts and still running strong...

Wow Racedriven dot com weblog has been up and running for over three months, I have been blogging since March 11th and loved every minute of it. perfect. The traffic has been increasing since I found my perfect name and subject. Thank You.. to everyone who visited my site and to those who keep coming back. What do you think, is there anything I can do to improve my website? I would love to hear your feedback. Have a nice day.... What's Next?

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Monday, June 13, 2005

The New England Patriots Championship Ring



Photo borrowed from the New England Sports Hub
Patriots Ring. What a ring.....

Update: Motorsports News and Notes: Saturday, June 11

Updates: from Saturday June 11th posting:
Carl Edwards wins the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pocono 500 with Brian Vickers, Joe Nemechek, Kyle Busch, and the pole winning Michael Waltrip finishing in the top 5.

After the Busch Series was rained out on Saturday night, the race went off at 1pm on Sunday, were Clint Boyer, driving for RCR won the Federated Auto Parts 300 in Nashville. His first NASCAR Busch Series victory with Kenny Wallace about 2 seconds behind in 2nd place.

Tomas Scheckner from the pole, won the Bombardier Learjet 500k for the IRL IndyCar Series at Texas.

Raikkonen holds off a hard charging Michael Schumacher to win the Canadian Grand Prix.

Monday, June 6, 2005

"My Take" The Nextel Cup in Dover

The race for the chase continues for the Nextel Cup Series with its first of two stops at Dover International Speedway, it was Greg Biffle winning his series-leading 4th victory of the season with leading the most laps over Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch who also lead during the race. The dover race had 7 cautions for debrie and a couple of hard wrecks for Jeff Gordon, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Dave Blaney. Kyle Busch also continued to show his impressive driving with his run to the front, leading the race and coming up with a second place finish. Mark Martin who was impressed with Kyle Busch's driving too, finished third with Jimmie Johnson and Rusty Wallace all getting top 5's.

The only mistake for Greg Biffle came after the race with a victory burnout saluting the fans and spinning his car into the wall.

With half of the the race for the chase done, Jimmie Johnson has the points-lead with only 46 points over Greg Biffle. The Next stop for the cup series is the 2.5 mile pocono speedway for 500 hard miles of racing.

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Spotlight :: Custom Scions, what do you think?


Scion, a Toyota brand, with its unique look, excellent gas mileage, but low on power into three different models. A couple of things that should be added or updated to these models, should be All Wheel Drive (AWD or 4WD), Toyota does have 4WD on the Matrix and more power with and without a supercharger or turbocharger.

Below are photos of custom scions that have been modified with everything, including TV, Superchargers or Turbos, & etc.. Check them out. I had to show these images again.



The first time I saw this Custom Scion xB, I loved it, I would purchase something like this for my daily driver. I don't know what it is, but I like it...

Photography taken by me: Click on link to view photo in popup window.
New England International Autoshow in Boston, MA - November 2004
- Blue Custom Scion xA Rear View.



Northeast International Autoshow in Providence, RI - Febuary 2005
- Blue Custom Scion tC with a complete custom engine area, new wheels & tires and more accessories. (You have to see this car in person.)



Note: These images have been taken by me (Scion photos), if borrowed, please give me credit. Please Don't use my server to host the borrowed image for your website, that's stealing..

Poll and Question:
Question, does all superchargers and turbochargers require premium gasoline or does it depend on the engine and/or vehicle.

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Today's Motorsports News & Notes:

Motorsports News & Notes update for Sunday, June 5th. Its 12:30am Saturday late night, heres an update for you:

The Champ Car World Series ran earlier today at the Milwaukee Mile and in domanating fashion, Paul Tracy takes the victory.

In the NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover, Martin Truex Jr. with a late race pass for the lead, picks up the victory.

Even with a postponed race due to rain, Kyle Busch driving in the #15 wins his second consecutive NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series race at Dover.

Mark Martin plans for 2006 came out on friday, Mark Martin is planning to run the entire 2006 Craftsmen Truck Series for Roush Racing. He has not announced his sponser yet.
Full Article.

Last week, the rumor came out about Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace teaming up to run a combined Nextel Cup Series schedule in 2006 for Roush Racing. In my opinion, that would be fun to watch. When Rusty Wallace said he was retiring after this season with his "Rusty's Last Call" Tour, that doesn't mean he doesn't want to race too. As a fan of Rusty Wallace, I would not be surprised if he is racing in the Truck Series or something close to it. Closing thoughts: The Champ Car World Series, last season, the race was under the lights, today's race was in the day time, I like it under the lights better.
Let's Go racing with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at 1pm tomorrow.