Friday, June 26, 2009

Sights set on New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series drivers as the Race to the Chase begins.

Well here we are again and yet so soon, the Race to the Chase race begins this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the Lenox Tools 301. Over the years, this race has been something interesting at least for the media including the guys on the TV Broadcasts, however for the fans, it really doesn’t say much of anything, unless if your favorite driver whether its Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton (entire RCR that should run well), Kasey Kahne or even Dale Earnhardt Jr. (like mine is), this is races isn’t go time, its means floor it if you want to make the chase after Richmond.

However for the fans, racing at New Hampshire over the last year or two means another exciting Phoenix type race, that in this case means better side-by-side racing (at least in my opinion) especially with this ugly prototype COT racecar with actual passing for 301 laps.

One person asked me, oh what will the extra mile do for the race, of course my response was beside an extra added element for the race promoter’s that makes the race stand out, I added anything can happen in just 1 lap or 1.058 miles including running out of race fuel.

So sense this is the first race to chase race, there are a few drivers that just need to (and I hate to say it, but…) point’s race for at least the next few races until they are firmly in the top 12, of course no one is really safe in the top 12 until they are officially locked in to the chase, then go for just victories. Those drivers include Carl Edwards who is fifth in points straight down to Clint Bowyer, 16th in point’s, of course Clint Bowyer is a favorite in New Hampshire after he won his first career cup series victory in September 2007.

Race to the Chase: June 28 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway, July 4 – Daytona International Speedway, July 11 – Chicagoland Speedway, July 26 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aug. 2 – Pocono Raceway, Aug. 9 – Watkins Glen International, Aug. 16 – Michigan International Speedway, Aug. 22 – Bristol Motor Speedway, Sept. 6 – Atlanta Motor Speedway and Sept. 12 – Richmond International Raceway.

A few drivers to watch, first has to be Greg Biffle, he won here last September, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, and a dark horse (if he can get the car just right would be Kevin Harvick). Now I know that I left out Kyle Busch, with the exception of winning this race back in 2006 even after a long green-white-checker finish, NHMS hasn’t been good to him, Jeff Gordon hasn’t had much luck neither.

Now New Hampshire also marks my home racetrack and this Sunday I will be up at the racetrack as a race fan in the grandstands watching the race (the last two times I was lucky enough to attend as part of Shell’s Best Seat in the Hose program), this should be a lot of fun. Normally the last thing my father and I could afford is Cup Series tickets at $65-$70 per ticket (which is ridiculous), however we were looking for tickets for Saturday’s Modified race and Nationwide Series race price at $45 at the gate, we saw the Speed Zone $39 tickets. $39 for Cup Tickets and on easy pay, perfect we are going.

So with a $39 ticket (regularly $70), a backpack or small duffle bag, water, G2, a headset, a scanner and more, we are there and at 8am in the morning too, that should be fun, of course I have done 8am before, but not in the grandstands, needless to say I will be taking my time getting to my seat, tour everything from collectible’s to displays outside the speedway.