By David G. Firestone
Been feeling under the weather this week, so I pushed this back to Tuesday. This racing weekend has been pretty stable compared to the events of last week. F1 had the Brazilian Grand Prix, and NASCAR had Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup races.
The Brazilian Grand Prix took place at Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo Brazil. Brazil is a historically huge Formula 1 fan base, and the race did not disappoint. Nico Rosberg ran the fastest lap in all 3 qualifying sessions, started from pole, and won the race. He missed out on the fastest lap of the race because his teammate and Championship point leader Lewis Hamilton ran a faster lap. Again, I’m not an F1 devotee, but the final race in Abu Dhabi is going to be very interesting, as the race fields double points. So it’s going to come down to whoever wins this race, or whoever makes the first mistake. The race will take place at Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island. The track is 3.451 miles long and the race will last for 55 laps, which totals 189.805 miles. Any mistake during those 189.805 miles can cost the Championship. I’m looking forward to watching this race, as it will be an exciting finish to the season.
In the Nationwide Series, Chase Elliott became the first driver to win the Nationwide Series Championship as a rookie, and also at age 18 became the youngest championship winner among National series drivers in NASCAR history. I was skeptical of him when he first started racing, but now, I can’t say anything bad about him. He is a top shelf piece of talent and I hope to see him in the Hendrick Motorsports Sprint Cup Stable very soon.
I’m going to watch the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead on Saturday, and I’m watching because it will be the last race of the season, but also it will be the last Nationwide Series race. Starting on January 1, it will become the Xfinity Series. Nationwide has started running commercials thanking the fans for 7 great years, and we thank Nationwide for 7 great years. Good luck and God speed.
The Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 took place on Saturday, and after the big brawl at Texas, I was wondering how the drivers would cope with the pressure. The Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship ended with the race, which Kevin Harvick won, saw Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman as the 4 drivers who will race for the Championship at the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday. I’m going to be honest, I was amazed at how the drivers kept their cool during the race, and it was a clean race.
The Championship points have been reset so each driver now has 5000 points. Whoever scores the most points at Homestead wins the Sprint Cup Championship, and will be a first time Champion. It features 3 old school teams, Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress, and Penkse, as well as top runner Stewart Haas Racing. Between the green and checkered flags are 400.51 miles. Anything and everything can happen in those miles, so this will be a battle to the end. It is going to be legendary. I can’t wait.
I am also mindfull of the Kurt Busch situation. As we all know, he has been accused of domestic abuse of his ex-girlfriend in Dover. I’m going to follow the same piece of protocol I did with the Tony Stewart situation, which is to state my feelings on the alleged charges, but make it clear that I will wait for all the facts to come in before I pass final judgment. Domestic abuse, irregardless of the situation, is unacceptable. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about this. If you are married to someone, or living with someone, there is no excuse to physically assault them. If you feel angry, step back and back down. If you are in an abusive relationship, the best thing to do is get out. When it comes to Kurt, I can only say that the investigation is ongoing, and I will wait until the final report is released. Once that is released, I will state my feelings on the outcome.
Also on the menu is the NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. This will be held at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona California. Nobody was able to secure a championship at Las Vegas, so this weekend will see all 4 championships crowned. Again, nothing is secure until the end of the day so it will be an exciting and fun event, and I can’t wait. I will talk to you all again soon.