This weekend we look forward to a holiday weekend. Americans across the country will celebrate freedom and the birth of our nation. Fireworks will be seen overhead, yet fireworks will also be seen on the track. Restrictor plate racing will return to Daytona International Speedway with the Coke Zero 400, which was formally known as the Firecracker 400.
Saturday nightâ€™s main event will feature the boys of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. If we flash back to the Daytona 500 back in February, we recall sitting around watching the track crew attempting to fix a big hole in the track. Be prepared for possibly the same thing to go on again this weekend. Read earlier today that those camping on the infield at Daytona reported that the track crew was on the track last night attempting to fix the same spot that gave NASCAR trouble back in February. Are you kidding me? How has the speedway not addressed that situation in the last five months? I know they have moved up the repaving of the track to begin after this weekendâ€™s racing is complete. So help me if there is a delay this weekend like back in February, Daytona deserves to lose all of their races until they can prove they can put on an event. They would be required to start with clown car racing.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will introduce to the track for the first time their version of the Car of Tomorrow. Who knows what we will see with those cars finally getting on the track. The car will be featured in four races total this year, before going full time in 2011. Hopefully the car will provide for exciting racing, especially with a restrictor plate. Would not be surprised to Kyle Busch pilot his car to the win. Keep in mind he did win the first race with the Car of Tomorrow in the Cup Series.
Also in the Nationwide Series this week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet. This is a onetime deal for Jr. I am hoping Jr. wheels the car well. It will be nice to see the #3 back on the track, even though it is for only one night.
Sticking with the IZOD Indy Car Series, the series was supposed to announce this week the choice for their new chassis. The announcement was not made this week, but the series did indicate that the announcement would be made on July 14th. Five designs have been submitted for consideration to the series. Check back to troubleinturntwo.com for commentary on the choice after it is announced.
Scheduling has become a hot topic since the Cup Series Lenox Industrial Tools 301 ended last week. Remember that the IZOD Indy Car Series and New Hampshire Speedway announced that the series would return to the track in July 2011. This has sent rampant speculation that the New Hampshire Speedway will be losing one of its Cup dates. The skinny is that race will go to either the Kentucky Motor Speedway or the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kansas Motor Speedway also wants another Cup date. Martinsville and Michigan are rumored to also be in the hot seat for losing a race. Another rumor is that Infineon Raceway will host the second race of the Cup season starting next year. Here are my thoughts, who cares just wait until they release the schedule in late July or August.
Here are my picks for the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night. The Evil Empire (A.K.A Jimmie Johnson) to win. Right now, how can you not pick against the guy. They are getting it done in all facets of the race. Just do not see them slowing down at this point. Jamie McMurray. The #1 car found a way to get it done in at the Daytona 500 in February. I would look for Jamie to have a fast and good handling car again for this race. Final choice for a good run, Dale Earnhardt Jr. It is just time for him to find victory lane again. He had a great run last week, and quietly moved through the field most of the day. Look for Jr. to get it done this weekend.
Have a great weekend! Happy birthday America!