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Happy Hour: Waltrip, Kahne, Stewart, Xfinity and small fires

Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne does a burnout after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Hampton, Ga

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Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne does a burnout after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here, have a good time and everyone's happy.

Did you see the news that Michael Waltrip would be joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars? It's the perfect reality show for him. I'm interested to see how passionate the NASCAR voting bloc will be. Is there any way we can get Clint Bowyer to go on the show with Waltrip one week? We could trick him and tell him it was a big California hunting adventure or something.

This needs to be Waltrip's first dance.

The drivers in NASCAR's No. 2 series are sure happy about the Xfinity sponsorship, eh? And they're supposed to be, so it's not surprising. In a situation like this, anything less than a positive is a big surprise. I am hoping for the off-chance of a bad customer service joke. I'd laugh.

More on Xfinity's xtra special NASCAR presence in a bit. Let's jump into it now.


After that hard earned victory Kasey Khane should be and has earned the right to be this weeks number one spot! What idot would put him other wise? - John

We don't make one race snap judgments unless it's after one race, so no. Kasey Kahne does not automatically get to vault into the top spot. Joey Logano got first the week before because he'd been on such a good run before the Bristol win. P.S. if you're going to call me an idiot, it has double the letter "i" that you used. And that whole Kahne thing too.

I mentioned this on Twitter Sunday night and it bears repeating. Taking nothing away from Kahne's win at all Sunday night, but it was an exhibition in the importance of clean air in NASCAR. Kevin Harvick drove away from the field when he was in first. With Kahne there, he was holding steady at best while Kahne wasn't charging to the front when he was in the back.

The clean air thing has been harped on a lot, and if NASCAR moves forward with what everyone liked at the Michigan test, we may see some drastically different racing next year. However, it's worth pointing out again as we get to the Chase. TP is going to be the name of the game over the final 10 races, and no, it's not toilet paper.


Please have all the news reporters conduct the interview with Tony as if they where in his place and in a blink an eye the Priest said their go I and that is not a time for anyone , i know you have the power call the dogs off and auto racing needs this man back more then ever to prove it is a lovable sport. - Clyde

What in the world is this? But before I delve into what I think the point of this is, it's worth pointing out this was sent right before Stewart made his statement.

The treatment by Tony Stewart by the people who are at the track and cover the sport has been fair. While the hot takes have flowed freely, it's clear that many of the people providing them don't really have the faintest idea about NASCAR or nuance.

When Stewart speaks – hopefully as soon as possible after the investigation concludes  he'll be asked fair questions by those in attendance, namely because the hot take set has moved on. While Stewart has become an icon in NASCAR and racing, his presence or lack thereof doesn't determine the lovability of it.

And I have none of this power that you speak of.

I liked this joke more than I probably should have. Maybe a pit crew member will take a night race off, telling the driver he must stop back between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET?

The X-factors. Think of the commercials asking if the young drivers in NASCAR have the X-factor? And all commercials must be used with INXS music given the NXS acronym now. It's only right.

That was an odd situation on Sunday night. There was smoke coming across the track in turns three and four and yet no caution. The Pocono grass fire, which you can see in the picture at the bottom, and the Kansas bush fire all necessitated cautions, but there was no caution on Sunday. Maybe there needs to be an official smoke tolerance for caution flags? (I kid.)

And it's true. I was 1-9 ATS for Dr. Saturday last week. I'll do better Friday. I promise. There's nine ways to get better and only one way to get worse. When you think about it, it's a summation of this column, eh?

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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