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Much like it was after Talladega when we talked about Dale Earnhardt Jr., the topic du jour isn't too hard to figure out this week. But before we go there, I just want to point out something that you may have missed.
If you follow me on Twitter – and you follow me on Twitter, right? – you might have seen the discussion on Monday, but I noticed that the All-Star Race poster featuring Clint Bowyer has Bowyer with a NAPA patch on his firesuit. How the hell did that happen?
As you know, NAPA left Michael Waltrip Racing after the season because of what happened at Richmond and is now with Chase Elliott in the Nationwide Series. Bowyer has not had a NAPA patch on his firesuit all season. That poster is either one heck of a subtle troll job, or a mistake that got missed in the editing process. I'd imagine it was a simple mistake (hey, they happen. We all make them.), but I'd laugh a lot if it was the former.
Let's get it started.
What where you thinking with putting Danica # 12 she is 27 in points and only one top ten come on give us a break we might talk slow but we're not dumb - Randy
I realized when I included Danica Patrick in Power Rankings this week that it'd look like a gratuitous inclusion. But the two drivers that dropped out of Power Rankings were Denny Hamlin and A.J. Allmendinger. Hamlin spun and finished 18th. Allmendinger spun on the inside of Paul Menard to start the crash that Justin Allgaier and David Gilliland were in and finished 30th.
Patrick had her best career finish and finished seventh. She's allowed to be in Power Rankings after that. We take recency into account much more than the points standings. And thanks for reading.
I'm not trying to comedown on Danica. She had a great race from start to finish Saturday but with that being said...
I've heard more than 1 person this week compare her run at Kansas to "Danica of open wheel". Sure she racked up many top 10's in Indycar but are we supposed to ignore the fact that the field in every Indy race, outside of the 500, is half the size of a Sprint Cup event? - Darrell
I'm not sure where the open wheel comparisons are coming from, because it's not a good comparison at all in my view. When she jumped into an IndyCar full-time, she was in a fairly similar situation in being with one of the best teams on the circuit in Rahal-Letterman. And she had six top 10 finishes in her first season. (Side note: I was at the IndyCar race in 2005 when she got her first pole position. It was three races after the Indianapolis 500 and it was a media frenzy.)
In the Cup Series – and even the Nationwide Series – Patrick didn't jump in and do that. In her first 25 Nationwide Series races she had seven top-10 finishes and until Saturday night, her only Cup top-10 finish was at Daytona.
And the field size hurts the comparisons too. In IndyCar, outside of the Indianapolis 500, the largest field she ever faced was 29 cars and that only happened twice. When you're racing 20 cars, a top-10 is more comparable to a top-20 with 40 cars.
I don't say any of this to diminish the IndyCar Series; it may be the most competitive it's ever been at this point, and there was staunch opposition at the top of the field when Patrick was competing in it full-time. But no one says "this is the IndyCar Tony Stewart!" when he has success in the Cup Series, right? Let's avoid it with Danica too.
All other drivers get pics except Jeff Gordon who is dominating the field right now on power rankings thought you were better then another Gordon hater - Jacob
Oh man, Jacob. I think you've missed something here. The top driver in Power Rankings every week gets to have the main picture. Hence Jeff Gordon the past three weeks and if you look at this one with Junior at the top, you'll see that Gordon has his own little picture next to his name.
Anyone else want to claim bias through a bizarre and easily disprovable conspiracy theory?
. @NickBromberg Kansas on Sat night in May, here to stay?.. unrelated, how could SKC lose to the Union?— Brian Cullather (@Briancullather) May 15, 2014
I think the desire is that the first Kansas race will stay at night and will move a little later in the schedule whenever NASCAR decides to make a schedule overhaul. As we saw a bit with the 35-minute delay, May in the Midwest is our prime severe weather season. The weather is a little more stable in June and July, and having it at night would prevent a lot heat-related issues. When the IndyCar and Camping World Truck Series ran in the middle of the day in July, it was unbearably hot some years.
I hate harping on attendance and TV numbers even though I've been guilty of it in the past, but the crowd Saturday night was very impressive. And there seemed to be more local excitement for the first big race under the lights.
And about Kansas Speedway's neighbors... Ugh. (SKC is Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Park is a football field or three from the Speedway property outside turn three. As a season-ticket holder to Sporting Kansas City, I spend a lot of time in that vicinity.) That was a brutal game Wednesday night. SKC had a chance to take sole possession of first in the conference at home against a team in next-to-last and was woefully out of sync. The lack of scoring chances created and the number of scoring chances given up was reflected in the scoreline. The defending MLS champions would have been lucky to make it out of there with a tie.
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