From the Marbles - NASCAR

[To feed your constant thirst for NASCAR news, we've enlisted Valli Hilaire of The Fast and the Fabulous to cover the weekends. Enjoy. -JB]

Please allow me to introduce myself: My name is Valli (pronounced like valet) Hilaire and I write a blog about racing called The Fast and the Fabulous.

Jay asked me if I would be interested in contributing to From The Marbles and of course I was all, yes, of course! Hopefully I'll entertain you guys and write about some stuff you've never thought about before.

So I want to talk about Jimmie Johnson and his proclivity for injuring himself in the offseason. This year Jimmie accidently stabbed himself in the finger, deep enough to require surgery to fix tendon and nerve damage, while trying to create a hole in his fire suit during the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. In December of 2006 Jimmie fell off the top of a golf cart and broke his wrist.

I'm sensing a pattern here, one that suggests that Jimmie might want to be a little more careful in the future. The golf cart "surfing" incident didn't seem to hurt him when it came to his day job, since he went to on to win his second-straight NASCAR championship in 2007.

But I think Jimmie needs to cool it with his experiments in Jackass-like behavior. I mean, really, you drive race cars for a living you might want to take extra care in protecting your hands. Riding on top of a golf cart was never smart for anyone to do since he could of broken more than just his wrist. Whatever, dude; maybe my annoyance with him stems from the fact that I can't abide the thought of him racing for a possible fourth straight NASCAR championship this year.

I criticize Jimmie because he's the only one I know about, of coursel maybe there are other drivers out there riding around on top of golf carts like they're Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf or hacking at their fingers with kitchen knives, but at least they have the good sense not to do it a month before the season starts.

Whatever, maybe I'm just grumpy because the Daytona 500 is set to start in less than 15 days and I'm dying for something else to talk about besides Jimmie Johnson's finger boo-boo.

In other news...

-- 2009 NASCAR Rookie of the Year contender Scott Speed became engaged in November to his girlfriend, Amanda Mathis.

-- Billy Ray Cyrus -- you know, Miley's dad -- has been named the Grand Marshal of the Stater Bros. 300 NASCAR Nationwide series race at the Auto Club Speedway on February 21st. He's also singing the National Anthem before the start of the San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.

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