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    Speedweeks are coming and I'm sure the other racing disciplines are getting revved up.

    Big change in NASCAR - there are now 36 "charter teams" - guaranteed to make all the races. Been wanting this for years - now they can show up on the track and hopefully work on their race setup from day one, instead of having to worry about a qualifying setup, because they are in. A few teams didn't make the cut - two that I remember are the 41 of Busch and the 19 of Edwards. There will only be four additional qualifying spots - fields of 40. It's only 3 cars, but hopefully that will help the racing on the smaller tracks as there will be a little bit more room to maneuver.

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    How were the charter teams established? Some sort of time trials?
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    no they went off the past three years - don't remember if the article specifically specified, but I imagine they went with the teams that showed up for all of the races. That's probably what hurt the 41 and the 19 - they weren't in existence for all three years. But MWR got two spots, which I guess other teams can buy. Let the bidding begin!

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    Chase Elliot won the pole. Young man ain't no bigger than a popcorn fart. I am probably one of the few people who was not a fan of his fathers. But, I am a fan of new blood coming up and making an impact. The race Saturday night was a wreck fest, but it's the first of the year, hopefully by Sunday, after the Duels, they will settle down and be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanFan69 View Post
    Chase Elliot won the pole. Young man ain't no bigger than a popcorn fart. I am probably one of the few people who was not a fan of his fathers. But, I am a fan of new blood coming up and making an impact. The race Saturday night was a wreck fest, but it's the first of the year, hopefully by Sunday, after the Duels, they will settle down and be fine.

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    I'm a huge F1 fan. The positives far outweigh the minuses for me. Add to that with the time difference of most races, it's on my dvr when I wake up Sunday morning! Pot of coffee, fast forward through the commercials, and life is good. And if it's a great race Kimi will make an ass of himself somehow. Although a few more podiums this year for him would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanFan69 View Post
    I'm a huge F1 fan. The positives far outweigh the minuses for me. Add to that with the time difference of most races, it's on my dvr when I wake up Sunday morning! Pot of coffee, fast forward through the commercials, and life is good. And if it's a great race Kimi will make an ass of himself somehow. Although a few more podiums this year for him would be great.

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    F1 fan here. DVR all of them. And you got it nailed with waking up and plowing through the adds n shit. This year I'm all team Hass. American team. Never have had an issue with Vettel. Like that dude. Hamilton and rosberg , fuck that shit. Best cars and two delta bravos driving them. Dude I can go way back on the F1 shit. And Indy Car as well. Out.
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    Missed the duels last night but now know Jr won his. Can't wait till Sunday!
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    Looked like a bunch of wrecks at the end. Jimmy Johnson, McMurray, Patrick and a few other big names involved.

    Kenseth is going to lose his #2 starting spot and have to go to the back of the field for the race in a back up car. That sucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicpunk5151 View Post
    Looked like a bunch of wrecks at the end. Jimmy Johnson, McMurray, Patrick and a few other big names involved.

    Kenseth is going to lose his #2 starting spot and have to go to the back of the field for the race in a back up car. That sucks!
    Being in the back may not be a bad place to ride for awhile. 1st race of the new season, egos inflated, tension, high energy, big one to follow.
    I'd chill in the back pack until the last 30 laps

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    Rob Kaufman (MWR partner and holder of purse strings) put his $ elsewhere (Ganassi maybe?). MWR couldn't continue. It all started with spingate IMO.
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    My kids have been watching that Top 10 Daytona 500 finishes highlight show through "comcast on demand".

    It is just crazy how different the racing is from back in the late 80s early 90s.

    Might have to have the kids go re-watch "Day of Thunder" from back in 1990. Skip past the bad acting to the race footage...lol....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Van Halen View Post
    Rob Kaufman (MWR partner and holder of purse strings) put his $ elsewhere (Ganassi maybe?). MWR couldn't continue. It all started with spingate IMO.
    Thanks Ted. Yeah, these past few seasons and the controversies may very well have put the final nail in MWR coffin. Sucks, because he had a decent team.

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    Not a fan of the young man, but Damn!!!!!

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