Friday, April 29, 2016

Where'd they Go?

Although I've been Harangued for my witty repartee recently, nonetheless, just couldn't resist continuing...

Was readin'; Err listening to my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone News service to The Guardian's Sports section recently, and was surprised to hear that John Jones had been arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Drag Racing; Huh? Always wondered what happened to him, eh?

As I seem to recollect that Jones was a pretty decent racer who  took a spell in one of Jack Roush's 'Uber NASTY Ford Mustang Trans Am racecars, along with a brief stint in Indy Cars, albeit 'Wayback in Thy CART era -  not to mention winning the1988 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Rookie Of the Year honours.

What's that? Y'all say I'm having a case 'O mistaken identity? Or perhaps showing off once again just how far back my IndyCar Spectating reaches? What, Yuhs mean the John Jones booked into Thy Gray Bars du Albuquerque was ex-Light Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Fightin' Star Jonathan "Sexual Chocolate" Jones instead; Hya!

Since like I said, I just couldn't help myself, since how many people do you think of when they hear the name John Jones today think of Oh KanaDuh's Thunder Bay, Ontario native instead? But then again, how many know of Mr. John Jones, not to be Cornfuzed with 'Ol Rufus Parnelli Jones - the fighter instead, since pretty sure Parnelli wasn't bashful 'bout mixing I-T up either, right?

And when I think of Albuquerque and Fightin', naturally Uncle Bobby springs to mind, as the Unser's are pretty notorious for Brawlin' and getting their way in the town synonymous with The Unser's. As Uncle Bobby once punched an Albuquerque Police Officer and stole an Army tank amongst other notorious High jinx! While his brother Big Al's NO Saint neither...

and then there's Al's son Alfred Junior, not to be Cornfuzed with "Just Al," aka Alfred Unser III, who's Al Unser Jr's son - as I was a UGE' Fan 'O 'lil Al's in the early 1990's, when my generation seemingly were either Michael Andretti or Al Unser Jr. Fans, a la the Foyt v Andretti divide of thy Generation previously.

As I still chuckle today over how IndyCar Mechanics of past, when Gearboxes were actually manually shifted by hand! The Gearbox mechanics could tell if it was an Andretti or Unser Crashbox simply by whether or not the gears were mangled! But I digress...

As unfortunately, I long ago lost thou luster over 'lil Al, who cemented my disgust for the gifted racing driver when he struck then girlfriend Gina and left her stranded on the roadside after a Drinking Bender at a Strip Club in Nevada! For which we certainly don't need to rehash anymore...

As I'm quite certain there's plenty good to be found in Albuquerque, since I fanticise 'bout taking a trip there solely to visit the wonderful Unser Racing Museum!

While I'm fairly certain its pure Co-inky-dense? That Curty Cavin of IndyStar fame, who's doing an excellent series titled Trip Down Victory Lane, chronicling past living Indy 500 winners happened to release 'lil Al's story just days after Jon Jones incarceration for Drag Racing in Albuquerque NO less - which 'lil Al knows plenty 'bout!

As it's a good story, for which I got a good laugh outta 'lil Al having to learn how to do his own laundry at age 50! Must be rough, eh? As hopefully the Doggies will help him match-up his socks; Hya!

Also thanxs to Curt Cavin, via a recent Pit Pass article, I learned that Al Unser, Jr. would be competing in this year's Toyota Pro Celebrity race during the just concluded Long Beach Grand Prix weekend.

Little Al's won the Long Beach IndyCar race a record six times., which should have been seven, except for his team-mate 'Ol Hollywood, aka Danny Sullivan going Ironhead on him, giving him the Long Beach shuffle en route to victory in 1992!

Whilst Junior's also won the Celebrity race three times and it would be befitting for the "King of The Beach" to win what apparently will be the fortieth and final Toyota Pro Celebrity race - as Toyota's moving to Plano, Texas shortly...