As All that was missing were Chevy Chase and His
Sweetheart Cristie Brinkley…
Yeah I know, Y’all are Jonesin’ for some
riveting Banter on that other Oval race from Texas Motor Speedway. But that’s
Not how I roll Here in Nofendersville…
As late Saturday Nite’, since ‘Ol Elton John
sez’ Saturday Nite’s for Fightin’, Righto? (March 25th) I was perusing my NFB
Newsline for The Blind’s telephone service, when my Minneapolis Star
Motorsports “feed” popped up a story about the forthcoming Roundy round race at
Circuit Of The Americas. (COTA) The first Road Course race of the season.
What Tripped my No. 4 Wire from my normally pressing
Next was the mention of not one, but two former Formula 1 World Champions
competing, Say What?
As I had Zero Clue that Bloody ‘Ol Jense’, aka
Jenson Button had inked a three race Dealio to go Cup racing, presumably All
three races driving for Rick Ware Racing. (RWR)
As RWR announced Wayback’ on March 10th that Button
would run three Road Course events for them. The first being at Austin. And
then Jense’ will compete at the inaugural Chicago Street race and finish with
the Indianapolis Road Course race in August…
Not to mention that thee Iceman’, aka Kimi
Raikonnen would be making His second Cup start for Trackhaus Racing’s Project 91
entry. The Team’s third car dedicated to running International Drivers on a
limited basis. As Raikkonen made His RASSCAR’ Debut with the team last year at
Thus I made a mental note of this, but didn’t
plan on “Watching” the race. Having chosen the MotoGP season opener from
Portimoa, Portugal instead as my Sunday event.
Yet as I was making lunch just after noon, I
decided to switch over to FOX and decided I could at least Hear how the start
went? Before I decided what the Hell! I’ll just make it a lazy Sunday afternoon
Pretty sure it was just before the green Flag finally
flew for the overly drawn out start, complete with Mikey “Aw Shucks!” Waltrip
pimpin’ His Pace Car ride, Spew!
Mike Joy mentioned Thar were 35 regulars and four Road Course Ringers, Huh?
As I’d forgotten this was one of the possibly
seven Cup races this year that Conor Daly would attempt racing in, since after
all, He had a Free weekend like all of His IndyCar “Buddies.” With Daly once
again behind the wheel of The Money Team Racing’s No. 50 Chevy Camaro. As Conor rolled off 35th,
ahead of former IndyCar driver Cody Ware.
While I did hear Mike Joy mention that perennial
IMSA Sports Car Ace Jordan Taylor had qualified an impressive fourth, after an
early race “Dust Up” saw Him drop back to 10th. As Jordan was making His NASCAR
Debut substituting for Chase Elliot in the No. 9 Hendrick Chevrolet Camaro. As
Elliot had broken His leg Snowboarding.
But Thar was No mention of where 2007 and 2009
F1 World Champions Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button started. As noted, Button
was also making His Roundy Round Cup Debut aboard the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford
Mustang. While Raikkonen and His Oophlats were making their second outing behind
the wheel of the No. 91 Trackhaus Racing’s Camaro.
And it was funny how I felt bad for ‘Ol JJ’,
aka Jimmie Johnson getting punted on lap-1. Arse-sumedly since I came to enjoy
Johnson’s Humbleness during His two year IndyCar experiment. With Johnson later
opining that’s what happens when you’re starting from 31st, after
being cleared from the Medical Center.
As lookie Dar’ Mom, IndyCar aren’t the only ones
to Crash on lap-1, Zoinks! Although the clean-up seemed to take forever…
And who was that funny sounding “Foreign” speaker
on FOX? As it took me a little while to figure it out. But I’m 99% certain it
was Herr Guenther! Although absolutely No Freakin’ idea why Haas F1 Team
Principal Guenther Steiner was doing Colour commentary on a Roundy Round Taxicab
Bombers’ race? Other than He had an “Off” weekend and was helping with NASCAR’s
unexpected Circuit Of The Americas
race’s international flair?
Was Rootin’ for A.J. Allmendinger to win as He
ran in second. Although don’t know what happened on His second Pitstop when He
went from third down to P15?
As I found myself getting annoyed over the lack
of talkin’ up either of the former Formula 1 World Champions in the race. As it
was just the RASSCAR’ Centric dribble per usual, albeit I did enjoy Curt Busch
being in the booth.
And then somewherez’ after the remaining Top-3
leaders, William Byron-Allmendinger-Daniel Suarez pitted after lap-24; Mike Joy
‘N Company finally commented upon the “Road Ringers.” With Kimi 13th, Taylor
P27, Button 31st and Daly 36th.
And then they started talkin’ briefly about
thee original Iceman, nee Kimi Raikkonen running 13th and something
about His wearin’ sunglasses at Night? Before it seemingly became the Tyler
Obviously Curt Bush, former driver of Reddick’s
23/Xi No. 45 Toy-Yoter’ was pullin’ for Reddick, who after all replaced Him. As
Curt Busch retired due to having sustained a Nasty Concussion! As Reddick would
lead 40 of the race’s eventual 75 laps enroute to victory.
Then the lullaby sounds of 30-Something High revvin’
V-8 Stock Car engines making was it up to 25 Shifts per lap according to LarryMac’
(McReynolds) promptly put me to Sleep! With McReynolds also noting they’d average
1,700 Shifts during the race, prior to “Overtime.”
Before waking up just before the first of three
“Checkers or Wreckers,” aka Green-White Flag race finishes. Since after all,
the day’s TV coverage lasted some insanely long four-plus Hours!
Thus being a Wee Bitamyte’ groggy, I didn’t
quite catch who was where for the three drivers I was tryin’ to follow, i.e.;
Raikkonen, Taylor and Button. Who I think were P17-20-26 respectively?
Whilst pretty certain that Joy said that Taylor
had vaulted all the way up to fifth on the the third race finish attempt, with
Button 20th and Raikkonen having dropped to P24 with slight damage
to His Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Although Raikkonen actually ran as High as fourth
at one point before dropping back.
As the Box Score denotes that Button was the
Highest finisher of the four Road Course Warriors with a fine 18th place
finish. With Taylor P24 and Raikkonen P29. While Daly went behind the wall to
repair His transmission and was classified 36th. Arse-sumedly why the Talkin’
Quit mentioning Conor’s name later in the
Ironically, it was Kyle Busch finishing
Runner-up to Reddick aboard His former ride, the #8 Richard Childress Racing
Camaro. For which Reddick was supposed to drive this year as a Lame Duck Driver
waiting to go to 23/XI Racing in 2024.
Yet with Curt Busch’s retirement, 23/XI was
able to buy out Reddick’s remaining year and now the 27yr Old has promptly
repaid the team by winning His first race in the No. 45 Toyota Camary.
And since we’re doing the “European Vacation:” theme here, I’ll mention the final driver on the third step of the podium being Alex Bowman in the No. 48 Hendrick Chevrolet. Whilst the top Ford driver was Team Penske’s Austin Cindric finishing sixth behind the wheel of His #2 Mustang…