Battle of the Home Improvement Houses

It was a better day for one big orange team (my alma mater Tennessee) than another.

There may be some gnashing of teeth at 2455 Paces Ferry Rd. NW in Atlanta (Home Depot’s HQ) as their rivals from Mooresville win again in a fairly ho-hum race. Guess sales of wood and washers will be better tomorrow in the land of the blue and gray houses … but second isn’t bad and it keeps you in the points race (think Top 12 boys, think Top 12) as Mr. Army decides to stand down for awhile.

So strategy is the name of the game and we see some beginning to develop.

Now we go for the thunder — not down under, but in the valley in my home state. And COT gets its debut — could be a ‘slammer’ in Bristol. (I think there are several good junkyards nearby.)

Rock on, Rocky Top, rock on ….

That’s the View From Here

Michael

Other Notes:

1. JPM can do the oval. Bristol should be a real fun time for him.

2. I give Toyota a score of “minus-4” — two off for continuing to fail in qualifying and two more for poor race performance. But let’s have good memories and remember this is kinda like the late 50’s and their intro to the US — they failed but they came back.

This blogist still believes we have only seen the tip of the iceberg — both in Toyota’s abilities and in other future foreign nameplates. After all it’s strategy, boys, strategy and we haven’t seen the long run … yet.

“It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” or Lights, Camera, Suspense, Mexico!

In the movie referenced above, the character Ding Bell (played by Mickey Rooney) says, “Pass that cab!”

To which Eddie Anderson (playing another cab driver) replies, “What’s the rush?”

Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett) then retorts, “What do you mean rush? We ain’t in any rush, we just wanna get there in a hurry.”

I can imagine that JPM and Scott Pruett probably rehearsed this scene after yesterday’s Busch race for an upcoming act of their partnership. I believe Scott wasn’t too pleased with JP’s acting skills as I swore I saw him give the ‘thumbs down’ after the race when questioned on that subject.

Oh well, boys will be boys, and there is still plenty of time in the season to practice the timing between partners
(Lewis and Martin anyone or maybe Larry, Moe, and Curly?), and I am confident that we will see great things from this team.

By the way, Scott, wasn’t it Nietzsche who said “What does not kill me makes me stronger?”

That’s the view from here…
— Mike

PS – To me, it looks as if Scott cut down on JP — so where was the spotter and what was he saying?

PPS – Viva, Mexico!

The New Season

Top 10 Fearless (but not ones we are betting any cash on ) Predictions for 2007:

10. Staten Island – DOA; Hello, Seattle!

9. The rising cost of attending a race drives fans away.

8. Introduction of Toyota–what will be the reaction, one like Jack Roush or more like Brian France? (We know, we know, it is more of a question than a prediction)

7. New demographics– Montoya’s entree into Nextel and Busch’s points race in Canada lead to new viewers

6. COT confuses fans who don’t want IROC-style racing.

5. JPM finishes well and two more F1/INDY drivers follow.
4. New Busch Series Sponsor — big deal or non-story, and will there be a “target” on the new sponsor?

3. The fines just keep on a coming
2. Toyota wins by seventh race. (Ensuing controversy good for solving item # 9).

1. No one can replace Benny.

Big stories of the Week:
“Just in time for Valentines…The Candymen deliver”

1. David and Lazarus are appropriate monikers for the front row holders of this year’s Daytona 500. By providing Yates Racing and Masterfoods, Inc., the front row for this Sunday’s classic, perhaps the folks at Snickers can place into their rearview mirror their strange Super Bowl commercial.

2. The only question left to be answered is the “water into wine” miracle for Michael Waltrip (perhaps we should say “mystery liquid into ‘oil’ “). Hey Matt, that should show you that a few misplaced holes are not that exciting.

3. On the other front we are guaranteed that for the first time since 1963 — when Smokey Cook ran an MG (yes, you read that correctly) at Bowman-Gray stadium in a 200 lap event won by Junior Johnson — a foreign entry will run in a NASCAR points race. Wonder what took them so long?

4. James Hylton age 72 looking relaxed and … well, need we say more ?

5. New life for Chip Gnassi !

Overall: Score a -3 for the Toyotas and a +1 for candy.

— Jon and Mike