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The Daly Planet

I Was Just Wonderin'...

Regan, Ragan, Kurt, Elliott, and... Frasier?
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By Carol Einarsson | 09/27/2012
Category: I Was Just Wonderin'...

So Regan Smith is out of the Furniture Row car after Talladega. I wonder if James Finch wouldn't have been better off working a deal with Furniture Row to take Kurt one race sooner to spare himself the expense of the wrecked car that Busch will undoubtedly bring back to the garage that day.

And I wonder how many cars they've built for Kurt Busch's arrival. Y'think they've planned ahead and doubled the inventory?

At the opposite end of the personality spectrum, there's news about Elliott Sadler who has been talking to three different teams, and may be in a full-time ride with Joe Gibbs in 2014 if sponsorship can be found. Then again, I wonder if 17 months is long enough for Kyle Busch to screw up yet again and anger M&Ms one final time. That sponsor, you may remember, has a history with Elliott Sadler!

Don't you wonder what it is that's so damning in Brian France's divorce records that he's again seeking a court to seal them?

Isn't it too bad that ESPN didn't tell the story of Mike Olsen during the New Hampshire race? It's not like there wasn't enough story-telling time in the yawnfest that was the Sylvania 300. We heard the name only once that I recall, and I commended him for being there to race, not just park. Turns out he was a longtime (since childhood) friend of (car owner) Frankie Stoddard who agreed to field a car for Olsen. And, as it turns out, it was not just his first Cup race, but also his last. "NASCAR Cup Series driver" - cross that off the bucket list.

Denny Hamlin has again consulted his sports psychologist, this time to help him with Dover. Sorry, but I can't hear the words "sports psychologist" and not think of the episode in Frasier when Niles ended up as a sports psychologist to basketball player Reggie McLemore. The athlete came to believe his new success was based on more than Niles' words of advice, "No, no, wait. Right before that I rubbed your head. I remember 'cause my hand smelled like peach and I thought, 'What the hell does this guy wash his hair with?'" I wonder what Denny's sports psychologist Bob Rotella uses in his hair.

Regan, Ragan, Front Row, Furniture Row... it just shouldn't be so hard to keep these things straight. Unfortunately, it looks like next year we won't have to...at least in the Cup series.



09/27/2012 9:19 am (1)
Carol, I was just wonderin' what is JR Motorsports going to blame Danica's 2 laps down finish on last week? Pops is gone, Jr is gone and they brought in Pemberton. He didn't do any better than Jr. the only constant is the driver.

Long finished one lap down and fought to stay on the lead lap most of the race. The faces of Danica's race team changed except one.

And she's ready for Cup? Can you say back marker and Stewart/Hass must really need the Go Daddy money!!!
09/27/2012 9:29 am (2)
When I hear 'sports psychologist' and NASCAR driver in the same sentence, I am reminded of that scene in Robert Redford's "The Natural" where Redford's character is not enthused about having to participate in the session and walks out on it with some unkind words about the good doctor. Great scene.
09/27/2012 11:31 am (3)
I am heartbroken about Regan Smith. It will serve Furniture Row right when KuB wrecks their inventory. I don't recall any other driver in Cup who has wrecked cars almost every weekend. I pity the crew, good luck to them.
Mallards Motorsports
09/27/2012 1:02 pm (4)
In the current user poll I'd like to see a third choice - NH loses a race and a new track is added to the rotation...wouldn't want to take a date from NH and give it to another equally boring track like, say, Chicago...Let Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Bristol and Martinsville have two - all other 2 date tracks lose their second race and it goes to new tracks...
09/27/2012 1:04 pm (5)
Bummer that Regan Smith is out of a ride, even moreso considering that Furniture Row couldn't even wait until the end of the season to shove him overboard. I guess it's to be expected when you consider that Regan was never really able to back up his fluke victory of last year. On the plus side, if you are going to win one Sprint Cup race in your career, why not the Southern 500?

Maybe he'll catch on with another team and win some more races? Not likely, but a guy can hope.

So often you hear about driving within the limits of your equipment. Could this be the problem with Kurt Busch? That he's trying so hard to take 15th-place cars and run in the top-five with them? At this level, the line between success and failure is so thin that not even Kurt Busch's talent is enough to keep from crossing it if the car isn't up to the task. I can't help but think that if Kurt had calmed down a bit, taken what the cars and tracks gave him, and not forced things so much, he'd probably have a more redemptive season. Well, he'll have a chance to do that with somebody else's 15th-place cars next year. Let's see how that works out for him.

Ernie Irvan and Kenny Schrader have also had history with M&Ms, but you don't see anyone in an candy-colored suit knocking on their doors, do you? In this sport, it's all about what have you done for us lately and, with Kyle Busch, as long as the answer is "winning races," he'll still have the ride.

I can't help thinking how Richard Childress or Junior Johnson would react if their driver were to announce that they were seeing a sports psychologist to find a way to cope with Dover.
Mr. O
09/27/2012 1:15 pm (6)
No, Dot, it's okay. Kurt will buy the crew beer. At least that's why his current crew decided to keep him.
09/27/2012 2:36 pm (7)
Hi Carol,

Agree with your point about Furniture Row needing more equipment with Busch. While he may be more talented than Regan Smith (something I wouldn't say is a given) he's certainly not as skilled at preserving equipment, and Furniture Row may find their budget to be more challenged than they expected. All the other mid-tier teams should be giving Smith a close look, because he's excellent at getting the most from the car without tearing stuff up, and when the name of the game is get the sponsor on TV that's what a driver needs to do.

Don't agree with you on Sadler, tho. Definately a nice guy, but his time to shine as a Cup driver passed a decade ago. I can't see any owner giving him more than a part-time deal in Cup. There are too many talented drivers in Nationwide who are 10 and 15 years younger than Sadler who are better prospects for a full-time ride.

I'm going to guess France's divorce records include a lot of details of NASCAR's finances (since that's where his wealth comes from). As NASCAR is a privately held company, they don't have to file with the SEC. I'm guessing that knowing how much money NASCAR is making would be a big advantage for the TV companies next time the contract is negotiated (or Bruton suing for a race date, or the drivers suing for retiree medical coverage, or any number of other folks looking for a share of the pie). I notice that Jayski says France married and divorced the lady twice (which somehow sounds appropriate for Brian France: no decision so bad it doesn't bear repeating).

09/27/2012 2:40 pm (8)
@ giluvracing:

Don't forget Smith also won the 2008 race at Talladega. He is more talented than you're giving him credit for.

Bill B
09/27/2012 4:52 pm (9)
I hope all involved get what they deserve. ;)
10/01/2012 11:58 pm (10)

Regan didn't win at Talladega, Tony did.

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