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The Daly Planet

Inside Ed's Head

Friday Rundown From Phoenix
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By Eddie Laub | 03/11/2016
Category: Inside Ed's Head

Friday - 
I have a theory.  Allow me to share.
At 6:30 AM, every weekday morning, an elderly lady, named Gertrude, gets into her car, gets on the freeway, accelerates to appropriate speed, and then just slams on her brakes for no reason.  This causes a several hour long ripple effect, lasting until at least 9AM, and is the main cause for traffic jams. 

Every city has a Gertrude.  And this morning she struck as I got to Phoenix.

Luckily for me, and sadly for Gertrude, I know a back way to the racetrack, and made it on time for the 8:15 photographers meeting.  In fact, I made it 5 minutes early.  I promptly got a good seat on the upstairs balcony, and awaited the meeting to start. Yep, that’s just what I did.

What I should have done, however, was read the sign on the door that says the meeting was moved to a downstairs tent.  Apparently the meeting was moved this morning, because the e-mail I got just yesterday said it was upstairs. Yeah, I was late, even though I was early.  It all worked out well though.  

Just saw a pro-photographer with a selfie stick!!  And I left mine at home!!

This makes me chuckle:  
There are signs everywhere reminding out of towners (which most of the press are,) that Arizona does not take part in Daylight Savings Time.  What I don’t find amusing is that my phone apparently thinks the Media Center is in Cupertino, California- as it loses an hour every time I get near.  This has had me quite confused twice already today.

Kevin Harvick had a press conference this morning, and the first question asked was why he is so good at Phoenix.  (He has 7 wins overall here in Sprint Cup, and 4 of the last 5 Cup wins here are his.)
Kevin’s reply?  “That’s the first question?  I thought you were going to ask me something important like what I think about Ben Carson endorsing Trump…”

I just heard Mike Joy say what I think was official plans to take PIR and swap ends- much like they did at Darlington and Atlanta.   This would make the dog leg on the backstretch become the start finish line.  He was saying how they will take the antiquated tower and upgrade it immensely.  Perhaps this would also mean a new media center? 

While walking around, I found quite possibly the best use ever of a lucky dog- to name a hot dog stand!  Good job, PIR!  But $5 is a bit much for a normal hot dog, don’t ya think?

I adjusted my phone to Phoenix time.  Not sure where Cupertino, CA is, or why my phone thinks I am there.  But with my phone successfully on Phoenix time, my Facebook tells me, “Welcome to Las Vegas! Tell your friends you are here”

Kyle Busch is on the pole!  He is the top of an all Joe Gibbs Racing top 3!  After winning a pole, Coors Light has the winning driver sign a big banner.  Kyle Busch signed it at Atlanta, before his car was discovered to have the rear toe out of whack.  When he signed at Atlanta, He signed his name, and wrote “ATL” under it.  In true Kyle Busch fashion, today when he wrote on the banner, he just scribbled thru “ATL” and wrote “PHX” underneath it.

Hendrick MotorSports had a rough time in qualifying.  Kasey Kahne lost something in his engine, and had giant puffs of smoke coming out of his air cleaner after posting the 5th fastest time of round 1,  Dale Jr ended round 1 in the garage early,  and then Jimmie Johnson crashed during round 2.  Chase Elliott didn’t appear to have any issues- and with me being assigned seat #24 in the media center, I superstitiously expect good things frOm him this weekend!

And now that I am the last one in the downstairs media center, I think it is time to sign off and head home.    It has been a good day. 



03/12/2016 9:06 am (1)
Cupertino is where Apple lives. You must have an iPhone.

This plan to change Phoenix kinda speaks to the different mindset of the Frances (ISC) and the Mattiolis. At Pocono, they embrace being triangular. At Phoenix, ever since ISC bought it, they've been working to change it to a normal oval.

03/12/2016 11:05 am (2)
Thanks for the price of the hot dogs. I saw your photo of the stand but could not make out the price. Keep those picture coming.

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