Garrett Duke

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  1. I totally get the money deal of the younger drivers...but still don't like it to see good drivers, good guys to be pushed around just because of their age. And I couldn't agree more about the Brian France deal...I think they'd have a lot more fans if they just throw out the Chase and let the driver race...
  2. Yeah the Playoffs is just another name for the Chase. The Chase is relevant to the playoffs in baseball or football. Or what Todd Helton and NASCAR is trying to accomplish with the Chase. Though in baseball and football, the teams that didn't make the playoffs, go home. In NASCAR, they stay on the track...just not going for the championship. It's just hard on me to see all the drivers that I got to know over the years, retire. It was hard enough on me to see Jeff Gordon to retire, but then Tony Stewart? Then out of the blue Carl Edwards just up and quits. Then Biffle (who no one really said one thing about), now Jr after this season...Kenseth hasn't said the r word yet, but he doesn't have a ride for next season. As I said, I get that the youth is the future, but it doesn't make it any easier on me. After this year, my favorite list of drivers to follow will dwindle down to Jimmie Johnson (who is my second favorite driver...after Jeff Gordon) who I believe will be the next oldest driver (though both Johnson and Kenseth are probably the most athletic ones out there). If JJ (Jimmie Johnson) retires, I will be completely lost! Perhaps it'd be time to accept that Gordon gave the 24 to Chase Elliot and go for him...I just have a hard time going for someone else in the 24 car. If it was any other number... Talking of the future...that Kyle Larson may just be the future of NASCAR. He has won like 3 races so far, just behind Martin Truex Jr this year. I do believe we are off next weekend...the horror of it. I know. I couldn't believe when they said that during the race last night...a week of no NASCAR. On another note, the Bears made a great pre season play in their late pre season game last night...the other team missed a field goal that they made in the last second of the second quarter. Deonte Thompson of the Bears caught it and ran it down the field for a 109 yard touch down. I am partial being a Bears fan, but thought that was pretty exciting.
  3. Well my favorite race of all races was last night...the Bristol night race! Bristol is my favorite track...and I love night races (except come Sunday when there is no race to watch ). I have to admit, it wasn't the normal Bristol race that I am use to. There was no major accidents. No heated tempers. The only cautions came for when tires blew and a couple of cars ran into the wall. Not that I am a fan of heated tempers and big accidents. I am not. But Bristol is known for that...so it was just different. The announcers I felt were set upon talking about the top three drivers most of the night. On how Matt Kenseth needed a win and how he was going to be out of the 20 car after this season and how Erik Jones was going to take over the 20 car next season and how Kenseth and other drivers wouldn't be happy if Jones won his first race last night and how Kyle Busch won the truck, Xfinity and if he won last night he would have the sweep...the only driver who has done it at Bristol was him in 2010. Kyle Busch ended up winning to sweep at Bristol. I have nothing against Kyle Busch. Now. A few years when he was having anger issues I wasn't a fan, but now he is OK. (My opinions) I just got tired of hearing the same thing over and over again. I mean Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last Bristol race and he finished in the 20s...no word on that. I just feel like the announcers at NBC need to spread their view some and not talk about the same stories over and over again. Yes the fight for the win is the main focus and should be talked about...but there is also more going on behind them and it'd be nice to know what is going on. With that being said, we have two more races until the playoff's start and there is several drivers who need to a win to get in. Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano to name a couple of them. Joey Logano has a win, but it was taken away for the playoffs for some rule he broke (Can't remember what). Personally I hope Matt Kenseth will get a win to get in...his deal has me a bit upset. I mean he is 45 years old (oldest driver on the track) and it is known that sooner rather than later he will be ready to retire. But instead of letting him do it on his own time, Gibbs (team owner) is kicking him out of his car and giving it to Erik Jones who is 21. The same is going on at Hendrick by pushing Kasey Kahne out of the 5 car one year short of his contract to put a younger driver in his seat. It's all about youth coming up. I get it...they are the future. But its drivers like Matt Kenseth who made NASCAR what it is. Seeing on how Kenseth is being treated, I see why Gordon and Stewart decided to step out. That and the changes NASCAR has put into play the past few years. NASCAR has taken away the racing aspect of racing by putting in the stages and going for playoff points. I say take that all away and let them race. All that is my opinion...of which no one asked for. LOL So congrats to Kyle Busch on his Bristol sweep...second of his career.
  4. Yay Roger! You must have better luck than I...I jinx all my drivers. And apparently Jimmie Johnson who wrecked in second practice and will have to go to a back up car for Michigan tomorrow. Glad to see HNet coming back to live...it is sad to see it not as active. But I can't say much...life is busy for everyone.
  5. Well y'all...thank you for your kind words and warm welcome back. I did get a new lap top...so if you all are interested, perhaps once I get familiarized with my lap top, I will write at least a small summary for the races. As for Watkins Glen...I am not a big fan of road course races. I liked them when Jeff Gordon was racing, because Jeff Gordon was good at them (he didn't get the nickname of King of Road Races for nothing ) but now that he is retired and Jimmie Johnson isn't very good at them, it kinda takes the excitement away. As for NASCAR news...Kasey Kahne will be out of the 5 car at the end of the year and will be replaced by William Byron. Really don't know where Hendrick is going with this. I am aware that he is all about the youth movement in NASCAR. But Kasey Kahne still has another year on his contract...Byron only has one year in the truck series and one year in the Xfinity Series. Why not give him another year of experience in Xfinity and let Kahne fulfill his contract? Just my two cents worth on the topic. Hendrick next year will be of three young drivers and Jimmie Johnson (not that he is old. He is only 41.) As for fantasy Roger...I am so with you on that. It does make it hard. I usually go for the Bears no matter what. My fantasy teams come second. Hope you have a great Friday!
  6. Oh Roger I miss writing them. Perhaps if I ever get another lap top I will try for it. I guess I never knew if anyone read them or if they were helpful to anyone. I don't think I could even think to do that on my tablet here. It's messing up what I write here alread...urgh. Fantasy baseball....hmmm. I'm doing almost as bad as I am in my fantasy auto racing. (NASCAR...don't know why Yahoo has to call it auto racing. LOL) I swear I jinx all my drivers and players I pick! Congrats on being first in a couple of your leagues. I am in too many baseball leagues. That's my problem. I wasn't going to do that this year but now that they do the auto renew...i fell back into the same trap of last year. Hey talking about fantasy sports...I got an opening in my fantasy football. It is free and fun. Please come and join me...we'll have fun and I promise not to be too hard on you or anyone who wants to join.
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr is going to be in the NBC broadcasting booth next year...kinda like Jeff Gordon is on Fox, but Dale Jr will be on NBC. Though he didn't leave out the possibility of racing Daytona 500.
  8. Well y'all...I am still breathing. Just haven't been here lately. My laptop decided to stop working, life is busy...you know the normal excuses. But I am here. And just got done watching the Pocono race...JJ got taken out by Kasey Kahne...who won Indy last week. Kyle Busch finally won a race after leading a whole lotta laps this season...just not the lap that counted the most - the last one. Until today. He had the dominant car last week until Martin Truex Jr wrecked them both out of the race (Truex's car caught on fire and was lucky to escape!) . Though a couple of his crew members got suspended for a few races when they got in a fight with Kyle Busch's crew chief. As I felt they should have been. Sadly I have no idea where I left off on this page...I tried reading through this thread last night, but HNet kept closing on me. I am on my tablet right now, so please excuse my ramblings. I just wanted to put a post something to let you know I am still here. As you all probably know by now, this is the last season for Dale Earnhardt Jr...NASCAR is losing everyone. First Jeff Gordon. Then Tony Stewart. Then Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. Now Dale Jr. And who knows where Matt Kenseth is going now that Joe Gibbs is giving his car to a younger driver next year (his name eludes me right now...). All I have to say is...Jimmie Johnson better stay in NASCAR for like forever. And what about this stage racing? I haven't heard anyone say a positive thing about it. Have to say I am not a fan of it. I say let them race and stop interfering with it. But they didn't ask me. Sorry for this horrible post. I am still here. Still watching NASCAR and still love the Dukes. Though I haven't watched an episode in like forever. Sadly. Sadly wasn't able to go to Cooter's Last Stand. Either. Hope some of you all did. Anyway...keep it between the ditches y'all.
  9. Well Atlanta is done and in the books. Always hate to see a race end...that means I have to wait another week for the next one. LOL. I am so impatient! I am not a Kevin Harvick fan, but he got robbed today. . .but it by his own doing. Got to feel bad for him. He DOMINATED the race up until 13 laps to go when he got nabbed for speeding in pit road which sent him back to the line. He finished nineth. Brad Keselowski ended up winning the race. That being said...I'd rather have seen Harvick win the race than Keselowski. I am definately not a Keselowski fan...at all. But I did have Keselowski on my fantasy team, so he did give me much needed points to beat Roger. (Sorry for all you Keselowski fans...congrats to you and him. Was just stating my opinion. All two cents worth...) Kyle Larson came in second...was leading for a while after Harvick got caught speeding, but he went up on the track when he was better on the lower track in his attempt to block Keselowski who was better on top. Keselowski passed him to win eventually run the race. With that being said Kyle Larson's and Chase Elliott's wins are bound to come...sooner rather than later. Those two kids have a lot of talent. Jimmie Johnson came home a lap down and in 19th position as he was tagged with TWO speeding violations in pit road ...after a rotten Daytona and a rough Atlanta he is bound for the win in Las Vegas next week. Jimmie is too good to stay down for too long...(once again, my opinion. For the two cents it's worth. ) Onto the home track of the Busch brothers...Las Vegas. Oh Roger...I thought of you. You have another driver to go for. Reed Sorenson is from Georgia as well as David Ragen.
  10. I am still not happy with Daytona...or Jamie McMurray. I mean, four wide...at Datyona? Really?! Well the race at Atlanta is winding down. The race should be called the Kevin Harvick Race as he has been in lead and not a very eventful race. Except for all the speeding penalties that they have been handing out...so far nine. Two of them going out to Jimmie Johnson. ERRRR. Oh well we are early in the season...I am just glad NASCAR is back.
  11. Well y'all...I am here. I tried posting the other night when I didn't have much time and somehow ended up deleting what I wrote and gave up due to how late it was. Roger...I can't believe you discriminate drivers that are not from Georgia. But then again, you did say that Dale Jr was your second favorite driver...and he's from North Carolina. Sorry to let you down Roger. Did you happen to see who won the championship last year? (His seventh, I might add. . .) Yep...Jimmie Johnson. And he's from California. As is Jeff Gordon. Those California boys know a thing or two about racing. Then again, Kevin Harvick is from California too. Sadly I missed the Clash last week because my nephew and niece were over. Mostly when they are over and Blue Bloods or the race is on, they know to turn the TV over to me or I will let them know when I get the TV. . .but my niece wasn't feeling good, so I decided I should probably be nice. I missed qualifying as well as the races on Thursday night...but I will watch Daytona 500 tomorrow. I am so looking forward to it! I am glad that the races are back on FOX...love when the races are on FOX. First of all, yeah, Jeff Gordon. Second of all, Darrell Waltrip and Mikey Waltrip. Personally feel that they are more open and not as biased as some of the other announcers on the other stations can get. MY OPINION. Though it will be odd to NOT see Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Greg Biffle NOT out there... OOooo I almost forgot to let y'all know the exciting news I heard about yesterday...guess who's driving the pace car for tomorrow's race!!! JEFF GORDON!!!!!!!!!!!! I am beyond excited...for at least a couple of laps my guy will be on track and leading the race! I have to admit...I really miss Jeff Gordon behind the wheel of the 24 car. NASCAR hasn't been the same since he retired. I do really like Jimmie Johnson and love watching him race...but it's just different not having Jeff Gordon out there. He was the one I liked since I got into racing in '97 (like Roger...thanks to the Dukes and the General Lee) and I got to liking Jimmie Johnson because of Jeff Gordon (Gordon pointed him out to Hendrick...Hendrick told him to put his money where his mouth is...and owns half of Johnson's car. ) Talking about who I like...be interesting to see who everyone else likes... My list is: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards. I do like Chase Elliott...still having a hard time accepting someone else in the 24 car. Y'all's turn...
  12. Five minutes in the garage? Really? Should make for a boring race come Daytona when half the cars are out of the race because they can't fix them in the garage like they use to. I love my NASCAR (y'all should know that by now...) but really...Brian France seems content on ruining a great thing. Stuff like this makes it loud and clear to me on why Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards as well as Tony Stewart has stepped away from the sport they love. As for the driverless car...I am sure it would be of great technology and science, but I do believe that would be the day I stopped being a NASCAR fan. I need a person to root for...I don't just go for a car with 48 on the doors. But for Jimmie Johnson. His style of racing. His character. And so on. General Lee is my only exception to that rule...afterall, General Lee has his own personality and story. Well not saying that the 48 car doesn't, but Jimmie Johnson is the reason I like the 48 car. Then again, The General Lee and the Duke Boys are the guilty ones who got me addicted to NASCAR (before them, racing was a waste of money and time. . .you might as well as watch your dog chase his tail...) now it's so much more to me. LOL
  13. Well Hoss...you can have your driverless racing. NASCAR many benefit from a few of the drivers having driverless cars out there, but without drivers, all it is, is well, cars. As much as I love cars and all...I need someone to follow and support. Guess take out the people or drivers, it would end all the fighting and the drama...which is what NASCAR wants, so I don't think that will happen. I think if that ever did happen, I'd have to throw it all down and walk away...I need Jimmie Johnson to root for. Well, I see y'all beat me to the horrible and nightmarish news. I keep telling myself that I should give it a chance, but I just don't like it. The segments work in the All Star Race because that's the All Star Race. One race. One race without any points on the line. But every race? Yeah they are making it more complicated than what it has to be. Whatever happened to racing being about the race? Brian France just needs to step down and let me take over. I'd throw the whole Chase idea out the window and go back to the old point system. You know, when racing was about racing and not seeing how much drama we could put in the sport. Ah well, that won't happen so I will keep my day job, but still... With that said, I will continue to watch and attempt to give it a chance. I don't have much other option. Just had to give my two cents worth in on the topic. As for Roger...you are going down! I had a horrible fantasy season last year...all my drivers I picked decided to have horrible races when I picked them. Not this year. I will be crowned champion just as JJ takes home his 8th championship at Homestead in November. (If anyone else wants to join, let me know. It's fun and free to play. ) GO JIMMIE JOHNSON!!! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
  14. Where have you been Roger? My Cubs did WIN the World Series this past season...and it was no fluke! They had 102 wins...they earned that World Series trophy! Ironically, this past weekend I bought a WS Cubs sweatshirt that was on sale for $18. When I bought it, with tax...I kid you not, it was $19.08. The last time the Cubs had won the WS. But OK back to the topic on hand...I do believe that the screen and the news had gotten it all wrong. No way the Patriots won when they weren't playing...it was the Bears in disguise! LOL. (I will admit, I was torn on what team I wanted to win. I wanted the Falcons to win since they haven't won it before and they are in GA, but was also wanting the Patriots to win it for Donnie Wahlberg. LOL) Despite the Falcons being in Georgia...we all know the Dukes are die hard Chicago Bears fans. Yep...they love their Bears and Cubs.
  15. I haven't watched enough Coy and Vance episodes to pick any of them out. I think I only watched that season once to give them their credit...so I can't say anything about them other than that I am not a fan of Coy and Vance. Sad thing is, they could have made it work a lot better if they didn't have them dress like Bo and Luke and make them someone they are not. The poor actors didn't stand much of a chance, in my opinion. But even if they did do them differently and had their own personalities, I'd probably still prefer Bo and Luke. As for Bo and Luke episodes..."Strange Visitor in Hazzard" ranks at the top of my short least liked episodes. It'd be nice if they at least kept some sort of reality in Hazzard (my opinion). Second would be "Luke's Love Story". I have to admit I loved the fight with Bo and and the bad guy in Cooter's garage...thought that was great! But I really didn't like how they portrayed Bo or Luke in that episode.