Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dreaming of pointy toed boots and ten gallon hats

This week the Nascar circus moves on out to Fort Worth, Texas. Good old beef barbeque and Lone Star beer. Texas has seen some very exciting races over the years, and Sunday's race promises no less than in the past.

Texas is a special place, for a lot of people. One Nascar Sprint Cup driver that will always have a special place in his heart for the Great State of Texas is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Texas Motor Speedway is the track where Dale Jr. finally hit the big time, first in the Busch series and then in the Winston Cup series. Texas is the site of Dale Jr.'s first wins in both series.

Junior hasn't won at Texas since 2000, but he's got to be taken into consideration. Anyone who has won any race there must know their way around the track. Jeff Burton won the very first race there in 1997. Matt Kenseth has won there. Greg Biffle has won there. Ryan Newman has won there, as have Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Elliot Sadler, and Carl Edwards.

Jeff Burton won again at Texas in the spring race last year. The only driver ever to win driving Hendrick equipment is Jimmie Johnson, who won in November last year. Will this be the race that a Hendrick team finally breaks through and wins in 2008? Interestingly enough, this is one of the few tracks at which Jeff Gordon has never won a race.

This weekend provides the promise for a full load of Nascar fun. We've got Trucks, we've got cars, we'll have triple duty drivers, we'll have double duty drivers. Can anyone finally complete the 3 race sweep this time?

Texas would be a great place to do it.

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