What a great weekend for racing! 
There was drama to be had all around this past weekend! Starting with F1, I'd love to be in on the team meetings for either Red Bull or Mercedes today.

I think Vettel should probably be sending flowers to Webber and promising to follow instructions in the future, but regardless of what happened he certainly proved what a racer at heart he is!

You had to feel bad for Rosberg. In the case of the Red Bull cars, Webber made it seem as though he could have held off Vettel if he wanted to but was told to slow down and coast to the finish. He was then taken by surprise. In the Mercedes camp, however, it seems far more likely that Rosberg would have overtaken Hamilton fairly easily if they'd been allowed to just race it out. Even Hamilton was apologetic about his podium finish. It'll be really interesting to see how this all pans out over the next few races.

I can't help but think that maybe the team felt it would be easier in the long run to deal with Rosberg's disappointment than with Hamilton's incessant whining had they not kept him in front. He'd have certainly blamed the whole thing on the team strategy and they probably don't want to deal with all that so early in the season.

Indy had a good opening race, but not nearly as dramatic. It was nice to see de Silvestro running so well through the race, even though she drove the tires off at the end. Congrats to local boy, James Hinchcliffe, on his first win in the series!

NASCAR was as full of drama as F1, with Logano and Hamlin continuing their little feud with the best bit or racing Auto Club Speedway has ever seen. The last 8 laps or so were absolutely riveting!

I sincerely hope Denny is ok after his wreck at the end so this can continue. He got out of the car by himself, but then seemed to be in trouble and was taken to the hospital.

Tony Stewart showing up out of the blue to try to punch the crap out of Logano was just icing on the cake. Watching the replays, I'm not sure he had that big a reason to be so upset but hey... who wants to be left out of the post-race highlights eh?

Oh... and Congrats to Kyle Busch for sweeping the weekend in spectacular style! Not that anyone is talking about it.

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Congrats to Danica! 
Wow. Danica Patrick on pole for the Daytona 500. I did NOT see that one coming! I'm pretty sure this is the most significant thing she's done so far in NASCAR. Congrats to her!

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NASCAR Streak to the Finish: The Mopps 2012 Final Standings 
That's two years in a row that the Hopps have been beat by the Tilfords.

NEXT YEAR WE WILL DOMINATE!!! :)



Rank Overall Name Longest Streak Bonus Total
1 1031 Tilly is "the Stig" 8 530 1440
2 1536 Wild Weasel 6 400 1364
3 2623 ibuildcars 4 380 1246
4 3199 Jakob 4 340 1194
5 4196 brewsan 6 380 1109
6 4526 TriniStig 4 270 1084
7 4892 Sunraven 4 250 1056
8 6271 punkyboo 5 280 953




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Nissan Joining Aussie V8 Supercar Series 
So... Nissan is throwing their hat in the ring with Ford and Holden in the Australian V8 Supercar Series, which is totally awesome.

http://ca.autoblog.com/2012/11/05/watch ... ck-outing/

Now... the Aussie series is a whole lot closer to "stock" car racing than NASCAR, so this one seems a bit surprising in that they completely redesigned the Altima to compete and it's absolutely nothing like the car you can buy at a dealership, which is not the case for Ford or Holden.

That said... it makes me want a few things for the future. Firstly, Nissan should join NASCAR!!! Just freakin' do it and fill the hole left by Dodge! If Toyota can make it work, then so can Nissan. Secondly... Toyota should join the Aussie series!!

Somebody make this happen!!!



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Yesterday Was a Great Day for Racing! 
Yesterday was a particularly great day for racing! It started with the F1 race from Abu Dhabi. While it was looking like Hamilton was going to take off from the pole and drive around a bunch until he won, it turned into much more than that.

Now, if his car hadn't died, Hamilton would have done exactly what you'd expect. It did die, though, and the rest what was going on behind him was amazing! Watching Vettel drive through the pack after starting from the pit lane was phenomenal, and he did it twice! Then, having Alonso battling his way forward and ultimately challenging Raikkonen for the lead was awesome.

Having Kimi take the win was well deserved and a great achievement in his first year back in the sport on a less-than-dominant team. Everyone should be happy about that!

Finally, there was LOADS of action all through the pack on a track that isn't terribly well known for passing. All in all, it was great fun to watch. If Vettel wins this championship, it will be very well deserved.

Next was the Sprint Cup race in Texas. This one had it's dull moments, but the closing laps were hugely entertaining with Brad and Jimmie, the two championship contenders (not to discount Bowyer who is definitely still in the mix) running 1st and 2nd and just going at it lap after lap, even making contact at one point. You can tell that Brad is fighting for this with everything he has and is willing to let it all hang out to go for the win. You can also tell that Jimmie is phenomenal and will take everything Brad has to give and still overcome to win races. That was great stuff all around.

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