Random thoughts from another debris caution.
I love Tony Stewart. I won a South Carolina Press Association award a few years ago with a column titled “Tony Stewart thinks this column is BS.” The headline, not the award, is one of my proudest quasi-professional moments. Stewart had called NASCAR out on something they had done, saying it was, in fact, BS. I’m glad he hasn’t softened on this stance in his old age. Last week at Michigan, three of his cars were wrecked as a result of a late debris caution. The debris causing the caution may or may not have been BS. Had he tweeted it was actual BS, my life would have come full circle.
That Kyle Larson kid is pretty good.
On two-mile tracks.
He now has three Cup career wins: two at Michigan and one at California, both two-mile ovals. He is actually pretty good everywhere, but he has gotten the breaks at those two venues.
There was no one happier, save for the Wood Brothers team and the driver himself, about Ryan Blaney’s first win at Pocono two weeks ago than my three-year-old son. For some reason he has fallen into being a Blaney fan. Not going to lie, I’m not made at it. He also has gotten into the habit of saying, “We don’t like the Chevys. We do NOT like the Toyotas. We like the Fords.” I dig it. My dad says that’s raising him right.
Incorporating those three things, Stewart said he would love to have Larson at Stewart-Haas Racing in one of their Fords. I’m guessing Hall Cagle would like that too.
I’m not a huge NBA fan or follower, but I read the Hornets have acquired Dwight Howard from the Atlanta Hawks. Just what Michael Jordan’s team needs: a whiny big man who will quit on you when you are 17 and 31. One good thing to come out of the trade talk and deal for Howard, however, was an epic Twitter exchange between the Hornets and Hawks.
Richard Petty Motorsports replaced Bubba Wallace with Billy Johnson for this weekend’s race at Sonoma. Wallace has more Xfinity top tens on road courses over the last few years than Johnson. So…why? And if there is going to be a ringer, it has to be Boris Said. And his hair.
O.J. Simpson has a parole hearing on July 20 and could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1. I don’t have anything to add to this.
John Hunter Nemechek won his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race last week at Gateway Speedway. Not bad for a team that doesn’t know if they are going to show up to the track week-to-week because of sponsorship.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are going to fight in August. Let me state this as clearly as I can: I. Don’t. Care. This thing has been hyped and hyped and hyped for nigh on two years. You have an undefeated professional boxer boxing a guy who has never boxed professionally. The only thing that interests me in this fight is the over/under on when McGregor, a
professional mixed martial arts fighter, will attempt to kick Mayweather. My money is on the second round.
I learned something very disappointing this week: Sports Illustrated doesn’t cover racing anymore. Haven’t in a while. I have been a fan of the publication/site for a long time. They used to do some of the best long-form journalism in any subject. Now they don’t print and their site is a shell. It makes me sad.
Ken, of Barbie fame, got a makeover. I have no problem with this save for one thing: they gave dude a man bun. Come on, Mattel.
Apologies to Tony Stewart.
Andy Cagle writes a weekly NASCAR column. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.