Random thoughts while passing out doughnuts …
Word of advice for NBC: Joe Gibbs Racing and Daniel Suarez, if you are going to be handing out doughnuts on TV, at least make them good doughnuts. You lost a sponsor in Subway over Dunkin Donuts. Krispy Kreme I can see, but Dunkin? In all seriousness, this is dumb. I think Subway was looking for a way out and the prerace bit back in July with Suarez handing out the offending doughnuts to fans was just an excuse to step away from the last race they were committed to.
I think Dunkin should pick up that race and sponsor the No. 19. I mean, here I am talking about it along with everyone else. They have already got their return on a potential investment, might as well keep it going.
Has anyone heard about these five nurses in Denver? It’s too impolitic for me to say more here, but you should look it up.
For anyone complaining about the way Austin Cindric won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Canada last weekend, let me remind you of the words of the great Tony Stewart: “I’d wreck my mom to win a championship. I’ll wreck your mom to win a championship.” He said that in 2011 talking about Carl Edwards. Stewart went on to win that championship.
I’m glad someone finally found a good use for an Apple Watch.
Something I learned this week: It was 33 years after toilet paper was invented in Green Bay, Wisc., that it could finally be advertised as “splinter free.”
I didn’t get a chance to talk about it last week because I was rolling on numbers, but I love the story that came out of Road America with Jeremy Clements winning the race. Clements drives for a family team and to say they are underfunded compared to the Joe Gibbs Racings and JR Motorsports of the world would be an understatement. On top of that, it was very much a Richard Petty-David Pearson who-can-get-his-car-fired-first moment when Clements and Matt Tifft spun on the last lap. The two had such a large lead over third-place Michael Annett, they were both able to get re-fired and finish one-two.
Something else I learned this week: Kanye North and Kanye South (but not Kanye West) are parliamentary constituencies in Botswana.
I love the throwback paint schemes at Darlington. Heck, I just love Darlington. The winners for me last week were Brad Keselowski in the black Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft Ford and Danica Patrick in the Dale Jarrett/Robert Yates red, white and blue Ford Credit Ford. Denny Hamlin’s was pretty slick honoring modified legend Ray Hendrick with the “Flying 11.” It didn’t hurt that Hamlin pulled off a heck-of-a-comeback to win that race after missing pit road and falling way behind.
Martin Truex Jr. clinched the regular-season championship at Darlington. I’d be willing to bet money he won’t win the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Everyone on Texas A&M’s coaching staff should be sacked.
Richard Petty is still the man. NASCAR had to black flag The King, who is now 80-years old, to get his 1967 Plymouth off the track after the parade laps at Darlington. I hope I am that boss at 80.
One more thing I learned this week: The national anthem of Bangladesh includes the lines: “The fragrance from your mango groves makes me wild with joy.”
Most of the sponsorship news of late has been grim (thanks, Subway), but there was some good news this week. GEICO re-upped with Germain Racing and Ty Dillon and Fifth-Third Bank renewed with Roush Fenway and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Andy Cagle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.